The Smith - Chicago

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$30 and under
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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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AmandaF
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing brunch! The staff was very attentive.

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JRLA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience! We loved the ambiance and the Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em cocktail was a perfect option for mezcal lovers. We ordered the shrimp ‘n grits and gnocchi and would highly recommend both!

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vipOnceUponTheSmith
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Food is great and good value but the service continues to get worse by the second. We are loyal customers and are considering not going back because of constant service issues.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Would recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal and service was excellent!

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krysia
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All entrees perfectly presented and delish.
Waitress was wonderful.

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AlisonD
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We loved this restaurant! Added bonus is that a brunch cocktail is included with your meal! Would most definitely go back!!

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vipAReview
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved it in NYC, super pumped to see it here in Chicago. Perfect spot for a cozy dinner or lazy brunch with great cocktails and menu to boot.

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vipAKJ93
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service was great and it’s a super cute spot I REALLY wanted it to be my new go to.. we ordered the churro waffles to start the sauce was cold and since the waffles were already only room temp ... they were tasty though I just wish the sauce wasn’t cold. I ordered the Benedict I didn’t expect them to be on a skillet of cornbread it was tasty but I didn’t love it the person I was dining with has the French toast the middle wasn’t all the way done but the edges were pretty hard. Everyone has a one off and this place was cute and I will give it another chance but my first experience wasn’t the best

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vipMaryO
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their avocado toast is by far the best in River North, and their rice bowl is sooooo delicious - and both are great vegetarian options. An especially nice touch is the free sparkling water they include, in bottles, at the table.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

We were not served of helped by a wait person the entire time. Our food came our wrong and took 15 minutes to make again. Seated far away

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere are great!! Brunch is a great deal- many dishes included a cocktail!

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vipShed
Chicago
129 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cannot go wrong eating here. Something for everyone. Usually have the Johnny Benedict and love it, but ventured into the lunch menu. The Milanese Cod was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The short rib was delicious! The cocktails were delicious also. We got the calamari and the shishitto peppers. My fiancé got the shrimp and grits and absolutely loved it. I would recommend The Smith to anyone looking for a good vibe and good food.

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vipJoannaH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. My friend has food allergies and they went above and beyond to accommodate her. Food was DELICIOUS!!! Awesome and fun experience.

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Emis
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Smith has a super cool vibe with white subway tile and black iron work. The music and ambiance was vibrant, entertaining and full of life for a date night with the hubby before a night at the opera. The place was casual enough that we could relax but still very classy so we didn’t feel overdressed or uncomfortable.
The service was great, our waiter was very cool, an actual human who had a conversation with us as first time visitors (and someone with food allergies).
But the reason to comeback is the incredible food! Short ribs were done to perfection! Hubs had an awesome NY strip. We’re still talking about the pan fried Brussel sprouts with orange zest! Who knew that would be such a flavor changer! Killer s’mores in jar for dessert! We fought over the giant homemade marshmallow on top... Good thing we walked to the opera, had to burn off that dinner. It was epic! Will definitely be repeat customers.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made reservations for 12pm on a Friday and glad I did! The place filled up within minutes.

The skirt steak with chimichurri is awesome. The brussel sprouts were amazing too.

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TatianaL
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for a team lunch and everything was great!

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vipAngelC72
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for the first time with my team for a birthday celebration. Food was totally delicious and the staff was friendly and amazing. We had the chicken pot pie and the short rib bolognese tagliatelle for entrees and the warm chocolate chip cookies and toffee pudding for dessert.

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vipFairandhonest
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Lots of choice I'd make before The Smith. Really kind of average.

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vipfoodlover
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The butternut salad (my starter) was excellent and generously sized. I ordered the mushroom/fontina cheese flatbread as a main course: it was so greasy it was almost inedible. I only ate half and took the rest home. I ended up throwing it away as the cardboard box it has been sent home in was saturated with oil.
There are too many restaurants in Chicago that do flatbread better. I will not be returning.
Service was friendly though the waiter disappeared for a very long period when the place got busy.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service were absolutely outstanding! The manager Christina made the evening incredible! We already made reservations for the NYC location for our trip next month.

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vipDarty
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu! Burgers are excellent and fries crispy and light. Service was awesome too. Enjoyed our meal here and would definitely come back.

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IamTraLee
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time for brunch at The Smith. Would recommend highly for the kind staff as well as fresh and innovative menu and flavors.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is phenomenal. The included breakfast cocktail with your brunch entree is a great deal. Food is bomb diggitty.

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vipJoss
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Think this might be a better spot for lunch than dinner. Lots of larger tables (bachelorettes, birthdays, etc) made it a bit loud. But if you need a place that can accommodate a larger group then this would work for you. Large menu. Food came pretty quickly (before drinks even arrived, our apps were set down). Loved the kale/quinoa salad, burrata app, and truffle gnocchi. Salmon entree was outstanding, but the steak and fries was just so-so. Would try for lunch but not go back for dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely good service and food

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Mike
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot. Lively and they even put a candle on dessert for our anniversary.

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PhyliciaT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The price for restaurant week brunch was so affordable and the food was absolutely amazing. I recommend all of the starters and the Breakfast pot pie. Will definitely be back to try more and for the Tuna Tartar!

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vipBorgie
Chicago
28 reviews