SideDoor Chicago

4.3
56 reviews
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Gastro Pub
Welcome to SideDoor, an American-style gastropub in River North’s historic McCormick Mansion. Come as you are to our casual yet sophisticated neighborhood gathering spot, a place to relax and linger while sharing delicious food, satisfying drink and lively conversation.
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CW
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

My bf asked me to marry him

OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was good Prime rib sandwich and pastrami sandwich were DELICIOUS! Lobster bisque soup was lacking any pieces of lobster but the soup was flavorful. The key lime pie was disappointing. It had a sour taste. Our server, Scott, was friendly and efficient.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best French dip I've ever had! Cooked to order prime rib on the softest bread with the silkiest au just. Can't wait to go back!

KH
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great cheeseburger with their amazing chips. My friend really enjoyed her salad. Nice beer selection and a great place to tuck into for lunch. Look forward to going to Side Door for dinner sometime.

F
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We did we for lunch. Was just an okay experience. Our waitress was not attentive.
We had Prime rib sandwich which had a lot of gristle, and roast beef sandwich is was very tough, and the side salads tasted like mold. Not sure if it was an ingredient in the dressing? The homemade chips were delicious. Not sure we will visit again.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my best friend’s birthday, Jake our server was excellent. The ambience and the food was superb due to it being my first time in Chicago. Definitely will be returning in the near future

AV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good options on the menu. Would be helpful if the avocado in the avocado mash had some more spices but the steak and chicken dishes were very good.

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

Every single employee from the hostess, host, bartender, and waitress (and manager) went out of their way to assist/accommodate my wheelchair bound mother. Outstanding service and food.

JM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was terrific, very good and tasty ribs. However, the service was really poor. First, we arrived 20 minutes earlier so we asked to be sitted to have some drinks before the meal but the waiter said that we could not be sitted before our booking, even though the restaurant was half empty. So we had to go for drinks nearby. Then, we had to wait very long for our food. And when paying the check, they could not split it in more than 3 cards. Many of us did not have cash so it was a mess. And overall, the waiter was not very kind. In summary, nice food ruined by a poor customer service. I would not recommend it.

SR
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire experience was enjoyable! I had the knife and fork pastrami and it did not disappoint! Everyone’s entrees at my table were swooned over and they were cooked just right. Such a great location, culinary style and interesting vibe.
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J
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Ordered an octopus appetizer and it was so hard and chewy I wonder if they deep fried it frozen instead of having a fresh one prepared. We told the waitress it was hard and chewy and she said she can bring a sharper knife. Never going back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made a reservation Through OpenTable for lunch and arrived at the restaurant to find out that it was closed for a private party

AG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was a good place to meet with friends for an early dinner. It was quiet enough for us to talk and our waiter lowered the music when we asked. I think it likely that later in the evening the noise level will be much higher. The food was good and fresh and the menu had lots of options.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 2ambience 2

Happy hour was drinks only even though their website included food.

CC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service, great drinks, helpful staff.

R
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Casual alternative to the classic setting of Lowrys. If you ask, you have access to the full range of prime rib offerings from the Lowrys menu.

KB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service at lunch time. The prime rib sandwich melts in your mouth, so tender and juicy! Scott, our waiter was funny and attentive! Nice ambiance!

BK
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

great atmosphere. selection of plates and sandwiches were just right

BW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome service. Awesome food. Limited selection but what we had was great. Very cozy and intimate. Felt like a private club.

RL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The salad I ordered was missing tomatoes, and although I asked for cheddar cheese instead of blue cheese, she brought me a blue cheese dressing. Made no sense to me. Bread or rolls are not served. Crème brulee was delightful.

GB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the beef ribs and they were great!

t
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Sting in food

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience - not a single bad item on the menu. Everything was on point. Definitely looking forward to going back again!

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was my second time here and this time I had the cheeseburger which was excellent. The last time I came here I tried the chili which was very good too. The menu has a lot of choices but my girlfriend and her daughter followed my lead of having the cheeseburger and they loved it. Enjoyed happy hour pricing for wine as well! Nice atmosphere and close to downtown hotels and shops.

MS
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Our server was awesome. The place had a cool/old school vibe. Will definitely be going back.

LD
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Favorite lunch but we aware for 2 people you will spend about $100

j
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cozy and comfortable -- will definitely be back for the prime rib sandwich.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Prime Rib was surprisingly not very thick

KI
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food at fair prices. Nice way to experience multiple small plates at a place that handles meat very well. Very charming old school bar area.

MB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, however, you have to know where you are going because it's actually the side entrance to Lawry's so we had to call because address was not matching up. Otherwise was very pleased.

FU
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Pastrami was outstanding!
Crab cake was good, not great.
The octopus was a little chewy depending on the pieces. Drinks are done well... you get what you pay for.
As for the staff, attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. And for a taste of old school Chicago ambiance this place is it! Gorgeous.

DA
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The wedge salad and steak were great but the Mac and cheese was amazing! Set up was nice being able to see the food being prepared. Nice place

TR
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

We have been dining at Side Door since it opened and the quality/selections have declined considerably. Several menu staples are gone--deviled eggs, knife and fork pastrami ..... It would be nice it there were consistent regular menu items and a few specials. Online menu is inaccurate.

Last visit I ordered the gnocchi with sausage and mushrooms. For $14, there were probably 10 gnocchis and the meat was undercooked and red--sent back. (At many Chicago restaurants $14 will get you a good sized portion of pasta!) Tomato bisque was more like gazpacho. My husband's beef was lukewarm.

The restaurant was not crowded but it took 30 minutes to get our orders.

The space is small and it was annoying to have carolers intruding.

Chicago has so many great restaurants, it's a waste of your time to visit Side Door.

JL
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a great place and good value. Food always satisfies

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The SideDoor is owned by Lawrys, has Lawrys high expectation for food and service, but has more pub food. Of course it is pub food if it was made by a world class chef.

Even then the simplest sandwhich, a prime rib sandwhich that you may think you have had in a hundred places will blow your mind. The cut is fabulous, the taste and tenderness is incredible, the meat to bun ratio is 2 to 1 and that is perfect in my mind.

S
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We placed a basic order for simple appetizers (salad and cheese spread) and entrees and a side dish. After half an hour, a kitchen runner comes out with my entree (and nothing else). I inform her that we still haven't even received our appetizers yet so I'm not ready for my entree and I send it back. A while later our appetizers finally arrive. Seconds later, we haven't even taken the first bite of the appetizers and the runners appear with our entrees again. I inform them that we JUST just received our appetizers and we are NOT ready for the entrees yet. We have a tiny table so there isn't room for our entree dishes with our appetizer dishes. They take the entrees back again. Our waiter comes by and apologizes and says he'll make sure that we get our entrees at the appropriate time. I commented to my husband that I wonder if they are just going to have our entrees sit under a heat lamp until it's time to serve them. We rush to eat the appetizers, and when we are finished our waiter tells us that he was being ordered to bring our original plates to us (that have been sitting around) but that he refused and he put in a fresh order for us. After a while our new entrees are brought out to us, but no side dish. I ask about the side dish and I'm told that they forgot to place the order for it and they offered to make it and pack it up for me to take home. No, I wanted the side dish to eat with my meal, not to eat at a later meal. (??) So I eat about half of my entree while waiting for the side dish, and then I sit and wait ANOTHER half hour for the side dish to finally arrive while the other half of my entree got cold. In the time it took for us to get our 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, and 1 side dish we watched a table of 8 people arrive after we had placed our order, get their appetizers, get their entire meals, pay their check, and leave before we finished getting all of our original food. The food tasted great, but I'll never go back.

T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our Annual Christmas dinner!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent choice especially during the holiday season, just love the ambiance and the food is always delicious.

SO
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot

DP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our lunch at the SideDoor was wonderful! From the atmosphere, to the staff and the food everything was exceptional. We completely enjoyed our meal!

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