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  • Review Count
    10
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  • First Review
    November 23, 2014
  • Last Review
    March 27, 2015
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  • Average Rating
    3.7
 
 
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Fulton Market Kitchen’s imaginative cuisine embraces global influences and advocates relaxed, free-form dining. Developed by James Gottwald (Monti's, Sunda, Rockit) and Kyle Petersen (Ceres' Table, Naha), the menu offers guests an alternative experience with playful presentations and ingredients sourced from their neighbors along Fulton Market Street.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Not sure FMK is "for us"
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/25/2015
 2003
Dined on 3/25/2015
 2003
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Even though the area is being rapidly built up, FMK is in the middle of nowhere. It's large with several rooms. Their goal is to be a restaurant, art gallery and club hence an artist in residence working while you partake but you have to make the effort to go interact. And the art is for sale but don't know who can buy since the pieces and installations are huge. Great drink menu but shockingly for the price, you might not get a full "right sized" cocktail It'll taste good though so definitely explore. Food portions are good for sharing and the prices aren't out of line. But everything was better on paper than on the plate which is a problem since setting high expectations makes a sub-par execution all the more noticeable. So perhaps FMK trying to be so many things ends up not being particularly good at any one of them. But then again, maybe we aging non-hipsters just don't get. Ravioli with generous foie was the standout. Two tails (pig and lobster) was Ok but not as expected. 4 dishes for 2 filled us. No room for the 2 nice sounding desserts. Cocktail "light as a feather, stiff as a board" was outstanding.and Revolt of Youth (?) was very good. Service was team based and attempted to be descriptive but they seemed forced and not into it. No connection. Might try again but not immediately making next reservations."
Dined on 3/25/2015
 2003
Special Features: good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find
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FORK in Lincoln Square offers contemporary American cuisine. We have 30 wines by the glass & flight & 150 Craft Beers. Wine flights, Beer Flights, Cheese Flights, comfortable booths and a modern but cozy atmosphere make this new restaurant a great place for a quiet dinner, or just a few drinks after the show.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Something for everyone
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/07/2015
 2003
Dined on 3/07/2015
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Nice varied menu, food is executed well and is as expected based on descriptions (same with the wine ; the menu has helpful pictographs to describe the character of each wine. Flights are reasonable priced and you can make your own. Large beer list with plenty on tap. Salads are definitely shareable. One of the best brisket sandwiches and the pork belly panino is also very good. We used to go often then stopped. We've again been reminded to put it back in our regular rotation. Snacks, lunch, brunch, dinner, all good."
Dined on 3/07/2015
 2003
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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The philosophy of the menu at Bistro Bordeaux is an expression of our French culinary heritage, for which we have a profound admiration. The support of our local farmers allows us to use the freshest produce and seafood, just as one would find in the markets in the south of France. The menu showcases the freshness of these pure ingredients through simple, flavorful combinations.<br />As the passing of fall brings day light savings time with early nightfall, we are always excited to welcome back the great comfort food dishes typically found in bistros; the first taste of the “Coq au Vin” and the pervading perfumes of the long cooked “Cassoulet Toulousain”, come to mind. It is, in our opinion, this style of cuisine that offers the clearest definition of traditionally rooted French fare<br />We hope you enjoy the eating as much as we enjoy the preparation in the kitchen and wish you all "Bon appétit"!<br /><br />The team at Bistro Bordeaux<br />
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Exactly As Advertised
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/11/2015
 2003
Dined on 2/11/2015
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Bistro Bordeaux, not surprisingly, is a French Bistro. In every sense of the word. All the expected players are there (steak tartare, Salad Lyonnaise, Steak Frites, Moule & Frites, Cassoulet, Coq Au Vin, Creme Brulee, Profiteroles, etc etc). All done absolutely perfectly (I'm talking to you Torchon of Foie Gras. And the compound butter on the steak too. And the texture of the tartare). if you've been to a great French Bistro in France or even Montreal, you've been to Bistro Bordeaux. It's kind of a shame when perfect execution of an archtype actually is disappointing. There is nothing new, nothing surprising. (Perhaps that portions are more in line with American expectations is a surpise. Good value.) Furnishings exactly like any photo you've seen. Very helpful service, wonderful wines. Warm environment, dim lighting. So if you're looking to recreate a past experience (or can't get to Paris for dinner), by all means head to Bistro Bordeaux. You won't be disappointed."
Dined on 2/11/2015
 2003
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Known for our unique nightlife approach to dining, Taverna 750 boasts an inspired shared-plate menu and nationally recognized drink program. Featuring classic American fare, refined by global flavors and served small- plate style, Taverna 750 delivers a meticulously curated boutique bistro menu.<br /><br />Our robust drink program offers signature martinis, hand-crafted from housemade cellos. Unique cocktails are highlighted with our custom-made ice program, and our coppers mugs with finer beer are created with premie specialty liquors.<br /><br />Let out style and service entertain you late into the evening!
