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Tortoise Club
Tortoise Club

Tortoise Club Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tortoiseclub.com
  • Phone: (312) 755-1700
  • 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: American, Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Gray McNally
  • 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, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz Tuesday through Saturday Evenings
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday Evenings
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Diner Reviews
  • "A delight....quiet enough to talk and excellent gluten free options. Loved it!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Tortoise Club looks like an elegant men's club in London--with a noise level to match the décor. You can actually have a conversation here. Food is good to excellent and the staff seems to genuinely care if you are having a good time. I've had two "special occasion" lunches here but I'm sure it's lovely in the evening as well."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "food was only fair and service was very slow. THey sat us next to 2 large parties and we could hardley hear each other, when there were many other open tables elsewhere. Would only go back for music and a drink"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Kobe steak and lobster cocktail were fantastic. Stay away from the crab pasta."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Our reservation was ready when we arrived about 10 minutes early. Our server was friendly and attentive. The menu covers everything that someone would be looking for without being overwhelming. I would definitely return."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Lunch experience was a bit disappointing. I love the look and feel of the place - clubby, quiet, comfortable...but both my chicken and the accompanying potato salad were definitely not wonderful. My companion's club sandwich was mediocre as well. I'll try it once again and order something else..."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "A great find! Tortoise Club was highly recommended by two separate friends and we really enjoyed it! I had the crabmeat with avocado served on top of fried green tomato. It was fabulous! The petite filet mignon was perfectly cooked at medium rare and was great! Can't wait to go back and try other items on the menu. The spacing of tables was perfect and not jammed in, providing for private conversation at our table without hearing everyone elses."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Food was very good...service was outstanding. I would recommend it for lunch or dinner. The bar really gets going in the early evening. Lots of pretty people and professional drinkers."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Came for $1 oysters and shrimp cocktail. The oysters, although east coast (from Delaware, just one selection for happy hour pricing), were larger and less briny than most east coasters - really enjoyed them. Shrimp was dry and nothing special. Selection of beer was unimpressive."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We learned about Tortoise Club via "Check, Please!". What a great find! Wonderful ambiance, supper club feel, fantastic service, excellent food, nice wine selections, jazz for background music (after 8:30). Went the extra mile, for a birthday celebration. Good pacing between courses, also important. All good!! We will definitely return!!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I think this is a good spot to talk. Live jazz music is amazing!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The service was superb. My girlfriend's steak was not up to her expectations. When she commented on that, they took the steak back with virtually no questions asked and gave her another selection. The manager came over to make sure we were happy. Her second selection, the NY strip and my halibut were excellent. Steak tartare was one of the best we ever tasted. The jazz trio in the lounge was great. Not loud and not overbearing. We will definitely go back and bring family with us."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "A friend and I were meeting for dinner. She asked for a suggestion on where to go. The Tortoise Club is ALWAYS my first choice! Absolutely love that place... And now, I've made a believer out of another friend! Thank you, Megan and Keene, for creating this gem."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We were excited to dine here, but ended up dissapointed. Our waitress had the personality & energy of, sorry, a tortoise. After 25 minutes, she finally took our drink order - took another 20 to arrive. Starters, dinner, very slow service & it appeared as if she was bothered by all our ordering! Some liked our food, some not. One had the crab/tomato app & it was the best thing we tasted. Tri toast with OK, another loved the meatballs. Other apps just OK. For dinner, lobster roll, just OK. Two had rouquefort steak, one great, the other very chewy. Other meals just OK. One of us didn't get her meal until 10 mins after us (terrible) pasta and didn't like it. Waitress spilled drink & annoyed we wanted a fresh one! Ended up skipping dessert!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This is an "old school" elegant dining experience. Attentive, knowledgeable staff. Lots of dark wood, red leather banquettes. Noise level is very low. Steak and seafood menu, but will extra touches to take a step or two above the typical steak and seafood restaurant. They were even able to accommodate my vegan requirements with some very imaginative dishes. We heard about the restaurant on "Check Please" and it definitely did not disapoint."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Dined 6/14. Loved the ambiance of the place the second we walked in. We were promptly seated for our 8:30 reservation. Then things went down hill. Our server took our drink orders at 9:00. She took another 20 minutes to bring them. Luckily, the food was fantastic. Started with Oysters, which were great. And the pretzel bread and beer cheese - which would have been wonderful, had our server not taken the cheese away before we were finished. I had the bone in strip and my wife had the ribeye. The strip was seasoned well, and the bone marrow crust was delightful. My wife's steak was slightly over cooked. Overall, nice place, great food, just 100% miserable service, which in the end, will make it hard for me to go back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Our waiter was awesome. The food was awesome and delivered at just the right time. The cocktails were awesome, the desserts were fantastic. I'm sorry to be running out of adjectives, but this was one of the best dining experiences I've had in this city known for dining experiences. We were in a group and I got tons of kudos for picking the place."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Had business dinner on Tuesday night. It was busy so reservations are recommended. The ambiance was nice. Service was good and helpful. Selection is "American Fare" which means steaks, chops burgers and fish. We had the whitefish. Presentation was good. The fish was tender and did not taste fishy. Overall a good comfortable dinner, but the noise level was loud."