SPACE 519 | The Lunchroom

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$30 and under
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Californian

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The Lunchroom is a 40-seat restaurant and café within SPACE 519, a concept store in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, just off of the Magnificent Mile. Featuring breakfast and lunch, weekend brunch, and an all-day café. The Lunchroom focuses on vegetable forward, California style cuisine. Placing a heavy focus on locally-sourced ingredients, and serving classic staples with a twist.
What 160 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JD
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always wonderful! My favorite spot!
Food is amazing, and service impeccable!

AH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Space 519 is a great place to grab lunch with your friends or family when you are out in the city shopping or hitting the museums!!! The staff is wonderful and store is fabulous! They have terrific wines and the food is amazing! Large portions so come hungry!

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

This place is always consistent and delicious. Food is incredible—I’ve never had a bad dish. Lovely in every respect!

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was fantastic and the service was impeccable. The restaurant itself is very unassuming and a huge part of the appeal. Apparently brunch is the meal to have at the restaurant but breakfast was great as well.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome neighborhood gem!!! Not sure why more people don’t know about it but that’s ok with me since we never have to wait and it’s not crowded. Place is really unique—a cafe in a shop. The food is amazing and the ambience is relaxed and low key. And the shop has a great wine selection as well as unique little gifts. Highly recommend!

C
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favorite place for lunch with friends near Water Tower... shopping, clean food and cocktails to die for!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Way too crowded, loud and the food was not good at all!

SPACE 519 | The Lunchroom
Responded on 16 December 2019

I am so sorry to hear that you had a bad experience in our restaurant. We pride ourselves on the high ratings we consistently receive so I am very disappointed we underdelivered for you. We would love to have a better understanding of the specific issues you experienced so we can work to correct them - please email us at hello@space519com so we can have a direct conversation We want to find a way to make you happy.. Thank you so much taking the time out to communicate your concerns.

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b
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and wonderful service!

CM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

This is a huge space, move some of the clothing around and make more room for the tables, we were crunched against the wall.

CS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Lunchroom at Space 519 is my go-to spot to bring out of town friends, family and business colleagues when I want to show them a truly unique Chicago spot. There's an added bonus if you like to shop as it's literally in the middle of a delightful store. More importantly, it's a great restaurant serving amazing food and some of the breakfast and brunch entrees in the city.

Just about a block off busy Michigan Ave, east of the John Hancock Building, The Lunchroom is a charming and quiet spot to grab a bite, coffee or sip and savor while you do a little retail therapy. Portions are good, you won't leave hungry. The service is friendly and very efficient. Cloth napkins and marble tabletops add to the luxe feel but the vibe is relaxed and comfortable.

I'm particualry fond of the Gold Coast Migas (I add Chicken Sausage on the side) for brunch, as well as the corn cakes that were on special during my last visit this past weekend. They also have great coffee. I enjoy their fresh OJ too. My OJ this weekend was in a mimosa (or two). If you are looking for a tasty appetizer, order some of the pimento spread!

h
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nothing but perfect in every way. Chic, understayed, superb service and food quality and taste. A sophisticated option in quiet upscale neighborhood for brunch or dinner. Great pastries and coffee.

P
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Just love this space and the well curated selection of merch. The soft eggs with goat cheese and chives are fantastic!

CC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and delicious food!

S
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The Lunchroom at Space 519 was fun and the food was delicious. My only complaint is that the tables are quite small and very close to one another.

SPACE 519 | The Lunchroom
Responded on 22 November 2019

Thanks you so much for your positive comments. I am glad that overall you enjoyed your experience. Part of our unique setting requires that our dining room be set up in a cozy European manner. This is especially true of our banquette. However - in the future please note in your reservation that you would prefer a larger table we we will do our best to accommodate you at one of the more roomy spots. Thanks so much for your support!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my fourth time for lunch, and it’s amazing. A very unique space. Their seasonal soups & salads are delicious. Yesterday, I had the cauliflower & Shanghai cowboy salad. Yum. I don’t know how they knew it was my birthday (maybe my open table profile?), but they brought over a chocolate cake with a candle. So thoughtful and classy.

DH
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was the second time we had lunch here. Both times were perfect meal and perfect service. What more could we ask for?

