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Deleece Restaurant (on Southport)
Deleece Restaurant (on Southport)
  • Address:
    3747 N. Southport Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60613
    Lakeview / East Lakeview
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Deleece Restaurant (on Southport) Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.deleece.com
  • Phone: (773) 325-1710
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm,
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Saturday 9:00am - 2:30pm: Sunday Brunch 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, American
  • Executive Chef: Josh Hansen
  • 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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We rent out the entire restaurant for private parties but are also able to accommodate parties of 10 to 30 guests in the main dining room, depending on the date, time, and budget.
  • Private Party Contact: Lynne Wallack (773) 325-1710

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Grace
  • Public Transit: The Sheridan red line, the Southport brown line and the Ravenswood brown line are all equidistant to the restaurant. The 22 Clark St. bus is one block away on Clark and Irving Park Rd.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking, Valet during theater shows
A word from Deleece Restaurant (on Southport)
One of the first sophisticated, yet casual neighborhood haunts, Deleece is still considered one of the best. With its innovative, seasonably inspired eclectic menu, its affordable prices, and warm welcoming service, Deleece is the neighborhood restaurant you wish was in your neighborhood! We serve lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11:30am to 2:30pm and we serve brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00am to 2:30pm. Reservations for Sunday brunch are accepted for parties of 6 or more.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Won't return. The wine list mostly offered cheap wines at high prices, all of which were too high for a neighborhood place. The food was expensive for what it was and the dishes' ingredients were poorly selected combinations. For example, my ahi tuna main course was the size of a large appetizer and cost $27. My husband's hamburger was placed on a sweet bun with jam that created a taste disharmony with the meat; it was almost in-eatable."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I was at the original Delecee location a few years ago and while the food hasn't changed with the location, I doubt I will be back very often. The new space is pretty, but it's openness makes it very loud. And there was something nice about going to the darker, smaller Delecee. Made you dress a little nicer and appreciate a $12 cocktail. At the new location it just feels like every other slightly overpriced cocktail place where people are wearing jeans and sandals. The waiter was nice but apparently we weren't deserving enough to have a conversation with as he did with the table next to us about craft beers. Again, the food was as divine as I remember it being but with so many restaurants in Chicago to chooose from..."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I was very disappointed by the service. We made an early reservation (6:30) knowing that we'd be with the kids and not wanting to interrupt the later crowd. Although we were seated and brought water/bread right away, we had the following problems: (a) three different people stopped by to say that the waitress was on her way, but it took 15 minutes before she took our order; (c) the drink order was incomplete; (d) the table behind us -- though seated after we gave our order -- had their food before 15 minutes before we did,; (e) 35 minutes into the visit, the waitress finally got the kids french fries; (f) when the food came out, my daughter's food wasn't with the order; and (g) the crab cakes tasted as if they were premade with no crab;"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I had been twice just after they moved to this location and both times quite good. This time for my birthday nothing special at all. My side came out with my soup not my entree. I sent it back and they clearly just put it under the heat lamps and brought it back with the meal soggy and tough. Dessert was bad version of panacotta. No mention of birthday even though my partner called ahead to inform them. Overall way too expensive for the quality of food and service. Will not go back or recommend."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The menu at Deelce is great, especially the prix fixe menu. The food itself came out nice and hot and had a beautiful presentation. We had the corn soup, spinach salad, chicken, and cod. Unfortunately, the soup and cod were too salty. Despite the "one star" I gave the service, our server was efficient and attentive. But the host (and presumably the other server) was pompous and rude--perhaps having a bad day, but nonetheless, he needs to work on his tone and his attitude toward customers when they ask for help. We probably won't go back."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We tried this location of the restaurant, because it was suppose to be better than their old Clark location. I want to say the critics were wrong. The food was over priced and not very inspiring. If I didn't have a Groupon, I don't think I would eat here again willingly."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Wasn't good at all. Everything is pretty over priced."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Water melon cold soup was OK, more like a smoothie. Tuna tartar - the tuna was already almost marinated in soy sauce. Had lost its natural raw taste but didn't feel like ceviche either. Not sure why they had to do this. Lamb chops were good with great mushed potato. Ice cream and sorbet were good. Attentive waitress."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "They have a wonderful menu. It is very hard to decide on an entree as they all sound wonderful. Then they add in the specials which is tougher yet. I love the dessert menu also. Different, wonderful souding desserts. The kind of place that makes you want to return in order to try something different each time."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Our group of 4 enjoyed eating here. 2 of us had the red snapper special which was superb. Great service."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "After reading all the reviews we went here with mixed feelings. We were going to the Mercury Theater which is next door so we wanted to try it because it was convenient. It was such a surprise. The food was over the top! We all had different dishes. I had the salmon which was to perfection and the black rice was fantastic. We all shared mussels which were some of the largest and tastiest we have seen in awhile. BTW the salads were amazing and creative. For desert we shared an apple crisp which was a perfect ending. We will definitely be back"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We were seated on the sidewalk patio. It was very slow service, but attentive. The food was very good, the service was very good, just vey slow to get our food after ordering (about 1 hour wait). We didn't mind. Watching the street foot traffic and conversing was very pleasant. Metered street parking can be difficult. Recommend reservation for Saturday night as DeLeece was jammed. Price point is a bit high for this to be in our regular rotation."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Since Chef Ernesto has come aboard, things have changed for the better. Great new menu, fantastic specials, the kitchen is really doing a great job. Fantastic cocktails and a wonderful waitstaff make this one of our favorites, we eat here every week, both brunch and dinner, highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Our waiter seemed annoyed at having to take care of us. He seemed upset that as we sat down we weren't ready with our drink order, not having even looked at our drink menu. He did not appreciate questions about the menu. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The fish was completely dried out. Other items were okay, not great just average. The server was attentive and nice. The bus boys were rude, the place could use some training/ new management. The bus boy kept bumping my chair until I moved over to give home more space. We needed to cram into the table next to us. That table noticed his behavior also. Staff needs to understand people are paying to eat there. Not going back too many other good places to eat. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We have been to Deleece a number of times and have always been pleased with the food quality and the service. A comfortable place to meet friends and enjoy good food and a good time."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We can't comment about the food because we did not get a chance to eat our dinner. We had a 6:30 reservation before an 8:00 show at the adjacent theater. We ordered an appetizer and told our server we were attending the show. She told us told us there would be no issue. It took almost 30 minutes to get our appetizer, and after 7:30, we still had not been served our main courses. We told our server that we did not want the meal, and she said 'oh no, the show always starts a little late, etc.' We declined as we wanted to be on time and did not want to just gobble down the meal. She eventually brought the meal at 7:45. We again said we didn't want it. They did wrap it and comp us the main courses, though. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Pleased we had a Groupon ticket when we visited this neighborhood restaurant for "dinner with friends" since the bill/tip was over $250. Service was good because we booked at 6pm so small crowd at the time. No ambiance and average food doesn't warrant their prices. Enjoyed the evening with friends but wouldn't go back at those prices unless there was a discount coupon. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The food was really good. The service wasn't impressive. We loved the neighborhood and the fact that it was connected to the Mercury theater where we were going to a play. We would come back to both the theater and the Restaursnt."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Deleece is always good dining. Have been here many times. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "WE had the worst experience there. Service was horrible and took forever. It was Mothers day and I was looking forward to a brunch with my family and I couldn't have been more disappointed. I never complain and told the manager and she only said, I will talk to your waiter. will sadly never go back….shame on you"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "It's something of an accomplishment to take decent ingredients and render them flavorless, but Deleece has mastered this art. My starter was a spring vegetable risotto, supposedly featuring asparagus and peas but containing neither. Instead, it had zucchini and button mushrooms, both of which released water into the rice and rendered it bland. My porkchop was properly cooked, but both the meat and its gravy were devoid of flavor. My friend's steak frites was similarly bland, and the accompanying fries were nice but overdosed with nasty truffle oil, an ingredient that should be banned from all restaurants. Anyways, it's a mediocre choice in a neighborhood known for culinary mediocrity. Proceed with caution."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I had an absolute terrible experience and my mistake was not checking the reviews on Yelp first as there were plenty of other customers who had the same bad experience I had in prior visits. My wife and I promptly sat down for an 8pm reservation and had ordered our food by 8:10pm. However, our main course did not arrive until 9:30pm! And this was only after seeking out the restaurant manager who acknowledged that our food order had been placed a long time ago but could not figure out how much longer it would take. When the food did arrive, the food was just average to below average. We will never dine at Deleece's again."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We had reservations for 630pm. Two of the 4 of us arrived at 620 and were already seated when we arrived at 630. Nearly 15 minutes more before greeted by our waitress. Our friends had not even been offered a drink order prior to our arrival. We ordered drinks which for 3 diet cokes and 1 glass of wine took an excessive amount of time. The appetizer came out right away, but they forgot the salad... which was then with the entrees. We sat with empty plates for nearly 15 minutes again, and when the settings were finally cleared, she assured us she'd be right back with dessert menu. We told her we had theatre tickets. 10 minutes later, asked for a check, paid, and left! Service made the dinner a terrible dining experience."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Our service was great and the food was fantastic. We've been here a couple times now and always love the styling a of the local food. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "We have been to Deleece several times and always leave FULL and happy! The food offers some of the best flavors whether it be as simple as the butter for the bread or the entire filet special. Personally recommend the calamari appetizer as well. Great restaurant overall!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "I recently visited Deleece for the first time since moving away from Chicago in 2007. The food and service are still wonderful, but I'm not a big fan of the new location. I understand the reason for the move, but I miss the ambiance and intimacy of the previous location. In my opinion, the high ceilings, theatre crowds and restricted street parking take away from the what I used to love about this place, making it less of a treat, and more run-of-the-mill."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Food was good, but service was a bit disorganized. Waiter was friendly but distracted. Took a while to get drink orders placed and then again for entrees to arrive. We did get to the theater on time, so it worked out. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Consistently unbelievably tasty food. Certainly the best in the neighborhood!!! Don't miss this!!!!!! "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Went there with hearing great reviews from friends. The service was beyond terrible. Waited almost 25 minutes to even place an order, thankfully the bread guy was attentive. Got 2 appetizers and 4 different entrees at the table. Everything was simply just okay---real lack of flavor or anything unique. Won't be back. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "I pick groupons to places I have never been to before. I was pleasantly surprised at this restaurant. Nice outdoor dining, very good food and service. Prices were reasonable. Definitely will come back "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The food was really good. Our server was ridiculously rude- he may have been the only one working the entire restaurant... And was over worked??"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The Service was excellent, the bartender, who also waited on us, was kind, attentive and a gifted mixologist. We have been dinning there for years (at the old location) and the food has really evolved with the changing food trends and it's level of deliciousness!"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Easter Brunch was delicious here for the second time in a row. Great service, price to portion ratio is a bit off for certain dishes, but everything we had was delectable."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Deleece has quite an interesting menu, creative and tasty. There was the regular menu plus a sheet of specials for brunch. The service was friendly and we didn't mind that it took a bit longer for the food to arrive. I recommend the poached eggs on artichokes and the bacon and chocolate pancakes."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Had an amazing brunch on easter Sunday. Kids were happy with their cinnamon orange French toast and were excited to sit out on the patio. I had an amazing twist on eggs Benedict that was actually very healthy with artichoke and spinach with a side of cheese grits. Service was at tentative, but not overly so. Will definitely go again. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Food was okay. Service was below par. I wouldn't recommend. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Great neighborhood place that keeps it interesting by switching up the menu with the seasons. I love this place for brunch and to stop in for a good glass of wine at their bar, something you really can't get at all the bars on Southport. The staff is always pleasant and service is always great."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "I'm not sure if they were understaffed due to the opening of their patio for one of the first days of the year, or if they are just not great at scheduling their staff. However, there was one waitress for the entire indoor portion of the restaurant. Tables were open and they were turning away people because they were too busy. They weren't really too busy; they needed more servers. While I felt bad for our waitress, the service was very poor. We waited a half hour just to get wine. We asked for bread and never received it, although she said she would bring it. This is not necessarily the waitress' fault, but the restaurant managers need to better staff their restaurant so that service isn't so terrible."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Noisy. Waitress very pleasant. Food very disappointing. Steak ordered "medium" was rare and without flavor. "Special" braised lamb shank was $30 - greasy and bland. Our worst experiene at this place that we've been to a lot."
    Dined on 4/12/2014