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freestyle food + drink Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.freestylefoodanddrink.com
  • Phone: (312) 202-6050
  • Hours of Operation: breakfast: 6:30a - 10:30a
    lunch: 11:30a - 2:30p
    dinner: 6p - 11p / dinner (sun): 6p - 10p

    lounge menu: 2:30p - close
    brunch (sat/sun): 10a - 3p
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, American
  • Executive Chef: Ariel Bagadiong
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering options available
  • Private Party Facilities: Private party options available
  • Private Party Contact: Brittney Epley (312) 202-6043
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please contact Brittney Epley @ 312-202-6043

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State St. and Erie St.
  • Public Transit: Red Line: Chicago Ave at State Street.
  • Parking: Valet
A word from freestyle food + drink
At freestyle food + drink in downtown Chicago, we have a passion for food and a desire to share that passion. Utilizing fresh, sustainable ingredients, we add a pinch to this and a dash to that to create american tastes with a twist of global influence.

freestyle is open for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, dinner and weekend brunch. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Yummy food, great drinks, outdoor seating... it was perfect. <3"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Usually, I don't order a steak if it's not specifically a restaurant known for steaks. However, the ribeye caught my attention & I had to try it. The flavor was awesome & the steak very tender. Was priced moderately also. The staff was very good. A good dining experience overall."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "donuts and milk and cookies hands down! Must have for desserts. Rock shrimp and Guac are out of this world too!"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Group of 5 ladies from out of town. Seated next to the hostess table, which felt a bit intrusive. Cold air was blowing consistently making it uncomfortable. Drinks tasted very watered down. Only 2 servers were covering inside and outside tables resulting in long times for drink refills and food (1 dessert took 20 minutes) The order brought out was incorrect. The food was average. The server was friendly, but I would recommend that you spend your money elsewhere. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I pass by this place often and was itching to get on their patio. The scene is great and the service was good - food was just ok. I was there for brunch and I ordered the frittata. There was nothing terribly wrong with it but it wasn't something that I'd go back for."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Came here with 5 of my girlfriends on a last-minute reservation. None of us had been here before and we all walked away thrilled to pieces with our experience. Everything was great; from the food to the service to the sights and sounds of a warm-ish Chicago evening. Minus the wailing of a few ambulance sirens (hey, it's downtown Chicago), our dinner couldn't have been better."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We had dinner and drinks here for Valentine's Day 2014--the ambiance was vibrant, server (Josh) was both friendly and knowledgable, and the restaurant was filled with a diverse group of young couples, which was just the type of atmosphere we were looking for. However, we found the food to be rather mediocre and had higher expectations based on both the menu offerings and the prices. Overall, it was a pleasant experience and I'd be interested to go back for the craft cocktails exclusively (instead of ordering a bottle of wine)--perhaps the greatness is in the "drink" rather than the "food"?"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We ordered from the special Restaurant Week 2014 menu. The rock shrimp, burrata, and chicken wings were all delicious. The osso buco entree was also very good. The service was not the best but I have friends who have been there before and they had good service. It is located in the Dana Hotel and Spa so I would imagine that the room service is very good. I will try it again."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Very rare to go back to a restaurant twice in a week but 3 times , well , thats crazy. The flatiron steak with fries cooked in truffle oil is amazing."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Freestyle is located in the Dana hotel & the food and service did not disappoint. Appetizers: caesar salad with herb dressing & rock shrimp. Both were really good. Entrees: Both had short ribs with mashed potatoes. The ribs fell apart with your fork & the mashed potatoes were very good. My only complaint is that something on the plate had truffle oil, which I don't like, & it was not listed in the description. Dessert: Both had the brown butter sundae & it was excellent! It was a blondie with vanilla gelato, whipped cream & cherries on top. It is a BIG dessert! Portions were big and I was able to try the apple pie whiskey prior to ordering a Manhattan with it to ensure I liked it. Our waiter was really attentive and very friendly."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "The restaurant's ambiance was excellent with modern design and great background music. Food was very good (e.g., jumping beef, sea bass). However, the boneless chicken has bones and the chicken was dry."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "We were there with a group and the service was excellent, a very friendly and likeable server. The food was good, everyone like their food. Overall it was a very good experience."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The food was far too superior to have been served in what seemed just an appendage to the raucous bar crowd -- not many chose to dine on a Saturday night (though it was early, 6 PM). Service was outstanding, don't know if that holds true when more than 3 or 4 booths are occupied."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "It is dark and quiet, but a lovely little escape to a fireplace on a winter night. Good shared appetizers, good bar menu."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "This. Place was incredible! Creative and inspired dishes!! One of the most memorable meals and desserts in the city! We will be back! We has no idea and we live here!"
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Had breakfast - eggs OK but I would have liked them a little more spicy - great views and people watching"
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "Great food and very quick service. The staff was friendly."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Good central restaurant- part of a hotel. Needed somewhere quick and easy to find. Food was much better than expected- Had Egg Benedict with sauce on the side. Portion was huge and request for Fruit brought what would normally be a full portion on the side. Only downside was the coffee- we asked for a Press and the first that came was very weak. The server immediately replaced with double the coffee but even this was only acceptable- something to do with their coffee. Nice looking dining room with view over the street."
    Dined on 10/3/2013
  • "Great outdoor venue. Decent menu selection but need to up their game on execution. Scallop appetizer (with crispy cauliflower) was not properly seared, i.e. not even brown. Sweet chili sauce was neither chili nor sweet. Tasted mostly of soy sauce and too much at that. Garlic roasted half chicken was properly cooked. Sea bass was roasted well but was completely unseasoned and therefore had no flavor. Mushrooms were not fully cooked through. Celery root remoulade was watery and insufficiently seasoned. But coconut cake with fruit ceviche was excellent. Firm coconut flavor, interesting use of taro root jam as filling. Fruit accompaniment with mango and tapioca was refreshing. Decaf coffee (French press no less) was weak. Good server."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "I found the restaurant online and met my date outside the restaurant. We opted to sit outside. We ate fairly light. She had the oysters and I had the tomato basil soup (complete with grilled cheese pieces, not a sandwich, just 3 pieces). Both were good. My date and I hit it off right away so I guess this is a good place to go on a first date. Great people watching on State Street."
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "We arrived almost an hour before our reservation but getting a table early - and outside - wasn't a problem. The food was different to the normal fare and the menu didn't say Tapas but many of the dishes could be treated that way. Wine list was a bit of a disappointment, only two reds we were willing to try. The Shiraz was the better of the two."
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "This is the 3rd place here in 5 years, and they still havent figured it out. Even at happy hour prices, a meal with no booze was over 50 dollars for 2 people. This was for an order of sliders, 2 rolls, and mac and cheese. No way I would have paid the 75 plus it would be at non happy hour rates for what ammounts to bar food. Granted it was pretty good, but no where worth the prices. Plus it is just a random collection of foods, which is fine for some food and drinks, but would never pay the top dollar they are asking for food to accompany my cocktails."
    Dined on 8/20/2013
  • "They trying hard but far behind competition by qoulity of preparation and ingredients ,oysters were fishy smelling,chicken soup had after taste of chicken cube, salad nothing special,would be ok for some fast food joint at suburbs but I this location competition too many good restorants at the same price. That nailed it down much better, Get better chef!!!"
    Dined on 7/28/2013
  • "I selected this place to celebrate my birthday and was not impressed at all. The food was great but the waitress failed to mention proportions and I ended up wanting to go somewhere else to eat (since my friends where going to be the ones paying for dinner.)Also, for whatever reason, they lost my original Opentable reservation which was annoying since it mentioned that I was celebrating my birthday. After my friends awkwardly mentioned the fact to her, she wished me a Happy Birthday but apparently they really don't do anything else for special occasions. I also remember the cocktail she recommended to me was reminiscent of cough syrup. Overall, not impressed but I would give it a second shot on a more casual occasion."
    Dined on 12/15/2012
  • "We had a girls night out and it was perfect: Chef made dessert at our table, drink selection was great, and food was spectacular. Sat in a nice booth by the window. Definitely go back!"
