Willow Room

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$30 and under
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American
Willow Room is located in Lincoln park, serving European/American bistro food set in a classic yet unique atmosphere.

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Tuesday 1/2 Off Bottles of Wine

1/2 Off Bottles of Wine all night!
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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: May 29, 2019

Ends: May 30, 2118

Availability: Tue 5:00PM-11:00PM

The Sparkling Hour

How can you make Friday even better? 1/2 off all bottles of sparkling wine and champagne, that's how.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: April 2, 2019

Ends: April 3, 2118

Availability: Fri 5:15PM-6:30PM

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Whether by the glass or by the bottle; from California, France or Italy, still or sparkling, 1/2 off all Rose'.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: April 2, 2019

Ends: April 3, 2118

Availability: Thu 5:00PM-6:30PM

3 Course Monday

Finally, it's Monday! Enjoy the entire Willow Room experience (appetizer, entree, dessert), for only $36.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: April 2, 2019

Ends: April 3, 2118

Availability: Mon 5:00PM-10:00PM

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What 796 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A great place to go for dinner before the theater.

MH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant lunch experience. Service was nice and prompt. Since we were pretty much the first guests there for lunch it was very quiet

AC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Service and food was stellar. From the beef tartare to the halibut. Everything was delicious and well prepared

j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This was fine. Nice meal, price was good for what we experienced. Oddly they asked who's birthday it was then never acknowledged it again. We had brunch, everyone seemed to like it. It was loud but not so much that you couldnt hear people. It was a nice meal no one rushed us at the end.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love our waiter Mike! Great guy that gave us exceptional service and always with a smile.

B
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This was a fun place. The ambience and design is really cool, but the space is a bit loud -- there didn't appear to be any acoustic treatment. We especially enjoyed their selection of cocktails. I had the manhattan and it was very good. The food was good, but the menu wasn't very creative. Our table had beet salad, caesar salad, scallops (scallops were a bit over-cooked, but the roasted cauliflower and cauliflower foam were hits!), mushroom risotto (excellent!), and a burger (overcooked -- maybe it's really just for kids). Service was outstanding and we had a great time.

BL
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Too noisy. Bland, weird, fishy tasting Caesar salad. Sun shining in window, right into my eyes.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have an unusual menu in a relaxing atmosphere. Service was excellent. We ate there prior to attending a play at Steppenwolf.

l
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, great wine. The best beet salad I've ever had. The lobster pot pie was deliciously satisfying on a cold snowy evening, albeit light on the lobster. The beef stroganoff, although not the traditional rendition, was excellent. Service was friendly and attentive. I would definitely come back.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casual atmosphere with unique tastes. Great for any occasion.

J
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
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 on February 22, 2020
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 on February 22, 2020
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 on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

G
Chicago
164 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
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.

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.

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

Bill Donahue is awesome!

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!