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Blue Door Kitchen & Garden, Chicago, IL

Blue Door Kitchen & Garden

4.6
4.6
1745 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.

For reservations eight or larger, please call the restaurant 312-573-4000.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 56 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary Southern, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 573-4000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef De Juan

  • Private party facilities

    Blue Door Kitchen's upstairs dining room is available for private events of up to 56 people for a seated dinner or 75 people for a standing cocktail reception. For a buyout of the whole restaurant up to 85; for a seated dinner divided between both dining rooms. Patio seats 80 and 120 for a standing cocktail reception.

  • Private party contact

    Micah Williams: (312) 573-4000

  • Neighborhood

    Gold Coast / Streeterville

  • Cross street

    Between Clark & Dearborn Streets

  • Parking details

    Valet available the following days:Wednesday-Friday 4pm-8:30pmSaturday & Sunday 9am-8:30pm

  • Public transit

    CTA Red Line Trains to Clark/Division stop<br />#22 Clark Street Bus<br />#36 Broadway Bus

  • Entertainment

    No

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,745 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. e

    eatalot

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined today

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    We booked this reservation to celebrate my birthday. I indicated the occasion in Open Table and my husband called ahead to let them know as well. We got there on time and the inside room was not full so we were seated there. The outside garden area apparently was busy and full. Later, my husband looked out in that area and there were open tables. It took about 10 minutes at least for anyone to notice that we were seated and bring us water or ask us for a drink order. When water came, the busboy spilled a significant amount and didn’t bother to come back with something to wipe it up. Our food was generally good, although surprisingly not terribly warm given that we were 20 ft from the kitchen. We especially liked the mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and chicken. We shared a slice of key lime pie for dessert which was also good. We had to ask for someone to get us a second drink; there was not much checking in on us during our meal. All in all, we noticed that the kitchen staff was hustling like crazy, but we didn’t experience a similar attitude on the part of the wait staff. Also, there was no point in indicating that it was my birthday. There was no acknowledgment of this or a candle in the key lime pie or anything. Overall, this was an okay experience and I think our dining dollars could be better spent elsewhere.
  2. RA

    RobAndLaura

    Chicago

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just so reliable, great food and great people. Also.love that it’s conversation-friendly. 👍🏼
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Warm and inviting dining space
  4. o

    owly

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love weekday brunch at the Blue Door! It's right down the street from our home and we enjoy the wonderful, hearty menu. The beignets are insane! Sweet staff too!
  5. ST

    SeanTay21

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food4service5ambience1
    Food and wait service was great. There were crumbs all over our table and the manager was a complete jerk.
  6. BD

    BethD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious food, lovely garden setting. We will certainly return and recommend to others.
  7. RS

    RachelS

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went here for my birthday and it was really delicious and wonderful! I’m 9 months pregnant and the server gave me a complimentary mocktail that was delicious. :) If you sit outside, you might smell cigar smoke from the next door cigar house from time to time, but it’s still worth it for the ambience of the little outdoor covered patio section.
  8. LS

    LunchSeeker

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Ask to be seated on the charming covered patio which feels like a country garden. Lovely! We had brunch on a weekday. The place was busy but not crowded or loud. The omelette was good not great. The side salad was tasty but wilted. But I would gladly come back and simply try something else, maybe the signature chicken and waffles.
  9. l

    luv2goout

    Chicago

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant and food. They could use better knives to cut the lamb though!
  10. JD

    JeanD

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The southern fried chicken dinner is my personal favorite!
  11. AM

    AllieMP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Really enjoyed our dinner at Blue Door Kitchen. The service was lovely, and they went above and beyond to make my brother's birthday a lovely occasion.
  12. ML

    MichaelL

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Beautiful outdoor space and though the menu is a little limited, the food was very good. Cocktails were outstanding.
  13. DR

    DianeR

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very nice outdoor dining--food was delicious and the location is elegant.
  14. WB

    WillB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great food and drinks. We felt rushed a bit towards the end of service.
  15. TM

    TiffanyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the food to the service everything was top-notch!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Monterrey

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Place is pretty but food is so so. Great service!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I’ve been here numerous times for dinner and I’ve never been disappointed but the brunch was not a favorite of mine. The food was lukewarm when it hit the table and just wasn’t on par as dinner. Overall it’s a great place and a great ambience.
  18. N

    Nana

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and great service! Lovely ambiance!
  19. DB

    DBPatent

    Chicago

    107 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant. Small, intimate, bistro-esque. Probably the best Cioppino I've ever had, nothing close.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    The ambiance is great and the food was good but the service/ employees were not. We went for lunch on a Monday and the place wasn’t that busy. We were originally seated outside, but a thunderstorm began to ensue so we asked to be moved inside. The hostess just death stared at us like we were the ultimate burden and then silently motioned for us to sit down. Never said a word, just death stares and acts of annoyance. I truly have never been treated more rudely by a hostess when asking a reasonable request. Our waitress was also barely around.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The place was super cute and cozy, loved the outdoor section! Staff was also very kind. Only downside was the small menu selections and pricey dishes for the portion size.
  22. GO

    GenellO

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    My husband and I took my mom and some friends that were visiting out of town to brunch at the Blue Door. Everyone enjoyed their meal and the nice patio area. If I had to give it one ding, it took a little too long for our server to circle back to our table for ordering. Overall we really enjoyed the Blue Door Kitchen & Garden and we'll be back.
  23. DT

    DennisT

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great fun! Service and meals were excellent!
  24. DW

    DeeW

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    Burnt cornbread, shrimp not blackened just warmed with grits, soup was over cooked and had a strange taste thick consistency (not like previous visits). We must have caught the kitchen at an odd time of the day…. A few cooks looked new. We are grateful Blue Door is open and truly hope this is a one-off experience. This is a neighborhood favorite!!!!
  25. SC

    SheilaC

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dining experience . Beautiful outdoor patio, wonderful appetizers and main entrees and lovely personable service. Thanks for a wonderful time.
  26. JP

    JulieP

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food. Service is beyond fantastic. Wait staff is is helpful, friendly, professional. I live nearby, so I go there often. I've never been disappointed. I recently took my 83 year old sister-in-law, visiting from Dallas. She loved the beet salad. I usually order the house special, fried chicken and waffles. I'm 77. I mention our ages to emphasize that everyone is welcome here. From families to people working in the area to seniors! While there are many young people who are customers, it never feels like the restaurant has been designed for only one market segment.
  27. DD

    DoryD

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    When I made the reservation, I selected outdoor seating. I called a few hours before the reservation to make sure they were seating outside. When I arrived I was told they did not have space to seat us outside. Then they offered the party that arrived after me outdoor seating. I then walked outside & saw that they had plenty of space outside. At that point I was so upset that they would tell me that they could not seat us outside when they clearly had space that I just wanted to leave. But the rest of my party had started to arrive & it had been so hard to find a time that worked for everyone that we stayed. I will never go here again.
  28. LN

    LN23

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience! We were nervous that it was so quiet and empty inside, but the service was warm and friendly, the food was better than we expected, and the patio atmosphere was lovely. It was recently my husband's 40th and the restaurant gave us a complimentary and unexpected dessert. Very sweet! The fried chicken dish was tasty and the cornbread is not to be missed! Pleasant surprise.
  29. PE

    PE64

    Chicago

    79 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The reception, as well as our waiter seemed to be rushed and we did not see a smile or any sign of welcome during the visit. The food, the patio and the wine list were all above average but the service was impersonal.
  30. C

    Cracker

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    The outside garden room is beautiful. The menu is somewhat limited. Most people seemed to be ordering the fried chicken and Mac and cheese. I had initially ordered a best salad with chicken that was described as having several others ingredients with it but when it arrived it appeared to be a lot of cubed beats and nothing else and the chicken wasn’t added. I sent it back while offering to pay for it and ordered a different salad. The real problem is that the waiter was indifferent, unfriendly and appeared to hate his job. We won’t go back.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    The staff was unfriendly and generally seemed unhappy.
  32. NB

    NancyB

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the second time I've been here and this time was better than the first. My daughter and I shared scallops, beet salad, the amazing fried chicken, mac n' cheese and cornbread. Everything was delicious but I wasn't a big fan of the cornbread. Services was excellent and prices are reasonable, maybe on the higher side. Just watch out for the birds, as you might get dive-bombed.
  33. JR

    JackieR

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience5
    Total disappointment. The rack of lamb was pathetic. Smallest chops I have ever seen and totally over cooked to the point of having them returned to the kitchen for another try. The hummingbird cake however was quite good. Definitely would not go back.
  34. VT

    VietT

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food can be more sophisticated. I had the fried chicken which was pretty hard fried skin.
  35. f

    findjj

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very cute outdoor patio which is between the buildings in the back so it's quiet which is nice. There is also a cover in case of any rain. Great little vibe and very quaint. The inside is also really comfortable and has a "homey" feeling to it. Overall the food menu is not large however the quality of the items they have is excellent. Enjoy! JJ
  36. NB

    NicoleB

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super tasty food and a wonderful outdoor patio! I would definitely go back!
  37. MP

    MegP

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience5
    This was the worst service I have ever received. They completely forgot about our table. Brought our food only after we inquired about the status. Our reservation was at 10:45am and we didn’t get our food until almost 1pm. Food was cold and they completely forgot one of my friend’s meals. I am a glass half full kind of person, but this experience was absolutely disappointing.
  38. P

    Prof

    Los Angeles

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal with top notch service!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall1food5service3ambience5
    Reserved seating outside through OpenTable. The restaurant does not take reservations for outside seating even though it’s an option on OpenTable. Hostess was extremely unfriendly.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was ok but not blown away, service attentive but inconsistent. Run like an Applebee's. Hostess was not good, we had a reservation and acted as if we didn't. Place is charming as hell. Had higher hopes, a little work on food and service quality would go a long way.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 1745 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 56 times today
Google Map for Blue Door Kitchen & Garden

52 West Elm Street, Chicago, IL 60610

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Clark & Dearborn Streets

  • Neighborhood

    Gold Coast / Streeterville

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary Southern, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet available the following days:Wednesday-Friday 4pm-8:30pmSaturday &amp; Sunday 9am-8:30pm

  • Public transit

    CTA Red Line Trains to Clark/Division stop#22 Clark Street Bus#36 Broadway Bus

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef De Juan

  • Entertainment

    No

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 573-4000

  • Private party facilities

    Blue Door Kitchen's upstairs dining room is available for private events of up to 56 people for a seated dinner or 75 people for a standing cocktail reception. For a buyout of the whole restaurant up to 85; for a seated dinner divided between both dining rooms. Patio seats 80 and 120 for a standing cocktail reception.

  • Private party contact

    Micah Williams: (312) 573-4000

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