The Lakefront Restaurant

4.6
405 Reviews
$30 and under
American
*Starting Friday, October 30, indoor dining will be suspended per the State of Illinois COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigations. Join us on our spacious patio while staying warm with our heat lamps and fire tables!

Located in the historic Theater on the Lake building at Fullerton, The Lakefront Restaurant is an upscale tavern. Join us and enjoy Midwestern fare made with the freshest choice ingredients. Expect an approachable menu along side breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Our beverage program highlights the craft beer and spirit scene with a diverse wine list. Enjoy views of Lake Michigan from every seat in the house

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
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 405 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.5
service
4.8
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4.3
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cocktails were good. Server was great! Forgot his name, but he had glasses with dark hair.

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vipdiamondeb
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous foos and spectacular view So happy they were open

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vipKak1616
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server, wonderful cheese plate and hanger steak!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I would love to come back to this place post COVID the food was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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FoodE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saw that the open patio was available and decided to stop for a relaxing lunch on a beautiful Chicago day! The Tomato Bisque was perfect with the delicate cream design on top thoughtfully created. In addition, I ordered the seasonal roasted vegetables, which were just as I ordered...no salt. Mary Jo the Server, was great and checked back with me to confirm the vegetables were what I expected.

This is a nice restaurant and the views are exceptional.

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Xiomarie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome view and the staff was really friendly! I love this place!

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CathyK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Decent food, great friendly service. I had a reservation for 4:30, got off work early, and they seated us right away.

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Melo
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location. Excellent setup with social distancing and heaters for dining when cool. Good selection of food and drinks

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vipAnita
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, ambience & service was delightful -spatial seating & other Covid requirements were well observed & much appreciated.

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Lauren2076
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great cuisine, friendly service! Beautiful view of the skyline

JB
vipJohnnyBALLGAME
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great Sunday night out!

JK
vipJanK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places in Chicago. Looking forward to going again!

JM
JMax
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first trip to The Lakefront Restaurant but it certainly won’t be our last. Service, food and atmosphere were all excellent!

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vipChicagoCM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience4

Our food was horrible. We had the nachos and donut holes. The donut hole were hard as a rock. Nachos were cold, including the cheese sauce and the eggs. There was supposed to be meat and there was absolutely none.

JB
JosephB
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! It's right next to the lake and you can enjoy great food with an outstanding view and ambiance! The staff is phenomenal, especially with all the Covid-19 necessary precautions They do it RIGHT and I'll be back:)

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vipAdelor
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A great place for “safe” dining during this pandemic. Food is yummy and the service is friendly and good. Am trying to dine here every week.....at least once. Highlight of my week!

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NellyK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Every time we have eaten at the Lake Front restaurant is has been enjoyable and the food was delicious. We have always had great service and dining on the patio with the view of the Chicago skyline is beautiful!

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vipmfc2
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Considering the COVID restrictions their food and service was great. Today’s weather even cooperated

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AmaZing view and excellent service!!

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vipBlueskies
Indiana
24 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Burgers and $3 drafts on Thursdays with a view of the skyline and heaters = all good

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ckbk
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Service/ambiance wonderful. Tables are spaced 6 feet, so I felt comfortable. Two of us had the chicken southwest salad........don't do it! Old, dark meat chicken, couple of black beans, shredded carrots, not tasty at all. We were being treated by friends and didn't want to make a fuss. Their food though they said was delicious.

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vipUffa1
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience5

Very limited menu with lots of heavily spiced salads and main courses.

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TMRH
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at the Theater on the Lake Restaurant is consistently great. They have innovative ideas and classic food. Make sure to try the deviled eggs.... But one of the great parts of dining there is the view and the enjoyment of being just off the lake! Cheers.

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vipDiningMom
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We went to their outdoor patio right after indoor dining was ordered closed. Would have been quite nice if it were not so windy. The choices were the patio with either a fire table (only 2) or propane heaters that were not very effective in the wind. They also have a tent on the lake side of restaurant with heaters, but while it looked cozy, I was hesitant about the air flow.

Food was good. Servers were attentive and kept re-lighting the propane. Would definitely go there again.

JM
JustMe
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Open-faced omelet was very tasty - great roasted vegetables on top - but smashed potatoes had no flavor. I had to ask my server twice for more coffee - it was never offered.

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jenniferd
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great view, great service, drinks were delicious and so was the food

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JudyJ
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food3service3ambience4

Did not know that neither lunch nor dinner specials were offered during the 3 to 5 pm time... Could not get what we wanted.

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MaureenO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The setting is fabulous.

We 3 enjoyed our meals. Limited menu because of Covid, but well done.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The Lakefront is great for a casual get-together. It’s affordable, with a very low-frills menu. Perfectly paired with a walk along the lakefront.

JB
vipJohnnieB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love the venue. The food, especially the deviled eggs!! YUM YUM food and wine!! Spectacular views!!

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WilliamA
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

location was awesome with a great view, cleanliness was perfect, wait staff very professional and accomodating and the food superb (especially the desserts). have told others and highly recommend this as MUST go to place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend! Sat inside for the first time and felt comfortable as the restaurant is quite large so distancing is good. Excellent food and service.

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vipKath
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good to be back!....Still great food, liquor and service....Nicole took great care of us.
Thank You!!!

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DavidB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Fantastic outdoors setting to bike or walk to. Parking is kinda far away but there is a valet available. Overall service was outstanding. I wish I'd ordered something other than one of the specials, Hanger Steak, which was not very good. We will definitely be back though.

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micheller
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday was spent well!! The service was absolutely amazing and the food was so delicious.

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vipGabriel
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view was beautiful right on the lakefront and the food was great

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vipJason
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great to have this dining option on the lake. Will definitely return:) Everything was very tasty...keep up the good work!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! The staff went out of their way to change our table when we were not happy with it.

KB
vipKimB
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food was a little on the cool side when we got it but very tasty just the same.
The evening was windy making us a bit chilly as well.
Would be very happy to come again with nicer weather.

FAQs

The Lakefront Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 405 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.