Chicago q
Chicago q

Chicago q

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://chicagoqrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3126421160x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Everyday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm; Friday-Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am Brunch: Saturday-Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Lee Ann Whippen
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Chicago now is offering catering! Visit www.chicagoqrestaurant.com for our catering menu. Please call us at 312-642-1160 when you re ready to place an order. Please be aware that, as of right now, we are not able to deliver and that our catering menu is just available for carry-out. We hope to be delivering soon. For in-house events visit our private events page.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Division
  • Public Transit: Red line at Clark and Division. Walk east to Dearborn then South to 1160 N. Dearborn and you are at BBQ heaven. Bus 36 will take you to Clark and Division as well.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is offered during business hours at $12/car.
A word from Chicago q
Chicago q is the modern urban BBq experience.


What makes q so good? It could be our savory North Carolina BBq rubs tirelessly mastered by ‘BBQ Pitmaster’ and Chef Partner Lee Ann Whippin. Lee Ann earned her place in the BBq hall-of-fame with countless accolades often featured on TLC’s BBQ Pitmasters and the Food Network. Our Chef Partner takes BBq seriously.



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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBarbecue
Chicago q reviews from OpenTable diners
343 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (168)good for groups (166)neighborhood gem (163)great for outdoor dining (136)special occasion (95)great for lunch (93)great for brunch (88)hot spot (76)kid-friendly (50)romantic (36)vibrant bar scene (29)notable wine list (21)late-night find (14)scenic view (5)Show More
  • Up-scale BBQ
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Loved the menu. Portions are bigger than average but more of a unique up-scale versions of BBQ classics. Our waiter was from Louisiana and he knew his BBQ intellect very well. Outside seating was great at 4:00 on a Sunday, but the inside looked awesome for a fall or winter meal. Great decor. Overall a great find for a BBQ enthusiast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic find in the Gold Coast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is a wonderful place for great barbecue and I go every time I'm in town. I had the Q2 combo with brisket and St Louis ribs. Their meat is dry rubbed and served w/all four of their sauces, so you try them all. On seating you are presented w/a bowl of housemade bread and butter pickles and housemade chips seasoned w/their dry rub. Sides are good, too, w/fried green tomatoes, two kinds of cornbread, mac & cheese, greens, and mashed potatoes. Service is attentive but unobtrusive. Try to get on the sidewalk for people watching on the lovely tree-lined street, but the dining areas are great, too. Get a bourbon flight w/your meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food. Great service.
    Dtan
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Second time to visit Chicago q in a year. Loved it the first time - better this time. Had reservations and seated right on time. Homemade chips and pickles followed quickly. Waiter was knowledgeable and pleasant. Food delivered quickly. Table got both Baby Back and St Louis style ribs. Both were great - meaty and fall off the bone - although I prefer the St Louis. 1/2 rack is plenty. The Kobe Beef Beans and Greens are great choices for sides. I highly recommend the q and will not wait as long to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FANTASTIC BARBECUE EXPERIENCE!!!!!!
    Foodies
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I took my husband out for his birthday, and we had a fabulous time. Great Chicago barbecue we definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    semifoodie
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I took my boyfriend here for his birthday. We didn't want anything too fancy, but we wanted good food! He and I agreed that it was exactly what we were looking for and we agreed that we will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ALL AROUND GOOD EATS
    shrenster
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Chicago Q came highly recommended and did not disappoint. If you're into bourbon, this is the place to sample! Ask for the Bourbon Bible and get prepared to be overwhelmed. My husband and I shared a three meat platter (pulled pork, chicken and the St. Louis style ribs I believe) as well as two sides which was a good amount of food for two (fairly large) appetites. The BBQ didn't blow us out of the water but we have no complaints either. The assortment of sauces served with the platter were very good - something for every taste. We'd revisit Q, but not before we investigated some other BBQ places...Smoque is on the "places to eat" list. Maybe next time we're in Chicago....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Gold Coast BBQ
    flaccidtortilla
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Chicago Q is the perfect place to go for BBQ and brunch in the gold coast. Walking distance from the Clark/Division red line, you can consistently find the outside area filled with people straight off work. I recommend the baby back ribs, but any of the pulled meats will leave you satisfied.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicago Q!
    JustAGuy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    They talk about the rubs they put on the meat as one element of what makes them special. I have to say, without question, they are speaking the truth. My wife is a big fan of tangy sauces on ribs, we were all boasting about how we didn't even bother with the sauces (we had a choice of 4). Sides were really great too, if you want corn bread or roasted corn to be challenging (spicy), they have that. The manager said we would likely appreciate the serving sizes, and we did take home a few doggy boxes, all good the next day. Big desserts. Great bourbon line up. My best friend and his wife came in from out of town, Q made us look smart.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    friendlydiner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was top-notch. Service was good but the noise level is very high. Disappointed we had a party of 5 that was seated at a 4-top with reservations made a week ahead and several open tables near us. Too crowded to fit all of the plates. When making the reservation with Open Table specifically said it was for a birthday celebration but our server never mentioned it and I did not want to embarrass our guest.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good BBQ
    AbcdVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Our first time here and we liked it a lot. Lots of choices and great sides. Nice service. We sat outside and it was great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best BBQ in Midwest
    BrianVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    From the beauty of the space to the staff to most importantly the food this place is #1. Best BBQ around!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Couldn't Ask For More
    cyb1
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My girlfriend and I love coming to q. The food and service is always good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attentive server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had a wonderful server. She was attentive, efficient and thoughtful! I believe her name was Athena. She made great suggestions for our group. The brunch menu was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun group setting
    Midwestern2dine
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Dined with 8 people and it was a great night. A little loud in the area we were seated but great food and nice atmosphere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok but could be better
    Popcornone
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    You know when you are quite not at home at a restaurant when as a single diner you are put at the back of beyond near the restrooms. Near 15 minutes to get a drink and another 10 to get the good ordered Nibbles where provided but the chips were not fresh and crispy The Berger was loaded to the hilt which is ok but the plate was too small. Did I need at side, no, as coleslaw was already on the plate! so the waitress had not heeded my question on size correctly. No follow up on the drinks side until the manager did his rounds! Disappointing from a customer satisfaction point of view! So all in all ok but could have done better.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Upscale BBQ
    TimeZoneTravelerVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This place is always a great choice and every time I return, I remember how good the bbq is and the ambiance of the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worst BBQ Restaurant Ever
    tracy123
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Blech... The BBQ "Flight" with chicken, pork, and brisket reminded me of meats prepackaged at the grocery store. The meat lacked seasoning and taste. The sauces were nothing new. The only positive thing was a side of cornbread. My husband ordered a half rack of ribs, but he ate only half of the half because they lacked taste. I ordered the tuna steak, and it was charred on the outside and completely raw on the inside. Service was horrendous. Our waitress was MIA most of the night, and we were sitting around twiddling our thumbs wondering when she'd be back. When a waitress/waiter did come by it was only to hit our heads with their butt walking by due to cramped seating. The place is loud and full of tourists trying too hard.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food & service
    AmaK
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our waiter was fantastic. He gave wonderful recommendations and our glasses were never empty. Food came out quickly - we had a BBQ sampler and the homemade sauces were delicious and the meat was cooked impeccably.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    EKGP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Q is a true neighborhood gem. The food is delicious and the staff is attentive and professional.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Pretty ordinary bbq. "Competition" St. Louis were certainly meaty, but the rub was underwhelming and they were heading toward cold when they hit our table. Kobe brisket is a gimmick that doesn't pay off. At all. Pulled pork was the highlight, but even it wasn't top-tier. Damned adequate, across the board. Service was alternately good and...almost completely absent. Biggest miss, at least in terms of service, was our server (servers, actually) completely forgetting to bring the sauce to our table. Had been curious about Chicago q for quite a while, but don't think there's any need to ever go back. There's far better 'que to bad, even in downtown.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Ribs and beans
    JoeNg
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We were recommended the ribs as well as the beans and we were not led astray. The food was very good... Almost as good as what we normally get when we go to Texas but the ambiance was just too nice for BBQ. BBQ is a casual meal... Fingers, hands, and face. This restaurant just felt too formal to eat this type of food comfortably. Brisket was break apart OK... Needed more flavor and perhaps a little more juicy fat. All in all an expensive but tasty meal in a semi-formal atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good ribs
    Jean
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Excellent ribs, pulled meat and delicious sauces. Classic and comfortable ambience. Planning to go back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicago q outdid all the rest!
    jcura
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Chicago q was by far the best restaurant we visited while on vacation in the Windy City. The service and hospitality exceeded our expectations & the food was plentiful and phenomenal! I would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting the city and we WILL be going back. Thanks to Britney and Lee Ann for everything :)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Best BBQ in the city! From the pickles and chips to the carrot cake for dessert, our meal was outstanding. The ribs were delicious - fall off the bone tender. The pulled pork was flavorful. You must try the potato salad as a side – words cannot describe how tasty it was. Service was great. Cannot wait to return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant!
    HipMama
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I love Chicago Q, the food and the service. The noise level is a but too loud for me. However, it's not a reason not to come back. It comes with the territory!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    tunkra
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Took my parents there and had a great meal, wonderful service and didn't break the bank! LOVED it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the Ribs
    FoodieFred
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was a loud, vibrant place with great service. We went to have the ribs and they were excellent. The dessert menu looked good but we had no room left after finishing the very generous serve of ribs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of The Best Chicago BBQ Joints!
    Pbriody
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I went to Chicago q the other night for dinner and had a wonderful time. The complimentary chips and pickles that they bring out are delicious and impossible to put down! We ordered the alligator as an appetizer and it was great. For our main entree we order the q3 (pork, brisket, and baby back ribs). The pork and ribs were OUT OF THIS WORLD! The brisket was very disappointing, however. It was cut very thin and not very flavorful. (Good thing we had the sauces!) The service was less than exemplary. Our waitor took a while to come back to get use more drinks. Additionally, it took about an hour and fifteen minutes for our food to come out. That was a little too long for us. All-in-all, we had a wonderful evening and will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and reasonably priced
    AmyH
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    From the delicious chip and pickle free appetizers to the towels to clean up afterwards, this place has mastered all of the details. I took visiting family with me and it was a great place to indulge in the hearty options.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wish a reservation meant something
    SavoryDiner
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I made a reservation for outdoor dining on OpenTable, and I called about 2 hours before the reservation to move it to 30 mins later. The hostess on the phone was accommodating and pleasant to speak to. When we arrived, we were informed that outdoor seating was first-come, first-serve, which isn't mentioned on OpenTable nor did the hostess on the phone mention it when I called earlier. We went inside to claim our table, but an inside table also wasn't ready. After waiting fifteen minutes, we decided to go and see if outdoor seating was available to us, which it fortunately was, but it was difficult to secure. I wish our reservation meant something...we could have walked in off the street and waited the same time to get a table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JimmyVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Our second time within a week. Glad to introduce friends to this neighborhood gem, and they loved it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best BBQ in the city
    TheDoctorVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Hands down the best BBQ in the city. Brisket, pulled pork, ribs, chicken. And the sauces and sides are the prefect complement.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing bbq in the heart of Chicago
    Bainer23
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This was our third visit back, and I'd swear the food gets better everytime! The brisket benedict for brunch was amazing- this might be our new downtown brunch spot! Really enjoy the ambience and decor as well. I would say the service staff was a lot better both times we went for dinner, but think that's the nature of the beast with a place so busy and good. HIGHLY recommend!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    First time coming here everything we had was absolutely amazing the waitress was able to give us so much information about the background and information about the chef. We got to meet her as well!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great meal!
    Debs16VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Just had brunch here on Sunday and they do not disappoint. From the free sweet pickles and BBQ chips when you sit down to the great cocktails and scrumptious meals - it's hard not to enjoy yourself. I recommend the Kobo brisket eggs benedict. Yum!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Barbeque in Chicago
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My wife and I were looking for a good barbeque place and saw the great reviews online for Chicago Q. The reviews were right on. This is the best barbeque I've had in Chicago. The meat is smoked to perfection, and the sauce is optional. The meat doesn't need it, but if you must, they have 4 unique sauces to compliment the meat. I had a sampler with pulled pork and ribs, and my wife had a half slab or ribs. It was excellent. We found out after we left about the competition ribs, so we'll be back to try them next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highly recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Fancier BBQ restaurant than what I was expecting (not a bad thing at all) but the food was outstanding and the service was great too. Highly recommend for anyone looking for great BBQ
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Spot
    JimmyVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The food and service was great, as usual, it's one of my favorites. I enjoy introducing friends who haven't been to this neighborhood jewel.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Bar B Q in the Windy City
    Deedee
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The meats are high quality and the sauces are sassy. Enjoy.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    intheneighborhood
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    First let me preface this by saying I am a vegetarian so my menu choices are definitely limited. Our brunch was good, but not great. The descriptions make the food sound amazing, but in reality it was less so. My meat-eating boyfriend liked his meal a lot, even though his eggs had rock-hard yolks; my meal was super bland (or on a previous visit super salty) The atmosphere is lovely and the staff were super nice. It's definitely worth a try, especially if you are a meat eater (duh!) and I would go back just for the atmosphere & cocktails =)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate