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Cape Cod
Cape Cod
  • Address:
    Drake Chicago
    140 East Walton Place
    Chicago, IL 60611
    Gold Coast / Streeterville
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $31 to $50

Cape Cod Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thedrakehotel.com/dining/cape-cod
  • Phone: (312) 932-4347
  • Hours of Operation: SUNDAY - SATURDAY : 5:30-10PM


  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Continental
  • Executive Chef: CHEF HILLARY YORK
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: In the Cape Cod we are able to accomadate groups after inquiry with the General Manager, Theodore Daskalopoulos at 312-932-4347 or ted.daskalopoulos@hilton.com.

    Our Captain's Quarters dining space is perfect for up to 10 guests.
    Group's sizes 20-50 can be also accomated in the main dining room.
    We will also consider larger parties. Please contact us for more information.
  • Entertainment: None

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Michigan Avenue & Lakeshore Drive
  • Public Transit: CTA Train - Red line, Chicago stop
    CTA buses 145, 146, 147, 151
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Discounted valet parking is available when you dine at the Cape Cod. Valet parking is provided seven days a week with a flat rate of $14.00 for three hours. After three hours, normal rates apply
A word from Cape Cod
The Cape Cod, a much honored seafood restaurant, boasts of fresh seafood from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, from the lakes and freshwater streams. It has been consistently named as one of America's finest dining spots since opening in 1933. Zagat's consumer survey also picked the Cape Cod as a top hotel restaurant. It was recently inducted by Nation's Restaurant News into the Fine Dining Hall of Fame.

