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The Dearborn

4.7
3614 Reviews
$30 and under
American

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Pre/post Theatre
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 in our spacious dining room and enjoy Chef Aaron Cuschieri’s Midwest-focused cooking for lunch or dinner.

Our team at The Dearborn is committed to your health and well-being. To ensure everyone’s safety as we welcome you back, we ask that you follow the social distancing and sanitary guidelines that have been put in place to protect you and our staff.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3614 people are saying
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GenevieveM
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!! Everything was great about it!! Will be coming back again!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Thank you to Jay for great service and your recommendations

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AaronC
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great location(just steps from Goodman Theatre). Excellent service by waitstaff along with really good food with generous portions. I highly recommend the tomato bisque as well as the fish and chips(that beat Bobby Flay). All in all a wonderful dining experience.

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vipJohnE
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We have eaten at the Dearborn several times and haven't been disappointed. Service was great, drinks were good, food was good.

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AlisonZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and beautiful restaurant! Perfect location for pre or post theatre!!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT service! Manager even stopped by our table to thank us for coming in. Had such a nice time. Will definitely be back.

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DiannaT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love the ambience and decor of the restaurant. Looks very small from the outside but inside offered a lot of seating. Fast service and great food! We will definitely come back!

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vipdinealot
Chicago
160 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Dearborn is one of my favorite places for lunch in the city. This time we both had the special grilled cheese with caramelized onion and pear. We finished our lunches with the house made pistachio ice cream and the house made plum gelato. I have a rule: save room for a scoop of the special ice cream! Service was most attentive. Care is paid to allergies and food sensitivities. Customers come first at the Dearborn.

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MFG321
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Best roasted brussel sprouts I've ever had! Market salad was generous size but just okay in terms of taste. Nice selection of wines by the glass. Our server was just terrific - super attentive and sweet - and we were his only table outside on the sidewalk. I would eat there again!

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Kozmc2
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding and the staff very accommodating! Arik was a really attentive server who was easy to speak with and gave great recommendations. The food was excellent!

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VNic
New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were celebrating that someone in our party finished the marathon! Joe our server made our night. The food was great but the service was incomparable. Thanks Joe for making our night extra special!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding, the fish and chips were cooked perfectly crisp on the outside while moist on the inside. Service was great very attentive but not overwhelming

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RuckRecommends
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Horrible reception. We had reservations, arrived early and asked to sit at the bar until our table was ready. The woman said she'd get us, which she NEVER did. While we were ordering drinks and apps at the bar, the crew changed and our 2nd bartender ignored us. When we asked about our table, she asked if we'd checked our phones. We asked why, and she said that's how we'd know -- we'd get a text, even though the reception folks said they'd get us. Then we were sat in a noisy, draft, unpleasant table. Food was fair, but fo what we received, overpriced. Would never go back. Truly the left hand had no idea what the right hand was doing. Irritating for a restaurant with their prices.

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YolandaB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by Nico

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Madison
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Dearborn is our absolute favorite place to take people who come to visit Chicago. It is so hard to find non-chain non-touristy food in the Loop, and this place far surpasses anything else you could get within a six block radius. The atmosphere is trendy and relaxed, the waitstaff are funny and friendly, and the food is truly to die for. Definitely try the brussel sprouts and, if it’s still on the menu, the orange-pecan fritters are the best dessert I’ve ever had. Easy to access via transit, and no matter the time of day you go, you can’t go wrong.

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Sammy
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food, the wine selecting, and the service was excellent. The only complaint I had was the fact that we were early and the refused to seat us early even though the place had many open tables. Not really sure why the hostess decided to make us wait 10 minutes.

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vipChrisB
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday Brunch a The Dearborn is second to none. On our second visit, we had the famous Fish and Chips and the Egg and Avocado BLT with a shared side of Crispy Brussels Sprouts. They were delicious!

The staff is always so friendly and accommodating. Taylor did a great job taking care of us and allowed us time to listen to the live music coming from the bar area.

