Arbella Chicago

4.7
257 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great happy hour for food and drinks! Definitely make a reservation. All of the food was very tasty and perfect to split with a group. Will definitely be back for more! Love the atmosphere

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LW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly some of the best cocktails I've had. Waiter was also very knowledgeable with recommendations and comparisons to cocktails I may have had in the past. The food was great as well.

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TH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for happy hour this time. Good food and fun drink menu! Happy hour food a good value.

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BJ
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drinks are on point and the creativity and flavor combinations of these are worth exploring. Trust me, you won’t want to miss this!

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P
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our first visit, but a winner. Terrific server, friendly and helpful, Arbella has very unusual and tasty drinks, small, but decent wine list, and a very small, tasty tapas menu. Everything we tasted was excellent. Only compliant was that the pork belly in the tacos weren't crispy enough for my tastes. Otherwise, a very enjoyable dinner.

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AS
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love the ambiance of this place! It makes for a great date night spot or if you want to do drinks with the girls. Their cocktail menu is large with many options to choose from. They also have great food and small plates which I love. Sort of pricey but to be expected in a nicer place in Chicago. Definitely would recommend!

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MM
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arbella has amazing drinks and tasty food. The staff is very knowledgeable about the menu, especially the manager Joseph. Joseph explained all the drinks for us and made delicious recommendations. I highly recommend this must-try Chicago spot!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our favorite dining experience of our weekend getaway. The service was impeccable and the food was phenomenal.

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LD
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The waiter forgot to place an order, but was great about helping with an allergy that was tricky to get around and otherwise very attentive. The place was full, so it’s understandable he was spread a little theme. Great food and atmosphere!

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CS
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic cocktails and great service. Loved the atmosphere!

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RB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for our 5-year anniversary and it was wonderful. Our server was extremely friendly, and brought us each a complimentary glass of champagne in celebration of our anniversary.

The drinks were incredible; they tasted great and were decorated beautifully (my glass of trankilo melon - a tequila-based drink with fruit flavors - came with burning sage on the rim to cap it off with a nice smokey smell).

The food was pretty good - we got these shrimp and pork egg rolls that were delicious, as well as some sliders and korean chicken.

I would recommend this to anyone as it is a fun environment that works well for either a romantic evening or a fun group outing.

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c
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amanda was an excellent server and all four drinks we tried were phenomenal. We want to visit again soon and try the delicious-looking food that passed us by.

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j
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent happy hour -- rotating mule and spring rolls so delish. Regular menu good too (e.g. sliders) -- definitely going back to try regular cocktail menu!

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

Our server was very thoughtful with recommendations and was incredibly attentive. We absolutely will be back!

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D
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a first date here, perfect atmosphere, good drinks, didn’t break the bank. Couldn’t ask for too much more than that, I’d definitely go back.

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AF
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Lots of unique cocktails to choose from and always great music playing. This is a great place to start your night out or bring a date. Although it is quite expensive, the drinks are strong and the small plates are all delicious!

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TR
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The only downside was that I reserved a high top because that area of the bar isn’t as noisy as the rest. I got there and there were no high tops open despite my reservation, so instead of sitting in the noisy back we sat at the bar. What’s the point of a reservation if what you specifically reserve isn’t held for you?

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B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Definitely not worth a 4-5 star. I had 2 drinks and honestly didn't taste like anything special. Flatbread was just alright, taste like something I can get at Trader Joe's frozen section and the baos was better tasting than the flatbread but still can get a way better tasting bao at Wasabi or Little Bad Wolf. They see a little unorganized there. There is nobody to greet you when you enter. I had to go walk over to the end of the bar and let the server know that we had a reservation. She told me that there is no host and that everyone that works there is a "host". Makes no sense but ok. Definitely will not be going back!

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RC
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food had a great twist! American classics with some twists..Asian and Latin fusion on some dishes. Pretty yummy.
THE DRINKS/COCKTAILS are Amazing!!!!!!! Fresh, tasty with a kick.. would definitely recommend

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bartending staff is amazing, along with the kitchen staff. Had a wonderful time

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MG
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Got the hummus platter and cheese board for happy hour with a friend. I got a few glasses of the house red, and she got Moscow mules. Overall was pleased with the price, size of portions of food, and drinks. Will definitely go again!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place in the world!

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Really creative and novel

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Good cocktails and ambiance

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T
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, fantastic service, solid alcohol and beverage options

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Not bad, sliders and rolls are good. Wasn’t the biggest fan of charcuterie and cheese.

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TS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food, innovative drinks. Prices are relatively good for the neighborhood and quality. Definitely going back. Great date spot. Definitely make a reservation

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B
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool enviornment and great food! The staff is nice and drink menu is extensive!

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ML
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place. It is very unassuming from the outside but once you go in, it’s really lovely and fun and the food is fantastic!

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WI
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great spot for a light food and cocktails. Innovative drink menu. Would request seats in the back away from loud speakers though.

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AA
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My group loved it here! The atmosphere was great, we loved the decor, and our waitress was super helpful and attentive. We made a reservation and got an amazing table, and the whole process was painless. We ordered several items off the drink menu, and didn’t love a couple of them. Not because the bartender messed up, just more personal taste. Our waitress took them back and helped recommend something different. Everything we ordered off the food menu was incredible. Highly recommend the Korean fried chicken.

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TM
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a date! Their tasting menu, or should I say adventure, is more like taking a trip rather than ordering a drink.

Would for sure go back!

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V
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible food, some of the best dishes I have ever eaten! The drinks were also fantastic as was the waiting staff, definitely looking forward to coming again.

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F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience! Our waitress, Paige, was amazing, and everything she recommended was spot on! The drinks are delicious and the tahini sauce served with the empanada should be bottled and sold to go on everything!

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Austin
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! The cocktails alone are enough to bring us back. This was a pre-dinner stop so we only had 1 snack, but it was delicious. We will be back for more food and drinks!

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RD
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and ambiance here! We went for happy hour on a Friday and we made a reservation. It got pretty crowded around 7 so I am glad we booked a table. Our waiter was attentive as well.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Asia our server was awesome! Great food and service!

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SB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a cute little gem in the River North area! Friendly staff, great drinks, and a unique menu.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Made reservations about 2 weeks in advance for my husbands birthday. We originally were sat next to a VERY loud group of women. I asked if we could change tables and the host/server graciously let us change tables. However it was a high top next to the door and it was freezing. It would have been nice to have one of the booths reserved for us as the reservation was made in advance and it was a special occasion.

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