Chicago q

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3614 reviews
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Barbecue
Since opening our doors in 2010, Chicago q has mastered the art of elevated BBq favorites. From our “Competition” Pulled Pork, St. Louis Ribs, Sliced Brisket, and crisp Coleslaw, Chicago q celebrates delicious, award-winning BBq from the Carolinas, Texas, Missouri, and Tennessee.

Whether dining in the comfort of our Savannah-style dining room or underneath the lights of our seasonally-constructed pergola, know that you’re getting the finest BBq Chicago has to offer. While you’re here, check out Chicago q’s extensive beverage menu, boasting a well-cultivated bourbon collection with hand-picked flights featured alongside craft cocktails – sure to perfectly compliment the smoky BBq flavors. Chicago q also offers private rooms for special events, accommodating up to 50 guests, as well as, catering to your home or office. Email events@latsko.com for your event & catering needs!
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always hit Chicago Q when visiting Chicago. The bartenders are always great and this visit...Taylor was spectacular. Have the best Old Fashioned you will ever have, huge portions of good “cue” and sides big enough to share...you will be back each time you are in Chicago.

L
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Q. I moved away a year ago and when I come home, Q is the place I crave. We we not disappointed

We had a vegetarian in the party and she loved the avacado salad! .

Ribs for the meat lovers was spot on

JS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Terribly slow and forgetful service when the dining room was about 1/4 full. No service recovery effort was made for our inconvenience. I expect more from one of Art Smith’s restaurants. We have dined here before and it’s was a much better experience then.

RR
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Ribs a bit over-cooked and dry. Appetizers appeared after the meal. Not too happy about that. In fairness, they did comp them but I’d rather have the correct timing. Slaw & potato salad excellent. The brisket was superb. Very cool ambiance.
I’ll give it another chance to see if they get it right.

S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and great service

BA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire experience was great. Food was really tasty and what a great selection to choose from. Smoky ribs, great Mac and cheese options (brisket, alligator) for my kids, appetizers. Izzy was great on the service end as was everyone else. The place itself is a bright and open spot and a lot of fun. Will definitely be heading back often.

PR
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome food!!! So good and large portions. Drinks wonderful. And if Daisy is your server you are in for an experience.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prima cena a Chicago ed esperienza bellissima! Abbiamo ordinato senza sapere le dimensioni dei piatti ed effettivamente sono davvero enormi! Però carne buonissima e super gustosa! Lo consiglio!

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I ordered the shrimp and grits which were just OK. The seasoning was off. The dish was fresh but I would not order it again. I also ordered the fried green tomatoes. The texture was spot on! Crispy, firm, but needed a little more salt.

My girlfriend ordered the sampler of the pork pork, pulled chicken, and chopped brisket. She also ordered the corn bread. There’s too much fat mixed in with their brisket and pulled pork. Biting down on a large piece of fat was not pleasant. The cornbread was too dense! No amount of butter would’ve made it palatable. My other girlfriend ordered the fried alligator Which was overly breaded. She also ordered the burnt ends and there was a lot of fat mixed in with that as well. I ordered the chocolate cake to go. The size portion was ginormous! However, the cake did not taste good. Butter should have been used instead of oil and the texture could have been more moist the cake was a bit ten which was overly breaded. She also ordered the burnt ends and there was a lot of fat mixed in with that as well. I ordered the chocolate cake to go. The size portion was ginormous! However, the cake did not taste good. Butter should have been used instead of oil and the texture could’ve been more moist the cake was a bit dense.

Lastly, the service was impeccable! Our glasses were never empty the warm towels were appreciated at the end of meal and the waiters and waitresses were very pleasant!

I consider myself to be a true foodie. While the service was impeccable, I do not see myself returning to the restaurant because the food was simply subpar.

D
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was average to disappointing - the quality of the cuisine was much better a year or two ago.

JB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food coupled with excellent service.

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

Great food, great service!

SB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to Chicago q on a Sunday night. Service was very friendly and food arrived quickly. St. Louis style ribs, quite literally fell off the bone. They were AMAZING and I don't even like ribs all that much. Will definitely be back again.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Not sure if Chicago Q has a new owner or not but it has definitely gone down. We used to go every 2 to 3 weeks. The Bloody Mary bar I had to ask multiple time to replenish the bar and the service has been so slow we contemplated on just walking out for how many times we had to ask the hostess to find our serve (and not it was not super busy or anything)

CJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, the burnt ends melted in your mouth!

t
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Went there for my daughter‘s birthday, had a decent meal as we have been there before and like it. However we indicated to the waitress that my daughter was gluten-free. After having dinner we all decided we were too full for dessert and declined. The waitress then brought over a slice of chocolate cake with a birthday candle in it, nice touch even though she’s gluten-free. The stinger is they actually charged us for it! My husband was too kind to make a scene in front of my daughters friend. Bad form

OT
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a winner!

E
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best BBQ in Chicago!

GE
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere and excellent service. The food and cocktails are always perfect!

CH
Chicago
107 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

7 of us dined together, and while the bbq and fried chicken were very good, the “blackened” mahi was mediocre and tiny . The service was terrible— had a pushy waiter who kept cracking jokes about how great he was yet neglected our table and kept us waiting 20 minutes — twice— for wine. Wouldn’t go back.

FD
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Make a reservation to enjoy without wait. Large portions so can easily share. Good service in what is a neighborhood restaurant. Inside and outside seating available. Nice and comfortable seating options for small or large group.

DW
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

If boiled bone dry ribs cooked days earlier for the week and then slathered with sauce is your thing, their “competition” ribs should be right up your alley. As an out of towner, I first came Chicago Q when it first opened and it WAS at the time the best ribs I’ve ever had. As I revisited over the years I “tasted” a decline. I hoped the previous subpar visits were flukes so I gave it another chance. Last week it was evident that the joint has become complacent or resting in previous laurels. Drinks are still good and atmosphere still somewhat cozy. Good bbq is why people should come but that may no longer be the case for Chicago Q. 10minutes into a marginal meal still trying to give it a chance, the wait staff asked if we were done and wanted boxes. The sought after competition ribs were boiled, cooked in advance and bone dry, hush puppies were essentially balls of grease and the coleslaw a wet pool of a mess. I’m not likely to return but I hope you do turn it around.

DS
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an upbeat, comfortable atmosphere! We sat out on the patio, but we’d be happy to sit inside if the weather wasn’t cooperating. Everything we had was great—notable was the prime brisket and the baby back ribs. Even the fish was really good—although I wouldn’t recommend passing on the great bbq here when you can get good fish elsewhere in the city. Truly a great dining experience.

TF
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chicago q was a great brunch spot for us. We love brunch and having the option of a BBQ - specific brunch was a winner for us. We LOVED the smoked jalapeno margarita which actually complimented our meals extremely well. Service was perfect and everyone on staff worked as a team to make it happen, even when we said we wanted to take our time! It was great. The only criticism, and it's not even a big deal (because we don't expect perfection), is that the burnt ends were a little dry and definitely don't need to be served with coleslaw. Serving them with something sweeter like sweet potato hash or something might work better. And the egg my husband got on his brisket sandwich wasn't over easy which it definitely should have been. Other than that, it was wonderful, clean and a very nice experience.

SL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

I brought my girlfriends here for dinner and unfortunately our service was not great. One of my girlfriends is pescatarian and when we found out that there was meat in the shrimp in grits our waiter did nothing to assist the issue. He didn’t come back to attend on our table for 15-20 minutes and when he did come back he said “well are you not going to eat it? If not I’ll get it out of your way.” I then asked him for a menu but at this point we just wanted to pay and leave. Very unfortunate because I’ve dined at this restaurant many times before and never experienced anything like this, not sure if I’ll go back.

SW
Toronto
31 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting Chicago, I’ve been here several times and everything is delicious. Must try chocolate cake! Better to share and you’ll still have some left over!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Food has been consistently good over the years. Yesterday we were disappointed with how fatty the brisket burnt ends were, but everything else was delicious.

