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    May 29, 2014
  • Last Review
    September 19, 2014
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Welcome to Mindy’s HotChocolate Restaurant and Dessert Bar. While we know that you have many dining choices, we wholly commit ourselves to exceed your expectations in all areas of your dining experience.<br /><br><br><br />From the moment you walk through the front door, it is our goal to provide you with an atmosphere that is comfortable and relaxed with exemplary service and an evolving array of high-quality, seasonal and locally-sourced food, drink and pastry.<br /><br><br><br />We constantly search for new and exciting purveyors, ingredients and presentations. Through our network of artisan farmers and friends, we are able to connect the producer to the consumer and provide a uniquely enjoyable dining adventure.<br /><br><br><br />Whether it is a casual lunch, a leisurely weekend brunch, a delightful dinner or a late night dessert rendezvous, HotChocolate continues to be one of Chicago’s most unique dining destinations.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Lives up to its name
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/17/2014
 2011
Dined on 9/17/2014
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"This place smells incredible from the moment you walk in.. very inviting and like an antique shop vibe.. I loved it. The hot chocolate was outstanding (I had the chai one) and the Shrimp Louie salad was so tasty and different. The tomato soup was a bit boring- good but nothing great. My coworker had the BLET which he said was fantastic- it was HUGE like a burger almost! I wanted to try it- next time. I will be back for sure!!"
Dined on 9/17/2014
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Cicchetti. Italian for "small plates" popular in Bacari Bars or Osterie in Venice, Italy. Usually accompanied by an "Ombra" or "Shadow" which can be a glass of wine, aperitivo or a signature or classical cocktail. Italian and Venetian inspired dining brought to you from the people behind Trattoria No. 10, Sopraffina Marketcaffes and Poag Mahone's. Welcome, we can't wait to see you!
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
An odd one
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/05/2014
 2011
Dined on 9/05/2014
 2011
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"This was an odd one for me to describe.. the restaurant shares a space with their sister restaurant which was not open on this Friday night- making the restaurant appear to be empty! No one wants to eat in an empty restaurant on a Friday night. Our waitress was very inattentive & seemed to be busy doing god knows what, so drinks were slow to arrive. The flatbread was good & cheese plate was alright.. but we had to flag someone down to explain out cheese platter to us- everyone seemed really uninterested to work there. The short rib ravioli was alright but nothing memorable and I can't even remember our fourth dish so evidently not too memorable either. I wanted to like this place because I heard great things but truth is I won't be back."
Dined on 9/05/2014
 2011
Special Features: late-night find
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The California-influenced, American restaurant features a wood-fire grill as its centerpiece and will dish out an ever-changing menu that spotlights locally-sourced produce & ingredients whenever possible. In addition to simply prepared proteins and a large selection of market vegetables, Summer House Santa Monica also boasts Chef Mahin’s signature artisanal bread program, an extensive wine list, fresh-squeezed juices and a wide array of pastry & sweets. Seeking to make diners feel at-home, the restaurant has been designed to evoke the atmosphere of a summer beach house with whitewashed woods, warm tones and a large glass ceiling positioned directly over the dining room that brings the outside in no matter what the season. An open kitchen outfitted in earth-toned tiling and a five-foot, wood-fire grill that emulates a home hearth further fosters the comfortable atmosphere.<br /><br />Now open for Lunch on Fridays from 11am-4pm and Saturdays & Sundays for our weekend Brunch 8am-3pm!
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
GREAT for Brunch on the weekend
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/06/2014
 2011
Dined on 9/06/2014
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"What a fun and vibrant brunch spot! We had a reservation but it was so busy we had to wait a bit which is not a problem at all bc you can grab a coffee or pastry from the little front bar and people watch. The noises and smells add to the ambiance. It's just lovely. We had a GREAT table in the bar- a big round booth and the coffee was great and food too! The egg breakfast was a fave by two in my party!! I will for sure b back- it's a beautiful restaurant and I want to try more food!!"
Dined on 9/06/2014
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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Tavern On Rush is a contemporary steakhouse offering an extensive menu of classic American fare, including USDA Prime aged steaks and chops, seafood, pizza, burgers, pastas unique daily specials and more. <br /><br />Tavern boasts a bustling bar and lounge area, with a resident music producer who creates a fun and energetic playlist for guests' enjoyment 7 nights a week. The warm and inviting atmosphere is enhanced with a horseshoe-shaped bottle display, mahogany wood accents, linen table cloths, large windows overlooking the panoramic view of lively Rush Street and exceptional service. <br /><br />Tavern’s outdoor patio cafe was voted “Best Outdoor Dining” by Chicago Scene Magazine. It is equipped with flatscreen HD TVs and is perfect for catching rays on a sunny afternoon over lunch or dining with friends on a beautiful summer evening. Reservations not accepted for patio.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
HUGE portions
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/06/2014
 2011
Dined on 9/06/2014
 2011
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
"The portions here are HUGE which is something to remember bc you can easily share. I feel like the waitstaff should mention that- we were two petite women out on a Sat night and definitely should have split a meal bc we weren't going back home so we wasted so much food and overspent. So- split meals if you can! :) The whitefish was good!! Great service too."
