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Blue Door Kitchen & Garden, Chicago, IL

Blue Door Kitchen & Garden

4.6
4.6
1711 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 63 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 1,711 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. VT

    VietT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

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

    findjj

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    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
  3. NB

    NicoleB

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    MegP

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    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.
  5. P

    Prof

    Los Angeles

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    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.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    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.
  8. GS

    GalaS

    Portugal

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The only thing that I thought was strange that they start their dinner menu at 2 pm . But when we requested the lunch menu they were accommodating. Food were tasty and good service.
  9. j

    jwvjwv

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pleasant atmosphere for brunch, attentive service, excellent food. Reasonably priced.
  10. r

    rlern

    Chicago

    129 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    129 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    beautiful outdoor space with good service and food
  11. CC

    ChrisC

    Western KY

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    In the city for a friend get-together, visited Blue Door in a recommendation. Very quaint & cute. Servers we're friendly and our orders were correct but service was slow and we had to ask other servers for drink refills repeatedly.
  12. f

    familyfoodies

    Columbus

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time to an Art Smith restaurant for brunch and it did not disappoint. We started with the light and fluffy beignets and coffee. Then we tried the quiche, omelet, chicken and waffles and biscuits and gravy. Everything had so much flavor. The chicken had an amazing crunch. The quiche was silky smooth. There was the perfect amount of spice in the gravy. The ambiance is quaint and pleasant with attentive and helpful waitstaff. We look forward to coming back.
  13. l

    luv2goout

    Chicago

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time dining at Blue Door. Good service and food. So far so good! :)
  14. M

    Marissa

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have always heard good things about Blue Door and decided to try it! The ambience was fantastic- we sat outside on their adorable patio but the inside was equally as charming! The food was AMAZING. Highly recommend the chicken and waffles as well as the beignets.
  15. D

    Devink

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an absolutely lovely experience eating brunch out on the patio. We ordered the cauliflower started- and it was ENORMOUS, and delicious. My partner ordered the chicken and waffles- which live up the the hype. Service was excellent, environment was very welcoming- we plan to go back and try dinner.
  16. AS

    AshleyS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I needed to find a good restaurant for with outdoor seating to gather with colleagues. This was the best place I could find in close proximity to downtown. The outdoor area was beautiful and spacious. The food was pricey but good
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    I enjoyed the kale and Brussels salad. My husband loved the scallops. Corn bread -yum! Service was average at best. We were the only table in the interior yet our sever had a hard time finding time to do more than eventually take our order, deliver drinks once and once ask if everything was okay. Nice atmosphere. Hostess was friendly and pleasant.
  18. AR

    AletheaR

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant, great food, we will definitely come back!
  19. RR

    RishiR

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    The service is the biggest disappoinment. The food is okay. The ambience is really good if you sit on the patio.
  20. KS

    KathyS

    Key West

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Max, our server, was excellent. The kale and brussel sprout salad was perfect. The fried chicken Benedict was sublime. Can’t wait to return!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Lovely brunch spot! Yummy fried chicken & waffles also such a good espresso martini if you’re into that (like me)
  22. CH

    CaitlinH

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Delicious chicken and waffles and beignets. Took awhile for service, but food came out pretty quick. Suuuper cute place, especially patio.
  23. M

    Marisa1972

    Central Coast

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Very nice patio, excellent service, honest food. We had the fried chicken (definitely worth it!!) and the cheesecake was to die for.
  24. E

    Elizabeth

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Found this spot as a recommend go to brunch spot and decided to make a reservation. Even with reservation, had to wait about 15 mins for a table, but no problem they were apologetic and offered us water while we waited. After being seated, we order drinks which came out almost immediately and then put in our food order. It took OVER AN HOUR to get our food. Our waitress stopped by maybe 30 mins in and apologized and said it would be right out (it wasn’t). We were never checked in on, never offered refills on our drinks, and were straight up ignored by our waitress when we tried to flag them down to figure out where our food was. The only saving grace was that the food was incredible (or maybe we were literally just starving). Worth the wait? Hard to say. We were given a discount on our food for the issues, but our brunch turned into an over 2.5 hour ordeal.
  25. C

    Csd23

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    Less than great I don’t usually take the time, however …. Being greeted for a reservation time with “ we need 15 minutes to have the servers catch up, please wait outside in the 90 degree temperature. We’ll get to you in a few”. Didn’t feel welcome at all. I reviewed the menu prior to Resy. No where does it say the menu changes at 2 pm. No burgers available at 3. Chicken, a specialty was 2 legs and a thigh. No choice of white meat. Not what I expected for a Michelin. Wanted a good meal before a concert. The hotdog at Wrigley was better.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, service and food
  27. s

    shoshi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a wonderful dinner. We ate outside and while the patio is lovely, the birds landing on the table and the chairs were annoying and probably unsanitary. You might think about a screen enclosure to keep them away from diners.
  28. TK

    TammyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A beautiful courtyard and a lovely brunch menu. I highly recommend the Fried Chicken Benedict
  29. GD

    GDubyaJr

    Dallas

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great group dinner on patio. Perfect location. Deviled eggs! Beet salad. Shrimp & grits. Fried chicken. Hummingbird cake. Wonderful service, too. What’s not to love about Blue Door?
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The fried chicken is wonderful! Crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. Brussels sprouts were very underwhelming. Loved the key lime pie!
  31. DR

    DanR

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Was very excited to go as my parents live around the corner and we hadn’t been back since “Covid”. Confusion started with the drink order, then apps came with entrées, entrees were cold, sent them back… came back and were tasty but moms vegetables weren’t cooked… bill was incorrect too. It was just our table as others were complaining… shame on all levels.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Seated next to a very loud table. Service was excellent. We enjoyed the evening. Food very good.
  33. M

    Moos

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great Quality Food, with nice quant atmosphere. I would visit again if in Chicago. Valet was easy
  34. MR

    MeganR

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    The service staff was really friendly, and helpful. 5 star. But the restaurant wasn't running on all cylinders. Errors in the bill, charged prices different from the menu, poor timing of meal delivery (forever for our starters, and then an immediate delivery of the meal), sides never made it to the table. Just sub par for this style and price of a restaurant. I hope it's just a post-covid challenge and they figure it out soon.
  35. LP

    LennyP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Food is decent, try the fried chicken. Great location and nice ambiance. Food is a little pricey for the amount of food. Service is just columbus. Would eat there again and then again maybe not. Just ok
  36. AW

    AlisonW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the outdoor patio here for the beautiful summer weather of the last couple of weeks. Staff members are lovely and the food is simple and fresh. I have enjoyed visiting three times since I’ve been on holiday here in Chicago.
  37. BC

    BingC

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Excellent meal of squash soup, eggplant salad, NY strip steak, cauliflower steak, fried chicken, and cornbread. Service a little slow at the end. Waited to get the check and for it to be processed. Outdoor setting was nice, but the smoke from a nearby cigar establishment was very unpleasant. We'll probably eat inside next time unless the wind is blowing the other way.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience5
    I’m sorry to say that every aspect our visit except the ambiance fell far short of our expectations, and even that was not what we had hoped. Relying on word of mouth and the restaurant’s inclusion in the Michelin guide, I made reservations (with a request for outdoor seating) for my sister’s birthday brunch. She and our mother were visiting from out of the state, and I wanted it to be wonderful. Our original party of 8 dropped to 5 the morning of our 11:30 reservation, so I called around 10:45 to make the change, and received the email confirmation shortly thereafter. All 5 of us arrived at about 11:25, only to be told that our party of 4 was already there and seated outside. It soon became clear that the hostesses had seated the wrong party, and therefore had to scramble to get a table pulled together for us, all the while not appearing to be at all apologetic. While I understand that the outdoor space is first-come-first-served, I had hoped that by arriving early, they would be able to accommodate my request. Instead, due to the mistake, we were seated directly inside the front door. Not a great start to my sister’s birthday, only compounded by slow and disinterested service (though our main server, Daisy, was very sweet if overextended) and disappointing food. The mimosas were the best part. I spoke with the manager before leaving to mention the shortfalls of our experience, only to be brushed off with a business card, his assurance to look into the matter, and an offer to ensure a better experience on our next visit. I’m sorry to say that we will NOT be returning - and it’s a pity, because the decor is very charming and the whole set up could have potential under different circumstances. Part of my dismay and disappointment stems from my time working in high end hotels and restaurants, and the knowledge that any establishment worthy of the high price point they offer would do whatever they could to fix their guests’ negative experience. Even a call.
  39. P

    Prof

    Los Angeles

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely morning. The wait staff there is first rate!
  40. DC

    DawnC

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service! All dishes were delicous and nicely presented. Service was excellent. Great setting both inside and outside.

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 1711 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 63 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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