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Blue Door Kitchen & Garden

4.6
876 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Global, International, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Monday: 11am-10pm
Tuesday: 11am-10pm
Wednesday: 11am-10pm
Thursday: 11am-10pm
Friday: 11am-11pm
Saturday: 9am-11pm
Sunday: 9am-10pm
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Phone number
(312) 573-4000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Art Smith
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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.
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Private party contact
Micah Williams: (312) 573-4000
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Cross street
Between Clark & Dearborn Streets
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Public transit
CTA Red Line Trains to Clark/Division stop
#22 Clark Street Bus
#36 Broadway Bus
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Entertainment
No
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Additional
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
What 876 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Always a great experience!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

We loved our time at the Blue Door. Everyone enjoyed their meal and service was good.
The atmosphere was lovely. We look forward to dining on the patio this summer.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in Chicago, beautiful rooms, great food and drinks and wonderful service.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Best service and brunch.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

A relative was in town and we wanted to go somewhere quiet because his hearing can sometimes be an issue - Blue Door was fabulous!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food was delicious and reasonably priced. Slight disappointment in the dessert selection and they don't have decaf espresso. The wine by the glass was a bit pricey as well. Overall worth going back, which we will.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Such an adorable place! Very southern chic and very cozy. The burger was amazing and I’ll definitely be back for brunch. An adorable place

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Excellent as always! The food is delicious, the service wonderful and it is one of my favorite dining places.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great experience per usual. Can’t wait for the weather to change so we can sit outside

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We are in town 6-8 times per year and needed a change of pace. We were also celebrating my daughter’s birthday. The food was fabulous, not over-done, wonderful combinations, and nicely priced. It is a small seating area, but not cramped or loud. Loved it. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Helen, our waitress, was a delightful tour guide to a home that's a restaurant. Wow is enough. Each item was uniquely prepared and delightful on my palate. Wine to match and great coffee with desert to die for. WOW

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Wonderful quaint atmosphere and excellent food! Very special for Easter Brunch. Can't wait to go back when we're visiting Chicago again.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Martini made with Nolets gin was fantastic.
We also enjoyed the wine by the glass selection.
My server recommended the original fried chicken. Best chicken I have ever eaten.
I also had Morocco carrot salad with beets and goat cheese. It was enough to split.
I highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The family was visiting from out of town and friends recommend it. we went for brunch and it was perfect. the food is great and the service outstanding. can't wait to go for dinner!

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Really disappointed. Brunch food was very average and came to the table cold. I think the kitchen may have run low on hollandaise... our benedict came with next to nothing.

We won’t be back, unfortunately.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Everything was amazing! Highly recommend

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Excellent find. I didn't know it was in it's current location. I think is was Art Smith's restaurant before he become famous.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

It was great! No complaints. Very accommodating staff.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Had the eggs benedict and a delicious bloody mary! Both were excellent!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Brunch was delicious, and the restaurant is absolutely adorable!

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

the complimentary hummus and cracker were a nice touch.
fried chicken sandwich is something to come back for.
great value for a Art Smith menu.
our waitress did not bring her A game to work this day...more like a B-...will try again
atmosphere is extremely cozy and inviting...too bad the music did not match.

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Lovely setting with great staff and wonderful food.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Delightful brunch 😊

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Amazing all around. So many great places in Chicago and immediately we pegged this as our new go to to bring out of town guests! Get the chicken. And burger was amazing too.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great food and service. Upstairs dining room is very quiet

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

It was wonderful all around! We felt welcome and relaxed, the food was fantastic, and the overall evening was excellent. We will continue to visit!

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1.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Brought us the wrong food! Took over 30 min to correct! They basically ignored us after that! Worst experience I have ever had dining. Was looking forward to it as many said it was a good place! Very sad! On top of all that, the bill was wrong! Just a laughable experience!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

This is the third time for me to come to this location, and we still love it. My family loves the chicken and waffles. Only one compliant I wish they had better sauces and less salt on the food. Our server was great !

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Superb food and very reasonable wine list. Very lively decor and great wait staff

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

I will definitely give it another try. My wife was very happy with her trout but my shrimp and grits which is supposedley a signature dish was not as good as others I have jad. The grits were cold the flavors were a little bland and there were ony three wafer thin pieces of andouille. The shrimp was very good and plump though. They can do better. Cool space with good vibe and fun mixed crowd. Wine prices a little high for the small pours.

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Disappointing. Loved Table 52 and enjoy Blue Door on Halsted. We may have had an off day but the karma was very negative. Our waitress seemed to dislike her job and despite an early booking and few tables we were not asked for a drink order for a long while. We ordered directly from the bartender who was charming and the only bright spot. Food tasty but sullied by low energy seemingly unhappy staff including hostess who failed to contact the valet and then suggested she has no control as they do what they want (after we waited a long while). Better bet to go to Halsted location although mysteriously they aren’t on Open Table.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Delicious food and adorable interior

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Always an excellent experience. Great brunch!

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

3rd visit. Always amazing in past. This time all food was cold. Service was ok

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Have been here several times and never disappoints. I wish the founder was there to greet guests butbunderstand schedules are what they are. Ambiance is excellent and prices are very goods still love the fried chicken!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Second time in Chicago and the first place I reserved to eat for the trip. My daughter brought me here in Jan and it was awesome. Perogis were to die for !! Had them at both visits. I had the filet that was cooked perfectly and my 2 daughter’s had the fried chicken and the Salamon- all dishes were simply the best!!!! Definite recommend!!

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Came here for my boyfriends birthday. I put instructions into the opentable reservation but I'm guessing they didnt get them or didnt read them. Had to tell them in person to bring out a candle, but thats not really an issue (unless you wanted it to be a small surprise for the birthday person). 3/5 of us really enjoyed the food. The only dish that was really lacking was the grits. Much to my surprise as they said they were famous for them. The grits were very watery and lacking flavor. Maybe it was just a bad night. I will say that the hummingbird cake was extremely good and everyone loved it. The service was also spectacular. Loved how friendly our server was. In general, it was a good experience.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Went to The Blue Door mid-week for a birthday celebration. I have been there and always enjoyed it but my guests had not been. They were amazed at how delightful the ambiance is and how good the food is. The Blue Door has made two more faithful followers.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great service. Good food.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

our dinning experience was amazing! We were seated on the second floor and it was just delightful!! We will definitely go again.

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