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About Black Bull

At Black Bull, we believe that ingredients have always been the stars behind Spain’s culinary triumphs. Executive Chef Marcos Campos explores the exquisite products and flavors found throughout Spain with a variety of dishes that represent the essential pleasures of his country’s traditions and others that provoke and surprise with new textures and techniques.

1721 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday to Friday 5:00pm - 2:00am
Saturday 5:00pm - 3:00am
Sunday 5:00pm - 2:00am

Cross Street:
Between Hermitage & Paulina

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(773) 227-8600

Website:
http://www.blackbullchicago.com/

Entertainment:
Music is also at the heart of BLACK BULL, where carefully crafted playlists place guests in their favorite pub madrileño. Artists from Spain, playing 80s rock en español, flamenco and bohemian classics are seamlessly mixed with American and British rock.

Catering:
Full Catering Available. Tapas are the ideal off-site catering option.

Parking Details:
Street Parking. Valet Parking across the street.

Public Transit:
Division Blue Line Stop.

Executive Chef:
Marcos Campos

Private Party Facilities:
Ingredients have always been the stars behind Spain’s culinary triumphs. At Black Bull, Chef Marcos Campos explores the exquisite products and flavors found throughout Spain with a menu that takes guests on a culinary tour of his country.

Private Party Contact:
Event Coordinator: (773) 227-8600

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Black Bull Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Tapas (13)
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Fit for Foodies (7)
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Good for Birthdays (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Fun (5)
Notable Wine List (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Cozy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
People Watching (3)
Romantic (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Casual (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Business Meals (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Beautiful decor and fixtures. The food is delicious and the servers knowledgeable.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

I've always liked Black Bull a lot, but this the last time I was there, the waitress took a really long time to get to our table to take our drink order. I was also disappointed that they didn't have almost a full page of the menu wasn't available including the mussels, which we really wanted and were posted on the online menu. I also feel like a tapas bar should have more seafood- think ceviche. The price and ambience make it worth coming back, but the menu could use some tweaking.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Authentic, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2017

From the first step into the restaurant customer service was perfect. The bartender Steve was quick and explained everything thoroughly for first timers-his dealer choices were amazing. Off to dinner our waitress was also very knowledgeable and attentive. Food was fresh and hot, no mistakes. She was also very helpful as we had a person that was vegetarian in our group. 5 stars.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I love tapas & was really excited to try the raved Black Bull. Unfortunately, we had a 25 minute wait with reservations (we were on time) and although the menu choices were authentic, majority of the picks such as croquetas and patatas or jamon iberico were lack luster and disappointing for the quality vs price. I would highly recommend the octopus and pork tenderloin. Kitchen did a great job on those. Sangria was notable but difficult to share in large group. Overall, I still choose Cafe Iberico if I'm in the mood for tapas. Would go back for ambiance & scene only.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Romantic, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Our experience did not start out on a high note; we were seated at a banquet-style table, which would have been fine other than that I sat on the side that curved around, but didn't extend long enough to reach the table, so in fact my plate was not able to be in front of me and I had to lean to the side the whole time I was eating; it wasn't comfortable and didn't create the best conversational set-up for our group of 3 (we were seated like a TV family; all facing the same direction). Our server tried to explain the menu but she seemed less than interested in talking to us. Truthfully she got better and friendlier as the night went on, and then as we were leaving she did recommend that we check out the speakeasy above the restaurant, which we didn't know about (and we did check out!), but her first impression was not great. Food was just ok. There are much better tapas choices in the city. One of the members of our party is allergic to seafood, and there were very few options for us to choose as a group. It wasn't terrible, but again, if you want tapas, try another place. I WOULD, however, recommend the hidden Speakeasy upstairs!! Great and creative drinks; interesting people and atmosphere.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Cool spot, great food. Very noisy and tables are close together but overall I really enjoyed Black Bull!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Great food and outstanding service experience.

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 28, 2017

At end of the day we were glad to have tried the restaurant but wont rush back. Sherry was quite cold. Small plates were very very good. Paella mundane. Waiter forgot one small plate we had requested. Did not go hungry but it would have been nice. Waiter did help with very nice wine.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

My friends and I had such a delicious and fun meal at Black Bull!! I would highly recommend it to anyone - can't wait to come back!

Tags: Tapas, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Fun, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We waited over 45 mins for table and then they sat ya by kitchen at an awkward table.

We made do but wasn’t the best.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 27, 2017

The food was very good. Most of it fairly authentic, though with a modern twist. The pan con tomate was not authentic, but still tasty. If you sit in back near the kitchen the air quality is a bit thick.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Small bites and Tapas. Everything was well made and tasted great. The Chicken Liver Mousse from the bar menu was exceptional. We should have ordered two. The croquettes were light and creamy. Outside dining was a little tight, but it was a great night for eating outside. Our waitress directed us to the "hidden" bar for an after dinner drink. Cocktails were even better upstairs.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Went here on a date - do not suggest this as a first date spot! It's a cute atmosphere. Perfect place to grab a drink with friends and share some food. Not too inspired by the menu but they were elements of dishes I had I loved.

