Birthday celebration! Wonderful drinks and great atmosphere!!
The food at Arbella was wonderful! So much flavor and such creative dishes like chicken shawarma empanadas. Service was great. We were checked on frequently and the dishes we ordered came out quickly one after the other and piping hot. It’s a cool trendy atmosphere but didn’t feel pretentious. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening here.
Our waiter Stuart was amazing in guiding us through the drink menu! He even started suggesting other drinks based on our individual preferences, it was so fun. Great music, lively environment, and the flatbread is so tasty.
Great vibe, it's like a hidden gem. You don't really see this place from the street but once inside was visually appealing. A great mix of music, get the "chips" and the Korean chicken. Awesome! Huge variety of cocktails with a superb Mixologist working behind the bar. Definitely will be back
Nice spot downtown. Low key ambiance with nice overstuffed chairs, attentive staff, good craft cocktails and well-prepared high quality food. We had the empanada, smoked hummus with pita and the skirt steak. All were quite good.
Small plates are amazing - excellent diverse selection and reasonably priced.
What a great space!
The space was matched by the cocktail menu where attention to detail and balance created a fantastic experience.
Service, provided by Aja, was attentive, knowledgeable...guiding us to experience some of Arabella’s finest cocktails and food. She was engaging without being invasive. We will ask for her the next time we dine there ....which will be soon!
I loved Arbella. Great drinks great food. The staff was awesome and the drinks...AMAZING
Great drinks. Great atmosphere. Just wished there was someone to greet me at the door. We stood there for more than a minute and had to flag a waiter down who was busy with other customers.
Extensive and interesting cocktail menu. Great ambiance.
Great service, cocktails, and environment! 5 Stars
The only issue we had was with the squid. I'm not sure if the burnt little round things were potatoes but the were burnt to a crisp.
The drink selection is a vast one. Drinks inspired from travels around the world! Hard to stop at one! Food was wonderful. The egg roll was by far my favorite.
It’s a bar with food, not a restaurant
Awesome place! Great atmosphere! Limited but comprehensive food menu that can hit nones mark. Well done!
Would definitely go back! Aja is amazing! The staff is great ! Food on point . Drinks on point
I've been here a few times. The food is always great. The portions are generous and have great flavor. The drinks are perfect. Lots of variety.
Craft cocktails AMAZING! Definitely a show spot for entertaining visitors. Craft drinks are fascinating! Great place to meet up with friends after work or perfect for cocktails to start/end date night.
Cocktails and food were great. Really enjoyable dining experience.
Came in for HH and had a few glasses and wine and the tequila cocktail, both were delicious. We didn’t order food but a lot of it sounded tasty. Excited to go back and eat something. The bar area is super cute and the booths are cozy for a group of four that don’t mind being that close.
I saw several dishes and cocktails online that got me to check out Arbella. Definitely work with your server to make sure you get what you're came for. Glad I checked it out but won't be going back.
Went to Arbella for the first time and was extremely satisfied. Everything from their craft cockteils, delicious tapas, music, and service was outstanding. Absolutely one of the best bars in Chicago!
This place was fun, great food, our service was great!
Food and drinks were great, service was not. For the price, the portions were very small.
With the website toting an international street food menu, I was really looking forward to a great experience, but was let down.
The food we ordered was good, but a tad overpriced, which can be expected for shared plate restaurants. Our favorite dish was the Bao.
However, the service was poor. No smiles from any of the staff, and our server didn’t make any effort to walk us through the menu or recommend any dishes, and rarely visited our table. Had she been more attentive or attempted to be friendly we would have stayed longer to sample more items.
Great service by our server. Promptly greeted and taken to our table. Craft cocktails were delicious. It is a bit loud - if you have a larger group, it may be difficult to hear everyone.
There were four of us that went here for dinner. We were able to use OpenTable for reservation and have to say that the drinks were really good and the food was even better. The GM stopped over a couple of time to walk us through the menu and the layout and shared why he choose to have a menu that folded rather than a binder or book listing out food and drinks.
I'll definitely be going back!
Fantastic drinks with a cool hipster ambiance.
It's one of my favorite place so far in Chicago . Like it a lot
Every time i have gone it’s been great! Everyone is so friendly. The drinks are neat and all different. Love Melissa the bartender. Will def go back!
I arrived after my friends were comfortably relocated from the dining area to a booth in the bar area, which may sound bass ackwards, but the ladies were turned off by the red lighting!
Drink menu has something for all...standard spirits and plenty original recipes too. Our server graciously offered samples of anything we were hesitant about before placing our orders, each ordering a different specialty drink.
We found the food menu to have enough variety to accommodate most. Their interpretation of doneness varied from plate to plate, and although the presentations were cool, they weren't always practical. Overall the food was good though.
I read about this place on several websites and they talked it up pretty nicely. I wouldn't say in reality it lived up to all the hype. It was definitely pretty cool, some unique drinks and cool vibes. We had four people, each of us got two drinks and our bill was over $125. I think it's a little overpriced for what we got but overall a pretty cool place.
It was really quite loud and almost impossible to have a conversation when you were speaking to the person right across from you. We were seated next to a server station where a broken water tap was slowly spraying a mist of water over our table. Servers seemed to think it was funny rather than try to fix it permanently which ultimately was done. The drinks were good and some were quite interesting but they were a little overpriced for the quality. Maybe it was just a bad night but I'm not in a rush to head back.
Hit this up on a Saturday night with an 8:30pm reservation. Was easy to get the reso. Food was absolutely phenomenal. We had ordered a combination of small, medium and large plates and everything was delicious!!! Service was so-so. Long bouts of time went by when we didn’t see our waitress during the meal or when it came to paying the check. We paid cash and when we got our change our waitress hadn’t given us proper change to tip unless she wanted us to short her or otherwise give her way higher than 20-25%. It likely wouldn’t have been a big deal but since catching her was difficult in a timely fashion we ended up just having to grab change from the bartender and leaving it with her busboy to give to her. Not a huge deal but something that could have easily been avoided/saved time.
Our server Eddie was knowledgeable and friendly. My wife and I had an amazing date night and look forward to coming back for some additional tastings and beverages!
Such a great spot, Arbella will be added to my dinner rotation for sure!!!
Fun Friday night with some friends! I was able to get there right before happy hour ended and got 2 drinks. Drinks are somewhat pricey but very different! LOVED the Bao buns!! Would definitely go back!
The vibe is young and fun. Drinks are crafty and well done.
Most amazing experience ever!