312 Chicago

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$30 and under
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Italian

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Our chefs serve contemporary and traditional Italian dishes using seasonal, locally grown ingredients. Our extensive wine collection, featuring more than 200 American and Italian wines, is displayed throughout the restaurant and in our private dining rooms. At the bar, enjoy superb spirits and wines by the glass representing a duality of American and Italian varietals.

312 Chicago is centrally located the Loop Theater and Financial District. Every room offers iconic city views including City Hall, the Thompson Center, the Board of Trade and the Cadillac Palace Theater. The ambiance evokes the comfort and sophistication of a 1930’s supper club, but the style is pure, modern elegance with rich walnut wood and dramatic chandeliers.

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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.4
Ambience
4.3
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RC
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

Just wasn’t good. Wasn’t horrible just not good.

PV
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

We were going to the theatre, as many were. Food came quickly and was delicious! Will definitely return.

DV
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The place was packed. Every seat filled. Servers remained in flustered and attentive. The kitchen delivered quickly. The food was great. I had spinach gnocchis with braised lamb. I eat a lot of lamb and this was the best lamb dish I’ve had in a very long time.

C
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

The noise was so loud it was difficult for us to talk to each other.

e
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Good meal and service. Lunch prix-fix was a great value.

LK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Steak was good. But potato pancake was bland and tasteless. Really detracted from the meal.

S
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If you’re looking for some one on one time to impress a potential client at a business lunch, you could do no better than asking for a seat at the chef’s counter. The Northern Italian menu always has something for everyone’s pallet and dietary requirements. Chef Luca always sends a complimentary tasting appetizer to those who sit there.

m
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A pre-theatre lunch at a very convenient spot was a pleasant culinary surprise. We both selected the Ahi Tuna salad and a beverage and the meal was a delight. Filling and delicious, the salad was a blend of arugula, new potatoes, tomatoes, olives and slices of tuna cooked to order and to perfection. Our server Roberto was attentive yet never overbearing and his kind manner and happy disposition made the meal all the more perfect. It was a lovely lunch and a great prelude to our visit to the theatre. We will return!

M
Chicago
66 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Always a good meal! Great knowledgeable service and comfortable seating.

B
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent quality both in food and cocktails. Attentive and friendly service.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food!

e
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every time we come to Chicago I eat at 312 with my wife because the food's great and it has a great ambience. It's very romantic and it's a great place to have a conversation.

AR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We've had dinner at 312 a couple of times in the last couple of months and both times we enjoyed the food and service. We were lucky enough to have had the same server both times, Zhanna. She is very personable, attentive, friendly and helpful with food suggestions. Everyone in our party enjoyed their selections, I had the pork chop. Sous Chef Jose stopped by our table and asked if we were happy with our food and if we needed anything else, a nice touch. I would recommend eating here.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Veggie Lasagna & Black Ink Squid Linguine was AMAZING!

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food. Loved the steak and eggs!

e
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We enjoyed unique and delicious cocktails followed by good wine selection and scrumptious seafood entrees.

MD
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was outstanding. Can't wait to go back

T
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food, especially when combining seafood with pasta. Usually very good service. It is a bit noisy at lunchtime, however. Best to come after 12:30 when some patrons are leaving.

BP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

A good choice for a business lunch. 312 has some very nice seafood options.

TM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Food was okay

L
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Mom/daughter date to see Mean Girls musical.

KK
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent all around as always. No longer live in Chicago but when back, I always make the effort to come back to 312.

C
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Menu was limited

KB
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Antonio was an excellent server! He even brought me a cake for my birthday and three of the servers sang to me - it was such a wonderful meal and great service and I felt so welcome there - the manager then took our photo by the marquee of the phantom and I was very pleased that they offered to do that for me

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were seated right away even before our reservation at noon. Everyone was so pleasant from beginning to end.
My daughter and I enjoyed our brunch. Very convenient, didn’t realize it next door to theater where we were going to see play.

TS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect for dinner before a show. Right next to the Cadillac Theatre.

CV
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

I have been to 312 4 times over the last couple of years. Past experiences have been great... nice food, great location, good service. We went on Saturday, June 4, and received the most horrible service that I can remember from any server. Our server Zhanna was not responsive, and did not check on us in a timely manner, but also, she was condescending. I heard her communicating with other tables in an acceptable manner, but she was not that way with us! I was there celebrating an anniversary with my significant other. I was SHOCKED by the way that she talked to him. It was completely not something we should have experienced. Based completely on how Zhanna impacted our otherwise beautiful night, I will never dine at 312 again. I will advise all I know to not visit 312. Beware...they have a great location by the Cadillac Palace Theater, but there are tons of better restaurants in the area.

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Mother/Daughter outing. Brunch before a show at the Cadillac Palace.
Luis was our waiter. Excellent job and very nice mannered. Attentive to our table and needs.
The short rib hash was delicious and the French toast we had as a dessert. Both excellent choices.
We have dined here several times and haven’t been disappointed yet.

KS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4Food3Service2Ambience4

Dinner here was amazing! I went for my birthday and we had a great time! Our only con was our waitress. She wasn’t very explanatory when we asked about drinks, food choices, etc. But the food and atmosphere made up for her shortcomings. Great place to go!

AK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We made a 5pm reservation for dinner before a 7:30 theater show at Cadillac Theater. It is literally around the corner which made the walk easy for my elderly Mother. Drinks were great. Brussels Sprouts for appetizer were REALLY good! We split the beef tenderloin dinner and salad. Perfect amount of food so we weren’t too full before the show. Everything was excellent! Highly recommend.

R
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food and lots of choices! The waiter was very attentive and explained all the specials very clearly. Location in downtown Chicago is convenient. Friendly environment and quiet enough to have conversation without feeling like you're yelling!

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were early for our reservation and were still sat quickly. We had a table with plenty of space which is not always the case when it’s only a party of two. Food was great. Our server’s suggestions were terrific and felt genuine. We left satisfied and very glad we made thus decision. As we often attend shows at the Cadillac, coming back to 312 Chicago is an easy decision to make.

L
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely service, great food, lovely atmosphere and view! Perfect when attending the theater at Cadillac Palace 👍😁

L
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect spot to grab a bite to eat pre or post theatre. Have dined here several times and have never been disappointed with the menu or service.

PH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

312's staff is friendly and accommodating and its food is always good. A good place for a business lunch.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Excelente servicio y buena comida

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EA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Food was average and lighting was a bit harsh over our table. Will not return. It was just okay.

MM
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Even though we arrived at a busy time, our reservation was waiting and ready. The service was quick and friendly. We were well-attended, the food was great, and the atmosphere was lovely.

OT
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

My husband and I have a standing Sunday brunch date, always my treat. We live in the Loop and have patronized another restaurant nearby until some recent very disappointing experiences. We were going to the theater this past Sunday and decided to try 312.
We thought the food and service was excellent and though a bit pricier than some others in the neighborhood we will definitely return.
The atmosphere is active but pleasant and quiet conversation possible.
We will also give it a try for dinner.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great Chicago feel to the restaurant.

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