The Bedford
The Bedford

The Bedford

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bedfordchicago.com/
  • Phone: 7732358800
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday- Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
    Late Night Menu: Thursday - Saturday 11:00pm - 1:00am
    Bar: Open Late
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Mark Steuer
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ashland Avenue
  • Public Transit: Division Stop on the blue line.
  • Parking: Valet
A word from The Bedford
Inspired by the Supper Club experience of a bygone era, The Bedford puts a modern-day twist on the concept by offering more than just a restaurant. Underground but not exclusive, this Wicker Park outpost offers a full nightlife experience without the formality. Come into the reclaimed landmark bank for a drink or small bite, and end up staying for a full meal, music and more. Sip on one of our signature cocktails in the one-of-a-kind lounge in a former bank vault; experience our boutique wine, beer and spirits selection at the bustling bar; or enjoy our celebrated cuisine in the intimate dining room. Stick around after dinner and you just might find yourself ready to mingle, enjoy some tunes and the company of an old (or new) friend. You could go somewhere else, but why would you want to? The Bedford is an affordable luxury right in the heart of Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Experience it for yourself.
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The Bedford reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (30)neighborhood gem (20)special occasion (20)fit for foodies (19)vibrant bar scene (15)good for groups (15)late-night find (12)hot spot (9)notable wine list (5)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Girls night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great girls night. The waitress was helpful with ordering. Food was very good. A bit loud tho for dining
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    DITS
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Very nice restaurant. The menu needs more of a variety. I plan on attending again in the near future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Highs and Lows
    Kyle
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The highs: the beautiful atmosphere and delicious drinks The lows: the food was really not good at all Go for drinks, but eat somewhere else prior to arriving.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    AndyDino
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This place was a great call for reservations! The scene is perfect for small groups looking for a place to talk, and also have great drinks. It has dim lights and its a bank with a vault used as a dining room! The staff was friendly and drinks were strong. Price point just right.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Ambience, Food & Drinks
    Andreab
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our Saturday night reservations fell through & going to Bedford was a last minute decision!The ambience was great, cool & a change of scenery. There were 7 us, we ordered a bunch of drinks & food. I drank the Sangria(it was delish)a very interesting interpretation & I would definitely order it again. I also ordered the 2 toasts (the ricotta/lemon & mushroom/gruyere) they were very good. I also ordered Burrata/Peach salad & was super excited about it, but it never came out ( insert sad face) since everyone was already done eating & I already hounded waitress multiple times I finally just cancelled it. Over all, The Bedford was a really cool place; ambiance, small plates(wouldn’t recommend it for dinner if you're starving) & drinks.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Treat
    susie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This was a nice restaurant in an old bank - kind of dark but neat ambience. They had unique and delicious, well-made cocktails, and plenty of small plates that were wonderful. We had the shaved asparagus salad, the cauliflower fritters (amazing), oysters, grilled octopus (again, amazing), and one large plate which was the special - a lamb bolognese ravioli, which my mom and sister loved. I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great choice!
    OtavioSFarahVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    To eat inside a bank vault, listening to a great jazz band was spectacular!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great new tastes
    ncfoodwineguy
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Entertained my son and daughter-in-law and had a great time. She is vegetarian, the rest are not. Excellent choices with lots of variety of texture, aroma and surprise. We enjoyed the drinks as well, particularly the "Dark and Stormy." This is our third trip. On the first time, we were caught in a sudden downpour and arrived thoroughly soaked. The staff took it in stride, although I'm sure that had the mop ready to clean up as soon as we left. Their welcome at this time of mild distress causes me to look forward to each return visit. Even without a rainstorm, we continue to feel welcomed to this delightful spot with great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High class restaurant and bar
    DougVancouver
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I read a glowing review about this great place built into a bank vault and had to try it. Yes, there's a vault and the staff does a little tour and talk about the history, which is interesting. The menu is quite limited (a good thing that adds focus and quality) and very nouveau yet approachable. The chef is not trying to be wildly creative and is instead taking very traditional dishes (steak, pasta) and redesigning them with a 2014 palette in mind. We started with a nice plate of mussels, served on a bed of chorizo. I had the steak, which was cross cut into slices (like a grilled flank steak) and coated with a tasty beef reduction and roast potatoes. My friend had the chicken breast which was presented very well and tasted great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JAKRNDiner
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We went to the Bedford with a Groupon for one small plate, two large plates and two cocktails. We had the mussels, flatiron steak and scallops. All were excellent! The mussels with chorizo were delicious and the portion was quite large. The entree portions were on the smaller end, but still very good. We didn't have dessert, but there was a very limited menu (3 items). The service was excellent, and the manager even came by a few times to make sure we were doing well. The ambiance was excellent, the restored bank vault is very cool!! I would definitely go back, but probably for a special occasion since it was pricy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romantic and historical
    Loves2Eat
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The tequila punch bowl was pretty tasty! I would recommend a 1/2 bowl of that for two people. My date and I were not completely impressed with the plates we chose for dinner. We did enjoy the octopus small plate and the cheese and meat platter. Those two in itself were filling. The mussels tasted fishy and was overpowered with meat sauce, which did not impress us. I think mussels are a delicacy in itself that a heavy sauce isn't necessary. The donuts dessert was too doughy and dense. We were expecting a lighter type of donut. The ambience was fabulous. We think the concept of reusing the doors of the old bank as part of the bathroom was unique and other parts of the bank embedded within the decoration.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Time
    Domsv
