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Permanently Closed - Ruxbin

4.7
227 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Ruxbin is a small 32 seat bistro tucked away in Chicago's West Town neighborhood, serving a New American Prix Fixe menu helmed by Chef Edward Kim. We serve a seasonal $85, 5 course menu Wednesday through Sunday with the option of a $55, 3 course menu on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday. Every effort is placed to create a progressive and inventive menu in a tiny kitchen rooted in French technique. All of our cultural influences are celebrated while remaining classically American. Please visit www.ruxbinchicago.com to see our current dishes.

*We are a BYOB restaurant* and welcome one 750 ml bottle of wine or beer per couple. Hard liquor is not permitted.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation


Dinner: Wednesday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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(312) 624-8509
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Business Casual
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Executive chef
Edward Kim
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Neighborhood
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Blue Line - Division
Additional
BYO Wine, Chef's Table
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4.7based on all time ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.4
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4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

This place will be missed. The food was exceptional, moderately priced, and the service was outstanding. Also, the ability to bring one's own wine to an excellent restaurant is an uncommonl luxury.

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Great value. Nice that it's BYOB but their (somewhat loose) restriction on 1 bottle of wine per couple is a little strange (we brought 3 half-bottles: champagne, Sancerre, Burgundy). Dishes were wonderfully tasty and inventive without being fussy or over-the-top.

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2017

Incredible food creativity and quality, definitely worth the price of admission. Glad we got in before their sabbatical!

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

I'm really glad I experienced Ruxbin before it closed. I look forward to the owner's next place and wish him and his family well as they take a much deserved break.

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

Terrific meal in a lovely setting with exquisite service. Very sad to learn this restaurant will soon be closing.

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

Fabulously delicious!!! Great service. The scallop and black cod are awesome

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5.0Dined on August 31, 2017

What an amazing meal! Service and food was outstanding.

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3.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Revisiting since they updated the place. They really did a nice job of taking such a small place and making it quaint. Our group of four felt the enjoyable platings were the quail main course and the corn bread and peach dessert, while the crab salad starter, bay scallops starter and shrimp with jicama main course were okay but we would not order again. The service was efficient and impersonal. We felt like we were being rushed through the courses. Our table would be engaged in a conversation and the main server would not even excuse herself and simply elbow her way in to put down something or wipe up the table.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

We loved this spot. Wonderful and comfortable decor. Eventough the seating was tight, we felt our conversation was private. Loved the staff and the fois gras was th best I have ever had!!

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

This truly is a hidden gem. The prix fixe menu is fabulous with one outstanding dish followed by another and delightful surprises in-between. Our service was attentive and helpful. Superb quality for the price with byob!

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Great place and great good.

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

One of the best restaurants in Chicago. Sad to see that it's closed!

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Birthday celebration. Had the octopus, foie gras, cod and venison. Each one had inventive accompaniments and flavors. The "pre-fixe/order for the table" aspect might make this place not ideal for everyone but we LOVED every dish.

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4.0Dined on August 18, 2017

The food was very good. If I lived in Chicago, I would go to this restaurant on a regular basis.
I thought the food flavors were very creative and delicious.

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3.0Dined on August 18, 2017

Food was average, waitstaff was good, but food comes out slow.

Very overpriced

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2017

The quality of the selections was very good. The size of the portions was restricted but
definitely sufficient to enjoy the unique and outstanding flavors.

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2017

This is the classic, beautifully plated food, comfortable high end vibe. Several additional tastes offered which is a lovely welcomed extra from the Chef. A superb bread. Overall, I'd say courses were all very good - one or two close to truly excellent. Five courses are definitely filling. Seating is very cozy - so you'll be eavesdropped given the seating - which may deter some from going. Very friendly staff. And the BYO with $5 corkage is fantastic.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2017

Wonderful time and a very good meal

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Fabulous. Service is outstanding. The food is fabulous, fresh innovative. Truly spectacular in every way

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Lovely first experience at Ruxbin. Food was creative but not contrived; very interesting combinations of flavors and textures. Staff was attentive and gracious without hovering. Overall, a wonderful dining experience.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed the funky small dining room, attentive and professional service and wonderfully creative tasting menu. The fact that this is a BYOB restaurant was a lovely added attraction.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2017

The food is amazing at this small, West Town gem. The service is impeccable as well. They are attentive, detailed and know what they are talking about. It is high end dining in a casual atmosphere. The offer two different tasting menus. It's not cheap, but worth the cost. More of an occasion place for me.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2017

It was AMAZING ! We were out for our anniversary, and they treated us like we were celebrities. The food in itself was very refined and all the dishes tasted great. We had a special treat and beautiful candles for our anniversary. I've been in a lot of restaurants in Chicago, this is one of the best experiences I had!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2017

Went to this spot with a GF for a fun night out. We had the most lovely time, the food was delightful and the staff was very kind. The portions are light, so it's not a place to go if you are looking for big comfort meal.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2017

Enjoyed our anniversary celebration there with our adult son. All the dishes are beautifully presented with creative combination of flavors. Hope to return!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2017

Food was outstanding, featuring very seasonal ingredients. Presentation was at the level of a much higher priced tasting menu, highly recommend.

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2.0Dined on July 22, 2017

Aesthetically pleasing space, but the two-tops are nearly on top of one another - more of a bistro than upscale ambiance. Service was definitely attentive, but impersonal. Pacing was rushed; from being seated to paying our bill clocked in at just south of one hour. I liked the choose-your-own tasting menu approach (and the flexibility to opt for all savories if one desires) and overall portions were adequate, but sadly not only was the food subpar in ingredient quality and taste, but the meal was a very poor value. The scallop course consisted of approximately a half dozen tiny bay scallops with an off-putting, fishy taste. The venison (on top of an odd choice for summertime for the only non-poultry meat option among the larger plates) was dry, bland and akin to sirloin. Only the quail course was above average. At $170 per/couple (pre tax/tip and $5 per/bottle corkage) each course is essentially $35. While the quail was worth close to that; the pasta, scallop and octopus were essentially appetizer size, and maybe worth $15 to $18 a piece (with the aforementioned scallop course being poor quality to boot). The amuse, bread service and mignardises were underwhelming and did not add significant value. Sadly this was among my most least satisfactory meals in Chicago at this price-point. Kind of reminded me of what a small town USA restaurant trying to "play" at fine dining would produce; just not even remotely close to other similarly priced (or even less expensive) venues such as Boka, Elske, Sepia, Salero, Entente, Honeys, Blackbird, Fat Rice, Proxi etc. etc.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2017

This was second experience here and love that you can now make reservations and also the remodel of interior. More city chic now. Food and service was excellent. We shared the 5 course tasting menu which gave us two first and second courses to share and two desserts. Several additional tastings were offered in between courses. We choose the wedge salad and scallops for first courses and both were so flavorful. Second course was the agnolotti which was a flavor burst and the venison. I have not had great vension in the pase, but this will change my mind. Explained it was farmed raised in New Zealand and wow, it melted in your mouth. Dessert was baklava, but Chef Kim doesn't do anything traditional. Refreshing and light. Wake up your taste buds, try new things ,
and explore a fun menu.

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2.0Dined on July 15, 2017

Wildly overrated and overpriced. The food is mostly average and the room is boring. Service was hit and miss. Two people sharing 5 courses and 2 desserts plus corkage was $260 with tax and tip. Quality does not come close to justifying the price. Would not return.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

Unbelievable food. Very unique. We will be returning very soon!!!

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2017

Great service! Chef Daniel Jeffrey created a special dessert for us based on a joking "special request." The food was amazing, BYOB was nice, and all of the servers/staff were great. Super cozy, awesome decor. Will definitely be coming back!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2017

Although my first time at Ruxbin, I had been hearing great things for years. The interior is newly remodeled and very cute. It is a very small restaurant, but we felt special eating there despite it being early and not very crowded. The service was fantastic and attentive. The food was light and full of complex flavor mixtures presented in creative ways. It was a 5 course meal with a few surprise tastes in between (amuse bouche and palette cleanser). It is not a slow dining experience and we were finished in just over an hour which to me was perfect. Highly recommended to anyone willing to pay a small premium for a great dining experience.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2017

The chef at Ruxbin can really cook. I had one of the most creative and delicious dinners I have had in Chicago. It's not inexpensive, $85 for a 5 course dinner per person (on a weekend $85, and the price is cheaper on select weekdays), but it is also a byob. This restaurant is about the food! The portions are small, but there are 5 courses and everything is fresh. The pate, fish and venison were the best I've ever had. I wish I could learn to replicate some of these dishes at home. The service is also excellent. This food is a combination of the local cuisines (Hispanic Polish, Italian, Korean) with classical French techniques. I also like that the restaurant is not large and located in a Chicago neighborhood.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2017

Ruxbin has terrific food. It is well priced for a 5 course meal with good helpings.
BYOB with minimal corkage is great for wine lovers. Food is wine friendly and delicious.

It is still a little noisy, but not overwhelmingly so.

Service is attentive, although 2 requests had to be repeated.
Servers are knowledgeable.

This is a very good place for a great meal.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2017

Great. Creative and flavorful cuisine, attentive and friendly staff, perfect pacing. Do the 5 courses and allow 2.5 hours to enjoy it. And don't forget to byob

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2017

This is refined, somewhat vegetable-forward (but not necessarily vegetarian), fresh cuisine. I've dined here several times and every course has been delicious.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2017

We went to Ruxbin for my birthday, it was nice to find a place that is unpretentious, high quality foods and lots of attention to details with the presentation. The servers were very friendly and were happy to offer their insight to the menu, the food is served family style so you are sharing a meal with your table. I really like this concept, it makes the dining experience more cohesive. There are 5 courses so plenty of opportunity to explore different creations. It is perfectly portioned as well.
I loved the fact that they use freshest of ingredients, inventive approach to favorites (thanks the chefs training in French and Asian cuisines), all served in this unique stoneware dishes - a very asian/zen touch.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2017

Ruxbin did an amazing job of nailing each dish with service that was pleasantly present without being overbearing. The food is the focus- from the byob policy to the mussels skewered with toothpicks not placed on one of those dainty tiny bowl-spoons... Ruxbin is authentically great food in a great setting.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2017

This is high cuisine at its best. However, atmosphere is organic and chill. Service excellent. Flavors are often vegetable driven and nuanced but meats are perfect when present. Highly recommend for quiet special evening with 2-4!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2017

I loved the dinner I had here. I'm vegan and they were extremely accommodating and the food was delicious! The ambiance is lovely as well and it is BYOB.

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