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

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (76)
Romantic (59)
Special Occasion (49)
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Good for Anniversaries (47)
Handcrafted Cocktails (43)
Cozy (43)
Fit for Foodies (39)
Hot Spot (36)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Vibrant Bar Scene (32)
Fun (29)
Late-night Find (24)
Good for Groups (23)
Casual (21)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
People Watching (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Comfort Food (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Business Meals (13)
Authentic (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Notable Wine List (7)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Great Beer (4)
Healthy (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Seasonal (4)
Tasting Menu (3)
Scenic View (2)
Tapas (2)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
Waterfront (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

My partner and I came down for the night from Grand Rapids to have a fancy date night in the city. The ambiance was exactly what I was looking for: dim lighting, beautiful people wearing beautiful clothes, and the packed buzzy atmosphere of a night out. I was skeptical about making a reservation on a Wednesday night, because who goes out on a Wednesday, but I’m glad I did. The place was packed when we got there at 8. The hostess, Keara, was super friendly and accommodating, she created a great experience from the moment we walked in. Our server, Andrew, answered all our questions about night life in Chicago and even wrote a list of places for us to check out. The cherry on top was the photo booth downstairs.

The food was good, but honestly I’d go back for the ambiance before I came back for the food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Great experience and the food was great. The Steak Tartar with toast was delicious and there was a lot. The restaurant was dark, which made it a good ambiance, not great. It was a little too dark. Our waitress was very friendly and gave us great suggestions.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

My girlfriend and I went here for our anniversary. We were ushered to a corner booth, which was perfect. The atmosphere was great, romantically lit. It was a little loud at the beginning of the night, but as we neared 9pm quieted down. Our server was fantastic, and the food was great. Overall a great spot

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great experience for birthdays

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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Restaurant listed as romantic- couldn’t have a conversation without yelling. it was a loud hip place. Food was ok- nothing over the top.

Tags: Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Location 4/5. Girl 7/5.

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

We went for my mom’s birthday and had such a wonderful time. It was very busy but our waiter did a good job of keeping us happy. Great candlelit ambiance.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

A warm, luxurious spot with good food and attentive service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Unique environment, delicious food, great service!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Romantic, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We were pleased with our dinner choices and the wine. The noise level is high, so do expect to have a shouting match.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We ordered burrata appetizer, salad, and a pasta dish; all the dishes came out at the same time! Had to eat the pasta first so it would not get colder.

Overall dinner took 45 minutes, never felt that rushed before.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Gilt bar is consistently delicious, offering creative apps through desserts. Love the burrata and the roasted garlic apps - truly amazing, I could lick the plate. The meatball was also great. Love the bacon side and the creamy corn is amazing! If you like truffle, the pasta is rich and creamy. The burgers are delish - no idea what is so special, but amazing and the chicken is among the best I've ever had. Desserts do not disappoint either - the warm brownie dessert is amazing, and the whipped cream is delectable. Loved Tommy or server. He was fun and perfect in every way!

Tags: Seasonal, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

This was my second time at the restaurant and it was a really great experience. The food is delicious, the staff are incredibly sweet, the atmosphere is really cool. The only draw back is after a certain time it does get a little TOO dark in the restaurant lol, at one point i could barely see my friends it was so dark lol. All in all it was great.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Cozy, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Business Meals, People Watching
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The stroganoff was incredible. The truffle pasta, not so much.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 4, 2018

The food is always incredible and is actually a good value for the quality. The service is great as well. I've never waited or needed to ask for water, have plates cleared, etc.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Friendly staff, food was delicious and hot. Pricey but overall experience was worth it.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Outstanding cocktails, food and service.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great staff and restaurant

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 30, 2017

My S/O and I’s first experience in Chicago and we were beyond impressed. For starters this venue was glamorous from the moment we entered the door. We were warmly greeted by the hostess and promptly seated. Once seated we enjoyed a Moscow mule and Lil Sumpin. Waiter was kind and on it but not over bearing. Just how we like it. Food was delicious. I got the salmon Caesar salad and he got the bacon cheeseburger. The French fries are to die for. Thank you Gilt for a wonderful date night and magnificent service.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food was amazing!

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Enjoyed the evening dining with friends but for a party of 4 the service was extremely slow with our initial service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Late-night Find, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Favorite spot in Chicago! Great for date night or a special occasion with friends

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

There is never a bad moment at the guilt bar. Very romantic!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great service and great food! Look forward to going back.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 22, 2017

After hearing rave reviews about Gilt Bar I decided to try it for my birthday. The actual experience was far better than even the best review. I had noted in our reservation that we were celebrating a birthday and from the moment we checked in, was treated like royalty! The women at the host stand were the most warm and welcoming! We were seated downstairs in the library which was beyond words - it was stunning, warm, and cozy. I had the Lion's Tail which was delicious (I've been dreaming about it since). My husband had the orecchiette and I had the truffle pasta. We shared the broccoli & an order of fries. I would eat that broccoli every day if I was able to. I cannot rave enough about the wonderful service & atmosphere, the drinks, and the food. I will come back every / any chance I get.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 22, 2017

I enjoyed this restaurant. The food was delicious and our waitress was very nice. The menu is small but the selections are delicious and easy to please many palates. My experience is receiving 4 stars instead of 5 because we made reservations about a week before the date and we still waited about 30 minutes before we were seated. That was very much so unappreciated!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Love the atmosphere.
Service was great and attentive.
Dinner consisted of beet salad, mussels (so good), salmon (a tad over cooked), carrot cake, lemon meringue pie.

Cocktails were dirty martini (perfectly made) and bourbon Manhattan (put a smile on my face).

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Staff was very friendly and accommodating to us! We were there for a special event and happened to be late due to traffic. I called ahead, the hostess was very sweet and made adjustments so we had a table when we arrived. The food was delicious and the servers were all very efficient and worked well together. I’m definitly coming back!

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Cozy, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

The brownie with salted caramel ice cream blew my friggin mind. Dreaming about it everyday since!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The ambiance is real nice. I really wanted to visit the library but it was a private event. I didn’t like the smell of the birthday candles. It smelled like the place was filling up with gas. It got so strong we have to leave.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food and cocktails are top notch. The subtle feel of a prohibition era tavern with a great dining experience.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Ribeye was AMAZING and our server was OUTSTANDING

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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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·Dined on December 15, 2017

I brought my fiancé here for his birthday and while we enjoyed elements of Gilt Bar, we were ultimately disappointed. This mostly had to do with the food. For my entree, I first ordered the pork ribs but found out that they were out. Since it was early enough on a Thursday night, this seemed strange. Then I ordered the ribeye steak, hoping it would be a delicious alternative. My fiancé and I split the lobster roll, which was delicious although could have a little more lobster. Then we split the steak and immediately noticed it had several areas of pure and inedible fat. We both had decently sized portions of fat piled on our plates by the time we were finished. I expect there to be some fat on a $15 steak from say a Friday’s or something. Not on a steak that is $39.50 and from a kitchen with master chefs. When we complained (and we hate complaining) to the waiter, he merely shrugged and passed it off that it was marbelized and that was normal. He didn’t even really apologize. I expect a perfectly tender piece of meat for that price, especially when it came with no sides. The waiter paid for our birthday dessert, but I would have appreciated something off the steak. We had a decent time, but these incidents will probably not find us back here again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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 on December 14, 2017

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

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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 on December 14, 2017

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 on December 13, 2017

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

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·Dined on December 12, 2017

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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