The Smith - Chicago

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$30 and under
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American
The Smith is a casual neighborhood Brasserie with a simple mission: make people happy. We are passionate about taking great care of our employees, our guests, and our community. We are obsessed with building a positive, empowering, and supportive culture. By working closely with local farmers and purveyors that we trust, The Smith serves delicious food and drinks people crave. The menu features bistro classics, seasonal fare, and craft cocktails. Its signature lively atmosphere makes The Smith a versatile setting for an after-work bite, drinks on the town, a birthday bash, a working lunch, a boozy brunch, or an I-don't-want-to-cook-tonight night.

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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us for the best Thanksgiving feast in town! Three courses, all the fixings, plenty of options, and we’ll do the dishes. $49 per person, visit our website for more information.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

What 383 People Are Saying
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JD
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great brunch! The menu has a wide variety. The breakfast potatoes have a unique spice and crispy. We tried the sweet chicken sausage - very good! A couple of the men in the group ordered the eggs Benedict. They loved it. Will be back

AK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious steaks and cocktails. The pasta dishes are also to die for. Great for a special occasion.

M
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great!! The only improvement I would make is that they chill all their wines (Red and White). I would also check the quality of the wine if it was sitting in the bottle from the day before.

DI
Austin
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The Smith is a beautifully designed restaurant with excellent service at the concierge station and the bar (did not get a table). The dinner apps and entrees we tried were delicious, but quite small and so not the best value for the price. Dinner/drink service at the bar was outstanding. The Montepulciano selection was putrid, but kudos for having a very good Wilamette Valley Pinot Noir. It would be great if the bar could add more gin cocktails. Beyond that, the restaurant was clean, very loud, and quite busy. The bar area got extremely crowded making it hard to finish eating without standing patrons hovering over us for drinks. Advice: Drink at the bar, eat at a table, and order several apps with your entrees.

L
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Brunch was delicious...the only thing holding me back from giving higher score was the temperature of my food. The potatoes were piping hot and crispy sooo good....the benedict could have been much warmer. My husband had the Texas toast dish and thought it was mind blowing...but also could have ben much warmer.

CS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food5service5ambience4

Food was great, service was great, people were super friendly, however the reason for the low rating was the wait for our table. Our party had to wait an hour and 15 minutes to be sat for a reservation which was pretty upsetting.

Nothing against The Smith! They were lovely, comped a round of drinks and was extremely attentive. Just seemed overbooked.

OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I was really disappointed they removed the spicy fried chicken from their daily menu.

S
New England
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The first time I went to The Smith it was outstanding. I brought a business associate here on my second visit and really raved about the place, BUT it was 180 degrees in the other direction. Steaks overcooked, poor service, and just disappointing all around.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A very pleasant evening.

DS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the BEST Brunch I have had in years! Food and Service was amazing!

c
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was wonderful, the free cocktail with a breakfast meal was a huge value. The biggest issue was the noise level was off the charts. You had to scream at the person across from you to be heard.

KA
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at The Smith. We went for brunch and were pleasantly surprised to find that brunch entrees came with a cocktail or juice! The food was delicious and service was great. We will definitely be returning.

OT
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Emily the manager is simply amazing. By the way get the cookies.

TR
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Our first visit to The Smith for brunch. Noise level as usual --loud and not conversation friendly. Service was slow, almost 30 minutes to get food. Brunch menu good value: food plus alcoholic beverage included.

KS
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have a really good brunch. I ordered the Benedict with the corn cake on the bottom....it was delicious.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch experience!

PT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, were happy with our choices- steak and lobster dishes, but could’ve realistically picked another 5-6 dishes and been happy. Will be back!

GF
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food in a thriving urban hub of chic food, great wine and an ideal place to forge new friendships

F
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was the highlight, I had the trout with curry and it was fantastic! The place was incredibly loud, so if you are sensitive to that, ask to be seated away from the bar. We went on Halloween, but my guess is that it is a popular spot because the food and service is top notch.

AD
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time diner. Went on a cold and wet Chicago evening. Food was excellent and the menu made it hard to choose what to order. Service was excellent and the waitstaff provided insights as to the menu items. Had the Sticky pudding for dessert. They need to change the menu to simply have big arrows pointing to this item saying ORDER THIS! it was incredible.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a business meal- the ambiance is warm and the food was great. Generally I wouldn’t comment on this but the iced tea was especially tasty. I will be back and would recommend The Smith to anyone in the loop in Chicago!

OT
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The staff was great, the food was good but it was so loud! Perhaps it’s the tile all over the walls that makes it that way but we could barely have a conversation.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebration end of chemo for my cousin!

N
Mexico City
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The best oyesters always

b
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Went to the restaurant with a reservation. We were seated at a not so good table. Asked to change. We're offered another table but people were just getting up. Asked to wait a few minutes. While we were waiting, another couple walks in and promptly seated at a better table which weren't offered.

Finally, sat at the table. Busboy comes over with water and bread. No waiter. Lots of waiters walking around but no one comes to our table. Finally, after 15' give up and go somewhere else. Not recommended.

K
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The list of food on the menu all looked amazing so it was hard to select just one brunch item. Everyone enjoyed their food as well as the cocktail that was included! Wonderful friendly service and fun environment - worth many return visits.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really cool venue. Personable staff, delicious food and drink options. Very accommodating of our picky eater's meal request. On the noisy side but in a busy, fun way. We will definitely be back.

EM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful Sunday brunch! Can’t wait to go back for another meal and try the raw bar! Best service by wonderful team!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Much like the Smith in ny, this serves a purpose of an average dinner in a busy atmosphere.

NH
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and the food was delicious. I recommend the duck wings! Old fashions were also perfectly made.

R
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

There are unique food options to choose from! Everyone enjoyed their meal. Only reason for rating 4 stars on Ambience is we were seated in a high traffic area so we always felt in the way.

CT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice looking, fun place...only problem is it’s too loud, hard to hold a conversation. The tile walls/ceiling must reflect the noise. Besides that the drinks, food, and ambiance are great!

TR
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience1

As usual the food was great! The Thursday pork schnitzel special was outstanding!!!!! The noise level makes it totally impossible to carry on a conversation. If you want a quiet dining experience, this is not the place.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We all ordered the chicken pot pie w/ different appetizers and sides. The pot pie had dark meat and a mushroom wine gravy which wasn't a good combo. None of the 3 people in my party liked it, but the mac n cheese, smashed potatoes a d hummus were fantastic. The manager took the pot pies off the tab a d offered a other entree, but we refused since the sides filled us up. She still sent us home with free cookies and apple pie. Fantastic service and based on that and the side would dine there again!

C
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great lunch/brunch spot. Large menu with solid choices for all. Food was very good -- though far too many French fries per plate, even for the 14 year old in the group. Service was attentive without being intrusive.

L
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very good overall. Straightforward American grill.

RL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It took a long time to get our appetizers, but there service was great otherwise.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Had to wait a long time even though we had a reservation.

CK
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

The Smith offers a beautiful environment to dine in but we went in for brunch at 12:45p on a Saturday (with a reservation) and had to wait about 10-15 minutes to be seated. We also had to wait quite a while to place our order. We, luckily, received our food relatively quickly and the food was good! We were there to celebrate a birthday and, unfortunately, the restaurant was not one where they give you a small dish for celebrations. Overall, a good experience and would recommend!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We loved the ambiance and the food and beverage. It just took a little time to get it all. Not a major factor for us for a leisurely brunch, but may be for others i.e. service/kitchen was really slow.

The woman greeting us at the door was very pleasant and provided frequent table status updates (we had a reservation) with a great attitude while we waited at the bar. This was very much appreciated! People in the service industry (much like myself) should take note of her demeanor!!

Regardless of slowdowns, we will definitely be back for future dining experiences!!