Duck Inn

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969 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.

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

Attended their Luau Dinner on the patio with friends. Great food and fun atmosphere.

c
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Duck Inn remains my go to for both spur of the moment dining and for introducing friends from out of town to the best that Chicago has to offer. It's location is superb - a bit off the beaten path but in an old school Chicago neighborhood that reminds you just what Chicago is all about. The food is consistently wonderful, the drinks and wine choices stellar, and the experience one my guests always talk highly about after visiting. It's top of the list for me!

l
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere—especially the backyard patio on a beautiful summer night. Inside looked nice too—would happily come back in winter and sit inside. Food was very good—took off 1 star because the breast on the whole duck (we preordered) was a tad overdone. But everything else delicious and fresh (and even the breast was good—just not excellent) with good flavor. Loved the in-season produce that went with the duck. Will come back again, and just specifically request that the breast be only seared.

MS
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome there are no other words to describe Happy Hour !

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for pizza Wednesdays and tried 4 different pizzas, Octopus, Burrata, and drinks. Mad flavorful and Amazing service from Kodi! Never disappointed with Duck Inn.

E
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The menu is small, but tasty. We sat outside in a large nice patio. Our waiter was very friendly. It took a long time to get our drinks, though.

l
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent!!! Food, drinks , and ambience , were all top notch! Can’t wait to return!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! What else can I say. Food great, owners there to great you. Would come for just the craft cocktails

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food outstanding. Great service. A little pricey for the size of the plates. Would recommend.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Their signature dish, roast duck, was wonderful. The garden atmosphere was the very best outdoor venue in the city...

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Much half price during happy hour Tuesday through Friday five through six. Great to sit on the patio!

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

We had a great time at the Duck inn. We walked in and saw some local friends, chatted for a bit then sat at our table. Our server made some recommendations. We didn’t order the duck but will be coming back for it!

L
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rotisserie duck was fabulous, staff were welcoming and attentive, outdoor seating was delightful.

y
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A++, everything was fantastic.

D
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven't spent much time in this part of town so have never been to The Duck Inn before. It had good internet reviews and the menu looked great so tried it with some friends in town for a Sox game. Wow!.

We loved everything about it. Wednesday happy hour from 5 to 6 had half price drinks and small dishes, and Wednesday was pizza night and half priced bottles of wine. If that weren't good enough, the place was a classic Chicago corner bar look, very nice inside as well, and the backyard outdoor dining area was awesome. the atmosphere was casually but classy. Service was attentive and friendly and all the food was very, very good. My friend kept bringing up how much he loved the Duck Fat Dog all night. The Cheese Curds, Duck Wings, Duck Pizza, brussel sprouts, all great! I think the whole duck entree will have to be on the list for next time.

If you are in the area, definitely go to The Duck Inn. If you aren't in the area, maybe go anyway!

b
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The outdoor space is fantastic, made moreso to me because it is in such a historic location--in Bridgeport where the Illinois and Michigan Canal connected to the Chicago River. Its a casual place with interesting and delicious food and a nice selection of wine, beer and cocktails. It captures the heart and soul of Chicago!

g
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was very good. Other times we've been there it's been outstanding. Desserts did not sound great so we skipped them. The cocktails were great. The wine we picked wasn't great in our opinion (but your mileage may vary).

The patio is great in summer. It was a warm but not too warm night with a good breeze off the river.

MF
Miami
24 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious. Beautiful day to eat brunch outside. The duck hash and the mcDuckin sandwich were so flavorful. The hot dog- wow. Three of us shared everything so we could get a taste of all we ordered. Would definitely return.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every single thing we had was delicious. Even better, the staff was warm, friendly, and fun with our 7- and 3-year-old girls. My wife and I agreed it was the best night out we've had in a long time! Thanks to Chef Hickey and his amazing team!!!

CT
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food here is EXCEPTIONALLY tasty! We enjoyed several dishes. The ones that stood out were the duck wings, walleye, and Spanish octopus. Service was attentive and the ambience on the patio is perfecto. Thanks for a great meal! We'll be back.

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I chose this spot because it was off the beating track..on Loomis and Eleanor St (just south of the south branch of the chicago river ) Quiet neighborhood feel. Throwback in time. The outdoor seating was marvelous on a warm night. Although choices were limited, the cocktails were outstanding ( Devils tongue was my favorite). Every food dish was delicious ( Gnocchi was the bomb, brussel sprouts were spectacular, Duck dog very tasty ) and the service was top notch. Definitely planning to go back soon.

KH
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience. Brunch menu is excellent. Staff was friendly and accommodating.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food was great but on a hot night it was tough to enjoy the food since it is so warm in the restaurant. Our server was clearly miserable (who wouldn’t be) but putting on a brave face.

a
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

At first you don’t get the feeling that the place will be great, it’s sort of a very laid-back look, but the people inside very warm service great, when we were there the air-conditioner was off so it’s a bit hot we were there on one of the hardest nights of the year but besides that everything was great

GG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Duck Inn NEVER disappoints. The kitchen is creative making delicious and beautiful food. A stop by the cocktail bar is a MUST before sitting down to dine. Comfortable, friendly and delicious. What more would you ask for?

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Duck Inn! We go there every few months and it is always exceptional. We get a couple of James & the Giant Negronis and share the duck - it's a must. The host encouraged us to sit outside last night and we were so glad we did. The weather was perfect and the patio was lovely!

C
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends from England come

T
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent. I'd definitely go back again!

JH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was great and so were the drinks. Will happily keep coming back

s
Chicago
105 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service could not have been better. We were celebrating an annversary and as soon as we mentioned this 2 glasses of bubbly appeared. So nice. We had the duck and it is worth all the raves. Two breasts sliced and two crispy skinned thighs over kale and potatoes with a few strawberries thrown in. All flavors were perfect and then some au jus to add if you chose. As another surprise we received 2 complementary scoops of sorbet with candles. The service was attentive without being obtrusive and the wine recommendation our server gave us was just right with the duck.
Can't wait to go back.

FE
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always....phenomenal! Thx team for accommodating us last minute and for hitting all all the marks!

c
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

So noisy at times we couldn't hear each other. But food served beautifully and was delish.

FL
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I preordered the duck for the table and when we arrived we added a few more items. The drinks, food, and the desserts were amazing. When I went to the bathroom I saw sime event posters and took pictures to bring my friends back. The outside looked great, but my husband won't eat outdoors so we sat in the stunning dining room.

EG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful presentation--excellent food
Gracious and friendly atmosphere
Highly recommended

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and awesome service

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was very attentive and friendly. 😊 I love the unique cocktails and how often the menu changes. Definitely can’t wait to go again.

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

Great place!

MC
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We only stopped in for drinks, they were fantastic! the bartenders were so friendly! Love the Duck Theme and can't wait to go back for food!

S
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We went to brunch for Father’s Day. Everything was delicious. The menu was full of unique takes on brunch standards. I had a ribeye steak and eggs with duck fat potatoes and hearty slice of multi grain toast. My wife had the sausage and egg sandwich which was delicious especially with the addition of freshly shaved truffles. One of my children had the “Fried Baloney Sandwich “ made with high quality Mortadella. The room is small and can get a little loud, but the experience was great

S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, and atmosphere were all exceptional!

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