The Lakefront Restaurant
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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
Brought my family here for Father’s Day brunch and they loved it! The food was great, ambiance great and the view of the lake was amazing. We took a stroll after our meal.
Very enjoyable. Wait person went beyond the call of duty in excellent service.
We sat outside on the beautiful patio with a view of the lake and the city! Spectacular! It was my daughter's birthday and the service was stellar.
I love this place we will be back the food was good the view was amazing
I always feel like I’m on vacation when I’m at The Lakefront. Food, cocktails, service, and ambiance are excellent.
Loved our experience at Theater on the Lake
The restaurant food has declined as well as service. We think it may be due to insufficient staff and kitchen help as it has always been excellent in the past. This time our app order was wrong, waitress never got beer refills that were ordered and food was cold. Disappointing.
A rarity in being one of the few (only?) restaurants on the actual lake front, it is a spacious venue with wonderful views of the lake and downtown. Service is always great. Good choice of cocktails and beverages. Food options aren't extremely varied but also not super limited -- except for only one vegetarian meal option. This restaurant is a treat.
Ordered the fish and chips. 3 very small pieces for $18. Really? Come on.
View was nice but food not that good.
Best views in the city!
Great place to eat outside on a sunny day by the water. Takes a busy city and makes it feel small. I will definitely go back.
A spectacular spot with an incredible view of the Lake and so close you are practically on the beach. It's a great place to go to impress out of town guests. The food is good and so is the service!
This is a delightful venue and will definitely be back!
Post-pandemic menu slightly limited
Service was excellent all the servers were smiling and very accommodating. The menu is different from what I remember. The fish and chips were great. We all had a great time .
First time here . Welcomed by all staff . The outdoor patio is wonderful and the view is amazing . Had a great rime and definitely will be back too enjoy more beautiful days of summer .
I was not impressed with the food nor the value. Friendly attentive staff, nice view
This is a lovely restaurant right on the lakefront with a large outdoor seating area, two fire pits, and indoor seating with bar. The servers, hosts and bartenders are always friendly and the views of the lake and city are beautiful!
The food was good except for the miss on the chicken tinga tacos. The atmosphere and service were excellent
Food was great! nice options for our gluten free guests. Also, our server was outstanding!! regret I did not ask her name.
We had a great brunch and the staff was very friendly. We sat outside and enjoyed a beautiful lakefront view. We will definitely go back.
The brunch omelette is very subpar
The staff was very accommodating to our requests, we were able to be seated earlier than our reservation, & valet parking was easy and affordable.
A beautiful setting, inside or out, to celebrate a reunion of dear friends who haven’t seen each other in 3 years and two 50th birthdays! We were lucky to sit on the front patio— truly idyllic and nicely shaded for a hot day. The food was good — but I’ve had better here. Between breakfast nachos (amazing), Brisket hash (meh), brunch burger (excellent), chicken salad (salad good, chicken was flavorless) and unfortunately an a la carte mix of eggs, potatoes and sausage which arrived at separate times. Willing to give Lakefront another chance bc they were slammed inside with restrictions lifted. And, with the exception of this visit, they’re usually top-notch. If you’ve haven’t visited yet it is worth a stop.
Can't beat the views! Our server was great and the food is surprisingly good for casual fair. Margarita was an 11 out of 10!
Very nice late lunch on the lake. Service and food were good. We will be back!
Lovely restaurant. Had a great time by the lake. Service was a little slow.
But w/CoVid that’s understandable.
This was my first time at the Lakefront. The menu and service were good, but the location on the lake was the biggest attraction to me. So nice to sit outside and watch all the activity.
We were really disappointed in the very limited offerings on the menu. Several of the items shown on the website were not available for dinner. The music was playing at a very high, annoyingly high, level, and the music itself seemed to be aimed at people who are the age of those at the greeting and check in station, i.e., 19-22. Perhaps the menu limitations are caused by responding to the uncertainties of the pandemic; hopefully more varied and interesting options will return soon.
Short menu but was fairly priced. I think adding light ambient music would add to the atmosphere. Will be back again.
Made a reservation for outdoor was not late and there was no seating for us. I had out of town guests and we traveled an hour to get there without honoring my request Disappointed
Wonderful food, service and you can't beat the location and view of the lake.
So enjoy the feeling and the scenic beauty! Really a great location to take friends and
enjoy the city! Flowers, people riding bikes, running, exercising, etc., and the LAKE and
boats....all makes for perfect relaxation and makes one smile!
Without hesitation would recommend to friends! Wish it were open on Mondays too!
Dinner date with my daughters
The worst service I have ever had at a restaurant. This was an important dinner for my girlfriend and I and it was ruined. After the waitress forgetting our drink orders we ordered our food and I made sure to tell her about my tomato allergy and my food came out with big huge tomatoes on it. Then my food too forever to be remade and by that time my girl had already finished her food. When I got my new from the kitchen my food was over cooked, burnt and inedible. Lastly, my gf ordered a side of elite that came out after I had already boxed up the inedible food. Not only did the waitress not acknowledge how bad our food and service was but she didn’t take anything off of the bill. Not even a manager would speak to us about our terrible experience. Please do no eat here unless you want bad service and even worse food.
Love the place
I had not been here in a while. When they first opened the menu was not good the service was crappy and the only thing worth were the views. Now it is not only worth going for the views, the food is really good with options for all kinds of palates and with an extraordinary ser e staff that makes your experience memorable. It is now my favorite go to restaurant!!
What a gorgeous place! I am so happy I finally went, view is incredible, food was good & service was fantastic. Thanks guys!
The Lakefront Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 708 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.