RedemptionEverything was really great, particularly, the bone marrow and the spicy pork pasta. The ribeye was a bit of a miss, but I think its because I ordered it medium rare, where, a ribeye should actually be more medium/medium well, because its so fatty. My fault. However, I do think it was a bit over seasoned.
The real winner: Their Manhattans6/12/2013 12:00:00 AMMust go!We absolutely love coming here every time we are in Chicago! Delicious food!6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMTruffle Pasta as well as theTruffle Pasta as well as the Meatball dishes - both absolutely fantastic. And the drinks are the best we've ever had. Amazing!!6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMNice dinnerSomeone at our hotel recommended this restaurant. She also mentioned there is a speak easy underneath, but we did not check that out. We arrived early for our reservation on a Friday night, but were seated promptly. Service was friendly if maybe slightly pushy, we had to insist on the appetizers we actually wanted - he kept pushing ones we didn't. The food was good, but everything was a little salty. It was a nice evening with friends and I would recommend it.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMStupendousSo a friend recommended this place to take some guests from out of town. It was a big win! The food was amazing, drinks were unique and delicious, and the service was impeccable. I think this is going to become a new favorite when I want great food and an awesome experience. We were down in the Library. It had such a "speak-easy" feel to it, it was great! I can't wait to go again.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMBest meal in ChicagoDuring a brief business visit, Gilt Bar was by far the best dining experience we had. Friendly and helpful staff with fun classic cocktails and an eclectic menu that was superb. We can personally vouch for the octopus and the pork belly. Definitely a destination restaurant that we look forward to visiting again. The atmosphere was lively and almost "noisy", but in the end, that served to increase our excitement about the whole experience.6/3/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food with awesome vibe.Great food with awesome vibe. Come hungry because the portions are HUGE!5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMbest of the bestWe ate in 8 restaurants in 2 days our mission in Chicago was to eat in some great restaurants and we did but the stand out for us was Gilt Bar. Our server George as exceptional, food was amazing, great flavors without a doubt the rib eye was the best we had ever had we all agreed. All 6 of us are huge foodies.5/28/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of a kindThis place sets its self apart from other restaurants in the city. They have it all. A great array of food, a small enough menu to keep to try all or stick to a favorite. The atmosphere was what I was looking for--- casual double date or a meeting with a new friend. The downstairs library was one of a kind. The candle lit room could be romantic for two or cool for a group. We loved the bone marrow and jam, the pork belly was amazing, and the truffle pasta was one not to miss.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMAMAZINGgilt bar is one of my favorite restaurants in all of Chicago. I always have attentive servers, awesome food, and perfect ambiance. The steak tartar, house wine, truffle pasta, and carrot cake are to die for, but everything else on the menu is prime. Make sure you make a reservation in advance and visit the speak-easy bar downstairs :)!5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent service, food and menuEverything our group of four shared was delicious-- especially the beginnings (fava bean and almond salad, steak tartare) and the close (moist, richly dark brownies). Our server and the entire staff we encountered couldn't have been better. Too noisy, but no wonder it's so popular.5/23/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat FoodBest I've had in Chicago in awhile. Food and service was outstanding and we sat outside on a beautiful night. A+5/20/2013 12:00:00 AMCould not have been more impressedThere are very few occasions that drive me to recommend something for others to try something. The dining experience my guests and I had was so wonderful that I had to express my thanks by writing a review. The restaurant vibe was fantastic from the trendy reclaimed decor to the music. Our server, Sara was extremely knowledgeable and quick to help us navigate the menu answering questions and offering suggestions. All this would have made a great night alone, but the food was absolutely fantastic. I highly recommend Gilt Bar! We had 5 in our party and shared dishes, which allowed us try much of the menu. I'll be back over and over. Thanks for one of the best dining experiences in my life!5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMWe keep coming back here andWe keep coming back here and it is always amazing!5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious!!The steak tartar is second to none, every entree was superb and one of my guest said the date cake was the most delicious thing she's ever had. As usual, I never leave disappointed5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMI love to eat and drink hereI love to eat and drink here every time I come to Chicago. Everything was amazingly delicious as usual. One of my favorite places to dine in the city!5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely atmosphere. FriendlyLovely atmosphere. Friendly service. And delicious food!5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was very good, but thisFood was very good, but this is a place for younger people. It is dark and very noisy. It was hard to hear the server at times. But, food and service were both very good.