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Table Fifty-Two
Table Fifty-Two

Table Fifty-Two Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tablefifty-two.com
  • Phone: (312) 573-4000
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm

    Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 1:30pm

    Closed Monday

    Holiday Closures: New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Chef Art Smith
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Table Fifty-Two's upstairs dining room is available for private events of up to forty people for dinner or fifty-five for a reception.
  • Private Party Contact: Morgan Oliver or Chas Hambright (312) 573-4000

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Clark & Dearborn Streets
  • Public Transit: CTA Red Line Trains to Clark/Division stop
    #22 Clark Street Bus
    #36 Broadway Bus
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Table Fifty-Two offers valet parking. There is also an unaffiliated parking garage directly across the street.
    This is an historic residential neighborhood, available street parking is always an unexpected bonus!
A word from Table Fifty-Two
Welcome to Chef Art Smith's signature restaurant, Table Fifty-Two, the home of Southern hospitality in Chicago. Whether you are dining in the high-ceiling elegance of the upstairs dining room or the cozy, gathered-around-the-hearth comfort of the downstairs dining room, you will feel the warmth and welcoming spirit of Table Fifty-Two. His cuisine, sourced from the finest organic farms in the Midwest and ranging from Low-Country Shrimp with Stone-Ground Grits to Pistachio-Crusted Chicken Breast with Coconut-Ginger-Chili Sauce, Table has received raves from the public and food critics alike. Chef Art approaches cooking and dining the same way his mother and aunts and grandmother did, in the grand tradition of the South: use the freshest seasonal ingredients, prepare them lovingly and share them with your family and loved ones.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We tried the buttermilk fried chicken, and the catfish entrees. The catfish was seasoned beautifully and the fried chicken was the best I've ever had. Definitely two awesome dishes."
    Dined on 8/31/2014
  • "Having lived in North Carolina for several years, I truly appreciate Southern cooking. Table 52 teased, but didn't quite deliver. Corn fritters were tasty, but shrimp and grits was just OK. we never got the heirloom tomato salad we ordered. Fried catfish, fried chicken and three-cheese mac likewise were OK, but both were too bland for my liking. Is there any red pepper in the kitchen? Collard greens and Art's hummingbird cake were the hits of the evening. All in all, it was struck me as too expensive, especially as it is a la carte. At $24 for fried chicken, you'd think you'd get a couple sides, instead of just mashed potatoes."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "The restauranr was charming but the wait staff was a disappointment and therefore we were frustrated.. The restaurant was NOT crowded so there was no excuse to wait 15 minutes for a cocktail. At the end of the meal we had to ask for the check 3 times. The staff was kind but there was no reason for the over all delay. By the way, a local vodka martini $15! You have to be kidding"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "The traditional favorites are scrumptious. If I could cook like this, I'd never go out! The service was impeccable as well. We had pork tenderloin with grilled cauliflower and a saucy with a touch of heat. From a woman who never eats cauliflower, I couldn't get enough of this pairing. Watermelon & basil gazpacho. Pimm's & stormy. Never a better mid-summer meal. Yumm! We will be back again, and again!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Table Fifty-Two was our favourite dinner on our most recent weekend in Chicago. My husband had the seasonal scallops which were "the best (he's) ever had," and I tried their watermelon gazpacho (yum!) and famous fried chicken which is definitely famous for good reason. Delicious. The one dish that kept us talking all weekend was the sweet corn succotash my husband chose to accompany his scallops. It was perfect in every way and I will be emailing dear Mr. Smith for the recipe very soon! Not to mention the location and ambiance is purely and perfectly Chicagoan. Five stars across the board."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "It is an OK place. Interesting setting inside remodeled house. Service was a little bit slow, but everybody was friendly. Food is OK - we like to eat food that we would have hard time preparing at home but nothing on the menu is out of ordinary. And the menu is very short/small. The lights are dim, too much for my liking, couldn't read menu. Some awfully loud guests there (read young woman with annoying laugh) but nothing that restaurant can do about this. Guests were middle / upper class. Won't be back because of food selection - really limited."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Neck and neck with Commander's Palace in New Orleans for the best meal I've ever had."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "The dinner far exceeded our expectations. From start to finish, every bite was a taste sensation. Service was exceptional ..... Attentive, friendly but discreet. A kind of restaurant that we'd like to keep going back for everything on the menu."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "We were sat 45mins after our reservation. While waiting we asked if we could have some biscuits and the waitress told us no. She then brought them to us but after she said she shouldn't be. She countinued through the entire with the same rude behavior. She ignores us and She threw our dessert bites on to the table. Can't say I'll be back."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "As a party of one - I was on business travel - being seated at the bar by the wood oven was a great treat, after adjusting to the heat. The chef was friendly and answered my questions about the food while he kept orders moving. The meal was amazing. Two words: Duck bacon. That still makes me happy, weeks later."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Came here on a trip from out of town. Fantastic, as others have said. From the fried green tomatoes, to the amazing fried chicken, to the tasty risotto, we didn't go wrong."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We had a great time. Many selections of wine and the food was great. We also had a bonus of having a live piano player which made the night even more special."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "In Chicago on vacation, my husband and I were looking forward to brunch at Table 52 for weeks. Reservations were for 10:30 and the weather was fantastic! We were seated immediately and very quickly waiter asked for our drink order. Waiter was very polite, knowledgeable and attentive, atmosphere was great. The complimentary sweet potato bread and cinnamon butter was astonishingly good! I had the fried chicken and waffles which were sadly only average. Chicken lacked seasoning. Nothing to make them stand out. My husband had boudin vert, which was good, and elegantly prepared, but again nothing that made it "pop" - the boudin was surprisingly bland. Were expecting more from a restaurant associated with the respected Art Smith."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Great restaurant all-around. Our starters were beautifully plated and dressed with the right amount of dressing. Our waiter was excellent- attentive to our wine and water glasses, etc. The ambiance on the second floor was energetic but still romantic (lighting at just the right setting, etc). Entrees were excellent; they somehow make fried fish not taste heavy. As for dessert, the pecan pie is a must. We really loved Table 52. An intimate restaurant that does everything very well."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "My sister and I chose this restaurant because it was near our hotel and they had a vegetarian option for me to eat. We were both extremely happy with our meals. I had the risotto and my sister ordered the fried chicken. Both were beautifully prepared and delicious. The place was small and sweet, probably a little better suited to a romantic evening out, but we enjoyed ourselves regardless. Go for the hummingbird cake, if nothing else;)"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Delicious food, really cute and romantic atmosphere, service was top notch. Garlic bread to start the meal was amazing"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Amazing ambiance and delicious food. A true treat and indulgence I look forward to every time I go."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We had an excellent meal at Table Fifty-Two. All four of us enjoyed our dinners - Fried chicken, shrimp & grits, greens, mac & cheese, deviled eggs, ... Everything was a bit different than one might expect for the dish. For example, the deviled eggs of the night had a kick that one would not get in the usual eggs encountered at a picnic. I would have added another star, but service was a bit slow. In spite of getting there at 5:45 we didn't have time for dessert and coffee and still get to Second City a bit early for the 8pm show."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We had an exceptionally good meal at Table Fifty-Two, enhanced by the wonderful service we received. We loved the ambiance, the personal food and beverage recommendations, and the jovial atmosphere."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This is our second visit to Table 52, and we traveled 4 hours on the train just for the this meal. The service is impeccable - staff is helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable! The food exceeds words to describe the amazing flavors! Just close your eyes and savor every bite. We are already planning our next visit. The deviled egg were light and delicious! We were lucky enough to try hushpuppies that were not on the regular menu. Each bite was more delicious than the next. My husband and I both enjoyed the catfish, and were not disappointed! This was an anniversary dinner to remember. We now compare every meal to those we've enjoyed here, as Table 52 is our new gold standard. Few can compare!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Only one waitress for the entire restaurant, so we sat with empty dinner dishes for 20 minutes until we were able to flag her down to get the dessert menu. The food was a disappointment. Corn soup served in a tiny cup. The menu did not mention red pepper as an ingredient on the margherita pizza so neither of our two children enjoyed them -- as they normally would do with a plain pizza. Bizarre flavor combos -- peanuts in a squash risotto with cheese. Banana layer cake was served a little too cold. The frosting was solid as a result, rather than smooth. All around, a disappointment."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "My second time there and it held up to my memory. Great food, great service and a wonderful atmosphere."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "It doesn't look like much from the outside but the decor inside is beautifully done. Such a comfortable and charming place. The fried chicken was unbelievable. Everything was delicious and prepared beautifully."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "The wait staff was fantastic. The food was delicious and our experience at Table 52 was superb. We will deffinitely be back."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Crisping chicken properly while keeping it moist & tender is not an easy task. The Chicken & Waffle dish is well done, not as complex as Roy Oh's masterpiece but a solid dish nonetheless. Preparing grits that by their texture alone explain why they're called grits & by their taste, why one bothers to labour in their preparation takes serious skill & passion. That's the Shrimp & Grits at Table 52. The Cronut is decadent & dreamy. Liquid cheesecake inside a pastry that can only be the love child of a croissant & a donut. We only wished there was a smidgen more white chocolate ganache and a dollop more raspberry coulis. With an attentive server who can pace the service & pair wine to each course insures that Table 52 delivers on expectations"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Great food, especially enjoyed the 3 cheese mac & cheese. A great dinner to finish off a great day in Chicago."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Great wine recommendation by our waiter and the catfish and grits was out of this world."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The meal and experience was fine, but disappointing after hearing such wonderful reviews. Nothing was wrong with the service persay, but our waiter was unattentive and not excited to be there. There are dozens of better choices in Chicago."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • " My husband and our son enjoyed their steak. I had the fried chicken, it was ok, nothing special about it. We loved the mac and cheese and the pizza. The sweet potato was outstanding! The biscuit was a disappointment- small, pricey and different. We ordered the lobster soup, there was a smaller than thumb-size lobster piece on each of our soup cup. The time in-between servings was quite lenghthy. Service was ok."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We love coming to Table 52. We go every New Years Eve and the occasional special dinner."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We had always wanted to try Art Smith... it was great. The flavors in the food was exceptional... It is a small but very quaint"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Scallops the best ever. Loved the pizza too. Lovely restaurant."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This is normally a favorite of ours. Tonight, our server talked a little too much and was sometimes insulting of our food preferences. Great scene and good food though. I have never been there before with open tables and tonight there were numerous. Hope that's not a sign of something bad! Will go again!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Setting was extraordinary - service examplary. A perfect evening out! Limited menu with delicious food. The desserts are to die for."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The ambience isn't very kid-friendly. Our kids are 10 & 12 and dine out with us all the time. The service is more designed for adults and at a very slow pace. Probably would have been different without the kids. Would have preferred the downstairs seating but felt like they put is the upstairs corner since we had kids. All of the food was excellent but my husband and mother in law's Southern dishes are just as good if not better. Small choice of menu items so make sure you are going for southern comfort food - friend chicken, friend green tomatoes,collard greens, biscuits, etc. Never even knew the server's name - she seemed too busy to interact much, had at least 8 tables that we could count. Thank goodness she had help."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The restaurant was recommended by one of our business colleagues who lives in the Chicago area. Service was extremely slow. From the moment we walked in to the time we walked out, it was a 2 1/2 hour event - much of that time waiting at the beginning to be served wine. Once we brought this to the hostess' attention, things went a bit faster. I wish our server was more familiar with the restaurant's wine list too. She seemed a bit flustered by the extra time spent answering questions, when she had a bigger group needing her attention across the aisle - while other waitresses, it appeared, were looking for things to do at their assigned tables."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Two words...yum yum. On our table we had the fried chicken, catfish, greens, Mac and cheese and deviled eggs as app. The fresh cheese biscuits were wonderful! Chicken was seasoned very well. No complaints either on Mac and cheese, could taste the multiple cheeses in it. Now the greens had way to much vinegar. I personally hate that in my greens. I was surprised they didn't just bring a bottle of vinegar to table (like other restaurants), so it's left up to patron. Catfish, was excellent. We will be back again and plan on trying brunch out."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The biscuits made with goat cheese were fantastic, but the overall meal was very good, not outstanding. After hearing often about the famed fried chicken, I thought it was excellent, but not the best I'd ever had. I went in with admittedly high expectations, and while my experience didn't necessarily meet them, I still very much enjoyed the experience. Try Art's Hummingbird Cake. That was outrageous."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We have eaten at Table 52 on three occasions in the last year and half and have not been disappointed in any way. The food, service and attention to detail has been excellent on each visit. My wife is originally from Georgia and is a big fan of the shrimp and grits. I like the duck confit for something a little different. All of the meals are plated well and well seasoned."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My friends and I had a great meal here! We loved the special drinks and our server was fabulous! I think the desserts could have been a bit better to match the quality/creativity of the appetizers/entrees.....in my opinion, they fell a bit short. But I was so stuffed with delicious food by that point that it seemed like a minor point."
    Dined on 7/12/2014