Gale Street Inn

4.6
272 Reviews
$30 and under
American

About

For over 50 years Gale Street has been serving the great families of the Northwest side of Chicago. It is an honor to be thee celebration place for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations or just because. A recent renovation of our bar and dining room is a happy sign that we are going for 50 more years. Known for our tender baby back ribs, please know we are proud of our entire menu, sourcing the best and freshest ingredients for our guests. Quality, Hospitality and Consistency are our trademarks. If you agree with us, tell your friends and if you don't please tell us. Thank you for your patronage.
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4.6based on all time ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.2
ambience
4.3
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I had a reservation for 4 people at 6:30 pm on a Saturday. Two of us arrived at 6:30 and I was informed by the hostess that it is the restaurant's policy that no one would be seated until the entire party was there. If this is their policy fine, but I think it is pointless to wait in a very small reception area when you could be sitting at a table ordering a drink or appetizer to the benefit of the restaurant. When the rest of my party showed by 6:40, we were left sitting in reception until 7:00 as we did not want a table in the bar which was very loud. If you are planning on dining here, make sure you specify that you do not want a table in the bar or you will probably have to wait.

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FrederickW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic. Old school. Exceptional! Monday night live music and rib special. If that's not enough for you, you best reprioritize your life. Dinner with your father there is as good as it gets!

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ErinW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

can't wait to go back! super knowledgeable server!

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vipRocky
Chicago
147 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best ribs in the city, glad it's far but sad it's far I go for ribs all over and have found good ribs but my go to for great ribs is gale street fall off the bone sweet and spicy at same time ribs to die for and the author gratin potatoes omg can't get better on an old school joint can't wait to go back

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2ndincommand
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience3

a chicago classic that should be on everyone's bucket list

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food was great...service lacked.
Bus staff hovered...very uncomfortable.

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vipAMG2
Chicago
108 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food (especially the ribs...the best), great service (always attentive to your needs). Remains consistently good. Friendly.

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vipDoverin
Miami
53 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A great find! Cannot believe I just discovered this place after all the years in Chicago. Their appearance at a street fair paid off. Looking forward to going back!

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Matt
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a reservation for 7 but showed up 45 minutes early due to an early flight arrival from O'Hare, they were very accommodating and took us to our seat with a party of 5!
The waiter was very polite and personable. We enjoyed burgers with sweet potato fries, mussels and clams over linguine in a garlic and white wine sauce, their house salad (delicious), fall off the bone bbq ribs (they weren't kidding-some of the best ribs I've ever had) and 3 different desserts to celebrate a 50th birthday! I had the chocolate mousse (AMAZING), birthday boy had huge piece of chocolate cake (clean plate so I assume it was good) and another guest in our party had the carrot cake (ate it all)! Ribs were so good I will be thinking about them for awhile and am sure I will drive the hour to get them again! (Service does get slow) they were packed as night went on but we just enjoyed the food. If you're looking for very quiet place and a romantic dinner - not so much.

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RichardL
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the place to go for tender, meaty ribs. Good service with attentive wait staff.

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CHITOM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My wife and I have been going to the Gale Street Inn for 40 plus years. We have tried BBQ Ribs at most all Chicago area establishments "Famous" for their BBQ Baby Back Ribs.
Always return to The Gale Street Inn they are the best Baby Backs anywhere !!!!!!!!!
Tom & Judy

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LindaG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The ribs are great best I ever had it is worth the drive!

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vipDoubleContra
Chicago
389 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Barbecue Ribs with friends in our favorite booth. Lots of fun with great service.

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ryans
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were welcomed by smiling faces and Jill the head hostess was unbelievably gracious.
Cocktails were on point and the bartender was professional.
Our server was delightful. Happy to take our picture and never missed a step. He was prompt with the drinks and very patient with us.
I recommend 10 times out of 10.
Will definitely be going back soon!!

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meg1313
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, a little on the more expensive side but it was definitely worth it!

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vipGrandmaLinda
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Continues to have good food and friendly service. We will continue to go back for those ribs.

