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Paramount Room - Permanently Closed

4.4
4.4
63 Reviews
$30 and under
Gastro Pub

Discover the Paramount Room - an acclaimed chef-driven modern food & drink spot in a 100 year old former speakeasy in River West - just minutes from the Loop.

Paramount Room features a unique, dual level space loaded with urban charm and contemporary design elements with a street-level open-air dining room and resurrected prohibition-era basement speakeasy completely redesigned with chic modern lounge elements and high, dramatic ceilings.

Chef/Partner Stephen Dunne (Volo Restaurant Wine Bar) creates a seasonally rotating menu of elevated pub standards and internationally inspired dishes of skillfully prepared but unpretentious and acclaimed cuisine.

A full bar selection includes "No Crap On Tap" Belgian, craft-brewed, domestic, and imported beers covering a range of stylistic, geographic, and flavor profiles plus craft cocktails, and boutique wine by the glass - all curated by Beverage Director John Douglass.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, American, International

  • Hours of operation



    Lunch & Brunch Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday 3:00pm - 10pm, Tuesday through Thursday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday: 3:00pm - 1:00am, Saturday: 3:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm


    Bar open until 2am Tuesday-Friday, 3am Saturday, and Midnight Sunday-Monday

  • Phone number

    (312) 829-6300

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Stephen Dunne

  • Neighborhood

    West Town

  • Cross street

    Kinzie

  • Parking details

    Free parking available within 1 block of the restaurant on Kinzie Street west of Milwaukee Ave, and on Union Street or Milwaukee Ave north of Hubbard Street. Metered parking available within a half block on Kinzie Street east of Milwaukee Ave, and on Hubbard Street.

  • Public transit

    Blue Line stop (Milwaukee/Grand/Halsted) 1 1/2 blocks north of the restaurant. Milwaukee Bus #56 stop 1/4 block south.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch

Menu

Start or Share

  • Oysters

    east coast, west coast - best available cider mignonette, cocktail sauce

    • A/Q
  • Oyster Shooter$5.00

    bloody mary mix, with or without vodka

    • Mussels$13.00

      ale steamed P.E.I. mussels, garlic, shallots, parsley and european butter

      • Beer Cheese$9.00

        trappist style beer and cheese dip

        • Pork Belly$9.00

          dry brine, slow roasted pork, dijon mustard

          • Mexican Scotch Egg$9.00

            tortilla crusted, chorizo stuffed hard cooked egg with ancho aioli

            Crisps

            • Frites$8.00

              twice fried, hand cut, garlic aioli and ketchup

              • Poutine$14.00

                smothered pulled pork & cider gravy frites with melted cheese curds

                • Rings$9.00

                  buttermilk dipped thick-cut onion rings, tzatziki sauce

                  • Tempura Fried Green Beans$10.00

                    spicy dipping sauce

                    Salad & Soup

                    • Caesar Salad$11.00

                      romaine hearts, shaved parmesan, garlic crouton

                      • Onion Soup$9.00

                        french-style, caramelized onion broth, gruyere, parmesan gratin

                        • Beet Salad$11.00

                          beer braised beets, warm goat cheese, lemon oil

                          Burgers & Sandwiches

                          • Paramount Wagyu Burger$14.00

                            Hand packed 100% wagyu beef, brioche bun, with lettuce, tomato, onion, special sauce and a pickle. Add to your burger: vintage cheddar ($1), gruyere ($3), sautéed mushroom ($3), bacon ($3), or fried egg ($2) garnish with: tempura fried green beans ($4) or frites ($3) on the plate

                            • Paramount Reuben$17.00

                              house brined, braised & hand sliced brisket, gruyere, and pickled sauerkraut served on marble rye with your choice of hand cut frites or tempura fried green beans

                              • The Cuban$17.00

                                house cured pork loin, cider braised pulled pork, pickles, gruyere, dijon mustard, buttered telera roll; served with your choice of hand cut frites or tempura fried green beans

