The Dearborn

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$30 and under
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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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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time I have been here. I really like the place. Great fries! Seafood chowder was also good.

DH
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally, good food in the theater district! Woo hoo!!

LJ
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Arrived for reservation 1 hour early, checked in and asked if it would be possible to get seated early. The hostess did not give an answer to the question and only said I have you checked in. So we stood in the corner for 1 hour waiting. If we knew that there was not a possibility we would have left and returned. As we stood in the corner waiting there were several tables of 4 available. Sunday they only serve brunch and dinner, we were seated at 2:30, so dinner wasn't available and brunch seemed a little late. The $12.00 Peach Bellini was nothing special. Ordered Burrata as a starter, the waiter asked if we would like bread with it, we stated yes! 4 slices arrived and we were charged a $1.00. Buffalo Chicken sandwich was just OK. The chicken patty was very thin in comparison to roll it was served on. It does state "thinly pounded" just maybe too thinly pounded. 2 other guests ordered the burger and seemed pleased. One guest ordered the salmon platter to be told they were out. The second option was mushroom and brie omelet which was also satisfactory, Waiter was attentive. I would come back and try dinner, but definitely will not arrive early.

MK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and service. Been here a few times and looking forward to going back soon.

LO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was very delicious, but drinks were served very slow and our server would disappear for long periods of time. The live music was a nice touch for brunch, something unexpected and quite soothing.

C
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great weekend brunch prior to a matinee show. Tasty cocktails and very friendly service.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was fantastic. Value was good.

JR
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Noisy but emergetic

SG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere, and service! Look forward to eating there again.

F
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to The Dearborn several times, but this was my first time for brunch. It was fantastic! I had the bone marrow and eggs, and it was delightful! My daughters had the french toast and pancakes, along with the freshly made apple soda, and they were thrilled. Our server was excellent. Highly recommend!

AT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No wonder it is ranked the way it is. Even seemingly simple fairs like salad surprised us with the variety of clearly fresh ingredients. We were there for breakfast and will surely return for dinner

T
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Manager reseated to a window booth per our request

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Incredible meal. They take country recipes and present them on a savory, upscale way. Don't miss the chicken fried steak. The apple donuts for dessert were incredible. Too many flavors going on in the banana cake, and it was dry so maybe skip that. Other than that, my only complaint was the wall booth seating, which often means you'll be stuffed next to others like a sardine with little elbow room or space for an intimate conversation. But it wouldn't prevent us from returning.

SF
Chicago
120 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second visit, and it was even better than the first. Love the cocktails - the Old Fashioned is just great! Did not want to eat heavy as it was the day after Thanksgiving, so we opted for the seasonal salad - one of us dded shrimp and the other added salmon. It was very tasty - a great blend of flavors and not overly dressed. Tony was our waiter and did an excellent job. Definitely a keeper on our list.

H
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an extremely knowledgeable, kind and superb server.

CJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We made reservations over a month ago and were seated where the wind blew in for a 11:30 lunch. There were 6 other open tables in the area and when we asked to move to another table we were told we could move to the back room! When asked if that was our only opportunity the hostess needed to go back to the front desk to ask permission - seems the hostess should be able to make this call. Additionally, the waiter told us we were ordering "too much" food - seems they should like this since the tip is based on the total bill. Very strange experience.

OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Just ordinary

RW
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food...Super Time

M
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The kids loved the burgers. The seafood pasta dish was too spicy. I had chicken and gnocchi and thought it was pretty good. The service was really good.

OT
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot before the theater. The meal was spectacular. The staff went above and beyond and gave us an umbrella because it was raining!

MJ
New England
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always great unique menu. And the the cocktails are superb. One of the favorites in the city.

ED
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family loves the Dearborn. We have dined here twice for dinner. The food is fresh, delicious and creative. Our server this past visit was phenomenal. He was professional, friendly and brought our daughter a surprise dessert, because he overheard us discussing it was her birthday. Beautiful interior and perfect location when you are dining downtown!

MW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Lunch Server was very nice.

DD
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food quality was superb! You have the best tofu!

BM
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My first visit to The Dearborn. A wonderful place for a holiday brunch, including live entertainment. The food was delicious and nicely presented. The service was excellent and we enjoyed the live entertainment, which we were not expecting (maybe only a Sunday brunch feature?). My friend and I did spend more than we usually do at a downtown luncheon, even not taking our drinks into consideration. Since it was our annual holiday outing - lunch followed by "A Christmas Carol" at the nearby Goodman Theater - we decided it was worth the extra expense. Despite that, we would consider a return to this restaurant. Additional note: the décor was very pleasing and the seating quite comfortable. The latter is important to me!

DV
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Bar area is the place to be. Outstanding food—the scotch egg was the best I’ve ever had. Ditto for the mussels, whose broth was so savory that it was all I could do to restrain myself from tipping the bowl up and drinking it. Wine list is good if a bit spendy. My favorite place in Chicago now.

h
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my husband’s birthday at Dearborn. Requested for staff to have a bottle of Champagne table-side and requested for staff to wish him a happy birthday. The service was fabulous. The crispy confit octopus and Rohan duck breast were phenomenal! The manager and other staff came to the table to offer their birthday wishes and even gave him a card.

RT
Chicago
115 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Oddly enough, this neighborhood within the Loop is a bit shy of decent restaurants and The Dearborn helps add to the selection. Menu is varied and fits most budgets but the liquor and wine charges are steep.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Good brunch options. Service was a little slow.

AG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Paul was a friendly, good server and our water glass was never empty.
Table was cleared often and felt rushed.

J
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I came for dinner since we would be downtown after work. Our server Paul was great - welcoming and attentive. We shared an appetizer and salad. I that the pasta special and he had the chicken fried steak. All delicious! Wonderful evening.

F
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All four of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals

RH
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Who gets excited about Brussels sprouts? I did. They were great!
Quick, professional service. Good place.

FS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was excellent. Food was good. Curry chicken sandwich was very tasty. Brussel sprouts were very good as well.
Good beer selection.
It was kinda loud. Would go back.

T
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Very nice people/good service. Food was tasty. On the Friday before Thanksgiving, it was very, very busy and so a bit noisy, but overall, it was a nice experience. Thanks.

IO
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service & great food! The Dearborn is in a great location with easy access from public transpo.

BK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Whenever in town I try and make it a point to stop and eat here. Flavorful food and a phenomenal bar. Can get a little loud but still a great experience. Servers all around are well trained and know how to serve. A lot of restaurants can take lessons from this place. Cheers.

JC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This family knows how to run a restaurant. Terrific combination of friendly service and hot, “true to menu” food combos.

HW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Good for groups. The waitstaff accommodated our group size. Our waiter was very attentive to our needs. His host also ensured we had refills of condiments and water.

B
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent place for having a business lunch, noise level is low allowing normal conversation.

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