I arrived 30 minutes early to my reservation at Fireplace Inn. Upon arriving the hostess told me they DID NOT have my reservation in their system. I showed her the email confirmation I received from OpenTable as well as the text message I received confirming the reservation for the time and day. Despite this, they did not and would not seat us. I had a reservation for 12 people and we were all in ready to be seated. The hostess blamed OpenTable for the issue, saying that they never received my reservation request and hence it was not in their system. So, we did not get our table and were forced to go home for the night.
EXTREMELY disappointing as I made this reservation several WEEKS in advance, and it was the Final Four basketball tournament so it was impossible to find another table for 12 people at any restaurant in Old Town , River North, or anywhere in the area.
First of all it was St Patrick's Day. I've never been here but since I had Second City tix we decide to go somewhere close. This place was a complete party nightmare. Why they took a reservation is beyond me. We waited in line outside 30+ minutes to go into the most filthy disgusting places I've been. Why are they taking reservations as if they are a restaurant? This is a bar. A dive bar. Horrible.
Large sports bar with a ton of TVs. It is a Dayton and Purdue bar, so plan accordingly if either team is playing. Awesome spot to watch college football on a Saturday or the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament.
The place is way too loud. You cannot hear each other talking. The service of the waiters is great. The food is just like any other bar food but more expensive. Perfect place to go if you do not plan to talk with anyone at your party.
I met up with two friends for dinner, we wanted to try a place that we’ve never experienced before. I’ve walked past Fireplace Inn numerous times so I decided why not finally have dinner there. We all enjoyed our food and the large portions. Would definitely go back.
Good barbeque. Good bar. Decent service.
Really good time.
The noise level was too much for two seniors
No more Saturdays
By the way we were there Sat. Not Fri.
Good, dependable food. Fun atmosphere, good service. Sat upstairs to find a more quiet place for the four of us.
It was recommended and the lead Up was disappointing. Not a TRUE BBQ no brisket except on a sandwhich?? It's true BBQ with Brisket, pulled pork and Chicken combos. VERY DISAPPOINTED won't be back 😞😞
This was terrible. When I lived in Chicago, Fireplace Inn was one of my favorite restaurants. It is now a horribly loud and crowded sports bar. We didn't stay. We left and walked to Twin Anchors.
I remember this place from years ago, dark and quiet, busy with food like smoked bbq ribs that fell off the bone and melted in your mouth. Today it is a sportsbar with good food. Not the same, but fine for what it is.
Great service and the best Purdue bar in Chicago!
Good food and VERY good service. Expensive for a casual restaurant/bar.
My son had just graduated from naval boot camp the day before Thanksgiving. I took him here for Thanksgiving dinner. I had the turkey dinner and it was awesome. My son, had the surf and turf, which was excellent.
Our waiter was fantastic. Couldn’t ask for a better place to spend Thanksgiving with my son in Chicago.
Server looked annoyed that she had to work. It was a Saturday night and it was very busy. I'm not sure if she typically has a bad attitude or a scheduling issue.
Food is so salty
Great deal on wings and quick service despite a packed house.
Fireplace inn is the perfect venue to ‘get lit’ with your peeps. And they have some dope fries. Go in Thursday’s for their half price vodka lemonades. The waiters and door security are super friendly also!
Food was cold ... terrible waiter . Had to ask other servers to get us things twice and had to hunt him down to pay the bill.
Great pulled pork sandwich. Can't wait to go back.
Much too loud!!!
Checked out the menu and made a reservation before a show we were attending.
Was seated at our reservation time.
After looking over the menu our waiter took our order (appetizers and entrees) then came back informing us that the menu was limited because of a power failure the day before. We should have been told this at seating and we had to pick different entrees. Food took a long time and while we were waiting our waiter informed us that an accident in the kitchen was causing the delay. Never got the appetizers we ordered and the entrees were so-so.
It took our server a little time to get to us at the beginning. But after the start he became very attentive and did a great job. We were pleasantly surprised how good the food was. The barbque chicken and ribs were delicious! as were the vegetables and special lemonade!
Decided to try FPI after a two decade hiatus. Food was decent and sitting on the small front sidewalk patio seemed cozy. Then, our waitress came to the table and the evening went straight downhill. Some of worst service I've ever had (left that on my credit card receipt). She spent most of the evening at the table next to us with what appeared to be an off-duty fellow waitress and her boyfriend. Spent at least ten minutes holding their dog. Really? Scratch this one off of the sit down list and add it to the take out or Uber eats list.
Very crowded w/ lots of background noise for a Thursday night, too much noise for our party to be able to hear each other.
Our waiter was very helpful in encouraging a nearby, loud & roudy party to leave the premises.
Very good ribs & attentive service
The photo on the website is a bit misleading as it suggests a more subdued atmosphere. The wait staff was marginal and a young man bringing soup to our table nearly dumped it on my wife. If you're looking for a sports bar atmosphere, it's OK. If you're looking for a good steak, try elsewhere.
great BBQ - great service ... all 7 of us were delighted ... not an easy feat!
Good place to hangout with friends. Great menu to pair with craft beers especially. Service that day was ok, could have been better. However have been there before where the service was great. Good place for friends to get together, recommended for sure.
Used to be a higher-end dining place. Now it's mostly a bar.
We weren't even able to make it as the restaurant canceled our res. 2 hours before the time - for a birthday dinner. Birthday was ruined thanks to them.
Used to be good but the food has seriously declined.
There was no season to the frys the steak or the chicken. The brisket sandwich had so much BBQ sauce on it it was swimming and the bun was soggy.
Used to frequent here but wil not be back.
Nice place for a casual meal. Good BBQ in old town
The Fireplace Inn has always been one of my favorite spots to dine before going to a show at Zanies or Second City. I hadn't been there in a while and was dismayed to see how much it's changed. First of all THERE IS NO FIREPLACE anymore so maybe they should change the name. What once was the namesake and centerpiece of this neighborhood establishment is gone, replaced with another bar. It's also, apparently, more of a sports bar these days and any semblance of style and good taste has been replaced by wait staff in gym shoes that are annoyed when you ask for a menu that's not covered in bbq sauce and wrapped in a ziplock bag. The ribs and the pulled pork are still delicious but noise from the annexed bar spills over into the dining room that's crowded and a little to bright. It was sad the bewilderment of some of the older regulars that came in to enjoy a quiet meal and had to shout amongst all the chaos.
We went before a comedy show. We were seated upstairs at high tables. The seats had no backs and overall sucked to sit in. The meal might of been better but I was too uncomfortable to tell.
I believe this is probably because it was a nice day out and so many people were out and most places were understaffed, but there was only one waiter and one bartender and service was realllllllyyyy slow. This won't effect my future attendance, but just also something to make note of.
I had been to the Fireplace in a fairly long time ago when it was a sit down dinner establishment. Since We (wife and I) were taking the family to Second City for an early New Years Eve show we wanted to eat dinner in Old Town. (We used to live in Old Town 30 years ago)
Well a lot has changed in 30 years. The Fireplace Inn was more Sports Bar like with most tables bar height surrounded by stools. The noise level was higher than remembered.
They were able to place us at a table away from the main sports bar where we enjoyed their Ribs, Tilapia and Barbecued beef. All of which had a great taste and generous in proportions. It was not that expensive. Came to about $20 per person without drinks.
Though less of a sit down dinner place and more of a sports bar that serves dinner the food was very good, and the service was great.
Been here twice. Great food and we'll prepared both times
Excellent Food and waiter services were always attentative . Portions are large - and delicious BBQ - which was the purpose of our choice. Not a place to drink coffee /!
This is not a horrible restaurant and if there werent so many very good restaurants around, maybe I wouldn't judge it so hard. It just was not good. Nothing! the service was unattentive, it wasn't charming or pretty or cozy. The ribs looked very good, unfortunately they are boiled before broiling making them very easy to eat, but NOT flavorful. Steak was over cooked and the fried shrimp not crispy. I would not be excited to return