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Blackbird

New American Restaurant$$$$
West Loop, Chicago
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  • Ran T.
    "We Had the Prix Fix lunch it was great !"(6 Tips)
    Elodie P.
    "Choose the 5 courses tasting menu, and enjoy with champagne."(8 Tips)
    Alex's Lemonade
    "Chef Paul Kahan of Blackbird"(3 Tips)
    Kate C.
    "If you want an appetizer that's exciting, get the endive salad."(4 Tips)
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  • Horia D.
    The food is excellent, but service can be understandably slow at peak times
  • Sinaida K.
    Wonderful food in a minimalistic interior. Probably, best lunch in town-3 course menu for only 25$.
  • PureWow
    PureWowMay 30
    The $25 prix fixe lunch includes three courses from James Beard-recognized executive chef Paul Kahan. This experience is definitely not on the average lunch break roster. Read more
  • Elodie P.
    Elodie P.May 26
    Original mixes, tasty food. Choose the 5 courses tasting menu, and enjoy with champagne. Tables are too close from each others and the place is a bit noisy. Service is quick: we had dinner within 1h!
  • Niny A.
    I dined solo in this restaurant and I can only sing praises of this place. Welcoming hostess, competent servers, creative bartender, top notched service, excellent food - worth spending money on!
  • Chicago Tribune
    Whether one opts for the a la carte menu or the monthly tasting (10 or so courses for about $125), the experience will be superb. Read more
  • Ran T.
    Ran TraininOctober 22, 2016
    We Had the Prix Fix lunch it was great !
  • Jyoti G.
    Jyoti GillOctober 10, 2016
    Overrated. Honestly, not sure how this place has a Michelin star minus it's service and decor. Go next door to Avec if you actually want delicious food.
  • Paige K.
    Paige KaliskiJune 17, 2016
    the tasting menu was amazing
  • Amanda
    AmandaMay 19, 2016
    Best Higher End Dining according to radicalpossibility.com
  • Anna K.
    Anna KachalskyApril 17, 2016
    Cauliflower soup-just amazing!
  • Jeffrey Z.
    Jeffrey ZhaoApril 3, 2016
    Great value prix fixe lunch
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksMarch 10, 2016
    This soaring restaurant offers some of the most uniquely flavorful dishes around - including their duck breast, aged for several weeks and glazed, served with a slab of seared foie gras. Read more
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaFebruary 27, 2016
    Excellent dishes, creative yet nostalgic. 👍🏼 for endive salad, duck & burnt toast ice cream. Like ambience & music.
  • Pame R.
    Pame Rubio PJanuary 9, 2016
    The pork belly is amazing! I've never tried something like this before! Is mind blowing! 👏🏼
  • iroller
    irollerDecember 2, 2015
    It's somewhat confusing when they don't know what to do with their own gift cards.
  • flying f.
    flying felizNovember 6, 2015
    Try the Bread Pudding - #chicago #otchefstable #michelin (via @Foodspotting)
  • flying f.
    flying felizNovember 6, 2015
    Try the Cappuccino - #chicago #otchefstable #michelin (via @Foodspotting)
  • flying f.
    flying felizNovember 6, 2015
    Try the Duck Confit - #chicago #otchefstable #michelin (via @Foodspotting)
  • flying f.
    flying felizNovember 6, 2015
    Try the Soup - #chicago #otchefstable #michelin (via @Foodspotting)
  • flying f.
    flying felizNovember 6, 2015
    Try the Bread with honey sea salt butter - #chicago #otchefstable #michelin (via @Foodspotting)
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MacSeptember 1, 2015
    Intimate restaurant with upscale ambiance. Private dining area upstairs was perfect for our team dinner.
  • Fargie .
    Fargie 🍴August 10, 2015
    World class food and service to match. Go with the tasting menu. Each of the 8 courses is a symphony of flavors, immaculately well balanced!
  • Laurea d.
