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We were looking forward to a great experience for Mother's Day...it turned out to be mediocre at best. While the food was good, the service was slow even though the room was not crowded, servers were indifferent almost disinterested, mistakes in our order were begrudgingly corrected, and the cocktails were shockingly bad (watery, only partially filled glasses).
We live in the neighborhood and we will not go back...I guess the restaurant was not crowded on Mother's Day for a reason.
Enjoyed a lovely lunch with friends. As the weather was nice, we sat on the patio with a pretty view down Oak Street to the lake. It was breezy but pleasant. Our waiters were most attentive. I had the Fred’s chicken chopped salad which I loved (note: in the future I would request no alfalfa sprouts). One friend had the white fish and another had the chicken saltimboca and both said their meal was delicious. I recommend Fred’s highly!
Had a great lunch here with my mom. I ordered the lobster, crab, and shrimp salad - but subbed out the dressing for balsamic. Very good! I left STUFFED- the amount of fish they gave was very generous.
I love Fred’s but for this visit with a friend the service was average, the drinks ok and the food below par. The food took quite awhile to arrive and when it did was not prepared as I had ordered it. I did not send it back because of timing but the salad had too much dressing, the grilled chicken was not thoroughly cooked and the croutons plentiful but not edible. Very disappointing....
I love this spot for its great space and view, and in the past the food has been good. This visit, for Easter lunch, the food was bad. Simple things, an omelette, a quiche, a dessert,—were just poorly poorly executed. The food at Yolk would have been way better. Fred’s, was your chef on Spring Break?!
There were very few tables occupied the Friday night before Easter, so it was exceptionally quiet. The service was professional and the food was delicious. My son had the greens with avocado, chicken, green beans, etc and I ordered the whitefish prepared in an almond crust. The bread and olive oil served before the meal was exceptionally good. I especially liked the bread selection which included one with raisins. Yum!
Great food and service as usual!
Too expensive for lunch.
I thought the food was just average. There were not many people in the restaurant and I can say it’s because the menu is very limited and the food is just average, at best. Very disappointed. The ambiance is delightful and our waiter was so-so. I think if they hired a new chef and got more inventive in the food, it would be a terrific restaurant.
the waiter was not overly attentive. dessert came 15 minutes after dinner plates were cleared and that was after getting up from the table and tracking down our waiter. One guest's plate were cleared before everyone was one eating.
portion size was large, salad was good. tasting menu had many good options to pick from. Oysters Rockefeller were excellent.
I think it is important to note that I went during RW 2018 and had that menu. For a $22 prix fixe lunch, with 3 courses, the value couldnt be beat. I had the winter salad (great!), the King Salmon (PHENOMENAL!!!) and the Budino (tasty!). Holly, my waitress, was attentive and offered great suggestions.
Phenomenal food, great menu
Soup was good and dessert was impeccable but the short rib cannelloni was bad enough to merit the meal a one star - pasta was raw and the short rib filling was just that - a filler - i had a great experience during last year’s restaurant week with the main course braised short rib or was it veal cheek a winner - worth coming back - not the case this year.
So we arrived for an 8pm Rez, decided to have a few cocktails with one of the best bartenders in the city: Clarence. After a few Martooooonis we took our seats. It was close to 9 and the place had 3 tables occupied. The busboy immediately came over and said the kitchen closes in 15 minutes. Ok cool, not exactly a warm greeting but I get it, they want to go home. After about 5 minutes the waitress walks over and the first thing out of her mouth was the kitchen closes in 5 minutes...wtf? Why seat us if you’re going to rush us? After we hurriedly ordered that was the last we saw of her....she obviously went home. Look, Fred’s is a pricey fine dining spot in an expensive department store. Don’t push me out the frikkin door. Whoever is the GM of this place needs to go back to his job as a doorman at an Olive Garden....
A group of 5 of us came for Restaurant Week on a Wednesday night. There were only 2 other tables of people in the entire restaurant! It was so bizarre. With such few tables of people, I would have expected our service to be 100%, top notch, but sadly it was not. Our waters were always filled and our plates were always quickly taken away. However, everything else in between was slow. Everyone was friendly and polite.
During RW, you were able to chose two starters and both of mine were wonderful. I ordered the ahi tuna and the cauliflower gnocchi which were amazing! For my entree I ordered the rib and it was just okay. My friends had the salmon and the chicken ravs, which were both much better than my short ribs. Dessert was also wonderful. Their Malbec, by the glass was so good that I had two glasses.
I still cannot get over how this place only had 3 tables of guests. It is so bizarre to me. While the good was above average, the service and ambiance was below average, especially for a nice upscale restaurant inside of Barney's.
Fantastic spot for lunch. Great food. Nice city escape.
The setting is lovely. I wish the food could match. My friend and I each had salads--one was a nicoise and one was topped with salmon. The amount of greens was overwhelming and the dressing was tasteless. The service was lackadaisical at best and we had to flag down the server for coffee. While the salads were a bit pricey, the coffee was $5.00 per cup and we found that to be totally overpriced compared to other lovely restaurants in the area. There are better choices all around.
3 of us.
Service was fine but each meal was mediocre at best.
Unlikely to return
We had a reservation at 7:30 pm on a Saturday night and we were the only people in the entire restaurant. Not a good sign. Our Caesar salad tasted off, like it was old. Not good. Our entree was delicious. We were visiting from out of town and this was our last dinner in the city, sad it wasn't a better experience.
Went with some girlfriends for my birthday and we were very underwhelmed with the food. The ambiance was nice, the wine delicious ... but the food was just ok.
Very quiet - empty actually when we walked in. Great service. My friend had the white fish and I had a vegan butternut squash soup and a crab cake - very good.
Hard to believe a cup of coffee was $5 but we are in the Gold Coast
Great food and service. Quiet, and love the fireplace. Will be back!
This is Fred’s of Chicago fur sure...not NY. Upon arrival the hostess who was training someone was unwelcoming. Our server was very nice and accommodating. We ordered fries to start. I ordered the chicken. My husband ordered the burger. The waiter kindly returned to ask if he would like vegetables or something else since the burger comes with fries. He substituted broccoli. When the food came out the burger had fries not broccoli. We told him it was okay and not to bother. Halfway through the meal the broccoli arrived. Good attempt but too late. All in all the food was delicious. If your going for anything other than that it’s blah. I’ve eaten at the original Barney’s of NY. This was mediocre compared to that.
Great food and great service. Loved the ambiance and the location. Can't wait to sit on their patio in the warmer months.
Overall great atmosphere and delicious food. The only negative is that we ordered the bottle of wine and it was out of stock and we were asked to choose something different, we ended up ordering by the glass.
Great food and fun scene. Best place in Chicago to stop at while shopping. Lot's of ladies having lunch but also some business people mixed in.
Great Margarita pizza if you order “underdone”!
Enjoy the iced tea and the club sandwich too.
Great ambience with a very diverse menu. Lots of options including some very nice pasta dishes.
I normally enjoy dining here, but this time foods were really poorly prepared.
The salad were so dry, hardly any dressing and crab meat cake and fries were so over cooked and burnt.
We were seated right next to kitchen so it was very noisy for us to have our conversation.
Our server was nice as always.
Very nice. Nicole the GM most welcoming!
Great spot for lunch or a dinner with a great view of Oak Street. The service was outstanding.
Presentation was terrible. Taste was mediocre. All 3 of us spoke the next day and had stomach aches. The waiter could not have been more bored serving us.
The Friday after Thanksgiving Barney’s decided to offer a buffet rather than their usual lunch menu. It was very disappointing as the food was below average and the service dismal. We had to keep requesting that our used dinner plates be removed and coffee refilled. Very disappointing! The charge was $45.00 per person ... a total rip off!
I have been to Fred's several times and always enjoyed the ambiance and food. This last time I went for lunch the food was very disapointing. My sister in law and I both ordered the burger because my daughter got it the time before when I went with her and it was fabulous! This time it was like a completely different chef or something. It was a very average, ok burger. The bun was very boring, the lettuce was wilty and it just didn't have a lot of flavor. My other friend got the turkey club which she said was ok. It didn't look very good - seemed dry and just average. It's a bummer because I raved about Fred's and I love the ambiance however I will be hard pressed to go back after this last experience.
I really hate saying this because I love the location, love the environment and the service is really quite good. But the food needs some attention. Beautiful but no good. How can so many wonderful ingredients be combined on one plate and have little to no flavor? Please pay some mind to the actual taste and flavors served on the plate.
Wish fries were same as NY and Bev Hills
My wife and I decided to eat here for our anniversary, after she joined me in Chiacgo after my work obligation. Unfortunately the quality of food was extremely dissapoitning for what we paid for. The fish that I had was not great and something that I could have probably made at home and my wife’s crab cakes were fishy.
We ended up spending about $160 for this meal with (3)glasses of wine and an appetizer.
The service was prompt and attentive but the server seemed to not fully understand what the menu fully offered. Also at one time, I asked for a second glass of wine and the server proceeded to pour a small amount of the first glass that was left into the second glass. The problem was that they were two different types of red wine.
We don’t mind paying for a good meal as long the quality is there but unfortunately it was not there this time.
Appetizers were good. Entrees average at best. One had to be sent back. Not much value for the price