Burger Bar Chicago

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RESERVATION POLICY: Please note that all members of the reservation must be present before we are able to seat your party. We are only able to hold your table for 15 minutes past the reservation time. Seatings are limited to 90 minutes.

Burgers are definitely the name of the game at Burger Bar Chicago. Try our original stackers - like the Wild Bill (bison burger with arugula, goat cheese and tomato chutney on a pretzel bun) and our Firehouse (1/2 lb. patty topped with pepper jack, chorizo relish and guajillo aioli) - as well as alternatives like the amazing Veggie Burger or the Turkey BLT. Of course, the beer list will blow your mind too. With a huge, ever changing craft on draft selection and many more in bottles and cans, come enjoy one of the best microbrew selections in Chicago.

And after your meal? How about a delicious shake like our Chocolate 3-Way or our Banana Nutella, which round out your stay just right. See you soon!
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1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I made my own bacon blue cheese burger - they forgot my bacon but took it off the bill as well, so I didn't mind. The fried pickles were pretty mediocre, and the truffle fries were $5 for a single person serving (my friend and I were expecting to split them). Our server was a little too busy (it seemed like they were understaffed for a Saturday night), but extremely kind and helpful when she was able to be attentive. Overall, the burger was great and so were the fries, and I would definitely recommend this to someone looking for a spot for a mid price range, good quality burger.

PH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Best burger we have had in recent memory. The server was pleasant and the classic rock music was a welcome plus! I have already recommended it!

MK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The service was pretty poor. Our server would occasionally stop by and ask if there was anything that we would like... but never waited if someone in our group was debating on what to order. He would just walk away and pretend not to hear us if we called for him to come back. It was not busy at all in the restaurant so it didn’t seem to be an issue if he had to show a small amount of patience. We ordered several apps, drinks, & entrees so it wasn’t as if we were being picky either. Burgers were decent. My fried chicken sandwich was mushy and was spotty in flavor. Most likely we won’t return even though I used to love this place and had a huge 30th surprise party for my husband there 5 years ago. It’s gone downhill...

CP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic burgers with a creative variety of delicious toppings. Great rotating draft list, full bar, and milkshakes too! I recommend the sweet potato tots.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing burgers & the sundae was yummy! Great atmosphere & service.

Z
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

I was hesitant to come to Burger Bar again after a not so great experience a few years ago. While the food has improved since my last visit (my hamburger was cooked exactly how I asked, had great seasoning and my friend couldn’t stop raving about the wings), the service still leaves a lot to be desired.

It took a long time for our waitress to greet us, bring us drinks and bring out our food despite the restaurant not appearing to be that busy. We are also pretty sure she forgot to put in the mac and cheese we ordered until we asked about it.

After two experiences with lack luster service, I won’t be coming back to Burger Bar despite the food improving greatly between my first and second visits.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best burger in the city, hands down.

DS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Pretty horrible, my burger literally tasted like it was under a heat lamp for some time. My bacon was coated in some type of dey rub when I asked for candied bacon. I give this experience a score of 4 out of 10

b
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great location near theaters. Burgers were great! Fried pickles very good, fries just ok. We had a very good server.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food and super nice waitress, but way overpriced for what it is

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great burgers, fries, tots, beer and shakes!!!

AM
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Our party of 10 got seated quite easily, but the server disappeared for quite some time. Our food came quickly after it was ordered, and it was all very good. We had a huge variety off the menu, and were more than pleased with the poutine, the fried pickles appetizer, and pizole salad. Unfortunately one primary reason we chose the restaurant is that the menu has the "Impossible Burger" on it. When we got there, we were informed that they haven't had it on the menu in a while, and probably wouldn't again for at least month. One of our party is Vegan, so it was an extreme disappointment.

SE
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

While the garden at Burger Bar is pretty spare, it's a cool place to chill - with super good burgers, fries and even veggie options. Service was terrific.

BW
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We had dinner on a Thursday night with family. The place was virtually empty, I was surprised. The food was generally good however the fries were either from the lunch service or fried in very old oil. Will think twice about going back to the Lincoln park location.

F
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Sandwich was fantastic

AV
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Tried to get an impossible burger, but it wasn't available. The service was lackluster - waited a decent amount of time to get service. We ended up having two servers, not sure which one was the actual server; however, both of them were very nice and once we did get service, they were good about checking up. The host seemed like this was his first day of his first job ever, maybe his first day on planet earth.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall1food2service4ambience3

Way overpriced for what it is.

BP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Outstanding burger! Sweet potato tots are good. Nice wedge salad. Good tap beer selection.

AS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Burger and fries were not hot. The patties are too thick in my opinion.

FB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best burger ever.

SO
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious fried pickles and homemade chips. Great beer selection as well! Fun for date night!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Service was very slow. Wasn’t very busy so no reason other than she was more interested in chatting with her friends. Tried getting servers attention multiple times and even when it seemed she was looking right at us she’d turn and walk away. No attention to the important details like providing flatware when needed.
When we paid the bill mostly with cash $60 and the remaining was to go on credit card $23, but she charged the whole thing on the card and she took the cash as tip.
Food was decent but not the best burger I’ve had. Fried pickles where great but for what you pay for them you think you’d get more than the seven little slivers provided just so they can be cute by sticking them in a jar.
Convenient location but plenty of other options in the area far better. Most likely won’t be back.

M
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The burgers were great. It was nice to have so many choices of toppings. Nick, our server, was very pleasant and helpful.

G
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Love! Treated my students so well and they were so full!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We got 2 appetizers (scotch egg and poutine) and shared a burger and shake. All were delicious! The food took a bit longer than I would think, because there were very few people there, but drinks came quick so not a big deal. The burger was definitely the best thing we ate. We will be back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, hospitality, and food!

SB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good place; pretty much what I expected: a burger-and-beer kind of place. My only gripe is that our server forgot to get my wife's soft drink (she remembered my beer!) so I went and got it at the bar. Otherwise, no complaints - good food, good atmosphere, good value. We went because they have grass-fed beef (and bison!) and build-your-own burger option - not disappointed at all. Glad we went, and it's definitely on our go-to list for that part of town for the future.

KB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The burger options were insane and I had the sweet potato tater tots. Good prices for beer and food

JW
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, drinks.

R
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We go to this restaurant almost every time we have theater tickets at stepoenwolf, which is just two blocks away.
We enjoy their burgers, salads and French fries. The food is delicious and the service is very good.

LS
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had amazing service! Super friendly and attentive. Took my son out to eat for his 14th birthday! Best burger I have had in years! Juicy, delicious, flavorful and a great value. Fried pickles a definate suggestion for appetizer. we will be repeat customers.

MT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The flavor of the burgers was very good. The problem with our meal was the temperature of the food. The truffles fries were cold and the burgers just barely warm and after a few bites they were cold also. Our server did bring us a fresh batch of fries that were great and very hot. We ended up not finishing our burgers, taking them home to reheat the next day.

CA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious, (especially the chips), and the beer selection was excellent. Especially if you like craft beers.

JS
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Brendon I believe was the bartender and he was a great guy..... when we got to our table that is where things took a turn for the worst. Only seen our waiter a few times through the entire experience when you come behind the service with the food way way way overpriced.... Of course I still left a tip but will not be going back to burger bar anytime soon

HO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal! Service was great also. The music playing very catchy and modern

2
Chicago
100 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Burger Bar is great fun. The burgers are great and imaginative with lots of choices. It's loud and every TV is playing a different sport. A bit loud for the older set like us, but we'd go again for the burgers next time we have tickets at Steppenwolf.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We had a very large group (15), so food delay is somewhat expected. It was very cold sitting up front though.

OT
Chicago
108 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We've eaten here many times. The food is always delicious. We were very disappointed this time to find out that the burgers come with no sides now. You have to pay extra even to have lettuce and tomatoes. You have to pay more for a whole wheat bun. The kicker is the prices on the burgers have remained the same.

T
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Loved the food. Grass fed burger was very tasty and sweet potato fries were amazing. Good variety to choose from but service was pretty slow. Restaurant wasn’t overly crowded and we were in there for about 2 hours

c
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was good but service was slow.

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