Rosebud Theater District
Rosebud Theater District

Rosebud Theater District

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rosebudrestaurants.com/
  • Phone: (312) 332-9500
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 9:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

    Rosebud Express is Open Monday - Friday 6:30am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Italian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Mauricio Gomez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Serving award-winning homemade Italian classics, delectable desserts and made-to-order specialty cakes by Rosebud's renowned pastry chef, even the most demanding taste buds will be delighted by Rosebud's off-site catering services. For more information or to consult with an event coordinator, call (773) 325-9700.
  • Private Party Facilities: Situated in the heart of Chicago’s finest downtown entertainment venues, Rosebud Theater District will satisfy your every dining need with superior service, a first class wine list and generous portions of authentic Italian cuisine including a variety of appetizing lunch and dinner specialties.
  • Private Party Contact: George Papadakis 312-332-9500x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dearborn Street
  • Public Transit: Blue Line - Washington and Dearborn, Red Line - State and Washington, Orange, Purple, Pink, and Brown Lines -
    Washington and Wells, Green Line - Madison and Wabash
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking is limited. Valet service is available during evenings only and is located at 1 South Dearborn Street.
A word from Rosebud Theater District
Situated in the heart of Chicago's downtown entertainment venues, businesses, and outdoor parks, customers have continuously selected Rosebud Theater District as the ultimate lunch spot and pre-theatre dining destination. Join Rosebud for lunch or dinner to enjoy a delicious piece of grilled tuna over crisp greens or a delightful chopped salad with chicken and shrimp. For the hungrier appetite, indulge in an award-winning homemade pasta like the famed pappardelle in a rich tomato basil sauce, sausage and peppers, tender veal entrees or Rosebud's renowned chicken vesuvio. Charming and fast paced by day, elegant and relaxing by night. Celebrate a special occasion or escape for a quick bite with colleagues at lunch time.
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Rosebud Theater District reviews from OpenTable diners
107 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (47)good for groups (41)special occasion (21)fit for foodies (17)romantic (14)neighborhood gem (10)notable wine list (10)kid-friendly (7)hot spot (6)great for brunch (6)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Excellent place for a celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Recently we gathered a group of friends at the Rosebud Theater District for a reunion/celebration. The staff was wonderful with a large group. The atmosphere is lively, but quiet. The food is fresh, clearly freshly made and delicious. The prices are competitive and the portion sizes are quite generous. I recommend it wholeheartedly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunches and dinners!
    Luvfood
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    We have had group gatherings at Rosebuds a few times and they have always been very good! Their food and service is very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ElusaVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    My veal was soaked in butter and the pasta was over cooked.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot for an upper scale lunch.
    Tappasoraus
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The food was great and and served quickly for lunch. The service was exceptional, the wait staff was very attentive. When our glasses of pop, water, or tea got about a quarter of the way down, they would be refilled. They don't have a big menu but big enough to please almost everyone. I would recommend this place if you're looking for a famcier restaurant for lunch (probably decent for dinners too).
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NOT ITALIAN. NOT GOOD.
    YoursTruly
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Dislike the vibe here; tense, and notably not remotely Italian...food was bland, eggplant was NOT cooked; it's a shame my waiter didn't notice that I piled all the raw eggplant on a side plate. It was his opportunity to check in and potentially make it right. Even the hovering "hostess" who seemed to be at our table between every sip of wine. definitely would never go back here; it might as well be an olive garden.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not recommended, unless for convenience
    Sonomarko
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    I have eaten at Rosebud many times and I have observed a decline in the food. My pasta was so salty and overcooked that it was almost uneatable. For the money, there are many superior restaurants in the loop - and while the original Little Italy location was true to Italian cuisine, the fare now has strayed so far, that I won't go back. The service was very good and that negates some of the food issues, but Rosebud needs to either prepare Italian food well, or drop it and go with straight continental choices.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BernieVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Excellent food that I would call "family Itilan. Best capelleni with arbiatta sauce in town. Always busy but friendly waiers and hosts
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My boyfriends steak was OK, but the 'Norwegian Salmon' I ordered turn out to be a farm raised salmon with a can of peas poured over the top. Very outdated, but had good service.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had a very nice dinner.
    02bigboy
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Everyone was very happy with the food. Service was great and very personable. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great before theater
    Willy
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    When we booked on OpenTable, I indicated we were attending a theater production that evening down the street. We were quickly seated and our waiter, Palulo, indicated that he knew we had theater tickets and that we would be sure to get us finished in plenty of time for the show. Some in party have major allergy problems. Paulo did everything perfectly. From the salad to the chocolate cake dessert, was great. Wonderful Italian food, great service and very modestly priced for downtown Chicago. I would highly recommend the restaurant. They also have a buffet at the bar that was filled to capacity.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average
    UofICPA
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Not good, not bad. Price was reasonable. Food somewhat bland (salmon Salad).
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good restaurant
    Jose
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Was greatly surprise with the quality and quantity of food served. Good service as well
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Salads
    KalamazooGalVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    everyone in our group of 3 was concious of carbs, so we ordered 3 different entree salads, the Rosebud Lamb salad, the Rosebud Chopped Salad and the Seared Tuna salad. Each one was beautiful prepared and the meats were delicious seasoned and cooked. Although I was dying to teach the enticing crouton, I did not feel deprived without bread. I will definitely keep this as a top spot for a nice lunch in the loop.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such a great experience!
    Shanhamm
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My friends and I were in town for wedding dress shopping and I had been looking for places to go for dinner. I read the reviews and decided on this restaurant. We had such a great experience. The service was amazing and the food was to die for!!! I got the Tortellini Carbonara and it was the best Carbonara that I've ever had! I would definitely go back and tell my friends to go!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Theater dining at it's best
    neyegirl
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Great spot to get a meal with friends before going to the theater. We had tickets to Bank of America theater which was literally 2 blocks away. Food and service was great. Rather boisterous atmosphere. Something for everyone: pasta, seafood, steaks, salads, desserts, drinks. Make sure your group knows where to go as Rosebud prime their steakhouse is diagonal from this location and can be a bit confusing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    This is a good central Loop location for business lunches, early dinners and group gatherings. It gets very loud when it is crowded, but the service is always quick and unobtrusive, prices are reasonable and the food is the same each time. It is good, not great. If you want a reliable place to entertain clients or guests, you will take no risks here. You will have the same experience each time you go, which in my view is a good thing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rosebud Disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The service was poor. Either they were short handed or they were crowded. We let the waiter know that we had a theater to get too. He said we should have enough time for it. He was polite, but we couldn't find him through out our meal, nor could we find him after our meal to pay the check and get going.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • blushingnovbridetobe
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had tickets the Chicago Theater and the Rosebud theater district was a random find but I'm so glad we found this gem of a place! Our server was very attentive to our dining needs as well as our time. The service was stellar. Everything arrived quickly and timely. I had the special- Eggplant Rotolo and it was exquisite. Very well prepared and very filling. We will definitely come back to this spot the next time we're in the city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine central loop location at lunch
    kris
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Good specials each day - have never had anything other than salads and pastas, but have never had any issues with anything on the menu not being tasty and as described
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed123
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This was not the typical Rosebud experience. Upon arrival we were placed in a makeshift seating section (marathon weekend) in the pavilion of the bank despite there being plenty of room in the dining area and our reservation being later in the evening. Upon being seated our waiter initially told us there was no cocktail list, then bringing one with our first glass of wine. After ordering, we never saw our waiter again and never had a chance to order drinks, despite nemerous requests to the bussers. The food was good, but eating in a bank floor really ruined everything for my guests from out of town. I have always been one to recommend these restauraunt a, but this was very disappointing.
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  • Delicious
    DallasRunner
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    i was in Chicago for the marathon and dinner at Rosebud Theater District was my prerace carb loading meal. I ordered the ravioli and it was fantastic. The sauce was delicious. The atmosphere was energetic but not too loud as I thought it would be after reading other reviews. I would recommend this place to anyone traveling to Chicago.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I like the Rosebud restaurants and use to like this one. However, on my recent visit the portions were very small, the food fair and the prices too high for what we all were served.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place if you know it's there!
