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The Lakefront Restaurant, Chicago, IL

The Lakefront Restaurant

4.5
4.5
962 Reviews
$30 and under
American
The Lakefront Restaurant is an upscale tavern located on the shores of Lake Michigan in the historic Theater on the Lake building. We offer seasonal Midwestern fare featuring the freshest choice ingredients and a beverage program highlighting craft beers, spirits, and a diverse wine list.

We are open year-round, and invite you to enjoy the casual elegance of our intimate tables, communal seating, lounge area, and our warm-weather Skyline Patio -- all while taking in the stunning views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Visit us during the fall and winter months for happy hour and other day daily specials.

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2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (312) 414-1313 ext. 2
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Lincoln Park
  • Cross street
    Fullerton & Lake Shore Drive
  • Parking details
    $10 valet parking (CASH ONLY) is available in our front circle drive (price for events may vary).Easy Uber/Lyft/taxi drop-off. Paid parking is available at Lincoln Park Zoo and Diversey Harbor parking lot located on the northeast corner of Cannon and Fullerton. Free street parking is also available along Cannon Drive.
  • Public transit
    CTA bus routes #76, #151, and #156
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Valentine's

    $65.00 per person

    Feb 7 - Feb 28, 2024
    February Dinner Special's Pre- Fixed - $65 or a la carte First Course Corn & Cauliflower Arancini vg straccitella, basil crema, roasted cherry tomtoes, essenza balsamic - $14 Second Course Brussel Sprout Caesar Salad vg garlic focaccia croutons, seared lemon & caper caesar dressing - $16 Cauliflower Bisque gf/vg horseradish beet creme fraiche, crispy brussel sprouts - $10 Third Course Sirloin Cap gf black garlic thyme cafe de paris, leek & gruyere au gratin potatoes - $34 Seared Sage Cod gf tri-colored carrots, lemon tahini, carrot top gremolata - $30 Fourth Course Ricotta & Greek Yogurt Cheesecake vg roasted grapes - $11
    Valentine's Photo

What 962 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

962 Reviews
  1. likesgoodfood

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent brunch! Not the usual bacon and egg breakfast menu, so it was great! Beautiful view (We had an unusual beautiful February day) and wonderful service. Try the Donut Hole appetizer...good for sharing but I could have eaten the whole thing as they were yummy! Servings were large! A couple of us had the omelets, which were great and a couple had Brisket Hash....delish!

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  2. LindaM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and venue. However lunch on Sunday does not start at 3:00 as indicated on website. We were told kitchen would start lunch at 3:30.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sammi T is an outstanding server!! Friendly and great personality!!

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  4. LarenzoB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All was so good. Love the server. Manager came over and greeted us.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    What a gorgeous view of the lake and the skyline! Great service and decent food. We found the music to be distracting, however. What seemed to be 80’s rock with some 50’s oldies thrown in did not fit the visual aesthetic and it detracted from the overall experience. I’m not sure who they are catering to, but it seemed rather odd.

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  6. Amelia

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food outstanding , the staff amazing, the view spectacular love love this venue will return❤️

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  7. StevenA

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Lakefront is a very fun place to go. It’s great being so close to the Lake and the valet parking was affordable and made parking easy. The chef designed plates with complex and enjoyable flavors.

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  8. FaithS

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first time in Chicago, and this restaurant was beautiful! Great ambiance, our server was very attentive, and the food was great! Not to mention to amazing view of Lake Michigan, I will be returning on my next trip!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Mediocre food but a great ambiance. Come in for beer and enjoy great views.

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  10. KathrynK

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Cool space. Really good food and service. Kinda lacked a vibe tho. Felt cold and empty. Probably better as a private party venue, with the place filled up.

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  11. ZuzanaG

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance but still struggling to find a chef who will attract crowds to the one of the most beautiful location in the city!!!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We tried the restaurant week menu and it didn’t disappoint!! The food, plating and vibe were spot on!!

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  13. Kelly

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was fantastic ( I apologize for not remembering her name). She was very friendly and welcoming! The food was also terrific!

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  14. JAMIE

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food and service, wonderful location. Since winter the restaurant was quite cold, will be back in the summer.

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  15. PaulaF

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was great Food was delicious Will definitely return

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a beautiful view! The food was very good too! A nice dinner out and a good value!

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  17. HeatherN

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Waitress was very nice, but either had too many tables or the bar and kitchen were backed up, as all of our orders took a long time.

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  18. SusanN

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful experience from start to finish. Friendly staff, beautiful setting overlooking Lake Michigan and fabulous dinner! Already looking forward to our return!

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  19. ChristinaM

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Love the vibes. But my steak came out cold, the sauce on it tasted really off and did not pair well, vegetables were very good. Was given the wrong side and it was fixed but it took a bit. The restaurant wasn’t busy at all so I was kind of confused how that happened but 🤷🏽‍♀️ Just ok.

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  20. NicoleM

    Alabama

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The cocktails are different, but delicious! We went there for happy hour. We had a few appetizers and soups. Quite yummy!

