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One North
One North
  • Address:
    1 North Wacker Drive
    Chicago, IL 60606
    Downtown / Loop
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

One North Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.onenorthchicago.com
  • Phone: (312) 750-9700
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 11am - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Executive Chef: Laura Piper
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: One North Kitchen and Bar caters to both corporate and private events. Please reach out to Carlene Isola at events@onenorthchicago.com for more information and the current menu.
  • Private Party Facilities: Buy-Out the entire Main Dining Room for a private event. The Dining Room accommodates up to 150 guests for a seated event and up to 200 guests for a stand up reception
  • Private Party Contact: Carlene Isola (312) 263-0022

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Madison
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from One North
Floor to ceiling windows provide an incredible facade of the historic Chicago Lyric Opera House. Mahogany and slate flooring, flagstone walls, deep leather booths, and an open kitchen provide a warm atmosphere ideal for business meetings, intimate dinners, private events and pre or post opera performance cocktails. Conveniently located near CTA public transportation and the Metra stations. Chef Laura Piper has created an American Contemporary menu that proudly serves Miller Farms antibiotic and hormone free poultry and sustainable seafood. The menu pairs well with the extensive craft beer selections, unique artisanal cocktails, and impressive wine list.

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Diner Reviews
  • "We went for lunch with a group of 6. Service was good, but very slow! The food was good, but for the price, slightly disappointing. Prime example - it seemed like the scallops were highly recommended, so I went for it. The sauce was excellent - delicious flavor, spaghetti squash... Yum! BUT, THREE scallops for $32?!?! Needless to say, overpriced. The calamari-we were warned that it is not fried as per usual. We decided to try it anyway and I'm not sure anyone really liked it. The group enjoyed their food overall- asparagus and hummus were delicious. Most of the group got burgers which they all liked. But, we weren't overly impressed with the place. Staff seemed really nice - perhaps we'll check it out again for happy hour."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "My co-workers and I went here for lunch for the first time. We had a reservation, but so did the 25 other people in line for the host stand. Once you got there, you still had to wait. I expect more efficiency at a Loop lunch spot. Once we were seated, it was loud like being in a crowded bar. We literally had to yell at each other. Moving on...the server was nice and efficient and that was great! We will probably make this an after work drink place, rather than a lunch place."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Very pleasant patio for lunch on a busy downtown day. Service level a bit spotty given the extra tables outside but they were friendly and knowledgeable."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This was a pleasant experience...good ambience, attentive service, decent food (altho the portions are rather skimpy)."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Met a business prospect there for lunch. It was VERY VERY noisy and the food was mediocre. All three of us ordered the "special" gazpacho and we all agreed that it was the most underwhelming iteration of the soup we have ever had. Of our three entrees, Midwestern Cobb salad, Salmon and burger, we all agreed that it wasn't bad like the soup, but it was not worth going back again."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Took Mom here for her birthday lunch and it was great! Service was friendly and attentive. Food was spectacular and the drinks were delicious! They finally modified the inside to fix the sound issues making for a lovely conversation spot! Will of course be back."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I've been here multiple times with groups ranging from 3 - 10 & EVERYTHING is always great - food, service, atmosphere (whether inside or out)."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I had the strip steak, my son had the 1North burger and we shared an order of smoked gouda puffs. The gouda puffs were fabulous. Good flavor, nice accouterments and 4 for $11. The burger was a good size but the flavors were a little too strong and competed with all the other ingredients for space on your taste buds. The real issue is the lousy quality of the steak. While it is downtown Chicago, I still expect a $31 strip steak to be of higher quality. Mine was equivalent to the tread of a car's tire. Not only is it nothing to brag about, it was absolutely disappointing. Flat and easily dried out, you had better order it no more than medium if you want any juiciness or flavor."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "This is the perfect place to get lunch outside on a nice day in the financial district. The food is very good, but reasonably priced, and the service is attentive."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Wacker Drive is a relative restaurant desert, at least in comparison to the areas a few blocks east or west of this unique thoroughfare. If all you want is coffee or fast food, you're set. Otherwise, One North and Lloyd's are your two primary options and they fill up fast at lunch. One North has a varied menu and the food is not quite epicurean, but you are unlikely to have a bad experience there. On our last visit, we enjoyed tables outside, shaded by the building next door. The waiter refilled our drinks often enough, which is a big issue for me, and the prices are reasonable."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We were able to eat lunch outside which was great. Food was good as usual."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "This is a great place for lunch and perfect for groups of 6-8. Menu has plenty of options."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Overall a good experience, although it was warm inside and the noise level was too high."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Met a friend at One North prior to moving out of town. The restaurant is close to each of our jobs and respective train stations. Our evening began with gazpacho, which was delicious. While it wasn't a terribly hot day the soup was refreshing. For dinner, my guest chose the scallops and I the pasta with shrimp and white wine lemon sauce. Both entrees were very good and would recommend."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Promptly seated at 11:30am. Service was efficient and friendly. Atmosphere is great. You can dine inside or out. Recommend that you arrive prior to noon as the restaurant fills up quickly. Was completely full by 12:30pm"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We had a reservation for three and were meeting a client for our first lunch together. Myself and my associate arrived 10 mins early and were at first ignored by the hostess and then greeted by a second hostess when she arrived back at the desk. My name was on the reservation and she asked if we would like to be seated. We chose to wait and greet our guest upon their arrival. We waited a full 20 mins, the hostess checked with us once in-between to see if we wanted to be seated without our guest, we declined. We finally received a call from our guest from inside the restaurant explaining that she had arrived 15 mins early and was seated by the hostess after giving my name on the reservation! For 20 mins my guest was left waiting!