Band of Bohemia

4.6
586 reviews
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$31 to $50
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About

Please note that reservations made through OpenTable should be for dinner or brunch meals only. Reservations cannot be made for the bar or cocktail lounges; those guests coming in for drinks-only will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Located in Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood, Band of Bohemia strives to offer a pairings-based experience, beginning with our rotating collection of culinary-inspired session ales brewed in-house. Our seasonally influenced menu is driven by the philosophy that one can create a unique beer that is appropriate, if not essential, to a finer dining experience.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Brewery, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Bar
Tue–Fri 4:30 pm–12:00 am
Sat 11:00 am–1:00 am
Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(773) 271-4710
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Carroll
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Private party facilities
Rooted in the namesake gypsy spirit of collective ingenuity and dedicated to providing an elevated level of cuisine, libations and service, Band of Bohemia is an unexpectedly memorable venue for private events of any nature.
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Private party contact
Jasmine Vukmarkovic: (866) 832-0315
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lawrence Ave
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Parking details
We offer free parking for guests in our private lot adjacent to the restaurant, as well as street parking in front of the building.
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Public transit
We're just steps from the Damen Brown Line CTA station, and directly across the street from the Ravenswood stop on the Union Pacific North Metra line -- easy access from both the suburbs and within the city.
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Entertainment
Come in & listen to Alfonso Ponticelli play solo guitar every Thursday, while he sets a fun & lively setting with his contemporary gypsy jazz chords.
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Special events & promotions
Band of Bohemia would love to host your special event. For more information, please contact our Director of Special Events, Eric Hernandez, at events@bandofbohemia.com.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.6based on all time ratings
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4.6
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4.8
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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is very good. Staff is great. Cool space. Wine menu very limited and eclectic. Portions were small for what they were charging. Wouldn’t run back there. But it’s worth trying at least once. Just expect limited portions for what you are paying.

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ST
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super cool atmosphere, great food and amazing service!

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KM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here and we had high expectations it being a Michelin Star rated establishment. It lived up to our expectations! Great atmosphere, food and the service was top notch. We will definitely be back next time we are in Chicago.

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

Great service. Great brew. Would love to try the pairings next time. Hope to be back soon

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v
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was exceptional! I'd not hesitate to recommend this for any occasion! WOW!.......just, WOW!!

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S
Chicago
205 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

our waitress was very helpful and friendly. We liked the eggplant dish and our favorite dish was the gnocchi. The char was ok.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THIS PLACE BLEW MY MIND. The food was something else- every bite was phenomenal on the tasting menu. I have not had such a delicious overall meal with equally delightful beer pairings in YEARS. I would hands down recommend this place to everyone. Ambiance, music, food, cocktail, ALL THE THINGS. You can tell the employees even enjoy working there too. Thank you for my perfect meal.

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GR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience

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ND
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience. The food was very good and interesting selections. The service was probably one of the best experiences we have ever had. Truly can not express how impressed we were. The room is fabulous. Can't wait to go back. Run, don't walk, to this restaurant

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

Amazing food and drinks with attentive service. Ambience strikes the right balance between laid-back and sophisticated. Great date spot but also would recommend for a large group!

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

The portions were small for their price. The beet salad was wonderful! Unfortunate that there are no vegan options. Drinks were great and so was the survice!

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

The best old fashioned son the planet and the eggplant flatbread dish is sublime. We are so lucky to live near this gem!

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TE
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The appetizer and my wife's meal was good nothing exceptional. I had a chicken dish. The plate, when served, looked tired and preprepared. The roulade of chicken was fleshy , deep pink to almost her. It accompanied an undercook but consumable chicken breast. When I comment, the waiter checked with "chief",
and came back and insisted that the chicken could not possible be under cooked as it was cook to a specified temperature. The cause was not that the undercooked chicken was in fact undercooked but rathert the color was caused by the salt used in preparation. Presumably the subtext was that I was simply confused in thinking the flesy meat on the table in front of me was in fact underprepared. Please-My opinion -If this restaurant wants to continue to present itself as a high quality dining experienc it has a great deal of work to do.

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KH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Band of Bohemia was a perfect special occasion restaurant. It was relaxed but classy, and the food was amazing (we had the tasting menu with beer pairings). Foodies and craft beer and cocktail lovers will enjoy the variety. Plus the service was friendly and attentive without being annoying.

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SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food, cocktails, and beer were all very good. Everything was presented beautifully, including dessert (don’t skip it!). The server was a tad inflexible; I certainly appreciate hearing an opinion but then feel I should be able to make a decision even if it disagrees with the server’s recommendation.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food in an overall very relaxed atmosphere. Beer pairings were spot on especially if you prefer ales. Service was excellent with a knowledgeable staff

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Come for the ambiance and the service (both are outstanding). The food is great but maybe not great for the price. Beer pairs well with the food but doesn't stand on its own. Definitely worth a visit.

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DM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every food item we had was amazing. Chef Ian & Chef George are truly outstanding! The staff was superior & our experience could not have been better. Can’t wait to go back!!

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really incredible service and food was spectacular!!great cocktails too. Love music just added to the great atmosphere! Will be back!

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C
Chicago
79 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

We were looking forward to Band of Bohemia as they touted first Michelin star for a brew pub. We both thoroughly enjoy craft beer but none of the brews were exciting; tried them all and would describe them as bland. The food descriptions were very creative; however there was nothing that tasted great. We also felt rushed; would complete one course and immediately were served the next course. The lamb saddle was extremely tough. We loved the atmosphere and wanted to love BofB, but were woefully disappointed and sadly won’t return.

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SB
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was beautifully displayed and very flavorful. We had great beers, starters and small plates and each dish was very different from each other and very well prepared. The atmosphere was festive and quiet enough to have a good conversation. Although definitely not cheap, we will definitely go back.

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a
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was truly amazing, and a great value for what we got with the tasting menu!

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LM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting and superbly well done food, very attentive service and a relaxing atmosphere made this an outstanding experience. We have been to Band of Bohemia for brunch and dinner and will be back very soon.

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t
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! My friend has dietary restrictions and they were very flexible. The interior is so cute and the meal was great. I will be back!

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J
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 5

Wow. Started out great but quickly took a nose dive. Headed from the ‘burbs for a day in the city to celebrate a birthday. Gave ourselves an hour but called as soon as we hit traffic to ask if they could seat us 15 min late. Hostess was great and says no problem. We arrive with two kids and are seated immediately and the hostess brings games to the table for the kids. We get drinks soon after. 5 stars.

Server disappears. When she finally makes it back I ask a few questions regarding my 6 year old’s picky eating...there’s crepes on the menu. Could he get a plain one? She leaves. Finally comes back. Nope. Can you just bring him some bread? We don’t do that (I see loaves of bread in the kitchen...). Fine just bring a biscuit. And we wait. We finish our cocktails, juice and water. We wait. We waited over an hour before any food was served. Still no more drinks. I get that we were late (but I called) and I made special (although not egregious!) requests which they could not even accommodate. But bad service, especially at a Michelin Star restaurant, is completely unacceptable.

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DA
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

We were really excited to try this restaurant because it had such great reviews, but the food was sub par. We went off the servers recommendations since it was our first time, but what we had lacked flavor and 2 of the 4 dishes had sauces which tasted like mayonnaise. The atmosphere is great, the drinks were good, the service was ok, the food left something to be desired, and overall it is not worth the cost.

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

We ate at the chef’s counter and were absolutely captivated by the artistry at work in the kitchen at Band of Bohemia. All the wait staff was incredibly knowledgeable , friendly and -bonus- easy on the eyes! Oh yeah- and the food was delicious. We were especially in love with the surprise dessert courses sent our way from the pastry chefs that we bantered with throughout the evening.

