Gilt Bar
Gilt Bar

Gilt Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.giltbarchicago.com/
  • Phone: (312) 464-9544
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday 4:45 pm - 11:30 pm,
    Friday and Saturday: 4:45 pm - 12:30 am
    Sunday 4:45 pm - 10:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Ayala
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Multiple spaces for large dinner parties or more intimate cocktail occasions.
  • Private Party Contact: Jean Tomaro 3124649544

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Franklin
  • Public Transit: Merchandise Mart (Brown Line)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking is also available
A word from Gilt Bar
A bunch of fine dining chefs and wine directors got together to create a casual restaurant that is inclusive and void of excess. The idea was to bring people together who are set on having a great night out surrounded by quality food (presented in a simple fashion), craft cocktails, beers and wine list focused on best value for the $'s.

Reservations made through Open Table will be for Gilt Bar's main dining room. If you would like to dine in our Library please call the restaurant after 2pm.
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Gilt Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
203 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (145)romantic (100)hot spot (99)vibrant bar scene (76)good for groups (63)special occasion (61)neighborhood gem (51)late-night find (46)notable wine list (24)great for outdoor dining (10)scenic view (3)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Solid experince
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    My boyfriend and I went here for my birthday recently. We were looking for a romantic spot. The ambience is very nice and the staff very attentive. We booked an early weekday resv for 6P. By the time we left, the noise level was not to our liking. The tables along the wall are very close together and by the time we left, it was as if we were dining with strangers. I am not a fan of that type of set-up. If you are the type who prefers more privacy, ask for a center table. As for the food, it was stallar. My boyfriend proclaimed the salmon dish to be the best salmon he'd ever had. All of the food was incredible and we were both happy with the wine. Gilt and Maude's are my favorite restaurants. The steak tartare is a must! My boyfriend complimented the waiter as we were leaving. We both thought he was there when we needed him and not when we wanted to be left alone. He was knowlegable about the food and wine and did a great job guiding us to create a well-rounded experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service, food, drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    This was my third visit to Gilt Bar over the past three years. Everything was wonderful. Our party of four only had 75 minutes for dinner and our server advised us on appropriate portions and timing of courses. We can't wait to go back. The Brussels sprouts salads were divine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spot on
    jasonGlobe
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The service and hospitality was spot on, and without a doubt exactly what you'd expect from a rest / bar. Spilt drink, no worries, here's another no charge. Did you need another napkin? Are you sure, just let us know. Not staying for dinner? Just a drink, no worries, but come back, we really like having you here. Oh wait, did you need a fork, let me bring everything else you might need. Great drinks, too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The environment was great. Candle lit room with relaxing music. The restaurant noise level was a little high which made it hard to speak however, it was overall a great experience. Jaime our server gave excellent service and I would reccommend every one sit in his section. Very attentive and friendly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The truffle pasta is delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    I love gilt bar for the food, the excellent drinks and the ambiance. They are also near & dear to my heart as a supporter of the Lynn Sage Foundation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Perfect Spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We absolutely LOVED Gilt Bar! Before arriving, the reservation process was easy (online) and the host was very kind and flexible when we needed to adjust our reservation time. We were seated at a quiet booth in the corner of the bar. Our server, Alex, was incredible! She was extremely personable, patient, and knowledgable about wine. Her passion for wine was apparent in everything she did and said. We would love to go back just to learn more about wine from Alex! The ambiance was calm and romantic; there were a couple of small groups that also seemed to enjoy the place, too. Street parking was convenient and inexpensive. I only wish that both the bar and kitchen were open later. We would definitely go back in a heartbeat!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food and cocktails excellent!
