Blackbird

4.8
3999 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Critically acclaimed Blackbird is home base for Executive Chef Paul Kahan, winner of the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef in 2013 and Best Chef of the Midwest in 2004. Chef de Cuisine Ryan Pfeiffer joined Kahan in the kitchen in 2015, and together they craft elegant and imaginative Midwestern cuisine, showcasing farm-fresh ingredients to create a menu both classic and utterly approachable. Managing Partner and Owner Donnie Madia and Architect Thomas Schlesser crafted a unique and timeless atmosphere in 1997, earning the James Beard Award for Best Restaurant Design and Best Restaurant Design Graphics in 2002.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Monday–Friday, 11:30am–2:00pm
Dinner:
Sunday–Thursday, 5:00pm–10:00pm
Friday–Saturday, 5:00pm–11:00pm
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Phone number
(312) 715-0708
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Paul Kahan, Chef de Cuisine Ryan Pfeiffer
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Jefferson
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Parking details
Valet is available for $14 during dinner service, and for $10 during lunch service.
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Public transit
Clinton Green Line;
56 Milwaukee Bus;
8 Halsted Bus;
20 Madison
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Gift Card
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Private Dining

The completely private dining room can accommodate up to 48 guests for a seated Luncheon or Dinner and up to 80 guests for a Networking or Cocktail Reception.

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Reviews from verified diners
3,999 reviews
4.8 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
83%
Very Good
12%
Good
4%
Fair
1%
Poor
0%
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
5.0Dined 16 hours ago

Excellent cuisine with distinctive service

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OT
5.0Dined 2 days ago

awesome!!!

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YG
5.0Dined 3 days ago

The restaurant was recommended in our tourist guide and in Time Out, and for our last dinner in Chicago, we wanted a special treat... and were really delighted with our time at Blackbird. On average Americans dine early, so arriving at 8.30 pm was a great plus since the noise level went down after 9.00 pm to a very nice moderate level. Temperature was perfect, service swift and pro, and the food was perfect. A special note for the bread, because as French people this was the only great one we tasted while in Chicago. We would definitely come back!

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OT
2.0Dined 3 days ago

Service and food were not as usual what we experienced in the past

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

It was a lovely place although they did forget my bread. They apologised so it was fine. Food was delicious.

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OT
4.0Dined 5 days ago

Good food. Tables are very snug. Too much so

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DL
5.0Dined 5 days ago

Amazing as always!! Food delicious service fantastic!!

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OT
5.0Dined 6 days ago

I don’t even know where to start! From the gin fizz to the dessert, everything was amazing! The drink was made with care so it took some time, but appreciated that. It was worth the wait and the price ($22) the cheese plate was amazing and so was my main course, the sturgeon. My husband had the beef and it literally melted in your mouth. We had a great bottle of wine and beignets for dessert. The service was great and the people we sat next to were great. We had conversation with people to our left and right! Overall an amazing experience. Will certainly go back.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

My husband and I had a lovely early dinner at Blackbird before seeing a show. The service was excellent: prompt, pleasant, and knowledgeable. Our dinner was very good--I especially loved the tempura asparagus, and we both had very good dinners. I had the Amish chicken, and my husband had the halibut. Beautifully done, with excellent sauces. Highly recommended! It was a bit noisy and as the dinner progressed, it got noisier as more people arrived; however, this didn't distract too much from our experience.

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OT
5.0Dined 6 days ago

Excellent 10 course tasting menu. Well matched wine. Innovative and well prepared food

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

The food is good, not great. The ambiance is okay. I would advise against the tasting menu personally, as not every item stood out - most did however. It’s overall a good experience for a special occasion.

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PM
5.0Dined 7 days ago

Fantastic food at a fantastic price, especially for lunch

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Love this for lunch!

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OT
5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Everything was fabulous! We were celebrating a birthday and nothing could have been better! Impeccable service; scrumptious food; and relaxing ambience! Love eating al fresco!

