Booth One

4.6
459 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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
DINNER (SUN-THURS): 5PM - 10PM
DINNER (FRI/SAT): 5PM - 11PM
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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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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.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Gather around our table for a filling, delectable holiday feast, done the Booth One way! Offering a special 4-course prix–fixe menu priced at $65 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included). Leave the holiday cooking to us - open from 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Dinner Only).

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Gather around our table for a filling, delectable holiday feast, done the Booth One way! Offering a special 4-course prix–fixe menu priced at $65 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included). Leave the holiday cooking to us - open from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Dinner Only)

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

For one night only, Hot Doug’s is popping up at the Library Bar at the Ambassador Chicago! Ring in 2019 with legendary Chicago sausage connoisseur, Doug Sohn of Hot Doug’s and the team at Booth One on Monday, December 31 from 9 PM - 1 AM. Tickets for the Hot Doug’s NYE party are $100 per person.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 459 People Are Saying
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PE
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was exceptional

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HB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner - the staff was attentive and professional. The food was outstanding - sea bass and prime rib were both done to perfection. When the wine we ordered was unavailable, the wine steward suggested a perfect alternative. Booth 1 is on our short list for all our future visits to Chicago.

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GS
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. We both ordered the sea bass and it was excellent. Try the delicata squash!

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EF
Chicago
75 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booth One lives up to the hype in every respect - food and service and ambiance. Classic Beef Wellington was as it should be, that is to say authentic and delicious. My friend said that the Maine Lobster Risotto induced a "lobster haze". The lemon Napoleon was perfect.

Service was by the book - Andrew was knowledgeable and there when needed. He made excellent recommendations for both food and wine.

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NV
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The beef Wellington was delicious and staff were very attentive. Great for a birthday celebration. Don’t miss dessert, it was truly notable

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S
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were all thrilled with Booth One. The restaurant is beautiful and quiet and calm so we could chat without screaming. The food was perfect - delicious salads, chicken paillard was yummy and came with artichoke and spinach side. The salmon was also delicious. Cannot recommend enough. Great service too!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Inattentive attitude from host desk forward. Food not great particularly for an expensive restaurant. Tons of better choices in Chicago.

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C
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good, smaller portions. Cheesecake was amazing! The room was a little cold

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d
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 1

Food and table service were great. We had a reservation and restaurant was at best 1/3 seated. The hostess promptly showed us to the worst table in the restaurant. We rejected the table and we’re seated at an acceptable table. When we left about 2 hours later the restaurant was at most 3/4 full.

Also, the hostess should take coats to bye cost check rather than sending customers past the cocktail staff past bus stand / hallway to the coat closet.

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j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had been there once before and really enjoyed it last time we were in the the Division St. bar area. We were once again going to the area, and decided to try it again. We were not disappointed.

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S
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

The two star rating is because we were not treated the same as most of the other guests. The valet team at the Ambassador Hotel (who were just standing around) could not be bothered to open the door of our cab for us. We had a reservation yet no one was at the host stand to greet us when we arrived. Then, even though the restaurant was aware 1) we were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary (we had dinner the night of the proposal when it was the Pump Room), 2) we had requested a quiet booth, and 3) the restaurant was empty except for us (we were the first guests), the host tried to seat us at what is arguably the worst table in the restaurant. Although they accommodated a change to a booth, we watched other guests be seated at better tables. Moreover, the service was very slow for us (3 hour dinner) relative to other diners. We had dinner here in 2017 for our 24th anniversary with a much better experience.

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CG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Very loud disco music playing and ambience not as classy as described on their website. Service was prompt but was initially overcharged on our bill with 1 additional entree. Food was good without being outstanding.

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r
Chicago
103 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So, we had another really nice evening at Booth One. The service is great--and food is top flight. They are very accommodating to customer requests, which we appreciate. We had the prime rib--it was cooked perfectly--medium rare to rare, bone-in--which I think is much better for flavor, as well as leftovers. The butternut squash soup was outstanding--not cloying--it had a savory edge with Dungeness crab to add sweetness. I highly recommend. I'm not a huge garlic fan--and when the spinach side arrived, I was momentarily worried by the whole garlic cloves. However, the flavor was subtle and it was an unexpected hit. They know how to make an authentic Manhattan, and have a fine selection of wine by the glass for those of us who enjoy a nice wine, in smaller quantity. The bar is lively if you are looking for a more casual quick bite, but I prefer the dining room for a relaxed meal, well-prepared with courteous service. Booth One has become an favorite for a date night.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waitress and ambience.

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RS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome re-invention of the famous Ambassador East restaurant! We really enjoyed the quiet, classy ambiance and fantastic service. The decor is very classy and this is a place to dress up which we enjoy. The drinks and food were excellent (courtesy of Lettuce Entertain You) and we will come back again.

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WT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great wine list with wonderful dishes.

Very creative menu with great service.
Seth Wilson really knows his wines.
One of the best meals we have had in Chicago.

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OP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

My boyfriend and I came here for an anniversary/birthday date night celebration. The atmosphere and setting were great, it's an open room but still felt intimate and private when seated at our table. The waiter brought an amuse bouche out for us and then a delicious bread for the table. We ordered two cocktails which were absolutely delicious. We shared the foie gras special and the butternut squash soup. The foie gras was a bit too peppery, but otherwise good. And the soup was very tasty as well. For dinner, we had the lobster risotto, which was a bit too al dente in my opinion, but the lobster was great. And we got the prime rib special, which was 32 ozs. This was really good. My biggest gripe is that the waiter who was extremely pleasant and accommodating (and whom we liked very much!), checked in too often. I understand wanting to make sure the meal is going well, but it was distracting while trying to eat and have a conversation. Same goes for the bus boy, who repeatedly asked (along with our waiter), if I was done with my meal. Seeing as I was still taking bites of my steak, albeit slowly (it was a HUGE steak!!), I found this off putting and felt rushed to finish. We also got the lemon meringue, which I found yummy and my boyfriend thought was too tart, so beware if ordering. Overall, it was a great place for a date and a nice experience. I would recommend for a nice date night.

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NN
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was phenomenal. I had the scallops and my significant other had the beef wellington. Both were incredibly delicious. Their dessert was great as well. We had they're cheesecake. Incredibly rich and great. Definitely would recommend.

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V
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booth One was outstanding!

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OT
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving dinner. Wonderful menu and great value we had a lovely time- all staff excellent

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D
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My first time there even though I live in neighborhood. Enjoyed the Thanksgiving dinner with friends,
Including the menu selection, execution of food and great service. 3 of us had the turkey plate and one the Beef Wellington. All were delicious. Also, appreciate the noise level which is conversation friendly.
The only drawback was our table selection on balcony level, which is the fault of one of our party who prefers a square table to a booth. So not as festive as main dining room

Will certainly return prior to next Thanksgiving. Definitely a neighborhood gem.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

My children were home for Thanksgiving and we went after having a not so great experience last year. They wanted to try again. As a family we truly love your restaurants. We go often and have had many family parties and lots of wonderful food and fun experiences at your many different restaurants. But I have to say this restaurant just doesn’t succeed for us. The waiters are so pretentious and almost ignore you and we have to say the food is just ok. So we have decided to move on and spend our money and enjoy all you other restaurants that appeal to us more.

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t
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Booth One is steeped in tradition - in its décor, its location, and its ambiance. It's price-point makes it best for special occasions, or satisfying the need to just be special. With that caution - it is a great place. Good variety in the menu and all very well done. For a more secluded experience ask for a table (for two or four) along the outside wall. It is a bit quieter that the main central area.

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C
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was wonderful and the decor is stunning!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary at Booth One. It was really nice, the server was very knowledgeable and they took care of us well!

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NB
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booth One delivers on the high standard set by its predecessor, the Pump Room, and it a must-do for discerning travelers to Chicago.

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GY
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

We went there for our anniversary understanding that it wasn't the old stuffy Pump Room but after a very disappointing meal I almost wish it was. At the outset the food was good albeit not outstanding and would have been fine if it wasn't a bit overpriced for what we got. The fish and seafood selections were best. The recommended celebratory champagne, however (actually a sparkling blend) was undrinkable. The room decor was neo-industrial, no table clothes, bare bones decoration(except for massive grotesque balloon light fixtures), and the most eclectically attired wait staff I have encountered: some of the bus staff were attired as in a brasserie but the waiters wore whatever they wanted (no two alike). What the waiters wear is their business but how they treat us is our business. That was the most outrageous part of the evening. We asked for a fuller description of two of the fish offerings one salmon and one sea bass and what we got was, sea bass is a light fish and salmon is a heavy fish. When I said we understood that but wanted a more detailed explanation of the preparation he basically repeated himself as if it was an impertinent question. The same attitude was how we ended up with the undrinkable wine. The waiter truly thought he was doing us a favor talking to us. We have been to virtually all of the "Lettuce" restaurants including some at the highest end (Everest) to at the lowest (RJ Grunts), Booth One in comparison is misnumbered. It is a zero.

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M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Onion garlic roll presented before the meal was delicious.
Complimentary tidbit of steak tartare with cucumber was a nice touch.
Caviar on toast, creme fraiche and onions was just right with the Moet Champagne.
Caesar salad had crisp, cold romaine and tangy anchovies, with two long croutons.
Good butternut squash soup.
Great Beef Wellington - tender and tasty.
Lobster risotto was great, but heavy on the risotto.
Too full for dessert.
Waitress was courteous and professional, and respected our time constraints, as we had to leave for a CSO concert. Allow plenty of time for that.
Pricey, but you get what you pay for.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was very funny and personable and they hooked us up with a few sample treats, which were delicious. I'd go back again, but it was a bit pricey for the portions.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our evening was lovely in every way...from the service, to the attention from the SOM, to the quality of the food, details etc. I must say that the lighting, decor, music selection etc, all enhanced our experience!! Top notch!!

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JC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wine selection is wonderful. Beer selection is less than mediocre. Otherwise, five stars.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

It is hard to say their foods are quiet good. I did like the appetizers and the pre-meal bread. The pre-meal bread was lightly toasted and garlics,which tasted great. However, the main courses were little disappointed because it was too salty for me and the deserts are too sweet. It is like consuming salts and sugar. Well, for the services and the environment were excellent. The music there was fabulous. Also, the wine menu is pretty impressive. Even though the foods are quite not good but services were really GREAT! So it was good time at there.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, lots of choice for vegetarians.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! The food / service / ambiance is unparalleled. I had the chateaubriand and it was better than any steakhouse in Chicago. The wine was beautiful, the service staff so so nice, warm, friendly and knowledgeable. This is the best romantic date night restaurant in Chicago. And I would stay for the lemon meringue dessert. Plan an entire evening here at this modern cozy spot. Please do it.

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TW
Chicago
133 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second time dining here. We dined here shortly after the restaurant opened and it was very crowded. While a lively environment, it was almost too crowded back then. At our latest visit, the restaurant was busy and had an energetic environment but much more manageable. The cocktails were good, wine list extensive. Shared the truffle eggs which were amazing! The group all enjoyed their entrees--lamb chops, dover sole, halibut, beef Wellington. We will definitely return.

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B
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambiance & impeccable service. The restaurant is absolutely beautiful. The staff was friendly, informative and on top of service. The food was delicious and the menu had a decent selection of items to satisfy most palate. My wife & I shared the chocolate coconut cake which I later regretted because it was so darn delicious I should've ordered my own, a must try!

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SM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food in a classic setting. The chopped salad is wonderful!

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TT
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Located in the old Pump Room, a welcome card with the history of the former and current restaurants would be a nice touch.

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JA
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

When you go to Booth One for dinner, do yourself a favor and don't sit at one of the tables in the bar. We chose the bar because all the window seating in the dining room had been reserved for a private party, and we thought it would be more fun in the bar than in the dining room given it was empty. But it was 5:00, and the bar became busy, leaving our waiter - the bartender ! - without much time to take care of us. So we did wait a long time for service. As far as the food, if you sit at a table in the bar area, you don't get the courtesy basket of bread that's so yummy. My dinner compansion was told there were 5 or 6 "deviled eggs" per order; there were 3, and only the yolk mixture was stuffed into tiny cream puffs the size of a quarter. So a little disappointing there. But the mini burgers and the steak frites were fine. I've said it before - the fries are just tiny little pieces the size of 1-2" rather than nice sized ones. Wish that would change!

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