108 E Superior
Chicago, IL 60611Neighborhood:
Gold Coast / Streeterville
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.peninsula.com/Chicago/en/default.aspx#/Chicago/en/Dining/The_Lobby/
- Phone: 3125736760x
- Hours of Operation:
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Saturday: 6:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Sunday: 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Sunday Brunch: 11:00 AM to 1:30PM
Monday - Saturday 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Afternoon Tea Seatings:
Monday – Saturday: 2:30 PM; 3:00 PM Seating
Sunday: 3:30 Seating
Light Refreshments & Cocktails
Monday – Sunday: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday - Thursday 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Friday - Saturday 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Chocolate After Dark:
Friday - Saturday 9:00 PM to 12:00 AM Midnight
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Mike Wehrle
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Dancing, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Private Party Facilities: Please contact our Private Events Manager, Amanda Ashtari at AmandaAshtari@peninsula.com or (312) 573 6709.
- Private Party Contact: Amanda Ashtari 3125736709x
- Entertainment: Monday through Thursday
Guitar Duo from 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Friday through Saturday
Afternoon Tea String Duo: 3:00 to 5:00 PM
Guitar Duo from 7:00 to 11:00 PM
Contemporary Quartet from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Guitar Duo from 6:00 to 9:00 PM
- Special Events: On July 8th, Chef de Cuisine Lee Wolen will host a Peninsula Chef Series with Executive Chef Giuseppe Tentori of BOKA and GT Fish and Oyster. Tickets are $85, not including tax and gratuity and the menu will be seafood centric. Contact (312) 573 6695 or email@example.com for reservations and more details.
A word from The Lobby
Enjoy spectacular dining in The Lobby, which was recently awarded a perfect Five Star review by Time Out Chicago Food Editor David Tamarkin. Experience a memorable dinner featuring incredible dishes in a contemporary yet approachable American style, complemented by live music. Traditional Afternoon Tea is served daily, while the weekend offers a fabulous Sunday brunch accompanied by a vivacious string quartet, together with the delectable "Chocolate After Dark". Children’s menus are available with a variety of offerings.Continued
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The Lobby reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since May 22, 2014
- Ambiance4.3Noise LevelModerate
special occasion (42)great for brunch (28)fit for foodies (25)romantic (21)great for lunch (20)scenic view (19)good for groups (17)neighborhood gem (13)kid-friendly (11)great for outdoor dining (8)notable wine list (6)late-night find (5)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
- Chinese BreakfastlisenyVIPDined on 9/15/2014We went for the Chinese breakfast prix fixe menu. Food was definitely five stars, the lobster congee was delicious, the dumplings sublime and these were serious standouts, the other items were very good. Service started out a bit oddly, our waiter seemed not to understand that we were asking what the difference between the two teas served were. This was quickly worked out. Also, our glasses seemed to have collected some dust and switching them out didn't completely rectify the situation. Luckily the teas were exceptional! The service from then on was flawless. The room is lovely, but a bubblegum colored stain the size of napkin by the piano and another odd stain on the carpet by the next table did distract from the ambiance.Special Features:
- And Stay for the ChocolateOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 9/12/2014The Lobby was a perfect location for our anniversary dinner. The food was simple and delicious. The chocolate bar was THE REASON to be there, though, and it didn't disappoint (it's a good thing the food was simple, otherwise there wouldn't be much room to enjoy the chocolate treats). The best part of the experience was the custom hot chocolate bar and ice cream sandwiches--the Mexican style hot chocolate is highly recommended. There was also a two man band...a cello and a guitar, I believe, who played instrumental versions of modern songs, including Lady Gaga (perfect!). I thought there would be dancing, but it's not set up for that. The Lobby is a nice quiet place to enjoy your company and eat many good things.Special Features:
