Matt
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  • Review Count
    9
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  • First Review
    September 1, 2014
  • Last Review
    December 13, 2014
  • Featured Reviews
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  • Average Rating
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Matt's Reviews
 
Sola restaurant features distinctive contemporary American cuisine featuring Asian flavors made with the finest, freshest seasonal product available. Located in West Lakeview, the decor, menu and service are harmoniously designed to create exceptional dining at a comfortable price.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Excellent unusual fare
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/11/2014
 2009
Dined on 12/11/2014
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"This was our first visit to Sola. As it is not on Lincoln Avenue as its address implies, but around the corner on Byron we had trouble finding it but a phone call solved that problem. A very clean modern look in the dining room, a bit noisy as there are few soft surfaces to absorb sound. The food was excellent as was the friendly service. Accompaniments are unusual on the vegetarian side. My friend had chicken and I salmon, both were very well prepared and tasty. Service was very good. Prices were a bit higher than I expected. We finished with home made ice cream which was superb. Do try the sesame brittle."
Dined on 12/11/2014
 2009
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Step back in time to when going out for dinner meant something really special. From the decor to the jazz music, Wildfire has the style and warmth that makes it perfect for celebrating with friends or a quiet evening for two. The extensive menu features broiled steaks and chops, wood-roasted seafood and roasted meats, all prepared in an open kitchen. Signature dishes include Horseradish Crusted Filet Mignon, Macadamia Nut Crusted Halibut, Wildfire Chopped Salad and Cedar Planked Salmon. So order a signature martini or one of our many wines by the glass, then sit back and enjoy the 1940s supper club experience of Wildfire.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Good steakhouse
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/07/2014
 2009
Dined on 12/07/2014
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We enjoyed our dinner, two of us had their famous prime rib, one a filet mignon and one a turkey dinner. All were delicious and well prepared. Extra gravy was brought on request of the turkey dinner diner. Service was very good."
Dined on 12/07/2014
 2009
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Lloyd's Chicago offers an upscale casual dining experience with an eclectic Midwest American influence & comfort food for that unique Chicago experience.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Lloyd's is my favorite before opera dining spot.
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/05/2014
 2009
Dined on 12/05/2014
 2009
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Lloyd's remains my favorite before opera dining spot because service is always fast, efficient, friendly and unobtrusive. The food is very good with specials each evening and prepared well and quickly. Prices are also reasonable for downtown. I highly recommend Lloyd's for good dining, you will not be disappointed. This time we both took the special Haddock and chips and it was excellent. I also enjoyed the minestrone soup before. Come and dine here for a well priced tasty dinner."
Dined on 12/05/2014
 2009
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Lloyd's Chicago offers an upscale casual dining experience with an eclectic Midwest American influence & comfort food for that unique Chicago experience.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Pre opera dining
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/21/2014
 2009
Dined on 11/21/2014
 2009
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Lloyd's has long been a favorite place for us to dine before going to the opera. Convenient, fast, reliable good food. We noticed this time that food prices have gone up and portions have grown a bit smaller, but service remains very fast. Lloyd's remains a great place to have dinner before attending the opera cater corner across the streets."
Dined on 11/21/2014
 2009
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 Chicago Firehouse Restaurant
Chicago Firehouse Restaurant
The Chicago Firehouse restaurant is in an attractive turn-of-the-century building that formerly housed the Chicago Fire Department and was completely remodeled in 1999. The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant retained its charm with original tin ceilings, fire-glazed walls and brass poles. Just as the setting pleases your eye, the American fare will tantalize your taste buds.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Disappointed
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/08/2014
 2009
Dined on 11/08/2014
 2009
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"It had been some time since we were last at the Chicago Firehouse. We found the prices had increased and the quality of the food had decreased. As we reported to the manager when he stopped by, the pea soup was very watery. We will say the onion soup was excellent as were salads. The filets were very good, but the pork chop was tough and as were the short ribs. I doubt we will return."
