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Gilt Bar
Gilt Bar

Gilt Bar Details

  • 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: Gastro Pub, American
  • 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 (312) 464-9544

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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Diner Reviews
  • "I love to drop in for a quick bite and a drink after work. It's lovely to have such great service and care."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "I am VERY offended. . I made dinner reservations after my brother and I attended an IMAX prior to the air and water show...we walked in and were questioned like 13 yrs old if we been "over served" and "where we were out before" I have NEVER been so humiliated and treated like a child. The guy played it out like a formaility.... I felt discriminated. I have dined here frequently. However, perhaps If came in wearing a skimpy dress like the couple before me I would have not been asked these questions. I told the hostess how infuriated I was...she did nothing. This was an absolute embarrassment, espiscally because I have been here a handful of times, but this time I made reservations to treat my brother from out of town to dinner."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Went for drinks and apps. Moscow mule and bees knees were excellent. My friend enjoyed the manhattan and old fashioned menu. Food and service were great. Very near experience."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Our server would find benefit by learning a bit of tact, but the food was outstanding."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Everything was great! Nice atmosphere. Our waitress was a little slow at first but otherwise great. Must try the steak tartar and truffle pasta 😋"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Our waiter Klaus (not sure on spelling) was fantastic! Great drinks, delicious options. The bread with roasted garlic was our favorite and such a perfect starter."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "For no reason whatsoever, our server was incredibly rude, short and condescending. I've always had impeccable service at Hogsalt and am a frequent diner at their venues. This lady should not be a server anywhere...needs new line of business."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "My friends and I are regulars here, coming everyday after work to decompress. Their food is great. Coffee is great. Their drinks are excellent. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "food was fantastic, price & portions well balanced. cocktail list was simply great. room, music, seating all perfect. service staff was spot on."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Had an amazing experience at this downtown swanky place. I knew the drinks would be great, but never expected our dinner to be so delicious. We had the gnocchi, lemon pasta and smoked salmon caesar. Wait staff very attentive. I loved the decor. Hip and young vibe."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "This is a really cool bar with awesome food. The issue is that it is so dark you can barely read the menu or see your food. But it did not stop me from returning. My waitress was not great, not pleasant, I had to ask for a dessert menu and refill my own water! The first time I went the service was fantastic!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Menu items are limited (only 4 entre items with a few pastas), but all the food was very good (chicken, steak and pork belly). I liked the ambiance / decor of the place but we were seated in an area with almost no light...had to use my iphone to read the menu and look at the food. I do have to point out the drink I ordered (Moscow Mule) was all ice .. they used crushed ice and filled it to the top of the glass...I think I got about 10 sips and was done. After I asked they reduce the ice to be more reasonable level they then gave a drink where the glass was not full. Overall I enjoyed the food and the experience but the restaurant should look at the details of their drinks, menu options to make an interesting place to visit again."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food was delicious I would suggest the steak tartar it was fantastic. Then lighting is a little darker but romantic. We went with a party of six and could hear each other fine."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We had the chance to move to the Library due to a cancellation and it was definitely worth it. The space and ambiance was great. Service was excellent, great drink menu. Plates are good sized; though some might find the menu a little limited we were fine with the choices and everything was very good. Standouts were the bone marrow and the 50/50 sausage. Chocolate pie for dessert was great as well. Could easily see how it could become a bit of a madhouse on the weekend (we went on a Tuesday with about 80% occupancy)."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I really like the speakeasy atmosphere of Gilt Bar. I enjoy meeting friends for drinks or dinner. Their truffle pasta is amazing."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Great find on our trip to Chicago. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food is amazing at gilt bar. They really respect the food and it shows in how amazingly vital the flavors are. They also have good options for vegetarians. Their bar makes well-balanced drinks, in addition to having a wide wine and beer selection. And the service is impeccable! You never want for anything. I love it when a restaurant makes sure your water glass is filled--it's so much easier to appreciate the food that way!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Love this place. We had an amazing server. We changed our dessert order twice (oops...) and they brought us the wrong dessert. We didn't even say anything but then three different people apologized and they brought us an additional dessert. Only thing is that this restaurant is very loud. We were almost shouting at each other and had quite a few --"What?? What did you say?""
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Besides from being one of a few places where I can get bone marrow, the food here has always been excellent. The fish is excellent and you've gotta love their blackened cauliflower. They also serve one of the best Pimm's cup."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Steak tartare is fantastic! Disappointed in arugula/apple salad. If making a reservation, be certain to indicate seating preference. Very surprised our party of 2 was seated in an almost empty restaurant directly next to a party of 3 in the bar area. Had too request being moved twice. Server was very attentive and friendly."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "This was our second dine at Gilt bar. We are from out of town but love this gem. We had a wonderful time! We went with another couple and we arrived about 45 minutes earlier than our reservation and were able to be seated right away. The food was very delicous! We did not care for our waiter but the service was still good, not great."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "While we enjoyed our experience, the service fell far short of our expectations. The food and ambiance were both incredible but our server could have cared less that we were there and we felt like an imposition. Too bad."