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“Great bar and wonderful time in the library” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Gilt Bar

Gilt Bar
230 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654-4908 (Near North Side)
312-464-9544
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Ranked #142 of 8,392 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $30 - $30
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Near North Side
Cross street: Franklin
Transit: Merchandise Mart (Brown Line)
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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126 reviews 126 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“Great bar and wonderful time in the library”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

We had a great evening sitting at the bar watching the bartenders mixing up amazing cocktails. The wait to get down to the library was well worth it. Much more intimate and wonderful wait staff. Menu is limited but everything we tried was great.

Visited April 2013
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English first
Indianapolis, Indiana
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Excellent choice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Food and drinks were really good, an excellent experience in all respects. Octopus and chorizo entree sounds odd but was very good. We took recommendations across the board from our server and were satisfied with every dish. I highly recommend Gilt Bar

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Calgary, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Sexy times.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

My husband and I were in Chicago for my 30th birthday and this was our second time visiting the city, so we made sure to visit Gilt Bar again. For the second time, the bar did not disappoint. This time they sat us downstairs in the library and WOW - what an awesome experience. It's all bookshelves and velvet banquettes and moody lighting - an awesome time to be had.

We feasted on dark and stormy beverages, salads, shrimp and grits and truffle pastas - DELICIOUS food as usual. The service is outstanding and I was amazed that the food could stand up to how incredible the drinks were - but they did. The library is a cozy little area of the bar that affords quiet conversation with incredible music - we were there for hours and there were great tunes the whole time.

Gilt Bar will be on our list to visit every time we visit Chicago, and I'll be sure to request the library each time we're in town - a must visit!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chicago, Illinois
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“A Must Try”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013 via mobile

The Gilt Bar has an excellent atmosphere with food fit for foodies. Gilt is very warm and the noise level is not too loud. The beer selection is great, I had Three Floyd's on tap. The food is top notch as well. They have several interesting appetizers followed by salad, seafood, pasta and entrees. The octopus was a bit lost in the sauce and preparation. The chicken was excellent, but a bit salty. The bone marrow appetizer was interesting and the presentation was excellent. The chocolate brownie/cake desert is a must. Served warm with ice cream, it has a caramelized toffee flavor. The carrot cake was good as well, but in my book the chocolate was the winner.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Just very good - Experience is far above what you would expect.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

Normally the fashionable, trendy type restaurants are a let down when it comes to both food and the price of drinks.
If only all restaurants were like this! Great atmosphere a real buzz - the food is obviously well thought out and prepared to high standards. Long list of drinks at reasonable prices.
I think this is possibly the best all-round bar/restaurant in Chicago. Fingers crossed it keeps walking the tight-rope of not being too popular (or full of tourists)...

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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