Duck Inn

4.7
814 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Esquire's Best New Restaurants in America 2015

Duck Inn is a Neighborhood Gastro-Tavern & Dining Room situated at Loomis Street and the Chicago River between Chicago’s Pilsen and Bridgeport neighborhoods. Housed in a 100 year old pre-prohibition tavern, it showcases Michelin Rated Partner/Chef Kevin Hickey’s signature New American cuisine. An extensive beverage program filled with craft beers, contemporary cocktails and creative wine service matches the food offerings. Duck Inn offers small bar and snack menu for the front lounge/bar space and a more traditional menu for the back dining room with first and main courses, a tasting menu and more.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Tuesday: 5pm - 11pm
Wednesday: 5pm - 11pm
Thursday: 5pm - 11pm
Friday: 5pm - 2am
Saturday: 5pm - 2am
Sunday: 10am-2pm (Brunch) & 5pm - 2am

{Closed Mondays. Kitchen open until 10pm on T, W, Th & Su; Kitchen open until 11pm Fr & Sa; Bar Menu available until Midnight on Fr & Sa.}
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Phone number
(312) 724-8811
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kris Delee
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Private party facilities
Bar, dining room or backyard patio buyout options available. Total venue buyout also available.
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Catering
Custom menus to suit any occasion or event.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Loomis and the Chicago River
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Public transit
CTA Orange Line Ashland/Halstead
Archer 62 Bus Loomis Stop
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Entertainment
Sunday is Bring Your Own Vinyl night. Play your own record collection on our vintage record player
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Come ring in the New Year with us at The Duck Inn on Monday December 31st, 2018. We will be offering a culinary celebration of some of our favorite delicacies and stunning wines and bubbles from the best vineyards here and abroad. Complete your reservation here and we look forward to a great party!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.3

Surprises are great, and so is The Duck Inn.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 814 People Are Saying
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Today's brunch consisted of myself and 2 of my favorite women..... My mother and my godmother. Everything was absolutely delicious. From the cocktails that Kevin made (ask for Lorenzo's Manhattan!!).... To the beautiful smiling faces as you walk in... To the impeccable service.... The phenomenal wine list..... Not to mention the food. If you haven't been here... What are you waiting for?! I highly recommend it.

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EV
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood restaurant, been here four times , liked it every tim

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C
Milwaukee
24 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time was a nice treat. Service was very timely, knowledgeable. Food outstanding.

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a
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The duck was amazing! Highly recommend this place!

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

Food was excellent as always. The duck, of course, along with the hot dog are staples. The special pasta was also quite good and a nice way to add some variety on a return visit.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

They were out of a couple of key things and it was only after 6pm on a Friday. Jerome our waiter was nice but a little over the top sometimes. I’d rather someone be themselves and just provide good service rather than someone playing a character and being too much. At times I felt he was yelling and he also took things from the table too quickly. Drinks were good and so were the appetizers. My dinner partner had the ribeye which was good but I was very disappointed with my choice which was the short rib entree.

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K
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for brunch on a Sunday and it was amazing. We both loved the food we had (I had biscuits and veggie sausage gravy). We had a really great server who was very attentive and mentioned the industry special they have on Sundays, although we were honest and told her neither of us work in the industry, although we wished we had because of what a great deal it was. Can't wait to go back.

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NB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jarelle was awesome!!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time in the past few months. Food is fantastic and definitely get the duck if you are a fan. Be patient with service as it gets busy, but staff is very nice. Cocktails are delicious. We will be back again soon!

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LA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific across the board.

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p
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

just plain amazing -- every single dish was mind-blowingly good. and a tremendous atmosphere. great service. will be back!

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JV
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The service seemed a bit off today. Not sure if they were short staffed. We were seated at a table that had only been set with napkins and 1 knife. The waitress didn't notice until we got our first course. It took over 20 min to get a cocktail and the bar was not busy. I was not quite sure who are server was since 3 different ladies seemed to have been taking our orders and checking in on us. Our first course came out fast. We got it before our cocktails. But then we waited 40 min to get the rest of our order. We needed to split the check between 2 credit cards and when our server returned to get our signatures she dropped of credit cards that belonged to another party. So then there was a wait to get that straight. The food was good. I just wasn't prepared to have a 2 hour brunch .

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never lets me down. Their patio during the summer, their wine and cocktail list, attentive wait staff and outstanding cuisine for brunch or dinner. Love this place.

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LW
Chicago
97 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food & service.

Must order the cheese curds & the duck !!

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M
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

MY wife and I had dinner to celebrate our anniversary and everyone from the hostess to our waiter were very nice and went out of their way to make sure we were taken care of for our celebration without overdoing it. It's not an extravagant or ornate vibe but a classy and comfortable with an obvious effort to make it fit with the neighborhood. A picture of the entrance is attached.