- Great as alwaysKenGDined on 9/10/2014The lunch again was great as this continues to be one of the finest restaurants in Chicago. The lunch buffet is highly recommended. The staff is attentive and the food quality is superb.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- cudgelVIPDined on 9/4/2014Everything was excellent---the setting, the food, the service. And we could talk in a normal conversational volume and be heard. The live background music was very good and played at a level which did not disturb conversation.Special Features:
- Great restaurant and serviceKenGDined on 9/4/2014I am into fine dining. This is without question the finest restaurant in Chicago. The waiter Jose was amazing, friendly and professional. The food was great, perfectly prepared and tastefully presented.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- High Tea is just lovelyWendelDined on 9/2/2014I took my son and parents here for High Tea. They do it up right. Everything was elegant and wonderful. What a special experience. We all had a great time.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good Dining ExperiencerkchicagoDined on 9/1/2014The facility and décor were outstanding, an excellent place to leave an impression with your guests. The food was good, but the room helped lift it up a notch.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Sunday Brunchtealover123Dined on 8/31/2014Expensive at $75 but definitely worth it! Nothing beats the Peninsula for quality and class. Great variety of food. Musicians playing on the balcony - wonderful. Attentive details, such as a special section set low for the children.Special Features:
- Very average foodFunFoodieDined on 8/21/2014We were so disappointed in this restaurant. I really don't know where to start. The food was cafe quality at best. The presentation was non existent and the flavours did not connect. We both had the salmon tartare for appetisers, this was the only dish I would say was ok, but nothing special. For entrees my partner had the jumbo prawns which were smeared in what I can only describe as bottled sweet chilli sauce. I had the veal which was just plain horrible, the veal was drenched in grease as was the unidentifiable green mash of vegetable. I could only manage a few bites. When the waiter asked if it was okay, I told him it was pretty awful and all I got was an "I'm sorry"... he didn't seem interested as to why.
- Great serviceGourmetDined on 8/17/2014Enchantic service. Waiter extremely helpful. A pleasure.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Dinner & Chocolate & Jazz!JohnsonVIPDined on 8/15/2014We always enjoy eating dinner here on Friday or Saturday evening and then staying for their jazz and chocolate special. Everything is perfectly prepared and beautiful to behold. This particular evening however their wait staff appeared to be a little stretched. We rarely saw our waiter and had to make several request through our busboy. But a bad service day at the Pen is a good service day at many other restaurants. We will return because the chocolate is that good!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Love The LobbyblairmurrayDined on 8/13/2014I first came to The Lobby in 2012 for a birthday breakfast. I loved it and told my daughter I wanted to bring my grandchildren (then 7 and 9) there for breakfast. Instead I brought my best friend and she loved it, too. She will definitely be bringing her husband as she knows he will love it, too.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not Quite Michelin Star CaliberJkasDined on 8/8/2014I was looking for a reservation for 2 on a Friday about a week in advance in Chicago, which can be hard to do at a nicer establishment. I was excited when I saw that The Lobby, A 1 Michelin Star had openings. Overall it wasn't a bad place, but not quite Michelin worthy in my mind, & I've been to about 15 Michelin's. Ironically it felt like a lobby restaurant with no private structure to the hotel common area. The menu was very small, and was different than what was on Open Table, so the dishes we were eying weren't available. When the food came it did taste good, but the overall experience kind of ruined it by that point, and it wasn't phenomenal, but good. I will say the "Chocolate Bar" was phenomenal, & was a nice end to the dinner.
