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O'Briens Restaurant and Bar - Temporarily Closed

165 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining (176)
  • Good for Groups (172)

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In business for more than 30 years, O'Brien's Restaurant and Bar in Chicago, IL is a classic. Offering a perfect spot for guests of all ages, it is known for its amazing array of beef dishes as well as its impressive lineup of beer choices. With several dining rooms, including an outdoor garden space, it is ideal as a year round dining destination.

O'Brien's Restaurant and Bar offers much more than glorified pub fare. The appetizers include unique choices like cabbage soup as well as classics like sliders or wings. There are large salads as well as the heartier steaks and seafood, and favorites include shepherd's and pot pies, enormous sandwiches and the generously sized kid's menu. Naturally, O'Brien's Restaurant and Bar also has amazing burgers.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Continental, Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:30am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(312) 787-3131
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Parking details
Complimentary 2 1/2 hour parking for our customers.
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3.9  based on all time ratings
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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bhmk (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on August 22, 2016

We've always enjoyed O'Brien's and are bracing ourselves for the 18 months it will be closed before reopening in the new hotel.

vipOpenTable Diner (Orlando)
3.0  Dined on August 1, 2016

The food was good/okay depends on what you get. Loud and the service was not that good. They didn't have change for cash given we could give a credit card or we had to wait till they ran to the bank.

LeslieH (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on July 26, 2016

The hostess was a bit of a mess, and thought we were coming an hour later. Then didn't check us in, so Open Table thought we'd skipped our reservation, which we did not.
Food was fine - very casual.
Service was slow to start, but then fine.
Great views of the water. Ideal for a quick lunch outside!

AlexiaK (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on July 16, 2016

First, I made a resveration for 11 people ahead of time. It started with the woman who sat us down. She was nice at first when she sat me and my boyfriend down as we waited for the rest of my family but then she left them wondering where our table was. She said she didn't know which party they were talking about after they and the manager found us themselves. She rolled her eyes lifted her arms up with confusion and walked off.
Our server gave us terrible service. There was a language barrier, which wasn't that bad, but she was also very rude and began to roll her eyes while taking orders and then eventually she just never came back after she argued with one of my guest on how she got her order wrong when we finally got our food.
My reservation was at 6:45 and we didn't get our food until 8:15 when we specified that we were in a time crunch for a show near by and had to leave at 8:40. After going to the manager many times, the waitor finally brought out our food but brought it out and left and when I say left he didn't even give us our plates even after we said we were in a rush.
We barely enjoyed our food because we were busy scoffing it down quickly or packing our food up as soon as we got it in some cases. I only enjoyed my moscato which is the only thing I recommend.
Also, I went there for my birthday, and I have a chocolate allergy so my father told them so they could surprise me and then told them about my allergy and the cake had chocolate.
I thanked the one waitress that tried her best to fix everything because at least she tried whereas our original waitress just disappeared.
If I wanted to go somewhere with terrible service I would have went to "Dicks Last Resort" where you are SUPPOSED to get shitty service ON PURPOSE and pay less for it.

vipDanover (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on July 15, 2016

O'Brien's always fits the bill on those evenings you want to relax and sit outside. Thanks.

jackiez (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on June 25, 2016

this is the best place yet my husband and i have been there for brunch and it was so good and walking distance

MarkS (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on June 25, 2016

I had a great time hosting family. Everyone was pleased with the portion of food they got for the price.

PattyV (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on June 19, 2016

It was Fathers Day. All our kids came in town.
Took forever for drink orders from there it never got better. Waiter was below average but in his defense he had way to many tables. He was taking care of sidewalk plus the inside. Mixed up dinner orders It got to the point the water boy was trying to help us with food orders.
It is too bad. I was hoping for a gem in the neighborhood.

JTChicago (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on June 4, 2016

O'Brien's remains a good choice, particularly for before or after Second City performances. And either eat outside or get a window seat. Old Town remains one of the best locations for people watching in Chicago, and in addition to their food, O'Briens gives you a front row seat.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 22, 2016

Most enjoyable afternoon brunch. Tables were cleared and clean when patrons left. Staff complied with our special beverage and food requests - got it right every time!

vipDanover (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on May 18, 2016

Another great experience. Always friendly and attentive. Can always count on O'Brien's for consistency.

MarielS (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on May 1, 2016

We went here for brunch for a big party and everything was set up nice. The food was great. It was very classy. The service was slow. It took a long time to serve the food... Again, this was brunch food.

Cindy (Hawaii)
3.0  Dined on April 30, 2016

We were very unhappy with the service. I am not sure the server spoke English and the quality of the food was not good. I ordered the pork chop and I asked for it to be medium rare. It came well. My husband ordered the pot pie and a side of Mac and cheese. The Mac and cheese was ice cold. We told the waitress and they took it back and stuck it in the microwave. I will not go back! Every time we said something to the server, she looked at us like she did not understand what we were saying, and I don't think she did

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on March 26, 2016

The food was absolutely delicious!! The dining area was spacious with a comfortable atmosphere. The waiting staff were very attentive and available.
A most memorable experience!!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on February 20, 2016

The food was good but unfortunately the service was not. There were multiple items forgotten through out our meal. I ordered a chicken caesar salad for dinner and specified that I was gluten free, I received a caesar salad with no chicken and croutons on top. Croutons are no biggie, I should have been more specific, just picked them off, but the main part of my dinner was missing. It was of course corrected after I waited another 5-10mins, but annoying to say the least. My dad ordered the new york strip, rare, with a glass of wine. The steak was served medium rare at best and he had to ask again for his wine. There was also a side a fries forgotten, which were supposed to be seasoned fries, and once we finally received them they were just regular fries, we didn't even ask for that to be corrected because at this point we just wanted to finishing eating, because he had some where to be. I will say the best thing about our visit was the sweet and sour cabbage soup, that was delicious and served promptly with no problems.