                                Mains

                                • Falafel & Cucumber$14.00

                                  ground chick pea, cucumber dill salad, tomato aioli

                                  • Braised Pork$18.00

                                    fork tender ponzu braised shoulder, ginger carrot puree, stir fry green beans

                                    • Fettuccine Bolognese$17.00

                                      home-made egg noodles, wagyu beef and tomato gravy

                                      • Fish & Chips$16.00

                                        icelandic cod, beer battered and served with hand cut frites, coleslaw and malt vinegar. Don't miss Tuesdays for "All You Can Eat" Fish & Chips!

                                        • Grilled Chicken$19.00

                                          boneless thigh, shallot potato cake, smoked paprika apple sauce

                                          Dessert

                                          • Chocolate Bread Pudding$8.00

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                                            What 63 people are saying

                                            Overall ratings and reviews

                                            4.4
                                            4.4 based on all time ratings
                                            • 4.3Food
                                            • 4.2Service
                                            • 4.1Ambience
                                            • 4.1Value

                                            NoiseModerate

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                                            1. V

                                              Vespa

                                              Chicago

                                              5 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              5 reviews

                                              Dined on July 22, 2017

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Definitely a hidden gem. The happy hour can't be beat. I highly recommend it!

                                            2. LD

                                              LisaD

                                              Chicago

                                              14 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              14 reviews

                                              Dined on July 7, 2017

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              I love Paramount Room. If you're looking for really good and interesting meal choices i a hip atmosphere that is not pretentious then this is a good place for you. The bartenders are skilled, the servers are friendly and knowledgeable, the booths are comfortable, management is helpful and accommodating and did I mention that the tempura green beans are delightful?

                                            3. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Chicago

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on April 15, 2017

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              Paramount Room was great, as always. Food was excellent, and the bartender was really helpful. He did beer pairings with each course, and the beers went with the food perfectly.

                                            4. J

                                              Justin

                                              Chicago

                                              7 reviews

                                              vip
                                              3.0

                                              7 reviews

                                              Dined on April 7, 2017

                                              overall3food4service2ambience3

                                              LIMITED MENU. Decent food, but not as good as they pretend it is. They charge inflated prices for slightly elevated pub grub. Expensive beer. Low key staff, but hard to get attention, too.

                                            5. AN

                                              AnNg

                                              Chicago

                                              5 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              5 reviews

                                              Dined on March 19, 2017

                                              overall5food5service4ambience5

                                              $1 happy hour oysters on a Sunday afternoon made this a happy hour indeed. Will be back without a doubt.

                                            6. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Chicago

                                              2 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on January 29, 2017

                                              overall4food4service4ambience3

                                              My sister's and I ate here for a Sunday brunch during Restaurant week and we were very pleased. They had tasty cocktails and the food was delicious, particularly the breakfast BLT (my favorite) and the brioche french toast. I would like to see this place at night because the ambiance downstairs was very eclectic and interesting. I will definitely come back!

                                            7. MW

                                              MWNL

                                              Atlantic Canada

                                              3 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              3 reviews

                                              Dined on January 28, 2017

                                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                                              Food, drinks and service were all good. Bar was pretty busy. Seems like a good spot for some early evening cocktails.

                                            8. WL

                                              WLDK

                                              San Francisco

                                              15 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              15 reviews

                                              Dined on January 28, 2017

                                              overall4food3service3ambience5

                                              Have been here a few time and have enjoyed my visit every time. The only reason that my ratings were low is because all of our burgers were over cooked (i.e., asked for medium rare got medium well), and plates looked hastily put together (i.e., ordered an egg and bacon on my burger and they were on my fries). Overall though it was a great time and we will definitely be back again.

