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SPACE 519 | The Lunchroom

4.6
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177 Reviews
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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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 177 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect burrata salad!

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vipKZee
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

This was my second time, invite other friends because I was impressed the first time. Well unfortunately, they are not consistent. The salad I loved the first time wasn't the same the second time, it had like 2- 3 croutons, it was very small and no avocados, 3 pieces of beets, tiny amount of sunflower seeds. Lots of goat cheese which I didn't mind, but even the 2 friends I invited noticed how small it was. I did enjoy the romaine with it, the last time it was mixed greens. I was disappointed that it wasn't the Harvest Garden I truly enjoyed the first time. I guess you won't know what you'll get when you go, doesn't seem consistent.

SPACE 519 | The Lunchroom
Responded on March 9, 2020

Hello - I am so sorry that the salad was not as you expected. One of our core principals is making sure that all of our salads are full of ingredients and provide value for the money. The salad should have been made with a red leaf mix. We are dealing with a staffing issue - but this should not be apparent to you. We have put measures in place to fix this and hope you will give us another try. Thank you again for taking time to share feedback.

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vipKevinH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just stopped in for some lunch and brought a friend who was visiting from out of town. The Tortilla Soup was amazing with just the right amount of spice. We had the Avocado toast club and the New Mac & Cheese wich were excellent. The service was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, large portions.

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vipVVR23
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality and interesting food for breakfast or lunch.

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vipWendiB
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed my lunch. Food was fresh and tasty. Healthy options. Would definitely go again. Very close to Modern Museum of art.

KZ
vipKZee
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were referred by a friend who lives nearby and we were celebration a birthday. We got the burrata to start and it was delicious. We all had salads and the birthday girl had the fish tacos. We ALL loved the food, it was very fresh. At the end they were super sweet to bring out a cupcake with a candle. A very special touch!!! It was nice to be able to browse around after lunch for a bit.
Very fresh food and delicious, cant wait to go back.

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vipChicagofun
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants for breakfast or lunch. The food is delicious and fresh and the service is friendly and helpful. I could eat the green and white salad everyday. It's so good and so good for you. I love to take my friends from out of town so that we can spend time in the store after we eat. If I could, I would spend everyday at this perfect spot!

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vipbelindanyc
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Lunchroom in town, no question. And you will always leave feeling more chic than when you arrived. Especially if you save some time to shop in the other side of the space. Best Oat Milk Matcha Latte AND I cant wait for the new Mocha.

JD
JohnD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend this little gem. Make a reservation. Food is great.
Cozy and fun!!

KH
vipKevinH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to The Lunchroom at Space 519 for meals before and have always loved it. Today was our first time for brunch and we were not disappointed. The menu was inventive and delicious! Great service and great food. We will definitely be back again and again. Thanks Space 519 for a great get together!

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vipAmandaP
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it always here!!!!

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vipNenaI
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always my go to lunch spot. Food and service outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious turmeric chai latte. Perfect blend of spice. Great service and fun crowd. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipSnarklet
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - very friendly service!

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vipLkc1
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

restaurant is a maybe choice, read on.
atmosphere was kinda unique with a specialty
store inside it. cool things in store, pricey.
tables for 2 were extremely small and we were
fortunate to be able to place 2 together.
americano was nothing special, starbucks is
better. now to the food; burata with fruit was
delishious, but would have preferred a sharper
tasting balsamic instead it was sweet. portion
ample as an entree. $16
skip the fish taco, boring. but the bread pudding
was the star of the meal except served with a dollop
of marsapone cheese would have preferred whipped cream. if you knew stars on the menu then i would
recommend, remember it’s pricey. we went for lunch during restaurant week.

JD
JohnD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful! My favorite spot!
Food is amazing, and service impeccable!

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AmyH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Space 519 is a great place to grab lunch with your friends or family when you are out in the city shopping or hitting the museums!!! The staff is wonderful and store is fabulous! They have terrific wines and the food is amazing! Large portions so come hungry!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This place is always consistent and delicious. Food is incredible—I’ve never had a bad dish. Lovely in every respect!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and the service was impeccable. The restaurant itself is very unassuming and a huge part of the appeal. Apparently brunch is the meal to have at the restaurant but breakfast was great as well.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome neighborhood gem!!! Not sure why more people don’t know about it but that’s ok with me since we never have to wait and it’s not crowded. Place is really unique—a cafe in a shop. The food is amazing and the ambience is relaxed and low key. And the shop has a great wine selection as well as unique little gifts. Highly recommend!

