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freestyle food + drink

3.7
123 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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About

At freestyle food + drink in downtown Chicago, we have a passion for food and a desire to share that passion. Utilizing fresh, sustainable ingredients, we add a pinch to this and a dash to that to create american tastes with a twist of global influence.

freestyle is open for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, dinner and weekend brunch.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation
breakfast: 6:30a - 10:30a
lunch: 11:30a - 2:30p
dinner: 6p - 11p / dinner (sun): 6p - 10p

lounge menu: 2:30p - close
brunch (sat/sun): 10a - 3p
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Phone number
(312) 202-6050
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Ariel Bagadiong
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Catering
Catering options available
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Cross street
State St. and Erie St.
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Parking details
Valet available for $13.99
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Public transit
Red Line: Chicago Ave at State Street.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Semi-private and private spaces available both inside on restaurant level, upstairs in our "Raw Bar" and "Peristyle" rooms on second floor, or outdoors on our patio.

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3.7based on all time ratings
3.8
food
3.6
service
3.7
ambience
3.3
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on November 4, 2016

Poor service, awful food, awful experience - would not return, would not recommend

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4.0Dined on September 25, 2016

Sat outside on a Sunday morning. The planters create a nice private space. The food was delish and the mimosas were very good!

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5.0Dined on August 31, 2016

Love the ambience and the delicious food.

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2016

I did not realize from Open Table this was the restaurant in the DANA Hotel. Had I known, I would not have selected it as a dinner option. The main reason we picked this location was due to the menu on Open Table, imagine my surprise to find out this was not accurate, and menu items/pricing were significantly different. Our service was great, however the value, expectation, and overall quality was not. For 2 ppl, 2 rounds of drinks and 3 apps, we paid just over $100.00. I would have been much happier at an alternate location.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2016

Michael the bar tender was fantastic! 10/10 service

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2.0Dined on May 29, 2016

Felt as if there was no leadership in the restaurant

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2016

Probably would not go here again... The service was great but the food was average and overpriced... Was hoping with a name like freestyle that it would have been more hip and fun but it was just another hotel restaurant trying to be more than it is...

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2016

Great Sunday brunch ! Amazing service and great food!

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2016

The service was impeccable!!!!!!

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3.0Dined on December 20, 2015

This is a great place for brunch! Unfortunately, I was not impressed with the service. I arrived about 20 minutes before my friend, but asked to be seated so I could order a drink from the bloody Mary bar while I waited (the bloody Mary was tasty). After being seated I was brought some water, but a waiter did not come after 10 minutes. I finally asked the hostess if she could send someone over. When the waiter finally came, his excuse was that he thought I was part of some gingerbread house building brunch that they were hosting. When I asked what this meant (in case I was interested in the future) he would not elaborate and only asked if I had made a reservation for it. I decided to let it go and proceeded to order my drink. My friend arrived shortly afterwards and the rest of the meal was pretty good. Overall, the food was good, but the service was lacking. Since the food was tasty, I'm willing to give this place another chance as sometimes there are off days, but since the place wasn't very crowded I expected better.

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2.0Dined on September 26, 2015

Food was disappointing (think hollow cheese curds) and our waiter was curmudgeonly

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2015

Cute patio, good service, and the food was decent. I added chicken to my beet salad which wasn't anything extraordinary but the homemade "Oreos" were awesome.

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2.0Dined on May 6, 2015

Definitely was looking forward to dining at Freestyle. Made a reservation via OpenTable and then had some issues with that as our party grew and apparently my reservation had not been processed as expected. We were seated outside until the night air became chilly. The heater next to the table ran out of propane and then could not be relighted with a new bottle. We then were moved inside, which was fine. Food and menu were as expected for a newer place, but overall I would say they are still figuring things out. Decent overall experience, but I'm not sure that the hype lived up to the real life setting and menu.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2015

The Kale Salad with quinoa was excellent. The small plates we had were very good especially the steak on crispy corn. My daughter really liked the dragon roll. The specialty cocktails are good. They even made one virgin for our 15 yr old which great!

Love using OpenTable to find places that will accept reservations. No one likes to wait 2 hours no matter HOW good the food might be.

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2015

Better options in the area

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2015

Wife and I went here for our last night in Chicago. Our server, Kevin, was awesome and very attentive. He answered all of our questions, and had some suggestions. The chicken wraps were delicious and refreshing; fresh Bibb lettuce, cilantro, mint, basil, lime wedges, and bean sprouts on a plate, in a build your own fashion. The rock shrimp appetizer was a tasty play on popcorn shrimp, with tempura batter, a chili-spice aioli, with dehydrated pineapple chunks mixed in. Our entrees were the braised beef short rib, with truffle mashed potatoes and the horseradish sauced sausage and beef burger, on a butter roll with lettuce and tomato. The braised beef was super tender and juicy and required only a tug with a fork to pull it apart. The mashed potatoes were smooth and creamy with the right hint of truffle oil mixed in. It also came topped with several roasted brussel sprout wedges. The burger came with a sausage and a ground beef patty, which we weren't expecting. She also decided to add pepper jack cheese, which helped round out the flavors. In addition to all that we split an order of the Gruyere Mac and Cheese. That, too, was quite tasty with a panko-herb topping. Finally, desserts. I had the Ricotta
Stuffed Doughnuts. The dough itself reminded me of zeppoli dough and they had a light dusting of sugar and cinnamon. The filling was warm and gooey and not overtly cheesy. The wife had the white chocolate cheesecake parfait. It was smooth and creamy, and just the right amount of crunch from the graham cracker layers.
All in all a delicious trip to the restaurant. We will return on our next visit to the Windy City.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2015

Terrible service. The truffle fries and brussel sprouts were delicious. Really enjoyed the sliders and sushi too. The drinks.... they're $11 or $12 and come in a kid-sized glass.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2015

The restaurant is unfortunately situated for winter patronage. The entryway is doorless, but adjacent to a busy entrance for the hotel in which Freestyle sits. As people go in and out of the hotel, a cold breeze blows into the restaurant, and no walls or barriers prevent those breezes from going all the way to the end of the long, narrow establishment. Makes it very cold in there, and there is no refuge from it.

We were there for dinner on Valentine's Day. We chose to go with the "pre fixe" menu rather than ordering from the regular menu. $59 apiece got us a small salad (okay), a bowl of lobster bisque (not bad), a chicken dish (sub-par), a steak dish (nice flavor, but tough/chewy in places), and a nice fondue dessert for two (the highlight, but not THAT remarkable). Add a couple of drinks, tax and tip, and we came in at just under $200. That would be fine for an exceptional meal in a climate-controlled environment, but makes for a major disappointment when the food is so-so and you feel like you're eating in a refrigerator.

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2.0Dined on February 4, 2015

I went to Freestyle with a group of 5 people on a Wednesday evening. The restaurant wasn't busy, from what I can see there were about 2 other tables. We would go long periods of time without seeing our server and it took quite a bit of time each time we ordered a cocktail or any other food items. Overall the food was tasty but the lack of attention from our server has soured me on this spot. I feel there are too many wonderful options in this area to waste your time here.

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2.0Dined on February 4, 2015

The chef at freestyle is doing great work, but the staff made the experience unpleasant and I would now not return or recommend the restaurant.

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2015

We ate an early brunch/lunch on a Saturday. Not overly crowded; warm fire for a winter day. The menu was simple and tasty. Good for when you don't know what anyone wants to eat. Great service.

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4.0Dined on January 18, 2015

For dinner, we ordered mostly small plates - so liked the chicken dish that we ordered another
of the same... service was very good and friendly. We stopped for coffee the next morning and ended up staying for breakfast - equally good and service was excellent

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2014

Amazing service, amazing food! Amazing Grilled Cheese Sandwich! Amazing Brussels Sprouts! This Chef takes you on a journey! Try it!!!

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5.0Dined on December 7, 2014

We celebrated my wife birthday and their food was pretty good, i wish they had more selection but it was not to bad.

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2.0Dined on October 11, 2014

We had dinner at Free Style last saturday. I am 53 years old and felt that I should be somewhere else. The music is loud, impossible to just relax and have a meal and wine. The food is not so good. We won't go there again.

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4.0Dined on October 11, 2014

We had a group of 5 wanting to meet up for a meal the night before the Chi marathon. Most of the Italian restaurants were booked so in browsing Open Table I found Freestyle Dining which was close to our two hotels and appeared to have good variety and had gotten good reviews. The interior of the restaurant is modern but warm and the staff was super friendly. Nice bar with some interesting drink specials and the food was foodie-quality (the foodies in our group approved). The meals were presented well and service was very attentive. The restaurant was surprisingly empty - which can be a bad sign - but I think in this case Freestyle is a little-known gem. The prices were reasonable for the area, and I would definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2014

had a great time visiting with friends and eating multiple items- the city scene was also fun to watch
I would go back!

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2014

Yummy food, great drinks, outdoor seating... it was perfect. <3

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2014

Usually, I don't order a steak if it's not specifically a restaurant known for steaks.
However, the ribeye caught my attention & I had to try it.
The flavor was awesome & the steak very tender. Was priced moderately also.
The staff was very good.
A good dining experience overall.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2014

donuts and milk and cookies hands down! Must have for desserts. Rock shrimp and Guac are out of this world too!

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2.0Dined on April 25, 2014

Group of 5 ladies from out of town. Seated next to the hostess table, which felt a bit intrusive. Cold air was blowing consistently making it uncomfortable. Drinks tasted very watered down. Only 2 servers were covering inside and outside tables resulting in long times for drink refills and food (1 dessert took 20 minutes) The order brought out was incorrect. The food was average. The server was friendly, but I would recommend that you spend your money elsewhere.

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3.0Dined on April 20, 2014

I pass by this place often and was itching to get on their patio. The scene is great and the service was good - food was just ok. I was there for brunch and I ordered the frittata. There was nothing terribly wrong with it but it wasn't something that I'd go back for.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2014

Came here with 5 of my girlfriends on a last-minute reservation. None of us had been here before and we all walked away thrilled to pieces with our experience. Everything was great; from the food to the service to the sights and sounds of a warm-ish Chicago evening. Minus the wailing of a few ambulance sirens (hey, it's downtown Chicago), our dinner couldn't have been better.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2014

We had dinner and drinks here for Valentine's Day 2014--the ambiance was vibrant, server (Josh) was both friendly and knowledgable, and the restaurant was filled with a diverse group of young couples, which was just the type of atmosphere we were looking for. However, we found the food to be rather mediocre and had higher expectations based on both the menu offerings and the prices. Overall, it was a pleasant experience and I'd be interested to go back for the craft cocktails exclusively (instead of ordering a bottle of wine)--perhaps the greatness is in the "drink" rather than the "food"?

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2014

Very rare to go back to a restaurant twice in a week but 3 times , well , thats crazy.
The flatiron steak with fries cooked in truffle oil is amazing.

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2014

We ordered from the special Restaurant Week 2014 menu. The rock shrimp, burrata, and chicken wings were all delicious. The osso buco entree was also very good. The service was not the best but I have friends who have been there before and they had good service. It is located in the Dana Hotel and Spa so I would imagine that the room service is very good. I will try it again.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2014

Freestyle is located in the Dana hotel & the food and service did not disappoint. Appetizers: caesar salad with herb dressing & rock shrimp. Both were really good. Entrees: Both had short ribs with mashed potatoes. The ribs fell apart with your fork & the mashed potatoes were very good. My only complaint is that something on the plate had truffle oil, which I don't like, & it was not listed in the description. Dessert: Both had the brown butter sundae & it was excellent! It was a blondie with vanilla gelato, whipped cream & cherries on top. It is a BIG dessert! Portions were big and I was able to try the apple pie whiskey prior to ordering a Manhattan with it to ensure I liked it. Our waiter was really attentive and very friendly.

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4.0Dined on January 1, 2014

The restaurant's ambiance was excellent with modern design and great background music. Food was very good (e.g., jumping beef, sea bass). However, the boneless chicken has bones and the chicken was dry.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2013

We were there with a group and the service was excellent, a very friendly and likeable server. The food was good, everyone like their food. Overall it was a very good experience.

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3.0Dined on December 10, 2013

It is dark and quiet, but a lovely little escape to a fireplace on a winter night. Good shared appetizers, good bar menu.

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