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About Blue Door Kitchen & Garden
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.
Chicago, IL 60610
American, Global, International, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Between Clark & Dearborn Streets
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
CTA Red Line Trains to Clark/Division stop
#22 Clark Street Bus
#36 Broadway Bus
Chef Art Smith
Private Party Facilities:
Blue Door Kitchen's upstairs dining room is available for private events of up to forty people for a seated dinner or fifty-five people for a standing cocktail reception. For a buyout of the whole restaurant up to eighty-five; for a seated dinner divided between both dining rooms.
Private Party Contact:
Micah Williams: (312) 573-4000
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Blue Door Kitchen & Garden Ratings and Reviews
Have been to the restaurant several times. However something definitely has changed. Should have known how the evening would go when showed up and no valet. Went in to ask and was told they would be right there. Waited 5 minutes and then just found a place to park. Was seated at a table that is crammed into a very small space and to which the waiter and patrons had to brush up against those seated to get by. This was for a reservation made 6 weeks in advance. The food is pricey enough they should not be trying to use every square inch for service. The table was also located near a supply closet so people were in an out continuously on the second floor. The service was atrocious we literally waited for everything 5 people for dinner and the whole affair took 1:45. There was no desert as it was already 1:45 and after waiting 10 minutes for the waiter to come back to take the order my guests and myself decided it was enough. Also the foot was below par almost everything is underseasoned and the portions were unequal. Two of us ordered the fried chicken and one plate came with an abundance of mashed potato the other almost none. Would have complained but waiter never came back for 25 minutes. Drinks were never refreshed or an offer made. Its is unfortunate this had been one of our favorite restaurants. We won't be back.
Neighborhood gem with inviting decor and creative menu..
The patio is magic in the summer months.
Had a holiday brunch there and while the meal was delicious, I was disappointed that they hadn’t done any holiday decor at all.....a shame as the overall ambiance and color scheme would have been so conducive to a cozy winter/holiday ambiance.
$22 for chicken and waffles. The pieces of chicken were small and the crust over-cooked. It was certainly not what I was hoping for. I went with two others. No one felt that their dish was worth splurging on the calories. The shrimp and grits was fine but certainly nothing special. The house made sausage and eggs would have been improved with a high grade commercial sausage.
The food was definitely good—especially the hummingbird cake. But the service really left something to be desired. More than a couple of times we kept wondering, where is our server? So that was a bummer. But if you are looking to linger over a meal in a very, very cute restaurant, this is the place!
We loved our first time at Blue Door. The deviled eggs of the night were delicious. Two of the couples then split the friend chicken, I had the kale salad and we all had some mac & cheese. It was all fantastic and the perfect amount of food. We will return!
Wonderful holiday dinner with three generations of family before seeing Billy Elliott at the Porchlight Theater. Delicious seasonal cocktails to start. Shared the Brussel Sprout & Kale Salad - fabulous! Went with the House specialties and they did not disappoint: Shrimp & Grits were excellent and the Fried Chicken is some of the best I’ve ever had! Love the accompanying black pepper honey and homemade hot sauce. Beautiful setting for a wonderful meal! We will be back!
Nice and cozy inside this time of year ( late December). This is a great neighborhood restaurant, and we have enjoyed dinner here in the past, but this last visit was not as good. I had the special “filet”, but was tough, and more like a top sirloin in texture. My husband’s salmon was not as good as last time we were there. This is a popular place in the summer with their outdoor garden, so maybe we just hit it in the “off season”. Perhaps stay with their very popular fried chicken.
I took my mother to some other “hot spots” in Chicago and by far, this was her favorite. She got the filet special (thought she usually doesn’t eat meat) and I got the fried chicken. Both were the best I ever ate! I still can’t believe how good the fried chicken tasted. Quiet atmosphere and very cozy.
This restaurant was recommended to me by a friend and I have to say I loved it! The atmosphere is gorgeous!It was a Monday morning and when we arrived we were the only ones in the place. Our waitress was very friendly and very helpful. The food was delicious and so flavorful. I had the half Brussels Sprout salad and Butternut Squash soup which the waitress did help me decide on. I wish I wold have gotten her name. Another friend had the same sale and half Rueben she said the bread and cheese was delicious but the corn beef was a bit fatty. That is the only reason I didn’t give 5 stars on food. Another friend had the Buttermilk fried chicken that had a very generous serving with yummy mash potatoes. The staff kept our drinks filled and were so pleasant! I would definitely go back.
