Make Room For Truman

4.5
375 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Make Room For Truman, contemporary kitchen & bar, serving timeless American fare & a unique steak selection in a modern-vintage vibe. We believe in doing things the right way … which is often the long way. We use cooking techniques and methods that a lot of restaurants shy away from because they’re so time and labor intensive: slow roasting, rotisserie, house pickling and more. Enjoy fare familiar enough to make you comfortable with a twist you’ll come back for, no matter the occasion.
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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday lunch was excellent & Sidney’s service was outstanding

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B
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food hasn’t disappointed us yet. Want to also compliment our server Kate. She is so pleasant and really on her game. No matter how crowded the restaurant, no never feel ignored by Kate!

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n
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

Great vegetarian dishes...please add more.

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U
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really good, interesting dishes. Ribs were too spicy for me but I’m a wimp.

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d
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Make Room for Truman. The smokey Old Fashioned is outstanding. The blue cheese potato chips were good and different. The rotisserie chicken was delicious. And of course, the dessert, Truman, was the best.

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KM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious and my picky kid eaters loved it too. We will be back.

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C
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is outstanding with service to match. The lobster sandwich, pork chops and burgers are very tasty.

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Y
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is consistently good. Tried the Roma Tomato appetizer and we weren't wowed by it - edible but not a big deal. Pastrami Wings are delicious, love the crunchy giant tater tots, salads and entrees.

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LW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! We went for Father's Day, not too loud, not too crowded, just enough to have a warm ambience. The decor is fun and that kind of hipster-chic look. I wore a plaid shirt so I fit right in. The Father's Day menu was off the charts. My husband loved it. Sadly, only scraps left for our puppy at home. Great food and drink. Very reasonably priced for the Chicago area. As everyone says when raving about a place...we'll be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasantly surprised that this is a part of Houlihan’s, yet independent with styling, menu, and scratch kitchen (all made from scratch). Great service. Will be back soon.

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

Food is always excellent here. This time Mom ordered the crab cakes and they were too spicy for us but otherwise everything from the burger to the rotisserie chicken to steaks have been delicious. The manager/owner is really personable and clearly cares about his customers. The ambience is warm and inviting.

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SL
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time here as it was recommended by a colleague. We went with our 4 year old and it was great. Food did not take long at all to come out and service was superior by everyone we came in contact with. Love this place. Thank you all!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Ordered steak salad med well. steak came med rare. Messed up appetite and salad.

Restaurant said they would remake my steak after my friend finished eating.

Like the place but not this salad

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TM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had the prime rib and it was very good. I will come back again and would recommend this restaurant.

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CD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Yummy cocktails, wonderful side dishes. Love their Mac and cheese. Babette steak was delish.

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MI
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loretta was wonderful. Extremely efficient and attentive. She made our Aunt’s dinner a memorable experience.
Ian was also wonderful. Very pleasant and helpful.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Table of 8 was served very well. They took into account food allergies and made recommendations. We were checked up on frequently. Good food!

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KN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to celebrate a special occasion! We had a wonderful experience all around!

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T
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriends and I had a wonderful time. We were seated right away with our reservation. The decor was beautiful and elegant. The food choices were different and creative. Everyone loved their choice. We shared dessert, The Truman. The presentation was spectacular and it tasted delicious. Perfect ending to a fun night. Our waiter Jimmy was very attentive and informative when we had questions. Looking forward to going back and taking my husband.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Get the bartender special old fashioned!

It's amazing!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Great service. Not a romantic date place, more family dinner. A lot of kids.

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C
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is excellent as was the service. This was our 2nd time here & we love it.

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I
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there. Very impressed. Will definitely be back.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Make Room For Truman, and I couldn't have been more pleased. The
decor was beautiful; the food amazing; our server was wonderful. I almost forgot to comment on
the desserts we shared; the apple cobbler and the Truman pancake.......AWESOME!

We had a great time, and will absolutely return again, (and again) and will let everyone know what
a fantastic place it is.

Thank you for a wonderful night.

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SL
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I organized a family reunion for 20 people on a Sunday afternoon and the staff was extremely helpful in providing a separate area for our group. Our food servers, Sidney & Emily, were friendly, attentive, but not intrusive while we visited with each other. The food is outstanding, I ordered the salmon steak and it was cooked to perfection. The cauliflower mash and crispy brussels sprouts were some of the best I've eaten out. All my family mentioned how good their dishes were -the rotisserie chicken, the chicken chopped dinner salad and the burgers to name a few. Joe, the manager worked with me a few days before to ensure that everyone was able to order off the general menu AND they accommodated separate checks for each of us in our large party. The atmosphere was relaxed, we were able to mingle about and we were never rushed. I would definitely organize a party here again. Thanks, Truman

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great old fashioned!!

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KN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I love the food and service but the noise level makes it difficult to carry on conversations

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DO
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful, creative menu; great quality food; superb drink menu! Don't miss the smoked old fashioned and the pancake dessert!

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a new restaurant with a beautiful inside. The menu is unique with a lot of interesting items. The best of which is the “Truman” which is a desert and the restaurant is named after it. One “Truman” is plenty for 4 people. We were visiting from Austin, TX, but would try it again if we are back in the area.

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MI
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happy Hour specials were great. The food was really yummy and fun cocktail menu.

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LA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time we have been to Make Room For Truman. It is a great place to treat yourself. The food is all presented nicely, reasonable portion sizes and most importantly tastes wonderful. The service on both occasions has been great. The menu sides towards more meat heavy with some vegetarian options. The Truman by the way is this wonderful dessert that is great to share between 2 o 3 people.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Place food is fresh and well prepared. Service and management are attentive

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c
Chicago
104 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jackie our server was very nice and helpful in suggestions. The cornbread is delicious and the soup and half sandwich was $13, not a bad price. The Truman was really good and was unexpected as the toppings are either a batch of sweet sauces or more salty. The sweet was good but a little skimpy on the cream cheese frosting . Great food for durr

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D
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We have been to MRFT several times since they opened and have been very pleased each time. The service staff and management go out of their way to ask for honest opinions and they listen. We took advantage of a "surf & turf special -- shrimp, beef and veggie kabob over rice and a bottle of white wine. The entree was sufficient for each of us for dinner and was tasty....a bit spicy which we like, but they might want to tone it down for the general public. It also was a bit oilier than we prefer, but as said, they listen. Since this concept is new for the company, we believe it will be successful. There always seems to be a good crowd whenever we go. So keep up the good work.

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M
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Salmon Steak was delicious! While the food is perhaps on the pricier side, everything we tried was quite tasty.

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CE
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were visiting an ice rink in the area so did a yelp search to find some place to eat. We didn't want a chain but wanted something a little different, and Make Room for Truman caught my eye. The concept is great- all fresh foods made right there. We went early on a Sunday, got seated right away. We started with the cornbread and their homemade pickles which were delicious. In fact I would love it if I could buy a jar of just the pickles to go. My 9 year old devoured her kids shrimp platter, and loved the jumbo tots. My 2 year old was being a 2 year old and just kind of picked at everyone else's food (of course until the ice cream came, that went down easy). My husband got the ribs/chicken combo. While he said the ribs were very tender, but nothing too special, he raved that the chicken was the best he's ever had. He is very hard to please, but he said the chicken was so juicy and flavorful. I got the ziti, which was ok, nothing amazing. Next time I want to try the crab cake sandwich. I also ordered the carrot cake cupcakes to go, which were lost at the ice rink, but they looked delicious and I will have to get them again next time. The service was great and very attentive. We hope to go back again.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

The pimento cheese was shredded cheddar. Very strange and super salty. The crackers were stale. Short Rib was all fat and I was told I couldn’t substitute a different side because it was a composed dish. When it came, the side was in a separate dish. Luckily the server noticed I was unhappy and had the manager come over. I sent it back and got the chicken which was much better. It was very nice that the staff made it right.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was Jacob and he gave great service.

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a
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Average, average

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CK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here for lunch. Just as fabulous as our dinner visits! There were five adults in our party (including 2 Birthday celebrations) and everyone was thrilled with their choice ranging from soups, salads, sandwiches to pork chops. Very generous portions, excellent flavor and presentation! Service was impeccable and attentive! Dessert were equally delicious and decadent! Try several desserts but also you MUST have the Truman. All portions are VERY generous and easily shared. Can’t say enough!!!

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