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner which was the signature duck rotisserie and a second dish, Spanish octopus which was one of the best preparations of octopus I've had. The duck was very flavorful without being too fatty and the roasted potatoes were prepared with the duck fat as described on their website. I've attached a picture of the duck just after we started to serve ourselves. The wine was excellent and the desserts were also excellent.

The noise level was moderate but we had no trouble hearing each other or feeling like we had our private time. If looking for a romantic dinner it might not fit your taste because of the moderate noise level and the layout of tables makes it difficult to have a place where you are apart from your dining friends.

We will go back and would definitely recommend the Duck Inn to anyone.

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BD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Can get very loud.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere and destination spot

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W
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Highly recommend Duck special; be sure to order in advance.

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LJ
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were there for an anniversary. Disappointed that nothing was mentioned by the staff even though I mentioned it in reservations.
But, the food was very good but portions small. The duck was good for two people.
We liked it a lot but will come back on happy hour days and lighter food options to go with happy hour.

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CR
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I've ever had! Food was an epicurean delight! Flavors a real party in one's mouth! Food presentation is a work of art in itself! Plenty of opportunities to take picture and share with friends on Facebook. Cocktails are unique and delicious! Can't go wrong with anything you order from the menu as it's all so very good!. A true value for the qualify of food and service you receive here. Enjoy!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful in every regard.

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C
New England
49 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, the duck was terrific as well as everything else we had. Nice find!

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MG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible all the way around from service to food!

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P
Milwaukee
18 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, fabulous food, beverage and service!

You must order the Duck

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

Small plates and entree were truly outstanding. Hard to find food this creative and luxurious south of downtown. Desserts were just ok though. Service was very good. A little noisy for conversation.

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KM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had been on our list for some time and it did not disappoint! Our group ordered something different, from the specialty duck to the burger and every meal was delicious. The brussel sprouts are a must! Great beer selection and handcrafted cocktails. We’ll be back.

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RC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was delicious however not sure if it was poor planning or a super busy night, some of the food options were not available. The garbanzo hummus was super delicious as an appetizer. Definately returning to try some food I didn't get a chance to try.

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e
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef went out of their way to make a tasting course, specifically, for my friend who can't have dairy or meat. They went over the top and i actually thought some of her plates looked better! Amazing they did this for us, couldn't be more thankful.

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AT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem this place is. I've been here twice. Love it so much. The ambience is the best. It feels so comfy. I tried the brussel sprouts, burrata, sweet breads, fish, and duck for 2.

The brussel sprouts are some of the best I've ever had along with the hamburger. That hamburger is so memorable. Duck is usually too rich for me but wow, was that good and I didn't get sick afterwards like I usually do. I loved the crispy skin. They do it right. The fish and the sweet breads are really yummy but a little skimpy. Other than that, I LOVE this place! Oh and the drinks are really super good!

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CD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blown away by this hidden gem in Bridgeport. I’d love to keep it to myself, but I just can’t. A must try for any occasion or just because. We loved it!!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly another memorable experience! The drinks are perfectly paired for the meals.

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RO
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, the food was great. Scallops and Pork Belly was delicious! And service and recos from Lance were top notch.

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N
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jennie from the block is the best server ever! Good food and drinks!

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l
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

food was good, server was very nice, great atmosphere, drinks are special!

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DL
Chicago
246 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly delicious chicken thigh and hangar steak, cooked to perfection. Friendly pro service. Super fun mixology. We really enjoyed ourselves.

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KN
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We had brunch at 11:30am. So it was pretty quiet - started getting more packed around noon. The service was slow for how quiet it was. We had to wait about 15 mins for our waitress to take our order and then our food was mildly cold when we got it. I saw it sitting in the window for some time before it got served to us. No big deal and we were sipping on coffee (which was tasty) and mimosas. The food could have used some salt. The Duck Hash was good. My chilaquiles were decent - I should've asked for eggs to be added on. Overall I'd go back for dinner rather than brunch.

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R
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Where do I begin? The food was spectacular.....had to get duck, I mean it is the DUCK INN.....called the day before to reserve a duck, also got the duck hot dog as an appetizer. Man, am I glad we did! Both were amazing and the cheese curds and brussel sprouts were equally amazing.

Service was amazing....full of recommendations on what to pair with the duck (cocktails/wine/sides/etc).

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CD
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 2nd time here. This time I went for brunch and it was awesome!! The Duck Hash was delicious. We all (all 4) loved our meal. The side of bacon was some of the best bacon that I have ever had.

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

Went for brunch and food was delicious. Shrimp and grits are amazing!

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