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Bar Biscay

4.5
4.5
217 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
The Bay of Biscay, aptly named for the Basque peoples who have inhabited and fished the waters for several millennium is a rich, pastoral land open to a wild coastline, brimming over with the stuff of food-lovers’ dreams. The Basque approach to cooking -- unfussy, yet insistently demanding only the best ingredients -- is our inspiration. Chef Johnny Anderes and his team cook food simply, allowing ingredients to shine in a direct way. We encourage you to relax, put down your phone, & enjoy your company. Good music will be playing, with good things to drink. Hopefully you're sitting with someone you care a great deal about, and when it comes time to leave, we hope you feel better about the world and your place in it. Topa!

No outside food or drink is allowed. We're surprised we even have to say that, to be honest.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Northwest Spain, Southwest French

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 455-8900

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Johnny Anderes

  • Catering

    Feel free to contact neal@barbiscay.com for all your catering needs!

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact neal@barbiscay.com to arrange your event. We can accommodate groups from 16-20 guests in the semi private back room or up to 90 guests for a full restaurant buy out. We would love to host your next event. We throw great parties!

  • Neighborhood

    West Town

  • Cross street

    N Greenview Ave

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 217 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. MA

    MaryA

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent dood and great service.
  2. M

    Mike

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, great service, exciting menu! A win all around.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the Chefs Table experience. Superb food accompanied by a great selection of wines. Really great team at Bar Biscay.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful experience at Bar Biscay. They have a great happy hour and week day deals. Food and service were great, very much enjoyed the experience!
  5. M

    Mcubed3010

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    It's a bit pricey, but the food was very good. Interesting menu.
  6. P

    Paula

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    The service was very nice however the food was not very good. We had the calms and white fish. The sauce for the white fish was not good and the clams were tough. It was pricy for what you got.
  7. CQ

    CarmenQ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bar Biscay does not disappoint. The service is top notch and the food is creative, delicious, and fresh.
  8. AW

    AandW

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2019

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Wanted to like this so much but left really disappointed. Our family is part Spanish and we spend a lot of time in Basque Country so we were excited to try this. Our waitress was so kind and attentive so we didn’t have the heart to tell her about the food. The albondigas were overcooked and dry. Tomato anchovy toast way too salty, even for anchovies. Wild mushrooms with egg were ok...great variety of high quality mushrooms, in a variety of sizes and shapes which led to some being undercooked and chewy while others were nicely done. Boquerones were so underwhelming...an expensive import that I wish had been cooked better and while we were told not to worry about deboning these, in fact bc of the way they were cooked it would not be a good idea to bite into one of these with bones in. One stand out was the pork terrine that my partner had. Spent about $130 and really were disappointed. Again, service was great. Maybe kitchen just had an off night.
  9. JM

    JenniferM

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food is excellent, but was “too loud” for our parents/ family. Keeping it to date night in the future. Great options for vegetarians and cool cocktails!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    All of the food was cold and low quality. Cocktails were just okay, and I found the service rude and underwhelming.
  11. KH

    KimH

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2019

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    We had one appetizer which was great and then it went downhill from there. Everything else was at best case average. The cocktails were also mediocre. I am not sure why a server would push a bourbon mint julep to go with Spanish food. Server was really nice, but the quality of the food was just blah.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2019

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    We went there to celebrate our friend’s birthday, it was very disappointed , we had chef menu, one of the dish the Razor Clams taste like from the can , main course “pork was very tuff , pasta was too salty, I don’t think it was worth the trip .we will not go back again
  13. AJ

    AndrewJ

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Muy bueno!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal for a reasonable price. Server was personable and relatable seeing as how both myself and other diner work in kitchens. Timing was great and everything was well seasoned and hot as it hit the table.
  15. AR

    AlexanderR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in West Town, best wine selection in West Town, and bar far the best cocktails in West Town
  16. CL

    CraigL

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and the food / drink pairings were fantastic!
  17. BR

    BRENDAE

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great service, fun vibe and atmosphere. All five of us loved dining at Bar Biscay.
  18. BO

    BradfordO

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good all around dining experience. The menu is big enough to have something for most anyone. Really like the Halibut and Oxtail entrees. All cocktails were good. Fun vibe and cool lighting. Combination or European and tropical feel to it. The tomato anchovy toast was a bit too salty but otherwise everything was on point.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Good but uninspiring
  20. l

    lizzyheart

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is amazing!
  21. TS

    ThaleiaS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is a lovely place! The food is excellent, as well as the service and the environment. We will definitely go back.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic!!!
  23. JJ

    JeffreyJ

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Interesting choices of Basque cuisine that you're hard pressed to find elsewhere.
  24. MM

    MartirM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful dining experience! Everything we had was delicious! The wild mushrooms w/soft egg, chorizo toast, sausage stuffed piquillos and the whitefish were some of our favorites. Our server Yahir was helpful, knowledgeable and a pleasure to engage with. Will certainly be back.
  25. RW

    RogerW

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bar Biscay was an awesome dining experience! Chef Johnnie and staff were very pleasant and extremely professional. We had dinner at the chef’s counter and the food was beyond delicious. AJ and Ray were precise, focused, and you always thought that they just had a love of food. Watching the preparation and the skill in the kitchen was just FUN! The wine pairings were spot on! Taron was very knowledgeable on the wines. No detail was missed. We felt very welcomed and would definitely return and bring tons of people! Thank you for your hospitality. Loved Bar Biscay!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service at the bar with Archie and friends. Make sure to ask for Singani 63. Cheers
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We did the chefs experience sitting close to the kitchen. The interaction with the staff and chef was truly an “experience”. The food and wine pairings allowed for us to try things we may not have tasted otherwise.
  28. VS

    VictorS

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2019

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    For 5 of us. I don't think we ate or drank too much but our bill was north of $300. For the level of quality, it was definitely not worth it. It's over-priced and nothing to write home about. I really tried to catch it before they closed, which many places in this are tend to do.
  29. MM

    MegM

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good and the service was excellent. We enjoyed all the dishes we ate. My only concern is that the value is not there. Each dish felt overpriced by about 30%. Roasted mushrooms should not be an $18 appetizer. An asparagus gratin with 4 spears of white asparagus was $15. Also, on the day we went (Mother's Day) the prices were all higher than the what the menu on their website advertises. A pet peeve of mine. So, while the food was tasty, be prepared to feel like you've overspent for what you ate.

    Bar BiscayResponded on May 15, 2019Hi Meg, Our Chef wanted me to let you know that we use small independent farmers with high quality ingredients. Our farm eggs are 50 cents a piece, the wild mushrooms are $12 a pound at raw weight. Once the mushrooms are trimmed the plate still gets 8 ounces of trimmed mushrooms. The large asparagus spears cost us $3 per spear. You are definitely getting your monies worth & supporting small famers with every bite. Margins in this business are slim & we would never over charge our customers.

  30. EO

    EricaO

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience5
    Terrible service. Couldn't get another round of drinks for our table of five, couldn't get more toasts (ordered twice, it never showed up) and TOO MANY FIDDLEHEADS WITH EVERYTHING. Not worth t he price.
  31. a

    accidentsarereal

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our visit to Bar Biscay was such a pleasant change from most of the other new restaurants that have opened recently in Chicago. The interior was simple and casual, but still elegant. Music was upbeat but not deafeningly loud! (for the record, i'm not an elderly person and I like loud music, but when i eat, i like to be able to have a conversation without yelling or straining to hear! thank you bar biscay!) The food was delicious-- neither too rich or nor too salty. Too often restaurants error on the side of rich and salty for every single dish. Bar Biscay was balanced, very well done. I don't have a sweet tooth, but the dessert was a truly wonderful Basque cake. The couple next to us shared the same, and then ordered another piece! Lastly, our server was excellent. Friendly, knew the menu well, had good suggestions for pairings and wine. He really seemed to care enough to make sure were enjoying ourselves.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    LOVED that we could contribute to Cawc And eat the beautiful food in the gorgeous atmosphere that bar biscay is ❣️❣️❣️
  33. ZG

    ZachG

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and drinks!
  34. EB

    EvanB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We did the tasting menu for two. We've been to Bar Biscay before and loved the experience of the Chef's Table previously, so we decided to try this different version of date night with other friends. Everything was yummy, except for the dessert (I think it was Chocolate cake?) The cake was so dry, and the butter icing was a little off (it was probably chosen because it was something they needed to get rid of for freshness purposes). I am a sweets addict and previous bakery manager, and after one bite we stopped eating and asked for the dessert menu. My old favorite desserts were the cream puffs, and since they don't have those any more we left without getting a dessert. We left full and happy though, and will continue to come back. I think we'll order from the menu on our next visits, but still glad we tried it.
  35. JS

    JenS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came in for my siblings birthday and the team treated them to a fabulous dessert. They also give great lessons on drinking wine from a porron ! My favorites are always the gougeres, sausage stuffed peppers and squash dish. Won’t be disappointed when you come here!
  36. BL

    BryceL

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great! The chef's were really innovative with menu items that could have been served in a traditional way. Also, oysters were great!
  37. MC

    MaryC

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Neil, the host, was warm and muy genial. Felt like he welcomed us and wanted us there. He was the best part of the whole evening. Once we were seated, it felt like our server was just trying to sell us things and get us out of there ASAP. It was simply annoying. The charcuterie platter y olivas were muy ricos and we all liked thinly shaved meats, the mustard, y el pan, etc. but it was overpriced as was the extra slice of cheese we added to the platter--what kind of $28 charcuterie platter doesn't include some cheese? When you pay a decent amount for good food, it's a shame when it isn't complimented by stellar service-instead we felt rushed and as if we were taking up someone else's table (though no one was waiting for a table)--unlike in Pays Bascos where you show up at a restaurante and the table is yours for the night, the server takes care of you and you leave feeling like you had a wonderful time with wonderful food and wonderful company! Bar Biscay would do well to take more lessons from their Spanish sisters and brothers...
  38. t

    table42

    Chicago

    151 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    151 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time this weekend at Bar Biscay. Great selection of basque style tapas. Stand outs were the razor clams, manchego gougeres and stuffed Piquillo peppers. The house made bacon was over-the-top delicious! Our waiter was outstanding and just loved the entire vibe of this restaurant. Only criticism is that their selection of Spanish reds were lacking and the wine list heavily leaned towards Bordeaux’s.
  39. Y

    16Yum

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the place

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Bar Biscay is rated 4.5 stars by 217 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    N Greenview Ave

  • Neighborhood

    West Town

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Northwest Spain, Southwest French

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Johnny Anderes

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 455-8900

  • Catering

    Feel free to contact neal@barbiscay.com for all your catering needs!

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact neal@barbiscay.com to arrange your event. We can accommodate groups from 16-20 guests in the semi private back room or up to 90 guests for a full restaurant buy out. We would love to host your next event. We throw great parties!

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