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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (67)
Romantic (54)
Special Occasion (44)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (43)
Cozy (39)
Good for Anniversaries (39)
Fit for Foodies (37)
Hot Spot (33)
Fun (28)
Vibrant Bar Scene (28)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Casual (23)
Good for Groups (23)
Comfort Food (22)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Late-night Find (17)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
People Watching (13)
Authentic (12)
Business Meals (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Tapas (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Great Beer (4)
Healthy (4)
Seasonal (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Scenic View (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined a day ago

The atmosphere for a date was perfect!!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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·Dined 5 days ago

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Sharing plates was fun. The red wine list of bottle prices was reasonable in my opinion.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The food and service were excellent, but the noise levels were annoying.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Food and drinks are great! Service was very slow and we had to search out our server to get drinks. We were done at the end and did not get an entrée due to slow service on a non busy night .

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We were in Chicago for both work and the theater and met up with friends for dinner at Gilt. The restaurant was highly recommended to us from another friend, and it met our expectations! The food was delicious, our server (Guy) was awesome and made wonderful drink and meal selections (never lost a beat when asked for virgin drink cocktail options).

We'll definitely be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

I went for the first time the other day, and I would come back to it. I had a great time and I absolutely loved their drinks. Food was good and the whole vibe of the restaurant was really nice :)

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Awesome service. Great selection of food. Cool environment. Definitely will go again.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Order the steak tartare! To die for. This was our best dining experience while visiting Chicago

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The food was delicious. We had a great time. Can’t wait to go back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had a great meal. The Tartar and meatball were excellent starters. The table split the ribeye, fettuccine Alfredo and the mussels. My mom loved the meatball appetizer so much, she ordered another one for her main course. The chocolate cake was very rich, and very chocolaty. The cocktails were great. No frills, just great food. Guy was an excellent server and he had great knowledge of the menu.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Authentic, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 28, 2017

They sat us at a part of the restaurant near the entrance that inevitably makes you have a different, lesser experience (my rating could have been different otherwise (5 stars instead of 4)). Food was good, but had better food at some of the other places from the same hospitality company (3 Arts Club Café, Au Cheval, Bavette's).
Athough in general must say: hostess was very nice to us and accommodated a special request.
And the Hogsalt hospitality company from which this restaurant stems, is doing an amazing job. I've been to 4 of their places. This was my least favorite of the 4 but was still pretty good.

Tags: Great Beer, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

I love Gild Bar, it has been wonderful every time I have gone. I will continue to recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Great girls night out. Loved our food amd drinks. Service was a little slow but it was busy too. Would go back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The wait staff was very accommodating. They assisted in making the evening very memorable.
Thank you,
Pedro Bosques

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

service at the entrance poor. too arrogant. it's not a good idea

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

I got there for my birthday dinner and the hostess at the front made sure my whole night went perfect as if she had known me for years the whole night was just perfect !

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Short rib pot roast was absolutely perfect. The meat was so tender and sauce was divine. Great fall dish.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 18, 2017

We loved the ambience, we got a perfect booth in the corner, the only reason I gave the food four out of five stars is there wasn’t anything very unique about the menu, very similar to a lot of restaurants. We enjoyed our dinner and would go back .

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We started the evening with cocktails. My husband had the Bee's Knees - he liked it so much he had a second one. I had a delicious Bar Germain. It went down easy. Then we had the roasted bone marrow as a starter. That was a real treat! So incredibly tasty with a great juxtaposition of textures. You spread the warm creamy marrow on the crunchy toast with a dollop of red onion jam and it's to die for! Then we had the short rib pot roast and we were floored! We were skeptical when it arrived because the plate was covered in an opaque almost black sauce but then after one bite you were in heaven. We couldn't believe it. And if you order it you must get the mashed potatoes with it. Oh, and with a glass of cabernet sauvignon we hit the trifecta. We were completely blissed out. Gilt Bar is dark, delicious and dangerous!! We staggered out of the restaurant blowing kisses at the kitchen. We'll be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great anniversary dinner! Amazing food and drinks! I look forward to coming back!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The steak tartare toast, green leaves salad and the truffle pasta make for a copious and delectable meal. We also tried the thickcut maple bacon side - a must try.

Very "see and be seen" kind of place but the food holds its own against trendy, bright, young things scene.

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

This was my 1 year anniversary dinner and our server was perfect. She surprised us with dessert and was very sweet through the night. The food was delicious (except for my pasta only because it wasn’t what I was expecting). I would recommend. Thank you Gilt Bar!!

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Chicago Marathon

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

It is always a great experience. The food was fabulous and beyond. We will always return for a great meal even though it is a 100 mile one-way drive. Many thanks,

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

No light, it’s like a mine. You don’t know what are you eating.

Tags: Authentic
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 5, 2017

We went to the Gilt Bar with friends from out of town because we wanted them to have a great meal at a place with a great ambiance. The restaurant did not disappoint! The service was excellent and everyone enjoyed their meals and cocktails. We brought a bottle of merlot and shared a glass with a neighboring table (a feature I love about Gilt Bar and Bavette's). If you want an elegant evening out with special friends; you can't go wrong with Gilt Bar.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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