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Blue Door Kitchen & Garden

829 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (40)
  • Cozy (39)
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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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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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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 829 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6  based on recent ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAimeeD (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

The food was delicious and the atmosphere is wonderful. My friends and I had a marvelous time there.

vipjwb5 (Chicago)
2.0  Dined 3 days ago

I had been looking forward to eating at Blue Door for quite some time, but was very underwhelmed by the food and the service. There were a couple of extremely loud groups that made dining conversations difficult to hear and the food was bland - not under seasoned, but unseasoned. Service here was probably some of the worst I've experienced in some time.

OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

The food was excellent and waitstaff very friendly and attentive.

vipDwarrior (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined 4 days ago

I’d eaten at this restaurant before and decided to give it a try again. This time around was extremely disappointing. I ordered the deviled eggs as I had done previously. This time around crispy black eyed peas were added as a garnish. Bad decision chef. The peas were like unpopped kernels in my mouth-difficult to chew and totally devoid of taste. The eggs were not as good as before but could have been salvageable if not for the peas.
How does one destroy organic salmon? One destroys salmon by placing totally unknown accompaniments on the plate and completely destroying the taste of the fish (the very minute cut of fish at that-shame in you chef)! I was totally taken aback by the degradation of taste in less than 3 months.
I must say the two items were removed from my bill without my having to make the request.
Kudos to the waiter Todd!!!!!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

I've been wanting to try this place for awhile and finally took the chance during my birthday week. This place was everything I'd hoped it would be and more! Delicious Southern cuisine, amazing craft cocktails and caring staff!

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Good food, comfortable setting, and friendly service!

vipge8mood (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

The decor is adorable. The hostess was friendly. Our waiter was also friendly, but didn't check back on us enough. Wish there were a few more vegetarian friendly options.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Love the atmosphere at the Blue Door. Cocktails are excellent and the bartender will make what you want based on your preferences. We have only had breakfast so far and both times enjoyed the fried chicken and waffles and the omelette. Nice variety on the menu and the waitstaff is very friendly

3.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

went there specifically for the fried chicken which had been rated as some of the best in Chicago and it was delicious. unfortunately, the three other menu items ordered by me and two of my other guests were not as delicious. my duck confit was bland(under seasoned and lacking of some needed sauce) and was reminiscent off reheated Thanksgiving leftover turkey leg. my other guests also commented that their items were only okay. additionally, we had ordered a side dish to share which hadn't come out with the rest of our entrees - it actually arrived AFTER one of my guests was completely finished with his meal.
on the positive side, the hostess was extremely pleasant and helpful, the bartender (Kyle) was knowledgeable and very good, and the manager was also congenial and attentive. the restaurant was nicely decorated and the noise level was conducive for conversation.
overall, everything aside from their notable fried chicken was only fair and a bit of a disappointment.

vipmarysl88 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

We enjoyed our meal. The kale and brussels sprout salad was one of the best I've had, but it was absolutely MASSIVE! Does it really need to be that large?? Topped with a well-prepared organic salmon filet, it was quite delicious. My dinner partners also loved the squash soup and white bean stew. Well-made cocktails as well. The only downside is the front door has no barrier to the outdoors, so the extreme cold came wafting into the small dining room every time the door opened. I'll know next time to dress more warmly.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Went for Valentine's Day. Everything was great. Oscar's service was wonderful. The pierogies were delicious and my petite filet was absolutely fantastic. The drinks were unique and delicious as well.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was OK - disappointing compared to what table 52 used to be. The most annoying part was that they serve you a “from the kitchen” hummus appetizer, implying it’s complimentary, as we did not order it and it showed up on our bill.

vipHonestDiner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Let me preface this with, I usually love Blue Door Kitchen. We bring all of our out of town guests here. On this occasion, we chose it for our Valentine’s Day dinner. I love the Hummingbird Cake typically. I was looking forward to it all week. But it was sadly so dry on this occasion. The deviled egg filling was dry as well. I’m hoping this was a one off night for them, but I’m afraid it may be a trend of a slide downward.

bjason (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Overall it was a nice evening. Nothing spectacular or anything that stands out. Really the only negative was when I looked over and they were cleaning the restaurant. Granted it was towards the end of the night but you usually wait for guests to leave.

AdamF (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Everything I've ever eaten here has been superb, the grits in the shrimp and grits were a bit bland, but still cooked perfectly and delicious. Always get the deviled eggs.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Blue Door was amazing love this spot we came for brunch. I posted a photo on my IG story and got so many inquiries asking where we were. I didn’t want to tell I wanna keep this little gem a secret but I also want them to stay in business lol. Food was excellent we shared the Fried Chicken Benedict, Kale/Brussels salad and the Beignets (OMG beignets were on point!!!) Great job bar staff cocktails are a hit especially “High Tea”. Thank you for the great service Helen (our waitress) and the entire staff at Blue Door Kitchen definitely returning excited for patio season!!!

ElizabethW (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great experience! Would definitely recommend, and plan on returning! Great staff and ambiance.

OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food and service! Our waiter was wonderful and the fried chicken lived up to the Oprah rave!

vipAMG2 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Love this place. Been many times for dinner, this was first time for brunch and did not disappoint! Food delicious, service wonderful!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Adorable place with great servers and amazing food!