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Permanently Closed - The Bedford

4.2
736 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Inspired by the Supper Club experience of a bygone era, The Bedford puts a modern-day twist on the concept by offering more than just a restaurant. Underground but not exclusive, this Wicker Park outpost offers a full nightlife experience without the formality. Come into the reclaimed landmark bank for a drink or small bite, and end up staying for a full meal, music and more. Sip on one of our signature cocktails in the one-of-a-kind lounge in a former bank vault; experience our boutique wine, beer and spirits selection at the bustling bar; or enjoy our celebrated cuisine in the intimate dining room. Stick around after dinner and you just might find yourself ready to mingle, enjoy some tunes and the company of an old (or new) friend. You could go somewhere else, but why would you want to? The Bedford is an affordable luxury right in the heart of Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood.

Experience it for yourself.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday- Friday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

Friday & Saturday 5.30pm - 11.00pm

Bar: Open until midnight Mon-Thurs, Friday 2am and Saturday 3am
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Phone number
(773) 235-8800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mike Galen
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Private party facilities
The Bedford is the perfect place to host a variety of functions such as birthdays, wedding showers, engagement celebrations, corporate presentations and formal events. The Bedford is available any night for private parties or special events. Entire venue buyouts are available.
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Private party contact
Claudette Guillermo: (773) 243-6921
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Cross street
Ashland Avenue
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Public transit
Division Stop on the blue line.
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Entertainment
Thursdays: Vinyl in the Vault
Friday & Saturdays: DJ nights starting at 10:00PM
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Special events & promotions
We can customize a package to fit your specific event needs. Email Marilyn and marilyn@bedfordchicago.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.0
food
4.0
service
4.4
ambience
3.9
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Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on April 29, 2017

I had a reservation for Saturday for my birthday party never received any notifications that they were closed SMH very disappointed

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2017

The food was outstanding, from the beef tartare and the cauliflower fritters, to the diver scallops and the duck confit cassoulet. The flavors worked well together and there was a great deal of care put into each of our dishes.

Service was top-notch. We never waited long for anything, and every person with whom we spoke was friendly, inviting, and made us feel comfortable.

Lastly, were the cocktails. My wife's favorite is a pisco sour and it did not disappoint. We would recommend this spot for a fun night out, or a romantic dinner for a special occasion. We were there for our anniversary and would go back again, without hesitation.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2017

I took my wife out for her birthday dinner. They treated us so well; they had a nice cozy booth reserved for us and some really lovely extras. The pisco sour was very delicious as was the octopus and the main courses of the scallops and the tenderloin. The service was attentive but also did a good job of not being too intrusive. Thank you for making this evening so wonderful.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2017

A really nice place in wicker park. The staff and food are just superb. One of the best places in the neighborhood. I am definitely coming back

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2017

We've been there before and liked it. We brought friends this time. They liked it.

The place is cool with the bank vault right there with you. The food is imaginative and new. Once they got the right order, the drinks were good. The wine list is short and efficient.

Early, the place has moderate sound levels. As the evening goes on, the DJ starts playing quietly, but it gets louder as the evening goes on. It looked like they were clearing the room for dancing.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2017

You could share appetizers. They were the best! They were an improved twist on some comfort food classics.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2017

Limited menu, but good choices. Unique atmosphere. All parties at our table enjoyed their meal. A bit noisy if serious conversation is your goal.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2017

Food, especially gnocchi was delicious. Interesting choice of craft cocktails. Swanky setting.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2017

Went to dinner before the theatre and was running late. They were very nice about it our tardiness and it was appreciated. We were able to order quick and our food came out in a timely manner. I had the baked chicken and it was very moist and tender. My wine was very good. The manager and our waitress checked on us which was very nice. If I had more time I would have ordered more food and wine. I would definitely go back when I have more time. Trendy hot spot.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2017

Very cool place with great ambience. Just went for drinks which were very good. A little pricey but a good date spot

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3.0Dined on March 22, 2017

Plates are very small; even smaller conpared to "small plates" restaurants. The staff lacks prioritizing tasks; more focused on grabbing towels then bringing the check to the customers. Not worth your time. It was a huge disappointment, I mean it was traumatizing. You will leave the place hungry, that's what the bedford guarantees!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2017

Came here after being recommended by a couple friends. It's a great date spot, perfect lighting, great music, great drinks, awesome service and overall an amazing experience.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2017

A wonderful experience. Great atmosphere, service and food. Would definitely go back again!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2017

Great menu. Did the special Wednesday prix fixe menu and it was fantastic in terms of taste and price. Delicious flat iron steak cooked perfectly. The mussels in broth were to die for. Good oysters too. Service was perfect. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2017

Beautiful restaurant with wonderful foods. Not a large menu but there is something for everyone. The appetizers are especially good. The atmosphere is lovely, cozy and warm.

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2017

Cocktails $14 a piece!
Food very rich and expensive! Everything I ate tasted strange and I actually got very sick afterwards.
Pluses were excellent service and great ambiance.
Will not be back and will not recommend.

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3.0Dined on March 9, 2017

This is a great location, like most other restaurants I go for a social evening out to talk with friends and end up fighting with the in house music system! What is it with all these restaurants that they think I want to shout at the top of my voice all night. I don't want to listen to your bloody music!

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2017

Beautiful restaurant with an upscale but relaxed atmosphere. Service was excellent, food was delicious... overall just a wonderful experience.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2017

Great meal in terms of taste, but plates are small!

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2017

I have been to the Bedford multiple times and this place never disappoints. We had the steak tartare, mushroom and octopus appetizers which were all delicious. Great drinks and ambiance, too. It was a cold February night and the fireplaces were perfect.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2017

Good drinks, good food, good atmosphere...But best part was DJ and music. Made the overall experience great!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2017

We had the greatest server who was authentic and provided great conversation. The food was fantastic and drinks were on point.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2017

Friends burrhday

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2017

Amazing food!!
Amazing Service !!
Great place!!
Must go place!

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2.0Dined on February 17, 2017

The ambience was fantastic! Too bad the food didn't mirror up. We started with the cauliflower app. which was essentially fried batter and not much cauliflower. Then for the main course, I had the duck, which was extremely salty (and I'm one to use plenty of salt) to the point where I almost sent it back. My girlfriend had the scallops which were pretty good but the three they provide were extremely undersized- app size. On a positive note, the drinks were fantastic.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2017

Wonderful cocktails. Unbelievable food. Our favorite place.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2017

The restaurant itself was great. Loved the decor and the service was exceptional. The food, although rather small portions, was very tasty.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2017

Food was undersized and overpriced. Ambience and decor were classy. Hostess was very helpful setting up reservation and water server was both timely and consistent. Good option for a intimate engagement. Definitely would recommend even if my experience wasn't wholly pleasant.

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3.0Dined on February 4, 2017

The service was great and the ambiance was wonderful. I truly wanted the food to be enjoyable as well. Unfortunately both my sister and I had a hard time finishing our meal because it was overly salty. It was almost inedible. Luckily the service was so great that our water cup was always full.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2017

Slight hiccup with dessert, but promt apology and fix by waitstaff and kitchen. Great place to grab a bite to eat and drinks. Good for small groups and big groups alike.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2017

Went for Restaurant Week dinner with a friend-had never been there. Will definitely go back! The bar is great, awesome lounge in the old vault, food was delicious, service exceptional!

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2017

I had a wonderful time. The restaurant itself is an amazing place. The decor is really unique and has a timeless feel while also creating an old school feel.

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2017

Went here on a whim for restaurant week, very creative menu, a nice wine pairing and what a unique venue in an old bank vault! The dining area is separated strategically fromthe bar so talking was easy and we didn't have to tell over the music playing in the other room.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2017

My husband and I went to The Bedford for Restaurant Week. We did the wine pairing with our meal for an extra $17 each, which was a good value. The portions were small but very filling. The only thing I didn't like was that I felt like I had to yell across the table to my husband. It was hard to hear. Other than that, great experience!

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2017

Food quality and amount is good, the vault is really unique and interesting for drinks and small bites.
Service is good.

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4.0Dined on January 28, 2017

Had a nice, impromptu dinner here after a musical. (Only reason we were able to do impromptu was because it was only 6pm.) Vault room is a fun place to sit and get a drink either before or after dinner. Although were early birds on this night, I imagine the vibe picks up quite a bit as the night goes on. Definitely recommend for both food and ambiance - and service was great.

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2017

Will definitely come again!
Food was excellent, service was awesome!

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2.0Dined on January 21, 2017

Food was fair. Service was slow.

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3.0Dined on January 13, 2017

The charcuterie tray was half edible. The Brussel sprouts tasted like they were cooked in an ashtray. The main courses were fine, but there are far too many better restaurants in the neighborhood. We will not be returning.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2016

Food is incredible. Everything is delicious--appetizers, mixed drinks, entrees, desserts--yummy! Service was super attentive with one misstep-our waitress charged us for extra desserts which we did not order or receive. So check your receipt really carefully.

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