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For 2
Date
Thu, 4/19
Time
9:30 PM
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BellyQ

4.5
2013 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Asian
Perfect For:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
bellyQ, from innovative Chicago chef Bill Kim (Belly Shack and urbanbelly), is an exciting concept featuring Asian barbecue and seasonal, locally farmed ingredients. The Randolph Street space showcases Chef Kim's culinary talents with flavors that are rooted in tradition yet decidedly modern in taste and execution. Expect a menu that's smoky and bright, spicy and clean, surprising yet comforting. At bellyQ, Chef Kim crafts unforgettable flavor combinations that awaken your taste buds and satisfy your soul in a space that invites you in and inspires you to hang out a while.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Asian, Barbecue, Korean
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Hours of operation
DINNER:
Sunday - Thursday 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Bar open till 11 p.m.

Friday - Saturday 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Bar open till 12 a.m.

Sunday 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Bar open till 10 p.m.


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Phone number
(312) 563-1010
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Bill Kim
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Catering
ORDER IN ADVANCE BY PHONE, AND ASK ABOUT OUR SPECIAL-EVENT CATERING: 312-563-1010
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ogden
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Parking details
Free Valet parking up to 3 hours. Street parking is also available.
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Public transit
Ashland on Greenline (Metro); Ashland / Ogden on #56 (Bus)
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Entertainment
KARAOKE DEN
Leave your inhibitions at the door and loosen up your vocal cords! The Karaoke Den lives up to its name, featuring a karaoke player and monitor, plush custom-made lounge chairs, side tables, and a large tufted ottoman.

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Special events & promotions
From intimate gatherings to karaoke parties, for business or for pleasure, bellyQ can turn an idea into an event you won't soon forget. We’ll help you customize your perfect menu while you indulge in a comfortable space as unique as the flavors that are served to you by Chef Kim and team. Let us be the inspiration—you enjoy the ride.

CONTACT OUR SPECIAL EVENTS MANAGER AT: 312-563-1010 or events@bellyQchicago.com and let us design your perfect bellyQ event.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Private Dining

From intimate gatherings to karaoke parties, for business or for pleasure, bellyQ can turn an idea into an event you’ll never forget. We host events from 10 – 350 guests and offer a variety of options, including: Chef’s Quarters, Karaoke Den, Ogden Room, and Patio. Buy outs are also available.

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What 2013 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

No way enough food for the price when cooking at the table. Terrible value.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We were visiting from out of town, but I would be a regular if I could! I loved everything!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was great. Drinks were great. Service was excellent. Only reason it was not 5 stars was we thought it was rather pricey for the amount of food you get.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great food. Fun atmosphere. Very loud but didn’t deter from experience

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Over-priced for mediocre food. Flavors were ok. Very cool atmosphere and unique drinks.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

We really enjoyed our time at belly Q-- the food was creatively and carefully prepared, and the presentations were all very attractive. The food was delicious, too!

There were many good choices and a good variety of dishes. This place is great for sharing small plates. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable, and she provided good guidance. Overall, a very fun experience~

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

My wife and I came here for a date night without the kids. It was a trendy, delicious options with modern tastes for Asian BBQ. I tried the lemonade with tasting vinegar, and had the BBQ sampler "Boss" that the waitress recommended. It was delicious, and I was happy with the pricing as compared to other downtown restaurants. My wife and I had sufficient food by sharing an appetizer, wild rice order, BBQ sampler, and a non-alcoholic drink. We got away under $65.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

What a pleasure. Knowledgeable server who did not urge over-ordering. Food was preprepared, so insignificant wait to be served so the food is served at room temperature. Food perfectly seasoned, low prices, noise level tolerable, portion size of the small plates perfect for two. Be careful about seating, however, as seating at bbq tables too deep for short people. Bench style communal seating at Urbanbelly (part of one giant seating space) section not good for people who want privacy or need back support, but get ramen bowls off separate menu. Original preparations will encourage experimentation & return visits.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

