Duck Inn

4.7
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1085 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Esquire's Best New Restaurants in America 2015

Duck Inn is a Neighborhood Gastro-Tavern & Dining Room situated at Loomis Street and the Chicago River in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood. Housed in a 100 year old pre-prohibition tavern, it showcases Michelin Rated Partner/Chef Kevin Hickey’s signature New American cuisine. An extensive beverage program filled with craft beers, contemporary cocktails and creative wine service matches the food offerings. Duck Inn serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday, and dinner Tuesday-Sunday evenings. We also have the best Happy Hour in town; half off bar snacks, cocktails, draft beers and glasses of wine every Tuesday through Friday 5-6pm!

Specials

Industry Night

Enjoy 50% off for our industry or artist friends.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 21, 2018

Ends: December 22, 2117

Availability: Sun 5:00PM-10:00PM

Happy Hour

50% off of Bar Snacks. *Some restrictions may apply

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 21, 2018

Ends: December 22, 2117

Availability: Mon-Fri 5:00PM-6:00PM

Happy Hour

Enjoy 50% off of Beer, Wine or Cocktails. *Some restrictions may apply

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 21, 2018

Ends: December 22, 2117

Availability: Mon-Fri 5:00PM-6:00PM

50% off Bottles of Wine

50% off Bottles of Wine

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 21, 2018

Ends: December 22, 2117

Availability: Wed 5:00PM-10:00PM

Fried Chicken Night

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Thighs, Mashed Potatoes, Biscuit and Collard Greens.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 21, 2018

Ends: December 22, 2117

Availability: Tue 5:00PM-10:00PM

What 1085 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
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4.6
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place looks fantastic and the food is creative and delicious. We had the whole duck and I highly recommend it.

JR
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A very hip place to catch a cool cocktail, hear some smooth tunes and have a great date. Our waitress was the bomb..so witty and knew her stuff. Order the duck (duh!) but if you don't dig duck, there's something for everyone. We're going back when the weather allows us to sit outside, as the patio looks very lovely.

JC
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This is the 2nd time visiting this restaurant. In my last review, I indicated the cocktails were excellent, this time around... not so much. The bloody mary, was a bit on the sweet side, almost like a pasta sauce with alcohol. The shrimp and grits was very good, but the chicken crackling was sooo not needed,

c
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I gave service four stars, though the server was quite good. My only complaint was that he came so often to ask if everything was good that it became intrusive. Otherwise, as always, a great place.

AS
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an outstanding restaurant! It’s very cozy which is perfect for a date night or intimate occasions. The food is delicious and uniquely crafted. Many online reviews raves over the hot dog and it did not disappoint! The wait staff is so friendly and engaging which exceeded our expectations!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delicious food and inventive cocktails. Service was lovely - everyone was attentive, had a sense of humor, and were very knowledgeable about the restaurant's offerings. It was very loud near the bar, which is the only reason why I didn't rate it 5 stars. If you're not someone who's bothered by noise it's a great option in general. But I would think twice about going there for a dinner with your folks (or something like that).

JZ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We’ve visited often, and we love Duck Inn. We were there for Sunday night dinner and it was packed. I’d just say the noise level was really high, making it quite difficult to have a conversation. Our three twenty-something’s felt the same way. Maybe lower the volume of the music just a tiny bit?

Also, and I realize this probably isn’t going to happen, but it would be lovely to have a little bread with dinner.

Thank you and we’ll be back!

AC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing drinks, the best cheese curds and of course, the best duck. Everything we had was amazing

MM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Valentine’s Day dinner option! Romantic ambiance, fabulous food, and amazing service. Can’t wait to go back!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SO GOOD! The lamb ribs fell off the bone. Like cleanest bone I’ve seen. The pappardelle with mushrooms was so good. I went them both everyday for dinner.

M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the Tasting Menu for Restaurant Week, everything was delicious!

r
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My party of 4 enjoyed the fabulous duck dinner, which we had preordered a few days before our visit. Our waitress Ashley was wonderful at making suggestions to complement the duck. Standouts were the Brussel sprouts and the bok choy with carrots. Ashley’s efficiency, along with Kevin Hickey’s kitchen magic, made this a memorable dining experience. We shall return...

RG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is always great. I love bringing my friends for all of the creative and flavorful dishes and cocktails.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best meal I’ve had in a long time! The duck wings, Brussels sprouts and short ribs were all excellent and perfectly cooked. You could pick any of their cocktails and not go wrong.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down, best restaurant in Chicago. Not only is the food amazing but it feels like you’re at home

W
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Duck Inn and was pleased with the Restaurant Week menu.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, good service, and friendly staff!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You know it’s a great experience when you are planning your return visit soon after the appetizers arrive. All of us want to go back, and all of us have a list of people we want to go back with. Duck inn is one of a kind.

DO
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic Chicago neighborhood restaurant. You will want to return.

C
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing . Wonderful... Incredible

A
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

We came here for restaurant week and it ended up being a big mistake. The cocktails were tasty, the service was impeccable, but the majority of our food came from the Prix fixed menu and it was no bueno. I mean, most of it was edible, but we couldn't even finish the small first course of the vegetable terrine. We knew the portions were going to be on the small side, so we decided to order two appetizers off the main menu - the duck wings and the cheese curds. The duck wings were the highlight of our night; the rest of our food, not so much. The vegetable terrine had no flavor and was lacking everything. The Lobster Shoyu dish was super salty and a one-bite dish. The tagliatelle was tasty, but not worth the price tag. The chocolate dessert thing was by far the best part of our fixed menu.

After spending over 100 dollars per person, best to steer clear from this place during restaurant week.

H
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have had duck at Duck Inn many times, and brunch. Always terrific. This time we went for the restaurant week menu, which was different from their usual fare and very imaginative. And 100% delicious. Vegetable terrine had great flavor. Beef tartare was wonderful — the grid and seasoning of the beef and the pickling of the egg yoke made it the best tartare I’ve ever had. And the parsnip tagliatelle was superb. Really a great meal.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. Absolutely fabulous, fantastic food and excellent service. Overwhelming character of place and service. A top one!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Overall great ambience. I was disappointed that I wasn’t able to partake in the restaurant menu, because my date didn’t want to eat from that menu. Forcing me to eat a couple of appetizers so not to make my date uncomfortable since it was his birthday.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

It was restaurant week, so this is NOT a review of their normal menu. The restaurant week menu was not great. It was somewhat creative, but the portions were extra small and even at the reduced $48 restaurant week price, not worth it... one of the worst restaurant weeks we’ve been to. The service was fantastic. But the ambiance was really weird... it was like the restaurant couldn’t decide if they want to be fine dining or a neighborhood pub. It’s obvious the place used to be a corner neighborhood bar... so they kept a lot of that feel, but then they have fine dining prices and service. The bathrooms didn’t get a makeover and need it and there is just a weird feel to the restaurant... not quite neighborhood, not quite elevated dining... didn’t love it.

M
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints. Went on a Friday night with a party of 6 --the place was loud and lively but in a good way. Lots of laughter which made it feel like a happy place. It was restaurant week and celebration of the Chinese NY so the menu was a bit different than we expected but everything we had was delicious and beautifully presented.

MH
Chicago
188 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

First time visit. Disappointing having heard so many accolades about the restaurant and chef Kevin Hickey. Because it was restaurant week and Chinese New year, there was a special (limited) menu and a different preparation for their famous rotisserie duck. The restaurant is very dark and very loud. You can't read the menu or have a conversation. The cheese curds were delicious. The duck was very moist with crisp skin but just didn't wow us. They serve it a little container with a "gravy" but it didn't add much flavor. Service is good.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and great experience for a 21st birthday. Very relaxed and warm while still feeling upscale. Delicious!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, the Brussels sprouts were the best I’ve ever had!

F
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance! Will be back

MH
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktails and food are always superb! Jarel (hoped I spelled it correctly) was solicitous in his service. We will be back soon. Thank you.

LL
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Casual ambiance and amazing food & service. We chose it specifically to treat a friend who was visiting from out of town. Nice to get to a different part of the city and dine at such a gem.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always!

T
Chicago
404 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the Duck brunch dish as well as the well prepared collard greens. Service was fine.

MD
New England
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Second visit within a year and just as good as first time. Everything is good. Get the spicy cocktail. Get a duck. Get some brussels sprouts.

KL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago.

P
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family get together

T
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our third time to Duck Inn and they continue to impress us. Lamb ribs blew our minds, and we're no lamb beginners. Cocktails and beer on point. Our server was perfectly helpful and attentive.

NY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I love this place and it’s one of our special/favorite places we love to go to. Everything from the wine, food to service is amazing. The only thing I didn’t appreciate is when we ordered duck, we were offered truffle but the waitress failed to mention that there was an up charge of $20 which is a no no because I can understand if it was a few dollars but in this case, I think common courtesy is to let the customer know since she actually suggested for us to add the truffle.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place! Drinks were fantastic, atmosphere was great, and the food was amazing. Our table of 4 people ordered seven entrees to try as much as we could. All of it was amazing! Would definitely go here again.

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