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About Blackbird

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.

619 W. Randolph
Chicago, IL 60606
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday–Friday: 11:30am–2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday–Thursday: 5:00pm–10:00pm, Friday–Saturday: 5:00pm–11:00pm

Cross Street:
Jefferson

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 715-0708

Website:
http://www.blackbirdrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Valet is available for $14 during dinner service, and for $10 during lunch service.

Public Transit:
Clinton Green Line;
56 Milwaukee Bus;
8 Halsted Bus;
20 Madison

Executive Chef:
Paul Kahan, Chef de Cuisine Ryan Pfeiffer

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact Caroline Mogavero, our Private Event Coordinator, at 312.496.0012 for more information.

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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.

Blackbird Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (95)
Creative Cuisine (87)
Special Occasion (85)
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Good for a Date (74)
Tasting Menu (73)
Good for Anniversaries (58)
Notable Wine List (49)
Business Meals (38)
Hot Spot (38)
Romantic (38)
Handcrafted Cocktails (37)
Worth the Drive (36)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Great for Lunch (35)
Local Ingredients (35)
Authentic (32)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Seasonal (23)
Cozy (20)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Bar Seating (15)
Fun (14)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
People Watching (12)
Healthy (11)
Casual (8)
Good for Groups (6)
Organic (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Tapas (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Maybe I had built it up in my mind, but were so excited to try Blackbird. We started with the scallop and endive salad. Both were very good. Also the two cocktails we ordered were on point. Service was very good. It is close quarters in there, which isn’t unusual, but couple next to us were arguing and were emitting a palpable tension. Entrees arrived; skate wing and beef tenderloin. The skate wing was way too salty, something you don’t expect at a place with This type of pedigree. We had the three cheese board, which was fine. All in all we had a great night out, but the price tag left me a little underwhelmed with the product.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Love the Blackbird...such a fabulous meal! They never disappoint.

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·Dined 5 days ago

The food and presentation was beautiful and delicious . We are but tired of the steak houses and wanted to experience "different "by a highly regarded chef and awards . We love all the steak houses but this met our expectations and a memorable dinner my client loved

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent service but I didn’t care for the strange flavors combined w the sturgeon. The presentation was not very appealing either...especially for the costly meal.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Disappointed by what we thought of as one of Chicago’s best. My sturgeon arrived cold at the table, so much so that the little orange dabs of sauce had more or less crusted. The flavors were outstanding but hot food should be served hot. I started with the classic endive salad. It was fine but so often imitated that it had lost its specialness. Our server was polite but somewhat disengaged, as if we had somehow displeased her. My wife described her food as “Eh.” Sunday, so perhaps an off night but we’ll think twice before returning.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Impeccable service coupled with an extraordinary array of tastings made this a lasting experience.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was ok. Atmosphere was nice

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Anniversary

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 9, 2017

AMAZING!! We did 10-course tasting with wine pairing....SO SO GOOD!!!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I have reviewed Blackbird several times. I will just say that they continue to be my favorite Chicago restaurant, of all time. Has been from the first time I ate there. The food is fabulous. The staff is excellent. It’s sleek, hip, and grown up. I will always come back, for special occasions, and whenever I feel I deserve a sophistcated, creative, and delicious luch or dinner.

Tags: Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 4, 2017

My brother and I were seeing each other for the first time in a few months. The lunch pre-fixe is the best value in the city, hands down. I love this restaurant! There is no better place to share a sophisticated yet unpretentious dining experience. Though the tables are close, they are large enough that you maintain your sense of privacy and have plenty of space to enjoy your meal. Thank you.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I love the space and open kitchen. Yes, the tables are close together, but we met a delightful couple and enjoyed talking with them. The food was wonderful. I had the endive salad which was beautiful. Before I had time to really look at it, a waiter came over and “deconstructed” it for me! My sturgeon was excellent!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had a wonderful bday celebrating with you at Blackbird! The 10 course tasting & wine pairing was amazing ! Will def be back again soon !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

What an exceptional meal, from the cocktails to dessert to the attentive service. We are from nyc, and I can say without hesitation we don’t get food like this there.

Tags: Seasonal, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Incredible personalized service! The tasting menu and pairing list was well thought out and the progression of the meal told a story.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great food and even better service! The salad of Endives and Seafood stew were perfect!

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Brilliant food, decor, service and ambiance 10 out of 19

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Nice foods and good wine pairing. But somewhat noisy and serving could be a bit better.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Excellent prix-fixe lunch. One of the best fish preparations I've had. The restaurant was busy on a Wednesday afternoon, and understandably so.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The prix fixe lunch menu is one of the best values in the city. Lunch was fast without feeling rushed and the service was efficient while retaining the level of refinement I expect from Blackbird.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 27, 2017

tables are way too close to one another resulting in unromantic setting!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This the the best quality for value restaurant that I know of in the world (including Paris, NYC, Venice, and Florence). The food is amazing inventive but also really tasty. The service is friendly and informed. Wine list is interesting. BUT it's really noisy. Do not go there to have a quiet conversation, or with a group larger than 4 (at most). Go with one or a couple of good friends who love fine food and have other opportunities to converse at length.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Late-night Find
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The fish was not that great. When expressed to the hostess, got no response or any minimal compensation. The wait staff was very good. The desert (pavlova) was excellent.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We'd heard about Blackbird before our visit to Chicago. The food was amazing. Every detail is addressed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Everything was great - cocktails & food. Service was also attentive but not obtrusive. Excellent dining experience!

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

The lunch prix fixe consisting of three courses was absolutely phenomenal. The dishes were served very elegantly, the portions were small as expected, but the taste was beyond what I had imagined. It surpassed my mother's cooking in presentation and matched her best creations in flavor, and my mother is a very gifted cook. I highly recommend this for a romantic outing prior to a piano concert, as was our situation, or for a special occasion. Perhaps, if anything, I wish the servers were a little more attentive to a young couple, and would be kind enough to treat us more similarly to the guests who were more extravagant in their lunch selections.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

It was fantastic, modern environment, great background music, great service, very casual but still formal.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

We’d been to Blackbird’s more casual sister restaurant Avec several times over the years, we knew we’d be in for an upscale treat for our anniversary.

The service was outstanding, the menu small and focused but enough fascinating choices to make is difficult to pick.

The food did not disappoint with great presentation and that feeling that someone wanted to share an intimate dining experience with you with surprising flavors.

The drinks were top notch and their desserts were beautiful.

I definitely recommend this to anyone who appreciates a fine dining experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 20, 2017

The restaurant lived up to my expectations. Was there for wedding anniversary lunch. Enjoyed the meal
From start to finish. Would go back again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great night celebrating our 10 yr Annivesary. Sat at bar since tables are pretty tight and had a great experience. Stephan and David at bar were fantastic

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Service was impeccable and it was a wonderful dining experience. A very elegant evening.

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 17, 2017

My boyfriend and I went here for our anniversary, and got the lunch tasting menu which was amazing! We got a champagne on the house to celebrate our anniversary and loved the food. Except for the fish main dish, all the dishes were phenomenal, especially the shrimp appetizer. The tasting menu was definitely worth $25 per person, and would go again if I'm in town!

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Lovely food but just SO loud

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Nice place, good food, interesting appetizers. Tortellini appetizer, sturgeon and Arctic char. Good server

Tags: Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Healthy, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

This is the best lunch in city. Prix fixe menu is perfect...quality, creativity, portion size and value.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

I had the prix fixe lunch for $25. Outstanding value. Food is quite good. Service was impeccable. I sat at the bar.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Very good place, the decor is minimalist, the staff is great 👍, the food is very tasty and inventive.
We had the 5 course tasting menu, paired with the wine. Very ,very small portions , and I am a light eater . Disappointed to have 2 desserts on the tasting menu , unless one of those, was taking place of the “trou normand” .
The wine pairing was excellent !
All French wines.
Taste the bread ! Tasty, It is just cooked to perfection in the inside , the crust is what I preferred.
I will return, but I’ll be taking a la carte .
Our waitress was knowledgeable and very helpful.
I do recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food but was lacking in the service department.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary at Blackbird and it was an incredible experience. Food was amazing and the service was outstanding. The maitre d' and our server congratulated us a number of times. Thank you Blackbird, we'll be back!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent food/very loud/good service

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