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Chicagofoodfan
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place for lunch with friends near Water Tower... shopping, clean food and cocktails to die for!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Way too crowded, loud and the food was not good at all!

SPACE 519 | The Lunchroom
Responded on December 16, 2019

I am so sorry to hear that you had a bad experience in our restaurant. We pride ourselves on the high ratings we consistently receive so I am very disappointed we underdelivered for you. We would love to have a better understanding of the specific issues you experienced so we can work to correct them - please email us at hello@space519com so we can have a direct conversation We want to find a way to make you happy.. Thank you so much taking the time out to communicate your concerns.

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vipbarbiemom
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wonderful service!

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CherylM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This is a huge space, move some of the clothing around and make more room for the tables, we were crunched against the wall.

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vipCocoSaidSo
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lunchroom at Space 519 is my go-to spot to bring out of town friends, family and business colleagues when I want to show them a truly unique Chicago spot. There's an added bonus if you like to shop as it's literally in the middle of a delightful store. More importantly, it's a great restaurant serving amazing food and some of the breakfast and brunch entrees in the city.

Just about a block off busy Michigan Ave, east of the John Hancock Building, The Lunchroom is a charming and quiet spot to grab a bite, coffee or sip and savor while you do a little retail therapy. Portions are good, you won't leave hungry. The service is friendly and very efficient. Cloth napkins and marble tabletops add to the luxe feel but the vibe is relaxed and comfortable.

I'm particualry fond of the Gold Coast Migas (I add Chicken Sausage on the side) for brunch, as well as the corn cakes that were on special during my last visit this past weekend. They also have great coffee. I enjoy their fresh OJ too. My OJ this weekend was in a mimosa (or two). If you are looking for a tasty appetizer, order some of the pimento spread!

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hardtoimpress
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing but perfect in every way. Chic, understayed, superb service and food quality and taste. A sophisticated option in quiet upscale neighborhood for brunch or dinner. Great pastries and coffee.

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vipChicagoresident
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked ahead but given terrible table; waited ages to give order then waited more than 40 minutes for food. Terrible service. We didn’t stay and went elsewhere.

SPACE 519 | The Lunchroom
Responded on March 9, 2020

I'm so sorry you had this experience. It is in no way what we strive for. Since it has been three months since you dined with us - please know we have put measures in place to make sure that when we are this busy no guest has an experience like yours. We hope you will give us another shot and we thank you for taking the time to bring this to our attention.

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vipPamela
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just love this space and the well curated selection of merch. The soft eggs with goat cheese and chives are fantastic!

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vipCC17
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food!

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vipSusan
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Lunchroom at Space 519 was fun and the food was delicious. My only complaint is that the tables are quite small and very close to one another.

SPACE 519 | The Lunchroom
Responded on November 22, 2019

Thanks you so much for your positive comments. I am glad that overall you enjoyed your experience. Part of our unique setting requires that our dining room be set up in a cozy European manner. This is especially true of our banquette. However - in the future please note in your reservation that you would prefer a larger table we we will do our best to accommodate you at one of the more roomy spots. Thanks so much for your support!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my fourth time for lunch, and it’s amazing. A very unique space. Their seasonal soups & salads are delicious. Yesterday, I had the cauliflower & Shanghai cowboy salad. Yum. I don’t know how they knew it was my birthday (maybe my open table profile?), but they brought over a chocolate cake with a candle. So thoughtful and classy.

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vipDrHockey
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second time we had lunch here. Both times were perfect meal and perfect service. What more could we ask for?

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StaciM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about The Lunchroom and SPACE 519.

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vipYummy
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect food and ambiance!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food and a great boutique. Go here!

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vipAmandaP
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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LindaC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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viptedo
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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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vipFrequentDiner
Chicago
166 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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SPACE 519 | The Lunchroom does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. 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 4.6 stars by 177 OpenTable diners.

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