Bellwether

3.4
307 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Bellwether features an eclectic modern american cuisine that includes everything from a signature bellwether salad, to wraps and burgers, to steaks and seafood dishes. There is also an outstanding wine, beer, and spirits selection. The dining room features 3-150' screens that come down from the ceiling to enjoy any of your favorite Chicago sports teams.
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Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went to Bellwether for Brunch, and it was a nice experience! Mimosas and bloody marys were made perfectly. The southwest skillet and salmon benedict were delicious! The waitstaff was attentive and nice. Overall I would go back there for breakfast and also give it a try for lunch/dinner sometime! It was a perfect spot for brunch right before the movie next door.

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c
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, wonderful wine list, and great variety on the food menu.

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SH
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The Bellwether was closed due to burst pipes. There was no notification - only when I checked with the Concierge at the Sheraton did I find out the Bellwether was closed. That was 30 minutes before the time my reservation was for. The reservation was even confirmed by email by Open Table. You would have thought the restaurant would have let us know. Luckily the concierge was able to refer another restaurant a block away and we were able to get in. This was an important business meeting. We understand things happen - but let us know. It's not like you didn't have my email & phone! Completely unacceptable.

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PA
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I honestly cannot write this restaurant at all other than to say it was absolutely a big let down when my party got there the restaurant was not even open it was under construction very disappointed will never use this service again

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SS
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant is not even open - you should shut down your online reservation option and this survey process until the actual restaurant opens!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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TF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Was really looking forward to eating here since it was conveniently located and the menu had a variety of options, very disappointed to get there and see the sign on the door, "closed due to pipe burst." I understand some things are out of control, but had to search for a new place to eat on the street corner while everyone was hungry and cold. Felt very embarrassed to have planned a dinner for several people and find out when we got there. It would have been appropriate and respectful to receive an email or text message prior to showing up to a closed restaurant. I should have read the reviews prior to booking, seems like the restaurant has been closed for over a month yet people were still able to make reservations without knowing. Felt it was inappropriate for the restaurant and open table reservations to continue to allow bookings to occur and disrupt customers dining experience.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This place is closed for renovation and didn’t have the courtesy to turn off their reservations. They will allow you to make them and show up.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

When we arrived they were closed due to pipe broke. Understand that these things happen but no one let us know, my phone number was on reservation as well as email! Very disappointing to be left at 6 with no reservation !

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m
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Can’t actually give a review. Restaurant was closed dur to a pipe burst emergency.

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a
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They weren’t open and never called to let us know....

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant is CLOSED for remodeling!!! That would have been nice to know before getting there!! Really threw off our days itinerary. Please note that in your app.

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It is closed: please remove from the Open Table App

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JR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

So considering we had reservations on Val day it would have been nice to get a phone call email stating that they would be closed

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MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food with a beautiful atmosphere

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B
Tallahassee
10 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The french onion soup, fries, burger and ahi tuna and lobster tacos were delicious. We had a very nice server and on Wednesday they offer 20 perfect off wine!

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EA
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Our server was almost never there. My fiance ordered a cocktail and it took 15 minutes for it to come to the table. Also, the Ahi Tuna tacos were a gamble, I guess, but they were disgusting. One of the worst meals I've had in a long time. And they were $18!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The staff seemed a little harried. Food was fine. I was very appreciative when our server noticed a mistake she’d made and corrected it before we even noticed the mistake.

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R
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time with friends while we were in Chicago for a conference. Thanks so much.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Despite the fact the restaurant was not busy our waiter was a no show. Appetizer didn’t come until the meal. Good food but not good service.

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D
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the dinner and the restaurant. Just surprised when I asked for a 2nd salad dressings I wasn't sure if I would like one that typically comes with salad would be too spicy for me. I received the dressing on the side in a small cup. Seems customer unfriendly to me.

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A
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Server was not very attentive. Fish tacos were very mushy and not good at all for the price. Not very pleased with this place

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R
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Bellwether is a good place to catch lunch, in an area that has few informal restaurants. The decor is hotel coffee shop, but the selection of sandwiches and salads is fine. Agreeable service.

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TC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, and not too expensive! Service was great! Ambiance was just what we were looking for...really nice place, not too crowded, really good food! Def would go back!

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R
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dining experience!! Went for the chefs menu with drink paring and it couldn’t be any better!! We’ll be definitely going back!!

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AM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Less than average brew pub food with nondescript ambiance in a city with overwhelmingly wonderful food experiences. Spend your dollars elsewhere.

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Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I was visiting for business and came across this place. I got the blue cheese burger and it was very good. Server was good, but you could tell he was new. Excellent Ginger Beer. Trendy atmosphere.

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DH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Lobster Ravioli was amazing! Great location, and food came out quickly.

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J
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu and good service in a pleasant atmosphere.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I’m listing this restaurant under everyday dining, yet I believe it could be a great choice of any occasion! The staff were very friendly and attentive, food was yummy and the menu was quite extensive! (although if you are searching for more eclectic eats I’d suggest elsewhere) I would definitely recommend the shrimp cocktail! Best one I’ve had in the city other than Beacons Tavern (which I’d sadly like to disqualify due to their shrimp being replaced for prawns). The creme brûlée was delicious also!! Lastly I’d like to point out that the ambiance of this restaurant is on point, great music, nice art, super chic... with surprisingly comfortable booths (which I could’ve fallen asleep in). Overall one of my better dining experiences in the loop.

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EA
New England
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were staying in the embassy suites which is above. We went here after the patriots/bears game (to celebrate a pats win!) Food and service were great!

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V
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We took our adult kids here for dinner before a movie at the AMC down the street. I had the ahi tacos which were fine, but a little bland. My husband had the pasta and mussels which were again, fine, but unexciting. I did enjoy the cocktail menu, which had some interesting choices.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Extremely Disappointing. Did not acknowledge special occasion (birthday). Server inattentive. Felt rushed. Overall: low-medium rate. Would not recommend.

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CF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I’d try Bellwether again; we came during Chicago International Film Festival and the place was packed, and our server seemed new and overwhelmed. It’s close to AMC River 21 theaters

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LT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food in a comfortable environment. Friendly waitstaff.

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AD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and GREAT service. Quiet enough for a business lunch and impressive menu options.

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N
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good prices for the location not to mention quality and portion sizes.

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r
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a family of three. Not sure where to eat for my son's pre marathon meal, the menu here seemed to have a lot a couple teenagers would like. I had the Sea Bass myself and it was excellent.
The teens were happy with their orders. The seating was quick with my reservation. We had a very comfortable booth by the window. The waitress was fun, friendly and had great suggestions.

Its a laid back and comfortable restaurant. I would go here again as the menu had several interesting selections. Didn't experience any workers that did not do their best to make our experience, drinks, comfort and food a memorable experience.

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NW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

We had a great time celebrating my brother-in-law’s 77th bday. Christina (?) was a terrific waiter— great spirit, so kind/helpful. Loved the booth we sat in. Thanks!

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DG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hey guys!
I had the best waitress. She provided amazing customer service, which made my experience overall positive. From the time I walked in up until I walked out I felt like a valued customer. It was like everyone was super excited to be at work. That is why I always bring or recommend my friends there. I know at Bellwether the service is consistently superb (and the buffalo chicken egg rolls are delicious). On this visit, I brought my pharmacy preceptor along with three other peers in my group. The feedback I got from them in unison was, “this place is nice”. I knew it would be fantastic as always. So I just want to send a thank you to all the employees at Bellwether for providing excellent customer service. Appreciate you.
Thank you!

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