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The Drawing Room
The Drawing Room
  • Address:
    937 N Rush St
    Chicago, IL 60611
    Neighborhood:
    Gold Coast / Streeterville
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $31 to $50

The Drawing Room Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theDRchicago.com
  • Phone: (312) 266-2694
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 1am, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am, Closed Sunday & Monday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Brian Beverly
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please call us directly for details or you can visit www.theDRchicago.com
  • Entertainment: Visit the Back Room, located just down the hall, for great live music 7 nights a week!
  • Special Events & Promotions: Our private events coordinator can create the perfect custom package for groups 10 - 300. Call today for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Walton
  • Public Transit: Midway between the Division and Chicago Red Line stops on Rush street.
    From Division and Clark travel east two blocks to State. Turn right on State and walk until State forks and turns into Rush St. Follow Rush St. to the Drawing Room.
    From Chicago travel east turn left and continue on.
  • Parking: Valet
A word from The Drawing Room
Awarded 3-forks in the Michelin Guide and Diner's Choice on Open Table, the Drawing Room has been a destination for fine food and drinks in Chicago since 2007. The cocktail program is unmatched in Chicago, with a team of passionate bartenders who take as great care with every ingredient in the glass as the chef does in the kitchen. This subterranean gem in the Gold Coast is dedicated to serving up seasonal plates and cocktails in a comfortable and intimate environment.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Upon arriving the atmosphere was pleasant and ambiance was intimate. The hostesses were not very helpful and seemed to be too preoccupied playing on the computer rather than helping the guests. Additionally the table was very low and there were no backs to the seats which made the three hour dinner uncomfortable. The server broke our meal into four courses when we asked to have the items brought out as they were ready. Although we were informed that the items were great for sharing, the items were very small. The dishes were also unflavored. The experience overall was dragged out by waiting for the check for thirty minutes due to the server entering items multiple times. We would not recommend this restaurant again."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "From the fact the server told us they don't have vodka cocktails on the menu because it is a neutral spirit to the fact we arrived at 6:00, told the server we must leave no later than 7:30 but still hadn't our dessert at 7:40, the experience was mediocre at best. The food was well presented but lacking significant seasoning, the cocktail over-priced and the front of the house manager was rude, we will avoid this spot. BTW, we dine out at least twice a week."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Love this place, food is always good and the drinks are delicious, and they will even concoct something unique for you based on flavor profiles you prefer if nothing on the menu appeals to you. Usually the service is great, but last time we went on NYE and there were really long waits for drinks (we started ordering halfway through one to make sure we wouldn't wait too long after finishing for the next) and we hardly ever saw our actual waiter."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Thought we were in a supper club. Quiet, romantic & u could hear yourself talk. Fabulous & unusual cocktails. Bonus was the adjacent nightclub "the back room" after dinner! A must do."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "My wife and I dine at The Drawing Room for Valentine's Day and had an amazing experience. It was a romantic evening filled with great food and wine. We loved it!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My wife and I ventured out on a cold wintery Valentines Day for a nice romantic dinner. The door to the restaurant was situated between two other retail establishments and led right down to a cozy subterranean space. The food and service were excellent and there was a nice selection of unique mixed drinks. All of the staff was very friendly. We had a very good time."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went here for Restaurant Week and had the Prix fixed menu. The food was good but it was obvious that the place was for getting together with friends or a date and having their drinks. Which is what they are famous for. We were the only group that was eating. The ambiance there was comfortable and modern."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I am from out of town, and I chose this place based on OpenTable accolades to celebrate a special occasion with my wife. We were not disappointed. The staff was friendly and attentive. We thoroughly enjoyed the food, the drinks and the ambiance."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Service, service,service. Pretentious, know it all server needs to back off. Took 20 mins to bring a glass of wine and totally in love with your own voice. Take more time to listen to your customers and step back your haphazard "direction". You are lucky I don't name you by name. Will not be going back here ever again."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Nice, intimate, romantic ambience. We didn't like some of the dishes we tried at first, but the management was gracious about changing them out for us. The risotto with short ribs was absolutely phenomenal!!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Cozy warm atmosphere. Light jazz in background. Excellent service. Interesting and unusual drink menu."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "I made a a reservation at The Drawing Room for cocktails for my birthday. Our group of 6 was seated right away and our orders were taken promptly. After waiting for our drinks for 45 minutes, we left. The restaurant was empty!!"
