Chicago Oyster House

4.4
446 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood

When it comes to finding the best oyster restaurant in the country, look no further than Chicago Oyster House. Chicago Oyster House has been ranked among the top 21 oyster houses for the entire United States by The Daily Meal, and it continues to serve excellent food. The casual atmosphere and friendly staff make it a perfect spot to dine or catch up with friends, and the varied menu has plenty to offer.

Diners at Chicago Oyster House can order entrees such as fresh oysters, sushi, sashimi, lobster tails, spring rolls and chicken fingers. There are also a number of different daily specials throughout the week, and guests are encouraged to check out the website to see what is coming up. Chicago Oyster House is also happy to host private meetings or parties, and those looking for such services are encouraged to call to discuss details.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 446 people are saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LaSondraD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday dinner was exceptional!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful!!!

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Destinyrocks
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Destiny was outstandingly fabulous and made the dining experience more than just good food.

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MishaB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Took my mother in law out for her birthday. Food and drinks were good. Waitress was nice and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good. Last night the fried oyster appetizer with the spring rolls, seaweed salad and the sahara roll made the perfect dinner for two!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambiance kinda small but a really nice place with good food

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vipLeoP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Service was excellent. Food quality was mediocre to poor. Tried every oyster on the menu - cooked and raw. Many of the oysters were past the day which they should have been served. At your oyster prices, we expect perfection- especially since your price point is top 3 highest in the city. Cooked oysters were flat in flavor. Not a lot of thought went into creating these apps. Crab cake was rancid- we sent it back. Sea bass tasted as it was freezer burn. Lamb chops were meh - over cooked and over sauced to make up for poor quality meat that had been in the fridge for a week too long.

Sorry COH team - the issues experienced with the meal were all back of house created problems. Would have expected much better fora 4 person $700 dinner tab. Too many fantastic steak and seafood restaurants in our city. Swift and Sons, Bavettes, Maple and Ash - make COH look like Applebees which would have been a better dinner option.

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vipFrequentDiner
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Had such hopes that this would be a great meal. Sadly, we were very disappointed. We tried many different food items and only a couple were dishes we would ever order again. And, service was very inattentive and slow. The menu sounds great snd it is so close to the convention center - but, we will not be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Went out with my fiancée for a nice dinner here. It started off fine but quickly turned sour.

I’ll make this short and sweet: they have A5 Wagyu in the menu but what they served me was not A5 Wagyu. What came out were tiny cubes (with absolutely no fat marbling) riddled with gristle, already pre-cut, and bone dry. Not to mention my first bite had gristle. A5 Wagyu doesn’t have gristle. Also the steak was not cooked medium rare but medium. I politely told the server that this steak was not up to the level of what I paid for ($120/4 oz), and she took it back. Then another waiter (why I don’t know) came back and tried to convince me it was cooked properly and this it was indeed A5 Wagyu, and then told me that all they could do was give me half off, and couldn’t return or replace items “because of covid”…as if before covid returning a bad item was any different?!

They finally agreed to give me a full refund after way too much hassle. Had they simply agreed to replace the bad item straightaway instead of trying to convince me I was wrong, it would have been a fine experience.

I’ll give two stars since our waiter Destiny was fantastic. The oysters were also good.

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MadKatz
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience4

Went out for the wife’s bday. Ordered a crab cake, her favorite. We each to a bite of the $20 single crab cake, both had shells in our bite. Sent it back. Destiny, our server, was fantastic. She took care of it immediately. Ordered several sushi rolls as we always do. The spicy tuna tasted exactly like canned tuna with some heat. Not good at all. And the dynamite roll, with baked shrimp and scallops, had shrimp tales/shells in the roll. If I wanted to eat shells, I would order soft shelled crab. Super high reviews led me to a super huge letdown.

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vipEgleK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was great, and so was the service, the only thing is the restaurant could be nicer inside. It’s kind of very simple and outdated.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I came to this restaurant for the oysters. Unfortunately the oysters were old and not kept very cold. The rest of the meal was just ok. Service was fast and friendly.

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vipmcberkeley
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oysters, clam chowder, and several suschi roles we had were all excellent, as was the service. Can't speak to the steaks, but they looked great as well. We eat in the South Loop often and this place instantly went to the top of our list. We'll be back.

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CarterS
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here to celebrate our first anniversary and could not have been happier with our experience. Food was phenomenal, service was great, and it was the perfect atmosphere.

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vipYvonneSomerville
New England
33 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food impeccable service. Best salmon sushi! Children’s menu is amazing too. Wait staff went above and beyond.

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Dinner
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! I don’t know why we didn’t try this restaurant sooner. The food and drinks were great and the service was fantastic. We will definitely return soon!
I’ve included a picture of my Lychee Martini that was the best I’ve ever had!

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JoshA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Website showed a happy hour. So took my father for fathers day. We are huge oyster fans. Only to showup and be told happy hour was for there other location. We were bummed being he drove 2 hours to visit and let down

Chicago Oyster House
Responded on June 22, 2021

Dear Joshua, We stopped our Happy Hour Specials for a few years now. Our website do NOT show any happy hour specials. We can not regulate what google posts online, outside of our web page, as we do not own google. Perhaps, you came across a post that was over 3 years old that was not from our website. Here is our website: chicagooysterhouse (dotcom) Honestly, no one really does happy hour on a Saturday night in Chicago, especially on a busy night and recovering from the pandemic shut down.

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PatrickN
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my wife here for a date night. The food is amazing and the service is excellent! If you like steaks and seafood, you will love the Chicago Oyster House.

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vipRogerC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had a reservation and when we arrived we were not seated right away. After about 15 min. we did get asked for a drink order. Drink arrived 20 Min after we ordered. People were complain in the dining room about many issues. A young girl dining with her family was blasting loud music from her iPhone...very distracting and nobody from the Oyster House asked her to shut it off. Food, cold and not good. Service fee was added for a table of 2, which was unreasonable giving them 20% for a horrible Saturday evening meal.

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vipJenEx
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an unforgettable dinner. Amazing!!!

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Chef
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The grill oyster were a little too wet. Would have tasted better if grill in butter and garlic.

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SereneD
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants and quality of food I've been to in a while. There are more expensive restaurants I've been to but this place definitely tops it. Great Service as well

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time I took myself to dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best oysters I have ever eaten! Service and ambiance was amazing. We will definitely be back.

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Branden
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Food was PHENOMENAL. A small but impactful restaurant. ALL the food was good!

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AngeleeS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious & ambiance is nice & cozy the decor was pretty.. highly recommended

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Rose
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Great service

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TLH1
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. Our server saw me with a toddler and immediately brought over a high chair and a kids menu without me having to ask. She kept checking in with us as it was our first time and we had indecisive teenagers with us. The service was fast, we didn’t wait any time for drinks or food. They sat us away from other patrons and followed the current COVID protocols. The food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for Mother’s Day 2021 and it was amazing! The food was delicious! I had The Rockefeller and the Delaware Bay Oysters along with the lamb chops, wasabi mashed potato’s, Sautéed mushroom with sake, sauté baby spinach with garlic, also an oyster shooter with sake

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious! The seafood was extremely fresh and well seasoned. The lamb chops were delicious. Note that a sauce is on chops (the sauce is superb), so order the sauce on the side if you are unsure. The Oyster House is smaller venue, which makes the dining experience more intimate. The restaurant is on my short list of great Chicago restaurants.

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kikii
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FABULOUS service and the food was delicious!! A little pricey but totally worth it, I will be back!!!!

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HassonG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and delicious! Colossal shrimp, Lobster tail, sautéed garlic spinach. The Mrs had Lamb chops. Service was great. Went on Saturday night before Mother’s Day. Almost forgot about the oysters entrees were so good: pricey but well worth it! First time, definitely will be back!

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JunT
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The quality of food for the price did not compute. Our $55 ribeye was quite thin and lacked flavor and the cajun seafood boil was really a boil and not cajun at all. Expected much more than this for what we spent.

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kmarie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters and service was good

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CalvinP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were great. Food, service were excellent. Lil pricey but worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I felt rushed although there were not many guests I felt rushed. The food was mediocre at best especially for the price. I will not be dining there again. The service was good though.

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FineDining
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great service and the oysters were great. The only problem I had this time was with the seared tuna. It was very tough. Other than that, it was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Great service.

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DANIELB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was excellent with the exception of the garden salad which was average. We had both raw and grilled oysters for an appetizer. Both were great. My wife had the grilled prawns which were seasoned and grilled properly. I had the sushi deluxe dinner which was excellent- generous proportions of fish.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful from start to finish. Excellent service. Calm, relaxing atmosphere. Delicious food and drinks. Five stars.

FAQs

Chicago Oyster House does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Chicago Oyster House also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 225-8833.

Chicago Oyster House is rated 4.4 stars by 446 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.