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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.
Chicago, IL 60610
American, Global, International, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Between Clark & Dearborn Streets
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
CTA Red Line Trains to Clark/Division stop
#22 Clark Street Bus
#36 Broadway Bus
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
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
Blue Door Kitchen & Garden Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!!!
Burgers were extremely salty-two people at our table couldn't finish them. Fried chicken was fantastic and very generous serving. Server forgot after being reminded twice that it was the birthday for my friend and we needed to get a dessert which we asked for to go. He had plates and napkins brought out, and the dessert brought to the table.
I will go back just for the fried chicken, and adorable ambiance. But being aware of friendly but non-responsive and incompetent service (noticed a few other diners had similar experiences while we were there).
I love The Blue Door and have been going there since it was Table 52. The food is fabulous and service is usually top notch however on Super Bowl Sunday it was sub par. The server did not remember to bring me coffee, then did not bring the cream, I asked for butter and had to ask twice. Our empty plates were not cleared away until we asked. It seemed the restaurant was short staffed. The table next to us waited 45 minutes for a to go order of bengneits (sp?) to then be told they were sold out. I will be back because this is not the usual service I have experienced for years at The Blue Door. Thank you.
Nice to be back at this Art Smith owned restaurant, have not been there since it became Blue Door Kitchen. It was a warm and inviting spot on a snowy day. The decor was great as was our waiter. When our waffles were not hot he immediately got us more waffles and comped our deviled eggs. Can I just say, the devil eggs with sauteed black-eyed peas were yummy with a great added crunch. Looking forward to going back and seeing that beautiful centerpiece painting on the back wall.
Blue Door is so quaint! It feels like you are in France in the countryside. Food and service is excellent. We had the butternut squash soup, chicken, braised meat, burger and 2 desserts. Everything was delicious! It can be chilly inside so be sure to dress warm.
Early Sunday evening dinner during Restaurant Week. Liked the option to order from the main menu or the special prix fixe menu. Ordered from the prix fixe menu. Loved the food; loved the service. Cozy atmosphere lends itself to quiet conversation. The brussels & kale salad was a delicious surprise with no bitterness whatsoever. Beef short rib and fried chicken were outstanding.
Blue Door is such a lovely experience. The decor is humble yet elegant, the service is incredibly efficient yet you never feel rushed, and the food always delectable. It is equally suited for a weeknight dinner or a well executed special occasion! We enjoyed the fried chicken, the shrimp & grits, and the butternut squash soup. All absolutely delicious.
Have been to the restaurant several times. However something definitely has changed. Should have known how the evening would go when showed up and no valet. Went in to ask and was told they would be right there. Waited 5 minutes and then just found a place to park. Was seated at a table that is crammed into a very small space and to which the waiter and patrons had to brush up against those seated to get by. This was for a reservation made 6 weeks in advance. The food is pricey enough they should not be trying to use every square inch for service. The table was also located near a supply closet so people were in an out continuously on the second floor. The service was atrocious we literally waited for everything 5 people for dinner and the whole affair took 1:45. There was no desert as it was already 1:45 and after waiting 10 minutes for the waiter to come back to take the order my guests and myself decided it was enough. Also the foot was below par almost everything is underseasoned and the portions were unequal. Two of us ordered the fried chicken and one plate came with an abundance of mashed potato the other almost none. Would have complained but waiter never came back for 25 minutes. Drinks were never refreshed or an offer made. Its is unfortunate this had been one of our favorite restaurants. We won't be back.
Neighborhood gem with inviting decor and creative menu..
The patio is magic in the summer months.
Had a holiday brunch there and while the meal was delicious, I was disappointed that they hadn’t done any holiday decor at all.....a shame as the overall ambiance and color scheme would have been so conducive to a cozy winter/holiday ambiance.
$22 for chicken and waffles. The pieces of chicken were small and the crust over-cooked. It was certainly not what I was hoping for. I went with two others. No one felt that their dish was worth splurging on the calories. The shrimp and grits was fine but certainly nothing special. The house made sausage and eggs would have been improved with a high grade commercial sausage.
The food was definitely good—especially the hummingbird cake. But the service really left something to be desired. More than a couple of times we kept wondering, where is our server? So that was a bummer. But if you are looking to linger over a meal in a very, very cute restaurant, this is the place!
We loved our first time at Blue Door. The deviled eggs of the night were delicious. Two of the couples then split the friend chicken, I had the kale salad and we all had some mac & cheese. It was all fantastic and the perfect amount of food. We will return!
Wonderful holiday dinner with three generations of family before seeing Billy Elliott at the Porchlight Theater. Delicious seasonal cocktails to start. Shared the Brussel Sprout & Kale Salad - fabulous! Went with the House specialties and they did not disappoint: Shrimp & Grits were excellent and the Fried Chicken is some of the best I’ve ever had! Love the accompanying black pepper honey and homemade hot sauce. Beautiful setting for a wonderful meal! We will be back!
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