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Ampersand Wine Bar, Chicago, IL

Ampersand Wine Bar

4.5
4.5
106 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Ampersand Wine Bar strives to offer guests four things: an approachable wine list, a menu filled with rustic comfort food, delicious desserts and an inviting atmosphere. In addition to a wine club that meets regularly, Ampersand Wine Bar offers a dinner menu that is perfectly paired with every cocktail or wine on the menu. Try the small plates that include smoked hummus, roasted bone marrow or cauliflower gratin. The second course at Ampersand Wine Bar includes pasta with truffle cream and a poached egg or a meat cheese board. Try the seared salmon or roasted chicken breast and don�t leave without a taste of the ginger spiced carrot cake or vanilla bean mousse.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Wine Bar, American
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner; Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday; 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Saturday; 5:00pm-11:00pm: Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Phone number
    (773) 728-0031
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Darren McGraw
  • Private party facilities
    We offer full restaurant buy-outs during peak and off peak times. For larger tables during regular business hours, we offer curated prix fixe menus, special cocktails and pre-selected bubbly/wines.
  • Private party contact
    Ricardo Mercado: (773) 728-0031
  • Neighborhood
    Lincoln Square
  • Cross street
    Lawrence
  • Parking details
    Brown line:<br />Damen stop<br />Light Rail:<br />Lawrence stop<br />Bus:<br />Damen & Ainslie stop is 50 ft. from the front door.<br />Lawrence & Damen stop
  • Public transit
    One block north of Damen Ave. Brown line stop.<br />Two blocks west of Lawrence Metra stop<br />20 feet from Damen ave/Ainslie bus stop
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine
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What 106 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

106 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a wonderful time, and really enjoyed the food and the ambience. The wine was especially amazing! Only issue was that two of the side dishes were way to spicy for us. I was surprised because I had asked the server about spice levels of the main dishes and ordered based on this information (ordering the less spicy dish), and he still didn't say anything when we ordered the spicy side dishes. I realize not everyone is a complete wuss when is comes to spiciness like I am, but I would have appreciated a heads up, or a spice indicator on the menu. They had indicators for vegan, gluten, free, etc., so it seems this could be added.

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  2. Globalphile

    Chicago

    213 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    213 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    After a horrible experience at The Blanchard in Chicago the night before, I had a really great experience at Ampersand Wine Bar. I loved the casual/ contemporary atmosphere, the wines, food and service. I was pleased with my rose wine and thought the heirloom tomato and burrata salad, the roasted game hen entree plus the rustic peach tart were excellent! I will definitely be back!!

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  3. Anne

    Chicago

    55 reviews

    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This sophisticated yet warm and welcoming restaurant was the perfect choice to celebrate a birthday. The food was fabulous and service impeccable. Truly a gem of a place!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Cute location, great wine list, excellent and friendly service, fabulous food.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love the ambience and the vibe when it's quiet and when it's packed. We had a good dinner with few interruptions of our conversation. The wait staff is always great about explaining every item and doesn't flinch at my lack of knowledge. Lovely, lovely, lovely.

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  6. Cecilia

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We went on a Friday night. I found the cheese plate to be very good. The eggplant plate was not exactly what I expected, and was more of an appetizer than an entre in my opinion. The Asian sauce on the salmon was good, but the salmon was overcooked. Overall the food was just okay. The vibe was very good. When we arrived, it was early enough that the restaurant wasn't crowded, and we enjoyed the relative quiet. The room is airy with a modern feel and an open kitchen. Very cool. The server was very wine-knowledgeable and friendly. In short, this is a fun date place but not the best food in the neighborhood.

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  7. Wildcat21

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was outstanding. GREAT wine selection! The food is amazing and always changing. This was our 3rd time. Highly recommended for food and wine.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing what they can do in their little kitchen space - We liked it very much!!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were very impressed by the range and quality of the dishes at Ampersand. Flavors are confidently and thoughtfully developed while showcasing outstanding and varied cooking skills. While many "hot" restaurants rely on cliched ingredient constellations, Ampersand creatively uses seasonal produce in exciting ways. Vegetarian's and meat-lovers alike will be happy here. The wine list is lovely.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, drinks and service! Had a great time celebrating a birthday and the dessert was amazing!

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Ampersand Wine Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 106 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Ampersand Wine Bar

4845 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Lawrence
  • Neighborhood
    Lincoln Square
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner; Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday; 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Saturday; 5:00pm-11:00pm: Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Wine Bar, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Brown line:<br />Damen stop<br />Light Rail:<br />Lawrence stop<br />Bus:<br />Damen & Ainslie stop is 50 ft. from the front door.<br />Lawrence & Damen stop
  • Public transit
    One block north of Damen Ave. Brown line stop.Two blocks west of Lawrence Metra stop20 feet from Damen ave/Ainslie bus stop
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Darren McGraw
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine
  • Phone number
    (773) 728-0031
  • Private party facilities
    We offer full restaurant buy-outs during peak and off peak times. For larger tables during regular business hours, we offer curated prix fixe menus, special cocktails and pre-selected bubbly/wines.
  • Private party contact
    Ricardo Mercado: (773) 728-0031
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