We had dinner at the Bedford
We had dinner at the Bedford on Friday evening. I love the decor in this space. We tried the special app- a white bean and halibut brandade. It was awesome. My hubby had the skirt steak and I had the mushroom ragout with ricotta gnocchi. Totally delicious and lighter than I thought it would be. We had a lovely server and the atmosphere was perfect for nice conversation over our meal. Will be back.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner was delicious - we
Dinner was delicious - we had the chicken with bread pudding and roasted halibut. Very fresh and flavorful. Really enjoyed the rich and delicious fresh pea soup - it was outstanding. Service was great. Noise level high.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Spot, Reservations Needed!
Made reservations for a much needed date night and was very pleased we did. When we left there was a line out the door. I think it's much easier to have dinner then stick around for late night drinks and mingling. I accidentally dropped my ID and debit card on the floor in the lounge area and it was still there on Monday. The manager responded to my message quickly when I inquired about it. The food is a bit pricey, but the atmosphere makes up for it. We were able to have a quiet intimate dinner and then transition to a more energetic music filled bar area.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Go Underground for a great meal
Finally made it to The Bedford after many unsuccessful attempts. It is a beautiful space, carved out of a vintage bank basement. The ambiance is warm and inviting, with cozy seating areas and a great bar. Our meal was a 10. Our party was 4 adults, enjoyed wine, appetizers, 4 entrees and the entire "side dish" menu. Every dish was excellent, including the doughnut holes for dessert. I highly encourage you to "break into" The Bedford and reward yourself with an outstanding dining or cocktail experience.
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a great evening with my date. Very happy we chose this place .
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
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5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
totally amazing place!
I can't speak highly enough of this amazing restaurant. The food is some of the best I have ever had and being from NYC that is a tough thing to do. The setting is beautiful, an old bank vault. The service was absolutely the best I have ever experienced anywhere.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun take on Super Club.
Started with an 8p dinner on Saturday when it was starting to perk up. The group really enjoyed Bedford. My cocktail - Polish Mule - was a great start. Our server & asst. servers were super!! The split pea soup was a fav of mine but the steak tartare could be improved (the overly salty chips it was served with didn't mask the blandness nearly enough). The group raved about the donut holes.
After dinner we moved to the bar area. There is lots of seating but the music is obnoxiously loud. Turning it into an evening of yelling at the person seated next to you just to be heard at a whisper. Fine if it was a dance club but lounge atmosphere was at odds. I'll continue to host friends who love to "see & be seen" at the Bedford.
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
had a great time. food was fantastic. service was impeccable. place was not busy at all on a tuesday night, and so the noise level was very low and was perfect for the blind date that i was on.
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
The dinner and atmosphere couldn't have been nicer!
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent place for those looking to enjoy a secluded bar, or meet up with friends. Fantastic ambience, food, and service. We will be going many more times in the future.
It's on our list to take out of town visitors as well. Check out the vault lounge area.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the way restaurant was
Loved the way restaurant was decorated. The service was outstanding especially the staff for refilling our water glasses and removing our plates once we were finished. The oysters were very good especially liked the 2 sauces they gave us to put on them. However, we didn't really like the octopus appetizer. We thought the watercress sauce tasted like grass $ ruined the dish - not good. The trout special was very tasty & the lamb meatballs had a nice spice to them. I had the Classic St Germain drink - it was quite nice. I could drink them all night! Overall we thought the restaurant was good & would go back again.
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Soup was fresh and yummy. Salad and sides delicious
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hidden gem of Wicker Park!
Since it's easy to reach by blue line, from Division stop there was no signage, no nothing until I called the host to guide us there.
Located in basement of bank (the top was CVS!), it feels like in old movie. Previous history as a bank was really interesting.
Stairs lead to downstairs was decorated nicely. The lighting were pretty dark because they have a great bar and you can see right away they are made for late-night chillin' with friends.
Menu does have short choice but good. They made me mocktails with bartender's "secret" ingredients, pretty fun and interesting.
