Duck Inn

4.7
784 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

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 784 People Are Saying
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CD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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RO
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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DL
Chicago
242 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
4 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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P
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was excellent with unique and delicious sauces and ingredients. The Duck is incredible.
The beverages were excellent and also very unique.
It was a fabulous culinary event and a wonderful place to bring our out of town guest.
Great friendly server too.

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

Good food & cocktails. Staff offered useful suggestions. Rotisserie duck was a huge hit !

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JT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience from the food to the cocktails to the music. A total gem!

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

One of the most magical and cohesive menus, wine/beer/cocktails to 1st - last course

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JB
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Neat place in a tucked away part of the city that is only 15 minutes from downtown. Service was very good and our food was also very good. Loved the brussel sprouts, hot dog, squid/octopus and hanger steak.

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LF
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The luau was the best... the hands-down best plate of homey food my friends and I have had.

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c
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was pleasantly surprised with this hipster restaurant in the middle of Bridgeport. LOVED the duck, it is worth every penny. Have never had one done better. Had the pulpo which was tasty but maybe a little overpowered by the delicious mole sauce. Can't wait to go again!

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KC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My husband and I were throughly impressed by the entire experience.

As former restaurant people, we take notice when service is on point and at Duck Inn, they clearly take service seriously. Great attention to detail (new utensils after apps, "pardon my reach" when filling water) and awesome team work (multiple servers made a point to refill water or clear dirty dishes). When you pair great service with amazing food, you can't go wrong.

We'll be back for sure and will recommend to all of our friends.

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SB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Unbelievably loud. Ran out of 3 of our 4 choices of entrees. Then brought the wrong second choice for one of our party. Do NOT order the most tasteless Chicago style hot dog ever made. This highly reviewed place is a place to avoid. However, they had a very nice matrisse 'd.

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Crosstown Classic event with the Duck Inn and Monteverde was a great experience.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Poor and slow service

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E
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish we had was awesome, I don’t think you can go wrong with anything! My personal favorites were the duck wings and the Brussels sprouts. The cocktails were also very good, and the server was attentive and had great recommendations. Highly recommend!

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

Had the chef's tasting menu. We paired it with the wine. All the courses were outstanding as our food has always been. Chef Chris is very creative and original. Even with the meal being a chef's tasting, they made the accommodations necessary for our food allergies. Jarrell, our waiter, was knowledgeable and very informative about each wine pairing. Already have reservations for our next visit.

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MG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tuesday special Chicken Dinner great food, reasonable price

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RR
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a blast at bring your own vinyl night! Thanks so much for a great date night.

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t
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The pig roast and side dishes were not great and pricey. I would not recommend their Luau party

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K
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Amazing food, and love the mid century decor. The batanga is the best drink I’ve ever had!

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LE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It was too cold for the back yard patio last Friday but I've eaten there before
and it is lovely. Inside was fun and not too noisy. We'd ordered a whole duck so
we could enjoy it there and have some for home. We were not disappointed.
The Hostess was very accommodating and our waiter was enthusiastically delightful!
Try it ... you won't be sorry you did.

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D
Chicago
139 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Duck Inn is where I chose to celebrate my birthday with great friends. We were able to eat in their garden which is just lovely. The Brussels sprouts served as an interesting, savory appetizer that all of us adored. Two of us shared the rotisserie duck with au jus, kale, and fingerling potatoes. The skin was crispy and the duck succulent. Another of our party dined on the swordfish with clams. We also ordered the gnocchi caraway as a side. Where would you ever see that inventive pairing. Every dish was beautifully presented and delicious. They have unique cocktails and a menu to satisfy comfort, casual diners and true foodies. The servers are personable and knowledgeable. Best of all there is on street parking. I would recommend everyone give this restaurant a try.

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MG
Tulsa
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible, make sure you try the curds and the swordfish. Cocktails were great and service was helpful in making recommendations. Amazing experience with a homey ambiance and cozy outdoor seating. Would highly recommend and look forward to going back!

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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food

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a
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a Amazing Experience as it was our special occasion and Chef and staff ( Zoey) went out of there way to make the evening special. They accommodate our special request and we where so happy and has such pleaent evening . We recommend it!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three couples enjoyed a great experience because of the great cocktails, fine and unique meal, and great desserts. The hostess was able to seat us outside even though they were hosting a large party. We appreciated the owner checking in with us and sharing the story of The Duck Inn. Highly recommended.

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J
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were wonderful. Unfortunately, the A/C seemed to be broken as it was about 95 degrees where we were sitting with no fans or air movement. Despite that, the meal was incredible!

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

Great service and food! Very accommodating and helpful for birthday celebrations! We will be back

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CT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sleek menu composed of simple dishes with touch of gourmet. For the foodies without the ego. Cocktails reimagined and classic. This would be your favorite neighborhood haunt or your favorite date spot. Will be back over and over again.

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OT
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Have eaten at Duck Inn. I go there only for the duck but fellow diners seemed to be enjoying many other options. Outdoor space is beautiful. Usually service is great. The service by the waiter who took our order was not very attentive but those who actually brought our wine and dinner were very friendly.

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EG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food--welcoming atmosphere--great service--chef/owner knowledgeable and friendly

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HA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a hidden gem in Bridgeport. Cool spot for a casual date

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H
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Truly the best Duck in Chicago! Cocktails were outstanding too, overall great experience.

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