Chicago >Food & Dining > Bullehdia Tapas Bar
3651 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061341.948617 -87.663671
Open 11am 365 Days a Year
Neighborhoods: North Side, Lakeview
HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE – We went to Bull-eh-dia's last week for a friend's birthday. I had been there once before about five years ago, and my recollection was that it was pretty good. My girlfriend was smart enough to find a Living Social deal before we went. $15 for $30 worth of food. Great, right? Nope.
When we arrived, we asked the waiter, Jeison, if we could be on a separate check, stated that we had a Living Social deal, and asked if that would be ok, to which he replied, "Absolutely." We weren't all that hungry, but since we had to spend at least $30, we ordered more than we would have. All in all, our bill ended up coming out to a little over $40, so I was going to just pay the difference, plus tip.
When it was time to cut the check, the waiter came and informed us that he was not going to honor the Living Social deal because people in "our group" received "another deal". Let's see... we are a group of two who did not drink any beverages, and only ordered off the main menu. What? "Didn't you tell your manager that you told us it was ok to use this?" "Too bad," was his response. He did not want to get in trouble with his manager/owner, so he threw us under the bus.
Enter the manager/owner. What a piece of work! We told her that the waiter had said it would be ok for us to use the Living Social deal, which as far as I am concerned, is practically legal tender. She flat out refused and kept trying to draw some half-assed comparison to Brazzaz. Sorry, but you are not Brazzaz. Their food and service both blow yours out of the park.
After all of this, we obviously decided not to tip because they were screwing us out of $15 (the other $15, we will be able to get back from Living Social). Nope again! THEY DECIDED TO IMPOSE A MANDATORY GRATUITY AND THREATENED TO CALL THE POLICE IF WE DID NOT COMPLY!
I crossed off the gratuity and signed the check, agreeing only to pay the $40 or so before "gratuity". Sure enough, my credit card was charged almost $50 because they decided to keep the "gratuity" included. I have, of course, contested this with my credit card company.
Flagrantly pathetic ownership.
I will never go to Bull-eh-dia's again.
Not a place I would take a goat let yet a human. – I would highly recommend that you pass on eating here. The food is nothing to brag about and the service is the WORST.
Excellent Food and for a great price!!!! – had the opportunity to go here after a show at the music box theater. it was friday night and they were really busy, the wait was roughly 20minutes. we were hungry and had heard from the people at the theater that this place is worth it, so we decided to wait the 20minutes. there was 9 in our group and we had a blast. all of us were first timers to this place. we probably ordered everything on the menu, they recommend two tapas per person, the price was anywhere from $5 to $12 per tapa depending on which one you chose. we decided as a group to all choose two tapas, and then when the tapas would come out, if we wanted more, then we would order another one. the problem was, we kept finding ourselves ordering another one because everything was fantastic. so the whole time we were ordering and eating and drinking sangria, when the bill came , we were surprised it only came out to $26 a person multiply by the 9 of us. so now our group of friends is sold on this place. only problem is we are still trying to figure out how to say the name. also the paella, was soooooo gooood!!!! and CHEAP!! CHEAP!!!! i have had many paellas, and i really enjoyed this paella. i do not live in southport, but when i go to the music box theater down the street, this is my new place that i am going to be going to.
HORRIBLE FOOD, EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE – When I say that this is the worst place I have ever eaten I am not just being dramatic. This place is completely unorganized, the food sucks, and the prices are outrageous. There is no one in the front of the restaurant when you get there, it is a tiny cramped area so you have to wait right in front of the door for someone to come and take your name. I came with a group of five and had to wait a half hour for our hostess to get to us, one of my party told her we had six so once she got our table and found out we had five she told us she couldn't seat us and we had to wait another fifteen minutes for her to seat us at, big surprise, a table for six. We had terrible service, we ordered a bunch of tapas at once and they came out one pitiful tiny plate after another the whole time. The sangria cost $20 a pitcher and was completely watery, their food was overpriced at best and inedible at worst. Between 7 and 10 dollars for about four bites of food. Literally one plate had five pieces of shrimp in a butter sauce and cost $10. Some of the hot plates we ordered came out room temperature, and forget about sending things back, it took fifteen minutes to track down our waitress for our bill. What more can I say? The chefs at Bullehdia should learn how to actually cook if they intend to rip off their customers with their prices. Throwing some brick-hard slices of bread on a plate with some luke-warm marinara with chunks of cold goat cheese is not creating a culinary masterpiece, try not to act like you are that great.
Best Tapas in Chicago – no doubt BEST TAPAS in CHICAGO! Look no further for Pure Authentic Spanish Tapas, this is your place. I live in the area and I eat here, minimally one time per week, many times twice. The entire menu is delicious and the cost is low, otherwise I would not be able to afford to eat here so often. Their Lunch menu has a 7.99 sandwich special, and the sandwiches are huge that comes with a side and drink. If you dont want the drink, then it is 6.99. You will be full, trust me!!! Some of my favorite dishes are the Dates, the steak & potatoes (i believe that is spelled carne caseda), they make the sauce for the steak on the spot, it is amazing!!! the spanish ham with manchego cheese, the goat cheese and marinara, I can go on. Also they have a great specials menu everytime you dine. This is a must experience place. Dont miss it!
Tapas and sangria sweeten a trip to Southport Avenue. – In Short
The majority of Southport's bars and restaurants sport multiple flatscreens for catching the game; this is near Wrigley, after all. But what if you could care less about sports? Thanks to a complete lack of TVs, this intimate tapas bar stands out. Designed for small groups, the dining room boasts marble highboys up front and shorter tables in the back. A Spanish feel pervades the space, from the Mambo Kings soundtrack to flamenco-themed posters. Hot and cold tapas--like the Carne en Tostada and Patatas Ali Oli--complement pitchers of luscious red or white sangria.
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