Blackbird

4.5
4476 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

About

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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ARFoodLover
Chicago
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

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lucianod
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 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...

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vipbzrm
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipReens
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on May 24, 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.

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manuelp
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent flavors
Service impecable
Superb

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MichaelSRQ
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on May 19, 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!).

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JohnB
Montreal
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 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.

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PerfectManhattan26
New York Area
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.

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vipDiner
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Unfortunately the duck skin was anything but crispy and the

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vipVisitor
Cleveland
55 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipScottH
Chicago
8 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.

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SarahD
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipScott
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding service, food and value

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

One of our favs’! Never disappointed.

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vipMCPA
Miami
27 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!

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DiverEd
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 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.

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vipIndustryVet
Chicago
70 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.

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vipJeffreyB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always different and great!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For the foodie in you this was an incredible dinner.

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vipChicagoDiner
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on April 17, 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.

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vipGrandmaLinda
Chicago
43 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.

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vipFoodie
Chicago
43 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 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:)

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Davidines
Chicago
4 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.

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vipSfdiner
San Francisco
75 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.

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ChanyoungY
Munich
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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 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.

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JoseC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 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!

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OlhaK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious! Great service, knowledgeable servers

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StephenM
Chicago
5 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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
9 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

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vipeduardo
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wine pairing is overpriced

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ConsueloM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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jasenH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderfully delicious

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SusanD
Miami
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!

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RuthO
Chicago
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.

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JimB
New York Area
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 ...

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews