160 N Loomis St, Chicago, IL 60607
We arrived promptly for a 9pm reservation and had to wait for 1/2 hour at the bar before finally inquiring about our table. We were then (finally) seated. That I could have forgiven. \r
We ordered a cheese course and waited 22 minutes for it to arrive. Now, I know that they don't ferment their own cheese at 160 Blue. All they really had to do was slice and plate the cheese. But 22 minutes later it arrived. It was decent cheese, about the quality of cheese I get at Whole Foods, but not bad. Anyway, all this I could have forgiven.\r
My husband ordered the ""Boneless"" Squab but kept picking the bird's ribcage out of his mouth. I ordered the Halibut and it was good, not great. The squab, despite the millions of tiny little bones, was quite tasty. The food took incredibly long to come out. All this I could have forgiven. \r
So, now we have been at this restaurant for THREE HOURS, mostly wondering why our food was taking so long, and the bill comes. At first glance everything looks OK except a mysterious apple martini that neither my husband nor I ordered. OK, weird mistake but, whatever. At a second pass over the bill, we noticed that our entire bar tab was transferred onto our dinner bill. That would have been fine, if we hadn't closed out our bar tab before being seated. I've waited tables at high end restaurants in college and have seen this trick used a hundred times. Bartenders and waiters do this to pad the bill to increase their tip. It's an old trick and it left a bad taste in my mouth. After we complained the hostess come over and gave us some half-baked excuse about the bartender's forgetfulness, which was funny because it was obvious that she hardly believed her own story. And this was the final and inexcusable straw.\r
I do not go out to dinner to get swindled by the staff. The lax attitude of the management implied that they condone this treatment of their customers. If you go, check your bill very carefully because you just might find an added surprise.