ETA Restaurant + Bar

4.2
82 reviews
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ETA Restaurant + Bar: A tavern for today’s travelers, welcoming guests with rustic American fare and Midwestern warmth.

Paying homage to Chicago’s rich history of hosting travelers from across the globe, ETA Restaurant + Bar welcomes visitors and locals alike as they dine in a warm, wood-ensconced dining room that captures the essence of Chicago’s first and finest inns and taverns.

Restaurant Chef Matt Lange has developed a menu that serves up locally sourced, seasonally-inspired dishes that pull inspiration from rustic meals of the past with an elevated spin of today.

ETA’s cocktails are not only delicious, but also pay tribute to the bustling railway transportation era of yesteryear. With flavors reminiscent of the cocktail culture of the early 1900s, refined for today’s palette, the beverage program offers beautifully crafted concoctions sure to bring the golden era of travel to life.
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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Join us on Sunday April 21st for a festive Easter buffet from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Enjoy all of your ETA breakfast and lunch favorites, along with an array of pastries and desserts. There will be lots of kid-friendly menu items as well as an Easter egg decorating station.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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Daily 5:30PM - 9:00PM

What 82 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were surprised at how well everything was prepared and how quickly we got our food. We will definitely be coming back.

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BW
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

The service was extremely slow and forgot parts of our order. There was also very loud music coming from their event space nearby. Food and drink were heavily overpriced. The steaks were decent.

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S
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Smallest menu I've ever seen in a high end restaurant and very overpriced! Paid $75 for two burgers, (frozen patties) with fries and once cocktail, including tip.

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A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food. Best meal I have had in a long time. You could tell the ingredients were fresh, every dish we had was delicious. Friendly staff and great service, overall an awesome dinner!

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OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome Mac N Cheese

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DA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent breakfast , nice options and friendly staff

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L
Milwaukee
43 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good Brussel Sprout Caesar salad. Really different and very tasty. Added a piece of salmon on top and made for a great lunch. Very casual atmosphere so great for breakfast or lunch or a casual dinner.

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J
Cleveland
31 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for breakfast. Was glad we had a reservation. Ours was the only empty table. Got eggs Benedict. Fantastic. Never ending coffee. Would go back.

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SN
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and attentive service. Very accommodating to a family with a toddler and an Older child. Food was outstanding.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything I had was delicious. Wait staff courteous.

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f
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great evening, first time here, place was very nice, server was great food was awesome, even though I felt the Brussel sprout Caesar was overly bitter, needed something to cut the bitterness but went well with my chicken, wife enjoyed herself as well. Will be back!!

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L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was exquisite, but the service was not up to par with the hype of the restaurant. I'd go back as it is a hot spot.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Over priced for what you receive

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Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

I rarely if ever complain but this was an absolutely horrible experience. We sit down immediately which was great, but then we don’t get served for 25 minutes, two servers kept looking at us and walking right by, I had to go up and ask one if we had a server, he finally came (there were only 4 people there, one couple and an elderly friend couple). Then once he was there he got our order almost entirely wrong. My date asked for crispy Brussels sprouts, got a Brussels Caesar salad? I asked for the burger, that came out correctly and tasted good, but also asked for the truffle Mac, and he brought out mashed potatoes, it was just an all around bad experience. Hopefully it was just my experience and it’s not always this terrible.

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SR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

All the meals were too sweet/sugary (except meat which was stringy and fatty).
No ambiance; no attempt to make it seem like New Years Eve; poor service clearing one persons plate while the other is still eating; would you consider 1 oyster to be counted as a course?

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R
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Go for the breakfast.

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KT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server that my friend and I got was Michael...Michael was really great server and was very helpful with explaining the menus and cocktails. We enjoyed trying ETA restaurant for the first time and would to thank Michael for his service.

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The food at this restaurant was not good. Started off with calamari which should be easy, but this was by far the worst calamari we have ever eaten. So much so, that 4 of us left half of the appetizer even though we were all hungry. Everything else was just average.

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M
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for lunch on Sunday - disappointed that they didn't have any brunch dishes (no egg dish of any kind). Would be easy and sensical to have a few brunch options on Sundays.

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L
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice cozy find and quiet! Drinks were great! We only had appetizers and the deviled eggs were amazing!! Attentive staff also! We got a bag of cookies with our bill!

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KG
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

ETA never disappoints for a restaurant that is available when you don’t feel like going out. Food is pretty solid (if you want to be particular about your cuts, etc this is not the place) - the service is overall good - slow at times, but nothing chronic. Overall value is great - but I’m a resident and there are some great incentives that come along with that status. My cocktail was perfect (and I’m a stickler for a proper martini).

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r
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Disappointing meal at ETA. The salads started out fine with a good Brussels Cesaer salad. The main courses were disappointing. I order pork chops frequently and the pork chop was recommended by our waiter and described as double cut. The actual chop was not particularly thick and it was very fatty. Our waiter described it as ' marbling." The salmon was described as prepared medium rare and turned out to be cooked all the way through. We were offered to have the salmon returned to the kitchen however we were trying to make a show and declined the offer. The truffle mac and cheese side did not have any truffle flavor.

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C
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food! The restaurant is very clean and well maintained. Our server both days were very attentive and pleasant. Great place to grab breakfast or for casual dining.
Must try the Avocado Toast and Cider Aioli - if you like Salmon and Avocado! A favorite of my son’s. The Chef was kind and stopped to speak to us about it which was very thoughtful.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good, filling, unique flavors enhancing classic American cuisine. Friendly server.

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c
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The food was not very good. My husband had lamb and I had a burger. Both were not good. The wedge salad as well was different - huge piece of bacon on top with a bbq sauce on the bottom - did not like that either. Service was good. Staff was friendly and cheese plate appetizer was good. I would recommend for drinks and apps vs. dinner. Not worth the cost.

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OT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’ve been here many times. I’ve had the short ribs, the burger, the salmon, and the NY Strip - all were excellent. The salads are also very good. There is a Brussels sprout salad that was excellent.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our server Ricardo was great and so was management.

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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Conceptually seems right. But as Loew's lobby restaurant expected so much more. Arrived early with 3 kids, seated promptly & that was the only thing that was acceptable besides the waiter's personality!

In series of four appetizers, the foie gras was stretched too thin and the calamari was a dark brown greasy dehydrated nearly burned set of crisps. The replacement order was correctly cooked, but took 25 minutes. The server should have never brought the first calamari to our table, it was burned that badly. .. I can only attribute it to being new.

Both my "PRIME" rib eye and my wife's "prime" sirloin were woefully over cooked. Again the replacements took nearly half an hour and mine was now rare, cold red center versus medium rare, although both beat the medium well from first round. My wife's was appropriate, but she had told me she choking down whatever they brought out no matter what this time. No piece of meat served there was prime by any standard.

This should say it all, the joint was less than 50% occupied at 7pm on a Saturday night. The kitchen staff should be released and a fresh start is desperately needed!

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C
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time, the staff is super friendly and food was fantastic. The chef came out and greeted us to check if the food was good. ETA is inside the lobby of the Lowes Hotel which is stunningly beautiful. Great River North neighborhood.

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P
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was really well prepared. Service was also really good though we did have to wait over 20 minutes for our bill and even then had to ask for it. Standouts were the skate and carrots.

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d
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good breakfast and also interesting menu.
Dinner menu is good . Excellent burger.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, drinks were unique and tasty. I would definitely go here again.

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M
Chicago
294 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food. Seafood dish was absolutely perfect. Service was outstanding and friendly. Can't believe it was not crowded as it is really good. Would go again now that I know it is there. In Loews Hotel lobby. Glad to have found it due to a Travel Zoo voucher.

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S
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My group had a great time there. Wines were good, and above all, the service was excellent.

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CC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fabulous food! Not an average hotel restaurant. The chef here is creative and has panache but doesn't ruin good food with too many crazy, trendy ingredients. We are huge fans of the roof top bar, so we decided to step out and try the food in the restaurant, we loved it. We went with tradition meals. I ordered the 18 oz. pork chop because I was really hungry. It was juicy and cooked to perfection. The chop was slashed through allowing the pork to cook in kebab size pieces still attached to the bone. This technique allowed the center of the meat to be cook to perfection without cooking the outside to a burnt crisp. The applesauce was a delicious surprise with a bright note of basil (?) hitting the palate. My husband had the prime New York strip steak which he was afraid might be a bit small until he realized all the fat had been completely trimmed away - and he is really fussy. With a side he felt it was the perfect size barely leaving room for dessert. We started with the avocado toast which was another culinary surprise. A thin layer of spicy pate was smeared on the toast under the avocado and greens dialing up the flavor significantly while still providing a light, relatively healthy first course. We will definitely return to check out the creative sounding cocktails as well.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This place is inside the Loews hotel and was worth checking out. The food was very good and service exceptional.

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JJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The kitchen was tremendously slow. Felt bad for the wait staff since they needed to keep assuring the tables that the food was coming. Once it was finally served the food was good. Not sure why it was so slow coming out. The restaurant wasn’t very busy at the time we were there.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Matt is outstanding! The Flatbread was amazing and his fried chicken is the best in Chicago.

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MW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the meal and our waiter Ricardo was worth eating hear twice in a week. The service and food were fantastic.

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FD
Chicago
151 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Good food and service. Nice ambiance and a good neighborhood spot close to the river

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