The Dearborn

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$30 and under
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American

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We are where you want to be in the heart of Chicago’s Loop, a perfect break from the bustle of the theaters, museums and shops around us. Settle into a seat at our bar or a booth in our spacious dining room and enjoy Chef Aaron Cuschieri’s Midwest-focused cooking for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch.
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4.6
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4.7
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4.6
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Des Moines
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I were in town for a musical at The Nederlander. We arrived early and were able to enjoy a delicious lunch at The Dearborn, with no rush to get us out. It was a perfect relaxing time.

JL
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was lovely. The food was fantastic, especially the shrimp and grits. Our waiter, Alex, was great at suggesting delicious dishes to us. I would definitely go again!

L
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The place is quiet for brunch, perfect conversation level. The service was amazing and the food was good.

LW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Our server was very friendly, but never checked with us after getting our meals. It just so happened that 2 of us had major issues with our meal. My fish (fry) was not cooked. You could see batter running. Thank goodness the manager came to ask us how everything was. He ordered me another piece of fish and came out with 1 extra.

JG
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitstaff was very attentive and the food first rate.

OT
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, The Dearborn was fantastic for a lovely lunch and catch-up with a good friend. The service was impeccable, not intrusive and yet very attentive. The food was delicious, I had the burger and my friend had the market salad. The food came out pretty quickly and was exactly as we ordered.

Greg, the General Manager, stopped by to check on us. It really is such a nice touch. I always feel so welcome at The Dearborn. From the moment I walk through the door until I walk back out.

I can’t wait to come back for another delicious lunch in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. I have never been disappointed at the Dearborn.

C
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner as always. Service was exceptional. The fried chicken starter is to die for. Seafood chowder was also exceptional.

AA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I had an awesome dinner at The Dearborn after Mean Girls across the street at the Nederlander. It was super good food, great atmosphere, very quick, and everyone was very attentive to our every need. Our waiter was very friendly and funny!

BL
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My biggest issue with The Dearborn is that I find it very overpriced for what it is. The food is reliably good, in fact among the best Loop restaurants. That said, I think the prices are just too high, especially at lunch.

BS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service, food was excellent, it is pricey... but overall I was happy with everything.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed everything about this place. Great atmosphere, service and very tasty food and drinks!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always

OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and food was excellent.

B
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and Alex was a great server. Food was delicious!

OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time at The Dearborn in three weeks! Just as great this time. We’ll be back! Great for pre-theatre dinner.

BK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, excellent service and great downtown location - perfect for shopping or the theater district.

JE
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful restaurant for any occasion... business lunch/brunch, a date to celebrate something... or get an early bird dinner before Theatre.
Amazing handcrafted cocktails (bartender Ryan is a smooth operator) and the sisters Lawless are at front of house and back in kitchen at same time. Their signature pastries on the weekend are to die for. Possibly my wife and my favorite Chicago restaurant!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Normally we have a great experience at the Dearborn, but last night it took almost an hour to receive our entrees.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent service accompanied by exquisite cuisine!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Great service. Great ambiance. Perfect NYE meal location.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing, we heard the fried chicken rap from the artist himself and loved our food!

GC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited for the first time on New Years Eve with my fiance and we were both delighted to find a modern, inviting, and inclusive experience from the lush seating to the exceptional service, and farm to table seasonally rotating menu with several dietary options and alternatives; including some wonderfully surprising non-alcoholic cocktails! Would highly recommend for a girls night out, romantic evening away, or corporate team outing. Visit for the flavor-filled menu options and stay for the exceptional service in a modern and inviting setting serving 5-star speakeasy vibes all night long.

DR
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I enjoy going to the Dearborn before or after theater. The cocktails are ambitious and the food choices sufficiently broad. You can have a fancy sandwich or a traditional entree like salmon. Everything is good, but rarely inspired. The tables are close together and you have to go up a short flight of stairs to use the bathroom. The staff are very nice.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice family lunch on NYE before seeing a matinee across the street. Food was very good, enjoyed shrimp and grits, chicken soup, roasted Brussels sprouts and the gnocchi special. All were delish. Son had the fish and chips which he was disappointed by - thought both flavor and texture were not as good as expected.

j
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is fine - standard fare. But the prices are way too high for the fare and portion size. You are definitely paying for the location. $10 for a small bowl of bow tie pasta with butter on it for a child is ridiculous. $24 for a small bowl of gnocchi in brown butter sauce is pretty silly too. For 3 adults and one 5 year old with one beer and one cocktail the bill plus 18 percent gratuity was $161.00. Bizarre.

I
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place was in a great location to Millennium park and other attractions, food was excellent our server made it a great experience, I’m going back for sure

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome food, ambiance. Service was very knowledgeable, kind but just a bit slower to get drinks and food out. Would definitely come back!

s
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great palace to eat.

CM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere. The food was great. The service was impeccable. The staff was friendly. We'll be back!

KD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our third time at the Dearborn, which indicates that we 1) really enjoy dining here, and 2) have established that they are consistently good at what they do, which is provide yummy food, helpful, friendly, and attentive service, and have a menu that's enticing to a very finicky 14 year old. Thank you!

TS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. The food was excellent, our waiter was exceptional and the ambience was very good for conversation. We are planning to go back on our next trip to Chicago.

NI
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. Service and food perfection. I had the smoked salmon plate, it was beyond yummy!!

JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Very creative menu and an outstanding wine list. Just an all around excellent dining experience.

DO
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was really looking forward to a great experience... then I ordered the chicken fried steak. I was told I couldn't have it because they cross contaminate their fish fryer, to which I am deathly allergic. To top it off, the waiter acted like my allergy was an inconvenience to him. Needless to say I won't be going back.

MG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We live in Milwaukee but it was the second time we were there in a year. Love the cool interior and happy vibe. A great bar, friendly, knowledgeable bartenders. On Open Table the restaurant wanted to know if it was a special occasion. Yes, an anniversary. Well, we were seated, given an envelope with a beautifully inscribed hand-written welcome and anniversary wish. Then the manager came by with complimentary champagne. One of the owners (Amy) came by to wish us a happy anniversary. Then after a delicious meal (I had the roasted salmon) we were given a complimentary dessert. We felt pampered. The prices are reasonable, the service exemplary, the food delicious. Just a really cool place.

MJ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best bread ever!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate here before the show at the Nederlander across the street. Excellent food and service. Will definitely go again!

LB
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy this favorite!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, service was exceptional.