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Gilt Bar

#150 of 7,872 Restaurants in Chicago
#170 of 8,779 Places to Eat in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Near North Side
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230 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654-4908 (Franklin)
Merchandise Mart (Brown Line)
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4:45 am - 12:30 am
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Sun 4:45 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Thu 4:45 pm - 11:30 pm
Fri 4:45 am - 12:30 am
Sat 4:45 pm - 12:30 am
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Interesting food, fun atmosphere

Equally appropriate for a romantic evening or a fun night out with friends. A dark, moody atmosphere that blends modern with natural elements. Love the cocktails! And the chicken is amazing. You've never tasted anything like it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Marshall, MIchigan
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Marshall, MIchigan
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192 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Equally appropriate for a romantic evening or a fun night out with friends. A dark, moody atmosphere that blends modern with natural elements. Love the cocktails! And the chicken is amazing. You've never tasted anything like it.

Thank ChristiB50
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very inviting place, dark lighting with tables close together. Menu was a little thin when it comes to the overall choices for food. A little over priced for portions, but that's Chicago.

Thank Erik C
Chicago, Illinois
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So this was my 40th bday and my wife and I anniversary i was drawn to this place for the dim lighting and romantic ambience. After not being able to get a reservation for there sister restaurant Bavettes i took a long look at this placevand i am so happy i did. The drinks the atmosphere the service was all... More 

Thank billv1976
Austin, Texas
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Innovative menu, hip cocktails, fab atmosphere ~ everything you want in a rad place to hang out with your friends and throw back a few hundred on dinner and drinks.

Thank ClardyParty
San Francisco, California
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57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Many think the Gilt Bar is just that -- a great place to have a cocktail enroute to somewhere else, usually Bavette's an affiliated restaurant practically next door. Might I suggest you make Gilt Bar your destination? The atmosphere is cozy -- dark, if you prefer. While you might expect their cocktail menu to be "substantial," the dinner menu is... More 

Thank Ann60093
Baltimore, Maryland
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

The Setting: - The setting was very dark and vibrant and their was a young crowd throughout. It definitely wasn't "romantic" though. I would recommend it more for a meet up or business meeting location rather than a place to take a date. The Food: - The Ribeye was delicious! I had asked medium but got medium-rare which wasn't bad.... More 

Thank AJ_From_Chicago
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207 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Lucky to get in since we did not have reservations. Menu is limited but great choices to be had. Music playing..large room...friendly staff..helpful with choice selection. We had grilled calamari, a few salads, grilled cauliflower, marrow (not to be missed!!)...all were perfection...did not hurry us at all on a busy Saturday night. nice selection of both beer, wines and mixed... More 

Thank eyeu
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

We dined here because it was recommended by fellow shoppers at the One of a Kind show at the Merchandise Mart, which is across the street. Proximity was our primary criteria for choosing it. Because we dined early (5:30 p.m.) it wasn't crowded or noisy, as others have observed. Service was top notch. My husband and I shared an apple... More 

Thank MartianJourney
Toronto, Canada
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

Came for dinner at the library downstairs. This place is as good as it gets. Beautiful glamorous decor, impeccable service, and outstanding food. The drinks were also great. The tea came in beautiful teapots. Everything was top notch. And on top of that, for what you got, the prices were really reasonable! Hands down one of my favourite places.

Thank pumpkinlantern
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

This place was ranked very highly so we wanted to check it out. I didn't find it that great. its very very loud...prices are ridiculously high for an average food that you can for cheaper price. I got their fries (for $7.50). The only good thing was their clean bathroom and great smelling handwash...I won't go back there again.

Thank Joojooki

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 230 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654-4908
  • Public Transportation: Merchandise Mart (Brown Line)
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Near North Side
  • Neighborhood: Near North Side
  • Phone Number: 13124649544

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
4:45 pm - 10:30 pm
4:45 pm - 11:30 pm
4:45 pm - 11:30 pm
4:45 pm - 11:30 pm
4:45 pm - 11:30 pm
4:45 am - 12:30 am
4:45 pm - 12:30 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?