Looking for a patioThough Chicago Q's patio isn't the biggest in the city, it is quaint and comfy.
I enjoyed the sense of being at a bbq in downtown Chicago. I enjoyed the shrimp and grits appetizer.
Our portion sizes were huge, I would recommend splitting.
The service was quick and organized, great bussers/runners6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat BBQWe lived in Texas 20 years and this place is just as good when it comes to BBQ. The South Carolina sauce was incredible!6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMComfortable yet classy atmosphereChicago Q provided the right blend of an upscale yet down-to-earth atmosphere, friendly service, and epic proportions of bbq favorites, all at reasonable prices. For me, that makes for a solid dinner choice. I would definitely add this location to your list of restaurants to try on the near north side.6/10/2013 12:00:00 AMcute patioWe sat outside and had a wonderful time. Very charming and the food was GREAT! The staff was very knowledgeable about the menu which helped for a first time patron.6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMGood Food, Fast and Great ServiceAlways have excellent bbq. Service is always good, but this last time it was great. Server made our family outing extra special.
Thanks!6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent FoodI could rave for days about how incredible the food is here. I had the Kobe beef brisket and the flavor and texture was perfection. Almost hated to put bbq sauce on it. Asparagus had a lovely grilled flavor and the honey butter cornbread was delicious.
The only negative was that I couldn't understand a word our waiter said...he was a mumbler.
Other than that...bravo!6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMYum...We celebrated a birthday here and all 5 of us enjoyed a relaxed, delicious meal...finger licking good. Portions were a good size, price was right and drinks ( fun beers and margarita) delicious. We especially liked the choice of barbeque sauces at the table so meal is not ruined with too hot of a sauce. We had a nice, private booth away from the bar. Wait staff was both efficient and easy going never hurrying us.6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMGood for groupsThey can accomodate large parties and have many seperate rooms depeneding on your event.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMperfect choice for the eveningI would have liked to give the food 4.5-4.75 stars. The food was really amazing, everything I tried was unique and fabulous. However, I had the brisket which is a favorite of mine, the flavor and rub was outstanding but the brisket was dry which surprised me. Other than that everything, appetizers, sides, and all my friend's dishes exceeded expectations.
Only 'negative' is no options for vegetarians, but heck, it is a BBQ place so I say just don't invite any.5/28/2013 12:00:00 AMloving bbqHave been to lots of bbq restaurants - think their bbq dishes and also their side dishes can really hold up to almost any bbq that I have found - LOVE the fact that they bring you 4 different sauces to dip your meat into - good bar without too much noise - would absolutely go back to this restaurant!!!5/28/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat surprise!It's great when you discover a new place in your home town. Located in an old three story this wood fired BBQ joint is an upscale version of real southern cooking. Pulled pork was delicious, plenty of interesting sides, great sauces served on the side. Try their competition ribs. Outstanding. Highly recommended.5/28/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat!I have heard only great things about Chicago Q and I was certainly not disappointed! I came in with my parents, and we were all extremely impressed! Job well done by all!!5/28/2013 12:00:00 AMSolidGood BBQ restaurant. More upscale than a typical BBQ joint, but not overly fancy either. Pulled chicken and the sliced Kobe beef were both tasty. 4 sauces, should have asked for more of the regular bbq.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Gluten Free experienceLoved the Gluten free menu at Chicago Q; I had the pulled pork shoulder and watermelon salad. Large portion and excellent service. Would definitely return.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic que at Chicago QOur group really enjoyed the attentive and friendly service, classy atmosphere and fantastic barbecue. All four of us were raving about our entree choices and the desserts were great and large enough to share. I will be going back.5/23/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent!Chicago q is my favorite BBQ place in Chicago. The pulled pork and competition ribs are amazing! Staff is very friendly and attentive.5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Food, Good Service, Long WaitI've been to this restaurant before, and loved it. I brought two people to try it out, and raved about the experience. They were slammed. We got seated 15 min after our reservation time. The kitchen was way backed up. Service was good, but it took way to log to get a meal of smoked meats. Food was great when it was delivered. (1 hr later), and it melted in our mouth. Everyone has a tough night every now and then. The server was very pleasant through the wait.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMChicago QAwesome experience. Food was spot on. No one in our group had a negative thing to say. Be careful not to fill up on the fantastic pickles and chips which are placed before you upon seating. Having your own choice of sauces so you can mix or match is a big plus.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Spot!Decided to try the restaurant after reading other good reviews & I'm glad I did! My husband & I have been raised in the South our whole lives & just recently moved to Chicago. The fried green tomatoes & cornbread were some of the best I've ever had! The Q2 & Q3 are perfect to share since the portions are generous. They also have a good beer selection. Highly recommend the restaurant!5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMYum!We came here to celebrate my mom's birthday and Mother's day. The food and service was fantastic, specifically the st louis ribs and the pulled pork sandwich. The brisket sandwich was a little bit on the dry side and not the best dish I've had there. The dessert was also spectacular - pecan pie and the largest piece of carrot cake I've ever seen!
I definitely recommend making a reservation, this place is a popular neighborhood spot.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGREAT BBQ!Chicago Q was outstanding: my family and I loved it.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMLunch at qJust had a great lunch here with friends. We sat outside which was fun. Food was delicious!5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGold Coast ValueMy husband and I had out of town visitors last weekend. They were interested in seeing the sights and experiencing some great food. We love the food at Q and even more, we feel it is a great value for the quality, portion size and location. There are few restaurants in the Gold Coast where you can have a nice restaurant lunch for less than $20 per person- the average sandwich is around $14. The ambiance is comfortable and elegant and is suitable for any crowd.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Chicago Restaurant!This is the best restaurant I have gone to in Chicago and I have been to top recommendations such as Chicago Cut and others. It is primarily barbeque so it is limited in that way, but it is top-notch, gourmet barbeque. They are adding fish dishes soon I was told. I have never been disappointed at Chicago q. Food and service is wonderful; some would say the barbeque is to die for. I have never liked bourbon until I had their proprietary q bourbon. It is smooth. Please only drink it neat. Superb wine list also. Leanne, you're the best! We will return.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMQuality BBQ!q is such a great place with some of the best BBQ I've ever had. My BF and I went there to celebrate something since it's on the pricey side, but well worth the price. Service was great and they had a good drink list. We ended up trying the Bruleed Mac and Cheese as an appetizer...amazing! Then we both had baby back ribs for the main meal and those were perfection. The meat was so good and the BBQ sauce was great. They do give you multiple sauces to try but we only used the original. If you live in the River North, Gold Coast or Old Town area, this place is great and close, but even if you don't, I recommend trying it.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMOverall experience was great.Overall experience was great. Food was fantastic. There were 6 in our party, this was our first time and will definitely go again. Our server was great, very personable and catered to all of our questions.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMVery enjoyable BBQ experience.Very enjoyable BBQ experience. The right about of soft lighting and bustling on a Saturday night without feeling like your are elbowing your neighbor. For me, the best part was the variety of excellent BBQ sauces - 4 of them, all unique and fantastic. We had the hush puppies for an appetizer and the "special" for dessert: a concoction of Bacon, Phyllo dough, and chocolate mousse. I would not recommend that dessert. A little too much salty bacon flavor with not enough chocolate. Other than that, we loved the experience and will be back for more pork and cornbread!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMWe really enjoyed our Q experience.We really enjoyed our Q experience. We were celebrating a family birthday at lunch and it was great place to dine and talk. The food was excellent. Our service was prompt and polite.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMfood was very good. specialtyfood was very good. specialty cocktails were also very good. bacon cheddar hush puppies were a bit disappointing, and the Mac & cheese was not very good ( too Smokey flavored). everything else was great4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful food, the pulledWonderful food, the pulled pork was amazing!! I am looking forward to going back!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had an overall excellentWe had an overall excellent experience at Chicago Q. We were running late for our reservation (on a busy Saturday night), but the staff juggled things to accommodate us. Our waitress was also fantastic. She explained everything on the menu, made very helpful suggestions, and didn't rush us at all. She was there when we needed her (and even anticipated our needs) but wasn't meddling or pushy. I would rate the service among the best in Chicago, which is saying a lot! The food was equally great--I had the pulled meat appetizer sampler as my entree--highly recommended for the indecisive...it is the best of all worlds - pork, beef, and chicken, plus the to-die-for cornbread.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat BBQ and sides. The picklesGreat BBQ and sides. The pickles and chips that are brought to the table are very good and it always makes me happy when a restaurant is generous with things like these - and Chicago Q was!! The broccoli side dish with blue cheese and walnuts was amazing!4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMBest BBQ This Far NORTH!!!!Who knew you could find such wonderful bbq this far North? I'm from the South - and we know how to BBQ down there. Chicago Q is the best I've had this far North. It's simply wonderful. Not only is the meat wonderful, but the sides are killer, too. Get the braised greens! Get the cornbread! Get the baked beans! I mean seriously - this is so so so so good. The sauces are all fantastic as well. You cannot go wrong here.
Oh - and they have wonderful sweet tea!4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMChicago Q is our favoriteChicago Q is our favorite double date spot with our other couple friends. The food is great, the service is attentive but not pushy, we're able to have conversations without bothering our neighbors or vice versa.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing Ribs!Amazing ribs, the food was great all around. Very casual, but a well decorated restaurant, the way a BBQ restaurant should be.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMI really like the place butI really like the place but it is not conversation friendly.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMI love their complimentaryI love their complimentary pickles n chips, outstanding. I liked the pulled chicken with fries with different bbq sauces. I liked the mojito (virgin) too. I'd come back for the same meal.4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Gold Coast findSome of the best barbecue in the city. Their competition ribs are a little pricey but well worth it. Appetizers and desserts are also very very good.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat BBQ and Perfect for a GroupGreat place to go with a group. There were 10 of us and we had a really cool private room up front with a vaulted ceiling - made it feel like we were gathering at a friends house for brunch. Every one if us loved our food and look forward to going back. Their Bloody Mary's are incredible as are the complimentary homemade BBQ potato chips and pretzels. The hush puppies are insanely good and the BBQ Kobe was top notch. It was fun that they bring out 4 different sauces that you can try on your BBQ. The wait staff was very attentive and knowledgeable. And they had an opinion which is nice when you're feeling indecisive. We will definitely go back!4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat find!The food was amazing, the service was perfect I will definitely be coming back. We had:
Shrimp and grits/
Q2 (half slab of ribs and pulled chicken)
Chicken Bacon Sausage plate
Everything came out fast and was delicious.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMYou have to try it!My parents were in town and we decided to try Chicago Q. We absolutely loved it!! Being from North Carolina, my parents agreed that the BBQ was excellent, and I loved the ambiance even more. It somehow manages to be both cozy and energetic, hip and antique in the best kind of way... Definitely somewhere worth trying! I hope to go back soon for brunch. One note -- the portions are ENORMOUS, so order wisely!4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMYou have to try this place.In a word.... Delicious! Each of us had a different entree. The pulled pork was melt in your mouth. My husband had the brisket, our friends had the pork chop and the succotash. Definitely a cut above- this is not a Barbeque joint- the prices were fine for the quality of the meals, our server was friendly and knowledgeable. You will love the bread and butter pickles they serve while you enjoy a glass of wine and peruse the menu.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMMy girlfriends and I enjoyedMy girlfriends and I enjoyed the non-traditional breakfast menu and delicious Bloody Marys and bottomless mimosas. The atmosphere was great and we ended up staying for 3 hours. We moved to the patio after 2 hours and were in love with how cute and comfy it was. It was a great way to spend an afternoon.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMA very good birthday mealThe food here was wonderful! I took my friend for her birthday and she had a wonderful time. We were looking for something different and we found it. The space was too close for comfort but the service was spectacular. We will visit Chicago q again.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious brunchCame here for the Easter brunch with my family in the afternoon. We had a reservation and were seated right away. The food was delicious, though they did get quite backed up at the bar with drinks. The restaurant was packed, and quite loud, but overall we loved it. We were seated at the front of the restaurant, in a smaller room so it was a bit quieter for us than it probably was for others. There are two parking garages around the corner so parking wasn't an issue either. Planning on returning with my boyfriend to have something from the dinner menu. He had the carrot cake pancakes and I had the Cheddar-Chive Biscuits and Gravy. Both of us loved our choices.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMAnother great meal, this timeAnother great meal, this time for Saturday brunch after our visit to the Art Institute.
Great choices, great service, very pleasant atmosphere.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat service and amazingGreat service and amazing food. I love that the bar area that has a fireplace and tv- makes for a casual but delicious dinner!3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome!Best BBQ you could ever want. Attentive wait staff and great ambiance. I would recommend this place to anyone.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was delicious and weFood was delicious and we were served quickly. It was a nice, casual atmosphere where my friend and I enjoyed some good wine and BBQ. Overall great dinner!3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMWait staff and managementWait staff and management are super helpful. Shrimp and grits great for vegetarians. Chicken was dry. Ribs terrific.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AM