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "First floor/bar too loud for us to enjoy dinner and conversations. But we really enjoyed the library / club downstairs. Menu short but we all found something we liked. My half order of walleye was a but skimpy relative to the other half orders. We'll be back"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Although I find the hostesses/hosts to be overally self important and attitudinal. Although this is a fun place to see and be seen - it's a little loud and too tightly packed for after work meetings to be productive."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The steak tartare was the best I have ever had! It was one of the most memorable meals I have had, I will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I went to Gilt for my pre-birthday celebration after reading about the trendy hot spot in chicago magazine. I was nervous that it would be more trendy than actual good food but it wasn't! The food was fantastic. I had the seasonal salad with goat cheese- perfect balance of acid, pepper and creaminess. I also had the salmon with a side of roasted cauliflower. The salmon was cooked to perfection - Crispy on top, medium rare in the middle and perfectly seasoned. The cauliflower had pickled onions and capers that perfectly balanced out the "dullness" of cauliflower and making it a superb side to my salmon. The service is interesting- the waiters and runners appear when you want them to but don't linger. All in all fantastic. Thank you!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food was fantastic. The service was prompt and attentive, but the hostess and our waiter were rude and not personable."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Thumbs up to Klaus, our waiter. He was attentive and gave great advice as to our order. We had the truffle pasta (Must-have!!), the meatballs (yum!) and the brocoli with pecorino and lemon (delicious!). Would go back in a heartbeat! It's romantic, the atmosphere is great and it's definitely a trendy spot to be!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Very memorable, delicious, enjoyable dining experience. Met a childhood friend who we haven't seen each other for 15 years. We asked for a quiet table to talk and catch up and were brought to the library downstairs. It was an incredibility beautiful room - warm and inviting. Like an old speakeasy. The service was impeccable the food fresh and flavorful. I highly recommend this neighborhood gem near the Chicago Merchandise Mart"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I made a reservation here, strictly on what I saw through Yelp, and was not disappointed. Although, to reserve a table downstairs in The Library, which is a very cool basement bar/lounge, you need to call instead of reserve online. I think because that seating is limited. Get the potatoes. Incredible."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Haved dined at Gilt Bar twice and both times have had a nonchalant, uninterested waiter. Had to ask for a drink after waiting 10 minutes at our table. Our table of 4 all wished to order one of the many specialty drinks listed on the menu and when asked for the waiters recommendations, he stood there and said "why don't you go ask the bartender for answers." With that, we order simple cocktails and food. Our choice of appetizers were delicious. Our waiter never returned to ask if we needed another drink or anything else to eat. We asked for our check and left. Never we go back, especially since this has happened twice now."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We had a great corner booth to sit close together for our romantic date. The drink menu was up to their strong reputation adm the food was excellent too! The decor was fantastic and the overall scene was dynamic."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Gilt Bar was recommended to us by a local friend and we were super impressed...right up until the end, when, after a very long wait...we had to finally take our check up to our waitress who was sitting at the bar chatting with the bar tender and other waitstaff. (It didn't help that we could see her clearly not busy.) At that point...an apology for forgetting to come get our cc would have been in order...but she did not acknowledge that we had been sitting there waiting with check and cc in hand for 15-10 minutes. Not sure what was going on there. Sorry to end a very nice evening with exceptional food on a negative note."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Have been trying to been reservation here for a while given the rave reviews and was finally able to secure one early evening on Father's Day. What a treat! Every single dish was outstanding. The burrata and sliced ham on toast made me feel like I was back in Italy. The same goes for the pasta with black truffles. The pork belly melted in your mouth, but what really surprised us was the boneless grilled chicken. It bursted with flavor and the side of mash potatoes with chicken jus was a perfect pairing. Lastly, the home made chocolate pie was perfect - not too dense, not too loose, not too sweet. Insane. Cannot wait to go back and gorge."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Love Gilt Bar...and love introducing new people to the restaurant as well. Came in on a Saturday night...it was busy/lively. We had a 10pm reso and we sat right away. Our server was Nicklaus, and he did a phenomenal job...very personable and knowledgeable about the menu...would definitely request him next time. Steak Tartare is best in the city...hands down. Love that they serve sriracha on the side. Nice salads, awesome mussels...I can drink that sauce by spoonfuls. Desserts are outstanding...best coffee ice cream I ever had. Drink program is amazing...Martinez is my drink of choice and they always execute it perfectly. Will definitely be coming back soon...and hopefully introducing new people as well."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Amazing dishes, fairly priced and make sure you get to its underground secret bar "the library""
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "A group of four dined on a Friday night, sitting at a table towards the back of the restaurant. The food was unbelievably good (we split a number of appetizers and each person ordered a main course)!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Our first time there (celebrating our civil union "upgrade" to marriage). We were told to ask to sit in the Library. It was perfect. Quaint, mysterious, romantic, and quieter than upstairs. We felt as if taking a trip downstairs had transported us to another location. The bar tender was also our server and we loved the ability to talk cocktails with him as he brought out new orders. The service, food and ambiance all made for a fantastic evening! Favorites form the menu were the bone marrow and the gnocchi. We will return many more times."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I was going to give 2 stars, but since Gilt Bar is on the brink of being much better, it's gets 3. A couple of corrections could have mad our meal excellent. The Negroni was excellent. The food, over salted and came out cold. In NYC this meal may have been 25% more at least, so that's a plus."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Great, vibrant restaurant. Came with a shout out from a top chef in Chi-town. Great service and server... only oddity was for such a trendy restaurant, they ran out of STEAK by 7:30pm, being one of the signature dishes... Murphy obviously lives everywhere or the food manage was asleep at the wheel. Definitely will go back..."
    Dined on 6/11/2014