Hot Chocolate
Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hotchocolatechicago.com/
  • Phone: 7734891747x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm;
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm;
    Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Willow St
  • Public Transit: Damen Blue Line
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Hot Chocolate
Welcome to Mindy’s HotChocolate Restaurant and Dessert Bar. While we know that you have many dining choices, we wholly commit ourselves to exceed your expectations in all areas of your dining experience.



From the moment you walk through the front door, it is our goal to provide you with an atmosphere that is comfortable and relaxed with exemplary service and an evolving array of high-quality, seasonal and locally-sourced food, drink and pastry.



We constantly search for new and exciting purveyors, ingredients and presentations. Through our network of artisan farmers and friends, we are able to connect the producer to the consumer and provide a uniquely enjoyable dining adventure.



Whether it is a casual lunch, a leisurely weekend brunch, a delightful dinner or a late night dessert rendezvous, HotChocolate continues to be one of Chicago’s most unique dining destinations.
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Hot Chocolate reviews from OpenTable diners
91 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (54)neighborhood gem (51)special occasion (34)good for groups (24)hot spot (23)romantic (22)great for brunch (19)great for lunch (15)late-night find (14)kid-friendly (13)notable wine list (6)vibrant bar scene (4)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Casual Energetic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Vibrant buzzy atmosphere with efficient and friendly staff. Savory food is well executed- good flavors. Known for desserts and hot drinks. Great find for out of towner- gives one the feel for the neighborhood. Time though for some new dishes on menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unimpressive
    AJ87
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    A few of my friends had great things to say about this place, so I went in there with high expectations. I really respect and appreciate restaurants that cook in accordance with the seasons, and the menu looked delectable. I ordered the Poussin, which arrived at a lukewarm temperature. The chicken was completely lacking in meat and was entirely bone. I ordered dessert feeling hungry. I ordered the "apples" dish, which was good, but did not rock my world. My friend ordered the "black and tan", which was delicious. Overall, a very disappointing experience but I will likely try Mindy's again, most likely for brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a pleasure!
    pinkiegrey
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I've been to the restaurant several times and the fact that they rotate their menu every season keeps me looking forward to come back. It's kind of too bad because I had a pork belly dish there for brunch one time and now I don't think I'll ever find it on the menu again! Moot point, though, because everything else on the menu looks so good. And, of course, the hot chocolate always hits the spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening at Hot Chocolate
    jmwife
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Everything was wonderful. I advise to order sides with the meals as the portions are small. Do not leave without a bag of hot chocolate to take home!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lives up to its name
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This place smells incredible from the moment you walk in.. very inviting and like an antique shop vibe.. I loved it. The hot chocolate was outstanding (I had the chai one) and the Shrimp Louie salad was so tasty and different. The tomato soup was a bit boring- good but nothing great. My coworker had the BLET which he said was fantastic- it was HUGE like a burger almost! I wanted to try it- next time. I will be back for sure!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Previously overlooked...
    hlane
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I hadn't been to Hot Chocolate for many years and as my children were smaller had not thought of this restaurant. I've been 2 times in the last two weeks. Both time had a burger and the other time had a crabcake sandwich and lucked out to have 'fried chicken friday'. The food and service were both outstanding. I didn't try the other menu items because I couldn't bear NOT to get that burger. Best in the city. You wouldn't think, but it is. I didn't actually want to order the signature 'donuts' either, but my daughter did. Also the best in the city...and I go to all the donut 'hotspots'. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect as always
    HCFan
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Hot Chocolate has never disappointed. A truly wonderful menu and wine list. The wait staff's knowledge of the menu and wines runs far deeper than you've experienced elsewhere. The service is impeccable. The wait staff has a knack for making you feel as if you've been a part of Hot Chocolate family for years. Go. You WILL return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Everything was handcrafted n tasted fresh. Best meal in Chicago!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I have been to Mindy's Hot Chocolate a few times and always take any guests visiting Chicago to enjoy some delicious food and hot chocolate. We had the burger special and it was a lot of food for $20, well worth it. Also, the mac & cheese is excellent; super cheesy and with a little spice. We will definitely come back often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • How loud can it get???
