Blackbird

4.7
4473 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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Critically acclaimed Blackbird is home base for Executive Chef Paul Kahan, winner of the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef in 2013 and Best Chef of the Midwest in 2004. Chef de Cuisine Ryan Pfeiffer joined Kahan in the kitchen in 2015, and together they craft elegant and imaginative Midwestern cuisine, showcasing farm-fresh ingredients to create a menu both classic and utterly approachable. Managing Partner and Owner Donnie Madia and Architect Thomas Schlesser crafted a unique and timeless atmosphere in 1997, earning the James Beard Award for Best Restaurant Design and Best Restaurant Design Graphics in 2002.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(312) 715-0708
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Paul Kahan, Chef de Cuisine Ryan Pfeiffer
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Private party facilities
The completely private dining room can accommodate up to 48 guests for a seated Luncheon or Dinner and up to 80 guests for a Networking or Cocktail Reception.
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Private party contact
Nicole Schmutte: (312) 496-0012
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Jefferson
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Parking details
Valet is available for $14 during dinner service, and for $10 during lunch service.
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Public transit
Clinton Green Line;
56 Milwaukee Bus;
8 Halsted Bus;
20 Madison
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
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AR
Chicago
3 reviews
Reviewed on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

One of the best restaurants in Chicago. Creative fair, fantastic drinks and a unique ambiance. Would strongly recommend adding this to your list of places to try

l
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very good and innovative food. Small portions, but very interesting and flavoured. Entrées of 1st level. Wines are not cheep, like everywhere in the States...

b
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to the restaurant every year. The food is always exceptionally delicious and the service is the best in Chicago.

OT
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Blackbird was disappointing for a restaurant with a Michelin star. Many of the dishes missed the mark and were unbalanced. Our favorites of the night were the kampachi, beef tartare with oysters served in oyster shells and the rhubarb dessert. The rest of the dishes were overly salted or too sweet. Every dish was beautifully presented; however given the reputation we were expecting more.

m
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent flavors
Service impecable
Superb

MS
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a fantastic experience at Blackbird. We had been there a few years ago and found it to be even better than our last visit. Very creative food and a wonderful wine list. The best part of the experience though was our server Andrew Herring! He was one of the most knowledgeable and engaging servers we have had anywhere in the world. Please keep him (and promote him!).

JB
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A wonderful experience. You have to be patient as you may have to wait an hour even with your reservation. But the personnel is taking very good care of you and it's definitely worth waiting for. The wine is incredible and food has many awards for a good reason.

PM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Became a bit claustrophobic by the end of the meal due to the placement of the tables.

Excellent food and wine selection.

Felt like we were being rushed the entire meal so as to turn the table.

D
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Unfortunately the duck skin was anything but crispy and the

V
Cleveland
52 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants. It never disappoints and its food is unique. Plus they have the best bartenders.

SH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic date night with my wife. Service and cuisine were great. Recommend trying the cheese plate as a dessert with a nice red.

SD
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A rememberable meal for sure! Wonderful experience and will be back.

S
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service, food and value

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

One of our favs’! Never disappointed.

MC
Miami
24 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and service very good. They have a nice menu
We had the endive salad which was awesome and the mushroom veloute. I would love that recipe. It was particularly good.
We ordered the pork pave and the duck confit salad. Both superb. I would order again.
Dessert we had were very interesting as. I would recommend. One was an ice cream that was a White Russian flavor. A sorbet was mojito flavored. Something you would want to have in your freezer.
Well worth the visit. Everyone went out of their way to be nice and helpful. Thank you!

DE
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional presentation of absolutely delicious food. There was a tasting menu which looked fantastic, but too much for us that evening. I would come back for it on a special occasion. We did two separate appetizers: mussels and yellow tail. Perfectly balanced tastes in both. On to lamb and sturgeon. Again, well proportioned size and taste wise. Highly recommend the bread serving. Yes an extra $2 but bread you want to take home it is that good. Finished off with two scoops of ice cream; one called Yuzi which I can’t describe but you must try.

IV
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I hadn't been to Blackbird for nearly eight years. It was great back then. It is FAR better now. All courses were superb and the service was excellent. It is no mystery why they are a favorite of James Beard and Michilen.