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "We stopped in just for cocktails. We set at the bar and Brandon, the mixologist, let us give him our favorite ingredients and he made us a bunch of different types of cocktails. It was lovely. If you're just drinking, I recommend sitting at the bar because it's a great experience."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "I love this place. i took some clients out as a little treat and boy did this place help me deliver. All of our drinks were custom made by the very attentive bar staff. the food was also amazing. I loved everything about this place."
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "Such a beautiful spot and great service, will go there agin!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "I was in charge of picking a restaurant for a friends birthday. I've heard about the drawing room and thought lets give it a try. Food was great, however, the service was lacking. Our server would disappear not to be found which I thought odd for a party of 10. It took us longer than we hoped to order food, drinks, and pay the bill. When other servers helped to drop drinks at the table one of the female servers nearly spilled an entire drink on me...twice!!! and didn't even apologize. I thought that was so bizarre. As an industry professionaly myself after this experience I wouldnt recommend this place nor go back."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "A friend recommend I try this restaurant for a date I had planned. I called the day before to make a special request and spoke to the manager. He was great and very accommodating. He even greeted us when we arrived for our dinner and sat us down himself. The waiter was awesome and recommended some great signature cocktails to start. The food was delicious and perfect portions. The night went perfect. Definitely a great spot to take someone special."
    Dined on 9/14/2013
  • "Four of us went to the Drawing Room for post-concert dinner and drinks, and it was perfect. My friends raved about the cocktails and ordered the same drink several times, and the food was excellently done. My half-chicken was juicy and flavorful, and the lentils and shrimp appetizers had an incredible amount of taste for their size."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "Great place to take your significant other out and be sure to order their cocktails as they are fantastic and novel!"
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "Some of the best drinks I've ever had, including a 200 y/o whiskey. Incredible. Not to mention the staff is highly knowledgable and incredibly witty. Food is top notch and its a great place to enjoy a romantic evening."
    Dined on 8/28/2013
  • "Drawing Room serves a really great meal, with some eclectic and creative offerings, with the best of them really impressing. I'm blown away by their bartenders. The creativity with the drinks is something special, especially their ability to take a random request (i.e., I want something like this, but different) and turn it into exactly what you are looking for."
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "I really enjoy the inventive cocktails and expert waitstaff. Good place for a date or to start a night out."
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "I got the Old Old Fashioned and Charlie's Manhattan, and both were the best I've ever had."
    Dined on 7/13/2013
  • "The food was great, drinks were unique, and the music afterwards was fantastic. My only complaint was that the seating was not comfortable. I understand they are going for a trendy seating arrangment, however, the seats were hard to get in and out of, and the table was so low and with a support stem awkwardly placed. It made it very difficult for us to position our legs in a manner that was comfortable. We're not that tall (5'8" & 6'1"). New tables/seating would be a weclomed change and a great investment for the restaurant, and they could be arranganged in a way that would not lose space, ambiance, or the # of available seats. Besids that, the staff was friendly, the food was great, and the music in the backroom was fantastic."
    Dined on 7/6/2013
  • "I loved the food and the attention given by the staff. The whole experience was one I would love to have again."
    Dined on 6/22/2013
  • "The Drawing Room is awful! I've been here before, and it was bad, so I figured I'd give this place a second try, and it was even worse than the first try. I look at the menu, and there's not one drink that grabs me; the ingredients are difficult to recognize, so you are really taking a chance with any drink you order. I tried the Circa 1711, which was decent, at best. However, I then tried the Charlie's Manhattan (worst Manhattan I have ever had in my life), the Ready, Fire, Aim (no real taste there), and The Old Man, The Monk, and The Sea(this drink was so bad, I actually started laughing). I wrote a bigger review on yelp because I had more room than here, so if you want to read my full review, go to yelp. My God, The Drawing Room is bad."
