The Dearborn

4.7
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
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vipgxt4
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Dearborn is a top-rate bistro, run by an excellent management team. They keep the menu changing seasonally. The customer service is the best in the Loop. It's also always clean and safe. I highly encourage everyone to get back to The Dearborn as soon as possible.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Amy the owner stopped by and chatted with us. The Dearborn Meze plate was awesome. I had the porcelet which was so good, my companion had the paella (his first) and loved it. I’ll be back.

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BigHungryGiant
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch at the Dearborn. Highly recommend the fish and chips, the burger and the icecream.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good handy after play

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vipDanK
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great for pre theater

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vipErikL
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

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KariD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Dearborn is the best restaurant in the theater district by far. The food and drinks are tasty and the service is always friendly and professional.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server! Awesome food!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owners are amazing

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CraigH
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for brunch and had the bone marrow and soft scrambled eggs as well as the burger. Both were fantastic. Highly recommended.

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Blups
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portions were large but delicious. Wait staff was courteous and attentive. Space was beautiful and charming.

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walker
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Mediocre service

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The service was out of this world. Every restaurant needs to take serious notes about their service. The food portions could be better.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing. He made absolutely perfect recommendations off the menu as well as tips on where else to go in town. Highly recommend this place

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vipdocVQ
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A group of us working on a community project met for lunch recently, and what a treat! Beginning with where we were seated as it was a bit more private and allowed for clear communication between us! The service was consistent, professional and very present. Finally and most importantly, the food was marvelous. The seafood chowder was nuanced and hardy, we had it with milk bread- a delicacy! The chicken soup with udon noodles was hearty and delicious. Finally, the salads were rich in proteins, plentiful and delicious as well. Coffees and teas were all plentiful and the teas were a variety. Can’t wait to return!

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Karan
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

After seeing such strong reviews prior to going here, I have mixed feelings about this place. One the one hand the ambiance is very good and the service in our section was outstanding - kudos to the team here and especially Micheal. Some of the food was very good - the ceviche was fresh, tasted great and had great flavor, the charred brussel sprouts were well made. On the other hand the famous fish & chips had great crust and fries but the fish itself was overdone and dry and very thick single piece and some of the other food was meh - which shouldn't be the case for the prices here. The non-alcoholic drinks we tried were also quite good. Although it was a good night thanks to the ambiance and service and some good food, between the relatively small menu, the food and the prices - I won't be back soon. That said, if you know exactly what you eat here, it can be a great experience for all the things that work well. We didn't try any alcoholic beverages - it may be a great place for that as well.

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ShaunnaS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The server was well versed and knowledgeable. Very friendly and I appreciated his attentiveness.

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Toyn
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I would definitely go back to the Dearborn. The food was excellent, my drink was just okay. The brussel sprouts are fabulous, and they were hit. I had the fish and chips, and everything served on the plate was gone.

I would definitely return.

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vipNenaI
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always my go to place in the Loop, never disappoints

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Brunch rush left service to be desired. We had eggs benedict and one egg was hard boiled. Additionally I order the Berger with fries and I received the wrong kind of fries. The apple cider donuts were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent

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NinaA
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great place to dine and very close to the theater we were seeing a show at.

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vipFoodWHERE
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

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MarleneS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was fabulous. Michael was our waiter and he was just fabulous!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Todo muy bien grs

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vipRetiredTraveler01
Chicago
120 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Civilized respite from the chaos of the loop. Limited by solid menu.

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PeggyA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Dearborn never fails to deliver. We often come here before seeing a play as it is so conveniently located in the theatre district. I’ve tried many of their lunch entrees and have always been pleased. We started off with a Bloody Mary and had their delicious shrimp and grits.

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vipLilyT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing space, service, and drinks -- plus food is excellent. Second time and will definitely come back.

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DonnaL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brussel sprouts are AMAZING! The service is incredible and just right for pre-theater going.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was pretty good but a little limited selection for main courses.

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vipqueenofhearts22
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Our waiter was fantastic!

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AuntiePJ
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Young man who served us was awesome!!
The food was amazing-- especially the glazed chicken!!!
Great selection at bar -- wished more small plate selection.

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vipAliceM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My only complaint was the lighting. Difficult to read menu.
Otherwise, everything was perfect. Loved the food and service.

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vipJoy5
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We chose to dine at The Dearborn for the first time because it was rated well and it is across from the Nederlander Theater where we were to watch Donna Summer, the musical. Our servers were great! The paella was a hit as 3 out of 8 ordered it. We didn’t know that we could have our parking validated so that was a plus! Definitely coming back here to dine.

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TommyGunn
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never eaten breakfast at Dearborn before. Highly recommend it! Generous portions and interesting combinations. Very friendly and helpful staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Good food. Convenient for theatre. Thoughtful and kind gesture of birthday candle and cake slice. Manager stopped by our table to make sure all was ok. Very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service. Excellent food. As always, a delightful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! The server was terrific

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MelissaJ
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and even better service! We went before a musical and weren't rushed and had time to enjoy!

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