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Old Town Social
Old Town Social

Old Town Social Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.OldTownSocial.com
  • Phone: (312) 266-2277
  • Hours of Operation:

    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm

    Lunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm

    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Organic
  • Executive Chef: Jared Van Camp
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cleveland St.
  • Public Transit: CTA Brown Line: Exit at the Sedgwick stop and head north to North Ave. Proceed west to the corner of North and Cleveland.

    CTA Red Line: Exit at the North & Clybourn stop. Upon exiting the station head east (right) and proceed 4 blocks east past Larabee until reaching Cleveland.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Neighborhood parking available. Valet available Thursday through Saturday after 6pm.
A word from Old Town Social
Unassuming, understated simplicity. What makes an eatery great - and timeless - is its ability to create an ambiance that evokes an emotional response. At Old Town Social, we aim to offer a handcrafted return to the basics; a focus on the simple, yet often overlooked, aspects of a neighborhood favorite. In today's current climate, a night to celebrate life's simple pleasures with tasty food, handcrafted cocktails, great beer and wine, and a devil-may-care attitude is indeed a rare gift. So - to those who shun "the scene", welcome. To those who lead a sporting lifestyle, we offer a hearty embrace. We humbly hope you enjoy our rakish tip-of-the-hat...Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Loved the bohemian/shabby chic environment with delicious fresh food; very friendly service and helpful in finding the best craft beer"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "My friend was in from out of town and Old Town Social was a great place to start our night. They had interesting twists on regular American fare, such as the 3 kinds of deviled eggs, and the grilled cheese with tomato soup. I, unfortunately, was not impressed with how crisp the pork belly tacos were, but that could be a fluke. The ambiance is wonderful, the decor is also very unique and interesting. Love the lighting and the old photos, although they're creepy! Haha! I, also, unfortunately did not enjoy our waitress but we were also a larger group which is more difficult to manage. Overall, I would definitely come back but with a bit of a smaller crowd."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Came here with a large group for brunch. Our waitress was great, and we loved the atmosphere at the restaurant! The outdoor patio is lovely. However, the food and service from the kitchen fell flat. Half our party got food 15 minutes before the other half! Totally not our waitress's fault, but you'd think the manager would apologize for the discrepancy. Moving onto the food, ordered a plain side of pancakes that came out literally uncooked. My boyfriend bit into the pancakes and said "Mmm they put some sort of cream in the middle!" And I informed him that this was actually RAW PANCAKE BATTER! Disgusting. The turkey confit was OK, I hated the dressing and the turkey was a bit dry though. Highlight of the meal was the bloody mary."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Has a great outside space (good for taking the kids) and great indoor space which is very adult and inviting. Loved the place and the brunch menu was tasty and varied. We had a great time and will go back!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We went here with a group before an event. Service took forever, but food and drinks were wonderful"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I loved it. I went on a saturday. I read bad reviews about service on yelp but I had no issues. Food was awesome! Great variety, indicate gluten free and vegan on menu. Nice vintage vibe in there. It was a young crowd. I definitely recco it to anyone!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food was great, perfect for elevated food without a multicourse, multihour experience. Great to chat over a good cocktail and delicious food, prepared without drama!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food was delcious, the theme of the resturant and ambiance were spectular! We came right when the doors opened at 11 and had a quiet, quick and wonderful brunch. I had the eggs Sardu which were fantastic! The hashbrown casserole that comes with some dishes was also amazing! I will be back!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We went with a group of 6 -- 3 of our group was late, but the hostess station didn't mind at all. We all ordered our drinks and food -- food came a little slow, but once it came, we were happy. We'll always come back because of the fun location and the great food."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "This was our first time at Old Town Social. I thought the space was great, a crowd came in half way thru our meal, but I didn't feel like it got more crowded or even necessarily more loud. The food was great, as was the beer list. We enjoyed our meal, had a great view of the TVs, and overall thought it was a fantastic place, and would definitely return. Within walking distance to shows at North and Wells as well!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "nice evening - dining outside. chicago summer. the beet salad was fantastic. the kale salad was ok. the burgers were burnt! no one came over for a while after they were served, so we picked off the black parts and ate them. at least when i mentioned the problem, the server brought us a free batch of donut holes for dessert! nice treat. the tacos (a mix of kinds) were truly underwhelming. i think you go here for drinks/outdoor real estate. too bad, cuz i had heard the food was especially good."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We stumbled upon OTS when going to Second City for a show. We lOVED it! We were wishing we lived in Chicago so we could visit it more. There are great options for the delicious burgers and the chopped salad is wonderful. Honestly there are so many unique twists on standard bar food that we could hardly decide. The booths are cozy and the western-industrial decor is very cool."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The Bloody Mary is a work of art! The food was so good I am going back next weekend! Can't wait!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I had read a review on the OTS burger in Timeout and thought we would give the restaurant a try. Especially, since it is walking distance from Steppenwolf. The staff was wonderful. Since it was a beautiful night we waited to sit outside, apart from the L going by, it was great. Our waitress Trish was great. My husband had the burger, I had the Chicken Banh Mi sandwich and our friends had the Po'boy sandwich and a salad. I thought the food had a lot of flavor. Outstanding cocktails, too."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Went here for brunch and had a great time. The space is awesome -- large and open with a comfortable feel. The food was also great, but the bloody mary left something to be desired. I appreciate the appetizer size accompaniments, but the drink itself was pretty plain. Also, the draft beer selection was also pretty plain. But the bottle list was better. I'd definitely recommend this place for a date. They also have well-placed TVs for game-watching, but they do not dominate the space -- this is not a sports bar. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We came to OTS for their Kentucky Derby pig roast that we had seen advertised on the website as well in a CBS piece on the top Kentucky Derby Parties in Chicago. However, to our disappointment the pig had not been ordered... thus no pig roast. When we arrived for reservation a little before noon we asked if we could dine on the outdoor patio - we were informed there would be no service out there today. As we were leaving we noticed this had changed as their were several diners on their side patio. We did stay for several mimosas, appetizers, and their brunch menu which was tasty. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Brunch at Old Town was a bit of a mixed experience. Our food was tasty, but not fabulous. Our server was friendly, after she first brusquely informed us "it's a game day, we're geared up for crowds, and we won't do anything special" when one of us requested the "Bananas Foster French Toast" ordinarily on the menu. She rallied, however, and offered to ask the chef who in fact assented: the French toast was good. Our table neighbors fared less well: one had an allergy and required help to assess what she could eat there; the servers argued "it's a game day~can't change a thing. After waiting 45 minutes for their meal, the folks left. Our server forgot one of our items altogether; the last, Turkey Pastrami Hash was odd but okay. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "I went here with my girlfriend and another couple. I've heard both great things about the bar as well as really bad things about the sit-down area. The food was OK, but the service was absolutely horrendous. The waitress clearly just wanted us to order drinks, and we had to ask the waitress 3x to order our food. The first two times she left without taking our order (this took about 40 min.). When we got the bill at the end of the night, we asked her if she could split it two ways as there were two couples and one friend. She said b/c we "didn't ask for it to be split in the beginning that I can't split it." Then she screwed up the bill. I'm not going to go on and on about it but you can be sure I will never come here again. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Every time I've eaten dinner here we're had extremely rude waitresses and hostesses. I think this place is much better for late night drinks only"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Old town social is a good place which is appealing to the eye, having some nice, large rounded booths, a long bar with tvs, and an outdoor seating area. I would imagine it could crossover into a but more of a club later I. The evening, however, we were there earlier. The deviled eggs were tasty and have a couple of different flavored on each plate. My salad was my favorite, being very fresh. No food was crazy good but all was solid. The best aspect of our experience was the service. From the hostess, to the bartender, to our server, all were polite, friendly and seemed to really care about us having a good time."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We had a great time and the food was awesome. Service was a little slow. Overall great experience for brunch on a Sunday with energetic atmosphere and a DJ."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "This is a bar atmosphere, drinks are pricey, food is excellent as far as bat good goes. Burgers were great!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Food is really over-hyped. It was mediocre pub food at best. All show, no punch."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I dined with 2 other guests on a slow, Sunday night. Our water glasses were empty throughout most of our meal, no one came to check on us once we had our food or offer to bring us more drinks, and some parts of our order came late. Not once did our waitress apologize or offer an explanation as to why we were so neglected. In the end, after waiting 20 minutes for our bill once we asked for it, our waitress miscounted the cash we gave her and overcharged one of our credit cards until we brought that to her attention. All 3 members of our party have worked in the restaurant industry, so initially we tried to be understanding. However, in the end, what happened (and what didn't happen) throughout our dining experience was inexcusable."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Made a reservation but was seated in the bar area (boo). Date night seated in the bar area for two non-drinkers wasn't what I thought I reserved on Open Table. Food was good and atmosphere was nice."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Great atmosphere at this place but we made reservations for dinner and we were seated at a couch and chair. Made eating even appetizers difficult. Food was okay but we left after appetizers due to the smoke coming from the fireplace. Too much smoke was coming back into the room - it made it a bit uncomfortable for us. Left smelling like we were at a campfire all night. Sending the coats and sweaters to the cleaners."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Little more than a hangout for 20 somethings. Not really a tapas bar, not a comfy neighborhood gathering spot, not a foodie destination ... not satisfying on any level. Sterile decor, bland 'edgy' music in the background, many LCD screens built into the walls for what purpose? Server didn't know the menu or bar stock. A big meh."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Ambiance is cool foods good burgers were undercooked though. Everything else was great."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "burgers, fries, charcuterie - all delish! lamb ragu special was small, but also yummy."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I have had both dinner and brunch and both were excellent . Their Bloody Mary is a meal in and of its self."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Great food, great selection of fun drinks. Loved the beer list which reads more like a beer novel. However, our service was extremely unattentive. We were there at 6:00 on a Saturday night and the restaurant was very empty. Our waitress was cold and never cracked a smile. She didn't introduce herself, or ask if we had been there before, or talk about the menu, or the cocktail list. Our food runner was much more pleasant."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great food - I had only had drinks here prior to making a reservation for dinner on Valentine's Day. The noise level was pretty high even in the fireplace area, but it was a great atmosphere nonetheless. The bar was alive afterward!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Excellent brunch! Food was great and the bloody Mary's were awesome"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Old Town Social was great. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was very fun. I will definitely be coming back here in the future."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Great ambience and even better food/customer service. I love how they make it seem like a throwback bdubs with all the tv's but keep it lookig retro. A great place for people 20-45."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "For a Thursday night I wish it was a little more busy but the drinks were made good, food wasn't bad and they played great music and had a coat check which was convienent. Worked for me."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "I had never been to Old Town Social and I had wanted to go for some time. The food was excellent. Thinking about it now makes my mouth water. We went for brunch and it was a great time. It was very loud because everyone was watching soccer but for the most part it was great."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "I thought the bruch was excellent. The room was pretty full and the service a little slow but all worth waitng for. A really disappointing aspect was the music volume level which made it impossible to talk comfortably and left me with a sore throat for two days trying to speak over the music- we were only a table of 3. It was brunch."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Great atmosphere for groups. Food was good and the service was outstanding!! I made the reservations back in October for our family of five. I was disappointed with the the first table they gave us in the VERY loud bar. The were definitely table available in the restaurant area. We asked to be moved there and the did need some persuading to do so."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Lot's of comfort foods made with excellent preparation. The room with a fireplace gives the place its name. Excellent selection of beers and wines. A fun place for a group to relax and enjoy."
    Dined on 12/26/2013