The Bedford
The Bedford

The Bedford

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bedfordchicago.com/
  • Phone: (773) 235-8800
  • 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
65 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (31)fit for foodies (28)hot spot (26)good for groups (26)special occasion (26)vibrant bar scene (23)neighborhood gem (22)late-night find (14)scenic view (4)notable wine list (4)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Outstanding food, service could be improved
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    The restaurant was lively with a good atmosphere and romantic lighting. The food was excellent, my date and I split a few appetizer/small plates (pumpkin burrata, toast with ricotta and honey as well as the arancini, which were to die for), and each item came out quickly and was incredibly tasty. I had the lamb ragu for my main course, which was perfectly balanced, good pasta with a flavorful sauce which had a slight kick. Absolutely perfect I had to eat it all. The cocktails were very well made as well. my only complaint was our server. She was inattentive and we couldn't find her for 45 minutes while trying to get out check, seems she was serving a few large tables and we were the only ones on a different side of the room. we ate all of our meal within an hour of arriving, but took about 45 minutes to get the check and pay, so that was a shame. I'd still recommend the place!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for a meet with the friends or a date.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Whether you are meeting up before you are going out or after or even if this is the last stop its a great neighborhood find.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 好👌
    Nickme
    Dined on 11/14/2014
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    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dark, Romantic vibe
    Kjano
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We loved the old school look to it. The Bedford kept as much of the remaining bank decor as they could incorporate into a dark, romantic hot spot. They had live jazz playing within the old bank vault, that made it feel like we were back in the early 1920's.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Atmosphere; Decent Food
    foodexplorer
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    A little smaller portion size than I'm used to for the price, even when compared to more upscale restaurants. I enjoyed the flat iron steak and my date the gnocchi. Taste was great. The chocolate cake at the end was very small, and just ok.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great night out
    WanabeFoodie
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Went there with my wife in between shows and had an outstanding experience. The atmosphere was great. The food menu is small but there was more that we wanted to order than we could possibly eat. Food was fantastic and the service was outstanding. Prices were surprisingly reasonable for the quality of food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place
    DwpLjpVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Interesting vault room and some fun options on menu. Didn't have the Pinot Noir by the glass on the menu, but then didn't offer to pour a glass from their many Pinot's by the bottle, and that's poor service in my book. Music WAY TOO LOUD.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good time, lots of money
    birthdayboy
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Had a lot of fun - we reserved a table, showed up 40 min late, but they still kept the table for us and did not show any annoyance. Great atmosphere, delicious drinks (Polish Mule especially), and fries were spot on. However, our waitress did keep pushing us for drink orders and at one time brought about 10 shots that no one recalled ordering. Ended up with a very hefty bill, and it was unclear who ordered what and the price seemed high by our calculations. So in summary, definitely go have a good time, but be careful and try to keep track of what you ordered if you're at a table. I would suggest ordering drinks from the bar so everyone can have their own tab.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I enjoyed the food. Although the drinks were alright. I had two different cocktails and they were not my fav. I've had much better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • just Ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    nit a bad place but nothing special. Service was good, ambiance was greats we had 5 small plates and nothing other than the deviled eggs really stood out .
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing atmosphere!
    AwesomeVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Food was great. One of our dishes, caramelli was not cooked enough, and the staff happily took it back and replaced it with another dish. Would definitely have a special event here. Great ambiance!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bank
    Xtine
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Great spot. Service was slow and they kept seating people anyway. Place wasn't full either. Decent food. Slightly overpriced, but great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for late night drinks
    Tiansa
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Went there for late night drinks, had a great time, great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Fab
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I loved the food and the atmosphere. We went for my birthday and I was not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting and unusual
    barryVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Being that this restaurant is downstairs in a converted bank vault gave it some unusual charm. It is quite dark with a long bar and a lot of tables. There are two private rooms. The menu is not huge but they have a good variety of entree. Chicken liver mousse and strawberry jam, whipped ricotta and black truffle honey and Roasted Mushroom & Gruyere all on toast, all excellent. The Bibb salad was the most disappointing, the honey vinaigrette, had no honey. We then split the hamburger which was also cooked perfectly. It comes with kennebec fries, which they tell you are a variety of potato that makes the best fries and are very special. Service was very good although I did have to ask for bread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved everything but the service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Loved everything...but the sevice. Worst I have ever experienced and i dine out at least four times a week. Atmosphere is hip and fun, food was delish. Servixce started out bad with two people taking our drink order. Hard to believe the worst waitress I have ever had was actually training someone. I wish I could have found the bus boy before I left so I could tip him, he did all the work except take our oder. We had to ask him to get our waitress for us four times. All we were trying to do was order more food, more wine then pay our bill. She poured our first glass of wine. After that it was self serve. nevr going back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
  • Love the Bedford!
    foodsnobjwm
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We love the Bedford for its fantastic food and cocktails! Be sure to go early enough to enjoy a cocktail in the vault!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 433 reviews are from the The Bedford reviews archive.
  • 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 2008VIP
    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
  • 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