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  • Review Count
    10
  • Helpfulness Votes
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  • First Review
    April 25, 2014
  • Last Review
    July 20, 2014
  • Featured Reviews
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  • Average Rating
    3.5
 
 
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Big and Bustling, Shaw's Crab House stands as a monument to fish and seafood. Besides the usual popular dishes, Shaw's management team is passionate about presenting treats such as Pacific salmon, fresh king crab, and smelt during their short seasons. Reservations made through Open Table will be for Shaw's Main Dining Room. If you would like to dine in the Oyster Bar, all seating is on a first come first serve basis.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/18/2014
 2010
Dined on 7/18/2014
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 7/18/2014
 2010
Special Features: good for groups
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Welcome! The Boarding House opened December 2012 and is led by Proprietor and Master Sommelier Alpana Singh. Our historic building, which dates back to 1872, features several distinct areas that a bustling bar area, two distinct private dining spaces, and a comfortable dining room located on the building’s third floor.<br /><br />Enjoy a curated and thoughtful list of 500 wines from around the world that will expertly complement your dining experience. Guests will be immediately enveloped by our ambient dining room, which is designed for everyday dining with service that is detailed, hospitable and personal. <br /><br />The wine bar is available without reservations and seating is per availability. <br /><br />We look forward to welcoming you to The Boarding House!<br />
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
More for bar than dinner
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/17/2014
 2010
Dined on 7/17/2014
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Surprisingly not a busy dinner spot but more popular for drinks. Half empty for peak dinner on a usually busy Thursday night but as the night progressed the place got more crowded for drinks. Food was above average but nothing that his the "wow factor." Worth a trip but maybe more for post dinner drinks if you want the crowd."
Dined on 7/17/2014
 2010
Special Features: vibrant bar scene
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BlackSalt is the much anticipated concept restaurant from Chef Jeff Black, featuring an upscale fish market fronting a vibrant bar and elegant restaurant.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Great option
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/03/2014
 2010
Dined on 7/03/2014
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"In a town where seafood restaurants are everywhere this place stands out. Great selection, will accommodate special requests and an all around delicious experience. Also, some of the best service anyone can ask for. Celestine was a rock star."
Dined on 7/03/2014
 2010
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, notable wine list
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Opened in 1994, Jane's is a quaint Bucktown eatery, specializing in fresh, clean foods, with several vegetarian options. We are open Tuesday-Sunday evenings, with a great Friday lunch. We serve a wonderful brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 8-2:30p.m. We have a beautiful party room, and specialize in celebrations! We're known in Chicago for being one of the city's most romantic dining spots.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/02/2014
 2010
Dined on 7/02/2014
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 7/02/2014
 2010
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for brunch
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Prasino is an eco-friendly restaurant in Chicago that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The name of the restaurant is the Greek word for green which is at the heart of the restaurant's mission - to provide healthy food at an affordable price in a modern, environmentally conscious setting. Prasino emphasizes seasonal, local, and organic food whenever possible. Its commitment to sustainability is incorporated in Prasino's eco-chic design.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/27/2014
 2010
Dined on 6/27/2014
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 6/27/2014
 2010
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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Rivers, located on the lobby level of The Chicago Mercantile Exchange Building, is one of the Chicago Loop's most popular restaurants. Rivers offers creative, seasonally changing contemporary American cuisine with influences from around the globe. Rivers is an all occasion venue featuring a relaxed yet upscale dining room & a large outdoor deck for alfresco dining during warm weather months. Rivers is the perfect place for a business lunch, or for meeting friends after work for happy hour drinks or dinner. It's next-door proximity to the Civic Opera House, as well as all downtown theaters makes Rivers an excellent pre-theatre choice before the show begins. The United Center is also close by & Rivers is an ideal "first stop" for meeting friends for a Bulls or Hawks game. Please note: Rivers Restaurant does not take reservations online for parties larger than 9. Please call the restaurant for details.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Good for the Loop
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/19/2014
 2010
Dined on 2/19/2014
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"With limited outdoor and seated service restaurants in the loop, this is one worth checking out. The food is decent but the outdoor patio on a nice day, sitting along the river, can be a social scene worth checking out. It is a good place to take clients for lunch but for dinner you are better served leaving the loop and heading across the river for a far better selection of notable restaurants."