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  21. Pamela

    Puerto Vallarta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve Ben coming here almost once a week for 4 years with friends. Love it…especially the location.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely love this restaurant, team, and food was wonderful!

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  23. UrbanGirl

    Chicago

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second visit, having dinner before a show at the theater. Our server was friendly, attentive and made several good suggestions on the menu. Food was quite good, but their side of seasonable veggies was notable - there were at least 7-8 types of veggies in there and they were delicious! Will definitely be back.

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  24. KarinaR

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Would absolutely recommend! The view, the ambiance, the food, the service - EVERYTHING WAS FENOMENAL! That bread platter was so delicious! So much so that I'm excited to talk about bread! Even the music felt like a cool soundtrack.

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  25. LauraF

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious and well priced. Service was attentive. Not to crowded and great views of the lake and the city - even on a cloudy day!

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  26. GEORGEM

    Chicago

    40 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Parking was horrible. The lot was closed so we could not even get in to park. Horrible

    1 person found this helpful

  27. AlfredoR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was very nice and polite, great service, thank you Bailey for your service and recommendations on desert. Great night.

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  28. Salsa

    Chicago

    72 reviews

    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was there with an out of town guest. I got a nice window table which I requested in advance. Both our meals were good. Cheeseburger which was cookedas I requested. My niece had chicken tacos which she enjoyed. I like the fact that the menu isn't huge. It has something for everyone.

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  29. Crissy

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We happened to be in the city looking at condos and wanted to go to lunch so I opened up Open Table for the closest restaurants. The posting, pictures and reviews made it look very interesting and inviting. It was easy valet parking right on Fullerton Beach. The interior gave us an awesome view of the frozen lake . Mary our waitress went through the brunch menu with us and gave us several suggestions which were spot on. We started off with the selections of breads with honey butter (scrumptious) and doughnut holes (also very tasty). Then we moved on to the sausage and egg on ciabatta, orange churro French toast and breakfast nachos. Go for the sausage breakfast and the French toast. Both were fabulous! A totally enjoyable Sunday afternoon.

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  30. anneg

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I love Theater on the Lake and would have given this 5 stars but the hostess was very rude. Explaining all the rules like we were being processed into a prison and even though I specifically asked for and was confirmed by a call from the restaurant, a table by the window closest to the lake, the hostess had major attitude and seemed annoyed and bothered by this request. The place was mostly empty and plenty of couples were seated at 4 tops but when we asked for a four top, the rolling of eyes and attitude serviced again. The valet, waiter, and everyone else made up for it and we enjoyed our brunch. Again, LOVE theater on the Lake even though we were greeted with toxicity.

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  31. Huni

    Chicago

    92 reviews

    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We aleays enjoy this restaurant with its great viws and fine service. The food is very good though I would like to see the menu change a little more often. The interior is nice with the attractive center bar and tables nicely spaced but as I have said bfore the huge screens over the bar detract from the view and ambiance and the room could use a little softening. But overall had a very good time there!

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  32. SheliaC

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I celebrated my 60th Bday here. I will be celebrating the entire month of January!! 🎉🎊🎂 This was my 8th restaurant since I began! I am so happy to have finally had the chance to dine here. We also enjoyed the R&B musical quintet. The food and drinks were delicious! The atmosphere had a beautiful ambiance. I love it and will definitely be back!!

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  33. VincentTD

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, good service and great music for dining.

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  34. kATHLEENT

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Candlelight concert.

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  35. Randi

    Chicago

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food is soooo good. Service is great. Sitting by the windows overlooking the Lake was fun. Definitely going to go more often. Only complaint: they seated a large table of people right on top of us instead of in the middle of the restaurant where there was more room (and better re: COVID).

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  36. Karl

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a great experience with my spouse. Could have had a little bigger menu at better value, but it was ok. The dining room was a little cold on a winter day, and the echoing of other table's conversations were a little loud.

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  37. JimC

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed, nice menu for adults and kids, plus good cocktails

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  38. Kitt

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food with incredible view of the skyline and the lake!

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  39. CarmenE

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I haven there several times for lunch and have enjoyed the food and service The location is beautiful specially for lunch My first time for dinner and we enjoyed it Recommend for those who may be nervous to go out for dinner during pandemic Very pandemic safe environment

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  40. Adelor

    Chicago

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Have been regular diners throughout the pandemic….dining outside almost weekly last winter. As such we have established a great relationship with many of the staff. We always feel very welcome, love the food and feel safe enough to continue to have a regular dining venue. Thank you!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

The Lakefront Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 962 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Lakefront Restaurant

2401 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60614

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Fullerton & Lake Shore Drive
  • Neighborhood
    Lincoln Park
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    $10 valet parking (CASH ONLY) is available in our front circle drive (price for events may vary).Easy Uber/Lyft/taxi drop-off. Paid parking is available at Lincoln Park Zoo and Diversey Harbor parking lot located on the northeast corner of Cannon and Fullerton. Free street parking is also available along Cannon Drive.
  • Public transit
    CTA bus routes #76, #151, and #156
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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