About Gilt Bar

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.

230 W. Kinzie Street
Chicago, IL 60654
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Gastro Pub, American

Hours of Operation:
Currently Closed for Renovations/ Reopening February 4th.

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.

Cross Street:
Franklin

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 464-9544

Website:
http://www.giltbarchicago.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking is also available

Public Transit:
Merchandise Mart (Brown Line)

Executive Chef:

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

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.

Private Dining

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.

Gilt Bar Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (66)
Romantic (55)
Good for Anniversaries (46)
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Special Occasion (43)
Handcrafted Cocktails (41)
Cozy (35)
Fit for Foodies (35)
Hot Spot (33)
Vibrant Bar Scene (30)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Fun (25)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Late-night Find (21)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Good for Groups (18)
Casual (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
People Watching (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Authentic (12)
Bar Seating (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Comfort Food (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Business Meals (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Seasonal (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Healthy (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Very dark - virtually no lights. Only light seemed to be by candles..which I liked a lot! Food was great too.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Awesome place to eat. Make sure you make it down to the Library. Stunning.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

We had stumbled upon the gilt bar this past summer and it immediately became my favorite restaurant in Chicago. I celebrated my 50th birthday at the library on Friday night and it was perfect. We were in a corner booth and the staff made it a very special evening.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined 4 days ago

Absolutely amazing customer service and food. This will be a MUST anytime I am in Chicago.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined 4 days ago

I think seasonal menu changes diminished the menu options. Truffle pasta was not impressive - tasted more oily vs. truffle. Pear salad was stand out of our meal.

Tags: Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Fantastic date night

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 5 days ago

I made a special reservation for our 5th year anniversary at Gilt after spending some time researching romantic places in Chicago and wife and I both had a fabulous time in the library section (located in the basement). The food/drinks, decor, service, and ambience were all top-notch. Thank you Gilt!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

The special occasion was Valentine's Day. We we're seated downstairs in a very cozy booth. Food and drinks were amazing. The whole experience was perfect.

Tags: Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

The ambiance is perfect for a romantic evening. Went here for Valentine’s Day and we could not have chosen a better spot. The food is amazing! We shared the bone marrow & bread, the truffle pasta, ribeye, and garlic mashed potatoes (amazingggg) and it was the perfect amount for two people. After we went to the lower saloon for drinks and they were just playing soft jazz music. The lower bar is a much more quiet, intimate area. It was a romantic ending to the most amazing evening

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

My husband and I were celebrating Valentine's Day. The service was excellent, atmosphere is cozy.
Unfortunately the food was very disappointing. We started with the truffle pasta which was incredibly salty to the point that we did not finish it... The broccoli was over grilled with lots of burns on them, therefore you can only taste the burn. The fries were mediocre and nothing special. The mussels were excellent and shorts ribs stroganoff was ok. The drinks were good. The highlight of the evening was carrot cake, that cake was amazing.

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 (Indiana)·Dined 7 days ago

The only trouble was seeing the food on my plate.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

//* Love this place

- We waited for a bit before the table was ready
- Server was ‘ok’. I had to flag her a few times for things we needed
- The ribeye (which is why we went there for) was sold out!!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 13, 2018

The two bartenders were completely rude. I was waiting for my friend and tried to strike up a convo, they basically looked at me and ignored me. Seemed they were too busy complaining about something to each other and shooting dirty looks to the couple next to me using their phone so they could read the menu. Wish they knew how to make people feel welcomed. Food was excellent but very garlic! With all that said, I will try it one more time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

One of the best meals I have had in a long time!! Don't miss the butternut squash & brown butter gnocci with roasted sage!- Amazing!!! Eat it slowly (if you can) to savor the layers of incredible flavors.

Dim lighting makes it cozy, yet a packed house makes it a lively atmosphere. Decor is funky/cool. Loved it!!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We were treated with the utmost care and respect from the moment we got seated to the time we left. The service and food were all incredible and allowed us to celebrate our special dinner in the greatest way. Thank you.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Hostess was great. Food good but seating and atmosphere lacking on main level. Seating too close atmosphere too loud. No intimacy. Lower level is awesome and I would go back only if seated in lower level.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Awesome restaurant and service was amazing! Had a great night here!

