312 Chicago

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Italian
Our chefs serve contemporary and traditional Italian dishes using seasonal, locally grown ingredients. Our extensive wine collection, featuring more than 200 American and Italian wines, is displayed throughout the restaurant and in our private dining rooms. At the bar, enjoy superb spirits and wines by the glass representing a duality of American and Italian varietals.

312 Chicago is centrally located the Loop Theater and Financial District. Every room offers iconic city views including City Hall, the Thompson Center, the Board of Trade and the Cadillac Palace Theater. The ambiance evokes the comfort and sophistication of a 1930’s supper club, but the style is pure, modern elegance with rich walnut wood and dramatic chandeliers.
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YR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place and convenient location for business meetings and entertainment.

m
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Too many gnats in dining room.

S
Edmonton
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was very slow and plates were not cleared before main dish. Good food but service inattentive

H
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside which was really pleasant. The ricotta appetizer was delicious. The bread basket was very fresh. I loved the bucatini! Will definitely go back. A nice place to eat before a show.

CC
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've here many times pre-theater. Always excellent. Staff is always nice and attentive. AND the bartenders know how to make really nice classic cocktails.

L
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My waiter was fantastic! I ordered a salad with chicken with a side of spinach. Exactly what I waned! It was del.

GP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The tagliatelle Bolognese was outstanding. Servizio e cibo sono multo eccellente!

SC
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A lovely brunch, food and service were outstanding

A
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came directly to 312 Chicago after attending the play "The bands visit". Even though we were early, they seated us immediately. It was our 27th wedding anniversary and we were seated at table 27. Not that it was planned that way, but it was a nice way to start off the dinner. Food was great, limited menu, but we didn't need many more choices. If I went there often, I might want more options. For a special occassion, it was perfect.

PH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner after play. One of the most delicious salmon dinners I have ever had. Great service.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Good. Server was okay

OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Unfortunately, my dining companion and I started our experience by being seated in the worst possible table in the restaurant—right next to a post, in direct line of all the waitstaff coming in and out of the kitchen. It was very cramped, to say the least. We ordered a couple dishes, both of which we split. The plates were put down in the middle of the table for us to divide ourselves, which would have been fine, but there really wasn’t space on the table for the bread plates, meal plate, and larger sharing plates, plus two glasses on wine. The food was fine, but nothing special. Service was generally lackluster, with empty plates sitting on the aforementioned very crowded table much longer than they should have. All in all, it was not the best dining experience. I will be choosing other restaurants in the Loop going forward.

S
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! We went before a play next door and the server was right on time, the salmon was great, and my friend liked the halibut.

Would definitely recommend.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Pre-theatre. There must have been some problem in kitchen as food took very long time for multiple tables.
Sous Chef came to our table to discuss friend’s food restrictions. But food still not prepared as discussed.
We’ve been there before and didn’t not encounter these issues. But we were racing to get to theater even though we’d had plenty of time with early reservation, and informing our waiter. We ordered around 6:00, but didn’t see entree til 7:00.
My dinner was delicious. Wish I’d had more time to savor.

KD
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love coming here before or after the theater. Always wonderful wait staff.

2
Tampa
365 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for pre-theatre dining. No sense at all of being rushed. The Italian traditional choices have that homemade authenticity.

b
Chicago
129 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought a friend with us who hadn't been to 312 for quite some time. She was most pleased with how much she enjoyed the meal and the evening. We arrived quite early because it's never easy to estimate how difficult the traffic will be on any evening, but the welcome from staff was warm and friendly and they provided the leisure time to enjoy pre-dinner drinks and conversation and asked us to let them know when we wanted to order. All of us had compliments on each of our entrees and I especially on my primi course. It made our pre-theater evening quite special.

HK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the service was spot on. Great for a nice dinner.

c
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Restaurant style and demographic were not typical for Kimpton hotel. Seemed to be mostly a pre-dinner and early bird crowd. Service was disorganized and below expectations. For example, ordered a pre-dinner cocktail which arrived 15 minutes later after appetizer had been served and wine had been opened. Asked for a couple of thin pieces of Parmesan after dinner to accompany some leftover over wine. This was a major undertaking for the staff, which is especially surprising given this is an Italian.
All that said, food was good but not great.
I would go somewhere else before going back.

K
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are always welcomed back like family....Zhanna (hope I'm spelling that correctly) remembered our drink orders!....We hadn't been there since spring!.....312 is our go-to establishment for pre-Opera dining....Always a pleasure.

2
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent and our fish entrees were prepared perfectly. We couldn’t have been more pleased by our dining experience!

MC
Orlando
18 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Post-theater supper after a matinee.

312 is clearly used to getting people in and out, as their pace of service was quite pushed. The food, however, was excellent, and service, though too fast, was attentive.

I was bothered by the guy who was only one table away, every word of whose conversation with his companion was not just audible, but literally loud and clear. It was my fault for not asking, equally loudly, to be moved someplace far away.

I would go back, but, if you are not in a hurry, slow the pace and advise the waiter to give you a chance to relax and enjoy rather than being pushed to eat and run.

EW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service before a really good play at The Cadillac Palace Theatre.

2
Tampa
366 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, friendly service accompanied by original, delicious brunch selections.

JD
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

We had brunch there. Our server was, Louis, phenomenal. We got pancakes, toast, fruit, and bacon. The pancakes and toast both came out burnt. We ate the parts that were edible. The place was too pricey for what you got. Maybe they do dinner well. But I wouldn’t recommend breakfast.

BR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed 312 Chicago. The steak my buddy ordered came out tender and delicious. The pappardelle Bolognese was great, if a little salty. The bread and tapenade was great. We were running a race the next morning, and the server was totally fine that we didn't get any alcoholic beverages. I was very happy with 312 Chicago and would definitely go again.

JC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very convenient to Cadillac theater. Food was good .

F
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food. Top notch for a nice date night dinner. We love this place!

OT
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was good (as usual), but our service was sub-par. Because we were not rushing off to the show next door, our server gave us much less of a priority. It was terrible. She even told us at one point that we would have to wait because her other tables were in a rush. Even if that was true, find a better way to say it. Very disappointing! Good place, just don’t go when a show is in town I guess.

CM
Chicago
83 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Very convenient to downtown theaters and worth dining here just for that reason. The staff is welcoming, helpful and efficient. The bread and seasoned olive oil are terrific but my fish entree was just okay.

MJ
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment I walked in the door, service was delightful. The food was presented well, tasted delicious and was more than I could eat. So my friend had her entree and then enjoyed half of mine. Looking forward to coming back often.

CG
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect location in the Theater District! Great menu, delicious food!

NB
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is excellent as is the service but the decor needs a face lift!

L
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Before theater always come herr

d
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a solid choice for dinner in the Theatre District.

ES
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service and the food were both outstanding. If you are attending an event at the Cadillac Theatre, this is the place you want to have reservations. Great location for any event in the loop.

LS
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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E
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian food, very good, prompt service.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 1

The service was terrible. Had to ask multiple times for water refills and food was forgotten about. I made a reservation for 5 and they were trying to seat us at two separate tables. Food was great but would not go back again.

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very pricey wine list but great food. So happy with gluten free options!

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