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Had such a good time food was excellent wine was terrific the staff was so great and made us feel special on our anniversary"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "we had a terrific dinner for six, great food and a superb staff member, Jessica, who was very helpful with wine food suggestions. Busy place but not a single mishap! Service was very quick & very attentive. Will definitely go back next time we're in Chicago!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Had a 6:30 reservation..the place was half empty but proprietor tried to seat us in the back room next to swinging door. He promptly relocated us when we objected. Hard to understand. Otherwise good experience."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Took a chance on TC, shortly after opened, in January ( Just had drinks)...this past weekend had our Anniversary dinner there it was A very good experience. Ambience, service (Jessica very nice), Food all very good! Try the tomato soup, outstanding."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Loved the live jazz, gives the place a great atmosphere."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food is generally very good and the portions ok, but unlike a Wisconsin Dinner Club the portions on my oyster poor boy were tiny...three or four oysters? Most places realize that another oyster or two will not cost them on the mark up. Also with high priced entrees and expensive cofeee, you can afford to throw away stale coffee and make a fresh pot. They didn't. Accordingly this new find still needs a little work. Otherwise the meal fine. Great soups. Great salads. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "$50 Dover Sole was not very good. As a market price special should have been much better. Two diners ordere3d, neither liked the look (grey, not white, nor the temp, barely warm), nor the taste ("did not taste like Dover Sole!). On the other hand, steaks, haddock and Service were very good. Bar noise was going into the dining room making conversation difficult."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "OK spot for a business lunch except for the lighting ( too dim ) and noise level (too loud). Tuna tartar was good but don't order the watermelon arugula salad - all vinegar. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "The service and food was very good. Reasonably priced but reminded me of a men club restaurant lots of wood but I would go back "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "The food was really very good but what made this experience memorable was our waiter, Jimmy. He was personable, knowledgeable, and his timing was impeccable. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Fabulous as always. One of my favorite places in the city. I've been here a lot and never been disappointed."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We had a wonderful early, pre-theatre evening with Chimmy, our amiable and attentive server. He had appropriate opinions and recommendations, which were always right on. He oversaw the service at our table with style, panache and just the right amount of attention without crossing over into being inappropriately familiar. We were called by name from the moment we arrived, a very nice touch."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The food was great. The cocktails were interesting and our service was very friendly - all in a very attractive setting. We look forward to returning."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Steak was undercooked & had to wait VERY long time for food. We were a party of 5 and we all thought our waiter was great! Manager very gracious . Yes we will return."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Food is always good but WHAT HAPPENED TO THE SALMON APPETIZER? That was the best item on the entire menu!"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Great location at the base of Marina Towers. Food was fresh, well executed, and good portions. Some of the best tartar i have had (steak and ahi tuna). The server was happy to make some changes to our order so that we were happy. Atmosphere was a bit dark and hushed, but the inside was beautiful and talking was no problem. While the food was pricey, I felt that the food was well worth the price (I frequently cannot say that). Both owners spoke to us and greater us and thanked us for coming. They have a small outdoor dining area but i did not try-might be good for a quick bite or at lunch."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Was really great ambiance - more for romantic dinner or intimate setting with friends, but loved the food and loved the feel of it. I unfortunately did not get there on jazz night, but nonetheless, it was still a very pleasant evening. Recommend it and will bring my husband back for a dinner for ourselves."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "5 of us walked in at 6:30 and the place packed so we were able to sit at the bar and order. 3 Pork Chops and 2 Burgers later we were all very happy. The bartender did a great job making us comfortable and she had a great sense of humor and loves her Flyers!!!!!!!!! Go Hawks!!!!! Would definitely stop here again if even for a drink or two!!!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Dining at Tortoise Club for business lunches has been a good experience, so I thought it might also be nice for Mother's Day brunch. Unfortunately, TC missed the mark. The service was very slow and highly inattentive. It was difficult to hold our waitress's attention. She would breeze by our table barely slowing down to hear a complete request before zipping off. Our main courses took close to an hour to arrive. The seafood bar looked terribly unappetizing. It had limited selections - shrimp, crab legs and maybe one other item - all kind of dumped onto a bed of ice. The seafood looked almost mushy. After letting the manager know about the delay in service, they did comp about $20 in food items - which was nice but inadequate. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This place knows how to make you feel special. We noted in our booking that we were celebrating a special anniversary. When we got seated, we found a cute "Happy Anniversary" note in a frame and were greeted with complimentary champagne. Such a nice touch. The tuna tartare appetizer was melt-in-your mouth amazing. I could've eaten that as my meal - yum. But my fish was also very delish. I had the white fish and my husband had a ribeye. Both were excellent. We didn't save room for dessert but they sounded divine. Definitely a great place for a special occasion."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We saw this on Check Please and thought to try it out. We were impressed by the service and the quality of the food. The calamari was great, as was the whitefish and the notable dish was the short ribs. Prices compared to the surrounding steak houses was in line or below. The drink pours were good to generous. The jazz group sounded great and makes Tortoise Club worth stopping in for a dinner or a drink at the bar. The did a wonderful job with the space and it is very comfortable. Overall it was well worth it and we will be returning."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Made reservations while visiting Chicago without knowing much about the restaurant. Had a wonderful experience from the first moment we entered. Pleasant greeting, great décor and ambience, attentive service, and even better food! Definitely on our short list to revisit when back in the city."
    Dined on 5/10/2014