The four of us mostly enjoyed our dinner, and would give it a B+. The fried chicken was delicious and the portion was huge--could easily split between two people (we did not, but enjoyed the leftovers.) The kale salad was pretty good, and also very large. Our friend who had the hamburger thought it was good, not great. The pecan pie was wonderful. What really left us cold was the ceviche. Very small, and just not that flavorful. And it came with two crackers. There were four of us. Seemed silly and a little precious. The valet parking is a ripoff. They charged us $24 vs. $15 because we were a minute over 3 hours. One minute. Not a good way to send off your guests. I have been here before for lunch in the beautiful garden and enjoyed that more. Will probably not return for dinner.
Table 52 offered a welcoming ambiance, fabulous service and great food. Although we have had several meals at Blue Door during the winter, summer and fall, the service is so not there that I will not go back again. I have made enough excuses to give Blue Door another try and there are too many fine restaurants in Chicago to subject myself to this fiasco. Our dinner came within 5 minutes of sitting at our table. Where was our appetizer? Our waiter was not in the least present, never came back to check on wine, food issues....... Goodbye Blue Door Kitchen!!!
Outstanding. Great service and excellent food. Loved the pierogi appetizer and the Wisconsin brook trout was the best ever. You also can’t go wrong with the fried chicken. Server was very attentive and paced our dinner perfectly. Will definitely be back. Easy to get to via red line
Lovely room. Had a BDK hot toddy which was fabulous and perfect for a cold, snowy night.
Basically loved everything . We had the pierogi appetizer which was delicious. The fried chicken is all that you have heard. BE aware it is a big portion and can be shared if you don't want to cart a bunch home.
Will be back when the garden is open. Want to try the lunch as well.
We had read about and seen Art Smith’s Blue Door Kitchen and Garden on various Food Network shows that recommended the fried chicken. So, while on our annual Christmas shopping trip, we booked a table there on Sunday evening after the theater.
First, this place is small and cozy. Like visiting at Grandma’s house. The noise level is low, and the staff is very friendly. They really seemed to enjoy people that enjoy food as do I am my beloved. Our waiter, Mustafa, was great and made great suggestions. The manager Vince, stopped to talk and we had a lovely conversation about good food and places to get it. The house made Hummus that is presented as part of the experience is a very nice start to n evening to remember. The Deviled Eggs were outstanding. Creamy with the perfect amount of crunch and texture from the garnish. We also tried the Gordita with whipped goat cheese. It was kept from greatness by the Guatemalan radishes which we felt over powered the dish. Excellent when we took the sliced radishes off.
I went for the fried chicken and I am here to tell you that the hype is not hype. It is that good. Period. Dot. Every second of the three days it takes to brine and marinate it is well worth it. Juicy but not at all greasy, tender, and incredibly flavorful.
The real surprise was the Short Rib that Mustafa suggested for my beloved wife. Simply put, the best Short Rib of Beef either of us have ever tasted. Yes, it is THAT good.
Do try the Hummingbird Cake for dessert. One piece will be more than enough for two.
Overall, The Blue Door Kitchen was the highest point in a trip filled with culinary high points.
The decor is pretentious. The waiter was somewhat inattentive. When askee for recommendarions regarding salads he directed us to the kale salad, which was in essence a lot of pasture--huge and unimoressive in flavor. My friend and I both ordered it with salmon, which came overcooked. This is my second time at Blue Door and the second time I am disappointed by the ambiance and the quality, and that I come away feeling I paid way too much.
Good food, we shared the fried chicken and Mac and cheese. The chicken was really good, but perhaps a bit greasier than I would have expected. The Mac and cheese was tasty, but again nothing that made it stand out in taste or presentation.
We also had the butternut squash soup which was good but not necessarily anything extraordinary. Maybe a few pumpkin seeds or something would have distinguished it a bit more.
The tables were a bit close together making it difficult to renter and exit our table. But again, that’s not unusual for restaurants in this part of town.
All in all, a well executed comfort food in very hospitable surroundings. The service was a bit sluggish and not especially attentive. The front house staff was pleasant.
So a decent place for comfort food. I’ll keep them on my list if we’re every down here for brunch. However I wouldn’t make a purposeful trip just for the sake of going here.
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Blue Door. The atmosphere and decor made it feel like we were dining in a friend's home. The service was great. The cocktails and food were fantastic! We had the "Blown Rose" cocktail, the kale brussels sprout salad, the shrimp & grits, and the salmon. Everything was delicious! The only drawback is that it gets a bit loud when the dining room is full. Overall a wonderful experience!
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