Cold Storage Seafood

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Cold Storage Seafood is a Chicago seafood and raw bar brought to you by BOKA Restaurant Group and B Hospitality. Located adjacent to Swift and Sons on the ground floor of the old Fulton Market Cold Storage Facility, Executive Chef Chris Pandel's menu takes advantage of Chicago’s unique position as transportation hub by bringing in the best Seafood from both coasts and throughout the Great Lakes. Buying directly from the fisherman and oyster farmers, they can deliver the best and freshest product available to your table everyday. A full service bar features fish friendly wines and a Chicago-centric draft and bottle beer selection.
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LP
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Been here thrice now. Food is always delicious. I was here for brunch most recently and our service was perfect. So personal and efficient and warm. I chose the $18 shrimp 'n' waffles which only had 3 shrimp. They were amazing, but I was hoping for more of those fat and juicy suckers.

M
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service

OT
London
191 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside. Beautiful night. Service was great and the food was really good.

JS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Food was good. Service was great. No complaints.

h
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Delicious! Our waiter was very nice and accommodating, though I'd love someone that knows a bit more about seafood.

CS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice variety of options on the menu. Delicious seafood! Great service, decor and ambiance. Will be coming again.

l
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was great and the server was very nice. Most of us enjoyed the $26 lunch special which had good portions. There were 9 of us for a work lunch and service took over two hours, which is too long. Stools become extremely uncomfortable after an hour there. Restaurant was not full so no idea why it took so long

J
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really chill atmosphere and wonderful, fresh seafood. I'll be visiting again.

K
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the high quality food and the amazing wine list... with zero pretension. Space is great - modern, clean. Service is knowledgeable and unobtrusive.

d
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Great for a date night yet casual

SC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and son went there for a birthday dinner, everything was delish, especially the oysters! Prices were very fair for seafood! Cocktails were yummy and the after-dinner port was great too! I recommend and would return. Our server had a great attitude and very helpful!

OT
Chicago
75 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, very knowledgeable server. Drinks are very tasty.

A
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Servers were pretty terrible. Disengaged and disinformed. For example, we ordered several types of oysters and a server, not our main server, just dropped them at the table. We looked around for a second then realized she was not going to inform us the identity of each. So when we inquired, she asked if "we wanted the ticket". We said OK and she literally brought the order ticket with the oysters listed, which we obviously knew already, but did not identify what each of the oysters were on the tray. It seemed to escape her we knew what we ordered but did not know which they were on the serving tray. When she came back to retrieve some plates and the tray, she just asked "are you guys ordering more?". Suffice to say she was pretty terrible. Good food, great drinks and atmosphere hampered by terrible service. Which is usually not the case as we've been there before.

w
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I don't think Cold Storage is worth it. The restaurant is overpriced for the portions you receive.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Looking forward to going again.

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

Excellent food (chef Katie). Excellent service (Nestor). Comfortable surroundings. Love it. A great go to brunch!!!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Friend recommended Cold Storage and it didn’t disappoint. My wife and I had twins 8 weeks ago and we are now looking for restaurants that can accommodate strollers, tolerate babies, and has a moderate noise level. We ordered an assortment of small plates,mains, oysters. I ordered the salmon poke special and is worth ordering again. We will be back again!

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

the crab appetizer smelled fishy and unappealing the rest of the food was nothing special

C
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything we ordered was delicious. The dishes were flavorful and the seafood very fresh. However the portions were very small. We ordered 2 starters, crab knuckles and the large plate of mussels and had to order 2 more large plates to be satiated. It was only 2 of us it was $150 and we only ordered 2 glasses of wine.

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service great seafood. Booth was nice. Only criticism was that the dessert could have been better.

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

Great food and quiet enough for a good conversation. We’d definitely go back.

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

Great food!

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

We went for happy hour, the food was great, but the service was awful. It took over 20 minutes to get the oysters we ordered, and people who were seated after us and ordered after us were getting their food before us. They had also ordered oysters so there shouldn't have been a time difference. Itwasn't just a slight delay, is was at least 20 minutes to get the oysters and each additional plate took awhile. The food was tasty but took way too long.

N
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time! My mother really enjoyed herself and Adam was great! My mom loved Adams eyes😂

OT
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cold Storage was a fun energetic place to be, the seafood was very good, presentation was very nice and they were great about acknowledging our anniversary. THANKS!

KO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday date day

DS
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for the first time this past weekend. Must say we had a very good meal and service. Tried one of their "tower" meals (first time I ever sampled a dish like this) and very much enjoyed it. Our server, Oscar, was attentive, happy to explain the menu (which was a little confusing for us first time diners) and did a great job keeping us up to date on our meal's preparation progress.

After I made the reservation, I noticed that almost all of the seating consists of high tables and bar stools with no backs. This isn't was I was expecting from an upscale establishment. I requested that we be seated at one of the few booths with regular seats and was delighted when our hostess was able to accommodate our request.

Very good meal and service, but if we have to sit at the backless bar stools, not sure we would go back.

n
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The service was great. It had the feel of a tourist destination restaurant. It was Father's day and they offered Happy hour oysters the entire day, which was great for us and enjoyable. The cocktails were costly but tasted great.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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RE
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The hostess was accommodating for us to get one of the three booths available with chair backs and for the most part the food was very good. I would suggest no one order the king crab legs as they are sold as 1 or 2 legs. My wife ordered the single leg and when it arrived everyone at the table thought it was a snow crab leg based on its size. when we asked the waiter all he said was they sell them as 1 or 2 legs. Didn't offer to substitute anything else, so that kind of put a damper on the evening. The crab knuckle appetizer was wonderful and if you have your heart set on crab just order the appetizer as your entre. You will be much happier and save some money. The rest on the orders were prepared well and worth the money. Just stay away from the small crab legs!!!

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was very average. Had Steak and Frites. Steak was well over 50%.

OT
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was such a cool restaurant and perfect Chicago date night!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is top notch. Best fish & chips in the city! Oysters are awesome too.

S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was lacking and we expected the food to be better and/or larger servings for the prices. The towers are fun but maybe not the freshest or best quality for being a seafood place. It was a unique dinner experience though!

P
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So great !

Crab knuckle and asparagus delicious
Great service
Sommelier seemed high but got a great wine from her
Not loving the TVs but that’s just my vibe

Loved it !

TL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was mediocre and seemed over priced. We didn’t have any season towers which might have been better to order. The regular food was average

KS
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I thought the menu was great and the food lacked flavor. Nice ambience and good service. Will need to give them a second chance but underwhelming first experience.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a reservation for 7:45 and my table was not ready until 8:10 so my date and I sat at the bar and ate.

Entrees took about 30 to 40 minutes to come out. A person ordered a to go order next to us about 8 minutes after we ordered and they got their orders before us.

The bar tenders gave us a free shot to make up for the long wait time for the food which was really cool! :-)

a
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Completely underwhelmed. Went for our anniversary. The server barely spoke to us. Never made any recommendations. Ordered the crab knuckles. Taste was there, value was not. Smallest portion of fries ever.

JR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I loved Cold Storage. The $1 oysters were fresh and delicious, the Japanese pancakes were fluffy and flavorful, and my crab omelet was the best omelet I've ever eaten. I would go back every weekend for brunch if I could.

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