Gilt Bar

4.8
2226 reviews
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$30 and under
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Gastro Pub
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

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About

An inviting River North bar and restaurant featuring classic craft cocktails and contemporary American cuisine designed for sharing. Guests can enjoy a curated menu of seasonally inspired large plates, pastas, seafood and grilled entrees, including the signature Tenderloin steak tartare, grilled farm chicken, and ricotta gnocchi.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00 am
Sunday 5:00pm - 10:00pm

The Library: Thursday - Saturday, 6:00pm to close.
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Phone number
(312) 464-9544
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
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Private party facilities
Featuring an intimate and inviting atmosphere, classic craft cocktails and contemporary American cuisine, events in The Library at Gilt Bar are the perfect combination of comfort and luxury. Offering a range of food and beverage packages, guests are able to experience Gilt Bar at the highest level.
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Private party contact
Kaitlin Fischer: (844) 710-8976
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Cross street
Franklin
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Parking details
Street parking is also available
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Public transit
Merchandise Mart (Brown Line)
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Special events & promotions
Featuring an intimate and inviting atmosphere, classic craft cocktails and contemporary American cuisine, events in The Library at Gilt Bar are the perfect combination of comfort and luxury. Offering a range of food and beverage packages, guests are able to experience Gilt Bar on various levels with highly personalized service, bartenders and a curated playlist of ambient music.

Please email events@giltbarchicago.com to view and reserve the room.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.9

No doubt Gilt Bar is sceney, but it's still delicious and a bit luxurious. Prepare yourself for a lot of meat, butter, and salt.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.6
service
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Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent!

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TO
Chicago
97 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my first time here and had a great evening. The service was top notch and the food was good. Everything can be shared, so it's great for a group. We will be back.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Good food, just turn up the lights. It’s awfully dark in there. Awesome deboned and grilled half chicken.

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BM
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and drinks were awesome. The only down side was that the hostess said she would seat us in the library after dinner, so the whole dinner we were so excited to get drinks there after. Unfortunately when we approached the hostess after dinner, she told us there was at least a 2 hour wait, so we were a bit bummed leaving the restaurant. Other than that, the evening was fantastic.

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DB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Really dark inside, decent food. Nice relaxing ambience.

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Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is by far my favorite restaurant in Chicago. Best service, best food, always ask to sit in the library & they always accommodate. My vegetarian husband loves it too which is a huge bonus.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service was awesome- our waitress gave us many recommendations around Chicago and the food was to die for! Unforgettable experience

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday. Thank you!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carl our waiter was amazing!!!

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KW
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a reservation at Gilt Bar before a show at the CIBC theater. They were efficient, service was wonderful, and the food was very good quality. The truffle pasta and the Gnocchi with butternut squash were both awesome. If you’re looking for dessert, I highly recommend the Brownies with Ice cream - it comes with 3 delicious warmed brownies and vanilla bean ice cream on top

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A
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

delicious lobster roll, nice wine, but service was slow, and extremely loud, so difficult to converse

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time, food was delicious, and the drinks were wonderful. My boyfriend and I loved the ambiance.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

We sat outside. They forgot we were out there. I had to ask for a server. Took 30 min for appetizer. Overall service was very slow. Food was salty. No mention of birthday. Too bad as we just live down the block.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful interior, set, and ambience. Quick and on-point, excellent service.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening. Service was great and the food was top notch.....

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E
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Great vibe. Will come back again in the near future!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hostess was very outgoing and energetic, engaged with all of the customers very well. I also love the wine list and food menu. Since I work around the corner - this place gets frequented by me and my friends a lot.

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M
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The comfortable library ambiance, attentive (but not intrusive) service, the menu selections, and the nicely presented and delicious food were a hit. .. And don't miss the cornbread!

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r
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

wait staff and management were extremely friendly and helpful. food was very good as well.

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WG
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great hosts very accommodating

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QF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to the Library at Gilt Bar with some friends. First time and loved the atmosphere! The Library is what I invision when I go to a great ambiance "old" feel Chicago lounge. Wonderful food, service and hand crafted cocktails! Would highly recommend if you're in the area and want a nice atmosphere to relax and have great conversations with friends and Lovey.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool spot. Service was great. Get the meatball!!

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KM
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience dining in the Library. Great atmosphere and some of the best food we have had in Chicago.

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A
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The restaurant was extremely busy and very loud! It was difficult to have a conversation during dinner. However, the service was great and the food was very tasty with large portions.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Strong recommendation. We were on a date and seated towards the front. We asked to be moved to a quieter area and even though it was very busy, the staff went out of the way to make our evening special. Staff was outstanding! Food was outstanding! Ambience in the back was 5 star

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1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved our experience! Everyone remembered it was our wedding anniversary and treated us to a glass of champagne and a free entree! Thank you so much for making our first wedding anniversary so special - we will be back!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative, well prepared great food, good service and an enchanting environment.

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around experience!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truffle pasta & the Library. Beautiful.

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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing food! You really can’t go wrong. However, the service is unbelievably slow.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Too dark. Too noisy. Greasy pasta. Medium fresh mussels. Better value elsewhere.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I couldn’t be happier about our experience at Gilt Bar! Everything was delicious. The service was incredible. They really go above and beyond here. We will definitely be back!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

Too noisy and too salty.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a memorable evening of great mussels, memorable conversations, and phenomenal hospitality.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious! The pork belly over grits dish is amazing!

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KM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Gilt Bar was great. I was actually there 2x this weekend and my only complaint is that the basement smelled like mold/mildew. I have never noticed it before but I was with someone that actually refused to eat there bc of the smell. He said if they can't keep the basement clean I don't want to know about the kitchen.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good ambiance and friendly service. Very good experience overall!

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DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. They even have a superb gluten free menu!

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TJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was phenomenal! The ambience is lovely. My only wish is there were more food options on the menu.

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C
Las Vegas
59 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are from California, came for a trade show.
Open table descriptions was right on.
Food fantastic, Carl our waiter was awesome!
Very helpful with dinner selections.
Hope to come back!
So much fun and great food!!!
Carrie

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