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Blue Door Kitchen & Garden, Chicago, IL
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Blue Door Kitchen & Garden

4.6
4.6
1827 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 47 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 1,827 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
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. ME

    MissEB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great restaurant! The food was delicious. The portions were generous and The place was cozy and friendly.
  2. LA

    LAURIED

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    The omelet was disappointing. I expected better. The filling ingredients were minimal.
  3. F

    Fasola

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous ambiance, delicious food and excellent service. This is a great dining experience!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Seemed like they were off today. Got a hard boiled poached egg on my Benedict. Server said that’s how it was and was in her own zone. Despite being burnt food was somewhat edible. LOL.
  5. M

    Macglicious

    Cleveland

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious brunch in a lovely atmosphere.
  6. DM

    DanM

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, service and ambiance. Also very reasonably priced. Can’t wait to go back.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great time. Generous portions and warm hearted chef lead team. The cornbread was killer as was all the entrees. Special Night. Will come back for more.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charming bistro in Gold Coast. Food was outstanding- authentic French fare. Hidden gem will definitely return.
  9. SP

    SandraP

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely delicious! We had the Fried chicken sandwich, Mac and Cheese and the Beignets, one of the best brunches we had in a long time!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for brunch with a friend and enjoyed every bite. We shared couple of things and everything was absolutely delicious. Chicken and waffles and Brussel and kale salad were our favorites. Friendly and knowledgeable stuff, really nice atmosphere and the place itself is very cute. Will definitely come back again and bring more friends. Highly recommend!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Intimate, great service and great food.
  12. B

    Bucktown

    London

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    This place is adorable and service was excellent. Good cocktail and wine selction. Food is pricey. Some items were amazing like the Harvest Salad and the salmon en croute but the pork shops were so salty they were inedible. So the menu is hit or miss. Choose wisely
  13. H

    Himeji

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The noise level was low because the restaurant was less than 50% occupied at the time. Service could have been better. Wait staff didn’t make any recommendations on the drinks or their menu. Didn’t ask if it’s our first time or there to celebrate a special occasion. We happen to sit next to a frequent diner that gave us the recommendations on what the restaurant is well known for. Overall the ambience was great for dates or just hanging out with friends. Food was very good. We tried their crab cake fritters, deviled eggs, Cajun gumbo and buttermilk fried chicken. I would recommend all the dishes. Decent portions and nice presentations.
  14. TM

    ThomasM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Food was good, service was alright but a bit slow. Odd experience of being told there was no chicken available any longer then two people next to us who sat down were given chicken dishes.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    Service was slow and poor. The food was served cold and the waffles were hard to chew. It was not worth for the price spent
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Blue Door is always a favorite spot when we visit Chicago. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is charming. We look forward to our next visit!
  17. LW

    LaurenW

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorites- always excellent. Best mac and cheese and the fried chicken is amazing.
  18. JH

    JimH

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    NYE good fried chicken
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We chose this restaurant based on it’s location and reviews. Four of us got together for a reunion brunch and we were seated just as they opened. I have to say it was warm and friendly and the food was slightly southern and fantastic. We are foodies and have one vegetarian and one 22-year old who can barely eat any unusual or spicy food and yet all four of us loved our dishes and were satisfied. Because we had not seen each other for 6 months, we lingered and got multiple refills on coffee and they accommodated our special requests with grace and no problem. Thanks for hosting this “family” if friends:)
  20. EN

    EddieNunez

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here for a birthday dinner and it was so wonderful. The food was exceptional, the ambiance was so cute, and the drinks were awesome. Would definitely come back for lunch or brunch!
  21. h

    heyray

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Second time to Blue Door and the problems from the first time were still on repeat: (1) used silverware moved from plate to bare table insted of being removed/replaced; (2) coffee served lukewarm; (3) bus boys don’t speak English so they have no idea what sparkling water is when asked. Positives though were also on repeat: (1) food is excellent; (2) waitress (Eunice) is very nice; and (3) reservations were easy
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible. I ordered the fried chicken, which I’ve had before and is my absolute favorite fried chicken.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My date was hot. The food was good.
  24. CG

    ChristinaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always love going to Blue Door and I invited a friend who had never been and the experience and food as always was fabulous from the crab cake fritters to the key lime pie!!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The Blue Door… a quaint upscale farm to table dining experience on the countryside, all in the heart of Chicagos Gold Coast. A wonderful place for brunch, and a must visit for those who appreciate ambiance and classic American dishes that warm the soul.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our lovely waitress was very tentative and kind. She remembered me from before and met me with a smile and a “ welcome back “ the food was fresh and delicious. I will certainly be back soon!
  27. FR

    FoodieRev

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great meal. I love Blue Door… it is elegant and charming with great food and atmosphere.
  28. JB

    JenniferB

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Could not recommend this restaurant more! The food was amazing - make sure to order the fried chicken and cornbread. They had unique cocktails and a great wine list. The inside is unlike anything else in the Gold coast and feels like you stepped into a southern home. The heated patio was warm enough on a 20 degree night and was where we at. Juan was our server and made our first time eating there memorable.
  29. JH

    JoeH

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious southern-centric cuisine. Fried chicken, beef burgundy, deviled eggs, tomato soup, Mac and cheese, hummingbird cake. All delicious.
  30. j

    joey007

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Had a great time with friends and colleagues.....
  31. CB

    CherylB

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food, friendly service. Restaurant noisier than I expected, a change from my last visit several years ago. But everyone was cheerful and having a good time.
  32. M

    Marisa

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Daisy was our server and she handled the entire dining room by herself - and made cocktails when the bartender was busy. She was pleasant and smiling the entire time, despite the crazy workload. She was AMAZING!!
  33. KD

    KathleenD

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hosted a lovely lunch at Blue Kitchen & Garden and was very impressed with the ambience, service and delicious food. High attention to detail. Very relaxing environment and so pretty inside.
  34. A

    Aria

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a wonderful experience dining for the first time at Blue Door. The service was great, the food was delicious, and the ambience was cozy. I would revisit in a heartbeat.
  35. F

    Fixo

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Buttermilk Fried Chicken was excellent. Don’t leave without a slice of hummingbird cake!
  36. K

    Kathy17

    Chicago

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had friends in from the suburbs and this was the perfect choice. We could talk without shouting. There was enough choice of foods without being overwhelming. The food was plentiful and delicious. The hostess and serving staff and manager were all very friendly. The only problem was that we were 6 and the table with two bench/sofas was a little crowded. We hadn’t been there since before Covid and we’ll definitely be back. Thanks
  37. H

    Hedge

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service & ambiance. Always reliable. Love patio
  38. F

    Foodie

    New York Area

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday lunch for my friend was spectacular. Great appetizers! Crab cake and deviled eggs with salmon. Yum! I had an omelet, my friends had shrimp and grits, biscuits and gravy and omelet. All were great! Don’t miss the pineapple cake and key lime pie. The chef came to our table and took a birthday picture with our friend. Love this place!
  39. AP

    APalmer

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience was amazing! We had the chicken, which was juicy, tender and flavorful. I’d definitely recommend the Blue Table!
  40. WS

    WendyS

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every meal at Blue Door is delicious. Their fried chicken sandwich is the best in the city, in my opinion. Perfectly crispy and point in the inside. This is the place to order dessert. Their hummingbird cake is INSANE. You’ll be missing out of you don’t finish your meal with it.

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 1827 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 47 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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