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Blackbird

#418 of 8,486 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighborhood:
West Loop
French, American, Contemporary
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619 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661 (Jefferson)
Clinton Green Line; 56 Milwaukee Bus; 8 Halsted Bus; 20 Madison
(312) 715-0708
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5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Fine Dining
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 172
    Excellent
  • 96
    Very good
  • 47
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lovely place, excellent service, interesting food

We went to Blackbird at the recommendation of a friend. It was early, before the opera, so we were nearly alone. The celery soup with preserved lemon was fantastic. I had fois gras for my main course. It was exquisite but sprinkled with something black that I was never able to identify. Crumbs of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
BuffCrone
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AZ
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
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English first
Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Myself and my girlfriend were lucky enough to visit Chicago a little while ago, and as most tourists do, I did some research on where to visit and eat. GQ (unlikely to use their sources again) had Blackbird as one of THE places to visit when in Chicago, so I made it a mission of mine to get a reservation.... More 

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AZ
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375 reviews 375 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
228 helpful votes 228 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We went to Blackbird at the recommendation of a friend. It was early, before the opera, so we were nearly alone. The celery soup with preserved lemon was fantastic. I had fois gras for my main course. It was exquisite but sprinkled with something black that I was never able to identify. Crumbs of chocolate cookie? My companion had the... More 

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Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

Friendly service, not rushed and attentive with hovering over your shoulder. The water glass will never be empty. Blackbird is about the food, sauces and blends of food groups. The meal is not something that your going to experience at an average restaurant. The restaurant has won numerous James Beard Awards and stars from other organizations. Go for the food... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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153 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

After reading the last few reviews, I thought perhaps I had made an error in booking a table at Blackbird. But, my experience was more than satisfactory in terms of service. In fact I would say that we received outstanding attention through the course of our meal with friends. Our waiter and all other attending staff performed admirably and did... More 

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Miami, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

I dined at Blackbird with my family and was underwhelmed by the experience. Servicevwas overall poor. Our waiter had a very condescending attitude towards questions and became very defensive when our entrees had not arrived 45 minutes after our appetizers. It took so long that we ran out of wine before the entrees arrived. She kept on pushing us to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Nothing special, really. Expectations are high because of the Michelin star and it doesnt quite deliver. For these prices we deserve more...service was not maliciously bad but not overflowingly good - which is part of what should come with michelin-starred hospitality. My wife and I visited from London and also visited "Grace" (recommended) and the staff made a point of... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Wait staff was unfriendly and service was very slow. Very overpriced and very small portions. Too many options in the area to settle for this over rated place. Don't go.

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Fraziers Bottom, West Virginia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Vibrant fine dining with a contemporary flair Innovative wines with very knowledgeable sommelier Makes you feel like you're in a great food city, which you are

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Paris, France
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

A delightful discovery -- the dishes are thoughtful, interesting and well executed. I've been here 3 times and enjoyed my meal each time. Twice I have had plates garnished with house-made sausage that was very delicious and just a thin slice packed alot of flavor. The only complaint about our most recent visit on a Saturday night was the extremely... More 

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Oxford, OH
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44 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

What can I say, it was just a wonderful meal! It starts with the bread which has a wonderful flavor and texture that is amplified by the butter, I think whipped with Maple syrup. Scrumptious! I had a wreath of Arctic Char that was the most wonderful medley of protein and dairy and fruit and herbs so it hit all... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 619 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661
    (Jefferson)
  • Public Transportation: Clinton Green Line; 56 Milwaukee Bus; 8 Halsted Bus; 20 Madison
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > West Loop
  • Neighborhood: West Loop
  • Phone Number: (312) 715-0708

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 41 - 100
  • Cuisine: French, American, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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

Staying in West Loop

Neighborhood Profile
West Loop
Fulton Market, Randolph Market, Jackson Boulevard and Greek Town make up the West Loop. The neighborhood is best known as the location of Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios, but this downtown neighborhood is also an up-and-coming spot for Chicago’s trendsetters. Several sub-neighborhoods within West Loop make this a unique neighborhood to visit. Dotted with factories and warehouses, West Loop is packed with various types of dining and nightlife options. If your timing is right, you can take part in neighborhood events like the West Loop Farmers Market, Craft Beer Fest, or the Randolph Street Market Festival.