Beatrix - River North

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$30 and under
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American

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Beatrix is a neighborhood restaurant, coffeehouse and meeting place located in Chicago’s River North. Our chef partners Susan Weaver, Rita Dever and John Chiakulas have created a menu inspired by food made in Lettuce’s test kitchen.

Beatrix is open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night offerings, as well as brunch on Saturday and Sundays.

All pastries, breads and sweets are baked in house daily. Some of our favorites include Sadie's Crunch Cake, Honey Butter Cinnamon Buns and Chocolate Chunk Cookies. Our coffee and tea program will showcase two iconic Chicago roasters, Intelligensia and Metropolis and specialty offerings like Nitro, Bulletproof, and more!
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OT
New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food is unmatched, service was prompt. Chairs were trash and uncomfortable and it’s a small space so it felt cramped. Definitely recommend it for the food. Bring your big wallet though, it’s pricey. $120 for brunch for four

BL
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brunch was fantastic! The fresh juices and unique breakfast options were all fantastic

L
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a cool place! Food was delicious, service was perfect and the ambiance was so fun!

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

In town for the marathon. Beatrix was highly recommended. Delicious food, great service! Will definitely be back next time!

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

There was a line and wait to check in, even though we came with a reservation. Once seated, the service was good and al dishes met or exceeded expectations.

DW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyable experience!!

BK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

We had 10:30 reservations for a high top table. We were seated fifteen minutes late, at a low top table. No explanation as to why. Our server, Joey, was slow, inattentive, non-communicative and ineffective. We have never had a negative experience there before. We will give it another try, but there's lots of competition out there.

PK
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Very simple, nothing special or fancy. Just simple, good food, at fairly average city prices. Very loud and energetic, good selection of drinks and coffees, lots of great pastries as well. Worth a go once in a while but none of the food stood out in any way.

TC
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great ambiance in busy River North where there are many options. Good selection for vegetarians. Downside is there are no beers on tap (why not a local brew at least)? Large space seemed to make getting and changing a reservation easier.

DS
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

This is my second time at Beatrix and the experience has been the same...I think Beatrix is a lovely restaurant with a progressive menu. The ambiance is lively and the patrons sufficiently diverse. The issues I had arose from a service perspective. I thought our waiter was patient and pleasant, but for both the appetizers and the entrees, the food "check backs" came way too late. That meant that we couldn't get the extras we were going to order until the apps had pretty much been eaten and the issues with our entrees went un-checked. There was no proactive clearing of the table to prepare for the five entrees which meant when they came there was a harried exchange to get things off of the table and staff seemed annoyed with my guests for not handing them utensils and plates quickly enough. Please note it is not a guests' job to assist staff in clearing; it is a courteous jester when it happens, but should never be expected. Empty glassware stayed on the table literally till the end of the meal, which for me is a pet peeve. I am being so detailed in this review as I think Beatrix can be a great dinning experience if more attention to detail can be payed. I might be a bit more finicky when it comes to service, but I am not unreasonable.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I’m so glad that I discovered the River North gem. Food and mocktail was awesome. I went for lunch, and was surprised by the quality of food and creativity. Service seemed to be a little rushed and impersonal. But, as a fellow server, I can understand how it can be. BTW, order the KOUIGN AMAN pastry!!! DELISH!!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great spot. Breakfast seems to be their strong point.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice menu. Good service

A
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my favorite places. Always great! I love that they have gluten free options. Service is always great. They’re very accommodating. Love love love!

WA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Delicious dinner Saturday night at a cozy window table. Loved the filet mignon pot roast and tasty honey ginger chicken meatballs. Desserts were equally delicious. Highly recommend!

BM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

I think the food here is just ok for dinner. For downtown Chicago there are so many other options at the same price point. I consider this more of a lunch spot. Also, stood at the coffee bar for a long time after dinner to order a pastry along with another person. Several folks were behind the bar working but no one acknowledged us or took our orders so I left.

CP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Everything was great but the check took over 30 min to come and our server wasn’t busy enough for it to be an excuse.

H
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Great gluten free menu for those requiring it.

RT
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful day. Beautiful food. Perfection in ambiance and service.

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Quinn was an amazing server.

F
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic food at Sunday brunch. All from menu. Perfect eggs and omelets. , hash browns. Chicken sausage too sweet. Very busy but other than on loud side nice ambience. Because we were celebrating a birthday they offered a complimentary dessert of our choosing. Vibrant Chicago feel.

O
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

The location is great. However the food was on the bland side. I had an issue with the bill which was corrected when I brought it the servers attention.

N
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good options for vegetarians as the menu is very plant based but the chicken was good too. Brussel sprouts and burrata were good to share. The atmosphere is energetic with open space and kitchen design. Service was friendly and attentive.

l
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious brunch, highly recommend!

B
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We arrived about 20 minutes early but hey were able to seat us right by the window right away. Our server was attentive but not *too* attentive, and the food was delicious. Standouts were the chicken meatball appetizer and the caramel tart dessert!

BJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The fish panzanella was watery and was a pretty small portion. Very disappointed. It was rather boring. Caesar salad was phenomenal!!

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Our server was very attentive and polite. The food was ok. Brussels sprouts appetizer was soggy and disappointing, the burrata was ok but came with big thick pieces of toasted bread which was boring. The short ribs were flavorful and tender. The wine prices were very fair. We had a California Albariño and it was really good. The pumpkin cheesecake desert was delicious.....great crust with chocolate and carmel flavors. The atmosphere is nice but the reason it’s getting a 2 star rating is the music was so freaking loud. It made it difficult to carry on a conversation and there were only 3 of us. When we finally stepped outside my ears stopped hurting. I don’t get WHY these restaurants have to play the music SO DAMN LOUD. It totally detracted from our experience. I won’t go back.

v
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It's one of my 2 fave restaurants - the other being Aba....I love everything about it....I go atleast 1/week. Been a regular for years!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service

OT
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent breakfast! Terrific in all respects!

ME
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

This was our second time eatin

MW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Service was horrific. Lemon pancakes were uneatable. Best part of the meal was the fresh squeezed OJ.

MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food outstanding. Waitress outstanding. It can be a little loud just because it is so busy but in a fun, lively way rather than annoying. Recommend!

OT
St. Louis
59 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Interesting food. A little spice and nice flavors Quite crowded for Sunday morning

A
Chicago
78 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great server. Very accommodating to our little 2 year old.

RM
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had heard from multiple people this was a great place for any meal. Our table of 6 came for a before wedding brunch and it was amazing!

TC
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our food and service were both amazing.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A favorite place to meet friends for brunch! We always begin with their Cinnamon Honey Latte . . . a delightful mix of spice and sweetness! Then we have so many favorites. We can't visit without savoring the Light Lemon Pancakes. The Braised Pot Roast and Egg Breakfast Sandwich, Quinoa Burger, or the Spicy Tinga frequent our choices. We always take items home with us from the bakery . . . the Lemon Angel Food Muffins are light and refreshing.

The waitstaff are pleasant and attentive. Reservations are a must after 8:00am Saturday mornings. A delightful experience always!

G
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Were were seated st the only quiet table - behind the curtain & next to the kitchen.

Our server was not helpful but smug. Asked about salads being eaten at a nearby table (to get an idea of what each menu item might look like. He responded I don’t know and would have to go over there to ask them.

He seemed put out and not interested in our experience at BEATRIX.

We finally decided to leave. He didn’t care. Needless to say, it was s VERY poor experience.

R
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had a fabulous meal made even better by having Jackie as our waitress.

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