Great Modern Asian
Our server (Taylor) was great and walked us through menu, asking what we liked, saw to it that food arrived in a timely manner, and checked back without being obtrusive. The tempura-battered whole Red Snapper, Fried Chicken and BBQ beef were great. Soba Noodle dish was great. Kitchen sent out a little extra-pancake and pork-belly treat that was awesome. The eggplant and steamed buns were tasty sides. Great extra-bottled sauces on table to season your rice. Beer list was varied enough and we got to taste some before we ordered. Wasn't too loud in early evening (7PM).
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall Very Good
We went there specifically for grill table and thought it was a fun & interactive way to eat.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice Brunch Menu
We arrived for our 10:15 brunch reservation only to be told "we serve brunch starting at 10:30". Not a big deal, but why take earlier reservations? Wait staff was very helpful. Menu choices were limited but a nice selection. Our party of two enjoyed the French Toast and Duck Benedict. Holy Cow, the Benedict was awesome. This was my first visit to the restaurant. I would definitely like to return for dinner. Thumbs up.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always, impeccable experience
As always, impeccable experience at bellyQ!! Red Lotus drink is AMAZING!
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great b4 United Center concert
Great spot to dine before making the easy walk to the UC. Items are a bit hit or miss -- best eggplant ever, great signature bellyQ beef, though seafood hot pot disappointed.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing service, outstanding flavor
Finally, a restaurant that creates a tasteful journey. A friend and I went for brunch because we had to cancel our dinner reservations.
The crispy Tofu was out of this world. We also ordered the pb & j dessert...amazing!
Service was extraordinary.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a wonderful restaurant, great staff, very cool atmosphere and delicious food.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent dining experience.
This was my second visit to BellyQ and first for dinner. I was there for brunch and a baby shower about a month prior to and thought that the dinner menu could not beat the experience I had for brunch. Not! The food was fantastic and I would return in a heart beat.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loud atmosphere great food
We started with the shrimp appetizer and ordered baby back and korean short ribs and everything was very good.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved this place - the food was fresh and the flavor combinations were unique. Our waiter had great recommendations and was both personable and attentive. There was even a live DJ spinning during brunch!
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Creative interpretation of
Creative interpretation of eggs Benedict was brilliant, Rice encrusted perfectly cooked soft boiled egg with tea smoked duck. Wow!
Stunningly light version of a muffin. think it was steamed.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We really enjoyed our meal.
We really enjoyed our meal. The waitstaff really helped with deciding what we should try. The food was excellent! Very flavorful and not all the same favors by any means. We will go back.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
i'll be back
F'ing Awesome! As a chef I love trying new "hot spots". Moreover, I love sharing the experience with my customers. So that is exactly what I did...I was taking a customer, his wife and a colleague to the Hawks' game and we had dinner prior. We got in and out in time...ate and drank until our bellies were full. It was a great experience...the food was phenominal. We sat at a regular table...we wereasked if we wanted a cooktop table...my response was "I do that for a living, I come here so someone can do that for me". I loved it...thanks!
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
New menu is pretty awesome. Lots of choices and all were delicious. Good service and everyone was friendly. We took advantage of the weather and sat outside on the front sidewalk. I will go back.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was might first visit to BellyQ since the menu changed, and it was every bit as good as before or better. The Thai-style fried chicken is a must-get appetizer--tender chicken thighs, fried crispy, with that addictive sweet and spicy sauce (it's 10AM right now, and I'm salivating). I'm sure there are other good appetizers, but did I mention the Thai-style fried chicken? Gone from the old menu is the excellent BellyQ beef, but our knowledgeable, friendly server explained that the new beef short rib entree uses the same marinade. She was right; the short ribs are excellent. Also fantastic were the salmon entree and, of course, the donuts with homemade soft serve. Suffice to say, I'll be headed back soon!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bill Kimdemonstrates that
Bill Kimdemonstrates that you can have an amazing meal at BellyQ that shames the dishes at much pricier restaurants.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our table was available right at our 7:30pm Saturday reserved time and it was NOT bc the place was empty (it was a full house or very close to it). Our server was great and so were his recs. Was refreshing for once to get recs that weren't the most expensive items on the menu. We started w the Chickpea Hush Puppies and Kale Salad and for entrees had the Veggie Hot Pot and Wagyu Short Ribs w side of Sweet Potatoes. Everything was great but the Sweet Potatoes and Veggie Hot Pot really stood out. The Wagyu Ribs were great too, but had a lot of bone/gristle so you really need to get the full slab if want to fill up on them. All around great time, reasonable prices, and will definitely be going back again.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
BQ with Friends
BellyQ showcased a diverse meat centric bbq menu. The Thai chicken, tea smoked duck and hoisin pork ribs were all outstanding. The meal pace was leisurely.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Time to Q up
Mr. Kim is on a great streak, stay with him! Food is great, unusual, and interesting. The beef ribs were outstanding. Good draft beer selection.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Get the Pork Ribs
The food was incredible. The pork ribs are a must. They fall right off the bone and do not come drowning in sauce. There are two varieties of extra sauce to choose from at the table. The cocktail list is well done. It's difficult to find a spirit they don't have. The food is a tasty take on asian inspired food with a flare of BBQ. There will definitely be more visits to BellyQ in the future.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
wonderful flavors and great variety
second time back, this time for lunch. Terrific seasoning, textures, aromas, and flavors. Well informed and thoughtful staffers. Easy to get to and comfortable and inviting.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Will return again, and again
Amazing food. Papaya salad is delicious and refreshing. Food was good portion and good priced. Had the papaya salad, chicken, and pork! Will be returning next time in Chicago an recommending this place to others.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food, need to go back
Great atmosphere for the bar and restaurant. The food was amazing with a variety of flavors, spices and unique combinations. It's the type of restaurant where "sharing" with friends is key. There are so many great items on the menu that i need to go back to try more.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
found this place on a whim. and boy what a find. the food was fantastic, the staff was super nice and very prompt. the environment was just amazing. the only down side was me and my friend kept banging our knee on the grill and table leg but when the food came, we forgot all about the pain.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The pork steak and Korean BBQ were our favorite entrees and the PB&J for desert was the bomb. We liked the papaya and cucumber side and fought over who would finish the sweet potatoes. Creative, fun cocktails. Our group would order another entree or side and skip the edemame and chicken appetizers. Very attentive service. The noise level made conversation challenging, but what you would expect from a CHI town hotspot on Friday.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spin on Korean
Cocktails were excellent, all of the food was great. We had the short ribs, highly recommended. We had an appetizer, an entree, and two sides, and we were stuffed. Server was genial and helpful with suggestions. We had a hard time finding parking anywhere on Randolph, but eventually found some a little west on Lake street. I'd like to go back to try the desserts!
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Perfect United Center spot
Had a wonderful meal here right before a Bulls game. Everything was delicious (baby back ribs, spicy vegetarian hot pot with rice cake noodles, root veggies, tofu and perfectly poached egg) and a whole fried loup de mer. I foresee many more trips to bellyQ before basketball games this season! The wait staff were so accommodating to our schedules and made sure to get our food to us in a jiffy so we didn't feel rushed at all. Plus, now that Urban Belly has moved in next door, there are even more yummy noodle and stir-fry dishes to choose from!
10/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Not for the hearing impaired
We had a delightful experience with innovative recipes and food. Conversation was at a minimum as there doesn't appear to be a relatively quiet place in the establishment. The Thai inspired fried chicken and Korean barbecue were outstanding
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Had a great time getting dinner
Had a great time getting dinner recently at BellyQ! Sat at a table with a built in grill and some members of our party utilized it to cook their short ribs at. There is a variety of options and styles to eating here - the menu is amenable to a small plates style or a more traditional entree style of eating. They also were offering a chef's menu which is another great option. All the cocktails were fantastic and everyone was very satisfied with their orders. To wrap things up dessert was amazingly delicious - best soft serve I've ever had. Overall this was a great dining experience and I am looking forward to returning!
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Trying something new
We were there to celebrate a 65th birthday. We ordered a food item from each section of the menu and shared the items. The smoked trout appetizer had fabulous flavors and textures. It was suggested by our waiter to use the steamed buns like a sandwich and insert the mouth watering BBQ pork ribs with the garnish. FABULOUS!, wine was spot on, and the deserts were a perfect finale.
For my partner it was a reach to try Korean. He loved it.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Original brunch menu
We were so impressed with BellyQ's brunch choices. They use recognizable brunch food and spice it up, make it a little different, and really give you an outstanding experience. The service is excellent as well and we love the space.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Came here for brunch with my girlfriend and we had a fantastic time. The food was superb and the waiter was cool!
We both started out with some local craft beers on tap, I had the 2 brothers American Pale and she had the Double Jack IPA. For the main course I had the Tea Smoked Duck Benedict and she had the Fried Chicken with Pork Gravy. Both tasted great but I really enjoyed the duck Benedict. I was very unique and the presentation was cool. There were two tempura eggs on the plat that were cooked perfectly. Nice and soft! The fried chicken was nice and crispy and the biscuit was really soft.
I will definitely come back here on my next visit to Chicago.
11/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The restaurant has an inventive menu and a fun atmosphere. We had to wait about 20 minutes although we had a reservation. In acknowledgement that we shouldn't have to wait that long with a reservation, they comped us on the two starters we ordered, which was nice. The entrees were served amazingly fast. Not sure if that was because they wanted to turn over the table again or just to make up for the wait. Since we were celebrating a birthday they brought a nice, sharable ice-cream cake parfait. Would definitely go again, to try out the patio once it gets warm (if one can get in there) and perhaps once they have the grill at the table menus set up.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lingering Brunch Spot
We went on a Sunday morning and the space was not anywhere close to full, so we lingered. If it was full it seemed like it would have been quite loud. The BellyMarys were outstanding, definitely a blood mary base but with some new, delicious flavors too. The portions were not large but each one was delightful.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved the food
The food is outstanding. Lots of wonderful tastes! Service was excellent. Noise level was really high and difficult to hear your party. Overall a delicious experience and would go back again.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
good food for sure!
If you are looking for something a little different try BellyQ. The food was great and the service was awesome:
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent Kalbi!! Best I've
Excellent Kalbi!! Best I've ever had!! Really fun restaurant - love the flavored vinegars!!
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
I'd go back for that!
Perfect find. We were in town for one night and looking for a unique place with great food and atmosphere. BellyQ nailed it and the service was attentive and a positive part of the total experience. I'd definitely go back for... sake flight, thai style fried chicken, baby back ribs, and the PB&J ice cream.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
My friend and I really enjoyed
My friend and I really enjoyed this spot. We loved the ambiance, and especially the decor. Each dish we ordered was perfectly prepared, and exceptionally delicious. The only dish that wasn't phenomenal was the Goat Milk Feta Pancake, as the texture of the pancake was a bit soggy. The service was very god, however not anything to rave about. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit, and are considering returning for my friend's 22nd birthday in a few weeks!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
BellyQ has not one bad dish on the menu..in fact...they don't even have a "mediocre" dish on the menu...all are excellent. I don't know how they do it. We had Brian as our waiter and he waited on us a month ago and remembered us. Very nice touch. Very inexpensive for the high quality offered and for quantity. Very original. One of our favorite places to go.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was such a great experience. Sat at chef table (4-6 peeps). Everything was delicious. Fun to do Korean style BBQ at your table. Wonderful fusion of tastes.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
i went with a small group
i went with a small group and the food was very good. limited wine list, but we managed.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food perfect spot for
Great food perfect spot for pre bulls or blackhawks
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service was outstanding
The service was outstanding and the drinks were delicious. The food was good but not super memorable. It's a great place for large groups as all dishes are share-able.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome Night Out!
The food was inventive, yet delicious. The sashimi on special that evening was amazing, thinly sliced tuna, grapefruit wedges, cucumbers, fennel and anise. The chilled soba noodles with shrimp was sweet and spice, a great cold dish. If any dish was just so-so it would have been our korean short ribs, they tasted a bit like good Chinese take out. That all being said, if you told me to I had to eat everything in the garbage but got to eat the VIETNAMESE CINNAMON DONUTS with Vanilla Soft Serve afterwards, I would do it. That dessert was worth the cab ride out west in the cold.
ps. service was great, thanks Brett!
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
We loved our entire experience here. From the cocktails to dessert, every course was delicious.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Actually chose this spot since it was close to the venue where we were heading off to next. Food was different and delicious. Great presentation and perfect quantity to share. Prices are reasonable. Loved sitting in the big comfy chairs. Relaxing and calm. I would definitely return.
12/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
The fish and meat dishes and
The fish and meat dishes and service were outstanding . The sides were just so-so. I was very impressed with an extensive non-alcohol drink menu, which included ginger beer, homemade lemonade, a number of teas, espresso, Vietnamese coffee, etc. Although, one of our group had one of the sake cocktails, and enjoyed it. Overall the experience was a lot of fun, and did I say the service was fantastic?
12/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Randolph dining with no attitude!
Our server Matthew was exceptional-just the right amount of attention, and great recommendations for sharing several dishes (entrees and sides). Everything we ordered was tasty and just a bit out of the ordinary. Plenty of smoked duck breast to take home and freeze to add to our next cassoulet. Portions much bigger than anticipated …we actually had leftovers from 3 of our 4 entrees. Party of 4 for dinner, with drinks and dessert for $150? And no hipster or self-important attitude, unlike most other places on Randolph. WOW.
12/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Hip Asian Barbecue?
Forget the labels. This place is simply great food, good service, a good beer list, and a friendly and interesting environment. And, it bears saying again, great food.
Terrific choice for before a Bulls or Blackhawks game.
I previewed the menu online before I made the reservation and thought it would be okay/interesting. I was wrong. The food was great. We shared the chicken wings, the hush puppies and the beef ribs. I don't ever go out of my way to eat edamame but along with the other dishes, we left nothing over but empty plates (and edamame husks). Great flavors. Beautiful food. Presentation was wonderful, and we got out in time to get to the game
12/15/2013 4:00:00 PM