Tree Top at Ravinia Festival

3.6
85 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Levy Restaurants’ famous Chef’s Table offers a bounty of selections from the Midwest growing season that pair perfectly with a night at Ravinia.

Frequently changing menus feature themed items and guest chef creations throughout the season.

Open Pavilion concert nights only.

For parties of 5 or more please call the restaurant for reservations.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Continental
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Daily: Sunday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm (subject to change depending on Ravina show schedule)
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Phone number
(847) 432-7550
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Tsonton
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Private party facilities
A semi-private area is available on the covered patio for groups of 20 to 50 guests.
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Private party contact
Cyndi Berlinger: (847) 432-7550
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Green Bay
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Parking details
Parking is available in the Ravinia main lot entrance on Green Bay Road, just north of Lake Cooper Road. If the Main Lot is full, remote parking is available with complimentary shuttle service to the park.
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Public transit
Ravinia Metra Train Stop
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 85 People Are Saying
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AG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was great before the show. to bad its closed till next year.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My friend and I were nicely surprised by this new restaurant. Not only were the views lovely, but the food stations (with one exception) were bountifully and creatively full of delicious offerings. We were slightly disappointed by the dessert station which didn't have the variety of the other stations. Nothing for chocolate lovers and nothing like ice cream or sorbet. We found something for dessert but it was anticlimactic. Experience was terrific though, as was our waiter, Ralph.
Jan

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TC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good restaurant.
Our server, Jody, was excellent!!

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M
Palm Springs
27 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I made the reservation without knowing it was a buffet only restaurant (my error). The food was good but not what I was hoping for that evening. At $35 a head plus drinks it is a bit pricey for a casual dining space. The best part is the patio above the the concert goers. Wonderful people watching.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Really bummed when I got there and it was set buffet . I hate those and don’t think it was clear on the website

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Salad and main course were good but the dessert bar was disappointing (not very tasty and the cobblers were not even warm). Drinks were overpriced (my non-alcoholic drink was $12) and many of the plates and glasses were not completely clean.

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J
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Drinks took too long but were good. No gluten- free dessert choices. Good food but way overpriced for what most people can manage to consume at a buffet. Feel like we paid for the hungrier people

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DM
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very pleasant experience. The food was good. I do wish there were more vegetarian and vegan options. Delicious mac & cheese. The service was absolutely excellent. Very attentive servers and excellent cocktails.

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KT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall nice buffet before concert. Great service outstanding staff. Plentyful buffet a real gem although Prime rib could have been better

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LL
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We are always Ravinia “lawn people”— we pack a foodie picnic and arrive as soon as the gates open. This time we had Pavilion Tix and decided to visit one of Ravinia’s restaurants — one of the best decisions of our day. The food at Tree Top was a nice surprise — a high-quality buffet with a great wine and beer list. Not your standard buffet fare at all — and you are truly sitting in the treetops overlooking the festival. Service was terrific too— Kendall was so nice and attentive. Just a fantastic all-around experience and a wonderful surprise.

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B
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you like a buffet, this place is for you for pre-concert dining. The staff is attentive and the food was good (the roasted vegetables... on my Gawd!). We actually came uppn Tree Top by accident and are so glad we gave it a try. We will definitely be back.

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JB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

Very disappointed! Salads had no dressing and were positioned amongst the hot food so were not crisp and fresh. There were no other vegetables!! Fish was ok. The beef was very good. Antipasti was ok but unimaginative. Desserts were good. Our server was very attentive. It’s very disappointing to us how difficult it is to get a good meal at Ravinia. Park View is excellent but unless you’re a subscriber, it is impossible to get a table there. I tried months before our concert!! If Tree Top is the best alternative, it’s lack of variety and quality is a problem. Warm salads, several starches and meats do not constitute a well-rounded meal. And vegetarians shouldn’t bother coming at all!

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SA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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GK
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The Venue Type and the Ambience buttons don't work on this review site.

Great restaurant for outdoor dining. We sat in the indoor portion and thought the chairs and tables should be upgraded. This is a very casual restaurant.
It is a buffet with great appetizer table choices (I made 3 trips) and great dessert table choices (I made 2 trips).
It had several choices of rolls and bread (unique corn bread). however, the first basket of rolls (on the
buffet ) were very dry.
The salads looked good (but I don't eat salads).
The soup was tepid.
The fish (trout) was okay but the pork was very moist, tender, and tasty. I didn't have room to try the turkey which also looked good.
At $35/person (buffet only), I felt it was a good value.
The wine was overpriced (a $10 bottle of Riondo Prosecco was $48).
Coffee was extra but reasonable.
Overall it was a good choice for dining at Ravinia for a relaxing 2-1/2 hour meal prior to entering the pavillion.

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JL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 5

We are felt like this restaurant was extremely overpriced for a buffet. It was a NICE buffet but it was a lot of money for what we ended up eating. If I had it to do over again I would definitely eat at the food court which is directly below this restaurant and significantly less expensive for the basically the same experience.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

15 year anniversary

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f
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Tree Top Restaurant is an expensive, overpriced buffet. It is a convenient dinner location before a Ravinia concert and that is its value. Period. But, there are other options for eating: bring your own picnic or get the pizza or roasted chicken in the grill downstairs. While the appetizers were good and varied, the dinner was wanting. The curried garbanzos were tasty, as was the peppered chicken in buttermilk. But, everything else was ordinary. The roast beef, was tough and overdone - I actually went back twice to try to get a rare, thin cut, and second time around, it was still tasteless, though the carver tried his best. The shrimp and grits had practically no shrimp. The barley soup was not worth eating. Considering the price and the quality of the food, I would recommend that someone needing to eat at Ravinia consider other options.

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HC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

They had run out of the fish of which we would have preferred and the beef was well done which we did not even try. The sides were just ok. The manager was sympathetic and compt us our meals.

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C
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

View and staff were lovely. Dinner was disappointing especially vs. former Mirabella. Was told there would be roasted chicken & turkey. No turkey & chicken was all peppery. Salmon was good but also too heavily salted and peppered. Fruit salad looked like it was a day or two old with watermelon looking slimy already. Baked goods were nothing special & nothing chocolate really. Setting was great but will eat elsewhere next time.

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M
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

It was very poor. The food was cold, they ran out of plates, fish etc. The manager comped the meal. The desserts were the best part of the meal.

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SJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time having a sit-down dining experience at Ravinia. All of my previous visits centered on carting a picnic basket along with other items to enjoy the outdoor dining experience. Truly enjoyed the view, accommodations, food selection, convenience and overall ambiance.

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TD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

This was my second time at tree top and each time was bad. Very disappointing. They dismissed the first chef and the new chef was not much better. But at least the food was not cold this time. I would not eat there again.

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BS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

This restaurant is better than it was before. Still pricey. Should include non alcoholic drinks. The tomato bisque soup was delicious. The salmon was good. Had fried chicken but it wasn’t. Was more like sliced chicken- no bone and very, very lightly breaded. They had shrimp and grits but could not see or taste the shrimp. Salads good. Our server Corine was fair. Had to ask her numerous times to clear our dirty plates.

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A
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

This is the second time I dined at this venue in 2 weeks. The first time it was fair, last Friday, it was poor. All of the meats served were dry. Basically, I paid a lot of money for salads.

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EG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

When we arrived we were offered a table outside and were glad that we took the opportunity to sit on the deck. I was a little surprised at how empty the restaurant seemed. There was a nice variety of foods to choose from. Grilled baby bok choy was almost raw, very hard to cut with a knife. Pork roast was dry. Salads were interesting. Desserts were hit and miss, pears with honey and balsamic vinegar were very good as was the chocolate cake. Service was attentive and friendly. Overall a very nice experience and would eat here again.

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CB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We were disappointed in the overall experience. Very overpriced for what was offered. Food was just okay and service was not the greatest. The view along the windows was very nice. We will not return.

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AT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent especially the appetizer table. Too many entrees to sample them all. Exceptional salads

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DB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Mediocre, common food buffet. Unimaginative. Meager, tasteless dessert table. Overpriced. Nice view from outside terrace, little else.

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HW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Buffet food was mediocre at best. Did not warrant the price!! Service was spotty.
Very disappointing experience.

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JF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was ok,but the selections were not as good as they used to be at Mirabelle.It is better than the other two which are not good at all.

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EB
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The food was delicious and offered many choices. The view over the lawn is delightful. Just wish the room didn't look like a cafeteria. It doesn't have cafeteria prices. Eating on the deck is wonderful and much more enjoyable that the sterile dining room. The young people that served us were very attentive.

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J
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

A TRULY AWFUL MEAL! Bread was stale. Manager tried to say it was supposed to be bread sticks and other excuses; finally came back to say that the chef agreed that all the breads were stale. Starters table was OK and the roasted vegetables were good, but there were no hot vegetables to accompany the entrees. Roast turkey was moist, but rather tasteless; lake trout and salmon were the only good entrees. Coffee was cold. Both of us had g-i problems the next day! Certainly not worth $35 fixed price with drinks extra.

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T
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Dirty floors...not cleaning up the mess in front of the buffet-table...mediocre food quality...totally unprofessional and disorganized service...management was 'lost'...food is not being replenished...the place resembles a third-rate cafeteria in bankruptcy...sorry for being so harsh, but this was a great disappointment. Ravinia seems to be unable to have it's restaurants staffed with 1-2 true professional managers. Whoever is in charge should be fired promptly. It is a shame and a disgrace...Ravinia is, otherwise, a classy organization. They cannot have their restaurants operate well??? I was not alone with my disgust in the restaurant...and all of this at high prices!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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MG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We were looking forward to trying this new restaurant but were disappointed with the quality of the food (bland and unimaginative) and the drinks. We ordered Moscow Mules which tasted like lemonade, not sure what kind of ginger beer they used, but it had no taste. You could not taste the vodka either.
Service was OK, but we had to go get our own silverware when they took the one we had used; food trays sat empty for long periods and wait staff needed additional training.

Another irritating issue was that when we asked for a table by the window, we were told they were reserved. We asked how you could reserve those. The hostess explained we had to ask and they would “try to accommodate” the request. There were at least 5 empty window tables the entire time we were there. We left 20 before the concert started.

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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was there with wheelchair for my Mother. Staff gave us table close to buffet table. Food very tasty n staff very attentive. Price very fair. Recommend highly to anyone.

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EB
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

The food was very good but the space is very uninviting. The outside patios looked delightful but the interior of the dining room was cold and drab looking. The pea green blank wall, which was my view at dinner, was depressing. The lighting fixtures are very modern but cold looking. They give off a grey light. We were very disappointed in the ambiance of the interior of the place. Table tops are dark brown wood, rugs are dark, chair seats are dark. There is nothing inviting about the space except for the buffet area and the patios. Disappointed.

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DF
Chicago
67 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

It's a buffet. Very few options. No chicken items, only beef and pork, with one fish. Side options were limited as well (potatoes, mac and cheese, etc...) . The old restaurant at Ravinia always had more options.

The staff tried to accommodate but my wife left hungry. They also charged 34.95 per person for the buffet and all my wife could eat was the cheese, crackers, and veggies. They served a caesar salad and a kale with feta. No salad option without dressing.

They should go back to the old strategy. Beautiful new location. Staff was great. Food sub par.

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BB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

In case you were wondering, Chef's table means buffet. The restaurant wasn't that crowded and it took us 20 minutes to get our first round of drinks. We wanted to sit by the window, we were told those tables were reserved however during our one hour dining experience, no one sat at those tables. For the price, the food was ok and the service was poor. I complained to the manager and all she could say is thank you for letting us know! Needless to say, we will not be back.

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OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The food was not good. The chicken was horrible, the Ceasar salad upset my stomach. The only thing that my husband stated he liked was the ham. I will never go to this restaurant again. The servers were good, and it was a nice view, but the food needs improvement. The other restaurant was much better.

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