Doesn’t seem like they are keeping up with the restaurant physically though. Ceilings around vents are visibly dirty, bathroom floor is chipped and broken, toilet seats are loose...the attention to detail is generally good in the fo

The restaurant was much louder than usual

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent.

MM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chicago q exceeded our expectations. The food was incredible and our waitress, Daisy couldn’t have been sweeter. We ordered a meat platter and the brisket mac and cheese and both were delicious. Definitely will be back!

c
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

Overall my guests liked their food. My food, however, was sub standard. I ordered the shrimp and grits. The grits were luke warm and there were cold lumps of grits in the mix. Big disappointment.
Also, noise level (along with music) made it almost impossible to carry on a conversation with my guests.

J
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Solid BBQ place, but their lunch and dinner options are better than breakfast. Went for Sunday brunch and almost the entire place was empty, which was surprising. They do have $25/bottle mimosa deal, which is a good deal!

KP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

The food can be good here, if you know what to buy and what to avoid. For starters, avoid any of the Ribs or strips of Brisket. They are way too dried out. Smoking ribs or brisket doesn't mean cooking them for countless hours until all the meat is entirely dried out. Likewise, you can't "re-hydrate" ribs with extra sides of BBQ sauce.

The food that was excellent includes the Mac & Cheese side along with the garlic mashed potatoes sides--they were absolutely delicious. The 'burnt ends' Brisket was also perfect. They were tasty and juicy--not sure how that was so good, while the normal Brisket slices were so awful.

Speaking of awful--no one should ever be able to taste, much less smell, the vinegar in a BBQ sauce mix. However, I was able to in both of the sauces presented to me for my Brisket & Ribs combo meal. I would have been better off bringing in my own bottle of "Sweet Baby Rays" BBQ sauce than to ever try the cups of their swill. My wife had the burnt ends brisket along with the chicken--and she loved both of those dishes immensely.

So, all in, I'd go again and recommend this place to others. The prices are fair and the service is okay. Just avoid the few things I called out above, and I'm sure you'll have a good dining experience.

RR
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Chicago Q!! Atmosphere, service and cuisine are all top notch!

DR
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Niece was in town visiting. Typically bring out of town visitors to Q for dinner. Very familiar with Q and the menu, and generally recommend the fried chicken. Chicken quality was below norm. It was fried too hard and the color was dark. Person in my party who ordered it at my suggestion. He did not particularly enjoy it. Said the chicken was dry.

s
Phoenix
37 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

We went there 10 years ago and were disappointed but since there are zero rib joints on the near north side we tried it again. Ordered the st louis ribs and they were without a doubt the very worst ribs I have ever had. Partially my fault since I ordered them naked other than a dry rub. The ribs were completely absent of any fat so they were both overcooked and very dry.
Our waiter was new but was friendly and welcoming. The chips and pickles on the table were wonderful. But the place had no sense of what it wanted to be so the atmosphere etc was poor. But even if everything else was better we would never go back for their ribs

F
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great everting was tasty tender and delicious also the service was great and the food didn’t take long to come and the waiters were very nice. We went on my sons birthday and they gave us a free cake and a candle .

JB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food and the atmosphere was really nice. Large portions of food and a wide variety! The only downfall was our server. She was quite aloof and ignored us for almost 20 minutes after seating us. From then on she was just very awkward. But I'd still go back to Q because I'm getting hungry now just thinking about the food

CK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was some of the absolute best barbecue you will eat in Chicago! The fried chicken is phenomenal as well. Art Smith out did himself. When they say competition ribs, they mean it. You have to try the happy hour specials! I would have photos if we didn’t start eating right away, lol!

S
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This restaurant was recommended by friends that live in Chicago BBQ was decent for a northern restaurant (not comparable to southern BBQ). Suggest that tea be sweeter (again a southern thing). Staff was friendly and attentive. Difficult to have conversation without yelling.

k
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent. We ordered the St. Louis style ribs, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, and brussels sprouts. They don’t bring enough sauce and the waitress took too long coming back to our table so we ran out before finishing our ribs. Overall, our service was slow, but our waitress’ section was too big for how busy the restaurant was. Will definitely go back, but not on July 4th.

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