Beatrix - River North

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Beatrix is a neighborhood restaurant, coffeehouse and meeting place located in Chicago’s River North. Our chef partners Susan Weaver, Rita Dever and John Chiakulas have created a menu inspired by food made in Lettuce’s test kitchen.

Beatrix is open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night offerings, as well as brunch on Saturday and Sundays.

All pastries, breads and sweets are baked in house daily. Some of our favorites include Sadie's Crunch Cake, Honey Butter Cinnamon Buns and Chocolate Chunk Cookies. Our coffee and tea program will showcase two iconic Chicago roasters, Intelligensia and Metropolis and specialty offerings like Nitro, Bulletproof, and more!
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OT
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

This was our second time eatin

TC
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food and service were both amazing.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite place to meet friends for brunch! We always begin with their Cinnamon Honey Latte . . . a delightful mix of spice and sweetness! Then we have so many favorites. We can't visit without savoring the Light Lemon Pancakes. The Braised Pot Roast and Egg Breakfast Sandwich, Quinoa Burger, or the Spicy Tinga frequent our choices. We always take items home with us from the bakery . . . the Lemon Angel Food Muffins are light and refreshing.

The waitstaff are pleasant and attentive. Reservations are a must after 8:00am Saturday mornings. A delightful experience always!

G
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

Were were seated st the only quiet table - behind the curtain & next to the kitchen.

Our server was not helpful but smug. Asked about salads being eaten at a nearby table (to get an idea of what each menu item might look like. He responded I don’t know and would have to go over there to ask them.

He seemed put out and not interested in our experience at BEATRIX.

We finally decided to leave. He didn’t care. Needless to say, it was s VERY poor experience.

R
Miami
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a fabulous meal made even better by having Jackie as our waitress.

H
Chicago
113 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Maybe it was an off-night for the restaurant, but both the food and the service were subpar this visit.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best avocado toast plus it’s affordable! My waitress was so personable and attentive, and she sent me to the airport with a blueberry banana bread slice on the house ❤️

SH
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Excellent service and tasty food. Definitely visiting again!!

n
Chicago
110 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This is a consistently solid Sunday brunch spot. Food was fresh and flavorful as usual and service was pleasant and accurate but kind of slow - as usual : )

A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Our experience at Beatrix was...good. And that's about it.

We started out ordering cocktails - I had the Warrior Pose and my friend had The Patio Pounder. Both drinks lacked multi-dimensional aspects throughout the palate, but for those of you who don't really care about different layers to a cocktail, they were light and refreshing, as described on the menu. However, we didn't get the cocktails until halfway through our appetizer, which wasn't exactly ideal.

We got our appetizer, the Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts, and I was impressed by the flavor, but not by the texture. The sprouts were VERY mushy, but taste-wise weren't too spicy, too tangy, too sweet, or too sour. It was a great execution in terms of flavor. But I prefer my sprouts to have a crispiness to them, and that certainly was not the case here, hence the aforementioned lack in texture.

For our main dishes, we got the Vegan Asparagus & Pea Farrotto and the House-Made Ricotta Ravioli w/ Heirloom Tomatoes. My friend's dish, the Farrotto was tasty considering it was vegan, but certainly not the best or even one of the best Farrotto dishes I've had. Again, it was mushy, and over-salted. My Ravioli dish was good. Ricotta wasn't great, presentation was lacking, and this dish seemed to be under-seasoned, but it was palatable enough for me to finish half of it.

The dessert took the cake (no pun intended), as the chocolate cake was dense, chocolate-y, and rich - just how I want my chocolate cake to be. It was served with an airy whipped cream, a perfect complement for the cake. We enjoyed it thoroughly.

Considering we saw our server twice, received our cocktails after our appetizer, and the food was good, but not great, Beatrix will not be on my recommendation list. If I was invited to return, I would, but I will not seek out another night to dine here anytime soon.

KL
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a really cute place, atmosphere is great, nice seating options with two bars and some tables with couches. The service was very good, our waitress was right on top of things. The food was also excellent, I had the ricotta ravioli and my husband had the chicken bebe, both excellent. Would recommend reservations however as Chicago gets really booked up.

SK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 1st time at this restaurant. Absolutely will go back. Food was amazing! Service was even better! Can't wait to go back!

A
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were staying at a hotel in Chicago downtown the night prior so we went to Beatrix for brunch. Overall the brunch experience was great and nothing to complain about. A few interesting things on the menu. The seating and environment gave you the neighborhood feeling on River North and also friendly to families. We loved the variety of their pastry store as well.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from Jose. Delicious food

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant, coffee bar and bakery in Chicago! Amazing!!

n
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My friend is a vegan and I am not. We both had many choices and really enjoyed our meal.

MS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was very helpful and we enjoyed all the menu items he suggested. The burrata appetizer was the winner for the evening.

C
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great !!!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The atmosphere was the best part. Portions were disappointing for the price and we had to return a dish that wasn’t hot. Management took it off the bill and replaced it but that shouldn’t happen in the first place. Probably won’t return.

M
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

The omelet I ordered was not really an omelet. There was so little cheese and the spinach was thrown inside not cooked. The salsa was literally running all over the food and I had to ask for a separate plate to put the eggs on. The hash browns were served sliced and an extremely small portion. Everyone I have spoken to about the experience has agreed that the food is awful. The baked goods were outstanding. Will never ever go back.

d
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

been there many times, enjoy everything about it, love the hummus.

A
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food as always superb! Definitely recommend the juice, and the Brussels sprouts are always a hit.

N
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It is a popular restaurant, but tables are well spaced - food and service both very good.
The noise level, however was very loud and boisterous and not really conducive to converstion!

JL
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. The appetizer Kennebec Fries are one of my favorite things. Also love the salads. The open doors add to a great atmosphere. Will definitely come again.

JK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service were great but the noise level for a Friday lunch was unpleasant. We could hardly her the waitress explain about the specials.

JS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good. Great sauce and juice as well.
Waitress was very efficient and pleasant.
Nice ambiance.

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We asked server for help when stuck between choices
She was spot on

FYI I don’t think we could have made a bad choice anyway

We wanted to get things we normally do not get and are not doable at home

If you don’t get the French fries with peppers and lemons
You will make a big mistake

Thanks for making our day so special!!!!!!!

AP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

This is a great option for lunch. There were four of us in our party and we were seated within our reservation window. We all shared some of their wonderful hummus and naan bread - would highly recommend this as a starter. Two members of our party had the burger with fruit and said it was exceptional. One person in our party had the pot roast sandwich, shared with the other two and they all went on about how great it tasted. I had the crunchy quinoa and avocado tacos. The tacos were good but it didn't come with anything like the sandwiches did (they got fries). I think it was a great vegan option but there just needed to be something a little extra on the side. Their chai latta (almond milk) was fantastic and their vegan cookie was not bad. The other individuals in my part said the caramel pie was something that you always needed to order when you visited. Overall it was a great visit, the service was fantastic but if you are looking for some place to carry on a conversation, this may not be it during the busy time. It was so loud in the restaurant that we had a hard time hearing the person sitting next to us. It would be a great hot spot during not so popular meal times.

EJ
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I got the Halibut and my friend got the kebabs, which looked spectacular. The fish was phenomenal, my only complaint being that I wished the portion size was a bit bigger.

P
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Bar service was slow/non-existent. I was the only person at the 8 seat bar and sat for 15 minutes before the bartender even acknowledged me. When she finally did she seemed vaguely annoyed that I was sitting at the bar. So I didn't have time to order a beer prior to being seated.
Once seated, food was good, drinks were good, although it took a long time before waitress came to greet the table. After the initial long wait for our waitress, service was decent.

B
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for Sunday brunch. Very good coffee and figure licking brown sugar bacon!

OT
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a delicious experience. I try something new every time for breakfast/brunch and I’m never disappointed.

My go to here is the lemon pancakes with a side of bacon.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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JR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was nice, showcasing a mix of traditional and unique breakfast/brunch food items. Service was attentive and friendly. The only issue our party had was with a food substitution. One of the members of the party asked to substitute tomato for bacon and was up-charged $4.95 for doing so. This was not mentioned to us, nor did it make sense considering the difference in cost was in the restaurant's favor. The server politely took the charge off the bill after we addressed the issue. Would definitely recommend, and would definitely eat here again.

KW
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am consistently amazed by the quality and care that goes into every plate here. This is one of very few restaurants that makes both carnivore and vegetarian alike very happy.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Joe was the best server. Chicken meatballs, skirt steak, and short rib were out of this world!!!!

MR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for a nice dinner with friends. The menu is varied and there were so many options that looked so good, it was hard to choose. Everyone was happy with what we ordered. All meals were fresh, unique, and not too heavy. Very reasonably priced. I will definitely be back!

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The chocolate cake is freaking ridiculous. Burger only decent. Drinks excellent.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience—it was for a birthday celebration and we were pleasantly surprised that our waiter comped both desserts! The food was great as always and would completely recommend.

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