Blue Door Kitchen & Garden

4.7
1337 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1337 people are saying
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vipLindaR
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant for a leisurely lunch with a friend. Exceptional menu options and food quality. Welcoming staff and decor.

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vipLauren
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Service was so ridiculously slow that I won't be coming back.

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vipVespagal10
Chicago
99 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great little gem in the city. Our waitress Dominica was fantastic. We all had the burgers which were delicious, and a black cherry Mamosa which was yummy. Definitely a go to place when I’m in the city.

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jimK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Irritating 6% surcharge for "Covid", when I asked what does that mean? The hostess responded for cleaning supplies...I asked if that meant they didn't clean before Covid and she responded that she would get the manager. I decided to leave it alone.
The silliness is that they charge 6% to each check regardless on how large? We ordered premium liquors and wines and our check average was higher that most, why should we pay more for them to clean (which they should have been doing anyhow) than a table that didn't spend as much. I assume this arbitrary cleaning expense was the same regardless of the check. ("Oh they spent more, let's make sure their table was better sanitized??")
They should call it what it is, a way to cover expenses with the limited seating and less revenue.. .

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CarolK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best. The food is so delicious and the staff is just the best.

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RobertA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice tented outdoor setting. Restaurant was safe and provided excellent food and service

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vipSandi
Chicago
112 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The menu is a challenge for me. Only 4 entrees and way too many UNHEALTHY choices. Lots of fried food. I had the salmon en croute and brussel sprouts, which was good ... not great. I would have liked more appetizer options and more items on the menu that wasn't fried. But the staff was quite pleasant and efficient.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were great! Highly recommend!

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vipChicRebelGirl
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having not ventured out for all of Covid, the setting was serene while still feeling incredibly safe. The food, drink and service were outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Great brunch

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KimF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a pre-birthday dinner here and it was great! Safe space and the staff was nice. Food was delicious. Would def go back.

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vipTraveler
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience1

We were kept outside while others were able to wait inside the premise and we were seated late. They did not have enough staff to serve the tables properly but the staff worked hard to try and compensate. I have dined here many times and it seems that the food has gone down a bit in quality and the menu was smaller than in the past. The greeter was not pleasant so we got off to a less than perfect start.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food had an average taste but I enjoyed the cozy ambience thoroughly. There being only one server for 5 tables, Eunice was exemplary.

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vipGlobalFoodie
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed lunch under a cozy heat lamp inside a spacious tent on the patio. Décor is always nice, but here, its all about the food. So so good - Simply Delicious. Must try the fried chicken, but the salmon wellington was thoughtfully innovative (wow that's a keeper)! If you're looking for high quality service & crisp/clean food with southern inspired flavors, this is the place to be.

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JPavelec
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent outdoor dining experience. Service was impeccable and felt very comfortable dining. Food was exceptional as usual.

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vipmonia
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely location, food was okay.
I loved the salmon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was a terrible experience. We waited 45 minutes for 1 drink only to hear they were out. It was awful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great food and warm outdoor seating.

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vipCarolK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and all who work there we enjoy so much!

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vipCeciliaS
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderfully cute restaurant and the food was amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Bar tender was also the server. Food and drinks weren’t up to standards of Blue Door. Maybe it’s a one off but nevertheless disappointing. We were told that bar and kitchen are closing at 8pm.

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vipWChris
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the sides and the gnocchi was one of the best I had ever had. The Brussels sprout and the corn bread were to die for. Don't skip on the deviled eggs, either!

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Scott
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They do a great job accompanying for Covid restrictions. Food and service were excellent. It was a little cold in the heated tent area, but they did a great job.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Smelled like grease very badly

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vipstevep
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time diners here. They have done a great job working with the current dining rules. Outdoor comfortable and cozy. Short menu, but every item we tried was fantastic. We look forward to dining again.

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EmilyM
Nottingham
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and wine was incredible, it was so warm sat outside that you didn’t need your coat on, it was like normal dining; it’s a little expensive for what it is but I’d definitely go again!

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vipLisaF
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server, Unis, was great! The food was great and we loved it all. Its tough to set up nice dining in a tent, but they pulled it off and it looked so nice. They would get all 5 stars if we can have been in the restaurant, as that is so charming! Love this place

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chifoodie
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patio was beautifully decorated for the holidays and perfectly warm on a cold night. Food was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Blue Door has been one of my favorite brunch spots for several years and I was sadly a bit disappointed this time around. I hate that restaurants are struggling right now and recognize that most are operating with limited staff - but service was *extremely* slow and very inattentive. What was more off putting, however, were the elevated food prices - not only was there a dining surcharge (expected) but menu items were significantly upcharged from last time I dined here. $28 for brunch entrees? Come on. I’m sure I will dine here again because it is really a wonderful restaurant from food quality to ambience, but I will likely wait until it falls back in line with comparable establishments. Price gouging loyal diners is offensive & will ultimately drive us away.

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StephanieC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful seating in a outdoor well ventilated warm tent. Loved our meal and our waiter Juan was GREAT! Definitely will be back in this COVID free space!

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vippomko
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I totally enjoyed our lunch at Blue Door: great food, wonderful ambiance, great service, etc! We will go back again and again! Thank you so much!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Need more options for those who are dairy-free. No options for entrees.

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vipmah1
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really love this quaint restaurant. Food, drinks and atmosphere are all terrific!

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wayne
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s our go to place ! Service has improved since this summer

Very good waiter wish I good remembered his name !

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vipPaulK
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Night out to celebrate personal issues and Thanksgiving holiday. One of our favorite places; committed to continue through pandemic, as long as possible.

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vipChiFamily
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate yet safe setting at the outdoor/tent dining.
Excellent healthy menu.
Amazing cocktails: highly recommend the mezcal one (forget the name).
Friendly and very accommodating staff (Dominica was amazing).
Will definitely go back

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FredS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outside in the tent it was cozy warm and perfect!

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VanessaJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for brunch. The outdoor space was a lovely get away even on a day that was cold and damp. The attentive servers kept the coffee warm.

The shrimp and grits were a fresh take with its tomato sauce. The portions were very generous.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful patio, covid friendly. Menu is a bit limiting but food was delicious.

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LisaF
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Safe and Lovely atmosphere. Delicious food! You won’t regret the visit.

FAQs

Blue Door Kitchen & Garden does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and 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 4.7 stars by 1337 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.