Gilt Bar
Gilt Bar

Gilt Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.giltbarchicago.com/
  • Phone: 3124649544
  • 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
205 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (135)romantic (107)hot spot (94)vibrant bar scene (78)special occasion (72)good for groups (64)neighborhood gem (60)late-night find (51)notable wine list (30)great for outdoor dining (15)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (2)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Great find for out-of-towners
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food & Drink
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We have dined here twice and both times have been outstanding.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING. Where do I begin?
    MeredithP24
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    DELICIOUS food, excellent service and incredible ambiance. Take away the great food (which was GREAT) I would still come back because of the cool atmosphere and great service. We didn't leave an ounce of food on our plate. Can't wait to come back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but too loud
    Sarah
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Love this place but you are always shouting at everyone. Why is the music so loud??
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Young vibe but great biz dinner
    ServiceIsKing
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Bartender was very busy but still attentive. Hostess was flexible and accommodated a late arrival in our party without any issue. Place was hoping on Friday night. Waitress was such a pro, fun, good recs, flex, and pace was perfect. Food very good. Loved this place
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!
    supperclub5450
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Such a delicious dinner. Our table ordered two toasts (roasted garlic/balsamic [yummy] and heirloom tomatoes/burrata) and needed more toast to finish. I had the truffle pasta, which was beyond amazing. Rich, but not too rich. I finished all of it. Table also ordered ice cream with hot fudge. Reasonably priced for amazing dinner. Small and large plates to share.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    WE loved Gilt. Can not wait to go back. Outstanding food service and the staff was very keen to all we asked. Thanks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Picked this restaurant solely on reviews. Don't miss the burrata and they have seriously one of the best chocolate layer cakes I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Took my parents and fiancee here for a nice dinner on the weekend. Was amazed to find that it wasn't packed as the food and service was wonderful. By far the best meal we had in 4 days in Chicago. We will be back to this place as often as we can!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The perfect Saturday date night
    foodiegal22
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I've been to Gilt several times. It is the perfect spot for a date( dim lighting, shared plates, and great cocktails..Bees Knees is my favorite). My favorite thing to eat here is the Steak Tartare. The squash salad was dressed a bit too heavily and was also a bit too salty(still had some great flavors though). The Gnocci with pork belly was great, but again a bit too salty for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meat
    petcop
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We had their ribeye. We have had great beef before, but this come into our top-3. Cooked to order (rare - the only way to appreciate a good piece of meat), task, tender and with good French fries. And the lemon-meringue desert (full meal for 2!!) was very good.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food
    JENN
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Big portions especially the toasts. However, the waiter did ensure we did not order too many dishes. Everything was very good and loved the Lillet Rose on the rocks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    porkbelly
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    What a great find...amazing pork belly, great ambiance...and the price for this meal was unbelievably affordable for what you get. On my next trip to chicago, i'll be back here for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find
    Travelforfood
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Went as a team of 3 and were surprised by the smaller menu, but very pleased with the quality and presentation of the food. Don't get me wrong, there is plenty to choose from. But obviously focusing on a few items intead of too many pays off.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Vibe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Second time here, met a girlfriend for drinks and we loved the ambiance!! Great place for a date, will be back for a full meal hopefully soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sooo good
    Hessy
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This I the second time I've eaten at Gilt Bar and it was even better than the first. Make sure to check out the Library! A really neat restaurant with absolutely to die for food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Yorkers love Gilt Bar
    dking
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My girl and I flew into Chicago and looked up a few places to eat... and decided to try Gilt Bar. We got the chicken and mussels, two things we don't normally eat, but, we ate on the waiter's recommendation, and we were THRILLED. As much as we eat in fancy-pants NY, the Gilt Bar would be one of our favorites if it only moved about 1,500 miles. Great service, we loved the chandelier, and the food was properly grilled and seasoned comfort food... at least my chicken was (comfort food). We will be back as soon as we get back to Chicago... hopefully, before the CUBS have a winning record. Haha.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and a fun time
    JSChitownVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Went there with some friends on Friday night. We had a great time and the food was fantastic! The salads (shaved squash and a green apple salad), the mussels were my favorite. The truffle pasta while rich is a good dish to share and very yummy!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My after work fave
    Maria
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I love to drop in for a quick bite and a drink after work. It's lovely to have such great service and care.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • UkrUK007
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but snooty service
    FurryWombatVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our server would find benefit by learning a bit of tact, but the food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    NikLovesFood
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Everything was great! Nice atmosphere. Our waitress was a little slow at first but otherwise great. Must try the steak tartar and truffle pasta 😋
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun and trendy
    Alea
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Is it so hard to be nice?
    mtotheb
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to chill after work
    Salman
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • definitely shines
    supercritical1
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    food was fantastic, price & portions well balanced. cocktail list was simply great. room, music, seating all perfect. service staff was spot on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DET2CHI
    humbolthomie
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great, ambience was ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RajA
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Please go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    From the food to the drinks to the ambiance (those lights), there's no other way to say it: This is the sexiest establishment in the elite Chicago food scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eat in the Library
    docgcaVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • my favorite place in the hood
    bion
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    SMccain
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great find on our trip to Chicago. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Flavors and Service
    HerbyDuck
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service!
    Sarah
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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?"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a good time
    toughcookieVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.