O'Briens Restaurant and Bar

O'Briens Restaurant and Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.obriensrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3127873131
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:30am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Continental
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary 2 1/2 hour parking for our customers.
A word from O'Briens Restaurant and Bar
The O'Brien Family welcomes you to an atmosphere of casual dining with a Continental cuisine specializing in prime steak & fresh seafood.
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O'Briens Restaurant and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (22)great for outdoor dining (19)good for groups (14)great for lunch (8)fit for foodies (5)kid-friendly (5)special occasion (4)late-night find (4)great for brunch (3)romantic (2)vibrant bar scene (2)hot spot (2)notable wine list (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • First Time Impression
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed celebrating our fourth anniversary beginning with dinner at O'Brian's. The seating, atmosphere, decor, waiter, and food were excellent. Prompt valet parking punctuated what proved to be a memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great meeting place
    tvnurseVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Salmon and spinach salad is great. Bread basket is good too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place for a big group!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    What a wonderful indoor/outdoor space for an after event celebration!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 9/26/2014
    DanoverVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great burgers and great outdoor seating for at least one more time this season.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • boy, was i wrong!
    WindyCityLoVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    alas, i had a misconception about o'brien's - been there "forever" and i thought it was kind of old and tired and overpriced. boy, was i wrong. while it has some "old world charm" in the decor, it felt open and clean (although the lighting was surging a lot that evening). their menu was quite affordable and our dirty martinis were "sturdy" to say the least. pleased to see some great appetizer and light entree items. we enjoyed grilled calamari and an order of crab cakes and then the spinach/salmon salad. what a surprise THAT was - not so much spinach but a very nice piece of salmon atop a lovely bed of seasonal tomatoes and fruit - melon, grapes and strawberries. it was FABULOUS!. our wait person was lovely and very efficient.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful brunch
    MmaureenVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We went to O'Briens the morning after a family wedding. We had a wonderful time. Members of our group were able to order breakfast or lunch. The omelets were delicious - I had the spinach and feta cheese. The service was outstanding. We arrived when the restaurant opened, so it was not crowded and we were able to have a nice visit with family.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, slow kitchen
    JandBVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Our food was good and the wait staff were attentive, but the kitchen was really slow. Not the place on a Sunday if you are rushing to anything.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, terrible service
    NHgastronome
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Food was okay. Service, on the other hand was terrible. Had a table for 17 reserved. Had one waiter serving us. He was very slow. The restaurant was not that crowded at all. Several of my fellow diners had been there before and claimed that the service was slow when they visited last.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Di84
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Food was not good. Expected better from a place that is in a great location and has a neat atomsphere.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely patio
    SmartPakerLissa
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Early dinner (5:30) on patio on a Friday evening was quiet for conversation. Excellent service--attentive, friendly, patient. Perfect place for dinner before the early Second City show. Terrific burger; sumptuous salad.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 114 reviews are from the O'Briens Restaurant and Bar reviews archive.
  • Location,location
    MarilynVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Convenient to Second City, Zanies, and other local entertainment .
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the fish
    waldmkaVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Had the almond crusted whitefish and fish and chips. Both were good and so was the service. We sat outdoors
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sloooow
    JustVisiting
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Our drinks were empty, our patience was wearing then and our waiter we no were to be found. It took well over 30 minutes for our dinners to show up. Though they were tasty, the price compared to the quantity was very lacking. We were offered a free dessert for our extended time of being forgotten about, but we already had dessert plans elsewhere. We won't go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed
    Chidi20VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We brought our 91 year old Mom here for her birthday dinner. The staff was amazing. They were kind. Our waitress was very helpful with the menu. Very enjoyable. They even gave us a free desert with a candle on it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful service
    BeckyMVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We celebrated our wedding anniversary with friends and the service was very good. It added to the enjoyment of the evening.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unexpected Food Excellence
    cday12345VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Although we've lived in Chicago for decades we had never been to O'Briens before. We had a taste for a pub experience, and this was perfect. I had the chicken pot pie, which had a superb crust; my wife had a burger, which was prepared exactly as specified on a warm pretzel roll; and the bread pudding to finish was superb. The server had worked there for years and steered us right on everything, and was very attentive without suffocating. It didn't hurt that it was a warm night and the doors were open and the street scene was vibrant and exciting.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot in Old Town!
    oldschool
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    O'Briens is definitely in a nice spot in Old Town on Wells St. The service is great and the food was prepared to my liking. Pretty sold drink menu too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We go to O'Brien's frequently and always have excellent service and very good food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Neighborhood Restaurant
    HowardVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Our family has returned to O'Briens time and time again for several years - - it's one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. The food is excellent at reasonable prices. The free valet parking is a huge perk. And, the service is consistently outstanding. A special shout-out to Laura, the greeter at the host stand, who always greets us with a warm welcome and makes us feel at home.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2/21/2014
    DanoverVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Great evening...everything was great , just as it usually is!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem
    HowardVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Our family visits O'Brien's at least once a month - - the food and service are consistently excellent and very reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay for a quick meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Food was decent & came quickly. We ordered sandwiches/burgers. My only complaint would be $6 for a side salad and same price for a cup of soup, but for the location (we were headed to Zanies for a show) is worth it. We were able to meter park right across the street, but that was just plain 'ole luck. Would go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food
    waldmkaVIP
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    Got prime rib, mashed potatoes, and mac and cheese.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    PFamily
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    The food, atmospher and the service at O'Brien's is exceptional. When asked about the prime rib, the server though a vegetarian, said that whenever the owner comes in that's what he orders. Having that "knowledge" is much appreciated in a server. She was right...the prime rib was exceptional!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Menu... Great Service....
    Phil
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    The variety on this menu would suit any palate.... the service was wonderful
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice surprise
    Momm
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Start with free valet parking (!) add friendly staff, tasty food, lovely setting, reasonable price- really nice evening out. Wasnt expecting white table cloths. The place was busy with a couple large tables around us but we were able to converse and enjoy. Burgers and fishnchips were really good. Pretzel bun was nice touch as was the sweet potatoe fries. Cobb salad and coleslaw were just ok. Menu included high end steaks, burgers, and expected pub food- sheppherd pie, Fish n chips, pot pie- plus other dinner entres. We were very happy. Made a reservation on Open Table and they seated us promptly when we arrived.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Family Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    We ate at O'Briens for Christmas Eve and the food & service was fabulous. Everyone was very friendly and the food was fabulous! We would all go there again to diine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Time
    BigTLK
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Had supper here for the first time we all enjoyed the food and atmoshere the service was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner B4 Second City
    JimBilly
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Me and my wife and 2 teenagers went here before going to a show at second city. The liver was excellent as was the flat iron steak and the steak sandwiches. I recommend the buffalo shrimp appetizer. Very attentive service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Neighborhood Spot
    Kiki
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    The dining room, a little up from the bar area, is very pleasant and was decorated nicely for Christmas. Our service, however, was haphazard. We lost our waitress for a while and the host pinch-hitted, she later appeared but was not attentive. We ordered coffee and waited and waited; since we had a concert to make (which the staff knew) we had to leave without coffee or dessert.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food!
    Kayjay
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    My family and I made reservations for 5:30PM through open table. We had reservations for Second City at 8:00PM. We got there early and our table was waiting. The staff was very attentive and friendly. My husband had the Chicken Pot Pie which he said was very good. My daughter and I both had the Filet was was excellent! We visit tthe city often and will definitely eat there again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay
    Pppp
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    Restaurant is clean and attractive and the service excellent. Food just so-so, however.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service started out good....
    Betsy
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    ....but deteriorated enormously as the night went on. Waiter disappeared for over 30 minutes at a time. Twice I had to go and try to find him. Good thing his tip was included in the bill. Won't go to O'Brien's again in a group. Very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was our first time at O'Briens
    Mike
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    It was our first time at O'Briens and found it to be a very enjoyable experience. I would definitely come back to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch at O'Briens
    Norm
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Great food, relaxed atmosphere and excellent service. Great experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • O'Brien's
    DanoverVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    We hit O'Brien's about four times a year. We always have a good time on the patio....great place for a sandwich and beer.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • O'Brien's
    luv2travelVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    Had an appt in the area, stopped for lunch. I wanted something light, and healthy. I was directed to the spinach and salmon salad by the waitress. She was very knowledgable and helpful about the menu. The salad was fantastic. The spinach was so fresh, it squeaked. The strawberry and orange segments were fresh and very tasty. The grilled salmon was seasoned very well. I would have liked it more rare, but that is me. The raspberry vinegarette topped everything off nicely, served on the side. Very pleasant and tasty lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have been to O'Briens many
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/25/2013
    We have been to O'Briens many times and we always enjoy the garden seating - so relaxing and tranquil! Food is consistently very good with many choices so everyone can find something they will enjoy. Our only surprise and disappointment was service this time - slow to acknowledge us & then bring our drinks, also errors in the order. Having said that, he was still very pleasant, and the host was very engaging & attentive. We will go back as we know this is the exception.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, friendly staff
    Doyle
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    The food is always great here, and the staff is extremely friendly. The manager is always attentive and personally introduces himself almost every time we are here. Great neighborhood spot, and I LOVE the back patio outdoor area during the summer.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good atmosphere
    food2loveVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    The food was very good , but the service is just ok.Ii
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet