About Table Donkey and Stick
Located on the edge of Logan Square, Table, Donkey and Stick is a neighborhood restaurant offering seasonal fare and a unique selection of beer, wine and spirits honoring the eating and drinking traditions of the Alps. The restaurant has been named a best new restaurant by Chicago Magazine and awarded a Bib Gourmand by the Guide Michelin.
Our menu features creative, seasonally driven small and large plates, complemented by a rotating selection of charcuterie and artisan cheeses. The kitchen works with local farmers and whole animals whenever possible; all breads and charcuterie items are made in-house.
Table, Donkey and Stick is a place to gather with friends in a warm and comfortable environment. The focus is on the table: a place for food and drink, but also for story-telling and fellowship.
Chicago, IL 60647
Contemporary European, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: 5:30pm-10:00pm, 11:00pm Friday and Saturday
Bar Open Till Midnight (10pm Sunday)
$30 and under
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Free street parking is available directly in front of the restaurant on Armitage Ave. Paid parking is available across from the restaurant on Fairfield.
The restaurant is under 1/2 mile from the California and Western stops on the Blue Line. The restaurant is also accessible via the Armitage and California buses.
Private Party Facilities:
Table, Donkey and Stick is available for parties, celebrations and other events with customized menu and beverage options. A glass-enclosed private dining room with fireplace and access to patio is available for up to 25 guests.
Private Party Contact:
Matthew Sussman: (855) 826-2481
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Table Donkey and Stick Ratings and Reviews
We enjoyed a lovely evening, and delicious meal, at Donkey Table & Stick. The staff was friendly, welcoming and attentive. The space was cozy on a cold night, and the delicious food warmed us up. We ordered a charcuterie plate, a set of small plates and an entree. Each round was promptly served after we finished the previous. The potato latkes and cauliflower panisse were fantastic, and the duck porridge was a creamy, savory treat. I enjoyed every bite and look forward to trying out additional items on the charcuterie menu! Additionally, I would highly recommend the cocktails. Different Seasons was a fun combination of sweet cardamom and ground black pepper flavors, and their Sazerac-inspired cocktail was boozy and impeccably balanced. We will be back!
I have a policy of not writing negative reviews. This is my first. The noise level was insane. We all left with sore throats, ringing ears, and we were angry that Donkey and Stick had wasted our time and a lot of our money. No amount of good food or service makes up for a horrible environment. We'll never go back and are actively advertising our disgust to our circle of dining friends.
Great experience as a first time diner at this restaurant. Wait staff was attentive, but not overcrowding and gave great suggestions on how to pair their menu. The food was delicious - definitely on the heavier side but on a cold winter night in Chicago we didn't have any complaints. I will definitely go back as it sounds like they may swap out a dish or two based on seasonality. Highly recommend for anyone looking to explore some of the yummy restaurants in Logan Square!
We decided to do Christmas Eve dinner at Table Donkey and Stick this year - it was the perfect cozy spot. Excellent charcuterie and cocktails, and lots of different small and large plates that allow you to share a nice balanced meal- the two of us had potato latkes (a must have!) and a carrot and apple salad, and then shared a fish entree. That, plus a couple charcuterie items- which come with house-made bread- were a perfect amount of food for the two of us. Wonderful service, too.
I eat at TDS at least 2-3 times per month. It's unfailingly superb. The wine is nicely curated by Matt, the owner, who's an accomplished sommelier. The ambiance is rich, warm, comforting. The cuisine is inventive, exciting, familiar yet eccentric, and the service is impeccable. It's cozy and lovely and good for all occasions.
Disappointed in many ways. Went on a Saturday night just before Christmas. The server was patronizing, abrupt, and snarky. The music was so loud it severely interfered with our conversation across a very small table. What is it about restaurants these days? It’s as if the experience is for the benefit of the employees and not the customers.
It’s a favorite of mine. It’s a bit loud for a date, but the food is done very well. It walks that line between fine cuisine and hipster hangout.
I’ll keep it plain and simple... you pay a little extra to feel a bit more fancy. However, since it kind of caters to the hipster crowd there is a bit of divey-ness to it.
Another great meal at this quirky, but welcoming restaurant. The cheese and charcuterie are standouts, along with the duck liver mousse. We also enjoyed the sablefish, the duck rollatine and the burger, which is always great. Interesting flavors, well prepared food, fun, somewhat grungy vibe--no wonder this place rates a Michelin Bib Gourmand.
