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Gilt Bar

4.7
2154 reviews
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$30 and under
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Gastro Pub
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
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.

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Private dining
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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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

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.

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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.
What 2154 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
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Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Beyond the food and great cocktails was the amazing hostess and the waitress Rosie they both made our night a great one at the end of a not so great travel day!!

I really wish I got the hostesses name because she is worth a huge shout out!!!

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

It is a wonderful place for two to celebrate a special day.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Chicken was great. Only complaint- it is very dark

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great food and ambiance!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Had a fabulous time at Gilt Bar for my cousin's birthday!! Will definitely be coming back! Hope the photo booth is working then!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Pasta was just very greasy. I could tell cheese was a high quality it’s just their portion, sort of half plate with just as much cheese and butter. I would come back to try something different. Drinks were great.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Bachelorette

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We loved our corner table downstairs. Very cozy and great for conversation. The upstairs can be very loud but loved the atmosphere.

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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Alas, a Real Disappointment...

r her birthday, my colleague suggested we dine at Gilt Bar. In making the reservation, I noted her birthday.

Once there, after our martinis, we indicated our first order would be appetizers. Perhaps due to the din, our server didn't hear us as he proceeded to remove all the menus. We stopped him, repeating that we'd be ordering more after our appetizers.

The meatball was fine, nothing special. The steak tartare, touted as one of the city's best, was mediocre. We ordered pastas and wine which all were yummy, indeed. We passed on dessert in favor of French press coffee, as the cacophony was just too much to bear.

There was no acknowledgment of my friend's birthday. We will not be returning as the noise level coupled with the pitch dark lighting contributed to a painful dining experience. Of course, this may be an age-related response, as it was also clear that those under the age of 29 were not enthusiastically welcome.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great chill space down in Library, excellent food and very good service -- perfect River North spot.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

The beef tartar was over salted, but the steak was fantastic. The sauce on the muscles was delicious.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Their website should prepare you for the transition in lighting as you enter the restaurant - it is dark, and it takes a minute to get used to the shift in light. (almost tripped on my own feet entering :) Food and service were good, and would go there again.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Great! Loved the chicken.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Quite enjoyed the ambiance and service. Tables are a little cramped together which is why I only have it 4 stars. Felt like waiters had to squeeze through in between too closely often having them a little too uncomfortably close to my food. Great for a get together or friends bday for sure. Loved the photo booths in the lower level.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Loved the mussels and Brussels sprouts!! Our drinks were also strong and delicious. Really good craft cocktails. Our waiter was also outstanding and gave us enough space but was also there right when we needed something.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Service was great!! The Food was pretty good. I loved the atmosphere. Great for a date night. I wanted to get into the library, but i wasn't able to. That was probably the only downfall from my experience. I would definitely recommend this place.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Best staff. They are amazing! We can't wait to come back.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Server was very sensitive and knowledgeable about gluten free restrictions.
Service was 5 stars.
However, for me, the noise level was such a disappointment. Nice intimacy and good evening to catch up was overshadowed by the noise. Not certain I will return

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Gilt Bar is one of my family’s go-to places when visiting Chicago! Their staff is efficient, warm and welcoming! They made my daughter’s birthday extra special by bringing out a complimentary piece of delectable chocolate layer cake with a sparkler in it! Thank you, Brittany (manager) and staff!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Awesome place. Food was great. Killer drinks. And our waiter (Carl) was on top of everything. I highly recommend Gilt Bar!

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great service— knowledgeable, pleasant, and attentive without being obtrusive. Very good food — clean, flavorful and satisfying. And great cocktails. A little loud toward the end of the night, but otherwise cozy, cool ambiance.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We had a wonderful experience. The food was great. Our server Erin was fantastic. We’ll definitely come back.

P.S. We wish you would bring the date cake back though.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The food at giltbar was great. The steak tartare, Orchetti pasta and Chicken entre were all phenomenal. There is also an extensive drinks menu.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

A little loud.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

It was perfect ! Everythink was excellent

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

The dimmly lit ambiance contrasted against the volume of the folk rock to create a fun but intimate saloon-like environment. I came hungry and ordered the bone marrow, a bacon burger, and a Spanish Old Fashion - all delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Excellent service. We went for my friend’s birthday and they treated us to a glass of prosecco as well as the dessert. Didn’t see the risotto others have mentioned on the menu but overall delicious food and great service.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Excelente ambiente, muy buena música y comida aceptable.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This place is amazing. I have visited this establishment on various occasions and it has never disappointed. The staff is incredible and very professional. The view is beautiful and the cocktails are great!

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The ambiance and food was definitely above average. Service was great as well. My only complaint is that it was extremely loud, the music was overly loud and that’s something I rarely notice but it was hard to hear the person across the table. Overall though great place!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Lovely atmosphere and amazing food!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Great experience!
Bradley, our server was AWESOME. Great recommendations on our after dinner drinks. The host(ess) did a great job as well. Professional staff who know how to treat diners. Pros through & through. I will definitely return & recommend Glit Bar.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

I have been coming to this restaurant for years. The quality is so unwavering and the food is perfect. Always a pleasure.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Loved it! Just very dark in there.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Our overall experience was excellent. We were seated promptly, but it took awhile for our server to greet us and take our drink orders. Our server was very helpful though, she answered our various questions and once we placed our entire orders our food was out rather quickly. She suggested we get the meatball as our appetizer - we did and it was to die for! The dinner portions were the perfect size and I left feeling very full and satisfied. Will definitely be coming back.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Appetizers were amazing and fantastic to share. The upstairs is a louder bar and seating area, while downstairs is a bit cozier and set up to look like a library.

There's a photo booth and thumbtacks available for a fun souvenir and you're able to leave a copy too!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Love the cushy booth overlooking the dining room, service was fab, food delicious. Perfect ambiance for a birthday dinner date.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great spot, great food. It was a really cool experience, I only wish it weren't SO dark!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Turn up the lights 10-20% and the music down about the same amount.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The hostess accommodated our request for a nice table, as we were celebrating a special occasion. We enjoyed a drink at the bar and soaked in the great vibe and atmosphere. The menu was creative and the food was outstanding! So glad we chose Gilt Bar and will keep it on the top of our list the next time we're in Chicago!!

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