Booth One

4.6
535 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place was great. My girlfriend and I loved the disco ball lights reflecting in the room.

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MI
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant great place for a romantic dinner

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KA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The somm made an excellent suggestion of a 2008 Chianti that we never would have picked on our own. Great wine and a great value. Went perfectly with aged parm risotto with shaved black truffles on the top!

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GG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Pricey place, but there is quality food and presentation going on here. Limited menu, so they excel at what they put out of the kitchen. Great setting and ambiance. It met my high expectations, but didn't exceed them. I'd probably recommend it to someone for a special occasion type spot, but it probably won't make my regular rotation.

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CB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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FF
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outstanding Valentine’s Day dinner. Great food..terrific service..amazing cocktails by Colin...his Corpse Reviver 2 is best ever. Easy conversation and nice music...all in all the best!

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ML
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful room. Delicious food. Comfortable, gorgeous booth. Fancy but not stuffy. Booth One is as good as it gets for a special occasion where you want to make a great and lasting impression.
The beef Wellington was cooked perfectly medium rare and desserts and coffee rounded out a perfect meal.
Almost forgot— the whipped potatoes are the best I’ve ever had!

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s
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, even better food, and a modern and sleek dining space. Great spot for a date nice or celebrating a special occasion. I wouldn't come with more than a group of 4. Amazing time, and can't wait to come back!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

Service was horrendous. Our server forgot about us, literally.

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JO
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress was awesome! She knew all about the past with Booth One being the Pump Room and had great wine recommendations!

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JK
Chicago
73 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is getting to be a habit of ours, going to Booth One. We've enjoyed it each time, but this visit was extra special. Our server was knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. Knew the menu in detail and could offer recommendations in all areas. The foie gras, salmon, and lamb chops were outstanding. Oh, and the vintage drinks are great: we had the Cynar Flip and the Tony Accardo. Each had interesting layers of flavors.

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CS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

This was our first time to Booth One. We had heard about this restaurant from friends and decided that we would go here for a celebration. The ambiance was great, nice bar and excellent service. The food was less than great. I had the Maine lobster Risotto. While the lobster was excellent, the risotto was too soupy for my taste. The Booth One salad was a chopped salad that was more fitting for a salad bar from a supermarket.

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JK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Five stars for ambiance and service. Food was okay.

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N
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love the old Pump Room. The ambiance is amazing...very romantic! The food was good, and so were the drinks but I don't think they were outstanding. The price is a bit high for what you get. Overall I thought is was good and I am happy that I got a chance to experience Booth One.

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T
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dad dinner always great. Excellent server

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B
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. We had a great evening..

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

Service was extremely slow, I understand it was restaurant week but over an hour for our entrees. We sat in the Sinatra booth and they were made aware of a birthday over the phone and they acknowledged nothing at dinner. Good thing my date liked me anyway. I’ve been here probably 10 times and it’s usually spectacular so I’ll chalk this one up as just a one time thing hopefully.

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h
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been once before when it was still Pump Room and were excited to go back for Restaurant Week. I've had some bad experiences at good restaurants during Restaurant Week, so wasn't sure what to expect. Everything was outstanding - the space, the service, the food, the wine - all exceeded expectations.

I'm a sucker for ambiance and design and this space does not disappoint - it's posh without feeling overdone. The dishes we had were excellent and great value - large portions too.

Will definitely be back!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the blend of modern and history. And the Food was the star of the night. Can’t wait to return

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R
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried Booth One for restaurant week. We found everything excellent. We ordered the seabass & beef wellington for entrees. For appetizers, we had the quoina beet salad & the butternut squash soup. I prefer sweet butternut squash soup, and this one was spicy & savory. We ended up swapping appetizers, which worked out well. Desserts were the cheesecake & the chocolate coconut cake. Both were delicious, but probably the cheesecake was the winner between them. The bar is a great place for people watching as well.

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OT
Chicago
142 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Booth One is above average. It was restaurant week in Chicago. Better than usual pricing.
We ordered a special , truffle scrambled egg with crab, which is outstanding. This has been on the menu since Booth One opened. They do honor food allergies. Rings of Saturn cocktail - excellent. Moscato d'Asti , also
recommended. Butternut Squash soup was spicy, and darker than usual color. One in the party enjoyed it a lot. Duck confit - excellent. Beef Wellington - one piece was overcooked and tough. This is not their forte. The interior is chic. Dessert: coconut with chocolate cake - commendable. Service is attentive. We were celebrating a special event, and after dinner drinks were complimentary.
We were a little disappointed, because we wanted this location to be the top creative restaurant in Chicago.
The food was somewhat heavy. Perhaps chef could focus on delivering flavor with a lighter touch. Would recommend this for a special event. Tables are spaced, so it is a private conversation.

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JT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant for the food, ambience, and service. Definitely coming back.

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MH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Fun spot, great decor - bar was very backed up on a busy night, but they brought us a complementary sparkling wine while we waited which was very nice. Overall, would definitely go again.

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A
Chicago
187 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Our 2nd, and last disappointing dinner at Booth One. Biggest gripe is the music which is wildly inappropriate for both room and clientele. Who wants to hear Elvis Presley loudly over dinner? A real irritant, and I’m in my forties, not my eighties. Both visits the drinks took forever, as did the food. The last time we were there the meat came out practically raw. Too much money for too little fun.