    Dined on 9/21/2012
  • "Argent is an under appreciated dining option. It has a nice sidewalk dining area and a clean and modern dining room. Notwithstanding the recent chef switch the food is excellent. The tuna tartar is excellent and the ceasar salad is above average. A special bone in pork chop was top notch. If you live in the neighborhood they give a 20% discount."
    Dined on 8/18/2012
  • "This was my first time visiting Aja, which is located on the ground level of Dana Hotel. The food was FANTASTIC and our waitress was great! I recommend going on a nice summer day or evening to enjoy great food, fantastic drinks and entertaining people watching!"
    Dined on 6/18/2011
  • "Food was good, tuna was great, steak ok, not steak house."
    Dined on 8/27/2009
  • "I did not enjoy this restaurant at all. We had a 5 course deal that was purchased online. Best way to describe it is that the chef gave us everything that was basically about to go bad and served it to us. I will not go back again."
    Dined on 6/13/2011
  • "My co-workers and I chose to go to Aja on a Monday after work. After reading the better than average reviews we thought it would be a great place to go due to the reasonable prices. Upon our arrival we entered the building upset to find that the atmosphere was less than average. The decor was run down and seemingly dirty. After being seated we noticed the lack of staff - one bartender and one woman (presumably the manager) and one waitress who "waited" on us. The service was very slow and the food was mediocre at best. The only positive on the night was their lemongrass drink, it was delicious. I wouldn't recommend bringing anyone to this restaurant who you are trying to impress."
    Dined on 1/24/2011
  • "Went during restaurant week for lunch. Very quiet. The highlights were the 18 veg salad (colorful and fresh, nice variety of textures and flavors), and the pineapple upside down cake (crystallized pineapple a nice touch)."
    Dined on 2/22/2011
  • "not my favorite in any way, much better in the city for all things"
    Dined on 12/10/2010
  • "I am not one to typically consider writing a review but felt I needed to report that the great Aja Steak is gone. Replaced by an "urban greenmarket asian cafe" serving average food. This was a place that I actively recommended. I hosted two events here with friends. But last night will be my last dining experience here. The new menu assortment is small and requires a certain eclectic taste. The food was "okay" but definitely not the caliber or variety previously offered. There is definitely much better places here in Chicago."
    Dined on 7/24/2009
  • "Expensive, poor service (the waiter never once checked on us -- we had to flag him down for everything, and we weren't demanding -- just needed the basics attended to). I've had way better sushi at hole-in-the-wall restaurants. The ribeye my colleague ordered was ridiculously expensive and not that good. Don't waste your time or money."
    Dined on 11/17/2008
  • "Not bad... but unimpressive. More expensive and not half as good as other comparable restaurants in the area. Crowded seating. Unbelieveably overpriced cocktails. I would not return."
    Dined on 11/14/2008
  • "The Kobe Steak was the best steak I have ever had! It melted in my mouth!"
    Dined on 11/13/2008
  • "My wife is on a low fat diet and ordered the chicken. It came with skin on and was quite heavy in fat and was unacceptable. They made a heroic recovery with a very nice lean fillet. The service was good and they were very accommodating to our special requests."
    Dined on 11/14/2008
  • "Ajasteak was a great find! The sushi is delicious and very fresh. They had kobe beef and great seafood. I had the sea bass while my husband had the miso cod. Both were great as well as the creamy mashed potatoes and marinated green beans. We had a delicious chocolate cake with vanilla milk shake for dessert. The service was flawless. Upstairs is a great nightclub which has an incredible view. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 11/13/2008
  • "The $30-50 estimate is low, but it is worth the money."
    Dined on 11/9/2008
  • "We were staying at the Dana Hotel and had received a recommendation to dine at Aja. Unfortunately, we were seated at the top of the stairs as though we were on display. The upstairs is a sushi bar, and is not part of the same ambiance as the main level. There was also a large private party on the second level - separated by a minimal bamboo curtain, rather than a wall. This made the area VERY loud and uncomfortable. We asked to be relocated, and were moved back downstairs. The sushi was forgettable. The fish entree was VERY small (especially for the $25 pricetag). We asked for an appetizer while looking over the menu and were informed you must place your entire order at once. Staff was not very accomodating."
    Dined on 11/6/2008