Bellwether

4.3
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329 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Bellwether features an eclectic modern american cuisine that includes everything from a signature bellwether salad, to wraps and burgers, to steaks and seafood dishes. There is also an outstanding wine, beer, and spirits selection. The dining room features 3-150' screens that come down from the ceiling to enjoy any of your favorite Chicago sports teams.
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.3
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.2
Value
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Austin
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

We split the grilled calamari and the prosciutto flatbread. The calamari was amazing! The flatbread was good, a bit salty and could have used more balsamic. The service started off good, but then it seemed that our waiter got lost and never came back. When he did he brought the wrong check. Luckily a manager noticed and was able to help.

BP
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Service was great! Tasty food.

S
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Our experience was below par
Service was very slow
Our Server was constantly doing a disappearing act
We were celebrating a birthday and had written it on our open table reservation- mentioned it again to the hostess who sat us.... made mention of it to the server when asked to see dessert menu but there was not even a happy birthday congrats or a candle on his dessert. We even sang happy birthday but no staff acknowledged the occasion.
Next special occasion will not be celebrated there!

V
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Place for tourists.

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Weekend trip to Chicago for fall break

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 2Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Food took a ridiculous amount of time to come out (like 1h) during lunch rush. Ugh!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I came here for a meeting with my family to discuss out future plans and just to talk and catch up. We had a great time and experience. The amount of food given was great for the price amount. We ordered different things and did a food share. The waitress and maybe manager was great. We spoke with them about the food items and the waitress was very caring and nice. It was a great experience and I would definitely be going back and recommend to others.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We had a great time and the food was good. Lobster Mac n cheese, cool feature having goldfish crackers. Fish and chips with very very good cole slaw. And the spinach artichoke dip with warm pita is delicious.

b
Jacksonville
39 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

ended up here because I had a business meeting at Embassy Suites; did not realize that Bellwether was actually part of the hotel. Regardless it was a nice clean, contemporary place- had the lamb burger which was excellent, my guest had the chicken sandwich which was so big he didn't finish it. all washed down with a nice local IPA (Face Melter!! best name yet)- waitress was great!

OT
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Food was good, but lunch menu nowhere near as nice as the dinner menu. Love the place otherwise though!

JG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love everything about this establishment. Perfect for any occasion.

HS
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Found this fantastic gem! I was told by a friend to visit this place. It was fabulous every dish I tried (which was a little of everyone’s) was exceptional. The staff is so helpful and attentive, they really created an experience. Great Vibes! We will for sure come back.

SD
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for a nice casual meal in Chicago. Reasonable prices and good food selections.

l
Columbus
57 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Food generally very good. Green beans with spare ribs nothing special. Scallops very good and well done as we requested. Server very good. Would have preferred a more recognizable wine list but was ok. Would go back.

O
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved this restaurant. There was a nice variety of food on the menu and the prices were very reasonable. The beef tenderloin sliders were to die for! I highly recommend this restaurant!

CA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

I would recommend Bellwether to anyone who wants a nice dining experience with a variety of menu options to fit most dietary types. At our most recent visit, our appetizers arrived extremely late and were immediately followed by our entrees. I am sure this was a timing issue due to the busy start of dinner hour.

S
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I LOVE the spring rolls and the Stella burger ! A favorite and a must have everytime !

MS
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always delicious. Fair prices.

MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bellwether was amazing. My boyfriend and I went there for dinner for a date night downtown. Food was great, ambiance was amazing and it was decently priced for it being downtown. Definitely would return again.

D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, made my daughter a plate of spaghetti even though it wasn’t on the menu. Thanks

OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

GREAT, great dinner at the Bellwether Chicago. Superior service! Excellent cuisine!

JK
Milwaukee
20 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We agree we may adopt this as “our local!” The menu has good variety, all we’ve tried is very tasty. The Mac and cheese, the flat breads, the salmon, Caesar salad...and the Brussels sprouts were the BEST.
Service was very friendly and attentive. Wine list is kind of pricey but our cab was very good.

The atmosphere is comfortable modern. The kitchen stays open late. And it’s great for takeout, too.

KR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Food was food. Kitchen forgot one item in dish. Main problem was very slow service for refills on coffee and water. Had to constantly attempt to flag down a waitstaff. Restaurant was not yet busy. On a Sunday brunch need more attentive service. Everyone was friendly.

F
Chicago
75 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Went to Bellwether for Brunch, and it was a nice experience! Mimosas and bloody marys were made perfectly. The southwest skillet and salmon benedict were delicious! The waitstaff was attentive and nice. Overall I would go back there for breakfast and also give it a try for lunch/dinner sometime! It was a perfect spot for brunch right before the movie next door.

c
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, wonderful wine list, and great variety on the food menu.

PA
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

I honestly cannot write this restaurant at all other than to say it was absolutely a big let down when my party got there the restaurant was not even open it was under construction very disappointed will never use this service again

SS
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

The restaurant is not even open - you should shut down your online reservation option and this survey process until the actual restaurant opens!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday dinner

TF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Was really looking forward to eating here since it was conveniently located and the menu had a variety of options, very disappointed to get there and see the sign on the door, "closed due to pipe burst." I understand some things are out of control, but had to search for a new place to eat on the street corner while everyone was hungry and cold. Felt very embarrassed to have planned a dinner for several people and find out when we got there. It would have been appropriate and respectful to receive an email or text message prior to showing up to a closed restaurant. I should have read the reviews prior to booking, seems like the restaurant has been closed for over a month yet people were still able to make reservations without knowing. Felt it was inappropriate for the restaurant and open table reservations to continue to allow bookings to occur and disrupt customers dining experience.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

This place is closed for renovation and didn’t have the courtesy to turn off their reservations. They will allow you to make them and show up.

P
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

When we arrived they were closed due to pipe broke. Understand that these things happen but no one let us know, my phone number was on reservation as well as email! Very disappointing to be left at 6 with no reservation !

a
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

They weren’t open and never called to let us know....

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

The restaurant is CLOSED for remodeling!!! That would have been nice to know before getting there!! Really threw off our days itinerary. Please note that in your app.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

It is closed: please remove from the Open Table App

JR
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

So considering we had reservations on Val day it would have been nice to get a phone call email stating that they would be closed

MM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food with a beautiful atmosphere

B
Tallahassee
10 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The french onion soup, fries, burger and ahi tuna and lobster tacos were delicious. We had a very nice server and on Wednesday they offer 20 perfect off wine!

EA
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

Our server was almost never there. My fiance ordered a cocktail and it took 15 minutes for it to come to the table. Also, the Ahi Tuna tacos were a gamble, I guess, but they were disgusting. One of the worst meals I've had in a long time. And they were $18!

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The staff seemed a little harried. Food was fine. I was very appreciative when our server noticed a mistake she’d made and corrected it before we even noticed the mistake.

R
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great time with friends while we were in Chicago for a conference. Thanks so much.

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