Tortoise Club
Tortoise Club

Tortoise Club

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tortoiseclub.com/
  • Phone: 3127551700x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Aaron Browning
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz Friday and Saturday Evenings!
  • Special Events: Private Event Space - Our Beautiful Red Room (seating 20-55), Board Room (seating 8-22), and the Clubhouse Dining Room (seating 60-125)

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kinzie
  • Public Transit: 36 Broadway CTA bus. 62 Archer CTA bus. Grand Ave stop on the CTA Red Line train.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking. Additional parking in two garages within a half block of the restaurant.
A word from Tortoise Club
The Tortoise Club is a charming restaurant offering Classic American Fare with Gracious Chicago Hospitality in Clubby Atmosphere. Featuring Live Jazz on Friday and Saturday Evenings!
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Tortoise Club reviews from OpenTable diners
190 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (92)good for groups (65)romantic (58)fit for foodies (55)neighborhood gem (50)vibrant bar scene (38)great for lunch (38)notable wine list (34)hot spot (22)late-night find (17)great for outdoor dining (16)great for brunch (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • LOVE TORTOISE CLUB
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We had a great time at the Tortoise Club. From the service to the food, it was a perfect dining experience. Diego our server was incredibly informed about the food and wine menu and he was more than obliged to answer any questions we had, he did not rush us at all while we were making our choices. There was always someone to fill our waters right when we needed it, or to take away our plates. The food was simply exquisite, relish tray for appetizer, a very tasty steak tartare and for my entree I had the scallops, and my wife the meatloaf. I would HIGHLY recommend that to anyone planning on dining there. Everything was outstanding, we even received a visit from one of the managers. Thanks a lot! Worth the money! They made us fell at home
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Service was fantastic. Pace was perfect - we were not rushed. Jazz playing in the bar added to the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful, just wonderful
    LCCR
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The ambiance is clubby, relaxed, warm and inviting. They gave us the secluded table I requested at reservation, with a Happy Anniversary note on it when we arrived, champagne from the owner with a personal welcome and thanks for coming. Our server, Patrick is a jewel; friendly, attentive & informative. His guidance was right on the mark. And most importantly, the food is marvelous. I had the signature Berkshire pork chop, grilled and glazed to perfection. My husband had halibut with wild mushrooms. Both were fantastic. Desserts were also wonderful; cherry pie to rival my Mom's and a brownie concoction my husband couldn't get enough of. Wine list is varied, with a nice variety of selections for every price point. Worth the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Fabulous
    DebbVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We came to the Tortoise Club as a last minute early dinner after work and I am already looking forward to returning. Our waiter Jose was professional and friendly. He had perfect drink and main course suggestions. We loved the tomato soup, the lobster po boy, and the pork chop. There were several items on the menu that I look forward to in the future. Near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bruce
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I have been to the Tortoise Club many times and this was the first time dining in the "Red Room". There was a large party going on in the main dinng room and from the service and food preparation no one in my party no one had any complaints. Great personalized service and great food! I love this place for entertaining, business meals, a snack at the bar and just dining for two.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not for the hard of hearing....
    HutlzeVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Was able to snag a last-minute Saturday night reservation. Much more elegant than expected and with the live music in the bar, very lively. We had to wait about 15 minutes to be seated and waiter couldn't have been nicer or more attentive. My husband has trouble hearing and they offered to find us a different table further from the music, but we dealt with it. Parmesan bread on table was addictive. Hubby was happy with a small steak and nice Caprese salad to start. I had the Tuna tartare appetizer as my meal and it was quite good, but a bit spicy!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for special occasion
    FirstTimeChicago
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We went there to celebrate our engagement. The staff was absolutely amazing, greeted us with champagne and booked us a great table in the Red Room on a busy Saturday night (I called in advance to ask for that). Staff was very friendly and genuine - was great to be there. Food was amazing, and the music was pleasant. Totally recommend. Just let them know in advance that it is a special occasion. A+++
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SteakloverVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I had great expectations, and so it goes. My Martini was not dirty, had to get re-mixed. I asked if there were Vakalia onions avilable, my server never heard of them and was sure there weren't any. My Steak was not cooked as Not clear if it was CHOICE OR SELECT, it was not PRIME. requested and had to go back. Coffee came with sugar and sweeteners but no cream. Seems like there was a mis-step at every turn. Might check out the bar. Spend the extra money and go to Ruth's, Mastros, Morton's and.........
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's consistently Great!
    Sonia
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Each of the 3 times I've dinned at Tortoise Club the staff always seems genuinely happy that we are there! They are enthusiastic, kind and oh so helpful! Our server was absolutely delightful this time, I don't remember his name. (AA male, medium build) He made our experience this time even better than the previous 2 visits! I keep coming back for the Lobster Roll, it's the best around! My boyfriend is vegetarian so finds it a little more difficult to find a good entree so he's usually satisfied ordering a few sides and the arugula and beet salad that is super tasty!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BisneyVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We had a very enjoyable dinner at Tortoise Club. They were very accommodating as our group was larger than expected. We loved the portion size and had room for desert. Pork chop, tuna tartae, brownie and hummer were the best from the items we ordered. We plan to be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nd 9.9.14
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Great service and awesome service. Diego great waiter and David mgt was awesome. They treated us great!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tortoise Club
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Really enjoyed a late lunch here. All aspects were top notch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent staff
    BMW650
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I have lunched at the Tortoise Club many times and always feel so welcomed by the hostesses and whoever our server was on that day. The only reason I gave three stars for overall dining experience was the time we waited between our initial seating and the time it took to get menus and then the food. That said our server was extremely knowledgeable about the menu, offered wonderful suggestions for add-ons to our meals (we ordered his recommendations) and was generally helpful. He is a gem. All of these things culminated into a wonderful business lunch for the entire group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Play it Again, Sam.
    BobbyPVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    After one of our dinner guests received a cold cup of soup ordered hot and then a well done steak, ordered rare, the staff were kind enough to immediately rectify the mistake by quickly replacing both and adjusting the bill accordingly. Our waiter, Shimmy was beyond good...despite the mix up we'll be back and requesting his service!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Excellent all round. Fantastic food and service. The waiter, Eric, was knowledgable about the food and wine. His recommendations were brilliant. The steak we had was cooked exactly to order. The ambience was restful and romantic ( it was our wedding anniversary). Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Nice ambiance to this restaurant, solid service, excellent wine list and solid 'chop house' menu. Felt the menu offered few unique specials and/or selections that stood out. Excellent value with the coupon, but probably priced out for a future return. Not clear on the positioning of this restaurant versus other choices and why I might return vs try something else.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This was my second visit to this restaurant. In one word, perfect. The food, the atmosphere, the service. They couldn't have made it better! Our server Diego was a wonderful guide for our evening. Spot on suggestions, not overbearing, there when needed. Wine and food knowledge. He really helped to make a memorable evening. Looking forward to returning very soon. The food is brilliant...I try the crab-avocado special, It was amazing! The best lobster roll in the city. The Alaskan Halibut was like nothing I've ever experience. The restaurant is beautiful, great decor and beautiful paintings. Most important, they were so accommodating to food allergies. They knew exactly what gluten was and adapted the menu accordingly. Can't wait to go back.
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  • For Good Drinks, STAY AWAY!!
    DinedAgainVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The martini's my guest and I ordered were just AWFUL!! I don't know if this was due to the waitress giving the bartender an improper order or the bartender just fails miserably at dirty martini's but they were ghastly awful. Mine was a typical, dirty, extra dry vodka martini and my guest order the same except "slightly" dirty. They both were just awful. Mine was like a reverse pour where the olive juice greatly outnumbered the vodka. It was simply drinking olive brine, akin to sipping on a liquid salt lick. My guest's was only slightly less "dirty" but far, far from being "slightly dirty". A replacement failed at helping the situation out. And simply added, service nor the food was enough to save this experience.
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  • Great food, exceptional service
    FoodFanVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Tortoise Club is now my favorite Chicago restaurant. I reserved a table at 7:00 to celebrate a family graduation. The ceremony ended more quickly than anticpiated TC easily accomodated an early dining time. TC is a beautiful venue with really wonderful food but what made the experience truely exceptional was the service provided by our server, Jimmy. Charming, fun, knowledgable, not intrusive and really took care to not only meet our every need but to anticpate them. After dinner we enjoyed wine and lovely piano music in the bar. It was a lovely night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING NIGHT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The Tortoise Club is a pure delight. First of all, I want to say "thank you DIEGO" your service was impeccable - friendly yet unobtrusive. You made us feel like we were in your home for one of the best meals and times ever! Your knowledge about the food and wine were impressive. I just couldn't believe how on top of it you were for such a busy night. On top of that, the food was practically perfection, every dish was brought to us with careful consideration and substitutions for what I was not able to have. The tuna and the pork chop are amazing. Truly a great experience. We will be back without question. We loved it! PS. One random server kept asking if we were ok and Interrupted our conversation several times. We didn't care for him. :)
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  • Delicious meal
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    While I find the food at Tortoise Club generally overpriced, when it's good, it's very good. What the steak tartare lacked in flavor the whitefish made up for. And the Manhattan here is really well mixed, though I wish the bar had a better selection of quality gins (Death's Door, Leatherbee, The Botanist, Monkey 47...). The service was also very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We all got steak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It was wonderful. I was not expecting such a nice restaurant (I really knew nothing about it) and was so pleasantly surprised. Drinks were very good, everything we had was delicious. It was a celebratory weekend and we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    bullfanVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We went to Tortoise Club with a Travelzoo voucher and had few expectations. The voucher proved well worthwhile, and we had a fantastic dinner! The wine list included some options of all prices, and we had no trouble selecting a nice "middle of the road" wine. We ordered filet and halibut. Both were delicious as was the crab cake appetizer. We never hear anything about this restaurant, but I have no idea why. It was great!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre food and noisy
    Tom1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had been there before and had a good time, but this time the food was not that good. I had a tomato and mozzarella cheese salad and there was very little cheese, and it wasn't very good. My main course was halibut, and it wasn't bad , just not great. In the form I filled out above, it gave three levels of noise level. The top level was energetic. There should have been a fourth category for "noisy" which it was.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service is "off the charts" (good!)
    EyeDineVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our party met in the bar for drinks and small starters before moving into the 'red' room to join Chimmi, our terrific server whose recommendations are flawless and entertaining all at the same time. If you like a non-stuffy club like place, with service and food that could complement any fine club house then come visit The Tortoise Club. Love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not bad
    TDINCHICAGO1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This location has potential. It almost there...except...food was not served hot...and presentation was average at best. However, the staff is very friendly...the service was good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Ambience of a classy bar complete with great music makes for a wonderful setting. The lobster cocktail was fabulous. Lemon drop martini was mighty fine also. The gin cocktails were delicious as well, says my husband.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service
    Trendycookie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were here for our anniversary and the staff went above and beyond to help us celebrate. Our waiter was very personable and knowledgable about the menu and the food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Fare in Downtown Chicago
    SanMateo
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The service at Tortoise Club was outstanding. The food was simply delicious and beautifully presented. The wines are expensive, but the selection is impressive. I recommend this for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Warm atmosphere and great food
    YumYumEdVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    A great place for lunch with a cherry on top...cherry pie that is. Yum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service Fell Flat
    johnLVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Went for indulgent lunch with my 12 year old son. Atmosphere is nice. Food was good. Waiter was very attentive to those around us. Photo's with one tabe, checking back with the others.....for us, we saw him for the brusque order taking and then when we had finished our meal. Very disappointing. Without great service, no reason to return. Manager held door for us but did not ask us how we enjoyed experience on way out.
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  • Celebration dinner
    Localdiner
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    As usual, the food, service, atmosphere were perfect. My request for a booth was honored and since we were celebrating friends anniversary they made sure there was a sign on the table and a complimentary desert for them as well. I think this is one of the best restaurants in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice dinner
    EnjoyGoodFoodVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Had a great anniversary dinner with my wife. Crab/fried green tomatoe was perfect appetizer. Filet was cooked perfectly and halibut was excellent as well. Had asparagus instead of fries with the steak - much better than fries.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They made us feel special
    312dweller
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We were celebrating two teenager's birthdays. When we arrived, there was a happy birthday sign on the table. They gave the parents a complimentary glass of sparking wine to celebrate as well! The food was enjoyable, the service was attentive but not overbearing. The homemade cherry pie for dessert was a great end to the evening. This is our second time here for dinner and would definitely recommend it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious seafood
    buckeyegirlVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Crab cake sandwich was yummy as were the homemade chips
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So good!
    Minnie
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We went here for our anniversary and we couldn't have been happier! Our server was spectacular, the food was impeccable, and we loved the piped-in musical standards, like songs by Frank Sinatra. Oh, boy, those lobster rolls!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wrong Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Been here twice. Loved the first time, but a terrible 2nd time.. 50/50 means I probably won't go back bc there is just better options.
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  • Great for Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Nice that the Tortoise Club is keeping its quality at high levels--very nice lunch for 6; all were very pleased.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and service
    Emily
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I dined as part of a 4 person group and we enjoyed the food, wine and service. We had a lively conversation and didn't feel we were being too loud (we didn't have to yell to be heard either). It's a great spot downtown, very convenient location.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another terrific evening!
    Frank
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    As usual, everything was great! Our special thanks to Sasha for her kindness during the evening. The Tortoise Club continues to be our favorite!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.