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "I've eaten at One North several times and have not been impressed. This time the food was good! Maybe its just what I'm ordering, but I would definitely go back and order the cheeseburger again. The turkey club my friend was eating looked really good, too! And, food was hot."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Way to LOUD. Do not go there for a business lunch or dinner"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "I've been going here for years, and it is always very good to excellent. I wasn't overly impressed with my turkey club, though it did have some unique flavors. All-in-all, this remains one of my favorite lunch spots in the loop."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Did not get the level of service we should have. Need to ask for re-fill beverages."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "This place used to be my go to for colleagues first days or special lunch. My last experience has me looking around for other restaurants like Townhouse or Primebar instead. The food was good again but the service plain stunk and I was even charged for someone else's whole table in addition to my table. Okay place but just because it's in UBS' building doesn't mean it's top notch."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Took some out of town relatives here before a show at the Lyric and probably wont go back because it was so incredibly loud that we couldn't have a conversation at our table. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Went here before the Sound of Music, and it was the Sound of Crowds. Very crowded, very noisy for this old guy. Service and drinks were great; our waiter was super great. Had a $32 strip steak which was not a strip steak in shape, ordered med rare and it was med well. I can buy a better strip steak at jewel from the counter. Roast potatoes and heirloom carrots were excellent. My other half ordered mac and cheese and it looked like Kraft out of the package, kind of disappointed. Doubt I will go back as I never go to the opera, and work completely on the other side of town to go for lunch. Obviously a regular crowd there, so you try it and let me know what you think."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "The ambience is so loud it's almost impossible to have any conversation or hear the waiter. It's too bad because service is good and food too. They should just make this a bar."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "This is a wonderful place with great food and service! Perfect location for Lyric Opera fans, as well as train commuters. Live this place!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We all enjoyed our meals and had an excellent time."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant because of its proximity to the Lyric Opera House. It was somewhat disappointing. The grilled calamari was excellent. The grilled scallops were outstanding. They had a nice char and although not translucent in the middle, they were excellent. The New York strip steak though was a big disappointment. I was hoping for a nice think steak but what arrived was a thin, bone in, strip steak that was overlooked. I asked for medium-rare and it was medium, at best."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Perfect for speedy dinner before theater Neal was great waiter helpful attentive And made outcome enjoyable Noise level high but best quiet is near windows"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I have been a huge fan of One North Kitchen ever since Laura Piper took control of the kitchen (and a million other nuance items!) Chris Lister is a terrific manager, too! The menu has new items...chicken wing appetizer...baked not fried with a remarkable mediterranean rub...unbelievable! Piper has redone the burger, now stuffed with gouda and a chipotle sauce that is simply unbeatable! The miller farm fried chicken cannot be beat! How she gets it crisp but moist...do not know! Cannot complete the review with paying homage to the brussell sprouts...OMG...did not think it could get better...but it did!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "I enjoyed lunch at One North. It's been awhile since I've been there, but it's still nice and the food was good. Some items are a little pricey. Will return."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Four of us sat on the edge of the dining room for lunch and still found it difficult to converse due to the noise level."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Enjoyed the dinner before the opera. Service was good and the good was good. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "One North is the closest restaurant to the Civic Opera which is why we choose to dine there on a Friday prior to the Sound of Music performance. Although our party of seven was escorted to a table immediately, the wrong one initially, we had to ask twice for a server just to order our drinks. We received them 20 minutes after our arrival. When we asked if there were offerings for children, the server just looked at us blankly. We ordered, even asking for buttered pasta for a child with the hopes that the kitchen would produce it. The food was OK, but nothing special and certainly only served luke warm. The bright side was desert - delicious! We had to ask for everything - refills, bread, etc. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "As always, the service and the food was fantastic I am never disappointed taking anyone to One North for a meal as I know the quality of this place is excellent. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone I know."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "It is directly across from the Civic Opera House so very convenient. They also have an opera menu if you're tight on on time. The food was very good but don't count on 'American' size portions. I had plenty but my husband could have had another piece or two of fish and chips. The staff was superb! The acoustics are terrible so you have to shout to be heard. That was really the only negative. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Non-attentive service and overcooked flatbread. Disappointing."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "I chose One North Kitchen because of it's proximity to The Lyric Opera House. I was amazed at how loud it was. We could not hear each other speak. I would not call it energetic. I'd say that the noise level was annoying. We were seeing The Sound of Music across the street so the location was perfect. We were seated near the bar seating (I should have asked for a different seat placement) with my elderly father-in-law and his friend. We had difficultly even directing our voices to one person, much less engage in a conversation with four people. The food service was very slow and the food mediocre. I will not return."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "First time here and it was delightful - I'd definitely return."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "The service was attentive. The food came fast (which was good). But it was just ok and the noise level required our four top shout at each other to talk. Not what I wanted for a business meeting. Once it cleared out we could talk. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014