No outside food or drink is allowed. We're surprised we even have to say that, to be honest.
Bar Biscay was an awesome dining experience! Chef Johnnie and staff were very pleasant and extremely professional. We had dinner at the chef’s counter and the food was beyond delicious. AJ and Ray were precise, focused, and you always thought that they just had a love of food. Watching the preparation and the skill in the kitchen was just FUN! The wine pairings were spot on! Taron was very knowledgeable on the wines. No detail was missed. We felt very welcomed and would definitely return and bring tons of people! Thank you for your hospitality. Loved Bar Biscay!
Amazing service at the bar with Archie and friends. Make sure to ask for Singani 63. Cheers
We did the chefs experience sitting close to the kitchen. The interaction with the staff and chef was truly an “experience”. The food and wine pairings allowed for us to try things we may not have tasted otherwise.
For 5 of us. I don't think we ate or drank too much but our bill was north of $300. For the level of quality, it was definitely not worth it. It's over-priced and nothing to write home about. I really tried to catch it before they closed, which many places in this are tend to do.
Food was good and the service was excellent. We enjoyed all the dishes we ate. My only concern is that the value is not there. Each dish felt overpriced by about 30%. Roasted mushrooms should not be an $18 appetizer. An asparagus gratin with 4 spears of white asparagus was $15. Also, on the day we went (Mother's Day) the prices were all higher than the what the menu on their website advertises. A pet peeve of mine. So, while the food was tasty, be prepared to feel like you've overspent for what you ate.
Hi Meg, Our Chef wanted me to let you know that we use small independent farmers with high quality ingredients. Our farm eggs are 50 cents a piece, the wild mushrooms are $12 a pound at raw weight. Once the mushrooms are trimmed the plate still gets 8 ounces of trimmed mushrooms. The large asparagus spears cost us $3 per spear. You are definitely getting your monies worth & supporting small famers with every bite. Margins in this business are slim & we would never over charge our customers.
Terrible service. Couldn't get another round of drinks for our table of five, couldn't get more toasts (ordered twice, it never showed up) and TOO MANY FIDDLEHEADS WITH EVERYTHING. Not worth t he price.
Our visit to Bar Biscay was such a pleasant change from most of the other new restaurants that have opened recently in Chicago. The interior was simple and casual, but still elegant. Music was upbeat but not deafeningly loud! (for the record, i'm not an elderly person and I like loud music, but when i eat, i like to be able to have a conversation without yelling or straining to hear! thank you bar biscay!) The food was delicious-- neither too rich or nor too salty. Too often restaurants error on the side of rich and salty for every single dish. Bar Biscay was balanced, very well done. I don't have a sweet tooth, but the dessert was a truly wonderful Basque cake. The couple next to us shared the same, and then ordered another piece! Lastly, our server was excellent. Friendly, knew the menu well, had good suggestions for pairings and wine. He really seemed to care enough to make sure were enjoying ourselves.
LOVED that we could contribute to Cawc And eat the beautiful food in the gorgeous atmosphere that bar biscay is ❣️❣️❣️
Great food and drinks!
We did the tasting menu for two. We've been to Bar Biscay before and loved the experience of the Chef's Table previously, so we decided to try this different version of date night with other friends. Everything was yummy, except for the dessert (I think it was Chocolate cake?) The cake was so dry, and the butter icing was a little off (it was probably chosen because it was something they needed to get rid of for freshness purposes). I am a sweets addict and previous bakery manager, and after one bite we stopped eating and asked for the dessert menu. My old favorite desserts were the cream puffs, and since they don't have those any more we left without getting a dessert. We left full and happy though, and will continue to come back. I think we'll order from the menu on our next visits, but still glad we tried it.
We came in for my siblings birthday and the team treated them to a fabulous dessert. They also give great lessons on drinking wine from a porron !
My favorites are always the gougeres, sausage stuffed peppers and squash dish.
Won’t be disappointed when you come here!
It was great! The chef's were really innovative with menu items that could have been served in a traditional way. Also, oysters were great!
Neil, the host, was warm and muy genial. Felt like he welcomed us and wanted us there. He was the best part of the whole evening. Once we were seated, it felt like our server was just trying to sell us things and get us out of there ASAP. It was simply annoying. The charcuterie platter y olivas were muy ricos and we all liked thinly shaved meats, the mustard, y el pan, etc. but it was overpriced as was the extra slice of cheese we added to the platter--what kind of $28 charcuterie platter doesn't include some cheese? When you pay a decent amount for good food, it's a shame when it isn't complimented by stellar service-instead we felt rushed and as if we were taking up someone else's table (though no one was waiting for a table)--unlike in Pays Bascos where you show up at a restaurante and the table is yours for the night, the server takes care of you and you leave feeling like you had a wonderful time with wonderful food and wonderful company! Bar Biscay would do well to take more lessons from their Spanish sisters and brothers...
