Contemporary American Dining Destination, Harbor, Opens in South Loop

Contemporary American Dining Destination, Harbor, Opens in South Loop

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G Dock LLC is thrilled to announce the new American cuisine dining destination, Harbor, will officially open in the former Gioco space on Tuesday, January 21. Located in the heart of the South Loop at 1312 South Wabash, Harbor reinvents traditional American fare with a locally sourced menu by Chef/Partner Anthony Bernal (Mastro’s Steakhouse), and unique beverage program influenced by the Great Lakes. Having worked on some of the nation’s hottest restaurants including Mastro’s Steakhouse, Fig & Olive and Francesca’s Restaurant Group, Partners Anthony Bernal, Chris Parth, Adam Ellis and Joe Taylor bring their extensive hospitality expertise to the table with the opening of Harbor. A sleek, open space invites guests to unwind, indulge and enjoy the ultimate sensory dining experience in Chicago’s South Loop.

“The idea for Harbor came about when we walked through the space and saw the amazing bones and character it had and wanted to contribute to the landmark history of the building. We were excited to be a part of the growing dining scene in the South Loop and this location allows us to provide guests with so many options,” said Chris Parth, Managing Partner of Harbor Chicago. “They are able to enjoy oysters and a cocktail at the bar, sit at the dining counter and observe the craft and technique of the chefs, host a private dining event or dine by our fireplace. Through our combined experience, we have long partnerships with local purveyors to source great ingredients so this concept just fell into place for us.”

Harbor pays homage to the Great Lakes and local rivers with a locally-sourced menu curated by Chef Anthony Bernal, using only the finest ingredients from the region. Tradition meets creativity in the most delicious way with the restaurant’s charcuterie program, which is housed in a designated charcuterie room where Chefs will freshly cure meats in house, and a full raw bar offering favorites including oysters, shrimp, crab, lobster, and clams, which will offer an enticing happy hour. The menu features savory dishes prepared on a rotisserie, grill and hearth oven in an open view kitchen for guests to enjoy and watch as Chefs prepare their plates.

Harbor’s menu features a variety of vegetarian and gluten free dishes, starting with Small Plates, which include Lentil Falafel with beluga lentil, fresno romesco, pickle salad, and toum; Pork Poutine featuring russet potato, cheddar curd, pork belly, kimchi, and gravy; and Mussels, offering bar harbor mussels, spiced miso, cilantro, and shallot. The meal continues with Salads & Soups, such as the Green Chile Stew with pork, Hatch green chile, potato, tomato, cheese, and Pizza. Fired up in the open-hearth oven, diners can choose between the New Haven, topped with white sauce, garlic, clams, mirepoix, oregano; Fried Chicken Pickle Pizza, with fried chicken, havarti, dill, and pickled cucumber; and more.

Main Dishes range from the Harbor-ger, garnished with cheddar, Hatch chile aioli, grilled onions, mustard, and bibb lettuce; and Duck Ballotine, accompanied by squash, mushrooms, dandelion greens, and demi-glace. Lake Trout with carrot puree, mushrooms, brown butter, gremolata, capers; Grass Fed Strip Steak with creamed spinach ravioli, mushrooms, and demi glace; Walleye topped with cashew pesto, heirloom grain, citrus gremolata, and red grape gastrique; and more, round out the menu.

Designed to complement the locally-inspired cuisine, the unique beverage program at Harbor also takes inspiration from the Great Lakes, offering guests an array of packaged beer selections hand-selected from the region. The beverage menu features more than 50 wines from around the world, including 18 wines by the glass, six of which will be offered on draft allowing for higher end options at attractive prices. Also on draft is an oak aged manhattan using a house blend vermouth and ten draft beers for guests to choose from.

Architects Barker/Nestor and Ingrassia Design joined forces for the restaurant’s unique design, fusing bright colorways with earthy tones to fit the downtown aesthetic, which was constructed by Level Construction. The sleek dining destination has four spacious areas, including a full bar with high top and table seating next to the cozy fireplace. As guests make their way down the stairs, they are taken to the open kitchen and dining room, featuring banquette seating and doors that will open during warm weather months.

Private dining is available with two separate spaces: the first space seats up to 40 guests and features a private bar. The second private dining room accommodates 16 guests, featuring a beautiful 17-foot-long, single slab walnut table, as well as a glass cased cooler to display the meats and cheeses offered on the menu. Timberwolf Slabs from Crystal Lake, IL has brought all of the tables, charcuterie boards, check presenters and art piece, to life.

Harbor will be open Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. with lunch and brunch hours being added soon. For more information or to make a reservation, visit click for details, or their Instagram, @harborchicago.

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Date: March 31, 2020
Time: 4:00pm - 10:00pm


1312 South Wabash
Chicago IL

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