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is one of my favorite spots in Chicago and I've never had a bad time here. Good music/food/atmosphere. Great spot for dates and for just having a good time late night. Had some family visiting from out of the country and knew from past experiences (celebrated my birthday here), I had to take them here. We had a table in the vault (highly recommend) and ordered one of everything "on bread", the steak, and few dozen oysters with couple bottles of champagne. Everything was excellent and Mike (the manager) treated us like family. Will definitely be back again soon
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oustanding food, unique ambiance
    deeceVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I took my brother his wife, another couple, and my mother here and they had an amazing experience. The food was outstanding and fit to share between all parties. The scene inside is a great dining experience. The lighting is dim so it may be a little bit harder on an older crowd, but my brother and sister-in-law thought it was one of the best restaurants (they visit often) we've dined at in Chicago - highly recommended for a group or date.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Stay out of Bed-ford
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Started my night here and didn't go to bed til 7 A.M. It's got everything to create an amazing night!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • landmark bank turned restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I booked a reservation of 15 for a birthday party. The atmosphere and food were great. Our server was very attentive and provided great great service as well. My only complaint was that the room they had us in was very hot. I even heard other tables around us asking if the air could but turned up however due to the poor circulation the room stayed hot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner with friends, perfect spot
    kjhcVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Delicious, creative food options. It was fun to share several small plates and sides between 4 people. The wine list isn't great, but they focus on cocktails. The atmosphere for dinner is just right--just enough lighting, not too loud, and intimate seating (small tables, but they feel just right), and lots to look at! The staff and manager took great care of us. Thank you! We'll be back :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot
    BenitaVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The Bedford is a very cool restaurant. A lot of space and easily accommodates a couple or a bigger group. We enjoyed our food and drinks. Our service just went downhill throughout the night as the place got busy. Our waitress was very nice but we just didn't see her much later in the evening, and found ourselves waiting for 20 minutes to get the bill and then longer to get our credit cards picked up. We had to remind the waitress that the bill had to be adjusted to account for the bar bites we ordered earlier (Which were supposed to be 50% off the menu price). I'm not sure if the restaurant was just short staffed that night, and that was why service took a hit. I'd still go back there. Bar bites are 50% off from 5:30-7:30.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I want to like it...
    ryhayes
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I would recommend for the restaurant itself. Go. The space is worth visiting, if only once. Food isn't overly pricey which is nice for new Wicker Park spots. Sweet rework of the bank basement space with bank vault room, etc. The food was good, presentation very good, service was awkward and uncomfortable at best. It wasn't an occasion where i cared but man the service should at least match the food.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Choice in Wicker Park
    foodlvr
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Great ambience in historic bank building. Seems like it would be great for drinks in bar and in the bank vault.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great date night
    datenight
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Dark and Candlelit. The fact that it's in an old bank adds a neat focal point with a bar inside the old vault. Really good food and wonderful service
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    really enjoyed this restaurant. Food excellent and atmophere lovely
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 421 reviews are from the The Bedford reviews archive.
  • Great experience
    Maggie
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We had a great experience at The Bedford. The place itself is very cool and the vibe was on point. I started with a Fergie's cup which was the perfect Friday happy hour drink. The food was delicious. I would definitely recommend the steak and the mac and cheese. Our service left a little more to be desired but it wasn't detrimental to our experience. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New find!
    Mueller3819
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I had dinner at The Bedford with a friend before seeing a show at The Chopin Theater. What a find! We loved it! Our server was lovely and informative and a lot of fun. We could have sat there all night and tried many items on the menu - we like to share! But we had to scurry over to the show. I'll be back when I don't have to rush out!! Thank you for such a lovely evening!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What happened?
    Mostany
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    I had been to this place in multiple occasions in the past and loved it. This time around it was just mediocre. Service was good but the food took way too long to be served. The burger that I ate was extremely salty and inedible. Too bad this happened cause I really liked it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loud, confused, and salty
    Foodtime
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This place needs to decide if it's a bar/club or a restaurant. It feels like a restaurant - the menu is interesting, people are sitting at tables and eating.. Restaurant stuff. But the music is loud enough to stun a dachshund and I can only surmise it's because they want/expect people to enjoy more of a bar or club scene? I think, given the music and general atmosphere, they should just go all in on the bar scene. The food was interesting and generally ok (except for the pierogies, which tasted like day-old pastry filled with mushed up hotdogs) but almost everything was far far too salty. Maybe this makes more sense from a bar standpoint if it encourages people to drink more. Who knows. In any case, wouldn't go back, wouldn't recommend.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Birthday?Theater Dinner
    Lucy
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Very pleasant experience from the moment we stepped through the door....The staff was great and very friendly, our food was delish, and the atmosphere was both romantic and eclectic...Granted we were there for an early dinner before heading to the Chopin Theatre to see a play, so it may change for the late night crowd.....but definitely would recommend for an early dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply Sensational
    tastefulcuisinelover
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    The Bedford was a wonderful! Our server was exceptionally kind, and very well versed in the menu. Her recommendations were spot on for our taste buds. The deviled eggs and steak were our favorites! This is a great place to celebrate a special birthday or kick back and relax for some exquisite drinks.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome place!
    Citygirl
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Went here for my boyfriend's surprise birthday dinner. Everything was perfect, service, food and drinks were great! Reserved two tables and asked that they be next to each other and was accommodated! Would def recommend
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but not great.
    KhillVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We like that the menu had changed since we had last been in and the food was very good. The service was not was not so good and that was a little disappointing. It gets a little crazy with big groups, but we had a nice time.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • will most likely not return
    YoungLadyVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The service was very slow. The food was extremely salty. The drinks were ok but nothing special. The tables were way too close to each other and the place was very load, so it was impossible to have a private conversation. We wont return there.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing space, mediocre food
    KimelizaVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    You can't find a better atmosphere than the Bedford. The lower level of a bank including original vault and safe deposit vault. The mood is subdued and romantic. However the drinks (manhattan) taste like cough syrup the Mac n' cheese was like bland card paper and califlower fritters were just okay. The deviled eggs and broccolini were really good, but those are "Food 101" items. I would definitely reccommend the Bedford for the ambiance, but not worth it if you are a "foodie"!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Banking it
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My overall experience was good though I found The Bedford to be more of a hot spot that you meet for drinks and a snack rather than dinner. The food was good though a little salty and small servings. Drinks are awesome and the ambience is a lot of fun but if you want to have an intimate dinner with lots of talking then I wouldn't recommend it. The vault was fun to see and made it worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always amazing
    Ivusha88VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I love this place, and everything about it! I have been here multiple times, and am never disappointed. The food is fantastic, the drinks are delicious, and the ambiance is intriguing. 95% of the time, service is 5 stars as well, but there will always be an occassion where you get a cranky waitress, which is the reason behind the "Good" under service for this one.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, poor service
    Kevin
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Went to the Bedford on a Friday night for dinner with my lady friend. We sat for 15 min with no server, so we flagged someone else down to take our order. Waitress comes by later to introduce herself. Our waitress was busily shuffling all over the restaurant not really doing anything for the rest of our dinner. She reappeared one or twice to check, then finally showed up with the wrong bill. Our waitress seemed new, awkward, and confused. Good was good though.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent Service and Ambiance
    MikeBeeVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    From the moment I left the cab passed through the gigantic door, and walked downstairs the looks of this place is really unique in appearance. The lounge areas are spacious and lush, and the dining area I sat in was comfortable, and in the center of the restaurant with the vault to my left, and the night club area to my right. The place does have quite a bit of sound, but it's possible to have a conversation. The food was excellent, and we sampled the oysters, a special rib appetizer, and enjoyed both fish and chicken accompanied by a bowl of fries. The small complimentary glass of sparkling wine that was served with the appetizers was quite refreshing. For dessert we had a plate of strawberries, and Grand Marnier. Great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere & delicious food!
    LauraLee
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    My fiancé and I went here for a fun night out and we were not disappointed! The food was great - simple dishes with a nice spin on them! We were both really impressed with the ambiance and atmosphere though...it was loud, energetic, it was busy and it was such a different setting than most restaurants. The old bank vault is very cool looking and the details are so interesting. We are definitely wanting to go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DJ Dinner
    AMAMAM
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Our dinner on Friday night was atrocious. I asked for a quieter table and we were placed under the DJ Booth! Basically a full blown club atmosphere was in play. I have no problem with this, except when I have booked a table for six for dinner. You could not hear your neighbor speak, never mind anybody across the table. This was not a restaurant -- this was a club. I should have told that a club would be in progress when I booked the table. The worst dinner experience I have ever had in Chicago.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dine In
    FirstTime
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Located in the basement of an old bank but with a young energetic crowd. Come here to dine in on some small plates and large drinks. Get the punch bowl to share with your group and be sure to reserve a table so you don't have to wait to be sitted. Also make sure you are willing to spend a pretty penny, you are in a bank and they charge you like you are in one.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girlfriend's Birthday
    Maggalicious
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Really cool spot inside of an old bank! Delicious food, specifically the scallops and flat iron steak. Solid wine and liquor options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressed by Food
    Will
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    We went here with a work group. I picked it because I thought it was a cool bar scene with low expectations on food. It was actually the opposite. The bar was quiet with a small crowd (it was a Wednesday night around 8pm), and the food was delicious. Service was very attentive, which would be expected as we were one of the only tables eating in our servers section. The drinks are delicious too. Overall, we had a great dining experience, but I maybe more of a weekend spot for a crowd.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate