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ESTATE Ultra Bar

3.2
34 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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ESTATE Ultra Bar offers a casual and stylish atmosphere for social dining and drinking. With themed rooms, including the front room, trophy room, dining room, living room and atrium, customers can enjoy stopping in to watch the game, having a meal with friends or reserving a room for a private party.

The menu at ESTATE Ultra Bar includes classic seasonal American cuisine with a playful twist. With petite sammies, shared plates and other options, diners will never go hungry, but there is just as much emphasis here on delicious cocktails, beers and wines as there is on the food menu. Customers enjoy visiting ESTATE Ultra Bar for a meal or just to enjoy cocktails with friends.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
March
FRI & SAT | 6pm - 10pm

April
THU - SUN | 6pm - 10pm

May - August
Open Daily | 4pm - 10pm

September
THU - SUN | 6pm - 10pm

October
FRI & SAT | 6pm - 10pm

November - February
Available for Private Parties
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Phone number
(312) 582-4777
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Cory Farmer
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Private party facilities
Semi-private, private and venue buyout available for corporate events, business meetings, birthdays, bachelorette parties, happy hour, holidays, and more. Catering menu and drink packages are also available.
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Private party contact
Natasha Dyer: (312) 582-4777
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Catering
Full catering menu available on estateultrabar.com.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Division
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Parking details
Free street parking along Elston Avenue and valet available.
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Public transit
CTA Bus 70
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Entertainment
ESTATE is divided into themed rooms - the Atruim, Front Room, Trophy Room, Dining Room + Living Room- available for catching the game and private parties. In July 2012, ESTATE opened the "StarDeck", Chicago's largest open air rooftop restaurant & lounge sprawling over 4000 square feet with Vegas-style furniture & decor, a custom made European sound system and breathtaking view of the City's skyline.
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Special events & promotions
Available year-round for private parties.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
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3.2  based on all time ratings
3.3
food
3.1
service
3.4
ambience
3.0
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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sunshine (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on August 7, 2014

Nice place to meet for a few drinks and finger foods...I felt the drinks were expensive. The bartender was not good at making mixed drinks (lemon drop martinee)..Our waitress, Kelly, was nice, but she kept forcing us to order drinks. Not the best waitress but she wasn't bad either...service was good tho...parking valet $10, sucked...The view not so good if you are not on the roof...Overall I give this place a 3

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vipEnabellena71 (London)
1.0  Dined on July 25, 2014

Took over an hr to get seated ! Said they could not find our reservations. The place was dead had to reseat us twice because of the number of our party when we told them how many ppl from the start. Ordered our food then told us their kitchen was closed we could onli order from the late night menu when we were there on time

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vipbuckeyegirl (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on August 24, 2013

chicken waffles were amazing but should have clarified that its pulled chicken not fried. chilaquiles had way too big of meat chunks - should be shredded/pulled. mac/chz was not so great - taste and texture. service was so terrible and there were only 3 tables for lunch.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on August 17, 2013

Great spot to pull up your boat and have a bite to eat. Dock became popular and now they charge a nominal hourly fee, but worth it. Great view of skyline from star deck! Club feel, but go early and you can still have table conversations over the music.

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vipSmallTownGirl (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on August 1, 2013

The parking lot is hard to get into and the outside leaves something to be desired. But once you're inside, you are definitely in for a treat. Roof top dining is a must. Beautiful views of the Chicago skyline and a vibrant scene. Great service, fabulous drinks and awesome food. The portions are definitely shareable for 2-3 people. Order up and enjoy!

FYI, I had the lobster mac 'n' cheese, salmon, deviled eggs, and the rock shrimp. Enjoyed every bite!

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vipSmallTownGirl (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on August 1, 2013

We visited on a Thursday night and were pleasantly surprised. The downstairs scene was quite plush. The rooftop offers amazing views of the city with a great ambiance. The drinks were perfect and the food was quite tasty. The lobster mac'n'cheese is a must have. You'll also enjoy the glazed salmon or deviled eggs. The portions are size able and definitely shareable. Stop in and enjoy the experience!

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vipraywestloopdiner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on November 30, 2012

The reason for selecting this restaurant for dinner was based upon their website and link on Thrillist, very deceiving. The outside structure makes it look more of a club, but still eye appealing. When inside you walk right into the bar. All other seating was cold and placed randomly. I would only consider going their for drinks. The food was sub-par. Tried all of the sliders and nothing to rave about. The service was awkward, in the sense one entree at a time came to the table. By the time all of the food arrived the first persons food was cold. I would not recommend to any client or friend.

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vipDevo (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on October 9, 2012

I love this place in every way. All their seafood items are half off every Tuesday!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on September 13, 2012

Had a horrible service experience at ultra bar. It was sad because food and ambiance were good and we wanted to like this place. Our server took forever to get our order then never checked on us and we had to wave someone else down just for water!! Our bill took forever to pay and the 18% gratuity was already built in and we weren't allowed to remove it. Manager didn't care we were waiting an hour and didn't do anything to fix the situation. Will never go back. So many better places right down the street that I would rather spend money at and get way better food and service.

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vipKD10021 (Dallas)
2.0  Dined on September 3, 2012

Food was edible but nothing great. Decor reminiscent of a modern sports bar. Dock-the-boat crowd was pretty tacky. I might give this place one more try for a summer cocktail, but do not intend to eat here again.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on September 1, 2012

We had reservations for the roof top weeks in advance and was told it wasn't clean when our party arrived. We ended up having a split group as there weren't enough tables outside on the river to accommodate my party. It was difficult as I was visiting home from out of state and I had to split my time from my family and friends outside to friends on the inside, which isn't what I wanted. By the time they had the roof top deck open, most of my party decided to leave, which was upsetting to me and a loss of revenue for the Estate.

I enjoyed the scene, the ambiance, the food and the bartender made a great margarita. However, the service was slow, the waitress didn't bring silverware and the food got cold and the items were all put on one bil

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vipRealFoodie1 (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on August 24, 2012

PERSONALLY THOUGHT IT WAS A SPORTS BAR, AND WINE LIST IS A JOKE!TASTED A FRIENDS FOOD, WE BOTH AGREED WAS NOT VERY GOOD! JUST DID NOT ENJOY!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on August 12, 2012

Went there for Sunday brunch... and since they open at 11:30AM it was no problem getting a table right away (on the patio overlooking the river). The food was a good combination of lunch (we had the lobster mac and cheese) and breakfast (the lobster tail benedict) both of which were excellent. The place was starting to fill up when we left, so I think we timed it just right. So, I think we'll be back soon as the food and service was great... and not having to wait an hour to be seated for brunch on a Sunday was even better!

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on August 4, 2012

I had a great time there with my friend who flew in from Cali. We had only booked r.s.v.p for dinner. At the last minute we requested an earlier time and it was fine so we got there before the sun was setting and enjoyed the outdoor view. We loved our server and after leaving she let us go upstairs to the balcony for a better view, but mentioned we werent on the list and so we couldnt stay up there. We liked was we saw and wanted to stay so we asked the owner and he was able to provide us with a table as long as we agreed to do bottle service and we were more than fine with that and so we enjoyed a bottle of champagne along with drinks and shots and danced the night away. My only request is that it stays open later! i will be coming back:)

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vipsmartin35 (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on August 4, 2012

This was my first time dining at this place. I called to see if we could move our reservation for 30 minutes later (reservation was at 7:30pm) - and the woman said no. We arrived on time. The place was dead, and it remained this way for the following 2 hours. The food and drinks were average. The positions of the tables were horrible, because it was right near the kitchen entrance, of which the door was left adjar. Our server was nice, but at the end of our dining (we decided we wanted to leave early), she confused our bill with another table. The WORST part of all? THERE ARE NO CABS! We kindly asked the "bouncer" to try to flag one for us, and he responded, "it's not my job."30 minutes to flag a cab! DON'T COME HERE!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on July 30, 2012

Was there for lunch. Waited quit a bit to be seated, then the service was very slow. With the Monday lunch "crowd" being as light as it was, the service and lack of attention was surprising. Food was pretty good.

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MemoA (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on July 25, 2012

Food was great and the view from the rooftop was amazing, I'd recommend to anyone that is loooking for a nice place to take a date.

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vipmeymic (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on July 15, 2012

We went here for brunch on a Sunday. It wasn't busy, but it has only been opened for a couple weeks. Their brunch menu had a lot of good unique items. We got french toast with nutella. A must try! We also got a breakfast croissant that was to die for. After we ate brunch, the roof wasn't even opened yet, but we asked about it and we got a tour. Amazing view can't wait to go back at night!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on July 8, 2012

There was a large party on the rooftop of the restaurant, and it was clear that was the main focus for the staff. All of the other tables in the restaurant (ours included) were lucky to get service. They had a DJ for the party, so it felt like we were eating dinner at a dance club, and not a nice patio. I could understand if it were a Friday or Saturday night, but this was Sunday, and we just wanted a relaxing dinner outside. Our waitress was definitely flustered and tried very hard to take care of us, but the restaurant was understaffed and everything (food and drinks) took a long time. This restaurant has a lot of potential, but with the amount of great restaurants there are in city, I do not plan to go back.

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on July 3, 2012

This place is a diamond in the rough. The outside is not desirable, but inside the decor is modern. There are lounge areas which are good for those that don't want to hang at the bar the whole night. I had the calamari and it was excellent. It was Tuesday's special so you couldn't beat the price. I would definitely go back, but expect high noise levels unless you're dining outside and they boast of rooftop dining, but it is NOT even available.

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viperinnoel367 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on July 3, 2012

Our group had a nice time here. It was a Tuesday night so it wasn't crowded at all. We ordered appetizers and actual meals and all food was fairly good. Our waitress was accommodating when we asked to taste all three skinny drinks before ordering a carafe of it. Unfortunately all three skinny drinks we pretty bad so we ended up drinking our usual mixed drinks. The only complaint I have was the waitress brought cake pops out to us and put them in front of me like it was my birthday. No one at our table ordered them. She told us to enjoy them anyways. But then she charged us for them on our bill! It was odd. Overall experience was good and we will go back again someday.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on June 29, 2012

Estate was really nice. I ended my birthday month with dinner with my girlfriends. The place was nice but the food was not the best.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on June 28, 2012

Somebody spent a lot of money to make a nice space, then ran out of ideas. It felt like a place that opened the day before, not 6 months ago. I would recommend hiring a wait staff with at least GEDs, as the only requirement now seems to be that one looks good in a little black dress. The food was pretty decent and a step above standard bar fare.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on June 23, 2012

I made a reservation for 8. I thought the website said the rooftop was open in May 2012 but it was not open. We wanted to sit outside but there was only a table for four. There was some confusion/contradiction going on because the hostess kept saying that the table was reserved but their website says they don't take reservations for outside so how was the table reserved. Apparently you can't reserve online but if you call you can. She was trying to be accomodating but we were just fed up and left. We didn't eat or barely sat down.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on June 23, 2012

Although the food and service were good, the odd uniform dresses the waitresses were wearing (very low-cut on the top, very short on the bottom, and very, very tight all around) threw me off. Our waitress was efficient and attentive, but the vibe from her outfit and the other girls's dresses made the place feel trashy.

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VDay2014 (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on June 19, 2012

We went on a Tuesday night so it was very quiet but this place looks like it rocks on weekends. The lobster rolls are pretty much all bread with a spoonful of lobster so avoid it. Calamari was a bit salty. The best were the angus mini burgers, shrimp, and tomatoes with goat cheese. The sangria was great and they have a decent selection of beer. The view of the river is great and the decor is chic and loungy. I would definitely like to try this place on a weekend and explore the menu a bit more. Worth giving it a shot.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on June 17, 2012

While our waitress was kind, the owner was VERY rude, dressed very poorly & was walking around scowling.. The food was ok, but the place itself was not very nice. Zero ambiance & almost no one was there.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on June 9, 2012

For brunch on a Saturday it was great. I was able to pull up on the river on my boat and have a great meal. Good Bloody Mary, and the lobster eggs Benedict were excellent

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vipSteakLover (Indiana)
3.0  Dined on June 3, 2012

Overall food was decent. The burger was a little small, especially for the bun size, and the cheese was basically non-existent on the burger. Lobster Mac and Cheese was very good, as was their blood mary. They did however run out of the Ditka's Bloody Mary mix after 2 rounds. Went for a Sunday brunch and would go again.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 30, 2012

The food was great, the service was attentive, and the drinks were excellent.

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