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Fred's at Barneys New York
Fred's at Barneys New York
  • Address:
    15 East Oak Street
    Barneys New York
    Chicago, IL 60611
    Neighborhood:
    Gold Coast / Streeterville
  • Cuisine:
    Italian
    Price: $30 and under

Fred's at Barneys New York Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.barneys.com
  • Email: fredschicago@barneys.com
  • Phone: (312) 596-1111
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, American, Contemporary Italian
  • Executive Chef: Jean Tippenhauer
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Freds at Barneys New York, Chicago offers a semi private space with breathtaking views of Oak Street and Lake Michigan. With a capacity of 28 people, the space is perfect for birthdays, showers, anniversarys, company parties, business luncheons, and so much more! Please call for more information. Fred's is also available for full restaurant buy outs.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rush Street
  • Public Transit: Buses #143 and #151 to Delaware & Michigan, #36 to State & Oak. The Red line train stops at Clark/Division & Chicago/State.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: 2 parking garages within walking distance. Validation for the parking garage located at State and Oak.
A word from Fred's at Barneys New York
Fred's at Barney's New York is a modern day bistro. The brainchild of Fred Pressman, son of Barneys New York founder Barney Pressman, Fred's has something on the menu for everyone. We offer only the best ingredients and use local farm healthy foods. Whether it's our daily vegan soup, fresh pastas, Baltimore crab cakes or the nationally famous Mark's Madison Avenue salad, our guest’s appetite for taste and luxury are always satisfied. Located on the top floor of our Oak Street store boasting amazing views of Lake Michigan, Fred’s is open for lunch and dinner, and brunch on weekends.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent food, great service, wonderful view and a really lovely ambiance. Will definitely go back for lunch when we are in Chicago again. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The room is nice, but the food was mediocre (especially for the price). Server was helpful but solicitous to the point of being unctuous."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Everything was great, service was impressively fast and of course the food was amazing. You can't go wrong at Fred's. I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and we had a great time. It was perfect."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Brian, our server, was attentive to our every need. His food suggestions were right on par with what we needed."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The ambiance at Fred's is tough to beat. Beautiful space.Service is excellent. The food was good, but not outstanding. I would call it a solid, but uninspired, choice. Great view of the city."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Whenever I dine here it's always very empty in the evening. Can't figure out why--the food is good, the views are great, ambiance and service excellent, so is it just too obscure? Maybe if Barneys would take the farthest south ground floor store window, put in a dining table with mannequins dressed ala Barneys it would get the point across that there's a very good restaurant upstairs. I'm usually here when my fashion friends come in from out of town--whether from NY or Europe, they all remark about the quality and setting. Try it, you'll like it. I love the Gold Coast risotto and the organic chicken, the fish specials never disappoint...the presentation is good and the pace is perfect. Try a pizza in the bar too!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Overall, very nice. The only issue we had was that we made a reservation for 430p on a Sunday. The restaurant called and said they close at 5p. I thought why allow a 430p reservation even as an option if you're going to call and say you close at 5p? When we arrived, they really didn't want to seat us b/c they said, yet again, they were closing at 5p. We sat anyway. We wanted to dine there as we had plans in the neighborhood. The food, etc. was all very good. This was a slight annoyance, and non welcoming feeling. To the manager - if you're not wanting customers b/c you're more concerned about closing shop, then don't have them as choices! Simply stop taking them beyond 330p-4p if that's your priority."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Waitress was not trained very well. Although pleasant, she forgot to bring side dishes that were included with brunch. Also. Screwd up on the check."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Always amazing! Great service,food, and ambiance! Always a must when I visit Chicago !"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We had a really good dinner, love the quiet ambiance. Feels elegant but not pretentious."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Fred's was one of the highlights of a spectacular day. From 8:45 until 1:00 we had shopped non-stop for a bridal gown, bridesmaid dresses, flower girl dress and invitations. We were starved and in a hurry to make it to our next appointment at 2:30 when we arrived at Fred's. Our waiter was amazing: quick to assess our situation, take our order, get our food and help us celebrate. Champagne toasts to the brideto-be and a surprise delicious dessert for both the bride and birthday daughter-in-law topped off a wonderful experience. My husband gladly paid the bill -- absolutely worth every penny! What a gem!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This is a nice place. Atmosphere was lovely, service was very good. The food and drinks could have been better. The pear martini would have been better with less lime, more pear. The scallop entrée was too salty, made me wonder what they were trying to cover up. However, the pasta marinara was excellent and the pasta was perfectly cooked and very hot. Would actually give the food 3 1/2 stars if I could. Overall, I enjoyed this place."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "For this price point, one needs to expect perfection. Waiting 15 minutes to be greeted by the waiter (and that was after we had to flag down a waiter to find him), and cooking a halibut steak to death, did not justify the pricey check."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went to this spot during restaurant week. Really yummy menu and good choices! I would come back and would recommend this to anyone! Lunch would probably be my best bet for this place!"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "I like Fred's. I find it fun, vibrant, and "in". I was disappointed on my last visit. I realize we had a lot of snow but... no valet means walking to/from outrageously priced parking. In walking the frozen city streets, one appreciates the businesses that shovel their sidewalk and crosswalk. I had to wade through foot deep slush just to get to their barely shoveled sidewalk. Not very customer friendly. Lastly, we were seated next to a patio door which was streaming cold air. The curtain was billowing from the air coming in. The staff looked at it but none thought to move people away from this uncomfortable spot. We did finally realize why we were freezing and asked to be moved. All that said, I'll be back in June."