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Browntrout Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://browntroutchicago.com
  • Email: msanders@browntroutchicago.com
  • Phone: (773) 472-4111
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Wednesday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Sean Sanders
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: We will be having a farm dinner with Spence Farm, The Stewards of land, and Jennifer Olvera, the author of Food Lover's guide to Chicago.

    It will be a three course meal with an amuse for Forty dollars and wine pairings for Thirty dollars. Also, we will be providing complimentary Food Lover's Guide to Chicago

    There will be seatings at Seven, and Seven Thirty. Unforunately, we will only be acommodating the farm dinner tonight. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Check our website for further event details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Damen & Irving Park
  • Public Transit: Brown Line - Irving Park.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered parking on Lincoln Avenue. Free Parking is available on side streets.
A word from Browntrout
Browntrout is a comfortable, casual fine-dining experience. We grow our own herbs in our rooftop garden and we use sustainably farmed and/or organic products whenever possible. All our seafood comes from natural waters or sustainable farms. Our meats are all free range animals. We can seat 80 people in our dining room comfortably. We serve the same sustainable food for children as well. We have a large central communal table for large groups. It seats 16 people. We have a full Bar, plus Beer and Wine List.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Though the restaurant knew we had an 8 o'clock curtain (put in 'notes to restaurant' when I made the reservation thru opentable) they failed to get us out and fed in time. We had to leave before the entree's arrived - 70 minutes after we got to our table. Apparently, there was a radio review that day and the restaurant got inundated with customers. We did return after the play and had a terrific dinner with a very sympathetic server. The food was inventive and kudos to them for their efforts to sustainability. I was a little surprised that they charged us full price for our meals - if I owned the place, something - round of drinks or dessert, would have been on the house after that sort of a screw up."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "A lot of my friends have raved about this restaurant, know I finally know why. Really fresh, fresh ingredients done in beautifully creative ways. I had the rainbow trout and it tasted it as if I had pulled it out of the stream that morning. All the better since my fly fishing skills are limited. My Minnesota wife said the Walleye she had was the best she had ever tasted. That is high praise from someone who loves Walleye and has eaten it her entire life. Both dishes were done with extraordinary finesse and flavor. Not a large menu of offerings, but limited for a reason. They stick to a few seasonal items and do them very, very well. Will be back soon."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "What a lovely surprise to find a Wed prix fixe and wine pairings for $50!! Scrumptious three courses. Adventuresome new food and thoughtful wine selections. Best deal around for the quality. Cannot wait to return"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "This was the second time visiting Browntrout and this time was even better than the first. Small and simply menu but fresh ingredients with full of flavors and great cocktails. Shaved Butternut & Sprout Salad was uniquely refreshing and baby octopus and fluke were perfectly cooked. Both dishes used purees instead of sauces, which magnifies the flavor of the main ingredients. Great food and drinks are complimented by great service. This is one of the best bistros in Chicago. I hope it remains small and intimate."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Great bargain on Oysters from 5-7 (double check that time) everyday. $1 each! Good cocktails. Menu is very limited and I would say more for Tapas style dining. Very few full main courses. The trout for the day was out by 7PM which seems odd since it was fairly early in the evening. Our server, Kevin was wonderful."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Went on a Sunday night, bluegrass style band, great food, excellent cocktails. Fresh, clean and most important amazing flavors."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Had a good meal. The trout was outstanding. Mussels not memorable but fine. Shaved butternut squash salad was really good. We got the bread but I prefer more of a french style bread that such a buttery roll kind of bread."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This was the second time we have been to Browntrout. It was wonderful both times! The first time we went for Brunch, last night we had dinner. Both times the service was excellent and the food was delicious! They are kid friendly. Our daughter ate free because we came early. That's a nice plus! We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I was challenged to find something healthy to eat on the somewhat limited menu. The hanger steak was good, the fish was not. Pork cheeks is a definite no-no. And on this particular night they were serving mussels and oysters ... not a good choice for me. Maybe a different night would have been better. Love the Thursday BYOB, but need more healthy choices."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "This restaurant has such a unique menu with something for everyone. The quality of the food was obvious and was prepared perfectly. I ordered the fried chicken and it was literally the best I've had in my entire life. We also ordered the curried mussles which was delicious as well. I can't wait to go back andd try the venison."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "We had an excellent table. If we had been sitting in the main area I think it would have been too noisy. The food was very good. The bartender made my husband a rum drink not on the menu and it was excellent1"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "A rainbow of flavors, and the wine list isn't carp."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I'd driven past here a number of times but never gave it a second thought until Restaurant Week and made a reservation when OpenTable suggested the option for the neighborhood. What a great meal! From the service to every course--our entire table raved about it. Kale salad? Sooo good. Pork loin? Wow! Risotto? I could sR you for days! The desserts were great too. Good, solid standbys--well made. Chocolate soufflé and apple fritters with brown butter ice cream. Delicious. Oh--and the house made ginger beer and citrus sodas were phenomenal. The whole concept of restaurant week is to try a place you've never been. That's what we did and are so happy for it."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I visited for my birthday dinner. We had reservations at Browntrout and were seated immediately upon arriving. It was Thursday night: BYOB night, and we had brought a six pack from the beer and wine store next door. We got water right away and the host (I think) gave us glasses for beers immediately. Unfortunately, once we were seated, we weren't greeted by our server for about ten minutes. In that small of a dining room, she should have seen us there. After that initial hiccup, the meal was amazing. The service was prompt once we began ordering. The burger was made of short ribs! The warm kale salad was one of my favorite dishes, and we got the fallen chocolate souffle and the ice cream flight. Delicious."