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Graham Elliot Bistro

932 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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Graham Elliott Bistro is a stylish and casual eatery specializing in American cuisine. Its menu is eclectic and ultra-contemporary. Some dishes served include cheesy grits with duck confit, gnocchi with a fried egg and a large banana split for dessert. There is also a full-service bar serving a wide selection of beers, wines and specialty cocktails. This restaurant is owned by executive chef and TV personality Graham Elliott.

Its décor includes a semi-open kitchen and separate bar area. Graham Elliott Bistro also offers a covered patio with string lights and comfortable chairs that provide for outdoor seating and dining. Graham Elliott Bistro is open for lunch and dinner.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American, Bistro
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Hours of operation

Normal Dinner Sevice:

Tuesday through Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Holiday Open/Closed Dates:

Closed December 24th - 25th
Closed January 1st - 14th

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Phone number
(312) 888-2258
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Graham Elliot
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Cross street
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Public transit
Morgan-Lake Green Line and Pink Line
Grand-Blue Line
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While we don't have any sort of live entertainment in the conventional sense, we do have an open kitchen exposed to the entire dinning room. Have the chance to ask questions our watch our chef's prepare and plate your food.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
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MaryannM (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on July 7, 2016

Loved everything about it. The service was perfect. Very friendly. Loved the fact that it was fine dining, in a more relaxed atmosphere. The wait staff wore the restaurants t shirts, with the signature red converse. So great :) The meal was delicious. Gorgeous plating, and the flavors unforgettable. The brioche twinkie with the deconstructed ceasar salad was to die for! This would be my go to date night restaurant if we lived in the city. :) Graham was also there, and was willing to take time to talk with us. Very gracious and down to earth :) So cool! Highly recommend!!!

vipgreatmeal (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on July 2, 2016

Saturday night must have been an off night. Took over an hour to get our entrees. Waitress apologized after we said something and then took the items off the check. Not the point, would have gladly paid full price as the food was outstanding, but the wait staff was confused. Waitress said it was the last night before transitioning to a new menu so they were out of 5 entrees and 3 of the 5 desserts. Seems to me that if you're serving the old menu then you'd have those items available and once you switch you can use what's left for specials or feature items vs. telling customers that you're out and then make them wait over an hour for it.

SeanH (New Orleans)
4.0  Dined on July 2, 2016

The food was great but not signature. It was really good and was a good value but it just didn't elevate to a signature dining by a signature Chef. Some things came very close but just didn't get there. Also, about 1/2 the menu was out. So had some of the other signature items been available, that might have changed things. The hostess was amazing, helping out with the servers and coming by quite often to check on us. I was looking for something one of a going to a Gordon Ramsey or John Besh or Emeril restaurant and it fell just short. I will give it another try when we visit Chicago again. The prices are very you get amazing value.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on July 2, 2016

The overall experience was painful. Our server first advised us that the restaurant was out of lobster (for the lobster risotto), the sea bass and the rabbit. She then ignored us for 45 minutes. After making the hostess aware that we wanted to order, the server returned oblivious to her lack of attention. We ordered the carrots for an appetizer, and lamb. The carrots were fine, but the lamb was flavorless and overdone. Despite our complaints to the staff about the poor service and lack of choices, there was no effort to ease our dining experience. Graham Elliot himself was there. Bad food, and poor effort by the staff. On the way out, our friends mentioned the terrible experience to the hostess. She replied, well, next time you visit us, we will be attentive. There won't be a next time.

AmieC (Saskatoon)
5.0  Dined on July 1, 2016

Reasonably priced. Great patio. Great service. Everything was perfectly cooked.

vipMorgan (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on July 1, 2016

Great food and outdoor patio in the back. Not to miss.

AnnC (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on June 29, 2016

We were really disappointed. The place was empty. The staff at times seemed to want to be attentive - and then they would disappear. We said we'd like to share our dishes - they didn't bring spoons to dish out the food. When we asked, they waiter came back with one spoon although we had two dishes. We waited over 45 minutes to get two of the dishes. They were sort of apologetic but more inept than anything. The experience was so underwhelming I would never return. Food was major mediocre. Soggy popcorn just doesn't cut it.

vipMischa (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on June 25, 2016

Food was amazing, creative, delicious and relevant. The drinks were seasonal as well as traditional, but with a modern, Graham Elliot twist. One of the best burgers EVER! Highly recommend a visit to this hopping West Loop location. Fun and delicious.

KristiC (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on June 25, 2016

What an amazing meal. Each dish was beautiful to look at and just as delicious. The staff helped us celebrate a special birthday in style. We were very much looking forward to seeing some of Elliot's classic dishes and were not disappointed. We will be back our next time in Chicago. A special thank you to the staff for a memorable meal.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on June 24, 2016

Our server Julio made the experience. Plenty of nice restaurants in the area, great service and personality are hard to come by! Top that off with great dishes, this will be our new place to splurge!