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were a group of 4 celebrating a special birthday and we could hardly hear each other to have a conversation. We thought the menu was limited for dinner, and the served strongly encouraged us to order an appetizer" because we wouldn't have any food for at least 30 minutes." My crab cake sandwich was good, my husband's poisson was fair, my brother's hamburger was OK, he said and my sister-in-law was happy with the duck she ordered. (she was being treated, so what could she say). The best part of the dinner, according to the four of us, was the cookies we had for dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sweets and drinks
    denizen
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    the desserts were fabulous, as usual. The martini's were retro tiny and not worth their inflated price. They were, on the other hand, very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad chocolate
    Luvtoeatout
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    One of the worst restaurants I been to in a long time. The service was deplorable the food was mediocre and over priced! I would never return or recommend this establishment.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Special Occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We had a wonderful time at Hot Chocolate. The food and ambience were perfect to celebrate my wife's birthday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hina
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Food was good, but nothing spécial . Sandwiches are probably the best on the menu! Tip, split your hot chocolate unless you like half a pound of hot coco in ur coffee ;)
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    Kristinb
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was tremendous (fried chicken, crab cake sandwich, milk and cookies, blueberry pie) and the service was really incredible (Dan - he was one of best servers I've ever had). We actually went back the next morning for coffee and pastry (also awesome) because we liked the place so much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    great food, excellent service! Absolutely love coming here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going downhill
    LunchgoerVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    My first visit to Hot Chocolate, perhaps three years ago, was wonderful -- we were looked after incredibly well and had great food. Although it's very far away from us, we have continued to go back once a season, often with friends whom we wanted to introduce to the place. But I have to say, the imagination and care with which the food is prepared has diminished, and our last visit was particularly mediocre. Inter alia, there were vegetarians in our group, and in a young restaurant in 2014 there was ... nothing. And when we asked, the answer was: pasta with tomato sauce. You've got to be kidding me.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SAMSVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    nice little gem recommended to us by locals on recent visit -- wonderful and pleasant lunch, great desserts and hot chocolate
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Perfect desserts
    Anonymous
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Went here for desserts on a Sunday night after dinner elsewhere. Surprised to find it about half full. As usual, the desserts were fantastic; the toast ice cream was the best I've ever had. The server could omit her two references to the James Beard Award. Fast, good coffee service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot Chocolate is HOT!
    DanD
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    While it wasn't crowded while we were there after a theatrical matinee I can see this place bouncin'. Food, drinks and service was great. I have been recommending it to everyone I see and hope to be back soon.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Space/Food, Service Not So
    Wrigley
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    While Hot Chocolate is a favorite spot when we're in the city, we were disappointed in the service this time. We've enjoyed our visits numerous times previously, but it was different this time. The food was magnificent (as usual) and the place was absolutely buzzing, but we felt invisible for much of our visit. Our table was available fairly closely to our reservation time, but it took a full fifteen minutes for the wait staff to get to us after we were seated. Once the food was brought, in a reasonable enough time, it was a long time before anyone came back to check on us. I had the feeling as we left, "well, at least we're getting out of their hair". Unfortunately, we'll think twice about returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing meal from start to finish.
    AtownLLTVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    From the petite salad with this unforgettable vinaigrette to the house made pasta squares to the wonderful strawberry cheesecake and hot chocolate, I was mildly surprised at the caliber of food served here. I heard it was good but this was amazing. Can't wait to come back here and try some other dishes. Or to try brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot indeed!
    fergpad
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I discovered Hot Chocolate on Food Network several years ago and had been dying to try it ever since. Our dinner was fabulous. My husband had duck; I had whitefish. We took our five year old daughter who had a gourmet mac n cheese. The place was very active so our daughter and her energy didn't feel out of place. By far our best meal while in Chicago. You must stay for dessert. We ordered a glass of hot chocolate (there are many varieties) with 1/3 hot fudge (!) and the medium hot chocolate mix (and homemade marshmallow). Pure genius! We also ordered brioche donuts with caramel sauce. The staff was unbelievably kind, knowledgeable, and lovely. The neighborhood is wonderful, too, if you have time to stick around.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Whats a good plate w/ nothing on it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Our waiter arrived immediately, but seemed like he was putting on an act. This was confirmed as the night went on as he kept using phony catchphrases. We ordered the cheddar muffins to start; they were brought out quickly and were delicious. For our main, we had crab cakes and a lamb wrap. The crab cakes were good; they weren't great, but this is coming from people who lived in Maine. However, the lamb wrap was greasy, tough and unappealing almost to the point of in-edibility. If it wasn't for the spicy mustard that went with it, I wouldn't have gotten past two bites. Also, the main took 30 mins. to arrive. The restaurant is famous for its desserts, but after the long wait for the main, we didn't want to wait for desserts.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a decadent treat
    oystersVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The host was sweet, taking drink orders from the very tiny waiting area. But that was ,sadly, the best service we received all night. It took 10 min for our server to acknowledge us. After ordering, or server said no more than 3 words to us the entire evening, even when laying down or check. The food itself was great, especially the Mac and cheese! I was a little underwhelmed with the burger which was supposed to be one of the best in Chicago:( but the crab cake sandwich was delicious and rich with crabmeat. And of course, the hot chocolate is heavenly. I would come back with guests, if I get a different server
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the hype I was expecting
    606foodie
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We went recently for my birthday with a group of 7. They were very accommodating when we needed to change our reservation, however the great service stopped there. They brought our drinks back 2 at a time despite sitting right next to the bar and there was a span of 20 minutes between the first person getting their drink and the last. A little awkward when waiting to do a toast. The kitchen seemed slammed as well and it took a pretty long while for us to receive our overpriced dessert. I would go back for dinner, but was somewhat disappointed with the dessert selection from a place that touts that as their specialty.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    McReview
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Four of us dined at Hot Chocolate recently. We started out with a bottle of Rose that quickly lead to two, shared the grilled squid panzanella salad and a house made pasta entree and each of us ordered an entree - including salmon, crab cake sandwich and chicken. The food was wonderful. We followed up with the donuts holes and the cheesecake. Don't miss the desserts - amazing. Beautiful night - we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    AshleyVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Our food was fantastic, our desserts even better, and the server was perfect - helpful, knowledgeable and funny without intruding on our night. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Planned a trip from MN based around going to HC and was very impressed and happy with the entire experience
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience!
    KayzeeVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I love Hot Chocolate! We were there last week at 5:30 for dinner. I took my daughter and niece and we all loved it. Great cocktails, fabulous burger, duck and lamb sausage wrap. Then desert! Amazing! I have been before and had difficulty with the noise level of the restaurant. Going earlier and having the doors to the restaurant open seemed to help that a lot.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off night at Hot Chocolate
    rockchalkVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Been a long-time fan of HC. We don't go every month, but we're a once-a-quarter guest. Have gone every year for the past 3 years for my wife's birthday. Also recommend it often to others. That said, this past Saturday it was an off night. Two entrees were uneatable. We sent them back and asked for a burger instead, which took far longer than a burger to an unhappy table should. Mine was still not cooked to my liking, but I was so exhausted that I dealt with it. Side of cauliflower ungratin was undercooked too. Bad items were removed from the bill with an apology from the waitress, who was great. Clearly the issue was in the kitchen. Extra wine pour and coookies were appreciated, but we gonna stick with dessert/drinks only moving forward.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Desserts are Killer-No Surprise
    FoodieGolferVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I took my family for dessert and we were not disappointed. The doughnuts were warm and decadent without being overpowering. The hot chocolates that we tried were exceptional. The dark chocolate hot chocolate was closer to a cream based soup than a typical hot chocolate. We had reservations that were honored immediately, but if you just stop by, it will be well worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not what i expected at all
    CanaryVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I wanted to cry... I took my wife out for an anniversary to Hot Chocolate, she was excited when she saw the name of the place. Drinks: excellent. appetizers: decent. ordered lamb and duck. lamb looked like thick slices of bacon meat. and it was completely undercooked. duck was very good. we shared our food and my wife could not eat the lamb. she chewed it for a bit and spat it out. I took the sword. instead of making a big deal out of it and spoiling the mood of our date/outing I ate the food as is and pretended it was OK. the night was great! the food, not so much. very disappointed and will not return. Also, the wait staff was not that good. I've been here before years ago and it was TOP notch back then. now it's terrible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 58 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 416 reviews are from the Hot Chocolate reviews archive.
  • Heavy Food
    Stuffed
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The food portions were way too big and heavy (lots of grease, cheese, fats). For a restaurant that specializes in desserts, the food menu should have lighter food options, more appetizers and small plates so that guests have room after dinner to experience the awesome desserts. My friend's lamb sandwich was dripping in grease (either the restaurant buys poor quality, fatty lamb or it was cooked in a ton of oil). The Mac & cheese was enough for 4 people. I looked around and saw what other people ordered and the fried chicken was huge, the burger was enormous. The only dessert we had room for was a cup of hot chocolate that we split and it was phenomenal. The best part of the meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Save room for dessert!
    drxtinaVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    My husband and I fully intended on just having apps and dessert or hot chocolate, but the dinner menu was too tempting.....we ended up with 2 apps, 2 entrees.....and 2 desserts. Hey, Im pregnant :) It was delicious! Such a great atmosphere too, small local gem.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    My second time coming to Hot Chocolate because the first time I had such a great experience. Not impressed this time around. The food was flavorless and not exciting at all. No "ooohs" or "ahhs" here. I had the duck which I feLT lacked a sauce. My friend had the salmon and thought it was ordinary. The best dish out of the four of us was the burger. I should have gotten the $15 burger rather than spend my money on a bland duck costing me $26. The dessert choice wasn't spectacular this time around. Hot Chocolate offered donuts (which we got), cheesecake, milk and cookies and some other dessert that obviously did not stand out because I don't remember it. Donuts were good but not spectacular. SERVICE WAS TERRIBLE. Waited 45 mins for our food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • special !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Whatever we order here is special. Each food options we tried was awesomely prepared. Never thought that such tasty desserts could be so light to have !!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    MsLoyelVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    My friend and I went here because we had heard great things about their hamburgers and desserts. We ordered the ramp biscuits to start and they were delicious! We also each had the burger. I ordered mine medium rare, she ordered hers medium. Well, they didn't come out that way. Both were well done. We informed the waiter and he apologized. We both still ate the burgers because, heck, they were still tasty! And the waiter surprised us by offering us hot chocolate for dessert free of charge. So we were impressed with the service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    Britt
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I recommend going during the week. We went on a Friday night and the device wasn't as great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must go...
    JulesMarieMc
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    From the servers to the menu to leaving room for dessert- this is a must go for any occasion! Every part of the menu is well thought out and well executed. Although small the beer list has something for everyone and their cocktails are fab as well. This is one restaurant in Chicago I have returned to time and again and it has yet to disappoint!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.