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4514 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
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Laughing Bird Details
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
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We are a neighborhood dining room & bar serving dishes from a Filipino-American perspective.
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I 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."
Dined on 8/23/2014
A great menu with a nice cocktail
selection. I'd like to go back."
Dined on 8/22/2014
We 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."
Dined on 8/9/2014
the Halo Halo had no flavor. it
tasted like a cup of ice"
Dined on 8/7/2014
We 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."
Dined on 8/1/2014
I 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."
Dined on 7/31/2014
In 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."
Dined on 7/26/2014
We 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."
Dined on 7/26/2014
The 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!"
Dined on 7/23/2014
We 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."
Dined on 7/19/2014
Food and service were spot on.
Highly recommend the bluefish, octopus, and the Singapore noodles. Great wine list and delicious cocktails too!"
Dined on 7/16/2014
Service 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."
Dined on 7/13/2014
Cocktails are done well here -
very balanced. Food is just OK - solid flavors, but underwhelming. Most dishes are overpriced by a couple bucks."
Dined on 7/11/2014
Everything 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!"
Dined on 7/8/2014
The Chicken Adobo was the best
chicken I've had in my life. Fall off the bone, melt in your mouth, juciy deliciousness!"
Dined on 6/29/2014
The 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."
Dined on 6/28/2014
Just 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."
Dined on 6/28/2014
Very overpriced for small portions
of average Filipino food. Cute space and friendly service but not worth the cost."
Dined on 6/27/2014
The 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."
Dined on 6/24/2014
This 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."
Dined on 6/24/2014
Had 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."
Dined on 6/14/2014
Menu is a bit limiting in
selection, but overall the food had flavor. Hopefully menu is still a work-in-progress and will get better."
Dined on 6/14/2014
We 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."
Dined on 6/14/2014
Not 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."
Dined on 6/8/2014
The 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."
Dined on 6/7/2014
I 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. "
Dined on 5/31/2014
The 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."
Dined on 5/27/2014
Pancit 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. "
Dined on 5/23/2014
My 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."
Dined on 5/20/2014
We 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."
Dined on 5/17/2014
This 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."
Dined on 5/16/2014
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