Wishbone - West Loop
Wishbone - West Loop

Wishbone - West Loop

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.wishbonechicago.com/
  • Phone: 3128502663
  • Hours of Operation:

    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 11:00am
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern, Southern, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Joel Nickson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Wishbone provides full service catering for any occasion! We are fully licensed and insured for all off premise catering. In House events are welcome as well. We offer breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizer and bar packages. Vegan, gluten-free and children's dishes also available upon request.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Morgan
  • Public Transit: Located one block from Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Studios and perfectly centered between City Hall and the United Center. UIC-Halsted Blue Line Six blocks North and two blocks East of the Blue Line El Stop: Morgan- Green & Pink Line Two blocks South of the Green & Pink Line
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street & Valet Parking Available
A word from Wishbone - West Loop
Located one block from Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Studios and perfectly centered between City Hall and the United Center, Wishbone West Loop was an early participant in the emergence of the neighborhood from a commercial area to one of the city's culinary hot spots. We've been there through it all, quietly serving our own unique brand of Southern Cooking.
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Wishbone - West Loop reviews from OpenTable diners
21 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (12)great for brunch (10)fit for foodies (10)great for outdoor dining (10)good for groups (9)kid-friendly (8)great for lunch (7)special occasion (2)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Wishbone Good
    Kaca56
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We went to Wishbone for an early dinner before a concert at the UC. We were quickly seated, due to it being early there was no problems. Our waitress Charmaine was wonderful and answered any questions we had about the menu. Service was great and the food exceptional and a good value. We will return and recommend this good southern food oasis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ChicagoGal25
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The jambalaya entrees that we had were average, low on seasoning. The side dish of green beens with parsnip was absolutely delicious. The cornbread was tasty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Was really looking forward to checking this place out for dinner. My girlfriend had the fried chicken and I the ribs. We weren't impressed with the food. There are many better options in Chicago
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and excellent service!
    Brighamottb
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Sat outside, has a great waitress and a good menu for the kids. Had the pulled pork platter with Mac n cheese, spinach coleslaw. Both BBQ sauces we great...even better mixed together:).
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodflex
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We sat outside for dinner before attending a concert at the winery on Randolph. The service was great and the food was delicious. Very laid back relaxing atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Food
    Laura
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I've been going to Wishbone for many years. We often go for brunch but will occasionally go for dinner. We had a show at City Winery and decided to go to Wishbone for dinner instead of paying through the nose for fancy food. Wishbone is excellent, southern style comfort food at it's finest. The West Loop has become a haven for fancy, expensive, experimental food - and that's great because there is a time and a place for everything. However, when you are looking for something more down-to-earth, that offers EXCELLENT food, keep Wishbone in mind.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Good
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This is one of the few places that everybody in the family likes. Wonderful Cajun food. Tried crawdad cakes for the first time. They had big chunks of crawdads throughout. Service was a little slower than usual but overall very nice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lynda
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Beef brisket was tender, BBQ sauce was tasty. Various sides to choose from, the home fries were made with garlic and onions, YUM
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good But Not Great
    YesISaidIt
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    After hearing about this restaurant from several people, I decided to take my husband there for Father's Day brunch. While the food was good, the service and atmosphere left a lot to be desired. We had a party of 9 and the seating was so tight that it was difficult to find room to place the food and drinks on the table without a lot of maneuvering and rearranging (people, chairs and plates). Perhaps it was exceptionally busy and cramped because it was Father's Day. However, if that is the case, they should warn large parties ahead of time that there's a chance they will be extremely uncomfortable while dining. Other than that, the food was ok but if you're looking for great Southern cuisine, go to Heaven on 7 instead.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost a Father's Day Flop
    MsWendy68
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I chose Wishbone for Father's Day for the variety of options on the menu. After making a reservation in advance, I needed to add to my reservation. I called and was told it wasn't a problem since they had advance notice. I should have gotten that person's name because when we arrived, it was a problem. The hostess said she didn't get the message to add five people. We had to wait 45 minutes past our reservation time for our table. The seating was a bit uncomfortable (several tables pushed together with a corner booth as anchor) but we made the best of it. Everyone enjoyed the food. There were only two mix-ups in the orders but they were corrected quickly. Our server was great, very attentive. We'll return, but not in a large group.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for Father's Day Brunch
    Stew
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Wishbone is truly one of the best brunch spots in all of Chicago. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • info deceptive, food delightful
    2customers
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We planned to have Sunday brunch and taste a sampling if all their food. However, once we arrived, there was no brunch, in the typical sense of the word. But we stayed, ordered off the menu and enjoyed everything.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was ok
    MikielikesitVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Reasonable priced dinner. Not the typical neighborhood reaturant. Food is good
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 96 reviews are from the Wishbone - West Loop reviews archive.
  • Great Time
    2friends
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    My guest and I had a great time at this restaurant. They didn't rush you to eat and let you dine at your leisure. The wait staff was excellent and the food was great. Would recommend to anyone and plan to visit again in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Southern Food
    jlbchicagoVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    The food is southern to a tea! Try the grits they are the best.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I know they can do better
    ErikG
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    This was my first time at this location. We are occasional visitors to the Lakeview one (3-4 times a year). The only reason we went here was because were meeting some out-of-town visitors who were staying downtown. We had a 6:30 OpenTable reservation (1st time I have used OpenTable for Wishbone), we were not seated until 6:55 and weren't addressed by a server until 7:20 (we went ahead and ordered everything right then). Things thankfully sped up from there as we were served our food at 7:40. So, we were able to enjoy a pretty good dinner. I don't feel like the OpenTable reservation made much of a difference. However, I have had enough good experiences at Wishbone that I will probably go back (though not sure about the downtown location).
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • isn't water free?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The food was decent but the service was terrible. We were seated and waited at least five minutes before we were acknowledged. This would be fine had the restaurant been crowded. I asked for water on 3 separate occasions and unfortunately never got my refill. Really? Is there a one glass limit? The server couldn't remember whose entrees was whose (we were a party of 2).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good comfort food!!
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Another great dining experience at wishbone!! This time we want for dinner, usually we go for brunch!! The food and drinks were great and dessert was fantastic!! We will definitely be back again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, relaxed atmosphere.
    sshapirVIP
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Wishbone is a great place for comfort food. They have a heart for kids, but don't impose that on guests without children. My guest and I had meatloaf in different varieties. Delicious and about the best cole slaw I have had anywhere. Reasonable prices and pleasant atmosphere. During the summer, very nice outdoor spot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome service....
    KeiJCVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    My phone died and I asked the server if she could find a charge for me and she did. She went asking everyone worked there until she found me one and was watching my phone for me while it was being charged at the counter. Can't also for better service than that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great service and good food
    FamilyDinner
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Great place for a family birthday dinner. Lots of meal options including breakfast for kids to eat unlike other restaurant that say they are kid friendly but offer limited choices. Attentive and polite waiter service. Dinner was pretty good and reasonable in price for a large party of 9 people including kids. would definitely recommend for other people to try out the place for a brunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Southern fried everything
    MelvinVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Southern with a twist...plenty of non fried choices...surprised they didn't have some form of fried cocktail but maybe that's in development. Great taste, casually courteous service, and plenty to look at in the room. We all ate way too much and just kept trying things. Urp.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Although the restaurant was
    SoxdocVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Although the restaurant was not very busy our service was slow. In addition the waitress had difficulty dividing the check. Wishbone may be ok for breakfast but only fair for dinner.
