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The Lobby
The Lobby
  • Address:
    108 E Superior
    Chicago, IL 60611
    Neighborhood:
    Gold Coast / Streeterville
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $31 to $50

The Lobby Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.peninsula.com/Chicago/en/default.aspx#/Chicago/en/Dining/The_Lobby/
  • Phone: (312) 573-6760
  • Hours of Operation: Hours of Operation:

    Breakfast:
    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

    Lunch:
    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

    Dinner:
    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: Contemporary American, 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 (312) 573-6709
  • 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

    Sunday
    Contemporary Quartet from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Guitar Duo from 6:00 to 9:00 PM
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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 diningpch@peninsula.com for reservations and more details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Michigan Avenue
  • Public Transit: Red Line - Chicago; Michigan Avenue and Chicago Avenue CTA Bus Routes
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $23.00 flat rate for dining guests with validation from restaurant
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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Diner Reviews
  • "Peninsula 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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "What 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."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "On 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!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The 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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "if person never go to The Lobby. He/She should and strongly recomand to this place."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I 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!!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "My 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Excellent food; great variety; creative dishes. Pricey @ $75 pp but if you can stomach the price your mouth and stomach will thank you."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The 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."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I 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!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The Penninsula encompasses everything anyone would require for the perfect dinning experience!!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I 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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "It's one of the most welcoming Michelin restaurants given the grandeur of the setting. The food, ambiance and 3-piece chello/violin/viola band were amazing. For a great lunch or dinner which is sure to impress a friend or significant other, treat yourselves to the Lobby."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "You 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."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "multiple 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 food"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Lovely 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!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "at 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."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The Sunday brunch accompanied by live classical music was lovely. The bright spacious room with a tall ceiling was very pleasant. The various stations of breakfast and lunch choices were splendid and everyone in our group found something they loved. The chef was also very capable of handling a dairy and gluten allergy. This is an expensive brunch ($75 pp), but it was delightful."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I 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."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "very disappointing....Caesar salad and grilled shrimp... dressing had zero flavor...not even sure the salad was dressed...not much lettuce--- for $26---can get much better salads elsewhere for less....even at Four Farthings. Mimosa way overpriced...$20....didn't care about price if quality and service were good."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "A friend recommended High Tea at the Peninsula for my mother's visit. It was a lovely way to honor a great lady with a beautiful event fitting her charm and grace."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "The venue was elegant and charming with its beautifull layout and live music. The selection of food items ranged from breakfast items to pastries and deserts, seafood, Italian and Asian. The service was by far one of the best I've had in a while. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Old college friends met for afternoon tea. It is pricy but well worth it for a special occasion. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We went to The Lobby to celebrate our anniversary, and we couldn't have chosen a better place. The restaurant is elegant, the service was superb, and the food spectacular. Our waiter provided a complimentary dessert for our special occasion, and it was delicious! "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The restaurant is revising its menu. Still a spectacular place to dine!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "I went to The Lobby last saturday with a group of four people. Although the restaurant is nice looking and had good ambiance and live music the food was much to be desired. We dd not have a good impression abut any dish. I personally had the lobster as an entree for 45 US$ and I got four tiny pieces of boiled lobster with hardly any flavored at all. We spend 100 US$ per person and the quality of the food was mediocre. I do not plan to visit this place again or recommended to any of my friends. So different than North Pond, to name an excellent Chicago restaurant that we visited a few days earlier which costs the same but it is worth every penny"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Tea at The Peninsula is my go-to choice for out-of-town guests. There's something so great about the tea tradition... especially with The Lobby's delicious food and ambiance (hello, live violin music). The service is always warm and the room is beautiful. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "My family and I had tea in the Peninsula lobby a few days ago, on the last day of our Spring break trip to Chicago, and the experience became the highlight of our trip. From the lovely dining room, to the gracious service, to the live music, to the incredible food, everything about the high tea was special and elegant. We were particularly pleased to find a delicious vegan option for our son, and our grandson declared the children's tea meal to be awesome. We are so happy that we included the Peninsula tea on our vacation itinerary."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "A great pleasure to dine there. The new chef is a star, the wine list is well-edited. Service is impeccable. I look forward to future dinners!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I was really excited to go for brunch and thought at $75 it would be awesome. It wasn't. Beautiful set up but the food didn't deliver. Eggs Benedict in a chafing dish? Bad idea. The muffins were so hard you couldn't cut them with a knife. And the hollandaise had dried on the egg. The egg itself was overcooked. Two mimosas later and $125 per person when it was it's all said and done. Ouch! Major disappointment. I would gladly pay that much if I had a fantastic brunch worth the price tag."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The food was very good, but the service was lacking and not very efficient."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I felt like the service at the Lobby left something to be desired. I arrived on time, and the staff greeted me, then ignored me for ten minutes, despite the fact that no other patrons were ahead of me. They servers were courteous when they brought my tea, but when it was time to pay, they ignored me again. I waited for another twenty minutes for a server to come anywhere near me. I have had afternoon tea all over the world, and I think tea at this establishment has been my least favorite."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The chocolate bar at the peninsula was just so so. I really expected more for what we were paying. There are so many things you can do with chocolate and I feel that they really just played it safe with little chocolate cakes and crepes. Was hoping for something now."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "that will continue for both restaurant week and chef's week. Lovely space; lovely evening, wonderful menu! Joan Graburn"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We came here for Chef's week dinner and left a bit disappointed. For a place that now has a Michelin Star, the food lacked balance. The gnocchi, in particular, had an overpowering sauce that was a bit too sour. Personally, I eat a bit saltier than most, but the scallop and skirt steak from the main course could have used a little less salt. On the bright side, the service there was great and the live music was a nice addition."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The food was outstanding. The service was slightly flawed despite obvious efforts. 1) two different servers poured are wines by the glass. The first one was pretty skimpy--about a quarter of the glass. The second glass poured by a different server was double the first which was about the normal amount that a glass should be filled. 2) Had a long gap between main entree & dessert. My big criticism is the cost of their wines. All were way expensive. It would be good if they included a few bottles that were more reasonably priced."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Great afternoon tea, nice live violin music, great service made way for special moments"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Wow this was a shock ....really bad food at one of my favorite city lunches. First the menu has become very limited so even choosing a healthy salad of some sort was impossible. I ordered a beet salad and added shrimp . There were exactly 4 beets and they had a strange pickled flavor. I couldn't see any supposed nuts and shrimp mushy. My friend had a salad with chicken which was tough and didn't look very appetizing . Only 2 other tables at lunch! What's happening here?"
    Dined on 3/12/2014