619 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661
Parking: Street, Valet
Bike Parking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Fine Dining, Family Style, American, French, European, Continental
Alcohol: No, Full Bar, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
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02/25/2012Provided by Citysearch -
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06/07/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Fantastic meal - each course was wonderful. If you're on a budget, definitely head on over for the $22 prix fixe 3-course lunch. My party of four tried each dish on the prix fixe menu and they were all beautifully presented. The sturgeon for my entree was a little overcooked, but in general, each dish was impeccably thought out and the details really made this place spectacular. They even brought us hooks for our purses so we could hang them on the table and not put them on the floor.
The restaurant is small, and almost a little too crowded. Service was slow and it took over two hours for us to finish our meal and I had an appointment that I was late to because of it. Servers were very nice though. The bread at the beginning of our meal was interesting, one rye and one multigrain, and I loved the housemade butter.
My dessert was my most interesting part of the meal - a baked brioche custard with pear consomme, streusel noisette, molasses tuile and chai sherbet. My family really enjoyed the manjari chocolate pave with pomegranates, crispy chocolate, lime salt and beet ice cream as well.
I asked the manager how often they change the prix-fixe menu and he said approximately every six weeks. I will be back in a month or so to try their new creations. I really love the uniqueness and exotic flavors that they use here at Blackbird. I really feel like I'm have a valuable and luxurious dining experience and the prices are very reasonable.
The sandwiches looked very good as well, and I may try one next time. I normally do not order sandwiches are restaurants because they are so ordinary, but these looked really special. Definitely worth trying.
02/20/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I have been going here since they opened and liked it better then. Now, it seems like the servers have bad attitudes. The tables are so close together that it is hard talk privately. The wine list is way overpriced. I had a glass of wine that was not good and when I sent it back they treated me like I was crazy. The food is usually still pretty good but the attitudes need to change!
02/03/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Some of my friends recommended this restaurant but is was not a good experience. The service was poor and the food was terrible with the exception of the endive salad. As a main course I tried the ""Black Bird"" sandwich which consisted of a tiny piece of white fish on a soggy piece of toast served with some chips. The fish tasted like it had been marinated in spice mustard for 2 days. The worst part of the meal was the dessert. I ordered the chocolate fritters which were 3 marble sized deep fried chocolates with a crusty coating and a little sorbet. They must have fried fish or shrimp in the same oil since that is what it tasted like. It was awful. This place is extremely overrated and I would not recommend it to anyone.
11/09/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Wow. And no, not in a good way. The food was not cooked poorly but prepared poorly; under-seasoned,bland, tasteless. The crowd; as bland as the food. The space; excellent if you are a minimalist. The service however was outstanding. In short, worth every penny if it were free (and one had never eaten here before).
07/22/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My date and I had originally planned to dine at the wonderful Avec next door and were dressed appropriately for the scene there (very casual, nice jeans and a jacket). Unfortunately, we arrived too late and they were only seating one group before closing time. The hostess at Avec told us we'd have no problem getting a table at Blackbird's and having a nice meal there. Well - we walked in and were immediately out of sorts when we noticed that almost every guy was a spitting image of an Andy Warhol with their black Wayfarer's and black dinner jackets. It was an awkward situation . We didn't have any problem being seated, but I can tell that our ""apparel"" didn't please the snooty waitress assigned to our table (who btw, had a black eye and looking at her nearly put off my appetite) and when we had a few questions about the menu she would answer in a very sarcastic way. The positive: our food was great - small - but great with a beautiful presentation. When our waitress forgot our espresso order (mind you that we were 1 of 3 tables left) I asked for the manager and he immediately came over and comped our espressos and even brought dessert wines. I guess you have to bring it to their attention that the customer is always right. I hope future patrons have a better experience or that they have better trained their staff.
06/19/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Came here for my b-day and was surprised that it's been rated so well. The food was ok...very small portions as expected, but high-priced for 'just ok.' The scene was nothing to write home about either. The tables were practically staked on top of each other...about 2 inches apart. Tiny space with nothing on the walls, nothing romantic about this place. Our waiter was pleasant and brought me a shawl for our outdoor dinning when the sun went down. Overall, wouldn't go back and it's not even worth saying that we've been there. Oh well.
04/08/2008Provided by Citysearch -
after reading some of the earlier reviews i was a little worried our anniversary dinner wouldn't be so great. BUT we were surprised. Our server, I think his name was David, was very attentive yet did was not over bearing. He asked us questions about what kind of wine we like, he listened and brought us a bottle we absolutely loved. Service was superb, right down to the plate presentation. My husband works in the industry and I am a veteren, so we know when we get good service and this was a definite. Food was delicious. Interesting flavor combinations. Some of the reviews said this place was pretentious, absolutely not. Would go back and recommend to others.
11/16/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I have heard mixed reviews about Blackbird for some time now. I figured it had to be pretty good since it has been around for a while. I have been to many restaurants in Chicago, it is very rare for me to want to leave as bad as I did last night. When we asked if there were any specials for the night our waitress replied ?what you see is what you get? We proceeded to order and the waitress came back and said they were out of two main dishes and one appetizer. The atmosphere is cold and the room is extremely noisy. The food wasn?t bad by any means, however for what we paid, there are so many better restaurants around Chicago that treat you like a customer should be treated