    Laurea de OcampoJuly 9, 2015
    $25 pre-fixe lunch menu is incredible and a ridiculously good value.
  • Sahitya K.
    Sahitya KakarlaJune 14, 2015
    Amazing dessert!
  • Mike
    MikeJune 12, 2015
    You came all the way here, you're gonna spend a bundle - just go for the tasting menu + wine pairing. #treatyoself
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillMay 20, 2015
    A very good choice for a business lunch or dinner.
  • TripExpert
    TripExpertMay 15, 2015
    "Here, pig is not a trend, because trends die, and at Blackbird, pork lives, and lives and lives. That night at the bar, the amuse bouche was a gorgeous ribbon of lardo." -Time Out on TripExpert Read more
  • jerome k.
    jerome knappMarch 29, 2015
    Lunch prix fixe took over 50 minutes plus a reminder for entree to be served, and pin bones were left in the salmon. Terrific bread plus amazing steak tartare though.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiFebruary 21, 2015
    Foie gras was delish!! Tried the duck and venison, too!! Be open minded when trying the venison. Salad of endives comes in a pancetta basket! Such a cool presentation
  • Chris B.
    Chris BartlowFebruary 18, 2015
    Don't understand the hype... Awards on every wall, phenomenal reviews across the board, GREAT service, but just OK food. Will try again soon, but we both missed something here.m.
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneDecember 31, 2014
    This restaurant can be expensive but at the same time their $25 three-course lunch is the best four-star deal in town. Try the pork belly or whitefish sandwich. Menu changes for dinner. Read more
  • John L.
    John LacsonDecember 28, 2014
    The Grilled striploin & smoke brined chicken breast are excellent! Bourbon gooey butter cake is so delicious!
  • Caitlin S.
    Caitlin SalzbergNovember 23, 2014
    The food was excellent! But for the money the service was so-so. Still really enjoyed the duck breast. Incredible!
  • kunal a.
    kunal anandNovember 20, 2014
    Thirsty? Order the Nomad. Get 2.
  • Morsel
    MorselNovember 13, 2014
    Blackbird's newest dish is Cider-glazed salmon with miso, sunchoke, rapini & chamomile vinaigrette. It was inspired by all the planters everyone puts out on their front porch every Fall. Read more
  • Morsel
    MorselNovember 13, 2014
    Order the Midwestern Makeover. This dish is: Roasted whitefish - grilled romaine, potato broth, chives and lemon oil. Read more
  • Teresa
    TeresaNovember 1, 2014
    The prix fixe lunch is very worth it! The beef tartare was very flavorful, and the pear sorbet was spot on.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 27, 2014
    Check out Blackbird Restaurant as seen on No Reservations Read more
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunAugust 10, 2014
    One Michelin star, not too formal atmosphere, quality food
  • Jacob M.
    Jacob MezaAugust 8, 2014
    Heirloom tomatoes and the lamb!!!
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    I recommend splurging on a boozy cocktail. They're delicious here. Ryan, the bartender, is the best. Read more
  • Matt N.
    Matt NJuly 31, 2014
    Great attentive service. Excellent food. Pricey and kind of dressy. Definitely make a reservation ahead of time.
  • Jaime L.
    Jaime LangJuly 24, 2014
    Pretty Awesome!
  • Miz Monnie👠💄👗 S.
    I initially thought it was fufu food. I was pleasantly surprised at the great taste although the portions were small.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJuly 7, 2014
    The chicken—which is not really just chicken, but chicken stuffed with sausage, a sort of freakishly delicious frankenmeat—comes on a plate that’s been dusted with dehydrated kaffir lime. Read more
  • Britta D.
    Britta DroyMarch 9, 2014
    Tasting menu was well worth the $. Atmosphere is a little scene-y.
  • Justine W.
    Justine WongMarch 9, 2014
    Tasty fish
  • Justine W.
    Justine WongMarch 9, 2014
    CDC dv. Diff
  • J. Christian B.
    J. Christian BernabeFebruary 15, 2014
    Order the crispy pork appetizer
  • Kilian S.