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  • Too many shortcuts on the food
    Harrison
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    The service and atmosphere at Wishbone were great. I have no complaints in that department at all. But the food was definitely lacking. The kitchen takes way too many shortcuts on the food, and it's very noticeable. Everything I had was pre-made several hours earlier and wasn't even reheated. The mac n cheese hard rock-hard curdles in it instead of sauce from being microwaved. The hoppin john was a pre-fabricated combination of ingredients that were cooked separately and the cheese on top seemed to be pre-shredded cheese, which they didn't even bother to melt. The burger was a dried up, overcooked hockey puck even though I ordered it medium-rare. At least if you're going to puck my burger, melt the cheese on it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to grab a quick
    ABAB
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    Great place to grab a quick bite before a show at the United Center. Great Southern meals, I want to go back and try more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dixie Treats
    FooddocVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Wow! A real Southern cuisine restaurant! And great prices! Super seafood gumbo and fried green tomatoes! Terrific crawfish and pork chops!! Everything about Wishbone is right. Unassuming, throwback atmosphere, great service, choices to make you come back over and over!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wishbone's menu has something
    Rick
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Wishbone's menu has something for everyone, including vegetarians and vegans. The service is friendly and well informed about the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I enjoyed dining at Wishbone
    Jamie
    Dined on 9/3/2013
    I enjoyed dining at Wishbone and will do so again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    The artwork and ambiance are fun, albeit we dined on a rainy night with a somewhat (no fault of Wishbone) empty vibe. And the restaurant is welcoming of kids (we had three with us, ages 8-11). But the food was disappointing. (Just) ok for lunch or a quick meal if in the neighborhood, but not worth a trip out from downtown just for dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • quality has gone down
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    as much as i hate to write this review about a restaurant that food is really good the service killed the entire experience for me. not only do they not list that they close in the middle of the day, the manager fell to accomodate my party for parking or even offer drinks for the hour long wait we had. on top of all that our waiter service tables that came in after us as we sat waiting for thirty minutes with no bread or even water. once he appoarched the table he couldn't offer any suggestion and when the food came out it was missing elements that went along with it. once we told the waiter his response was that the kitchen was busy and couldn't correct any of the mistakes.bad business all around!!
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  • always good here
    LAXpremealgonegood
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    there is nothing not to like here. Varied menu, quick service, reasonable prices, delicious food. Cool artwork too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Southern cooking
    Willy
    Dined on 6/11/2013
    Southern dining with a northern touch. Always a dependable and enjoyable mea.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Veg Friendly Gem in the West Loop
    JacqVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    LOVE Wishbone. My family (husband, 4.5 year old and 20 month old) visit Wishbone regularly. We have been for both breakfast/brunch and dinner. They have LOTS of vegan/vegetarian AND gluten-free offerings. The restaurant has a fun, relaxed vibe and servers are laid back and fun. If you're vegan try the black bean cakes or harvest cakes. Satueed spinach is AMAZING! My 20 month old steals it off my plate - it is THAT good. And the home fries - who doesn't love home fries? Wishbones are made with sauteed onions - heaven!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice intimate scene. Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/25/2013
    Nice intimate scene. Great food and drinks. Will definitely visit again on my next Chicago trip.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was excellent. Staff
    Judy
    Dined on 4/24/2013
    Food was excellent. Staff very friendly. Would eat there again for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wishbone is not a white linen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    Wishbone is not a white linen table service restaurant; more like TGIF Fridays. Food was good. Disappointed that because they apparently have only one fryer (and it was busy with the catfish special) that the famous fried chicken was not available. Tab was very reasonsable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never a disappointing meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    Never a disappointing meal at this place, excellent food and good-attitude service
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    I've been going to Wishbone for years, having first visited their original location on Wood Street around 1992. Yummy stuff and consistent quality. I had the crab cakes and they could have been crispier, they were actually cool in the middle. My date had chicken fried steak and it could have been crispier. I chalk this up to a very busy night and probably a swamped kitchen. Our wait person Andrea hustled all over the restaurant, but her service was just fine for us. This has always been a go to place for me. The noise level makes it suitable for kids, and there is always something for them to eat on the expansive menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vegan and Gluten-Free friendly!
    JacqVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2013
    Love love love this neighborhood favorite. My husband, two kids and I dine here at least once a month. Everything I have tasted is delicious and their menu is very gluten-free and vegan friendly - from buckwheat pancakes for brunch and millet harvest cakes for lunch or dinner. The sauteed spinach is AMAZING! The decor is fun and laid-back, casual and fun. We always enjoy our experience here!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wishbone never disappoints
    GailVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    Wishbone never disappoints for comfort food in a comfortable setting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic