Club Arcada 1920s Speakeasy

4.7
414 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday & Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(630) 962-7000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Rt. 64 & Riverside Ave
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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, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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GM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Saw the 3 Stooges show, Sunday afternoon. It was hilarious!! Just like having the original Stooges on stage!! Went upstairs for a GREAT Italian dinner! The homemade stuffed ravioli, & meatballs, & sausage with meat sauce, was excellent! Topping the dinner off with mini canolis, which were delicious too! The salad could have used more dressing. I am looking forward to our next visit! The service was very good. Everyone was very polite, thanks for a great night!

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n
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great Sunday dinner bargain including entertainment!

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p
Des Moines
56 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant had bery limited food menu and a huuge drink menu. It really does have thr feel of a ‘20s speakeazy. It is a little loud but it’s ok. The food is very good annd will fill you up. We brought a doggy bag home. Wr were seeing s show afterwards and it wad convenient to just go down two floors to the theater. Wr will be back.

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

The service was sub par. Wait staff would run you over if in their way. Drinks were always empty and plates remained on our table for an hour after we finished eating. Had to ask that they be removed. The venue is fun, hope they can work out the poor service.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The temperature of the restaurant was way TOO cold!

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

So fun! Good food, good music, amazing ambiance!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great as usual. Service was great with Joel. Show with Shirley King was so so... she sang a total of three songs over a 3 hour period.

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K
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the entire 20's theme! From the decor to the music, the food and the service, it was all outstanding. Our server, Ashely, was personable and very helpful in choosing drinks from the broad menu. All ingredients are made in-house and it tastes that way. The sliders and flatbreads were delicious. The overall ambiance was spectacular. Although we only stayed for dinner because we were seeing a band downstairs, we will definitely be returning to have dinner and see a show upstairs. We had a great time!

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TS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

As Italian Buffets go, this one was very good.
Operatic Venue was outstanding.
The overall ambiance is unequaled any where close by.

Service was left something to be desired - but more an individual server issue,- did not appear to be the norm.
A great place - Keep it going!

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k
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Was a bit disappointed with our table. We were seated right next to another table on people when the entire restaurant was open

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RJ
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Very nice singer / music but WAY TOO LOUD. This is a restaurant not a kids bar. Very hard to hear conversation. Made an exceptional dinner just a good one. TURN DOWN THE VOLUME IN THE DINNING ROOM RON.
Ron Johnson

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SD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staffs and a great place to go dancing with a date.

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MN
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The focus here is definitely the entertainment. Food was good, but the menu is pretty limited. Service was top notch and the '20's atmosphere was a lot of fun. We will go back!

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EW
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great time! Great food, great rooms to explore; it was overall a fun experience and I would go there again!

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s
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Place! Even though it is a limited menu in size the food was FANTASTIC! Great flavor and really a good deal. Loved the atmosphere and the staff were great. Happened to go on a Wednesday so there was a free magic show. The show was great.

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G
Chicago
74 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and great service, plus they make their own Bourbon drinks. Great time -thank you.

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NF
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed the entertainment- dancing space available . Unique place- plan to
Go back

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R
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It is roaring 20’s decore and very neat to see. The food is very good.

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CD
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best experience yet we love going to the Arcada to see concerts.This was the first time we went to the Speakeasy it was awesome such authentic decorated rooms from the 1920s including waiters an waitress dressed in period costumes. Had a very delicious italian meal while listening to a Frank Sinatra singer what a great Sunday afternoon .I would recommend it to everyone. Call or go on line for reservations first!! Thankyou Ron Onesti for bringing this theatre back to life!!

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PT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place. Good food. Wonderful entertainment. Only drawback was that we were seated in the "VIP" room. Not sure why as we had early dinner reservations before the flapper show and there were plenty of tables available. We had the most uncomfortable seats in the house. Ate dinner on a travel trunk - sidesaddle style, no leg room and low. Sat on weird square chairs with a back on 2 sides - supposedly so you could turn from table to watching show without moving the chair. Not comfy at all. Moved to some nice chairs after the couple next to us left. What a difference! Would not recommend that table. Was also off to the back and side so not the best view for the show.

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TS
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The only thing i would suggest is more food options.

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CT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stubbed upon this dining location upon purchasing concert tickets. Read the back ground on the venue and thought it would be an interesting experience to dine in the 1920’s era. Always looking for something different. It is a great place to have a drink or dine in while looking at all the decor from that time period. Took lots of pictures and the staff was very friendly and the food was good. Would recommend.

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T
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, for the price, the waitress was awesome, atmosphere & surroundings good.

Entertainment Diva was excellent, and being able to dance, the only thing they don't leave enough
room for dancing I understand why !!!!!

Ample room for parking.

Tom Zupan

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P
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Very different and energetic atmosphere. Was very difficult to talk but really not that kind of place. Service was not very good. Waiter was busy but seemed to have tables with people he knew that he focused on. Food was good but not a lot of options. Would go back for unique atmosphere with roaring 20's speakeasy.

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MH
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food fun and outstanding entertainment. If you’re looking for a nostalgic evening , check out this speakeasy. Highly recommend

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AZ
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband surprised me with tickets to see the Stylistics for my birthday so we decided to try the Sunday Sinatra special at the Club. It was our first time at the Club and it was great! The place was so cool and took us back to the roaring 20's. There was a great singer that sang Dean Martin and Tony Bennett songs. The food was very good and you got a lot for the money. Overall, it was a very pleasant experience which I would recommend that everyone try.

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MC
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful 20's era décor. Great service (thank you Ashley) and Ron's Italian dinner is awesome.
A truly fun place with one of a kind atmosphere.

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KD
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Brought friends here for their first time. We had so much fun! The band was great and we snacked on some great food and had lots of wonderful drinks!

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KG
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great choice! The Speakeasy decor is unique and food and beverage offerings are perfect for pre-show dining. Having this great diner above The Arcada Theatre is excellent. Highly recommended

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Outstanding and fun! Decor is set as a 1920’s speakeasy! Enter through a secret bookcase door. Food was delicious. Had the Filet and asked them to top with Blue Cheese Melted crumbles, was to die for! We were there for a pre concert dinner downstairs. Couldn’t be more perfect! We gave a slightly lower rank for service only because our drink orders took a while to receive. Might have just been very busy. Don’t miss this place, lots of fun and great food! Thank you

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G
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Italian dinner on Sunday's is fabulous and very reasonably priced. We've been numerous times and have never been disappointed. Everyone needs to go there at least once. It is truly unique.

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KR
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my wife here for our anniversary. I highly recommend you dress the part, and get the full effect. Right from the start you need a password to enter through the hidden entrance, and are taken back to the 1920's. The staff and atmosphere is amazing and like nowhere else. This was our first trip to the club, but will not be our last. Soo much fun.

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MP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and service were great! However, wish there was a larger menu selection. The ambiance and music were great!

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SD
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Very limited menu. You might be seated ‘comedy club’ style and have to share your table with strangers.

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PR
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Service and Food at the Club Arcada!! Ron Onesti really did a Super job in building up this Venue!!
I am aVIPMember there and will always stay a member as long as the Arcada is there!!!

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CC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is my second time visiting Club Arcada. It has every detail in place to take you back in time and make you feel like you are apart of the 1920's! Staff are friendly and have that old school charm. Food and drinks are reasonably priced. Great place to check out live music or have a get together. Highly recommend this place!

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CG
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Speakeasy is a wonderful venue for just about any occasion. We were there on a date prior to going to the theater downstairs to see Hotel California. The atmosphere is really great and the wait staff is super friendly and attentive. The salmon dinner is done to perfection and the drink menu offers many selections and super specialty drinks. Looking forward to going back.

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SK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were attending a concert at the Arcada Theatre and enjoyed dinner and drinks before. Dinner was great, as were the cocktails, and the Hotel California concert was worth driving 2 1/2 hours and staying overnight to see. Had a great time! Will definitely do this again.

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CK
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The Speakeasy at The Arcada had great ambience with everyone dressed like 1920's characters. Lucky me, I was there on a Thursday and they have 1/2 price Bourbon. Gave me the opportunity to sample bourbon, I would not have tried, otherwise. The only downside was the menu is very limited. I had the Flight of sandwiches which was very good and afforded one the opportunity to mix the sandwiches if one type was not wanted. Otherwise a great evening. Thank you Ashley, my server.

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KW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Service was slow and portion sizes are small.

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