Blue Door Kitchen & Garden

4.5
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$30 and under
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Blue Door Kitchen & Garden, home to celebrated Chef Art Smith, is a farm-to-table oasis in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast and deeply rooted in the philosophy of letting the seasons dictate the menu. From its inception, the Blue Door brand has become synonymous with sustainability and responsible sourcing. We pride ourselves in showcasing dishes made from fresh, local ingredients sourced from Midwest farms.

Experience a chef-driven menu featuring everything from pierogis and market fresh salads, to Chef Art Smith’s famous buttermilk fried chicken. Walk-ins are always encouraged. Be sure to join us during the warmer weather months when the beautiful outdoor patio is open. While visiting, be sure to enjoy one of Blue Door Kitchen’s garden-to-glass cocktails, local beers or perfectly paired wines from our extensive list.
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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

As a visitor to Chicago - and a HUGE fan of Chef Art Smith - we've been to Blue Door Kitchen for dinner before and couldn't say a word bad about it! This time we went to brunch and again, were not disappointed. The fried chicken sandwich with pimiento cheese was sublime! The rest of our party also enjoyed their entrees. An all around fantastic experience!

n
Las Vegas
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The chicken sandwich and Hummingbird cake are to die for

A
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

We visit Blue Door because it was well known as Art Smith's Chicago restaurant and was within walking distance from our Michigan Ave hotel. It's a fairly small dining room, but I understand in warmer weather there is an outside patio we could not see. The menu is quite small, with not a whole lot to pick from. I am somewhat of a picky eater, due to stomach issues, so looked over the menu carefully upon arrival. My husband picked the fried chicken. I ended up with a specialty salad with a grilled piece of salmon on top of it. Although I was initially disappointed in the lack of choices available to me, the salad and the salmon were excellent, as was my husband's chicken. Our disappointment with the restaurant turned out to be our waiter. He was lackluster and in a hurry. Within two minutes of being seated, he wanted our drink order. We hadn't even had a chance to peruse their specialty cocktail menu yet, all named after To Kill A Mockingbird theme, or wine list. He was not much of a salesman for the menu. There was no description of anything from him. It's like he expected it to sell itself and that was that. So, we asked a lot of questions. Sides are sharable and we picked the macaroni and cheese (excellent) and the cornbread (also excellent.) However, it became apparent after our meals arrived and then the mac and cheese, that our cornbread was not coming. (Delivered by some other than the waiter.) Five minutes into our meal, our waiter checked in and we asked where the cornbread was. "Oh!" he said. He quickly placed the order and it took another 5-10 to receive it. We passed on dessert, but the hummingbird cake was intriguing looking when it passed by to another table. Once again, no "let me tell you about our great desserts" technique from our waiter.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful lunch with my sister and niece. Food and cocktails were outstanding. Definitely will go back next time we are in town

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Perfection! Exactly what you want. Simply order the fried chicken, cornbread and a slice of cake. Service was on par and drinks were tasty.

d
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Great food and service. Way too loud. Need better sound absorption.

TF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience3

Noise level was pretty awful on the day we were there. Ladies who lunch can be very loud.

OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hasn’t seen these friends in over 15 years! Perfect dinner place for that! Food great!

P
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was very good. Especially the fried chicken which is their specialty. The only thing is it came with mashed potatoes and there were not many. They could have given more instead of a light covering on the plate.

RH
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

Nothing at Blue Door Kitchen was terrible, but also nothing was great. We had the crab cake which was well executed, but $16 for a single crab cake is a little bit ridiculous. I had the short rib and my partner had the shrimp and grits. The short rib was begging for some sort of pan sauce or au jus and the shrimp and grits was lacking a tang or garnish for how rich and soft it was. Additionally the shrimp was overcooked. Each of us had two cocktails. Two were excellent and two were so-so. I think for how simple and classic the food is at Blue Door Kitchen, there is absolutely no room for mediocre execution.

H
Cleveland
29 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The place is beautiful. The food was delicious. The room was a little loud at the end, BUT, it was a large party and they were enjoying themselves. Would have loved to have met Art Smith, he was ding there that night!

EE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Brunch spot

4
Indiana
33 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We all had the fried chicken eggs Benedict and everyone liked their meal. This was comfort food at its best with attentive service and great ambiance.

