Primebar Chicago
Primebar Chicago

Primebar Chicago

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.primebarchicago.com/
  • Phone: 3128840000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday: 11am – 10pm
    Tuesday - Friday: 11am – 11pm
    Saturday: 4pm – close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For catering inquiries, please email our Event Coordinator at events@primebarchicago.com.
  • Special Events: For event inquiries, please email our Event Coordinator at events@primebarchicago.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Lake and Randolph
  • Public Transit: Close to Merchandise Mart and Washington/Wells stops.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Primebar Chicago
Located in Chicago's Loop neighborhood, Primebar is a modern day ale house and your go to destination for cool food, local brews, and great cocktails.

Our kitchen specializes in contemporary American fare, serving up a delicious array of mouthwatering appetizers, garden fresh salads, two-handed sandwiches, and signature specialty entrées.

Behind the bar, we offer an outstanding wine list, local microbrews, and a slew of hand-crafted specialty cocktails. Primebar is an ideal retreat for your next lunch, dinner, or cocktail gathering.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Primebar Chicago reviews from OpenTable diners
90 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (60)good for groups (38)great for outdoor dining (17)vibrant bar scene (16)fit for foodies (15)neighborhood gem (15)hot spot (14)special occasion (5)great for brunch (3)notable wine list (3)scenic view (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • business lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Great location, fast service, good price point, makes this one of my favorites for business lunches!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I only go here because it's close
    JamaicajoVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    I'm disappointed most of the time I eat here. Wait staff is inattentive and sometimes rude.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will go back
    Foodya
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Enjoyed my first lunch at Primebar earlier this week. The food was great (I got the soup and salad combo w chicken tortilla soup and a beet salad). The salad and soup were both delicious! I definitely recommend Primebar for a work function or a place to go with friends. Everyone will find something they like and the ambiance is fun and full of energy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prime Bar - A Must
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Great atmosphere, good food, good service and they take reservations.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and service
    CityGirlVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My friend and I both tried the salmon dish with rosemary potatoes and really liked it. The sauce is tangy and buttery and really adds to the whole dish.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice low key business lunch
    LSD12VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Met a business friend there. Service great. Big menu. Very good food. Nice experience .
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my favorites
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I visit Primebar 2-3 times a week and the staff is awesome. The food is good and the Tortilla soup is one of the best in the city. I hope this review doesn't make it even busier because if you don't have a lunch reservation - you may not get a seat. But - good food = reservations!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid business lunch venue
    jimmyb
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    great place for business lunch. Great food and reasonably fast.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    It seemed like it was louder than normal. It was very hard to carry on a conversation amongst 3 people. The fish and chips were not as good as usual. The batter on the fish was much heavier than it ever has been (disappointing).
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Server
    paninischro
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Our server was excelllent. He made 3 recommendations for us. while we did not choose them, I appreciated that he did this. I narrowed my choices to 2 and asked for his recommendation. he did not hesitate to choose one, which I was VERY pleased with. Terrific service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FresserVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Good place for a business lunch. Good range of choices; adequate food
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food and service were good. The burgers were a hit with our group. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quality doesnt match price
    Sammi8itUp
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This was my 2nd time here; business lunch with two others. It's in our building, so we went to save time. The first time was pretty good (forgot what I had, but it was standard lunch fare). The dish I had this time was on par with fast food Chinese; actually, the fast food Chinese I had two days prior was better. I had the Szechuan vegetables with shrimp. I couldn't taste much because it was oversalted; almost tasted like it came out of a box. My coworker had a burger, and she left half of it; not impressed with it. I have a reservation for next week, and might cancel it if I have extra time to go out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • spotty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    my tacos were great. my friend's salad tasted like mud. she suspected that it wasn't properly washed so she spent the entire lunch eating around her entrée salad rather than make a fuss and sent it back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Primbar review
    jdoylekwartaVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The food is always good but the service the couple times we have gone has been very poor and very slow.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ok food, bad service
    arod3211
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Our host was lovely, but our server seemed to despise the fact that he was working and that we were there. He was snappy and rude. When someone in our party asked for a cappuccino he said in a rude tone, "we don't have that here". Instead of suggesting another option it was the guest asking what he could offer- she settled on coffee. She then asked if they had any small cookies or a very small dessert- he said "no, i'll just bring you the dessert menu"......he never came back with it, instead brought our check 25 minutes later. Can't say I'll be back here for anything other than maybe a drink at the bar.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for business meetings
    TommyGun57
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great location. Good food, fast service. We had a business meeting there and I was pressed for time. Without hurrying, the service was quick and the food tasty. Would recommend for future meetings.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We went to lunch here with a group of 3 of us. The food was good, and the service was as well. Ambiance is great. Would recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I had a client lunch here. We had no service for 10 min then I asked the front desk for a server. She was terrible and I also had to go to the front desk to ask for a check. Food and environment r great. But pur server had no clue how to run a table.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I love this place
    ElevatedsteveVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This is just a really great place to get a meal. The drinks are great. The food is great. If you think you like fish and chips, try the ones here... They are the best ones I ever had. All the staff are wonderful as well. If I have to say something negative, it's the pictures hanging on the wall are kind of dated and so so, otherwise, this is a great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • plentiful & delicious food
    repeatdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    i always order the carnita pork tacos - love the pickled red onions, avocado, and hot peppers. my co-workers enjoyed their huge shrimp po-boy and cobb salads.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As Always
    MelC
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    What I want in the way I want it! Extra egg and additional dressing on the side.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • West Loop Restaurant Treasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    It's always special when I have lunch at PrimeBar. It is first class all the way, from the service to the excellent food. My personal favorite is the Bento Box which features something different for lunch each day. The portions are perfect and the variety is very fun. The small plates are also enough for a meal. I have been to PrimeBar for office parties, and it works great. It also has a nice outside dining area. Be sure to make a reservation because it is a popular spot at lunch. Whether you want to stop by and have a drink after work, or you want to sit down and have a formal dinner, PrimeBar is the perfect location. The bar is more like a saloon and the TV screens add to the experience. I recommend PrimeBar very highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cleansing friendly
    princessbrat
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I had a meeting here, and it was great to have a server be accomodating to my dietary needs. I was cleansing and could only eat specific foods. The server was able to find something I could eat and saved the day!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    This was my second time eating at Primebar, and it was even better than the first. We were seated right away, and drinks were quick to follow. Our waiter was friendly and all our food orders came out correctly. I will definitely be returning again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • no service?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We didn't have a waiter come to our table once... I think the hostess asked for our drink order after we had been sitting there for over 10 minutes and about 20 minutes in I asked a food runner or busser to send our waiter so we could order and he ended up taking it. Runners dropped our food off and another random person dropped off our check. Very strange... The meal took about an hour and half for 5 people, at lunch time. My stir fry was drenched in the sweetest sauce and there was no mention of this sauce on the menu. The whole experience was just bad.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 64 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 360 reviews are from the Primebar Chicago reviews archive.
  • Prime Bar Review
    Kate123
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The food was great the service was awful! This place could be really good but the wait staff did not seem interested in serving food, you know their job!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food-great! Service-meh
    sievegirl
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We went for lunch. The food was great and I was impressed with the amount of TVs (world cup is on now). I was also impressed with the beer list! Service was so-so. Took a bit for food to get out and our server was pretty much non-existent. A refill of our drinks would've been greatly appreciated. Would come back for a happy hour or lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I like the bar
    abradfoodie
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I've been here for drinks at the bar as well as lunch. Lunch was fine, but the bar was best!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place hip vibe
    RtdfoodluverVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    - I've been here more times then I remember always great food fun crowd and excellent service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow!
    BigEater
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Service is slow - even when there's no one in the restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Lunch
    JennyVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Hostess was very friendly, service was good and food was good. Nothing to make you want to come back in particular but also nothing to make you want to not come back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nodak
    Nodak
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    The food was really good. Service was decent but not the most friendly waitress. everybody has an off day sometimes I guess.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    happydiner
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    I brought a work group for dinner and the service was outstanding. The food was fresh, delicious and visually attractive. Thank you for a great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waiter forgot 2 items
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We ordered 6 items total, including food and drinks and the waiter forgot two items. Really? Wasn't that difficult. Had to ask for a drink that was ordered 15 minutes earlier and a side dish was totally forgotten. :( We go here, as it is convenient for theatres and the food is always good. :)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    The server was great! Great personality and great service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business Lunch
    out2dine
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I chose Prime Bar for a for business lunch on a Friday afternoon because of the diverse menu and easy location. The restaurant was very quiet and nice place to have a business conversation. The wait staff was very professional and accommodating. I would definitely return in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner before the Lyric Opera House
    meg1313
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We were headed to the Sound of Music on a Thursday night at the Lyric Opera House. The show started at 7pm so we made resverations for 5:30pm. Our entire party didn't arrive until 5:45pm though. We ordered one round of dinner and drinks. Our food came out quickly and was good. One person in our group had the turkey wrap which didn't have any sauce on it so it was a bit dry. The rest of the food was good. It is a close block and a half or two to the Opera House.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Our office has been to Prime Bar several times for lunch. Each time we have found the food to be fabulous and the service outstanding.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BiteheadVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Adequate food. Friendly, but sometimes indifferent, service.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic