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Gilt Bar
Gilt Bar

Gilt Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.giltbarchicago.com
  • Email: giltbarchicago@gmail.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
  • "Went with a girlfriend and had a great time. We ordered everything to share so we could try more and each dish was wonderful...the only complaint is that we over ate as a result. Will definitely be back soon!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Been here plenty of times. Some of the best fettucine in LIFE here"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Our waitress was amazing - her name is Megan. The food is excellent and I would definitely go back for the Gnocchi. The bread with garlic was amazing as well. The next time we go back, we are definitely going to try the Steak appetizer. When the food was brought out, we always got an explanation about what it was and everything was done to perfection. You must go to this place. The drinks were on par too - tasty and classy."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I was up-sold the 22oz beef in place of the 20 oz. After reflection, why didn't the chef trim 2 oz and complete the order as requested? It became clear after receiving the bill / THE WAITER NEVER INFORMED ME THE PRICE WAS $50. Nice - Surprise when I got the bill .... Bill Zadko"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Everything we had was amazing, you really cannot go wrong here! It was a little dark in the restaurant - if you need reading glasses, be sure to bring them! But, the food and service cannot be beat!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Went on a Saturday night and it was the best chicken I ever had at a restaurant. We enjoyed the burrata and had the orchiette with the pork ragu and it was very good! I would highly recommend"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I've gone multiple times and love the food and specialty cocktails. The ambiance is sexy, dark mood lighting and energetic"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We were staying at the Trump, I looked online to see what new places were near & GiltBar popped up. We could not have been more pleased with the food, the service or the ambience. It was a home run all the way."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Gilt Bar is on my list of restaurants to revisit and I do not revisit restaurants in the city often because I love to try and explore new things. I loved the ambience, the waitor knew the menu, and the gunthrop chicken was the best chicken I have ever had in my life! I will most definitely be revisiting Gilt Bar again."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Love sitting in the library, but this is now the second time we've had the same waitress (I'm not going to mention her name), and she is just an impatient, easily annoyed, person. It's not the tip. We gave her 20% last time and even this time...against my wife's recommendation. All else is great, so for now, for the best experience, it is best to sit upstairs instead of down."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This is one of those places that likes to carry itself as if it's one of the Elite. My experience was ok, but the service was slow and predictable. If you're doing to pay Gilt process you want a full experience, I don't feel as if we got that. We had reservations and they held us at the door as if we were walk ins. It's a great place nonetheless, it just takes itself for granted sometimes."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Excellent food, excellent service. Our waiter was fantastic, pairing our selections to compliment one another."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Gilt Bar divides into two distinct places--the bar upstairs and the quiet and intimate "Library" downstairs. We had dinner and drinks in the Library, where the quiet, private ambiance and the family-style sharing of food was exactly what we wanted. Highly recommend the brussel sprout salad, the mussels, and the roasted chicken. The food was understated and delicious. The service was discreet and timely. I would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Best food I've eaten in Chicago! Everything on the menu is amazing!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We got the chicken entree which was juicy and flavorful, but definitely enough to feed three people so I'm glad we split it. The broccoli side dish was probably the best I've had, and we ended with their brown butter apple cake with salted caramel ice cream which was a great end to the meal. I highly recommend this place!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I arrived about 30 minutes early with two guests for a 10pm reservation. I checked in with the host and asked if they would be able to seat us a little early as they had three to four open tables. He replied that would try to seat us as soon as possible. My guests and I ordered drinks and then stood next to the hosts podium and patiently waited to be seated - which never happened! We actually waited until 11pm before leaving and going someplace else. The host and a couple of members of the staff spent allot of time socializing with each other instead of taking care of the guests. There was no excuse for my party being ignored for an hour and a half while standing right next the the host. We will not be returning based on the poor service."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Great wine & beer list, interesting mixed drinks. The food was great. The truffle pasta was pungently amazing. Good vibrant and diverse crowd, but not cheesy or too preppy. Good for a group hangout or date night."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Gilt Bar has an extensive Gluten Free dinner menu. It's outstanding, especially the salmon and fries. Outstanding service and it's a restaurant that I will come back a lot to eat at."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great food, great energy, great service. I always like to try new places. Gilt finds a spot on the short list of places to go again."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "I met a friend for dinner and was looking for a fun spot to grab a light bite to eat. We shared the brussel sprouts, chicken and the incredible broccoli. The chicken was very moist and the brussel sprouts were tasty! The only negative was that when you walked into the bar in smelled like stale beer."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The hostess at the front is rude. The effort to make the bar experience trendy has gone overboard into rude. Reserving tables for work colleagues to gather @ 5:00 provides a definitive location which is great. However when a few more people show up than were included in the reservation the staff should make every effort to accommodate. When I asked one of the adjoining tables if I could use one of their chairs....they said certainly. The adjacent booth was empty with plenty of room for the extra chair between the two booths. As soon as I began moving the chair the hostess grabbed my hand removed it from the chair and scolded me like a child. Our group planned to remain for a few hours and eat. However we departed."