Our meal and experience was unforgettable!

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and memorable. It wasn't like anything I'd ever had. The service was also impeccable and our waitress was very knowledgeable. I will definitely come here again!

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MG
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Three of the four things we ordered were delicious, but everything was overpriced. Our waitress recommended we order 4 or 5 things to feed us. The entrees were about the same size as the "small dishes," which made me feel like I should have just ordered more small dishes. Entrees were more expensive. Our waitress kept recommending the Raven Ale, which tasted like a cheap beer with a tiny bit of hops. My date got the Japanese whisky cocktail, which tasted like a whisky soda. Ended up being a $150 meal - two plates and one drink apiece.

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MA
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We visit Chicago often, but still debated making the drive northwest of our normal neighborhood visits to Band of Bohemia. We're certainly glad we did. Excellent food, knowledgable and friendly servers, and an overall chill vibe made Band of Bohemia something we will add to our favorite places to eat in Chicago. Honestly, I was glad we skipped the beer pairings and asked about wine -- interesting and lively choices, and an eager staff ready to pair with our food selections. And don't skip the coffee/tea list with dessert - exceptional! Can't wait to go back - we'd even just pop in to the bar if we didn't have reservations. Spots for 2 (or even slightly larger groups) were definitely available after 8pm if you don't mind bar seating.

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D
Chicago
131 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable! Can't believe I had been here until now. The service was incredible. Our server had seemingly every bit of info in her brain about the food, the ingredients, the cocktails, the beers, the wines. She was amazing. We decided to put together our own tasting menu and they were so generous with drink pairings - they basically divided every drink option in two so we could both taste. The Eggs on Eggs? Creamiest, most flavorful omelet I've ever encountered with a generous portion of caviar. The Carro Lasagna. Amazing. I'll be back for that. And the suckling pig was amazing, especially with a cocktail that had a tropical flair - took you straight to a pig roast on a Caribbean beach. I can't wait to return.

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A
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I really enjoyed my experience at Band of Bohemia. The beer was very tasty. The Thai saison was my favorite. We got the tasting menu with beer pairing - a great culinary experience. I definitely recommend.

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SL
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oustanding. A most elegant, gracious, delicious experience. Definitely a return spot.

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LM
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Nice spot for a dinner date or catching up with friends for drinks. Interesting decor and the food was great. Staff members were knowledgeable of the menu but not as warm as I'd like. Didn't think the music matched the vibe of the establishment.

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AH
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved our brunch here. Had two cocktails, the salmon and avocado toast starters, and chicken biscuit sandwiches. The cocktails and starters were amazing; the chicken biscuit sandwiches were very good, if dry. Would happily dine here again in any case.

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LC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an incredibly cool atmosphere--people of all ages from all walks of life. The service was outstanding--we were never left unattended but also not bothered by being inundated by service people. The food was so creative with so many different flavors in each dish that somehow worked so well together. Finally, the beer (and we are not even crazy beer drinkers at all) was delicious!! Again, an array of flavors in each sip.

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LB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was outstanding. The service was outstanding. We inadvertently got delayed in sitting due to our choice of a quieter booth and the staff couldn't have been nicer. So very accommodating to include a free round of appetizers (which were amazing). We highly recommend this restaurant. Do be aware the restaurant is loud.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, drinks and service.

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S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome, personable service and overall experience. The waitstaff know the ins and outs of the menu, the best food and drink pairings, and ultimately how it’s best to order to ensure a smooth transition between the mouthwatering courses and ensure everyone leaves satisfied. LOVED and will definitely be going back.
Open kitchen concept is awesome and when the food comes to your table, it is described so you know how to navigate your plate. Incredibly satisfying food and wide range of flavors to choose from. Can’t go wrong here

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B
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience. Topnotch food and service. Love this place. You cannot go wrong choosing this gem.

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