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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Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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!!!

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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%.

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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.

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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!

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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 !

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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

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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.

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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! :-)

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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.

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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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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for oysters and great service!

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

Date night

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SL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Great service but the food was subpar. Not what I was expecting.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot for a late lunch on a Sunday :) our server Kelly was great and answered all of our questions in detail. We got the whitefish dip, salmon belly, poke, whitefish sandwich, half a dozen oysters ($1 each for their Sunday happy hour!), and the scallop ceviche. Everything was wonderful - I probably wouldn’t order the ceviche again, just because it was creamier than I was expecting and not as light and refreshing. It sort of seemed like a variation of the whitefish dip. We still ate it though!

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X
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was below average and the mussels came from a box.

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DH
Omaha
18 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and superb service. $$$$$

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DS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed ourselves immensely, great food, service and ambiance. Thank you!

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a
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Came in for oysters, apps, and desserts. I believe the oysters here are a bit expensive compared to the other locations in West Loop, where here they offer them by an oyster, which can add up very quickly (Swift & Sons had them at better pricing). Regadless it was great that they offered about 8 different types of oysters to choose from. The calamari was little lacking in flavor, so we squeezed a bunch of lemon on top. They dont have afterdinner cocktails neither, it was only available in Swift & Sons. Being that said we were better off at Swift & Sons. Our server was very attentive and pleasant, gave us the time we needed and space too.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best fish and chips in Chicago? Probably. Better than most I’ve tried in the UK.

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J
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Overpriced and not that great. I love sea food but would not go back again to this place. Spent $140 and left hungry and underwhelmed by food

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r
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very fast lunch service which was great as time was limited. Food was delicious.

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PK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Pleasantly surprise by this diamond among the other restaurants in the Fulton District! Very fresh seafood, with a lot of variety from oysters and clams to sardines and the chef's special of Halibut. The Salmon Poke bowl was a hit as well as the fish and chips! I am personally glad that the other four restaurants we considered didn't have a table for five at 5:15 pm on a Saturday, as we would have overlooked this gem of restaurant!!! I look forward to stopping by on my way home one night soon for Happy Hour!!

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KL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for oysters happy hour and had a great time! Ended up ordering a lot more food and loved every bite.

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KG
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Sad to say this will be my last time at Cold Storage. This place has been a go to for Monday lunches for me and my husband, maybe 10-12 visits total? Last visit we were not in love with the new menu changes and tonight was a worse experience. We waited 15 mins to be acknowledged by our server, and another 15 mins for drinks. Dollar oysters were all bad. My co worker and I ordered Six and we only ate 2. No one made a mention when they were cleared. We tried to order more oysters from their menu but they were out of several of the selections. The other favorite I have always order (fresh fish prepared a la pancha) was sold down to 1 fish option only. This all happened at 5:30 at night. We were so disappointed by our experience we went to Swift and Sons for dinner. It was a better experience.

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R
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Menu was pretty meh.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner in Cold Storage and the server and management was outstanding. There was an issue with a few folks sitting next to us that were making a scene, so much so I had to ask to be moved. When we were moving these people made incredibly rude comments to us. The management moved us to a nice booth in their fine dining restaurant and made our experience wonderful. Thanks team it was awesome.

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AM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food, the ambiance and especially our server.

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BB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife and I stopped in for dinner before a show at the UC. Food and service were fantastic. Be ready to open up your wallet though. All in all I highly recommend.

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MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great for a romantic late night, could get a booth with well behaved kids, and a great spot to mingle with your besties over delicious cocktails, and sweet and briny seafood towers!

Loved having a lil late night valentines dinner here with my partner.

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a
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We ordered the John Hancock seafood tower for 2 and a couple other dishes. The seafood was fresh and the food tasted good but the tower didn’t come with clams as the menu said it would. Our server didn’t mention anything about being out of clams so I assumed we had everything. I realized after our meal that we were missing a key item. The food was good but can’t help feeling gypped.

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JJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Food was below average at best, not impressed with the quality whatsoever.

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r
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The food was awful. The fish was virtually uncooked.

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g
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We dined during restaurant week and overall in terms of food & service we had a lovely experience. However, I have to mention that we were all a bit shocked by the fact that they do not offer free refills on iced tea and on top of that, each tea was $3.50. I have worked in the food industry for a very long time, and I personally think this was a bit much, when iced tea (like soda) cost next to nothing to have on hand and pour. Secondly, the stools in the bar were the most uncomfortable stools I have ever sat in. The bars for your feet were either too low or too high to use comfortably, and by the end of the meal your butt hurt so bad you couldn't wait to get up and leave.

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

Came here for Restaurant Week lunch...was easily the best meal we had all week! Food was incredibly fresh and everything was absolutely delicious!

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IT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I enjoyed the food and ambience was nice. I would have gave the food more stars if the desert was a bit more unique. It's kind of weird to go from rocking seafood to a cookie ice cream sandwich. Mimosa was strong and boozy...liked it! As far as staff, very welcoming @ the door. No place to sit while I wait for a table?? The waiters' runner was the hardest working person there. I would have given him the entire tip. Waiter barely looked in our direction. What a shame...I won't return.

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

Everything was perfect! We came for lunch during restaurant week and everything was very prompt and delicious. It was a great deal, the 3 courses were each outstanding, and we left full and happy.

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T
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was awesome! The food was delish, very fresh. Presentation was spot on and the service was great!

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JG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu and you can even order off Swift and Son's menu too.

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S
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Freshest Seafood in Chicago, Oyster selection always on point, fun casual atmosphere

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