Arbella Chicago

4.7
202 reviews
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$30 and under
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Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
The exploration at Arbella begins with a menu showcasing a progressive craft proach towards cocktails either found in or inspired by different and exciting parts of the world. With playful displays and presentations, each cocktail intends to transport the mind to a specific place and evokes a sense of travel.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, International
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Hours of operation
Cocktail Service: Monday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Cocktail Service: Tuesday- Friday 5:00 pm- 2:00 am
Cocktail Service: Saturday: 5:00 pm - 3:00 am
Closed Sunday
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Phone number
(312) 846-6654
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Clark
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Valet
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Semi-Private Space available
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Wine
What 202 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
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LM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and attentive service. Greeted immediately and given a drink menu as we waited for our table which only took less than 5 minutes. Love the ambiance and shareable food. Already looking forward to our next visit! Egg rolls and Korean fried chicken a must!

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TR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday dinner spot!

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The food was amazing but service was pretty terrible. We got seated, ordered drinks and then waited a few minutes and ordered our appetizer. The food came out before our cocktails and then she completely forgot our other drink order. When she finally brought the second round of drinks we had already completed our entrees so we really didn’t even want them. The food was outstanding though so we will definitely give it another shot! Maybe it was just a busy night?

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G
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I found Arbella on Yelp and went out on a limb to try it during a trip to Chicago. Of a weekend of restaurant-touring, Arbella was the standout experience of the trip. Their cocktails are creative, unique, and delicious. Their food is a delectable tour around the world, putting an inspired twist on many of the foods you know and love. The Arbella was unforgettable-- I will certainly be back next time I'm in Chicago.

P.s. Ask about how they make their ice. Fascinating!

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E
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great happy hour menu with rotating cocktails! Our food was delicious and the portion was huge for only $5. Knowledgeable staff and good selections. Highly recommend!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Great for date night or to grab a small bite with friends. The service is horrible though. Not enough staff on a busy night. No hostess when you walk in and it is unclear who to talk to when you made reservations in advance.

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g
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tapas! Beef skewers outstanding. Squash flatbread light and delicious...

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Reservations were not on time and not prepared for

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DM
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great scene, ambiance, loved the atmosphere and DJ music (we were there just as it started at 9pm). The food menu was very small and limited, but the cocktail menu was large and we tried a few different ones and none disappointed.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails and the flat bread was to die for! Make sure to make s reservation because it fills up fast

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RR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We were disappointed after reading all the positive reviews. This is more of a bar that serves food than a restaurant. It was very dark and our server had very little interest in explaining the drink menu or recommending options. The food was fine - but more like high end Costco appetizers. We ordered an Old Fashion and a specialty cocktail that was supposed to be a mix between an Old Fashion and a Manhattan. The Old Fashion was fine - but not remarkable. The specialty drink was dark brown and cough syrupy. I would never order that again. In summary, the restaurant was a miss for dinner - better for going to grab drinks and get a snack.

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PB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

So much fun picking out drinks to try. The atmosphere is really cool, and the music selection was on point.

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BJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Too crowded. But enough space to maneuver and very little food options.

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AS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing cocktails. Hits every palette from frozés to Smokey boozy. Every tapa we tried was delicious- especially the baos!

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

Arbella was very cute and energetic. Our server was attentive, helpful and sweet. Loved the concept of "drinks from around the world," and both mine and my friends drinks were amazing (Smokey the Bear & Rising Sun). Would defintely recommend for a date or as a place to go for a different drink experience.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious! Great variety of global food and drinks to choose from. Our waitress made great recommendations. They play really good music and it’s not too loud, so you can definitely have a conversation. Overall a great experience, planning to go back soon to try more food and drinks.

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BS
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for happy hour to grab a drink and a snack before an appointment. The seasonal flatbread was amazing! We were very satisfied with the food and the drinks were delicious, plus the happy hour deals kept is very reasonably priced.

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GA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The menu I found on their website didn't match the menu in the restaurant, which wouldn't be a problem except we picked this place because of an item listed on the online menu but wasn't available upon arrival.
Otherwise it was a good place.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place! Everything was outstanding

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time at Arbella and we had a great time like the first time. Great drinks and great service. Our waiter kept us laughing and had great recommendations for drinks. I can’t wait to come back again

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal experience all around. Excellent playlist, incredibly well thought out drinks and the food was much more than we could have ever expected. Thank you so much!

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M
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Popular, good food and drink, but music was too loud for any conversation.

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E
Cincinnati
33 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cool cocktail bar. Great service from the bartenders. Food was great and the vibe is cool and energetic. A bit pricy but worth every penny.

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s
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Cocktails were amazing, if a bit pricey, but the happy hour specials were well worth it. I only tried appetizers, but yummy, loved the empanada!

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MW
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great cocktails and tapas. We practically ordered everything on the menu

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S
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great date spot- good cocktails and fun food options

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EG
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The vibe, the food, the drinks were amazing! Arbella's staff was very knowledgeable and provided an air of fun.

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P
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stu was an awesome server. Food and drinks arrived quickly and their happy hour menu is spot on. Will be back many more times.

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CC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The burger is a must eat even if you've been beefless for two years like my friend who ate a piece. Absolutely one of the best burgers I've ever had. The drinks are also delicious.

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a
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

stop playing gangster rap @ 5PM
doesn’t even go with your overall theme

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great craft cocktail lounge!!! Plus the food is great. Popular on weekends will encourage to make reservation

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was awful. The waitress kept interrupting our conversation to give her two sense. The air conditioning was up so high that we were freezing with coats on in June. When we brought this up to the server she basically said that there was nothing she could do. Thank goodness we had a GILT coupon bc it would have definitely not have been worth the price otherwise. Cocktails were delicious so maybe just go for that.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at Arbella and I really enjoyed myself. The food and drinks were great. Presentation of them was amazing! Our waiter, Paige, was a great time and made the experience enjoyable. Can’t wait to come back again.

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T
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spot with delicious food. Asia is awesome and I’m h service is top notch. Overall fun, energetic experience. Try the holy grail, you won’t be disappointed.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was surprised to see a lot of speciality drinks available! Found out after my visit that you can request your drinks to come Frozen! The food was very good! Small but shareable plates. Have to come back hungry so I can try more food! Overall a nice experience!

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

Our service and food were great! The cocktails the bartender came up with were awesome. Definitely will be going back soon!

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FQ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I always love the cocktails here. The music can get loud, but still a fun place for people in their 30s and 40s that want a fun night without the club scene.

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GV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Cool but not pretentious. We’ll definitely be back.

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CE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, and great cocktails. The food was ver good, would definitely come back!

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JS
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I will come back with my friends

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