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Blue Door Kitchen & Garden, Chicago, IL
Award-winning

Blue Door Kitchen & Garden

4.5
4.5
2177 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Blue Door Kitchen & Garden, home to celebrated Chef Art Smith, is a farm-to-table oasis in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast and deeply rooted in the philosophy of letting the seasons dictate the menu. From its inception, the Blue Door brand has become synonymous with sustainability and responsible sourcing. We pride ourselves in showcasing dishes made from fresh, local ingredients sourced from Midwest farms.

Experience a chef-driven menu featuring everything from pierogis and market fresh salads, to Chef Art Smith’s famous buttermilk fried chicken. Walk-ins are always encouraged. Be sure to join us during the warmer weather months when the beautiful outdoor patio is open. While visiting, be sure to enjoy one of Blue Door Kitchen’s garden-to-glass cocktails, local beers or perfectly paired wines from our extensive list.

For reservations eight or larger, please call the restaurant 312-573-4000.

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2 people

22:30


Booked 64 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Regional American (Contemporary Southern), Comfort Food
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 11:00–21:00 Sat, Sun 10:00–21:00
  • Phone number
    (312) 573-4000
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Chef De Juan
  • Private party facilities
    Blue Door Kitchen's upstairs dining room is available for private events of up to 56 people for a seated dinner or 75 people for a standing cocktail reception. For a buyout of the whole restaurant up to 85; for a seated dinner divided between both dining rooms. Patio seats 80 and 120 for a standing cocktail reception.
  • Private party contact
    Micah Williams: (312) 573-4000
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Area
    Gold Coast / Streeterville
  • Cross Street
    Between Clark & Dearborn Streets
  • Parking Details
    Valet available the following days:Wednesday-Friday 4pm-8:30pmSaturday & Sunday 9am-8:30pm
  • Public Transit
    CTA Red Line Trains to Clark/Division stop<br />#22 Clark Street Bus<br />#36 Broadway Bus
  • Entertainment
    No
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,177 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

2,177 Reviews
  1. BrendanL

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The buttermilk chicken sandwich was exceptionally good. Tender juicy chicken full of flavor. Service was excellent also. Very friendly staff.

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  2. BethT

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely brunch with friends! Food was fresh and delicious. Wonderful ambiance. Would go again, for sure. :)

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  3. BobG

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent and atmosphere was a break from the city.

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  4. LaureyT

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food excellent. Service impeccable. Atmosphere lovely southern country house. Wished for more than three dessert offerings. Was hoping to order the carrot cake but alas it wasn’t available. Next time?

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    When we arrived we loved the inside eating area. It was really nice. But when they seated us, we were taken outside to an enclosed patio with heat lamps. Totally changed the atmosphere. I wish we knew ahead, we would have opted for somewhere with a nicer atmosphere. If I wanted a beer garden I could have gone to my local bar.

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  6. DrEK

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was perfect. We absolutely loved it and will come back. To our benefit there was no music, so the noise level was just people talking and made it much better to actually have a conversation with my husband. We both were thrilled to find this neighborhood gem.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent, would highly recommend the deviled eggs. The mashed potatoes were so quite excellent. I’m looking forward to my next visit to try more dishes.

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  8. Missy

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful lunch experience at Blue Door. Pretty and quaint restaurant, great food and wonderful service! Highly recommend!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So wonderful. Feels like a family restaurant with big city food. Highly recommend. Good drops and foods. Fried chicken, jambalaya and shrimp and grits. Also Mac and cheese

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  10. BruceE

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drinks were delicious and service was professional.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely wonderful experience, the ambiance is exceptional and the food was great.. I will be visiting again. Thank You for the great experience.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful cozy atmosphere with classic yet elevated comfort food. A great date spot!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was craving New Orleans food and Blue Door hit the spot. We had the hummus and pimento cheese appetizer, jambalaya, and shrimp and grits. All three were amazing. The restaurant is small and lovely, and the service was excellent. We’ll definitely be back.

