Duck Inn

4.8
905 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Top tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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.

Terms and Conditions:

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 Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.3

Surprises are great, and so is The Duck Inn.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 905 People Are Saying
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JK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and drinks. Definitely will be going back again.

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T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my top 3 favorites in the city. The patio is beautiful as well. Can’t wait to go back.

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AG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding atmosphere, service and food. I will be coming back!,

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BC
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, great drinks, sunny patio perfect for Sunday brunch. Highly recommend!

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P
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

A new place for us, one well-worth the hour long drive in from the burbs for the rotisserie duck board; clearly there is a creative hand in the kitchen when offerings include sweetbreads and hamachi tartare. Our waiter Jerrell was helpful, pointing out what we needed to know without info overload. Next time we will know to ask for seating in the quieter back brick room. Wine list well-matched to food offerings, but unnecessarily high-priced. Peanut butter creme anglaise did not add to the enjoyment of textbook panne cotta; chocolate beignet mimicked flourless cake. All together, a good find!

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

This place is amazing. They are attentive without being overbearing. Food is absolutely delicious.

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BS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Duck Inn continues to impress. I consider it the best restaurant in Chicago.

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LR
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great spot in the neighborhood. Food is outstanding! Spanish octopus is a must. Burrata, lamb ribs and flat iron steak all delicious.

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G
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding happy hour and great cocktails. Great selection of appetizers set up the best duck in town. Friendly staff makes it a perfect pregame spot for a White Sox game.

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FW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and cocktails were amazing! Everything was very creative. The service was great. We had 2 ducks for 5 people, plus several appetizers and side dishes and it was the perfect amount of food. We will definitely be going back!

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N
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Average at best. Specialty whole duck not worth it.

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NA
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, best roast duck around. Drinks aren’t cheap but they are very creative and tasty. Ashley is a most wonderful server and made my evening whole!

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K
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our third visit- each time with a different set of dining companions. We were celebrating a job offer and the spirited experience stThe Duck Inn was perfect. We had the escargot on a crepe, the duck dog, and cheese curds to start, then two duck dinners, followed by honey panna cotta for dessert. Great cocktails, beer, and after dinner drinks. Service is fabulous. The only “negative” is the noise level. Otherwise great ambiance. Also easy street parking.

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L
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love the inventive menu, the rotisserie duck is perfection and I have enough appetite left to enjoy dessert.

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F
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and drinks, everything was properly executed. Friendly service and Beth, manager, was welcoming and a joy! Will definitely travel from north side to south side Chicago to visit this gem for brunch or drinks at the patio.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was fantastic

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g
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We shared dishes, it's the way to go. So many wonderful tastes

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Austin
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is our 3rd trip to The Duck Inn and after a year of thinking about how great our meal was, this year’s visit did not disappoint. The roast duck is always amazing but on the new Spring Menu, I recommend trying the Buffalo Ricotta Gnocchi and the Panna Cotta. The freeze dried honey provides such a subtle sweet touch to the dessert. See y’all next April!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was in from out of town. Took Uber from local hotel. Food was great. Wait staff friendly. It was a neighborhood feel for this New Yorker.

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JJ
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

had an enjoyable night with the family .. good food and service

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MG
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A very enjoyable and creative brunch. Hackney Handshake cocktail highly recommended.

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AW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never a bad visit at Duck Inn and this most recent trip was for my birthday. Everything was perfect- from the service to the food to the atmosphere. Thank you Duck Inn!

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T
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service! The restaurant is well worth the trip. Great ambience and decor. The flavors were very well developed and layered. Great wine list to enjoy and pair the food with. Service was very friendly and attentive! Thanks for having us! Can't wait to go back

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DG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I heard this place was great, and it lived up to its expectations. The drinks were creative, War of The Roses is a vodka drink with egg whites and some other ingredients that made this a great way to start the evening. The ambiance is cool and lively, no pretension on the south side. The service was outstanding, everything we ate was fantastic, but the duck, the duck, oh my, it was without a doubt the best I have ever eaten, a memorable dish that does justice to the naming a restaurant after. We shared this with our table of six, but I will return and eat the whole thing by myself. Crisp, moist, flavorful, not too gamey, simply perfection.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really good restaurant! You can smell the duck once you come inside the restaurant. All the choices we made were spectacular. Highly recommended!

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ET
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Team Duck Inn executed everything extremely well.

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P
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Duck Inn is always terrific, especially when you order the duck! It's all good. Except that our server neglected to ask us if we wanted dessert. Not that we really needed it but . . .

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SB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

great food. fun atmosphere .
overall a great experience and highly recommendedseemed a little short staffed as drinks took some time and duck came out with meal rather than before as we discussed.

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FR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

The rotisserie duck IS FREAKIN DELICIOUS and worth EVERY penny! Chef chris brought it out personally and put his heart in that meal! Omg. The brussel sprouts were good, just a smidge salty. The duck wings were ok too, I'm not a huge sweet and savory fan but if u are, then they're a hit! I'll be back for that rotiduck soon!

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BW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Duck Inn is a neighborhood gem. Amazing food, incredible service, and a slick mid-century retro vibe that is cozy, welcoming and nostalgic. Easily one of my top 5 restaurants in Chicago. Looking forward to going back soon.

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m
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I love the interior and mid century feeling inside the restaurant. Overall the food was on-point. The highlight was the duck, the dish is prepared very well and the duck breast is cooked to perfection which is difficult to do. Other highlight dishes were the octopus, brussels sprouts, cheese curds, and tuna (although it feel it was a bit overpriced). I would definitely go back and highly recommend ordering the duck dish and do so in advance to make sure you can get the dish.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrating a special occasion, and what a night it was! Our server was gracious and so very accommodating. And the food ... wow! My friends and I had a blast! Thank you. We’ll definitely be back!

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z
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I requested the Chef’s table when I made a reservation for 6 for dinner. I preordered a Duck for dinner. My husband and I enjoyed a cocktail at the bar while waiting for our friends to arrive. The bartender was engaging and seemed excited to talk to us about the cocktail ingredients. We were promptly seated and it was a fun evening. The other two couples had never been to Duck Inn and were asking us how we came upon such a random place ( I was invited to a party there). The waitress was attentive and enjoyable. The couple seated closest to the the kitchen had fun conversing with the kitchen staff. Our Duck , Brussels sprouts and chocolate peanut butter beignet were delicious. I am never disappointed when we have a meal at Duck Inn.

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NH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The duck Inn is an amazing gem. The way you are treated and the way the food tastes is incredible. Love that they serve Sparrow Coffee, and other delicious deserts.

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EH
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service. Our waiter was so helpful with dietary concerns and very friendly. The duck, incredible. Definitely will be back!

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

We had an outstanding evening. The food and service were fantastic. Can’t wait to go back!

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OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food. The duck was great. Brussel sprouts to die for.

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TK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

was outstanding all around. From the food to the service. it was great. I highly recommend

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EE
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really good atmosphere and great food. Really fun experimental cocktails.

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s
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is my 6th or 7th visit but was with 4 newbies and one repeater.
It was SOOOO loud on Sat that we couldn't hear each other. We specifically went there to celebrate a Birthday , in a smallish group so we could visit. Didn't really happen.
That won't prevent us from going back but we will either ask to be seated in front room where there is more wood to absorb the sound or go on a week night when there may not be as many larger groups.

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