Located on the arcade level, the cozy restaurant, established in 1933 is decked with nautical paraphernalia. Nautical themed, wooden beams, hanging copper pots and stuffed sailfish adorn the room, walls and ceiling of this immensely popular restaurant. Reservations are very strongly recommended.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "We celebrated our wedding anniversary at the Cape Cod room. Our service was excellent."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Food is mediocre at best, and the fish was overcooked which was a disappointment going to a seafood restaurant - you can do much better for your money in Chicago so don't waste your time. They also lied about availability on the phone and wouldn't take our reservation until later in the night. I decided to check OpenTable and they had availability every 15 minutes and the place was empty... Quite strange they would turn down our attempt to make a reservation over the phone. Will not be returning and suggest you go somewhere else."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "If you like romantic setting and seafood with 5star service........and be able to actually have a conversation....well this is the place"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The Cape Cod Room is a unique place in the middle of a bustling Midwestern city. Food is very good but not outstanding. (My halibut was a bit dry and fingerling potatoes a bit soggy) But the atmosphere is a woody, small New England type place overlooking East Lake Shore Drive. Great spot for a romantic evening."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Enjoyed Variety of seafoods Raw oysters and clams,Salmon,Halibat ,Crub leggs and clam chowder. I am sure pay 7th visit! SHIN"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "It was our 30th wedding anniversary and the experience was as good as it was that night thirty years ago."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "My husband's fish was amazing (and expensive but it IS the Darke, after all)! My crab cakes were okay -- we lived in Baltimore so we KNOW crabcakes! The Cape Cod lives up to the Drake's elegant reputation - lovely place, quiet and fantastic service!!"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "We went to the Cape Cod Room on a Saturday nite. It was very empty. We had received in the mail a card for neighbors offering 20% off any of the restaurants in the Drake Hotel. We had a wonderful dinner, wine and service, but when we presented our card with our bill, we were given 20% off ONLY on the food. The card did not state that the discount was on food only. When asked if their martini's were still $25 , we were told that they were. We stopped next door at Rosebud Steak House and had a great martini for $12. The food and service is great, but management has positioned themselves in such a situation that most people only go there once and do not return."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "A find nestled away in the lovely Drake Hotel. Lived in Chicago for years and never knew about it. But delighted to dine there on a visit. A real treat. Fabulous seafood, well prepared. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Total experience was great. Not rushed. Great atmosphere. Excellent food and drinks."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Appetizer was the grilled octopus- the best!! The cedar plank salmon was delightful and cooked to perfection. My companion had the halibut which was equally good. Overall a plus plus dining experience. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The food and service was exceptional, but two cocktails cost more then $40. Eat up but BYOB (or stick to water). "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "This was the first time I've been to Cape Cod and was excited to bring my mother to celebrate her birthday. Overall, the experience was a bit disappointing. Waiter: Nice guy but for 2 people who had never been to this restaurant, he didn't help us navigate the menu at all. Just asked for our order. We had to ask what the specials were. We weren't aware that everything was a la carte, so we missed out on a side dish. Also, when asked for a 2nd glass of wine, we had to remind him after 20 minutes, as we still didn't get it. Food was very good though. Buttery and delicious. Would have stayed for dessert and coffee if we had been asked, but we were just given the check. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "If you're looking for a lovely, quiet dining experience just off Lake Michigan in an iconic setting, you would be hard pressed to find a better spot than Cape Cod. The food is as delicious as one should expect for the price point, and the service is excellent. The décor is classy, if old fashioned, and they have a lovely bar with a fairly deep wine list. We had crab-stuffed shrimp as an appetizer - and I would order two as a meal next time. One of the most delicious creations I have ever tasted. Scallops and lobster rounded off an absolutely wonderful meal."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "My wife and I dined at the Cape Cod room at the Drake for our anniversary. It's an old school classic room, not trendy and the staff knows how to take good care of their diners. Our meal was very good and we enjoyed a nice bottle of wine. Our only disappointment, albeit a minor one was that the lobster mac and cheese didn't appear to have any lobster in it. It was tasty nonetheless. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The food at the restaurant was excellent. The wait staff were truly professional and seasoned. They were very friendly and surprised us with a birthday dessert. The view is limited because it is located almost at street level, but we were able to get a table by the window just as we had requested."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "I've been dining at the Cape Cod for years, but haven't been there in about two years. I recently had dinner there and was thoroughly disappointed with the change in menu (they no longer have surf and turf, or lobster) and the quality of the food that they did serve was only fair and the portion sizes were small. For the price that this restaurant charges they need to step it up big time. Plate presentation was lacking as well. The service was slow, had to wait ten minutes for the check, and I noticed I was not the only patron that was not satisfied that evening. I will not return. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "The food unfortunately was only fair. The salmon was salty, the halibut overcooked and the crab cakes were small and lacked flavor."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "the cape cod room at the drake is always a destination whenever we come to Chicago. the atmosphere, ambience is diner friendly, the food is always outstanding with a favorite being the dover sole...just a pleasurable experience all the way around."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The food was good, but we were disappointed that surf and turf was not on the menu. We also missed the lobster mashed potatoes that were not on the menu either. I had New York Strip Oscar. The flavor was good, but the steak was raw. I ordered it medium well. I sent it back and it still came back rare. That is why I rated the food good and not excellent. We had a great seat by the window and had a lovely time."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We had a lovely dinner for 5 people and could enjoy our delicious food while having a quiet conversation. Not like so many noisy places in the Big City of Chicago, Cape Cod Room has a special ambiance for this quiet evening."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "This turned out to be a fantastic meal. The Cape Cod has world class fresh seafood in a setting reminiscent of the 1920's and 1930's. I highly recommend the Halibut en papillote. It was cooked to perfection and the fresh dill really added a nice zing to a very hearty white-fish. My wife thoroughly enjoyed her shell fish sampler (which included oysters, shrimp, clams and lobster) and couldn't get enough of their mussels. The bar also can create those classic cocktails (I had an amazing Old-Fashioned as well as a Sazerac) and my wife really enjoyed her mojito. Be prepared to sit and relax and enjoy a restaurant that offers you the tastiest and most fresh seafood around."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "If you like seafood and quiet good service with old school charm this is the place. I am almost 70 have been coming here since I was a teenager and it has not changed. I was raised on the Dover Sole and you can not get that any where else. That is why we keep coming back. The decor is charming and romantic and famous and the food and wine are always excellent. It is a quiet haven in the hustle and bustle of Michigan Ave. For Chicago raised people this is an institution that gratefully has not changed."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Traveled to Chicago to tag along with wife for her business meeting. Searched OT and found Cape Cod. I'm not a huge seafood fan, but my wife is. Setting is great, service was excellent, appetizer and my wife's scallops were excellent. Unfortunately, none of the seafood dishes appealed to me so order the tenderloin. It was not great. Very tough and difficult to cut. I had to ask for a different knife, but that was little better. It was slightly undercooked med rare instead of the med I ordered. I didn't send it back, but I couldn't eat much of it. I wish I liked seafood more. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The food was very good and the service friendly but lacked some attentiveness. Had to ask for service attention several times."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The meal was excellent, the waiter was knowledgable and friendly. But on arrival we were scowled at by the Maître d and made to feel anything but welcome"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Have to admit, this was the best grilled octopus I've ever had."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Traditional preparations and good old-fashioned treatment. In the Drake Hotel, this restaurant serves good food in solid, traditional style. Seafood, steaks, chops were well prepared. The king crab legs and a special, the shrimp de jonge, were both were good though not outstanding. The accompanying asparagus was nicely prepared, and not mushy. Corn on the cob and roasted potatoes were standard. Our desserts, a banana napoleon and a keylime parfait, were fine, just not fantastic. It could probably use some updating, but if you are looking for traditional fare prepared well in the traditional way, with a quiet, romantic ambience, this is it. Unlike so many newer restaurants, it was nice and quiet."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Nice, older, "traditional" seafood place. Went there on a recommendation and although a bit pricier than we were led to believe, food was good, although not exceptional as it had once been from what I understand. Service was not what I would have expected for a restaurant at The Drake; kept having to ask for refills until the waiter finally figured it out.. Great ambiance though."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This cozy room is just as I remembered it. Quiet, classy, "Old Chicago." We had a delicious, unhurried evening. I wish my salmon had been cooked a bit more, but I think this is more a function of me being behind the current trend of "medium" fish. I just can't seem to get used to that. I admit I ate it all anyway. If you want a special destination on north Michigan Avenue for something or someone special, The Cape Cod Room in The Drake Hotel is the place, a least for the over-fifty crowd."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We had a wonderful experience. The food, from the splendid red snapper soup, to the wonderfully superb Dover Sole (which we split), was the best food I have enjoyed in some time. Our waiter, Frederico, was the best. He was attentive, fun, bright. He has been at the restaurant 32 years, and one can see why."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This restaurant has returned to it's former days of service and glory. Everything was spot on."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Food was great as it always is but the big, burly head waiter had an attitude. We dined at 6 on a Sunday - as it was early the restaurant was nearly empty - during appetizers we asked for some more flat bread and when that arrived we asked for some more butter and the waiter gave us a distinct rolling of the eyes - a good, customer service oriented waiter would have seen we were out of butter and asked if we wanted more or brought it without even asking. When the bill for 3 was over $300 - I don't need attitude and condescension from an underworked head waiter. Everyone else was gracious and professional"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "My partner and I really love the Drake Hotel in Chicago. And having the equally impressive Cape Cod Restaurant in the ground floor is both convenient and tempting. For this spring break we made the bad decision to stay at the Four Seasons Chicago (close to the Drake in distance, but that's about as far as the comparison goes). We still managed to walk over to the Cape Code based on our previous positive experiences with the restaurant, and as usual the food and service was outstanding. Next time we return to Chicago we'll be sure to stay at the Drake and enjoy the Cape Code once more."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The Cape Cod room was a nice restaurant... somewhat quiet for Sat nite... early dinner @ 6:30... We had the chicken , tenderloin and pasta.... the pasta dish was not that good... could have been out of a box.... everything else we had including appetizers and desserts were good..."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We ate early, so the room was quiet. Seating was an old fashioned booth with window, feeling private and open. Cocktails were good. I had the dover sole, prepared table side, a delightful ritual. It was perfect, simply prepared and fresh. The crispy potatoes were oven crisped, so they weren't oily. A .had the special, pan browned lake perch over brussel sprouts with a light, tasty sauce. She said it was just delicious, but I loathe brussel sprouts. We enjoyed a light, crisp Latour Chablis with dinner. The flourless chocolate cake was OK. The overall menu is a bit limited, but offers good options. Our server was a round, good humored gentleman with good timing. It is expensive, but the overall experience is worth it for a special dinner."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Our table ordered the crab cakes, salmon, and white fish saltimbocca. All were excellent. I had the white fish, which was wrapped in proscuitto and was possibly the best preparation of white fish I've ever had. The service was impeccable. Will definitely return next time we're in the city."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Food good, wine good We went b/c we were staying at the hotel, I would go back A little overpriced"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We took our 3 kids to Cape Cod Room on my husband's birthday because his father used to take him there on special occasions. It was great to reminisce - the kids loved the fish on the wall and checking out all the initials etched in the bar's wood. But it seems the Cape Cod Room is simply hanging on to its memories. Fish & Chips should've been on a "kids" menu because that's what it was - a kids dish. The other dishes were good. Service was good, not great, though our old time waiter did a nice job of making the kids feel welcome. Overall it was a nice night - a neighborhood gem for sure, I just hope it hangs on longer!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Enjoyed fresh oysters. Thought the entree menu was rather limited on selections. Though what we ordered was good. Dessert just so so."
    Dined on 2/22/2014