One North
One North

One North

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.onenorthchicago.com/
  • Phone: 3127509700x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 11am - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Contemporary American
  • 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 3122630022

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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
One North reviews from OpenTable diners
105 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (62)great for outdoor dining (30)good for groups (28)fit for foodies (17)neighborhood gem (17)hot spot (12)vibrant bar scene (12)special occasion (11)notable wine list (8)scenic view (7)great for brunch (5)romantic (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Place to get together after work
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    One North is a great meeting place for wine, business discussion and light dinner - great location, attentive waitstaff, and overall a plus
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch for four
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Made lunch reservations with open table the day of group lunch! It was quick and convenient. Had to switch time latter in the morning, the hostess was cheerful and friendly! Our waiter was an excellent host.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not So Good for Pre-Opera Dining
    operabuff123
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    One North is a great place for a business lunch or an after-work drink with friends, but I wouldn't recommend it for dinner before the opera. For one thing, it is seriously conversation-challenged, as there is no carpeting or even tablecloths to absorb the sound. The dinner menu has only one steak; a hamburger is the only other beef option. There are no nonalcoholic beers, and the flatbread was soggy. On the plus side, the sea scallops were delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • would not go there again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Would not go there again. Dinner was super mediocre. Dessert same.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful gem
    RodneyVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    If you are heading to the opera - One North is a superb location for dinner or a cocktail prior to the performance. The grilled (not fried) calamari is wonderful
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner and an Opera
    Balletbuff
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great spot when attending the Lyric Opera. Service is efficient, food is quite good and reasonably priced, and it is right across the street from the Lyric. I like the new menu.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Perfect for people going to a performance at Lyric Opera ..... Small but nice menu ..... Friendly ad efficient wait staff. Open space includes both bar and dining room.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One North Kitchen & Bar
    SlovakQueen2
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    My BFF and I were going to the opera and One North is right across the street from the opera house, so we figured it was super convenient. Pros: *Decent wine list *Beautiful décor *Excellent food Cons: *No separate event space (there was a young professionals after work event going on and they just blocked off part of the main restaurant... this made the noise level substantial and made it difficult to have a conversation without raising your voice). *Service was slow and the staff wasn't well versed in the menu (which is a shame because there are a lot of great things that could have been said about the food if our server had known what the various dishes were).
    Special Features:
    hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre-opera Dining
    CityGirlVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We can always count on you for a good meal in plenty of time to get to the opera. Our server was very helpful, and our salmon was delicious.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sterile, pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Full windows facing Wacker Dr. High ceilings, plain décor. Small servings at high prices
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Strong Loop Lunch
    dt1213
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    One of my go to's for lunch in the loop, consistently strong and great service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Miss Catherine Evans
    Elizpatron
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The ambiance in the restaurant is relaxing. While not brightly lit, the lighting is elegant with table candles. The portions are well-prepared and presented on the dishes. The meal itself is ample for dinner. I have never dined in for lunch yet, but will consider doing so. The staff were helpful and knowledgeable about each selection. The timing of meal service was not more than thirty minutes. The restaurant was packed (including the outdoor dining area) when we arrived, so it took about fifteen minutes for our server to reach us. The decor was an amalgam of wood paneling and what appeared to be minimalist metal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy hour
    GroupDiner
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Good for happy hour if you get there early. For dinner would seem weird. You would be the only people seated.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable and good
    FMCEVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    One North comes through again! Waitstaff is superior and food great
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Knocked the cover off the ball
    BonnieVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Chef Piper is my favorite chef...but even she outdid herself. As a lunch special, she was offering mussles...In today's parlance...OMG! generous portion of fabulously sweet mussels in a rich broth that was so complex, yet satisfying, i don't know how to describe it...i sopped up every drop with the terrific crustini that accompanied the dish. the rich broth had the PERFECT amount of pepper slivers...a goldilocks event, just right!!!!! I don't often order mussles, because it is usually a "so what" experience...not the case with Chef Piper...i cannot wait to order them again and again and again!!!!4 STARS!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I brought 3 guests for a business lunch and it was way too loud for us to conduct business. The food was good, but I can't go back again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Setting