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KL
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booth one is really great! Great food, great service, great ambiance, elegant and stylish decoration. Everything is great! Definitely will visit again!

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T
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great date night. Returning next week for dad get together

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FB
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant Week

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l
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Lovely sophisticated setting and excellent service. Food disappointing given that and the price level. Didn’t match the elegance of place. We had sea bass which was very salty and not all that tasty. Desserts were good and appetizers were ok but not outstanding.

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P
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celeste was a perfect compliment to a beautiful meal.

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CO
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Restaurant Week experiences we’ve had. Service was terrific, food options representative of the usual menu. Duck confit was perfect as was the beef Wellington. Ummm.

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m
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 1

Food and service terrific. Wine pairing excellent. Very crowded so noisy but well worth it. Can’t wait to go back

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DV
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything on the menu is delicious. Chocolate coconut cake is my favorite!

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GP
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is awesome ... 10 ⭐️’s

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D
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Unfortunately, for the amount of money spent on this meal, we were quite disappointed. Service was rather slow. Also, a neighboring table was celebrating a birthday and received a complimentary dessert. We were celebrating the same occasion, but did not receive a complimentary dessert. With how many wonderful restaurants there are in the city of Chicago, we would recommend elsewhere in the future.

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d
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I would definitely go back with friends! Nice ambiance and great food. Seared scallops were cooked perfectly and wonderfully paired with mushrooms. I’m not a big peanut butter fan but my friend raved about the peanut butter pie. I had a little taste and the texture was so light and airy that I actually liked it. Great service. Will be heading back soon to order the prosecco with passion fruit and lime 😋

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l
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is impeccable, food and drink extraordinary.

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h
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booth One was all that we expected it to be, we wanted the Beef Wellington and waiter said it was the most popular item....it was AMAZING. we also had the Lobster Rissoto (also pitched as the 2nd most popular item) and it was just ok, lacked flavor and we thought it needed salt or something to bring out some taste.
we wanted soup and salad and our waiter split them both so we could enjoy them both. Squash soup and ceasar salad were great. Special drinks (Tony Arccardo & Playboy Club) were fantastic too.
prices were what was expected. atmosphere was great and quiet with nice music playing....until a large party came in on "balcony" and by then it was harder to talk and music could not be heard. but we were on dessert by then and left before it got even louder. saturday night.
Free dessert for Birthday was very nice surprise. coffee was a bit bitter but very good.
only disappointment of the night was that no one was in Booth One. :(
Our waiter was great and all staff was attentive and kept the water full and table clean.
love the booths and casual or formal attire optional. real mixed crowd, many regulars i suspect.
we left fat and happy.
love to go back soon.

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P
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, genuine, personal, friendly, attentive service! Beautiful and inviting warm, urban, upscale, sleek interior. Fun busy bar area with small bites, and lovely dining rooms. We ate in the room next to the window which had a lovely view of the snowy, Christmas light lit street, and in the main dining room on our next visit with its unique, stylish lighting fixtures and comfortable seating areas. We went twice in one week to celebrate a birthday in two stages with different sets of people, we had a great time. Our wait staff was very, very good, and those who greeted us at the entrance were genuinely friendly. It is fun to look at the photos from the old Pump Room down in the lower level. It is named Booth One for “Booth One” from The Pump where celebrities were seated. Our friend had been at The Pump Room and said that booth one was up front. The Valet’s were very good and attentive and friendly too. Fun evening out, fun atmosphere, with a sophisticated quality.

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JA
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I love Booth One - there's always a smiling face at check-in, they always offer to take your coat, it's a vibrant place in a lovely neighborhood near home, and the food is almost always on point. The bar scene is lively but not noisy. There are some good deals during Happy Hour. We were seated at a wonderful window table - the first time in all our visits here. So far, so good. The ceaser salad with "twinkie" croutons is really good, and large enough to split. The butternut squash soup was wonderful and has lumps of crab atop. However, the artichoke hearts, which are deep-fried, came without aoili or other dipping sauce atop a bed of dry spinach leaves. I think it needed a little something to dunk them in, or at least dressing on the spinach. The roasted chicken came in at a 3.5 out of 5, not because it wasn't tender, but it appears they flash fry the skin after roasting, which leaves it with a deep-friend texture. For me, roasted chicken with a nice brown crispy crust can and should be done in the oven. A rich gravy accompanies the chicken and has a wonderful depth of flavor - but not really necessary, since it comes with frites and an herb dipping sauce, not mashed potatoes. The lobster risotto was divine. Our server knew his stuff - very knowledgeable about both the food and the wine. He was extremely polite and respectful. Booth One is a neighborhood gem.

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l
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very disappointing as I was expecting the prior Pump Room quality. Room was drab, service was at times slow, but most importantly, the food was incredibly banal. The steak tartar was not tasty, but the crackers accompanying this appetizer were amazing. My lobster risotto was soupy and without taste. My dessert was a lemon cake, and that was glorious. So it seems this restaurant has a marvelous pastry chef, but not so any of the other prep staff.

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