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O'Briens Restaurant and Bar - Temporarily Closed

3.9
165 reviews
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$30 and under
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Continental
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups

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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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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Complimentary 2 1/2 hour parking for our customers.
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3.9based on all time ratings
3.9
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4.0
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3.9
ambience
4.1
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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!

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1.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2016

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

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5.0Dined 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

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4.0Dined on June 25, 2016

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

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1.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2016

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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!!

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2.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

The great customer service the staff provided. Will dine here again!

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2016

All 4 entrees were very well prepared: fish, vegetarian, even liver and onions!

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4.0Dined on January 16, 2016

We went after theater so didn't want a huge meal that late. We were happy to see so many small plate or sharable options. And the waitress was fun. All in all a very pleasant experience.

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2016

Thanks! Had a reservation for the max, but was able to alter it as we were having a surprise brunch bday! Everything was perfect. The space, the staff, (even accommodating by splitting the bill up for us!) I will be back plenty! Brunch time is the best time!

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4.0Dined on December 26, 2015

Four of us went there for dinner Saturday evening after an afternoon play. Have not been there in many years and several favorite items were missing from the very shortened menu. I would had liked more choices since I somewhat reluctantly ordered the shepherd pie which I found rather soupy and somewhat spicey. Value was reasonable but service was the best. Our waiter was Wilson who was a totally efficient server and a very likable, personable guy.

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4.0Dined on October 31, 2015

We were there for an early dinner following an afternoon show at Second City.
The food was great, the restaurant is casual, but nice.
The only complaint was the service was much too fast, it was 6:00pm on Saturday night, there were only about five tables full, but, our waitress must have come to our table five times in the first ten minutes we were there. We weren't in any hurry, we told her we weren't ready to order, but there she was. Much better than waiting forever, but, we were done eating and paid within about 35 minutes of getting there. We would have had a second drink, but not enough time...

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2015

Vintage building with a lot of history. Nicely preserved with period decor without being dated and stuffy. Service was efficient and helpful. Not a huge menu but the food was good. The French onion soup had good flavor and was not overly salty. Restaurant has it's own free parking lot. Great feature for suburbanites.

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3.0Dined on April 17, 2015

Food was good to acceptable, salad was not overly generous in size. A limited menu so I guess they do what they do fairly well but it would be nice to have a few more options. More interesting salads (kale, quinoa?) and more generous portions of salad (i.e. vegetables). One in our party just wanted plain bread pudding and was disappointed with the Irish whiskey added to it. Service was attentive and prompt, got louder than we would have liked even with only a few other parties in the place but that's not unusual, just the way a lot of restaurants are now.

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2.0Dined on April 5, 2015

Business is a participant in Restaurant.com. Such businesses have an opportunity to set restrictions specific to their restaurant on certificates purchased from this web site. These restrictions are cited on each certificate. We regularly go to this and other participating restaurants and closely read and follow such restrictions.

We purchased a $15 off certificate. We ultimately decided to eat at O'Briens on Easter Sunday, running up a $70 tab and meeting ALL required criteria.

O'BRIENS REFUSED TO HONOR THE CERTIFICATE, stating it could not be used on a holiday. We pointed out that no such restriction was listed on the certificate - we even showed them an example of another Restaurant.com participant whose certificate HAS such a restriction so they could see that theirs clearly did not. They still refused. We requested to speak with the general manager and he refused to discuss with us.

We paid, left and will never be back despite having gone there dozens of times in the past.

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2015

We have been to O'Briens several times and love it but this is the first time for brunch (Easter brunch). The food offered was very good but I was expecting something more special, or different, the food offerings were safe and basic. O'Briens did offer salmon and cream cheese that were good but no bagels to put them on!?!

O'Briens is a great place for lunch and dinner off the menu but the brunch was just okay.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2015

After many Italian meals I wanted my husband to taste an Irish fare. Fortunately O'Briens had a St. Patrick's Day special of corned beef and cabbage. It was delicious! My only wish is that they had more Irish specialties year round; like Irish Soda Bread, lamb stew, leg of lamb . . . . .
More Irish ambience. O'Briens does have that old school Chicago feel and we enjoyed our dinner very much!

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3.0Dined on February 28, 2015

My little family dined here the other night as a result of receiving a restaurant.com gift certificate and a desire to have steak. The food was prepared well enough but nothing special to note. Service was a little hot and cold. The hostess was cold and the waiter seemed new but did check in on us to ensure we had what we needed. A bit overpriced for what you get. Too many other restaurants out there that we'd likely choose over this one.

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4.0Dined on February 4, 2015

Ashley, our waitress, was terrific. We had the lemon chicken and the seared salmon, both were very good. Plan on going back and sitting outside during their patio season.

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3.0Dined on January 14, 2015

Food, ambience, service, just ok. Wouldn't return, many other choices in Old Town.

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5.0Dined on January 4, 2015

Long time fan, pleased to see this Old Town anchor has remained true to its excellent traditions

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4.0Dined on December 12, 2014

Enjoyed our dinner once you get past the rude male host.

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2.0Dined on December 10, 2014

We were going to a Second City show my daughter was in, set up an early reservation, the waitress was very unattentive, food was ok, just disappointed, should have been an occasion... Unfortunately the waitress was distracted by her friends at the only other table in her section! We went next door the first night and would recommend that for anyone looking for a fun time, good food and service! Sorry O'Briens!

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4.0Dined on December 6, 2014

Went after a concert, our table was ready for us and the waitress was right there to take our order. Our group has been coming here for the past five years after the Moody Christmas Concert and has always had a good meal and good service.

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4.0Dined on October 29, 2014

We had a group of 7 for dinner and had a good time. 5 were from out of town and they enjoyed the restaurant, food, server and the company.

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4.0Dined on October 17, 2014

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed celebrating our fourth anniversary beginning with dinner at O'Brian's. The seating, atmosphere, decor, waiter, and food were excellent. Prompt valet parking punctuated what proved to be a memorable experience.

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2014

Salmon and spinach salad is great. Bread basket is good too

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2014

What a wonderful indoor/outdoor space for an after event celebration!

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4.0Dined on September 26, 2014

Great burgers and great outdoor seating for at least one more time this season.....

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4.0Dined on September 5, 2014

alas, i had a misconception about o'brien's - been there "forever" and i thought it was kind of old and tired and overpriced. boy, was i wrong. while it has some "old world charm" in the decor, it felt open and clean (although the lighting was surging a lot that evening). their menu was quite affordable and our dirty martinis were "sturdy" to say the least. pleased to see some great appetizer and light entree items. we enjoyed grilled calamari and an order of crab cakes and then the spinach/salmon salad. what a surprise THAT was - not so much spinach but a very nice piece of salmon atop a lovely bed of seasonal tomatoes and fruit - melon, grapes and strawberries. it was FABULOUS!. our wait person was lovely and very efficient.

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2014

We went to O'Briens the morning after a family wedding. We had a wonderful time. Members of our group were able to order breakfast or lunch. The omelets were delicious - I had the spinach and feta cheese. The service was outstanding. We arrived when the restaurant opened, so it was not crowded and we were able to have a nice visit with family.

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