Cite
Cite
  • Address:
    505 North Lake Shore Drive (Navy Pier)
    Lake Point Towers
    Chicago, IL 60611
    Neighborhood:
    Gold Coast / Streeterville
  • Cuisine:
    Steakhouse
    Price: $50 and over

Cite

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.citechicago.com/
  • Phone: 3126444050x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:30pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, American, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Oscar Ornelas
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Cite offers a unique venue for all types of private events. Wedding Events, Social Celebrations, Corporate Events.
    Weekly fireworks on Wednesday and Saturday nights at Navy Pier

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Navy Pier
  • Public Transit: Navy Pier Trolley, Grand Avenue Bus 65, State Street 29 Bus
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available at Lake Point Tower, pricing may vary on parking garage and seasons***
A word from Cite
For over 38 years, Cite has stood 70 stories high as a Chicago institution. The ultimate dining experience features savory menu selections, impeccable service, the romantic SkyLounge, private banquet room and breathtaking views of Chicago's skyline and lakefront.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Cite reviews from OpenTable diners
167 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.7
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
72% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (143)romantic (108)special occasion (100)notable wine list (54)fit for foodies (22)neighborhood gem (19)late-night find (17)good for groups (11)hot spot (10)vibrant bar scene (6)great for brunch (5)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Not what I expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This restaurant is high end with a reputation for view and romance. We arrived for our anniversary dinner to be seated at a table near an infant. I requested a table change and we were moved to a table near the kitchen and over the rooftop AC. So much for the view. What's with allowing infants? Also, there is no dress code, so customers arrived in shorts and tommy Bahama shirts. This was not what I expected from a high end restaurant. Service was slow from the waiter, although the bussing staff was good. I would not visit this restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Chef's Tasting Menu
    Alleleman
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We went for the view, but were quite surprised by the very high quality of the food on the Chef's Tasting Menu and the wine list was also much better than expected.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Romantic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great food, amazing views, romantic setting! Very pricey though!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a disappointment
    MU2man
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I took a consultant to Cite for dinner. This was my first time dining there... it will also be my last. I booked the reservation online and asked for a window table... they seated us along the wall although there were plenty of tables available around the perimeter... "Sorry we forgot." So they up and move us. Then we wait... and wait and wait. The food was mediocre at best if that, but the tab was out of this world. One drink each, a moderately priced entree, one appetizer split, coffee, and one desert split... $250 with tip. This restaurant is "tired" along with the staff and the menu. But in all fairness to the restaurant, I blame myself because I chose to ignore the disappointing reviews and give it a try. Never again.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • diner711
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Excellent view. The Escargot Francois was really good as well as the Filet Mignon. Highly recommended place to dine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best
    mrtorres09
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Had the best time with my girlfriend great service and best view! Phenomenal Food!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Looks can be deceiving
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Actually. Just don't eat here. Period. For a good dining experience go to the signature room at the 95th floor of the Hancock center. Good service. Good food. Enough said.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing view and delicious food
    MrGarro
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I had the duck with a side of buttered asparagus, which were perfectly cooked. The flavor was excellent and the view from the restaurant was amazing. I'm not a wine enthusiast, but I did notice they had a vast list of wines. No complaints on this restaurant. They validate your parking ticket (if you park in the building, that is) for $12.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Night
    LiseannVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It was our first night in town from LA, we had the perfect experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Experiance
    serviceisterriblehere
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Ok OpenTable review length is terrible to give the full experience as to how bad this visit was. In short arrived early, seated by the wall, asked to move to the window, long wait, only asked about wine to drink, asked about where he wrote down what we said and didn't ask about appetizers or sides with the meal and was prompt to leave the table. It was very very loud in there where I couldn't even hear across the 2 person table let alone get the attention of the waiter as he walked away. Quality of my steak was terrible. Cooked medium, dry like overly well done, ordered as medium-well...no flavor and gristle throughout making it inedible. If you go here simple go to have a drink at the bar and see the view and then proceed elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • High expectations, poor experience
