Cape Cod
Cape Cod

Cape Cod

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

    BAR ON FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS OPENS AT 5:00pm

    OYSTER BAR NOW OPEN !! FRIDAYS /SATURDAYS AT 5:00pm

    THANKSGIVING DAY OPEN FROM 3:30 -9:30pm prix fixe Menu available

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Continental
  • Executive Chef: HERVE CUYEU
  • 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
  • Special Events: SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR : AMY VERDON

    PLEASE CONTACT AMY AT: amy.verdon@hilton.com for bookings of groups 15 and over .

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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Cape Cod reviews from OpenTable diners
67 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelQuiet
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (44)romantic (37)fit for foodies (20)neighborhood gem (16)notable wine list (12)great for lunch (6)late-night find (6)good for groups (4)scenic view (3)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Good-great atmosphere and romantic!
    Darlene
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still the home of the $25 martini!
    JeffVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chicago landmark dining
    Deebla
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    5floorsup
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Total experience was great. Not rushed. Great atmosphere. Excellent food and drinks.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NotlawVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, over priced drinks
    ChowDnWestchesterVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    The food and service was exceptional, but two cocktails cost more then $40. Eat up but BYOB (or stick to water).
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Is there a secret password?
    jayzeeVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food in iconic location
    RegencyAnne
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Occasion
    eatstreet
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tastes & seasoned wait staff
    Afanoso
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointment
    Nancy
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a chicago favorite
    mamacare
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    Bostonian
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The food unfortunately was only fair. The salmon was salty, the halibut overcooked and the crab cakes were small and lacked flavor.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OLD SCHOOL JEM
    chgoboomer
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I wish I liked seafood more
    technosportsVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary celebration
    oldsalt
    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.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food in a Chicago classic
    helto1
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner was great
    luvthefish
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food, dreadful reception
    Podvers
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Comfort/Good
    Electric
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Have to admit, this was the best grilled octopus I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Traditional style
    Lizzy
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best
    Dengelman
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nostalgic Saturday
    Sparkler
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old School
    DaveK
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    This restaurant has returned to it's former days of service and glory. Everything was spot on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ChiTown1
    ChiTown1VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surly Head Waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cape Cod Room... Sat nite
    JohnJ
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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...
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  • Excellent dining at Cape Code
    Atahualpa317
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cape Cod Room
    olga
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    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.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    JustDVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall good experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Food good, wine good We went b/c we were staying at the hotel, I would go back A little overpriced
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brings Back Memories
    JwkPegVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed fresh oysters. Thought
    Tea42
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Enjoyed fresh oysters. Thought the entree menu was rather limited on selections. Though what we ordered was good. Dessert just so so.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best seafood in Chicago
    HeatherVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    The food at cape cod was delicious, as good as in the east coast. By far, the best clam chowder I've ever had and the crab cakes and oysters were very good. Even the vegetables were cooked to perfection. Great service. Would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a 6:45 reservation
    Pappy1
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We had a 6:45 reservation and did not get our food until 9:00. No water, table attention for water, a cocktail. Nothing! And when the mgr walked by he asked about our service we complained and that was the end of that. When we paid our bill he didn't even make eye contact. Very disappointed. !!!!!!
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    special occasion
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  • Food was not good
    CS74VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    My boyfriend and I went to Cape Cod and the best part of our meal was the bread and spinach. The place was a little dated but we didnt mind that. However, the food was not good. I ordered the oysters rockefeller. When it arrived, it was cold and cheese was a dark yello which looked very processed and like velveeta. For my entree, I ordered the lobster crostini which also didnt taste fresh. My boyfriend got the monkfish which he said was just ok. Since our meals were not great, we did not want to try dessert. When we left, we felt ill for awhile which we think was from how processed the food was. We will not be returning.
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  • Wonderful meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We went to Chicago for the weekend and ate at The Cape Cod Room on Saturday night. It was all I expected and more. I am a from scratch cook so I have very high expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place is a gem. You feel
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    This place is a gem. You feel like you are in Cape Cod. The food was fantastic. The wine list is well rounded but smaller than I expected. The waiter was from the old school and was great. The manager stopped by to see how our evening was going. The only hitch was when we were leaving. I guess the only people was eat at Cape Code stay at the hotel and put room number on bill. I paid with my credit card. A server chased us down the hall saying we did not pay. I had a signed receipt and he required me to go back to verify I paid. Sorry I gave about a 25% tip.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food paired with good
    EatsAlotsVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Great food paired with good service. This is what you would expect from a downtown Chicago location. Great fish, was capable to satisfy the vegetarian diner of our group!
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.