    Pickey
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Although hidden away in the lobby level of the building, I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch. I had the Chicken Malinese which was moist and Succulent, a good sized portion however, lacking in seasonings compared to other places I've had this dish. My friend had the Linguine and Red Clam sauce which I will most assuredly order the next time I visit. Great portion size, very nicely presented and the flavor was unbelievable! Wait staff / service was spot on without being overbearing. I will be back with family and friends. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Come to Eat not to Talk
    chigirl13
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Really good food choices, nice service but the noise level is very high.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We've visited this restaurant many times and again, we were not disappointed. The service is awesome, the food is awesome (highly recommend the Salmon!) and price is equal to quality and portion size. You will not go home hungry. The drink prices are quite pricey ( $12 for a Martini and also for a Cosmopolitan) and were nothing special. Don't leave without dessert...the tiramisu is to die for!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Loop Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The food was fresh and good, the service attentive and the atmosphere appropriate for a business lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice happy hour, good dinner
    dc4916
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Went with a group for work. The happy hour bar special was nice. The polenta balls were good. For dinner, we really liked classic Italian standards like the chicken parm, linguine with clams, and the veal marsala. Service was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Picky
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had a nice lunch and it was fast for 7 people. The place can get very crowded so make sure you do a reservation
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved It!
    AnaV
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The service and food was outstanding! Our waiter was friendly and our drinks were always refreshed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mussels with muscles!
    Madformollusks
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I've had great mussels in Paris, magnificent mussels in Venice, and amazing mussels in Philadelphia (Georgios on Pine) but the steamed mussels in garlic tomato white wine sauce at Rosebud Theatre District were as good or better than any where in the world! The linguini with clams was excellent too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pre theater meal
    PRDJR
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    It was great for pre theater meal. They were quick and thorough. The food and server were great. Everything was served fast and hot and we had to plenty of time to make our show.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • After theater dinner
    Outoftowner
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Excellent, professional and friendly service. Staff appeared to be very happy to have us at the restaurant. Good food, served in a timely fashion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great
    Chris
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Fast service and great food before the Goodman! Nice, intimate atmosphere if you sit inside the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Two faces
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    When we first arrived, the restaurant wasn't totally full, but the noise was incredible. If we had known where else to go, we probably would have left. Happily, many of the diners seemed to have show tickets and left by the time our entrees arrived. After that, dinner was wonderful! We enjoyed the wait staff and the food was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 73 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1293 reviews are from the Rosebud Theater District reviews archive.
  • Fantastic Service
    SammyVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We were a party of six with theatre tickets for Motown and arriving late to the restaurant because of traffic. We explained this situation to our waiter and he immediately went into action to assure us that time would not be a problem and that we will be able to enjoy our meal without being rushed ... and he did exactly that. He took our order, the drinks and food came exactly as ordered without a hitch, we all enjoyed our meals anxiety-free, and we made it to the theatre on time. So thank you Rosebud Theatre District for making that extra effort. It was all appreciated with a well-deserved extra tip to the waiter.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delightful discovery!
    LocalDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We were looking for a nice place to have dinner before the theater and found Rosebud on Open Table. It was close to the theater and we were able to make a reservation only a few hours before we needed to be there. Our waiter was very solicitous and inquired if we had a curtain time to be aware of. Our diner was delicious - whitefish and pasta carbonara, with a bruschetta appetizer and cannoli dessert. The service was attentive without being either overly solicitous, and the ambience was warm and cozy, in spite of being set inside a large lobby and having many tables. It was one of the few places I have been where the music wasn't so loud that I couldn't have a regular conversation across the table. I hope to return soon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ruth
    Ruth
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Great food, great service! Would go back! Want to try other Rosebud restaurants!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    DT333
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great experience. Excellent food and service. Went to dinner before the 8p show waiter and staff very attentive to ensure we were done ontime. Open table the best to make reservations. Would recommend to everyone. Thanks for a great experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner/Theater Combo
    Rum4Desert
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The best place in the loop to dine before a play if your looking for great food, reasonable prices, great service, and perfect location. You can even have a conversation at a table for 6 without having to shout. Portions large so don't be afraid to share.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was slow
    Chidiner
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We were seated promptly. There were many empty tables when we arrived. But our waiter had quite a few tables that were seated around the same time. he asked about theatre tickets when we first arrived, and he did keep us informed. But our order didn't get taken until we had been there 30 minutes. We had allowed enough time so we. Still made our show. The pastas were good, a rigatoni alba vodka and a pappardelle dish. But the chicken Vesuvio was a drastically different dish than MIT kids at other restaurants , including Roosebud on Taylor. It was two breasts that appeared to be swimming in a broth, covered with a green herb of some type. The potatoes seemed to be fried and were soggy from the broth. Not our. Best experience here.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic