Bandit

4.5
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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 juxtaposition 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 Executive Chef Shane Graybeal behind the creation of the dishes. Chef Graybeal brings his rustic American style of cooking to Bandit with an emphasis on local and seasonal ingredients.
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.4
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4.4
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4.1
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OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great experience and the food was delicious. Would definitely recommend!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Liked the staff and food but it was far too loud. It was like eating in a nightclub at lunch time. I have a pounding headache. It’s a pity as I’d love to go back if it was quieter.

J
Chicago
180 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Way too loud. But the food for bar food was excellent. The fish tacos and the salads were great. Good drink selection and the pumpkin pie was incredible.

JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was awesome, great food, great atmosphere, highly recommend going, especially during a football game.

CP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great first visit! Looking forward to brunch soon. Love that it doesn’t feel stuffy for being West Loop.

DL
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a fantastic place. Emily was friendly and made sure we were happy. Anthony was an incredible server and made our evening magical. Great food! So glad we found this gem!!!!!

B
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Bandit! The halloumi cheese app was out of this world, and we also really enjoyed the homemade cherry pop tarts and the melted cookie desserts. Highly recommended!

KH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch! Try to sit on the patio!

OT
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Cool space and great vibe. Food is very good . Great service!

A
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the burger and one of the best competing with Aucheval! The decor is fabulous and I really enjoyed the music in the background. Not to mention the service was on! Go check it out for yourself. I know I will be back for round 2!

DF
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anthony is the best! Love the Disco Waffle Fries ;)

KG
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch. Great waiter and great food. Shared the pop tart and cinnamon with the table. Lobster avocado toast was super. Bottomless mimosas were the beginning of a great day. Outdoor seating with beautiful weather and fun people watching. Highly recommend!

m
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Bandit is perfect for groups. The outdoor patio is spot on. Great playlist as well!

l
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing. Incredible food with a great 80s/90s vibe. The food was delicious and the waitstaff very attentive. We hope to come back again soon!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had the best server and he made sure we had a great brunch

GW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Bottomless mimosas and bloody Mary’s at brunch we’re awesome. Attentive service. Great experience.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Slow service, overpriced food - bland food

OT
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anthony was excellent, food was great and the bottomless Bloody Mary/mimosa is a really good deal. Would recommend again.

OT
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience1

Music was too loud and super weird (90s rock) - didn’t fit the ambience. Food was honestly not great - diner quality. Tasted fine but not what you expect on Randolph, and doesn’t live up to expectations the menu creates. Drinks and service were great. Overall Ho hum. Wouldn’t go back.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Completely understaffed and poorly run. No valet outside even though there is a sign. I had to walk inside to find someone to ask them where the valet person was. No one at the front. Stood there for lord knows how long just waiting to be acknowledged while I watched one server run back and forth. My husband finally just parked somewhere and I sat myself. We sat at our table for 20 min and no one came over to us. We finally just walked out. Best part was when open table emailed and said we missed our reservation. I had to write them and say we WERE there but no one acknowledged us. Awful awful awful.

JB
New England
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!! And best bathroom I’ve ever seen! So glad we found this place for brunch.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Overall it was very good

JM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The sliders were awesome!

SE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The service was unbelievably slow. We originally got bottomless mimosas--- but ended up only having two mimosas because they took forever to come. We had planned to stay much longer and have several other drinks (my girlfriend and I had mimosas, and our boyfriends were drinking craft beer) -- but the service was just impossible, so we went to another place down the block. It is a cool place, with a neat ambience, and the food was okay-- but the service was just terrible. It wasn't very busy at all, and they also seemed to have a DJ? Which seemed a little weird, especially because of how slow things were. Might be better to do away with the Sunday morning brunch DJ and hire another waiter. I was very excited to check this place out, and thought it looked like a super cool addition to our neighborhood, but we were just super disappointed.

N
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Ambiance was nice, but the food was very average. It wanted to be more but just wasn’t completely there flavor wise, and the value was awful. 2 sandwiches w fries and 4 beers total should not be nearly $100. Just not the value I am looking for on a normal night out

AN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

The ambiance is great (music, outdoor seating, etc) and it’s s nice complement to what already exists in the west loop. Unfortunately it’s a very limited menu, quite overpriced and the food was below average. We won’t return for food.

C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Food is awesome, great menu and execution. Noise level is too much, you almost had to scream to talk people sitting across table from you. Asked multiple times for them to turn down the music but they did not seem to respond well to the request. The waitress even admitted it was too loud and that she had to wear ear plugs later into the night due to the extremely loud music.

OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super cool, trendy place with great food and a super cute bathroom!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Really liked the Hanky Panky cocktail but all 3 came out tasting very different from one another. Otherwise, service was great and just the decor in the bathroom is worth a visit.

V
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Great cocktails and a hip, lively space. Food was good, not fantastic, not horrible. Desserts were disappointing. Service was a bit rushed.

OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Had drinks here with four friends. Server was great, but left us on our own for long stretches. Seems that while Bar is away from patrons, they’re still extremely slow,

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and service. When you get all three it is a very special place to dine. Highly recommend this place.
We had shared a different main course and loved them all.

M
Chicago
181 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Went for brunch and the burger stole the show! Hear it’s a fun weekend spot with a DJ.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Great vibe, ambiance and service!

j
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For this visit, we sat on the front patio on a quieter Tuesday night. Our server was wonderful and gave us great menu recommendations. The Samantha cocktail was well balanced and tasted delicious, The Diplomat (beef sliders) were fantastic as well as the hot chicken tenders. Highly recommend you check out the bathrooms! 😂👌🏼

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was not that good and overpriced. Service was OK

RF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Food was terrible; worst chicken sandwich I have ever tasted. The bacon was burned so badly it was unrecognizable and the chicken was so dry it was tasteless. The lobster roll at $21 was another disgrace-again no flavor. Probably a decent place for kids to gather and drink but don't go expecting anything even resembling good food. The only bright spot was our server-nice young man who was attentive but not overly so. Can't see this place lasting 6 months.

m
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Wonderful service from Johnny. We ordered the "splittable" hamburger and the waffle fries and both were delicious.

A
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Food and drinks were both mediocre but the ambiance was really cool!

OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Meal and atmosphere are wonderful! The service was very rushed. We felt like we were forced to leave.