Booth One

4.4
354 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Booth One is a classic Chicago restaurant being reintroduced in the heart of the Gold Coast neighborhood from Lettuce Entertain You. Drawing inspiration from the legendary restaurant at the former Ambassador East Hotel, Booth One is a contemporary American concept with a vibrant, social dining scene. Created by Chef/Partner Doug Psaltis, the menu at Booth One utilizes top quality, seasonal ingredients to showcase modern interpretations of throwback dishes. The beverage program boasts classic, straightforward cocktails and a wine menu focusing on French and American bottles that complement the modern cuisine. 
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 6:00am - 11:00pm
Friday: 6:00am - 12:00am
Saturday: 6:00am - 11:00am; Dinner 4:00pm - 12:00am
Sunday: 6:00am - 11:00am; Dinner 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Lunch (M-F) 11:00am - 4:00pm
Breakfast (Daily) 6:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Lunch (M-F) 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Weekend Brunch 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Phone number
(312) 649-0535
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chris Kuziemko
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Catering
Booth One is home to multiple private and semi-private dining spaces. From the rooftop terrace to meeting rooms on the hotel's private banquet floor, the events team can accommodate groups of all sizes. Please contact boothoneevents@leye.com for more information.
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Cross street
Goethe
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Parking details
Valet is available at the Ambassador Chicago. For the first three hours valet is $15, for three to four hours it is $23. Street parking is limited. Self pay parking lots are available within walking distance.
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Public transit
CTA Red Line: Clark/Division
Bus 22, 36, 151
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Special events & promotions
Booth One hosts a variety of special events including wine tastings, holiday brunches and more. Visit our website at boothone.com for an up-to-date list on all things special events. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates as well.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Booth One is home to multiple private and semi-private dining spaces. From the rooftop terrace to meeting rooms on the hotel's private banquet floor, the events team can accommodate groups of all sizes.

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What 354 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Booth One offers a memorable dining experience. The service is impeccable, each dish is remarkably delicious, and their wine program is one of the best in Chicago. Highly recommended!

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2.0Dined 4 days ago

Lunch menu, great. Food was wonderful. Seating is not in the comfy room but in the stark room by the windows. Server was awful. Slow, apologetic and offering to pay for things herself. HA! Great manager finally arrived around 1p and straightened all of the workers out but for us - by then- it was too late. It had taken 35 mins to get a drink which the server said was because the bartender was busy (not true, bar was empty). Something was going on there but we couldn't tell what it was. Manager didn't bill us which was very nice of him.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Scallops are excellent. The duck came out dry. Cheesecake pastry is very good. Our server Levi is fantastic!

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OT
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Amazing night thank you!

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OT
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Foo was amazing, service was thoughtful and attentive and the ambiance was perfect for a date night.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Wonderful waitress!!
We had a lovely table by a window and we really enjoyed the quiet atmosphere and the delicious food.
I will be back!

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Once again, I was delighted with Booth One. This was a special occasion and the staff was excellent for making it memorable. I am so comfortable walking into the dining room - just feel like I belong there - décor is elegant but cozy, probably because of the booths. Was not our first time dining here and wont be the last.

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JW
4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

The chopped salad is wonderful, so fresh and crisp.

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OT
3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Very slow service
Dining room needs face lift

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AZ
3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Great food, great decor, but the music was terrible it ruined the ambiance

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OT
3.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Food okay but something missing. Hate to have waiter try up charge extras too often here. Lobster caviar truffles etc. I live right across the street and want this to be great!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Fabulous, just fabulous

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J
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Great place for dinner; brought back old memories.

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1.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We walked in and the restaurant was empty, a curtain was drawn by the entrance. There was no Host or Hostess, and the bar was full with a bridal party preparing to go to a wedding. The last place we wanted to go have lunch was in a dead restaurant, I looked closed. They never called to verify the reservation. I have no desire to go back. We walked down the street and went to Carmines.

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CC
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Was hesitant to go since we were not impressed with the Pump Room. Now under new name, new management and a new menu, the service was outstanding and food delicious!

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YR
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Great as usual! Will definitely be back with others.

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LO
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

One of Chicago’s best restaurants with an outstanding innovative menu that is prepared impeccably.

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YR
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

This was the first time I had been to the restaurant since it had been the pump room. I was seated quickly. My server was incredible as she answered numerous questions I had. The ambiance was soothing. Not too loud. It was Father's Day, and it was still really nice in the restaurant. The food... YUM. The scrambled eggs were so light and airy. I will definitely be going back.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Just love it here- service is perfect- atmosphere is relaxed yet elegant- and food is outstanding!!!

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r
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Great experience
Had been at the location toward the end of the pump room
Not good then
Now terrific

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

This was my first visit to Booth One. I liked the menu very much, many choices for my palate. Service was very good and leisurely. We never felt rushed in any way. It is a bit on the pricey side which is why I think it is perfect for special occasion.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We went to Booth One to celebrate Father’s Day and had a wonderful time! The food is delicious, the service is attentive and the room is beautiful. It’s an excellent choice for a special occasion!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Loved the place

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OT
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

We didn’t catch waiters name but he was amazing!!!!! Gave us insight to menu and steered us to ordering perfect courses, very charming and funny!!!! Will definitely be back!!!!!!

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2.0Dined on June 15, 2018

At first glance, the atmosphere looked great. That was the best part. Food was bland. Tuna sashimi had no taste. Halibut, which was served by itself on a big plate ( not even a garnish ) was tasteless Don’t waste your time or money Very disappointing

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BE
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Great all around experience! Would recommend and come back.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Outstanding meal, fabulous ambiance, terrific service. Our principal server Mike was great. Made our evening

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OT
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Great food and service!

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2.0Dined on June 10, 2018

What a disappointment. We went in for brunch on Sunday. The Brussel sprouts salad was insulting, to be honest; a tiny (not kidding. Tiny.) portion of some Brussel sprout leaves with very little dressing and three small pieces of date. For more than $10?? Honestly?? The crab toast was tasty enough, but also too small, certainly for a main dish, and so overpriced. We had to ask for more food - the crispy bacon egg sandwich was meh (as was the service, by the way), and the banana and tahini toast? is not toast. It's banana bread, no trace of tahini flavor, and too sweet. Ugh, cannot recommend the place, at least not for Sunday brunch. Save your money and your dignity. Don't get ripped-off.

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Booth One was closed that night for a private party so we seated in the "Library." But the food was excellent.

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Food excellent! Had the beef Wellington and Caesar salad.
Service fair. Ordered Meier’s rum- gave us another rum but did not say that. Ordered salad with dressing on side- put dressing on. After those 2 initial things we were basically ignored the rest of the evening. Obligatory stops happened but there was no friendly chatter with us.
Many employers but all running around and noticeable.
I have been to the best and they have a ways to go.
The kitchen saved the day!!
Was disappointed- it was a special occasion dinner with average service🤨

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OT
5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

The waiter was fantastic and recommended a delicious champagne 🍾 thank you.

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J
5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Lovely ambiance - tasty food from another era with a modern twist. Don't skip dessert.

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BD
3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Booth One has ONE leading challenge to contend with: It may be held against its previous incarnation, the re-imagined Pump Room. The previous (but not original) PR was part of the Public's reno and fabulous make-over to this space that was a long beloved institution, the original Pump Room, as we all know. Booth One continues in the same chic vibe, yet even upon entry, a few changes stood out: the host stand has been relocated to a slightly cramped corner of the bar; the beautiful light installation that made the dining room so special years ago has been lifted higher and is now lit with bluer, energy efficient bulbs, making it feel less warm and more an overhead element rather than the surrounding fun display that was part of the experience at the lower level; and, the lower dining room now has two(?) server stations that weren't part of the PR floorpan. The latter change feels a mistake. While the staff at BO were attentive, fun, informed, and expert (all we encountered) and our server was outstanding, one doesn't want their team members brushing past your table, making inevitable sounds with silverware, or whispering the necessary banter of team service only inches from your table. What previously felt like a room with not one "bad table" now has select tables to avoid. The attire and feel of the service team also now feel just slightly more formal; where PR offered servers in black shirts and Chuck Taylor-style sneakers, the BO crew are a tad more buttoned up. This is neither good nor bad, just less fun, and that may be a response to the neighborhood's demographic and demand for more high-end or formal service. All THAT said, the food was excellent, our server offered wonderful suggestions, and the team service never left us feeling unattended. Unlike the waning (?) days of PR when some nights felt sparse, the BO dining room was full and offered plenty of Gold Coast people watching. The old B&W celebrity photos are back on the walls, and we'll be back, too.

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IS
4.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Service needs to be improved for lunch. Check presented before finished eating and plates cleared. Restaurant was not busy.

Also, long wait between pre-fix courses.

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MK
5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Great restaurant in the heart of Gold Coast area. Will go again!!

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JU
5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Welcoming. Great cocktails. Beautiful interior. Good menu for vegetarians. One of our favourite places.

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OT
4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Wife and I dined on a Sunday evening. Service and wait staff were very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. We are big fans of LEY restaurantes but found the menu at B1 to be unimagitive. Have been here once.....next time we are in the mood for upscale dinning will head to Wildfire, Peterino's or Di Pescara.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

If you haven't been to Booth One, what are you waiting for? The bar is well appointed and off to the side of the main dining room, so it doesn't interrupt the flow or the dining experience. The dining room is a modern take on old-world glam—monochromatic creamy decor with beautiful modern light fixtures and a mix of half-circle booths and tables. We were dining on a gorgeous summery evening, so we asked for a table by the window, with a "sofa" on one side and two chairs across. The table was very comfortable and the view out to the street brought in the charm of the neighborhood. Our server was very helpful, as well as cognizant of the fact that we wanted to take our time and enjoy our night with dear friends while also enjoying our cocktails and food. We all enjoyed salads—one beet salad, one Booth One salad—and one salad was more than enough for two people (or a decent taste for four). My husband had the Beef Wellington, 2 of us enjoyed the Filet Mignon and the fourth had chicken. All the meals were delicious, and the meats were cooked to perfection. We ordered a side dish of mushrooms which were full of flavor and paired well with the filets. We all shared one slice of cake as well, which was quite good. Best of all, the high ceilings absorbed all the noise from the other diners, so we could all hear each other exceptionally well, which is such a rarity at the majority of the popular restaurants in Chicago. If you want a truly great dining experience, check out Booth One.

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