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Gilt Bar

Gilt Bar

Bar, Lounge, and Gastropub$$$$
River North, Chicago
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  • Suli C.
    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.
  • Helen P.
    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.
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Mark W.
    Mark WongOctober 10, 2015
    Come here for the truffle pasta, tenderloin steak tartare and heirloom tomatoes, bursts and basil. You will NOT be disappointed.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Mike M.
    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.
    Upvoted Apr 6
  • 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
  • AskMen
    AskMenJune 11, 2010
    Gilt Bar's new lounge (called Curio) promises a plethora of secret corners, hidden glances & away-from-prying-eyes delights of all kinds. Curio is a drinks-only affair - so stop by after dinner. Read more
  • 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 ;)
  • 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.
  • CC
    CCJuly 13, 2013
    The chocolate cake is amazing, the carrot cake is meh. Bone marrow and rib eye is phenomenal.
  • 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.
  • Lindsay R.
    Lindsay RafaykoSeptember 16, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my absolute favorite spots. It sounds simple, but the cobb salad is incredible- amazing flavors and texture. Curio in the basement is a great, secluded place to grab a drink.
  • Shirley L.
    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
  • 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!!
  • Nicolas J.
    Nicolas JezierskiMay 23, 2016
    Grilled Salmon, Salad, wine and cocktails were delicious. Great place, cool vibe
  • Lindsay W.
    Lindsay WennerMarch 25, 2012
    Wow! Food was amazing. (we ate half the menu) and our server Mike B was one of the best I've had in years and years.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Zach D.
    Zach DanielSeptember 1, 2015
    Best rib-eye I've ever eaten! Delicious cocktails (Gin Mule!). Definitely great for sharing with friends :)
  • Jane L.
    Jane LeDecember 16, 2015
    Gorgeous interior! The steak tartare was amazing, as was the truffle pasta. Rich, and so worth it!
  • Vincent A.
    Vincent AnzaloneMarch 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The Gunthorp Farm chicken is wonderful, succulent. The ribeye was tasty but far too fatty. The slow braised kale and marinated red cabbage just about perfect. My opinion? The honkytonk music must go!
  • 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.
  • Miss Butterfly
    Miss ButterflyMarch 8, 2015
    Amazing quality food in a cozy lounge (dim lighting) atmosphere. Jamie, our server was amazing!
  • 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.
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin RaglandJune 11, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great meal. Best of my Chicago trip. Get the pot roast, pork belly or any of the homemade pastas and you'll be very happy you did. Also, great craft cocktails.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Rustic and refined collide in this saloon on roids. Warm your belly with dressed up comfort food or a hot toddy. - Inspector
  • Unni P.
    Unni PhilipFebruary 11
    Chicken is great. Salmon was a little salty. The library room downstairs has a very cool vibe
  • Alison
    AlisonOctober 20, 2010
    Cocktails are yummy - had the French 75, sweet but not sugary. For eats, try the bone marrow, the mussels, frites, and brussel sprouts with bacon!
  • Hayden R.
    Hayden RassasJune 12, 2012
    Request to sit at the chef's table, its a lot of fun! And, don't forget to order the bone marrow!
  • Lucretia
    LucretiaOctober 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    From the people that brought you Maude's and Au Cheval... yum! Steak tar tar is excellent.
  • Grady T.
    Grady TwohigFebruary 23, 2014
    Salmon was great...crispy on the outside and not over-cooked! Brussels sprout salad is awesome too!
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 12, 2011
    Sophistication, affordable gastropub fare and classic cocktails reign at owner Brendan Sodikoff's gilded age-inspired River North hotspot. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Rebecca R.
    Rebecca RickertDecember 28, 2014
    Downstairs is an amazing little speakeasy!! Great cocktails, great atmosphere and great service!!!!
  • Thompson Hotels
    Thompson HotelsFebruary 24, 2012
    For a place this hip, you’d expect to encounter some attitude. On the contrary, Gilt Bar’s staff is friendly and always on-point.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistOctober 25, 2010
    GB’s got a 30-40 bottle global wine list, 12 beers on tap ranging from Maudite to $2 PBR in a frozen goblet. To be fancy, nab a sig cocktails made with local vodka Death's Door. Read more
  • cynthia x.
    cynthia xerogianesMarch 25, 2011
    Corn bread to die for! yeah you read that right delicious, buttery saturated jalapeno crispy scallion savory corn bread. Decadent.
  • Adam H.
    Adam HickeyNovember 5, 2011
    Nice place, still affordable for those on a budget: $2 PBR served in a chalice. What more could you want?
  • Theresa G.
    Theresa GanchorreJune 8, 2012
    The most flavorful food in Chicago, share everything! And check out the bar scene downstairs.
  • Emily W.
    Emily WalkowiakJune 22, 2014
    The drinks are super strong but yummy and retro. Order early. Last call is around 1230
  • Dana T.
    Dana TedescoAugust 12, 2010
    I came for the meatballs and I got the BEST pork meatballs eva!!! On top of creamy polenta. And the cornbread is like buttery moist delishishness!
  • Hanna F.
    Hanna FridellAugust 30, 2015
    Cool decor and nice food and cocktails! Try to get a table in the library.
  • AskMen
    AskMenFebruary 19, 2010
    Gilt Bar will no doubt fit in with its upscale neighbors. However, chef Brendan Sodikoff promises relatively affordable dining options prepared with Northern Italian & Asian flair.
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