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Browntrout

Browntrout Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://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
  • "tried the fried chicken and the walleye. soooo deleicious. didn't try the wines, but they have a good selection. really really good live band (americana/bluegrass) . great neighborhood spot, i will definitely come back as the menu changes with the seasons ;)"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Food was incredible. Our six year-old enjoyed the cheese plate right along with us, especially the house-made ricotta. Buttermilk fried chicken was to die for, and the various ways the chef reimagined each dish was inspired. Loved the vegetables no one serves any more...parsnips, turnips, ramps, purslane."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Food was fantastic except for the mussels. We weren't expecting salt water mussels and they were very briney. The rest of the meal was perfect! Drinks were tasty as well. We're definitely going back again."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Went to Browntrout for our anniversary dinner with our 5 year old daughter. We've eaten at Browntrout before but not with our daughter. She ordered the homemade spaghetti and not only did she eat it - like she hadn't had a meal in days - she made 'mmmm, this is so good' noises throughout the meal. My husband and I had a dozen oysters; they were $1/piece! So tasty. The poutine was delicious and somewhat elegant in its presentation. I had the grilled trout roulade which was amazing with crispy skin, fresh peas, broccoli and couscous. My husband had the walleye which was equally as good. Rhubarb fritters with root beer ice cream so good and the homemade ricotta cheese was yummy. Loved it and can't wait to go back again as a family."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I went with a friend on a Wednesday night, when Browntrout offers a three course dinner for $35. We split that and ordered an extra salad, and this combination provided us with plenty of food. We especially enjoyed the mussels in a curry sauce, which comes with a side of jasmine rice, a perfect bed for all of the delicious sauce. Service was attentive and efficient. I chose this restaurant after it got rave reviews on Check, Please, and it more than lived up to the accolades that it received on the show."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We started with 2 dozen of the super fresh oysters on the half shell ...sweet and salty from New Brunswick; next, a terrific asparagus salad; and then we decided the appetizers sounded too good to pass up ...we were not disappointed. The wood grilled mushrooms with popcorn grits were a terrific surprise. We finished with a 5-cheese board that was the perfect ending. Nice wines and cocktails too. Great, casual atmosphere ...highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I tried Browntrout after seeing it reviewed on Check Please. We were very excited and went on a Friday night. The atmosphere was nice and the menu sounded delicious, however it was not worth they hype. The service was not great, although our waiter was very nice. It took forever to get our appetizers and then about 5 minutes after they were cleared our main courses came out. I ordered fish for my entree and it was the smallest portion I have ever been served, probably 2 ounces. I had to send it back because it was almost raw when I cut into it. In general we thought all the food was bland, lacking salt and pepper. The best part of the meal was the free dessert we got on account of the fish being raw."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This spot had a creative and reportedly frequently changing menu! The staff was attentive and enthusiastic about their food!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My partner and I went here to celebrate my birthday. We both chose the prix fixe option -- appetizer, entree, dessert. We shared a great cheese plate and delicious dinner rolls. I had arctic cod/fingerling potatoes/asparagus and he had trout/polenta/parsnips/sugar peas. Both fish dishes were well prepared. The servings were a good size for one. For dessert, I had the trio of ice creams. The brown butter was amazing!! Our server was friendly but neglected to bring the wine pairing for the second course until my partner was nearly done with his fish (but did apologize for being late with it). My iced sun tea was pale and flavorless -- clearly needing more time in the sun or more tea bags. Still, highly recommended!!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We've been coming to Browntrout for years. We particularly love to take guests from out of town. The food is great especially the risotto. It's hard to find a dish that isn't wonderful. The ingredients are also fresh. It's a perfect place year round. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This is definitely one of the more interesting places we have ever dined. We've been here five times and never been disappointed. The menu changes weekly. Hangar steak is great. From the Thursday BYOB to the Sunday night 1/2 price on select wine bottles and the Blue Grass Band, you won't find a better dining experience. Staff is terrific and the owner/chef is always roamiong the dining room to make sure you're enjoying your visit. Can't recommend highly enough."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "My family had brunch over the weekend and I can confidently say the eggs Benedict is one of the best in the city. They were also very accomdating to our family which included two small children. Outstanding service all around."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "So- a delayed birthday dinner with husband and son and meh. Husbands fish nearly raw, returned and didn't reappear until we had finished our dinners and not until waitress was asked. For the price, fish portion was tiny, salads not great, no free bread? Uncool. Not worth it and it used to be great. It was our go to for friends. What happened to the grilled trout? Generous accompanying vegetables?"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Our waitress was extremely bubbly and was training a server. We ordered the tuna appetizer, which was delicious but very small, but before it arrived she apologized that the kitchen had forgotten our order. Soon after we finished it, a second one arrived but we accepted it and agreed to pay for it. Then we had to flag her down to order dinner, again delicious, papardelle pasta and the ribeye. Unfortunately we also ordered a salad which she forgot, didn't even remember us ordering it. We had dessert which was outstanding, trio of ice cream and coffee, which she offered to refill but never did. They did comp us for the second tuna and the dessert, probably because they knew our service was spotty and we did not complain. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I started with the oysters on the half shell, a full dozen and they were fabulous. For my main I had a small plate of mushrooms with a sous vide egg. It was rich, full of flavor and the waiter brought me a few lovely pieces of olive bread to soak it all up. My husband and walleye with asparagus and fingerling potatoes. He said it was perfectly cooked. I ordered a French 75 cocktail to go with the oysters, perfect match. Drinks were reasonably priced, the servings are not large, so order an appetizer and an entree. Our server was excellent."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Apple fritters were hot and delicious. Eggs Bene had wonderful sauce. Everything prepared well, very nice staff."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Our table of 8 was seated promptly on Mother's Day. Service was a bit slow and relaxed but our server was friendly and helpful. Food was great. Will go back again for dinner next time."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We have been to Browntrout before- not sure what was happening on Saturday night. We had an 8:15 reservation and were seated at 9:20. Bartender was overwhelmed and took forever to get us drinks. Food took even longer. The hostess and waiter both apologized a million times but never offered a free drink or dessert. We left the restaurant at 10:30!! Bummer that we won't be coming back. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "My family took me here for an early Mother's Day dinner. While it is an upscale kind of restaurant, it was still low key enough to bring the kids (age 8) along and had a nice, healthy kids menu. I loved the small plates and that some of the mains came in half sizes - we did a lot of sharing and tasting. The service was impeccable and when the chef saw my son pass his plate to my husband (to do some sharing), he immediately came out to offer him a new dish if he didn't like his choice. How attentive and sweet! Everything we ordered was fresh and delicious and had an interesting twist (the gnocchi was served "dry" with sauces on the side for dipping - it was divine). The whole menu looked tasty, must go back to try more! "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We dined here last Saturday evening and were surprised we could get a table at the last minute. They have a great cocktail menu and extensive wine list. The food was delicious. The service seemed to be a little off that evening. It took forever to get our drinks and when we ordered a second they came just as we were finishing dinner. No worry, though, because it took forever to get the bill and the change. We've been here before and the service was unremarkable so I wouldn't let one review of the slow service keep you away. This is a definite must!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Nice venue..good service and nice vibe. The food was average the portions small and the price was big."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I enjoyed the fresh, creative selections. I ordered the mussels "Indian-style" and had the steak. Both were delicious. Dessert was fun."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "An overall wonderful experience for Sunday supper with the kids plus music!!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Unspoiled gem - blows my mind this place isn't booked solid but I'm glad, we can always get a table! If I lived in this neighborhood, we'd be regulars..."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Our family enjoyed previous visits to this restaurant, and we went looking forward to the revised menu and new chef. But the meal was a disaster. We waited at least 45 minutes and then our fish arrived cold. This was a shame because the food looked beautiful and the fish would have tasted very good if it not been cold. Other items on the plate were hot, which left us to conclude that the fish had been prepared before the other items and left to sit. We sent back the coldest meal (truly not edible) but the kitchen sent back the same piece of fish now with the texture of rubber. We were polite and tried to laugh it off, and our waiter kindly comped us one meal. We were hugely disappointed. I sincerely hope this was an aberration. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We made reservations for brunch and when we first arrived the place wasn't full but later filled up. After we were seated we waited over twenty minutes just to get drinks ordered and then it took 45 minutes to get our food. The servings were small and not worth the wait. I even asked for salt and pepper and when the shakers arrived they were empty. I was too afraid it would take another ten min to get replacements so I did with out. We were very disappointed with the overall experience. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We visited Browntout after discovering the reviews on Open Table. We were delighted with the entire experience. We did not have reservations until 8:45 but the restaurant remained vibrant throughout the evening. Staff was very accomodating and we will definitely return on our next trip to the Windy City. Food was wonderful"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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