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About House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - Chicago

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar offers 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.

329 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60654
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Southern

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Late Night: Sunday - Thursday: 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. or later; Friday - Saturday: 11:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. or later

Cross Street:
Wacker

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 923-2000

Website:
http://www.houseofblues.com/chicago/restaurant

Entertainment:
House of Blues Restaurant & Bar features Chicago’s latest and greatest blues artists every night on the Backporch Stage. Live blues starts weekdays at 5pm and weekends at 6:30pm until close!

Executive Chef:
John Comerford

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Host your next event with us! Whether you have a party of 12 or 1200, we have the perfect space for you. Contact Megan Herlitz, (meganherlitz@livenation.com) with any event inquiry.

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Private Dining

The entire restaurant space can be rented for special events. The maximum capacity for the restaurant is 400 for a reception and 250 for a seated dinner. We also offer semi-private rooms. All event spaces feature state of the art A/V equipment perfect for a meeting or added entertainment.

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - Chicago Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Vibrant Bar Scene (26)
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Special Occasion (25)
Bar Seating (22)
Late-night Find (20)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Cozy (17)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Comfort Food (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Hot Spot (14)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Authentic (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
People Watching (11)
Spicy (11)
Great Beer (10)
Happy Hour (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Romantic (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Quick Bite (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Business Meals (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Server was great! Food was even better! We definitely enjoyed the live band... I will make sure I return whenever I am in Chicago.

Tags: Fun, Late-night Find, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Atmosphere and food was good. Seating however was not so good as we were in the corner and could not see the band. The way the area is structured and configured only the tables in the middle or standing at the bar have good views.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined 5 days ago

This is 2nd time I have eaten at a HOB. Good is,very mediocre. Will not stop for meal again.

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Only my second time visiting the restaurant and food was great. Carolina Mess & the NY strip were excellent. Mike Wheeler was on stage and sounded great.

Tags: Comfort Food, Live Music, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

We had a great time. Hayley, our waitress was awesome. GILES had great music..

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Cozy, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic, Live Music, Disabled Access, Casual, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Montreal)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Suis allée au restaurant-bar spectacle. Visuellement c’est très coloré et drôle. Le « blackened salmon » était excellent ainsi que sa salade d’accompagnement. Personnel discret (spectacle) mais très efficace. Le show principal était bon, la première partie, moins. Je le recommande!!

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I came before the Hanson concert on Sunday because it was a convenient spot and I had an email
Saying I would receive $10 off $30 order. Food music and service was great. Reminded the waitress twice about coupon. Assumed she took the $10 off our bill, but didn’t realize until much later that didn’t happen. Other than that- good experience!

Tags: Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

This restaurant is awful. The service was awful, the food was awful. I will never go back. Also worst place for a concert. We were there for Hanson concert and it was the worst experience I have ever had.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent food, friendly staff, and great live music.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Live Music, Fun, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Great music and food!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Loved it! Enjoyed talking w the woman in the T-shirt room about my birthday gift. At 63, I got a set of Ludwig drums and took to them like a fish to water. Shrimp and grits were delicious and the staff and music perfect!

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

We really enjoyed our evening, the blues band was great, the waiter was excellent, and, although our order took a little longer than expected to come, it was delicious!

Tags: Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great food and good service. Live music (acoustic set and band) we're both great. Evening was all we hoped to see and hear. Kid friendly menu was a plus. We will definitely be back when in town.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Disappointing service. Just a table for 2 but took 25 mins to get drinks. Server had to be waived down all night long to get any service. I believe this was an isolated lazy server because we observed other tables getting excellent service.

Tags: Organic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Food was nothing special, but that’s not why you go! Great live music where families are welcome.

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

It was amazing! I enjoyed my birthday dinner with close friends!

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

This was a great location to get to hear some of local musicians and be able to take my 18 year old in with me.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

The food was excellent as well as the service I will be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Live Music
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great time.. Enjoyed the food and atmosphere before the concert we attended. We look forward on coming back for another dinner/ Concert evening.. Thsnk you very much.

Tags: Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The husband and I came here on a Wednesday night at 5:30 PM. There was a bit of a crowd, waiting to be seated, but the restaurant itself was pretty empty. We had booked a reservation via open table and when we checked in with the host, I guess they did not process our check in. When you walk into the main dining room, it is incredibly spacious, peaked ceilings line with plaque of blues artists in soft blue lighting, and a small performance stage. We loved that there was live music, performed by Keithen Banks.

We were seated at a high top table. It's pretty solid seating, you get a great view of the stage, my only complaint is that it was close to impossible to read the menu due to zero lighting. We had thought it was because our eyes had not adjusted to the room, but I mean, it was pretty dark out when we walked in.

Our server ( Aria) was awesome. She was super attentive, made excellent recommendations,and she explained how the "pass the line" tickets worked. My husband ordered the HOB burger with provolone cheese and I went with the Brisket Sandwich. The HOB burger was a decent size, meat was grilled nicely, and well seasoned. My Brisket Sandwich was huge. The meat was tender, good meat to fat ratio, but I had an issue with how it was drenched in BBQ sauce. Which in my opinion took away from the flavor of the meat. Both sandwiches came with French fries, sliced pickles, and ketchup on the side. We weren't a fan of the fries. It was nothing impressive.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Visiting Chicago and my wife and we met a friend at the House of Blues for a great night of blues and some good food and drinks. I must admit that I was expecting it to be touristy, but found the bands to be authentic, entertaining and skilled.

The Po’ Boy sandwich had tasty fried shrimp and a light, flaky crusty bun that was completely enjoyable. Our waiter was a lot of fun and at the end of the nught shared some of his favorite blues bars in Chicagoland (besides the House, of course).

Blues music and culture is alive and well and Chicago and the House of Blues lived up to its excellent reputation. My wife and her girlfriend that we met there both love jazz and blues and they each enjoyed the music tremendously. I don’t have much of an ear for music, but even I could tell that the sound system was excellent.

Sunny and his band ambled theough the audience after their first 90 minute set and mingled with the crowd including stopping by our table to chat for a while.

At the House of Blues, I felt like I experienced Chicago. Isn’t that cool?

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 14, 2017

The food was great, and both the manager and the staff couldn't have been nicer. I'm going back again. Hats off to Andrew and his wait staff.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fun
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Enjoyed myself.... loved the smoked chicken on my salad.... friendly an d knowledgeable waiter.... good band.... went upstairs to see Crossroads and it was a GREAT show

Tags: Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Everything was wonderful from beginning to end...the hostess, waitress, food and drinks! No complaints. So far I've had the pleasure of dining at Crossroads three times. Definitely one of my favorite spots!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Fun, Live Music, Romantic, Quick Bite
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food & service. Warm beer :(

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The staff was very kind to let me push back my reservation since we were a little late getting into town. I was not aware that their menu had changed thought, so that was unexpected. I like spicy food but can’t eat it anymore, so I had limited options. Our server recommended brisket, which I ended up getting, and it was delicious! They serve a lot of food at a reasonable price. My fiends enjoyed their meals too. It is neat that they have live music and it wasn’t too hard to hear my friends over the music once they put barriers in front of the amps.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Live Music, Romantic, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Spicy, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, People Watching, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Love the HOB. Food is very good. Music is good! People are great!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

The ambiance was excellent and the service was wonderful. The music was quite enjoyable.

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Good for a Date, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Loved the new menu. Food was great! Live music was great and not too loud.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Service is always slow. Food is the same as a Chili's. Women's bathroom had no toilet paper in it, but my husband said he had a full service attendant in his bathroom. The music was very loud, almost painful. But it's convenient before a concert at their venue and I had a coupon.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

My bf and I loved the fact that we could see the concert and then go downstairs for even more music and great food. We both had the Cajun pasta and loved it. Awesome atmosphere.

Tags: Spicy, Live Music, Casual, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great place! Great vibe! Great music! Great food! Can’t wait to get back to Chicago and get back to the House of Blues!

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Bar Seating
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Medium sized dining room with closeness to performers. Performers constantly engaged customers in the audience throughout their set. Good food at reasonable prices.

Tags: Good for Groups, Spicy, Casual, Live Music, Fun, Kid-friendly, People Watching, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent food, came all the way from the Netherlands to enjoy a really great meal.
Compliments to the kitchen staff on a great steak and the serving staff, they were on top of everything.
We were hoping to see Dan Aykroyd while we were there, but no such luck.

Tags: Casual, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Excellent food, reasonably priced. Destination point, a place to come back next time in Chicago, but the there isn't a party. Lively music but not good for a conversation.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

I was visiting Chicago for the first time on a work trip and I sent up reservations for the time of a Rolling Stones cover band with my coworkers. We were running late from sight-seeing and I called the restaurant part of House of Blues to let them know. It was no problem at all to push back my reservation for a bit (they were very accommodating). We showed up and were led to a table in direct view of the stage with the place already rocking. It was also during Halloween time, so a woman dressed as a harlequin made balloon animals for us as soon as we sat down. The band playing was great and the food was just as good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Recommended by our Uber driver as one of, if not the, best places to listen to blues in Chicago. Superb location, close to the Chicago River, easily accessible and plenty of room. Not all the tables have the best views of the stage, but the acoustics in the restaurant are more than fine.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 21, 2017

In from out of town

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Anticipating some live music on the restaurant stage on a Saturday night we were disappointed to see none at least not before 8pm when we left. The service was not inattentive but as it got busier we were mostly forgotten about. The food was about average, reminiscent of southern/Cajun but nothing that we got was especially impressive.

Tags: Casual, Fun
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food! Great music! 🎼🎷🍻🥂

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