Lockwood Restaurant and Bar

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Great food derived from the Great Lakes region. Lockwood Restaurant & Bar offers innovative takes on classic American fare by incorporating locally sourced ingredients along side some of Chicago’s most recognizable flavors serving simple Midwestern favorites with a sense of elegance.

The menu places an emphasis on the Great Lake’s region, with all produce farmed and cultivated from the Illinois area and neighboring states and most fish are fresh lake catches or harvested in free-range, naturally sustainable farms.

Lockwood Restaurant & Bar is available for corporate buyouts, milestone occasions and receptions, accommodating up to 200 for reception events. Lockwood also offers an exclusive private dining room, which can accommodate up to 14 as well as a wine room, perfect for tastings, accommodating up to 4.

Please call 312-917-3404 if you would like to make an Afternoon Tea reservation. Reservations must be received 24 hours in advance when trying to schedule a tea for the next day.
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Sun 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Thu 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 12:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM

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IJ
New England
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

For downtown Chicago standards, the prices were lower than many for the quality of the food. The pasta entree was pretty much just pasta, not worth the price but the chicken, scallops and burger entrees were nice.

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

Great food, not cheap, beautiful bar in historic landmark, spacious booths. Generous portions, good wine list.

CM
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We had a very nice visit to your restaurant on Oct 11th at 8:00pm. We made reservations ahead of time to make sure that we were able to get a table. The gentleman that seated us was very rude when I told him that we were only having desserts. It made us feel unwelcome.

The desserts were amazing and we enjoyed our visit.

ID
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was good, but not as good as I expected and the restaurant seemed a little dated and bit as elegant as the rest of the hotel and bar

OT
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The entire experience I would rate as average. Nothing really stood ou!

SB
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We must have caught them at an off time as service had to be provided by the hostess (who was very nice). They were able to provide gluten free options and seat us in a comfortable booth. We were waiting for our room to be ready but the wait for our burgers was longer.
Burgers were won’t be remembered as anything special as they were not.
When the waitress did come by she was very nice but clearly very overwhelmed.
The location serves its purpose but overall medium at best.

SA
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The food was fine, our server was adequate, though hardly friendly. We were disappointed when the restaurant looked nothing like the pictures we'd seen online. We were sat in a drab room with low ceilings that had none of the charm and elegance of the Palmer House. During a five day stay in Chicago we ate in many great restaurants - this was hand down our least favorite.

PT
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The food went down as the meal went. Along. The bread and butter were excellent. The flatbread pizza type appetizer was very good after I drozzled some balsamic vinegar on it, othetwise it tasted flat. The lobster roll was full of dill and mayo, I couldn't really raste the lobster, a squeeze of lemon would have helped it..... They may be where the brownie was invented but their are much better brownies elsewhere.

CC
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner at the Palmer Hotel - Lockwood Restaurant! We appreciated the quiet ambiance, timely service from O.J., and interesting menu offerings. I was delighted with my chicken thighs with potatoes and Brussel sprouts. I will say that my husband ordered the fish and chips - they are breaded instead of battered. For historical reasons, we ordered the brownie - created by the Palmers - and were wowed by it!!

AT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Situated in the beautiful grand interiors of the Palmer House, Lockwood delivers on all fronts. Impeccable service and delicious food will keep you coming back for more!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

Cool I guess but

AO
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic but food was disappointing for the price.

g
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good, but service was slow. The waiter didn't come by for 15 minutes. One person's steak was rare instead of medium. Everything is a la carte. Interesting and refreshing cocktails.

LW
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service with great attention to detail! The scallops were outstanding as was the gnocchi with shrimp. We are definitely looking forward to returning!

E
Salt Lake City
69 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and service. The perfect spot for a meal, the arriving in the evening for stay at The Palmer House.

LT
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant in The Palmer House. Food was delicious! A few of us had the Fish & Chip $15 special (Fri only). So good.. batter was perfect & fried golden & light.
Salads were delicious also. Our waiter was wonderful.. so on top of things! But be prepared for a long meal.. we were there for about 2 1/2 hours, start to finish! We all enjoyed catching up & didn’t have anywhere to go so it was not a problem.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was an amazing person that made the evening feel super special for me and my friend.

SA
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We actually had High Tea at 2:00 pm, so it's not really a review of the restaurant. We did not sit in the restaurant. We sat in the lobby. It was lovely. The Palmer House is very ornate, and the ceiling is stunning! The service was OUTSTANDING, and the Tea was great. George, our waiter was very attentive and accommodating. It was a special splurge for a birthday, and he and an associate DID sing to my friend, and brought her a special birthday brownie. Expensive, but worth it, for a special occasion. The atmosphere was beautiful, and we will go back, and have a regular lunch the next time, to sit in the restaurant. My only constructive criticism is that the low seating (cushy chairs) and very low table look nice, but were awkward for eating. Eating at a table in the restaurant, or in a booth, would have been preferable.

SM
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We went after seeing Hamilton. We had made reservations in advance. We should have noticed that the restaurant was practically empty. That should have been a clue.
The service was good. The food was mediocre. With all the restaurants in Chicago, there are much better places to dine.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was amazing, but service was horrible.

RH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, leisurely lunch before a matinee at the theater. Just the right sized portions and not pricy.

JC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The entrees were tasty and the service was excellent. Do not order the carrot cake for dessert - it is a slab of cake and it is not very good. We left about 2/3 of it on the plate (2 of us were sharing it). The atmosphere is cozy and it is easy to converse even as the restaurant got to be rather full. This is a good standard to have in your back pocket -- nothing super special, but reliably good food and atmosphere before going to the Symphony or other Michigan Avenue activities.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Cold food, over pricing hotel ambiance

JG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We reserved at 5:45 pm to make the symphony afterward. The lobby bar and dining area were very busy with Mets fans, a birthday party near us, etc. Very upbeat atmosphere. Our server was special:
prompt, gracious, helpful. Scallops and burger were very good, generous spinach side and my Manhattan were outstanding. Definitely recommend.

M
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was good, but apparently there was only one server handling all the tables at lunch. The mistake we made was saying we needed a few minutes to look at the menu. We didn't see the server again for 20 minutes.

F
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good, enjoyed the atmosphere of the Palmer House lobby.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Visiting friends & family, turned into lunch for 3. Lobster rolls were
Very disappointing—flavorless except for Not very fresh lobster. The one person who had chicken said it was good. Service was friendly and professional. Our friend in a wheelchair was accommodated smoothly. But in terms of pricing & food—the service & ambience had a lot to compensate for.

SB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was wonderful. We were served quickly as soon as we sat down and we received our order with in 10 minutes of ordering it.

l
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We had a lovely table where it was quiet enough to enjoy conversation. The service was very good and the menu had a good variety. I highly recommend the smoked whitefish appetizer and the chopped salad and the carrot cake

PV
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was hosting out of town company for dinner. They were in Chicago to see Hamilton. They raved about the beauty of the hotel, the excellent food and the Palmer experience in general. Thank you for helping to make our dinner experience one of a kind. I could have chosen any restaurant for their pre-theater dinner but I chose the Lockwood. I hope that tells you how much I love the Palmer and Lockwood restaurant.
Cordially,
Patricia G. Vanderkrabben
South Holland, Illinois

M
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had filet, gnocchi and lobster roll and all were very good. Service was friendly and attentive.

c
Tulsa
90 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

An excellent hotel restaurant. It was my first night in Chicago after five-hour flights, and wanted convenince, even if less that what I like when travelling. Greeting and seating were friendly and prompt. (We had a reservation.) The restaurant was well appointed and not "worn." Persons dining in jeans were not intimidated.
The noise level was energetic (convention,) but not overwhelming. Excellent wait service, unhurried and professional. Noise level moderate to energetic. Wine list moderate, but several good by-the-glass choices.
The food was moderately priced, and very well prepared. I had trout, which was splayed, roasted, and served with an excellent and piquant sauce, and a side of a rich vegetable combo in a ramekin.
(We tried a pre-meal cocktail in the bar, outside the restaurant, finally got one, but waiters were overwhelmed by a large crowd, and forgetful.)
It's very convenient for those in the hotel already, maybe a little short in comparison to the big guns in Chicago, but only a little. I was pleased. I would rate Lockwood on the plus side of Very Good, and is, by Chicago standards very affordable.

DN
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The Palmer House is a fabulous place, but the Lockwood was a disappointment. After being seated, it took a noticeable amount of time for anyone to acknowledge our existence. When our order was taken, I happened to order their gnocchi dish. Server came back...no "Indiana" shrimp. Said he could offer chicken or salmon. I asked for the salmon. Came back again...no salmon. (This IS a restaurant - correct?) Offered scallops. I took the offer as the waiter seemed sure that the kitchen could accommodate that. When my order arrived, there was no baby kale (as advertised) just spinach that had very tough stems still attached (I moved it all to the side). There was no prosciutto to be found. It was late enough that I wasn't going to send it back. Our server never came back to ask how the food was - I probably would have told him.

Over-priced and lack of attention will keep me away from the Lockwood the next time I visit the Palmer House.

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The persons who seated us were professional. Service was not top notch.

C
Atlanta
31 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Beautiful hotel. Good attentive & helpful waiter. Nice menu selections. Food was meh. Dinner rolls were in the warmer too long and brick hard. Table ordered fish and chips which were OK and entree salad with blackened tofu which was neither blackened or even warm.

D
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Our server was not good at all. She did not seem to know anything on the menu and one of the first things she told us was “Don’t get the soup. I would not recommend it. I looked at it and it did not look good”. After each person in our party ordered, she had to make a production of putting on her reading glasses and look at the menu to see what we were talking about.

MB
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food is not very good but a quiet place for discussing business.

C
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I would recommend Lockwood for a convenient place to eat if one was staying at the Palmer House Hotel. It was somewhat less than what I expected of the primary restaurant at a hotel with the history of the Palmer House. I chose to make a reservation with Lockwood because we were staying at the hotel, I had laid over at the Palmer House in the past as an airline crew member, and it would be convenient for dinner after viewing a matinee performance of Hamilton. Again, for the primary restaurant at a historic hotel, the menu was limited, the service was OK, the decor was less than I expected/hoped. We were able to get a bottle of our favorite chardonnay. Overall, an adequate but not great experience

JH
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

I had turkey chili, which the waiter recommended. It consisted of ground turkey in a watery base--no beans or thick rich sauce.

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