Dined on 11/08/2014
 2009
Special Features: special occasion
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Aquitaine is a comfortable bistro located in Lincoln Park focusing on European influenced fare, perfect for intimate dinners or small get-togethers. First class desserts are provided by the Vanille Patisserie. <br /><br />The last Tuesday of every month Chef Willoughby teams up with one of our wine vendors to present a five-course tasting menu with wine pairings. Join us for this fun opportunity to explore something new together each month! <br /><br />Take a look at our website for current promotions, photos and more.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Superior food in noisy environment
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/23/2014
 2009
Dined on 10/23/2014
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"This was our first time that this lovely restaurant. It has a refined atmosphere ruined by the noise level due to no sound absorbing surfaces. The food may take a bit long to get to you but it is well worth the wait as it is beautifully prepared and presented. I had trout, cooked perfectly and my friend a steak, also cooked to perfection. Vegetable sides were not overcooked and very tasty. Mashed potatoes smooth and creamy. I started with cream of cauliflower soup, a very smooth delicious velvety soup. We were going to the theater and had no time to try desserts. We are sure to return but must still say the noise level was much too high."
Dined on 10/23/2014
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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The revival of the All American Oyster bar arrives through Pearl Tavern on the banks of the Chicago River. Restaurant developer Adolfo Garcia is enthusiastic about venturing on his own with the inception of Pearl Tavern. It has been a great aspiration of his to develop such a concept, in a historical location that will revive the spirit of one of the oldest taverns in the loop, Coogan's Riverside Saloon. He is hoping to reflect the landscape of the new American table by celebrating the sharing experience with a perfect balance of Old World oyster bar and New World seafood delicacies.
 
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noisy Bar
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/22/2014
 2009
Dined on 10/22/2014
 2009
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We thought we would try this new place but found it not to our liking. We would say it is a noisy bar rather than a restaurant. We had burgers which we found quite salty (I think this may have been the pretzel bun) and found them not very good. I would not recommend this as a place to dine. Service was quite slow with little checking to see if you were satisfied. I was also disappointed that the only tables were high bar stool type with no low tables available as all the lower tables were in a section of the restaurant closed for a private party. I will not return and would not recommend dining here. It is really a place to drink with food as an incidental in my opinion. It is very very very noisy."
Dined on 10/22/2014
 2009
Special Features: vibrant bar scene
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Lloyd's Chicago offers an upscale casual dining experience with an eclectic Midwest American influence & comfort food for that unique Chicago experience.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Excellent pre-opera dining
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/17/2014
 2009
Dined on 10/17/2014
 2009
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We enjoy dining at Lloyd's before attending the opera. Food is very good and service quick and excellent. This time one of us had the rib eye steak which came medium rare as ordered and the other the salad with chicken which was very good. Food arrived quickly. We started with soups which came immediately and were warm and ready to eat."
Dined on 10/17/2014
 2009
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From the moment you step through the door of Trattoria Isabella, you take in the best of Italian dining within a warm ,romantic, contemporary setting. The airy restaurant features floor to ceiling windows that allow natural light to flood the space. And when the weather is nice we have a palatial patio with it’s own bar , flat screen TV’s, and quaint sidewalk café. Trattoria Isabella’s extensive menu caters to many tastes, featuring appetizers, filet mignon, chicken, veal chop, seafood entrees, and homemade pasta dishes, as well as a variety of tempting desserts. We now have our very own brick oven imported directly from Italy up and running. Executive chef, Michael Serratore, returning to his roots, has created a menu that incorporated family recipes handed down through generations, to bring the taste of traditional Italian cooking to Chicago’s Fulton river district. <br /><br />**This restaurant requires a corkage fee of 15$ for any outside liquor.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Wonderful Patio
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/30/2014
 2009
Dined on 8/30/2014
 2009
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Five of us had our after matinee dinner at Trattoria Isabella on their wonderful patio. We arrived early but were seated immediately. One of our members remarked he always enjoys coming here, good food and very convenient for us. Easy parking, near our homes. The food was excellent, veal, lamb, chicken, and pasta as well as Caesar salads, a pizza for an appetizer and a salad with octopus. We also enjoyed some gelato and
Grandmother's cake for dessert as well as a bottle or two of red wine. I am sure we will return in the future.
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Dined on 8/30/2014
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining
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