Willow Room

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$30 and under
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Willow Room is located in Lincoln park, serving European/American bistro food set in a classic yet unique atmosphere.
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What 786 People Are Saying
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J
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Willow Room was very good with a variety of options for Brunch including a unique drink menu. I had the Fresca and the Bloody Mary and both were good. We had made a reservation and were asked to wait for about 10 minutes, even though there were open tables in the restaurant.

b
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience2

It’s a great spot- but it’s super loud and hard to focus on your table’s conversation. It’s better to have a big party there versus a date night.

AB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a terrific dinner at the Willow Room. All the food was very good, our waitstaff made sure we were well taken care of and the overall experience before seeing a show at Steppenwolf was good. It's a restaurant I'd recommend and definitely visit again.

GB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and outstanding service. A perfect place for a Saturday brunch!

G
Chicago
162 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great neighborhood spot, with cozy atmosphere and great food. It is a perfect spot to eat before heading down the street to the Steppenwolf Theater!!

m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Excellent neighborhood restaurant. Great food for the price, great atmosphere.

F
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was wonderful. The scallops were some of the best I have ever had. Cooked to perfection!

B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Food was phenomenal, as it has been in the past. I love this restaurant and think it is an undervalued Chicago gem. However, the service was very poor. The hostesses were rude and sat on their phones the whole time. It took far too long for our table to be touched and us to get water. Our server didn't smile, etc. It's sad because this restaurant should get more credit than it does and I wish it was on more "Best" lists in Chicago.

KC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our Sunday Brunch here. Food was great, cocktails were great, loved the 80’s playlist and our server was awesome. Great experience and will definitely returning.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bill Donahue was a wonderful server! Great service, super attentive, food was awesome! We went for brunch, but Would go back for dinner!

M
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes I would definitely recommend Willow Room. Excellent mood and a great date night spot. I went with my husband and it was a perfect chill place to go. The food was delicious and the server was very thorough on explaining our dishes.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bill Donahue is awesome!

DP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience1

Stopped in before a Sat. matinee at Steppenwolf. Our second time here, but maybe our last. The food is good. My husband had the breakfast sandwich and I had the lobster mac/cheese. Both very good but the noise level is too much for us. I'd say 75 per cent of the other patrons were young women in their 20s and 30s and I don't know why they feel the need to talk so loudly but a number of them did, with one practically shouting at the six people around her table. Add that to the acoustics of the room and it made for an uncomfortable atmosphere. We asked for our check when our food came, the manager stopped by with it asking if everything was ok we said it was simply too loud for us.

C
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went there on a Saturday for a 4 person brunch. Service was very fast, and the mimosas were well poured. Would highly recommend the Eggs Benedict.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is literally my favorite place in the world.

LG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was incredible and the food just as amazing! If you’re truly looking for an experience on your palette unlike any other, don’t walk, run, to willow room.

D
Chicago
63 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Restaurant Week and Restaurant Week brunch was awesome at The Willow Room. Such a killer deal. The only place that offered two beverages in their $24 brunch Restaurant Week menu. My friend and I chose the mimosas. There were many choices of flavors to choose from. All were fantastic. Not to mention, huge! For food we had the salmon bagel, the shrimp tacos, and for the sides we had fruit, (which was strawberries and blueberries!) and the breakfast potatoes. Both of the entrées were absolutely delicious. The best salmon bagel I have ever had. Perfection. The shrimp tacos were also wonderful. The tortillas seemed to be handmade. The breakfast potatoes weren’t really a hit but they weren't bad. Just not my style. All in all it was a wonderful experience and I will definitely be back.

L
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding visit. My boyfriend and I sat at the bar and enjoyed our server/bartender. The food was excellent. Would go again.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great brunch with friends today. We especially liked the cinnamon sugar donuts!

JS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn't been here for brunch before, very happy with the brunch menu

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, drinks, and amazing food!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Incredibly bad service and overpriced food

L
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a lovely experience and delicious food! The Willow Room is our dinner-must-stop before hitting theater.

C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week and had brunch. Excellent deal for the amount of food and beverage. Everyone was extremely nice and helpful. Will definitely be coming back

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Delicious burger, but fries were heavily salted and I love salt!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Came in for restaurant week at noon on a monday, empty, quiet and fast service! Food is so so for restaurant week. Fancy ambience.

B
Indiana
22 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delightful. Restaurant week lunch: good food, plenty of it, quiet on a Monday, pretty space, friendly people. The burrata with apple butter was clever and delicious of course (and plenty for two or three people) , burger was double patty but not giant (a good thing), arugula salad with marmalade was surprising and finally lobster mac and cheese which was a little too velveeta tasting for my liking but still good.

JB
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the Restaurant Week menu. Awesome selections, tasty and perfect portion.

OT
Chicago
166 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice restaurant to have a meal before or after a show at Steppenwolf (half a block from the theater). The service is excellent - on par with restaurants that are far more expensive. The brunch was excellent (try the lobster mac and cheese). Portion sizes are just right. It is very noisy inside the restaurant, probably the acoustics of the building as the crowd did not seem any noisier than at other restaurants.

n
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Brunch was delicious! Can’t wait to go back for dinner!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made a reservation for brunch during restaurant week and upon arrival our table wasn’t ready. The wait staff was very apologetic and directed is to the bar to wait. We ended up deciding to stay at the bar for our meal as there was plenty of space and the bar was full service. The bartender was extremely friendly and even gave us a free shot for my sister’s birthday. The manager, Anthony, was apologetic about our table and made sure we were taken care of at the bar. He got us a round of mimosas on the house! Overall our experience was wonderful and I would definitely go back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

fabulous experience, great brunch spot!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My friend and I went to Willow Room for Chicago Restaurant Week. Neither of us had been before and were extremely pleased with our experience. The prix fix menu was 4 courses for $48 - an amazing value! Between the 2 of us, we ordered the burrata, mussels, scallops, bavette steak, and sticky toffee pudding. None of these dishes disappointed us. The burrata is a MUST have. It is surprisingly sweet paired with apple butter but is a great compliment to the burrata flavor. The atmosphere was cozy and elegant - would highly recommend for date night or girls night out. Overall wonderful experience and will be back.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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AM
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with a group of 7. Extremely attentive and great service! Food was really good and will definitely be back. Everyone at the table loved their dishes: burrata, Caesar salad, cauliflower soup, mussels, scallops, Bavette steak, risotto. Wine was great, they make a fantastic dirty martini and old fashion.

BK
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall good. Expensive for the quality.

D
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service and our server was very mindful of our need to leave in time to get to the theater on time.

MK
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think Willow Room is a great place! Situated on Halsted - easy to get to, easy parking. We have been there to sit at the bar instead of at a table - the bartenders were awesome and so helpful to decide on items. The menu, by the way, is 'just right' in my estimation. My husband declared that the octopus was the absolute best he's ever tasted. I loved the short ribs! Try Willow Room - you won't be disappointed.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Great service! Definitely will be back!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! We loved it! The food was delicious. Steak was cooked perfectly 😊