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Blackbird

4.5
4.5
4204 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 715-0708

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Paul Kahan, Chef de Cuisine Ryan Pfeiffer

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Nicole Schmutte: (312) 496-0012

  • Neighborhood

    West Loop

  • Cross street

    Jefferson

  • Parking details

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

  • Public transit

    Clinton Green Line;<br />56 Milwaukee Bus;<br />8 Halsted Bus;<br />20 Madison

  • Additional

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

What 4,204 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. AR

    ARFoodLover

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Reviewed on July 16, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    One of the best restaurants in Chicago. Creative fair, fantastic drinks and a unique ambiance. Would strongly recommend adding this to your list of places to try
  2. l

    lucianod

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Very good and innovative food. Small portions, but very interesting and flavoured. Entrées of 1st level. Wines are not cheep, like everywhere in the States...
  3. b

    bzrm

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We go to the restaurant every year. The food is always exceptionally delicious and the service is the best in Chicago.
  4. R

    Reens

    Dallas

    21 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2019

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Blackbird was disappointing for a restaurant with a Michelin star. Many of the dishes missed the mark and were unbalanced. Our favorites of the night were the kampachi, beef tartare with oysters served in oyster shells and the rhubarb dessert. The rest of the dishes were overly salted or too sweet. Every dish was beautifully presented; however given the reputation we were expecting more.
  5. m

    manuelp

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent flavors Service impecable Superb
  6. MS

    MichaelSRQ

    Tampa

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We had a fantastic experience at Blackbird. We had been there a few years ago and found it to be even better than our last visit. Very creative food and a wonderful wine list. The best part of the experience though was our server Andrew Herring! He was one of the most knowledgeable and engaging servers we have had anywhere in the world. Please keep him (and promote him!).
  7. JB

    JohnB

    Montreal

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    A wonderful experience. You have to be patient as you may have to wait an hour even with your reservation. But the personnel is taking very good care of you and it's definitely worth waiting for. The wine is incredible and food has many awards for a good reason.
  8. PM

    PerfectManhattan26

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Became a bit claustrophobic by the end of the meal due to the placement of the tables. Excellent food and wine selection. Felt like we were being rushed the entire meal so as to turn the table.
  9. D

    Diner

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2019

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Unfortunately the duck skin was anything but crispy and the
  10. V

    Visitor

    Cleveland

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants. It never disappoints and its food is unique. Plus they have the best bartenders.
  11. SH

    ScottH

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Fantastic date night with my wife. Service and cuisine were great. Recommend trying the cheese plate as a dessert with a nice red.
  12. SD

    SarahD

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A rememberable meal for sure! Wonderful experience and will be back.
  13. S

    Scott

    Chicago

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding service, food and value
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    One of our favs’! Never disappointed.
  15. MC

    MCPA

    Miami

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and service very good. They have a nice menu We had the endive salad which was awesome and the mushroom veloute. I would love that recipe. It was particularly good. We ordered the pork pave and the duck confit salad. Both superb. I would order again. Dessert we had were very interesting as. I would recommend. One was an ice cream that was a White Russian flavor. A sorbet was mojito flavored. Something you would want to have in your freezer. Well worth the visit. Everyone went out of their way to be nice and helpful. Thank you!
  16. DE

    DiverEd

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional presentation of absolutely delicious food. There was a tasting menu which looked fantastic, but too much for us that evening. I would come back for it on a special occasion. We did two separate appetizers: mussels and yellow tail. Perfectly balanced tastes in both. On to lamb and sturgeon. Again, well proportioned size and taste wise. Highly recommend the bread serving. Yes an extra $2 but bread you want to take home it is that good. Finished off with two scoops of ice cream; one called Yuzi which I can’t describe but you must try.
  17. IV

    IndustryVet

    Chicago

    89 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I hadn't been to Blackbird for nearly eight years. It was great back then. It is FAR better now. All courses were superb and the service was excellent. It is no mystery why they are a favorite of James Beard and Michilen.
  18. JB

    JeffreyB

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always different and great!!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For the foodie in you this was an incredible dinner.
  20. LA

    LADiner

    Los Angeles

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    My 2nd time going. Food was delicious, although for the price, I don't know how often I would choose to go here. Our server was wonderful and gave great recommendations.
  21. GL

    GrandmaLinda

    Chicago

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for lunch. If you choose the fixe price menu, it is a good way to try their menu. I loved the food and the ambiance. The wine choices are great. The staff are all very friendly and helpful. Thoroughly enjoyed all the meal's presentations and flavors. I will definitely be coming back.
  22. F

    Foodie

    Chicago

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service and atmosphere. Tasting menu is too expensive! I’d love to try it out but it’s outrageously expensive.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding and service was just as good! Cocktails were yummy (fun names) and we were treated with an amuse bouche. The owner was lovely. I loved the mussels, and I had the lamb as a main course. I highly recommend the lamb!! Great date spot too:)
  24. D

    Davidines

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Still fantastic after all these years. Dinner is not the value that lunch provides but consistently high quality food and interesting options. We will continue to come back regularly.
  25. S

    Sfdiner

    San Francisco

    82 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2019

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    I wanted to like this place, but the menu was limited and outdated. It didn’t live to the hype.
  26. CY

    ChanyoungY

    Munich

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had very important biz meeting, and all my VIPs were satisfied with food and kindness of their staffs.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing...this is my new favorite restaurant!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb experience. Food was extraordinary. The mains of black cod and duck are to die for. The deserts are simply superb. The choice of wine Riesling Poets Leap went very well.
  29. AJ

    AnnaJ

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We arrived shortly before our reservation time of 8pm. We were greeted and escorted to two open seats at the bar. Bartenders were very friendly and professional. Enjoyed the “Trust Us” beverage which was a mojito made with sherry. Host cane to let us know our table was ready. Service was timely. My only complaint was that I had a hard time hearing our server because it was loud in there. This didn’t bother me much because everyone was truly enjoying themselves and we were excited to try some dishes. Everyone was very polite and smiling. We had the mussels, duck, pork belly and fantastic desserts and coffee. The food was fresh and well balanced. Next time we will try the tasting menu. Our neighboring table seemed to enjoy it! Overall wonderful experience. Flavors were amazing. So good!
  30. OK

    OlhaK

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was delicious! Great service, knowledgeable servers
  31. SM

    StephenM

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my 3rd visit to Blackbird over the last 8 or so years, and I've never been disappointed. This visit I had the tasting menu ($145) and opted to forego a cocktail from an interesting list and get the wine pairing ($75) instead. Everything was 5-star, except I gave 3 stars for 'value.' A bill of $309. for one person is high, and I don't know quite how to put a value on the experience, which was extraordinary in every way. I'm not complaining about the cost, I just don't know how to assess it. Everything - the food (every mouthful exquisite), ambience (energetic rather than romantic), wine pairing and explanation of same - was exceptional, and I left extremely satisfied. It is a once- or twice- or maybe three-times-in-a-lifetime experience, but, for my money, worth it. An experience you'll never forget. Highly recommended!
  32. JL

    JaneL

    Hawaii

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were so pleasantly surprised at the overall wonderful quality and thoughtfulness that was apparent at this restaurant. Creative excellent food, friendly and adequate number of staff for an excellent experience. Much better than Everest
  33. e

    eduardo

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Wine pairing is overpriced
  34. CM

    ConsueloM

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Going again because we had a great time. Our waitress/bar keep was excellent.
  35. H

    jasenH

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always outstanding. The level of detail in the service is second to none.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderfully delicious
  37. SD

    SusanD

    Miami

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When investigating tasting menus around Chicago, I had read that it was best to forego the tasting menu at Blackbird and go for the prix fixe 3-course lunch. We did and it was amazing - the food, wine and ambiance was all 5-star. It's a must go!
  38. RO

    RuthO

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The highest level of fine cuisine, with outstanding service that is highly informed, engaging, warm, and welcoming. I requested a vegetarian tasting 48 hours in advance, and my meal was creative and delicious. I am especially delighted that there is a non-alcoholic cocktail menu of five different drinks. I have had them all, and they are all excellent, tasty and nuanced, and more than what you would throw together at home. You can come in elegant attire or business casual, and feel comfortable either way. You feel both celebratory and at ease, all at once.
  39. JB

    JimB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best tasting menu experience I have had since Charlie Trotter’s in 1989. Exquisite sequence with attention to flavor following flavor and texture balancing against the previous course. To get perfectly al dente pasta mid stream was genius. I would fly to Chicago just for this meal ...
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience top to bottom.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Jefferson

  • Neighborhood

    West Loop

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • 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

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • 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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 715-0708

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Nicole Schmutte: (312) 496-0012

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