JB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always different and great!!

OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For the foodie in you this was an incredible dinner.

CD
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My 2nd time going. Food was delicious, although for the price, I don't know how often I would choose to go here. Our server was wonderful and gave great recommendations.

GL
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for lunch. If you choose the fixe price menu, it is a good way to try their menu. I loved the food and the ambiance. The wine choices are great. The staff are all very friendly and helpful. Thoroughly enjoyed all the meal's presentations and flavors. I will definitely be coming back.

F
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and atmosphere. Tasting menu is too expensive! I’d love to try it out but it’s outrageously expensive.

OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and service was just as good! Cocktails were yummy (fun names) and we were treated with an amuse bouche. The owner was lovely. I loved the mussels, and I had the lamb as a main course. I highly recommend the lamb!! Great date spot too:)

D
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Still fantastic after all these years. Dinner is not the value that lunch provides but consistently high quality food and interesting options. We will continue to come back regularly.

S
San Francisco
73 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I wanted to like this place, but the menu was limited and outdated. It didn’t live to the hype.

CY
Munich
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had very important biz meeting, and all my VIPs were satisfied with food and kindness of their staffs.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing...this is my new favorite restaurant!

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb experience.
Food was extraordinary. The mains of black cod and duck are to die for.
The deserts are simply superb.
The choice of wine Riesling Poets Leap went very well.

JC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We arrived shortly before our reservation time of 8pm. We were greeted and escorted to two open seats at the bar. Bartenders were very friendly and professional. Enjoyed the “Trust Us” beverage which was a mojito made with sherry. Host cane to let us know our table was ready. Service was timely. My only complaint was that I had a hard time hearing our server because it was loud in there. This didn’t bother me much because everyone was truly enjoying themselves and we were excited to try some dishes. Everyone was very polite and smiling. We had the mussels, duck, pork belly and fantastic desserts and coffee. The food was fresh and well balanced. Next time we will try the tasting menu. Our neighboring table seemed to enjoy it! Overall wonderful experience. Flavors were amazing. So good!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious! Great service, knowledgeable servers

SM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 3rd visit to Blackbird over the last 8 or so years, and I've never been disappointed. This visit I had the tasting menu ($145) and opted to forego a cocktail from an interesting list and get the wine pairing ($75) instead. Everything was 5-star, except I gave 3 stars for 'value.' A bill of $309. for one person is high, and I don't know quite how to put a value on the experience, which was extraordinary in every way. I'm not complaining about the cost, I just don't know how to assess it. Everything - the food (every mouthful exquisite), ambience (energetic rather than romantic), wine pairing and explanation of same - was exceptional, and I left extremely satisfied. It is a once- or twice- or maybe three-times-in-a-lifetime experience, but, for my money, worth it. An experience you'll never forget. Highly recommended!

OT
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were so pleasantly surprised at the overall wonderful quality and thoughtfulness that was apparent at this restaurant. Creative excellent food, friendly and adequate number of staff for an excellent experience. Much better than Everest

e
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wine pairing is overpriced

CM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Going again because we had a great time. Our waitress/bar keep was excellent.

H
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always outstanding. The level of detail in the service is second to none.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully delicious

SD
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When investigating tasting menus around Chicago, I had read that it was best to forego the tasting menu at Blackbird and go for the prix fixe 3-course lunch. We did and it was amazing - the food, wine and ambiance was all 5-star. It's a must go!

RO
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The highest level of fine cuisine, with outstanding service that is highly informed, engaging, warm, and welcoming. I requested a vegetarian tasting 48 hours in advance, and my meal was creative and delicious. I am especially delighted that there is a non-alcoholic cocktail menu of five different drinks. I have had them all, and they are all excellent, tasty and nuanced, and more than what you would throw together at home. You can come in elegant attire or business casual, and feel comfortable either way. You feel both celebratory and at ease, all at once.

JB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best tasting menu experience I have had since Charlie Trotter’s in 1989. Exquisite sequence with attention to flavor following flavor and texture balancing against the previous course. To get perfectly al dente pasta mid stream was genius. I would fly to Chicago just for this meal ...

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience top to bottom.

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