The Shanty Restaurant

4.6
238 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

The Shanty offers rustic appeal with great-tasting food. It is the ideal spot for a quick midday bite or relaxing dinner with friends. Live music on the weekends ensures an entertaining experience. The Shanty's building was reconstructed in 2010 with reclaimed barn wood from the area. The restaurant was also featured on the hit show Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, as well as numerous other outlets, such as Food Network's "Let's Dish", NBC's "Around Town" and ABC's "Windy City".

With an continuously evolving menu of customer-inspired dishes, The Shanty aims to please their guests. A top favorite is the whiskey shrimp appetizer, which includes fresh jumbo shrimp in The Shanty's signature Jack Daniels cream sauce. Another hit is the tequila and orange grilled salmon.

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SR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great, fun atmosphere with live music. My only complaint was being seated at 8:35 when we had a 7:45 reservation. It wasn’t a problem because we enjoyed time at the bar before dinner.

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CV
Chicago
72 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mike's Veal Osso Bucco on mashed potatoes was so amazing and I had delicious fresh and crispy crab cakes with fries and their PERFECT coleslaw!

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BU
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food & atmosphere. Sat in original section but walked through new expansion which looks great. Also very nice that now take RSVPs

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RD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Celebrated my husband on his birthday. The food was delicious and the service was great. It was his first time visiting.

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T
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just an awesome great time. The Kallianis family are the best.

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DH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

First filet was not done as ordered. Returned it and was great. Front receptionist sent to rear receptionist even though I never I asked for new area. So back up to front again. Very loud, as more people come more volume. Its all good. Shanty is a fav of ours. Will return again and again.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our favorite restaurant in the area!

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FR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent quality food. Salad is real greens, not chopped iceberg. Gluten free options were very good - mussels came with gluten free bread. Pork shanks were excellent.

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CV
Chicago
73 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BEST FREAKING FRIED CHICKEN EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

Mike liked his parmesan crusted salmon too.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was spectacular. Loved the goat cheese wonton appetizer, Bone in Rib eye and Flourless chocolate torte.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father Day was a great treat.

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EE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was amazing. There were 4 of us and we all really enjoyed everything. It was a nice way to start off Father's Day!

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TR
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service for a great price! New addition is amazing!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 1

Anniversary dinner. Pricey and too, much saucey!!! Lol seriously not my favorite.

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SA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Shanty! Never had a bad meal or bad time.

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JN
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were crammed into a pretty small two top in the back corner of the room. Was not comfortable and there was not room on the table for the plates and glasses. Comfort is part of the experience too.

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TT
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner tonight with great friends. Shanty any day of the week is good!

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MR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed my NY strip and eggs - both cooked accordingly to my taste and service was excellent - thank you!

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NA
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

It was freezing where we were seated, I think with the event on the new side, it was hard to regulate the temperature. Also, our server was kind but very frazzled. Didn't check on us except to take our order and bring the food. Food was amazing as per usual though!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was for our 35th wedding anniversary food was great service was also great

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g
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Esta perfecto, vine para celebrar una graduacion👨‍🎓, buen ambiente💃,la banda 🎹🎸q estuvo esta muy padre🎼📯, staff was good, the food is delicious, I'm back again👍👍👍👍

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m
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

As usual good food, a lil pricey though. Had ham-n-eggs w/ carmelized potatoes, was hot and tasty. Decent portion size. Be sure to stop at Captain Porkie’s next door for to-go shrimp! Excellent too!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service we want to go back to try more stuff

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PK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Usually the Shanty is very good. This time had to send 2 undercooked steaks back, 1 of which had to go back twice. One guest had to wait 10 minutes and the other +20 minutes, after the first 3 were served. No real acknowledgment of the issue from staff / management. We were disappointed.

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LH
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant - Great service, food, ambiance on the dinner side, then walk through the hallway to a huge open bar which is lively and entertaining.

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TT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a bad meal at this restaurant. Service is attentive and atmosphere is pleasant. Live music in bar. A great time with great food. Two thumbs up!

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m
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

I had high expectations but was somewhat disappointed. Had apps and entrees and they were average at best - salmon was over cooked and sauces were overly rich.

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NK
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed dinner with out of town company. Crab leg specials! Yum!!

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ST
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wonderful wine selection. Desert perfect. Had the unfortunate experience of sitting near a large group of loud people. Waitress identified that and tried to make it up to us. She was great. I really enjoy the food here. Great quality. Some of the most flavorful food I have ever had. Outstanding!

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M
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Shanty was recommended by a friend. She was right. I am glad I followed her advice. This place is awesome. I shall frequent it as often as possible during my stay here.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great everything. Will go back soon. Quality of food outstanding as well as the ambiance.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had the bone morrow and ribeye. Everything was great. Highly recommend it.

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P
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was good as was value. Conversation challenged in outside room. Prefer something is low carb....need option for bread and potatoes.

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SK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went for the fish fry, it was amazing. Didn't need the appetizers though since there was so much food.

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JG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent dinner to celebrate my birthday. I had the shrimp and scallops over a plate of sauté veggies since I could not have the rice. The staff and servers were fantastic.

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LS
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was very busy, which was confusing since the food was horrible. We ordered one of the Food Network apps (pork shanks) - drizzle was actually a soup of the sauce and had to cut with knife. My partner’s meal was so dry he choked getting it down. I had shrimp and scallops with veggies. Nothing was fresh - veggies soggy since they were frozen, scallops rubbery, and not sure how it’s possible for shrimp to be both over cooked and taste funky. First time I left an entire entree because it was inedible. Best part was when the busy boy grabbed the full plate of sweet potato fries to take it away - couldn’t eat the rest of them since he literally put both hands on the fries as he went to lift the plates. Oh well they were burnt anyway but the only thing somewhat safe to eat.

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OT
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beat steak I’ve had in a long time. The alligator appetizer was excellent. My husband commented multiple times at how glad he was that I found the place. We’ll definitely be back.

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OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious and perfectly cooked redfish. Excellent service by JoAnna!

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RM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Going away dinner for friends. It was my first time dining here and it was wonderful! We left very full and happy. We will go back for sure!!!!!

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VI
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. We had the braised beef rib and ribeye steak. Steak done perfect medium rare and beef rib came apart without use of steak knife provided. Waitress very attentive and helpful.

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