We enjoyed the creative Korean-inspired dishes at BellyQ. The scallion pancakes, spring rolls, fried chicken, and papaya salad were outstanding. And so were the two entrees we tried, the short ribs and the duck breast. We also tried the Belly Mac, which I didn't particularly enjoy, but I am not a fan of Mac & cheese anyway, even if an unusual one like this one. Will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Loved the eggplant hummus.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Love this place!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

This was my first time at BellyQ and it won't be my last! The food was exceptional but what really made the experience worth it was the top-notch service. Our server and the assistant manager checked in frequently and elevated the experience for me.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We had such a great experience at bellyQ! We did one of the grill tables and not only was the food outstanding, but a lot of fun. Our server Paul was the best!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Menu is imaginative, with interesting twists on familiar Asian fair like savory scallion pancakes designed to for solo eating or sharing. The Peanut Noodle Salad, Blackened Shrimp Curry and Roasted Pork Butt were outstanding and the donuts were amazing. Service was also outstanding. For folks our age, the place was a little noisy but, all in all, a great experience. We'll be back.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Me and two friends visited BellyQ, the food was fantastic. I got the Blackened Shrimp Curry and Coconut Grits, both were delicious and super satisfying and decently price for the quantity and quality of the plates. Our server was outstanding, really attentive and helpful.
The restaurant itself is lovely and dimly-lit, so it would be great for a more intimate dinner. The only underwhelming aspect, however, was the drinks. I got Thor Gets His Black Belt, which featured a drinking vinegar, but the flavors were muted, and the ice to drink ratio was not great.
Overall, BellyQ is a great spot, I'd definitely revisit!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Great place. Really enjoyed the cocktails and the range of the menu. Particularly liked the lamb buns and the spring rolls.

Size of the check was a pleasant surprise too.

Compared to other more well known places just up the road, we felt this was much less crowded and we weren’t rushed at all.

Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Food was superb and they are very good at addressing any dietary/allergy issues. Great food and drinks before heading to concert at UC!

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Food is good, no doubt about it....but, it is overpriced for quality and quantity. Generally speaking, it is easily 10- 15% more expensive than it should be or what you find in non-'fusion' restaurants. The real bargain is the Vietnamese donuts - 3 hot donuts with blueberry sauce (they could use more sauce) $6. They have an interesting liqueur/apertif menu that includes such rarities in the US as Aperol and Cynar, and the first restaurant that I've seen in many years that features green AND yellow Chartreus (at $15). And, the place looks great - it has real eye appeal, but for those of us who don't carry around our own seat cushions, those flat metal chairs/stools are probably the most uncomfortable seats your body will ever find in Chicago. My take? It's worth one trip, but they need to make some changes to entice me for a repeat visit.

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3.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Belly Q has had good reviews over the past several months and I wanted to give it a try. It was trendy, somewhat creative and an interesting experience. My biggest complaint was that they pour a "Short" drink but did not over charge for it. I would rather had a decent size drink and be charged for it accordingly.

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3.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Did the grill table - all the proteins lacked flavor and the bib lettuce wraps were small and torn, making it hard to assemble and eat the food.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Very good meal . Our waitress and the servers were very kind and made us feel like we were welcomed

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

We ate at the bar and had an outstanding evening.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent Korean Food. The Kale salad and fried chicken were yummy. And of course the short ribs. A great date night for Valentines Day.

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2.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Not sure how this restaurant has such high ratings. Ordered the Korean Fried Chicken (basically 4 Buffalo Wild Wings boneless nuggets), the Scallion Pancake (cold/bland and the sides accompanying it brought nothing to enhance the pancake), Sauce Boss (Meat was all over seasoned, chicken wings were inedible, ribs tips were okay, all over a bunch of mediocre fries... not worth $20 or whatever is cost), Blackened Shrimp Curry (flavor alright but nothing special at all). Overall I was very disappointed with the food. The service/ambiance/drinks were good but I cant get over paying $100 for dinner for 2 at this place.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Everything was delicious! The blackened shrimp and vegetable main course was amazing.