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMWill definitely go backFirst time at Gilt Bar and it was great. The service was excellent and the food was all delicious. Not a very large menu or wine list, but plenty of good choices. We shared every dish (encouraged) and everything we tasted was wonderful. Would definitely go back.5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was good, service wasFood was good, service was excellent and the environment was OK. A little too dark. Had to borrow a large candle just to read the menu.5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat for dinner and drinks.Great for dinner and drinks. Nice ambience and service was great!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Spot for Special OccastionMy husband and I went there for my birthday dinner and were pleasantly surprised that Gilt Bar lived up the hype. We each tried a signature cocktail which were delicious. For appetizers we had the bone marrow and kale salad and for entrees (a la carte) I had the mussels and my husband had the Gunthorp Chicken. The food was fantastic and portion sizes were very generous! Our server was really great, our drinks took awhile to come because the bar was crowded. The restaurant is dimly lit but the ambiance and decor are so fantastic. Overall we enjoyed it very much and would not hesitate to recommend to friends for a date night or special occasion,5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Birthday Dinner SpotI took my friend here for her birthday dinner, and we loved it! The Tartare was wonderful and was so the Ceasar Salad with Salmon. We asked to be seated downstairs in the "Library" and it was a great change in scenery. Recently redone, it felt like we were on the set of a stunning movie. This wasn't my first time at Gilt Bar, and it won't certainly be the last!5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMDesserts to love!I liked the combination of small plates and...huge desserts!4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMAs usual, one of the bestAs usual, one of the best meals we have ever eaten! The food is inventive and prepared beautifully!4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMNice placeOverall really enjoyed Gilt Bar. My only issue is that the tables are so close together - its a bit tight. the person at the next table stood up and ended up knocking over our wine bottle because there was no space. Otherwise, this was nice.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMOur server was EXCELLENT!Our server was EXCELLENT! She was extremely helpful with the menu, attentive but not over-bearing. Per our servers recommendation, our party of four shared our order and were able to sample several items on the menu. From our appetizer to dessert, all was fantastic!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMexcellent service, food andexcellent service, food and ambiance
small and interesting menu4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMI love how dark and energeticI love how dark and energetic vibe at Gilt Bar. The drinks and food was amazing. Everything we got was delicious from the entree to the dessert. It is not a small plate restaurants but the dishes are not huge, I was enough food for one person. Our waiter was really nice and knowledgeable.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMVery goodA great spot for a nice, unique dinner. We sat at the bar and really enjoyed the food, service and the wine. We would absolutely recommend.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMSuper cool atmosphere. InterestingSuper cool atmosphere. Interesting cocktail list. Really friendly staff - the host was probably the friendliest I have ever seen. Food was outstanding - our group loved everything we tried. Will definitely be back.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMa great findHad friends in from out of town and had so many choices but decided on a new place for me - Gilt Bar. It was fabulous from the ambience, design, friendliness, well-versed server to every single entree was amazing. We hared multiple appetizers - who knows what was best then I had the salmon - best salmon I have ever had. Can't wait to take more friends back soon!4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMLow Light. Great food. InterestingLow Light. Great food. Interesting and pleasant staff. Lot of hipsters in there though....4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, outstanding service,Great food, outstanding service, good value. What's not to like?4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experience. Food wasGreat experience. Food was great, service was spot on and the vibe was perfect for a nice night out with the lady. Thanks!4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMWe ate a very early dinnerWe ate a very early dinner there - with a reservation. I was surprised that we were seated in the bar area, near the entry. Didn't even think to ask for a table in the dining room, but should have. Cant comment on the noise level because it was very early.
