Packing House
Packing House

Packing House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.packinghousechicago.com/
  • Phone: (312) 929-4787
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday: Closed, Tuesday-Wednesday: 11:00am - 12:00am, Thursday: 11:00am - 1:00am, Friday: 11:00am - 2:00am, Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00am, Sunday: 11:00am - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Amanda Barnes
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: May
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Packing House
Packing House is Randolph Street’s latest dining destination featuring modern American cuisine with a Mediterranean influence. Guests can enjoy exceptional bistro-styled dishes by Chef Amanda Barnes while sipping on craft cocktails, wine, and beer. Packing House offers a variety of inventive comfort food utilizing the freshest ingredients, including cheeses, charcuterie, crudo, small plates to share as well as large plates like Crab Spaghettini with preserved lemon and sambal chili.
Packing House offers extraordinary service under the guidance of General Manager Donald Whitcomb, who has worked with James Beard/5 Star chefs over his decade tenure in the industry. Guests can look forward to being served in the elegant dining room or alfresco in the summertime in the indoor/outdoor bar and dining area. Additionally, the multi-dimensional space holds MY HOUSE on the 2nd floor, a lounge available for private events as well as MY ROOF, rooftop bar with an unparalleled view of the city.
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Packing House reviews from OpenTable diners
15 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating2.7
  • Food2.9
    Service3
  • Ambiance3.3
    Noise LevelModerate
40% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (5)great for outdoor dining (5)neighborhood gem (5)fit for foodies (4)late-night find (4)great for lunch (3)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • What happend?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I went to Packing House when it first opened and it was amazing. The ambiance was a bit confusing with the TVs everywhere, but the food was phenomenal. I went back a couple of months later and nearly the entire menu has changed. It was reeeeeeeeeaaaaally bad. Like cafeteria food bad. I don't know what happened... Did you get a new chef, or owners?
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  • Major disappointment
    KCGnomnom
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We got there and were surprised to find it much more of a generic sports bar than a fine dining establishment. Our friends had already ordered drinks or we would have just left. Apparently the bone marrow and other exciting foodie menu items mentioned in some reviews were gone as of a few weeks before, replaced with boring random "elevated" takes on bar food basics. Blah. Also, if someone orders a dark and stormy and you have ZERO dark rum in the bar, let them know instead of making a white rum and ginger ad assuming she'll want it. And then don't seem surprised when she doesn't. Ugh. So disappointing for a night out on Randolph.
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  • great rooftop, but....
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The rooftop is fantastic here with a very unique view.... and that's about where the accolades end. They have some great charcuterie and cheeses, but were out of many of them. They were also out of the wine I selected. The service was slow (and they were practically empty!) and we repeatedly had to ask for more drinks, or whatever else one might need to enjoy the evening. I hope this is just due to the name/concept change, and I will give them another chance (and will amend my review if they've improved), but for now, I was extremely disappointed.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great service (not sure what the previous complaints were all about as I found the service to be wonderful), our waiter was extremely attentive, helped with the wine list as well as the cheese/meat lists-he even offered to choose the meat/cheeses out for us and did an amazing job. The food was wonderful-we had a group of 6 and every single one of us loved each dish that was prepared. I highly recommend the bone marrow, the meat/cheese boards, and the gnocchi. I typically never write reviews, but as this place is fairly new, I figured they deserved a fair and honest review unlike some of the previous reviews which I found to be completly off and ridiculous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Terrible
    ChicagoanVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Unbelievably rude staff. Made reservation with Open Table. Packing House did not have it. Informed us upon arrival that they were closing kitchen early – we had 10 minutes to make a selection. Staff seemed to be genuinely irritated that we showed up. Food was no better than what I could have made at home. Incompetent and rude staff, mediocre food. The building is an interesting design and it was a picture of the interior and the menu that originally attracted me – but after going there I can say the building deserves better food and better staff. Mystery how they stay in business with so many good places to choose on Randolph St.
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  • Awful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I asked for white wine- NOPE! Not one... I asked for pizza... NOPE! Horrible management.
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  • Food & Patio great. Service lacks.
    stasiaVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Had lamb shoulder, fish fry, watermelon salad, and fig truffle pizza and all were outstanding. Good portions for sharing plates (you could eat a second plate or pizza as an entree). Sat on the patio and it was beautiful-- perfect for double date night. BUT we had terrible service. Took 10+ min to get server, drafts were broken so we drank out of cans (they didn't give us glasses..), and we saw our server maybe 3 times. At the end, he apologized that "the service sucked" but he had a 10-top. Went to rooftop after for drinks & female servers were beyond rude. Ya it was crowded, but they were SHOVING people out of the way.. I want to like this place because I work nearby and the food/venue was awesome, but I didn't feel welcome at all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.4
    • Food3.4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 38 reviews are from the Packing House reviews archive.
  • Great time
    DonnaVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We had a early dinner before a play on a week night. We sat outside, beautiful deck,food was fabulous . We tried, the lamb, pizza, corn salad , fish .. All were very good. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good time.
    Jdaddy
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food was good. I just ordered a simple burger and fried. The menu was a bit complicated. There are things from rabbit to octopus. I personally enjoyed the menu of the Market better. However, the ambience is still nice. It hasn't changed too much from the market.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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  • Skip this place
    needswork
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Had a very subpar mediocre experience here. I don' t know where this place got some sort of award as shown on it's Open Table page. I would recommend skipping this place, as there are quite a few other options nearby. Some highlights from our dinner experience for 5 people. *only one other table in the restaurant had anybody at it. Should have been a warning to us. The ceviche is way overpriced (over $25) for a very small bit of food. The service was a bit slow, which was odd since nobody was there. Ordered the meat tray. But repeated requests for bread were ignored until 4 pieces of toast arrived..for a table of 5. An entree was delivered...followed 8 minutes later by another entree...this repeated itself for 25 minutes. very odd
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  • Plenty of interesting choices
    StuartBaumVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    One of the more interesting small plates restaurants we've found. We went with a group of six on a Friday evening (7-9pm) and the restaurant was about 1/3 full. We wondered why. Because it was a few blocks too far West? Just a touch too casual and careless? Not quite right for business? Overly particular? (See other reviews. Note: They do not provide serving utensils … we had to ask for them. Do they assume you will share with your own forks?) It was a surprisingly good value and had plenty of interesting tastes for a table with varying palettes (and a few food allergies), but something was off and no one was excited to come back… which one of our party said was the true test of a first dine at a restaurant.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was our first time here, visiting from out of town for a concert. The food was excellent and the server was very friendly and informative. We enjoyed it immensely. I highly recommend the house-made pickles (all kinds of pickles: cucumbers, asparagus, celery, carrots...etc), fried rabbit, and lamb shoulder.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Staff meeting?
    TinzerVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    It was great except if you get there early and want a good view, make sure you don't walk into a staff meeting on the roof. Very awkward.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Just opened April '14. Food very good. Nice variety and wide range of flavors, textures. Menu designed around sharing dishes, promoting excitement to try different items. Bar and bar tender are great. A few service / training issues remain with some young wait staff, but the manager is engaged and working hard. Prices were very reasonable. Packing House will build a strong following among the great restaurant choices on Randolph St.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    we had some of the best salads. you must try the watermelon salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • new and hip in the west Loop
    OnesarVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    we chose this place because the menu has lots of choices. Began with the smashed fingerlings -YUM. the pickled veggies also quite good, and decent size. The Hamachi crudo is delicious and fresh. Burger was large, comes w/fries. Halibut entree was decent. Only open 2 months it looks like this place could be a winner. The bar area has lots of tvs and has a black curtain that separates from the main dining room. there is a rooftop which we didn't make it to, but wish I had.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Working out the kinks
    MKdiningVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Went for dinner w a friend after seeing highlighted in a few magazines. Had one signature cocktail and 3 small shared plates. Wasn't wowed by anything. Was average food & beverage w price points that indicate it should be better than average. Small plates about $20 each and beverages around $12/$15. Security staff was the best. Hostesses unsure. Hoping they can works the kinks out. Good concept. Great space.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful
    sofiadujourVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The manager is the restaurant's saving grace. Came here for Hawks Game 7, a server came to us 20 minutes after we sat down, food came 40 minutes later. And by food I mean appetizers, raw for the most part. Oh and our octopus? Never came, asked the manager about it 20 minutes later, turns out they've been out of it for a while. Strike 2 on our absentminded waitress. Seasonal pickles are doused in vinegar Eggplant is thinly sliced and lightly fried. Ahi tuna is good Braised Lamb (offered and comp'd by the manager) tender and comes with an indulgent potato purée, small amount of lamb. How in the world does this place think it's gonna survive if their waiters aren't taking orders and checking up on customers during a game?!?
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  • I really want to like this place...
    beck
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    The food was good, very small portions, which are fine to be shared with one or two others. The entire experience, however, was off. The staff wasn't familiar with the menu, making things tough as one in the party has serious food allergies. I know that's annoying to deal with, but if you consider yourself "upscale," you should be able to accomodate accordingly. We were back and forth between the front of the house and the kitchen, with the waitress as the middle man. It was uncomfortable, and we only ordered the few items we knew she could definitely eat safely. In my opinion, that responsibility should rest on the chef to come out to the table, or make sure your staff is informed in those situations. Unfortunately, will not be returning.
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  • sub par
    sciencelife
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Though the service was exceptional, there was much resistance to make food dairy free or to check if certain options contained dairy to sit individuals with allergies. Some selections were bland while others were much better. Unique options though such as the bone marrow salad.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Happy
    nyclv1818VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Meal and service were great. We would go back again for the rooftop
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Substitutions Allowed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The most important aspect of any restaurant is the food. The chef refuses to alter any menu item, no exceptions. We were excited to try this new restaurant. The atmosphere was nice. The server was friendly. However, as soon as we asked to have our fish prepared without the sauce, we were told that the chef refuses to alter her dishes. You can't even get a salt shaker on the table because you cannot choose to add salt to your food. Apparently, the chef knows the perfect balance of spices, sauces, etc. If your taste is slightly different...too bad. Unfortunately, we won't be going there again. We believe in some flexibility in our food menu.
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  • new concept
    spicygingerVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    sat at the bar on a wednesday night - great service, amazing food, but not busy at all
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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  • Good pop in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    It use to be call Market rooftop I was a customer a few times had a great rooftop, Now Packing house loved the décor food was good but a tab lite on the options of what we could of had and how we could of had it.. but none the less I will return PIZZA was amazing...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Give it a chance
    Katie
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We were hoping to sit on the rooftop on Saturday but it doesn't open until May 15. Nevertheless, we sat on the street-level terrace on a lovely night. The drink menu here is good, with lots of reasonably priced beers on up to creative (but pricey) cocktails. Explore beyond the pizza and main plate menu. We had a salumi trio, a cheese trio, and the pick-5 crudo platter. We let our waiter Will pick everything, and he did a great job. The pork rillette was also delicious but I had to throw in the towel after over-indulging on the meat and cheese. The crudo (2 ceviches, escolar, tuna and another whitefish I can't recall) were amazingly prepared. For dessert we had yummy "soft serve gelato." Adventurous eaters will be rewarded here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Packing House packs it in
    LikesEats
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Great food. Charcuterie board and cheeses were great. The truffle cheese was outstanding. Loves the Bibb salad. Have to try the Crab Spaghettini. Cool atmosphere with “art tv’s” on the walls. Modern trendy atmosphere. We went on a Monday so wasn’t super busy but I could picture other nights of the week being a really hopping scene there. Highly recommend this place. Best of all, the waitress was really cool and helpful. And don’t forget the awesome specialty drinks…..some great whiskey selections.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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  • Changed Names but Still a Bar
    WhyanicknameVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The old Market Bar now called the Packing House. Little else is different. Over priced food is their attempt at creating fine dining. Attentive but sloppy service. Misleading food fest options and service mistakes did not result in a comped drink or write off. If you want to spent 200 for two people for bar food you found your home.
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    Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor experience
    Jess5678VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Unfortunately all the way around this was a poor experience. Also the place was quite empty.
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  • Too Greasy
    efeld22VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The bar was packed with Blackhawks fans before the game. No way to get a glass of wine while we waited. Once seated, the service was good. I asked for the heat to be turned down (felt like an oven) and they quickly accommodated. The server explained that they are new and still perfecting the regulation of temperature. The food was a huge disappointment. Everything was extremely greasy or over flavored. We started with the tartar, you couldn't taste the beef. We moved onto the ceviche (Snapper), the citrus was overpowering. Next the marrow, again no taste other than fat & grease. We finished with gnocchi, which was wonderful until the pieces that were in the sauce. Again greasy (you could see grease it in the bottom of the dish).
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  • Nice Dinner with Good Drinks
    lender3
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I was a little skeptical concerning Packing House opening in the old Market location. Market was one and done more hype than good...Packing house food was good and the drinks better.
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    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FoodieKitVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Found this spot w/my Open Table app - wanted something close to the UC for a quick bite before the Blackhawks game. Turns out they just opened a week ago. Food was very good, fresh ingredients, unique, but simple preparations w/delicious results! Drinks were the reason I gave it 4 out if 5 stars for food - I don't like it when I get bad mint in my drink (ordered a Moscow Mule). If you don't have fresh mint, don't use bad stuff just to get the drink out - either get some fresh mint or tell the customer you can't make their drink! It seems like a small thing, but when everything else was so fresh, it was a big disappointment. Still, I'd go back & I'll tell people it's a good choice.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice try!
    oslo65
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The service was so poor!!! Nobody told us that the kitchen closes at 10 pm and we just had time to eat the appetizers.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Summer rooftop hang out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/27/2012
    I love any rooftop setting. My colleagues reallynenjoyed the scene. We were there on a night that hosted a fashion show so the service was not the greatest. However the ambiance and scenery made up for it. The appetizers offered were average. I'd dint have a chance to eat off the full menu in the main bar. Overall imwouldmgo back during the summer for cocktails with friends.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were looking for outdoor
    Sharyn
    Dined on 6/21/2012
    We were looking for outdoor dining and this restaurant had rooftop and patio dining. We chose the patio. Staff was helpful.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Definitely my favorite spot
    Itskelliwithani
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    Definitely my favorite spot in the city, for just about any occasion!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Upscale sports bar anybody?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/22/2012
    Overall decent place to chill out if you're not going for a romantic date. Real good food, nice spirits, TVs, sports bar but with a more modern/Euro feel.
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • Came here for brunch and was
    LLK1VIP
    Dined on 12/18/2011
    Came here for brunch and was pleasantly surprised by the food. Three of us shared the crabcakes, the steak, truffle fries and shrimp and grits. Portions were big enough and food very flavorful. It was a little quiet on a Sunday but it is def. more crowded in the summer for their great roof top bar/seating area. Will return!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Market has good bar food.
    KGCAL
    Dined on 7/2/2011
    Market has good bar food. I think the menu has something for everyone. Some of the dishes are quite playful but delicious. There is a nice outside dining space as well as roof patio.
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    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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  • Fantastic
    CanadianMatt81
    Dined on 5/7/2011
    Really enjoyed our experience here. My parents had been here before and loved the Caesar salad pizza that was on the menu. It's been removed from the menu but the server asked and they were still able to make it for us. That's great service. The truffle fries are also fantastic. Would recommend this place to anyone looking for a great place to eat.
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    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, hot spot
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  • Market is always one of my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/29/2011
    Market is always one of my favorite spots to go with friends. It has a bar feel but really good restaurant food. You can catch a game there during sports seasons with friends and also have a nice (not too expensive) dinner. The rooftop is also awesome. Overall, it has become one of my favorite spots in the city. Oh and the pizza is A-MAZING
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic