Burger Bar - South Loop

4.3
187 reviews
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Burgers
RESERVATION POLICY: Please note that all members of the reservation must be present before we are able to seat your party. We are only able to hold your table for 15 minutes past the reservation time. Seatings are limited to 90 minutes.

Burgers are definitely the name of the game at Burger Bar Chicago. Try our original stackers - like the Wild Bill (bison burger with arugula, goat cheese and tomato chutney on a pretzel bun) and our Firehouse (1/2 lb. patty topped with pepper jack, chorizo relish and guajillo aioli) - as well as alternatives like the amazing Veggie Burger or the Turkey BLT. Of course, the beer list will blow your mind too. With a huge, ever changing craft on draft selection and many more in bottles and cans, come enjoy one of the best microbrew selections in Chicago.

And after your meal? How about a delicious shake like our Chocolate 3-Way or our Banana Nutella, which round out your stay just right. See you soon!
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GB
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was definitely one of the best burgers I've ever had !

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CG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time and the burgers were fantastic. Mix in some poutine and great drinks and it was a resolution-busting evening!

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m
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Definitely would recommend! Lots of options on the menu and tasty food! Not pricey in my opinion!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and options were fantastic. Great beer options.
Good with kids!

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KK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

I'd recommend Burger Bar to a friend if they are looking to eat good food but are not in a rush and aren't trying to have a conversation. The volume level was ridiculous and they seemed to be severely understaffed at 1p. Our server was behind the bar doing her tables' beverages. We had to ask several times to get water after being seated. One of the busboys (I think) ended up getting the water. The server was super busy and apologetic so I don't feel it was her fault but the place was not staffed appropriately.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The Bar Burger became our third choice since our initial date became lunch instead of dinner and the weather hindered our prompt arrival to our second choice, When entering the establishment, there was no one posted at the host stand so my husband and I seated ourselves. We didn’t even notice the host stand until we were leaving so it seemed to be in an odd place. The server visited us some minutes after we seated ourselves,. She didn’t introduce herself or make any suggestion although it should’ve been obvious that this was our first time there. We placed our order, my husband built his own burger with fries and I ordered the El Pastor burger and the jerk wings. For an appetizer, we ordered the guacamole and queso dip with chips. The server asked if I wanted the wings to come out with the chips and I replied yes. I also ordered the fire water margarita which was absolutely good with a hint of spice. After a short wait, our server brought our burgers which was a little surprising bc I thought the wings and chips was going to arrive first but I had to ask the server if the items were on their way out. She apologized for the delay after returning with both items.
I must say that the food was really good and we enjoyed it. The server never checked on us during our lunch and only stopped at the table when I signed for her. All in all, my husband and I enjoyed this place but the server did not add any value to our experience which was disappointing.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

great food the burger was juicy and i love the idea of get what you want

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AK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a solid choice! Great burgers and great staff! Love sitting at the bar !

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JL
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great and the service was fantastic. We will definitely be back.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a great find! Worth the visit.

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Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

They were not friendly to open table reservations, as they did not bother to check their system for our reservation. Service was very slow, and I had to continually call for service for water, and drinks and to order food as well as ask them to check on our food.

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SC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The veggie burger was really good! The beer list was also very extensive, which was nice. There wasn't a ton of variety on the menu, but at a place called "Burger Bar" you probably shouldn't expect much else besides burgers.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Had a group of 7, most of our food was good, I’m especially thrilled they had the impossible burger on the menu. Excellent cider and beers but some of our burgers were too charred on the outside. My toppings were limp and not super fresh. However, vegan approved and a good option in the south loop.

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was fantastic. Our server was good. My burger was not properly prepared (missing key ingredients clearly listed on the menu). The server took my plate back to the kitchen to show the cook and they added the ingredients. The sandwich was not hot at this point. The sandwich was not remade nor was there any offer of apology or compensation.

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Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Reviews sounded like this was a great choice for a casual night during a convention. Burgers are good but not extraordinary. Not enough to make it the best. Service was slow and he seemed not that interested in us. Would come by the table take one second drink order then walk away not asking the rest of the group. Food was good. Beer list good but they were out of a few and it wasn’t late at night. The place was quiet with not a lot of guests.

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W
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This burger place was hoppin’! We had a family birthday gathering. Excellent choices - including wild boar and bison burgers. There were some excellent burger combinations. I would go back to this place again with family and/or friends.

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VR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for lunch quick walk from the museum. Service was excellent

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CA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing waiter. Very knowledgeable and accommodating

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was good, service seemed a little annoyed we didn’t order more food then we did and that was a little displeasing but that was only our waitress everyone else was fantastic!

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RF
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Restaurant is in a good location if you are visiting the Field Museum or Aquarium - but that is the only positive thing I can say about it.

We made a reservation for lunch, but really didn't need it as restaurant was empty at 12:15. We ordered fairly quickly - then waited and waited and waited. It was 50 minutes from the time we gave our order until we received our food. And no we did not have appetizers or drinks. I have never ever seen such "disinterested" wait staff. They were not friendly nor apologetic that it was taking so long for 5 burgers.

When the food finally came after we complained about the wait (which they ignored and did not apologize for) - it was not good food. It was very ordinary, bun was stale, and it tasted cold.

We were having a nice day visiting the museums and then came here and it put a major damper on our day. I don't know how this place stays in business. You could not pay me to go back there!

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MC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was good, not great. Apps were just ok. Burgers were awesome!

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YC
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The burger we had was outstanding, but I had a small issue with the parmesan truffle fries. I could barely taste the truffle or parmesan flavors. The fries themselves are very tasty, but I wonder if they may have given me regular fries by mistake. :-)

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and Gary our server was awesome

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MR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Food was flavorless and service was poor. Waiter barely spoke and seemed to have an attitude. Won’t be going back

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AR
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Service was ok, burgers were terrible. Would not recommend.

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JP
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was average. Burger was dry and truffle fries were cold. Sweet potato fries were very good!! Service was very good too.

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TJ
Des Moines
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very impressed with everything. Although we were busy, our waitress was very attentive. The food was brought out by wait staff and they were very personable and provided great service as well. The place had a fun vibe.

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SS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great location for post Bears game dinner. Very popular place!

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b
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

We were in Chicago from out-of-town and were looking for a place for lunch not too far from our hotel near the convention center. Have to say that service was not great - we were a larger party (7), but the place wasn't packed. We had to wait for our table, there was some confusion as to who the hostess was, and our food did not come out together - there were three trips to bring it all out, and there was about five minutes till everyone got their food. The food (most of us had burgers) was just okay. My medium burger had no pink. Fries weren't worth the calories.

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Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Burgers excellent as you'd expect, but it was as if everything else was forgotten- fries were cold, they were out of the only 2 beers I was interested in and then suggested a beer not at all like what I asked for, and the food took a long time to come out without any acknowledgement.

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n
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great burgers and service! Couldn’t have found a better spot to pop into!

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CC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a large group and the service was friendly and efficient. It was nice that we could actually talk to each other and not shout, so the place is not too loud which was a pleasant surprise. The food was great!

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p
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great place , great burgers,good drinks, nice atmosphere. Business lunch perfect place

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OT
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice, casual atmosphere, with plenty of options.

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AN
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great, especially the truffle Parmesan fries and the milkshakes! Service seemed a little slow but they were very accommodating with our 10 person group that was mostly kids.

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JP
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Burgers were very good. Service was slow, and it was not a busy evening. Casual atmosphere with good food- expect to be there for awhile.

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F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Il posto è molto 'americano'. musica ad alto volume e monitor che trasmettono sport ovunque. Cibo buono e a buon prezzo ,servizio abbastanza veloce e gentile, noi ci siamo molto divertiti! Consigliato!

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F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Locale molto americano, ottimi i burger ed anche il pollo fritto. Unico neo la musica altissima e la cameriera gentile ma che parla velocissimo!

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CS
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Burgers were amazing. Stacked to perfection. Waitress rarely came to see us as me and my wife were from out of town and had no idea how anything worked. We managed to get them to explain it but seemed like we were being a burden, but once we received the food. No explanation was needed!

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K
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Solid burger, boozy milk shake. Not inexpensive but tasty treat.

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