Ampersand Wine Bar

Refined Rustic American

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This neighborhood eatery from (Trotter alum) chef Darren McGraw offers up seasonal, refined and rustic new American fare, killer desserts and an approachable wine roster. With chef Tim Havidic (iNG) helming the kitchen, enjoy robustly flavored dishes —like lamb belly with heirloom carrot and spiced hummus and sweet corn with blue crab and tomatillo — from your seat at the bar or a table in this intimate Ravenswood setting.

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A Note About Seating

Ampersand's intimate dining room features a mix of bar seating, tables and communal tables. Please note any seating requests on your reservation. Ampersand will make every effort to accommodate your preferred seating, but due to its size, cannot make any guarantees. For parties of 3 guests, please book a table of 4. For parties of 5, please book a table of 6.

From the Chef

"The ampersand is the connection between ideas and possibilities. At Ampersand Wine Bar, we will be bringing together refinement and comfort, wine and cuisine, family and community. After two decades of cooking and baking in elite kitchens with celebrated chefs, I am thrilled to open the doors to this dream, and to a place where we can all connect." — Darren McGraw

What the Food Critics are Saying

"Wine can be intimidating, especially when we're talking esoteric bottles in a softly lit space with smartly distressed wooden tables and beautifully plated food. But the staff here is so friendly, and the crowd so relaxed (some in summer dresses; others in Cubs jerseys), it's impossible to feel uncomfortable." - Chicago Tribune


  • Number 38: Phil Vettel's Top 50 Restaurants 2016 - Chicago Tribune
  • Michelin Guide Recommended 2016
  • Best Neighborhood Restaurant from the Chicago Tribune 2016
  • Chicago's 12 Most Anticipated Summer Restaurant and Bar Openings 2015 - Eater Chicago

4845 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640

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  • Atmosphere: Casual, Intimate, Modern
  • Dress Code: Casual
    Good For: Hot Spot, Meet For A Drink
  • Noise Level: Average
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (773) 728-0031
  • Private Dining Room: Yes