Cherry Circle Room

4.7
1282 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

About

Creative development studio Land and Sea Dept. (Longman & Eagle, Lost Lake, Parson’s Chicken & Fish, Lonesome Rose) is pleased to present the Cherry Circle Room, at the Chicago Athletic Association, located on Michigan Avenue, in the very heart of the Loop.

Chef Pete Coenen’s offerings are both refined and rustic, and reference the
restaurant’s original opening menus of the late 1890’s. His dishes are creative,
sublime takes on familiar regional classics, utilizing the best, most flavorful and
freshest ingredients each season has to offer.

We also encourage guests to visit our adjoining spaces, with include fully restored drawing (lobby) and game rooms (with billiards, bocce, shuffleboard and more), as well as our 8 seat rare and vintage spirits tasting room, the Milk Room, all offering distinctive drink and food options specific to each room.
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4.7based on all time ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Reviewed on September 16, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Had a closing/celebration dinner w/ investment partners at Cherry Circle Room last week. We had an excellent meal from start to finish. Cocktails were great. The sommelier recommended great wine to go w/ all courses. The oysters were excellent. And, the entrees were perfect all the way around - the OG ribeye and the duck were amongst the favorites. Top it all of w/ a unique, stand out environment and service, plus a night cap at Cindy's Rooftop. Great night all the way around!

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vipjessiejaimzgunn
Phoenix
1 review
Reviewed on June 8, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Lovely and relaxed while showcasing a great menu. This is a little black dress house with a sense of relaxed grace. Loved our experience here.

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yumm
Chicago
1 review
Reviewed on October 26, 2018
Overall1foodserviceambience

Our party of four had a terrible experience at he Cherry Circle Room. It is expensive and the service and food are both underwhelming and not worth the experience. Our waiter was very curt and was reluctant to explain any of the dishes. He never came back around to ask how everything was and if we needed anything else. We had to stop random servers to ask for another Manhattan and to get some bread (which came after our first course and after we asked for it multiple times) and which no one told us it was the Parker Rolls (and that it was being baked) and came with a $12 charge.

The French onion soups were excellent, but my foie gras pate had no flavor. My husband ordered the Halibut and said he didn't want the asparagus and could another vegetable be substituted. He was told that no substitutions were allowed and he could order a side dish for another upcharge. The brussel sprouts he ordered were full of mayonnaise and not very good and the Halibut was a small piece and underwhelming. My duck breast was delicious, but the dark meat of the duck was turned into a hard ball that was inedible. The OG steak was good, but the chicken breast was unremarkable.

I tried ordering a decaf cappuccino and was told they didn't serve decaf expresso, my friend tried ordering a tea but was told they only had mint and chamomile. The carrot cake was inedible and probably the worst dessert I've ever had. White globs of ganache, tasteless pieces of cake and bland, tiny squares of ice cream (which they did in fact comp after we complained).

To top off the bad food, bad service and high prices, the host came over to us after we had been there for two hours and asked us to leave by suggesting he get us a table on the floor outside the restaurant so we could continue our conversation! We were so shocked and embarrassed.

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vipKARLAC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing so romantic

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ColoradoFun
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Cherry Circle Room was highly recommended looking at the ratings and we were not disappointed at all. The service was great, food was amazing, and only added to how great our night was. Thank you!

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vipBoots
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matt is THE BEST!
When we arrived my billfold had just been pickpocketed elsewhere — so he started us off with an immediate and complimentary prosecco. Really turned a positive note on what was looking like it was going to be a sad b-day. Thank you, Matt et al at Cherry Circle!

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MICHAELA
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No wait, service was impeccable and quality of food and drinks spot-on! Will definitely return.

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ANanda
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my husbands birthday and were very happy. It was our first time at the Cherry Circle Room and can’t wait to go back. Very romantic and staff very attentive to every detail. Wonderful experience and fabulous food!!

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AnaisB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Met up with a few family and friends for my sister’s birthday. We were a table of women and it seemed like the waiter was not happy about that. He made it very clear he was annoyed with us! He couldn’t ruin our night since we still had fun being all together! Food was ok. Music selection was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
77 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fine meal at Cherry Circle.

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JenniferJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a romantic fine dining experience, exceptional service, exquisite food, comfortable classy environment. They make a birthday booking really special! Highly recommended. We'll be back!

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NicB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine here. And the menu never disappoints. Everything is cooked just right. Service is attentive without being too intrusive.

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sharonm
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food here was outstanding, as well as the service. We had beef tartare and oysters for appetizers; some of our party had duck, others had pork, others had the chateaubriand and all were excellent.

Special mention to the dark chocolate crème brulee dessert !!!!

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AdamG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our 2 year anniversary and had the best experience at cherry circle room. They gave us champagne and a custom printed menu celebrating our anniversary as well as perfect food and service. Incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere! Food was amazing! Unique place that is great for date and drinks

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vipMike
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Overpriced pretentious fare, service was slow salad was not enjoyable.

Hamburger was greasy, chicken portion was very small

The Olives were nice

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vipJorge
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely lunch at the bar - food was great and the service was up to par. Irina was attentive to me and the other bar guests.

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Scott
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The room was gorgeous and the food was amazing. We were celebrating our anniversary and recent engagement. They helped make the occasion even more special.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Not a whole bunch of variety for breakfast but what they did have was very good

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vipJoeL
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall3food4service5ambience4

The food and service were good, but overpriced... not sure if I would go back.

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vipEdRR
Phoenix
41 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful place. The location, the food, the service, and the amazing wine list...everything about this place was exceptional. Definitely a must on my list to visit again.

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StanleyF
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent cocktails and outstanding leg of lamb. Superb service. Nice ambience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, drinks and food were all above and beyond! Will definitely be back!

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vipMarkP
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. The cocktails were incredible. The service was Flawless from beginning to end. Our waiter, Nicholas, was full of knowledge about the food, the wine pairing everything. We are definitely coming back.

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vipfoodytraveler
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cherry Circle Room is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is fantastic. The mussels are amazing! Get them. We love the risotto. Also, if there is honey-fennel ice-cream the day you're there - GET IT!

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vipfoodiedudie
Philadelphia
277 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love Cherry Circle Room! As a frequent traveler to Chicago, I love the history of the place and the building, but what keeps me coming back is the food, service and ambiance; consistently exceptional. The beef tartare made table side is wonderful. The pork entree and duck were wonderfully prepared and creative and not too much food ( for this meat and potatoes town). Interesting but expensive wine list and good cocktails. The cozy dark booths are a step back in time, in a good way. Hard to find these days.

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CassW
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

4th time back and food, service, and atmosphere were great. Always try to stop here when I’m in Chicago.

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mrstein2
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience. Perfect for exploring all courses with exquisite cocktail and wine pairings.

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vipFoodie4
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special dining experience in this gorgeous, cozy, feels like you are away from it all Restaurant. It isn’t about volume here, it’s about dining with delicious food and beverage. Love it!

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DanR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet, cozy and atmospheric. This was my second visit - had to make a 5 pm reservation just to get in.
We had the grilled watermelon, pork featherloin, shrimp cocktails, and halibut. All cooked to perfection, nicely presented and in good proportion.

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RichardR
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service excellent. Room too dark,had to use light to read menu

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vipgaryc
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We made a reservation for 5 people at 12 noon Sunday Brunch and arrived on time. The welcome from the female host was rather chilly and she didn't appear ready for our arrival, we were sat at the first table near the entrance, 3 deuces pulled together with 6 place settings - 3 and 3 facing each other, a bit awkward for conversation. So one of my guests pulled her chair to head of the table asking me if it was ok, I said of course. This way she wouldn't have to look down the length of the table to have conversation... the host seemed put off by this move but the dropped the menus and left. After the meal was served neither the host or the waiter checked on us for additional brunch cocktails. When we left we passed directly by the host, we never heard a good bye greeting, "thank you", "have a great day"...nothing!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience. I will be going there again. Cocktails were top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thoughtful and impressive service! Magnificent food!

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vipLanceC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food and presentation.

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AnnH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the best lamb, that I have had anywhere and I have been many places around the US and abroad.

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vipawchi
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The highlight was the dark chocolate creek brûlée.

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Mom24kids
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience! We went on the recommendation of a friend that had visited the bar/game room side a few days earlier. We were visiting Chicago with my four children, husband and MIL. We went for dinner our first night in town and as a special 70th birthday dinner for my mother in law. They had a special menu waiting for her. The service was excellent. The ambiance is well deserving of the James Beard award! The menu is not big by any means, but plenty of options to satisfy everyone. We left more then full. We were very happy with the evening and will be back for sure. I would not say this would normally be a kid friendly place, but they did not blink their eye at our two 16 year olds, 12 year old and 9 year. They are all we’ll traveled and excellent diners however. Loved the evening here.

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SWAMAN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique historic Chicago venue, exceptional service and fantastic food. All 7 of our party were very impressed (5 in from NYC).

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vipPatrickG
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a class act. Whether at the bar or in one of their expansive booths, dinner at the CCR is always memorable. The food it outstanding and the drinks are just as good. Never trendy, always classic/classy. A Chicago gem.

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