- The LobbytealoverDined on 8/5/2014Wonderful High Tea at The Peninsula this afternoon. Tea sandwiches creative and excellent variety. The scones some of the best we've had. And the service was friendly, helpful and professional.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fabulous For Entertaining GuestsOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 7/29/2014I recently had an out of town business guest and wanted to take them some place special. The Lobby exceeded my expectations in every way. Perfection.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- First timeLeseDined on 7/22/2014This was my first time at the lobby and it was beautiful and charming.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not Interesting Enough For The $FaDeDined on 7/12/2014Food was fine, service was nice (guitar/cello duo playing pop tunes was cool), and their 'chocolate bar' had SOME pieces that were really great, but boy, for the price, I'm really glad I had a gift certificate...wouldn't have been worth it otherwise. I'd prefer a cheaper place with more flavorful food any day of the week.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 7/12/2014We had a wonderful time with our girls however, the service was HORRIBLE!!! We stay here and/or dine here each and every time we visit Chicago…this time was by far the worst…..but we love it enough that we will return with hopes of a different server.Special Features:
- cantab76Dined on 7/11/2014A great place to dine! We enjoyed the variety of the menu and the interesting wines. The chocolate bar was sensational. Looking forward to the next visit.Special Features:
- Vietnamese ModernoRyuuIchinomiyaVIPDined on 7/6/2014I can recommend the green papaya salad and grilled fish. Every dish was superb. Menu is loosely based on Vietnamese dishes and SE Asian dishes with many elements from other parts of Asia, and even Latin America. The drink "Ao Dai" (name for the Vietnamese traditional dress women wear) uses Brazilian sugar cane liquor called "cachaça". Sitting outside affords a nice view of West Loop, and is quiet and relaxing. Service is outstanding!Special Features:
- Perfect BrunchLostGreekDined on 7/6/2014Absolutely perfect Sunday Brunch, which has been stellar and consistent through out the years. Great selection and service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Beautiful restaurantDaveHDined on 7/5/2014Peninsula Hotels are all first class and this is no exception. The Lobby restaurant appropriately is in the lobby of the hotel with a towering ceiling and a very open environment. The food was excellent but, not exceptional. The wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable and it is always a nice touch when the chef stops by your table to chat. Of special note is the dessert bat which, is exceptional. There must have been 40 different selections of dessert with an ice cream sandwich bar.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Sad DeclineOpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 7/1/2014What a sad decline. Have loved The Lobby since it opened. They used to have one of the best Vietnamese market soups around. It is now tasteless and should be taken off the menu. Waitstaff though engaging is inattentive for long periods.
- A lovely summer eveneingOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 6/28/2014We had a wonderful evening at the Lobby and its surroundings. We enjoyed a cocktail before dinner at the bar. We then had a wonderful meal with an excellent wine. After dinner we were able to enjoy an after dinner drink on the terrace. It was a wonderful evening.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Dessert AddictOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 6/27/2014The dessert bar was good. It was worth the $20 (normally $40 unless you dine with them). I recommend going with a few friend so you can try as many desserts as possible.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- yangDined on 6/27/2014if person never go to The Lobby. He/She should and strongly recomand to this place.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Met ALL expectations!!!JoanopinionDined on 6/27/2014On my last visit to Chicago 10 years ago (I know, it's a shame...), I vowed to have High Tea at The Lobby and I did it this past Friday for my birthday. It was everything I'd expected and more! I will definitely be back; the food was so delicious, the service was top-tier and the ambiance is lovely. Worth every cent spent. GO, you will not regret it!Special Features:
- Waste of money, waste of time!ZhenyfehrDined on 6/24/2014I tried afternoon tea at various hotels this week: The Pavilion at the Langham, Lobby at The Peninsula, Palm Court at The Drake, and Lockwood at The Palmer House Hilton so I had a nice range of choices. Lobby was by far the worst and the most disappointing. Service was practically nonexistent once seated and the food left you hubgry even though half were inedible (the scones fell to crumbs as soon as you picked them up!). If it wasn't because this was at The Peninsula Hotel, I would have walked out without tipping! Worst experience this week -- felt like I should have gotten reimbursed for dining there!!
