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Blackbird

#188 of 7,631 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighborhood:
West Loop
American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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619 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661-2203 (Jefferson)
+1 312-715-0708
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Today
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Chicago, Illinois
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2,239 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,448 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

How can you not like Blackbird? Located at 691 West Randolph in the West Loop neighborhood, it opened in 1997 to rave reviews. And the rave reviews and awards just keep coming. Chef Paul Kahan was named the James Beard Outstanding Chef in 2013. Crain's Chicago Business chose Blackbird as the No. 1 restaurant in Chicago. It received a Jean... More 

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Thank Taylor B
Darien, Illinois
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Treated my sister to dinner at Blackbird for a special birthday. I was concerned because she is somewhat disabled and uses a walker. Heard Blackbird had tight quarters. I alerted the staff to my concerns when I made the reservation. They assured me they could comfortably accommodate her. They went above and beyond! All the staff wished my sister a... More 

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Thank lyn791
Pittsburgh
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53 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nothing especially memorable about this restaurant. The space is relatively small, the menu is fairly limited. The food is fairly good, but nothing that would make me return. Surprised by the hype.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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91 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located in the West Loop, Blackbird lived up to the hype and delivered a first class dinner. The menu is very creative and the kitchen is extraordinary!

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woling
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pre-Christmas dinner at Blackbird. Service was first rate. The menu choice was varied and looked very interesting. The presentation of the food was excellent and portions generous. The main courses selected were crispy pork and mine sturgeon (first time and not disappointed) and they exceeded our expectations.

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Vancouver, Canada
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76 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were at a table for 8, stuffed beside the kitchen. Waiters constantly brushed up against us as they passed by. The restaurant is overcrowded, stuffed with tables far too close to each other. The service was completely perfunctory. I seemed to really irritate my waiter when I complained about my overly warm glass of red wine. Food was all... More 

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Thank David S
Macomb, Illinois
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49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place has great food and wonderful service. It's only down side for me is the decor. Very stark and not at all cozy. They ask in the review process if this is one of the best meals you've ever had in a restaurant and I said, no. Not because the food isn't good, as it is, but because I... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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91 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016

Went with coworkers to a special holiday lunch at Blackbird. I had the roast beef sandwich, which was sublime. It was wonderful, as were the fries. The service is impeccable and the food is fantastic. The pork belly and whitefish sandwiches also looked great. I did try a desert--the carrot cake and it was a wonderfully unusual version. However, overall... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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223 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

We were invited here last week by one of our suppliers and I must say it was one of the best meals I had ever had.The service is first class and the food above that ! The wine list is extensive and there is something for everyone - I was left to order the wines and could have ordered some... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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64 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016 via mobile

Had a delightful dinner tonight. Skillfully prepared cocktails. Appropriately attentive serving staff. I had the shrimp appetizer which was sublime, and the duck entree which was delicious. My partner had the cavatelli appetizer and the lamb saddle entree. I tasted both and they were delicious. Our waiter assisted us with a wine selection, which was perfect. Highly recommended. We will... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$41 - $100
Cuisine
American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 619 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661-2203
    (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: +1 312-715-0708

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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.
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