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Good Enough and Fun Enough
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/06/2015
 2003
Dined on 2/06/2015
 2003
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Creative and ambitious menu. Starters and smaller plates are executed better than larger ones but that's OK because it's fun to get bites of many different dishes. Portions of all dishes are sharable. Deviled eggs are particularly well done (haven't even tried the lobster ones yet!). Duck agnolotti are another must have(just a tad overcooked but still delicious). We also had the white bean/mushroom soup, asparagus couscous salad, hanger steak entree and vegetable lasagna (way to large and rich with gooey cheese AND creamy bechamel). Seasonings sometimes cross over from aggressive to over the line. Cocktails are varied, large and properly strong. Limited beer and wine but lots of original cocktails. Service is friendly and enthusiastic if not yet totally professional. Everyone is having fun so it's pretty loud and not because of the music. Will definitely go again for any reason: need a snack and a drink or a place to unwind and drink and eat with a friend or 3. Most everything, especially in the drinks is made in house and they are proud of it, just as it should be."
Dined on 2/06/2015
 2003
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Please Call 773.404.BULL(2855) if you do not see availability on open table for a certain day and time.<br />Welcome to Bulerías Tapas Bar. Authentic cuisine from Spain Europe. The word 'Bulerías' is rooted in the country of Spain and is most commonly used to reference a fast rhythmic form of the Art of Flamenco Dancing. The Bulerías is tradtionally the finale to a flamenco performance. As a flamenco performer, performing the Bulerías, AND as a spectator, watching the Bulerías being performed - whether performing or watching - The Bulerías, will demand of you a fun, energetic, passionate, happy experience. It is this experience that we at Bulerías Tapas are committed to deliver to every person that walks into our doors. We want you to feel our fun ambiance, absorb the energy of our staff, taste the passion in our food, and when you have concluded your experience with us for the evening, most of all, we are crazy about wanting to make you happy. Bulerías Happy!!!:)™©®
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Lunch, Snack or Dinner
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/19/2015
 2003
Dined on 1/19/2015
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Enjoyed our first trip to Buledias. Prices were very fair and the portions were generous enough that 3 or even 4 people could have a few bites. 3 of the larger tapas (didn't get any paella or other entrees) was perfect for 2 at lunch with some nice wine. Bread service is lovely (light and crunchy on the outside, fluffy inside. Table side olive oil was very fruity). Decor was nice and the layout helped camouflage the bland corner it sits on. Will definitely go again and we noted there were special events monthly involvlng music and dancing. Will return and do recommend."
Dined on 1/19/2015
 2003
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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In honor of the “Rebirth” of New Orleans, and the re- emergence of the celebration of the finest food on the face of the earth that can be tasted right here in our city, we have reopened this location and have dedicated ourselves to this mission. <br> We are purposed to restoring and preserving the culinary arts that have distinguished our city and made it famous. In this sense, we are hoping your visit with us will be a new spiritual awakening that your senses of taste, smell, sight and sound will revel in the experience of boundless dining pleasure. <br> To serve you divinely inspired meals in a heavenly atmosphere is now and will remain our goal, so, welcome to our culinary preservation hall.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
50/50 and that's a shame
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/25/2014
 2003
Dined on 12/25/2014
 2003
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"The building is beautiful, commanding the corner of basically a residential area. Inside, the skeleton of the church remains with the high arched windows and ceiling. What better environment to have a Christmas dinner? Friendly and helpful service, nice selection of drinks (wine, beer cocktails) and a limited but varied menu. We each got an appetizer and entree. The appetizers are definitely table sharing portions, especially the oysters Tchoupatoulas and pork pate. The pate was the highlight of the whole meal and we saved a bite to take home. Boy were we surprised to see that the remnant transformed into several more pieces with brioche. A miracle?!?! We really appreciated the gesture. The oyster app was a mystery. We couldn't place the flavor but neither of us liked it, at all. But there were a ton of oysters in there and it would've been an exceptional value. For one entree, we had the seafood crepe appetizer which was perfect in size and execution. Great texture and super rich. Duck Wellington had several unique aspects to it. The smoked duck inside was one. What was billed as foie gras was most certainly not. Duck liver perhaps but the texture was off and the flavor over powered. The pastry was bland. It was edible but not at all special or particularly good. In essence, we loved the idea but the execution? Not so much. Wouldn't feel good about recommending it because the wide swing in food quality."
Dined on 12/25/2014
 2003
Special Features: special occasion
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The Crescent City Brewhouse is one of New Orleans' premier restaurants and the only French Quarter microbrewery.<br /><br />The atmosphere at the Crescent City Brewhouse is warm, relaxed<br />and festive with LIVE JAZZ performed nightly by local musicians ... and monthly exhibits of local art to compliment your total Brewhouse experience!<br /><br />We invite you to savor the food and the music as you enjoy the brew and the view -- and see how you can add French Quarter flair to your next special event at the Crescent City Brewhouse!<br />
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Better for drink and snacks
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/24/2014
 2003
Dined on 12/24/2014
 2003
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"We stopped in to try some local beer and went with a beer cocktail and the 5 beer flight. Kind of a bummer that with the 4 or 5 beer sampler, you couldn't choose which ones but we went with it. Good drinks all around. Portion were all big and lots of folks around us were having burgers which looked good. Location is convenient but I think it's better to eat just enough there to try some drinks then move on for a meal elsewhere. Service was fine as well."
Dined on 12/24/2014
 2003
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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Located in the Garden District of New Orleans, Coquette offers innovative southern cuisine with an emphasis on locally sourced product. Featuring an accessible international wine list, classic and creative New Orleans cocktails and a well-traveled beer list.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Add to your "must do" list!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/22/2014
 2003
Dined on 12/22/2014
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Coquette came recommended to me by my decidedly "non-foodie" cousins who separately at here this past Summer. What a beautiful warm place! Lovely bar, properly attired and inked bartenders, a lovely fresh menu, great wines (Expertly recommended by wait staff), team service (everyone knows everything and is happy to share it). Most definitely try the "blind tasting" (where 5 courses appears to be merely a suggestion) on your first (or maybe every) visit. Go for the pairing too. Each dish combined multiple textures and flavors wonderfully. Nothing fussy or over done. They need to package their "nicoise praline" crunchy salty finishing accent. Fried chicken, pork tenderloin, in house everything, veggies, desserts. Nothing missed. Can't wait to come back and try it all again!"
Dined on 12/22/2014
 2003
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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A member of the Francesca's Restaurant Group; Davanti Enoteca is a wine bar that offers shareable plates of rustic Italian cuisine. <br /><br />After opening the first location in 2010 in Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood, Davanti Enoteca has expanded with restaurants in Del Mar, San Diego; Little Italy, San Diego; Western Springs, Illinois; and now the newest addition the Courtyard Marriot River North in Chicago. Davanti Enoteca, an Italian wine bar, offers shareable plates of rustic Italian cuisine from pastas, pizzas, and entrees in addition to small plate items such as vasi (mini mason jars with Tuscan toast), antipasti, salads and tableside presentations. Exposed brick and refurbished wood create the ambiance of a countryside cottage in Italy.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Less Hectic than Taylor Street
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/07/2014
 2003
Dined on 12/07/2014
 2003
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The wait was too long at our original destination so we hopped over to Davanti Enoteca since we've thoroughly enjoyed meals at the Taylor St locale. Many of the menu items are the same. For being associated with a business hotel (Marriott), the prices were very good. As expected, great selection of wines by the glass, some cocktails and an average beer list. The pizza DOC had a great crust but didn't have flavor. It was still enjoyable and with the apple/celery salad, made a great lunch for 2 before the movies. Service was friendly, warm and helpful. We would consider making it a "first choice" when in the area in the future. I think it's better suited to light meals and snacks with drinks than a formal dinner but others might differ."
Dined on 12/07/2014
 2003
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Ramen-san is a lively, neighborhood restaurant and bar in River North reminiscent of traditional ramen shops in Japan. The space is raw, anchored by exposed brick and reclaimed wood, which makes for an understated, yet inviting ambiance. Ramen-san marks the partners’ fourth collaboration with Japanese designer Kota Bando, who created a comfortable, approachable space where diners can enjoy noodles in a casual setting for dinner and late night.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Good, tasty ramen and other stuff
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/21/2014
 2003
Dined on 11/21/2014
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Went at lunch (1pm Friday, very busy!) and they have a great lunch special (choice of ramen, small rice plate with meat, kimchi and salad). You can customize through additions; make sure you get some char siu pork belly. Great flavor and texture and added a lot to my mushroom (veggie) ramen. Wavy Tokyo noodles (standard) have a nice texture that holds up through the whole meal. If you want the shrimp pork dumplings, order as an addition to the ramen. It IS a pricey lunch that you probably can't do every day/week but even when packed, service is friendly and helpful, food comes fast and hot and it'll hold you the rest of the day. Limited cocktail/bar menu but the spicy lime cilantro margarita is excellent. Overall, not as good as Wasabi (Logan Square) but if you're in the area and wanting some hot noodle soup, you should give it a try. Full food service at the bar is a good alternative if you arrive and the place is packed. It turns over quickly though."
Dined on 11/21/2014
 2003
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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