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Quality Southern food in Andersonville.

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About Big Jones

Big Jones invites you to enjoy gracious Southern Hospitality for brunch, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week. Named a "Best New Restaurant" by Chicago Magazine, and rated 3 stars by Phil Vettel at the Chicago Tribune. We offer freshly home-made dishes featuring locally grown, organic, and pastured farm produce, and sustainable seafood.


Parties of six or more, please call us directly at (773) 275-5725.

5347 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Southern, Organic

Hours of Operation:
Monday–Friday: 11am–10pm ; Saturday: 9am–10pm ; Sunday: 9am–9pm

Cross Street:
Balmoral

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(773) 275-5725

Website:
http://www.bigjoneschicago.com/

Parking Details:
We don't have valet or private parking. We recommend street parking on Clark St. or side streets. Please do not park in the Calo lot across the street, or behind Big Jones.

There is ample bike parking in Andersonville.

Public Transit:
Clark bus, Damen bus (on Ashland), Berwyn 'L' stop on Red Line

Executive Chef:
Paul Fehribach

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Big Jones Ratings and Reviews

5
4
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (49)
Great for Brunch (35)
Neighborhood Gem (34)
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Good for a Date (29)
Casual (28)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Authentic (22)
Cozy (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Special Occasion (17)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Fun (16)
Worth the Drive (15)
Local Ingredients (14)
Great for Lunch (13)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Bar Seating (6)
Seasonal (6)
Business Meals (5)
People Watching (5)
Spicy (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Organic (3)
Romantic (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

on my last visit the food, as usual, was delicious. no complaints about the flavor at all. however, compared to previous visits there has definitely been a reduction in portion sizes. pimiento cheese appetizer is now 3 small crackers with, maybe, a teaspoon and a half of pimiento cheese spread on each. delicious, but really? the catfish and grits now consists of one small to medium piece of fish and maybe a half cup each of cheese grits and beans. each bite was delicious, but i left the restaurant hungry. i still recommend this place because of the quality of the food and cocktails and the great atmosphere, just be prepared for small portions.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

My father has heard wonderful things about the food and wanted to check it out. Had a 1:30 reservation. Showed up on time. Stood at host stand 5 minutes. No host. No manager. 2 waiters who saw us. Said nothing to us. 7 tables were eating. Not that busy. Decided to leave. Not cool.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We went for brunch. I love the large coffee cups! The cauliflower omelette was outstanding. I had it with the bib lettuce salad. So delicious. The complimentary powdered sugar pastry was a nice touch.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

For food, service and fun, one of Chicago's best. Period.

Tags: People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Good for a Date, Spicy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Fun, Casual, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Do not like the rules of 6 people, and no eating outside desert..need to place that in description

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The corn fritters were moist on the inside and crispy outside with a wonderful corn sweetness. The duck legs were very tasty. The pickle sampler was interesting, but could have been better. My fried chicken and my wife's special fish were great. Our daughters got the shrimp and grits which I thought was only fair. The bread pudding was not good. Our waitress was attentive. Overall, we were happy with our meal, but not wowed.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

First, I confess that my experience of Big Jones is limited. I've been several times, but only for weekend brunch, and I ALWAYS order the shrimp and grits. Until this weekend, that was enough to consistently put this place in my top 3 or 5 Chicago brunches. This time, however, the complimentary beignets were gooey, the sweet tea was syrupy, and the shrimp in my shrimp and grits were rubbery and flavorless. I won't be in a rush to return.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

One of my new favorite brunch places. My mimosa and bloody mary were on point. If your looking for a quality brunch place that still fills you up, Big Jones delivers the perfect package.

Tags: Authentic, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great atmosphere and delicious food. Especially loved the crab cakes and fried chicken. The service was very slow!

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fun, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The service was VERY slow. We arrived well before the crowds, so there really wasn't a great reason for the almost non -existent service. My eggs Benedict and potatoes arrived not just room temperature, but nearly cold. No kidding. My husband's shrimp and grits were good. Just good. The shrimp were very small, almost sickly looking. They were cooked well, and not fishy, but for $17 we expected beautiful, large prawns. Very small pink shrimp (one size above tiny) . We were very disappointed in this meal, which is a shame since we've been wanting to go for a quite some time. We won't be back for brunch ever. Possibly dinner if we can't find any other option.

Tags: Casual
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 (México)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Me encanto 😍😍

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I've long been a fan of Big Jones' brunch. This time I tried a new dish - Brewster Oatmeal. It might seem strange that Oatmeal could be exciting, but this definitely was. Outstanding!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I used to go to Big Jones often but then didn’t frequent here for quite some time. I returned recently for dinner and then, this past weekend, for brunch. The food is great and the drinks will not disappoint! This truly is a neighborhood gem!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The complimentary beignets were awesome. I would have loved if they came out before the meal and not with the meal..but beggars can’t be choosers ! Overall a great brunch. Would go back.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Overall, it was ok but a bit over priced. However, I might give it a second thought...

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Southern food and hospitality along with killer cocktails. Easy street parking in charming Andersonville.

Tags: Cozy, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Very nice atmosphere/surrounding area.
I also had a very good coffee and loved my burger.
Service was slow but friendly.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food
Bit noisy but service took care
They moved when Rahm Emanuel's party was a bit loud

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Service was good. Seated right away. Matt, our waiter was friendly and attentive. Got white bread, pickle sampler and cornbread skillet for appetizers. White bread was grainy, dry and just not very good. Pickled selections were small and just not very good. Cornbread skillet was pretty good. Our entrees were shrimp and grits, chicken and dumplings, and pulled pork po’ boy. The po’ boy was excellent and very good size. Chicken and dumplings just fair and a very small portion. The shrimp and grits were simply disgusting. The shrimp were cold, small and slimy. The grits were not smooth at all like the better dishes I’ve had in the Deep South. Instead, the grits were grainy and just not very good. It was like they were made from a package of instant grits. This place talks the talk with things like “sorghum butter” and “ham fat fried” mentioned on the menu, but the food just isn’t what they advertise. If you’ve ever had shrimp and grits or chicken and waffles in Charleston and are looking for a little of that in Chicago, you’ll be very disappointed. If you get dragged there by friends, I’d recommend the fried chicken. None of us got it but it looked and smelled pretty good going by our table. This is not even a reasonable facsimile of good southern food. Avoid.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great southern cooking with all the right seasonings.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I have eaten at Big Jones for years and have never had a bad meal. I've even eaten there for Thanksgiving as well as Christmas and again the prix fix meals are consistently delicious. The menu evokes Southern culture (my Mother was from the south); the cocktails are creative and the staff are knowledgeable and friendly and attentive. I highly recommend this place.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

In a word...PHENOMENAL!!!! One of the best dining experiences we have had in a long time. All four of us polished our plates at every course, and the drinks were superb!!! We will definitely be back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Authentic, Fun, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Everything was wonderful except for the noise level. It was difficult to hear even the person sitting across the table. Food, cocktails, and service were excellent.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Fried chicken, sweet potato gas and collard greens were delicious! Pork shoulder po boy sandwich was also amazing ! Friendly, attentive service!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

This was the second time i have visited. The menu had some different items on it that were just as incredible as was on it my last visit.
Service was impeccable as was the blackberry pie--amazing!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Food is bland and drinks are good. Had quite a few things , Gumbo ( no kick) almost flavorless, skillet corn bread was too mushy and not dense at all, crab cakes were well just crab cakes, not bad but nothing to sing about, corn fritters were interesting but where is the flavor??, then fried chicken, while it had a nice crunch to it was again too bland for a southern style restaurant. Not sure what the fuss is about this place.

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Like other reviews I read, the food is southern based with a good and interesting menu but the service was stretched too thin causing waits and inattention. The gumbo was built on a deep roux but after that it bore no real resemblance to a traditional Louisiana gumbo. The cocktails were good, the night was chilly and the chicken and dumplings was a good comfort food for the occassion. The dumplings had a good chew like a southern dumpling should. The cornbread was a highlight. A nice cozy atmosphere, its worth a visit but put your patience hat on.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Rarely think of Southern food as combining authenticity, sophistication and elegance. Big Jones does, and also offers impeccable, helpful and friendly service. Could not have been a better meal or experience! This place is a gem!

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fun, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Great place with great menu. Shareable plates and nice ambience. Great for a date night.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Without a doubt, the worst dinning experience we've had in years.

Cocktails took 20 minutes and were not as requested

Waiter couldn't be less caring if he tried

Dessert took so long that we canceled it and asked for the check

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Loved the cute decor and amazing food! Purchased cookbook even!

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

We have been to this restaurant several times, so I feel this review is fair. Very slow service all three times. The food has always been average, but we love Louisiana fare, and we hoped to have a better experience, so we kept trying. On our last visit — and this will definitely be the last visit — one of the dishes was burned. When we requested it be sent back, the waiter argued with us that it wasn’t burned, that was just the Louisiana style. We are from Louisiana and know the difference between a dark roux, which we love, and burned roux, which was served. This restaurant is expensive, the food is average, and the service is slow. We have put it on our NO list.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Our service was slow and the food was uneven. Cold beignets, overcooked meat in my omlet. Usually Big Jones is a fantastic brunch spot, but I was let down this time.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Outstanding fried chicken. Greens were salty ..... please don’t season with salt. I’ll put it on if I want it. Overall good

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Big Jones makes great Fried Chicken. The cornbread is excellent too. It can get very loud if the restaurant is crowded, making conversation difficult.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 3, 2017

We went to Big Jones based on reviews and while our entrée was very good, the starter and dessert were very underwhelming! We started with the cornbread and while it was good, we've had much better. In fact, we make Jiffy at home and like it better. The honey butter that comes with it was very good...in fact, we asked for more because I'm not sure I would have even bothered with the cornbread had it not been for the butter. The Butcher's Port Duet was excellent! We ordered two desserts (bread pudding and some kind of tres leches inspired chocolate cake) were just ehhhh. Ice cream on chocolate cake was really good. Based on our experience, I'm not sure we would even be open to trying Big Jones again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

My friend and I met here for brunch...food was delicious!! How can you beat warm beignets brought to the table while you wait for your food!! We both had their version of eggs Benedict one with Ham and one with crab cakes and they were both phenomenal! Can’t wait to go back and try dinner!! Highly recommended!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Big Jone's is my favorite spot to eat brunch at in the city. Whenever anyone is in town, I bring them there.
Food is delicious, coffee is delicious, service is great. I leave happy and full every time!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Wonderful food esp the chicken & dumplings
& great knowledgeable service!
We will be back!

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants!

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