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Everything here was very good. Menu is not too big. Wine list is different but pairs well. Server was very good about explaining the menu and wines. Definitely would go back."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Highly recommend Gilt Bar for a date — the food, the drinks, the service, the ambiance are perfect for a romantic time. Sodikoff hit this one out of the ballpark, and so did I."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Wonderful lighting and ambiance at this foodie paradise. The selection is tremendous and dishes are meant to be shared. We started with creamy Burata and Tapenade on Grilled Bread. We ordered the 20 oz coal grilled Rib Eye as our entree escorted by Mashed Potatoes, Beet and Arugula salad and Broccoli. The steak was smokey grilled to med rare perfection and sliced for sharing. Good wines and specialty cocktails are great accompaniments. After dining on Tues night with my work colleagues, I went back on Thursday with my sisters. We had the Rib Eye and Burata again but had the shaved Brussel Sprout salad and the grilled Cauli. I live in N. CA and eat at Michael Chiarello's Botega in Napa and Guilt really does rival his place. Book it now."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "The Gilt Bar is a dining experience - great food, presented well, plus hip atmosphere. Friendly staff and excellent service. A winner!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Great food but if you want to have an intimate converstaion this is not a good option."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Hands down my favorite restaurant in Chicago. Great food, amazing atmosphere and one of the best wine lists I've seen"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Gilt Bar is fantastic. The food is always superb, especially the desserts. The atmosphere is also great. The crowd is young, mostly twenty-somethings. The price is also very reasonable. This place is also really nice for a date."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "There was a choice to sit upstairs in the energetic scene for patrons wanting a more trendy bar experience or to sit downstairs in the retro feel lounge where it was a more quiet atmosphere for conversation. The food was outstanding and a nice surprise considering I was expecting more of a bar because of the name."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Great atmosphere, great service, outstanding food! A fun new hot spot in the city, and not stuck up like many other Chicago establishments!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My wife and I have been to gilt at least a dozen times given we live nearby. It is consistently excellent. We've tried literally everything on the menu from salad to app to pasta, seafood and meat. All fantastic. And while mashed potatoes might sound boring, theirs with the chicken gravy is something I dream about. Finish it all even if it hurts, or you will regret it the next day"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I've heard about Gilt Bar and read a number of reviews so I did have some high expectations. My friend and I really enjoyed the experience. The food was delicious (especially the pork belly and cauliflower), drinks were great and our server was attentive. While I would certainly go back and it's a place I would recommend to others, the one drawback was the menu selection. In my opinion, it was a little light on choices. But that is not a deal breaker."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Gilt Bar used to be in our regular Tuesday night rotation. No more. This visit was a drag, and (as we told the host on the way out), there a lot of restaurants to choose from in Chicago. The good: the steak tartar was very good; and the Manhattan (as always) was excellent. The bad: the house white wine smelled like grape juice and tasted like syrup; the "classic" Caesar salad had no garlic or brine, it was just drenched in a whole lotta lemony mayo and some fish. The mains - these were fine, but we were so annoyed by the poor service (we had had to flag down our waiter to order mains; to order wine; and then to return wine) and by the absence of cauliflower (which the same waiter had forgotten to order) that I don't remember them in detail."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "My husband and I were in Chicago last weekend and made reservations at Gilt Bar for a belated Valentine's Day date. We started with a couple drinks, which were quite yummy and well-made, and the roasted garlic toast - delicious. Dinner was also great, but we were most impressed with our waiter - I wish I could remember his name! He gave us great recommendations on both food and drinks, and even threw in the most delicious hot fudge sauce for my icecream at the end. He also told us about a few jazz clubs to visit afterwards - Andy's was awesome! Thanks!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Spoiler Alert: gushy review. It IS a bit loud up front. For quiet seek out the back. I requested a romantic spot when I made the reservation as it was a late Valentine's dinner: back corner booth. Perfect. Not a cocktail person. HAVE the cocktails. Start with the roasted garlic. Frankly you could finish with that too! Don't like brussel sprouts. HAVE the brussel sprout salad. Not an encyclopaedic wine list, just exactly what you need. Gilt is not a steak house, but I had the best steak I can remember. The ambience might have been the highlight, however: soft lights, gentle murmur of conversation (because we had a booth at the back), attentive, unrushed, efficient service... My top recommendation in Chicago."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We were seated downstairs in the library and loved the space, atmosphere and drinks."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food was great as always...the service was awful this time though! Our waitress was completely inattentive and it seemed like I had to block her with my arm to get any help."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The best way to start a birthday weekend celebration is with close friends for an intimate dinner in the library. Everything is perfection from the bread with garlic & balsamic olive oil to the truffle pasta to the ribeye. Dessert was phenomenal and the cocktails were masterful. Truly an experience."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I have been to Gilt Bar on a couple of occasions and have always requested the Library room downstairs. It has great ambiance for couples and large groups. The soft lights, velvet red couches, and background music make this a premier hot spot. Incredible drinks and shareable portions made it a memorable night. The drinks are complex and tasty too."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Took my wife and sister to the Gilt Bar based on a recommendation from a friend. The service was very attentive without being overbearing. The presentation of the food was elegant. The temperature of the food when served was perfect, a half a notch below hot."
    Dined on 2/11/2014