    ChuckD105VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    One North is a great setting for a lunch meeting, for after-dinner meetings and drinks, and even for an energetic place pre-opera. The service was outstanding. I had the scallops which is my only mild criticism. Why spoil some great scallops with a fairly awful salad and sauce?
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • petcop
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Awful bread, overcooked chicken thighs. No good to boast special farm chicken if they get spoilt in the kitchen.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable lunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    One North is simply a reliable lunch spot. It never really wows me but it's good for business.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Experience
    RLTNYC
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The service was excellent. The food was excellent. A bit noisey for a business lunch location
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good option by the trains
    DMarie
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    One North does a nice job at balancing a quick meal after work without making you feel rushed. Thanks for getting it right!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    cab1723VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    My recent visit to One North Kitchen was quite disappointing. The food quality was good (although the enormous and messy sandwiches were not the best for a business lunch), but the service was dreadful. Our server took forever to take our order and then the order took even longer to arrive. Two separate runners came by to try to auction (very bad form) the lunch orders from other tables and then we just waited. We had to flag down our waiter to try to locate our orders. Not a great experience for a business lunch.
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  • Consistently good
    BigEats
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I've dined here with business colleagues and clients and I will continue to consider it as a go to place for lunch meetings.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love this place!
    Gjojo
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great food, fantastic hosts and hostesses, excellent service. My favorite spot for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business lunch
    PGMORAND
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The noise level rivaled that of an active Friday night bar scene. It was very difficult to maintain a normal conversation.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Old Standby
    ATrainVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    One North has been one of my go-to business lunch spots since they build 1 N. Wacker. It never fails to deliver a solid lunch at a reasonable price. My only complaint would be that the hard-surfaced room gets a little too loud at busy times, sometimes making it hard to hear. Overall, though, an excellent choice when entertaining clients or looking for an upscale lunch without too much adventure.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Farewell Lunch Was Great
    FMCEVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    A special co-worker is leaving the firm to go on to another opportunity. The food was great, the waitstaff just amazing and it was a special occasion that worked so well on all levels.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find
    KatinaVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Working in Willis Tower, I had never tried this place and 3 of us went there for dinner on a Wed night. It was not crowded at all so very quiet (I see others have said how loud it is) and that made me hesitant to try as I hate to shout through dinner but this night was great (though not if you were a waitperson as it was dead for them). Food was great and the service was outstanding. The bartender even experimented on a new cocktail for me! Everyone was very accommodating. The gouda puffs were a disappointment - overcooked and bland. Ihad expected more of a puff pastry but they were fried. But the rest was great. The tacos were amazing as were the brussel sprouts. I can't wait to go back! Cool menu. Try it!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BAD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Went there for a business lunch. Hadn't been there in several yrs and once I got there, I remembered why I stopped going there. Stood in line for 10 min to check in and then waited 5 min to be seated in a empty dining room. waiter hovered over waiting for us to order. When we finished eating,he didn't ask if we wanted, coffee or dessert, just brought the check. The food is average, nothing. Don't understand their check in/seating process. Very Poor for a downtown lunch restaurant where people need to be seated and served and get back to work.Very unprofessiona
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  • Maybe Better for Happy Hour?
    JKremsVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOUD
    CJShopper
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Lunch
    SPL233VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
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  • Nice room, small food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This was a pleasant experience...good ambience, attentive service, decent food (altho the portions are rather skimpy).
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
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  • Delicious!
    JennyVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Local Favorite
    Lynne
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I've been here multiple times with groups ranging from 3 - 10 & EVERYTHING is always great - food, service, atmosphere (whether inside or out).
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice location - lousy food
    Macdaddy
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great outdoor dining on Wacker
    MattVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable choice in a dining desert
    dadwritesVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
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  • Great lunch getaway
    BestBuddy
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We were able to eat lunch outside which was great. Food was good as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 65 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 504 reviews are from the One North reviews archive.