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:
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

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food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (66)
Romantic (55)
Special Occasion (45)
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Good for Anniversaries (42)
Cozy (39)
Handcrafted Cocktails (34)
Fit for Foodies (32)
Fun (28)
Hot Spot (28)
Vibrant Bar Scene (28)
Casual (25)
Comfort Food (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Good for Groups (20)
Late-night Find (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
People Watching (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Authentic (14)
Bar Seating (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Business Meals (12)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Happy Hour (8)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Great Beer (4)
Healthy (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tapas (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined a day ago

From the moment my guests and I walked in we felt welcomed. The hostess we’re friendly, our server was attentive and insightful. The food and drinks we’re spot on, all members of my party we’re satisfied. And lastly the Birthday touch at the end was just right. Thank you for a memorable evening, I look forward to coming back soon!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Love this place. Super sexy, super rustic, ahead in years of other local chicago spots. Food is bar fare but tastefully done both literally and figuratively. Drinks are perfection. This place made me want to take my clothes off. A great place for a first date if you really want to make a good first impression. It's a place for those "in-the-know". Even their desserts are to die for. You must, you must, you must go to Gilt bar. It will make you feel cooler than you think you are.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy, Fun, Good for a Date, People Watching, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Kara the hostess is instrumental. One of the best spots in the city.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Always a favorite of ours. Food is excellent, drinks are well balanced with excellent bourbon selection. Ambience and crowd always feel fresh. Can never go wrong with Gilt Bar.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Absolutely beautiful and very romantic restaurant with superior service .

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 3 days ago

Great setting for a date or with friends. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.

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·Dined 5 days ago

This was wonderful! Everyone was so nice and the food and drinks were GREAT

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, People Watching, Late-night Find
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Great atmosphere!
Nice choice of entrees and cocktails.
Something for Everyone..
Plates are a bit big for sharing but not too big for an entree. Good choice is to choose an entree for each and choose 2 sides to share.
Loved the feel. Nice to be able to have a conversation with friends..
will definitely go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Sunday night lighting was too dim. We all had to use phone flashlights to read menus and see our food when it arrived. It was REALLY dark. WTH

Service, food presentation when we saw it lit with phone flashlights, and food quality was good.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Amazing cocktails and food

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·Dined 6 days ago

Amazing service. Our waiter Bri was so kind and professional. There is a great BYOB premise. There is no corkage fee as long as you share half a glass with another table inside the restaurant. So nice!

The ambiance is also incredible. Super dim lighting. Quiet music playing. Has a bit of a speakeasy feel when you go downstairs to use the restrooms. Damn it was a great night and cannot wait to go back.

Needless to say the food was great too. So Gilt Bar had it all - food, service, atmosphere.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Paleo Friendly, Late-night Find, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We thought the food was good- but waaaaay to dark in there!!! Couldn’t see!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Came here for a get together with friends and had a great time. While this place seems to be worried about the electric bill, the lightbulbs probably were all 12 watts, the service, drinks and food were on point!
*Our server Tom was attentive and gave us great recommendations. - 5 stars
*Drinks: the Chartreuse Mule was so good and after two I was feeling REAL good! - 5 stars
*Slow Roasted Meatballs: big enough for two people to share and tasted delicious. - 4 stars
*BBQ Pork Ribs: holy hell there were amazing. Tasted so damn good. -5 star

I'll definitely be back to Gilt Bar!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

if you are at all concerned about your salt and fat intake, i would forget this place unless you like it so dark that you can't see your food or the menu. Then again you may use your energy scraping at your fellow diners cause it is so loud.
I like salt well enough until it takes over and becomes the flavor.
The entrance is pitch black and the entire restaurant is so dark that it is stupid. Lawsuit waiting to happen.
So, if you eat the way young men do and feel like clogging your arteries, come on in.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The music is unnecessarily loud making conversation difficult. Limited wine and not very good wine list. Our server was unpleasant at best.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Everytime. Perfect. I absolutely love this restaurant. Hogsalt hospitality puts the rest of the Chicago restaurant industry to shame with their neverending pursuit of perfection and humanity. And the coffee is outstanding as well

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Best steak in Chicago. For some reason this omegas. Oy there best. However they immediately made good on the one steak. No Doubt I will return. Place is fantastic

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food was absolutely delicious and did not take long to come out after ordering. Out service and waitress was great!!