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Desiree
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great Staff. We had issues with extra people coming and they helped it much it work. Everybody was able to enjoy themselves. Thanks Gale Street Inn

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BBqRibLover
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The RIBs are to die for!!!! Would not eat ribs anywhere else. I was visiting family who have been eating the ribs for decades. We were at Gale St. for ribs last year when I came from Arizona for a visit. I could not wait to get there again for the ribs. They do not disappoint. Melt in your mouth. Excellent and friendly service and just down to earth nice people and place.

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Chicago
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been many years since I've been to this restaurant because I moved out of Chicago years ago but moved back to living in the Gold Coast area which is not near by. I now have a dentist in the area and so I met with a friend after my appointment. We totally enjoyed being back and seeing how well the restaurant is kept up and enjoyed the good food.

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vipBarks1959
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great traditional BBQ Ribs restaurant. Kind of a Wisconsin Supper Club feel. Excellent well trained wait staff. Great classic drinks. Solid value. Nice relaxing fun environment. One of our favorite places to return to. Never disappoints!!

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VickieP
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, food is great and such a nice atmosphere since remodel. Been going there for at least 50 years!!! Best ribs ever

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JamesM
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Ribs were the very best.
Very tender.
The service was also very good.
Very nice.
Enjoyed our dinner .
Will be back..

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AlGo
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are always great! Wait staff is extremely helpful!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant. Love the blackened salmon!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing waiter and food made our experience wonderful!

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vipbs093070
Chicago
108 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Amazing ribs, as usual, although a little snafu caused us to be seated late. The manager made up for it by giving us a free dessert. The ribs are just fall-off-the-bone tender, and I love the sauce! Au gratin potatoes are an amazing side. Consistently good food!

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AllysonR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been going for years. Great ribs, breads, soups and desserts. Very good service, attentive waiters without interrupting your meal. Excellent free parking, considering the location. Expressway nearby. A few other local interests in the neighborhood......art, bakery.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both had the Blackened Salmon and it was delicious.

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LorettoK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very good.....fish fry was delicious! Great waiter

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vipDoubleContra
Chicago
389 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely a perfect meal. Service was great. We love Gale Street Inn and so do our friends.

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LanaT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gale Street Inn has been our Fathers Day tradition for the past 10+ years -- food is SUPERB, staff is skilled and friendly -- you're treated just like family (in the very best way) -- there's no other place we would rather be on this special day.

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CRA1
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Not as good as it used to be.
Service was only adequate.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food!! Went here as a kid with my folks and was
Even better!!

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MicheleChicago
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food is always good as is the service. Their ribs are especially good. It was a little loud because their was a crying baby near us so it was hard to talk at times but I don't blame the restaurant. It's consistently good quality.

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KevinM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been coming to GSI for years, never been disappointed in the food or service. Will be back soon. I can walk there!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our party of 10 dined at Gale Street Inn after DePaul University graduation at the All-State arena. Our family is from out of state , so we made the reservation based on Yelp reviews. Called the restaurant to let them know we were going to be late due to very heavy traffic leaving arena. They were very accommodating and told us not to worry. We were seated promptly upon arrival. Most of us had ribs or burgers. Also tried several appetizers. Everything was very good. Service was excellent. Food arrived in a timely manner. We never felt rushed. The dining room decor is very plain, which is why I might not recommend it for a special occasion. Wish I had brought some flowers for the table; that may have helped. Other than that, we had a very enjoyable experience.

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vipbs093070
Chicago
108 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

These are among the best ribs I've had! They are fall-off-the-bone tender! Everything we had was excellent - ribs, fried shrimp and prime rib (special on Fridays). Slightly disappointed in the dessert - it was Turtle Pie, but mostly ice cream and not pie.

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Suerth
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to meet friends or family for some quality food. I'll coming back again and again.

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MikeH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Ribs as always terrific, sides are varied and delicious, drinks are well made. Wait staff experienced and friendly. Enjoyed our dinner just as we did on our first date 35 years ago.
Try the jambalaya for the first time and it was very good.

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Daryl
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I go there for their delicious ribs, however their menu has other great food options along with a daily special. A full bar list is available for cocktails to compliment your meal. You can dine in their dining rooms or in the lounge where you can watch your local sports while dining or just enjoying an after work cocktail with friends. Friendly attentive service. Directly across from the Jefferson Park Blue Line station so you can take public transit there. Dining hours vary per day so check with their website before heading over there.

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Gale Street Inn is rated 4.6 stars by 272 OpenTable diners.

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