The Lakefront Restaurant

4.3
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$30 and under
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Located in the historic Theater on the Lake building at Fullerton, The Lakefront Restaurant is an upscale tavern with seating for 125 at intimate tables, communal seating and a lounge area. The Lakefront’s Skyline Patio, open seasonally, provides stunning views of the Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline with seating for 80. Chef Cleetus Friedman presents seasonal Midwestern fare made with the freshest choice ingredients. Expect an approachable menu with a touch of whimsy along side breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. While the beverage program highlights the craft beer and spirit scene with a diverse wine list of like-minded producers, Chef Cleetus will also utilize the venue to showcase his portfolio of beer and wine collaborations.
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K
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent experience! We highly recommend.

b
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful views, lovely atmosphere, delicious open faced omelet and delicious gin smash cocktail in a beautiful glass. Those potatoes on the side too! So good. And honey butter! Delicious on my toast. Brunch was a hit. The only reason I knocked one star off was my friend's squash quiche wasn't very hot, but she said it was still good. I'd definitely come back again.

JC
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful views, great service, tasty brunch menu. My only surprise was the valet parking charge of $17, should be $5 to $10 for a location like this.

H
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the location is awesome. It’s industrial chic. Our server was so nice and the drinks were amazing!

K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great atmosphere, wonderful view of the lake.

KR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and cocktails.

2
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food is fantastic, the service was excellent and the ambiance was wonderful. We had a window table and being able to view the lake, the joggers and the hustle bustle of the people out and about was really fun. BUT, the fact that they charge $17 for valet parking is outrageous! Because of their location you have to valet. When I first went there parking at lunch was free, then $7, then $10 and now $17. Stefani Prime valet is free, McCormick and Schmick valet is free and that is for both lunch and dinner.

EB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite place to go for brunch! We love taking our friends to check it out.

j
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The environment is splendid with great seating and views. The service was adequate as was the food.

GD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite spots fro lunch and they have the best Bloody Mary!

CT
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Beautiful setting but food was mediocre. And wine selection sparse.

MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Server was indifferent after we didn’t order drinks. When I told her this was our first time at the restaurant after 2 previous tries, she said schedule is posted online. When I said, this week’s schedule had not not been updated, she just shrugged.
Busser cleaned table while I was still siting there waiting for friends to return from rest rooms.
That’s a first. Ugh!

MB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great location, great building, great service!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girls’ Sunday brunch - Wonderful time, wonderful view, great service. Open face omelet was delicious!

JS
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

This was our second visit to the restaurant in the last couple of months and our experience was kind of uneven. The service was very professional and efficient. The appetizers were spot on but the entrees were mediocre. The meal ended on a high note with great desserts. Even if the food is uneven, the view of the skyline is spectacular!

D
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

the wait staff and hostess were very friendly and helpful. however the service, and particularly the bar service was way too slow. even when the restaurant was not full, it took forever to get drinks. I would recommend this only with a caveat that they don't seem to have their act together yet. I had dinner here when it first opened at the end of 2017 and it doesn't seem like they've made much progress in the way of timely service since then.

TW
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was good, but it took too long for the meals to arrive. When they finally did, 2 of the 5 meals were mistakenly brought out to the wrong table so we had to wait another 15-20 minutes for replacement meals to be cooked and brought out.

R
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was tasty but the service was underwhelming - our water was empty for a while. That said, I would come back again, as you cannot beat the location!

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The food was mediocre, but the setting is lovely and the service was good and everyone was very welcoming. Might be better for drinks and snacks than a meal.

OT
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Waiter wasn’t the most outgoing. Food was good. View was incredible. No specials

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

I brought a large group of out of town guests. Reservations were set in advance. The service was slow and our dinner took longer than typical. We arrived at 6pm, left at 8:30pm and spent most of our time waiting.

GC
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I've been to The Lakefront Restaurant 3 times. The location is outstanding -- it's the only lakefront restaurant in Chicago which makes it a great place to be on a beautiful day. The views of the city are awesome. The staff is friendly and attentive. The food, on the other hand, can range from good to forgettable to not great. It's a shame because this place has a lot of potential.

s
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The most perfect setting on the lake and the renovation was beautiful! We kept trying to think who could get married and have their wedding there

MJ
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The rosemary potato salad I got as my side dish was mostly undercooked potatoes, i.e., raw and crunchy, which was not enjoyable to eat, nor the way potato salad is supposed to be.

a
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Seafood was either under-cooked or over-cooked. Very unpleasant dining experience in terms of actual dining options.

WD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food. Seasonal cocktails were fabulous.

t
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have such a beautiful lakefront in Chicago, but there are few locations where you can experience quality dining close to the shoreline and look out over the water and the skyline. Lakefront Restaurant is one of them, and dining there is a real treat. The food is well prepared, with quality ingredients, and not overpriced considering the location. There is welcoming bar in the center, four sides, and the high, peaked ceiling absorbs noise and the decorative lights are just right. We have dined there three times and definitely will return.

VP
Houston
38 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Other than a limited menu with no entre, it was excellent

J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my girlfriend's bday here and we both had a great experience! Love the atmosphere.

JF
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view is gorgeous. There food was delicious. The services was excellent. They are opened year round. I cannot wait to stop in on a winter day when it's snowing!

E
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Beautiful location to dine unfortunately food and service doesn't elevate to the setting.

CC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We went for brunch on a Sunday. Not very crowded, we sat outside as the weather was really nice. The views and the food are great! The service, while friendly, was incredibly slow. We had the brunch burger and biscuits and gravy. Both dishes were fantastic! We would go back again, I just hope the service improves.

MJ
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lakefront Restaurant is a place we love to take our friends. Great food, great service, great view! Unlike anywhere else in the city. Highly recommend. Thanks for always leaving us wanting to come back.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience4

A new chef should be hired.view is great, qu of food poor.

G
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location with sweeping views of the city. We are regular visitors, this is extra convenient for us because we have always come to the theater next door. We recommend this restaurant to friends and bring out of town guests since it's a prime location. Food is solid, service is fast and friendly.....highly recommend.

A
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Yummy veggie burger and spectacular potato salad! And servers with a sense of humor. I’ll be back!

MT
Chicago
94 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful setting, nice menu (interesting sides for sandwiches!), good service.

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The butter and bacon were extremely salty. My eggs were served cold

K
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Our server kept sniffing as if he had a runny nose the entire time he was serving us, which is rather disgusting when one is eating. The tea was served in a brown mug. Tea needs to be served in clear glass or a white cup so the color is visible. It is similar to wine - one has to see the color. The same thing with the food. My braised beef brisket hash was served in a dark brown bowl - I could not see the food because it was too dark. Food is enjoyed not only for its taste, but also its fragrance and what it looks like.

WB
Denver
35 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I dined twice at the Lakefront for brunch. This a great location to enjoy a relaxing meal with a great view of the lake. We sat at the bar. The cocktails made by AJ were excellent. If you enjoy mescal I would suggest their specialty cocktail on the rocks. The wait for the brunch food was too long on each visit. The breakfast burrito was excellent. Next time I would ask for hot sauce. Unfortunately there is not an option to add chorizo to add more flavor. The salmon bagel was very good but the cucumbers didn’t look so fresh. The brunch toast was the weakest dish as the toast was too hard and the toast was difficult to cut with the standard knife.