Tags: Good for Groups, Spicy, Fun, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Amazing service

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Our server Victoria was very accommodating and she knew the menu like the back of her hand.
The peppers and paella dish were my favorite. I could eat an entire plate of those yummy peppers. It was unfortunate that I had to share them.
The other server Angela who helped with bringing out our order was very personable and had great positive energy. Both servers were so nice and we have already recommended your restaurant to our friends. What a great experience.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We had a wonderful time dining on tapas at Black Bull

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

I really love my waitress. friendly, lively, taking good care of us without interrupting our conversation too much

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Worst service I've ever had. Very slow, got our order wrong, and totally mindless.

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

The tortilla was not fresh
The camarones was not fresh
Tabla Mixta & Boquerones was fine
Overall for the price we paid the quality should be better
Spanish restaurant low quality products

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·Dined on August 17, 2017

Ethan was great, food was great, drinks were great, everything was great!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 6, 2017

The food was good, but the service was pretty slow. We must have waited for 15 minutes for our server to come to the table. The place was not busy. She was very nice. My biggest issue with this place is paying 14 dollars for an old fashioned. What a rip That's pretty expensive for the type of place black bull is.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Food and drinks are creative and interesting. Portions are small but flavors are very significant so it's perfect.

We sat in patio which was lovely. Service was sluggish but courteous. We will return!

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·Dined on August 5, 2017

The staff was great. I was celebrating my Birthday and one of the employees (Paloma or Paola) offered my friends and i shots and a delicious dessert. I was a bit dissapointed for them not having patatas bravas but they had other creative tapas that we liked. Overall it was a good experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Happy Hour, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Came to Black Bull for the first time and loved it! My partner is European and we love Spain, so to find a little slice of heavenly jamon in Chicago was excellent. The atmosphere is really vibrant and eclectic, a greta place to relax and have conversation, get rowdy with friends over shared plates and wine, or take a special person for an intimate experience. I would be remiss if I didn't mention Bordel above which is a gorgeous secret Chicago lounge with daily events/music/performance and delicious cocktails in a sexy red light atmosphere. This place overall made us feel like home. Food is on point, drinks are delicious, service is a little slow but our server acknowledged that at the end of the meal and we got a free shot in compensation. Loved it!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Tapas, Authentic, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Great variety of small plates (though not all that small!) aptly described by the very competent staff. Wonderful flavor combinations and great presentation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Came here with my boyfriend and some family, great spot! We sat on the patio and had a pitcher of sangria and some tapas. The meat and cheese board was SO good. Also our server had so much knowledge about the menu, he made our experience that much better. The squid ink paella was amazing. He told us to scrape the bottom of the pan to get the most flavorful rice. Delicious. Can't wait to go back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Black Bull has excellent tapas and wine! Our server was friendly, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Tapas
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Great selection of authentic Spanish tapas . We enjoyed ourselves and the wine selection process can be recommended

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Love this place I ordered the mussels and asked if they substitute the bread for chips for my gluten intolerance and they send one of the staff members to get me chips now that's customer service will definitely continue to dine here.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Food was delicious. Our server's recommendations were spot on. Patio seating was lovely for a summer evening. I would pass on the cocktails though, they were hit or miss at our table but mostly not very good.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Dry cheese, dry ham, dry crocettes....decent anchovy and scallop

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Great staff. Food somewhat different than back home in some plates...but delicious. Great hosts Paloma and Sia

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Wait staff and bar staff were fantastic - very friendly and honest about the food, not afraid to give an opinion or a recommendation. They made us feel really at home and we laughed a lot with them. Food was great - I'm no expert on Spanish "authentic" food, but I know tasty when it hits my mouth!!

the only drawback was the dining set up - the tables are long and thin and only really designed for 2 people (there were 3 of us), so 1 person had to sit in a very narrow space with their back up against the next table, which didn't feel right at all.

that said - we'll be back!!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Tasting Menu, Casual, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 7, 2017

I've dined here before. And always get personable, knowledgeable and friendly fun service. Fantastic food made by an innovated Chef Marcos! Never ceases to please my taste buds and make my and make my night! I love Black Bull 💋

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Casual, Authentic, Cozy, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 7, 2017

There are so many other choices for tapas and Spanish better than this place. Food was mediocre (sounded and looked good but lacking flavor). Also the waiter heavily sold a signature appetizer then said it wouldn't be ready for an hour as the cook was just starting it (this was 6:30 not 4 pm). And they were out of coffee after dinner. Not well run! And food so so. Don't go.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Great tapas, would recommend. Hosts were really friendly

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Our waitress was very attentive and super sweet. Tapas style is my favorite way to eat and the prices weren't bad at all! For three of us we got 5 plates and a bottle of Sangria and it rounded out to $35 a person. Loves the charcuterie board - lighting the rosemary on fire to infuse the cheese adds a a unique touch.

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 8, 2017

The bacon wrapped dates are fantastic.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Great spot. Wish I caught the beef cheek special! 😉

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Food and service top notch. I have dined twice and neither time disappointed. The lighting this past experience seemed a little bright but certainly did not effect our experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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