The food come in timely manner. If you go there around 5 or 6 pm, nobody really there since people start to hang out around 7.30 or 8ish. A must try!
6/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great fries; OK fish; Good beer
As mentioned above, they have great fries! Fish was tasty, but a bit light considering the price. They have a good beer selection, and of course, the coolest thing about the place was the vault...
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Bedford is a unique neighborhoo
The Bedford is a unique neighborhood treat. Having dinner in a old Bank Vault is too cool. Loved all the old safety deposit boxes still in place and saving part of the original floor is priceless. Ladies, those doors on the stalls, were actually the doors to the safety deposit box privacy rooms! My family has lived in the neighborhood for over 60 years, and as a child I used to go to the former bank, so this was also a trip down memory lane. The food was quite good, very nice wine list, and desert is not to be missed. Friendly, courteous staff made our visit even more pleasant. Great for a special ocassion or just a nice dinner out.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Based on some past reviews we had low expectations for the food, however; everything was quite good! We started in the bar with the cheese appetizer and drinks. The St. Germaine w/ champagne was delicious and refreshing and the cheese platter was excellent. Dinner was in a separate room that was fairly noisy but fine to still carry on conversation. I had the asparagus salad and the scallops. Both were super good and my husband was pleased w/ his chicken. Dessert was OK. We weren't overly impressed with the bank vault - kind of smelled actually - but overall it was a good experience and I'd recommend The Bedford.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Downstairs in the old bank you walk into ... the old bank. But it is so much more! Admire the safe-deposit boxes in the lounge. Gawk at the vault door. Absorb the lovely setting that the Bedford has created. Christie was our charming waitress. They use a team approach to attending to your every need. Water glasses never go unfilled. Appetizers and entrees are wonderful in variety and preparation. You will notice attention to detail with regard to silverware. The dining room can get a bit loud. Thankfully the background music is soft enough to as not compete with conversation. Easy to get to from the Division Street stop on the Blue Line. Treat yourself and give it try. You'll look far and wide to find a more unique setting.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was good to great, but nothing was outstanding - food, drinks, hostesses, wait staff, anything else you might think of. The only striking, memorable part was the bank vault, which made the experience special in spite of the plainness of the other elements. It's good as a place to go be social, to focus on the other members of your party and their conversation.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Special Night out
We came with a group of friends for my boyfriend's birthday to enjoy the live jazz music that they offer on Wednesday nights. The place has been on our list to try for a very long time. Everyone in our group had a great time and loved the place. The decor and the energy are wonderful and the food was great. Our server was wonderful and had great recommendations. He even brought us out a little taste of sparkling wine because we had a bit of a wait after we sat down. All around great night and a great place! We will definitely be back.
My only complaint was that the service in the lounge area was very slow and not very friendly. We waited about 15 minutes just for menus and at least a half hour before we were able to get a drink.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
A must on your list of unique
You must try this unique restaurant and be sure to give yourself time to have cocktails in the vault. Extra time is needed to adjust for the dark ambiant lighting, but well worth the experience! Great food, and very unusual decor. Located in the basement level of a old bank, the lounge is situated in a real safety deposit vault, and the surrounding decor is all bank vault compartments and very cool. Food selection was nice, and presentation was very trendy. Large portions, and priced appropriate for the food selections. Wonderful bar selections too.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
You gotta try this place!!
I am exited to share my review! It was a bank so the vault is amazing and we were seated nearby but the pictures on the wall are just as cool. Our waiter, Taylor T., was the best waiter we had on our 4 day visit to Chicago. He was personable, intelligent, patient and offered his opinions They were out of the champs I wanted and allowed me to sample a different brand. He offered his favorite dishes and even told us how to make bacon powder (which is in the deviled eggs). The chicken with summer squash risotto was so delicious I wanted seconds. My only complaint is that the restaurant was not busy at 6p.m. and they sat another group near us. It was slightly distracting. I really hope i have an opportunity to go back to The Bedford ASAP!!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unique and delicious
Great atmosphere with a good selection of wine, entrees and desserts. Would definitely recommend!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great ambience, limited menu
The dining menu is rather limited, but every dish I've had at the Bedford has been delicious. I love their cocktails and their late-night menu (including the "boozy milkshake") is to die for. Great decor, the fact that you can dine inside the giant safe and you can see all of the safe-deposit boxes makes the place seem so cool and retro. Definitely a good date spot, and they do have larger tables for group gatherings, but I'd recommend going early because it gets PACKED after about 7:30 pm.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious, small portions
Food was delicious but the portions was small, especially the scallops. Friend said her chocolate martini was the best she ever had.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Bedford is always Fine
My wife and I usually find time to get to the Bedford when we are in Chicago. We've always had a memorable experience. It is a little special due to the marvelous, interior design and lighting, not to mention the bank vault cocktail area. At the Bedford, there is a great balance between casual and dressy. The food is always wonderful with creative flavors, textures, color combinations and ingredients are always fresh. The pan fried trout ( of which my wife has had many times being from Minnesota) and the pork belly we had were "melt in your mouth" tender. The accompaniments were well chosen, various textures, sweet, sour and savory, allowing for self assembly of tasty mouthfuls.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service ambiance food and cocktails are all consistently excellent
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had an amazing night at the Bedford! Would do it again any day!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of a kind place!!
Bank vault turned into an awesome restaurant, lounge, bar. Not your typical place. My Grandma used to have one of the safety deposit boxes. Definitely worth checking out if you like to see places reused.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic overall experience
Fantastic overall experience thanks to great service but a few things to note when it comes to the food. The crab dip is phenomenal but shrimp cocktail was underwhelming. The broth for the mussels was delicious but the mussels themselves were not the best in town. The octopus & bean salad was shy on flavor but has the foundation to be a great dish. The pork belly and scallop entrees were extremely good and I would have them again in a hear beat! Lastly, the slated caramel pot de creme has a great flavor but the marshmallow on top needed to be melted a bit more so it could be cut into with a spoon and the creme itself was a bit gritty and not smooth like a typical pot de creme.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
A very delicious and splendid evening. A great place to take my out of town visitor.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Ambience and Cocktails
Fun atmosphere (inside an old bank vault), great beer list and outstanding cocktails. The service was amazing...the waiter was very patient in working with our group to ensure we had a great experience.
The food was good but very salty, still worth trying but expected a little more for the price.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for group or couples
I brought my visiting family here for dinner on a Saturday night. We started with a complimentary champagne toast and it really set the tone for the whole night. Our waiter, Dante, let us relax and was also attentive when we needed something. Food was great, all 6 of us ordered different dishes and were very happy. The menu is the perfect blend of concise and pleasing to all. It left my out of town guests very impressed. I would recommend the booths for a group and definitely the vault room for a date!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was incredible, and our
Food was incredible, and our server was wonderful. Very helpful with recommendations on food and wine.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the atmosphere
The atmosphere and ambiance is worth giving the Bedford a try at least once. The food was good, could be better but was not horrible. The lounge is awesome and inside the old 1920 bank vault, then live music makes the night. Cocktails are unique and tasty. Would reccomend to a friend.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious bites in a lowlit setting
Mussels, beef tartare, mac n cheese - GET THEM.
Love the ambiance, whether behind a table, on a high boy, or if lucky enough to get into the vault!
Catch live jazz on Wednesdays!
8/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
First time at The Bedford. Great experience, ambience fabulous. Waiter very nice and attentive. We love champagne, the evening we were there Champagne, bottle or by the glass, was offered at a 50% discount. Guess it was our lucky night. The restaurant has separate rooms which make it perfect to either have a romantic drink/dinner in the vault, a nice dinner in the restaurant area or have fun in the vibrant bar area. We loved it, would like to try it again to see if we feel the same after our second visit.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
The menu was very limited.....no salmon, one steak dish, one chicken dish...appetizers were not practical, they need to add things to the menu that everyone can relate to..desserts as well...add something that people know as well as the fancy name things...
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was at the Bedford this past Friday and I had the best time. The ambience was gorgeous, the food was amazing, and I loved the intimate vibe. I felt like it was only me and my friend having dinner. I LOOVE the vault and I can't wait to come back on a Wednesday to hear some Jazz! The Bedford is definitely a neighborhood gem. I would say a state gem. The food was amazing and I can't wait to come back and try some different ; )
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place never disappoints!
It's been a while since I've been here but I have to say this place never disappoints! The menu is a bit on the limited side but everything they do is very good. The drink menu and selection is equally great as well as is the service and ambience. I'll definitely go back and recommend to others.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I went here for
My wife and I went here for our 14 year anniversary. Our host walked us through the very cool bank vault lounge area on the way to our table. Our server provided complimentary champagne to kick off the evening. We had a variety of appetizers and split an entree because we like to try different things. We ordered the meat and cheese plate, 1/2 dozen raw oysters, braised beed sliders (which were to die for!), and the chicken/polenta/brussel sprout entree (also very excellent). Overall, great food, pretty good service, and outstanding ambience!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Experience at The Bedford
We were seated in a platformed, vintage-style booth, and behind us were the old, polished lock boxes from the former bank that resided there. The ambience was lovely-- a low-lit vintage supper club with modern finishes and colors. Despite the large size of the space, the seating created intimacy, and it was easy to hear everyone at the table.
The raw oysters were excellent. The homemade crackers tasted great but crumbled too much to hold the thick crab dip.The pan-seared corvina was served skin-on, flaky and moist, the broth I could have drank from a large glass. Everything was seasoned, balanced and warm. I ordered the olive oil cake for dessert. The cake was dry, but I enjoyed mopping up with jam and creme fraiche with the crumbles.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Menu is a bit limited but
Menu is a bit limited but the food was very good. Service was excellent and we had a great time.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were there celebrating
We were there celebrating a birthday. It was great to get half of champagne. Had the oysters (great deal $1.00 each) and mussels - loved them. Our two entrees were the chicken and scallops - yummy. Also, had the butternut squash soup - it was heavenly.
Reuben our waiter couldn't have been nicer. He took a few minutes to take our picture in the vault. Great service :-)
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant is a great see and be seen place. However, the portions aren't that big and the wait staff rates everything at amazing which makes it hard to choose between things.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food so-so, but great ambiance
Restaurant is very unique. Seating placement is key. Avoid being sat in the den area. Highly recommend going in a group & sitting in the black booths near the bar. Not a fan of the cheese used in the Mac n cheese and thought the steak was a lil salty. Soup, fondue, bordelaise sauce, and donut holes were great. No valet on Mondays!!! Plan on getting there early for cocktails in the vault lounge area.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our server was excellent and
Our server was excellent and I would have given 4 stars except the hostess was incredibly rude and borderline hostile.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Obvious Hidden Gem
With so many places to dine in Wicker Park, it's hard to pick a favorite, but the Bedford is definitely in my top five. The bar is nice for a quick treat and a drink (I personally enjoy their Manhattan). I ended up going here for my birthday, and even though my family was late they still where very accommodating. For such an upscale restaurant I really have to applaud them for that. The meal itself was outstanding. I had their Free Range Chicken. It was cooked perfectly so that all the flavors and juices complimented each other and left my taste buds tingling for hours afterwards. I would highly recommend the Bedford to anyone, especially those looking for a nice date spot or a good cocktail.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Me and boyfriend came here for a romantic date night and this was the perfect choice. The atmosphere was romantic and quiet (although it was a week night). The food was good, not outstanding but overall tasty and innovative. I had the pork belly sausage and he had the burger. Both were great. We started with a round of Manhattans that were pretty good.
The only downside was the service. It was a pretty slow Monday night so I am not sure why the service was slow as well. Our waitress would disappear for long periods of time. Good thing we weren't in a rush and were just enjoying the vibe of the restaurant.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Get the doughnut holes
It was a great night. Unusually quite, but the service was amazing and the location was great.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM