Gideon Sweet

4.4
149 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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Gideon Sweet is a West Loop bar and restaurant by longtime friends Chef Matthias Merges and Chef Graham Elliot.

Gideon Sweet's menu was inspired by our favorite flavors at home and abroad. We wanted to highlight the cuisine and ingredients we love most, that we think you'll enjoy too. For dinner we serve small plates meant for sharing and tasting. Our brunch provides full portions like our Chicken & Waffle Cone and Duck Fat Biscuit.

Our bar program was created by nationally acclaimed bartender Alex Bachman, with a focus on thoughtfully executed, nuanced cocktails. We also serve a "small pour" menu of refined shots, an ideal way to taste more spirits and creative combinations. For the back bar, we partnered with Alex's company, Sole Agent, to offer a highly curated list of rotating rare and vintage spirits.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of Operation
Brunch Menu
Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Brunch
Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Happy Hour
Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(312) 888-2258
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Randolph between Green and Peoria
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Parking Details
Valet also available.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3
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4.3
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4.3
Ambience
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BR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We look for new restaurants for date night in the middle of the week, so the fact that there was not a lot of people at the restaurant was not a surprise. The food quality was excellent and the service was also very good. The bar makes an excellent Manhattan!!!!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

We had a reservation on a Friday night and the staff was great about seating us a little early. They answered all our questions about the menu well and were very attentive. My only complaint is that about 15 minutes after we had been seated, the overhead music got really loud and made it hard to have a conversation at the table.

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BL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Food was very marginal at best- noise level loud -wouldn't go back

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EK
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Great location, really liked the feel of the establishment, but expected more for the money and better quality. I overlooked that the theme was geared toward small plate which is why the menu was twice the size of the food menu. Disappointed in the bone marrow croquette as it was oily and the breading overpowered the actual marrow. Service was great! The crab over seaweed salad was good but not great and a very small portion. The mussels were the best of 'em with a rich buttery broth and small pieces of potato that were tenderly perfect. Dessert wasn't bad, had the beignets, tiramisu, and boozy popsicle and with having small plates for dinner, left enough room to have dessert and not feel stuffed.

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JS
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Wasn't impressed by the food or drinks. Plates were too small for the price they were.

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BB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful food, the tartare was one of the best we’ve ever had! Burrata was almost dessert like served. Wish there was more sea urchin on the king crab!
Graham was at the restaurant tonight, I personally feel that always adds a touch when the owner stays grounded to his staff and on top of the service. We’ll definitely be back to try the other things on the menu that we couldn’t fit in our stomachs this time!

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Presentation for the food was nice, however disappointed in the dishes. They were lacking flavor. Two items out of the seven we ordered we're bland. Unfortunate...

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AF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wow...Gideon Sweet was amazing! The food, service and ambiance was spot on. The dishes that really excited me were the Strawberry Burrata, Warm King Crab, Roasted Corn Tortellini and the Beef Tartare. This is the perfect restaurant for getting a bunch of different menu items and sharing with the table. Trust me, you will want to try everything!

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AZ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Service is a bit lacking. Food was fair, was expecting a bit more - not terrible, just lacked. Service could have been the negative that overshadowed what might have been a good meal.

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SF
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great quality, tiny portions. We ordered the king crab first and were SO disappointed by the portion. It was delicious, but, really, we each had two small bites and it was gone. For $20.
The octopus was so much better and redeemed the crab. We loved both, but felt we received a much better portion for the price with the octopus.
The lamb gyro meatball was mostly just ok. Seemed to lack flavor but was a slightly better portion.

Overall nice experience, nice cocktails, great service. Probably wouldn’t go back but enjoyed it the one time.

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D
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Lot of bread very little flavor. Disappointing considering who owns the restaurant. The waitress didn’t have any suggestions or recommendations

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London
77 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great brunch. Generous portions, delicious food and a great decor and setting. A fun place to go to and to experience a nice neighbourhood.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

Overall experience felt mediocre for the price and the hype over the new restaurant.

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RE
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service with a smile and exceptional food taste, quality, and presentation. This is a place I will come back to again and again!

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great brunch on the patio!

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C
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was outstanding!

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DP
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Very slow for drinks and general service. Food was out pretty quick in stages

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BS
Chicago
114 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

My wife and I sat on the back patio for a leisurely Saturday evening dinner. We were not rushed
We ordered 6 small plates and they were served at a perfect pace. Very innovative food pairings
and presentation. We enjoyed octopus with chorizo and crab leg with roe and seaweed.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

We had a group of of 6 with 4 kids for brunch and the restaurant only had one high chair to provide. Also when asked if the bathroom has a changing table, the hostess said to use the bathroom floor. Very inappropriate and unprofessional!

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K
Denver
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

The food was either really good or really bad. The small plates were extremely salty. Was particularly disappointed with the Mussels... there was more Italian sausage, potatoes, and onion then muscles.
The only small plate that was great was the Octopus. We ordered a total of 6 and I wouldn’t recommend any of the others.

Service was outstanding on the other hand. Such a shame, we were so excited.

