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.

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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (64)
Romantic (51)
Special Occasion (43)
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Good for Anniversaries (41)
Cozy (38)
Handcrafted Cocktails (36)
Fit for Foodies (33)
Hot Spot (28)
Fun (27)
Vibrant Bar Scene (25)
Casual (23)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Comfort Food (21)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Good for Groups (20)
Late-night Find (17)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Bar Seating (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Authentic (13)
People Watching (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Business Meals (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Happy Hour (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Great Beer (4)
Tapas (4)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Healthy (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined a day 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 a day ago

Amazing cocktails and food

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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I had a good experience at Gilt Bar. I knew it was pretty difficult to get seated in the Library downstairs, but after being put on the wait list, my party was able to get seated down there after we sat and had some drinks. The service was great even though they were very busy that night.

Tags: Romantic, Fun
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Amazing meal from start to finish. Everything thing we ate was DELICIOUS! Highly recommend Gilt!

Tags: People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great ambiance and fast service.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We were able to get reservations here, as their sister restaurant, Bavette, was full. The mashed potatoes were devine, as was the rest of the meal. The ribeye was so flavorful and done to perfection!

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Good ambiance and friendly staff. Good cocktails

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great table on the raised dias on the left at the back for a family meal with visitors from the UK.
Love the cocktails. The food was great and there was something for everyone from the burger to the mussels and the pasta. But the best bit was the beetroot salad.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Awesome dinner with perfect ambience in the speak easy room.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Was a great spot for birthday celebration !

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Loved it! Had to flag server down for the check but it was really busy by the time we were done so I do not blame him at all. I had the truffle pasta and charred broccoli which was rich and indulgent. went for a birthday and they certainly didn't forget. The host wished my date a happy birthday and there was a sparkler in our brownies. worth every penny

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Romantic
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great ambiance, drinks, and menu. I had the muscles to start which were amazing...and the salmon and broccoli (broccoli was very good). Would definitely recommend Gilt. Also, our server Keri (sp?) was awesome and gave great recommendations! Will definitely be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The food was good and our server was great. We had mentioned to her we were not in a rush and she spaced out our courses perfectly.

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