    Chitowntourist
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We booked this based on a website that recommended restaurants with a view. We arrived 10 min prior to reservation and were seated right away. The view was pretty but that's where the positives stopped. It took a long time to get water or even place our order. One of the cocktails ordered was so sour it was undrinkable. When we asked the waiter about it he just took it away and didn't ask/offer to replace it. Come to find out he took it before the bartender could finish it. Our food took 1 1/2 hour to be servered and during the wait they brought bread and when we asked for butter they said they were out! The food was lack luster and not worth the price. These combined experiences made the dinner very disappointing. Do not waste your money!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Total flop
    foodieonarampage
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Sure the view is good, but the food just is usually the worst you'll ever have. The petite steak Diane and my boyfriend's duck was good, but it stops there. There pomme gratin was absolutely disgusting and tasted like eating a Clove of garlic. It was objectively not good, and just incredibly too strong. I had the Amish chicken and it was literally the most disgusting thing I've had in my life. I don't know what they did to my piece of chicken but after the first bite, the rest of it tasted horrendous like permanent markers. I just spit it out and it was so bad it brought me to tears. The service was sub par, and our waiter didn't come to check in after we started the meal so I couldn't complain earlier. Overall $125 wasted.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Occasion Experience
    Tonk
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We celebrated our 47th wedding anniversary at a table by the window with a spectacular view of the city and lakeshore. The service was attentive and included some little specials like a cucumber and shrimp taste complements of the chef. The salads were fresh and unique. My wife had the scallops and corn relish which was very good and I had a large portion of duck breast and leg in a delightful sauce. Although we didn't have room for dessert, we did get a complementary small glass of dessert wine for our anniversary celebration. Great place to celebrate a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for a Dinner Date
    CKL1
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    My wife & I celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary on 8/19/14 at Cite. The service was very attentive and the food was awesome. The price was what I expected for a high end restaurant. Thank you Cite for the "Happy 19th Anniversary" menu, my wife is going to frame it. We look forward to returning in the near future.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the price
    KatMon
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This was our second time doing a buffet meal at Cite. The first was last year's Thanksgiving buffet which was quite good. That was why we decided to do the buffet again this past Sunday. The food was mediocre at best. Certainly not worth the $68/per person. We left feeling very disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • shorty
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Food and service was wonderful. Don't know about the view as it was cloudy and you couldn't see anything.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night
    Lakeview
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My only critique is that the parking valet service is rude and Citi should do a better job of directions on how to validate the parking ticket.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good view and food. Bad service
    Anonymous
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My girlfriend and I went to Cite for a romantic dinner while visiting Chicago. The food was great and views spectacular, it was very romantic and a great view of the lake & city. However, our waiter was subpar. He was disengaged, couldn't remember our order, he had to come back to the table and ask again what we ordered while looking away the whole time. It took about 20-25 mins from when we sat down before we received our drink, and he never acknowledged my girlfriends presence, never spoke to her or asked if she enjoyed her meal. I enjoyed the restaurant and meal but hopefully the wait staff improves.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    Jalexa
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Parking is difficult on a weekend summer night with it being so close to Navy Pier. Food is tasty and drinks are well done. Very pricey but would definitely recommend over the Signature Room because it is off the beaten path. One note though, if you plan to have a romantic evening with the fireworks option (view), don't bother. People swarm that side of the restaurant when the show starts, so you won't be able to see and enjoy peacefully from your table. A poor elderly woman, with a cane no less, and her party were visibly uncomfortable with all the onlookers surrounding their table. However, despite this, I must state that the restaurant did honor my reservation request of the firework view. Overall a good late night experience though...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful dining experience.
    FoodReview
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was the the fourth or fifth time I have been to the restaurant. The first time I was there the pompous hostess said audibly, "No, they don't get that table." I get it that it is a nice place and we were younger looking compared to the other people dining in, but they could be more professional. Oh, and the fact that they offer coupons on Groupon constantly should probably take them down a few levels. Anyways, this particular night on a crowded Saturday had kids running and screaming throughout the restaurant. A group of old people had a dog in a bag and the dog was parking throughout dinner. Once again, not a seeing eye dog, some little thing in a bag that would not stop barking. Food was way below average and the waiter sucked.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nothing but a view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The view is very good. Otherwise the experience was not good. The could not cook the steaks correctly teice, although we just ate then the sevond time. Wevreturned the sides with the over cooked steaks thinking they would be hot (new). Instead they just set them on the side. To their credit, they did remove these items from the bill. Apparently a relative of the owner wsd dining therecat the same time. So we listened to their small dog bark for throughout dinner.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unremarkable!
    ChicagolandVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    When we arrived for our dinner they attempted to sit us at two bad tables even though the place was 3/4 empty on a Friday evening. Even though we were well dressed they wanted us to sit next to the waiter station. The service was a little slow but adequate and the views were very nice. After spending almost $200 on dinner for two, I attempted to order bananas foster for one. I was shocked to be told that they only do it for two due to ingredients. We have been to numerous 5 star restaurants with the similar stipulations on the menu but this is the first time we have been refused the desert. Bad form on the part of this restaurant. This place is now off our list of restaurants in Chicago!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too cold!
    Chicagophil
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We were a party of 6 all dressed up nicely, girls in very light cocktail dresses. The AC was set so cold that all of the girls were freezing cold and really did not enjoy the evening - which was too bad. After asking more than once to take the AC down a little bit or to at least bring some additional blankets one of the waiters (not the one who was our official waiter) brought us a table cloth for the legs. Our neighbor table was also freezing. Especially if you look at the price range you'd expect everyone to be supersatisfied. This, unfortunately was not the case. I had hoped to make this night an unforgettable one - didn't happen. Or at least not the way I had planned it.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't waste your money or time
    mrs3m
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We went on fireworks night off the navy pier at 9:30.We made reservations for 8:30.They sat us next to the kitchen door where we had a great view of the city, but none of the lake/fireworks.It is the worst in the restaurant and shouldn't be offered at all.Not to mention we had no view of the fireworks.There were plenty of open tables on the pier side. Someone was upset in the kitchen and lots of dishes were breaking and pots being thrown, etc.There was a old drunken man who was sitting at the table behind us.He bothered EVERYONE who walked by-especially the staff--he should have been escorted out.I believe the restaurant is greatly understaffed.Regardless, the food was great--chef really knows his business.Oh, and it was freezing cold.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All it has to offer is the view
    Bink
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Went here for my birthday dinner because I saw a groupon. Food was fine, perhaps a little cold. Tiny portions for ridiculously high prices. And the device was mediocre- they were was understaffed. The view is beautiful though! I would saw come for a drink and dessert to enjoy te view, but have dinner elsewhere.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Diner
    Diner
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Food and view were excellent, the service was spotty. Nearly every glass of wine poured, some of the wine ended up on the table. Server didn't frequent the table very often. End was very abrupt, no asking if there was anything else he could get it us, just very choppy service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I had a reservation and We were seated immediately. We sat for 10-15 minutes without any menus, water, nor bread. When our server finally acknowledged us, he broight out menus. We did ask to move to a window seat, and they accommodated us. After placing our order, our server finally gave us water, and someone came with the bread tray. This was about 30 minutes after sitting. Our food arrived in a timely fashion. It was plated nicely and the portions were a good size. But neither of our meals were hot, just luke warm and somewhat bland. For the price, I want to be wowed and I was not impressed at all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Second visit
    EMIR
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This is the second time we have dined here and it was just as great as the first time. Amir was very welcoming and remembered us. The service and food was top level and you cannot beat the view. We also had a party here a couple of years ago with about 50 friends. Everyone enjoyed the food and view. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing view
    JJNic
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We only heard about this restaurant on an river architecture tour and we really loved it. The view was out of this world and the food was outstanding. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Dinner date ruined
    TimH
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I booked a table at Cite' resturant a week in advance for fire work night i told them that i would like a table facing the fireworks for a birthday celebration. i was told if a table was available with that veiw that we would be able to get it, they do not reserve special seating. then what's the use of making a reservation? anyway we get there and of course we are on the opposite side of the fireworks and there are plenty of empty tables facing the fireworks remember we don't resserve special seating. those tables facing the fireworks stayed empty and no one offered us a chance to be reseated. based on the fact that i called this place numerous times setting up the reservations and asking questions. The food was terrible and small portions
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I went to Cite with 2 friends for my 19th birthday. We are all college students with hardly any money so we only ordered dessert (which was fabulous). The staff was extremely kind and welcoming (even though I'm sure they could tell we couldn't afford anything on the dinner menu). The music and lighting was nice and the view of the city and lake was stunning. We had a table by the window and watched as the sun set and the city lights came on. Thanks to this restaurant, my birthday was an amazing and great day. I highly recommend Cite.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary dinner
    Glenneric
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    My beautiful wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary dinner at Cite. I arranged to have roses sent to the restaurant prior to our arrival. Traci and her staff not only made sure the roses were handled with care but she made sure to sit them at a table for two with one of the best views in the whole restaurant. Chicago is breathtaking from the 70th floor. My wife was very impressed with what I'd done. The food was to die for. The service was second to none. They will even validate your parking for you. Overall, I would recommend Cite to anyone especially to all of the great husbands out there. You're wife will be very happy with you........trust me.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Missed the fireworks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I am from Canada, I was meeting colleagues from Columbia in Chicago. We had never been to Cite. I requested a table with a view, so we could take in the fireworks, when I booked. When I arrived they said no. We had a nice view if the Chicago skyline, but we requested a view of the lake to take in the fireworks.
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    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • To die for
    Mightyman
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The food was really good with a great scenery and very romantic
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forget this place!
    Likegoodfood
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We were in town for the Rock and Roll Marathon and ran the morning of our visit. Of course, we had to walk some to get to the restaurant. I wore heels (even though they were hurting) and my fiancé wore nice walking shoes with our dress clothes. We rode the elevator with 3 ladies wearing flip flops and shorts. When we reached the restaurant, the hostess told the ladies that they could go on in and look around the restaurant (they did not have reservations). However, we were turned away because of his shoes. She refused our explanation. We went to III Forks and had a WONDERFUL meal. We have traveled the continent experiencing fine dining and paying for good food. This restaurant doesn't deserve to be patronized. Go to III Forks!
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  • Could be a great place
    Mullerman
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The view was fantastic. The rest was simply not good enough. It was so cold up there and when mentioned the waiter said we could walk around to get warm. The wine was warm and the steaks ware not as ordered. Only go there for the view. I hope someone would by the place and make it fantastic.. It have all the possibilities
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  • Great Place to Eat and See the City
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food and service was outstanding. We were seated immediately, and we were well taken care of.
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice view and atmosphere but....
    WalterVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This restaurant got a very nice and unique location and view. The atmosphere is very good also. Quiet and almost each seat got a good view. However, the food and service are not as good as expected by the price they charge. I can get a much better steak in Ruth's Chris with same price and way better service.
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  • Great view good service
    Ambience
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Expensive meal. Pairing of sauces with the food was not always optimal or even extraordinary. Food was often over salted. The view, kindness of waitstaff, and gentile treatment from chefs madeup for several mistakes. We had a great time and the food was ultimately delicious. But with the given price it's definitely the location and kind service that you're paying for.
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE THIS PLACE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Gorgeous view of the city. Great food. Very friendly and kind service there. Great for very special occasions or to get a watch the Navy Pier fireworks at night. Loved it.
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    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet