Bread & Wine

4.3
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500 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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About

Designed to serve as a neighborhood bistro, wine bar and gourmet market, Bread & Wine in Chicago, IL is a unique blend of New American foods alongside classic brasserie choices. Sit at the open kitchen and watch your meal being prepared or tuck up to the bar and enjoy a drink and a nibble.

Menu choices at Bread & Wine include the brunch options as well as an impressive dinner selection. This features small plates such as an escargot tart or a crispy Chinese eggplant dish. Large plates include steak frites as well as pan roasted halibut. You can also go for the charcuterie and cheese plates to enjoy with a drink, or opt for a delicious coffee and one of the delicious desserts. A favorite at Bread & Wine is the salted caramel popcorn panna cotta.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday from 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:30pm (Bar open till Midnight)
Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Monday closed
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Phone number
(773) 866-5266
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Caleb Trahan
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Private party facilities
Dine in our "Market"...The semi-private space is available for parties up to 16 with a food and drink menu tailored to your needs. Bread & Wine is also available for private lunches 7 days a week, as well as evening buyouts up to 50.
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Private party contact
Jennifer Wisniewski: (773) 866-5266
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ridgeway
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Parking details
There is a 10 space parking lot directly in front and free street parking.
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Public transit
3 blocks east from the Irving Park blue line. We are on the Irving Park bus route and we are also 3 blocks east of the Irving park Metra stop.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.3
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4.3
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4.1
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4.0
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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l
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was delicious, and the chicken liver pate on the charcuterie menu was fantastic. Great wine list, friendly and helpful staff. On my list of favorites on the north side now.

SR
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Our experience was ok. In the beginning, it felt weird because it was kind of empty and no one paid attention to us. Then, the waiter came 15 minutes later and he was really nice. The food wound up being great. It was a bit pricey for what it was and how non busy it was. But overall the food was great quality and the portions were good. We will go back

d
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine and food and service.
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JP
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2016
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Perhaps I expected too much, but the quality of the food did not measure up to my expectations. It was good, but not outstanding. Definitely not worth the high prices. The service was excellent. I found the chairs to be very uncomfortable. The music is too loud.

W
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food with great service! We had the GF chicken fried chicken, the grass fed burger and streak frites. Everything was delicious. For dessert I recommend the Salted Caramel Popcorn Panna Cotta. Oh. Em. Gee. I wanted to bathe in it. Outstanding!

B
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went on a Wednesday night and sat outside. Wasn't too crowded. They were out of the first two wines we ordered, but the cocktails we ended up with were good. Food was delicious, but options were very limited for non-meat eaters.

o
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first visit since the executive chef and kitchen staff changes and we loved it as much as always! Thanks for always delivering spectacular food with an easy neighborhood vibe.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2016
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good food and service.

W
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with unbelievable coffee.

BC
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was another fantastic visit! I look forward to each visit to see if they've made changes to the menu. I already booked my next visit!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. The service was very professional. Our server was knowledgable about the menu and wine list and made excellent recommendations. We will definitely go back to experience the next season's menu.

BC
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was there for brunch this time and it was fabulous. I had the seasonal omelette. My husband had the chicken and pancakes. We both cleaned our plates. We will definitely be going back soon.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been here several times and they never disappoint. Be sure to request the Chef Table/Counter Top so you can watch the chefs while they prepare your food. You can have a free show while you eat! The chefs are extremely nice and as long as they're not too busy, they're happy to answer questions. The menu is always changing so be sure to come back during different seasons. They make almost everything in house but it's not too high brow. Great spot for people who prefer quality food and are willing to spend a little more to help a local establishment.

L
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2016
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Had reservations for Sunday brunch on 5/15. We were seated promptly however I wish I could say the same about the service which was slow, non attentive and lackadaisical . The menu is limited and food is fair. There are too many other great brunch places in the city to waste your time at Bread and Wine.

JS
Chicago
200 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is off the beaten path but one of the best restaurants in Chicago. It is the stuff of dreams. Free parking a bonus. Truly remarkable

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Most of the food was acceptable but the bacon and one of the eggs were undercooked.

Service was spotty.

BC
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I have started coming here on a regular basis. The food is amazing! Just when I think I have tried everything on the menu, the chef is coming up with something new. I usually don't venture out of my comfort zone when it comes to food, but I will when I eat here. I can't wait for my next visit which is scheduled before I leave.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to Bread & Wine twice now, both times it has been excellent. great food, great service, nice atmosphere. It's a real treasure for the neighborhood.

l
Chicago
114 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and drink were all delicious (chicken liver pate, sea trout, fried chicken, beet salad, panna cotta, ....)
They were creative in making me a drink with my alcohol of choice (tequila). Asked about any allergies. Very attentive staff.

BC
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything! I can't wait for our next visit!

J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a date night here after living in the neighborhood for six months. We had no idea what we had been missing out on! Delicious food, cozy surroundings, and a wonderful sleeve toon of drinks. We will definitely be back.

K
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their charcuterie plate is a must! So glad I found this place. I will definitely be back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and our friends had a wonderful and delicious meal at Bread and Wine. We are all looking forward to returning for another meal soon!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

They were so accommodating of my friend's dietary concerns. She has celiac disease: cannot eat gluten or dairy and they let us know which items she could choose from, which were great options!

BL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food! Great service.

BC
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! I like sitting at the counter. The kitchen staff is great! When they have time they tell you about the menu, etc. I can't wait to go back.

S
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The special sausage dish was amazing, lots of little surprises on the plate!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Very expensive for mediocre food. The drinks were good but not worth the $$. Service was good.

C
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Experience is always a delight-from the wait staff to the food-always enjoy coming here!

PI
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best of the best - really adds to the neighborhood. We are so glad they are here. Food was amazing - basic dishes turned unique. Staff was friendly. Could have been a little quicker considering we had a two-year old.

BC
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic! I am a big fan of sitting at the chef's counter. When there is some down time, they will chat with you and answer any of your questions. I'm going back on Saturday night so I can have one of the dishes before they change the menu.

EJ
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great for dinner and brunch. They also make awesome cocktails! They have awesome deals to take advantage of during the week too (from their front page http://breadandwinechicago.com/):
TUESDAYS: TASTING MENU STARTING APRIL 7
WEDNESDAYS: HALF OFF SELECT BOTTLES OF WINE
THURSDAYS: BURGER & A BEER FLIGHT: $22

s
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Unusual selection of entrees and wines. Beaautiful presentation. Knowledgeable waiter

JS
Chicago
200 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. Inventive friendly

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2016
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Very disappointed that iced tea is not refilled for free! Not good customer service.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am horrible at actually writing reviews but of course I use them profusely in deciding where to dine. Bread and Wine has forced me to add a review.

We went for a late brunch on Valentine's Day with two kids. It was bit more than half full which probably helped keep the noise level down.

The food was outstanding, as was the service! I had the classic fry up which had country ham, homemade breakfast sausage, house cured bacon, fried eggs, hash browns. Everything was cooked perfectly and the sausage had a great zing to it. My wife had the crispy semolina gnocchi with poached egg, braised cabbage, rosemary hollandaise. It was delicious. Kids went with the cinnamon roll and pancakes with a side of bacon and hash browns. The hash browns are insanely good! They are shoe-stringed with carmelized onions and perfectly crisp and not too salty. They were so good the kids ordered a second side, giving them a third chance to disappoint as mine came with hash brown side, and they were just as good as the other two. We can't wait to go back.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding! With every bite and every chew you are jolted with the new taste. Different meats, cheese, and vegetables. The tastes are distinguished and bold and we enjoyed every bite.

r
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I wasn't sure what to expect but Bread & Wine certainly provided a great experience in terms of both the food and the wine. The menu was well thought out with enough choices to satisfy many palates. Prices were reasonable and the food was creatively prepared. The wine list was approachable with some decent values. Service was attentive without being obtrusive. Noise level was high but they have a parking lot. My only real complaint was the chairs. They look cool but not so comfortable after a while. Try Bread & Wine.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I went with a eight of my nearest and dearest to try it out. We tried EVERYTHING on the menu and all of it was dynamite! Nice selection, great flavors and the service was stellar. To drink I had the #80, and I will forever be trying to replicate that deliciousness. The panna cotta dessert is delightful and dreamy goodness. So glad I tried trout for the first time there, I will probably compare all future plates to that one with parsnip blinis - yum!!!

JC
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very foodie orientated. Great ambiance and service.

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