House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - Chicago

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House of Blues Restaurant & Bar offers live Blues nightly and made-from-scratch, Southern-inspired cooking, including iconic dishes such as New Orleans jambalaya & gumbo, Lowcountry shrimp & grits, house-smoked Carolina pulled-pork barbeque, Memphis-style baby back ribs, and Delta fried chicken. The menu also offers signature Southern-inspired recipes such as Voodoo Shrimp and Carolina Mess, as well as a wide range of burgers, sandwiches & salads. The House of Blues bar is dedicated to showcasing a unique blend of classic and contemporary specialty cocktails, spirits & craft beer. Conveniently located near Millennium Park and Magnificent Mile, the House of Blues experience brings together authentic American food, live music, and art like no other place on Earth. The sounds are electric, the art is inspiring, and our kitchen is as rockin' as the talent onstage.
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Mon - Thu 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 7:00PM

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London
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food and good music. took a long time for the band to set up, first band wasn't a blues band but still enjoyed the music

JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Jerome our server was outstanding. We truly had a great experience.

C
Chicago
76 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

A was a little disappointed with this visit to the HOB. I made a reservation and asked to be placed in a quiet low traffic area. I also mentioned it was my date's birthday and I'd like to get a dessert for her. The hostess placed us near the stage where it was quite loud. I asked if we could be seated at a side booth which was not near the stage. I was told those tables were reserved for larger parties. NO ONE USED THOSE TABLES DURING MY VISIT! And I'm talking a booth that sat 4 at the most. The wait staff was a tandem with one person in training. Ordered white wine which was maybe a couple degrees cooler than room temperature. I asked for a glass of ice so that I could chill the wine myself. Had to ask twice for the ice was slow in coming. The food was good and well prepared. No mention of the dessert but once my date mentioned it was her birthday in passing, they brought a slice of key lime pie that I believe was gratis. The HOB is capable of great dining experiences. They were a little off their game on this visit, but I would go back.

JT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's been several years since dining at HOB. Food was great and energy level was fantastic. Really enjoyed the background blues band and then enjoyed Led Zeppelin 2 show in separate theatre. Fun night.

AM
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made reservations for my daughter's 19th birthday. We were delighted when we were seated right in front of the stage! We had never eaten there before, and we so were pleasantly surprised! Excellent service, good appetizers, delicious burgers. My daughter ordered the Cajun Pasta, and it was a little too spicy for her taste. The server was very gracious and offered to bring her a different entree. The manager came to ensure we were satisfied. We will be back. Great place to bring under 21 to hear music with dinner!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner prior to the Led Zeppelin 2 performance, on January 11, 2020. The food was excellent and our server,(Mya) was beyond the description of fabulous. She has turned customer service into an art form.

The dinner and service was the bright spot of the evening,(the musical performance failed to meet my expectations).

Thank you, MYA for everything!

OT
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and beverages were delicious. Our server was very helpful and friendly. And the entertainment was awesome!!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, would go back again.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend wanted to visit

CG
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was nice, and the staff was very friendly and pleasant. The food was cooked to perfection. This was my first visit and I'll definitely return! I loved the live band in the restaurant, as well as the ambiance.

C
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Inmejorable para pasar un magnifico rato, escuchar buena musica y comer o tomar una copa en un precioso recinto, lleno de encanto. Gracias por conseguir que fuese uno de mis mejores recuerdos por una ciudad encantadora. Volveré

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OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wow - wasn’t expecting the great food . We wanted to hear some blues with dinner . This was the spot to go - good blues man “ Mississippi Gabe Carter “ no cover charge and dinner was excellent - the recommendations from our waiter Eric were great from the burger to the really good jambalaya and jalapeño cornbread .
Eric gave us great service. We will go back any time we are in town .
Be sure to tip the entertainment!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, the voodoo shrimp and other creel classics are spectacular. The service was phenomenal and they even were kind enough to give souvenir mason jars to my parents visiting from out of town. The managers both touched our table and the server was kind and bubbly. As a bonus, after dinner we headed upstairs for an amazing Tom Petty cover band.

EH
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Absolutely loved the experience! My son was given and opportunity of a lifetime by playing drums with Lindsey Alexander! The food was good. the drinks were strong and the service was absolutely outstanding. Everybody was so fun and energetic. I can't wait to get up there again.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great and the ambience is great. Sure it’s touristy but it’s very welcoming and has a great vibe. We stupidly showed up an hour early since we forgot about time change when traveling, but still got a great table and had a ton of fun.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

New Year’s Eve

KW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Ordered a medium done steak and we got a well done steak. I didn't want to complain because it was pretty busy and New Year's Eve. Our server didn't visit the table nearly enough. My wife and I sat about 15 minutes without refills on our drink. Finally someone else asked us if they could get someone and we asked for refills. Later on when we went to our concert we thought it was extremely disorganized and disappointing for a place that hosts concerts on a regular basis. We have discussed it and we plan on never visiting again.

CC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Yes and no. Dined here twice within two months to use value bucks I purchased. First time Salmon was undercooked and I was advised that I should have said well done. Ummm, I expected for the fish to be cooked. I wasn’t eating lox and bagels, just grilled fish. My most recent visit, my children ordered the impossible burger and unfortunately the did not express how disguising it was until the were more than halfway done and asked me to taste. Yuck, it seems that the cook decide to pour 1/4 cup of salt on the burger. Lesson learned, stick to drinks and nachos.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Muy concurrido y los platós tardaron bastante en salir. Por lo demás, todo perfecto y la comida gustò a todos.

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EB
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food, great music. Definitely recommend when visiting Chicago.

OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was not great but the atmosphere was good

s
Indiana
14 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service! The food was good. The drinks were good, but pricey. The live entertainment was a plus!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and great service!

S
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

HoBs is a fantastic place for an early dinner. Of course, there is headliner music later in the evening but coming for early dinner is such a great experience. We’ve done this twice now and both times, the musicians were wonderful. And the food is too! Everyone at our table loved their choice - best loaded nachos ever, great fried chicken and smoked chicken. Cocktails were wonderful as well. Our waiter was a lot of fun, which just topped off the whole experience. Not to mention the fabulous music. Highly recommend!!

SB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great meal on a great place. Good choice on menu, we were seat close to stage so it was a little loud. Great service. Memorial in shop a bit expensive.

RK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit to HOB Chicago did not disappoint. The food was much better than we expected. The blackened salmon was perfectly cooked and my husband loved the Jambalaya. The drinks were great and the entertainment was enjoyable. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking to enjoy a nice experience in Chicago. The location was also very walkable to enjoy a view of the river and city skyline, as well as nearby shopping and bars. Two thumbs up!

EJ
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Dinner was gross.
Appetizers were great.
Waiter was awesome!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly personnel, good prices, good food! I’ll recommend this place to my friends

t
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The ribs were so dry and tough, no favor to the chicken or the pulled pork. Only thing that was decent as the voodoo shrimp.

AA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved musician Mississippi Gabe Carter! He was great!!

HH
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really great service, excellent music, delish food.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great

EL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and a show. The concert we attended upstairs was awesome.

JH
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night! The band was great, as well as the food and atmosphere!

B
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant had a friendly and knowledgeable staff providing timely service and flavorful food items. Specialty cocktails were a little bit pricey, but tasted wonderful and didn't skimp on the alcohol. Live music was entertaining and still allowed for conversation depending on where you were seated. Definitely would recommend this establishment for a meal, drink, or even a show.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great staff. Great ambiance. Good music (after 7pm).

DH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun and friendly with live music and great food. One of the best cajun food restaurants in town.

M
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

waited at table for 20 minutes to be approached by server, however his service was ok from order on. the food was amazing

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and music. Obviously with a band it is loud. One issue with entree addressed quickly and cheerfully. Servers do a great job. We will return!

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