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Ocean Prime - ChicagoOcean Prime - Chicago
86 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Beautiful decor. Great cocktail menu. Staff is pleasant and very knowledge of the menu. I highly recommend the tender calamari appetizer and the Chilean sea bass entree. More

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Gyu-Kaku - Chicago - Randolph St.Gyu-Kaku - Chicago - Randolph St.
471 reviews
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Japanese | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Great service! They accommodated a table of 5. Food was awesome. More

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Trattoria No. 10Trattoria No. 10
6021 reviews
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Italian | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Great dinner before the show. Attentive service and nice atmosphere. Bit noisy which isn’t unusual for this sort of restaurant More

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AcantoAcanto
1731 reviews
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Italian | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Every time we dine at Acanto, it is an excellent experience. Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu and the wine list. The fried artichokes were outstanding as well as both of the pasta dishes we ordered: lobster spaghetti and lamb ragu rigatoni. More

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III Forks - ChicagoIII Forks - Chicago
1898 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Three forks was awesome good food good service I would love to come back More

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The DearbornThe Dearborn
2302 reviews
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American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

My server was so nice and helpful! She recommended a house soda that was amazing. I will definitely be back. More

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Vol. 39Vol. 39
9 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Perfect place for a nice special occasion, drinks only! They have various snacks, but the crab dip was ok. The staff was great and attentive. Ruben was awesome! We went on a Thursday night and loved that it was not loud. They are also great with paying attention to special requests on your reservation. I had asked for a specific seating location and they provided us with 3 seating options, one being the perfect option (which they had already saved the table to begin with). Will be back for another special occasion indeed! More

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South BranchSouth Branch
809 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Appreciated that we were not rushed to finish lunch. Servers were attentive, friendly and accommodating. More

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Remington'sRemington's
1322 reviews
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American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Really good food for the price, definitely got my money's worth and more. More

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Morton's The Steakhouse - Chicago - Wacker PlaceMorton's The Steakhouse - Chicago - Wacker Place
2390 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

It was good. Best scallops I've ever had. I've had better steak. The Morton's salad was good with the avocado and vinaigrette. My sister really liked the chocolate cake. I found it mediocre. She also really enjoyed her chicken with capers. We both enjoyed the garlic mashed potatoes. More

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The GageThe Gage
7943 reviews
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American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Really surprised me. With the location on Michigan Ave, was expecting ridiculous pricing and mediocre food. But food was terrific and worth the price, especially with the excellent service! More

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ALTHEAALTHEA
118 reviews
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Vegetarian / Vegan | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Finally! A “NICE” vegan restaurant - special occasions, anniversaries, birthdays. The views are amazing, and the service is top notch. Can’t wait to go back. Right now they’re BYOB - go now :-P and bring your own... once they sell booze, the bill will be much much higher, I’m sure! More

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312 Chicago312 Chicago
4509 reviews
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Italian | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Service was amazing! We had a couple special requests that the staff took care of with no problem. More

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Catch 35 - ChicagoCatch 35 - Chicago
7399 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Great food and service! More

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La Cantina Italian ChophouseLa Cantina Italian Chophouse
1504 reviews
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Italian | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Great ambiance, knowledgeable staff, excellent food. Just perfect. More

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Rosebud PrimeRosebud Prime
2506 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Best steak I've had in a long time. Nothing to fault here other than it was a little pricey. More

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Mid America ClubMid America Club
122 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

The view is amazing! More

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676 Restaurant and Bar676 Restaurant and Bar
683 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

The food was amazing! Everything was fresh & delicious. There was a large variety, something for everyone (even my picky children!) More

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SteadfastSteadfast
569 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Excellent spot for a business lunch. The service was terrific, attentive without being intrusive, and the dining room was busy but not too noisy. There are healthy options as well as sandwiches and some entrees, not a huge menu, but fresh, well sourced, and can easily fit anyone's taste. More

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The GrillroomThe Grillroom
2421 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Very convenient to the theatre with excellent food and service! More

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VivereVivere
1749 reviews
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Italian | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

The perfect place to go if you're going to see Hamilton. The service was amazing & our server even asked if we were seeing the show to make sure to let the kitchen know. Food was delicious and out quickly. More

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The FlorentineThe Florentine
876 reviews
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Italian | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

We enjoyed the dinner very much. I am looking forward to the next opportunity again. More

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The Palm ChicagoThe Palm Chicago
1654 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

One of my favorite Palm Restaurant.. The remodel is awesome, service is great and the food is outstanding! More

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Texas de Brazil - ChicagoTexas de Brazil - Chicago
1009 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

It was amazing. Everything was great! I can’t wait to go again. More

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Russian Tea TimeRussian Tea Time
394 reviews
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Russian | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

We always enjoy going to the tea house. Brant has been wonderful for the 20 years that we have been going there. More

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The MarqThe Marq
391 reviews
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American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Loved Maria the server! Food was good as always, did take a bit to come out but service and quality made up for it :) More

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Elephant & Castle - Chicago Adams St.Elephant & Castle - Chicago Adams St.
109 reviews
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British | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

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Very good food & great atmosphere. Will definitely return. More

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Sayat NovaSayat Nova
461 reviews
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Middle Eastern | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Very friendly service, lovely little spot, can hardly wait to go back!!! More

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Petterino'sPetterino's
8750 reviews
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American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Sat on the main aisle so a little distracting. Very loud at first until theatre crowd left More

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Stetsons Modern Steak + SushiStetsons Modern Steak + Sushi
798 reviews
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Steak | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

I have eaten here the past 2 nights being here alone for a conference. First night at the sushi bar and last evening at a wonderful table by the fire. Had sushi both nights and it was spectacular. Also, shout out to Raul, my waiter, goes above and beyond. Just may have to try the steak tonight!!! More

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AraOnAraOn
575 reviews
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Korean | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Great place to grab sushi downtown Chicago. Food was amazing and prices were reasonable. More

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Miss Ricky'sMiss Ricky's
310 reviews
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American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Went to Miss Ricky's for Mother's Day brunch while in town for our daughter's college graduation. We had a reservation and sat down immediately. Waitress wished me a Happy Mother's day and we were served quickly and accurately. She even recommended the Eggs Benedict bowl and it was fantastic! Would love the recipe for their potatoes. They had rosemary and lemon I think and were just delicious! A place I will return to for brunch! More

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Filini Restaurant and Bar-Radisson Blu Aqua HotelFilini Restaurant and Bar-Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
503 reviews
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Global, International | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Amazing!!! Came here for college graduation! Loved the food and service More

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Midland Social ClubMidland Social Club
36 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Solid experience and good meal. Food was tasty and service was good. More

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Stock & Ledger Kitchen & SpiritsStock & Ledger Kitchen & Spirits
248 reviews
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American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Went first time for lunch with a group of 4. Delicious food, very friendly and accommodating waitress, great atmosphere. Even got a free Birthday dessert. Will recommend to friends and family. Will definitely return! More

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Columbus TapColumbus Tap
117 reviews
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Gastro Pub | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Perfect for a business lunch or if you’re staying at the Fairmont hotel. More

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Terzo PianoTerzo Piano
3623 reviews
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American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

It was yummy. Good food and drink really adds to the Museum experience. I loved it. More

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AtwoodAtwood
4444 reviews
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American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

The experience was great! We had a wonderful time. More

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Fisk & Co.Fisk & Co.
261 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

I selected Fisk as they offer gluten free meals which is super. I had omelette with potato and gf toast 😁 it was delicious. More

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Townhouse ChicagoTownhouse Chicago
575 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Good food, quick service More

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Broken English Taco Pub - Lake StreetBroken English Taco Pub - Lake Street
266 reviews
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Mexican | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Music was too loud. Food was very good and mimosas were great. Server didn’t seem to know the menu. She also told us we couldn’t have another mimosa (we ordered 2 hours of bottomless mimosas) because we closed our tab after about an hour. We thought that was strange. Would have appreciated a heads up before closing our tab. More

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Flat Top Grill - The LoopFlat Top Grill - The Loop
139 reviews
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Contemporary Asian | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Great taste, easy atmosphere, good service, super value, appreciated the bar. Will definitely be back More

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Cochon Volant BrasserieCochon Volant Brasserie
1319 reviews
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French | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Wonderful service. Intimate atmosphere. Delicious food and cocktails with great suggestions from our server. We had French onion soup, charbroiled oysters, roasted crab legs, and ribeye steak. Really enjoyed the tasty Aloe cocktail! More

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One North Kitchen & BarOne North Kitchen & Bar
1191 reviews
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American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Great for meetings More

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Lloyd'sLloyd's
2054 reviews
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American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

This was our first time to this restaurant - we went before a show at the Lyric Opera, which is across the street. The food was excellent, there were plenty of choices to please my "hard to please" spouse, and my strawberry kale salad was excellent. We will return to this restaurant. More

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EverestEverest
2062 reviews
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French | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Incredible experience from time you arrive from elevator until you leave. They inderstand exceeding customer expectations. They should consider banning cell phones More

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Vinny's Pizza BarVinny's Pizza Bar
7 reviews
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Pizzeria | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Great food and great service. We love the cucumber tomato caprese salad and any of their pizzas are great! We always enjoy going there. More

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Taureaux Tavern, Bar and BrasserieTaureaux Tavern, Bar and Brasserie
78 reviews
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French | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

This was our first time dining at Taureaux, and we had a fabulous experience! Roberto was witty and charming, touring us through the menu, and recommending his favorites! The six month old space is clean, yet elegant! My wife had one of the best Onion Soups, ever, a phenomenal Mussel & Frites Entree, and I enjoyed their delectable Thursday Special, Saffron Bouillabaisse! Kudos to the Chef and his team! What a great find! Thank you, Chicago Magazine! More

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Sweetwater Tavern and GrilleSweetwater Tavern and Grille
604 reviews
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American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Perfect place to take international visitors to get a taste of American foods and atmosphere. Great location! More

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BoleoBoleo
233 reviews
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Peruvian | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

The first cocktail we ordered was not the best. We have to return it. All the rest was perfect to celebrate my birthday! More

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Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse - ChicagoFogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse - Chicago
2422 reviews
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Brazilian Steakhouse | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

The salad bar is wonderful. I get full just on that. It would be nice if there was a variety of soups, or they would change their soup once in a while. The meat selection and quality are great. This time they had a lot of chicken and none of the premium cuts, but we were also in a hurry and had a quick meal. Staff was friendly and attentive. More

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City Winery Chicago at the RiverwalkCity Winery Chicago at the Riverwalk
124 reviews
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Wine Bar | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Def Worth It! More

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The Berghoff RestaurantThe Berghoff Restaurant
1055 reviews
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German | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

As visitors to Chicago, it was a treat to dine at one the city's historic and German-style restaurants. The meal was great but the service exceeded everything else. Our waitress was very patient with us as part of our group was delayed arriving by a significant time. In addition, she arranged to comp the desserts in honor of our grandson's birthday and college graduation which was the purpose of our visit to the city. Highly recommend this place for an authentic Chicago dining experience.. More

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Commons ClubCommons Club
47 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Great evening, food and service. The chef is creative and portions are value priced right. A perfect place for a weeknight dinner where one needn’t speak loudly over the din to their dinner mates. Only issue was the airflow by windows was chilly for some. More

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Emerald Loop Bar and GrillEmerald Loop Bar and Grill
897 reviews
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American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Great location! The food was very good - service was excellent. As is to be expected at a pub, it was very noisy but we were upstairs where it was quieter and more conducive to conversation. More

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TraditionTradition
107 reviews
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American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Always great service. Food is delicious More

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McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Chicago (Wacker Dr.)McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Chicago (Wacker Dr.)
2986 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Dwight is one of the best servers I've ever had. More

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Benihana - ChicagoBenihana - Chicago
709 reviews
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Japanese | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

We have been enjoying Benihana for years it's a great dining experience and the food is excellent. Everyone from the hostess to the servers and chef are always very attentive. Not to mention the ambiance great food , great service always our choice for Japanese or just to celebrate a special occasion. More

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The Walnut Room - ChicagoThe Walnut Room - Chicago
2006 reviews
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American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Beautiful quiet spot in the loop for lunch. This location is historic and the food is delicious!!! Please allow time for the food preparation, especially if ordering the pot pie. We celebrated a team birthday with 10 people and everyone was impressed. More

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Park Grill ChicagoPark Grill Chicago
3238 reviews
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American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

We enjoyed our meal and our server was awesome! More

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State and Lake Chicago TavernState and Lake Chicago Tavern
1255 reviews
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American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Great food and location with attentive service. Not bad prices for downtown locale. More

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Lime LeafLime Leaf
6 reviews
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Thai | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Food was delicious and service was very attentive. My husband and I dined here before seeing a show at the CBIC Theatre and both thought it was a great value! More

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ROOF on theWitROOF on theWit
157 reviews
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Spanish | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

The music was overwhelming. I was sitting next to my friend and I felt like I needed to tell so we could hear each other. Food, although small portions, were very tasty and good for sharing between two. More

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Lockwood Restaurant and BarLockwood Restaurant and Bar
1423 reviews
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American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Mother’s Day! More

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Mr. Brown's LoungeMr. Brown's Lounge
65 reviews
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Jamaican | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

The goat was great. The spice on the jerk chicken was spot on More

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LH on 21LH on 21
109 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

I went with some friends for drinks and food, the service was really good, they were very attentive and helpful. The food was mediocre, for me it was okay and it was not over the top. I had espresso martini, it was okay too. I think most people come here for their beautiful roof top bar, but so far we had good experience here. More

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Odyssey Cruises Chicago RiverOdyssey Cruises Chicago River
1 review
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Dinner Cruise | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Very good time. The food and the service was amazing. We would come again. More

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LondonHouse Tea ServiceLondonHouse Tea Service
53 reviews
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Afternoon Tea | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

We did afternoon tea here and it was amazing! They had an amazing selection of teas and the 3 courses of snacks was delicious. The service was absolutely amazing. Our waiter made sure our teapots were always full and hot and made sure to help us with anything we needed. I highly recommend doing afternoon tea here. More

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Free ReinFree Rein
180 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Free Rein has some great drink and shareable options. The chips and dip were fantastic. The service was not the best...not sure if the guy was just having an off day or didn't really understand our group or what. But overall the vibe was great and we'll likely be back! More

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The Lobby Lounge-JW Marriott ChicagoThe Lobby Lounge-JW Marriott Chicago
18 reviews
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American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Nice bar and great service More

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Staytion Market & BarStaytion Market & Bar
499 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Location is amazing More

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LH RooftopLH Rooftop
144 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Simply the best! A must experience!! More

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About Last KnifeAbout Last Knife
10 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

Our waiter Jacques was delightful. Food prepared to our liking and fun atmosphere. More

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Rainforest Cafe - Chicago DowntownRainforest Cafe - Chicago Downtown
275 reviews
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American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago

We had a good time at dinner. The food was just okay but the experience for my daughter was worth it. She loved the icee in the fun cup & the guy who came to our table to make her a balloon creation. The environment was cool too! Pricing is just okay as well. You are paying for the environment. More

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Bella BacinosBella Bacinos
4 reviews
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Italian | Downtown / Loop, Chicago