Duck Inn

4.8
875 reviews
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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 between Chicago’s Pilsen and Bridgeport neighborhoods. 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 offers small bar and snack menu for the front lounge/bar space and a more traditional menu for the back dining room with first and main courses, a tasting menu and more.

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The Infatuation
8.3

Surprises are great, and so is The Duck Inn.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
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FR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The rotisserie duck IS FREAKIN DELICIOUS and worth EVERY penny! Chef chris brought it out personally and put his heart in that meal! Omg. The brussel sprouts were good, just a smidge salty. The duck wings were ok too, I'm not a huge sweet and savory fan but if u are, then they're a hit! I'll be back for that rotiduck soon!

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BW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Duck Inn is a neighborhood gem. Amazing food, incredible service, and a slick mid-century retro vibe that is cozy, welcoming and nostalgic. Easily one of my top 5 restaurants in Chicago. Looking forward to going back soon.

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m
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love the interior and mid century feeling inside the restaurant. Overall the food was on-point. The highlight was the duck, the dish is prepared very well and the duck breast is cooked to perfection which is difficult to do. Other highlight dishes were the octopus, brussels sprouts, cheese curds, and tuna (although it feel it was a bit overpriced). I would definitely go back and highly recommend ordering the duck dish and do so in advance to make sure you can get the dish.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a special occasion, and what a night it was! Our server was gracious and so very accommodating. And the food ... wow! My friends and I had a blast! Thank you. We’ll definitely be back!

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z
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I requested the Chef’s table when I made a reservation for 6 for dinner. I preordered a Duck for dinner. My husband and I enjoyed a cocktail at the bar while waiting for our friends to arrive. The bartender was engaging and seemed excited to talk to us about the cocktail ingredients. We were promptly seated and it was a fun evening. The other two couples had never been to Duck Inn and were asking us how we came upon such a random place ( I was invited to a party there). The waitress was attentive and enjoyable. The couple seated closest to the the kitchen had fun conversing with the kitchen staff. Our Duck , Brussels sprouts and chocolate peanut butter beignet were delicious. I am never disappointed when we have a meal at Duck Inn.

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NH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The duck Inn is an amazing gem. The way you are treated and the way the food tastes is incredible. Love that they serve Sparrow Coffee, and other delicious deserts.

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EH
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Our waiter was so helpful with dietary concerns and very friendly. The duck, incredible. Definitely will be back!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outstanding evening. The food and service were fantastic. Can’t wait to go back!

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OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. The duck was great. Brussel sprouts to die for.

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TK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

was outstanding all around. From the food to the service. it was great. I highly recommend

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EE
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good atmosphere and great food. Really fun experimental cocktails.

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s
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my 6th or 7th visit but was with 4 newbies and one repeater.
It was SOOOO loud on Sat that we couldn't hear each other. We specifically went there to celebrate a Birthday , in a smallish group so we could visit. Didn't really happen.
That won't prevent us from going back but we will either ask to be seated in front room where there is more wood to absorb the sound or go on a week night when there may not be as many larger groups.

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MF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I gave "ambiance" a 4 star because this place is very drafty in the winter. Other than that, you have got to go. Feels like a good old fashioned supper club. Their bar is a site to see and the food/drink menu is exquisite. Definitely order the duck beforehand and enjoy many of their great cocktails. Get the brussel sprouts as well, you won't regret it.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We made reservations. The entire staff could have been nicer. They didn’t check us...kept us waiting to order and was less than enthusiastic about everything in general.

The food was good and we even tried the over the top burger which is off the menu. (It’s an In and Out style burger) Not that the Duck Inn staff would have told us about it, we heard from another chef at another restaurant. The burger was off the charts delicious.

I would love to try the Rotisserie Duck because it looked so good but not sure I want to go back anytime soon.

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NM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a lovely experience. The staff is fun and friendly. Eleanor knew the menu well and helped pick out some excellent choices to include a cocktail I would not have ordered, but really enjoyed.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Life changing food.

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K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

No one to greet us at the door, very slow refill of water and coffee. Otherwise excellent experience overall. The food is delicious and definitely is worth coming in for a cold and extremely windy Sunday

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OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, drinks, and service!

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MC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Duck Inn is always the best! I would eat here every night if I could.

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d
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 3rd time and my husband's 1st time at Duck Inn. We were seated at the Chef's table right next to the kitchen, which was super nice to watch. We had ordered the Chef's tasting menu, and it did not disappoint. The Chef himself came out to serve some of the dishes, and they were so delicious. I love that it is a more casual atmosphere, but with top notch beautifully orchestrated dishes that make you feel like you're at Charlie Trotter's or 11 Madison in New York. Super great food. Totally going back and doing the tasting menu again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Appetizers were great-octopus and clams. Split a hamburger sandwich-fabulous.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Give Kevin, the bar magician a raise! Great service, great cocktails, great guy. Made a pleasant evening with the wife memorable.

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DN
London
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and I really appreciated how attentive they were to dietary restrictions.

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AM
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Duck Inn is a special spot with some incredible food and drinks. The restaurant is an unassuming small building on the corner of a small street but the experience inside is nothing short of spectacular.

Everything we had starting with the appetizers and ending with desert was incredible and unique. The duck wings were exceptional and the rotisserie duck was phenomenal. Duck Inn really earned it's name. However the steak, octopus and tuna were just as impressive. The cocktails served were tastey, well crafted, and unique, including a whiskey drink served in a smoke filled glass and even a warm bone broth based whiskey drink.

The prices were more than fair for the quality of food and drinks.

Our waiter Jay was also attentive, friendly, and knew the menu well.

Without a doubt one of the best meals I've had in Chicago. Check it out and you will not be disappointed.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was amazing, along with our “mock tails”.

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London
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a nice time at the Duck Inn. Food and service are great.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Delicious brunch! The rotisserie duck hash is delightful and the duck fat hot dog is the best Chicago Dog I have ever had!

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AW
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, we tried a variety of the brunch items and enjoyed them all. The service was attentive and friendly. The back room was comfortable, it would have been much chillier closer to the front door. Liked the eclectic retro decor. Will definitely go back.

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JH
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting Chicago and stumbled across Duck Inn on OpenTable. Were we lucky. Cool place with a fun vibe. Food was good. Had the whole duck, cooked spot on. Foie gras as nummy and my companions had the hot dog - which they loved. Fun night and good food at Duck Inn.

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K
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had the hunan whole duck which was delicious. The new style foi gras was ok. Preferred previous preparation. The wine selection for bottles was limited and very over priced. The glass we ordered was fantastic, but did not have bottle option. Overall. Great place.

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

The meal started out on a really sour note. Some of us wanted to eat from the restaurant week menu, some did not. We were told that the WHOLE table needed to use the same menu in order to participate. I have never encountered this "rule" before, and it was not the case at either Chicago restaurant I went to earlier that week. Then we saw the wine prices. Wine per glass cost more than a hotel in downtown Manhattan charges (which is a lot). So we decided to just order something to eat, and get it over with. The service was friendly, but slow. The food was ok, but we realized once we ate, the food was not really worth the prices on the menu. I have heard great things, and they have been in business a while, so they're obviously doing something right!

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HM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

random neighborhood, excellent service and food. Jay was wonderful - when they forgot my husband's drink, he comped it. And life is incomplete without that hot dog with the "supercondiment" - even though we added it to an already lardy restaurant week menu!!!!!

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F
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So yummy, those duck wings!!!!

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A
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for the 2019 restaurant week menu!! Every dish is so good! Very stellar

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. I definitely would go back. All of the staff was wonderful.

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B
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very unique food - delicious! Restaurant Week menu is awesome!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! The food, service, and ambiance were spot on. We will definitely go back!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Food was salty or bland

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CH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My first visit to Duck Inn, meant to go for several years. Delicious brunch, interesting cocktails. Highly recommend the Duck Hash. Creative menu with interesting combinations. Will go back!!

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