- Spacious and GraciousLogan847Dined on 6/22/2014The soaring ceiling and the Art Deco decor are beautifully impressive. The service was very good, friendly and pleasant. The food was pricey but beautifully presented and very, very good. The dining room wasn't very busy so we had a quiet dinner in a truly lovely space.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very DisappointedwasteoftimeDined on 6/22/2014My wife and I were visiting Chicago for the weekend and I thought this a great property for brunch. The Peninsula was lovely but there it ends. The service was inattentive; the stations were not kept full and fresh even when bringing it to the staff's attention; there was only one omelet chef resulting in a long line and the omelets were small; the toaster didn't work necessitating a staff member to take the bread to the kitchen to be toasted and all this for an exorbitant price!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Special Features:
- GetintomybellyVIPDined on 6/22/2014Excellent food; great variety; creative dishes. Pricey @ $75 pp but if you can stomach the price your mouth and stomach will thank you.Special Features:
- KimGDined on 6/21/2014I brought 2 friends for tea in the Lobby. We had a wonderful visit, wonderful food and wonderful waiter. The Lobby and the flowers in it were beautiful and worth a few pictures itself! The hostess was very friendly and kind as it began to rain and we had a mile and a half to walk to our car. We outstayed our tea time and she was very accomodating as they were setting up for dinner. All the staff was very helpful and they even gave us a sympathy umbrella since cabs were hard to get in the rain. I felt very cared for at the Peninsula Hotel!!
- A Chicago GEMet123Dined on 6/19/2014The Penninsula encompasses everything anyone would require for the perfect dinning experience!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DisappointingBengaVIPDined on 6/15/2014I love the Lobby's afternoon teas and have been for great Sunday brunches before so was looking forward to brunch on Fathers Day. It was very disappointing. They kept running out of various dishes and taking ages to replace them. The shrimp station was empty for 20 minutes at one point. The crab claws were also really dry, as were the dim sum. It was as though they hadn't planned for the volume of guests. Service was also really slow - sat for ages with dirty plates on our table and they would take our napkins and forget to replace them. On a positive note the desserts were excellent as usual and they were very kid friendly. We'd been to NoMi for Mother's Day brunch and it was surprisingly better in terms of food and service.Special Features:
- Tea-experiencerFoodEaterDined on 6/14/2014We had afternoon Tea here for my wife's birthday. The service was amazing and the tea's and figure foods were very good as well.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Service & Ambience, Fair FoodFranVIPDined on 6/4/2014You couldn't ask for nicer service or a nicer setting. However, the food was fair at best. The bottom of the puff pastry in my dessert was so tough I had to ask for a knife and even then it was hard to cut! The Croque Madame was just ok.
- billchinVIPDined on 5/28/2014multiple people came to our table. a different person each time took the order, brought the bottled water, brought the appetizer, brought the entree with the order taker bringing the coffee and dessert menu. it would be nice if someone explained the presentation of the foodSpecial Features:
- Saturday morning family breakfastAirMamaDined on 5/24/2014Lovely surroundings....great location just off Mag Mile...but service was slow in an uncrowded dining room. Inattentive waiter (empty coffee cups, water glasses) ... had to flag him down. Food was wonderful, varied selections. Would go again and hope for better service. Pricey!Special Features:
- The following 487 reviews are from the The Lobby reviews archive.
- annoying baby ...BobbyDined on 5/18/2014at table nearby. I guess that's what you get when you eat in the lobby of a big hotel. The staff were apologetic, sure, but it would be dishonest to say that the experience was not what you would expect from a Michelin starred restaurant.
- Expected better serviceRFHKVIPDined on 5/16/2014I took a colleague here for her birthday lunch. We had reservations and were seated immediately. Our waitress Rebekah took our order. I ordered the green garlic soup, which I highly recommend (just a hint of garlic) and my guest a Caesar Salad, which she enjoyed as our appetizers. For our entree she ordered the scallops with peas and I the lobster roll, which was nothing special and in fact, I thought the rolls at Da Lobster were better. What irritated me was the time it took for our entrees to arrive after finishing our appetizers, nearly 1 hour. There was no apology for the delay, etc. I expected more from the Peninsula Hotel.Special Features: