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Blue Door Kitchen is a nice but not too fancy Gold Coast restaurant in an old mansion. The courtyard patio is beautiful for when it's nice outside.

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About Blue Door Kitchen & Garden

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.

52 West Elm Street
Chicago, IL 60610
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Global, International, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Monday: 11am-10pm
Tuesday: 11am-10pm
Wednesday: 11am-10pm
Thursday: 11am-10pm
Friday: 11am-11pm
Saturday: 9am-11pm
Sunday: 9am-10pm

Cross Street:
Between Clark & Dearborn Streets

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 573-4000

Website:
http://www.bluedoorkitchenchicago.com/

Entertainment:
No

Public Transit:
CTA Red Line Trains to Clark/Division stop
#22 Clark Street Bus
#36 Broadway Bus

Executive Chef:
Chef Art Smith

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.

Private Party Contact:
Micah Williams: (312) 573-4000

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

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Daily 9:00PM - 10:00PM

Blue Door Kitchen & Garden Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (73)
Neighborhood Gem (59)
Cozy (44)
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Comfort Food (44)
Fit for Foodies (44)
Good for a Date (43)
Romantic (43)
Special Occasion (38)
Great for Brunch (36)
Creative Cuisine (33)
Casual (30)
Great for Lunch (30)
Good for Anniversaries (30)
Sunday Lunch (29)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Local Ingredients (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
Authentic (19)
Fun (19)
Good for Groups (17)
Healthy (17)
Seasonal (16)
Hot Spot (13)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Business Meals (10)
Organic (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
People Watching (6)
Scenic View (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Vegan (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Spicy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Detroit)·Dined 2 days ago

Absolute local favorite. The charmingly elegant decor makes for a great friends get together brunch. The cappuccinos and eggs benedict are a fan favorite every time we visit.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Great place for a date. The environment is comfortable and well appointed. The space is small but doesn't feel cramped. Service is attentive and friendly. Although this is comfort food, it is not heavy. The NY strip steak is a generous entree but the meat is not dense. The duck entree was small by comparison yet very tasty. Mac and cheese is a must!

Tags: People Watching, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent spot! Had no idea you guys were in the neighborhood, and you took care of our 8-person group and with our crazy requests. Drinks and food are excellent!

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

At times the ambient noise and music being played was a little too loud to talk to the person across the table from me.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Service was good - intentions great but missing a few key items
1- ask how I’d like my salmon prepared or indicate typical preparation
2 - ask for clarity on an order versus assumption
3- when replacing an item in a dish letting me know prior to assuming I️ can eat the replacement

Overall will go back - maybe just spotty due to mid week lunch crew.

Great flavors overall and solid menu options.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The restaurant is beautiful and the waitstaff does well. The food however was less than ordinary. Their was nothing special about their buttermilk fried chicken which is a specialty. I personally enjoy Popeyes Fried Chicken and would take PFC over their $25 BFC any day. Plus the spoonful of mashed potatoes was just a trial. Their Short Rib dish was an overload of gooey saltness, the rice it came with was just the same. The drinks were okay. We dined here to celebrate our anniversary and felt only disappointment in regards to our goal of satisfying and exciting our taste buds. Extremely pricey for their execution of food and drinks.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

One of us had the fried chicken Benedict. It was tasty, everything else that was supposed to be hot was except the chicken was cold . The manager stopped by the table to see how we were enjoying our food and we let her know about the chicken. My friend did not want to make a big deal about it and told her not to replace the food as she had offered. Literally, less than 2 minutes later she delivered a new plate of food. That was awesome EXCEPT the chicken was cold on that one too-my friend said it was colder than the first one. We asked our server if that was how it was supposed to be served but he said he wasn’t sure and said he would ask the kitchen. When he returned he told us that the item had been removed from our bill which was appreciated especially since my friend only ate a portion of the meal ....by the way we never found out if that was how it was intended to be served.
The manager was very attentive and accommodating and because of this we will try Blue Door Kitchen again.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Went here when the restaurant was called Table 52. It was outstanding. This visit left something to be desired. Had the shrimp and grits- grits had very little flavor compared to when I had them a few years ago. The food was still good quality, but no longer stellar.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I had requested a small private corner and they said they could not but had to give me a round table. So i requested the round table by the window and they did not do this. I was very disappointed

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Awesome spot. Very cute and great food! The best fried chicken ever!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Amazing meal fresh squash soup, service impeccable and love the space.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Perfect spot for birthday dinner with my daughter and dear childhood friend before the theatre. Interesting menu dnd everything was unique and delicious.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Wonderful food and fantastic service. Such a beautiful restaurant with a great southern feel!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Gorgeous spot. A gem in a cute neighborhood with lots to see in the area. A cool little cigar spot on the corner (Briggs Mansion). Its quaint and intimate but not stuffy. The food was fabulous. The bar was great. Nice season drinks but open bar available. Great farm to table menu and they were generous to provide a nice hummus special entree on the house.
Such a find this little spot. Service was impeccable and down to earth, yet classy.
The decor was great down to the small details. LOVE it!