Dined on 9/06/2014
 2011
Special Features: good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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At Bistronomic, enjoy modern cuisine rooted in French culture that showcases ingredients from Midwestern farms. The restaurant, whose name is a combination of three words: bistro / gastronomy / economic, is Chef Martial Noguier’s long-time dream come to fruition; to create a contemporary bistro that is both approachable and affordable.<br /><br />Bistronomic’s delicious menu items – composed from seasonal, local, and sustainable ingredients – include expertly prepared items like Martial's Mother's Homemade Country Pâté, Seared Diver Scallops, and the Filet Mignon au Poivre. <br /><br />The fully stocked bar features imported spirits and an assortment of cocktails. Many of the French and Californian labels are available by the glass.<br /><br />A table for up to 14 is available on Friday and Saturday nights in a semi-private room. Guests may order from the a la carte or prix fixe menus.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
First time here
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/13/2014
 2011
Dined on 9/13/2014
 2011
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The restaurant is small and cozy which was lovely and the food was good but didn't blow my mind. The waitstaff are very friendly and accommodating and the wine was great! I did enjoy that very much. They weren't pushy or didn't rush us when we ended up being the last table. The foulard duck was good but not great- the pommel frites were pretty good actually but could have used more truffle salt and park in my opinion and the gnocchi wasn't that great to be honest. I was hoping for more of a wow factor but not so much... not sure I would go back."
Dined on 9/13/2014
 2011
Special Features: romantic, special occasion
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At MAX’s Wine Dive, we’re all about bringing “gourmet comfort food” to our guests alongside a constantly curated selection of wines from around the world, some of which cannot be found anywhere else, all served with a down-to-earth, rock-n-roll style.<br><br>MAX’s Wine Dive is a restaurant and wine bar that’s fun, funky, eclectic and a complete juxtaposition that captures the qualities of a casual, industrial feel with a top-notch food and wine program.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Great wine and champagne selection!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/16/2014
 2011
Dined on 7/16/2014
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Great wine and champagne selection! You can taste each one before you buy a glass which is lovely, and the wait staff are very friendly and knowledgable. We did not try the food but kept seeing it go by and it looked and smelled amazing we all decided we will be back for the food as well!!!!"
Dined on 7/16/2014
 2011
Special Features: notable wine list
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Homestead is a literal farm-to-table restaurant featuring rustic, yet elegant cuisine from executive chef Chris "Chip" Davies; specialty cocktails, wines, spirits, and beers from beverage director Patrick Henaghan; and desserts and breads from executive pastry chef Chris Teixeira. <br /><br />New for Summer 2014 is a retractable awning for outdoor dining during rainy days. <br /><br />The rooftop patio of Homestead features 80 outdoor seats with full views of our L-shaped 1,000-square foot organic rooftop and vertical hanging gardens. There is over 2500 square feet of edible produce and herbs which is incorporated into all of our dishes and cocktails. <br /><br />The light-filled second-floor interior air-conditioned room at Homestead features an additional 60 seats at tables and another 12 seats at the bar.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Cool rooftop
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/26/2014
 2011
Dined on 6/26/2014
 2011
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"It was very quiet for a Thursday happy hour on a rooftop in nice weather... BUT drinks were great! The Cucumber Gin cocktail was great! The ice cubes were are from the cucumber and the blueberry rum drink seas super refreshing and yummy!"
Dined on 6/26/2014
 2011
Special Features: great for outdoor dining
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Quartino, an urban Italian restaurant and wine bar, is the creation of Hugo Ralli, Steve Lombardo (owners of Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House, LUXBAR) and Exec Chef / Partner John Coletta. Quartino combines the best of Italy’s osteria and enoteca to offer an authentic everyday Italian food and wine experience. “Where wine is cheaper than water” Throughout Europe, in bistro after osteria after enoteca, fresh local wines of high quality and unique characteristics are priced as a less expensive alternative to bottled water. Reservation requests for patio seating are not accepted. Patio seating is first come, first serve.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
William is a great bartender!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/10/2014
 2011
Dined on 6/10/2014
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"The Donuts desert is TO DIE FOR! Get the honey AND chocolate. It's AMAZING. Also the Aglianico Del Vulture wine is awesome. Fun times for a Tuesday night too- packed and good crowd!"
Dined on 6/10/2014
 2011
Special Features: vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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Here at Pizza House No. 1647 we have a variety of meals to choose from including delicious soups, salads, burgers, and sides. What we are most famous for is our freshly baked pizza! All the ingredients are made in-house, freshly prepared every day!! Check out our new menu:<br />pizzahousechicago.com<br /><br />Order online: pizzahousechicago.hungerrush.com/
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Nice outdoor seating
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/06/2014
 2011
Dined on 6/06/2014
 2011
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"A friend and I shared the soup and wedge salad and it was alright.. nothing great. I think we need to try the pizza. Outdoor seating it quite lovely though and the server was really sweet."
Dined on 6/06/2014
 2011
Special Features: great for outdoor dining
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Chicago q is the modern urban BBq experience. <br /><br /><br />What makes q so good? It could be our savory North Carolina BBq rubs tirelessly mastered by ‘BBQ Pitmaster’ and Chef Partner Lee Ann Whippin. Lee Ann earned her place in the BBq hall-of-fame with countless accolades often featured on TLC’s BBQ Pitmasters and the Food Network. Our Chef Partner takes BBq seriously.<br /><br /><br /><br />
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Great happy hour spot
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/03/2014
 2011
Dined on 6/03/2014
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Went on a Tuesday night for happy hour and it was really fun! Not too crowded but still a decent crowd- LOVE the pickles and chips you get upon arrival and Andrea was a GREAT server. The Wine was good and bartender was friendly as well as hostesses. I will for sure be back! Also- the fried green tomatoes and Shrimp and grits apps are AWESOME and great to share for two people."
Dined on 6/03/2014
 2011
Special Features: vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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