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Blackbird

619 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661 (The Loop)
(312) 715-0708
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Ranked #217 of 8,264 restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $41 - $100
Cuisines: American, French, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: The Loop
Cross street: Jefferson
Transit: Clinton Green Line; 56 Milwaukee Bus; 8 Halsted Bus; 20 Madison
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Pittsburgh
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The restaurant is small. Reserve early. It is almost all white. Small bar. Menu is on the small side but selections are all good. Prices are right for portion size. Dessert was great as well. Great service.

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Los Angeles, California, USA
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142 reviews 142 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Tremendous service with a neighborhood feel!!! The food was delicious, but there were several separate instances in which our entire party unanimously agreed that this really made for an unforgettable experience: 1. Amuse bouches for the table. I didn't specify anything special on the reservation and it was a random Friday night when the restaurant was pretty full. 2. One... More

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florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This restaurant was on a list of recommended places to eat at an upscale hotel so we felt safe in picking one. Blackbird was a bad choice. The atmosphere and the staff are stuffy. The tables are too close together, and the food is less then average but the prices are expensive. My daughter got a chicken dish that literally... More

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Montreal
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Busy, bustling, friendly....good to very good food, maybe not historic but highly enjoyable..would recommend ..you can be close up to another couple if you are a table for two..didn't bother us but it wasn't an intimate setting..

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St. Paul, Mn
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Immediately at the door you are welcomed by a friendly host who shows you to your table. He whisks you by so quickly you almost miss the gigantic orb of white daisies which add texture to the stylish simplicity of the restaurant. The server greets you soon after presenting you with a wine list. He will point you in the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Booked for a late dinner last week, I had dined here with friends a couple of times before at lunch but never for dinner, my husband and I decided to have a date night and chose this place because of its reviews and my past experiences, the service was awful, cold and just down right rude, the matre d, looked... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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161 reviews 161 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We had an uneven dinner at Blackbird. Some dishes were fantastic, and others tried too hard and missed. The endive salad with egg in a potato shell was wonderful, even without the pancetta (as requested.) The sashimi type appetizer (I forget what fish it was) was just OK. The halibut with sauerkraut was overpowered by the bitterness of the sauerkraut,... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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101 reviews 101 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Based on past reviews, we decided to try Blackbird. It was a very good meal with interesting dishes. The ingredients were very fresh and the flavors were inventive. The noise level was a little high so that it was hard to hear across the small table. We felt a little rushed. Each course came quickly without time to just relax... More

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New York City, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Being a highly awarded and recognized restaurant in Chicago, our expectations of Blackbird were very high. Unfortunately the overall experience didn't meet our high hopes for this establishment and we left feeling disappointed. We even had to order room service when we got back to our hotel to feel like we ate something substantial. Visiting on the Memorial Day long... More

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Austin, Texas
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61 reviews 61 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

The food here is very good indeed. The roasted veal sweet breads and the duck breast both had an excellent crust on them. The mise en bouche was probably the least exciting part of the meal, but that did not really detract. Dessert was not the most expansive offering, but the cheese i had was lovely. Service was a little... More

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