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TG
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

The outdoor space is not so great (RM Champagne next door is much more inviting) and the indoor space is not much better, but the food is pretty good and the service is actually very good. We had an unfortunate incident with another guest who was doing something illegal and we thought we were doing the right thing by confronting it, but it turns out management didn't handle it very well. The other guest got verbally aggressive and was eventually escorted out, but not before it made us incredibly uncomfortable. We probably won't go back to this restaurant. If you go, the mussels are very good. Smaller than average portion, but very good. I'm usually a really positive diner and reviewer, but I chalked this one up to "don't get involved, just get a manager of the staff to address any issues with other patrons."

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waitress was knowledgeable and friendly and food and drinks were delicious. I recommend (if weather permit) dining in the patio. Very nice area. Overall, had a very pleasant time.

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MG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I picked this restaurant for my husband's birthday based on the menu and every single dish was fantastic! With the unique menu, I expected a stuffy and stiff environment however it was the exact opposite. The people were incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and timed out our meal selections beautifully. This restaurant reminded us so much of our years in NYC stumbling on fantastic food in unique settings. We have already recommended it to many friends and will be back again!

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T
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 5

The crab was too fishy. I was shocked that the quility of food was below expectation. I've been in vegas and i went to Gordon Ramsay's restaurants ( all of them ) they were excellent.
I ordered meat ball it wasn't a dish that could be served in one of the best chefs in the world (Graham Elliot).

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C
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

What a great place for small dishes and drinks! The wait staff is very attentive to you and your party. They do a good job of spacing out your dishes so you are not overwhelmed or over-populated at the table (especially if there are two of you because the tables are perfectly cozy!).
The indoor area is a casual setting with comfy arrangements for all size parties. The outdoors though, this the place to be during good weather! Not much more to say except - sit outside when you can. Period.
The food; if your order does not include the octopus and/or rye linguine, you will miss a huge treat! The potato spiral is very popular and the hummus is a perfect starter.
Come to Gideon Sweet, enjoy the food, enjoy the atmosphere, pick your favorite small drink or regular pour, sit back, eat and enjoy! $$$

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

Food was really bad.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Food and service were great. Bar team and the cocktails were stellar!

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

Small portions- 2 bites for $20- not very flavorful. Skip it and go anywhere else in West Loop for a better meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We’ve been fans of Graham Elliot for several years. While we were in Chicago it was a must do to go to his restaurant. The meal was outstanding, just a great night. The cherry on top of was chef Elliot standing a few feet away from us! We didn’t actually expect him to be in the kitchen that night so for us to be able to not only eat at his restaurant but also see him was a major, major, major geek out moment for us. The octopus is a must have!

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BH
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was a team work dinner and some thought the menu was too limited, but I really loved it. May be better for a date night or a friends' get-together though.

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MT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A must try restaurant hidden in the glut of options in the West Loop. The cocktail list was extensive and creative, and home of one of the best old fashions I've ever had. Menu focuses on sharing, and is definitely for an adventurous or experienced diner. Great energy inside the restaurant and great people watching in the outdoor patio. Server was friendly and attentive without being overbearing.

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HA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is exceptional. They advertise the menu as small-plates, but each dish is filling and good for sharing. Everything we ate was outstanding. Great flavor combinations. The service was also fantastic. The wait person was attentive and so helpful, but not overly attentive, which is what I like. She didn't miss a beat.

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CK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were seated by a friendly and informative woman who’s name I can’t remember (Megan?), explained how the menu/ordering worked, and served us water to start. Sebastian the server took over from there. He was attentive without being cloying. Great and varied choices! We had the avocado hummus, hamachi crudo, the king crab, gyro meatballs, tortellini and one more I can’t remember- all were spectacular but the standouts for us were the hamachi crudo and the gyro meatballs. I’d recommend the sake pour. I had the house aperol/gin spritz, very nice! And we had rosé which was tasty also. Sebastian gave great advice about how much to order, the plates were served with perfect timing and we got out of there in plenty of time for concert at the United Center. I’d highly recommend.

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AL
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and really good food. They chef went out of this way to make sure we had an outstanding experience.

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OT
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

I love small plates, but it is always an issue with portioning when there are more than two people IMO. The food was good and the service was decent. Our waitress got a little salty about us questioning a lack of info on the menu and said some random things throughout the meal—not a big deal to me. Overall, some of the dishes were really good (Rye Pasta dish) and some fell flat (bone marrow fried balls). The atmosphere was fun and fresh. I would definitely go back.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

great shared plates! Awesome place to go with friends and try a bunch of great food. Amazing service also.

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Gideon Sweet was wonderful! Great cocktails and the service was amazing. We were treated to a few items they were testing out, which was an added bonus! Super cute and trendy space. Recommended!

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Server was great knowledgeable and very pleasant !!! Food and drinks were delicious !!!

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MN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food was outstanding. I think some of the portions were too small even for small plates. Could have more selections. Menu very small.

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ML
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Matthias , my wife and I had a great meal . we like the plate size , so we could test a few more dishes.
the Old Fashion was as good as Billy Sunday

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