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Great waitress, very helpful, very friendly and conversational. Food was superb as usual

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My two friends and I, staying downtown for a girls' night, made a 9:30pm reservation because Gilt has a Gluten-free menu. We arrived at 8:30 for cocktails and the hopes of possibly getting seated earlier. The hostess is an ice queen who I believed used to work at The Betty. Do not be fooled by her charms. We did not get seated until almost 10pm and in all that time that we were there no one mentioned to us that they were undergoing renovations the next day and had a limited menu. They had two protein choices - mussels and Andouille sausage. Since I had mussels for lunch, I ordered the sausage to be told a few minutes later that they were out of that too. I had plain greens and potatoes. Which were ok. But the waitress made no apologies for their lack of menu or the delay in seating us. We were treated horribly and will not return. Nor will we recommend this place to our many friends. Too many delicious places with far better service in the city to waste time here! Don't go!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

30 minute delay to get seated when I had a reservation.
Missing many menu items due to renovations
Slow and unapologetic service

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I love this restaurant. I’ve been once with my fiancé and twice with girlfriends. It never disappoints! The ambiance is great, perfect for a date, and the food is excellent. I highly recommend the burrata as a shared appetizer. Overall one of my favourite places!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food and great service !! Would go back every time I am in the area !!

Tags: Healthy, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Romantic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 17, 2018

My partner and I came down for the night from Grand Rapids to have a fancy date night in the city. The ambiance was exactly what I was looking for: dim lighting, beautiful people wearing beautiful clothes, and the packed buzzy atmosphere of a night out. I was skeptical about making a reservation on a Wednesday night, because who goes out on a Wednesday, but I’m glad I did. The place was packed when we got there at 8. The hostess, Keara, was super friendly and accommodating, she created a great experience from the moment we walked in. Our server, Andrew, answered all our questions about night life in Chicago and even wrote a list of places for us to check out. The cherry on top was the photo booth downstairs.

The food was good, but honestly I’d go back for the ambiance before I came back for the food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Great experience and the food was great. The Steak Tartar with toast was delicious and there was a lot. The restaurant was dark, which made it a good ambiance, not great. It was a little too dark. Our waitress was very friendly and gave us great suggestions.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

My girlfriend and I went here for our anniversary. We were ushered to a corner booth, which was perfect. The atmosphere was great, romantically lit. It was a little loud at the beginning of the night, but as we neared 9pm quieted down. Our server was fantastic, and the food was great. Overall a great spot

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great experience for birthdays

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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Restaurant listed as romantic- couldn’t have a conversation without yelling. it was a loud hip place. Food was ok- nothing over the top.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Location 4/5. Girl 7/5.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We went for my mom’s birthday and had such a wonderful time. It was very busy but our waiter did a good job of keeping us happy. Great candlelit ambiance.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

A warm, luxurious spot with good food and attentive service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Unique environment, delicious food, great service!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Romantic, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We were pleased with our dinner choices and the wine. The noise level is high, so do expect to have a shouting match.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We ordered burrata appetizer, salad, and a pasta dish; all the dishes came out at the same time! Had to eat the pasta first so it would not get colder.

Overall dinner took 45 minutes, never felt that rushed before.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Gilt bar is consistently delicious, offering creative apps through desserts. Love the burrata and the roasted garlic apps - truly amazing, I could lick the plate. The meatball was also great. Love the bacon side and the creamy corn is amazing! If you like truffle, the pasta is rich and creamy. The burgers are delish - no idea what is so special, but amazing and the chicken is among the best I've ever had. Desserts do not disappoint either - the warm brownie dessert is amazing, and the whipped cream is delectable. Loved Tommy or server. He was fun and perfect in every way!

Tags: Seasonal, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

This was my second time at the restaurant and it was a really great experience. The food is delicious, the staff are incredibly sweet, the atmosphere is really cool. The only draw back is after a certain time it does get a little TOO dark in the restaurant lol, at one point i could barely see my friends it was so dark lol. All in all it was great.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Cozy, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Business Meals, People Watching
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 4, 2018

The stroganoff was incredible. The truffle pasta, not so much.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The food is always incredible and is actually a good value for the quality. The service is great as well. I've never waited or needed to ask for water, have plates cleared, etc.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Friendly staff, food was delicious and hot. Pricey but overall experience was worth it.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Outstanding cocktails, food and service.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great staff and restaurant

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