Blue Door Kitchen & Garden

4.6
1489 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1489 people are saying
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TXdiner
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Staff was very friendly and attentive.

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vipeddyjjr
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I had the shrimp and grits.very different from the last time . It was rubbery and overcooked with way too much sauce. We always have to wait along time for things we asked for-a for, salt, ice tea. Looks like you are understaffed.

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Emily
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the fried chicken and the Hummingbird cake! Salad and greens were great too! Overall, perfect.

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CoryG
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and outstanding service, but a bit pricey. No kids menu available.

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LADEEDA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

We waited an hour for our food to arrive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
23 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful patio and delicious brunch!

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DanaS
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Love the concept and story - was excited to try this place for my wife's birthday. Service, ambience and setting were great. Food was very bland. Never have a problem paying $48 for a amazing steak dinner but it was far from amazing. No flavor sitting on mash potatoes i could have made at home. Wifes Salmon in a puffed pastry was fine but not for the price. Very expensive considering what we got. At these prices they should at least offer a salad with the meals.

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vipChidi20
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful lunch

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Nicole
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a special night to remember - amazing food & atmosphere. We'll be back for another fun date night!

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CobeaB
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The good was phenomenal. Tucked back inside of the city, the outdoor dining space was spectacular!

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vipMarkkenn
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Been coming here for about the last 10 or 11 years each time I visit Chicago. It’s a MUST visit if you are in town. Fried chicken and the Mac and cheese are amazing! Drinks, amazing! Dessert amazing! Great ambiance also. Love the built out patio.

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vipjohn
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

You cannot go wrong visiting this place. It consistently provides great experiences across the food, beverage and wait staff experience.

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vipBensonR
Las Vegas
27 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Limited menu. Would have liked more food options to choose from. Not many healthy choices.

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LindaY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

beautiful venue, friendly, efficient staff. food was delicious and reasonably priced.

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Diane
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

4 of us dined at the Blue Door to celebrate my brother’s birthday. We were seated on the patio to enjoy a beautiful summer evening in Chicago, safely. The patio was very lovely. The menu is somewhat limited but the selections were hit the spot from our perspective. We all enjoyed our entrees and kudos to our attentive server, Juan. Would definitely recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
61 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner ! Our server was excellent!

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vipJamesL
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food . Attentive informative waiter worst table we have ever been seated at. Location and deafening acoustics made us feel like we wanted to get out as soon as possible. It was not the lovely evening we anticipated

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The one word I keep repeating is " charming, absolutely charming " from the paintings
the lighting the tables and chairs and the wonderful staff
Makes the Blue Door the best relaxing place to dine alone or with friends. Let me not forget
The Food is Best soooo very
good.

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KayDee
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Short of help.

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PamandMike
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The patio was really lovely. The food wasn’t as good as I expected based on other reviews. I ordered the cauliflower “steak” and it was a bit bland—I make better cauliflower at home (and I’m not a great cook). We also got the shrimp and grits-it was good but not spectacular. Drinks were fine. Overall it was a nice night out but maybe best to stick with the house specialties (fried chicken).

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CarlosG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food except my wife’s fish that was burt. The rest was good.

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vipKathyP
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We ate on the wonderful patio; it wat the perfect atmosphere for a late lunch with an old friend. The food was good but we both felt we should have made better choices. The beet salad while good did not offer any variety (only red beets) and nothing to punch them up a bit perhaps some cheese and/or roasted walnuts? We will be back and probably order the fried chicken.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor patio. Great service.

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vipCindaP
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Mediocre food. Small menu and they were out of several items. Cute place but we won’t be back.

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vipAlice
Kansas City
38 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely little neighborhood gem. Food was amazing and ambiance was too. Our server was perfect

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vipTheDiningDiva8
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food and Servicr

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Back to school lunch

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Prices way way too high. Chairs very uncomfortable

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday. Everything was perfect and Eunice was the best waitress!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible experience. We were 7 friends meeting from all over North America for a long due reunion. Twice we made dinner orders and a long while after we were told it’s not available so we ordered another option just to be told it’s not available . The waitress was very rude all along . Not a smile on her face. Not a single apology. She just dumped the dishes or drinks on the table . Will never go back .

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Girls weekend with sons fiancé

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vipJPYjr
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner. The patio was lovely, with a nice breeze. Perfect weather! We ate an array of dishes and everything rocked. Just to mention a few: deviled eggs (sublime), beet salad (to die for), fried chicken like I've never tasted before, with a nice little kick for good measure. Tremendous, friendly service. A great night!

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2NewYearEveDiners
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I was there with a friend for lunch out on the patio. Gorgeous day and one of the nicest outdoor spaces to dine with privacy and no cars/buses/street pedestrians destroying the ambiance. We both had the BLAT sandwiches which were delicious but I gave one less star because they were a little greasy for my tastes. On the other hand, the seasoned French fries were to die for and almost too plentiful. Relaxed atmosphere, great service without feeling rushed. No way to reserve outdoor table so be sure to come early or late to be able to enjoy the outdoor patio.

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vipDiane
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I made a reservation and called for a round table for five. We were celebrating my nieces birthday and they put us in the corner in the front where the bench was slanted and table very wobbly. We could barely fit there but Maria nicely moved us to another four top we managed but for the price of the entrees we should have had a nicer table. They wouldn’t let us put two tables together in the main part of the outdoor patio. Just a big bummer. Another couple came and they seated them in our bad corner and eventually moved them too. Just not a fun experience for a birthday. Maria. Was great!

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vipJamesL
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor environment for a summer lunch. Excellent good and attentive service

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vipDeniseA
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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vipMarinaH
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints!

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JakelineL
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious! Everything tasted freshly made

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KarenM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great service and a beautiful atmosphere. We had a wonderful time!

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vipEBdining
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed the service, food and ambience. Great place fir any occasion

FAQs

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 1489 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.