Blu 57 Seafood and Small Plates

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31 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Blu 57 is Award-winning chef Joe Sukjam's newest project and introduces next level fusion cuisine to the Andersonville neighborhood in Chicago. The menu features smoked mussels, omakase oysters, Alaskan King crab legs, & dry aged steak all with the comforts of BYOB. Upscale casual dining room features candlelit tables and beautiful minimalist design.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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(773) 944-0575
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Joe Sukjam
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Clark & Hollywood
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Parking details
Plenty of street parking is available. We also have free parking throughout the neighborhood streets.
Additional
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine
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L
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

I would characterize this as a decent neighborhood restaurant. It was more casual than I was expecting and the food was underwhelming.

We ordered the tuna tartar and a salad to begin. The salad description said it had feta but the feta somehow made its way onto our tuna tartar which sort of ruined both dishes. The salad ended up being bland without the cheese and the tartar was too "busy."

The tuna tartar, besides being topped with feta cheese, was overdressed and the chef used too much truffle oil because that was the only descrenable flavor other than the feta. My boyfriend enjoyed his lamb but said it wasn't memorable. I had the ceviche as my entree and it was good but the langoustine to avocado ratio was off. I think I got 2 langoustines and 1/2 of an avocado.

If you're in Andersonville and are looking for a decent BYO place, Blu 57 is great. If you're looking for a special place to celebrate a big birthday, I recommend going someplace else.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outstanding dinner. The food is meticulously presented and very tasty. Prompt service and BYOB. Perfect!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Ordered an array of appetizers, oysters, deconstructed elote, crab cakes & ahi tuna. All delicious but small in portion. Main courses we ordered the lobster risotto, squid ink pasta, pork chops & salmon. Everything was amazing! Ended with lychee sorbet & they gave us a complimentary birthday tiramisu. Was heavenly. The servers name was Aa & he was phenomenal. Very attentive without being bothersome. Sweetest demeanor & wonderful service. I thought was a little pricey but everything was so good I was ok with it. And we paired everything with the many bottles of wine we brought as it’s BYOB. Very excited I found this hidden gem. Looking forwards to going back!

j
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

This was our second dinner here. The food is good, creative and visually pleasing. We had oysters, that should have been kept colder, and the hot sauce bottle they bought out was filthy. Crusted sauce around the cap and sticky on the bottle. We had tuna tartar, very good, but we had to ask for more crisps. The crabcake is also very good. We also had the BBQ duck, good.
Our problem this time was our server bought out all the food within 5 minutes of each other. We had asked him to space it out a little. Next time we go we will order one or two items at a time. So glad this restaurant is BYOB.

FF
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

The food was pretty good, but honestly, the smell in this small restaurant was pretty bad. I assume there was just something in their Grill that smelled and it carried through the restaurant. Overall, given the price, I'm not sure I would go back, food was ok, but nothing worth writing home about if you know what I mean. I liked the BYOB aspect to keep costs down on a pricier meal and the crab cake was good as well.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and delicious food. I loved the playlist.

FB
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

We were there with my partner's family for his birthday. Our server was attentive and informative. First course came out timely. Food was decent, no real stand outs. Our second course dragged forever. The table seated 15 minutes after us received their main plates before us and they had 3 full courses. We just had two course. When the food arrived, both steaks were very rare, not even warm in the center. They went back to the kitchen and came our well done and dry, since they had over-rested the meat the first time they were served. There was no real check back after that time. I could see the server felt badly. The Bearnaise sauce was gloppy and not even a hint of tarragon which is what differentiates it from Hollandaise. BOTH tables next to us had issues with the food as well. One table was served food they didn't even order. They paid and left after the first course! The room was very cold. The silverware looked like what a diner would use. The stemware was also an inferior quality., and yes, I understand it is BYOB...but the restaurant is not an inexpensive place so the silverware and glassware should mesh. Sadly we won't be back, we were really hoping for something like this in Andersonville

OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious!

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TR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Quaint place, and the servers were really passionate and friendly, but honestly as a restaurant it was a bit slipshod. The menu was disjointed and disorganized, the concept was confused, and the food was "fine" at best. We had room-temperature oysters on coke-machine ice with a few wilted slices of lemon and no other accoutrements. The salads were tasty but nothing that couldn't be done at home. The scallops were beige, the mussels watery, and the shrimp wontons, while tasty, were nothing you wouldn't expect from any standard asian restaurant (but 300% the price). With the disappointing first two courses, we decided to skip the entrees, as that would have tripled our bill (already $150 for just snacks and BYOB). The place is a nice idea, and very friendly, but the quality and value of the food is simply not present.

AB
Chicago
131 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place! Food gets an “A” in presentation, taste & flavor. Very accommodating and friendly. Definitely a must try!! :)

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. The staff were extremely kind and generous, small plates where great and shared with everyone. We had an amazing experience.

t
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Really mediocre. The best part of the dinner was the mango mousse. Other than that, nothing was memorable. It was also overpriced, and the waitress seemed unexperienced. She checked in on us every two minutes which was annoying.

S
Chicago
89 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The best thing is Blu 57 is a BYOB ... a serious savings for an upscale restaurant.

While the dishes had a unique flair, and everyone enjoyed them, the timing was a bit off. The table next to us got their appetizer after their entree; another had individual entrees served at different times; our choices arrived sporadically, etc. We were ok, since we were sharing.

Interesting menu; friendly wait staff; good flavor; all in all, very enjoyable. The chef (who I'm guessing is also the owner) needs an assistant or two.

DK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

It was really good. For the first hour we were the only people in there. I hope this place flourishes because the food is awesome. Everything around the actual food can be ironed out.

EC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent as always, super friendly and nice staff, We love it !

DP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food is very uneven. I ordered that smoke mussels and the were not good. We didn't finish them. Our main course was lamb and that was excellent. This was my second time eating there. On our first time the food was uneven that time as well. At that price point they need to have consistent quality to make dinning there worth the price.

JO
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food greatly exceed my expectations - definitely a cut above your standard mid priced neighborhood restaurant. Will definitely be back and will recommend to others. Don't forget its BYOB.

K
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Blue 57 several times and love it. Food is innovative and the menu is well thought out. I have never had a rack of lamb so perfectly cooked before even when I've made it myself. The staff is great and we love that it is BYOB as well. We will keep supporting this place as it is a great addition to Andersonville.

A
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

BYOB is nice. The food was good and service was very good. The pricing was expensive for the area, especially because you needed multiple plates to get full, total cost was over $100 for two people excluding alcohol we brought in. Not many people there on Saturday night makes me worried this restaurant may not last long. They gave a coupon for a discount on a future visit, but would do better simply to reduce their pricing overall.

WL
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service and wonderful food. Highly recommend for any occasion or every day.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding.

M
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood gem. This is one of my favorites in Andersonville. Its not along the beaten path, but that's what makes it special. The food is great, services is wonderful, and the space is really nice. And it's BYOB!!

MV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service, good interior. Planing to be back...

DR
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great little BYOB place.

PM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We have been there a few times and realky like small plates and entrees but dides continue to disappoint.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great hosting/owner. Very accomadating. The food was incredible to say the least! Overall just an exceptional experience!

FB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was great. it's BYOB, which makes it an even better value. Creative menu with good selection. Nice friendly service.

K
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and delicious food

L
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great intimate neighborhood place. Creative food, and BYOB. Relatively easy street parking. We will be back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a great addition to the neighborhood! Love all the fresh fish dishes. Seasonal ingredients, amazing flavors that worked so well together. I wish we could have tried everything. The ceviche was awesome. Can’t wait to go back!!

M
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time and we had a blast. Our server Trent was great, he explained the menu and how much would feed us (there was 5 of us), he made good recommendations as well. It's byob, which was great! We will be back again - soon!!