Black Bull

4.7
327 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
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  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Tuesday to Friday 5:00pm - 2:00am
Saturday 5:00pm - 3:00am
CLOSED Sunday & Monday
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Phone number
(773) 227-8600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Marcos Campos
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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.
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Private party contact
Event Coordinator: (773) 227-8600
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Catering
Full Catering Available. Tapas are the ideal off-site catering option.
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Cross street
Between Hermitage & Paulina
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Parking details
Street Parking. Valet Parking across the street.
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Public transit
Division Blue Line Stop.
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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.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 327 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Food is always awesome and I love how their menu is seasonal. Although they keep some great items year round. The patio is lovely in the summer, but be prepared for a noisier atmosphere. Overall a great place to dine.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

This place was perfect let me tell you! The location was perfect. Food was awesome! Drinks too! My date loved it and she was super impressed. Not badly priced for what you get. If your looking for a nice date night with a little spice then take her here! Thanks to the staff we had an amazing time and I would definitely go back! Bacon wrapped dates are a must try!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

We had dinner as a family. Everyone loved it.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

The food , flavors and presentation was great ! The wait staff were pleasant ! We had a great time ! They also have a speakeasy bar on the second floor if you want to stay out , I think you need seperate reservations ! We were with our 19 year old and cousins so we just had dinner and left ! Would highly recommend this restaurant to people who love tapas

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Lovely ambiance, great food/ drinks loved the sangria! Felt like we were on vacation!

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3.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Service was great. Our server was very attentive and explained dishes in detail. Flavors were great. The atun, pulpo and shrimp were best. Meatballs were fair. Red sangria was excellent. Parking was difficult for two guests in my party,
45 minutes wasted searching so alternative means suggested.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

first time to Black Bull and what a great experience! We had a nice table by the window and it was a beautiful night. We let the waiter guide us in our selections and that was a great idea - he selected 4-5 dishes for us, each more tasty that the last! What a great evening and we will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in Chicago! The staff is amazing, the seafood is so fresh, and the rib eye is a real treat. I am constantly recommending this place.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

We had a great time, as always, when we go to Black Bull. Colleen was our server and she did a great job explaining entrees and wine selections and taking great care of us. Each dish that was dropped off, no matter from whom, was described to us with pride. Excellent food and great meal to share with friends. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

I took a business crowd to Black Bull for an early dinner. it was a great place to create conversations.

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Fantastic food - substandard service
We had a reservation for 9pm but couldn’t be seated at our table so they sat us outside on the patio, it was a warm evening and it was nice to be outdoors.
Food was great, we had garlic prawns, croquettes, dates in bacon and crab empanadas. We had no cutlery and ate our prawns with our hands despite asking multiple serves for cutlery. Drinks were extremely slow to be served as well.
I’d go again because the food really was lovely, the servers were all really nice too but they just didn’t seem to work as a team and that let them down

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Excellent tapas and drinks, with outstanding service. If anything the menu was a bit too concise, but that was easily overlooked by the sheer quality of the food.

Service was exceptional.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Every time I have eaten at Black Bull, the food has been outstanding. This was my first time dining on a weekend night, and the meal cake out slow, but being a Spanish joint, I figured that was part of the authentic Spanish experience. Will definitely continue to dine here.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Dillion was a great waiter. Helpful and gave good recommendations. The only thing the staff messed up was bringing up more orders of meatballs than we ordered. Which they gave for free and who hates free meatballs

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

My friends and I were SO impressed with Black Bull! Our waitress (I'm sorry I forgot your name!) was awesome and went above and beyond making sure we felt comfortable with the menu before ordering, enjoyed our food, and had a great time. We were in a group of 5 girls at a square booth and it was the perfect atmosphere; not so loud that you can't hear each other across the table, but loud enough that you know everyone's having a good time. The food was amazing. Best tapas I've ever had. We will all definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Food was very good and authentic. We come from Spanish heritage, couple of us 1st generation, so we are typically more critical than most. We enjoyed the evening and all agreed we would go back. The paellas were very good to excellent for the black paella. tapas were also good but for a group of eight it was expensive if you order enough for everyone to have a piece of ___. Service was excellent and much of this was because we had Julia. If you want to make the experience a complete success it can happen with Julia. As for value, it was on the pricey side for this type of dining. For most folks this is not something you can do on a regular basis. that said, we are already planning our next visit.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Excellent food. Chef Tony and Chef Ames made nicely prepared Cochinillo, Chuleton, and Paella Valenciana and other surprises. Drinks were excellent especially the Citrus and the Sangria. The restaurant was lively and our server, Angela, was attentive and friendly. We have eaten at Black Bull multiple times and will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Great food. Never disappointed with the chefs creative mix of flavors

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Great food !
Chef Tony is an artist, bringing Spain to Chicago without the kitch

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Epic experience (as always!!). I always enjoy black bull even if it's just for a drink at the bar or if it's a full sit down meal. I also enhoy bringing any out of town guests I have here. Always amazing good, service, and ambiance. Highly recommend black bull!!

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

La comida excelente, solo que envié un email al contacto porque creo haber dejado una chaqueta en el restaurant, y no me contestaron.

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The food is decent, but over priced for the amount that you receive and the quality. We ordered the Tataki de Atun, Vieiras Con Jamon, Pollo A'Last, and the Pulpo. The Pulpo was by far the best dish and I would order this again - delicious char grilled flavor and cooked perfectly. The Vierira con jamon (iberico ham wrapped scallops) were good, but you only receive two. The Pollo was $13 for a single small chicken thigh and a smear of roasted eggplant puree. Lastly, the tuna was decent, but lacked in overall flavor.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Better than the previous because we got more cochinito than the last.

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1.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We reserved a table for four, and we were directed upstairs to the speakeasy while we waited for our table. About an hour later, a server told us we’d have to wait longer for our actual table so we only had the option of eating at the speakeasy. We initially agreed, although upset because we had a res, and were seated at a tiny table in the dark speakeasy. We had an overpriced cheese plate and they gave us complimentary sangria (which was very nice), but ultimately decided to leave since the table was not big enough for four for dinner, and we couldn’t even see what we were eating. Hopefully they can work better to accommodate reservations, but We will not be returning.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Servings are small

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Overpriced -
fusion Spanish not all Spanish food.
Trying to hard to be Spanish.
More hipster than Spanish

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2018

service from julia was absolutely perfect--she's knowledgeable, not at all intrusive, and seemed genuinely invested in our experience. gin tonics were tasty, sangria packed a punch, and the food was reminiscent of our time in spain. this would be a great place to bring a group for lots of tapas! we especially liked the pintxos, the albondigas, and the pulpo.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Julia was an amazing server. She had great recommendations and even better service. She made our experience there even more enjoyable. Very sexy venue that I would recommend for a date night!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Our favorite tapas in Chicago. Amazing and super authentic. Just like we had in Spain.

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3.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Pretty disappointed in the food, wasn’t as good as the server raved it was. Also super hot in the restaurant. They did give us a desert on the house which was nice.

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2.0Dined on May 23, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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!

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We were the only table and the servers were chit chatting near the bar looking directly at us and did not greet us at all it took me asking the bus boy to ask the server to come over before anything happened.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Fantastic food, service, atmosphere.....everything!

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2.0Dined on May 3, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Very impressed by the food especially the black paella. Also tried the Cochinillo and it was great , definitely will be back

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Wonderful food and wine. Staff was amazing! Will definitely be going back for more!

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Had guest in from out of town and we all loved it!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

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!!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Everything was incredible. Food, service, atmosphere.

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