SM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love everything about The Lunchroom and SPACE 519.

Y
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect food and ambiance!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best food and a great boutique. Go here!

AP
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always amazing! Great service and can’t wait to shop after. The cauliflower soup is so delicious. Very velvety and hard to believe vegan!

The Eggs Espana is always a hit!

LC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I always take out of town guests to Space 519 and the Lunchroom. The menu is simple but unordinary and delicious. It is also on the healthy and light side, which is good. Afterward it is so nice to get a cup of coffee or their excellent London Fog and do a little shopping.

t
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Service is friendly and understaffed but we go for Sunday morning as a couple or with friends so it doesn't become an issue for us. The menu changed and there isn't a go to brunch item to crave anymore. Great coffee but the cups are big so it gets cold if you are sipping and chatting. Always the freshest possible ingredients and anything they serve with eggs is a treat. High quality bakery goods to take home for later is our traditional breakfast "dessert."

SPACE 519 | The Lunchroom
Responded on 2 October 2019

We hear you about being understaffed - it is something we are working on. Many customers like the larger cups, but we have a smaller size available, please ask your server. We are extremely disappointed in your low star ratings as we strive for better. Our brunch menu has not changed since we opened. I bet you were here for our breakfast menu, a slimmed down menu served before brunch at 10. We are working on new brunch items as well. Thank you again for taking time out to provide feedback.

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OT
Chicago
164 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We found this restaurant several months ago and finally made a return trip before a show at the Broadway Playhouse a half block away. The food is still excellent. Since the restaurant also doubles as a store you can shop while waiting for your meal. This place is a definite "find" and is worth checking out.

LM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a pleasure to have lunch and browse around - the food is always great!

VV
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our neighborhood go to spot.

CA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Their tumeric chai latte is the best in town.

RL
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the new outdoor patio! Food is amazing and always consistent. Must get Lucy's Pimento Cheese.
Great place to have a nice lunch and then go shopping.

c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I have rarely been in such a calming environment, it was like having lunch in a friend’s quiet apartment. The tuna melt, served on a croissant, was the best I’ve ever had. Although server forgot my soup, he was great as were the Space 519 owners. Added bonus, restaurant is inside a boutique that’s to die for.

OT
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Impeccable in every way. Delicious!

S
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Love Space 519 — great food and great shopping.

NB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The atmosphere in this cute spot is wonderful! The lunch offerings are both light and delicious. We appreciated a taste to decide which of their fantastic wines to order. We will return!

K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an incredible breakfast at the lunchroom. Service is friendly and professional. The food was fantastic - each dish was better than the last. We can’t wait to go back and try other menu items. It was delicious and a super fun atmosphere- we will be back for sure!

T
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great menu with beautifully presented food by very capable wait staff

KH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love this place! It was our first time dining outside on their patio. Perfect setting, close to Michigan avenue but still a nice quiet spot for lunch. The food is always exceptional. We usually stick to our favorites, and this time tried the seasonal bean, avocado, cherry tomato salad for an appetizer. It was a huge portion and delicious. We will be back again soon!

JU
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

WIter kindly brought water outside for our dog. Table wAter served with lemon slices - a very pleasant touch. Awesome menu for vegetarians : love the trio of salads

H
Chicago
133 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just love Space 519. It is a Ladies Who Lunch restaurant.
Food is always fresh, ambiance is wonderful and service is great.

w
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great space, retail clothing, food , coffee and baked goods!

r
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

Insipid food and service..Not a place e to go again

M
Chicago
184 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Very much a ladies who lunch spot, but also good for a business lunch if you have time. Service isn't the quickest and the meals are a bit on the pricey side. Food tastes fresh and somewhat healthy, though!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

We asked for our meal to not be spicy.
Our rice came "less spicy" and they added the chilli decoration sauce already in to the rice. The waiter told us to just scrub off the sauce/eat around it. Very unimpressed!!!

SPACE 519 | The Lunchroom
Responded on 3 September 2019

Hello I am so sorry that this was your experience. We strive to take customer special requests very seriously. You never should have been treated like this by one of our servers. I will do some further investigation and speak personally to the server assigned to you table. We strive for excellent customer service and I hope you will give us another chance. Sincerely Lance Lawson owner

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