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Quay

3.7
389 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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Quay restaurant is located right next to the Navy Pier and near the Mag Mile in Chicago. This large establishment features a bar area with televisions showing all the games, a sit down dining room, as well as a private party space that overlooks the Chicago River for events. Cocktails such as the Red Gingham are just some of the unique offerings at the bar at Quay.

The food at Quay is traditional American bar food with a modern twist. Kale and artichoke dip makes for a great appetizer. Burgers, steaks and the delicious Amish chicken entrees are all dinner options. Enjoy brunch on the weekends with menu items such as chicken and waffles or lobster bisque.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;Brunch Sat and Sun: 10am -3pm



Dinner: Monday - Thursday and Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Fri and Sat: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(312) 981-8400
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Illinois St. and Peshtigo St.
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Entertainment
DJ's on weekends as well as live bands
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.7  based on all time ratings
3.8
food
3.8
service
3.8
ambience
4.0
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Noise · Moderate
73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 18, 2015

The food was delicious and the service was excellent. I will definitely return!

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vipKPchicago (Toledo)
5.0  Dined on November 21, 2015

I came here with friends to watch the MSU/OSU football game. We had a big crowd - about 30 people - and Quay easily accommodated us. Besides our group, it was empty, but that meant excellent service. I appreciated a quiet spot with tables and seats for us to watch the game. The food is a notch above most bar food, even the fancier bars, so that's a huge plus. Quay is my go-to spot for all MSU games.

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vipMelissaB (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on November 7, 2015

We made a last minute reservation for a Saturday night. When we arrived our table was ready for 10 of us. I found it quite odd that the type of restaurant/bar it is that on a Saturday night they had football games on all of the TVs and the sound was up super loud. It seemed as though they were trying to be a sports bar when that it not what is portrayed at all. The food was pretty good and the service was great. My only complaint is at if I wanted to watch football I would have gone to a sports bar.

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James (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on November 4, 2015

I made a reservation for 6 but there was literally NO ONE in the dining room dining at 6pm. My wife asked, Why did you choose this place? I said, I read it had 3 dining rooms and it was a good alternative to eating at a burger place on Navy Pier. Since we were pressed for time because we had theater tickets on Navy Pier we were stuck, but chose to eat in the bar area because at least there were people drinking there, but it also is primarily a burger place. The server was very sweet and the chicken and steak taco was good.

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vipSharon (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on October 7, 2015

Not sure what this restaurant wants to be - walking in it looks like a store room with summer furniture stacked in the doorway, then a huge sports bar, then nice white table dining room. The service was very friendly but the menu was pure sports bar-fattening indulgent and spicy.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on September 21, 2015

I loved Quay when they first opened. The food was good, the service was good, and there was a good vibe in the place. I would go and watch games in the bar area and have a great meal. But my last two visits have been disappointing. The food has changed quite a bit and there just isn't the energy it used to have. I don't know if management changed or the chef but something is definitely different.

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vipIliketoeat (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on September 5, 2015

I was here once before for brunch and it was great, sat in a back room at the bar that was bright and full of windows, had delicious bloody mary's... all good. Took someone here for their birthday and expected the same happy thought.... but it was awful. Service was crazy slow. The dining room was empty and plain. The birthday boy couldnt even eat his chicken it was so dry. Took us 2 hours to get out of there with the slow pace of everything. Was really disappointed, and sad to say i'll never go back.

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vipIslandChicGolferGirl (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on September 4, 2015

I was disappointed. The terrace was closed and the menu was insufficient.

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OpenTable Diner (Naples)
3.0  Dined on August 23, 2015

I ordered the scallops. They were small and sandy. I was there on a Sunday evening and it was SUPER quiet.

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vipJQqiaoqiao (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on August 17, 2015

I didn't see lots of options in the menu. The food was ok not very impressive but the ambiance was great and quite.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined on August 8, 2015

Food was very good, so was the wait staff. The issue was the delay in the delivery of the food in a timely manner. 3 of the 4 dishes were warm and 1 was piping hot. Shore up the timing of the food a bit and scores would have been much higher.

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Anne (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on July 18, 2015

The best thing about our experience at Quay was the very sweet waitress. She did her best, but the food was so below average. Nothing was very good.
We started out at the bar, where the bartender was not very friendly.

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BobEats (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on July 8, 2015

Although the place was rather empty (Wednesday 630) which kind of dampered the excitement a bit, it was overall very nice. Great portion size with the mussels dish which was totally unexpected.

Reasonable cost for a place nice and close to Navy Pier. Will be back.

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Wextravelgal (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on June 5, 2015

if you're looking for a pre theater dinner and want to go someplace other than Riva's this is a pleasant choice. It's within walking distance to the theater.

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barrington (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on June 2, 2015

Everyone's meal was extremely salty. 2 of us had salmon and one of us the pork chop. We all commented about the taste. Very surprising that they would allow this to happen. Had heard it was a good joint. Another red flag...we were the ONLY ones in the restaurant on a Tuesday night. Ate at 7:00, left around 8:00. Sat in the bar prior and were the only ones there as well. Waitress was new, not very knowledgeable, but nice.

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vipKPchicago (Toledo)
4.0  Dined on March 27, 2015

We came here as a huge group for an MSU basketball game. They accommodated our group easily in the front bar area, played the sound for the game, and were really attentive to our huge group. We will be back for more Spartan basketball and football games!

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tian647 (Kansas City)
4.0  Dined on March 27, 2015

Assembled an impromptu gathering and needed a large space on short notice - Quay was fabulous. It probably helped that March Madness was in full swing, the bar was packed but that left the dining room available for our group. Food was excellent and the staff were very flexible in accommodating extraneous kid-related requests, like running to the store down the block to get milk.

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FormerExPat (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on January 18, 2015

Good location and nice decor. Seems like a good place for a beer and to watch a game. However, the service was terrible and the food not very good. I had a hamburger (easy right?) and it was pretty terrible - made with cheap, rubbery meat. I wouldn't rec this place, plenty of other places to check out in the area.

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vipSteve (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2015

We went on a Wednesday night, and things were pretty slow at the restaurant, but we had a very good experience. I had the pork chop, which was really fantastic, and I highly recommend it. My wife had the rigatoni, which was good, but not exactly memorable. Their salads are tasty, but enormous (we could easily have shared one), and they have an interesting cocktail menu that's worth a look if you're into that sort of thing. One other note: although they don't say it on their website, they offer discounted parking at the underground garage across the street.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on December 31, 2014

They are not professional. I made a reserve, they close the restaurant and they don't make contact with me to inform they change the hour to close the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2014

Great food! Will return when we visit Chicago!

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Donna (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 21, 2014

Second time we dined at Quay and we were not disappointed. Food was fabulous. It was rainy and cold so we couldn't appreciate the river view, but the restaurant is a gem tucked close to major hotels. Chris, our server, was personable and very attentive. Don't miss the opportunity.

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vipLSETidesBB (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 9, 2014

Absolute gem in every way -- comfortable bar scene with yummy leather banquette seating -- beautiful dining room as well. Excellent, upscale pub food and beyond. Their Thanksgiving menu makes me want to skip the trip over the river and thru the woods! Attentive and well-trained staff. Great spot for a date, for watching a game, or before-after movie down the street.

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LanzelotMN (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on November 2, 2014

I did really like the place, the food was good, great appetizers, loaded drinks. We went back to the private dining, so it was quiet and secluded.
Our server was a bit distracted but after I called his attention things changed to the better. Bill for 8 people including tip was $600 about 3 drinks per person.

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Sated1 (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on October 30, 2014

The restaurant is a little odd in that it's a "Sports Bar" in front and a white tablecloth, more elegant dining experience in the back. Both rooms though, share the same menu. Holding theater tickets, we ordered several small plates, soup and some wine. The mac and cheese which pulled pork was really not so great. Not very cheesy and the bread crumbs outshone the pulled pork for flavor. The "steak and tots" was mostly tots. The tots tasted like mass prepared from a bag of frozen and the steak with blue cheese drizzle was . . . ok. The vegetable soup was probably the star of the evening. Hearty and slightly spicy. Service was friendly and efficient. I'd give it another chance but, honestly, was a little underwhelmed.

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chihood (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on October 25, 2014

I was disappointed that the dining room was closed for construction. We were seated in the bar and I expected tavern food. Though burgers were available, the dinner choices were really good. I had the Amish Chicken and it was excellent. The brussel sprouts also really good. We really loved the beet salad as a starter; it had the perfect amount of dressing! All four of us liked the food and the service was great.

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vipMbaker (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on October 23, 2014

We had our first dining experience at Quay and we were not disappointed..food and service was wonderful. We had the caprese and hummus appetizers along with seared scallops with mac-n-cheese. Very good dinner and wonderful service. Would love to try again in summer when outdoor patio is open.

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AHasdal (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on October 18, 2014

I had heard mixed reviews about Quay and I could see why. Some of the food was good, some was ok, some was bad. Didn't seem like there was much of an identity with the restaurant. The service was pretty slow and the total bill seemed abnormally high. A lot of the dishes need to be revamped. I wouldn't go back, but it wasn't the worst place I've eaten.

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vipGaryCo (Manitoba)
3.0  Dined on October 9, 2014

The food was OK but the service and noisy, blaring rock music from the speakers
above made it hard to even communicate with the waiter who was a bit inattentive at first.

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Wanda (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on October 8, 2014

The food was great and if I am ever in the neighborhood, I would definitely go back. Service was great!

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