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Four of us went to celebrate 2 birthdays during restaurant week. The food surpassed expectations! Unusually variations on standard themes while the ingredients are still pronounciable. Staff was very friendly but everyone may have been a tiny bit off due to the crowd and the wind chill of the evening. Will definitely return for another take."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We went to browntrout with our 10 month old daughter. On the plus side, they were great about having her. Overall the service was good. And the food was good too, but not that good. There was nothing that special about any of it. The drink I had was memorable, and none of the food was bad, it was just a little boring. Nice people, great location for us, good with kids, relatively inexpensive, just not great."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Browntrout is a top destination on my list. We had the chef's tasting menu and it was absolutely outstanding, The food was fantastic. the value unbelievable. While this review may seem a bit effusive, it should be."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Browntrout is my favorite restaurant. Chef Sean is a culinary artist, talented and creative. Our food was wondrful. Everything is made in house; bread, pasta and even the bacon! You can taste the difference in Chef Sean's food. His choice to locally source his ingrediants and hand make each componant is what sets Browntrout apart from other restaurants. Each bite of food is full of clean, bright flavors that please not only the pallette, but the soul as well.Truly delicious and amazing everytime, every dish. The atmosphere is nice, with a comfortable feeling, paired with the upscale food, makes this fine dining experience accessible to everyone."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Very Kid friendly restaurant. Chef came out after meals and made a desert at the table for the kids. Food was good, portions a little small, but pleased with the experience. The ambiance was moderate, could have had a nicer floor. Sauces were all a little unique, maybe too unique for my tastes."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We had a lovely dinner at Brown Trout. Fish entrees cooked perfectly. Extremely delicious. Sunday is half-priced wine night and music from a blue grass trio added to the experience."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "My husband and I had dinner at browntrout last Sunday and were very happy with the entire experience. Excellent service, delicious and interesting food, and a chef who obviously takes great pride in his craft."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "3 of us made a last minute reservation for Sunday dinner. What a find! Sunday night is fried chicken night, and a half price wine special, featuring a nice range from the full list (which features well chosen wine at every price level), adds tremendous value. We enjoyed the autumn green and wedge salads, crispy walleye, hanger steak and the aforementioned fried chicken and moved on to apple fritters and rice pudding with roasted grapes (both fabulous). Lots of restaurants are touting their local farm sources and seasonal cooking these days, but Browntrout really delivers. Highly, highly recommended."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "My husband and I chose Browntrout because of their sustainability philosophy, and the meal was fantastic!! Outstanding! I would highly recommend it to anyone. There were families there, so it is kid friendly. On Sunday nights, a blue grass band plays, and they were really good. I really enjoyed the music. I would go back in a second."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "I had been waiting for a Sunday night when I could take my family to Browntrout for their chicken dinner; it was well worth the wait and we will return. Our meal started with the dollar oysters and kale salad. Two of us had the chicken special which came with garlic mashed potatoes and broccoli and one had a mushroom risotto. We added a half off bottle of wine to our meal. Certainly recommend getting a side of the rolls as my son who watches what he eats ate two. The live bluegrass music is a delightful bonus and keeps the room vibrant. Where can three people eat an outstanding meal prepared from locally sourced foods accompanied by wine with excellent service and live music for one hundred dollars? At Browntrout."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "This was our first visit to Browntrout, despite living relatively nearby. We had a 5:00 reservation so we could get to a 7:00 concert that night and were seated immediately. Our delightful server told us about the half-price wine offers and the fried chicken special for Sunday nights. It sounded so good that all of us ordered it. Even better, it lived up to the description and was moist, flavorful and delicious. I believe there were some herbs mixed into the beer batter but they were quite subtle and added some good flavor. We also tried a delicious selection of cheeses & the parker house rolls. The latter were the only thing that was a bit disappointing. You get four rolls for $6 but they were just basic dinner rolls. We will be back!"
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "We always enjoy our dinner at Browntrout. Good food, comfortable setting, a good kids menu and attentive service. I recommend for everyone."
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "Some of the menu items were great, others missed the mark a bit. My cocktail was tasty."
    Dined on 9/25/2013
  • "The bluegrass music totally redeemed the fried chicken that had way too much rosemary in it :)"
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "We had a great experience. The food was excelent and unique. Wait staff was very helpful with service and suggestions. The recorded music was a little loud but the Bluegrass band was excellent."
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "Great neighborhood restaurant! The mac and cheese and the walleye were pefect!!"
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Farm to Table extraordinaire.The atmosphere is a modern, sleek dining room with all the comforts of home. The scent of smoked wood and the communal table is reminiscent of an "on the farm" dining experience. The food is amazingly comforting yet with an elegant twist.The menu/cocktails change with the seasons, and my Bratwurst Dinner was Octoberfest on a plate! Our cravings for a Fall Meal was scumptiously fulfilled. We began with the mellow smokey flavors of the Mac and Cheese with Bacon (enough for three-four people to share) and completed our dining experience with Rice Pudding/Concord Grapes/Glazed Pecan sauce, and a decedant Fallen Chocolate Souffle surrounded by a candied apple and caramel sauce.Great service/knowledged in winepairing"
    Dined on 10/14/2013
  • "The restaurant is environmentally conscious with an emphasis on local and sustainable food. We had a group of four and everyone was pleased with the dishes. Waiters were friendly and enthusiastic and the restaurant was quite enough to engage in uninterrupted conversation."
    Dined on 10/12/2013