The Dearborn is a must every time we visit the city. Looking forward to our next visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, charismatic employees, book a table through @opentable for your next night out! Back story I’ve been having an eye on @thedearbornchi about a month so it was on my to-do list. Booked a table for 3 a couple weeks ago for a pre musical dinner with my girls @anabelslove and @katyas10. From the outside the establishment strikes you as a home town bar, the windows were open to the street, completely taking advantage of the beautiful weather we are having in Chicago right now. We walk in are greeted promptly by a gentleman in a powder blue suit, right away I knew the service was going to be fantastic. He was welcoming and inviting, he led us through the first dining area, the bar and we were sat in the back dining area. Perfect seating with reduced noise level compared to the front of the house, great for catching up with friends. Our waiter was Nikola, he was amazing to say the least! Wonderful service, all food ordered was brought out at the same time, drinks were topped off at all times and he was great to strike a conversation with. Nikola really make us feel at home. Food was a 10/10. Ambiance 10/10. Service 10/10. Parking 10/10.
Food Ordered: Midwest Fried Chicken, Fish & Chips *As seen on Bobby Flay*, Crispy Brussels Sprouts.
Drink Ordered: Zardetto Prosecco (Veneto, Italy), Morningstar.

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CindyB
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

4 of us ate 4 different meals and they were all delicious! I had the special which was a filet and got a side of mashed ootatoes which came in a small cast iron pan. Then we had an absolutely amazing espresso martini and the orange truffles for dessert.
Also our waiter Michael was superb. Will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Had a wonderful lunch! We had the salmon gravlax plate - gorgeous presentation and delicious! Also had the fish and chips - again great presentation and tasted great! Our server was very attentive and the restaurant had a wonderful ambiance. We’ll be back!

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AndreaS
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mezze plate with house made pita was AMAZING!! All the food was great. The service was on point. Overall I highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Tokyo
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I had fish and chips. Fish was cooked well but lacked flavor. Midwest fried chicken was delicious.

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vipKerryO
Seattle
31 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a great place to eat! Menu had many different choices, I settled on the duck breast and it was delicious. Wait staff was great. Sommelier was friendly and made good suggestions. I would definitely return here if I was in Chicago again.

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LandonS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We headed to The Dearborn before going to see a show at the theater. The staff was attentive, the food came quickly, and everything tasted delicious. I will definitely be returning.

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Mark
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Dearborn was good. Walked past many times, and the food always looked good. Got seated when we arrived, but it took our waiter a full 10+ minutes to come over. We were seeing a show after so we were a bit hyper about getting started with the evening. After that, things went smoothly. Food was good, drinks were better. It's kinda hard - it wasn't bad enough to not recommend, but it wasn't great either. I will recommend - maybe this experience was a fluke.

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DominiqueH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Parker house rolls are my absolute fave and the fried chicken in maple with homemade hot sauce is a great combination!!

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vipErikaP
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great food!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was great and food was good as usual

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SandyP
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was great. Rolls were awesome. Will go back

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vipCindyS
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The market salad is awesome!!!

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RachelZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt very Covid-safe in their outdoor seating area with heat lamps for the Fall.

Great burger, and amazing truffle fries.

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vipJenn
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met old coworker for lunch. Delicious food and excellent service. Always a great place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was basic. Nothing special at all. I don't mind paying good money for good food. But this was nothing to write home about. Also waiter told me there was a childrens menu with a cheese pizza. Turns out its just their regular size cheese pizza at thier regular price. An 8 year with a whole pizza is a too much. Just another tourist trap

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vipColon
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have lived in the Chicago area for thirteen years and fell in love with The Dearborn when it opened several years ago. It was a staple for before Mar 2020 and we were elated to return tonight to a vibrant scene where the cocktails and food are as delectable as ever. This week we move back to NC and made The Dearborn our farewell venue for our last night out. Truly a unique comforting experience right in the heart of the Loop.

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Lissa
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The ceasar sald was mediocre and quite expensive

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vipSlewis72
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The Dearborn never disappoints. Good food. Great cocktails. Friendly servers.

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CarolR
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I loved my Curry Chicken salad and the music was GREAT...especially since we were in an adjoining room. One person in my party ordered the omelet with brie cheese and said she was disappointed in the small amount of cheese included.

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OpenTable Diner
Northern MI
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, server gave great options for vegetarian food.

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Genevieve
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Limited dinner menu. Was looking for some sandwiches besides burgers. Brussels sprouts OK have had a lot better. Burger was good.

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AshleyB
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an incredible dinner and will be back very soon!

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The Dearborn offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 384-1242.

The Dearborn is rated 4.7 stars by 3614 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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