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Everything was great, from the hostess to the food. Except for a waiter that was very rude, he was not even our assignated waitress, but he almost threw the plates at us. we were by far the biggest group (7) but that does not explain the rudeness of this person."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I've passed here before but never went in but restaurant week prompted me to really give it a go. Beautiful space and good, attentive service. I suppose my only complaint was that getting the check took longer then it should but she rang us up promptly."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Decided to try Fred's for restaurant week prix fixe menu $22. If you like lots of greens, that's what you get. First course is basically salads. For the main, I decided on the chicken cutlet which was a very dry (no sauce) fried thin cutlet with lots of barely dressed greens on the side. Quite frankly, it was awful. Two of us had the cutlet, we both thought it desperately needed a sauce. Our friend had the Beef Bolognese, which was average at best. There was nothing special about any of the menu options, and presentation was as bland as the food. Even the desserts - we chose cheesecake & apple tarts - looked like they came out of a frozen box.The best part was the view on Oak Street and the Lake and shopping at Barney's. Not going back!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "I have been eating at Fred's, for lunch, since it opened. I am always happy with whatever I choose to order. The staff is incredibly nice and helpful. It's a wonderful restaurant for birthday parties and lunches with friends."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Disappointment. Out for Saturday lunch with daughter. Service was completely lackluster. Food was okay - nice menu, but bland tasting. Would have ordered other things, but for the lackluster waiter who barely served our table despite a nearly empty restaurant. Happy to spend our money and time elsewhere,"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We had a 12 pm reservation for 7 people, and when an 8th person showed up, they were more than happy to accommodate us. The restaurant was pretty empty when we arrived but quickly filled up. There happened to be a huge birthday party there at the same time. The bloody mary was terrible, but everything else we had - especially the hash - was delicious. The food took forever to arrive and it took a very long time to get our checks. I still believe it's a good place to go with a group of friends, especially before shopping.... just hope next time our servers are a little more attentive."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Was looking forward to having dinner here with my sisters after I had heard so much good about it. After indicating online and in a conversation with the restaurant that this was a birthday celebration we wanted acknowledged wth dessert along with wanting a table with a view of the street scene, they messed up! They didn't give us a table by the window, we had to ask for it. AND, they forgot to acknowledge the birthday girl at dessert. Both of these things we asked for not once, but twice, and they still didn't get it. Very disappointing. The food was very good but I thought the menu limited. With a city like Chicago full of lots of good restaurants, I learned this was one that shouldn't be reserved for a special occasion."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "A warm inviting fire, creative cocktails and tasty food with a fun view of Oak Street contribute to a fun place for a quick bite or great meal."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "The food is excellent, the design of the restaurant is great and the service also excellent. Better pasta and pizza than some of Chicago's Italian fav's."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Consistent and good food. Service was pretty good. Ambiance is great. Enjoyable and a fun go-to spot when shopping downtown."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Such a great meal with my daughter from Boston! Staff amazing! Thank you, Tori!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "This is an undiscovered restaurant because of its unusual location. But the food is top notch with a reasonably priced wine list. It seems that only people in the neighborhood really know about it."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "As always the food was fabulous, the service was outstanding, and the room is lovely!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Good location if shopping near North or Michigan Ave/Oak St. Convenient parking nearby with validation. Excellent service, interesting variety of entrees. Relaxing meal on a busy day"
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "A great tradition for a girl's lunch the day after Thanksgiving - before our 90 min massages!! :-)"
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "We were visiting Chicago from DC & decided to hit the shops around Oak St on Black Friday. I was so excited to find a multi-level real Barney's as I am a veteran New Yorker. We had a great server who really helped w/ the food choices, I hate when they say everything is good. He advised on the Bolognese which was great on a chilly day. I booked on open table so we did not wait a minute, and the coat check is a treat when you care to shop in the store as well. Cocktails on point. My boyfriends pizza had onions in it which he hates, but they quickly brought him a bowl of soup to hold him while they prepared him a steak salad, also a nice touch."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "I like Fred's because the restaurant is bright and sunny and the food is always good."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "Poor service. Waiter avoided us until I had to ask for him. Had tuna salad sandwich for 18 bucks. Nothing special but the fries are still great."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Always underwhelming. Fred's food has no flavor whatsoever. The tables are poorly spaced and the service fine but indifferent. But always expensive and not worth it."
    Dined on 11/18/2013
  • "a bit pricey but worth it for the view and atmosphere. A fun treat"
    Dined on 5/18/2013
  • "My wife and daughter enjoyed lunch at Fred's and really liked it. The atomsphere is very hip and fun, the service sharp and friendly, and they surprised my daughter with a birthday dessert! That says a lot, and guarantees that we'll be back. They had the chopped salad and Fred's salad and both were very good. But again, the dessert was over the top vanilla and chocolate cheesecake! There were other entrees that looked very interesting, but salad was the food of the day. A perfect respite when shopping the Gold Coast!"
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "Barney's is one of the few restaurants in the neighborhood to focus on sourcing locally. They have my support!"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "The food was fabulous, although I must say, a bit on the salty side. We ordered two different dishes and I thought both were a bit oversalted. But overall, I would go back again and tell my friends."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "We always have excellent meals at Fred's--this is just a fantastic place for a great view and lunch or dinner. Because the restaurant is 6 stories off the street, the patio can be enjoyed without noise. Recommend highly!"
    Dined on 8/16/2013