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About Club Arcada 1920s Speakeasy

A 1920s style speakeasy restaurant --offering hand crafted whiskey, gin and bourbon cocktails, specialty beers and wine...with salmon, steak, flatbreads, charcuterie boards, Italian favorites, all served by flapper girls and newsies! In this historic Arcada Theatre in downtown St. Charles!

105 E Main St
St. Charles, IL 60174-1927
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday & Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(630) 962-7000

Website:
http://www.clubarcada.com/

Parking Details:
There is free parking located all around the building.

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Club Arcada 1920s Speakeasy Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.8

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (67)
Live Music (61)
Fun (58)
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Special Occasion (54)
Pre/post Theatre (53)
Neighborhood Gem (45)
Good for Anniversaries (43)
Worth the Drive (43)
Handcrafted Cocktails (38)
Authentic (37)
Romantic (33)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Cozy (29)
Casual (26)
Late-night Find (26)
Good for Groups (21)
People Watching (21)
Hot Spot (20)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Comfort Food (14)
Tasting Menu (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Bar Seating (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Quick Bite (6)
Scenic View (6)
Tapas (5)
Great Beer (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Business Meals (3)
Healthy (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Seasonal (3)
Disabled Access (2)
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Spicy (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 11 hours ago

Another excellent dining experience. Have been to Club Arcada many times and this was another exceptional visit. Food was beyond excellent. Feels like being at a good friend's home.

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·Dined 2 days ago

We have a good time good drinks and excellent music

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Fun place especially pre-concert at the Arcada. Great atmosphere, and nice, polite, and prompt service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Fun, friendly, and good ambience...at a great price. I'll be back.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Cozy, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had a great time! The Speakeasy concept is fun, with waitresses and bus boys all in costume! Even the "door Man' who opens the bookcase is "authentic". The food was delicious and also "old school" , like shrimp cocktail and steak and potatoes. the steak , by the way, was very good and cooked perfectly. The variety of cocktails is really fun and interesting. And then the show that starts around 9:00 is so much fun! Flappers abound, with a little Marilyn Monroe thrown in. Loved the décor and really felt like we were doing something "different" on a Saturday night ... not just dinner!! We cannot wait to go back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy, People Watching, Romantic
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great concept. Food was good though a little pricey for what you get. Dessert was really good but once again, very small portions. The biggest disappointment was that it was FREEZING! There was a very clod breeze blowing right on our table and I over heard several other people complaining about how cold it was. I had to keep my jacket on for the whole meal.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great venue. This is a gem in the St. Charles area. Ron Onesti has created a place where you are transformed back in time to the roaring 20's. Great menu, simple selections of appetizers, small bites and a couple of nice entrees. The Vanilla Bean Bunt was one of the great deserts on the menu, tasty and light, perfect way to end dinner. Will definitely be going back again and experiencing more of the great menu selections.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The perfect start to a concert at The Arcada Food, as always, was excellent. Have enjoyed dining at Club Arcada many times and have never been disappointed. Highly recommended for great food and a fun time

Tags: Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Another excellent dining experience at Club Arcada. Food selections are unique- and all are very tasty. Service was outstanding. Looking forward to my next visit

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Casual
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Ambiance was great! Food was excellent! Waitress was not as attentive as we would have liked but did her job. The only complaint we had was that we weren’t informed about the parade coming through 1/2 hour before our reservation. Parking is usually bad but it was near impossible to find a spot with the parade. We were one of the lucky ones and got a spot only 1 mile away. Very glad we weren’t handicapped and could walk the distance while cutting through the parade and the crowd. It would be nice to have reserved spots for restaurant guests or at the very least let us know to head out earlier.

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

I visited for Ron's Sunday Dinner. At 20 bucks, (without alcohol or drinks) it's a great value. Fun venue. Lots to look at.
Service was exemplary without being over the top. I was there pre theater so the servers were scrambling but I was given all the attention I needed. Kudos! Course by course.
Salad was just a house type salad with multiple garnishes and an Italian vinaigrette. Ok.
Sausage and peppers were great in a nice creamy sauce. Tasty.
Meatballs and cheese stuffed ravioli was the star. Wonderful, smooth textured meatballs with a lot of flavor. Perfectly cooked ravioli and enough to make it a meal unto itself.
One word to the budget conscious. My 20 dollars bill hiked up to 60 after cocktails however...
Ron's Root Beer with bourbon is a must try even for non bourbon drinkers. Delightful.
The Valpilocella ( spelling?) that I had 2 glasses of was fantastic!
Cannolis,, although small were crispy and tasty.
Ron was there working the dining room as any good owner should. Nice to see.
All in all, highly recommended.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

It’s always a date with my wife - Ron Onesti has another gem in the works to complement the Arcada Theatre- we may soon have to dub him the hardest working show business with his new investments in Evanston.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The Sunday special is fantastic and the cocktails were out of this world!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fun, Bar Seating, Live Music, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

We have enjoyed the Speakeasy twice now. last year for our 40th anniversary (and Renaissance concert) and again this year for our 41st and the America concert. We drive 4 hours to come to St Charles and its well worth the drive!! Both times the owner has taken the time to chat with us, and we really appreciate his hospitality and warmth. We bought tickets to the Foghat / Savoy Brown concert while we were there so we will be back in March, and we are greatly looking forward to another Speakeasy memory!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Quite the ambiance and décor!! Really is a great room(s)!

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

My first time going here and we definitely had a great time. The food was great and our waitress Kim was wonderful! The music and the atmosphere was amazing!! We will for sure be returning!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Highly recommended!!!! We loved it. Excellent service, great food, fun atmosphere!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The ambiance is wonderful!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Quaint and authentic throw back to the roaring ‘20’s! Lots of great artifacts. Food was fantastic! Loved the atmosphere- dining and dancing. The sitting room to watch the black and white silent Charley Chaplain movies was a hoot!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 16, 2017

This is a fun Speakeasy style venue that has lots of vintage artifacts, a great attitude and good food. Recommended.

Tags: Fun, Live Music
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

There was a fish item and a steak item on the menu for the main course. It would be common sense to bring out steak knives with the steak entree. We had to ask for steak knives. Other than a few service glitches indicative of either a new employee serving us or a newer restaurant, it was a good overall experience. The ambiance was absolutely fantastic. The only other comment would be that the tables are very tiny and while they are squeezing more people into the room, they should have larger tables for serving dinner.

Tags: Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The Speakeasy is a great place to dine and be entertained. The atmosphere is awesome, like stepping back in time. The food was delicious and the service was great.

Tags: Late-night Find, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had dinner at the Speakeasy prior to a concert at the Arcada. We really enjoyed the ambiance of the room. The servers and decor were fantastic. The menu is small but what we ordered was good. There is a nice drink selection with quite a few specialty drinks. It is club seating and another couple was seated with us. They were interesting and made the night even more fun.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Special Occasion, Live Music, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, People Watching
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

In recreating an authentic 1920's speakeasy Club Arcada offers a very cool atmosphere as soon as you walk in. Greeted by flappers and a top-hatted doorman who shows you thru the secret door; one is instantly transported back in time.
Once inside the speakeasy, the food is great (a little pricey and somewhat limited as far as menu choices...I recommend the sandwich tray...outstanding) and the cocktails are varied and amazing. There was no music the night we were there but there is a bandstand and I'm sorry I missed the live entertainment.
The place filled up fast and was fairly hectic but everyone seemed to be having a good time. Thru all this the staff was great and all friendly and did a great job. I enjoyed the whole experience and plan a return trip next time we're in the area.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Unfortunately open table and the Speakeasy are not on the same page we booked our time through Open Table only to arrive to find out there was a private party for the next 45 minutes and we didn't have a table nor could we get in we were asked to leave and come back 45 minutes later we did leave however we did not return. I I certainly can't recommend using either OpenTable or booking at the Speakeasy neither on the same page neither seem to enjoy the Synergy of the other. Having friends drive an hour to meet us was very embarrassing

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Our reservation wasn't honored due to a private party conflict that we weren't notified about until we arrived. We were asked to leave, after already being seated, and told to return after the private party was over. They were very rude and not accommodating. They made it clear that they wanted us gone before anyone from the private party noticed. Extremely disappointing experience and a place that I would not recommend to anyone.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2017

First time eating here and it was fantastic. The food was excellent, along with the atmosphere. It’s a quaint little place for any occasion. I highly recommend it. The only thing I would recommend is that they tone down the music just a little bit. Just a little too loud for me, but the overall experience was worth it. Must try Ron’s Sunday Italian dinner.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Casual, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Took my parents out for the evening. Outstanding evening! Ron (owner) even stopped by the table to wish my dad a Happy Birthday!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Food is good. Service, although friendly and nice, has been inefficient and slow on a few occasions. We were not in a hurry so enjoyed our time.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Fantastic spot. Ron's italian meal was outstanding. Our go to place before or after Arcada events.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fun, Quick Bite, Live Music, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Worst service we've ever encountered from start to finish. Extremely disorganized. It started with being skipped over when we were in line waiting for a table. Proceeded to a 30 minute wait for our cocktails. We ordered the same meal and only one salad was served until they were reminded that we needed two. Had to ask for utensils and the saddest thing was when I asked for salt and pepper, I as told that none could be found. Then our waitress said she borrowed them from the people sitting near us.
The pros are that it's a really convenient, a great concept and the food was really good when we got it. All in all still not sure it was worth the annoyance.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

A lot of fun with an original setting, owner and all employees were enthusiastic and attentive, my friends said they’re coming back once a month.

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Organized Chaos! We all had every good time despite the chaotic experience. The service was good but the girl was handling too many tables. Appetizers arrived with the main course. My wine was served in a tall water glass because they were out of wine glasses.
We came for a Birthday celebration they brought a candle light Blundt cake.
Neat decor in a 1920’s motif, live entertainment was engaging with audience and a dance floor was open.
Great place for event for drinks and light fare. We’ll be back.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

An excellent place to go, has the feel of an old authentic Speakeasy. Everyone was friendly and the food was terrific.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Casual
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

My friend had the salmon dinner that was very tasty and I had the 6 oz filet that was excellent. The sides were good, small potatoes and mixed vegetables. The shrimp were large and firm. Dessert was very good. We ate before a concert. The atmosphere was great, Ron, has done a great job on this recreated of a speakeasy establishment. We will be going back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The 1920s theme is fun, and the dining space is both unique and attractive. The menu is limited, but we enjoyed what we ordered. The owner clearly is very committed to his business and seemed to really enjoy interacting with everyone in the dining room.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Live Music
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

This was our first dining experience at Arcardia Speak Easy. The entire staff was very
helpful with menu choices and recommendations. Ron Onesti was truly a wonderful host
from beginning to end. Can't wait to return !!!!!! Lyn Tinley Park, Il

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We loved the entire experience! The ambiance trumped the food choices but that was okay. A truly fun time with excellent service.

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food was good but on the pricey side -- the $22 for the cheese/meat board was definitely too high. We literally got a total of 8 pieces of meat. 2 total olives and about 8 grapes. I thought it said roasted garlic but we didn't get that. Two pickles that were literally an inch long and 1/4 tsp of apricot preserves and mustard. Not sure how more than 2 people could have possibly split this.

The service is excellent, very unique drinks but again pricey. Well worth visiting at least once as the Roaring 20's was definitely captured

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The Club Arcadia 1920s Speakeasy is like going back to the roaring 20's. You step into several rooms decorated in various themes, the Charlie Chaplin room, the Louie Armstrong Bar, the Ballroom, etc. With over 400 antiques you will get the feeling you just stepped back in time. Ron Onesti has done a wonderful job in collecting these one of a kind items. And to top it off the dinner was outstanding, the fillet was prepared to perfection along with veggies to dessert.

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