Arbella Chicago

4.8
189 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.
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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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Wine
What 189 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing cocktails. Hits every palette from frozés to Smokey boozy. Every tapa we tried was delicious- especially the baos!

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y
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Arbella was very cute and energetic. Our server was attentive, helpful and sweet. Loved the concept of "drinks from around the world," and both mine and my friends drinks were amazing (Smokey the Bear & Rising Sun). Would defintely recommend for a date or as a place to go for a different drink experience.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious! Great variety of global food and drinks to choose from. Our waitress made great recommendations. They play really good music and it’s not too loud, so you can definitely have a conversation. Overall a great experience, planning to go back soon to try more food and drinks.

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BS
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for happy hour to grab a drink and a snack before an appointment. The seasonal flatbread was amazing! We were very satisfied with the food and the drinks were delicious, plus the happy hour deals kept is very reasonably priced.

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GA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The menu I found on their website didn't match the menu in the restaurant, which wouldn't be a problem except we picked this place because of an item listed on the online menu but wasn't available upon arrival.
Otherwise it was a good place.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place! Everything was outstanding

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time at Arbella and we had a great time like the first time. Great drinks and great service. Our waiter kept us laughing and had great recommendations for drinks. I can’t wait to come back again

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal experience all around. Excellent playlist, incredibly well thought out drinks and the food was much more than we could have ever expected. Thank you so much!

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M
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Popular, good food and drink, but music was too loud for any conversation.

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E
Cincinnati
33 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cool cocktail bar. Great service from the bartenders. Food was great and the vibe is cool and energetic. A bit pricy but worth every penny.

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s
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Cocktails were amazing, if a bit pricey, but the happy hour specials were well worth it. I only tried appetizers, but yummy, loved the empanada!

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MW
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great cocktails and tapas. We practically ordered everything on the menu

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S
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great date spot- good cocktails and fun food options

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EG
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The vibe, the food, the drinks were amazing! Arbella's staff was very knowledgeable and provided an air of fun.

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P
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stu was an awesome server. Food and drinks arrived quickly and their happy hour menu is spot on. Will be back many more times.

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CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The burger is a must eat even if you've been beefless for two years like my friend who ate a piece. Absolutely one of the best burgers I've ever had. The drinks are also delicious.

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a
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

stop playing gangster rap @ 5PM
doesn’t even go with your overall theme

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great craft cocktail lounge!!! Plus the food is great. Popular on weekends will encourage to make reservation

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was awful. The waitress kept interrupting our conversation to give her two sense. The air conditioning was up so high that we were freezing with coats on in June. When we brought this up to the server she basically said that there was nothing she could do. Thank goodness we had a GILT coupon bc it would have definitely not have been worth the price otherwise. Cocktails were delicious so maybe just go for that.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at Arbella and I really enjoyed myself. The food and drinks were great. Presentation of them was amazing! Our waiter, Paige, was a great time and made the experience enjoyable. Can’t wait to come back again.

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T
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spot with delicious food. Asia is awesome and I’m h service is top notch. Overall fun, energetic experience. Try the holy grail, you won’t be disappointed.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was surprised to see a lot of speciality drinks available! Found out after my visit that you can request your drinks to come Frozen! The food was very good! Small but shareable plates. Have to come back hungry so I can try more food! Overall a nice experience!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service and food were great! The cocktails the bartender came up with were awesome. Definitely will be going back soon!

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FQ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I always love the cocktails here. The music can get loud, but still a fun place for people in their 30s and 40s that want a fun night without the club scene.

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GV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Cool but not pretentious. We’ll definitely be back.

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CE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, and great cocktails. The food was ver good, would definitely come back!

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JS
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I will come back with my friends

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Inventive small plates, creative and well-balanced cocktails on a fun, informative menu, excellent service, and a cool, sexy vibe. You won’t be disappointed.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Place is cute and small. Great food and great drinks! A tad bit loud but the music is good.

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JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great time at Arbella. Tried several different cocktails and tapas. Slow and relaxing meal with great service - the servers were very helpful, and all had fun personalities. We got there right at 5 when they opened, so it wasn't crowded. A bit pricey, but perfect for a special evening out - will definitely be back.

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Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great drinks! Unique but also really good. Dealers choice option was cool too. The dishes we had were takes on traditional dishes - done really well. Empanadas, tacos and elotes all spot on.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Great for drinks and apps before dinner or a casual event.

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Some of the best drinks in Chicago. Great ambiance. No real hostess stand, so to the back left of the bar

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k
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration! Wonderful drinks and great atmosphere!!

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AH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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M
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I decided to check out Arbella because of a few really interesting menu items and I was a little disappointed that the menu on Open Table was outdated...some specific items were were excited to try weren't available as the menu had changed (quite a while ago according to our server). I wouldn't go back to Arbella for dinner but definitely a great spot for creative cocktails, an appetizer or two, and some lively music. Service was great and we had a fun time!

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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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WW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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