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Bar Mar, Chicago, IL
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Bar Mar

4.7
4.7
45 Reviews
$50 and over
Spanish
Fresh oysters piled on mounds of sparkling ice. Ceviches that taste of the ocean. Chef José Andrés’ brilliant renditions of iconic seafood classics like fried calamari and lobster rolls. Located at the Bank of America Tower in Chicago, Bar Mar is a true celebration of the bounty of the sea, with modern takes on classics you know and love, festive cocktails, and a bright, beautiful space that interweaves the nautical with the elegant.

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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 47 times today
Experiences are available.

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Experiences

  • Restaurant Week Menu

    $25.00 per person

    Jan 20 - Feb 5, 2023
    Lunch Only

What 45 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. MP

    MichaelP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, near-impeccable timing on the pacing of dishes for our group of five. Service staff were present but not overbearing, and the food was wonderful. Highly recommended.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated a friends 25th birthday here. Service was truly amazing! The ambiance is instagrammable. I’d recommend sharing with the group to try more!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The burger was amazing!
  4. M

    Michal

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Some of the best service I've had at a restaurant in Chicago. Great cocktails
  5. CT

    ChiTownSam

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice seafood tappas-style restaurant with excellent and unique drinks. We did the "ultimate tasting experience" and were pretty full by the end of it.
  6. AK

    AlexisK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing—the octopus and lobster roll specifically was the best I ever had! I was a little surprised that in my reservation I wrote we were celebrating a surprise engagement, but they didn’t offer a complimentary glass of champagne or anything, most places do something small as a congrats. Nonetheless still an awesome experience. Would definitely recommend.
  7. K

    Katie

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bar Mar is outstanding! Such a fun dining experience. The cocktails and attention to detail make this feel like a real event, instead of "just dinner" - go as soon as you can!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bar Mar provided a great experience. We enjoyed the tasting menu and reminisced on our last trip to Barcelona. We discovered dishes that will be enjoyed on future trips. Enjoy!!
  9. GC

    GregC

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chefs at Bar Mar take the dining experience to a new delicious level.
  10. CM

    ChicagoMatt

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff and food were all fantastic!
  11. LC

    LaurenC

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    I am not a large person, nor a short person. But the high top chairs at our table were impossible to sit in
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Nice atmosphere, the culinary experience took me back to Spain, will come back here again 🙌🏼
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jose Andres restaurants - always great food, knowledgeable and attentive service. Ask for Darma, she’ll take great care of you.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful cuisine and service.
  15. DM

    DavidM

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The server's demeanor was a bit off -a little too superior and not enough listening. It was difficult to explain to the server my wife didn't eat red meat and to substitute a fish course for the meat main. The service was rushed initially - several courses were served simultaneously, not allowing the unique flavors of each dish to be distinguished. When we asked to slow the service down, we still received the next course before we were able to complete the course on the table. Then service stopped entirely for a while before it resumed at a slower pace than was reasonable - almost as if to punish us. The food was excellent. The flavors were subtle and the plating was elegant. The lobster roll (the aforementioned pescatarian substitution, was overfilled with succulent lobster and was a real treat. We've been to many Think Food Group restaurants in several cities and normally the cuisines is paired with excellent service. That was not the case at Bar Mar at this meal. Maybe it was an off night, hopefully it's not a new trend. Nonetheless, it's worth the trip to try Jose Andres' creative take on classic seafood done his way.
  16. AU

    AnthonyU

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Outstanding food and venue. Service was odd with timing of dishes, but absolutely worth your time and money. One of the best meals in recent memory.
  17. EL

    EmLange84

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great service, food was outstanding and fairly priced, decor is really interesting and makes for a fun night out
  18. J

    Jennifer

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    The Bar Mar space is amazing as are the cocktails. This was my third time at the restaurant, but the first during the winter when all of the glass doors to the patio were closed and it was super noisy. We couldn't hear or understand our waiter at all. We were told to order everything at once and that the food would be spaced. It was not at all. There was no flow. Just not acceptable for a restaurant of this caliber or price. Some of the food was spot on, others unremarkable. Again, not acceptable for a restaurant of this caliber or price.
  19. m

    m5000

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Waiter a bit pushy in upselling the expensive menu
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! Will be back
  21. ML

    MarlonL

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    A party of 3 for dinner and two of us had the tasting menu which was amazing. One in our party requires no sodium meals. We've been to Bar Mar before and because of this need we were in contact with the manager a few days prior to guarantee some salt free options. Upon arrival our server guaranteed there were several options and they would be able to accommodate our request. Well, that was not the case. There were 2 options for the salt-free request. We would have appreciated being told that there were only 2 options rather than one in our party watching us eat each course and them leaving hungry. Just be up front about what you can and cannot do.
  22. BK

    BrinsleyK

    Orlando

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always love going to Bar Mar. Delicious bites and amazing drinks that are sure to impress friends from out of town. Service is always top notch.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Service was not great except for Sommelier was fantastic!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Made a reservation on open table for 9 pm. They told us our table was not ready and could not tell us how long it would be because they were waiting fir people to leave. What’s the point if a reservation? I have eaten at many high end restaurants in Chicago, nyc, LA, etc where they offer to move folks sitting at a table to the bar or elsewhere when the table is needed. We ended up eating at the bar. The hostess showed up about 9:40 to inform us our table was ready. Unacceptable. Bartenders and service at the bar was nice but not the dining experience I had planned.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    We waited for over an hour for our table after the reservation time.
  26. M

    Mooresmiles

    Milwaukee

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious. Hot spot. Beautiful atmosphere.
  27. J

    Jim773

    Las Vegas

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good service, great food, fun environment, good front door greeting/service.
  28. s

    stephloveschicago

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful! The drinks were unique and delicious and the food was beyond! We will absolutely be back!
  29. JD

    JeromeD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    First of all, excellent venue, stunning design and finally a quiet place to have dinner (not easy to find sometimes…). Food is definitely on the gourmet side and an interesting tribute to Spanish gastronomy (having lived in Spain, I think I can relate to that). What I personally missed was the generosity (I.e. size of the servings) which is part of the Spanish way of fooding, even more so when going for tapas. Service was okay, even if at some times we felt a bit unattended. All in all I recommend…. Yet would love to see some tuning on the few things above.
  30. RS

    RobinS

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    The atmosphere is very lively and chic. But, I think the food is just average and is very overpriced for what you get. Also the service was very slow.
  31. FB

    FoodieBG

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun great night Expensive for the amount of food But a fun memorable experience
  32. s

    susanm

    Indiana

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience4
    Our dinner was not good. The Hamachi cone was teeny tiny and tasteless. We had the pulled chicken and it was dry and we felt like we were eating a bat wing. The Rossejat was overcooked and stuck to the cast iron skillet so we could not scrape most of it off the bottom of the pan. There were four or so unimpressive (ie small) shrimp on top. The ambiance was pleasant and cheery. The cocktails were good. Service was ok. My friend got sick after eating dinner and we had raw oysters for another appetizer so maybe she just got a bad oyster. I felt fine and we shared all the other plates.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an amazing experience!!! I believe our servers name was Deben, sweetest person ever! The entire staff was so friendly, the food was phenomenal and the atmosphere was perfect for our celebratory dinner date. Can’t wait to go back!
  34. AR

    AdamR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent plates to share, we ordered several courses and each was great. More on the pricey side, but worth it as a treat.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very satisfying dining experience on every level. Highly recommend
  36. AG

    AdrianaG

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff at Bar Mar made our anniversary dinner so special!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, service and atmosphere were all outstanding. Highly recommended! The ceviche oysters were the best, very inventive.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great waitress and the food was good.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire experience was phenomenal. Highly recommended.
  40. E

    Eliz

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This one is a favorite. Service is hit or miss but the food and ambiance keep us coming back.

FAQs

Bar Mar is rated 4.7 stars by 45 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 47 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Bar Mar

110 North Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

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