Duck Inn

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833 reviews
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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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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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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in the neighborhood, but I recommend Duck Inn to anyone looking for an amazing night out. The signature cocktail list is amazing and the service is top notch. We went all out with the tasting menu for a rare night out and it was an absolute delight. The craftsmanship of the food, drinks, decor, everything is worth the trip.

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CW
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner at the Duck Inn. Food and service were both outstanding and everyone enjoyed their meal. We wish there had been more orders of duck wings available, they were delicious!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Drinks were really good! Excellent service! Food was way too salty!!! Pretty presentations, but the tasty was mediocre. I don’t think I would go back.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sat at the bar on a Saturday night, drinks were creative, one had bone stock, And other elixirs, fresh herbs and came in a soup bowl, was delicious. Octopus with mole was very flavorful, would go back for that alone. Burrata was also very fresh and tasty, could maybe have a few more toast points. Brussel sprouts were plentiful and i liked the way they were prepared, heavy in butter but both delicious as well. Duck wings were tender and priced right. Would go back!

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TH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Good food, good service, nice people, compelling story, fantasy location, easy free parking—all of which is tragically compromised by incessant, intolerable noise, which lowers the rating from 5 stars to 3 (and that is a gift). If noise-dampening tiles are installed in the ceiling, I’ll bet back, but not until then.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great overall dinner experience. Our group of 4 ordered 5 appetizers, 2 entrees, 4 desserts, and the roasted duck to share. Every dish was incredible with the exception of the panna cotta dessert. All the drinks we had were unique and tasted great (they were a tad pricey). Our server was exceptional and it helped that all the staff paid attention to every table to make sure dishes were cleared, water was full, etc. I would highly recommend the Duck Inn!!

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k
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and delicious dinner from first to last course. Vibrant and interesting.

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LW
Chicago
102 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A true hidden neighborhood gem.
Wonderful food & terrific service.
Deep wine & cocktail list.
Make sure to order the cheese curds & preorder a duck.
Both are fantastic !

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I
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the Hot Dog Water beer. Duck was fantastic.

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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great way to spend an afternoon enjoying creative cocktails and two delicious brunch dishes.

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MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I really like the Duck Inn. I have been there for dinners and have never been disappointed. The rotisserie duck for two is great. I have also been there several times for brunch and it is really good for this, with good food and pleasant atmosphere. I just noted that they are open with food until 11:00 during the week and later on weekends, so I am going to try it after the theater.

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l
Chicago
75 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as usual. duck wings cooked just right, fantastic cocktails, hard to choose entre, all sound so good.

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B
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as usual. Our waiter J. was just lovely (and all the other staff too!)

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A
Las Vegas
24 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a big party for Christmas. Shared plates went around and then entrees. A few had the wonderful duck but myself and other had the giant ribeye they were offering, outstanding. Our 8pm reservation led us to closing the bar. Great night

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MM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Dinner was spectacular. We enjoyed Duck everything! Ambiance was great and food was delicious. Our server was very nice but was a bit much. Too loud at times, but overall did a great job.

Will definitely be back!

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m
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We really enjoyed our time at Duck Inn we were a table of 6 and shared 3 appetizers and 5 entrees and everything was great. The one thing that left a bad taste in our mouth was the offer of truffles grated on the mushroom pasta, it was a casual offer, like would you like parmesan cheese on that...so we all agreed . Then we got the bill and the grating of truffles was $35.00, more expensive that most of our entrees. So in the end even though we had a great time we left feeling a little ripped off.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Today's brunch consisted of myself and 2 of my favorite women..... My mother and my godmother. Everything was absolutely delicious. From the cocktails that Kevin made (ask for Lorenzo's Manhattan!!).... To the beautiful smiling faces as you walk in... To the impeccable service.... The phenomenal wine list..... Not to mention the food. If you haven't been here... What are you waiting for?! I highly recommend it.

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TT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

We love the Duck Inn. Every dish is perfectly prepared, well-seasoned, and creative. This time, the bar service was disappointing, apparently understaffed; our drink refills were so slow as to be too late to drink with our meal. Being the holiday season, there were two big groups which became increasingly noisy. We had to close out abruptly. The bar space is quieter, a better choice on a busy night.

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WO
Chicago
108 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The Duck Inn has been a personal favorite since Chef Hickey opened and it remains so for the strong, creative drink, the sensational service and the incredible rotisserie duck dinner -- the breasts done to perfect medium rare, the salad ok, and the duck fat potatoes fantastic. The hard surfaces make conversation difficult but the warmth of the staff and the room compensate. For ocnversation and a whole different vibe, the outdoor patio in Summer/Fall is great.

Even after fighting traffic for 1-1/2 hours to get there, The Duck Inn is special each and every time.

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EV
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood restaurant, been here four times , liked it every tim

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C
Milwaukee
24 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time was a nice treat. Service was very timely, knowledgeable. Food outstanding.

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a
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The duck was amazing! Highly recommend this place!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent as always. The duck, of course, along with the hot dog are staples. The special pasta was also quite good and a nice way to add some variety on a return visit.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

They were out of a couple of key things and it was only after 6pm on a Friday. Jerome our waiter was nice but a little over the top sometimes. I’d rather someone be themselves and just provide good service rather than someone playing a character and being too much. At times I felt he was yelling and he also took things from the table too quickly. Drinks were good and so were the appetizers. My dinner partner had the ribeye which was good but I was very disappointed with my choice which was the short rib entree.

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K
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for brunch on a Sunday and it was amazing. We both loved the food we had (I had biscuits and veggie sausage gravy). We had a really great server who was very attentive and mentioned the industry special they have on Sundays, although we were honest and told her neither of us work in the industry, although we wished we had because of what a great deal it was. Can't wait to go back.

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NB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jarelle was awesome!!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time in the past few months. Food is fantastic and definitely get the duck if you are a fan. Be patient with service as it gets busy, but staff is very nice. Cocktails are delicious. We will be back again soon!

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LA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific across the board.

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p
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

just plain amazing -- every single dish was mind-blowingly good. and a tremendous atmosphere. great service. will be back!

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S
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The service seemed a bit off today. Not sure if they were short staffed. We were seated at a table that had only been set with napkins and 1 knife. The waitress didn't notice until we got our first course. It took over 20 min to get a cocktail and the bar was not busy. I was not quite sure who are server was since 3 different ladies seemed to have been taking our orders and checking in on us. Our first course came out fast. We got it before our cocktails. But then we waited 40 min to get the rest of our order. We needed to split the check between 2 credit cards and when our server returned to get our signatures she dropped of credit cards that belonged to another party. So then there was a wait to get that straight. The food was good. I just wasn't prepared to have a 2 hour brunch .

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never lets me down. Their patio during the summer, their wine and cocktail list, attentive wait staff and outstanding cuisine for brunch or dinner. Love this place.

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LW
Chicago
102 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food & service.

Must order the cheese curds & the duck !!

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M
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

MY wife and I had dinner to celebrate our anniversary and everyone from the hostess to our waiter were very nice and went out of their way to make sure we were taken care of for our celebration without overdoing it. It's not an extravagant or ornate vibe but a classy and comfortable with an obvious effort to make it fit with the neighborhood. A picture of the entrance is attached.

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner which was the signature duck rotisserie and a second dish, Spanish octopus which was one of the best preparations of octopus I've had. The duck was very flavorful without being too fatty and the roasted potatoes were prepared with the duck fat as described on their website. I've attached a picture of the duck just after we started to serve ourselves. The wine was excellent and the desserts were also excellent.

The noise level was moderate but we had no trouble hearing each other or feeling like we had our private time. If looking for a romantic dinner it might not fit your taste because of the moderate noise level and the layout of tables makes it difficult to have a place where you are apart from your dining friends.

We will go back and would definitely recommend the Duck Inn to anyone.

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BD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Can get very loud.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere and destination spot

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W
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Highly recommend Duck special; be sure to order in advance.

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LJ
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were there for an anniversary. Disappointed that nothing was mentioned by the staff even though I mentioned it in reservations.
But, the food was very good but portions small. The duck was good for two people.
We liked it a lot but will come back on happy hour days and lighter food options to go with happy hour.

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CR
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I've ever had! Food was an epicurean delight! Flavors a real party in one's mouth! Food presentation is a work of art in itself! Plenty of opportunities to take picture and share with friends on Facebook. Cocktails are unique and delicious! Can't go wrong with anything you order from the menu as it's all so very good!. A true value for the qualify of food and service you receive here. Enjoy!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful in every regard.

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