Duck Inn

4.7
849 reviews
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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.

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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.
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London
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a nice time at the Duck Inn. Food and service are great.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day

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AW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, we tried a variety of the brunch items and enjoyed them all. The service was attentive and friendly. The back room was comfortable, it would have been much chillier closer to the front door. Liked the eclectic retro decor. Will definitely go back.

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JH
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting Chicago and stumbled across Duck Inn on OpenTable. Were we lucky. Cool place with a fun vibe. Food was good. Had the whole duck, cooked spot on. Foie gras as nummy and my companions had the hot dog - which they loved. Fun night and good food at Duck Inn.

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K
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had the hunan whole duck which was delicious. The new style foi gras was ok. Preferred previous preparation. The wine selection for bottles was limited and very over priced. The glass we ordered was fantastic, but did not have bottle option. Overall. Great place.

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

The meal started out on a really sour note. Some of us wanted to eat from the restaurant week menu, some did not. We were told that the WHOLE table needed to use the same menu in order to participate. I have never encountered this "rule" before, and it was not the case at either Chicago restaurant I went to earlier that week. Then we saw the wine prices. Wine per glass cost more than a hotel in downtown Manhattan charges (which is a lot). So we decided to just order something to eat, and get it over with. The service was friendly, but slow. The food was ok, but we realized once we ate, the food was not really worth the prices on the menu. I have heard great things, and they have been in business a while, so they're obviously doing something right!

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HM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

random neighborhood, excellent service and food. Jay was wonderful - when they forgot my husband's drink, he comped it. And life is incomplete without that hot dog with the "supercondiment" - even though we added it to an already lardy restaurant week menu!!!!!

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F
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So yummy, those duck wings!!!!

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A
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for the 2019 restaurant week menu!! Every dish is so good! Very stellar

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. I definitely would go back. All of the staff was wonderful.

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B
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very unique food - delicious! Restaurant Week menu is awesome!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! The food, service, and ambiance were spot on. We will definitely go back!

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Food was salty or bland

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CH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My first visit to Duck Inn, meant to go for several years. Delicious brunch, interesting cocktails. Highly recommend the Duck Hash. Creative menu with interesting combinations. Will go back!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with even better cocktails. Definitely will be returning to try other food menu items.

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MO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. The service was absolutely amazing. It is a nice, upscale restaurant without the stuffy atmosphere.

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AR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in the neighborhood, but I recommend Duck Inn to anyone looking for an amazing night out. The signature cocktail list is amazing and the service is top notch. We went all out with the tasting menu for a rare night out and it was an absolute delight. The craftsmanship of the food, drinks, decor, everything is worth the trip.

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CW
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner at the Duck Inn. Food and service were both outstanding and everyone enjoyed their meal. We wish there had been more orders of duck wings available, they were delicious!

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Drinks were really good! Excellent service! Food was way too salty!!! Pretty presentations, but the tasty was mediocre. I don’t think I would go back.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sat at the bar on a Saturday night, drinks were creative, one had bone stock, And other elixirs, fresh herbs and came in a soup bowl, was delicious. Octopus with mole was very flavorful, would go back for that alone. Burrata was also very fresh and tasty, could maybe have a few more toast points. Brussel sprouts were plentiful and i liked the way they were prepared, heavy in butter but both delicious as well. Duck wings were tender and priced right. Would go back!

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TH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Good food, good service, nice people, compelling story, fantasy location, easy free parking—all of which is tragically compromised by incessant, intolerable noise, which lowers the rating from 5 stars to 3 (and that is a gift). If noise-dampening tiles are installed in the ceiling, I’ll bet back, but not until then.

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

Great overall dinner experience. Our group of 4 ordered 5 appetizers, 2 entrees, 4 desserts, and the roasted duck to share. Every dish was incredible with the exception of the panna cotta dessert. All the drinks we had were unique and tasted great (they were a tad pricey). Our server was exceptional and it helped that all the staff paid attention to every table to make sure dishes were cleared, water was full, etc. I would highly recommend the Duck Inn!!

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k
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and delicious dinner from first to last course. Vibrant and interesting.

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LW
Chicago
106 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A true hidden neighborhood gem.
Wonderful food & terrific service.
Deep wine & cocktail list.
Make sure to order the cheese curds & preorder a duck.
Both are fantastic !

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I
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the Hot Dog Water beer. Duck was fantastic.

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MG
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great way to spend an afternoon enjoying creative cocktails and two delicious brunch dishes.

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MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I really like the Duck Inn. I have been there for dinners and have never been disappointed. The rotisserie duck for two is great. I have also been there several times for brunch and it is really good for this, with good food and pleasant atmosphere. I just noted that they are open with food until 11:00 during the week and later on weekends, so I am going to try it after the theater.

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l
Chicago
75 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as usual. duck wings cooked just right, fantastic cocktails, hard to choose entre, all sound so good.

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B
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as usual. Our waiter J. was just lovely (and all the other staff too!)

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A
Las Vegas
24 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a big party for Christmas. Shared plates went around and then entrees. A few had the wonderful duck but myself and other had the giant ribeye they were offering, outstanding. Our 8pm reservation led us to closing the bar. Great night

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MM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Dinner was spectacular. We enjoyed Duck everything! Ambiance was great and food was delicious. Our server was very nice but was a bit much. Too loud at times, but overall did a great job.

Will definitely be back!

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m
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We really enjoyed our time at Duck Inn we were a table of 6 and shared 3 appetizers and 5 entrees and everything was great. The one thing that left a bad taste in our mouth was the offer of truffles grated on the mushroom pasta, it was a casual offer, like would you like parmesan cheese on that...so we all agreed . Then we got the bill and the grating of truffles was $35.00, more expensive that most of our entrees. So in the end even though we had a great time we left feeling a little ripped off.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
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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TT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

We love the Duck Inn. Every dish is perfectly prepared, well-seasoned, and creative. This time, the bar service was disappointing, apparently understaffed; our drink refills were so slow as to be too late to drink with our meal. Being the holiday season, there were two big groups which became increasingly noisy. We had to close out abruptly. The bar space is quieter, a better choice on a busy night.

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WO
Chicago
109 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The Duck Inn has been a personal favorite since Chef Hickey opened and it remains so for the strong, creative drink, the sensational service and the incredible rotisserie duck dinner -- the breasts done to perfect medium rare, the salad ok, and the duck fat potatoes fantastic. The hard surfaces make conversation difficult but the warmth of the staff and the room compensate. For ocnversation and a whole different vibe, the outdoor patio in Summer/Fall is great.

Even after fighting traffic for 1-1/2 hours to get there, The Duck Inn is special each and every time.

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EV
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
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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Chicago
3 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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