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Bellwether features an eclectic modern american cuisine that includes everything from a signature bellwether salad, to wraps and burgers, to steaks and seafood dishes. There is also an outstanding wine, beer, and spirits selection. The dining room features 3-150' screens that come down from the ceiling to enjoy any of your favorite Chicago sports teams.
Chicago, IL 60611
American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 3:00am
Saturday-Sunday 3:00pm - 3:00am
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 10:00am - 3:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live DJ every night starting at 9pm, DJ Defcutdon mixes music along with music videos during his sets at Bellwether. 3 - 150" projector screens along with TV's at the bar.
Check out http://www.bellwetherchicago.com/catering/ for our full catering menu!
We do validate for the parking lot next door. $17 for up to 4 hours.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Bellwether Ratings and Reviews
We've eaten here on a number of occasions and never been disappointed. Stuffed chicken is particularly a favorite. We even chose Bellwether to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary several months back. Good food and service, pretty setting and quiet enough to have a conversation if desired.
We ordered a ton of items off the menu and found several great ones (chicken skewers, strawberry salad, roasted brussel sprouts and french fries). There were a few that were simply ok (cesar salad and the mussels) and then those that were not great (gnocchi). I think it is a great location if you are having a meal before a movie or a drink after. It was quiet when we were there (7 on a weeknight) and I was surprised how empty it was for that time. Prices were ok -- some were great values (salads) and some were a little on the high side. I would eat here again, but be more selective in the items we picked.
I took my wife for her birthday there. Food was very good, especially the desserts. The rack of lamb was good although a smidge over cooked (waitress described it as a little pink but it wasn't). The seafood pasta was really good, shrimps and mussels perfectly good. The whiskey pecan pie and chocolate mousse were also highlights. Overall, great experience, friendly and competent staff, really good food, well worth it.
Just looking for a walk around the town , popped open "Open Table", saw they were nearby, had some reservations and the rest is history. Good menu, great service. Asked to be seated at the top level. Nice and quiet up there and great people watching. After dinner they let us be and talked.
Just a nice night with my honey in the best city in the world, enjoying a nice, casual dinner in a nice, relaxing restaurant. It doesn't get any better than this.
Just okay. We sat upstairs and our server was so so on getting to us as he had a lot of tables. (I think). The food came out pretty quick and the overall feel was almost fast food. I think if we were downstairs and felt more of the atmosphere it could hvae been better, but only 2 tables upstairs and pretty lame. We didn't make it better as we didn't have anything to drink. I ate a burger it was a burger. Nothing to write home about.
Judging by the other reviews, we went on a very very off night. The service was non-existent with servers leaving the dining room completely unattended to the point that a couple in the booth next to us left without paying after waiting 20 minutes with no one around to help even after they got up and went looking. The food was like cafeteria food in a hospital. I had the braised short rib with mushroom reduction, polenta, and green beans. The green beans were perfectly cooked, fresh, and seasoned perfectly. The polenta however was dry, lumpy, cold when it arrived, and seasoned with what tasted exactly like the soup packet from chicken flavored Top Ramen. The braised short rib was dry, very obviously 3-5 days old and had been reheated in a microwave. The flavor profile of beef treated this way isn't mistakable for anything else. The mushroom reduction was about a tablespoon of gravy from a box mix that had either dried up under the heat lamp or boiled off in the microwave. I've been a chef for many years and I've owned, operated, and run restaurants in several U.S. states doing everything from fine dining to american grill menus as well as fusion menus in Southeast Asia. I realize that off nights happen but I also know exactly what it looks like when a trendy place with an ambitious menu gets lazy and lets the inmates run the asylum. This was a clear cut case of management asleep at the wheel. Our server, who didn't deliver our food, tried 3 times to get the guy who did deliver our food to actually bring it to our table. 3 times this guy left the kitchen with our food, walked a lap around the entire dining room, and then took our food back to the kitchen without delivering it. 3 times, our server told him it was ours and pointed to our table. It was just bizarre. There were only 3 tables in the whole place and at least 8 staff we could see on duty but it took 15 minutes from the first time our food appeared to when it finally made it to our table on the 4th lap.
Nice restaurant in a good location but poor service. The hostess was extremely rude and it took over an hour for them to serve our food. When I asked if they would validate my parking, the manager replied, "only if you eat here." I was offended because I made a reservation and waited to be seated. I would've left but it was raining and I didn't want to disappoint or inconvenience my friends. Also, if you park in the lot and also go to the movies, they will not honor your parking validation after 4 hours. I couldn't even enjoy my food and the experience to its fullest.
We told of our server it was our first time here, what should we know. His response was what do you want to know? He was no help through the process and in fact was rarely seen. If the food was outstanding you could deal with the sub par service but both sub par food and service made for a night we won't remember for the high points. We visit Chicago frequently and have our favorite places we visit often...this will not be on that list.
We picked this place because it was close to our hotel. However, I am pleased to report there are more reasons to go. The strip steak was tender and done just right. I had the pot pie. A treat for me and wasn't disappointed. Our wait staff was great and honestly, there should be more people here. It's a gem.
Bellweather is a not so well known gem in the Streetervile area, an upscale bar with great dining and diversified menu. Service was outstanding and prices, for an area that is know to be overpriced is exceptionally reasonable. They have some great cocktails and not at all your typical loud barscene. Great place before or after a movie (next door) or for us just a great place for dinner and friends after a tough week on a friday evening.
Met friends for Happy Hour and ate dinner. The service was good. Our waitress was very attentive. The drinks were good, but the food was just okay. It's difficult to mess up burgers and fries. The sweet potato fries tasted as if they were frozen then fried. Very soggy and didn't have much taste. The burgers were just okay. The ambiance is cool, but I wouldn't likely return. There are just too many other options in the neighborhood with great food.
Food was good, service was definitely NOT good!!! Our server was very polite but avoided our table for a majority of the night. We sat with empty glasses for about 30 min. Brought the bill before we were ready (didn't ask about another round of drinks or desserts). And anytime we'd try to get her attention, she'd look away.
Amazing food. Decent speed of service fitting the crowd. Waitress really confused about brunch specials. Offered special today-only drink specials that matched the prices on the regular daily menu. I asked what made that special and she had no idea what I was talking about.
Food was mediocre for the price. Lamb chops, terrible. Scallops, very small, tasted ok. Kids had burgers they enjoyed. Alcoholic drinks good. Conveniently located to hotel. Bill was atrocious. Will def eat outside of embassy suites hotel for next dinner meal.
Lovely place, upscale bar and nice restaurant upstairs and surrounding bar area. Menu is great ranging from large selection of burgers to fish, steak and numerous other selections. Also wide choice of appetizers , salads and sides.
Did a great job remodeling the prior RJ Grunt property. Surprisingly, not overly crowded nor noisy. That likely should change as more get familiar with the new format.
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