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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
  • "The flavor were well balanced with each entree, offering a great meal and outstanding service. Those were the sweetest tomatoes to complement the buffalo mozzarella. Excellent seasoning and char on the steaks for a non-steakhouse. The house made steak sauce was a pleasant surprise. The star, however, was the center cut ribeye!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Went on Sun 7/27 @ 5 pm. All the food was amazing. Even better than the last time we were there. Service was awesome, and they even had a small placard that said happy anniversary."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The first time we came here for dinner- it was perfect! The second time, the steaks were overly charred and not nearly as tender. I forgot to order the other side dish (it came with fries) so I planned to do so when the waiter came back to check on us but he never did until we were almost done. Our drinks needed refreshing as well and we were just simply over-looked. I really can't believe that was the same quality of meat we had the first time- very disappointing and the fries that I was stuck with are nothing special either. I thought this was going to our new "go- to" place but I think we're just stick with the live music in the lounge which is too bad because the ambiance is great!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Enjoyed the restaurant and also the jazz. The staff was friendly and our server was very attentive. The steak tartare was fabulous and the filet was done perfectly. Would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "My daughter and I celebrated my birthday with lunch. It was such a pleasant surprise to see a picture frame placed on our table with a "Happy Birthday" message...very nice touch! Everything we ordered was just scrumptious...from the mouth-watering oysters to the fresh seafood cobb salad and the perfectly grilled asparagus! They had the "just right" crunchiness. The service was tremendous...we were attended to as if we were the only customers dining. It was a very special dining experience which made my birthday celebration all that much pleasurable! Gracias! =)"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This has the ambience of a lovely, old-fashioned (in a good way) supper club--dark walls, comfortable banquettes and tables, excellent, attentive service. The food was excellent, from my perfectly prepared salmon to my friend's fabulous white fish. I told Tortoise Club it was my friend's birthday and they started us off with complimentary glasses of a very nice champagne. Everything was perfect. He couldn't have been happier--and neither could I."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The food was good. I ordered the steak and it was over done with little to no flavor. The sauce we asked for on the side took a long time to come out. I don't think I would go back. There are more delious options into that area."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My friend had the Ham and Cheese Sandwich and raved about it. Brie with Ham, mustard and coleslaw topping - yum! I had the Goat Cheese, Quinoa and Kale salad with grilled salmon - scrumptious!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Went here for the first time this week and really enjoyed the meal, space and service. Attentive staff, nice menu and great drinks. We started with the steak tartare and while it was a relatively small serving, the flavor was great and the pretzel crisp toast points were a nice touch. Very good but could have had a more flavor given the noted tabasco as one of the ingredients. Quail egg was also nice. Entrees ranged from cheeseburger to bone-in NY strip and both were very good, though I typically like more "char" on the steak's outside with rare to med-rare on the inside. The inside was cooked as requested but I'm guessing they don't benefit from the highersearing abilities that some of the more notable steak houses use. Try the cherry pie."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Everything was great food services just was hot in the room."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "A great meal followed by great easy listening jazz in the bar. Menu not elaborate but basic and very well prepared and presented. A real must for those interested in some fine jazz and a great dinner! Highly recommend"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Juicy flavorful hamburger but a bit too charred for my liking. Accompanying fries were crunchy but cold. Great service. Very nice Pinot Noir from coastal California."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Good jazz, outstanding food, too noisy for a romantic dinner but great for meeting friends"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Kobe steak and lobster cocktail were fantastic. Stay away from the crab pasta."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Loved the live jazz, gives the place a great atmosphere."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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
  • "$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 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
  • "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