Black Bull

4.6
348 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish

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At Black Bull, we believe that ingredients have always been the stars behind Spain’s culinary triumphs. Executive Chef Marcos Campos explores the exquisite products and flavors found throughout Spain with a variety of dishes that represent the essential pleasures of his country’s traditions and others that provoke and surprise with new textures and techniques.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Tuesday to Friday 5:00pm - 2:00am
Saturday 5:00pm - 3:00am
CLOSED Sunday & Monday
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Phone number
(773) 227-8600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Marcos Campos
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Private party facilities
Ingredients have always been the stars behind Spain’s culinary triumphs. At Black Bull, Chef Marcos Campos explores the exquisite products and flavors found throughout Spain with a menu that takes guests on a culinary tour of his country.
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Private party contact
Event Coordinator: (773) 227-8600
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Catering
Full Catering Available. Tapas are the ideal off-site catering option.
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Cross street
Between Hermitage & Paulina
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Parking details
Street Parking. Valet Parking across the street.
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Public transit
Division Blue Line Stop.
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Entertainment
Music is also at the heart of BLACK BULL, where carefully crafted playlists place guests in their favorite pub madrileño. Artists from Spain, playing 80s rock en español, flamenco and bohemian classics are seamlessly mixed with American and British rock.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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TB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food but it was pricey. Be prepared to spend money when you go. The service was great and we were sat immediately. Again the food OMG, delicious.

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CP
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had to wait 30 extra minutes from our 9.15pm reservation, but they gave us 4 free desserts and a free pitcher of sangria to make up for the wait. Overall great, kind of loud, food is amazing.

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MJ
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Marcos and the staff were phenomenal! The service and food were spectacular, especially the authentic Valencian paella. This is the only Spanish restaurant that I will dine at from now on. Absolutely amazing!!!!! Gracias Chef Marcos por darme un poco de Valencia aquí en Chicago👏👏👏😊

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RB
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Bad experience, you can’t promote yourself as a Spanish restaurant if you sell tapas without bread, sangria without fruits and paella for two in a single pan. Neither the músic was Spanish music. Completely disappointed. Don’t go there if you are looking for real Spanish food.

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W
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Our sever was knowledgeable and passionate about the delicious food. We ordered everything and she coursed the food. Best paella ever! Especially with the cardinal prawn option.

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ER
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The food is an insult to Spanish cuisine!
It’s much better to wait for the summer and go back to Spain to have the real thing

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PL
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Located in a surprisingly hot new area. The food and drinks were spot on and the service very good. A little loud but that’s the vibe for a place like this.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, reasonable prices. Sangria was 🔥Will be back!

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S
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find. Loved the paella and empandas. Nice atmosphere. Waiter was knowledgeable and attentive. The food was delicious. All in all a great experience.

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K
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The food it is not good! Not flavor well not my taste. Bathrooms are very dirty... But the bar Bordel upstairs it’s amazing! The best cocktails, the best Groove / House music !

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Black Bull! Great food, service and ambiance

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food and great service. My only complaint is that I had a reservation booked for 7:45 on a Friday. We checked in at 7:46 and they told us they had given our table away. We weren’t seated until 8:05. I understand that stuff happens with seating, but was disappointed on our situation was handled at the beginning. Food made up for it though. I will be back!

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M
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved Black Bull. All of the food was amazing and the staff does a great job making you feel welcome and providing great suggestions on the food. Would abosolutely go again.

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EC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a very good time. we only had one issue with a dish but out waitress took care of it right away.

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SD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Black Bull never disappoints! The scallops are cooked perfectly. My favorite is the croquetas absolutely delicious. The gazpacho is difficult to share but don’t miss it. It is so fresh and tasty. I could easily eat all night here.

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OR
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ambiance was nice indoor and outdoor seating available server was friendly and attentive and the food was generally good. However they serve their cheese and meat plate with tiny breadsticks which are not conducive to eating the meats and cheeses. I've never seen this anywhere else and it made no sense. You need a vehicle for the toppings. We had to order bread separately, for additional charge. Also, dessert menu was not Spanish. Just regular, and not anything special. Churros y chocolat would have been a much lovelier option, keeping with the rest of the menu

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KC
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Black Bull is, by far, the best Tapas we've had in Chicago! Amazing and authentic, would recommend to anyone looking for some Tapas and Pinxtos, as well as Spanish paella!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Excellent food, drinks, and ambiance!

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C
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Authentic tapas, try the paella with crunchy rice! Yum

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good. Going back for another 40oz. Steak🥩

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is always awesome and I love how their menu is seasonal. Although they keep some great items year round. The patio is lovely in the summer, but be prepared for a noisier atmosphere. Overall a great place to dine.

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JL
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was perfect let me tell you! The location was perfect. Food was awesome! Drinks too! My date loved it and she was super impressed. Not badly priced for what you get. If your looking for a nice date night with a little spice then take her here! Thanks to the staff we had an amazing time and I would definitely go back! Bacon wrapped dates are a must try!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner as a family. Everyone loved it.

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SK
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food , flavors and presentation was great ! The wait staff were pleasant ! We had a great time ! They also have a speakeasy bar on the second floor if you want to stay out , I think you need seperate reservations ! We were with our 19 year old and cousins so we just had dinner and left ! Would highly recommend this restaurant to people who love tapas

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KG
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We went to Black Bull for a friend's birthday and dish after dish just fell a little flat. The cocktails were nice and they do a good cheese plate and vegetarian paella, but nothing outstanding. The bacon wrapped dates were disappointing, which surprised me - it seems like such an easy dish to get right.

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r
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance, great food/ drinks loved the sangria! Felt like we were on vacation!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was great. Our server was very attentive and explained dishes in detail. Flavors were great. The atun, pulpo and shrimp were best. Meatballs were fair. Red sangria was excellent. Parking was difficult for two guests in my party,
45 minutes wasted searching so alternative means suggested.

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CT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

first time to Black Bull and what a great experience! We had a nice table by the window and it was a beautiful night. We let the waiter guide us in our selections and that was a great idea - he selected 4-5 dishes for us, each more tasty that the last! What a great evening and we will definitely return!

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MS
Savannah
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in Chicago! The staff is amazing, the seafood is so fresh, and the rib eye is a real treat. I am constantly recommending this place.

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JR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time, as always, when we go to Black Bull. Colleen was our server and she did a great job explaining entrees and wine selections and taking great care of us. Each dish that was dropped off, no matter from whom, was described to us with pride. Excellent food and great meal to share with friends. Thank you!

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T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took a business crowd to Black Bull for an early dinner. it was a great place to create conversations.

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S
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food - substandard service
We had a reservation for 9pm but couldn’t be seated at our table so they sat us outside on the patio, it was a warm evening and it was nice to be outdoors.
Food was great, we had garlic prawns, croquettes, dates in bacon and crab empanadas. We had no cutlery and ate our prawns with our hands despite asking multiple serves for cutlery. Drinks were extremely slow to be served as well.
I’d go again because the food really was lovely, the servers were all really nice too but they just didn’t seem to work as a team and that let them down

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IR
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent tapas and drinks, with outstanding service. If anything the menu was a bit too concise, but that was easily overlooked by the sheer quality of the food.

Service was exceptional.

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MC
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Every time I have eaten at Black Bull, the food has been outstanding. This was my first time dining on a weekend night, and the meal cake out slow, but being a Spanish joint, I figured that was part of the authentic Spanish experience. Will definitely continue to dine here.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dillion was a great waiter. Helpful and gave good recommendations. The only thing the staff messed up was bringing up more orders of meatballs than we ordered. Which they gave for free and who hates free meatballs

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ES
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I were SO impressed with Black Bull! Our waitress (I'm sorry I forgot your name!) was awesome and went above and beyond making sure we felt comfortable with the menu before ordering, enjoyed our food, and had a great time. We were in a group of 5 girls at a square booth and it was the perfect atmosphere; not so loud that you can't hear each other across the table, but loud enough that you know everyone's having a good time. The food was amazing. Best tapas I've ever had. We will all definitely be back!

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v
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was very good and authentic. We come from Spanish heritage, couple of us 1st generation, so we are typically more critical than most. We enjoyed the evening and all agreed we would go back. The paellas were very good to excellent for the black paella. tapas were also good but for a group of eight it was expensive if you order enough for everyone to have a piece of ___. Service was excellent and much of this was because we had Julia. If you want to make the experience a complete success it can happen with Julia. As for value, it was on the pricey side for this type of dining. For most folks this is not something you can do on a regular basis. that said, we are already planning our next visit.

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RD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Chef Tony and Chef Ames made nicely prepared Cochinillo, Chuleton, and Paella Valenciana and other surprises. Drinks were excellent especially the Citrus and the Sangria. The restaurant was lively and our server, Angela, was attentive and friendly. We have eaten at Black Bull multiple times and will definitely return.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Never disappointed with the chefs creative mix of flavors

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JB
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food !
Chef Tony is an artist, bringing Spain to Chicago without the kitch

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