4514 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625Neighborhood:
AmericanPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.laughingbirdchicago.com/
- Phone: 7735062473x
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: American, Filipino
- Executive Chef: Chrissy Camba
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
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We are a neighborhood dining room & bar serving dishes from a Filipino-American perspective.Continued
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Laughing Bird reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since May 25, 2014
- Ambiance3.6Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (33)fit for foodies (31)good for groups (12)special occasion (11)romantic (8)hot spot (8)great for outdoor dining (5)vibrant bar scene (4)notable wine list (3)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (2)Show More
- Good startWMD35Dined on 9/16/2014LB is still new so it's still developing its distinctive character. But we went here for my partner's 50th birthday and enjoyed ourselves. He and his mother are Filipino and enjoyed the Filipino-based dishes. I liked the chicken adobo. We decided it wasn't Filipino home cooking but it was very good. Monkfish in coconut sauce was very good. They were out of several things which we thought was odd since we were there early in the evening. Only one waitress but she did a good job keeping up.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Interesting!DineWellDined on 9/13/2014The restaurant was a nice place, people felt comfortable enough to talk to other diners, the service was nice and thoughtful. Having said that, the place is way overpriced for the portions, kinda like a slap in the face...my appetizer was cold and chewy(grilled octopus) and my entree didn't have a lot of flavor(monkfish).Special Features:
- It was good. Just good.OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/5/2014I had a nice time here but nothing really blew me away. My highlight was the pickled radishes that came with the pickle snack plate. Perhaps I'm just not wild about Filipino food?Special Features:
- Has potential, didn't deliverNGOBLUEVIPDined on 8/23/2014I was excited to try this restaurant after reading about its grand opening a few months ago. The menu is very intriguing and there were a number of dishes I wanted to try. Food prices were in line with other upscale restaurants. Octopus appetizer: okay - a little mushy Monkfish entree: delicious! Well cooked and great coconut sauce. Pancit palabok: average tasting fried noodles. Overall the staff was friendly and the menu intriguing, but the restaurant was not very crowded (on a Sat night) and just felt a little hollow and sleepy. I was rooting for it, but given the ambiance, food, and price, I don't think I would go back.
- Really lovely.MonaDined on 8/22/2014A great menu with a nice cocktail selection. I'd like to go back.Special Features:
- Good, but not great...FredVIPDined on 8/9/2014We really enjoyed the food that we had, but we felt that the menu could have been a little more expansive with some additional vegetarian options, at a minimum. We don't generally eat pork or shellfish (though we know that a lot of people love both) so some additional non-pork and non-shellfish protein options on both the appetizer and entree menu would have made the restaurant much more enticing for us, but again, that is merely our preference.Special Features:
- Halo HaloJoePDined on 8/7/2014the Halo Halo had no flavor. it tasted like a cup of iceSpecial Features:
- wandyDined on 8/1/2014We were surprised and pleased by the ambiance of this restaurant. From the outside, it looks like an ordinary neighborhood place to eat yet the inside is modern and romantic. The food definitely has an Asian spin to it and many spicy options. The mussels were delicious. The meat platter was simply delicious and recommended.Special Features:
- Wanted to love this placeCJDiningVIPDined on 7/31/2014I was hoping for some exciting combinations of flavors which we did find in the burrata but the entrees lacked personality. We ordered the chicken adobo, the new monkfish dish and the Singapore noodles. Nothing stood out. The food was good but nothing unique.
- Ho humericDined on 7/26/2014In spite of the 20 minutes we waited for our table, we felt rushed throughout the meal with entrees arriving before we had finished the appetizers. The food was unremarkable and there are better Filipino restaurants just a short walk or L ride away.
- Its good!JAK1VIPDined on 7/26/2014We went to Laughing Bird on a Sat. night as its a new spot in Lincoln Square. We read reviews before going - the reviews were mixed so we were mixed about what to expect. I liked Laughing Bird. The pork belly appetizer was melt in your mouth - great! The octopus was good but it is expensive for what you get. For the entree, I had a rice/noodle dish with seafood&pork. It was only okay, kinda dry. My husband had the chicken and it was tasty. The sweet sauce on the bottom was yummy (I wish I had that sauce on my noodle dish!). Over-all, the menu is pricey. The place was packed when we left (9ish), good vibe. Our server was friendly & made some good recomendations. I'm glad we went but not sure if we would go back.Special Features:
- underwhelmingOpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 7/23/2014The only thing good here was my mixed drink! The food did not seem very authentic. The worst part of this restaurant was the service! Our waitress never checked on us when our food came and shae was extremely slow. She was not attentive at all and not helpful when ordering. I will not be back here! I wish I liked this place because I love Filipino food!
