SPACE 519 | The Lunchroom

4.7
305 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
The Lunchroom is a 40-seat restaurant and café within SPACE 519, a concept store in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, just off of the Magnificent Mile. Featuring breakfast, lunch, and an all-day café. The Lunchroom focuses on vegetable forward, California style cuisine. Placing a heavy focus on locally-sourced ingredients, and serving classic staples with a twist.

Now introducing The Lunchbox, the all-day-café, which offers a new grab and go menu featuring sandwiches, baked goods, quiches and tarts, featured entrées daily, along with a coffee bar, cold drinks, and curated wine bottles.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 305 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.7
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4.3
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Noise · Moderate
100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDKCHI
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their brunch cannot be beat. Do not miss the eggs on real grits with green and red New Mexico chiles!!!

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VVR23
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A neighborhood favorite.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had several brunch items and each was superb. The service was likewise very good. I will be back!

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Fiasco
Grand Rapids
27 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was sooo good! And so was my Salty Dog. I will return to this quaint café with delicious food and friendly service!

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vipTastebuddivine
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Food was just ok. Server was terrible. Very disappointing experience.

SPACE 519 | The Lunchroom
Responded on July 23, 2021

I am so sorry you had this experience. I am the owner and I was working in the dining room yesterday and I wish I had been able to address your issues in real time. As the other reviews indicate - this is not our norm and so it is always helpful to know specific problems so we can do better next time. Regardless, I am disappointed we did not deliver for you. Thank you again for taking time out to share feedback.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The food was fairly good but very expensive. A fairly small salad with a couple of small balls of mozzarella was $19. A cup of brewed coffee was $5. The bill for 3 people for a very simple lunch was over $150 before tip!

SPACE 519 | The Lunchroom
Responded on July 24, 2021

Thanks much for taking time to give feedback. I will make sure to talk to the Chef to assure that all of the salads have a lot of ingredients. The only table we had for 3 on the day you dined with a bill near $150 included multiple premium mixed drinks, a fresh fish entree, dessert, an entree salad & soup, & bread. We make everything from scratch with quality ingredients. That and our Gold Coast location drive our pricing. Thanks again, we appreciate your thoughts, as strive to deliver value.

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vipKevinH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside. It was a beautiful day. The food and service was great!

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TamaraJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t tell if I indicated that the noise level was just fine.

We always enjoy our lunch at Space 519, but Saturday it surpassed all high expectations. The food was exceptional and savored the wine we ordered. Owners were very accommodating to let us eat inside, even though our reservation was for outside. Cant wait to go back!

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vipJamesQ
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and excellent service. Highly recommend.

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vipLauraS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The restaurant is located inside a boutique that sells beautiful upscale clothing, home decor, and other products. The food is delicious and very fresh! Shopping and eating a winning combination!!

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vipDrHockey
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food for lunch — as always.
Busy, so noisier than our prior experiences there, but still very worthwhile.

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vipKathleenK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time there and loved it. Great food and nice selection variety

RS
RandeeS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. Thank you for making my sister's birthday celebration a really delicious treat.

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vipSnarklet
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very pleasant setting. Great food and service. What could be better.

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vipMicheleK
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Can’t wait to return!

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vipsamanthak
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really cute place! Had no idea it was there but will definitely be back!!

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vipJamie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!!

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JulieS
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Predictably wonderful. Tortilla soup was just the right amount of spicey! Chicken avocado club - perfection. Service, as always, was impeccable. Will definitely return again and again. Thank you!!

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vipEileenR
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lunchroom is a true neighborhood gem with wonderful food, excellent service & great atmosphere. But wait, there’s more - the ultimate in boutique shopping after your meal !!!

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vipVeryEnjoyable
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delightful lunch outside. Waiter was very helpful.

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vipMaryC
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took friends, visiting from the Bay Area, to lunch and they loved it. The food was delicious: shrimp tartine open faced sandwich with watermelon salad and the baja tacos.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fabulous food !!

SG
StephenG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous salads, well seasoned, generous portions in a light, airy setting.

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vipmonia
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

I’m not impressed with their food actually didn’t like it at all. Had stomach pain right after brunch. Sorry but never again!

SPACE 519 | The Lunchroom
Responded on July 2, 2021

Hi Monia: I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your experience. If we were aware of your feedback while you were dining we would have gladly tried to rectify the situation, to the best of our ability, in real time. If you do decide to join us again, please let us know so your next experience is a positive one. Sincerely, Anthony (FOH Manager)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location with delicious food and friendly service.

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MariaS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the menu and drinks!! Super healtht

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall1food5service3ambience5

This is our favorite go-to Sunday brunch spot. This visit our order was either never placed, or taken to another table. About one hour in we inquired and our server was very apologetic and nice. She said that they would comp our meal, which we very much appreciated. When the meal was done, we were presented with a bill - with only our coffees comped! The crazy long wait was poor, but we did not necessarily expect for our meal to be picked up. But once it was offered it felt extra lousy to see the price of our cups of coffee removed from an otherwise complete bill. Could have been handled better.

SPACE 519 | The Lunchroom
Responded on June 23, 2021

Hello I am so sorry you had this experience. This server is new and clearly was having a bad day in midst of the Father's Day rush. Your entire meal should have been comped as promised. Because this review was anonymous we have no way of fixing this because we have no idea which table was yours. I wish you would have asked for a manager so we could have fixed this for you immediately. We so appreciate your long term patronage and hope you will give us another shot. Very best - Lance (owner)

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KateM
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch ever! My friend couldn’t stop talking about it. I’m so glad I was told to go here.

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vipChicagoGirl
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Enjoyed eating outside and being able to make an outside reservation. There were so many items on the menu I wanted to try. I’ll definitely be back!

KB
vipKathyB
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought two out of town guests—perfect!!

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OpenTable Diner
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Everything was great except my reservation didn’t go through into their system even though I received the opentable confirmation.

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Katie
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

It seemed as if we were at the “forgotten” table in the place. Everything took an extremely long time. Great food though.

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PrakB
London
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the staff and service - and the food of course :)

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design
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scale + personal attention added to the delight of the luncheon

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vipgreat2eatout
Chicago
70 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

On a lovely afternoon, we got a table on the Patio, and our lunch was superb from start to finish. Great food, great service. Love this place!

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VVR23
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is wonderful.

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vipJessica
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service2ambience3

Nice outdoor patio. Plan for the weather if it's hot as there are only 3 umbrellas to share.

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fran
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

We had outdoor seating for 4, there were 7-8 tables but each table had to fight over 3 umbrellas for shade (under 88F degree weather). Server was not very attentive (gave us a check without asking if desserts/coffee are needed), favoritism of moving the umbrella away from us was granted to apparently regular customers without our permission. Two of us ordered fish tacos, the tortillas was really hard and dry. Fortunately the Greek flatbread and espresso were good. The quality of food definitely was not the same as as before the pandemic.

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vipJohnM
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We're regular diners st 519 and always enjoy ourselves. It’s a great addition to the neighborhood.

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cinzia
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

patio dining is delightful! kale salad is delicious

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from SPACE 519 | The Lunchroom using the Order Online button. SPACE 519 | The Lunchroom also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 751-1519.

SPACE 519 | The Lunchroom is rated 4.7 stars by 305 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.