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Service was very rushed. We arrived early for a 5:30 reservation on a Sunday night and the server rushed us to the point that it got annoying. In spite of telling the server that we wanted a few minutes to visit and enjoy our drink, he came over three times asking if we were ready to order. No consciousness at all of interrupting conversation either. In fact, our entree plates were removed before we had put down our forks on the last bite. They had us out the door by 6:45. I understand that a diner that is seated at 5:30 should expect to turn the table over for a later seating, I don't expect to spend $30 for an entree and $16 for a glass of wine and get whisked out the door in the time it takes to eat dinner at Chipotle. I did not have this experience the last time I was there.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

the best fried chicken. All of Art Smith's restaurants have a welcoming and comfortable environment. The service was very good.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We shared the fried chicken as an appetizer and that was great! We each had a main course that was just average (short rib and burger). Wouldn't say it was bad, but would not order again. The service was great and it was quiet enough to have a conversation. We would go again in the warmer months to enjoy the outdoor patio.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

A very cute restaurant with amazing food. From the soup to fried chicken, we enjoyed every bite!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Despite it being noisy, they
immediately turned down the music when requested. But it is a charming place, love their patio
Lovely server. Had to request salt
as none of us prefer egg with no salt
and egg cooled before salt in dish to share arrived, sparse for all four of us

Tags: Healthy, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Good food! We had fried chicken and the shrimp and grits. Both were excellent and the portion was much more than we could eat. Great for the next day!

This is a great stop for a small, lively atmosphere for dinner right near shopping, hotels, bars. But make a reservation!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

What a find for us. Comfortable and casual but very professional staff and amazing food. Our server was the perfect balance of friendly, professional and attentive without being intrusive. We had the butternut squash soup and pierogi as starters. Both very tasty, fresh and appropriate portions. We each ordered the fried chicken - oh my it was perfect. It came w local honey and house made hot sauce using a bit of both made the perfect balance. We shared the bubble & squeak and Mac & cheese sides. We had plenty of food and took a couple pieces of chicken to go. Highly recommend this spot

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Excellent food.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 31, 2017

A most wonderful cozy spot for a birthday date. We loved our dinner - the food was spectacular and the ambience was warm and relaxing. Thanks for a perfect evening, we'll be back next time we're in town.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Everyone in our group (7) enjoyed Blue Door Kitchen very much to varying degrees. I would definitely return and refer friends. Portions are generally large (especially the fried chicken and the lamb shank).

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The mac n cheese was DELICIOUS! and the fried chicken was AWESOME! Very cute neighborhood place, comfortable & charming.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great food and service!!!! Loved strawberry rhubarb mimosas and glazed porkbelly as well as beignets. Surprised with 4 pieces chicken with waffles...for brunch. Only minute negative was wind coming in when patrons entered. Could be larger to get true entryway and block wind.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food was fine, ambiance was fine, and overall nothing special. A lot older crowd than I excpected. We were by far the youngest group there at 8pm and we're in our 30's. I think we were sat in a bad spot, right by the door, so the ambiance was not much for us. No one disliked their meal, or the service, but no one in our group would return.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The European charm of this quaint spot coupled with service staff in white aprons and ties evokes the peace and serenity of that French bistro you’ve been longing to visit.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Montreal)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had a great experience. Appetizers for our group was the ceviche, perogies, and corn chowder...all excellent. Mains were duck (excellent), buttermilk fried chicken (an enormous serving...too big, really), and the short rib (a bit tougher than expected). The hummingbird cake and chocolate pecan pie were amazing. Service was excellent. One main complaint was that we absolutely froze anytime the door opened. We had the ask the hostess to bring us our scarves and shawls from the coat check to wear while we ate. They really should fix that issue. There is nothing to keep the wind for blowing into the whole restaurant when the door is open.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Exceptional meal, attentive staff and creative cocktails. Lovely decor and fabulous outdoor garden. Our new favorite restaurant.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Fun, Spicy, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

A few problems this evening: Devilled eggs with little flavour, burger and pork dishes over cooked, inconsistent service, smoke from kitchen throughout the restaurant. Good points: nice room, tasty hummus, nice salads and delicious hummingbird cake. But salads came with main course instead of first course. Manager comped salads...which we appreciated. All in all a mixed bag.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I went to Blue Door a few years ago and remembered it as being extremely lovely inside (chandeliers, dollhouse vibe, beauty and the beast esque). Highly recommend - great ambiance, AMAZING food.

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Food was very disappointing. Would never go back. Our meet was overcooked and the fish was bland.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Food served was cold, unappetizing and tasteless. Service was pushy. Too expensive when one leaves half the meal because of quality and not because of appetite. We normally do not order desserts but did so because we remained hungry. We should have returned individual dishes but it was a special birthday celebration and did not want to completely ruin the evening.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We definitely enjoyed our time! Food was delicious and the atmosphere was terrific! Several in the party ordering Bloody Marys and were extremely underwhelmed with them -- said they tasted like clam-juice//watery...our server exchanged them no problem, but the guests found them to be strange for a Blood Mary. All in all, we had a great meal.

Tags: Hot Spot, Seasonal, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Fried chicken was average at best Hamburger was the worst ever. Like shoe leather cold cheese on it. Soup was good Took a while to get service at the table. Had a problem changing reservation from 5 people to 6 on Thursday Called on Friday and it was no problem suddenly Refuse to go back
Not a good experience

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Our waiter was the best! & the restaurant patio is so cute! Loved my experience! Food & cocktails were delicious 😋

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Our waiter, Oscar, was great...very attentive and very pleasant. Thank You Oscar!

We looooved the music selection-great picks!

I would like to see a chocolate cake on the dessert menu, similar tasting to the one that was offered at Table 52. I disappointed that chocolate cake was no longer available.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We love Blue Door Kitchen and Garden. We have never had anything we didn’t like. The ceviche and Mac and cheese are must haves. Cocktails are done just right.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We had a delicious meal at Blue Door Kitchen. We tried short ribs, salmon, pork and fried chicken....all wonderful! Our cocktails were creative and reflected the fresh, farm-to-table vibe of the restaurant. Very welcoming staff, including our waitress, the bartender and the manager, Brendan. I will definitely come back to Blue Door Kitchen on my next trip to Chicago.

Tags: Organic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fun
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