Chicago >Food & Dining > Broadway Cellars
5900 N Broadway Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions 6066041.989231 -87.660421
Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Far North Side, Edgewater
Excellent brunch – First of all--they serve brunch until late on Sunday, and they have $10 bottomless mimosas. Next, they have great brunch items, like a ham & brie sandwich on brioche toast with Granny Smith apples, and various decadent version of eggs bendict, inluding over crab cakes. Great coffee, relaxed but good service.
New Chicago favorite – In Chicago on business, looking for a nice place other that the high dollar/high end restaurants in the loop. Found this place on the web. Took the "L" to the Thorndale stop, then short walk to the restaurant. The restaurant was a cozy neighborhood bistro. The food was wonderful, well proportioned and reasonably priced. The wine list was extensive covering several new varietals. Met the owner "Tom", who greeted us personally. The staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable, suggesting excellent wine pairings with each course. This is our new favorite Chicago restaurant, well worth the trip!!
Great Potential – (The place has only been open 5 months, so don't put too much weight on the following review.)
I live nearby, so I've been to BC 7 or 8 times since they opened. The atmosphere is cozy, the waitstaff is friendly, and there is great potential (I really hope they make it because it's nice to have an affordable bistro type restaurant in Edgewater), but they really need to step the food up a notch. I would rather see a more mundane menu done well then to be disappointed by dishes that sound wonderful, but fail to live up to their descriptions. The ingredients are right, but somehow the execution falls short.
Unfortunately, the dishes I like keep disappearing from the menu. First was the beef speidini appetizer, next the lovely asparagus salad went missing and now the moules christoph is gone. What gives?? Other dishes with great potential, but that seem to be underperforming are: the nosh plate (a bit sparse), crab cakes (loaded with crab, but so oversalted as to be almost unpalatable), soy glazed salmon (again over salted plus the thai slaw was too limp and did not have the bright acid that would have helped balance the salty salmon), half roasted chicken (the chicken was under cooked and tough and the potatoes were amazingly dense), the coffee roasted loin of pork (a plate of mush with some jamaican spices stirred in).
The wine.... I'm not a wine buff, so my opinion should not be taken too seriously, but I will say that I just have not been impressed by any glass of wine I've tried there. Each glass has seemed pretty mediocre, especially the North by Northwest pinot noirs, one of which actually tastes "off", but I tried it on two different visits, so apparently it's meant to taste that way.
Overall, I consider BC to be average right now, but I think that with some additional time under their belts, focusing on executing the food correctly they will be above average.
Cozy Wine Bar – My husband and I visited Broadway Cellars recently on a Friday night. We did not have a reservation, but the hostess was extremely friendly and we only waited 5-10 mins for a table. The atmosphere was very cozy and definitely felt wine cellar-esque. The food was great but the waiter was somewhat rude and standoffish, especially when we didn't want to order an appetizer he suggested. I enjoyed the food and wine, so I would give this place another chance and hopefully get a better waiter next time!
Great atmosphere, great service and excellent food/wine! – This was the third time that I met up with friends from the city at Broadway Cellars. I live in the Northwest Suburbs and the drive has been worth it each time!
I have had the Nosh Plate and the Mussels. The Nosh is great to share and the Mussels are velvety.
We have tried numerous entrees and shared them all. Everyone of them have been delicious. We literally rolled out of the restaurant after the incredible desserts.
I'm not too, too knowledgeable with the many wine selections so our server was great in helping me out. All suggestions were very nice.
The atmosphere is cozy and neighborhoody. That is hard to find in the suburbs and so nicely typical of good neighborhood restaurants in the city.
My nephew took his girlfriend to Broadway Cellars prior to a play and they had a great time. It was affordable even on his law school intern budget!
Definately worth the drive to meet with friends for a great time!
Mediocre food and bad service – We had high expectations for this restaurant and always look forward to supporting local businesses but were very disappointed both in thequality of food and in the level of service.
We were seated at one of the high side tables until our table became available, but after appetizers came and went as well as several glasses of wine. we had to remind the staff (who were busy socializing with each other and the guests they knew) that we were still waiting for a regular table. They had obviously forgotten us but attempted to cover. Meanwhile they encouraged us to order our main entree. Just before the entrees arrived they came to seat us at our table and when we told them we had just ordered our entrees they told us well now we can't seat you in the main dining area because you already ordered your entrees from here and that was someone else's station! Nothing like making your guests accomodate and conform to your disorganized and bureaucratic system. This lapse in service and hospitality would have been excusable had any of the food been worth waiting for, but our appetizers were mediocre and the entrees even more forgettable. The wine offerings weren't even all that exciting. If you want an evening with amateurs, mediocre food, bad service and lots of pretension, this is the place for you!
Great Date Place! – We arrived on a Friday night without a reservation, and were seated promptly. The restaurant had a nice atmosphere, and most of the tables were filled. We ordered wine flights and everything was tasty. We ordered the duck lasagne and were not disappointed. The prices are all reasonable and we highly suggest trying it.
The little restaurant that can't quite – What a great idea -- and obviously a family affair. It's just too bad that the food isn't all that good. Of the 4 entrees at our table, all had problems. The duck lasagna I'd read so much about was a mushy mess--honestly, I couldn't find the pasta. The roasted chicken was seriously undercooked -- and so was the burger. We left with the feeling that the kitchen's good intentions weren't enough, and that this place would do better to focus on just a few things until they get them right. The wine flights were very nice, and service -- although not polished -- was OK. I'm sorry to say that with so many places to eat in Chicago, we won't be back.
Diamond in the rough? – My fiance and I found this place on citysearch searching for a good glass of wine. Her first reaction was that she didn't want to go to that neighborhood. It turns out the area is more on the 'up and coming' side than we expected. Parking was difficult because this restaurant was bustling a with near capacity crowd (although we called a half hour ahead and did not have to wait). The food was sensational, the service very friendly and knowledegable, and the atmosphere was warm, kinetic, urban and friendly. We noticed the chef come out and chat with as many as ten tables during our meal. Everyone seemed to love him, as if to thank him for dreaming up and executing such fabulous plates. The wine was excellent, both my fiance's white choice and my red flight were fantastic on their own (we're big wine buffs), but also turned out to be an excellent pairing with our meals. I had a bone-in pork chop special which had a hint of BBQ, some kind of glaze, and sat atop a sort of spicy jambalaya with a few of the best asparagus I've ever tasted. My fiance had a rare ahi tuna which was excellent. The servings were ample, we noticed the desserts coming out to other tables and they looked and smelled as delicious as the dinner. We were joking that the bread pudding should be called the 'loaf of bread' pudding. We were both stunned by the quality, value, selection, and approachability of this blossoming Chicago restaurant. The crowd was a bit older around 25-60. Many people there seemed to know eachother and that created a family-like joyous atmosphere, although I wouldn't say this is a kid-friendly venue. We watched table after table thank the owner profusely on their way out the door. Four stars. We were lucky to have stumbled on this level of quality through an almost random search. Great for a date.
Wine-focused boite fuses globally inspired flavors in a cellar-like setting in Edgewater. – The Scene
Stuffed armchairs greet diners at this homey Edgewater restaurant dressed like a Pottery Barn catalog. Neighborhood locals imbibe their first cocktails at an L-shaped cherry wood bar, then head to adjacent sage- and chianti-colored rooms for dinner. Exposed brick walls, long white draperies and a back wall fitted with wine racks evoke a cellar feel. A languorous dining pace allows for long conversation.
Eclectic dishes that span the globe complement a generous wine list. The Nosh Plate--a combo of garlicky artichokes, prosciutto, olives and mozzarella--and buttery, plump mussels are perfect for sharing. Tender duck is embedded in rich layers of mozzarella and ricotta lasagna, while creamy risotto laced with spicy Italian sausage gets a shock of color with red and yellow bell peppers. Overcooked pork tenderloin gets sides of mashed butternut squash and charred asparagus. A trio of chocolate, bread and rice puddings is spoonful after spoonful of gooey goodness.
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