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GS
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Three colleagues were in town for a week-long business trip. We deduced to treat ourselves to a special dinner. And Wow! We were not disappointed. Blackbird truly is a treat. Every detail is attended to - including purse hooks. The service was exceptional -attentive and informed not invasive. And the food ... oh the food ... beautiful and delicious. It was a true dining experience.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Appetizers and entree were consistently great. If I may, I would enjoy more if the restaurant could offer cheese selections with more characters.

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OT
3.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Food and service were fantastic but we thought the lunch portions were a little small.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Food is really good. Best 1 star in Chicago.

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RB
3.0Dined on July 8, 2018

All food was under seasoned. Ordered the octopus, and it really didn’t taste like octopus at all. The sturgeon was pretty good. Had the chitarra for $36 and it was like 4oz of pasta and some tomatoes. Pasta was undercooked. I’ve heard a lot at good things about this place, but I’m not going back. There are many other restaurants in the city that offer better food than what I ate

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OT
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Wonderful food and service. The careful attention to detail illustrated a level of quality that was exceptional.

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JC
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Food was outstanding - flavor combinations and attention to detail are hard to beat.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Inventive and interesting menu, attentive service and a lovely evening. We thought the asparagus tempura was outstanding

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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

The food was excellent, but they cram tables to close together. You couldn’t hear the waiters or each other because of the noise level. I would of expected more of a romantic high level service atmosphere.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Best lunch in town!

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JJ
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

After a first few years of success, restaurants, like any venture, can get tired. They can rest on their laurels and success, decaying away the greatness that once existed. Truthfully, my expectations were muted, but I was pleasantly surprised with amazing food and solid service. I would say it offers terrific value as well. Thanks for a great meal.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

The food was extremely impressive! We wish we had enough time to do the 10 course dinner in Chicago! We had the prefix dinner and it was a great sneak peek to the chefs' talent! Unbelievable place! The only complain was that our server seemed extremely tired, didn't have much energy to make introduce the menu, smile, or go above and beyond.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

It was excellent. The veal tartare was incredible and so was the lamb and striploin. Easy to understand why it has been open for 20 year.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Always friendly and delicious!

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CW
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Great service and very nice food. I will certainly recommend this place.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Sat at the bar and did the tasting menu with wine pairings. Everything was phenomenal. Top 3 meals of my life!

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OT
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Anniversary

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DT
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

You aren't able to have a private conversation due to how close every table is from one another, you have about a 6 inch clearance from each table, side to side. The food is amazing, wait staff is attentive and the bar is stocked with great liquors. I would recommend eating here.

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TA
2.0Dined on July 1, 2018

This restaurant stinks!! and it takes some time to get used to the smells.
There is no enough space between tables, thats why you can hear clearly next tables conversation.
Food, uhmmm. the presentation of the food was great but not the taste. Nothing special !

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OT
3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Food was good. Service unfortunately was rushed and unpleasant. Loud and close quarters with other parties.

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CB
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

My son and I went to Blackbird during a visit to Chicago (we're from Canada), and the entire experience was fantastic. We were seated in a perfect table at the window, the service was excellent (perfect timing for everything) and the food was incredible. From the wine, to the appetizers, through the main course and the dessert /coffee -- we savoured every moment of our experience at Blackbird. Highly recommend!

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LL
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

On a very hot day, the A/C was working overtime until they closed the front draperies. The food and wine were delicious - of particular note - the asparagus tempura and the shrimp and lobster au pain. My son loved the lamb saddle. My halibut was a delicate presentation. Definitely worth a visit.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

The food was very inventive and delicious. One of the best tasting menus I’ve had. The wine pairing was superb

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

We had the tasting menu and wine pairing. It was one of the best dining experiences we have had and we have had tasting menus all over the country. Service was exemplary

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OT
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Great food. Good experience

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

In town for business but wanted a special night out. Food was creative and delicious, staff were helpful and attentive. We watched with longing as the couple next to us enjoyed the full tasting menu; maybe next time...

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