Bandit

4.4
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$30 and under
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American

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A polished-casual restaurant & bar that combines the charm and character of a local neighborhood bar with the sophistication and quality of an upscale, chef-driven restaurant. The design of Bandit is a mix of rustic materials, vintage paraphernalia, and polished décor. It is lowbrow meets high style; glamour meets grit with warm ambient twinkle lights, combined with edgy neon bar signs creating an inviting feel to the restaurant. Nostalgic, “divey” elements are harmoniously married to elevated attributes throughout the concept in both look and feel, as well as the food and drink presentation. The menu is comprised of eclectic American comfort food with an emphasis on local and seasonal ingredients.

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vipJimWChicago
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great lunch! Try the fried fresh mozzarella cheese. One of the best I have had.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food. Very loud both indoors and outdoors, but a fun vibe.

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Khushiab
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quick catch up for friend’s birthday. Server was friendly and attentive. Brought a birthday treat for my firmed which was super nice. It was really loud!! We wanted to stay longer but couldn’t hear other other!! Wrong spot to try and have a conversation. Of course, the JT themed bathroom was the highlight of my evening.

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Ehhhh
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The food was fine, the drinks were fine, the ambiance was pretty cool, the bathrooms were great, but after we ordered we barely saw our waiter, the food was overpriced for what it was and the drinks were crazy expensive again for what you got. I understand it's fulton market but we definitely did not have a dinner worth what we paid, not even remotely close.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It my first time there for brunch and service was quick and delicious. It was a great atmosphere and my group had so much fun. Definitely coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our bartender, Mike, and our server, Pablo, were awesome and extremely attentive. Service was outstanding and the food was great! Definitely recommend!

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vipMichelleD
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nick is the BEST server at Bandit, I've sat at his table twice and he makes the dining experience so positive :) The host was extremely nice as well. Great experience overall, can't wait to go back for the patio!

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vipRSoni
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Hostess is super rude. Food was way too salty. We didn’t like anything. Go for basic drinks and don’t eat the food

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food!

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vipAlisonS
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grilled cheese and tomato soup was amazing!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch spot!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The host was rude. Told us to wait at the bar even though they had many tables available and then when she finally seated us she told us they need the table back in 1 hour. Again even though multiple tables were open and they had additional reservations available on open table.

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HeatherS
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fun place to meet friends for brunch. Party atmosphere with fun music. A little loud. Great decor and friendly wait staff!

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Ah1031
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience4

Service was extremely slow - we had to wait 20 min just to order. Would not recommenced

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CraigA
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Really enjoyed the Restaurant Week menu. Cocktails are a little expensive but tasty.

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vipJoeL
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cool atmosphere and super food. Service was on point. Highly recommend the Elvis French Toast.

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Hibo
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was a bit pricey, but to be expected with a West Loop establishment

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Bandit
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience1

Food across the Restaurant Week menu was delicious and creative, but the space is crowded and the noise is absolutely deafening. Conversation with person sitting 2-3 feet away from me was effectively impossible. Prices for anything off the Restaurant Week menu are consistent with that stretch of Randolph, i.e. on the high end.

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Fannie
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Food was fantastic, but I was surprised we were sat at a bar stool directly next to the door when we came in with a reservation. In addition, service was slow and inattentive. Food was excellent though! I think they just over-booked for restaurant week.

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vipSophie
Chicago
76 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We went to Bandit for Restaurant Week. The best part of this restaurant were the people who worked there! The hostess couldn't have been nicer & our waiter was terrific! Too bad the food wasn't as good! Very disappointed with our meal. My appetizer was a carrot dish. Quite small, especially for the price on the menu & some of the carrots were burnt. My husband's steak said on the menu it came w/mashed potatoes but instead they served him overcooked potatoes. My salad was good. The desserts were mediocre. We will not be back.

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AndrewH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great lunch at Bandit with friends. Our waiter, Pablo, was phenomenal - funny, energetic, and engaging. Love the atmosphere there.

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emilyk
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Everything could have been perfect if we didn’t have food come out cold. I realize we had a party of six but the chilaquiles were barely warm. They also had a dish come out about 10 minutes later than everyone else’s food. The bar is raised if you’re gonna be located quite literally alongside the best restaurants Chicago has to offer. Such potential, I hope this place works out the kinks.

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Beaa
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was good but pricy for small portions.

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ChristopherD
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t be more happy with our service from Anthony. We had a party of 3 and all had items from the Restaurant Week menu. Love everything! Great vibes, the dj’d played those songs that brought me back. You know it’s a great vibe when you dance at the table while eating Kung Pao Califlower!

Cheers!

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AlexaK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience- restaurant week dinner menu was delicious. Tried most of the items and everything was just as good as the previous dish. Definitely will return! Fun Friday night environment

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Dani
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Service wasn't great and the food was poorly prepared. They originally brought the wrong food to the table (NBD), but when they brought the right food, the salmon I ordered was completely raw in the middle. After notifying the staff, they brought out another salmon that was still under cooked. They apologized, but did not comp the dish or give a discount, so I effectively paid $30 for raw fish and a small mimosa. Will not be going back.

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Reggie
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go see Pablo! And listen to his recommendations! Cinnabons are amazing.

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Adfre
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

The food came late and was out of order. Or waiter constantly checked on its until we'r needed the check and then he was nowhere to be found

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and attentive staff! And the food was delicious, we tried everything on the RW menu!

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vipScottF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Restaurant Week. Our waiter Anthony was outstanding. The manager also came by and thanked us for joining their first year in restaurant week and gave us coupons for lunch. Food was amazing especially the Nashville hot tenders and the Kung pao cauliflower.

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vipSteve
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, drinks and atmosphere!

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Leeny
Louisville
20 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and good. House manager exceptionally attentive.

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vipColleenL
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Just okay- nothing great on any front.

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DennisG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My review is based on a 10:00am reservation. For brunch, I feel there weren't enough of a variety to choose from the menu. We had brought our daughter, and I didn't see any pancakes except French Toast. Sunday Brunch, you should expect patrons and be ready. They were out of steak at first, so my friend had a chicken substitute. We did see the steak get delivered later and I told my friend and they were able to add the steak. I on the other hand, had already ordered something else from the menu. Great place, the Diplomat was good, I gave it 4 out of 5 stars for lacking the above.

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ErinK
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went for brunch with a friend, definitely want to go back and try for dinner!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a fun brunch spot for a small group of friends!! I say small because it is loud so if it’s a larger group it might be hard to hear each other, but once the bottomless mimosas are flowing who cares! The music was AMAZING (especially if you’re in mid-late 20s like us - plenty of BSB, Britney, Destiny’s Child, etc) and the bathroom decor is a must-see. The food was great and honestly the prices are very good for the area. $25 bottomless mimosas is a great deal and our server was amazing, made sure our glasses were CONSTANTLY full. Love this place and will come again and again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Drinks were great! Food was amazing. A bit noisy but overall a great place for a fun night out.

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stevel
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

More of a meet up joint for drinks than a place to have a meal. Food was so so - especially considering so many great alternatives on Randolph and nearby.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anthony was our server and he was wonderful! He was so helpful and had great recommendations from the menu. My husband and I loved the music being played and really enjoyed the food. Bandit is definitely going on our rotation of repeat restaurants. Great vibe!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Good spot, but nothing special

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