Emily Bichler Dornburg
This place is outstanding. The atmosphere and what they did with the place is crazy how different it is since the renovation. The food here was very good. We had the crispy cauliflower, a pasta dish, the prime rib, and the skillet cookie.
Considering it was only their 3rd day open, the food was all very good quality, timely, and tasty! The crispy cauliflower was a little heavy on the salt and the prime rib needed a little finishing salt for our tastes, but it was still good regardless. The homemade pasta was a smaller portion, but delicious none the less. The skillet cookie...to die for...homemade vanilla ice cream and a chocolate chunk cookie...yum!!! We also tried a few of the cocktails, all which were very tasty.
We loved this place almost as much as we love Gather, and look forward to coming back in the future! Especially, if the outdoor area is being used for seating in the summer!
PS The service at both the Warbler and Gather have always been fantastic. Our waiter tonight was so kind and friendly even with a full house to care for. Thank you!
I had the pleasure of joining the Warbler team for their soft opening and while I loved their incredible cocktails and the comfortable atmosphere I didn’t really dive into the menu. Last night, a group of 6 of us decided to test our luck and walk in for dinner at around 9:15pm. The gracious host sat us quicker than we expected (>5 minutes) in the cozy, intimate back room. We ordered several dishes at once to enjoy family style and the kitchen did a great job pacing them out. The absolute standout of the night were the baked mussels in a licking-the-plate delectable black garlic sauce. Umami for days!! Every dish amazing and balanced in flavor and texture. Other faves were the macaroni & cheese, bucatini, crispy cauliflower and peanut butter brownie which was decimated in a matter of minutes. Service was on point with the servers and food runners doing a stellar job of clearing our table and keeping our glasses full. Perhaps the greatest part of the evening was the bill! The food is perfectly priced and with a beer or wine each, we walked out of there satiated and satisfied for less than $25/person with tip. I can’t say enough wonderful things about the entire Warbler team and can’t wait to spend more time eating my way through their menu. A fantastic addition to the neighborhood and 100% my go-to spot for out of town guests.
LOVED my first experience at the Warbler! The decor, ambiance, service, food presentation, and flavors were all incredible.
We ordered the arugula salad to split as an appetizer...so good. The lemon vinaigrette was perfect. I then ordered the grilled tofu. I'm not even vegetarian but the flavors seemed too good to pass up. I feel like I'm writing a love letter lol...but it was unlike anything I've ever had before! All senses were engaged – beautiful to look at, complex flavors, amazing textures. So impressed, and I'll be dragging my vegetarian friend back there immediately to try this tofu. We also got the brown butter cake for dessert and I was sad when it was over.
It's not very often I feel especially blown away by a meal, but this was unlike anything I've had in awhile. Definitely coming back asap!
Fresh and refreshing cocktails. The mushroom pasta with browned butter was spectacular. The tofu entree was cooked to a great texture but the sauce was lacking flavor. We also got the vanilla ice cream and chocolate chip cookie skillet for dessert which was the perfect way to end the meal!
This is the only picture I took, the mushroom soup. The food was so wonderful, I didn't care about a pic and wanted to dig in instead. Ordered the Korean style wings and the generous size and portion was enough for two. We shared a sandwich and we were extremely satisfied. This place is a vibe. It is affordable, has attentive staff, and delicious food.
Remarkable service, on par with Michelin starred restaurant in terms of their staff providing an exceptional experience.
Tremendous flatbreads, but you can’t miss with anything on the menu.
Wash it down with any of their cocktails (tried em all… no shame, all awesome).
Strong recommendation and this will be in our rotation of Lincoln Square spots for the foreseeable future.
Had a great experience overall at the restaurant.
Ordered two cocktails to start off. Both were good, slightly higher on the alcohol content, but no complaints there.
We ordered a veggie flatbread for appetizers and the corn pasta and tofu for entrées. Both were exceptionally good, fantastic balance of flavors, and great presentation. Service started out on the slower side with the drinks but all our other items came out pretty quickly.
The outdoor patio is great, as always since the weather is good, everyone prefers to sit outside and it can get a little noisy outside, but nothing too loud or uncomfortable.
Several vegetarian options as well on the menu. Would definitely put this on my recommended list of restaurants in the Chicago area.
Best falafel I’ve ever had and I’m Middle Eastern! Every single dish had such complexity of flavors and was amazing. Wonderful service and atmosphere too. I loved the butternut squash salad so much too!
I'm going back to this place as fast as humanly possible!! Food so good you would think Ratatouille made it under a chefs hat. Had several of their cocktails that didn't break the bank. They were packed so make reservations in advance. Worth it!!!
Very, very nice place in all ways except maybe one (will get to that).
First off, easy to get to and easy to park if you're driving. Nice space with extremely nice folks staffing it. We sat facing the kitchen and it was clear that the work was serious but not angry.
And the food that came out was excellent. 4/5 of us got pasta dishes, with the oddball doing a "soup & appetizer" thing. However, everyone at the table agreed that the standouts for the meal were the plates for the group that we got first (salt cod & bread, two vegetables) which sold the meal on their own.
But that missing star needs explaining. To be fair, I'm older and so maybe I shouldn't go to these "casual hip" places that intentionally and reasonably are shooting for a younger crowd. I like friendly places with good food though so I will keep going back. The sound level though, well it bordered on "painful", enough that one of us had to go out onto the street just to get away from it for a bit (conversation suffered too). Not talking about the music, which was barely audible, but rather the din of people just having a good time. Additional sound dampening would go against the vibe that (I imagine anyway) they are going for so it would be unreasonable to expect, but I can wish. We will go back, I'm almost positive, but I expect we will wait for a table on the patio (which looked very chill) next time.
And so an easy solid 4 stars, with a nod towards 5 if you can deal with the sonic assault.