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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (97)
Creative Cuisine (92)
Special Occasion (83)
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Good for a Date (78)
Tasting Menu (63)
Good for Anniversaries (62)
Notable Wine List (50)
Romantic (41)
Business Meals (40)
Hot Spot (39)
Local Ingredients (39)
Handcrafted Cocktails (38)
Neighborhood Gem (37)
Worth the Drive (36)
Great for Lunch (34)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Authentic (30)
Cozy (22)
Seasonal (22)
Quiet Conversation (21)
People Watching (17)
Bar Seating (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Fun (11)
Healthy (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Casual (9)
Good for Groups (7)
Organic (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Great for Brunch (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tapas (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
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 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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 7 days ago

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 7 days ago

Excellent food/very loud/good service

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 7 days ago

All I can say is amazing. I left with a new definition of what a 'balanced' dish could mean. Thank you!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

Visiting Chicago

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food and wine were outstanding but the overall experience was not what we expected. The waiter was not engaged and we felt very rushed throughout the meal. At this price point, I expect more.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

There’re too many guests make all waiters very busy, and it take too long to serve the food. Around 20-30mins for one dish.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I have been coming to Blackbird since it opened nearly 20 years ago. I loved it then and I love it now - a lovely "food" treat.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Hair in my salad. Kind of threw off the whole night after that. Server was apologetic, offered a new one (declined), took it off the bill, sent complimentary dessert even though we didn't order/need any. But I was just kind of turned off after that. I was not wowed by the food. It was just ok.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Blackbird offers creative, bold, and interesting food. Our arctic char and barbecue quail were outstanding! The quail was silken in texture. Service was excellent throughout, despite the fact that the restaurant was packed. Our server recommended excellent wines that complemented the dishes we selected. Timing of courses was also excellent. Given the refined food and superb service, it should be noted that the tables are packed in tightly and you have no choice but to listen to your neighbors or even get to know them. A couple of tables of strangers near us were joking about sharing desserts amongst them! The restaurant noise level is very loud. So there is much to enjoy here, but a private conversation with your dining partner will not be possible. We plan to return because we don't want to miss the unique menu choices.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Over the years, a consistently good place for innovative cooking grounded in the great use of ingredients and presented by a knowledgeable staff. If anything could be changed, sometimes the sauce overwhelms the main ingredient, as in the warm shrimp salad.

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

All the dishes were too salty. Too much pressure to eat fast pay the bill and leave

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Welcoming and warm restaurant with very knowledgeable and attentive service. Interesting innovative and delicious range of food for all palates presented tastefully. Wine menu excellent with a good cover of New and Old world wines...the Howell Mountain Cabernet highly recommended

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Fantastic menu and outstanding service... a truly enjoyable experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Food was great, and at an incredible value with the daily lunch prix fixe. Unfortunately, service did not match up - the waiters seemed disinterested and disengaged from customers (not just us but from what we observed of surrounding tables too), which really is a pity for such an establishment.

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Blackbird is one of the best power lunch spots in the city. I can always count on the food/service to be on point. And the food always serves as a catalyst for conversation.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Unfortunately, the worst service imaginable, from the moment through the front door. My friend and I tried to check in with the hostess, she was so busy she couldn't look up. A couple walked in after we did. The hostess overlooked us and seated the couple first, even though we had been waiting. Latter she said she had gotten our names mixed up as they were similer. Finally, got seated, ordered a cocktail before dinner. It was never brought out. The waiter came to take our dinner order, we had to remind him we had ordered cocktails. They finally came out, but super slow service to say the least. Lastly ordered dinner & wine for the both of us. Of course, the server only brought 1 glass of wine, forgetting we had both ordered a glass. The food was good, the service beyond awful. Hate to give a bad review for any business, but I will NEVER go back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I started with a beautiful endive salad, which is served in an edible potato basket. Very tasty. I enjoyed my entree, lamb. My wife had steak, which was also very tasty. The portions are modest, and not cheap. The check for 4 people was $244, before tax/tip. The seating is a bit cramped. There are rows of tables, and you're pretty much right on top of the people sitting next to you. So don't go there, if you wish to have an intimate conversation! Noise level is high. I don't mean my latter points as negatives - rather just to point out what to expect, which is fine for some people, but if you want an intimate little hideaway, you might be disappointed. If you want special occasion good food, with a festive atmosphere, this is a nice restaurant. Plus I liked everything they served me, including a few "extras" they just brought to the table.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Disappointed that tables were so clean set together one could not get up from table without having to move our table as well as disrupting neighboring table. Food was very good, restaurant was very noisy, and we were rushed through our meal. So crowded servers were constantly bumping into the person not seated against the wall.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent, in every respect.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Incredible service...white glove and attentive staff all around. Very helpful and nice. We had the 10 course menu which was incredible. I would go back in a heartbeat.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had the tasting menu and wine pairings. The food was creatively crafted, beautifully presented and delicious. The wine pairings were excellent. The service was occasionally a little slow. The staff was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. We had a wonderful evening eating and people watching.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

It was okay. Tables are close together and we had a really annoying couple next to us. The guys kept leaning into our table space. Also the service was good but not exceptional. Food was good. My favorite was the dessert.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Incredible service. Our waiter George was incredible, and accommodated us nicely when we added a 5th to our party last minute. I️ I picked the venue and my coworkers were all pleased with our choice- and would say, we’re gushing about how good it was. Thank you!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Still wonderful and continuing to earn their awards every evening with great service and creative cuisine

Tags: People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Blackbird is an outstanding dining destination and the experience is top notch. The tasting menu is accessible and very creative. The service is focused and attentive without being overbearing.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

My husband and I had a wonderful dinner for our 10th anniversary! Loved every minute of the experience. Will highly recommend!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

One of the best restaurants in Chicago. Hands down.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great execution, innovative flavor profiles. Tables too close together. Dessert menu needs improvement. Attentive service.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Fabulous meal and service...highly recommend if you love fabulous food!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 31, 2017

An absolutely wonderful dining experience. From the moment you walk in the front door and are warmly greeted by the hostess, until the moment you leave, Blackbird is everything you want, and should expect, from a fine dining experience. Each member of the waitstaff was exemplary. The cocktails were masterfully mixed. The food was sublime. There was not one element of our evening that did not exceed our expectations. Our compliments to everyone involved in making Blackbird a top dining spot in Chicago. This restaurant had been on our list of "must tries" for a long time. Now, we can't wait to go back again.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

I just love it here and the service is on larcwith the food. Both amazing

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Everyone in our party of four said the food was too salty. We went to Coalfire the next night and had an outstanding meal.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Blackbird was a special experiance. The ingrediants and mixture of flavors leave nothing to be desired. Servers are dressed smartly and are frequently available but at the dame time you hardly notice them. The place moves fluidly like a pleasant breeze is filling your glass of water. The food delightfull. The lamb, duck and sturgeon all cooked to perfection. The dessert an unbelievable chocholate fondaunt and pumpkin cheesecake were light airy and fulfilled your sweets craving all at the same time. Overall a great experiance.

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on October 27, 2017

My husband and I ordered the 5 course tasting menu with wine pairing. Our server crafted the pairing to our taste as well as the food. The result was perfection.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great food. Tables too close to each other. Wine prices on the steep side. Waiter seemed annoyed. Lunch prix fixe great.

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