- This is one you could skipmrchiguyDined on 7/19/2014We were seated at the back of the restaurant even though there was plenty of space in the front near the windows and we had a reservation. The appetizers we had, the deviled eggs and the meat platter, were very good. It went downhill from there. The entrees were served cold, and the bluefish that I had was chewy and oily. The service was friendly, and our water glasses were never less than half full. I had high hopes for the place, but I would not return.
- Fantastic!MarkTDined on 7/16/2014Food and service were spot on. Highly recommend the bluefish, octopus, and the Singapore noodles. Great wine list and delicious cocktails too!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- MehLakeviewNeighborVIPDined on 7/13/2014Service was ok (not astounding but not horrible) but the food was bland. The pork belly appetizer left a lot to be desired. The green papaya salad was one note (salty). The chicken adobo, a signature dish, was ok but lacked dimension or imagination. Overall I was underwhelmed.
- Not a great valueGoodEatzVIPDined on 7/11/2014Cocktails are done well here - very balanced. Food is just OK - solid flavors, but underwhelming. Most dishes are overpriced by a couple bucks.
- DisappointingDoharmoDined on 7/8/2014Everything was great except the entrees! Empanadas Appetizer was very tasty but the fish on sweet potato was a wired texture combination and the seafood/noodle dish was outright gross - noodles had almost no flavor and the fish tasted pretty fishy. The staff was awesome about returning the dish and we got the chicken instead - much better, very tender but underwhelming. Also, the cocktails were notably unique and quite tasty. I hope they find a more successful menu!Special Features:
- Great food and serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 6/29/2014The Chicken Adobo was the best chicken I've had in my life. Fall off the bone, melt in your mouth, juciy deliciousness!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Spend elsewherebaldscottVIPDined on 6/28/2014The menu was not compelling at all and neither was the food. Everything was prepared well, but nothing was tasty enough to warrant a return visit. Too bad, because I like the location and the staff. No thrills on the drink menu and too limited selection of wine by the glass. Crispy pork was served on top of a bowl of clams with unflavorful braised pork shoulder cubes. I didn't get the presentation and the concept did not work for me. Dessert was a failure. The rhubarb crisp was mush with odd tasting unsweetened vanilla bean whipped cream. Bottom line, there is no good reason for me to spend my dinner money here. I'll go somewhere else and have more flavor.
- Too saltyOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 6/28/2014Just very salty, salty food. The beet salad with fish vingarette was super super salty as was the pork loin. Portion sizes were small without the meal being great. Halo halo desert was overly sweet and too much ice. I would have much rather gone to the Isla Pilipina as my fiance said he wasn't sure he wanted to Filipino or Filipino-fusion again after dining at the Laughing Bird.
- Overpriced!OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 6/27/2014Very overpriced for small portions of average Filipino food. Cute space and friendly service but not worth the cost.Special Features:
- Not really funnyOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 6/24/2014The food is ok, nothing to write home about, the service appalling. The neighborhood Thai restaurant is just as good for 1/3 of the price.Special Features:
- bring back tanknotankVIPDined on 6/24/2014This filipino cuisine-inspired 'gastro-pub' has taken over Tank, which was a neighborhood standby for great sushi for years in Lincoln Square. Apparently the owners are the same, but the chef has changed. Whereas Tank had consistently fantastic food, good service and a hip neighborhood vibe - Laughing-Bird is inconsistent and hasn't found it's vibe yet. Our appetizers were delicious - but our main courses were uninspired and neither here nor there. This is not a gastro-pub like Owen & Engine - where the ambience truly recreates a bit of old London and the food and bev are delicious. We spent over 200 dollars for 4 of us - will never go back, despite the kind and attentive service.
- Up and comerDamianDined on 6/14/2014Had a great evening out with family and enjoyed the twist on Filipino cuisine. We had early reservations for 6 people on a Saturday and were promptly seated at a generous table. The waitstaff were friendly and responsive whenever we asked for something. We had 3 appetizers, 5 different entries, 3 deserts, and some cocktails. The food was well prepared and flavorful, and we really enjoyed the different influences that the chef brought into her dishes. I would like to see the service level come up to meet the cost and quality of the food, it was good, but there was room for improvement. As this is still a new spot, I really look forward to it getting better.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OK, but needs refinementOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 6/14/2014Menu is a bit limiting in selection, but overall the food had flavor. Hopefully menu is still a work-in-progress and will get better.Special Features:
- Unique and deliciousheatmizerDined on 6/14/2014We went shortly after the opened for business. LOVED it. Friendly. Well-considered details in food and atmosphere. Unique and tasty combinations. I'm gluten-free and had a good old time with the papaya beet salad, curry muscles and Chinese broccoli. Also great and inventive cocktails. The Rhubarb Ricky was just perfect.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 6/8/2014Not sure if they were short staffed but it took about 15 minutes to get drinks after ordering. The food was very tasty but portions on the small side.
- Beautiful and freshnotasnobVIPDined on 6/7/2014The inside is just beautiful, and the food is so fresh. Great little patio out front to sip a unique cocktail and watch the neighborhood go by.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Cute little spot, doesn't deliverDineoutGuy18Dined on 5/31/2014I know that you are relatively new, so I do not want to be negative, but found the food to be very small in portions and prices not in line with portions. I know it is in the City in a trendy area, but would offer more of a portion. Apps were small, entrees were not extremely large. I have been to may filipino restaurants, and although the presentations are never great, the amount of food for the price is better. I know you are trying to bring the food to another level, but I think you can do it with out charging so much. Also, some people in the party felt there wasn't many entree choices.Special Features:
- Great new place in Lincoln SquareOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 5/27/2014The restaurant found out it was my wife's birthday and could not have provided a better experience. The food was delicious, the beverages were great, and the service was outstanding. We will definitely be back for many more future visits.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The following 4 reviews are from the Laughing Bird reviews archive.
- Could not eatLincolnsquaredinerDined on 5/23/2014Pancit was weird fishy crunchy - could not eat it- none of us finished our food (even the burger had frozen fries which were still cold) - so sad this is what replaced Tank - will not be back.
- Delicious Exploration! excellenceOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 5/20/2014My first Fillipino-American food exploration has me impatient to try out the rest of the menu! Each dish was unique, packed with flavor enough for the two of us to share and compare each plate from our myriad appetizers to our two entrees- a very fun and interesting exploration of this new-to-me cuisine. We noted aloud the attentive service from primary and tending servers/staff. We were delighted to be visited by Chrissy Camba, whose friendliness and approachability is truly outstanding; a welcoming, engaging, talented woman. I'm a stickler for noise/ambiance when I'm out to enjoy a fine dining experience, and I give this restaurant two thumbs up in that arena. The neighborhood is sweet to stroll about as you digest.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good Americanized Filipino FoodCAChicagoDined on 5/17/2014We wanted to try out the Filipino dishes at Laughing Bird and enjoyed their take on the dishes we ordered. In particular, they make a blander Adobo and less greasy Pancit Palabok, which makes the taste less authentic but is more appealing to a broader diner base. The menu is also only partially comprised of Filipino food. In addition, given its higher price point, people expecting authentic Filipino food may not have a good experience. However, from a marketing perspective, more people will likely enjoy the "easing-in" to Filipino cuisine Laughing Bird provides.
- Filipino cuisine with a twistASitonDined on 5/16/2014This is not your typical/traditional Filipino restaurant. It is a bar/restaurant serving their own version of Filipino cuisine (meaning, small portions). If you want something traditional, the chef actually recommends Isla Pilipina (located in the same neighborhood). Here’s what we ordered and our review (we were 5 people; 2 are vegetarian): BBQ pork in skewers - good Braised oyster mushroom empanadas - good Lumpia Shanghai - good Green Papaya and Raw Beet salad - bland Bistek-style tendon - just mashed potatoes Spicy PEI mussels - good Crispy Pork Loin a la Nadim - good Singapore noodles - good Eggplant conserve - good Small bowls of jasmine rice The service was quick and friendly. We had a good dining experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.