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GT Fish and Oyster
GT Fish and Oyster

GT Fish and Oyster Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.gtoyster.com
  • Phone: (312) 929-3501
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm; Oyster Bar open until 12:00am

    Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 12:00am; Oyster Bar open until 1:00am

    Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30am to 4:30pm

    Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 10:00am to 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Giuseppe Tentori
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For Catering inquiries: Please contact Abby Kritzler at 312.238.9896.

  • Special Events & Promotions: For private event inquiries: Please contact Jenny Davis at 312.929.3501.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Grand
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking on Wells for $12 per vehicle.
A word from GT Fish and Oyster
Brought to you by Boka Restaurant Group, GT Fish & Oyster is an oyster bar and seafood-centric eatery named after chef/partner Giuseppe Tentori. Recently named the most anticipated opening of 2011 by Chicago Social Magazine, GT offers both traditional seafood dishes, such as clam chowder, lobster rolls, and fish and chips and modern classics such as stuffed squid with chorizo and saffron rice.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "The service was exceptional and the food was fantastic. The oysters were brilliant to begin the meal with. The restaurant was noisy, which made it hard to talk to the person across the table, but I wouldn't necessarily come for a conversation, as the food requires a lot of smiling and "mmmmm"-ing. The octopus was a favorite, and the watermelon salad was delicious with the soy bubbles. It is a trip worth making and paying for. The plates are small enough that we were able to try a lot of different dishes, and dessert (white chocolate cheesecake with broiled figs), and leave feeling perfectly satiated in palate and fullness."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "Attractive dining room and bar area. Wonderfully prepared and presented fish platters. Seafood very fresh. Best chowder we have ever had, even better than in New England. Service was courteous, professional, warm and the server's recommendations proved to be just the right thing. We were impressed."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "I have always thoroughly enjoyed my meals at GT Fish and Oyster in the past, but, unfortunately, this visit I was very underwhelmed. The oysters did not seem as fresh as I hadexperienced before and I was extremely disappointed with the bland Salmon Crudo. The Halibut with Romesco was truly delicious, but I feel that the portions have become even smaller this year. My date and I shared plates to try more dishes, but many times it felt like we would only have a couple of bites before the dish was gone! I still will recommend GT because I have had fabulous meals there in the past, the service is always excellent, and it has great ambiance, but this visit caused it to drop a couple of rungs in my book."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Been here many times as a couple, with friends, or a group and never disappointed. Fine to bring kids if its early 5pm. Great food!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Shocked at how rushed we were - the restaurant was half empty for Sunday brunch but we were prompted to order twice within 10 minutes of sitting down. Our entrees were on the table before we had even finished the dishes we ordered to share and the check was left before even asking if we'd have liked anything else. I don't expect to linger at a table for hours, but 45 minutes for brunch (with starters) is really uncomfortable."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "My brother and I were viisiting family in Chicago for the weekend. I made dinner reservations at GT Fish and Oyster 3 months out for my family. I picked GT Fish and Oyster because I heard several great things about this restaurant. I was pleasantly surprised that the reviews were on point. I had the hamachi crudo and oyster po'boy sliders, and I think these dishes were the best dishes I have ever had. We also had the fish and chips and it was very good as well. The key lime and cheesecake were amazing. The server and the bus staff were excellent and provided wonderful service. I would recommend this restaurant and would definitely return to this restaurant on my next visit to Chicago. This restaurant is a must visit."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite resturants in the city. This time I had the Thai Coconut Soup....OUTSTANDING! My guest had the halibut with peaches and she loved it. We will be back again and again."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "The food was really good, but this restaurant is too loud for my taste. Probably would be good for a group gathering. The service was not great. It took a really long time for the waiter to take our drink order and then it took forever to get my wine. The food starting coming out and we didn't even have any drinks yet."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "This is a wonderfully informal restaurant serving near-perfect seafood. The service is amazing, too; a fork was replaced without my noticing until after the fact. Be sure to get the mussels - the ciabatta that comes with the dish is absolutely wonderful."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Visiting Chicago for a long weekend and decided to eat at GT Fish and Oyster after looking at their brunch menu. I had the shrimp and grits and honestly think it was one of the best shrimp and grits dishes I have ever had. My husband had the chicken and waffle and was very pleased as well. I had a bellini and my husband had a bloody mary and they were both very good as well. I would recommend this restaurant and would like to return for another brunch or try their dinner menu. Excellent waitress too!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Loved the service and the ambiance at GT Fish and Oyster Bar! It is definitely pricey, even for 2 people when we ordered one drink each and split a few things, it was over $100, so just be cognizant. I definitely suggest going for drinks and a few oysters! It's a great find."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We went on a Wednesday night and the place was hopping. The highlight was our waiter - nice personality and very good, and paid us just enough attention without being in our faces all evening. The food was OK - none of the five things we ordered really stood out, but wee all competent. We had the smoked tuna (pretty good but a very small serving), clam chowder, oyster slider (the best thing we ate), mussels in tomato sauce (small mussels and the tomato-based sauce was average) and mac & cheese with lobster (barely there - expected more for an $18 dish). For the price, we really expected a lot more."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "small plates place; excellent service; don't order too much"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "What a find! The halibut with peaches and the lobster mac & cheese were out of this world. Great service, great vibe. Loved everything about our meal."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We have been to GT Fish and Oysters before and felt that the dinner we had on Monday was not up to it's usual high standard. Out of the many items we ordered the claim chowder, squash blossoms, and mussels were wonderful. The rest was just ok and the most disappointing were the deserts. I hope this was just an off night."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "This featured very small fish plates that can add up quickly. Best dishes were the oyster slider and the gazpacho. Go with a group to share."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Oyster po boys, clam chowder, fish tacos all amazing...very good wine list."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The food and service is wonderful, however a little light on salads and veggies. I would love to pair this wonderfully prepared fish with a little some veggies."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Best lobster rolls outside of Maine!! Noise level high, but brunch and children. Nice small table by window - like being outside, but not out w/ the traffic."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "My mom and I went to GT's for brunch, we arrived early for our reservation and were able to be seated immediately. We got a table on the patio and it was delightful! We started with a mimosa and a Bloody Mary. Then we picked half a dozen oysters from their daily selection; all of which were delicious! My mom had the shrimp and grits and I had the chilaquiles with duck confit, both entrees were beautiful and tasted even better than they looked! Overall, a wonderful experience and I will definitely go back next time I'm in town."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Awesome food, great service. Can't go wrong if you like seafood."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "This restaurant has a great kitchen and bar. The food was well prepared and presented. You should be prepared that this is a tapas style of dining. All dishes are meant to share!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I've taken out-of-town family to GT Fish on two separate occasions, and both experiences were wonderful. The staff was friendly and welcoming, but professional. The oysters were impeccable. The menu is small plates. Between three diners, we ordered one squash blossom each, an oyster po-boy slider each, an order of fish and chips (3pcs), an order of fish tacos (3pcs), eggplant, two crabcakes, and a spinach gnocchi dish. We also started with a round of raw oysters (3 per person). This was more than enough food. This is my new go-to restaurant when I need to take people out for a nice meal with unique dishes."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Seated by the front window. Perfect for a first date I was trying to impress and impress it did. Great server, he let us take our time ordering, oysters were impeccable and great for conversation as we made our way through the different regions they were from. Lobster roll. YES! Octopus. YES! Key Lime Dessert. YES! One of my favorite dining spots in the city."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Always a fun and tasty dining experience. We always split a lobster roll and then get one or two cold staters and a couple of the somewhat larger portions of fish. Especially fond of corvina and halibut. The seasonal squash blossom poppers are tasty too and we never pass up on po boy friend oysters. Fruit cobble type deserts are in season. If you like the smaller sharing portions and love seafood this is the place to go."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "GT continues to impress! Always fresh and tasty. The watermelon salad is refreshing and perfect for the summer. Oyster sliders are addictive and the stuffed squash blossoms outrageous. Keep it up Guiseppe!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "this was our second time visiting GT fish & oyster. we are from out of town and got a recommendation to go here the first time. when we came back to chicago for a second trip, we had to make a reservation here. the food & drinks never disappoint!!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We went here based on the good reviews. We left thinking we had been duped. Brunch for 2 was over $100 and none of the dishes stood out as worth the price of admission. Service was great, outdoor seating was nice, but the food just wasn't that good. We had the Lobster Roll ($28), the Crab Benedict ($14), the fried oyster slider ($4 each), 6 oysters on the half shell ($18), and cocktails that were all over $12 each. If it weren't for the friendly service, this place would get only a single star for being overpriced and of such poor food quality."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Food was delish, although for the bill my boyfriend and I left hungry. The service was below average and the ambience was poor due to the noise level and the huge width of the table, which made it hard to converse. Neither one of us had dined there before and our server failed to mention how many dishes would be sufficient to feed the two of us. I don't think we will be back, but it was nice to try a new place."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Louder than I expected. Definitely pricey, but overall I had a great time. Oysters we're definitely fantastic considering we're in the Midwest. Cocktails were also great. their take on fish and chips was really good. Fish broke up perfectly on the inside and the fried outer was crispy and crunchy like it's supposed to be. Fries were more like potato wedges and made great use of sea salt. Honestly though, next time I'll just get a lot more oysters. Those were my favorite part."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We arrived via bus from The Drake downtown and it was very easy to get there - the bus stop is right across the street. We sat outside and the noise level was good and did not interfere with our conversation and the scenery pleasant. The staff was very knowledgeable, pleasant and attentive. The food was delicious! The waitress warned us the plates were small and we should get 4 - 6 for the two of us. We found they weren't all that small and ordered 1 starter and 3 plates and have PLENTY of food for the two of us. We would definitely come back on our next trip to Chicago!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "My friend and I had a great experience at GT Fish and Oyster. The food was prepared beautifully and the flavors were equally impressive. I started with the Tuna Poke, oh my! So fresh with vibrant flavors. Then I went on to have a squash blossom stuffed with crab. Crunchy and creamy, wish I had a plate of them! For my entree I went with the PEI Mussels. I wish I had ordered something else. Although good, nothing special. I should have known because I prefer mussels in a white wine broth. The red sauce was delish, nothing against this dish. The dessert we shared was a Peanut Butter Malt Sundae. Get this dessert!! So many elements that just made this sundae anything but average. Spectacular!! My friend had the fish taco's and she raved!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "GT is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. Their lobster roll is amazing. I have never had a bad dish there."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Once again GT satisfied... Attention to detail is outstanding at this eatery. With delicious and reasonably priced menu items AND an AMAZING Bourbon selection, It is quickly becoming a favorite (of this former "Bluegrass" resident)."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Wanted to come here for years, finally had a chance to do lunch. Every bite was full of flavor, services was attentive but not intrusive. Portions are a bit small, but I love the tapas idea for seafood. Will definitely come back again."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Oysters here are delicious. But that's just the beginning. The clam chowder is the best I've ever had, hands down. The little jars it comes in are charming and lock the flavor in until you're ready to eat. The caesar is good but the dressing just sits on top (so order a side bc it's seriously amazing). The martinis are top notch. A dirty with blue cheese olives are to die for. If I had saved room for dessert, I'm sure I wouldn't have regretted it but I didn't... All in all, another fantastic meal."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We had eaten dinner here this winter and made a return visit for brunch. We were out on the patio this time. They could use some umbrellas for shade and service was a bit spotty. Food was quite tasty."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "SO loud. My husband and I had to literally shout to hear each other across the small table. Food was average but very pricey for tiny portions. I get the tapas thing, but the price should reflect that. $21.00 for 2 bites of fish and a cherry tomato. Had to wait forever to get our drinks. Asked for no pork on fish tacos and they came with pork. Wanted a margarita with Patron and they didn't have Patron. Really? They had no name oysters I had never heard of from some river in Virginia. Yikes! Just disappointed on every level."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Second visit here. We were very excited after our first experience. Despite having a reservation well in advance and a note stating it was our anniversary, we were seated in the bar area. The food was superb. We were looking around for refill on our bottle. In his defense, he seemed to have the whole section to himself. Probably would have stayed longer, ate and drank more if we weren't turned off on the seating and service. I would still recommend GT Fish and Oyster based on our first experience, but with a caveat."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "In a city, Chicago, bursting with great restaurants and bistros, GT Fish and Oyster stands out as one of the best. It has a vibrant ambiance with both inside and outside dining. The food was superb--fried oyster po' boy sliders, squash blossoms, and the best dish of the night, the smoked fish platter. The wine was terrific and cocktails looked delicious. The service was outstanding and friendly and the restaurant was packed with satisfied and bubbly patrons. A really great find."
    Dined on 7/26/2014