Duck Inn

4.8
893 reviews
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Esquire's Best New Restaurants in America 2015

Duck Inn is a Neighborhood Gastro-Tavern & Dining Room situated at Loomis Street and the Chicago River between Chicago’s Pilsen and Bridgeport neighborhoods. Housed in a 100 year old pre-prohibition tavern, it showcases Michelin Rated Partner/Chef Kevin Hickey’s signature New American cuisine. An extensive beverage program filled with craft beers, contemporary cocktails and creative wine service matches the food offerings. Duck Inn offers small bar and snack menu for the front lounge/bar space and a more traditional menu for the back dining room with first and main courses, a tasting menu and more.

Specials

Industry Night

Enjoy 50% off for our industry or artist friends.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 21, 2018

Ends: December 22, 2117

Availability: Sun 5:00PM-10:00PM

Happy Hour

50% off of Bar Snacks. *Some restrictions may apply

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 21, 2018

Ends: December 22, 2117

Availability: Mon-Fri 5:00PM-6:00PM

Happy Hour

Enjoy 50% off of Beer, Wine or Cocktails. *Some restrictions may apply

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 21, 2018

Ends: December 22, 2117

Availability: Mon-Fri 5:00PM-6:00PM

50% off Bottles of Wine

50% off Bottles of Wine

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 21, 2018

Ends: December 22, 2117

Availability: Wed 5:00PM-10:00PM

Fried Chicken Night

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Thighs, Mashed Potatoes, Biscuit and Collard Greens.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 21, 2018

Ends: December 22, 2117

Availability: Tue 5:00PM-10:00PM

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.3

Surprises are great, and so is The Duck Inn.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 893 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, best roast duck around. Drinks aren’t cheap but they are very creative and tasty. Ashley is a most wonderful server and made my evening whole!

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K
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third visit- each time with a different set of dining companions. We were celebrating a job offer and the spirited experience stThe Duck Inn was perfect. We had the escargot on a crepe, the duck dog, and cheese curds to start, then two duck dinners, followed by honey panna cotta for dessert. Great cocktails, beer, and after dinner drinks. Service is fabulous. The only “negative” is the noise level. Otherwise great ambiance. Also easy street parking.

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F
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks, everything was properly executed. Friendly service and Beth, manager, was welcoming and a joy! Will definitely travel from north side to south side Chicago to visit this gem for brunch or drinks at the patio.

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L
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the inventive menu, the rotisserie duck is perfection and I have enough appetite left to enjoy dessert.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic

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g
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We shared dishes, it's the way to go. So many wonderful tastes

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Austin
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our 3rd trip to The Duck Inn and after a year of thinking about how great our meal was, this year’s visit did not disappoint. The roast duck is always amazing but on the new Spring Menu, I recommend trying the Buffalo Ricotta Gnocchi and the Panna Cotta. The freeze dried honey provides such a subtle sweet touch to the dessert. See y’all next April!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was in from out of town. Took Uber from local hotel. Food was great. Wait staff friendly. It was a neighborhood feel for this New Yorker.

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JJ
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

had an enjoyable night with the family .. good food and service

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MG
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very enjoyable and creative brunch. Hackney Handshake cocktail highly recommended.

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AW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a bad visit at Duck Inn and this most recent trip was for my birthday. Everything was perfect- from the service to the food to the atmosphere. Thank you Duck Inn!

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T
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! The restaurant is well worth the trip. Great ambience and decor. The flavors were very well developed and layered. Great wine list to enjoy and pair the food with. Service was very friendly and attentive! Thanks for having us! Can't wait to go back

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DG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I heard this place was great, and it lived up to its expectations. The drinks were creative, War of The Roses is a vodka drink with egg whites and some other ingredients that made this a great way to start the evening. The ambiance is cool and lively, no pretension on the south side. The service was outstanding, everything we ate was fantastic, but the duck, the duck, oh my, it was without a doubt the best I have ever eaten, a memorable dish that does justice to the naming a restaurant after. We shared this with our table of six, but I will return and eat the whole thing by myself. Crisp, moist, flavorful, not too gamey, simply perfection.

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

Really good restaurant! You can smell the duck once you come inside the restaurant. All the choices we made were spectacular. Highly recommended!

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ET
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Team Duck Inn executed everything extremely well.

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P
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Duck Inn is always terrific, especially when you order the duck! It's all good. Except that our server neglected to ask us if we wanted dessert. Not that we really needed it but . . .

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SB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

great food. fun atmosphere .
overall a great experience and highly recommendedseemed a little short staffed as drinks took some time and duck came out with meal rather than before as we discussed.

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FR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The rotisserie duck IS FREAKIN DELICIOUS and worth EVERY penny! Chef chris brought it out personally and put his heart in that meal! Omg. The brussel sprouts were good, just a smidge salty. The duck wings were ok too, I'm not a huge sweet and savory fan but if u are, then they're a hit! I'll be back for that rotiduck soon!

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BW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Duck Inn is a neighborhood gem. Amazing food, incredible service, and a slick mid-century retro vibe that is cozy, welcoming and nostalgic. Easily one of my top 5 restaurants in Chicago. Looking forward to going back soon.

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m
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love the interior and mid century feeling inside the restaurant. Overall the food was on-point. The highlight was the duck, the dish is prepared very well and the duck breast is cooked to perfection which is difficult to do. Other highlight dishes were the octopus, brussels sprouts, cheese curds, and tuna (although it feel it was a bit overpriced). I would definitely go back and highly recommend ordering the duck dish and do so in advance to make sure you can get the dish.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a special occasion, and what a night it was! Our server was gracious and so very accommodating. And the food ... wow! My friends and I had a blast! Thank you. We’ll definitely be back!

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z
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I requested the Chef’s table when I made a reservation for 6 for dinner. I preordered a Duck for dinner. My husband and I enjoyed a cocktail at the bar while waiting for our friends to arrive. The bartender was engaging and seemed excited to talk to us about the cocktail ingredients. We were promptly seated and it was a fun evening. The other two couples had never been to Duck Inn and were asking us how we came upon such a random place ( I was invited to a party there). The waitress was attentive and enjoyable. The couple seated closest to the the kitchen had fun conversing with the kitchen staff. Our Duck , Brussels sprouts and chocolate peanut butter beignet were delicious. I am never disappointed when we have a meal at Duck Inn.

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NH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The duck Inn is an amazing gem. The way you are treated and the way the food tastes is incredible. Love that they serve Sparrow Coffee, and other delicious deserts.

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

Excellent service. Our waiter was so helpful with dietary concerns and very friendly. The duck, incredible. Definitely will be back!

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

We had an outstanding evening. The food and service were fantastic. Can’t wait to go back!

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OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. The duck was great. Brussel sprouts to die for.

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TK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

was outstanding all around. From the food to the service. it was great. I highly recommend

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EE
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good atmosphere and great food. Really fun experimental cocktails.

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s
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my 6th or 7th visit but was with 4 newbies and one repeater.
It was SOOOO loud on Sat that we couldn't hear each other. We specifically went there to celebrate a Birthday , in a smallish group so we could visit. Didn't really happen.
That won't prevent us from going back but we will either ask to be seated in front room where there is more wood to absorb the sound or go on a week night when there may not be as many larger groups.

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MF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I gave "ambiance" a 4 star because this place is very drafty in the winter. Other than that, you have got to go. Feels like a good old fashioned supper club. Their bar is a site to see and the food/drink menu is exquisite. Definitely order the duck beforehand and enjoy many of their great cocktails. Get the brussel sprouts as well, you won't regret it.

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

We made reservations. The entire staff could have been nicer. They didn’t check us...kept us waiting to order and was less than enthusiastic about everything in general.

The food was good and we even tried the over the top burger which is off the menu. (It’s an In and Out style burger) Not that the Duck Inn staff would have told us about it, we heard from another chef at another restaurant. The burger was off the charts delicious.

I would love to try the Rotisserie Duck because it looked so good but not sure I want to go back anytime soon.

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NM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a lovely experience. The staff is fun and friendly. Eleanor knew the menu well and helped pick out some excellent choices to include a cocktail I would not have ordered, but really enjoyed.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Life changing food.

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K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

No one to greet us at the door, very slow refill of water and coffee. Otherwise excellent experience overall. The food is delicious and definitely is worth coming in for a cold and extremely windy Sunday

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OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, drinks, and service!

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MC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Duck Inn is always the best! I would eat here every night if I could.

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d
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 3rd time and my husband's 1st time at Duck Inn. We were seated at the Chef's table right next to the kitchen, which was super nice to watch. We had ordered the Chef's tasting menu, and it did not disappoint. The Chef himself came out to serve some of the dishes, and they were so delicious. I love that it is a more casual atmosphere, but with top notch beautifully orchestrated dishes that make you feel like you're at Charlie Trotter's or 11 Madison in New York. Super great food. Totally going back and doing the tasting menu again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Appetizers were great-octopus and clams. Split a hamburger sandwich-fabulous.

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Give Kevin, the bar magician a raise! Great service, great cocktails, great guy. Made a pleasant evening with the wife memorable.

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DN
London
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and I really appreciated how attentive they were to dietary restrictions.

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