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Current

3.7
3.7
105 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
True to its name, CURRENT located in the stunning W Hotel Lakeshore, features a fresh and modern take on seasonal American cuisine that reflects the diversity of some of the best flavors found in Chicago.
Come for witty & soulful ingredient driven dishes, along with an extensive beverage menu including unique cocktails, an approachable wine list, and an array of local micro brews. With its unique flavors and stunning backdrop (Lake Michigan and Navy Pier are just steps away), it is no surprise that CURRENT is a go-to for both locals and travelers alike.
From the patio you can enjoy the energy of the lakeside lifestyle while indulging in seasonal bites and W Hotel’s cocktail culture.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Fri–Sun 7:00 am–11:30 am Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (312) 255-4460

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Anthony Dawodu

  • Catering

    We will gladly work with any of your catering ideas! Let us know what you have in mind and we will get it ready for you to pick up!

  • Private party facilities

    One completely private room that sits boardroom style up to 10In our flowing, open space we can create a private function for your group of up to 125 people. Come to see and be seen!

  • Private party contact

    info@currentrestaurant.com: (312) 255-4460

  • Neighborhood

    Gold Coast / Streeterville

  • Cross street

    Ontario

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Entertainment

    We often have DJs or live music over the weekend. Call for details!

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 105 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.7
3.7 based on all time ratings
  • 3.7Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.4Value

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  1. K

    Kristina

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    15 minutes after being seated we were told by the waiter that the chef had walked off the job and we would not be served. We were told to find another place to eat. So we left and went down the street to another restaurant. the menu offers breakfast, but we were told in the morning that no breakfast was available. would never try this restaurant again.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Made a reservation and arrived early so we sat at the bar for a drink where we would have stayed if the music was not so close and loud. When we were ready to be seated we had to ask 2 hotel personnel where to check in, were pointed towards a hostess stand that was empty both times. We were finally able to flag down a waitress who told us that she wasn’t told of any reservations other than a large party. She took us over to the bar and had a conversation w the bartender. We were told we could sit outside or at the bar but would have to order at the bar either way. We sat outside and one person went to the bar to order after 15 minutes of looking at the menu. At the bar he was told that food could not be ordered from the bar to the outside area since there was someone else assigned to the outside area. In the 15 minutes we sat outside when reviewing the digital menu no one had come over, nor did anyone stop by in the next 15 minutes. We ended up leaving.
  3. s

    seang

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were in town for a Volleyball tournament. It was super convenient to eat here and the food was great
  4. L

    Leah

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Glad we went to Current for restaurant week. Food was excellent & nicely presented. Two large very tasty artichokes for appetizer, followed by very delicious scallops on a bed of polenta with roasted broccoli & cauliflower. We were stuffed but could not resist the warm chocolate cake with carmel ice cream for dessert. It’s a very casual spot but their food was as good as you can get anywhere.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    Terrible. This place isn’t even a real restaurant. More like a nightclub with zero customer service. Food, when it finally arrived, was fantastic.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    New Year’s Eve
  7. LB

    LisaB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    So we were the only table in there on a Tuesday night. Made reservations, it was my birthday. Service was almost non existent. I know everywhere is short but they had at least a manager and waiter, and we were barely asked if we wanted another drink. Food was redeeming.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Amsterdam

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall2food5service4ambience1
    Our food was extremely late, music was very loud. Although the food was over an hour late, the food was great and the service good..
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    Rude, uninterested staff. Must be because of bad management. No one attended to us for 15+ minutes. We weren’t seated, even after asking the front desk for help.
  10. GG

    GGDINES

    Dallas

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Jordan was awesome! He took great care of us
  11. C

    Caroline

    Austin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Ordered a charcuterie plate and it was difficult to eat. Led us to not order anything more. Service was okay but when it came time for the check our server was nowhere to be found for about 30 minutes. They had a DJ playing music so if you enjoy that atmosphere, you could go for drinks, but also keep that in mind if you’re trying to have a conversation.
  12. M

    Mango

    Chicago

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We decided to come here for dinner at the last minute on a Sunday evening. We are glad we did! The staff and manager could not have been nicer, accommodating our specific request to sit outside. We ordered the pulled pork sandwiches and were pleasantly surprised at how good they were. We'll be back soon to try their pizza and other menu items that caught our attention. Drinks were good, too.
  13. OJ

    OscarJ

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Took over an hour to get our dinner. After inquiring about the delay (almost an hour before food arrived) we were told “sorry” they had a big group downstairs they had to take care of first. Servers were good but apparently had no control over the food delay. I had reservations for 4 for dinner and was only offered bar seating which was not what we expected for dinner at the W. Very disappointed.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply walking to Dahl & DaLuca you encounter an ambiance of elegance and reverence of the dining experience. Our server was excellent and timed appearance of our foods relaxed but timely order. Our wine was excellent. The meal ended with our favorite Port wine. Delicious. We lingered just long enough to be introduced to Lisa Dahl who was gracious and confident i That she’d done this well, as well as her 4 other restaurants! We’d enjoyed the pizza at Pisa Lisa the day before and enjoyed it for breakfast the next morning. I’m so happy I bought her book which expresses her passions.
  15. r

    robertl

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Too crowded and noisy. Servers and food was good.
  16. j

    jknott

    Chicago

    76 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    Good food, not a large menu. Our server, Nick, was great and very attentive. We started with the charcuterie board and chicken tenders (chicken wings were unavailable). Entrees were pork chops and scallops with deliciously creamy polenta. Desserts were peach crisp and chocolate pot de creme. Everything was very good. Great place to visit after a walk along Lake Michigan or Lake Shore Drive.
  17. MG

    MikeyG

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the calamari. Loved the calamari. Loved the calamari.
  18. DP

    DenitsaP

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Me and my family celebrated New Year’s Eve at the W Hotel and we had a lovely dinner at the Current Restaurant. The service, food and overall experience was amazing and memorable. Also a lovely view towards the Navy Pier.
  19. DS

    DaniS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Patrick was outstanding! We were heading to a show and had been held up by traffic. We asked for a rush on our food and bill. He not only got everyone's order in quickly he also was prompt with the check. We also had an elderly person with us who needed an easy sitting arrangement to get in and out of. He was kind enough to seat us next to the handicap ramp. Food was great and although situated in the hotel lobby, it didn't feel like it due to the architecture of the room. Definitely recommend!
  20. R

    Rdoroshuk

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    We went there for brunch, it was expensive. If you stay there there should definitely be a complimentary breakfast included.
  21. MD

    MichaelD

    Memphis/West TN

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Maria was a very good waitress. Fast and attentive service.
  22. PM

    PatrickM

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2019

    overall2food1service2ambience1
    No impressed. Food was acceptable but nothing to write home about. Understaffed and overpriced
  23. DP

    DPla

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Between the food and drinks it was very disappointing. I thought the W had better quality especially when it comes to the cocktails. We were disappointed and it was expensive considering the quality was poor.
  24. P

    Pearl

    Salt Lake City

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    They didn’t have my open table reservation.
  25. MR

    MichelleR

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our waiter was amazing. The food was delicious and cocktails were interesting twists on the classics.
  26. TI

    TIffanie

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    It was our anniversary and we were staying in the hotel so we decided to try it. Bad idea. Service sucked big time. And also the menu online does not match the menu in the restaurant. Most unfriendly waitress ever. Also weird club vibe they are trying to give off with waitresses in low cut shirts and booty shorts. Pretty classless, especially for dinner. And never aknowleged that it was our anniversary. I had to send my food back cuz it tasted so bad. What a sad disappointing experience.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2018

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    Way over priced. Not sure how I convinced myself to spend the money on food with no flavor that can be easily replicated at home. Had a smoker seated next to us even though smoking wasn't allowed in our area. The waitress informed the smoker it was ok to smoke here until someone complained, so we quickly ate and went back to our overpriced hotel room and looked out the dirty window onto Lake Michigan.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Absolutely awful experience. Went for July 4th only to be told AFTER we were seated that they were offering a limited menu that day that consisted of chicken wings, pizza, and hamburgers. Oh and a salad and chocolate chip cookies as appetizers and dessert. That's it, that was their entire menu for what was supposed to be a nice evening out at the W. No warning, no advance notice. No specialty cocktails either because that was too much work. I'm not sure why they even bothered to open that day. 0/10.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Limited menu and plastic cups for 4th of July service. Was expecting a nice dinner before fireworks, and left after one drink. We also saw 4 other tables do the same. Would not go back
  30. MP

    MPRN

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This was a horrible experience. The restaurant is in the lobby of the hotel. There was someone doing a reading in the lobby by the bar and it was so loud with sound speakers that we couldn't even talk to each other. We ended walking out of the restaurant. Would never recommend this place.
  31. g

    ginag

    Dallas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2018

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Music in restaurant which is right by the bar is too loud. Service very slow - took an over hour to get our food on top of the half hour for someone to take our order.
  32. A

    Anonymus

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2017

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Food menu was horrible. Restaurant was right next to where you walk into hotel and check in, was cold and service was horrible.
  33. S

    Sheri

    Atlanta

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was our pre-Hamilton dinner spot. Great food-esp loved the hanger steak-seasonal chestnut soup-tuna-Caesar salad. Always a fan of Chef Kyle Gieseke’s menu and delish food. Presentation always on point as well.
  34. c

    chochweet

    Kansas City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Pain Perdu I ordered was just mind blowing and is a must try for anyone who loves french toast.
  35. C

    Cris

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2017

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    For some reason only bar food was available (7/3/17) because the chefs were at the "taste", which was still a few days away. We ordered calamari, cheese plate, bacon wrapped figs as well as two drinks. The food was mediocre at best and not worth the price by any means- I won't be ever returning... Note: I live in Chicago and had been wanting to stay at the W and eat here for years so huge disappointment. Later that night we had some more food at Timothy O'Tooles a few blocks away which is not my scene at all- but was SO DELCIOUS- should have gone there in the first place.
  36. SK

    SarahK

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2017

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Typical hotel restaurant
  37. ES

    ErinS

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A nice hotel restaurant, but not an extraordinary restaurant overall.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was nice and cozy. The waiter was awesome and food was small in portion but it was delicious.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2016

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Very small portions and noisy dining area which are practically in the lobby, but the food was tasty.
  40. JS

    JSSJ

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Was on a date and loved the scenic views and ambiance.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks

FAQs

Current is rated 3.7 stars by 105 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Ontario

  • Neighborhood

    Gold Coast / Streeterville

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Fri–Sun 7:00 am–11:30 am Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Anthony Dawodu

  • Entertainment

    We often have DJs or live music over the weekend. Call for details!

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 255-4460

  • Catering

    We will gladly work with any of your catering ideas! Let us know what you have in mind and we will get it ready for you to pick up!

  • Private party facilities

    One completely private room that sits boardroom style up to 10In our flowing, open space we can create a private function for your group of up to 125 people. Come to see and be seen!

  • Private party contact

    info@currentrestaurant.com: (312) 255-4460

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