    Kilian SiebelFebruary 11, 2014
    Try the monkfish
  • Kino M.
    Kino MostanyFebruary 6, 2014
    Food was really great but unfortunately it was very smoky. We left the place smoking like we were barbecuing! Something must have happened with the ventilation or something
  • Zeke F.
    Zeke FrancoJanuary 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Sit at the bar and have Kyle mix you up something to your taste! You'll be pleased!
  • Aubre
    AubreJanuary 8, 2014
    Open the curtain in the women's bathroom. Trust me.
  • Nikita T.
    Nikita TurkinDecember 30, 2013
    Great value lunch for $22... Nice atmosphere, however waiters seem a bit lost... The cheesecake is to die for. Overall great little place.
  • Miguel O.
    Miguel OroDecember 29, 2013
    Sturgeon and wagyu
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoDecember 20, 2013
    The Bella at Blackbird is one of the 100 best things we ate this year. http://tmout.us/rLOtk Read more
  • La Dolce Vita
    La Dolce VitaDecember 16, 2013
    One Michelin star
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Best plates include lamb tartare, creamy walnut skordalia, and Concorde cake with grape sherbet and dark chocolate. – Green Guide Editor
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah StokkeNovember 15, 2013
    Prairie fruits farm 'Roxanne' sheep's milk 👌
  • Cindi L.
    Cindi Lung GerberSeptember 8, 2013
    Delicious, as usual. Endive salad is the best!
  • Ted F.
    Ted FujimotoAugust 24, 2013
    Wow. Definitely a foodies paradise and stellar service fit for a Michelin rating .
  • PuBtastic
    PuBtasticAugust 17, 2013
    Very pretentious and expensive. The portions are way too small. The food and drink taste good though
  • Aviv R.
    Aviv RegevAugust 10, 2013
    Very good food , a very sexy place , 1 michlan star place
  • Mike S.
    Mike StrockoAugust 6, 2013
    The bubblegum ice cream dessert is insanely good. Yes, you should save room for dessert.
  • Ekaterina T.
    Ekaterina TitovaJuly 2, 2013
    The lamb sucked. Desserts are all really good though. Most entrees are really overpriced.
  • Roxanne F.
    Roxanne FeldmanJune 29, 2013
    The food is tooooo good here.
  • Amie G.
    Amie GJune 13, 2013
    Whitefish sandwich is excellent. Stay for dessert.
  • Kenneth T.
    Kenneth TiongMay 23, 2013
    Blackbird's specialties are its desserts. Roasted peanut ice cream, goats cheese cheesecake, and roast rhubarb are all worthy of high praise.
  • katrina 🎀
    katrina 🎀May 12, 2013
    beautiful meal, we asked them to create our menu and had an amazing experience! xoxo
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMarch 20, 2013
    The two-inch-thick patty made with short rib from deli/butcher Publican Quality Meats is the star: The meat is velvety, juicy, and, true to its origins, screams quality. http://tmoutchi.us/YmTIHi Read more
  • Lucretia
    LucretiaFebruary 24, 2013
    I hate to say it, but I really wasn't impressed. Stick to Avec, the sister spot. Nothing I ate at Blackbird was memorable, exciting, or would prompt me to come back. Service was excellent.
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinJanuary 17, 2013
    order the mont blanc if you like chestnut and vanilla!! fudgy chestnut cake & swarm of creamy chestnut hot chocolate
  • Mary Kay H.
    Mary Kay HardcastleJanuary 17, 2013
    Eater says try The Maiden and The Huntsman ($12). Chief mixologist Lynn House this wintery concoction with Campo de Encanto, Pernod, Absinthe, sparkling wine, Anjou pear, and caraway.
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoDecember 31, 2012
    Do the tasting menu
  • Lillycita
    LillycitaNovember 24, 2012
    The veal sweetbreads with crunchy green beans are the best preparation of sweetbreads I've ever had.
  • Jeff
    JeffNovember 15, 2012
    2013 - 1 Michelin Star
  • Ted X.
    Ted XenohristosSeptember 2, 2012
    The halibut is off the hook!
  • Kate C.
    Kate CollinsAugust 3, 2012
    If you want an appetizer that's exciting, get the endive salad. If you want one for taste, get the veal sweetbreads. Delicious! The sturgeon isn't fishy at all. Don't forget to check out the restroom!
  • Kristin F.
    Kristin FilipovitsMay 27, 2012
    Is it hot in here or is it just the kitchen staff? Hubba Hubba.
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WMay 13, 2012
    Go for lunch. Less crowded, amazing lunch menu, and they will have a prix fix option that for the price is the best mid day meal around.
  • Larisa S.
    Larisa SeitanApril 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is good here!
  • Rafique J.
    Rafique JiwaniMarch 9, 2012
    If the crispy beef tongue is on the menu, it is a must
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoFebruary 28, 2012
    Blackbird is offering a $22 prix-fixe menu for lunch and a $65 prix fixe for dinner as well as the regular $110 tasting menu. The menus change daily with availability of ingredients. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoFebruary 14, 2012
    Caron has garnered a reputation for forward-thinking desserts, like savory elements (in 2010, TOC gave him an Eat Out Award for his use of cilantro in a chocolate dessert.) Read more
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineJanuary 16, 2012
    Must-try cocktail: Carlisle. An abstract tribute to the Manhattan, with a base of applejack and delicate bittersweet vermouth and finished with peach bitters.
  • Karl H.
    Karl HobartJanuary 10, 2012
    The rabbit saddle with white truffle shavings is good, but they work wonders with seafood!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoDecember 6, 2011
    Try the frozen cucumber mousse from our 100 Best list: Executive pastry chef Bryce Caron turns a humble cucumber into this creamsicle-like dessert, which is unexpectedly rich & surprisingly refreshing
  • Gary D.
    Gary DeGregorioNovember 26, 2011
    Have a great dinner at the bar!
  • Kerry S.
    Kerry SnowOctober 28, 2011
    Try the EVERYTHING. Amazing assorted cheeses, well-curated
  • Leyla A.
    Leyla ArsanOctober 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite restsurant in Chicago or just about any other city in the world
  • Alex's Lemonade
    Alex's LemonadeOctober 5, 2011
    Chef Paul Kahan of Blackbird will be cooking at our L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade Event on 11/6! Join us: http://bit.ly/LALovesAlexsLem
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneOctober 5, 2011
    "... but you won't go hungry. And you won't find a better deal for food at this level." --Phil Vettel, food critic, Sept. 19, 2011 (in his lunch review). Read more
  • Sal K.
    Sal KhanAugust 21, 2011
    Excellant place, been there several times. Nice clean modern American food.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Want a star-level meal that won’t leave you in a heavy food coma? The light, fresh, and delicious fare at Blackbird is a wonderful option. - Inspector
  • Alison
    AlisonAugust 2, 2011
    $22 prefix lunch is a great value, and delicious! Ask for a cocktail recommendation from the mixologist
  • Alison L.
    Alison Lawler-DeanJuly 30, 2011
    Food was a little under seasoned but pretty on the plate. Be sure to look behind the curtain in the bathroom.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 9, 2011
    First in a series of four Paul Kahan essential restaurants, Blackbird has gained national recognition for its consistently inventive dishes. Don't miss: crafted cocktails from mixologist Lynn House
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityJune 3, 2011
    We're currently smitten by the maple-glazed veal sweetbreads with rutabaga and black caraway. (The duck fat-poached elk is a close second.) When the weather's warm, try to snag a table outside.
  • Dan M.
    Dan MelilloMay 3, 2011
    Do the prix fixe lunch. $22 for 3 courses.
  • Jacobo G.
    Jacobo GonzalezDecember 19, 2013
    Se ve interesante..normal de precios (15 usd por sandwhich)
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