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Gilt Bar

Gilt Bar

Lounge and Gastropub$$$$
River North, Chicago
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    rmd717
    "MUST try the Roasted Bone Marrow & Tenderloin Steak Tartare!!"(22 Tips)
    Jane L.
    "The steak tartare was amazing, as was the truffle pasta."(20 Tips)
    Jason K.
    "Fantastic Beef tartar."(15 Tips)
    Chelsea
    "Pork meatballs and pork belly are also delicious."(5 Tips)
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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.
    Upvoted Jun 21
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Rebecca R.heart icon on user image
    Rebecca RickertDecember 28, 2014
    Downstairs is an amazing little speakeasy!! Great cocktails, great atmosphere and great service!!!!
  • Matthew B.heart icon on user image
    Matthew BreuerOctober 9, 2022
    Really good & would strongly recommend the Library as a private event space.
  • 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!
  • Nicolas J.heart icon on user image
    Nicolas JezierskiMay 23, 2016
    Grilled Salmon, Salad, wine and cocktails were delicious. Great place, cool vibe
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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 :)
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Kristen A.heart icon on user image
    Kristen AOctober 10, 2018
    The meatball appetizer is incredible.
  • 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 ;)
  • Felicity M.heart icon on user image
    Felicity MouldJanuary 28, 2019
    Awesome spot! Highly recommend on the food and cocktail front ❤️
  • Carlos B.
    Carlos ButlerFebruary 25, 2018
    Never had the food before, just drinks. It was delicious. Had the short rib stroganoff. So good.
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • 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!
  • CC
    CCJuly 13, 2013
    The chocolate cake is amazing, the carrot cake is meh. Bone marrow and rib eye is phenomenal.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Kristen A.heart icon on user image
    Kristen AOctober 10, 2018
    Amazing service and atmosphere.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Sarah K. Q.
    Sarah K. QuinnOctober 21, 2016
    The steak tartare will have you dreaming about it for days.
  • 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
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰November 5, 2014
    Best carrot cake you will ever have in your entire life
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Lukas C.heart icon on user image
    Lukas CarvajalApril 10, 2017
    I love this place. Amazing food. The best cocktails are in the library. 🍹
  • Lukas C.heart icon on user image
    Lukas CarvajalApril 10, 2017
    I love this place. Amazing food. The best cocktails are in the library. 🍹
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Chris S.heart icon on user image
    Chris ShackletonMarch 24, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Whiskey smash is fantastic as is their manhattan. I love their brussels.
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