20 East

4.5
84 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Casual
At 20 East, creative menus featuring quality-driven and modern takes on American fare are served with playful, inventive presentation and flavor.
What 84 People Are Saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BS
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The food and the atmosphere, especially outdoors, is really wonderful. What is not wonderful is when management gives you attitude when there is a problem they’ve caused. Too bad, a little neighborhood gem ruined by a angry manager.

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JG
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another perfect dinner at my favorite restaurant. I keep coming back, and the food, service and setting never fail to please.

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J
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. Outdoors is great!

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CW
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hidden gem - does not disappoint! Will continue to frequent this establishment.

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JG
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another divine dinner at 20 East. This time I had the good fortune to be there on the first night outdoor seating was available. This block of Delaware Place is pretty and quiet, so dining alfresco was a pleasure. As usual, the service was good and the food delicious and well priced.

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AK
Memphis
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I came to Chicago to celebrate our wedding anniversary. 20 East was beautifully romantic, and I had some of the best brick chicken I’ve ever tasted. Our server recommended an excellent wine, and my husband polished off his plate of rigatoni with relish. We would definitely visit again!

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JT
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Overall the service and food was good. Nice to come back to the hotel and have a nice meal. The selection was good and food good too. However, the food was way way too salty. Great food doesn't go heavy on the salt.

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EG
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was very good and so was the service. I will definitely be returning soon. BTW the Lobster Roll and Brick Chicken are terrific.

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DB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

4th time here. Cozy and comfortable. Noisy after work crowd, but quiets down after 7:00. Super pleasant staff. Food good, not amazing. Will return again.

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G
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious and the waitress was very friendly and sweet. We were there for a mother’s day brunch and she offered my mother a complimentary mimosa. I would highly recommend this restaurant to a friend. Also, the bacon was to die for.

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MI
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice and clean atmosphere, food nice and hot and there wasn’t a long wait

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JG
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another delicious dinner at 20 East. Why go anywhere else on Chicago’ Gold Coast? Simple but excellent food, a sophisticated setting with comfortable seating and a noise level that allows conversation. It’s everything I want in a restaurant.

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MB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

It was good. Just wish they didn’t sell out of lobster roll.

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AM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Went for brunch. Great place cozy and funky! Good location.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have been here many times and will continue to return. Great food , service and atmosphere

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JG
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I go to 20 East regularly when I'm in Chicago and always look forward to it. Recently a very minor mistake with an order (the burger came with cheese rather than without) resulted in a profusion of graciousness and generosity from the apologetic manager. I love the quiet comfortable grownup atmosphere, and I always feel like a valued customer here.

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MG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is amazing and for the location quite affordable

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JS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great little place. Happy hour where drinks are reasonable. Food was well priced and delicious. I am back home tonight and can't stop thinking about the delicious lobster rolls. Pricey but wonderful.

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I
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Drafty and cold. Slow service. We ordered their feature, "monkey bread". It was hard and not fresh. They serve it with a small container of caramel sauce. The sauce was cold and so hard that it could not be poured out of the container. Sweet potato hash was tasty.

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D
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food and service. A bit louder than I would have liked but a good option if you are in the area.

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GG
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was small and cozy. The service was great and so was the food! I felt “tucked in”. The only downside was that it was a cold night and we sat by the window. They brought us a heater! We

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful service - they went above and beyond for my friends birthday dinner! Food was incredible, drinks were never empty and our waitress, Julia, is the best! 20 E is the spot for all nice dinners out when you’re looking to treat yourself a little bit!

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B
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We live in the neighborhood and will definitely be back to try happy hour and dinner and the outdoor space.

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L
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Very slow service and extreme noise for a Thursday early evening?

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great place to grab brunch. The food is amazing!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great American style breakfast.

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ME
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

I made a reservation for Christmas Day. The food was wonderful. The service was slow as our waiter was also bartending. Restaurant was understaffed and our waiter wasn't very pleasant.

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D
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Cozy and quaint. Nice holiday decor! The brunch was very good.

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AR
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very quaint, clean, classy little restaurant. On the side of a hotel lobby, yet very quiet and fancy for brunch. Went here for brunch before a bridal dress shopping appointment and the elegance of the place was absolutely perfect.

20 East
Responded on 24 December 2018

Dear Allyson, We wanted to thank you for taking the time to leave us some kind words. We appreciate your feedback and hope you join us again sometime soon. We will have some great NYE specials-come on by! Cheers, Yulia Gainey

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JS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We moved in to the neighborhood a few months ago and love this place -- a real neighborhood gem!

20 East
Responded on 19 November 2018

Dear Jill, Thank you so much for the kind words. We really appreciate your patronage and hope to see you soon. We have some fantastic new menu items-come check them out! Cheers, Yulia Gainey

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

After conference dinner. Good way to relax

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good service and reasonable price

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TR
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Our go to neighborhood place..great for sharing..friendly wait staff

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JG
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

20 East never disappoints. It's my go-to place for simple but elegant food, comfortable seating, and a noise level suitable for adults enjoying a quiet conversation.

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OT
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The restaurant/bar is located in a boutique hotel. I would imagine that it is harder to manage the crowd in this atmosphere vs a traditional restaurant.
That being said, we arrived for our 7pm reservation and were told that the table was not ready. We were invited to the bar where they would comp us on drinks while we waited. But there were no seats in the bar...the host and the hostess were incredible. They apologized profusely and gave us the first table available. I think there was a wedding party that descended on the bar unexpectedly.
When we sat down, our wait person, Natalie, told us that our first drinks were on the house. We ordered tuna/guacamole appetizer which was delicious. We had questions about some of the dishes. Natalie brought out the chef who answered all...and very graciously.
We are neighborhood people...would definitely try again. Will try again Sunday-Thursday.
Compliments to the staff who navigated the crowd as well as possible.

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L
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just like the "old " days !! I ALWAYS have the salt and pepper shrimp..........always. The last time it was barely warm and was quite soggy. Two nights ago it was perfect again. Temperature was nice and hot and crust was wonderfully crispy. Our server, Ellen, was great and even brought the extra sauce I had requested. Didn't even need it because it was perfect as served. We also tried the hummus and pita appetizer we hadn't had before. It was outstanding. Hummus was creamy and flavorful and pita was perfect..warm and flavorful.

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JG
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

20 East never disappoints. My go-to place in the Gold Coast / Streeterville orbit. Excellent value.

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PW
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Great neighborhood spot. Waitress was attentive and the manager is very professional.

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L
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Manager brought a much appreciated heater to the table when the one near us wasn't working. Husband's french beef was wonderful. My salt and pepper shrimp was fine, but not as good as usual. Wasn't crispy like past orders and arrived barely warm. Will certainly try it again as this is the first time it's been below par.

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JG
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great neighborhood place, elegant but not stuffy. Comfortable and reasonably quiet.

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