    Dined on 6/22/2013
  • "There is an overwhelming air of pretention in not just the place itself, but its menu. There are zero tasting notes on the menu for drinks and food. The "mixology" bar-theme is held up by a list of about 12, FAR overpriced cocktails ($13 a drink). The food, though good, is at a high price for small portions and limited selection. One would think perhaps of including food pairings? Nope, not on this 4 entree menu. The drawing room might be nice for a one-time outing, after work or a first date - it is not a spot to revisit or eat a meal at."
    Dined on 6/21/2013
  • "Great cocktail selection. A must place to check out."
    Dined on 6/14/2013
  • "Went there with my boyfriend at 6.30pm... it was nice and quiet... so the atmosphere was perfect... The atmosphere turned vibrant around 7.45pm... when the restaurant is full... So I would suggest couples who want a romantic night make an early reservation."
    Dined on 6/14/2013
  • "Almost had to yell to hear each other. Bartender's noise from constant shaking ice was totally distracting. Our waitress on the other hand was great"
    Dined on 5/18/2013
  • "The decor was really nice and that's the only thing that I liked about this place. The food was just "ok". The drinks...well, they were out of many items (on a Saturday night?!) so it was a little annoying because the server came back a couple times to tell us that they were out of the drink we were ordered and that's on top of what she told us that they were out of from the start. At this price point, I expected this place to be even just above average."
    Dined on 5/11/2013
  • "excellent experience....it was a congratulatory date night for me an my wife....so the ambience was perfect"
    Dined on 5/11/2013
  • "I visited the Drawing Room back in the fall. I enjoyed the atmosphere but not interested in returning. However, I would recommend the spot just for friends to check it out. I rated the food but we did not eat. However, the system would not allow me to advance without checking something."
    Dined on 9/29/2012
  • "I had a really fun time here with a couple of girlfriends on a Saturday night. We made a reservation for 9:30. We had to wait a few minutes to be seated so I would recommend making a reservation. It was very crowded but not loud, a good level of energy. We didn't order food, just cocktails. We had the Red Bush, Jack Rose and French French 75, all very different from each other, strong and tasted great! Our server was very knowledgeable, we will be back!"
    Dined on 5/4/2013
  • "Overall I thought the restaurant offered a trendy and upscale atmosphere and it is a great place to dress up and go out on the town with your date.... However the portions were very small...and you left feeling hungry. The fact that it is attached to the Back Room is a plus."
    Dined on 4/20/2013
  • "The ambiance is great: dark enough to be intimate, but still see the menu. I was immediately impressed by the the cocktail menu, but then realized that I didn't recognize half of the ingredients. They list (upscale) brands, not types of liquor, so unless you know the brand you have to ask about every drink. So most of my party relied on our waiters suggestions, which weren't quite on point. He also entered one order incorrectly and rather than apologizing and fixing his error, announced that he brought the wrong drink and if she REALLY wanted the other he'd pay for it. Though she didn't demand the correct order, she drank very little, then reordered the first, but he never got the hint, nor deducted the final bill. Subpar for such a place."
    Dined on 4/20/2013
  • "Great food and good service. We sat for about 10-15 minutes before seeing our server so I went to the hostess stand and asked for menus. The manager then brought over complimentary champagne for our wait and apologized. After that, the service was great and the food was very good. I'd definitely recommend the place to friends."
    Dined on 4/19/2013
  • "Food was great. The cocktails were amazing & strong. The service lacked for such an upscale place. It's perfect for some fancy drinks but I wouldn't recommend it for dinner."
    Dined on 4/12/2013
  • "The food here was surprisingly good (given that most people don't go for the food) but well over to the pricey side of things. If you're hungry, I'd go elsewhere, but If you want one of the best drinks in down this should be high on your list. You walk in and the entire room is centered around the bar, so it must be important. The cocktail list can satisfy everyone in the group, from the painstakingly sweet but delicious Jack Rose to their own twist on the Manhattan (heavy on the bitters if you're a purist, but who's a purist any more?)."
    Dined on 4/13/2013
  • "The Drawing room was a surprise hit. I normally don't use Groupon's but did on this occasion. The food served was perfectly done and I would definitely come again. I love the ambiance but didn't like the really low and cramped uncomfortable seating. If the seating had been more comfortable, I think I would come back to the Drawing Room much more often."
    Dined on 11/20/2012