The Lakefront Restaurant

4.6
770 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Reservations are available for inside and outside on our Skyline Patio. PLEASE NOTE: if you book an outdoor reservation, we may not be able to accommodate you party inside due to existing reservations, rain or unfavorable weather. 

PLEASE NOTE: Reservations are for 90 minutes.

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. $10 Valet Parking is available (cash only). Dogs are not allowed at our venue.

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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 770 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.8
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great “avocado mousse” also elotes and Pablo was very nice !

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AudreyW
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, nice view and great food! Tables had adequate spacing to accommodate Covid protections.

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KendellR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great had a lil mistake happen with food but overall was fine place

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kathyl
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely location right on the lake. The food was yummy and the staff very attentive.

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KrisC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I frequented the theatre often as a child with my father who worked there for many years..I was so excited to go back and relive some childhood memories..I'm happy to say I was not disappointed and once more the little girl in me was taken back to those nights on the lake years ago..the food..staff and entire evening was above and beyond delightful!

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TinaC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere and staff, yummy food, a bit pricy but made up for by the lake and city views and great service. They have valet! What a treat after a trip to LPZ :)

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most enjoyable! I come here often with various family and friends- everyone always loves it!

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Valerie
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Setting outside was has the best view. Everyone was very friendly

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PatriseP
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service is excellent. The view of the lake and city is amazing. I would definitely recommend the place to my friends.

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Barb
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vistas and wonderful food awaits you. We have been to this restaurant both outside and inside. It never fails to delight.

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IreneW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to the Lakefront Restaurant, this time on their patio.
The fish and chips were as perfect as the first time. While the tomato bisque is the best tomato soup you will ever eat, a decision will have to be made whether there will be room for the crème brûlée, another superb offering, a silken custard underneath that tasty caramelized sugar crust.
This restaurant is a rare combination of a lovely lakefront setting, excellent food and attentive service. You'll love it!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Jason our server was fabulous!

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SuzanneH
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Surprisingly good and generous food in a fabulous location along the lake.

KB
KathleenB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious shrimp sandwich in a beautiful setting on the lakefront.

LC
LindaC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The venue--especially the outdoor seating on a lovely summer afternoon--is just wonderful. Level of service was great. Menu is limited in scope, pretty typical for post Covid, the dish I had (tomato bisque soup + grilled cheese) was competently executed, the soup was very good and definitely overshadowed the grille cheese.
Bottom line, less than 5 stars is all about the menu, but the venue is near irresistible.

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Luther
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A terrific place and experience. Highly recommended.

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vipJill
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely place to lunch or dine. We sat outside under an umbrella, and there is a section of the building with an overhang which also had tables in the shade. The lake view is grand as are the boats sailing by. There are folks walking along the shore and bikers on the and bike paths. Parking was easy right in front of the restaurant. Our party of five each ordered something different and everyone was happy with their meal. Service was great. We plan to go back and enjoy this restaurant on the lake soon.

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vipLanaF
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

This is a great place to enjoy the lake. If you are going for dinner, the food is nothing special. It's basically good bar food and nice drinks.

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SeniorcitizenAl
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Ambience and view incredible. Food was abundant and quite good for bar type food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great location on the lake. Food was good and reasonably priced for what I ordered (bacon, fresh fruit, smash potatoes). They only serve brunch until 3 on weekends and don’t change over to dinner/regular menu until then. I don’t always want brunch foods all day long on the weekends, wish places wouldn’t do this!

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Yum78
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and food - definitely going to go back!

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JamecaL
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had reservations for 6 but was accommodated for a surprise guest. We already reviewed the menu,.so we placed the orders in immediately as to make the most of our time.
The food and service were impeccable. My sister was surprised with a proposal and the staff celebrated them with complimentary champagne and cake. We will definitely look into the venue space for their wedding.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Sat outside and the weather was overcast but otherwise was a great experience, the food was good as well as the service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Overall pricey for food. Hanger steaks tough to chew. Appetizers somewhat expensive for small portions. Salmon good.

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RITAD
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went for a late lunch. The menu was limited. We had fish & chips with fries, bloody Mary and key lime pie for desert. The fries were a little over cooked and hard. But overall everything was good.

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vipSueC
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening. Appreciated outdoor seating. Wait staff was superb!

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SusanMP
Tucson
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sit outside, weather permitting. It’s a beautiful, peaceful scene out there with the lake right in front of you and the big skyscrapers across the way.

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PeggyR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't beat the view! Food was delicious and the service could not have been better!

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YasmineM
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it!! Can’t wait to go again on a sunny day

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vipgwenb
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

the churro french toast was cold

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Bieszczad
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Our only critique is the churro French toast appeared burnt, even though it wasn’t. Tasted fine, but appearance was not great. Drinks are way too pricey.

Staff was good!

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vipTEDIS
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The views are outstanding and the service was great; very knowledgeable waitress.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch by the lake. Beautiful views and access to the lake is a few steps away for an afternoon stroll. The food was great! The brisket dip was awesome and so were the fish and chips. Their alcohol selection was top notch.

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Karencita
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

High marks on everything , except the outdoor seating could use some plants/ flowers etc, With all the money put into the building, why not some landscaping. The view of the city and lake are great but outdoor area seems cold and unfinished. Also, food prices fair, but wine a little pricey. Hanger staek preparation was great!

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viptiNy
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great atmosphere along the lake. Wish the seats were a bit more comfortable, but overall it was great. Laura was an EXCELLENT waitress!

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ChicagoFoodie
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great spot for family or friends. The patio for outdoor seating is wonderful wear socks to prevent fly biting of the ankles. The indoor seating is beautiful with great views.

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vipAsubean
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! We sat outside. Beautiful view of the lake. Excellent food! I had the cauliflower tacos and they were amazing! My friends had the shrimp ceviche and they loved it too. It’s my second time dining here and I will definitely go back!

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CatherineH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful view, food and service. We love it here.

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Brendan
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Fabulous room. Great wine and beer selections. Lunch menu was decent. I was disappointed in my salad but I wouldn't hesitate to go back and give it another try!

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starbrat224
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been wanting to try this spot for a while, and it did not disappoint! I recommend the shrimp roll and the elotes - both were flavorful and so tasty. The cucumber spice margarita was also a hit, but they have a wide range of adult beverages to choose from. I lucked out getting seated where I had a full view of Lake Michigan!

FAQs

The Lakefront Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 770 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.