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Arbella Chicago, Chicago, IL

Arbella Chicago

4.7
4.7
332 Reviews
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
For reservations please visit our website directly. Thank you.

The exploration at Arbella begins with a menu showcasing progressive craft 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. With international travel inspirations, come street food bites from around the world.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Global, International

  • Hours of operation

    Cocktail Service Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (312) 846-6654

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Catering

    Large-scale batched cocktails available for off-site events. Please contact info@arbellachicago.com for more details.

  • Private party facilities

    During COVID-19, private events cannot exceed 25 guests (excludes Arbella team members) as of January 18, 2021. B-SIDE Standing 70, Seated 50 — Our new private event space launched in August 2019, and we couldn’t be more excited for you to experience this space! B-Side is fully-equipped for a live band or DJ setup using Traction Sound System with 20-ft ceiling. MAIN ROOM Standing 100, Seated 74 — This cozy boîte located in River North pays homage to the fantasy of historical travels, coupled with globally inspired cocktails. With its 20-ft ceiling and start-of-the art Void Acoustics sound system, the space accommodates up to 100 guests for standing reception or 74 for seated events with two full-service bars. BACK ROOM Semi-Private, Standing 45, Seated 34 — Located in the back of the interior space, this area offers a semi-private section perfect for smaller groups. Guests will have a dedicated full-service bar at your disposal. This space offers a mix of seated and standing.

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Cross street

    Grand Ave and Clark St

  • Parking details

    Limited metered street parking.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 332 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. DC

    DonC

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2021

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    They had a Limited food menu which stopped service at 8:30. Which I wish open table would have provided that insight, with some kind of “limited service” badge. I’ve gone to this restaurant several times pre covid and it has always been an excellent experience. I ended up leaving because I wanted food and drinks.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2021

    overall4food1service4ambience5
    Great cocktails and awesome vibe. Always impressed in those regards. However, Arbella is now serving food from Tanta and the food was poor quality. The bao buns were hard as a rock. I miss Arbella’s old menu and hope this current food service is temporary.
  3. ML

    MarshaL

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Arbella is the best! One of the coolest bars in Chicago. From the outside you would never know how cool Arbella is, which makes it alluring, inside has sexy vibes, (lots of dates there) and good drinks. The bartendar will also just create something based on what you are feeling.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary drinks
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great ambiance, beautifully decorated. Drinks were delish. Food comes from Tanta next door, which was very good. Host was a guy who dressed like a bouncer or a valet, a little confusing as he took your temp and then asked you to wait at the door, walked away and then said oh come this way. Overall I recommend as a ladies night or a hot date.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best first date spot
  7. CB

    CynthiaB

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite bar in the city!!! Best bartenders
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a wonderful experience. Loved the music, the drinks, and the staff was amazing - loved the vibe. Perfect.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love it! Empanadas are so good !
  10. TK

    TaeK

    Chicago

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for pre dinner cocktails- music, lighting and service were excellent I had a great cocktail! We ordered empanadas which were delicious We’d definitely return I realize food options are limited... but maybe more snack type things for pre dinner people... Thank you !
  11. V

    Vlynn

    Milwaukee

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing drinks!! New favorite go to place ...like the inside atmosphere too
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best places in the city..
  13. KE

    KyleE

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this spot! Great, creative cocktails and awesome ambiance and energy level with the live dj
  14. SG

    SravanG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, delicious food, amazing cocktails, great service.
  15. MG

    MikeG

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Very difficult to give it a fair review, because our server had way too many tables for him to handle. Constantly had empty drinks, would se server for 20-30 minutes at a time. Had to order food and ask for the check at the same time because we had been waiting so long to order anything.
  16. W

    Whiskey

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Smokey the Bear was sweet and smoky. Will be back again.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place! The staff and the drinks are awesome.
  18. C

    Chuck

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic Service! The owner and manager Joseph was amazing! I will recommend Arbella Chicago to all my friends!
  19. ST

    StefanT

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best place in Chicago for those who enjoy crafty cocktails and great house music
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been here three times. Twice before COVID and once during the pandemic. The cocktails and food are always delicious. Yesterday I had friends in town who were enjoying their time and I really appreciated the server accommodating us and our enjoyment. I definitely will continue to come back. My favorite cocktails there are always their takes on various old fashions.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best place in the city..!
  22. LB

    LeeB

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience! Can’t wait to visit again—I will be back soon!
  23. MC

    MarkC

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 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
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great place to go out on a date. Excellent customer service and food and drinks was better than expected.
  25. B

    Birthday

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 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.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very fun! Drinks were very cool! And food was DELISH
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 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!!
  28. DS

    DanielleS

    Chicago

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 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...
  29. R

    Rbecker262

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Try the KFC, it is awesome. And it’s not from Kentucky!!
  30. LR

    LisaR

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellently weird but very tasty and approachable cocktails. Food was great and perfectly portioned
  31. ML

    MichaelL

    Hawaii

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 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.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 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.
  33. c

    catherineb

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 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.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 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.
  35. B

    Barbk

    Charleston

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 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.
  36. LS

    LindseyS

    Denver

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 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!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 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!
  38. a

    azminab

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    Food was too salty. Small dining space, live band started at 7:30pm therefore too loud to hear one another.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Chicago Restaurant Week 2020
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Very good food here, great suggestions from staff.. worth it

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

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Arbella Chicago is rated 4.7 stars by 332 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Grand Ave and Clark St

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Hours of operation

    Cocktail Service Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Global, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Limited metered street parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 846-6654

  • Catering

    Large-scale batched cocktails available for off-site events. Please contact info@arbellachicago.com for more details.

  • Private party facilities

    During COVID-19, private events cannot exceed 25 guests (excludes Arbella team members) as of January 18, 2021. B-SIDE Standing 70, Seated 50 — Our new private event space launched in August 2019, and we couldn’t be more excited for you to experience this space! B-Side is fully-equipped for a live band or DJ setup using Traction Sound System with 20-ft ceiling. MAIN ROOM Standing 100, Seated 74 — This cozy boîte located in River North pays homage to the fantasy of historical travels, coupled with globally inspired cocktails. With its 20-ft ceiling and start-of-the art Void Acoustics sound system, the space accommodates up to 100 guests for standing reception or 74 for seated events with two full-service bars. BACK ROOM Semi-Private, Standing 45, Seated 34 — Located in the back of the interior space, this area offers a semi-private section perfect for smaller groups. Guests will have a dedicated full-service bar at your disposal. This space offers a mix of seated and standing.

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