The food was the only thing that kept us happy. Cocktails were boring and not many to choose from. The service was slow and the server didn’t even know we were there. We had come in feeling good about our last minute change but we should’ve went to Tapas Barcelona instead.
Looooves! Was in town for a trip and randomly found Black Bull via Open Table. What a wonderful find! The ambiance/vibe was warm, sultry and fun. The service was bomb. And the food & cocktails/wine were to die for. Wish I lived in the area and could make it a regular go-to!
Fantastic food, service, atmosphere.....everything!
I used to really like Black Bull when the menu had more items and the prices were lower. I wanted things like spicy potatoes and goat cheese (things that used to be on the menu) but they were no longer served. Compared to other Spanish restaurants in Chicago that I have been to (Cafe Iberico, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba) this menu was very limited and it would have been less disappointing if the menu had been like this forever but it has not. It used to have way more items (and affordable ones as well) but nowadays its a limited set with average prices for even the smaller plates on the higher side.
My friend and I ordered 4 total food items (including empanadas and paella) and a pitcher of sangria and paid $134 (including tip and taxes) - I just don't feel I got my money's worth and neither did she. I thought we grossly overpaid for the food. The paella was really salty and we ended up leaving half of it. The highlight of our dinner were the gambas al ajillo which were very tasty but this one good item wasn't able to make up for the rest of the experience.
I won't be returning here as the menu is limited and my experience with the food wasn't good. The prices are on the higher end - I just don't think I can come here with a friend and not spend over $110 eating less than 5 items if we were to get drinks as well. I've been to other places where I pay that and get several more items at a cheaper price. I don't know if the management changed that made the menu change but it this restaurant isn't what it used to be in my eyes. Which is a shame because I used to really like it.
Very impressed by the food especially the black paella. Also tried the Cochinillo and it was great , definitely will be back
Wonderful food and wine. Staff was amazing! Will definitely be going back for more!
Had guest in from out of town and we all loved it!
Celebrated my birthday dinner there last night and we had such a great time!! We all loved the decor, food, drinks and service was amazing! Totally priced well and we can’t wait to go back. There wasn’t anything we didn’t love or wouldn’t recommend. Thanks for making my night so special!!
Everything was incredible. Food, service, atmosphere.
I am from Spain and the food was authentic and delicious. It really reminded me of home. I highly recommend Black Bull for authentic Spanish food.
Great! But just a hair pricey. Very easy to order a large number of $20 plates.
We had a good time overall. The appetizers were very tasty. We had a cheese/jamon board, croquettes, potato tortilla, and dates wrapped in jamon. We had paella (both the Valenciana and the veggies) and were tasty but not spectacular. The downsides were: our beer took longer than a bottle of wine to hit the table and the server wasn’t very attentive to our dietary needs (one guest didn’t eat seafood and meat, there were plenty of options on the menu the server could have suggested to her but he didn’t). The ambience and decor are lovely and transported us back to Spain!
Food is delicious, drinks are great (sangria is excellent) and the prices are better than we expected. The ambience and the services are also excellent. We strongly recommend this restaurant for your future date or night out.
The food was excellent. And our server, Julia, knew the food & drink well, & was very enthusiastic about the offerings. However, the music was too loud & not right for the ambience & food.
Charming elegant restaurant with friendly staff. Our server Angela was Excellenct suggesting vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes for our party of eight. Must-try. Will definitely return back.
We ordered several appetizers, including tuna tartar, shrimp, and brussel sprouts, as well as the aged ribeye and everything was DELICIOUS! The drinks were fantastic, our server was phenomenal, and it was overall a wonderful experience. Highly recommend! :)
Black Bull is very authentic Spanish! We enjoyed every dish we ordered. Our waitress was great and helped us work our way through the menu.
Great food, atmosphere and service. Second time there and will be back again.
Another great dinner at Black Bull. A friend had an egg allergy, and they managed it beautifully. Great wine recommendation. Did not rush us... super memorable night.
Our first time at Black Bull and didnt understand the menu. Our waiter Ethan (i think) was fantastic. I have a Garlic allergy and just about everything at the Black Bull has garlic. We informed our waiter and with his guidance and the chef's excellent cooking we had a fantastic meal.
Had no problem with my allergy.
Thank you Chef and waiter Ethan.
After dinner enjoyed the Thursday night show upstairs at Bordel.
5 stars all around.
Great service, great food, no non alcoholic beers. I’d love a drink, if I could , but those days are over.
Really tall dude with hip hair was wonderful.. I think his name Ethan. Sarah who was with me on this date thinks his name may be Kyle. Either way Kyle/Ethan did a great job at recommending dishes.
AMAZING!! Everything we had was so great and the service was awesome she was very knowledgeable
Really enjoyed our visit-- service was great, loved the ambiance. Drinks were good.
On two visits we’ve tried many different plates and each one was outstanding!
Came with a large group of girls during happy hour for a Barcelona-themed birthday. The tapas were the best I've had in the city, by far. The service was amazing - thank you Ethan! The drinks were well-priced and great. And they brought me a birthday candle in a porron which was so special! Had an absolutely amazing experience.
We made a reservation for 7:30pm. Upon checking in, we were told a table wouldn't be available for another hour! We went next door to have a drink, and an hour later the hostess texted us that a table was ready. At the end of our meal, we told our server about this, and she gave us a free round of drinks as a make-good.
The food was good, but not the best tapas I've had in Chicago. The reservation issue will likely prevent me from going back, as I can make reservations at most other places and be seated immediately or soon after.
Amazing drinks with fresh ingredients, including herbs. Fun vibe. Best service in the area. Good selection of Spanish food, tapas or paella to share.
I came here for my birthday dinner. We waited an HOUR for a table with the reservation. Once we were seated we had amazing service and food, but DO NOT come here of you are a large group.
We stopped in for a late night snack and drink after a play at the Chopin Theater. It was a fantastic end to our night. I could eat those olives all night long! yum
not bad, but I wouldn't go again. I like the decor and the staff is very nice
Everything we had was amazing! Especially the Octopus and Croquettes. Some of the most authentic and tasty Spanish Tapas I have had. Definitely recommend!
Black Bull was fantastic! Great Spanish cuisine with unique dishes and excellent service.
Loved the food, delicious! Great wait staff and a great upbeat atmosphere! Perfect for a night out.
A friend of mine was in town so I wanted a cool place for us to visit and I always wonder why I don't got there more often. We got there a little early but were able to settle in at the bar. Ordered a few tapas, sangria and everything was amazing. Great service as well! Can't wait to head back.
Absolutely fantastic dinner. Red sangria was excellent as were all the tapas. The shrimp tapas were out of this world. I gave a lower review for service only because we were initially charged for two items we didn't order. After bringing it to the waiters attention it was quickly resolved and dessert was on the house, so all good in the end!
I don't think I've ever had octopus this good. Iberico-wrapped scallops were another favorite and the selection of Sherry was a great touch. My only criticism lies in the tables. 2-tops were longer than they were wide leaving me closer to the people next to me than I was to my wife. Not a huge problem but enough to be awkward. The solution isn't difficult though: Sit at the bar. The bartenders are attentive and entertaining.
Very happy with my experience at the Black Bull. Good food, good Jerez and very good service. Reasonably priced.
Excellent food and friendly service. Enjoyed the tapas and the manzanilla. Easy access.
Beautiful decor and fixtures. The food is delicious and the servers knowledgeable.