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.
Chicago, IL 60607
Contemporary Asian, Barbecue, Korean
Hours of Operation:
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.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
ORDER IN ADVANCE BY PHONE, AND ASK ABOUT OUR SPECIAL-EVENT CATERING: 312-563-1010
Free Valet parking up to 3 hours. Street parking is also available.
Ashland on Greenline (Metro); Ashland / Ogden on #56 (Bus)
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
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.
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.
BellyQ Ratings and Reviews
The "manhatten" from the specialty drink menu was great. We ordered the scallion pancake appetizer. I thought the three spreads were on the small side. The Korean short ribs were really tasty and melted in my mouth. The duck had good flavor, but if you like crispy duck skin, this is not the dish for you. Eric, our server, was spot on. He was never too far away to ask if we needed anything, but not too close to suffocate us. Overall, dinner and service was great! I will be back!
Food was great but service was extremely slow. We waited 35 minutes for two bowls of food. We were in a hurry and had someone waiting on us elsewhere so we asked how long it would be, got a quick answer of "a moment" and he walked away immediately. Didn't get it until 15 min after that exchange.
The grill table was terrible and a total rip off. I am so disappointed Ate here in the past and loved it. So much so that we took out of town guests here. Such a huge mistake. Service was terrible. The food was just so so. I was embarrassed to have chosen it. Our bill was $400 for 4 people and it was one of the worst meals in recent memory.
The food was excellent. Very slow service was a disappointment. From our cocktail order to dinner entrees, we felt neglected. We nearly lost our appetites waiting for the main course. It was not even busy that night (most of the restaurant was empty), so that's not an excuse.
Ate here with a group of friends before a Blackhawks game. Appetizers in the bar (dumplings, sticky wings) were great, and they had an impressive selection of craft brews and cocktail specials. Main courses (Korean ribs, shrimp hummus, smoked duck breast) were very good and great to pass around. Servers were knowledgeable and very engaging.
A real gem in Chicago. A few dishes we had that I can highly recommend:
1. Crab starters ... small portion though so don't take it to share. :-)
2. Lemongrass Salmon ... perfectly seasoned (has taste, but not too spicy) and perfectly cooked with a crispy outer crust. A little bit on the small side, so add in a side if you are extra hungry.
3. Korean Baby Back ribs ... melt in your mouth good, and very filling.
4. Sticky Rice ... BellyQ classic ... you have to try it
5. Broccolli / Mushroom side ... an unexpected combination of flavors that actually go very well together.
6. Chocolate Pot de Creme for desert ... bottom is a thick delicious chocolate pudding with a scoop of Soft Serve Vanilla ice cream and fried won ton noodles on top. Save room for this, it's fantastic.
Service once we were seated was excellent. Waiter was super attentive. The food did take a little bit to arrive. I didn't say anything but 3 minutes later he brought out #5 above "sorry the food took longer than I wanted ... this is on the house."
The only "strange" thing was when we arrived. We arrived 15 mins before our reservations. Despite there being several seats available, somehow they kind of avoided seating us until exactly the time of our reservation (to the minute) and I've read in other reviews the same critique.
But overall a GREAT dining experience and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
Been here before. Good isn't great, chef Kim really knows what he's doing. Love the Korean play on the Chinese dishes. Ordered the duck, Korean beef ribs, and friend rice. All were excellent. Same with the duck egg rolls and fried chicken apps. Sides were the broccoli and potato salad which were awesome. Would go back in a heartbeat. Also was extremely easy to get a reservation on a Sunday when everywhere else was booked.
We made a reservation at 6:00 PM at the restaurant and called to move it to 6:30, but they were inflexible and offered only a 7:45 table. Since our reservation was guaranteed with a credit card we decided to change out plans and rush to the 6:00 PM reservation only to find that the restaurant was nearly empty until the time we left at 7:40. They had more than half of the tables free. Why couldn't they move our reservation? This just seems to me as a lack of politeness and service attitude.
Our server was very polite and efficient and food was way too spicy and felt uninspired. (we've come to this restaurant before and we've had amazing food.)
I guess this was just a very off day for Belly Q, but from this last experience we don't feel very inspired to return.
Overall, Belly Q was a fantastic place for authentic Asian BBQ. The dishes are all super unique and they have a wide variety of options, especially if you are vegan or gluten free. The appetizers are a nice sampling size to split with one other person, and the rest of the menu is designed to share "family-style," which was perfect for two!
The atmosphere is very casual but feels upscale and the staff is incredibly friendly and knowledgable of every dish on the menu. The staff was also very honest about their dishes and made sure to inform us about particular items that some people either love, or don't...which was much appreciated! I would highly recommend trying Belly Q as the food is fantastic, the staff is wonderful, and you actually get great value for the money you spend. Reasonably priced and a great date spot, if you're looking for one!
Loved every bite of the foods. Egg rolls were crunchy, delicious and filled w flavor. The lamb and smoked duck breasts were elegant and pick the plate clean. I would order both again. The complimentary glass of proceco was a fun celebration for our anniversary
Thelma our server was very engaged with us and our menu selections. Thelma was very informative on flavors and pairings. She also made adjustments to the portions so that all dishes could be shared equally. The food was delicious, and my team was very impressed. This was my second time to he restaurant.
The food was very good and varied with the fish entrees especially the grilled whole fish loaded with flavor. My only problem was the bar service, I waited 10 minutes without being served our even acknowledged.
Our table server was efficient and explained the menu clearly since most of our party was unfamiliar with this cuisine.
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