                                            9. P

                                              Primed2eat

                                              New York Area

                                              17 reviews

                                              vip
                                              4.0

                                              17 reviews

                                              Dined on January 28, 2017

                                              overall4food5service4ambience4

                                              Only issue was waited 45 minutes for our brunch. Otherwise food is good. Specials great. Restaurant wek meals value

                                            10. GO

                                              GailO

                                              Chicago

                                              10 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              10 reviews

                                              Dined on January 24, 2017

                                              overall4food5service4ambience3

                                              Fun, great food. Friendly servers Sorry I missed the Happy Hour specials - they looked good.

                                            11. T

                                              Treasure

                                              Chicago

                                              19 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              19 reviews

                                              Dined on December 16, 2016

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Paramount is a West Loop/River North treasure: inviting neighborhood bar, friendly staff who always remember your name and Michelin Bib Gourmand-quality food.

                                            12. W

                                              Westlooper

                                              Chicago

                                              14 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              14 reviews

                                              Dined on November 25, 2016

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              The Cuban sandwich here is a religious experience.

                                            13. JD

                                              JeromeD

                                              Tampa

                                              16 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              16 reviews

                                              Dined on October 22, 2016

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Great service and food as always !!! Great food in a cool casual environment

                                            14. MW

                                              MarkW

                                              Chicago

                                              10 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              10 reviews

                                              Dined on August 4, 2016

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              The Paramount Room is not much to look at from the outside but the food is consistently outstanding with a nice amount of variety. The beer list is always good and really like the seasonal offerings. The wait staff is always very pleasant and attentive.

                                            15. BM

                                              BobM

                                              Chicago

                                              1 review

                                              3.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on August 3, 2016

                                              overall3food2service4ambience2

                                              Just ok, the 1$ oysters were not cold. wagu Was good.

                                            16. B

                                              Birdfeeder

                                              Chicago

                                              8 reviews

                                              1.0

                                              8 reviews

                                              Dined on July 30, 2016

                                              overall1food1service2ambience2

                                              Great website...in contrast to experience. Place was empty on a Saturday night. We were there with family (5). Cocktails were small and watery. Menu was interesting but food poorly executed. Both chicken entree and onion rings appetizer were over fried by A LOT, "pulled" pork sandwich was fatty. Service was ok...highlight was happy greeting from bartender. The music was loud making conversation difficult. We had such high expectations after viewing the website which made it look chic and delicious. Sigh...it was not for us.

                                            17. WM

                                              WilliamM

                                              Chicago

                                              2 reviews

                                              2.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on July 2, 2016

                                              overall2food1service1ambience3

                                              This place sucked. Six of us were crammed into a small booth with barely enough room to all fit. The food was god awful and the server was a royal &())&*. I will never eat here again.

                                            18. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Chicago

                                              9 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              9 reviews

                                              Dined on June 4, 2016

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Cool Bar. Awesome Service. Great food. Highly suggest.

                                            19. JA

                                              JimA

                                              St. Louis

                                              4 reviews

                                              3.0

                                              4 reviews

                                              Dined on June 4, 2016

                                              overall3food4service3ambience2

                                              The restaurant needs to invest in an new exhaust hood. The dining area is very close to the kitchen and the hood does not remove the cooking smoke and grease very well, leaving diners with a very heavy grease/smoke smell to content with.....

                                            20. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Chicago

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 27, 2016

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              The Paramount burger is as good as it gets - bring your appetite! Also very pleasantly surprised with the falafel. It too was absolutely delicious.

                                            21. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Chicago

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 12, 2016

                                              overall5food5service3ambience5

                                              Great ambiance, food, beer on tap, cocktails. Thought it would be a hole in the wall but it turned out to be a GREAT find. Would highly recommend for drinks with friends or a meal with a date or small group. The muscles, poutine, and slim burger are out of this world.

                                            22. RB

                                              RBass3000

                                              Chicago

                                              1 review

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on April 14, 2016

                                              overall5food5service5ambience3

                                              Granted I am partial because I live 2 blocks away, but the Paramount Burger at the Paramount Room is a top 5 Chicago burger. My wife and I decided to grab a last minute bite to eat out and about and we had been meaning to try the neighboring Paramount Room. It delivered. The Paramount Burger is huge, so bae and I split it. It was a magical moment in my mouth and I'll definitely be back for more.