    KQTurner
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Tables too close together. It was difficult to hear your table mate because of the proximity to the tables next door. Their conversations interfered with ours. Food was superb as were the cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    torontotraveler
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Food, cocktails and service were all outstanding. Great vibe. I would 100% return to Gilt and recommend it to others. Best steak I have ever eaten.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique
    emlo
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Unique without being pretentious! Gilt Bar came recommended by friends and did not disappoint. Ate there before a concert at Chicago Theatre. Gotta eat the sprout salad. It's wonderful and I don't even like Brussels sprouts :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vibrant late-night dinner
    Jamestown
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Seating was cozy, it was a little loud, but service and food were great. Loved the brownies and ice cream for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    mtnation
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    I took a group of 6 out while they were in town for a trade show. The owner of my company is a foodie so it is always important for me to find new dining choices that are excellent. In short Gilt Bar hit a home run. The steak tartar on toast was delicious as were some of the other toasts and the brussel sprout salad was a hit as well. Service was excellent and everything was hot and delicious, but the big hit was the steak tartar, the owner told me it was some of the best he has ever had and that is saying something as he loves it and is in Europe quite often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Good
    Foodie4lifeVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Grabbed dinner here on a Sunday evening. One of the first people seated for dinner. Everything was on point from the start - roasted garlic, winter greens, ricotta gnocchi, salmon, as well as the chocolate cake. One of the best meals I've had in a while. Gilt Bar is definitely showing they're a force to be reckoned with in the Chicago food scene...and it appears Michelin noticed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Went to celebrate our 35th anniversary, the place was crowded and very noisy, but the food was outstanding! We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice food for a good price
    Miguel
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I had read good comments with this restaurant and i may have managed wrongly my own expectations. I had a tartar that was not very good although the pasta that my partner had was pretty good. Quite good desserts and, given my limited knowledge of the US wine, not the greatest advice on wine although the interest of the service to have us happy was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    tripleB
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The steak was next level. Old fashioned was also incredible. Can't wait to go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Be sure to get dessert!
    Bari
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We started with the toast dipped in garlic and balsamic which sounds so simple but it was out of this world. The main course we split the mushroom risotto which was good but nothing super special. Then, the toffee date cake. So delicious! Highly recommend this place, it's got a cool, dimly lit vibe which would be great for dates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressive bone-marrow, great toast
    InSearchOfGenuineGoodVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    but not so impressive waiter. The wine we asked for tasting maybe was about not even a spoonful, and throughout the whole evening, he was not too helpful - never saw him smile either. Other than that, the food, especially chicken dish was very good - also the portions are rather generous; and the truffle pasta was home-made, you could tell and was good but was VERY salty, alas.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Close proximity to tables
    valerina89
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    My boyfriend and I went for our anniversary dinner, first time at the restaurant with a reservation for 2. The place was low lit, very open, with a beautiful bar to the right of the entrance, and clean. Only thing I wish was different is where we were sat. We were sat in the front at a 1.5 foot width table with about 6 inches between us and the tables next to us. Granted, this is Chicago and that's how most places are. It was very...cozy. We could have asked to sit elsewhere but the table next to us seemed to be finishing up so we didn't fuss. It was overall a great place with the atmosphere, food, drinks, and service (ricotta gnocchi, mashed potatoes, and rib eye steak- delicious!!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy setting, rich flavors
    WineBlondeVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    This is the first time I have been to this restaurant early enough to enjoy it before it got super busy, and I highly recommend doing so! The service was excellent and every dish we had was executed perfectly with intense flavors. Dishes to try: the mussels, shaved brussels salad, the pork belly with lentils, and the octopus entree. Homemade ice cream are the perfect cold and creamy ending, or go all out with the sticky toffee date cake...so rich! Great wines by the glass at fairly decent prices. I suggest sitting at the tables in the bar area. Ask for a corner spot, cozy up to your date and dig-in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice gem!
    weinspar
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This was a great find! Our server was knowledgeable and made fantastic recommendations! The cocktails were delicious and the food was fantastic! We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    FOOD
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Service was excellent! Food was amazing! Try the bone marrow!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wry good
    Diner
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    A bit slow but food was excellent. Had orichette pasta and it was very good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Yummmmmmmmmy
    DandAMom
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I took clients here at the recommendation of a friend who lives local. It is VERY dark, so a little weird for clients... And at first look at the menu it seems very limited - but OMG, Larry! This place is phenomenal - foie gras was FANTASTIC! All the salads were good, but the shaved brussel sprout salad was the yummiest! Everyone loved their dinner. I can only speak for mine - gnocchi - it was heavenly. Buttery, but not too rich just a hint of the pork, but not overbearing. We had all the veggies but the fries and I could have made a meal out of just the veggies! I highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, fun atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Try the marrow bones. Yumm. Truffle pasta? Yes please.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gilt to the max
    lakinui
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The bartender is an excellent mixologist. He used an eye dropper to add house made ingredients, measured all other liquors and mixes and made sure each cocktail was right before serving. My girlfriend ordered a non alcoholic lemonade and it was prepared with equal precision. I had the Bee's Knees which I highly recommend. It was a potent blend but sweet and smooth to the taste. We had the Truffle Pasta and the Gunthorp Farms half chicken. The pasta al dente and creamy perfection. The chicken succulent and seasoned perfectly. Joseph is an excellent server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great atmosphere
    CBGS
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My husband and I came for my birthday dinner. We got drinks and apps downstairs at the Library. The cocktails were awesome and the apps were delicious. The Brussel sprouts might have been the best part of the meal. Throughout the night We also got the fries, grilled octopus, truffle pasta and pork belly too. It was waaaay too much food but we wanted to try so many things. All of it was fantastic. I hope to go back again soon. Highly recommend Gilt Bar!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • danahanes
    danahanes
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    As others have said, it was dark inside. Perfect for a nice dinner with good friends. Service was great, ambiance was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food
    Food4life
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    They now have a 4 course pre-fix option that is the perfect size portions and allows you to try even more menu items! Fabulous restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I took two friends in from out of town here. We sat in the Library, which was perfect - quieter than the upstairs but still a great vibe. Food and drink selection were awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place for Out-of-towners
    OllieP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I had been here before for drinks after work once and have been wanting to go back. Took a group of my friends who were in from out of town and we had a great time! It was a Saturday night - full restaurant - great food - friendly staff - fun girls night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting, delicious; +vibe
    TheNightIsAlwaysBeautiful
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Pleasantly restrained, but helpful waiter. Great service from the second we walked in the door. Even a minor item like the Brussels sprout salad was fantastic. We’ll be back. I’ve been recommending this place to everyone since eating there. And don’t skip a stroll downstairs-thoughtful and clever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ask to sit in basement
    Jbpears4
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    There's a secret basement area (behind a practically hidden doorway) that houses a speakeasy type area. SO COOL. You have to CALL when you make a reservation to be seated down there (I.e. Asking via OpenTable doesn't work) Food and drinks were delish, especially the pork belly. It was insane.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst service ever!!
    AP21VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We have found Chicago to be a very friendly city and this server was outright rude. We were there to eat and drink! Unfortunately, our experience started off with a miscommunication- thought reso was at 915 but they said 9 so they couldnt find us a table right away but then they did which we appreciated. However our server was rude from the onset - as usual we would order our drinks first and then order appetizers, but she said we HAD to order food first! Perhaps it was because the kitchen closes but she did not provide any explanation. We also ordered quite a bit of food and between four of us only 1 bottle of wine and 2 beers, so if she was worried we were going to drink too much, then she was wrong and misjudged us. Very disappointing!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alcohol served to pregnant woman
    CitydinerVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Our pregnant friend was served alcohol despite asking specifically for a "mocktail" version of a Moscow mule. The managerial staff didn't not handle it well and initially just offered to reverse the charges for just the drink.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday
    mmmmmVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I had planned a special 30th birthday dinner for my boyfriend. I wrote on my open table reservation that it was his birthday. The waitress came over and said, "I heard there is a birthday here!!" And she put a candle in the dessert. It was wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    foursome
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Monday night at Gilt Bar - Great cocktails and superbly crafted food, with something for all tastes, coupled with terrific service - always attentive and moved at the pace we wanted. Will return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and great cocktails
    AuroraMomVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This is a very warm and inviting place. The bar is old school cool with pleasant music playing. My husband usually has to explain how to make the cocktails he wants, but here they know what they are doing. We got the marrow appetizer, the octopus with lima beans, and truffle pasta. All were very tasty Excellent service, will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    When we checked in the hosts could not have been nicer and seated us right away although we were late for our reservation. We were using the flashlight app on our phones to look at the drink menu and our waiter came up to our table and rudely warned us that we were to be careful where we pointed the light as it disturbs other people. When he came back to the table he told us it was best to order everything at once since it was busy. We ordered our drinks and our food together. About 10 minutes later our food arrived at the table. Still no drinks. Very strange. Drinks arrived about 5 minutes later. No apologies. Never checked back with us. We still tipped him 20 percent but left surprised at how bad the service was.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was awesome as usual, but..
    RalphmarpleVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Our server wasnt 100 % what you would expect. He was a bit off his game.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find for out-of-towners
    TexanTravelers
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    While visiting from Texas, I wanted to find a nice spot for me and my girlfriend to have dinner and drinks. This was just a quick ride away on the L, and I was able to make a reservation easily around 8 on a Sunday night. Service was great, they even took our backpacks at the coat check. Signature cocktails were interesting and delicious. She liked the Lillet Rose and I thought the Lions Tail was very good. Food was not heavily seasoned and cooked just right. Prices were reasonable for a nicer dinner and the servers were friendly and helpful. Overall we had a great experience. Would definitely recommend this spot.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.