We ate at the restaurant around 8:30 on a Tuesday night. We definitely did not like the communal tables or glass surrounds in the main dining area in back. We also did not like the view of the refrigerators from one of the windows. There was one other party at the far end of our table, and another party at the end of the second communal table and then 3 parties of two at the two-tops. The communal tables are so close together that every time they need to service someone at the end closest to the wall, they have to walk behind all the other diners. This is not ideal. The two communal tables should not be against the wall. However, that would require cutting the end of the tables as there is no space to pull them out from the wall. It is very annoying to have the staff constantly squeezing in behind your chair to access the diners at the far end of the table. I can't imagine how it works when the tables are filled.
They should at the very least put up shades to block the view of the refrigerators. And the room was freezing. They need better insulation. The chef or one of the cooks kept going outside to the refrigerators and letting cold air in, which obviously made things worse. I think I would only return to this restaurant if they (1) remodelled and changed the seating and glass enclosures; (2) if it was warm enough to sit in the back garden (they have heaters, but they were not serving there when we were at the restaurant and it was probably too cold anyway).
The appetizers--especially the charcuterie--are excellent. There are not enough entree options. My pork schnitzel was very greasy. And the lighting was so dim, I couldn't cut the fat away. The vegetarian option sounded like a side dish, not an entree.
The food was impeccable. We had a group of 12 and ordered almost everything on the menu to share. Not a single dish missed the mark.
One of my clients who is a NYC Foodie said after," i was hoping you'd stop ordering more dishes because everything was so great and i thought one dish might eventually come out and ruin it all. But it never did, it kept getting better and better".
Oh and the duck and mussels - wow!
TDS is our absolute favorite restaurant in Chicago! It is comfortable and romantic. The charcuterie program is wonderful, with great Duck Liver Mousse, Foie Gras and amazing cheeses. We have always enjoyed the unique veggie options, such as the squash and the corn salad. The burger is unreal good, and even though they have a lot of other things like schnitzel and fish dishes, it's always tempting to get the burger! Fun wine list with a focus on Eastern European wines. Our favorite, though, is the service! Jamie and Cody keep us coming back over and over. Love this place.
This is one of the city's best gems - all of the bread is made in house, and they have the best charcuterie in the city. The service is awesome, the vibe is lovely - this is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago, and it will rapidly become yours as well. Terroir Tuesdays shouldn't be missed - they've acquired an incredible wine list, and on Tuesdays they pour rare wines for a fraction of normal pricing.
We had a great experience. The place reminds me of a European weinstube, but with a hipster vibe and a more eclectic menu. The wine list is good. The food is creative and delicious. The owner and staff are friendly and attentive. There is a cozy garden with a fire pit.
I've been wanting to go to this restaurant for a long time, and with the outside seating available, was able to get a last minute reservation. I really could have enjoyed everything on this menu. We started with the foie gras, which was spectacular, very rich and filling. I enjoyed the rye baguette served piping hot. We also had the trout rillette, which had a smoky flavor and was a nice small bite to share. We then shared the smashed fried potatoes with snails (small plate)- YUM, served with the fish (large plate). That was plenty for us. Will definitely return.
Service-wise, everything was great, but the food was nothing special. I had the duck breast, which was good, but someone in my party ordered the monkfish and was disappointed. I am usually okay with smaller portion sizes but I felt these were particularly small...The "large" plates will definitely not satiate you, so best to order a couple of cheeses and charcuterie and small courses if you want to leave full. Overall, food was not exceptional enough to have spent $300 on 4 people and while I'm glad to have tried this place, I will not be returning.
For us, a couple in our 60s, we found the menu selections a little weird. While the menu is fairly long and extensive, we struggled to find 5 items we thought would appeal to us. The food was well-prepared and tasted good. But, thinking back after we left, if we were to return we would order the same 5 menu-items, because the other ones were too foreign or aggressive for us. If you are younger and therefore more adventurous, then go for it. But TDS didn't suit us. Not saying it's bad. It just didn't suit us.
This restaurant is consistently great. Best charcuterie in the city. Service is top notch. Excellent wine selections. We always bring our out of town guests here and they always love it as much as we do. For a cozy, romantic date night, though, go for one of the little tables in front by the bar. Absolutely charming.
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