Blue Door Kitchen & Garden

4.6
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$30 and under
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Blue Door Kitchen & Garden, home to celebrated Chef Art Smith, is a farm-to-table oasis in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast and deeply rooted in the philosophy of letting the seasons dictate the menu. From its inception, the Blue Door brand has become synonymous with sustainability and responsible sourcing. We pride ourselves in showcasing dishes made from fresh, local ingredients sourced from Midwest farms.

Experience a chef-driven menu featuring everything from pierogis and market fresh salads, to Chef Art Smith’s famous buttermilk fried chicken. Walk-ins are always encouraged. Be sure to join us during the warmer weather months when the beautiful outdoor patio is open. While visiting, be sure to enjoy one of Blue Door Kitchen’s garden-to-glass cocktails, local beers or perfectly paired wines from our extensive list.
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.7
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Susieq
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service, outdoors, quiet..what more could one want?

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lauren’s birthday

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vipgoldcoaster
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely garden

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved every minute!
Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience5

It was a very nice evening,except that the kitchen was out of crab cakes, otherwise all went very well!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor patio for Blue Door is the best kept secret in the city. The food is delicious, the service is excellent and the ambience is perfect! Their outdoor seating is a beautiful courtyard garden environment that feels like an escape from the city. The craft cocktails and farm to table food makes this spot a stand out in the city. Definitely a local neighborhood favorite!

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JamiW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Awesome environment, clean and delicious food!

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vipMarkS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed it so much we are coming back with our kids tonight!

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vipritar
Caribbean
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have the best kale salad with salmon. Delicious drinks, and a lovely cake sent from Manny! Awesome service, so much fun!

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vipMERIDEE
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful patio. Watermelon salad was well plated and delicious. Fried chicken is some of the best in the city. Green salad lacked flavor but was removed from our bill. Great experience.

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JessicaH
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to dine, and such a nice atmosphere as well. I am definitely going back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent. The place is beautiful and the food really good.

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AlexH
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blue Door never disappoints. Ambience, drinks, food, everything was fantastic. Our server, Viviana, was kind, attentive, and made the evening for us.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the mac and cheese and fried chicken was amazing overall great service and food

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vipJudgeFairly
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Our group, 4 people were seated outside per our request. Our table was in the direct very hot sun. We asked if the umbrella next to us could be redirected. It couldn't be, due to it being fastened to a pole. We did get moved to another table that had an umbrella over part of us. Then the noise started . It seemed to be coming from the adjoining patio which is not separated from this patio. It is hard to describe what was going on- an entertainer who could easily been from a late night venue- loud, wearing what appeared to be a plastic or rubber wig , using a microphone and shouting throughout, then very loud unpleasant music. This was a 1:45 lunch reservation. The smell of cigars from next door was nothing compared to the noise. When I mentioned to 2 different staff members
that we had an unpleasant experience the response was basically a shrug .

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Charlie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had brunch here on a Sunday morning at 9. It was right at opening so we were the first to sit outside. The outdoor space feels like you are in a different country far from the city of Chicago. It felt very spacious and respectful of the social distancing requirements. Our server and the rest of the staff were really sweet and responsive. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio at Blue Door Kitchen & Garden is inviting and comfortable, and seemed very clean in this COVID-19 environment. A nice tucked away backyard in a busy part of town. The food and drinks were fantastic! The carrot and pea gnocchi was a perfect summer dish, and some of the best gnocchi I’ve had. We were very impressed and will definitely be back.

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vipAmyS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The customer service is bad. The hostess is rude and the service was good not great.

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vipChicagoTim
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in the neighborhood and just recently have rediscovered Blue Door Kitchen as one of the prettiest and most relaxing patios in the city. Everything we’ve tried on the menu (although it is somewhat limited due to Covid) has been excellent. Of course, Chef Art Smith’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken is a must try, but several other entrees (particularly the shrimp and grits) are also difficult to resist!

They also offer a number of very appealing small plates and salads and as far as desserts—well, we’ve never been able to order anything other than their delicious Hummingbird Cake.😏

Since we’ve been back during Covid we’ve received excellent service from two servers: Maksym and Viviana, both of whom made our meal extra special. Outstanding service does make a significant difference!

We will be returning regularly, particularly while their patio is open. It’s a very special place to dine!

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vipChrisH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good outdoor space

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TurtleMamba
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service was positively excellent the first time we went. Attentive and careful with our allergies. The second time we ate there, the server was well meaning, but not as good. Their mask did not fit and it was below their nose. They were breathing on us and our food.

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viplove2eatout
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST food, service, and outdoor patio ❤️❤️❤️! Highly recommend 👍👍

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience4

Covid surcharge wasn’t posted on open table and this is the highest rate I have paid. Time limit on tables should be based on when you receive your cocktail. They were backed up serving drinks and encouraged us to place our order. Food was great with servers short staffed .

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vipRachelS
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I felt very safe dining here during COVID bc the tables were adequately spaced apart and staff was very respectful and accommodating!

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AshleyF
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was phenomenal. Drinks were strong and refreshing. Wish we were seated in the middle so I could see the whole garden since it was the whole reason I went. But still would 10/10 go again

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Our waitress asked us if we wanted refills we replied guess and she never came back with them. So we stopped one of the other waiters and they said they would get it and they never did either. Other than that the food was great we had the deviled eggs as well as the omelette and chicken and waffles. The deviled eggs were divine.

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JessicaD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great back patio, perfectly set up for social distancing. The brunch menu was amazing!

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vipChicagoan
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was a bit slow for our table when compared to other tables that arrived after us. Also, no notification was given in advance about a Covid surcharge until we were already seated at the table. That should be listed on their website or on the online menu. Food was good.

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TurtleMamba
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was friendly and accommodating! We’ll definitely go back. The deviled eggs were splendidly scrumptious.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blue door went above and beyond to make me and my guest comfortable (especially during this time!!) our servers were kind and gracious. The food was absolutely delicious and hot when coming to our table. Cannot thank this bunch enough

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience4

Way overpriced

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StephanieJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cute place

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MyeshaC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Cute place, good prices, our waiter switched out like three times but still nice

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vipGrandee
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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JamesM
New England
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall very good! The food and beverages were balanced and presented nicely. Service from our first server was okay but then we had Max who was informative with great recommendations

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. It’s apparent why this is a Michelin restaurant.

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MM123
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal out on the patio - we thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance as well as the food. The cocktails were also quite tasty! We'll definitely be back!

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vipLuciaC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bday celebration

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vipMarge
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We reserved a table specifically outside

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Loved it! The outside space was truly dreamy

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Blue Door Kitchen & Garden does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Blue Door Kitchen & Garden also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 573-4000.

Blue Door Kitchen & Garden is rated 4.6 stars by 1227 OpenTable diners.

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