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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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I live close by and had never tried it . So happy I did! Loved everything about it! I’ll be back for sure.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our food took a little longer to be served and the manager was very prompt in responding and we were very pleased with his service and the taste of the food. We will definitely be going back. Thank you very much Ian.

OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family vacation

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

They were out of two of the five entrees on a Sunday night at 6:30pm - disappointing

RS
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food2service3ambience5

“Over-Easy egg” on my biscuits and gravy came hard, however the server was quick to send back and fix my order. Table could’ve seen more attention from server throughout (we would’ve ordered more drinks) but overall satisfactory experience. Would go again.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We were upstairs, which was nice and quiet. Downstairs definitely would not have been. The food was wonderful!

EL
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fried Chicken - need I say more??
The fried chicken here is delicious! And it's always on the menu!!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

While the atmosphere at BT is beautiful, I have a few suggestions unless they want the reputation of being completely unaccommodating to families. We dined for brunch 2/2/20 and had a young child with us. Despite the reservation made for 5 intentionally and noted that we would need the fifth for room for high chair (and enough room for parents to also enjoy their meal!), the hostess forced us into a four person with my 10mo old jammed on a corner with the table jutting into his chest; made for an unpleasant dining experience for me when usually given adequate room he's very well behaved and I actually enjoy my coffee and meal without having to stack plates and grab knives and utensils out of hands. Lesson 1: especially when requested in advance in a reservation, provide for the space requested as moms usually know what they need. I always order an extra entree to compensate for the high chair seat but couldn't even enjoy it shared at the table because there was no room.

Then it is disappointing that there is ZERO area to change a baby. A host offered to give me a dining chair which is 1/4 the size of the area needed to lay a child to change a diaper. The downstairs bathroom has a more than adequate space under the second mirror to put a small chest in keeping with the decor where mothers and fathers could use the surface to change their babes. I instead had to use towelettes to cushion his head from the hard stone and change him awkwardly on the sink.

On top of these inconveniences that are easily avoidable, our food took over an hour to arrive to our table. When it did the Blue Farm omelette my friend ordered to be made with egg whites, just came with only egg whites and none of the omelet ingredients as advertised.

No one apologized for any inconvenience; no discount offered; no extra coffee on the house - and I'm not looking for a freebie but just acknowledgement and an apology would have been appreciated.

S
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience5

Are food was mediocre at best and are service was awful.

A
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal.
The food was fresh and prepared well.

AG
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still a favorite. One of the best gems in the city.

k
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere, great service and delicious brunch- had sausage gravy and biscuits and the waffles bananas foster.

H
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. The place is small and quaint resulting in a very nice quiet atmosphere for socializing. Our server was wonderful and allowed us to sit and chit without any hint of rushing us. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

M
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The service was great, but I was disappointed with the shrimp and grits. I tried them before on a previous visit and thought it was the tomato sauce that made them watery, so I asked for less of it. The consistency of the grits was watery and clumpy. Grits is such an easy thing to make, I don't get it!
Otherwise, the flavor was great, but I won't try that dish again.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food was great and the restaurant is beautiful. Our service was quite slow, we sat waiting for the check for about 15 minutes even after having our food boxed and making it clear we were ready to go.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Fabulous experience and the food was exceptional. The decor is absolutely stunning.

M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I had been to Blue Door a few times for dinner and this was my first time going there for brunch. I would call their brunch average at best. It's a bit more pricey than the typical brunch place, and for the extra cost, I would expect a lot more in terms of quantity and/or quality. Instead I ended up with a small omelet (which was fine but hardly exceptional) and tiny side salad. The interior is quaint and homey so I guess you are paying more for the ambience.

KD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lovely ambience. Love the small venue and smaller menu. We’ll be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fast. Food was amazing!!! Will definitely come back next time and recommend to friends and family 😊

KG
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our date night, it was relaxing. Food and service were great.

J
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall1food5service2ambience5

Unfortunately, my dining experience at Blue Door was awful. Service was terrible. The food took over an hour and a half to arrive, and during that time we saw our waiter twice - once to take the order. I was at the restaurant for 3 hours and was never offered a refill on coffee or water - we had to ask each time by waiving the hostess down. The ambiance is great and the food was amazing, but they need to hire more servers to wait the tables.

DO
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New years day lunch.... our first time at Blue Door... we will be back... intimate place for a couple to enjoy together...

DK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner. Our server was very knowledgeable about gluten free choices. Shrimp and Grits, Pot Pie deviled eggs and fried chicken all fantastic!

AH
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Though a limited menu each item the four of us ordered was very good. We were not rushed through the meal, very conversation-friendly. Drinks may be a little on the pricey side.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Quaint space, excellent food!!

BJ
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit here, this time we were celebrating our daughter’s engagement. Everything was so delicious, we love the ambiance here and the wait service is always professional, friendly and excellent.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere and food!

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Blue Door restaurant.

KH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time and was pleasantly surprised. Nice menu and well prepared dishes. Good wines. I will go back. May re-rate higher if as good as this time.

MG
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here with my family from out of town. Everything was great. The service, food, and drinks are top notch!
We had the scallops for appetizer and ordered the shrimp and grits (delish), fried chicken (also delish), and the squash soup (double delish)

Ask for Ian or Gio, they definitely took care of us!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Beautifully decorated for the Holidays.

D
Chicago
243 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Have been to the Blue Door a few times for dinner. This was the first time for brunch. Menu was good, price was good. A bit too busy and noisy for me at brunch.

d
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great neighborhood spot that doesn't seem too fussy or over the top. The food is delicious and the entree portions are substantial. Everything seemed fresh and well prepared. I will definitely be back.

AY
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cozy restaurant. Wines and cocktails are a little expensive, otherwise is was a great experience.

E
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambiance, very romantic, With the waiters' calm and sweet attitudes and the upstairs back corner table we were seated (it gave us a bit of privacy) my family had the most relaxing lunch!

m
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

My friends & I had a Sunday 11:45 reservation. We arrived right before noon (we had driven from 1hr 45 min away), but they accommodated us. I do think they allow a 15-minute window. We were seated in the upstairs dining room which was beautifully decorated with antique pieces and felt like someone's European living room. I appreciated that the room felt inviting and was a great noise level: not too quiet but not quite as loud as downstairs. We ordered the blueberry cinnamon roll, I had the chicken & waffles, and my friends had the chicken, gravy & biscuit and the chicken sandwich. I appreciated that the waitress (I forget her name. It may have started with a "C" and was foreign sounding) asked if we wanted the roll prior to or during our main dishes. Our food arrived in a timely manner & was warm. I loved the crunchy, flavorful chicken which was also juicy (3 pieces) and the slightly sweet waffle with the delicious & unique rosemary maple syrup which complimented the dish with a savory but sweet element. I also appreciated that water was at the table to serve yourself, but would have appreciated having a carafe refill. To be fair our waitress would come by and ask if we needed anything and I didn't mention the water. The only thing that was a disappointment was that when my chicken & waffles was bagged up to-go that the syrup wasn't included as well. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that until I got home. I should've made a point to ask, but I assumed that this type of establishment would know to include that in a container as well. Otherwise it was an overall positive experience with ambiance, décor, service, and food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place.

P
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant. Great portions of delicious food.

SV
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service was impeccable!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Not enough entree choices and all were very heavy