Chicago >Food & Dining > Blackbird
619 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6066141.884336 -87.643507
Neighborhoods: West Side, Near West Side
Avec and Publican have their fans, but for me Paul Kahan's best restaurant is still Blackbird, a quintessential modern Chicago restaurant that combines precision with big flavors and substantial food.
Like its neighbor avec, this is an ultra-popular dinner spot. Lucky for those with the option, you can skip the craziness and dine here for lunch. Cocktails are a splurge but an unforgettable one!
A Chicago classic, Blackbird offers a steal of a lunch menu—for $22, you'll get three courses.
One of my favorite stops for a classy full-course meal. Plates are impeccably beautiful and taste as good as they look. Valentine's Day bring a special 5-course tasting menu and an incredible selection of wine. A delightful place to bring your lover.
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Halibut was terrific – I would go back and will go back for the halibut. Not many places in the city that serve it like they do.
delicious food – i had the halibut, it was yummy. the lamb was awesome too.
The only thing I didn't like was the noise and seatings were really close to each other. I feel like I was eating with the two couples next to us. Haha.
Fine Dining in the West Loop – Fantastic meal - each course was wonderful. If you're on a budget, definitely head on over for the $22 prix fixe 3-course lunch. My party of four tried each dish on the prix fixe menu and they were all beautifully presented. The sturgeon for my entree was a little overcooked, but in general, each dish was impeccably thought out and the details really made this place spectacular. They even brought us hooks for our purses so we could hang them on the table and not put them on the floor.
The restaurant is small, and almost a little too crowded. Service was slow and it took over two hours for us to finish our meal and I had an appointment that I was late to because of it. Servers were very nice though. The bread at the beginning of our meal was interesting, one rye and one multigrain, and I loved the housemade butter.
My dessert was my most interesting part of the meal - a baked brioche custard with pear consomme, streusel noisette, molasses tuile and chai sherbet. My family really enjoyed the manjari chocolate pave with pomegranates, crispy chocolate, lime salt and beet ice cream as well.
I asked the manager how often they change the prix-fixe menu and he said approximately every six weeks. I will be back in a month or so to try their new creations. I really love the uniqueness and exotic flavors that they use here at Blackbird. I really feel like I'm have a valuable and luxurious dining experience and the prices are very reasonable.
The sandwiches looked very good as well, and I may try one next time. I normally do not order sandwiches are restaurants because they are so ordinary, but these looked really special. Definitely worth trying.
Yes I like it – Just a fun, elegant place to have a dinner .. pamper yourself. Enjoy the food, the deserts, and wine
Trendy – I have been going here since they opened and liked it better then. Now, it seems like the servers have bad attitudes. The tables are so close together that it is hard talk privately. The wine list is way overpriced. I had a glass of wine that was not good and when I sent it back they treated me like I was crazy. The food is usually still pretty good but the attitudes need to change!
Avoid this restaurant – Some of my friends recommended this restaurant but is was not a good experience. The service was poor and the food was terrible with the exception of the endive salad. As a main course I tried the "Black Bird" sandwich which consisted of a tiny piece of white fish on a soggy piece of toast served with some chips. The fish tasted like it had been marinated in spice mustard for 2 days. The worst part of the meal was the dessert. I ordered the chocolate fritters which were 3 marble sized deep fried chocolates with a crusty coating and a little sorbet. They must have fried fish or shrimp in the same oil since that is what it tasted like. It was awful. This place is extremely overrated and I would not recommend it to anyone.
Forgettable – Wow. And no, not in a good way. The food was not cooked poorly but prepared poorly; under-seasoned,bland, tasteless. The crowd; as bland as the food. The space; excellent if you are a minimalist. The service however was outstanding. In short, worth every penny if it were free (and one had never eaten here before).
Modern Paul Kahan spot on Restaurant Row gathers foodies for swank, seasonal bites. – Space age in feel, this narrow, minimalist West Loop restaurant showcases highly seasonal fare its uber-hip following is all too happy to lap up, in close proximity, from their mod bucket-style chairs. On-point servers scuttle from sleek the white bar to the bank of tables lining the left wall, delivering thought-provoking wines that make sauerkraut bisque with house-made squab prosciutto sing. Finales live up to the hype, with choices like kalamata olive cake with honeycrisp apples, toffee and buttermilk ice cream.
Dress Appropriately, Good Food, Very Pretentious Scene – My date and I had originally planned to dine at the wonderful Avec next door and were dressed appropriately for the scene there (very casual, nice jeans and a jacket). Unfortunately, we arrived too late and they were only seating one group before closing time. The hostess at Avec told us we'd have no problem getting a table at Blackbird's and having a nice meal there. Well - we walked in and were immediately out of sorts when we noticed that almost every guy was a spitting image of an Andy Warhol with their black Wayfarer's and black dinner jackets. It was an awkward situation . We didn't have any problem being seated, but I can tell that our "apparel" didn't please the snooty waitress assigned to our table (who btw, had a black eye and looking at her nearly put off my appetite) and when we had a few questions about the menu she would answer in a very sarcastic way. The positive: our food was great - small - but great with a beautiful presentation. When our waitress forgot our espresso order (mind you that we were 1 of 3 tables left) I asked for the manager and he immediately came over and comped our espressos and even brought dessert wines. I guess you have to bring it to their attention that the customer is always right. I hope future patrons have a better experience or that they have better trained their staff.
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