Freds Chicago at Barneys New York

4.7
1015 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Freds Chicago at Barneys New York is a modern day bistro. The brainchild of Fred Pressman, son of Barneys New York founder Barney Pressman, Freds has something on the menu for everyone. We offer only the best ingredients and use local farm healthy foods. Whether it's our daily vegan soup, fresh pastas, Baltimore crab cakes or the nationally famous Mark's Madison Avenue salad, our guest’s appetite for taste and luxury are always satisfied. Located on the top floor of our Oak Street store boasting amazing views of Lake Michigan, Fred’s is open for lunch and dinner, and brunch on weekends.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, American, Contemporary Italian
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Hours of operation
MON - THUR: 11:30 AM - 9 PM
FRI: 11:30AM- 10:00PM
SAT: 11 AM - 10 PM
SUN: 11AM - 5 PM
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Phone number
(312) 596-1111
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
FREDS at Barneys New York offers catering with a minimum of 24 hours notice.
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Cross street
Rush Street
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Parking details
$10.00 with validation from STORE or FREDS
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Public transit
Buses #143 and #151 to Delaware & Michigan, #36 to State & Oak. The Red line train stops at Clark/Division & Chicago/State.
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Special events & promotions
Freds Chicago at Barneys New York, Chicago offers a semi private space with breathtaking views of Oak Street and Lake Michigan. The space is perfect for birthdays, showers, anniversary, company parties, business luncheons, and so much more! Please call for more information. Fred's is also available for full restaurant buy outs.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Freds Chicago at Barneys New York offers a semi-private space with our famous Italian menu offerings.

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Mon - Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 6:00PM

What 1015 People Are Saying
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Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Server was not very attentive

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B
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love getting a table by the window with a view of the lake in the distance. Can’t get enough of the seafood salad...and of course the fries with truffle oil and parmesan!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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c
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Average service, average food.
Forgot the cheese to my cheeseburger. Brought the cheese to me in a plate, still charged me$2 for the cheese.
I just expected a little better.

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N
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the food and service! Family was happy with quality

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SK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently good food, service and atmosphere. Pizzas and risottos are excellent and unlike many restaurants, they usually have a couple of good fish preparations on the menu.

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Naples
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A hidden gem on the top floor of Barney's of New York.
First time to the restaurant very impressed with service and food choices.
We sat outside and had a view of Lake Michigan and the beautiful buildings
that surrounded the area.
Definitely would recommend for lunch

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p
Chicago
202 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fred’s is a delightful restaurant that we should return to more frequently. In the summer the deck has a fantastic lake view. The Oak Street salad with lobster, crab, and shrimp is excellent. My husband’s pasta always provides leftovers for another day.

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TR
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

outstanding service, good food, a bit pricey... not crowded at all. Sat outside on a beautiful evening.. great view down Oak St.

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RT
Chicago
103 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Almost afraid to recommend as we go here often to escape the noise and crowds typical to downtown restaurants. Conversation oasis in the midst of the noise jungle. A bit pricy but well worth it for the friendly atmosphere.

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d
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It is a great place for lunch! Nice ambiance and professional staff.

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OT
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I took my granddaughter there for her 10th birthday. Both of us enjoyed the ambiance and artwork above a big fireplace. There is a small balcony to eat outside, but we didn't attempt in the heat. The cheese pizza looked so simple but it was perfection! Total yum! It was worth the price. The chopped 17 ingredient salad I had was good, but it was unnecessarily large (basically unfinishable!), and the dressing needed more flavor. It was $24 and would be best shared by 2. The waiter sweetly sent over a chocolate chip sundae and it was yummy. The bread basket was nice with a choice of 3 kinds of bread. Service was very good, as well. I will return!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Bday lunch

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L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy the decor and food at Fred’s! The salads are great and the crab cake amazing! Had an wonderful bottle of wine and never felt rushed.

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KR
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best outdoor spot along Rush Street.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

We went to Fred’s for lunch and there was a plumbing issue. The restaurant had an overwhelming smell of sulfur. We ordered salads which were disappointing and then had to rush out due to the smell. As we were leaving the restaurant they told us they would be closing for the day due to the smell. We still had to pay for our meal without even a discount. Was very inconsiderate and poor customer service.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I took my mother here for a late Mother’s Day dinner celebration, and it was a great experience! We had a 6:00 PM reservation on a Thursday night, and it wasn’t busy just yet. We were able to get a table out in the patio, which is perfect if you want to enjoy the beautiful Chicago summer weather. The Pomme Frittes and Pizza were very good. Great spot if you’re looking to get smaller plates, great ambiance, or just to be away from the hustle and bustle of Gold Coast.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

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.

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c
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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FF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

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....

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NN
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

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?!

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Raleigh
66 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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!

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J
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as usual!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food!

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m
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Too expensive for lunch.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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DB
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great view and wonderful service and amazing bartenders service

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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.

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RESTAURANT WEEK

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.

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AL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Phenomenal food, great menu

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AD
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

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.

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L
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

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....

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M
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

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.

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m
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fantastic spot for lunch. Great food. Nice city escape.

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s
Chicago
96 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

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.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

3 of us.
Service was fine but each meal was mediocre at best.

Unlikely to return

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g
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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DZ
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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.

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AR
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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