                                            23. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Chicago

                                              2 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on April 12, 2016

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              I am on a mission to find the best fish-n-chips in Chicago, and so far this ranks the best. Hot, fresh, and quick! However, if you like tatar sauce with your fish, you must bring your own! Great drink options as well. Excellent service. I believe our server's names was Julianna. She was knowledgeable of the menu, and very attentive! Definitely returning!

                                            24. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Chicago

                                              10 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              10 reviews

                                              Dined on April 4, 2016

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              My type of place. Had oysters with the drink special. Great cocktail sauce with homemade horse radish. Been there a couple times now when I visit Chicago; and will return.

                                            25. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Chicago

                                              8 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              8 reviews

                                              Dined on April 2, 2016

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Its just a cool place. Very eclectic , but good simple food. A small but high-quality wine list. Friendly helpful staff and relaxing atmophere with just enough of an edge

                                            26. R

                                              Rubenator1018

                                              Chicago

                                              21 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              21 reviews

                                              Dined on March 4, 2016

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              Best Cuban sandwich I've ever had! Cocktails were innovative and delicious. Service was outstanding. Our waitress was engaging and fun. The owner personally thanked us for coming in. On top of that, we booked our original reservation for 5 people at noon. We ended up getting there at 11:30 with 7 people and they managed it flawlessly! Can't wait to return.

                                            27. JD

                                              JeromeD

                                              Tampa

                                              16 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              16 reviews

                                              Dined on February 14, 2016

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Great place. Nice cocktails and great food!!! Lots of beers

                                            28. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Chicago

                                              19 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              19 reviews

                                              Dined on February 6, 2016

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Great burger and great beer list.

                                            29. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Chicago

                                              4 reviews

                                              3.0

                                              4 reviews

                                              Dined on February 5, 2016

                                              overall3food3service2ambience3

                                              After reading about Paramount Room online we were excited to give it a try. Our hamburgers were very good, as well as the fries and fried tempura green beans. Our server , tho, was indifferent. She spoiled the good mood we had when we entered. The drinks she brought were not at all good. My cosmopolitan was served in a wine glass and didn't taste like it was mixed correctly. The oysters were "ok". The main issue we have is an appetizer of calamari stuffed with sausage. $14. We asked if it was enough for three people and were assured that it was. When it arrived there were three small sections of calamari stuffed with sausage on the plate. Not worth the price. Flavor was good, but not enough to justify the cost.

                                            30. b

                                              bluekirby

                                              Los Angeles

                                              28 reviews

                                              vip
                                              3.0

                                              28 reviews

                                              Dined on January 30, 2016

                                              overall3food3service2ambience3

                                              Nice atmosphere, interesting decorations, good beer selection. Initial service was great, but it was 30 min to get the salad and soup to start, without any reason or apology. Over the three courses only the chocolate bread pudding with caramel sauce was delicious, everything else average.

                                            31. BP

                                              BenjaminP

                                              Chicago

                                              4 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              4 reviews

                                              Dined on January 30, 2016

                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                                              Pleasantly surprised to find three bike racks outside the restaurant and a bike repair stand nearby. At noon on a Saturday the interior has a relaxed pub feel to it, with a modest but good tap list for beer lovers. I preferred my wife's simpler burger to my beef tartare. Looking over the menu the fare all seemed a bit on the pricier side of things, but I'd say the relaxed atmosphere and excellent service made up for the cost a bit. Would stop by again to try their seafood and for select beers.

                                            32. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Chicago

                                              5 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              5 reviews

                                              Dined on January 6, 2016

                                              overall5food4service5ambience4

                                              Great place for bar food and drinks

                                            33. JP

                                              JoePa

                                              Chicago

                                              1 review

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on January 2, 2016

                                              overall5food5service4ambience5

                                              Went to PR last weekend for the first time and everything was great. Wish I knew about it sooner. Really cool atmosphere. The Paramount Burger was perfect. So satisfying and tasty. Didn't order a drink but I'll be back for what looked like a lot of great cocktails and an awesome beer draft selection. Their menu was full of great options and I'll be back to try as much of it as possible.

                                            34. NO

                                              NORN

                                              Chicago

                                              56 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              56 reviews

                                              Dined on December 11, 2015

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Best frites in the city!

                                            35. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Chicago

                                              1 review

                                              2.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on October 25, 2015

                                              overall2food4service1ambience3

                                              Had to literally chase our server for her to take our order and deliver our bill.

                                            36. n

                                              nuric13

                                              San Francisco

                                              5 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              5 reviews

                                              Dined on October 17, 2015

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              The food is amazing. They have an great downstairs area that was a speakeasy during prohibition. I'm definitely coming back to this place.

                                            37. TR

                                              TheRunawayRN

                                              Kansas City

                                              3 reviews

                                              vip
                                              4.0

                                              3 reviews

                                              Dined on October 1, 2015

                                              overall4food4service3ambience3

                                              $1 Oyster Happy Hour 3-6 EVERY DAY!!! Yum. Totally worth it!!!

                                            38. KP

                                              KateP

                                              Chicago

                                              12 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              12 reviews

                                              Dined on September 13, 2015

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              We live right down the street, so we go here all the time. Their Wagyu burger with garlic aioli and fries are perfection. I always add bacon and a fried egg to the burger for extra deliciousness.

                                            39. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Chicago

                                              1 review

                                              4.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on August 20, 2015

                                              overall4food3service5ambience4

                                              But we didnt last Thurs evening. Steak tasted livery and gamey- I ate part of it because I was hungry. My wife's coconut rice under her salmon was pastie and oddly spiced-she did not eat it and the kitchen sent out grilled chicken instead of fried chicken. That said, our waitress was very nice, accommodating and took the chicken off the bill and sent out a desert. We did appreciate the gesture to right the experience. Overall it was just disappointing because I used to love the food and told so many people about this little gem.

                                            40. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Chicago

                                              1 review

                                              4.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on July 24, 2015

                                              overall4food5service4ambience4

                                              Excellent food - we had a large group so tried everything from their oysters to their filet mignon. They have a great drink offering, too - wines, cocktails and beers alike. Really cool aesthetics - we sat downstairs but I absolutely loved their upstairs bar area the most. Casual kitschy vibe with nothing but quality food and drink.

                                            FAQs

                                            Paramount Room - Permanently Closed is rated 4.4 stars by 63 OpenTable diners

                                            Permanently Closed

                                            This restaurant is permanently closed.

                                            • Cross street

                                              Kinzie

                                            • Neighborhood

                                              West Town

                                            • Hours of operation



                                              Lunch & Brunch Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday 3:00pm - 10pm, Tuesday through Thursday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday: 3:00pm - 1:00am, Saturday: 3:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm


                                              Bar open until 2am Tuesday-Friday, 3am Saturday, and Midnight Sunday-Monday

                                            • Cuisines

                                              Gastro Pub, American, International

                                            • Dining style

                                              Casual Dining

                                            • Dress code

                                              Casual Dress

                                            • Parking details

                                              Free parking available within 1 block of the restaurant on Kinzie Street west of Milwaukee Ave, and on Union Street or Milwaukee Ave north of Hubbard Street. Metered parking available within a half block on Kinzie Street east of Milwaukee Ave, and on Hubbard Street.

                                            • Public transit

                                              Blue Line stop (Milwaukee/Grand/Halsted) 1 1/2 blocks north of the restaurant. Milwaukee Bus #56 stop 1/4 block south.

                                            • Payment options

                                              AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                            • Executive chef

                                              Stephen Dunne

                                            • Additional

                                              Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch

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