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minibar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://minibarchicago.com
  • Phone: (773) 871-6227
  • Hours of Operation: Open for cocktails Tuesday- Sunday 9pm-2am, 3am Saturday
    Brunch every Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact us for more information on catering events.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact us for more information. Able to host private events up to 200 people with a private area up to 40 people.
  • Private Party Contact: John Dalton (773) 871-6227
  • Entertainment: DJs and dancing on weekends.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Every night is special at Minibar :)

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Halsted and W. Buckingham Pl.
  • Public Transit: Halsted bus CTA at Roscoe
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from minibar
In the heart of Halsted Street is minibar, a full-service bar in a hip, "hotel lounge" environment. Designed by 2004 Vox/Out award winner Kaufman Segal Design, minibar welcomes you with beautiful lounge seating and dazzling bar features.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Great service and food for a great price! Came here for brunch with a group of friends. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The brunch here is so good., They have a mimosa bar and brunch package for $25. That includes a bottle of champagne and all you can eat buffet. It was a little disappointed because when we we're say we were in the back of the bar in the dark and kind of sectioned off from all the other people dining. But they had too many reservations is what we were told. But that didn't dampen the experience too much. I would definitely recommend this place for brunch. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I had a great time and definitely would recommend it!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "I had heard amazing things about minibar's brunch, "the food is great, atmosphere is fun, bottomless mimosas, great Sunday brunch spot"! 4 of my friends and I went there & the food was mediocre at best, the mimosas were never refilled (+ my first glass had black floaty things all the way through it), we were there for about two hours and had only three drop by visits all from a different servers, the food all looked like different colored mush, it took us about 30 min to get our check (while we sat with empty champagne and water glasses) and when it came it was all wrong but nobody could fix it for us because out "server" dropped it off and went directly out the front door and didn't come back for 20 + minuets. Very disappointing experience"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I went for my birthday brunch this past Sunday after church. The reservation was originally for 10 but I had 14 show up and I was afraid some of my friends wouldn't be able to sit so I asked the server if we could get a few more place settings to squeeze in a few more and he said, "if you have more than what your reservation says then that's too bad because we are too busy to change your reservation last minute." I told the manager about the extra people and he promptly set about making space. So thank you for helping to make my birthday guests feel welcomed. The server however was slow in getting refils, didn't give us mimosa carafe replacements unless we asked multiple times and acted like we were a problem not his guests."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "This is an amazing place to have brunch on a Sunday! The staff and good is outstanding! This is the only place I come to on Sundays!!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "It was nice and easy. The service was polite but sometimes difficult to keep up with the customers request, like maintaining water glasses full,etc. but overall it was a great experience. I would def go back."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We had a very large group but everyone was very accommodating. Thanks for a great experience"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Been going to mini-bar brunch for several years and loved it. This was my first time back since the renovations which I found very dark and bland. I liked it better before. The noise level was way much higher than usual and we had to scream to talk to one another. When we went up to the buffet half the food was gone and took forever for it to be replenished. I have always loved this place and I am hoping this was just an off day for them. I will give them another try."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Mini is doing a new Sunday brunch around the world featuring different cuisines from countries. It works really well!"
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Great food and so much fun with the staff and great music!"
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Mini bar was referred to me by a friend for great food & atmosphere and boy were they right. I had my birthday brunch here & my guests and I were pleasantly surprised. The food, atmosphere, workers, and drinks were great! I will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "Food was great, big variety for brunch. Mimosas kept flowing. We were seated in the basement, which felt like a dungeon, but was nice to get some stair activity every time we went for another plate of food :)"
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "We were informed about Minibar's brunch at the spur of the moment, so we made a reservation (a quick and simple online process) and had a wonderful brunch. Staff was friendly and attentive. The music was fun and energetic. We will surely be back for more when we return to chicago. Thanks Minibar."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "This is a great spot for boozy brunch. The music is fun and lively and the brunch buffet is decent, but not amazing. The waiters frequently come by to keep your drink filled. You will never be lacking in mimosas your entire brunch."
    Dined on 9/29/2013
  • "I totally love the Sunday brunch experience. The food is delicious, the wait staff are welcoming and attentive and the unlimited mimosas keep the great experience going. I introduced an out of town friend to the brunch and now he's hooked! Every time he comes to town, we know exactly what we are doing Sunday afternoon--without question! Even my in town friends love the ambiance and selection. And for the price, you really can't beat it!"
    Dined on 9/8/2013
  • "Great time! Waiters were fun and took care of us, music was good as well. Food was decent, pretty standard, but we followed the waiters recommendations for drinks and they were great!"
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "This place always offers a great team who take care of you from the moment you walk in the door. Come with a large group or small group and you are going to have a good time. The food is buffet style for brunch with a variety of options to choose from. Make reservations because they do book-up fast. This location has been named #1 brunch location in Chicago for a reason."
    Dined on 8/4/2013
  • "I went to minibar some years ago for tapas and found it to be a nice place. Now it's transformed into a full-on bar yet still tries to maintain a restaurant component. I went for the Cher Champagne Brunch and was very very disappointed. If any of the food was prepared in-house, I'd be surprised. Pastries were stale and dull, chaffing dishes were full of grease-and-cheese laden fare. Hash brown potatoes was more greasy brown mush covered in melted cheddar than potatoes. Everything tasted the same - mediocre at best. The music was at a volume you'd expect around midnight rather than around 11am. I know this was a music-themed brunch, but not being able to hold a conversation over the music is a problem."
