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The Bedford
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1612 W Division St Chicago, IL 60622
1612 West Division StreetUSIllinoisChicago60622
$$$American Restaurant, Bar
American Restaurant
Today 5:30PM–1AM
Monday 5:30PM–1AMTuesday 5:30PM–1AMWednesday 5:30PM–1AMThursday 5:30PM–2AMFriday 5:30PM–2AMSaturday 5:30PM–3AMSunday Closed
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Creative New American restaurant & lounge in a 1920s bank with DJs & cocktails in the vault.- Google
"Amazing food, wonderful drinks, fun atmosphere, outstanding staff."
"Appetizers and large plates (steak, lamb, and fish) were unique and delicious."
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Mauren Eileen
4 months ago
Although this was said in many other posts, the restaurant is underground and it used to be an old bank. there is a bank vault in the actual place where there is seating which is really cool. It's very modern, and the atmosphere is great. Our dinner party split a lot of the starters and small plates along with the ravioli as a entrée and it was definitely enough food. Highly recommend the cauliflower fritters :)
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Jeremy Bartunek
6 months ago
First of all, the music that was playing was terrible. It was odd 1970’s pop/disco (Stayin’ Alive was played two times), and it was really, really loud. When the band started they did a few jazz numbers, which was nice, then they went into 1970’s pop as well. When they started playing “Stand By Me” I laughed. I thought we were in a nice, upscale restaurant, and the band felt like I should be at a 25th wedding anniversary party. However, I am aware that this music is a personal preference, so let me move on to our dining experience. When we were seated for our reservation and looking at the menu my wife and I decided to order the exact same thing. For drinks we both got a glass of Pinot Noir. Her drink was fine. My glass was extremely sticky and dirty. It felt like it had residue left on it from something. For the food we both ordered the steak entree, medium rare. When it arrived my plate it smelled terribly of vinegar and ammonia. I thought maybe it was the sauce, and didn’t give it another thought. I noticed that my plate had onions, and my wife’s did not. Two identical plates, but they were not served the same. When I started eating my steak I found it to be EXTREMELY fatty. There were three or four pieces that I had to spit out and put back onto the plate, and the rest of it was really chewy and rubbery. When it was almost gone I found something in the steak that I could only describe as a three-inch fish bone. I know I wasn’t having fish, but it was long, white, and looked like a fish bone. This morning, I woke up with terrible cramps and pain, and after moaning in bed for a few hours I threw up in my bathroom….. STEAK! It was all undigested steak from the night before. I don’t know if it was a rotten cut of steak, which is why my plate smelled of ammonia and vinegar, or if it was under-cooked, or if it was something else. I was ill all day and had been going back and forth from the bedroom to the bathroom. I contacted The Bedford about my experience. They called me back when I was unavailable and left a message. I called them back less than 24 hours later, left a message, and have had no response since then. That was one week ago.
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Nathan Davie
7 months ago
Went on a Groupon and wasn't expecting it to be amazing. We were pleasantly surprised, the ambiance is very cool, in an old bank vault. The food was fantastic, they had $1 oysters and half price on all their champagne on the night we were there, great deal. The dinner itself was perfect, the scallops being the highlight of the meal.
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Jaclyn Ratajczyk
2 weeks ago
Order the Bedford Burger! You'll love it.
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Pam Frech
4 months ago
This is a rare restaurant where ambience and exquisite food converge into a great experience. Every morsel was delicious. I I had grilled octopus which was tender and served with a subtle sauce. My dinner partner had the short ribs which were great. We both loved the old bank atmosphere and the tour we were given on the way to our seat. I found this restaurant by chance but will revisit as a destination
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Eric Trip
7 months ago
Not much to it beyond being in the vault of the bank. Apps are too small and uneventful, all three main were nicely presented and tasty. Good value for $. The service was mehhh.
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Jeff Kantarek
2 months ago
Great for large groups food is served late and the cocktails are all very delicious. Prices are a little on the high side.
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Christopher Dorman
a month ago
Worth checking out if you haven't been, but I would not go there regularly. The drinks are alright, but the decor amazing and worth the visit.