SPACE 519 | The Lunchroom

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$30 and under
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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 and lunch, weekend brunch, 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.
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Chicago
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect food and ambiance!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food and a great boutique. Go here!

AP
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing! Great service and can’t wait to shop after. The cauliflower soup is so delicious. Very velvety and hard to believe vegan!

The Eggs Espana is always a hit!

LC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always take out of town guests to Space 519 and the Lunchroom. The menu is simple but unordinary and delicious. It is also on the healthy and light side, which is good. Afterward it is so nice to get a cup of coffee or their excellent London Fog and do a little shopping.

t
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service is friendly and understaffed but we go for Sunday morning as a couple or with friends so it doesn't become an issue for us. The menu changed and there isn't a go to brunch item to crave anymore. Great coffee but the cups are big so it gets cold if you are sipping and chatting. Always the freshest possible ingredients and anything they serve with eggs is a treat. High quality bakery goods to take home for later is our traditional breakfast "dessert."

SPACE 519 | The Lunchroom
Responded on October 2, 2019

We hear you about being understaffed - it is something we are working on. Many customers like the larger cups, but we have a smaller size available, please ask your server. We are extremely disappointed in your low star ratings as we strive for better. Our brunch menu has not changed since we opened. I bet you were here for our breakfast menu, a slimmed down menu served before brunch at 10. We are working on new brunch items as well. Thank you again for taking time out to provide feedback.

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OT
Chicago
158 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We found this restaurant several months ago and finally made a return trip before a show at the Broadway Playhouse a half block away. The food is still excellent. Since the restaurant also doubles as a store you can shop while waiting for your meal. This place is a definite "find" and is worth checking out.

LM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to have lunch and browse around - the food is always great!

VV
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our neighborhood go to spot.

CA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their tumeric chai latte is the best in town.

RL
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the new outdoor patio! Food is amazing and always consistent. Must get Lucy's Pimento Cheese.
Great place to have a nice lunch and then go shopping.

c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I have rarely been in such a calming environment, it was like having lunch in a friend’s quiet apartment. The tuna melt, served on a croissant, was the best I’ve ever had. Although server forgot my soup, he was great as were the Space 519 owners. Added bonus, restaurant is inside a boutique that’s to die for.

OT
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable in every way. Delicious!

S
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Love Space 519 — great food and great shopping.

NB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere in this cute spot is wonderful! The lunch offerings are both light and delicious. We appreciated a taste to decide which of their fantastic wines to order. We will return!

K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an incredible breakfast at the lunchroom. Service is friendly and professional. The food was fantastic - each dish was better than the last. We can’t wait to go back and try other menu items. It was delicious and a super fun atmosphere- we will be back for sure!

T
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu with beautifully presented food by very capable wait staff

KH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place! It was our first time dining outside on their patio. Perfect setting, close to Michigan avenue but still a nice quiet spot for lunch. The food is always exceptional. We usually stick to our favorites, and this time tried the seasonal bean, avocado, cherry tomato salad for an appetizer. It was a huge portion and delicious. We will be back again soon!

JU
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WIter kindly brought water outside for our dog. Table wAter served with lemon slices - a very pleasant touch. Awesome menu for vegetarians : love the trio of salads

H
Chicago
133 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just love Space 519. It is a Ladies Who Lunch restaurant.
Food is always fresh, ambiance is wonderful and service is great.

w
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great space, retail clothing, food , coffee and baked goods!

r
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Insipid food and service..Not a place e to go again

M
Chicago
178 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Very much a ladies who lunch spot, but also good for a business lunch if you have time. Service isn't the quickest and the meals are a bit on the pricey side. Food tastes fresh and somewhat healthy, though!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We asked for our meal to not be spicy.
Our rice came "less spicy" and they added the chilli decoration sauce already in to the rice. The waiter told us to just scrub off the sauce/eat around it. Very unimpressed!!!

