Catch 35 - Chicago

4.6
7811 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Located in Chicago's theatre district, Catch 35 is an iconic Chicago seafood restaurant featuring critically acclaimed live jazz musicians and a newly crafted menu highlighting fresh seafood from the coastal waters of the U.S. Fan favorites include pan roasted Chilean sea bass, Georges Bank scallop surf & turf, Atlantic salmon, braised beef short rib, and Nashville hot chicken. Live music available Tuesday – Thursday 5:30pm-8:30pm, Friday 5:30pm-9:00pm, and Saturday 6:00pm-9:00pm. (20% gratuity is added to all guest checks of parties of 8 or more)

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipderAlte
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Glad to have Catch 35 back.

Missed the potstickers dreadfully, and nearly left when the waiter told us they were no longer on the menu.
Good news... He was mistaken. They still come with the Szechwan scallop appetizer, though I could have sworn there was tuna entree that came with one as well. We ordered another as a side for the white fin tuna dish my wife ordered.

That dish was a slight disappointment. Perhaps in the past they offered a seared version that was served differently. My wife always loved it when she ordered it, but she didn't much care for the preparation she was served tonight.

The bar served up another disappointment. They were completely out of Rye whiskey. We were told it was impossible to get in the city due to the number of restaurants coming back online. They may need a bootlegger to bring some in from the burbs. Last I looked, supplies were ample.

All in all though, we had a good time reacquainting ourselves with an old favorite. Here's hoping Catch comes back strong after it's long absence.

We will be back.

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Foodie
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I've always had a great experience at Catch 35. My husband and I have been coming here for years for date nights, birthdays, and anniversary celebrations. The only difference with this experience is my dessert didn't have the usual celebratory candle and decorations as in the past. So, I was a little disappointed. And, my husband's coffee cup was dirty, therefore he couldn't enjoy his usual at the end of the meal drink. However, this is not going to stop us from coming back. It's overall one of our favorite celebration restaurants.

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Brad
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regulars at Catch 35 and finally open again as COVID eases. Greeting was warm as always. Food was great. I asked Chef for suggestions of how to prepare my Swordfish because I don’t care for Piccata prep. They were open to this sub and recommended blackened. WONDERFUL.
Remainder of dinner and desserts were also great.
Nice surprise that there was live music in the bar. Created nice background homeyness.
Thank you

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StacyL
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was looking for a different dining experience but wanted seafood and didn’t want the traditional steak place, I researched and found this gem. We had one of the most amazing meals on our trip. The food was fantastic, amazingly prepared and the selection on the menu was more than expected. The drinks where perfect and Victor who was our waiter was superb. I would give 10 stars.

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LizaJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, wonderful service and amazing food. I will definitely be back! Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Overall a great experience. Food was delicious though maybe a bit overpriced for the size but it is downtown Chicago.

Service could’ve been better but that’s hard to gauge with the way service jobs are lacking everywhere in this pandemic.

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Tbone
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing everything! The salmon melted in my mouth and don’t even get me started on that clam chowder!!! Some of the best chowdah in my life! Highly recommend this restaurant!

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GregoryN
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the wait staff attentive. Our table was available at our reservation time.

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SharonB
Lancashire
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Waiter went into too much detail about each section of the menu and listed several of his favorites for each. We had no interest in his favorites. As the dinner went on, the place became full and it took so long for the waiter to return, we did not order our intended desert.

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vipDean
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great personal service from the wonderful wait staff.

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vipFredrick
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been well over a year since I’ve been able to dine out with friends. I am elated that Catch 35 is unchanged and survived the pandemic. Outstanding food, ambiance and service!

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ShortiePT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

After evaluating more than 20 places to eat near my hotel, I chose Catch 35. Ambiance was wonderful and I was intrigued by the soon to be taking stage live band. The menu had a number of interesting options, and I ultimately chose the scallops with shrimp risotto and a side of crispy Brussels sprouts. I ordered an Old Fashioned from the bar.

My drink was as expected and the complimentary sourdough and whipped butter were outstanding. When my entree arrived, the presentation was very nice. I love crispy Brussels sprouts so I was a bit disappointed that the sprouts were actually quite soggy. But they were saved by the taste of the sauce in which they were drizzled. It was excellent so I ate the sprouts even though they weren’t crispy. As for the entree, I expected more. The scallops were slightly over cooked and the risotto lacked the rich flavor I expected. They were a bit on the watery side for my taste. So overall, I rated the food 3 stars.

I would be remiss to mention how great the band was. Regrettably I forgot their name but I do know that they play through the week and Saturday night. They played some unique, light jazz covers of a number of 80’s & 90”s songs, and even a few 00’s. I very much enjoyed their music as I dined.

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Timmy
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience3

This really looked like a great seafood restaurant to dine at in downtown Chicago. It may be better at different times, but this visit was very disappointing as the service was poor, service was slow and the evening took 3 hours for our dinner with an important client. Waiter had only 3 days on the job, but was inattentive, got our orders wrong and seemed to avoid us throughout the evening.

I was first brought the wrong entree, and one of our guests he wrong side vegetable. So I had to wait for my correct order while everyone else ate theirs. Then my yellowfin tuna was just OK - but a thick cut, and cold. Needed to be heated through, but no one asked how I wanted it prepared.

I probably wouldn't go back when I'm in Chicago again. Too many other better options with better established service staff.

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ABA1
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carlos and Bella and the rest of the team were awesome from start to finish! The food was excellent and the service was a 10!

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Shelby
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Food was not amazing, service was awful. The waitress was rude and seemed very annoyed. The night before we ate at RPM, they were fantastic, 5 stars for sure. Great food, great service, great ambiance. Very disappointed in Catch.

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viplawlady
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff was nicely attentive, and the food was interesting and great flavors. Will want to have Catch 35 on the short list of restaurants to repeat frequently.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great experience

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Host were accommodating when we called to inform of our late arrival. We were tended to immediately with bread and water and updated that our server was on his way. Wait staff was very knowledgeable and made recommendations. Busser came by to clear our table in between courses. Our food was flavorful and hot. Caesar salad was great and we had the best cream brûlée ever made! Wife’s filet was undercooked. It was ordered MR but it came out almost blue.
After our initial order, our server was attentive but in the form of fly-by’s which can be understandable due to him getting busy.
20% grat was given due to our empathy coming from the industry. Would’ve given more but the fly-by’s and not acknowledging my wife’s bday (which was noted in the reservations and is why we came to dine in the first place ) were off putting. Overall, it was an enjoyable visit.

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vipCrystalF
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

My first visit to Catch 35 and it was pleasant! All of the staff was friendly, professional and efficient. This includes host, waiter- Victor, bus boy etc..
The food came out really fast.
We had the crab n guac quesadilla,
Beef short Rib sliders , crab cake sliders and Seafood trio ( salmon, shrimp, Lobster Tail).
The beef short ribs were tender but could use some more seasoning and maybe a different topping. The crab cakes lacked a lil flavor. The seafood trio was delicious. I will come back and maybe try the risotto.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a lovely evening. We wish the waiter was a little more knowledgeable of the menu items but overall it was a good dinner and swrvice

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ForkFantasy
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Use to come here all the time before they closed during the pandemic, and it was wonderful. This visit wasn't anything like before. The quality of the food wasn't the same. The appetizers were better than the entrée (had Shrimp Cocktail and Quesadillas). This was a big disappointment for Sweetest Day, my date wasn't impressed.

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private
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Our waiter has only worked at the restaurant for 3 days, so he was still getting use to the workings of the restaurant. He couldn't confirm what beers were available, 3 of us ordered cocktails, which we thought were watered down, definitely lite on the alcohol (not the waiters fault).

I had requested my fish be plain grilled no seasonings, no sauce. It came breaded with a beurre blanc sauce. I sent it back. I don't believe our waiter even knew that I sent it back. My friends had finished their entres, before I got dinner!

The restaurant started to fill up, we had to seek out our waiter to get our check, as he was no where to be found.

Sad that we have to pay for poor quality drinks and service, but that is how the industry has now evolved over the last year or so.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The environment was AMAZING! My fiancé and I loved the food. The waiter was just outstanding wonderful, his vibe his tone his introduction to us was very nice. We’ll be back soon

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AprilB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish the experience was everything that we wanted it to be! The food was mouth-watering and the service was impeccable!

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NekoleW
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing, when you go desert is a must! It's so refreshing to see when a restaurant gets it right. My server Eric was impeccable. I will definitely go back :)

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Me and my wife went there for a dinner before a comedy show, food was very delicious and came out quick. The New England clam chowder is one of the best things in the menu. The drinks were ok but nothing special.

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JudyA
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very enjoyable loved the jazz. These shrimp bisque was outstanding.

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TTess
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good. Service was friendly but slow & erratic. Wait between appetizers and main course was about an hour. 2 hours at the restaurant and we had to rush through the main course and didn’t have time for dessert as we had a show to catch. It was a birthday dinner and wished we had time for cake.

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vipVanessaC
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good and servers were attentive. We really enjoyed the bar area with 3 piece ensemble.

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Kathy
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time

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JohnH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A nice editing experience….so glad they are open again. . Swordfish and Chilean Seabass were very good.

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MeganB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a beautiful dinner last night. Delicious wedge salad, perfectly made cocktails, good wine choices, solicitous server (but not hovering), crab cakes to die for - so fluffy. All my favorites on the dessert menu. Key lime pie - fresh and tart and nice crust. Got a drop off from Uber (no valet - so plan ahead). The newly opened dining room is clean and fresh and the high ceilings are the way to go now that we are dining indoors. Love those chandeliers and new floor feels right for 2021. Any restaurant with a nice intimate booth has me at hello - but lots of tables, too, for a dining beyond you and a date. Prices are low for what you get. Go now!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Poor waitress, not friendly, cold indifferent , did not check back to order second round of drinks, had to order from busboy.

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Michindy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was very good. Fresh and delicious. We had difficulty with the waiter who didn’t wait on us for a long time. Other than that it was a very cool place that had live jazz going which was wonderful.

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TerriT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought friends who had never been. They loved it! It was everything we remembered and more. Thanks for a great evening!

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Kelz
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! The only one issue I had was that they had an new card system and it declined people's card. Which was odd because I got paid that Friday. Than other people over heard me and them too had the same issue. Other than that the atmosphere was excellent.

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KAYG
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Glad it is open!
Service was great!
Front Manager came and checked!
Great Band!
I am glad we r getting back
Great job with Vaccines!!
You want to get back to normal?
Get your vaccines!! and use the mask when you have to!! It is Simple!!

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vipRobert
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Meal was very good, waiter was over attentive, but was really trying. Live music trio made the experience worthwhile.

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ShawnT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Catch 35 is a swanky little place across from the Chicago River. Live music, attentive servers, delicious food, and overall decent prices. No complaints at all!

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Nessie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice environment. Service was pleasant and attentive. Good food.

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Catch 35 - Chicago is rated 4.6 stars by 7811 OpenTable diners.

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