Fresco 21 - Loews Chicago O’Hare
Fresco 21 - Loews Chicago O’Hare

Fresco 21 - Loews Chicago O’Hare

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fresco21.com/
  • Phone: 8474474275
  • Hours of Operation:


    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:00am - 11:00am, Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am

    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 2:00pm

    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Cameron Grant
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Mothers day brunch

    11am-3pm

    Adults -- $35++
    Children (Ages 6-12) $15++
    Children 5 and younger are Free

    Reservations required: Call 847.447.4275

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Balmoral Ave
  • Public Transit: O’Hare Ground Transportation

    Airport Shuttles - The InterContinental Chicago O’Hare provides a complimentary airport shuttle between the hotel, airport, and the nearby CTA Station 24 hours a day.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from Fresco 21 - Loews Chicago O’Hare
Established in July of 2012, Fresco 21 is a Mediterranean restaurant dedicated to blending the flavors of the region, offering guests a unique menu representing the distinctive cultures and cuisines of the area. Utilizing farm-to-table produce and grains as well as organic ingredients whenever possible, guests can enjoy seasonal vegetables and fruits, full entrees, plates and tapas. Additionally, Fresco 21 offers an inventive menu of signature cocktails and a broad selection of world-renowned wines.



In addition to our Main Dinning Room we also offer a lunch and late night menu servered in our Fresco 21 Bar. Monday-Thursday our bar is open from 11:30am until 12:00am, Friday & Saturday from 11:30am until 1:00am and Sundays from 11:30am until 11:30pm.
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Fresco 21 - Loews Chicago O’Hare reviews from OpenTable diners
4 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating2.8
  • Food3.5
    Service2.8
  • Ambiance3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (2)good for groups (2)late-night find (2)special occasion (2)romantic (1)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Great food, great server-Sid.
    LisaMcD
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Only disappointment they charge $5 for valet. Seems ridiculous to pay for valet. Especially when Capital Grille next store has a sign that says valet complimentary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, horrible service
    NilesFoodie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We walked in w/ a reservation, and seated promptly. There was a big group wrapping up their dinner, and server was slow to bring us menus. We ordered appetizers and wine after waiting 10 minutes for our server to stop by us. Server brought us wine decanter was brought out, but no wine glass. Server brought a wine glass 5 minutes later, did not bother to pour wine into glass! When appetizers came, server walked past us several times us & never took our order. Our appetizer plates were taken and server still did not stop by us. I ended up asking another server for check. Our server then came over and apologized, thinking we wanted to take our time. He did have time to handle other tables w/ bigger groups. Don't plan to come back.
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  • Awesomeness
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was fantastic. Everything that we had was stellar. The service was great. Our server was attentive, complimentary and quick. Will definitely be going back! The Calamari was outstanding :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible service and bland food
    ParkCitySkierVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Waited a long time to see the hostess and even a much longer time for the waiter to visit the table. Eggs Benedict weren't correctly poached and the hollandaise sauce was very bland. Expected a lot better for the price paid!
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  • Eileen
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Service and Food is consistently very good. My only minor complaint was our table set up. we had a party of ten. They set the table 5 on each side. The room was not crowded at all and felt they could have went with a 4 by 4 by 2 at each end so not to be so cramped.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing special but decent
    GourNewbie
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Our first visit here. The restaurant was nearly empty and we got lots of attention from our cordial and polite waitress...which made it all the more surprising when one of our entrees was wrong (completely different item). She apologized sincerely and was able to replace the dish in record time. The Fried Duck Leg Confit was both tasty and ample, and its cole slaw side was rated as excellent. The Petite Filet was done as requested, although the brie was much too meager, and sauteed potatoes were offered instead of fries. The self-park charge was completely comped by the restaurant. Overall, everything was as expected (based on other reviews) and adequate, and a busier dining room would have given more life to the experience.
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  • Disappointing menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    We had the tuesian chicken wings and salmon square Apparently tunesian mean buffalo wings that cost $2 each. They were fine but you may want to just call them buffalo wings. The salmon and bacon wereway over cooked and the avocado "cubes" were clearly sitting out for a while before being dropped into the yogurt. Over all bad food and bad presentation. The mains looked quite boring so we did not stay for these. Spaghetti sauce on penne? Plain chicken and potatoes? I expect more from a restaurrnts in an intercontinental. We ended up leaving and going to the seafood place outside. It was better.
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  • Great ambiance but horrible service
    hawksfan8
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    I had gone on a Sunday night with a friend just to try it out. When we arrived the host did not look happy at all, when she sat us she never mentioned the server or anything on the menu. When the server came he did not introduce himself or ask if it we have ever been here. When we told him we wanted to look over the menu some more he was very impatient, and came back 2-3 times after we told him we were taking our time. Once we ordered the food was great my steak was not cooked how I like but, it was good, not amazing. Once we were finished we asked for boxes but he and not wrap ours but everyone else's around us. There was no management on the floor until we were leaving I asked to speak to her and she did not seem to care about our service
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  • Wonderful Food
    AWab
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    While the vegetarian options were limited, I felt the meal was definitely not thrown together in haste and slapped on the table. The sauce for the lasagne was fabulous. Fresco is listed as a farm-to-table restaurant and the ingredients tasted so. I don't know if they hand make their pasta but was def. a step above the pasta we had a night later that had a more "boxed" taste. Not sure how loud the place would be if it were fully packed but I appreciated for once a restaurant that doesn't feel the need to blare music or have the decor such to make everything "seem" louder.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Waitress was fine, but kitchen was really overwhelmed with restaurant even half full and both appetizers and entrees took forever to come out. Food was mediocre. The menu makes it seem like something it's not. For example, the "Tunesian" chicken wings are buffalo wings with Frank's Red Hot. Given the mediocrity, I think the prices were a bit too high for what you get. All in all it's fine if you're in the area, but definitely don't go out of the way.
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  • Excellent food and service
    Phoodie
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Has a very pleasant atmosphere. Courteous staff provides excellent service. The Greek fire roasted chicken was everything it should be and then some! Bravo! This is an excellent restaurant to visit for date night or if simply staying at the Intercontinental hotel.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For a restaurant within a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    For a restaurant within a hotel this one exceeds expectations. The decor is the lovely. You can't beat 3 hour free valet. The shrimp appetizer with the almonds was delicious as was the chicken pizza.
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  • First time ...
    ChitownDiners
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The menu was interesting, food was very good. Wait staff is excellent. The room itself was impressive, though sound did carry. Had a large group walk in and yet we never noticed them again. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Valentine's Menu
    BrianH
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I took my wife here for Valentine's Day, and it worked out perfectly! While others were waiting out the door at Gibson's, we had a delicious preset, 3 course menu in a quiet environment with attentive service just a couple feet away. It was all amazing, but the entrees were the hands down highlights. My wife's halibut and my duck were some of the best we've ever had. Everything just melted in our mouths. Each course came up with a nice spacing in between, so there was no rush and no food coma to get in the way of us enjoying the night together. We will most certainly be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant week
    dvelcro
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    This was a last minute decision during Restaurant week. I was a great location for a group of ladies to meet that come from different areas. At first when arriving, I had to find someone for valet, didn't like that there were 4 guys at the restaurant next store but couldn't get one person from Fresco 21 - once inside I noticed for 7 pm it was very empty and thought, this can't be good, but as our dinner went on, the bar and restaurant started to fill up. The service was fantastic - constantly cleaning the table, refilling water or wine, friendly and funny. We ate off of the restaurant week menu but the reg. menu looked fabulous. Food was great! The Roasted Duck Breast was fantastic, the scallops awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week selection
    diner55VIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Very nice hotel restaurant. Lovely menu selection. Atmosphere was a little too sedate for me.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pushy waiter
    YoungLadyVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The waiter was weird and pushy. First he kept on calling me and my friend "young lady" (I know i look young, but i'm 30), ms. or miss would have worked just fine. Later i noticed he refers to all women this way regardless of age. Then he kept on asking me if i was tired. Made me feel awkward. When looking at the menu, he kept on pushing on the priciest item on the menu. Now, I dont mind paying more for a good dish, but when i feel pushed to order it, i simply wont. when we asked him what else was good on the menu, he said that everything else was not good. Again, super weird!!
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  • Hands down best service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    My co-worker and I went to Fresco 21 Friday night at the start of restaurant week in Chicago. Our waiter was most helpful and accommodating. My co-worker has a severe gluten allergy and as of the last 3 weeks had stopped eating meat. The wonderful waiter discussed her food situation with the Chef and he (the chef) came to our table and suggested a couple of options to accommodate my friend. Everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • Lunch Selection Limited/Overpriced
    EpiphanyVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Went there for lunch with a colleaintermittent close to a normal lunch spot (Cap Grille) and I wanted to check out the Mediterranean options they had in their lunch buffet. We were informed that was only during summers or busy season... so got regular menu items, a sandwich and small soup should not be $20+. Capital Grille has a 3 course lunch special for $16... much better food and deal. The ambiance is okay, service was intermittent. Very few people despite being attached to a hotel... Guessing they were next door at Cap Grille.
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  • Stormy night dinner
    datenightdiner
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    This was our first time to this restaurant. The appetizer was honey/cheese combo which sounds terrible but was great. The portions were small but very tasty and fun to experience. My wife had the Alaskan Halibut and loved it I had the beef bourguignon and it was great. Perfect comfort food for a cold stormy night. Our waitress was attentive and had great suggestions on the wine and entrees. Overall a very enjoyable experience. The restaurant was quiet for a sat night but the weather was terrible. We plan on returning.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was the first time for
    Eileen
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    This was the first time for me and my group and we were all very impressed. Food and service were outstanding!!. We were all able to talk to each other without shouting. We Will Be Back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    I was letdown by my halibut being covered in gravy :( it was not good and ruined the halibut.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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  • This review has no title ;-)
    Nickname
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Went to Fresco 21 to celebrate a friend's birthday. It was a Saturday night and the restaurant and bar were not busy. This was a surprise as the parking garage was a madhouse. I wasn't sure if all of us would get a spot. Ironically I chose this place over one at the MB because I know the parking there is ridiculous. There were a few missteps along the way but the restaurant made them right. One of them I attribute to miscommunication. The other was an overcooked steak. My date did not want to have the improperly cooked steak thrown away and was willing to eat it. The manager had a complete new dinner sent to the table with the steak cooked correctly and allowed us to take the overcooked steak home. Modern, elegant dining room.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • Convenient & Quiet, but Pricey
    Joey
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    Within walking distance of Stephens Convention Center, but far enough away to get away from convention hubbub. It was quiet and a great place to have a business lunch. Menu was very limited, which forced you to get their lunch buffet. Price was $15/person for soup, sandwich meats, pizza & salad. Nothing fancy. Food was fresh & good, but not worth the price.
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  • Had breakfast. Food was very
    LC33
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    Had breakfast. Food was very good and waitress didn't rush us.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hotel restaurant
    ghm3
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    Not bad, just not a destination restaurant. Convenient for hotel guests, competent food, good service.
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  • good but not great
    occasionaldiner
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    We had a gift certificate to this hotel and oddly I saw it had an expiration date. We were a bit early and could not be seated, oddly the hostess did not offer us a seat in the bar while we waited. We walked around the Intercontential Hotel which was nice. The food was brought to us quickly, The appetizers and desserts were better than the meals themselves. My Halibut was overdone and although my husband said his meal was good I tasted it and was not too happy with it, but that could just be me. All in all we were treaded well and tipped the waitress well, she was very good and very busy. Would we go back, most likely not, but all in all it was a pleasant experence.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointment
    disappointeddiner
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    The waitress recommended that we get the buffet because it would take a long time to get our food if we ordered off of the menu. We did and we had to ask multiple times for someone to put food on the buffet because there was nothing left. The selection on the buffet was poor. Our service was poor. I will never return.
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  • Saturday night show
    Rich
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    We had a 8:00 show at the Rosemont theater and picked Fresco 21 because it was directtly across the street. We were running late so we chose to get the buffet - big mistake. There were only 6 different dishes to choose from (chicken, steak, pasta, potatoes, asparagus, & soup) and at least 2 were empty both times we went up. The waiter was nice and apologized for lack of food, but it was dissappointing. For such a small selection, the kitchen should have been kept aware when something was running out.
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  • We enjoyed the food. However,
    BillVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    We enjoyed the food. However, the service did not match up.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pleasantly surprised
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    how great a place is this too find in rosemont. went shopping and decided to dine in the area. this is a great place, so unusual to find it in the midst of all the large steakhouses. this is truly a gem in this area and great to find such good wine, excellent service and great food.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Lucky Chance
    JustVisiting
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    We stumbled upon the place on a Thursday evening, which happened to be two for one on their wood fired pizza! It was the best dining experience I've had in months, for $16!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My dining experience.
    Mrmoe21
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    We really enjoyed the food, the drinks were great and the service was outstanding. Great atmosphere .
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    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As a tapas-style eatery, Fresco
    AKCuisineVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    As a tapas-style eatery, Fresco 21 is many steps up from the majority of airport hotel restaurants you will encounter. I applaud their efforts to move away from the tried-and-true - but oh so tired - traditional offerings found on most hotel menus. Many of the tapas, such as duck confit topped with fried egg on a crispy polenta cake, are outstanding. Although Fresco 21 would likely have difficulty playing in the major leagues against power-house restaurants in the downtown Chicago core, it has no problem holding its own in the Rosemont area near O'Hare. This small airport hotel restaurant shines.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great choice for a change
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    Great choice for a change of pace from the steaks & chops in Rosemont. Attached to the Intercontinental hotel, it's another well-above average "hotel" restaurant that has a creative menu with a Mediteranian flare. Octopus appetizer was great and for a main dish, try the paella. Intense flavors without being overblown with largess.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Breakfast spot
    WinedudeVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    Had a business breakfast meeting here. Very nice place with good food, good service, and friendly management.
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    good for groups, great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleastantly Surprising
    pkwhouVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2013
    I did not have high hopes for a hotel restaurant, but the menu looked great online, so I decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did. The food was wonderful and the waitress was extremely attentive and provided great suggestions as well. Great restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • vegetarian options
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    The feta salad , chick pea pancakes,need dressing up.. very bland.. world come back is the food becomes more better
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  • Nice find near O'Hare
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/21/2013
    Attached to the Intercontinental Hotel in Rosemont, Fresco 21 had complimentary valet on Sunday. It's contemporary in decor with calming colors. Daily specials are available and the menu is gluten-free and dairy-free friendly. Food was freshly prepared, very flavorful, and nicely presented. We ordered 3 entrées and a few tapas dishes for five and had plenty to eat. The panna cotta with candied hazelnuts is excellent.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A first time but not the last time
    CuisineArt
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    An excellent selection of mediterranian cuisine, that was nicely presented at the table and a superb treat for the palate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.