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The Lakefront Restaurant, Chicago, IL

The Lakefront Restaurant

4.6
4.6
977 Reviews
$30 and under
American
The Lakefront Restaurant is an upscale tavern located on the shores of Lake Michigan in the historic Theater on the Lake building. We offer seasonal Midwestern fare featuring the freshest choice ingredients and a beverage program highlighting craft beers, spirits, and a diverse wine list.

We are open year-round, and invite you to enjoy the casual elegance of our intimate tables, communal seating, lounge area, and our warm-weather Skyline Patio -- all while taking in the stunning views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Visit us during the fall and winter months for happy hour and other day daily specials.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 18 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (312) 414-1313 ext. 2
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Area
    Lincoln Park
  • Cross Street
    Fullerton & Lake Shore Drive
  • Parking Details
    $10 valet parking (CASH ONLY) is available in our front circle drive (price for events may vary).Easy Uber/Lyft/taxi drop-off. Paid parking is available at Lincoln Park Zoo and Diversey Harbor parking lot located on the northeast corner of Cannon and Fullerton. Free street parking is also available along Cannon Drive.
  • Public Transit
    CTA bus routes #76, #151, and #156
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 977 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Great for scenic views

  • Chicago

    Great for scenic views

977 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent costumer service and the food was delicious. Definitely will be back again.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful Mother’s Day brunch! Every person I was with loved their dish and the overall experience!! My 98 year old grandma cannot stop raving about the ambiance, the food and how wonderful of a restaurant it was, which is such a win in my book!

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  3. Jerod

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I had lunch with a friend at The Lakefront Restaurant. The setting is lovely with a beautiful view of the lake. I love the atmosphere with it quiet enough to hold a conversation without having to shout. I had the Beef Stew which was absolutely delicious and filled with tender beef and tasty vegetables. I will definitely be back.

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  4. JoeB

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    No place like this for the view and environment. Gem of a place with great food and friendly service.

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  5. kcw1222

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 25 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good restaurant in great location. Service good, food good.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Unfortunately, a very disappointing experience from the moment we walked in. The hostess ignored us for a few minutes and then didn’t look at us when talking to us. Zero personality. The waitress also barely looked at us, leaned against the wall to take our order and looked like she needed a nap. Our food came out at different times so some was cold by the time the other person got their main meal. The manager had no energy either when he came to apologize. While we appreciated the acknowledgement, the overall experience was buzz kill. The view is amazing so I might go back for a coffee or drink sometime, but I would not recommend the restaurant experience.
    The Lakefront RestaurantResponded on 17 April 2024
    Thank you for your feedback. This helps us a great deal as we are training staff for our busy season. I apologize for any inconvenience this caused you. Please know that we will be addressing this review with the team so they can learn from it and do better in the future. Thank you for bringing this to our attention!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful time. Greater at the door and promptly seated. Our server was perfect. Friendly and knowledgeable. Wonderful wine service and a perfect view of the lakefront. I had Dental work done about an hour before we sat and the Poblano Stew melted in my mouth- perfectly tender as if the Chef knew I was still quite numb. We all had a great time and our server made sure we had plenty of time to take our to-go cocktails to the show down the hall. Easy, affordable valet service - cheaper than street parking - with door to door service.
    The Lakefront RestaurantResponded on 17 April 2024
    We are so delighted to hear you enjoyed our beef stew! It is one of our best sellers in the colder months.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious. Server was great. It wasn’t crowded or too loud. Kids loved the view of the lake. Valet parking was $15. Spent 20mins walking around the lake after dinner. I would go back!

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  9. NadaB

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was so kind and friendly. However the rest of the staff was pretty useless and one of the bartenders was very rude. Many employees standing around not doing anything while we waited far too long for our drinks, despite there not being that many other guests.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved our waitress Bailey and the food was excellent

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FAQs

The Lakefront Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 977 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 18 times today
Google Map for The Lakefront Restaurant

2401 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60614

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Fullerton & Lake Shore Drive
  • Area
    Lincoln Park
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    $10 valet parking (CASH ONLY) is available in our front circle drive (price for events may vary).Easy Uber/Lyft/taxi drop-off. Paid parking is available at Lincoln Park Zoo and Diversey Harbor parking lot located on the northeast corner of Cannon and Fullerton. Free street parking is also available along Cannon Drive.
  • Public Transit
    CTA bus routes #76, #151, and #156
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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