ETA Restaurant + Bar

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70 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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Cozy up with your loved one and indulge with a six course prix-fixe dinner. Enjoy items such as Foie Gras Toast, Winter Black Truffle Risotto, Striped Bass and a Lover's Sonata Entrement, amonth others. The six course prix-fixe dinner is $78 pp and includes a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.

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What 70 People Are Saying
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Over priced for what you receive

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 3, 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 January 1, 2019
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 22, 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
50 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 8, 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 3, 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
7 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 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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c
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 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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New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 8, 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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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 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 14, 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
40 reviews
Dined on October 14, 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
283 reviews
Dined on August 31, 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
5 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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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 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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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 3, 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
141 reviews
Dined on August 3, 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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WS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. My date and I enjoyed ourselves!

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Chicago
115 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good. The initial bottle of wine we ordered wasn't available. Our second bottle was very good. The server was nice and helpful

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Too noisy to have a conversation - sound dampening features are badly needed.

No coffee offered when I sat down. Had to wait for waiter to free up to order coffee - that's tough to wait first thing in the morning.

No coffee refills offered until I asked. Distracting to have to do so during business breakfast.

Not going back anytime soon.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The service was slow and not great. We sat for a long time before getting noticed at the table, and once we did it took a long time to get drinks. 1/3 of our dishes were good, but two of the dishes were terrible. Our pork chop entree was dry and did not come with the apple compote mentioned on the menu. When we asked the server about it, she came back with a side of something saying it was apples but clearly was not. The Brussel sprouts were soggy as well. Disappointed, as this was a celebration night for us, but we did hear that they were “slammed” in the kitchen by the hostess, though the restaurant was relatively empty. Not sure what happened!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

The service was terrible. They were completely understaffed for the holiday. It took almost 45 mins to get our drinks. The only consolation was the food was good thanks to the chef.

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p
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

ETA was much smaller and more casual than we expected for the only restaurant in a large hotel. The lobby bar area was 5 times the size. The service was friendly and helpful. The salad and short ribs were very good. But, the atmosphere was just not what we expected.

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A
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice spot in a Lowes Hotel. The food was good but nothing makes one say 'wow'.
A really nice place for easy conversation as the music and the crowd were low key.

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RR
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Receptionist was very nice and helpful with accommodating our small business meeting. Service and food were both very acceptable and enjoyable.

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j
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I have had many good experiences at ETA. However this time the soup (which I’ve had before) was watery and nothing like the first time I’d had it. The mushroom pasta had too much garlic and the noodles were well passed al dente. And for the first time we were surprised by the bill ($10 for kids Mac and cheese, $3 milk). This meal was definitely an anomaly, though, all the other dozen times I’ve eaten there is been really happy with the food and the value in relation to the price.

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RN
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Thanks for everything, it was fantastic!! Food was very tasty, and the dessert is to die for. Highly recommend the brownie (best of my life!!!) or the cheesecake pana cotta.

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S
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find for our pre-theater dinner. An eclectic menu, which made decision making difficult. We opted to split the wedge salad and had the short ribs and “burger of the month” as our entrees. Excellent preparation and presentation! We’ll allow more time when we return, since their desserts sound great, too.

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JP
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This place got great reviews on Yelp so we thought what the heck lets give a shot. It was a GREAT choice. The service was excellent. Attentive, focused, friendly and knowledgeable. What else could one want? The quality of the food was also superb. Cooked to perfection (I had the chicken and my wife had soup and we shared the flatbread) and presented with aplomb and grace. Yes it is located inside the Loews hotel and so some folks will look askance at the location but the service and food make this place well worth the trip!

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