Duck Inn

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$31 to $50
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Esquire's Best New Restaurants in America 2015

Duck Inn is a Neighborhood Gastro-Tavern & Dining Room situated at Loomis Street and the Chicago River between Chicago’s Pilsen and Bridgeport neighborhoods. Housed in a 100 year old pre-prohibition tavern, it showcases Michelin Rated Partner/Chef Kevin Hickey’s signature New American cuisine. An extensive beverage program filled with craft beers, contemporary cocktails and creative wine service matches the food offerings. Duck Inn offers small bar and snack menu for the front lounge/bar space and a more traditional menu for the back dining room with first and main courses, a tasting menu and more.

Special Offers

Industry Night

Enjoy 50% off for our industry or artist friends.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 21 December 2018

Ends: 22 December 2117

Availability: Sun 17:00-22:00

Happy Hour

50% off of Bar Snacks. *Some restrictions may apply

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 21 December 2018

Ends: 22 December 2117

Availability: Mon-Fri 17:00-18:00

Happy Hour

Enjoy 50% off of Beer, Wine or Cocktails. *Some restrictions may apply

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 21 December 2018

Ends: 22 December 2117

Availability: Mon-Fri 17:00-18:00

50% off Bottles of Wine

50% off Bottles of Wine

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 21 December 2018

Ends: 22 December 2117

Availability: Wed 17:00-22:00

Fried Chicken Night

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Thighs, Mashed Potatoes, Biscuit and Collard Greens.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 21 December 2018

Ends: 22 December 2117

Availability: Tue 17:00-22:00

What 984 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

And they totally forgot it was for my boyfriends’s birthday celebration

BD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

Food was amazing! Bartenders were their saving grace. Do not make a reservation here not only will they NOT honor it you will be treated rudely with tons of disrespect for following through in your reservation. We waited over an hour for our reservation and continued to be ignored and treated like we just walked in expecting a table. Whenever we followed up it was always "in 5 minutes a table will clear open for you" tons of eye rolling and trying to force us to sit inside when we requested an outdoor table (it was fir a special occasion). We spent well over $500 on food and drinks on a party of 7 which was wonderful! But the service her is absolutely terrible!!! Go in with zero expectations to be treated kindly and please whatever you do...don't waste your time with a reservation. They seriously do not care.

MC
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Made a reservation and called ahead to order the rotisserie duck; we had the truffle gnocchi, the duck, and cheesecake for dessert as well as 2 cocktails each. Everything we ordered was delicious and beautifully plated. Final bill was about what I expected - definitely worth the price. There was a party of ~15 seated near us, so the room was pretty loud, but not excessively so. Service was excellent.

MB
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Higher end dining at a gastopub. Well executed food but smaller portions compared to most places.

g
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

1st time here. Good cocktail menu to start. Mixologists at bar reminds me of something you would experience on Randolph Street. Tried the pasta to start ...great flavors. We split the duck ...was the best duck we have ever had. Nice au jus came with duck. Not a thick gravy, not greasy just a nice accompaniment to the crispy duck. Roasted brussels sprouts ... again the best we have ever had. They use smaller (baby?) sprouts so very tender and spiced well. Will definitely be back with friends. Also good place to share plates. So glad we decided to finally try Duck Inn.

FYI if you want to order the duck we learned it is best to call a day ahead as sometimes they run out of it. You can "reserve" a duck for your dinner.

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Service was a bit slow when we first sat down, but other than that we loved everything else about the experience!

M
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Beautiful day to sit outside on patio; great food & drinks

MH
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an amazing evening! I recommend the tasting menu with the wine pairing. The food was excellent and the staff and service were top notch. Thanks again for such a memorable evening.

M
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A great dining experience. Food and service were great. Dined on the patio which I highly recommend. Go with the cheese curds and hot dogs as appetizers.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food at a great price! We had a variety of shared dishes and were amazed at the great flavors. Would highly recommend the chicken thighs and double burger with special sauce.

Also tried a unique blueberry cocktail with a frothy meringue topping that was wonderful !

This unique food was an amazing surprise. We ate outside on the deck which was very nice. They also had a beautiful lower garden terrace that had a private event.

We will be back!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful!!

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AJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 4Ambience 5

The food was so salty it was almost inedible. I went with my brother-in-law for brunch. He had a breakfast sandwich and I had crab cakes. I previously had a good experience when I came for drinks and thought I would give the food a try. Hopefully it was just a bad day.

GG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love this gem of a restaurant. The cocktails, both on the menu and off, are inventive and so tasty. The food is always creative and scrumptious and beautifully plated. The staff is friendly and conscientious. The atmosphere is fun and funky - but oh my THE FOOD is as it should be - delicious. What more would you want?

MK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Love the patio in the back for a nice summer day. Cannot beat the happy hour from 5-6pm on Tuesday- Friday. Short window but worth the discounted deals.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Attended their Luau Dinner on the patio with friends. Great food and fun atmosphere.

N
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Duck Inn never disappoints, food is always amazing and always leave feeling good.

c
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The Duck Inn remains my go to for both spur of the moment dining and for introducing friends from out of town to the best that Chicago has to offer. It's location is superb - a bit off the beaten path but in an old school Chicago neighborhood that reminds you just what Chicago is all about. The food is consistently wonderful, the drinks and wine choices stellar, and the experience one my guests always talk highly about after visiting. It's top of the list for me!

l
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere—especially the backyard patio on a beautiful summer night. Inside looked nice too—would happily come back in winter and sit inside. Food was very good—took off 1 star because the breast on the whole duck (we preordered) was a tad overdone. But everything else delicious and fresh (and even the breast was good—just not excellent) with good flavor. Loved the in-season produce that went with the duck. Will come back again, and just specifically request that the breast be only seared.

MS
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome there are no other words to describe Happy Hour !

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for pizza Wednesdays and tried 4 different pizzas, Octopus, Burrata, and drinks. Mad flavorful and Amazing service from Kodi! Never disappointed with Duck Inn.

E
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The menu is small, but tasty. We sat outside in a large nice patio. Our waiter was very friendly. It took a long time to get our drinks, though.

l
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was excellent!!! Food, drinks , and ambience , were all top notch! Can’t wait to return!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome! What else can I say. Food great, owners there to great you. Would come for just the craft cocktails

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food outstanding. Great service. A little pricey for the size of the plates. Would recommend.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Their signature dish, roast duck, was wonderful. The garden atmosphere was the very best outdoor venue in the city...

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Much half price during happy hour Tuesday through Friday five through six. Great to sit on the patio!

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

We had a great time at the Duck inn. We walked in and saw some local friends, chatted for a bit then sat at our table. Our server made some recommendations. We didn’t order the duck but will be coming back for it!

L
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Rotisserie duck was fabulous, staff were welcoming and attentive, outdoor seating was delightful.

y
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A++, everything was fantastic.

D
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I haven't spent much time in this part of town so have never been to The Duck Inn before. It had good internet reviews and the menu looked great so tried it with some friends in town for a Sox game. Wow!.

We loved everything about it. Wednesday happy hour from 5 to 6 had half price drinks and small dishes, and Wednesday was pizza night and half priced bottles of wine. If that weren't good enough, the place was a classic Chicago corner bar look, very nice inside as well, and the backyard outdoor dining area was awesome. the atmosphere was casually but classy. Service was attentive and friendly and all the food was very, very good. My friend kept bringing up how much he loved the Duck Fat Dog all night. The Cheese Curds, Duck Wings, Duck Pizza, brussel sprouts, all great! I think the whole duck entree will have to be on the list for next time.

If you are in the area, definitely go to The Duck Inn. If you aren't in the area, maybe go anyway!

b
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The outdoor space is fantastic, made moreso to me because it is in such a historic location--in Bridgeport where the Illinois and Michigan Canal connected to the Chicago River. Its a casual place with interesting and delicious food and a nice selection of wine, beer and cocktails. It captures the heart and soul of Chicago!

g
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

The food was very good. Other times we've been there it's been outstanding. Desserts did not sound great so we skipped them. The cocktails were great. The wine we picked wasn't great in our opinion (but your mileage may vary).

The patio is great in summer. It was a warm but not too warm night with a good breeze off the river.

MF
Miami
24 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was delicious. Beautiful day to eat brunch outside. The duck hash and the mcDuckin sandwich were so flavorful. The hot dog- wow. Three of us shared everything so we could get a taste of all we ordered. Would definitely return.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every single thing we had was delicious. Even better, the staff was warm, friendly, and fun with our 7- and 3-year-old girls. My wife and I agreed it was the best night out we've had in a long time! Thanks to Chef Hickey and his amazing team!!!

CT
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food here is EXCEPTIONALLY tasty! We enjoyed several dishes. The ones that stood out were the duck wings, walleye, and Spanish octopus. Service was attentive and the ambience on the patio is perfecto. Thanks for a great meal! We'll be back.

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I chose this spot because it was off the beating track..on Loomis and Eleanor St (just south of the south branch of the chicago river ) Quiet neighborhood feel. Throwback in time. The outdoor seating was marvelous on a warm night. Although choices were limited, the cocktails were outstanding ( Devils tongue was my favorite). Every food dish was delicious ( Gnocchi was the bomb, brussel sprouts were spectacular, Duck dog very tasty ) and the service was top notch. Definitely planning to go back soon.

KH
Houston
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic experience. Brunch menu is excellent. Staff was friendly and accommodating.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Food was great but on a hot night it was tough to enjoy the food since it is so warm in the restaurant. Our server was clearly miserable (who wouldn’t be) but putting on a brave face.

a
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

At first you don’t get the feeling that the place will be great, it’s sort of a very laid-back look, but the people inside very warm service great, when we were there the air-conditioner was off so it’s a bit hot we were there on one of the hardest nights of the year but besides that everything was great

GG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Duck Inn NEVER disappoints. The kitchen is creative making delicious and beautiful food. A stop by the cocktail bar is a MUST before sitting down to dine. Comfortable, friendly and delicious. What more would you ask for?

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