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3.0Dined on February 8, 2018

I wasn’t a fan. I like Asian fusion but this was a little overpriced and the food wasn’t great. The plates are small and you will probably leave hungry. The noodles were tired and ribs had no meat on the bone. It’s wasn’t innovative and everything I ate was better somewhere else. The drinks were good though and there is free parking...... that’s about it.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Enjoyed the menu for Chicago’s Restaurant Week. The food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food, great environment, great service.

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2018

The only I would say is put the heat higher I know it’s winter but it was freezing in there

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

A great place to go before a bulls fame for a quick delicious meal. Very flavorful food and friendly helpful service. Really enjoyed it.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

We ate here before a concert at the United Center. When we arrived we sat at the bar for a few cocktails before our reservation. The bartender was awesome! He explained the drink and food menu and was super helpful. He also gave us complimentary shots that were out of this world yummy! When we got to our table, the waitress was so nice and helpful, explained the best options and we're glad we took her advice because the food was so good. She even went next door to a coffee shop to get my husband a Vietnamese hot coffee to go with dessert. Amazing experience!

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2.0Dined on January 12, 2018

This is my second time at Belly Q. The staff is great but the food isn’t my favorite. The banchan isn’t very good, particularly the kimchee which tastes as if they slipped some kimchi paste on napa cabbage about 29 minutes before dinner service started. For $49 per person, the servings are rather modest as well.

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3.0Dined on January 8, 2018

BellyQ food was very good. Service good, nice ambiance. I didn't love the table "sauces" but the food was good, main portions pretty decent.

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2.0Dined on January 6, 2018

This is the second time I've been to Belly Q and it was disappointing. The food was sub par and something I ate didn't agree with me.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Went for New Year's Eve dinner and had the excellent prix fixe menu for New Year's Eve. It was an excellent value with a whiskey toast, beef broth, two appetizers for the table; a fried rice, two entrees and a specialty entree. At the end is a sparkling sake toast and fried dough with cinnamon sugar. It was fantastic. Would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We need to add two friends to our New Years Eve table. The hostess cheerfully accommodated us. We had a great unrushed evening.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We went for the NYE dinner only to find out it was for groups of 3 or more (we were two). However, the food, as always, was wonderful even if we had our hearts set on some dumplings.

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2.0Dined on December 30, 2017

A party of three a day before New YeariEve; we were very disappointed with the service. We asked for a specific table,which was given to us but a bit reluctantly. When it came to ordering, One of us wanted to have the Grill, only to be told that ALL of us had to order the Grill, a piece of information we should have been given at the outset when we received the menus. My guest had to read the entire menu in a rush to change his selection. The waitress also seemed to be in a rush throughout our dinner; we wanted to enjoy our dinner and felt pressured all the time. As soon as one of us finished his meal, she would take the plate away; she did that for each of us and brought the dessert menu while the third guest was still eating his main course. I understand a waiter can be tired and in a hurry to go home at the end of the day but they need to realize guests are here to enjoy the food and each other’s company, and feeling rushed is not a good feeling. In spite of these faux pas, and in the spirit of new year I left a 20% tip, which I didn’t have to do. We were only a small party of three and didn’t feel particularly well treated or welcome; the waitress took the check and left without saying thank you or goodbye; we showed ourselves to the door. The food was good but the experience was completely ruined by the service. The restaurant manager or owner should look into this because this can really affect the business. We won’t come back or recommend it to friends.

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3.0Dined on December 20, 2017

Great night at BellyQ. I enjoyed the food and ambiance. I only drink white wine and they only had one choice for me - a Gruner Veltliner on tap (made it very fizzy and I do not like fizzy wine). My overall stars would have been more if I had a choice of drink, after all drinking is a major part of your experience at a restaurant and to have such a limited wine menu is not a good thing these days especially as nearly everyone drinks wine.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Amazing food and great atmosphere! It exceeded all expectations for my birthday. The customer service was top-notch and the food was affordable with big proportions. I definitely will be coming back again and again to try more items on their unique menu!

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