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food and service was great but I thought ridiculously dark!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great ambiance and service-good food, relatively limited menu.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

It was nice, the food was just ok and it was so dark it was hard to see my menu. We were super close to the table next to us and they were watching videos on high volume, so that put a damper on things. I don't think I would go back for dinner, but a late night drink would be fun.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I was extremely disappointed with my visit to Gilt Bar after researching and being overly excited to dine in the Library with my husband for his Bday. I called to the restaurant to make reservations because I couldn't find the Library on your site and when I googled it Gilt Bar kept coming up so I wanted to make sure they were the same place. While making my reservations I was told there was a possibility that the Library may not be open on that night due to a private event and to call on Tuesday to verify that it would be open to the public. I called a total of 3 times last week to verify that the Library would in fact be open to the public and each time I was told that it would be open to the public and to let the greeter know that I want to be seated in the Library upon arrival. Of course it wasn't open :.. ( and to make matters worse we were seated alongside the wall in the banquettes and my husband kept getting hit in the back of the head every time someone walked by. We asked if it was possible to be moved to a booth and were told that the booths were reserved but that we could be put at one of the tables in the center of the restaurant. The seat change didn't make a lot of difference because the tables were so close that every time someone got up they were bumping our chairs. The waitress was a bit on the slower side. It seemed like it took her forever to come back every time she left our table. We ended up missing the Blueman Group performance. The food however was amazing and the kitchen staff got everything out to our table very quickly once our orders were taken. The restaurant was very noisy which I wasn't expecting and very cramped.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Very nice atmosphere and great food

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had a wonderful time celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary! They really took good care of us, and made it a special evening for us. Outstanding!

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent spot - highly recommend. The food is creative and fresh, service superb.

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great food! Very good service! Great evening all the way around! Thank you!

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Good food, good atmosphere

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Recommended for truffle pasta and did not disappoint! Delicious, great atmosphere and staff

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Gilt Bar was once again a great place! There was 7 of us for a ladies holiday dinner. Our waiter was absolutely great and provided recommendations for drinks and food for us. Also love that’s it’s BYOB and you just give a glass of wine away per bottle. Highly recommend Gilt Bar for any date, ladies get together or special event!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 29, 2017

It’s ok. It used to be much better.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 29, 2017

I first started to have a drink at the bar while I was waiting for my friend to join me for dinner. I didn’t feel as though the bartender was very warm and accommodating and he really just seem to not want to be there. The hostess was nice and we were a bit alarmed at the noise level. For just the two of us it was really difficult to talk. The wait staff was pretty good. I got the chicken and it was very odd and mediocre at best. My friend got the mushroom pasta which she enjoyed. I feel as though the pace of the meal especially the drinks I had much to be desired. I will not return on a future visit

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·Dined on November 28, 2017

The seating for 2people is pushed to the side, lighting is way too dark and the place is super noisy. Service is horrible. Food was good.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

we were celebrating our 44th anniversary. brittany and the staff made us feel very welcomed with a signed card and glass of champagne. everything was lovely...

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Amazing food & great service. Love this place every time I go!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

So good on our first night, we made reservations for the next night while sitting there. Roasted garlic with toast is a must.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Vegan
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The atmosphere for a date was perfect!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Hostess and waiter were short with us. Other than that a great experience

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great food served by amazing friendly service. What more do you need on a cold winters day?

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Our server was incredible and the food was excellent! It was super dark inside, creating a certain ambience, but it was a bit too dark for those not on a date... It was pretty loud, and it is a bit tight. Overall, our server and the food made this a high rating!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Always wonderful. I'm afraid to give a great review and then I won't be able to go as often as I'd like!

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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