Oyster Bah

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Seafood
From Bay to Bah, Oyster Bah brings the quality of the coasts to the heart of Lincoln Park. As the sister restaurant to Shaw’s Crab House, we are tapping into our connections with purveyors all over the country to bring you the most exceptional seafood in the neighborhood. With seafood flown in every morning, the team creates signature dishes such as the Seafood Roll, Garlic Shrimp, Clam Chowder, and the Grilled Fish of the Day. Looking to get down for Happy Hour? Drop your anchor and stay a while for happy hour from 5-6 PM Monday–Thursday and 3-6 PM Friday–Sunday with half-off oysters and half-off special drinks and dishes.

Specials

Oyster Happy Hour & More!

We raise the bah at our daily happy hour. Enjoy select drinks and snacks half off on Monday – Thursday from 5-6PM and Friday – Sunday from 3-6PM.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: May 16, 2019

Ends: May 17, 2118

Availability: Sun 3:00PM-5:45PM
Mon-Thu 5:00PM-5:45PM
Fri-Sat 3:00PM-5:45PM

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HM
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The place is quite nice and we did enjoy it, but it was just ok. My clam chowder and my seafood roll were very good but the crab cakes and garlic shrimp are just ok. Our server was very nice and served us well but we had to ask multiple times to get the dirty dishes taken away from the table. I would have given service 3.5 instead of 3 but I can’t.

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VY
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

We love this place for oysters. Our family really enjoy coming here. The staff and server were really nice because we make reservations for 4 but had 5 people and they still set us. Happy hours is the best time to go.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Father’s Day

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H
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GOOD FOOD AND SERVICE

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BI
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 1

They have changed a lot since my last visit. The portions seem smaller and everything was just ok, Used to be spectacular. The general management were very helpful and nice. The waitress was good, also. But the food needs to be ramped up.

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J
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and drinks were great, our table was a little close to the people next to us, but that was our only complaint. Kylie was our server & she was super friendly / attentive. Very good over all.

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p
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

This is our second time coming to the restaurant and it seemed to be the exact opposite of a wonderful experience we had the first time. The place was not busy, but our waiter appeared to be in the weeds and took quite a bit of time to check up on us, to the point of me only having one drink, instead of the normal two or three. The oysters were decent, but they could have been shucked a bit better for many of us in our party had shell when we slurped.

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AB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best seafood place I’ve been too in Chicago. Pricey if you don’t go at happy hour for a group. Went for my birthday dinner and it was great!

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OT
Chicago
70 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Okay, but not great. I found the portions modest, the choices limited, and the flavors bland. High marks for attentive, friendly service; comfortable atmosphere; reasonable prices. I might go back but wouldn't recommend it to a friend. Below my expectations for a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant.

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AL
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was outstanding and I would definitely go back again just for that! The seafood linguine was delicious and the drinks are very yummy!

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JF
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite Place to eat. Fun. Best Coconut Cake ever!

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m
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for seafood - must try the aloha mussels! They were the hit of the night - definitely will be back for those. We sat at the bar and had great service. Tried the Nashville hot crab special and it did not disappoint. They had a nice, small list of drafts beers and the cocktails were on point. A favorite place of ours for a casual dinner.

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j
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food-the oysters and coconut cake were delicious

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AE
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The bartender was great! He was friendly and answered all of our questions and knew when to give us space and when to check in on us.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great, service is fantastic.

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HP
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Was able to enjoy happy hour pricing on first drink and appetizers, so that was great. Enjoyed the casual setting. Food was good.

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DS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very New England, just needed steamers! Then it would be complete.

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W
Nashville
485 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Don’t care for the recent menu changes.
Really not great value for a place as casual as this.
Far better seafood options in the city.

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j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent and the server was attentive but not overwhelming. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and plan to return.

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a
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

At first we were disappointed to have to wait for our table for an additional 15-20 minutes past our reservation due to waiting for the group before us to leave. This was indeed very frustrating (especially when waiting with 2 children), however, we greatly appreciated a few appetizers being comped. This re-set the tone and we had an incredible meal with excellent service. The kid friendly touches were really special, as well. The entire meal was delicious, seafood incredibly fresh, and the birthday ice cream treat was also a lovely touch. We will definitely return! Thank you for an wonderful experience.