Dined on 2/19/2014
 2010
Special Features: great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
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Ditka's Restaurant, located in the heart of Chicago's Gold Coast between Rush & Michigan, is a Chicago Landmark. Ditka's has a decidedly understated sports motif, white linen table clothes, hardwood floors, intimate leather booths & rich mahogany wood accents. Chef Tom Kenny presides over the menu with passion & expertise. Known for Chops & Steaks including the signature dish "Da Pork Chop" along with a wide variety of fresh, sustainable seafood and contemporary American classics. The lunch menu is full of wonderful fresh salads & sandwiches including the "Best Burger in Chicago", the Fridge Burger. Service is approachable & friendly in a comfortable atmosphere. Don't be surprised to catch sight of Da Coach himself.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Nostalgic but Average Food
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/21/2014
 2010
Dined on 6/21/2014
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Bottom line Chicago is well known for great steak houses. However, Ditka's is not one. If you're a fan of the Ditka name and Bears football, the bar scene is worth checking out. The steaks and food are average. You won't have a bad meal but there are at least ten "premium" steak houses above Ditka's in name, quality and experience. Service left something to be desired."
Dined on 6/21/2014
 2010
Special Features: vibrant bar scene
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Packing House is Randolph Street’s latest dining destination featuring modern American cuisine with a Mediterranean influence. Guests can enjoy exceptional bistro-styled dishes by Chef Amanda Barnes while sipping on craft cocktails, wine, and beer. Packing House offers a variety of inventive comfort food utilizing the freshest ingredients, including cheeses, charcuterie, crudo, small plates to share as well as large plates like Crab Spaghettini with preserved lemon and sambal chili.<br />Packing House offers extraordinary service under the guidance of General Manager Donald Whitcomb, who has worked with James Beard/5 Star chefs over his decade tenure in the industry. Guests can look forward to being served in the elegant dining room or alfresco in the summertime in the indoor/outdoor bar and dining area. Additionally, the multi-dimensional space holds MY HOUSE on the 2nd floor, a lounge available for private events as well as MY ROOF, rooftop bar with an unparalleled view of the city.
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Changed Names but Still a Bar
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/02/2014
 2010
Dined on 5/02/2014
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"The old Market Bar now called the Packing House. Little else is different. Over priced food is their attempt at creating fine dining. Attentive but sloppy service. Misleading food fest options and service mistakes did not result in a comped drink or write off. If you want to spent 200 for two people for bar food you found your home."
Dined on 5/02/2014
 2010
Special Features: vibrant bar scene
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Balena is first collobaration between Boka Restaurant Group and The Bristol Group. Led by Execeutive Chef/Partner Chris Pandel, the restaurant serves what he calls "Honest, Italian cooking." Balena's many accolades include Best New Restaurants in America by Gayot and Bon Appetit, 3 stars by the Chicago Tribune, and a James Beard semi-fnailist position for Best New Rstaurant at the James Beard Awards.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Good but had better
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/30/2014
 2010
Dined on 4/30/2014
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Really strange place. Beautiful spot, good scene, and the place is packed thud-sat. Strangely the food has never been incredible. Good but not great. 5th time here so I keep waiting for a better food experience but each time I come away with a decent meal but not awed by the experience."
Dined on 4/30/2014
 2010
Special Features: romantic
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Catch 35 Seafood and Premium Steaks is just a short walk from Chicago’s exciting Theatre district. The restaurant the Chicago Sun-Times calls “one of the classiest and most innovative seafood restaurants around” is perfect for a pre- or post-show dinner. Also, when Theatre patrons dine at Catch 35, the cost of valet will be deducted from the guest check.<br /><br />The menu offers variety, appeal and flavor with the city’s freshest seafood and steaks, such as Chilean sea bass, Szechwan scallops, seared Yellow Fin tuna, a bone-in rib eye and a chef’s cut New York strip. Whether you’re dining for business or pleasure, every experience is special at Catch 35.<br /><br />Join us for live jazz Tuesday through Saturday with the Eric Hochberg Trio led by Eric Hochberg, one of Chicago’s most well-known and versatile jazz musicians.<br /><br />Catch 35 is now featuring a Special 3 Course Value Dinner, with soup or salad; a choice of 6 popular entrees and any house dessert for only $33.95
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Used to be better
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/23/2014
 2010
Dined on 4/23/2014
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Quality of food, presentation and selection has dropped over the years."
Dined on 4/23/2014
 2010
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