Gilt Bar

4.6
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2233 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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)
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
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Overall ratings and reviews
4.6based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent!

TO
Chicago
103 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience2

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

BM
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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.

DB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Really dark inside, decent food. Nice relaxing ambience.

AG
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. Thank you!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carl our waiter was amazing!!!

KW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

A
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience5

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.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

E
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

e
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

M
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

r
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

WG
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great hosts very accommodating

QF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KM
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

A
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience2

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.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

OT
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

CY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

J
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around experience!

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truffle pasta & the Library. Beautiful.

OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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

I
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall2food2service4ambience3

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

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Too noisy and too salty.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

KM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

TJ
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

C
Las Vegas
78 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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