Bar Biscay

4.6
143 reviews
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Seafood
The Bay of Biscay, aptly named for the Basque peoples who have inhabited and fished the waters for several millennium is a rich, pastoral land open to a wild coastline, brimming over with the stuff of food-lovers’ dreams. The Basque approach to cooking -- unfussy, yet insistently demanding only the best ingredients -- is our inspiration. Chef Johnny Anderes and his team cook food simply, allowing ingredients to shine in an direct way. We encourage you to relax, put down your phone, & enjoy your company. Good music will be playing, with good things to drink. Hopefully you're sitting with someone you care a great deal about, and when it comes time to leave, we hope you feel better about the world and your place in it. Topa!

No outside food or drink is allowed. We're surprised we even have to say that, to be honest.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Enjoy our 5-course Valentine's Menu, $75/person. Featuring: scallop crudo, black truffle & red oak salad, charred monkish & roasted sunchokes, filet mignon & sauteed mushrooms, and choice of dessert. Vegetarian and Pescatarian options available. Wine pairing: $25. *Regular dinner menu not available*

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 143 People Are Saying
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Atlanta
31 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Big group. Got the table up front so we were able to talk. It was a little chilly due to people coming and going from the restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were knowledgeable and generous with their suggestions, especially in regards to my wife’s celiac condition.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food

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

Food was great - service was meh. The first thing the server told us was that we had to order our meal all at once. At the end of the meal, when we told her we were still hungry, she told us we could order off of the dessert menu (not what we meant) so I guess you really do have to order all at once. She forgot my drink order (gin and tonic) and came about 10 minutes later to fillet the fish - we had already taken care of it. Before the night even started, I spoke to the person who confirmed my reservation regarding my husband's issue with diverticulitis. We then explained this to the server, who decided he was allergic to nutella and we ended up with a caramel banana crepe instead of just leaving off the whole hazelnuts. Thankfully the food was tasty- some of the best sweetbreads I have ever had - but the service and the communication was poor.

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RC
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous anniversary dinner. The food & service was outstanding. We sat at the Chef's table for the 5 course meal with wine pairings. Look forward to returning again soon.

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

This was a rare date with my husband and we had a great experience doing the 5-course chef tasting menu. Getting the bar table and watching the kitchen was fascinating. The chef and server explained every course and cocktail pairing very well and each dish was very tasty. We don’t often do pre-fixe menus but this was very approachable with a Spanish - American Tapas casual vibe. We really loved the whole experience.

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PG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's one of our favourite restaurants in the hood! Food is amazing - we were never dissapointed: a lot of fish, seafood and dishes are prepared as a mix of tastes - really pleasurable experience. First time we got there for a causual dinner during the week day and we were just amazed by the ambience (i love the light there), service quality and of course - food (one of the places that you can get razor clams served in a more classic way - not buttered and deep-fried and that is so unique!) Next times we were with friends and big group: people visiting Chi - they also said that the dining there was a unique, pleasant experience! The service is really making everything to make it even better experience - we start also feeling there even more welcome since they already recognize us and chat for a little when we come over. The place is definitely a must to visit!

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AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We has so much FUN going here for NYE. Food was great and wine was well curated. Can't wait come back.

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

Last minute choice to go sit at the bar for nye tasting menu . So great will definitely be back

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CE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We expected it to be good and it was better than we expected. The monkfish was the best we've had and the oxtail was as well. And thought service might just be adequate but it was terrific -- timely, gently friendly. Also, a bit more atmosphere than we expected. It was great.

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DD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very fun menu, great seafood options. Especially loved the canned sardines.

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i
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I likes MFK very much, so we decided to try Bar Biscay too. The food was delicious! I am a big seafood lover. The environment was enjoyable, I like the lightness to the ambiance. Staff was very friendly yet professional. We were seated close to the door, so it was a bit chilly at times, it’s December. But the staff apologized for that. I guess they are working on a solution. If there is one thing that could change for the better, in my opinion, the staff could interrupt the conversations less. If we need anything else we would ask. I am not big on frequent checkins if all is o'right. Other than that, fine and fun place to go to, and the food is worth it!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect - this place should be packed, everything top notch

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KC
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Some delicious bites included the pate snack and the coconut cake.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Food took a long time to come out. Fillet came out COLD.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome place.

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t
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best sea bass I’ve ever had. Do the chefs table if you can - it’s so fun and a great value for the variety you get and the wine pairings!

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JA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did the Wednesday night “tour of Biscay” meal for two. For the cost, the quantity of food was decent. Everything we ate was delicious. And we will definitely be back!

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CL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been twice. Both times the food and drinks have been incredible!

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l
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food the service and the chill ambience combined with friendly staff. What a neighborhood gem!!!! I eat here almost 5x per month. Ya it's that good.

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KD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Very good service and ambiance. Would come back for drinks, but probably would not come for dinner again

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K
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went at 5 pm before the Blackhawks game and had a great experience. Noise level was energetic because the room was only half full. I suspect it gets a lot louder later in the evening. The food and service were outstanding ding!

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l
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

It was very good food - most items I would definitely get again. Our entire group enjoyed the experience and the service. What stands out is the friendly manager and staff.

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a
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Delicious and wonderful service.

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MG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the bar is really cute! The drinks were good and food is inventive.

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k
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The place was a hit more energetic than we had liked but when we asked, they immediately found a quieter table for us and lowered the music in that area. The food was excellent. Creative and well presented. Excellent service. Well worth the drive.

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SA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really solid and hilarious service from Taryn. Everything we tried was perfect.

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AE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved this place! The bartenders were awesome and gave my friend and I numerous wine tastes. The food was above and beyond anything I expected and absolutely loved the chill vibe. Highly recommend.

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GE
Charlotte
45 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent. Do not miss the Manchester gougeres or the whipped potatoes.

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DF
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have the razor clams - outstanding. When a chef can turn zucchini squash into something amazing, you know this is the kind of place you will keep coming back to. Staff at the bar outstanding.

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BK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood spot! We'll be coming back very often!

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JL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific service, and very nice by-the-glass wine list. If you like Spanish wine, why aren't you here right now?

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JB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative and colorful and airy space. Absolutely delicious food. Make sure to grab a couple pintxos, they refer to them as toasts on their menu, while you are there. Wish there were more places like this on Chicago Ave!

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d
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every thing was delicious and service and atmostphere took you out of the city and into Basque! Great Job Sari and Team!!! Thanks for making a birthday celebration fantastic!!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive service and great food. Portions were very small, but worth it.

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

Wonderful dishes for sharing! The service was excellent.

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

Best new restaurant in West Town!

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j
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyable, delicious and relaxed

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h
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time at Bar Biscay. We ordered a variety of items from the menu, including a few different cocktails, and were impressed by everything! Clearly, a lot of thought went into the menu and it shows. Will definitely be back!

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MS
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed an outstanding dinner at the Bar Biscay. Service was excellent. And the food.....oh boy! The 2 of us shared 6 smaller plates; an exceptional combination of spices, sauces, ingredients and flavors. Bar Biscay will remain a memorable dining experience.

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