    Dined on 7/28/2013
  • "The food is decent and the service is okay but it is a great deal. $25 for a brunch buffet and unlimited mimosas. A very fun atmosphere on a Sunday afternoon."
    Dined on 7/7/2013
  • "Service is so friendly and helpful. Portions are excellent and a great value relative to price. A very good variety of choices hot and cold, big and small. Cocktails a bit overpriced but well made. Super pillow-like gnocchi, great salmon plate, excellent Wagyu sliders. Only the shrimp ceviche disappointed in its lack of flavor and texture. Great go-to spot for a minute or an hour. But beware if you want quiet conversation--music is played at full blast even in the afternoon!"
    Dined on 6/28/2013
  • "My group had an amazing time at Minib Bar. The staff was energetic and friendly. Had to change reservation from 4 to 6 a week prior and we were accommodated with no problem. Great experience."
    Dined on 6/23/2013
  • "This place is awesome! The regular menu has great drinks, tapas, and flatbreads. All reasonably priced. The brunch buffet is an amazing deal! The buffet has really great items, and delicious mimosas! The service is amazing too! Definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 6/9/2013
  • "Great place for brunch! Great service. Friendly host and relaxing ambience."
    Dined on 5/19/2013
  • "It's probably not fair to only give one star since we didn't end up eating here. We would have liked to but the restaurant didn't seem to be open for business. (Open Table, you should offer a "not applicable" option for reviews!) We arrived for our 7 p.m. reservation about two minutes late. The door was open but no one was there to greet us. In fact, there wasn't a single soul around. There were boxes on the floor that looked like they had been just delivered. We called out to see if there was someone in the back but no one answered. It was a little spooky! After hanging around awkwardly for a couple of minutes, we left and went to a different restaurant."
    Dined on 5/3/2013
  • "We had tapas late night after a show at Sinzation, and the staff was very accommodating. Shout out to Zachary, most adorable and genuinely sweet person and waiter ever! Only negative - music so loud my ears are still bleeding today."
    Dined on 4/27/2013
  • "Everyone was really nice! Our waiter, Dante, was awesome! Food and beverages were great!"
    Dined on 4/21/2013
  • "Minibar was a great find! Had brunch with a small group of friends while visiting Chi-town. Service was excellent and mimosas were perfection! We will definitely be returning on our next visit to Chicago."
    Dined on 4/14/2013
  • "I've come here a couple times for their brunch ($20 buffet and bottomless mimosas). They're very accommodating of large groups, and they were able to seat people with us that were past our reservation limit. The waiters were very friendly and attentive. I wouldn't come here on a night out but definitely the morning/afternoon after definitely!"
    Dined on 3/24/2013
  • "This is a great place for friends, out of town guests, and whomever you want to feel like partying with on a Sunday at noon. The food was better than expected, even three types of salads! And the service was excellent, friendly and fun. Great mimosas. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/24/2013
  • "Came from out of town to see Blue Man Group and found minibar for preshow brunch. TJ and Jarred were excellent. Super friendly and outgoing, they made us feel welcome and like old friends from when we walked in the door until we left. Food was limited but excellent. I will be craving the bacon until I someday pass this way again."
    Dined on 3/24/2013
  • "Started out doing brunch earlier on Sunday and I understand it was busy but our server was not very attentive. We were there for about 4 hours and our waters weren't even refilled once. We later on moved to the other side of the bar and everything changed completely. Our server Rico was amazing...so friendly and attentive...he was very communicative with us with every last detail...the other staff was a delight as well...Brian at the door was also very friendly and entertaining always with a smile on his face...I will ask for Rico anytime I go back"
    Dined on 3/17/2013
  • "The best part of the brunch was the free flowing mimosas. The buffet had ~6 food options and at least 3 of the 6 were consistently empty. A good place to go for drinks, but don't expect too much from the food option!"
    Dined on 3/10/2013
  • "We had an amazing time- the staff especially Donte was super friendly and welcoming."
    Dined on 3/10/2013
  • "Was at minibar with a friend on Friday night and we had a fantastic time -- GREAT SERVICE, excellent food and drinks recommendation. The whole place just had fun, not fussy vibe. I liked the tomato and baked goat cheese, and the table next to us was raving over the gnocchi (yes, it's the kind of place where the table next to you feels free to ask what you just ordered and they tell you what their favorites are.) Place got crowded but we never once felt rushed to leave."
    Dined on 3/1/2013
  • "Great place for brunch - good buffet and bottomless mamosas for $20. How can you beat that?? it's the best brunch value in Lakeview and the ambiance is pleasant. Service is friendly and oftentimes the owner is there to greet you with a smile."
    Dined on 2/10/2013
  • "Tasty cheap dishes to share! Wait staff slow (10 minutes to pour glass of wine?!). Would go back again when not in a rush."
    Dined on 1/26/2013
  • "This is my favorite brunch in the City. Great food and unlimited mimosas. However, the music was waaaaayyy too loud this past Sunday. I get that even for brunch, it's a party atmosphere. However, I certainly don't want to be at a full blown nightclub at 12:30 on a Sunday afternoon. We would have loved to stay longer, but the music was just too obnoxious."
    Dined on 1/20/2013
  • "They accommodated our large group last minute. Food and service were amazing! Will DEFINITELY go back!"
    Dined on 1/19/2013
  • "Overall, it was a great experience as always with Minibar. The music was just a little too loud for 11:30 AM."
    Dined on 1/13/2013