Cold Storage Seafood

4.6
301 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Oyster Bar, Fish
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday - 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday - 4:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Sunday - 4:30PM - 10:30 PM
BRUNCH - Saturday & Sunday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Phone number
(312) 638-6280
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Resort Casual
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Executive chef
Chris Pandel
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Morgan
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Parking details
Valet available all day!
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Public transit
Morgan Station
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Special events & promotions
To host your upcoming event at Cold Storage, visit bokagroupevents.com.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 301 People Are Saying
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Chicago
85 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband I had a taste for seafood and what a perfect place for just that! We had lobster and shrimp it was excellent

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E
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and exceptional service! We will be back for sure.
The oysters were wonderful and the avocado toast with crab was delicious!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Trendy which also means expensive...small portions, fish over-grilled, not worth the price, I prefer other restaurants in town

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great deal on happy hour specials, however it took a very long time for our oysters to come out.

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S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Solid happy hour w/ $1 oysters.
Maybe the best sundaes in town.

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F
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

I was visiting in from Detroit hanging with friend and I had grilled snapper which was delicious. Portions were on the light side but the service and ambiance were excellent.

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l
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This restaurant falls into the just fine catagory. It’s steps from Swift & Sons which feels like you are at the 2nd place restaurant. The restaurant is very small and almost feels like an app place for S&S. The food was very good and the service was great. I wondered why it was so easy to get reservations on a Saturday night and now I know why. Try it, you won’t be disappointed but you may wish you were someplace else.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Terrible service

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CB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Brunch food was pretty disappointing, but staff were helpful and accommodated our group of nine, including two babies. The best thing we ordered were the hashbrowns. Brunch menu is oddly eclectic and reflects a lack of focus with specialties from the Mediterranean, East Asia and originals like clam chowder fries. I would not go back.

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s
Chicago
69 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I will definitely be going back to Cold Storage. We got the seafood tower and there were a couple of things I was less into than others, but overall delicious and we left full and happy.

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MT
Detroit
20 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Cold Storage for brunch on a Sunday. Was pretty quiet but I can see how it could get lively real quick. EXCELLENT seafood spot. This is a great spot located in Swift & Sons - in the way too cool Fulton Market area. Love this place. I had the shrimp & grits along with a mimosa, my husband had the crab omelette. Both were wonderful! Staff were friendly & attentive, and were helpful with suggestions. This was a very enjoyable experience. Highly recommend!

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M
Chicago
63 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was impeccable; friendly without pretense and efficient. She made the meal very enjoyable. Oysters were great. All the entrees were well prepared and well priced. WIll return again soon.

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DG
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We’ve eaten here many times and enjoy the food. Went for their new brunch service. The food was great!

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LP
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food/ good service!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Went for a birthday dinner. The food was fresh and delicious. Was slightly put off when we told our server we had a birthday at our table and she dismissed it, yet brought a dessert to the table next to us for a birthday. Slightly soured the experience. The birthday was noted in the reservation also.

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S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Very disappointed that many wines and food choices not available. Seams also that the wine director did not care.
If you have a theme at the restaurant and people come for this and the only 3 of 12 choices are available this is bad.

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KK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Most tables are high tops so be sure to request a booth if that is important to you or your group!

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m
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server, Abby, was fantastic and knew when to ask to keep things moving and when to let us enjoy our conversation. And a pleasant demeanor and quick with a smile. The food was very good but some of the portions were quite small for the price, particularly the calamari.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was good and food was okay.
Nothing remarkable. Spent too much money on mediocre fare.

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M
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was so much fun. The decor and tableware went with the theme of seafood without being cheesy. Japanese pancakes are a must for brunch! Seafood was very fresh and delish. Can't wait to come back for happy hour with $1 oysters!

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LL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were in in town and wanted some raw oysters and specifically clams before dinner. Unfortunately on the first visit they ran out of clams. So we ordered some of the special oysters available and written on the mirror.

We came back a week later for their happy hour for oysters and clams from their regular menu. Again, NO CLAMS. The happy hour oysters were only $1 but sadly they had NO flavor. I would recommend trying just a few before ordering a dozen.

Happy hour beer is $4. I ordered ice tea without looking at the price which ended up being $3.49 when I saw the receipt. Might as well get a beer!

The free house chips were good though. But not sure why we didn’t get the chips on our first visit a week before??

If you are willing to come for their full price oysters, they are good, but were over $3/ea.

Due to the fact they don’t consistently have what’s on their menu (little neck clams) , I wouldn’t be back unless I called to check first.

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KK
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service are excellent. I've already recommended this place to my parents and other friends.

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J
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went with work friends. It was a bit intimate for work / business. Food was delicious but pricy. Would recommend the mussels and the anchovie and EVOO tin! Our waiter / service was fantastic!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Oysters were absolutely the freshest and mussels were excellent as well! And reasonably priced!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant! Food was fantastic. Our server (Mackenzie) was outstanding. We left all saying we can’t wait to come back.

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KM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We’ve gone here before but today seemed off. Catch of the day didn’t taste fresh and server was brand new and didn’t know much about the menu.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice waitress and good deal on oysters

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BW
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food awesome - service better! Fish and Chips are as good as I have ever had..

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

Went for my 12 year anniversary. Service was wonderful!

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IE
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for my birthday and I had an amazing time! I also came back on a dinner date with my boyfriend and we had a great time as well! Would highly recommend!

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JS
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Happy Hour in Chicago!

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AT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for happy hour! Had wonderful dollar oysters.

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CM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met friends here for dinner on a Friday night and the seafood, drinks, and service were all amazing! We had a great time and can't wait to return soon. It was a festive, fun atmosphere but also relaxed. The booths are much more comfortable than the high top tables though so I highly recommend reserving one if you can.

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MF
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Food was great, service was horrible. Waited over 20 minutes before our server showed up to take drink orders. Food took forever to come out and we had to ask for it to go because the wait time made us so late

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LB
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The place is fun, casual and trendy looking. The service was great, our drinks were good. Food was just okay - not bad, not great. The cold fresh seafood was probably the best - we ordered the oysters and shrimp cocktail and loved those. Prices were high for portion size (which I get that seafood is generally more expensive) so we opted for some warm dishes - fish & chips, a fish sandwich, and steamed mussels. Not terrible, not our favorites though. If I did happen to come back, I'd probably go for the fresh cold seafood options next time.

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BD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience. Our waitress Aby was cheerful and enthusiastic and made the dining experience lively.

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TH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Menu is too small

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S
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here with my hubby for brunch. I ordered japanese style pancake and he got crab roll. They are both good. We will come back for dinner in the future.

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P
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Abby our server was phenomenal. Food was great, drinks were delicious.

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JW
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Dessert was outstanding! The variety of homemade ice creams really knocked ours socks off. Friends enjoyed the crab roll. My mussels were OK but not quite the season for them (the shells were very brittle). The smoked whitefish dip was really good, as were the oysters. Would go back to try the other desserts.

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