The Lakefront Restaurant

4.6
708 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 708 people are saying
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4.6
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Shisha
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable. Wait person went beyond the call of duty in excellent service.

LD
vipLauraD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

ZS
ZiyalS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love this place we will be back the food was good the view was amazing

DD
DDancer
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always feel like I’m on vacation when I’m at The Lakefront. Food, cocktails, service, and ambiance are excellent.

NH
NancyH
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable.

JR
JenniferR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Loved our experience at Theater on the Lake

MJ
vipMJG510
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

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.

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WilliamC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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RICH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Ordered the fish and chips. 3 very small pieces for $18. Really? Come on.

View was nice but food not that good.

Can't recommend.

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ARachEv
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Best views in the city!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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vipgarlandgirl3
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a delightful venue and will definitely be back!

BF
vipBigFan
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful views
Post-pandemic menu slightly limited

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KlaraS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 .

TK
TK1122
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 .

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AlexD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I was not impressed with the food nor the value. Friendly attentive staff, nice view

JS
JSChi
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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!

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VP60
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The food was good except for the miss on the chicken tinga tacos. The atmosphere and service were excellent

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vipNada
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! nice options for our gluten free guests. Also, our server was outstanding!! regret I did not ask her name.

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IleneL
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The brunch omelette is very subpar

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Lisa
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very accommodating to our requests, we were able to be seated earlier than our reservation, & valet parking was easy and affordable.

LL
vipLeeLee
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

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.

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JulieS
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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NaomiG
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice late lunch on the lake. Service and food were good. We will be back!

JL
JimL
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely restaurant. Had a great time by the lake. Service was a little slow.
But w/CoVid that’s understandable.

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ElisabethN
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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viptornelignum
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

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.

TM
TMP11
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Short menu but was fairly priced. I think adding light ambient music would add to the atmosphere. Will be back again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

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SuzR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service and you can't beat the location and view of the lake.

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vipMombest
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food2service4ambience5

Dinner date with my daughters

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Zack
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

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.

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MKSY
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Love the place

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Iggy
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

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EileenI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful venue!

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viprose
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gorgeous place! I am so happy I finally went, view is incredible, food was good & service was fantastic. Thanks guys!

FAQs

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.