MP
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

This is a great place to eat! The food was so full of flavor, and tasted amazing! Definitely recommend the fried chicken!

VH
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So cute and just a really warm feeling. Our waiter was great. The cocktails were great. Small menu witch was fine. I found it odd that there was fried chicken on the menu but noticed a lot of it being served so as we were getting up to leave so was the couple next to us & my friend asked about the fried chicken and they said it was a local favorite and that people come back for it often, I will definitely come back to try it.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall2Food5Service2Ambience5

I noted that we were celebrating a special occasion on the reservation. I arrived first and told the the hostess that we were celebrating my sister’s birthday. When my sister walked in, i was sitting next to the hostess at the bar and pointed out that this was the birthday girl. I gave her a big hug and said happy birthday. My sister and I have celebrated each other’s birthdays at Blue Door a few times and the restaurant staff has always done something to acknowledge the special day. But last weekend, no one even said happy birthday to my sister. That was disappointing.

AM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

They were so accommodating. My friend was cold sitting by the door and they moved us right away even though it was a pretty bus Saturday night. The salmon and beet salad was delicious. I am definitely going back to try some of the creative cocktails.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The eggs, sausage and biscuits were all excellent...fresh and delicious. It was a memorable meal and we’ll be back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for a friends birthday and our waiter was very patient and helpful. The food was very good and it was a great experience.

OT
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Loved the food and ambiance! Our server was very nice. Bar expensive given the pour.

TF
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful night at the Blue Door Kitchen and Garden for my wife’s birthday. The restaurant is very cozy and welcoming. Our meals were excellent and the cocktails were delicious. I would recommend this restaurant, especially if you are celebrating a special occasion.

GC
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. The food was amazing. Would definitely recommend to anyone who likes Southern cooking.

CD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice place in busy neighborhood. Good comfort food and lovely service!

a
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and great service. Definitely recommend.

EW
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I like this place for a nice dinner where you can hear your own conversations. Food is consistently good and so is the service. Cute, quaint and a charming garden for the warmer months.

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Good wine selection and some healthy brunch entrees.

P
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best Sunday Brunches. Highly recommend

EL
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my fiancé and I’s first time trying this restaurant and it was AMAZING!! The food tasted so fresh and it was cooked to perfection.

GW
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Food was spotty. Some dishes good others not so much. Pretty place. Service fair.

SC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Quaint place with an incredible vibe and menu. Drinks are delicious and staff is friendly

f
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

The food was good, but really rich and heavy.
I am vegetarian. While the menu on website had a vegetarian option, the actual menu the night we went had no vegetarian entree.

SC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal. Great service . I’ll be back!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Walked by this place a million times, glad I finally went in. Very cosy and cute, feels like you’re in a lovely southern kitchen. Chicken and waffles was nothing too fancy, but oh man the chicken was delicious. It’s truly authentic buttermilk, southern fried chicken. Waffles were a great consistency, crispy and fluffy combo. We also got the frittata (just okay - a bit dry) and cornbread (very good). Cocktails were lovely, nothing out of this world though.

All in all, would definitely go again. Service and ambiance was the cherry on top. Want to try their dinner, but it looks a bit pricey. we may just stick with their (reasonably priced) brunch.

NG
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I've gone twice now and it's absolutely lovely! It's energetic and classy, with tasteful foods (literally not one bad menu item!). Would recommend over and over again.

U
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great southern comfort food. Good vibes and service

KT
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The decor at the blue door is adorable and upscale. Our service was great and the food was just as you would expect. No detail was too small to be overlooked. We ordered the devil eggs (yum), the waffle with apple butter and the fried chicken Benedict. We would definitely go back!

k
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Great service. Good food

EF
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and atmosphere - our three kids shocked us by each eating their entire burger (a double decker at that!)

SA
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was looking for a quiet place to take my father who was visiting Chicago--Not only was Blue Door quiet, it was an unforgettable dining experience. From start to finish, each plate revealed an attentiveness to detail that was delightful. Chef Art Smith is sharing his heart and home in abundance with every dish he carefully develops. Bravo!

MH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Food was great.. wonderful and charming atmosphere. Only compliant was service was slow, but they were very apologetic. One waiter and he did not see us at first when we were seated. I am sure it was just an oversight and not the norm. We will definitely go back on future trips to Chicago.