Wishbone - Lincoln
Wishbone - Lincoln
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Wishbone - Lincoln

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.wishbonechicago.com/
  • Phone: (773) 549-2663
  • Hours of Operation:

    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00AM - 11:00AM
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 8:00AM - 3:00PM
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:00AM - 3:00PM
    Dinner: Sunday & Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Cajun, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Joel Nickson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: In House, Wishbone is ideal for rehearsal dinners and off-site caters with drop-off banquets to not-for-profits, schools, hospitals and and a wide range of businesses.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining for parties, network breakfasts, business lunches and cocktail receptions.
  • Private Party Contact: Guy Nickson 7735492663
  • Entertainment: Monthly art exhibitions and occasional musical performances.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: School
  • Public Transit: Brown Line Paulina station 1 block; Lincoln Ave. Bus in front; Ashland and Belmont bus lines 1 block away.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public lot one block away by Belmont Library on Melrose. Ample street parking.
A word from Wishbone - Lincoln
Southern Reconstruction Cooking means made-from-scratch traditional recipes with healthier ingredients for yankee tastes: We serve Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and our weekend Brunch is rated among the best in Chicago. Wishbone is known for its popular prices and the most diverse patrons in the midwest--crossing income, race, ethnic, gay and straight lines--and all ages. The Wishbone on Lincoln is a neighborhood nexus on the Northside and very popular with young families.
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Wishbone - Lincoln reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Good Southern food in Chicago
    CarlaEdgewater
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    Fun ambience; chicken was a little dry, but other dishes were pretty good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sunday night music is a great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    sunday night music is a great addition to the spot
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was excellent as always,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    Food was excellent as always, first time at this location. Just as good as the location on Washington.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wishbone has really improved
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 1/9/2013
    Wishbone has really improved since I was there last (about 10 years ago). The service was fantastic and the food was great. Can't wait to go back...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Haven't been here for a while,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/30/2012
    Haven't been here for a while, but it was great to rediscover it. Wonderful rolls, corn muffins - good salads, fish, sides. Attentive servers, plenty of room between tables for private conversation while still feeling like part of the community. Love!
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  • Bold and Unique for Chicago.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/27/2012
    I love the Chicken wire hanging lamps and the artwork. The food was fun and delicious. Good portions, original, creative and funky. Something fun and different which is always refreshing.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • We love Wishbone. It is perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 12/26/2012
    We love Wishbone. It is perfect for Sunday brunch, breakfast alone on a Tuesday morning, or dinner with the kids on a snowy night after ice skating. The shrimp and grits are one of our favorite dishes and the kids love the pancakes. The staff is very friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • One of my favorite place's,
    SharpieVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2012
    One of my favorite place's, nice simple menu, great prices. A fun friendly staff, you can't find anything bad about it. I've been going here since it opened.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I am very sorry, but actually,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    I am very sorry, but actually, I did not make it to this reservation. However, I have been to Wishbone many times & I love the atmosphere, and the food-- it's always been very good service, too. I will continue to go there when I am in the Lakeview hood & I recommend it to my friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • First, there is the whimsical
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/21/2012
    First, there is the whimsical design playing off the source of Wishbones. Then comes the friendly greeting. Finally, great food served with attentive care. A great, informal place for all age groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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  • The food was mediocre, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/4/2012
    The food was mediocre, but the service was very good. Maybe the breakfast is better, but I wouldn't recommend it for dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overrated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/28/2012
    I grew up eating Southern cooking and this is not close. It is weird because I have ordered their take out and enjoyed it. When I came to the restaurant and ordered salmon crouquettes they were mushy. They were not crisp on the outside. My salad was good, but who messes up salad. It was not as good as I expected. I will continue to do my southern cooking at home.
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  • Wonderful service, food was
    Tom2VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2012
    Wonderful service, food was not fancy nor memorable other than some amazing grilled asparagus and an incredible bread pudding for dessert. We hear it is a breakfast/brunch place and that is easy to imagine. Good place for a quick, casual meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If you don't have children,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    If you don't have children, make sure to sit in the adults only part of the restaurant. Overall, the food was fresh but bland to my taste. The brisket was very dry but the sauce with it was over the top spicy. Crab cakes were mushy and really didn't have a crab flavor. The specail of steaks were hapilly received. The trout was excellent. Margaritas were so bitter and flavorless: these were the berry and strawberry, but the sangria was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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  • Good food, excellent wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/7/2012
    Good food, excellent wait staff, very fast service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good southern fair, no frills
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/11/2012
    Good southern fair, no frills but good. Try the hush puppies.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wishbone is a convenient,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/27/2012
    Wishbone is a convenient, neighborhood restaurant. The cajun entrees lack a little in authenticity, but will appeal to a less discriminating diner. The food is good, if not spectacular. It has a family atmosphere and there are lots of noisy kids; not exactly a date night place. The service was attentive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Being kid friendly is its
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2012
    Being kid friendly is its only saving grace. The food was second rate at best
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I like to eat at Wishbone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/10/2012
    I like to eat at Wishbone because the food is good and fresh, the ambience unpretentious but fun and not chain-style design, portions are ample and the prices are moderate. I like the way the food is prepared and the choices, although, when I ate my "doggie box" remains the next day, they seemed a bit salty. My only problem is when there are families, or, young children in particular. We got there and it was quiet, but then a baby started crying and kept crying for quite a while. Also, the music was a little loud, probably because it had been turned up during the busy period, but there weren't a lot of diners, and when I asked if it could please be turned down, since I couldn't hear my dinner partner, they were fine with doing i
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  • Exceeded expectations. A
    resiak1958VIP
    Dined on 5/27/2012
    Exceeded expectations. A balanced menu with something for everybody.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved the homemade chips and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/27/2012
    Loved the homemade chips and salsa. The food was good and our server was friendly and informative and attentive. Looking forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The on-line menu seemed more
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/23/2012
    The on-line menu seemed more extensive than the in-restaurant menu. Some of the dishes were seasonal, we were told, not offered every day. The food was not hot enough when it arrived. Our waitperson was not attentive at all -- e.g., we asked specifically for the french fries to be served on a separate plate, not on the same plate as the entre, and yet when the dinner arrived, the fries were served with the entre. When we pointed this out to her, her response: oh, there must be miscommunication! She did not come back to offer more coffee; I had to look for her and ask for more coffee. The restaurant is spacious and the food was okay, but we were rather disappointed in the service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was a very good experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/17/2012
    Was a very good experience. My friends and I enjoyed the food. The food was excellent and the service was very good. I would recomend wishbone to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • OH MY GOD! Talk about wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/9/2012
    OH MY GOD! Talk about wonderful! Wishbone's food is amazing! I ordered the shrimp and grits and I couldn't get enough! It was soooooo good! My boyfriend, who is hard to impress, was also very pleased. He ate all of his steak and suggested Wishbone for dinner on our second night in Chi town. If you like great food and service visit Wishbone on Lincoln!
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  • 1st time at Wishbone - The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/18/2012
    1st time at Wishbone - The food was good the Margaritas were GREAT! actually had liquor in it. We loved the fact that it was kid friendly almost every table had a child and the children menu has a lot of variety. The downside of the experience was not enough wait staff for a Saturday night. Seemed liked like each waiter/waitress had could not be as attentive as they should be.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fun comfort food...we enjoyed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/12/2012
    fun comfort food...we enjoyed ourselves for Sunday dinner!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for breakfast!
    Jess
    Dined on 1/31/2012
    Unique pancakes with real maple syrup. Yum! Hot chocolate is amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Great southern style home
    FranklinFanVIP
    Dined on 1/5/2012
    Great southern style home cooking with tasty desserts. Kids will love the fun atmosphere and tasty kids menu selections. Grab a couple of pieces of homemade banana bread or zuchini bread to take home for your breakfast the next day. Reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have been going to Wishbone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/28/2011
    I have been going to Wishbone restaurants for years and have always enjoyed them. Good food, reasonable prices, pleasant staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • There were 4 of us with 6
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/17/2011
    There were 4 of us with 6 kids and everyone enjoyed their meals. This restaurant is a nice change of pace.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I had only been to Wishbone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 12/2/2011
    I had only been to Wishbone for breakfast a few times years ago. The food was fabulous but service very slow, so we didn't go back. Then we got a coupon from public radio for 1/2 off for dinner. We didn't even know that they served dinner. Wow... were we surprised! I assumed that most of the entrees would be heavy comfort food but were really pleased to see a number of fish dishes on the menu. I ordered the salmon and vegetables in parchment and my husband ordered the trout. They were fabulous, light, flavorful and cooked perfectly. Plus we got 2 sides included as well. They also had a great white wine for only $13 a bottle! The total bill was only $44!~~ BEFORE the 1/2 off coupon. So I gave the wait person a big tip....HE was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
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  • I've been going to Wishbone(s)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2011
    I've been going to Wishbone(s) for 10 years or more...for breakfast, brunch, and dinner. It's always delicious, always a lot of choices, and always at reasonable prices. I had grilled trout, spinach, coleslaw, and hoppin' john....all for about $12. oh, and the incredible corn muffins, too. One can eat healthy, believe it or not, or indulge. I hope Wishbone's around for another 10 - 20 - 30 years.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • As always, the food and service
    GlennJ
    Dined on 9/17/2011
    As always, the food and service at Wishbone is exceptional. I have not been there on a Saturday morning in a very long time and was dismayed in seeing a long line of strollers parked outside the restaurant. When my guest and I walked in, we heard nothing but the unbearable screams and cries of infants and small kids all throughout the main dining room. I have a very low threshold for things like this and, as a paying customer, have a right to eat in some semblance of peace; otherwise, the dining experience becomes unbearable. Before I even said anything, my guest and I were taken to the adjacent dining area which was much more quiet. Thank God! Love their crab benedict and fried potatoes with onions. The server, Maria, is a gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The adults only section in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2011
    The adults only section in the back room is a quiet refuge from the very family friendly front roomm.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wishbone continues to have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2011
    Wishbone continues to have delicious and healthful food made from scratch, with balanced portions of meat and vegetables as an entree. I took my friend, who had never been there, for a birthday dinner celebration. We had excellent martinis, and a free birthday dessert; and an overall very pleasurable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was very good but the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2011
    Food was very good but the service was slow. Bad enough that we were not there at a bust time. It was our first time there and we were hopeing for more. Just wish all parts of the service would have been better. She was friendly!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Wishbone is AWESOME for brunch,
    SnowyOwl
    Dined on 7/5/2011
    Wishbone is AWESOME for brunch, terrible choice for dinner. Always waiting forever and very few waitstaff make it not worth it. Not sure why they bother if they're going to be half a$$ed about the evening hours.
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  • The music was great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    foodfancierVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2011
    The music was great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And the food was pleasant. Worth a trip for the jazz.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Pork sandwich and salt
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/16/2011
    The Pork sandwich and salt and pepper fries were delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a treat that such a kid-friend
    LakeviewFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2011
    What a treat that such a kid-friendly restaurant would also have such incredible food for the grown-ups to enjoy! We're never disappointed when we come to Wishbone. Keep up the great work!
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate