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Gilt Bar

#143 of 8,465 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Near North Side
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230 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654-4908 (Franklin)
Merchandise Mart (Brown Line)
312-464-9544
Website
Today
4:45 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 4:45 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Thu 4:45 pm - 11:30 pm
Fri - Sat 4:45 pm - 12:30 am
Good for:
Casual Dining

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Visitor rating
  • 93
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Dark Bar.. Bright Experience

In town for AUTOMATE 2015 and found this gem, one block from my hotel. Booked a table, made my way to Gilt, opened door and thought the place was closed.. Dark bar immediately came to mind and pleasantly realized the restaurant was packed.. Good sign! Sat at the bar, settled in for a beer and then... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Bob M
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

In town for AUTOMATE 2015 and found this gem, one block from my hotel. Booked a table, made my way to Gilt, opened door and thought the place was closed.. Dark bar immediately came to mind and pleasantly realized the restaurant was packed.. Good sign! Sat at the bar, settled in for a beer and then made acquaintance with a... More 

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We were just in for a drink, but this is a cool setting with great cocktails. When there is live band, this place is pretty intense, but usually it has more of a restaurant style which is good for talking.

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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 via mobile

I came here to get a few drinks and appetizer before dinner one night. It has a very sexy ambiance you will notice as soon as you walk through the door. The lighting is muted and they have many unique candles, that give out pretty lighting. We were able to snag a bar seat and had a few glasses of... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

What more can a man, traveling alone in a cold, cold city want, then a giant plate of bones to suck the marrow out of (no, this is not intentionally homoerotic) and a stiff Manhattan (also, not intentionally suggestive)? I tell you the one other thing is great service, which is exactly what I received at the Gilt Bar. It... More 

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New York
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

The food is creative and very well executed. I am not easy to impress when it comes to food, but I was quite impressed. The ambiance is hip, but not obnoxiously so; the noise level is vibrant without being loud. I will be back!

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San Clemente, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Three of us had a casual business dinner here on a recommendation from a business colleague. Our waitress, Molly was great. Helped us with selections, asked us about food allergies and type of things we liked. Best Brussels Sprouts i have ever had. The chicken was an interesting dish as well, 1/2 chicken, boneless, great flavor. We ate family style... More 

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waukesha
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6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

I was in Chicago on business alone due to schedules. A quick search turned up Gilt nearby and looking at the menu online I saw charred octopus. Octopus is one of my favorites and a rare find, so I headed on over. The octopus wa spectacular with scallions and Lima beans ( don't make a face, just try them). This... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Food and wine card was good. Service was casual and atmosphere loud; music was very casual. Expected a more upscale experience. The place lost my scarf in coat check (acknowledged by them), but they were extremely non-committal about taking any responsibility for losing it. Perhaps they don't have the obligation, but I would be cautious checking items here without securing... More 

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Ate here last time I was in Chicago with a friend. Was blown away by the concept and the level of service. Claus (our waiter) was on point with everything. Sat inside, really loved the ambiance. To be honest, the whole visit is an experience -- the food was top notch, but the decor, wait staff, atmosphere, menu is designed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

Fantastic! Beer list, tasty wine, atmosphere and ambiance! Service was first class! Our server even asked about allergys while we were ordering! Just watching out for her customers and offering changes if needed! The food! Outstanding! Grilled Brussels sprouts and the truffle pasta were to die for! I will be attempting to duplicate both in my own kitchen until I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 230 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654-4908
    (Franklin)
  • Public Transportation: Merchandise Mart (Brown Line)
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Near North Side
  • Neighborhood: Near North Side
  • Phone Number: 312-464-9544

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
4:45 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
4:45 pm - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
4:45 pm - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
4:45 pm - 11:30 pm
Thursday
4:45 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday
4:45 pm - 12:30 am
Saturday
4:45 pm - 12:30 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?