SPACE 519 | The Lunchroom
Responded on September 3, 2019

Hello I am so sorry that this was your experience. We strive to take customer special requests very seriously. You never should have been treated like this by one of our servers. I will do some further investigation and speak personally to the server assigned to you table. We strive for excellent customer service and I hope you will give us another chance. Sincerely Lance Lawson owner

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

Pretty average. Bread seems like it’s cheap pre sliced toast bread from the super market. Poached eggs were over cooked. Goat cheese was bland.

SPACE 519 | The Lunchroom
Responded on August 6, 2019

I am so sorry you left feeling this way. All of our bread delivers daily from pHlour Organic Bakery in Edgewater. So I will check with the kitchen to see what happened. I wish we would have known your experience was subpar in real time so we could have fixed the situation. Our average food rating here is 5 stars - we take food, flavor, and quality very seriously. I hope you will give us another shot. If you do please ask for Lance. I am the owner, and I will assure you are well taken care of.

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

Loved the food. Had gluten-free bread. Chef came to talk to say hello. Will go back often, New in “hood” favorite spot. Dan Schwartz

CC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is delicious and beautifully presented. The service is impeccable. The chef stopped at our table to personally ensure that we were enjoying our meal. This is the best brunch spot in the city.

AP
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing lunch once again! Love the service and the menu is delicious!!!! Love eating here and then of course shopping!

t
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It’s a cute spot, was there with my girlfriend and ordered the flat bread and she ordered the Brussels sprout salad. I didn’t like mine at all.....and told the waitress and she asked me what I would like. I told her I would like the avacado toast with watermelon salad. When I got the bill I noticed that she didn’t take the flatbread off the bill. I’ve never been to a restaurant where the waitress charged me for a meal that was sent back and only one bite was taken. Very disappointed and will never return there to eat.

SPACE 519 | The Lunchroom
Responded on July 18, 2019

I am so sorry that this happened. I spoke with the waitress and it was an oversight - she forgot to void the old item when she put the new one in. It was our mistake. It certainly is not our policy to charge for food a guest is unhappy with. I have gone in and refunded your credit card for $35.68 to cover the cost of the Flatbread and your Sandwich. We hope you will give us another shot - and if you do return please ask for me - Lance - I am the owner.

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m
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with a wonderful menu! Love the kale salad!
Also a great boutique to shop through after lunch.
Great staff

VV
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A neighborhood staple with elevated California style food.
Creative use of ingredients delivering wonderful salads and high quality meals. Attention to details. The new patio is a welcome addition this year.

LW
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All was delicious

AP
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Lunchroom is a neighborhood gem, perfect for morning coffee on the run, a business meeting, or catching up with friends with wine and an awesome lunch. The service is always friendly, welcoming and fun! And most of all the menu is delicious, and you can shop afterwards!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 1ambience 4

It took 40 minutes to get our food and then it was cold. 3 came and our friend had to wait for his. Service was sub par and Food was bland. One and done for us.

R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was really great, but the service took longer than expected. We waited 20-30 minutes to place the initial food order, and almost a full hour after that to get our food.

SPACE 519 | The Lunchroom
Responded on June 19, 2019

I am so very sorry for the slow service. We had both a server and line cook call in sick this weekend. It caused some serious issues. We are in the process of hiring additional team members for busy periods to assure this does not occur again. What you experienced in no way represents the level of service we strive for. I hope you will give us another try since you enjoyed the food. And please ask for me (Lance the owner) or our Chef (Doug) so we can say hello.

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MW
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The experience was average food wise, a bit pricey, friendly waiter, clean and quiet.

KH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Entertained friends from out of town. We loved it as always. People next to us were raving about their food. Thanks for the suggestion G&W salad was great!

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

Love space 519! Such a great place and the owners are so nice

DE
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FABULOUS. Period! Highest quality ingredients, beautifully prepared. Loved it.

MN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently an extraordinary dining experience in the neighborhood. Chic setting, exceptional service, and always amazingly delicious food - one of best lunches in Chicago.

OT
Chicago
159 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! What a find. We had lunch here because we were going to the Best Buy at the Hancock Center after leaving class at the Northwestern Chicago campus and wanted to find a place for lunch on the way. They have the best grilled cheese! The restaurant is tucked in the back of a very nice boutique, so plan to shop after finishing your meal. This is on the short list of places for us to return.

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