Arbella Chicago

4.7
311 Reviews
$30 and under
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
The exploration at Arbella begins with a menu showcasing a progressive craft proach towards cocktails either found in or inspired by different and exciting parts of the world. With playful displays and presentations, each cocktail intends to transport the mind to a specific place and evokes a sense of travel.

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vipLeeB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience! Can’t wait to visit again—I will be back soon!

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vipMarkC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Didn't eat there, so can't comment on food although the couple next to us were not pleased with their appetizers. Great cocktails, but way too much attitude from the waitstaff. would not recommend

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great place to go out on a date. Excellent customer service and food and drinks was better than expected.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, fun lively atmosphere, lot of great drinks to choose from and food was really good. Well run. We will definitely go back often.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fun! Drinks were very cool! And food was DELISH

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great intimate night out. Food is always on point and great for people who like sharing plates. This tapas style restaurant never disappoints and even has live music. GREAT happy hour!!

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vipDanielleS
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We stopped into Arbella for a casual business dinner, since we all wanted something lighter (after a late lunch). Everything we ordered was delicious (cocktails + food), particularly the KFC (Korean Fried Chicken). The sauce on the chicken was incredible, and we could've ordered 2 more orders...

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vipRbecker262
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Try the KFC, it is awesome. And it’s not from Kentucky!!

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LisaR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellently weird but very tasty and approachable cocktails. Food was great and perfectly portioned

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vipMichaelL
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Went during restaurant week. The menu was essentially the same items on the appetizer listing and happy hour menu. The food was good, I enjoyed the salad and the empanada, with the exception of the dessert which was a substitution of a pretty basic cheesecake for what sounded like a more exotic choice.

Was seated in the back room where I noticed a band starting to set up. My original seat would have been right next to the musicians and conversation would have been impossible. Fortunately, after I inquired a seat farther from the music was located. The band was a pleasant reggae group. The hostess should have known the location was not going to work and should have let us know about the music before seating us.

Our waitress a good job of taking our order and tending to the table during the meal.

Seems like a nice spot for drinks and appetizers and the restaurant was busy for a weeknight. I do like the live music (though I’d prefer not to sit in with the band). I don’t know that I would return for a meal though.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

There was no one to greet us or place for us to check in for our reservation. I had to flag down a server to check-in. Once seated our server clearly forgot to put in our food order. When we asked 35 minutes later she said she put in the order but it was evident she forgot. Overall the atmosphere and ambiance was great but service was poor. Hoping it was just an off night.

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catherineb
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Dark and loud with great decor. Table wasn’t quite ready when we got there but it was easy to get a drink and our table was ready by the time we got our drinks. Server was whining a lot about something, couldn’t really hear. She seemed to be too busy for us - had to ask for water, plates to be cleared, etc. Food was excellent although pricey. Wine was reasonable, drinks good but small and expensive. By the time we finished- about 9 - the place was packed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The music and ambiance was great. We ordered the rolls as an appetizer and did the restaurant week menu. The stuffed peppers were warm but not hot. But everything else was delicious and amazing.

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Barbk
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Way overpriced, KFC chicken was nothing more than fried chicken with a salty runny soy sauce to dip it in. Empanandas were the best the on the menu. Sliders were good.

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LindseyS
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We really appreciated being moved to the private upstairs booth for my birthday celebration!

I forget the name of the guy who offered to move us upstairs (maybe a manager? his name could have been josh? longer hair) and our server (short bob haircut, very cute, fellow Aquarius) - went above and beyond to make sure our dinner was perfect :-)

It was a bit hard to see our food up there but some extra candles helped. All in all amazing experience.

Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Happy Hour was a bit expensive and the bartender was not the most friendly. Place is super cool though and love the atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Food was too salty. Small dining space, live band started at 7:30pm therefore too loud to hear one another.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Chicago Restaurant Week 2020

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very good food here, great suggestions from staff.. worth it

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vipAllie
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Happy Hour ! One of the best I’ve been to in awhile not to mention HH runs till 7p .

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and drinks. Atmosphere was perfect. Thank you!

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Ceece
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

One of the best places for cocktails in the city. The food is hit or miss - some items are outstanding while others miss the mark.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing playlist. Cocktails are legit. The cucumber one is my all time favorite.

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Dave
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Arbella didn’t honor the reservations made via Opentable

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vipChlobellexx
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot for a date night. Diane served us and Paige was our server and both were over the moon wonderful. My drink the trankilo Melon was served with burning sage and so so good! The atmosphere is so intimate and unique. Can't wait to get back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arabella was a fantastic experience. Ideal for small parties or a date night. Drinks were impressive and the food was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommend a booth for two. You will impress your date.

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vipAdrienne
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

After reading so many reviews from reputable sources, including Chicago Magazine and Chicago Reader, I was hoping for a phenomenal experience; however, Arbella fell short on the promise of a great lounge in Chicago. First, I was not impressed with the layout. It was actually quite small. Too much squeezed into a tight space. What bothered me most about our visit was where we were seated. My boyfriend and I were not given preferential seating even though there were so many other two tops available with the booth option. The reason I originally made a reservation at Arbella was in hopes to have a romantic lounge experience with my boyfriend. We sat at a hightop randomly that you would find at an upscale pub. Our drinks were nice, but nothing that screamed 'Let's come back.' Overall, I wouldn't recommend this for a date night out, more for coming with a few friends.

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LaurenT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was awesome. Their were multiple people paying attention to our table, rare and super awesome. Thank you for the great service, food, drinks and atmosphere. Nice to have a lengthy happy hour and reservations since most dont get out of work until 5 in the city.

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vipClarence
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent tapas and creative cocktails! Loved the intimate feel of the restaurant in a hip location!

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rcd1
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and amazing drink and food choices

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SamuelO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great cocktail bar, awesome intimate environment to get drinks with someone.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiters here are always great and super friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love , very intimate and great service

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kikii
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This little hidden gem is my new after work go-to spot!!!

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vipTaylorL
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Wouldn’t recommend the food here. Very salty. Great drinks and vibe though!

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RichC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a vegetarian date so we had the hummus and a flatbread goat cheese tray, both were great. Would have loved to try the carnivorous entrees. Also had their Pineapple Plantation Old fashioned was nice as well.

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RaviM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience2

The DJ music on Friday night was louder than it needed to be. This is a bar/lounge, not a club. Otherwise the drinks and service were fine.

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Arbella Chicago is rated 4.7 stars by 311 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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