You must have the steak tartare. Great presentation and phenomenal appetizer. That is where the wow factor stopped for me with the food (drinks are great). The steak-which is a supposed to be very special, wasnt. The meat was sooooooooo fatty. The part that wasn't fat really had no flavor. Very disappointed. The gnocchi was very smoky. The smoky flavor of the pork belly dominated and was also disappointing.
I would go back to Gilt for the other appetizers and drinks.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food. ExcellentExcellent food. Excellent service. Too noisy. Could not even hear the person at the table with me.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMDefinitely a Must Try!Wonderful atmosphere! Great Space and Delicious Food!4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is a great place whenThis is a great place when you want a lounge atmosphere with good food. It's hip but not pretentious and when I went there was a nice mix of ages and groups vs. smaller parties. The kale salad and chicken were delicious. They serve a Pimms cup which is refreshing with a bit of zing.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMBrought my boyfriend hereBrought my boyfriend here for dinner for his birthday and we couldnt have loved it anymore. It was a great place, with great lighting for a romantic dinner... loved every second of it. Will definitely be coming back!4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMWent on a Monday night, soWent on a Monday night, so wasn't as crowded. Excellent food and fantastic service!3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMportions were small but veryportions were small but very flavorful.
Unique drink menu.
vibrant atmosphere3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Gilt Bar is bigger thanThe Gilt Bar is bigger than it's sister restaurant Maude's Liquor Bar - bigger in size as well as energy. Whilst I wouldn't book a table at Gilt Bar for an intimate dinner for two (I would book Maude's), it is great for a small group of friends! The martini I had at the bar was expertly made and the bar was already buzzing at 5:45 on a Friday night. The booth my girlfriends and I were seated at for dinner was very comfortable and the food was yummy. Our waitress was friendly and efficient and brought all the plates to share (fun!) - the tenderloin steak tartare, fennel salad and gunthorp chicken were all really good but the mashed potatoes were the best!!!!!!3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMPersonal favoriteMy girlfriend and I went for a Friday night dinner. The food was spectacular, the gnocchi w pork bell and sweet potatoe is one of my favorite dishes. Great place for many occasions, I also went there with a group for a friends birthday. It was just as good with a big group as It was for an intimate evening.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMMy new favorite place.Great food. Great service. Great cocktails. Their truffle pasta was the most delicious pasta I've ever had. Our waitress was genial and offered incredibly attentive yet calm service. I can't wait to go back.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat ChoiceThe basement is really cool. Ambiance was very impressive and we had a great time. I also like that they use Open Table due to the convenience.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Food; Better DrinksLive next door and LOVE Gilt Bar. I go often, but recently, I actually watched the bar tender make our drinks (usually we just sit at a table and I don't have the occasion to watch). There is a reason why the cocktails are set melt-in-your-mouth delicious. They seem to be conducting science projects/artsy master pieces with each drink crafted. And the food is great - one thing I will say: Caesar is FANTASTIC, but always order it with light dressing. They tend to overdue it. And I love dressing. Service is ok. I always end up feeling like the waited could have done a better job, but with the food and drinks they're churning out, it's hard to really complain. Ambiance is vundebar as well! Dark, but not too dark, loud, but not too loud.3/12/2013 12:00:00 AMThe best chicken i eve r ate.The best chicken i eve r ate. Drinks are hand crafted and excellent.3/9/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome Friday night spot!!Went on a Friday night with a group of 6 from work, and we had a BLAST!!!! Sat at the round tables and had a Malbec wine that was fantastic!! The steak tartar and Sausage fondu is to DIE FOR! Literally amazing. And the steak and mashed potato and cheese broccoli was awesome for sharing!! We split that between three of us and the other three split fries, and a spicy pasta! I always LOVE Gilt Bar! Our waitress was perfect and sweet and so energetic (but she just left to travel the world) Dang! Jealous! :)
Anyways... AMAZING experience!!!!1/25/2013 12:00:00 AMCool for CatsVery cool. A youthful, club-like vibe. The drinks are top notch, and the food is excellent.12/15/2012 12:00:00 AM