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JS
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We love Oyster Bah…though I miss their fried calamari

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Oysters were amazingly fresh and delicious. They give you a description of each kind so you can make an educated choice.

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B
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, moderately priced. Cody was an experience and thoughtful waiter

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MS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great experience! Our second time here, and this time we enjoyed the Happy Hour specials and sharing a variety of dishes. Especially impressed with the chowder and crab cake! Fried chicken sandwich also hits the spot.

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A
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this place! Went for happy hour and everything was great...well, minus the oysters but it was our first time trying oysters so that was to be expected. The mussels, particularly, were outstanding. Excellent service, too. Will be back.

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p
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

My daughter and I had dinner there for the 1st time. We arrived at 6 for our 6:30 reservation. The hostess was very gracious and asked us if we would like to wait at the bar which we did. The bartender was very friendly and took our drink and appetizer order. Before we got anything the hostess came to seat is at our table. I sat at the table while my daughter settled the bar tab. The only person that came to the table was the busser. When my daughter came to the table we sat quite a long time before the server came and then left the menus. It seemed to take a long time before we even got our drinks let alone the appetizers. Neither one of us had ever had raw oysters before. I will do it again! The shrimp were excellent! It wasn't really busy and I saw our server just sort of walking back and forth but not attending her tables. Now, when she did take our order she was very sweet and answered all of our questions. My daughter got the 1lb of crab and I had the crab and chicken combo. The chicken was good and crispy but there was a funny after taste. During our dinner the server checked on us maybe one time. Now, I don't need a lot of attention but as a former server I feel a little more attention should be given to your guests. I was also surprised that I had to ask for salt! We will definitely come back not only for more oysters but to try other items on the menu. All in all we both left satisfied.

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RL
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I thought the poster roll was a bit skimpy, but very tasty. I would have paid a bit more for more lobster. The service and ambiance was great. It felt a bit like Maine.

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WM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great spot for informal dining, with a great selection of seafood and, of course, oysters. The food was great but the service was exceptional--we had our waitress, but several individuals brought us entrees, checked on us, and so on, all seamlessly. I noticed that managers walked through the restaurant multiple times, chatting with customers, and generally making sure things were going well. Our party enjoyed everything. Looking forward to going back.

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LA
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great casual place for good seafood, and much more reasonably priced than its' sister restaurant Shaw's Crab House. Our server was Jordan and she was outstanding -- very friendly and attentive. The menu was quite broad and all the food was delicious.

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A
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food came out quick, service was great! Excellent happy hour specials & got a ton of food & two drinks for $60!

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T
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat - one of Mom's favorite places to eat in the city. Great space, different atmosphere on each level; be sure to visit all three. Decent drinks & good food!!

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A
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect, and I especially appreciative the manager, Jennifer, for helping me with our reservation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day!!!!

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H
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, Great service

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S
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food, it was surprisingly family friendly. I would recommend it for families with kids.

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l
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have a good variety of dishes and prices. The oysters were fabulous. The space is very cozy.

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent oysters and food in general. Very good service on a busy Saturday night. Somewhat boisterous but not in an off putting way. Great place for a date or dinner with friends.

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LE
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

This place is over priced and with all the competition in the city they are sub par on pricing, food options, and service. the waitress was great but the check-in host and vendor valet was horrific. These are usually the first two impressions of any establishment and they are suffering. We were served burnt garlic toast and the waitress said the kitchen was busy leading to this oversight. No efforts were made to replace it or resolve the situation. We spent $228 for 3 people with 1 beer and no desserts. This is highway robbery.

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KK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oyster Bah was packed with families and friends celebrating graduations and birthdays, but our two-top still felt cozy and intimate. The excellent hospitality from the bartenders/servers/etc... and the quick food service made for a perfect date night!

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DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Meh. We have been to Oyster Bah several times as we generally like LettuceEats restaurants but it’s never quite satisfying. It’s just food. Nothing special. Nothing inspiring. It’s like they want to be a seafood place but just didn’t get there. Menu is updated but confusing and limited. This last time the service was terrible. The manager did the right thing and comped the screwed up dish but it still doesn’t change the fact that the food isn’t anything special. We just want it to be better than it is. Meh.

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