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  14. GaryM

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Was at Blue Door for Valentine's Day. I received advice that I should ask for a table upstairs as there was more room. Arrived for our 5:45pm reservation and asked for a table upstairs. I was told by a very unfriendly hostess that they weren't seating upstairs yet. I saw the table she was going to take us to....it was right in front of an open kitchen. There was a reason it was open. In addition to hearing pans being thrown around, literally thrown around and making startling crashing noises.....really??), my back faced a door that, when it was opened to the outside to let people go up to the upstairs dining area (five minutes after we were told we couldn't have a seat up there!), I froze (as did my food). Food was good. Enjoyed what we had but the restaurant lacks any kind of customer service, beginning with the hostess greeting customers. That desk is the opening introduction to the establishment and that introduction failed miserably. When we complained to the manager he said next time we come in they will do better. Well, won't be a next time. Done with Blue Door.

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  15. rfmartor

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Has a wonderful Valentine’s Day dinner felt a bit rushed at times.

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  16. FrancesG

    New Orleans

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great foo, great service. We love the menu. The ambiance is very nice. Great location.

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  17. Joey

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The table we were sat at was very wobbly and kind of in the middle of the room. It was definitely that oddball table that every restaurant has on the floorplan. Trying to squeeze in just one more two top. Server was great, hostess was meandering about by the host stand. The patio wasn’t even offered as an option. Repeat, server was great. I don’t recall his name but he was a beefy bearded brunette man.

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  18. Deanna

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a charming and amazing gem! The food was amazing, as we had much that was ordered and shared. The server was amazing, attentive, warm and present. The atmosphere is very cozy and despite having tables right next to other diners, you felt un-crowded. Looking forward to our next visit!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The devil eggs and cornbread are a must Will definitely be coming back for more!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambiance is great. Had shrimp & grits. The grits were excellent but the shrimp were over cooked to the point they were hard. The chocolate cake was dry. Overall the place is lovely, hoping the food quality was just an off night. Will give another try

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  21. gck0914

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was pretty good. My fried chicken was dry but i didn’t complain or say anything at the time. Service was a tad bit slow. I think the food should have been a little better quality. But i mean it wasn’t the worst experience. Make sure the fried chicken isn’t dry and it will be perfect bc the flavor is there!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, good ambiance, good service. I'm glad to say I tried it and supported it, but I wasn't wowed and will probably not try again. The duck was good, seemed a little cool, and wasn't warm. The lamb chops were cooked extremely well done, so a little dry. We ordered green beans, but they forgot to bring them out with the entrees, so they cooked them on the fly, so they were not flavorful. Again, there is good food and decent prices, but I'm not sure I'll venture back.

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  23. PatrickD

    Las Vegas

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great value, service and food at this quaint Gold Coast restaurant

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  24. daruma

    Chicago

    71 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was pretty good! Chairs are a tad uncomfortable. Service was just ok. Felt like the waitstaff wasn't super familiar with all the dishes. I would go back though. Maybe for brunch or outdoor in good weather.

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  25. JamesW

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic restaurant with fresh menu items. Always great friendly service. Perfect for casual or business lunch.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on 6 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a family dinner and we found a JEWEL! The food was excellent, service attentive, and drinks lovely. The space was vintage cottage and lovely. There were so many great choices on the menu we ordered 3 and shared. We will become regulars.

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  27. WalterC

    Detroit

    38 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Everything was pleasant and comfortable. the service was fine.

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  28. ShannonA

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a gem. The fare is exceptional, but the staff and the standard they hold themselves to makes it a truly extraordinary spot.

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  29. Emmy

    Chicago

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cannot wait to go back! Avocado toast and BLT recommendation plus shrimp and grits and of course fried chicken and waffle.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a good experience. Had friends from out of town who really enjoyed food and atmosphere.

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  31. MaryM

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a lovely little hidden restaurant. Small menu. Quite cozy.

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  32. Mary

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The avocado toast was 90% greens, on top of a single piece of toast--Had to dig for it! The fried chicken benny was very undercooked. The pear salad and tomato were excellent, and the beignets were good as well. But sub par entres paired with $20 for valet parking made this not worth it.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We loved the food! We will definitely come back soon.

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  34. Mel91

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Booked 7pm reservation for restaurant week. Seated in the outdoor patio area with heat lamps. We were seated with menus and were not told about multiple items not being available until we were asked for our orders about 30 minutes later. After waiting almost and hour and half for our food and having to seek out the waitress for a drink refill, I inquired to speak to a manager, who appears to be floating around a few tables. One of the busboys approached an older gentleman who appeared to work there but was entertaining and drinking with a table of young women. After he did not come to our table after the server talked to him, I went into the main area to find our waitress and someone else to talk to as we were ready to leave the restaurant at this point. I spoke to Jovani who was extremely apologetic and compensated our bill along with providing a bottle of champagne. Once the food came, the salmon was extremely undercooked and the other meals were lukewarm. The salmon was replaced and they also provided cornbread (which they claimed was sold out when we arrived). Our waitress Dominica was super accommodating and patient in the process. I'd likely never dine here again.

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  35. MandaZ

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing! Definitely going back again! Food was perfect, the drinks were excellent!

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  36. AbiA

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    They must have been extremely busy. My food came out cold. Our meals took almost an hour we were at the restaurant for almost 3 hours

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Recently experienced Blue Door Kitchen & Garden's Restaurant Week Lunch and it was a delightful culinary journey. The Pear Salad was exceptionally refreshing, making it hard to put my fork down. The Fried Chicken Benedict stole the spotlight with its perfect blend of flavors, and the addition of pork braised greens and sausage gravy added a delightful southern twist. The Beignets with raspberry coulis were a sweet ending, though a bit more raspberry would have been ideal. The deviled eggs and Tequila Mockingbird cocktail were tempting extras. Blue Door Kitchen and Garden continues to be a top brunch spot for me; a return visit is guaranteed!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious dishes! We ordered crab cakes, shrimp & grits, and corn bread with jam & whip. Everything tasted excellent! The shrimp and grits did come out a bit cold, but they replaced the dish upon mentioning it. Enjoyed the chic, French country house decor, especially the paintings. Service appeared and felt a bit stretched, though maybe this was because of restaurant week. Or maybe Blue Door is aiming to give a true Euro experience. I will definitely return to taste more of the menu.

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  39. Matt

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I really enjoyed the restaurant and my food. My wife is vegetarian and chose the cauliflower steak, but this wasn’t great. It was just like one giant cauliflower with some seasoning. However, overall we really enjoyed the evening

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  40. PamelaS

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and ambiance were absolutely great. Unfortunately the food was just ok.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Blue Door Kitchen & Garden does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Blue Door Kitchen & Garden also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 573-4000.

Blue Door Kitchen & Garden is rated 4.5 stars by 2177 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

22:30


Booked 64 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Blue Door Kitchen & Garden

52 West Elm Street, Chicago, IL 60610

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross Street
    Between Clark & Dearborn Streets
  • Area
    Gold Coast / Streeterville
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 11:00–21:00 Sat, Sun 10:00–21:00
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Regional American (Contemporary Southern), Comfort Food
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Valet available the following days:Wednesday-Friday 4pm-8:30pmSaturday &amp; Sunday 9am-8:30pm
  • Public Transit
    CTA Red Line Trains to Clark/Division stop#22 Clark Street Bus#36 Broadway Bus
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Chef De Juan
  • Entertainment
    No
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (312) 573-4000
  • Private party facilities
    Blue Door Kitchen's upstairs dining room is available for private events of up to 56 people for a seated dinner or 75 people for a standing cocktail reception. For a buyout of the whole restaurant up to 85; for a seated dinner divided between both dining rooms. Patio seats 80 and 120 for a standing cocktail reception.
  • Private party contact
    Micah Williams: (312) 573-4000
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