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About Camellia Room (formerly Drake Bros.’)

Introducing the Camellia Room, formerly the Drake Bros.' restaurant, serving breakfast daily and available for private events. The dining room overlooking The Magnificent Mile and the Lakefront has been restyled by Diane Rostenkowski with Concept Group Interiors, taking inspiration from The Camellia House, which was the hotel's internationally renowned floral designed dining room circa 1940. The refresh maintains the historic integrity of the room's architecture, while exuding a contemporary look and feel. The dining room is adorned with trellis patterned wallcovering, crystal beaded chandeliers and wall sconces, decorative marble tile floor, ornate window treatments with beaded valance and tie backs, and an elegant floral lattice patterned carpet with a color palette of deep blues and golds, all complimenting the hotel's historic interiors and the city's landscape.

Drake Chicago
140 East Walton
Chicago, IL 60611
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast
Monday-Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am
Saturday & Sunday: 7am - 11:00 am

Cross Street:
Michigan Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 932-4626

Website:
http://www.thedrakehotel.com/dining/drake-bros

Parking Details:
Discounted valet parking is available when you dine at the Drake Bros' Valet parking is provided seven days a week with a flat rate of $14.00. After 3 hours, normal rates apply.

Executive Chef:
Herve Cuyeu

Additional:
Beer, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Camellia Room (formerly Drake Bros.’) Ratings and Reviews

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3.7

service

4.0

ambience

4.0

value

3.0

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Quiet

76% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (178)
Great for Brunch (153)
Special Occasion (146)
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Great for Lunch (104)
Good for Groups (100)
Neighborhood Gem (79)
Fit for Foodies (66)
Kid-friendly (63)
Romantic (63)
Notable Wine List (23)
Hot Spot (11)
Late-night Find (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Authentic (1)
Casual (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Bloody Mary Bar was nice. Brunch was delicious. Service was a little slow.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 6, 2017

It was a small buffet for the price. The only item that was good was the fruit and omelets.
If I go back I would order from the menu.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Wonderful Sunday brunch for my wife's 1st visit to Chicago.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Beautiful setting and abs a really great breakfast!

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 22, 2017

We ate breakfast here as recent hotel guests. Lovely ambiance, great table by the windows, delicious food. Servers were friendly and efficient. I would definitely recommend it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Terrible! Dirty plates. Hair on table. Rude waiters. Food was not good at all. Please be aware before eating there. Breakfast buffet is 30 per person and it's not worth it.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Decided to try Drake Brothers for Christmas dinner this year with a group of six family members including our 5 year old daughter. Our service was great, we appreciate the attention from our server. The food however was not. We understood that there was a preset meal for $89 per person plus tax and tip with meat/fish/veggie option but the fish option (Halibut) was overcooked and had to be sent back to the kitchen. For the children's meal we chose the chicken option with broccoli and mac & cheese. The chicken was hard and equally overcooked and the mac and cheese had to be kraft mac and cheese. My daughter gladly ate the brocoli in anticipation of dessert. The menu stated a few dessert options but we were steered toward the candy shop dessert bar...so the chocolate cake and ice cream my daughter was hoping for didn't happen. However-she was quite pleased with the gummie worms. Nice atmosphere with the carolers, who received at least $40 in tips from my table for two song selections. They were very nice and accommodating to us. All in all, it was Christmas and we were just happy to be together. Next year- I will cook.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Very poor value for the food being served. very disappointed with food, service and then the bill, even though we knew the price for the food from the very start.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2016

What has happened to this place? The Christmas meal this year was awful consisting of one slice of fatty beef and half a potato and half a sweet potato. The hotel did what it should do in this situation and did not charge us for the meal.

We have been four times, the last being 2011 when it was an absolutely fantastic 6 course meal and value for money and a highlight of our Christmas in Chicago. What has happened since then I do not know but the management has ruined it.

Will not return, based on this experience I don't think it will be in business to return to anyway, as knowbody would return given the quality of the the food. The chef and management should be ashamed.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 25, 2016

The eggs Benedict were maybe the best we've ever eaten! Everything was delicious and presented well. We had Christmas breakfast at Drake Bros and the restaurant was decorated very festively. The staff is very friendly.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Great Christmas Eve buffet - with Santa and caroquality of food, wish they had better selection of seafood and desert.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2016

It may have been due to the fact that it was Thanksgiving morning, but the service was very slow, albeit friendly. The buffet was lacking in so many items; there were no eggs and it said on the menu eggs could be made to order but no one asked. It just seemed like a sad little restaurant, a bit out of date.

Tags: Cozy, Kid-friendly, Waterfront
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2016

The food and service are very good. The view looking out over Lake Shore Drive is special. It is awesome being in such an historic building. There are a few items that point to a bit of a tired dining room (such as the worn down carpet), but overall a great place to have brunch for a special occasion. We celebrated our anniversary with brunch there.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 23, 2016

It's all about the staff here. Classic hotel restaurant with career servers, the staff remembers returning guests and take care of them like family.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 17, 2016

Few locations in Chicago have more quality and better views that Drake Bros. As you eat you overlook Oak Street Beach and North Michigan Avenue. You are in a quintessential Chicago location with grace and elegance.

I had the lobster roll with the homemade chips. The portion was very generous and full of seafood. My companion had a salmon entree that she declared delicious. The wait staff is most attentive.

Other than for the holidays, some people overlook this restaruant because it is tucked away in the northwest corner of the hotel. It is their loss as this is a gem.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 13, 2016

Make sure you double check your order with your server as they tend to forget to place it to the kitchen.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 13, 2016

Drake Bros. has a cool ambiance and views. It was perfect for a business breakfast. Hostess was friendly...wait staff was efficient and pleasant. While we didn't order anything unique (just bacon and eggs), both our dishes came with turkey bacon. When we mentioned that the waiter said, "Oh I thought you ordered turkey bacon." Maybe he could have mistaken that for one of us, but not both. By the time we realized it wasn't the real stuff, we had both taken bites of it. The presentation was nice...the fresh fruit was tasty (not bland like it can be in Chicago winter time.) Our waiter comped our coffees to make up for it, but we just missed the real bacon.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 3, 2016

There were 7 of us on a Sunday for Brunch. Made the reservations for 1. I called the day before to see if we could move the reservation to 1:30 but there was no answer.so. I got a call at 7:56 a.m. the next day from the hostess telling me that we needed to be there at 1:00 because that was the last seating. She was rather abrupt with me and I was a little taken aback by that and by the fact that I was called so early on a Sunday morning.

I told her there was nothing indicated on Open Table or on the restaurant site that said that reservations had to be made at 1:00, the latest. She agreed that something had to be done about that.

The buffet was average in selection, weak on desserts..but overall, ok. The staff was nice and accommodating.

We had a nice time visiting, as it was quiet and we could talk. However, we expected more. For the money, and for the fact that this is the Drake Hotel, our expectations were not met.

I know it's just a breakfast/lunch restaurant but the Drake should have standards that are higher than the average dining establishment. Its reputation has been built on that concept.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 21, 2016

Comfortable and open setting with great views of park and lake. Iconic Chicago hotel full of nostalgia. Food straight forward .

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 30, 2015

We stay with our extended family every year at the Drake during the Holidays. This year, for the first time, a couple of us celebrated my sister's birthday with lunch at The Drake Bros. The hostess and staff were lovely and super accomodating, but in the end the service was very slow - even though it was not crowded, and the food was awful! I am not particular, but none of us finished our meals as they were that bad. $188.00 for an outstanding lunch for 4 people ( no alcohol) would be bad enough - but when the food was that horrible, $188 was a painful check to pay. Very dissapointed.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Toledo)·Dined on December 29, 2015

For a good many years we have enjoyed breakfast at the Drake. And while our recent visit was most enjoyable and the service and food quite good...it sure wasn't the Drake of old. Seems the Hilton folks have become economy minded - not price wise, however. The morning buffet did not seem to us to be that plentiful a selection, as in the past, for the $27/pp tab. And, the eggs Benedict did lot live up to previous tasty standards ... subjective, we realize. But it's probably not fair to compare the old Drake to the Hilton version...although they do trade on the old reputation.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2015

My halibut was very dry and spouse's prime rib mediocre. Waldorf salad needed seasoning. Desserts (buffet) were akin to what you'd get at a cafeteria (cookies tasted like Archway brand).

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2015

It was Christmas, so our experience maybe outside the norm. Some dishes were exceptional (lobster bisque, prime rib and sides). Others were underwhelming (waldorf salad prepared as a scoop of chicken salad on a leaf of butter lettuce, with some of the listed ingredients and a number of substitutions?), and extremely dissapointing desserts (cake pops with unbaked cake dough dipped in coating).

Service was below par throughout the meal: received bread basket yet no bread plates or utensils. When we asked for bread plates, server pointed to the bread. Received coffee and dessert, again with request needed and prolonged wait for utensils and cream. Must give a nod to the table attendant/ bus staff- who consistently helped to get what we needed when server did not respond. And although it was Christmas, service glitches did not appear to be crowd-related, as plenty of tables were empty- at most, the room was half full.

We did expect impeccable service -to standard of the Drake- perhaps we expected too much. I would try again for a routine meal, but would think twice about returning for a special occasion. It didn't feel special.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 25, 2015

All food was luke warm and the halibut was overcooked and dry. The manager suggested reheating it and putting olive oil or lemon on it. This was our Christmas dinner and had a set price of $89.00. Nothing about the dinner met the standards of the Drake. I would always stay at the hotel but will not return for a holiday meal.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2015

Overall I was very disappointed in my experience. To start there were no decorations on the tables. Come on - it's Christmas. Even an artificial poinsettia or a votive candle would have added a little ambiance.

There were two tables next to us that had not been cleared. After staring at them for almost an hour we asked a busboy to clear them.

The soup and salad were good. I ordered prime rib. It came with two types of "twice baked" potatoes. They were not twice baked. As a matter of fact, they were under baked. And they were cold. The prime rib was a thin slab with lots of fat. It looked like something a cheap dinner would serve.

Our server was good and attentive and his timing was also good.

The dinner cost $89. 00. Definitely over priced. I was expecting much more and left very disappointed.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 20, 2015

The food was excellent. The service a little slow but expected due to the busy traffic. Unfortunately there was poor communication from the manager to the tables that you had to go see Santa immediately because he was leaving. We waited in line with two other families and Santa just got up and left. I told complained to the photographer and she did nothing, I complained to a server that said she didn't know what was going on. I went to the front desk and complained and was told that the manager was going to call me. Two days later I complained again and heard nothing. The day I left I complained to the front desk two more times and finally the dining room manager, Eric phoned me and was extremely rude, argumentative and sarcastic, called me a liar, etc. He finally said "what do you want me to do" and I said , you are the manager, whom never got back with me, what should you do? He credited my bill 20% but still, NO PHOTOS WITH SANTA.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2015

We have enjoyed brunches at the Drake over the many years past, but have not returned until recently. The buffet was more meager than it used to be, and the prices up. The hostess initial reaction to our request for a table with view was dismissive although there was availability and her colleague was kind enought to oblige. We ordered a la carte, some basic entrees. The check was more appropriate for a top steakhouse dinner almost, than one for 2 eggs, bacon and coffee. So yes, we enjoyed our meal, but it's not really worth the money.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 5, 2015

Food and service was very good and the noise level was low so the business lunch went well. Would recommend to others.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 29, 2015

I love breakfast at Drake Brothers. Whether you want to linger over a reasonably priced buffet or limit yourself to fresh fruit and a pastry, you will find delicious food with a view of Oak Street Beach and the Gold Coast. From the moment of entry forward, you are treated as a special guest. For business breakfasts or catching up with friends, I can make not better suggestion in Streeterville.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 13, 2015

Overpriced, marginal food. Fair service and great views of the park. Convenient to Drake dwellers.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 15, 2015

We had breakfast...seated promptly but the bacon was like cardboard, the sausage was greasy, the potatoes bland. Made to order omelets good, but overall not a good breakfast. We will not be going back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 21, 2015

Best traditional brunch in Chicago. The service is outstanding.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 14, 2015

Our family wanted a nice breakfast at an early hour- before 8:00am. The buffet was beautiful with something for everyone. Omlets made to order, a fruit and yogurt buffet, a huge variety of pastries and usual breakfast favorites. We had 3 different servers waiting on us non-stop. Very good experience!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2015

Great spot for a special occasion near the Lake. Attentive service, nice selection of entrees.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2014

Sunday brunch offered limited food selection. Food was ok but not worth the price. Really a disappointment. Use to be a real treat to eat there. Not the case anymore.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 28, 2014

We were told that we needed to do brunch at the Drake on our trip to Chicago. Ok, we did it. But while the food was pretty good overall, the brunch was way overpriced and the service was not up to par with what you would expect. I would tell you that you could miss brunch at the Drake and not miss much. There are a lot better places out there.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2014

Average menu and service; restaurant settings were extremely boring; I expected much better service from the Drake - will not come back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2014

The service and staffing was very good, warm and friendly. Overall the menus was limited with main items well done, sweet table was uninspired but ok. Several fish courses were very good. The hotel was beautifully decorated and it felt like Christmas in the air. The room was crowded as you might expect and we unfortunately sat directly under a light so the brightness took away a bit from atmosphere. Santa and carolers added to the festive spirit. The service was relaxed but attentive enough; there was no rushed feeling.

For the price, I recommend getting reservations very early (around thanksgiving) so you can be seated in one of the regular dining rooms for a full dinner as opposed to buffet. In conclusion, there is nothing like the Drake around Christmas but dogo for the main dining room.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2014

We were at Drake Bros. for Sunday breakfast. The buffet is wonderful. There is an ala carte menu if you chose. However, the buffet is complete with an omelet station. Everything is beautifully presented and fresh. The service is prompt and professional.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 3, 2014

The best clam chowder I have ever had, ever! This place is a hidden gem for lunch time. Reasonably priced for the quality and service provided. I plan on returning soon and I highly recommend it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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