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Gilt Bar

Gilt Bar

Lounge and Gastropub$$$$
River North, Chicago
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    Has a stamp of approval from Eater and Time Out Chicago
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    • Time Out Chicago
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    "MUST try the Roasted Bone Marrow & Tenderloin Steak Tartare!!"(22 Tips)
    Savina I.
    "Ask for the Library downstairs :-)"(11 Tips)
    Jane L.
    "The steak tartare was amazing, as was the truffle pasta."(20 Tips)
    Jason K.
    "Fantastic Beef tartar."(15 Tips)
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  • bone marrow
  • downstairs
  • good for dates
  • pork belly
  • trendy
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  • Nate S.heart icon on user image
    Nate SJune 14, 2019
    Incredible service. We came for a special occasion and were treated so well - got a seat at a large velvet booth downstairs in the speakeasy. Photobooth is 3 bucks, leave an email for digital copy.
  • Suli C.heart icon on user image
    Suli ChongApril 15, 2013
    Quite a gem. The shrimp & grits transformed my generally negative impression of grits. The Pork Belly was fall off the bone to die for and the truffle pasta complimented everything else very nicely.
    Upvoted Oct 29
  • Cameron W.heart icon on user image
    Cameron WAugust 28, 2017
    The truffle pasta is awesome. Their pastas in general are really good. The cocktails we had were also very good. Great interior and the service was friendly and attentive. Two thumbs up!
  • Helen P.heart icon on user image
    Helen ParkJuly 26, 2015
    Loved the foie gras. Truffle pasta is unique. I liked it but I think it's better for a few people to share/taste rather than finish a plate by oneself.
  • Madeline G.heart icon on user image
    Madeline GullettAugust 9, 2015
    I loved the cocktails! The restaurant is dark which I love. There is an even darker eating area/bar hidden downstairs that is very dark and cozy. I'll definitely be down there next time I go!
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneAugust 1, 2014
    The roasted chicken, seasoned with oregano and roasted garlic, is as simple and classic as dishes get. But the chicken is juicy perfection, a reminder of how soul-satisfying roast chicken can be.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoDecember 6, 2011
    Try the ham and cheese fondue from our 100 Best list:Take a croque-madame, increase the cheese tenfold, melt it in a crock, fold in ham, put the egg on top and use the bread on the side, for dipping.
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneAugust 1, 2014
    Pork belly can be found all over town, but I recommend sampling Gilt Bar's superior version, consisting of meaty slices under a raspberry-shallot glaze, over farro verde and wax beans.
  • Preston K.heart icon on user image
    Preston KApril 26, 2019
    Make a reservation in the library (downstairs). Food and drinks are outstanding. The service is top notch. Check out the photo booth after dinner.
  • Mark W.heart icon on user image
    Mark WongOctober 10, 2015
    Come here for the truffle pasta, tenderloin steak tartare and heirloom tomatoes, bursts and basil. You will NOT be disappointed.
  • Chelsea
    ChelseaJuly 8, 2013
    The steak tartare is to die for! Pork meatballs and pork belly are also delicious. House red wine for $4 can't be beat. Also try the Bee's Knees - awesome cocktail!
  • TKGO
    TKGOSeptember 2, 2012
    The Pimm's Cup is phenomenal. And so are the foie gras, beef tartare, mussels, truffle pasta, and the pork belly. Stellar.
  • Daviheart icon on user image
    DaviJuly 15, 2017
    The vodka smash is so refreshing and the truffle pasta so satisfying. Absolutely in love with Gilt! Have been many times and always have a great time.
  • Bari
    BariJanuary 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The chicken is an a suite must! Also, they have a cool policy with byob wine. Bring a bottle and instead of corkage fee you share a glass!
  • Brennan K.
    Brennan KnottsMay 22, 2012
    They make great drinks here. I had a Negroni before dinner and the Whiskey Sour after. Also, if it's still on the menu get the confit bacon entree. Bacon for dinner!
  • Ali O.
    Ali OopSeptember 8, 2014
    I would recommend any of the pastas in a second! They all had pork which I generally can't eat (so that's a bummer), but I did it anyway this time ;)
  • Hugo B.heart icon on user image
    Hugo BonderJanuary 10, 2019
    The mussels, from Maine, are fresh, delicious and huge. Great service and prices!
  • Hugo B.heart icon on user image
    Hugo BonderJanuary 10, 2019
    The mussels, from Maine, are fresh, delicious and huge. Great service and prices.
  • Rebecca R.heart icon on user image
    Rebecca RickertDecember 28, 2014
    Downstairs is an amazing little speakeasy!! Great cocktails, great atmosphere and great service!!!!
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineApril 16, 2012
    The smashed red potatoes with chicken jus are among the best spuds in town—and save room for the desserts, which are downplayed as dinerworthy but are masterpieces in disguise. Read more
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SilversOctober 4, 2011
    Loud, but nice ambience, great Old Fashioned(s) and very good food. Downstairs is cash-only but it's a great hangout space if you don't mind talking loudly over the music and/or the band. Read more
  • Nevermore
    NevermoreAugust 15, 2019
    Though you can't make reservations at the Library, you can reserve a table at Gilt Bar and ask to be seated downstairs.
  • Mike M.heart icon on user image
    Mike McGeeSeptember 18, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    This place is amazing. Key things to order: Bone Marrow, Orechiette, Shrimp & Grits. Also the Old Fashioneds are to die for. Well, they are pretty good.
  • Nicolas J.heart icon on user image
    Nicolas JezierskiMay 23, 2016
    Grilled Salmon, Salad, wine and cocktails were delicious. Great place, cool vibe
  • Crain's Chicago Business
    Gilt's beer list anchors the drinks menu with a dozen on tap and about 30 in the bottle, ranging from local brews to Belgian specialty pours. Wines by the glass pull from an eclectic wine list, but th Read more
  • Carlos B.
    Carlos ButlerFebruary 25, 2018
    Never had the food before, just drinks. It was delicious. Had the short rib stroganoff. So good.
  • Zach D.heart icon on user image
    Zach DanielSeptember 1, 2015
    Best rib-eye I've ever eaten! Delicious cocktails (Gin Mule!). Definitely great for sharing with friends :)
  • Kristen A.heart icon on user image
    Kristen AOctober 10, 2018
    The meatball appetizer is incredible.
  • CC
    CCJuly 13, 2013
    The chocolate cake is amazing, the carrot cake is meh. Bone marrow and rib eye is phenomenal.
  • Ryan L.
    Ryan LeeJune 7, 2013
    Really excellent spot. Pork meatballs w/ kale is delicious! Top it off coconut cream pie. Excellent spirits selection too!!
  • Sarah K. Q.
    Sarah K. QuinnOctober 21, 2016
    The steak tartare will have you dreaming about it for days.
  • Jack M.
    Jack MorrisMarch 11, 2014
    Hidden gem in Windy City. Truffle pasta, short rib ragu, and pork meatballs are all outstanding. Must visit place.
  • Miss Butterflyheart icon on user image
    Miss ButterflyMarch 8, 2015
    Amazing quality food in a cozy lounge (dim lighting) atmosphere. Jamie, our server was amazing!
  • Unni P.heart icon on user image
    Unni PhilipFebruary 11, 2017
    Chicken is great. Salmon was a little salty. The library room downstairs has a very cool vibe
  • Laura Y.
    Laura YeeAugust 27, 2010
    Five women shared two "toast" items (beef tartar and boratti with heirloom tomatoes), two pastas, mussels, french fries and the steak followed by warm brownie with ice cream and blackberries. Delish.
  • Shirley L.heart icon on user image
    Shirley LiuAugust 20, 2012
    Get the bone marrow, the pasta, and all of their desserts. Skip the cocktails if you're not picky and get their table wine
  • Jane L.heart icon on user image
    Jane LeDecember 16, 2015
    Gorgeous interior! The steak tartare was amazing, as was the truffle pasta. Rich, and so worth it!
  • Sandi A.heart icon on user image
    Sandi AndersonDecember 9, 2017
    Love the side dishes to share. They’re all delicious and the craft cocktails rock.
  • Felicity M.heart icon on user image
    Felicity MouldJanuary 28, 2019
    Awesome spot! Highly recommend on the food and cocktail front ❤️
  • Matthew B.heart icon on user image
    Matthew BreuerOctober 9, 2022
    Really good & would strongly recommend the Library as a private event space.
  • Lucretiaheart icon on user image
    LucretiaOctober 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    From the people that brought you Maude's and Au Cheval... yum! Steak tar tar is excellent.
  • Marco H.
    Marco HowellOctober 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Brussel spouts, tartars, pot roast!!! If secure with your manhood, get the bee sting cocktail, gruner veltliner wine and Grenache.
  • Miyeon P.
    Miyeon PreskyOctober 22, 2012
    Sticky toffee cake with coffee ice cream or something is soo amazing. We saw everyone else was ordering it too.
  • Deb D.heart icon on user image
    Deb Dietz WarnerDecember 10, 2017
    Best bone marrow I've ever had!!! Great cocktails and love the bar downstairs.
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰November 5, 2014
    Best carrot cake you will ever have in your entire life
  • Grady T.heart icon on user image
    Grady TwohigFebruary 23, 2014
    Salmon was great...crispy on the outside and not over-cooked! Brussels sprout salad is awesome too!
  • Hanna F.
    Hanna FridellAugust 30, 2015
    Cool decor and nice food and cocktails! Try to get a table in the library.
  • Jon B.heart icon on user image
    Jon B.March 14, 2019
    Great cocktails. A solid choice when waiting for a table ah Bavette’s.
  • Paul M.
    Paul MillerAugust 9, 2012
    Ask for Tony - all of his recommendations were great! Amazing food! Try ordering a few things & share with the table.
  • Emily W.
    Emily WalkowiakJune 22, 2014
    The drinks are super strong but yummy and retro. Order early. Last call is around 1230
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