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Duck Inn

4.6
717 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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 717 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
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4.2
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Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Loved the place, a kind of dive bar with a garden and good food ambitions. Was a bit disappointed in the signature duck. Skin could have been crisper but the mushroom salad was terrific,

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

The service and atmosphere were excellent. The drinks were good. The food tasted just okay which was a disappointment for me as I had high expectations. The duck was tender and juicy but not flavorful.

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

Good if you like duck. And the salad was good. Otherwise the food was heavy, and a bit overpriced.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Do duck into the Duck Inn, it's really great and worth the short drive from downtown.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

both the food and the service is amazing at this place. The pork belly & scallops was fantastic... Will be dining here again...

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Great family business with a charming relaxed and genuine caring atmosphere. Well worth the trip Nd the duck was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Outstanding food & service makes the Duck Inn a real gem.
Very nice wine list.
Preorder the duck.....it is wonderful !!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Love the duck dog and duck meal.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

This was a bit of a drive for us but so totally worth it! Our server was attentive and great! At the same time, there were two other people helping us with the menu. We were a party of 7 and we love to share dishes! This was the perfect place! The duck was delicious! And we ordered 3 and ate all of them!! Plus we had the hot dogs, brussel sprouts, cheese curds and octopus. All of them were so good, every plate left the table empty! Yum! Definitely would be back.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Food and service were fabulous. Every dish was delicious. Great for groups!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Great service overall. They really do specialize in rotisserie duck. The service was very attentive and the food was one of a kind. The ambiance is perfect for a business meal, a get together with friends or a romantic date. Also try the "not into yoga" pineapple stout! It has become my new favorite go to beer.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

The octopus, scallops/pork belly, duck were amazing. Great beer selection and cocktails. The service was spot on, and the chef was friendly. We'll be back soon...

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

This was our 1st time trying The Duck Inn, and it most certainly will not be our last. Great casual spot for a dinner date or dinner and drinks with a bunch of friends or couples. We were greeted upon arrival by the owner, Kevin Hickey, who could not have been friendlier. Tried some hand-crafted cocktails and they were fantastic. Our server was very helpful in describing several of the cocktails and deciding which to order. Beer selection is fantastic. We had the cheese curds and duck wings for an appetizer and each was superb. For entrees, we had the hangar steak and the pork bellies dish. The hanger steak was good but the pork bellies were simply incredible. Can't say enough good things about The Duck Inn. Great place. Great experience. No matter where you live in the City, definitely worth visiting.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

So delicious and great service!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Food was great with interesting flavors. Got a dessert that was a little too out there for us (miso butterscotch mousse) and they happily gave us another dessert.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

A great neighborhood place with food as good as any restaurant in Chicago

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Was very excited about the menu since it was a bit unique and different than most planes I have dined at. We ordered the crispy pig head, Spanish octopus, pork belly & scallops, and the halibut and the butterscotch dessert.

The halibut was truly the best I’ve had. Hands down!
The pig head seemed to me just like over-fried shredded pork. The Spanish octopus was good. I felt it was cooked a bit much. The pork belly & scallop was just ok. The pork belly was way over seasoned and not as tender as I had hoped. The scallops were just fine. Nothing out of the ordinary. The butterscotch dessert was the worst thing I tasted.

As for the service, we were greeted nicely and seated in the garden. Our server was extremely attentive at the start but after we ordered it just seemed as if he had no time for us. Drinks took forever to arrive. This is not to say it was the waiters fault. Not sure if they were understaffed or the bar was overwhelmed with orders. Anyways.. I’m on the fence of returning since most of the dishes we ordered were ehhh..

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Yummy, good service

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3.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Food great and feel or vibe is also great except for NOISE level was way too high. Crowd was already loud -fully booked- but with music it was impossible to talk with friends. Uncomfortable. I have been to brunch and noise was not bothersome.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

My wife and I had returned to dine for brunch and the food, atmosphere, service, and overall experience was once again well worth the trip. Thank you Duck Inn!

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

A hidden (not-so-hidden) gem in Chicago. Amazing experience overall and an absolute favorite. From the food to the service to the atmosphere it was a flawless experience.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Chef Kevin Hickey is an amazing chef.... great spot!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We went to Duck Inn for Mothers Day Brunch. I had never been there before, so I don't know what to compare it to, but the offering that day was fantastic! There was a carving station, there were mimosas with a variety of juices, there was a bloody mary bar, there were cold offerings, and there were fantastic egg dishes. It was my special day and our server (whose name I've forgotten) was excellent. I want to go back again for cocktails and apps! Oh, and they have a phonograph where they play records for the music in the restaurant--that rocks!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We arrived early enough to be seated in a quiet spot. We weren’t bothered when the crowds arrived because it brought a lively atmosphere. The drinks were fun and creative- though pricey. We preordered the duck (it needs to be done 24 hours in advance), had the duck fat dog, Caesar Brussel sprouts, foie gras cold, cheese curds (crowd favorite), and the scallops and pork belly. The drinks were good, food was very good, service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Great food and excellent wine pairings

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2.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Made an advance reservation with a requested duck, but seated at the low-end table right across from the heavily used bathroom. Ordered an expensive bottle of wine, which they couldn’t produce at the table before the (expensive) foie gras arrived — had to demand the wine while the first course sat there. Served a 1” by 3” pice of brioche with the foie gras and when we requested an additional piece of bread to finish the foie gras, were charged $3 for another minute piece of bread. The duck hind quarters were fine — the breast was seared but rather flavorless - the whole duck was served with about 6 small wedges of roasted potato and vinegars greens. One of the two dessert items we ordered weren’t available, after the order. The manager rolled her eyes when I complained about the (late( wine service and $3 brioche charge. It was the most expensive meal of an otherwise good weekend of dining in Chicago. Can’t stress enough that we WON’T return.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Duck Inn impressed us a lot this time. Chef creativity was on display with ingredients like sweetbreads, snails, morels, black walnut romesco, pea greens, walleye, house-made black garlic pasta, green garlic sauce, and butterscotch miso mousse. War of the Roses was a unique and stunning cocktail. Hard to believe you’re in Bridgeport, let alone Chicago.

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1.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Bleah. Never again. Duck wings were like chicken drumettes. Baloney food.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We spent 3 hours there for dinner and drinks with friends, and had a fantastic time. Jackie the server was outstanding and extremely knowledgeable. We enjoyed everything about the Duck Inn!!

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Perfect as always!

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Great food. Wait staff pleasant and attentive. Great find. Roast duck and Brussel sprouts were outstanding

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

We sat at the chefs table by the kitchen. Not only did they make our night very fun and special but the food was sublime! They treated us like friends and suggested things I may not have ordinarily tried but was so glad I did. The chef, manager and staff all came by to welcome and thank us. They have a great patio too if the weather gets warm. Loved the whole night

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

The food was amazing! The service was very poor though. We were sat within 5 minutes of our rezzo which was fine but then our waiter came to take our drink orders. We ordered a coffee. Nobody came back to us for 20 minutes. Then a new waitress came to us assuming we just sat down and we asked for a coffee again. 5 minutes later that came out and we put in our order. The Chilaquiles we wanted from the get go but when we ordered she said we actually just ran out.... well was it available 20 minutes ago?? I hope not.. we ordered the duck hash (amazing), the peanut butter, banana and bacon French toast (more amazing), the double sausage mcDuckinn (very very good) and the grilled blueberry muffin with honey butter (delicious). The food came out quick which was great but we asked for a small plate so we could share some things. That never came.. good thing we didn’t wait for it though. When we were done eating i think we sat there for another 20 before they asked if we wanted anything else, and we just wanted the check.

Luckily the food was astounding and i would go back for that but be prepared for the wait staff to be all over the place and confused as to what tables they are waiting on.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We were treated very nicely by staff because I had noted it was an anniversary night out for us. However, we were seated in the middle of the dining room next to a table of more than 12 people that kept getting up and walking around us in close quarters, shouting across the restaurant etc. That part was a bummer and made it hard to talk to my husband.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

The cocktails are original and generally very good. The sweetbreads were incredible. The fried cheese curds were overwhelming in size but underwhelming in flavor (especially the sauce). It was a little tricky to get service at times but they were very friendly and helpful.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Service and food were excellent. We got the roast duck, but shared it with 4 people. I have to say that as good as it was, I think everything else on the table was better. In other words, don't get the duck ONLY. Make sure you get the duck, and a few other small plates.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Love the food!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The spanish octopus was excellent. We didn't get the duck, which is their signature dish, but will be back to try it. Everything we ate was delicious, the service is attentive without being fussy, the staff was knowledgeable about food and the menu, guiding us with recommendations that definitely made our meal memorable.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The waitress seemed disturbed by how much we ordered! Really sucked!

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