Great time this weekend at Bar Biscay. Great selection of basque style tapas. Stand outs were the razor clams, manchego gougeres and stuffed Piquillo peppers. The house made bacon was over-the-top delicious! Our waiter was outstanding and just loved the entire vibe of this restaurant. Only criticism is that their selection of Spanish reds were lacking and the wine list heavily leaned towards Bordeaux’s.
The food was outstanding!
Love the place
Love this place it's my favorite restaurant in the city!
Delicious! We had the brandade, monkfish, and
Amazing food, great service, hip environment, perfect location!
An unbelievable meal. Chef Johnny compiled a testing menu that was such a lovely balance of flavors and even took my wife’s dietary restrictions into consideration. The staff are all rockstars and truly made the evening something much more than just a meal.
Such amazing food! Everything was perfect.!Probably (definitly) the best mussels ive ever had. Keep up the good work!
Bar Biscay never disappoints for some of the warmest service and most vibrant food and drinks in Chicago. The dining experience from start to finish was simply exceptional.
Long time wayting
Food and service were terrific
Great fun sitting at the chef’s table Saturday night enjoying an amazing 5-course dinner prepared by
Chef Johnny! His sidekick Taryn did a great job serving us and making sure we had everything we needed. We can’t wait to go back. Yummy!
Service and good were fabulous! Acoustics were tough.... noisy so hard to have meaningful conversation !
Great food and service! Festival of unique flavors that are not easy to find. Chill atmosphere to boot.
We went late - after theater - so we just got a selection of lots of smaller plates. Everything was delicious and the service was friendly, helpful and efficient. Nice wine too.
Really amazing experience and a great team. We did the chefs table tasting and my wife and I had a wonderful experience. You truly feel special throughout the courses and feel the passion that chef Johnny puts in each course. He makes time to explain each dish and takes time to get to know the customers pállate. One of the best deals we’ve done so far and will be coming back for sure.
We just loved it. It was a good find and we are planning to go back.
Cool space, pricey food which was good but not excellent. Service was mediocre as waiter seemed annoyed with us. Called ahead to see if they had vegan options and host said yes, but the vegan options were sauteed carrots and squash and a small salad. Waiter seemed perturbed we asked a lot of questions
The food is amazing. The fish has always impressed me. The gougères are the best thing on the menu!
1 small slice of cheese = $10.
A tiny (SUPER) tiny miniscule jar with a few mussels = $10.
Bread was not fresh & dry.
Especially for the location we thought it was overpriced...
We had a terrific experience. The food was outstanding, as was our server. My only complaint (if you call it that) is that the tables are quite close together.
I love the decor of Bar Biscay! We had a wonderful server who gave us great recommendations. We were surprised at the large plate size, we had the salmon and the portion was small to be shared between two people, so we ordered two side dishes and they were big portions. But the white sangria they had was really good.
Everything was outstanding. From start to finish. Service and food. I’m older so a little loud for me but I’m sure it’s just my age. I had something from each section of menu including deserts and bottle of wine. And bill was very affordable. I’ll be back especially on a Wednesday!!! Oh and general manager is very personable.
The restaurant has a great atmosphere and staff is super friendly. Definitely get the crepe for dessert.
Bar Biscay was great! I went with a group of girlfriends (5 total) and I thought the service was excellent. Our waiter was very attentive while still respectful of our conversation, let us take our time with ordering and sit after dinner without rushing us out the door. The food was very good, cocktails were great and the atmosphere was cozy. I would definitely go back!
The service was friendly and really just impeccable - waters filled instantly before I needed them. Staff friendly and good balance of making us feel comfortable and giving privacy. Food had some impressive flavors. Gf said the steak was the best she’d had IN HER LIFE
My boyfriend and I had an absolutely excellent experience at Bar Biscay on Saturday, February 9th. We sat at the end of the bar and every member of the staff was incredibly gracious, helpful, knowledgable, witty, and attentive. We would like to return VERY OFTEN! Not only was the personal experience wonderful, but the food and wine were outstanding. We could not have been more impressed with the timing, presentation, recommendations, and interesting flavor combinations served to us. Thank you for a wonderful evening!