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Arbella Chicago

4.8
154 reviews
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$30 and under
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Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Happy Hour
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, International
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Hours of operation
Cocktail Service: Monday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Cocktail Service: Tuesday- Friday 5:00 pm- 2:00 am
Cocktail Service: Saturday: 5:00 pm - 3:00 am
Closed Sunday
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Phone number
(312) 846-6654
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Cross street
Clark
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Valet
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Special events & promotions
Semi-Private Space available
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Wine
What 154 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Birthday celebration! Wonderful drinks and great atmosphere!!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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.

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Small plates are amazing - excellent diverse selection and reasonably priced.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

I loved Arbella. Great drinks great food. The staff was awesome and the drinks...AMAZING

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Awesome time!!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Extensive and interesting cocktail menu. Great ambiance.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great service, cocktails, and environment! 5 Stars

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

It’s a bar with food, not a restaurant

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Awesome place! Great atmosphere! Limited but comprehensive food menu that can hit nones mark. Well done!

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Would definitely go back! Aja is amazing! The staff is great ! Food on point . Drinks on point

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Cocktails and food were great. Really enjoyable dining experience.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on January 23, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2018

This place was fun, great food, our service was great!

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Food and drinks were great, service was not. For the price, the portions were very small.

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4.0Dined on December 13, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

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!

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Fantastic drinks with a cool hipster ambiance.

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5.0Dined on November 30, 2017

It's one of my favorite place so far in Chicago . Like it a lot

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

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!

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on November 6, 2017

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.

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2.0Dined on November 2, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

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!

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Such a great spot, Arbella will be added to my dinner rotation for sure!!!

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4.0Dined on October 13, 2017

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!

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4.0Dined on October 6, 2017

The vibe is young and fun. Drinks are crafty and well done.

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5.0Dined on October 3, 2017

Most amazing experience ever!

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