We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Buddy Guy's Legends

#88 of 7,638 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Downtown / The Loop
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
700 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
+1 312-427-1190
12:00 - 02:00
Open now
See all hours
Sun 12:00 - 02:00
Mon - Tue 17:00 - 02:00
Wed - Fri 11:00 - 02:00
Sat 12:00 - 03:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

477 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 340: English reviews
Niles, Ohio
Level Contributor
86 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed some good meals and adult beverages. We arrived around 5pm and were told we could not be seated unless we paid cover charge for a show which wouldn't start until five hours later. That was not our intention so we started to plan for dining elsewhere. Before we could exit the host approached us and said we could eat... More 

Thank DragonDad
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This great place was just around from the hotel we were staying in. Allows young children in until 8pm. Music started at 6pm. Friendly staff. Great service allowing us to change food items around from the menu.

Thank Michael G
Level Contributor
47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very famous place where listen blues music. We supposed to have around 2 hours to enjoy our dinner but we could spend only 45 min after that they asked us the show fee. Probably It was a special event. Food is Ok; nothing special. Main dishes are from South.

Thank Albertov1987
Elkhart, Indiana
Level Contributor
57 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Cool place.....a Chicago must see. Live music every night. before 8 it's free but after there is a cover charge. We went for lunch and had music from 12 to 2 on a friday. The gumbo was great, and the catfish po boy was too. About 10 craft beers on tap, with more bottles....including the buddy brew made just for... More 

Thank Rob H
Morgantown, West Virginia
Level Contributor
49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Topped off our trip to Chicago with some old school blues. The good: Great music. Great food. We shared the Jumbo Gumbo which included shrimp, oysters, crab and crawfish tails along with rice and cornbread. It was a feast! The bad: Really bad service. "Seat yourself" while musicians are performing? We had to flag someone down to just get menus.... More 

Thank WVParkfan
Level Contributor
26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Everyone said come here, and they were right. The music was great, the atmosphere was buzzing and it was a true piece of American blues heritage. Loved it

Thank Andreas B
Watertown, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

If you want to experience uniquely American blues music then Buddy Guy's Legends needs to be on your list. I have been here a couple of times and have always found a band that I want to follow. Sometimes my favorite of the night is not even the headliner. I recommend going for dinner (great cajun food) and staying for... More 

Thank David G
Charlotte, North Carolina
Level Contributor
10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

So i dragged one of my friend, who frankly did not care for Blues, across the town for one of the evenings and boy was he glad. My review may be biased because typically a good music tends to cause me overlook other. We were there for the evening when we there was a live band who played some phenomenal... More 

Thank anandkarpur
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

We were walking back from a show on Michigan Ave, and headed over because heard they had good Southern food, and live jazz. The free music was fabulous, and food so fresh and delicious.

2 Thank kathy5980
Grimsby, Canada
Level Contributor
88 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

I had been quite a few years back and was quite excited to be visiting Chicago so I could come back to this place. Like most things it is never as good as it was the first time. The door staff was polite, the waitress was efficient but disinterested. The food was not overwhelming but the music was great and... More 

Thank Kathy P

Travellers who viewed Buddy Guy's Legends also viewed


Been to Buddy Guy's Legends? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
American, Bar, Pub, Cajun & Creole
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 700 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
  • Phone Number: +1 312-427-1190

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Buddy Guy's Legends and other visitors
8 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (8)

Questions? Get answers from Buddy Guy's Legends staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Downtown / The Loop

Neighbourhood Profile
Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
Explore this neighbourhood