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Shaw's Crab House & Oyster Bar - Chicago, Chicago, IL

Shaw's Crab House & Oyster Bar - Chicago

4.8
4.8
13890 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood
Shaw’s Crab House is a Chicago institution that boasts a selection of seafood with a longstanding commitment to offering top quality ingredients since 1984. Shaw’s sources daily catches flown in from coast-to-coast by working directly with fishermen and farmers. With an ethos of spotlighting ingredients first, Shaw’s menu features simple preparations executed to perfection to allow quality to take center stage.

The design – cast in a 1940’s style setting – has two dining rooms offering guests a dual experience between the more casual and lively Oyster Bar and the traditional white tablecloth Main Dining Room. The Main Dining Room possesses classic and sophisticated warmth, is adorned with red accents throughout the room and plush seating lends the ideal setting for celebratory dinners and events or a simple night on the town.

Reservations made for "Hightop" seating will be for our casual Oyster Bar and reservations made for "Standard" seating will be in our more formal "Dining Room"

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 134 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Sushi
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (312) 527-2722
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Arnulfo Tellez
  • Catering
    Private dining space with rooms with space for up to 12, up to 30, up to 80 and up to 150/400 for a full Oyster Bar or Main Dining Room buyout! Call 312-527-2722 and ask for Erin Juache.
  • Private party facilities
    Private dining is available in rooms with space for up to 12, up to 30, up to 80. We also offer a complete buyout of our Oyster Bar (up to 150ppl) or Main Dining Room (up to 300ppl).
  • Private party contact
    Erin Juache: (312) 527-2722
  • Neighborhood
    River North (Chicago)
  • Cross street
    State St.
  • Parking details
    Valet parking available for $19 per vehicle.
  • Public transit
    Grand - Red Line
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 13,890 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Seafood

  • Chicago

    Seafood

13,890 Reviews
  1. TimothyD

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love Shaws. Great food and service. Oysters were outstanding

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  2. PerryB

    Chicago

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service . Great atmosphere! Superior quality of seafood!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    King crab legs and lobster bisque were awesome. Halibut sauce was very sweet and overpowered the dish. Fish was cooked well though. Service was great. Very friendly. We always go to Shaw’s when we go to Chicago and it does not dissapoint.

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  4. GreatStuff

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome as usual. Had the Norwegian Red King crab for the table, absolutely best crab I have ever eaten. Everyone had a great time and the other dishes were fantastic. Kudos on the bar stocking some premium rums for sipping.

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  5. CindyM

    Indiana

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best halibut we ever had!!!! Oysters- amazing. Always a great meal with great service.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The table arrangement was poor. The table next to us was so close the person’s chair blocked a path to get into our seat. The food was pretty good. I had the walleye which was excellent. The oysters were just ok. The service was inconsistent. Waited quite sometime for waitress to arrive after being seated. Then quite a wait for drinks. We ordered appetizers, salads, entree and dessert. The entrees and salads came out together, which was ok, but then all of a sudden the wait staff began clearing as about as fast as we could eat. Including my wine glass when we had a half a bottle of wine left. It became evident that they wanted us out of there quickly. We were there 2 hours and it was a party of 6.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Fish was good, fries underwhelming. Calamari disappointing. Easy walk from Michigan Ave. Past menu choices have disappeared / moved more towards sushi.

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  8. RobertM

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I visit this place every time I am in Chicago. The ambience is unique and the service efficient and friendly. The choices on the menu are superb.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a wonderful experience at Shaws! Delicious food, and great service. 

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  10. Marcel

    New York City

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing seafood experiences, though very crowded place w ok service.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Took two hours to get our entrees. It was good but no one was hungry by the time the food came.

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  12. AnnG

    New Orleans

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Seafood salad is normally an entree but our wonderful waiter suggested there CB of us share. Brillisnt! It is as delicious as you could imagine. Our entrees were perfectly prepared and very tasty. Finishing the meal with one of the amazing desserts was the top off needed for a fabulous dining experience. Well done

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  13. Wino23

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Reliable and nostalgic experience. Classic service. Wonderful raw bar and fresh seafood.

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  14. GaryH

    Orlando

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We catch Shaw’s every time we are in Chicago for a special occasion They know how to treat their guests and oysters/seafood never disappoints Thanks

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Waiter took very long. They put tap water when we had bottled at water. Took drinks before we were finished. Didn’t get bread until 20 minutes after being seated.

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  16. MichaelM

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Shaw's is always a family favorite and especially the Chicago location. It was a great Mother's Day choice. Food was fantastic, seemed especially good this afternoon. Lobster was awesome, King Grab fantatisc, jumbo lump crab cake a must have (better than the tasy Maryland Crab Cakes), east coast oysters (ME & NH) some of the best, and the parmesean crusted haddock with spinach, lemon, and capers seemed to be the best ever. Service was weak and unattentive. It was a slow start, but then did get drinks fairly quickly. We then were pushed to order too quickly, we could have just started with apps. We did complete our order, outside of sides. Then waiter and help disappeared for 25 minutes. I really like a crisp white wine with my oysters, in 25 minutes, my wine was gone when my oysters arrive after a long delay. We could compate service with our neighbors, who ordered oysters after us, and they arrive in about 5 minutes. When waiter did return, after I had finished oysters with no wine left, I did ask for the wine list, which perhaps should have been offered earlier. Waiting for that list was another 15 minutes. Was looking around myself at service stations for a wine list. Also, there was no input on King Crab order, our party member preferred it chilled, but was not prompted that it could come two ways. It did arrive chilled, but it was a long wait to see or waiter to tell him and discuss side dishes, which he said he would come back for. Food was awesome and service a better cadence at the end. Perhaps our server needed help. Just someone else to check-in. Bus people seemed to try hard not to make eye contact as we searched for help.

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  17. ReuC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for Mother's day food and service was great.

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  18. MichaelH

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best place in Chicago for crab legs hands down. Service fabulous

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    254 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    254 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent. Our service was great. Love the atmosphere in the oyster bar area. Top notch.

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  20. RickG

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Norwegian King Crab leg and walleye for our entrees were both excellent. Server Marco was top shelf all the way very personable and paced the delivery of food and drinks perfectly.

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  21. debral

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience and great food will be back. Food was fabulous

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  22. Foodlover

    Chicago

    92 reviews

    4.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We dine here all the time and neither of us thought the food was as good as it should have been. Our server was very good but there seemed to be decline in the food quality.

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  23. DougM

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    As always, the food was very good. New menu items from the last time we were in. Great Chowder!

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  24. JoanneC

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Shaw's is a Chicago institution for excellent reasons - the oysters are the freshest in town, the New England Chowder is the best in town, it has a nice selection of sushi, and a good wine list - to name a few. It's the perfect place for a date or group celebration or a business dinner. There is always a mix of families, couples, business people. The service is consistently top notch. The atmosphere is old school with dark wood and white linen table cloths but not at all stuffy - it's comfortable and inviting and while there is always a buzz, you can easily converse at your table. One caution: if you tend to be chilly, bring a sweater or jacket - the main restaurant tends to be cold temperature wise.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful experience here with an incredible and educated waiter. Would recommend this best to anyone who loves seafood

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food, nice venue, we had a very friendly, helpful waiter. We had the oysters, very tastfull and good quality. It was a very nice evening.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mas de lo que esperaba, realmente nos encanto todo, el ambiente muy americano, lo amamos y cuando volvamos a chicago volveremos a este restaurante

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good, came with quick service and food was great!

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  29. BobD

    Chicago

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful selection of oysters and fresh fish. This time we had Two types of east coast oysters, the shrimp tempura maki roll, and yellowtail sashimi, wonderfully sauteed fresh Lake Erie Perch and the seafood fettucine pasta. All nicely prepared and we finished with a delightful Key Lime Pie! This is a 10 out of 10 seafood restaurant. Bob D

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  30. LisaH

    St. Louis

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely loved! It’s like dropping back in time. The dining room feels like the 1920s at its best. I almost expected Gatsby and some flappers. Service was perfect and food was spectacular. Prices for Chicago are very reasonable for the price. Would love to repeat on a future visit to Chicago. Dessert sampler is generous and fun to share. Nice when a classic lives up to its legend!

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  31. NBack

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding from the oysters and Champagne at the bar to the delicious dessert. The waitstaff were excellent. The server even got me another glass of wine when I didn’t like the one I ordered. An excellent night all around.

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  32. CaptMc

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Shaw's is always wonderful!! An Icon of Chicago!!!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Increíble toda la experiencia gran lugar, servicio excepcional, René tiene un cuidado al detalle y recomendaciones perfectas

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best meals i”ve ever had! Too delicious! The service great!! I really really cant wait to return!
    Shaw's Crab House & Oyster Bar - ChicagoResponded on May 6, 2024
    Wow! Thanks so much for the wonderful review! We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed yourself during your visit. We certainly look forward to welcoming you back.

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  35. karenm

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved our dinner at Shaws. Chablis was yummy.. Our waiter was attentive. The sushi was delicious. Our dinner was wonderful. We’d definitely come back the next time we visit Chicago. Understandable why it has a full dining room.
    Shaw's Crab House & Oyster Bar - ChicagoResponded on May 6, 2024
    Hi Karenm, Thank you so much for the great review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. A great glass of wine and some fresh food can make for a great night! We're so glad you had that here. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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  36. WilliamS

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, reasonable prices, great atmosphere. Everything from appetizers to dessert was 10/10. Lots of fine dining touches.

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  37. Fresser

    Chicago

    319 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    319 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent, well prepared and nicely presented. The server was adequate but not very interested

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  38. ERL123

    Chicago

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an outstanding experience - great food, service and decor. We look forward to our next visit!

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  39. DavidG

    Denver

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our absolute go-to for Alaskan King Crab Legs! Have with a glass of champagne while sitting in the Oyster Bar makes for a fun evening!

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  40. DarraS

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We were celebrating our anniversary and at first the hostess sat us in a noisy table in the middle of the dining room, but I asked to move to a more private table in the dining room and they accommodated. It took a long time for our server to finally come to our table and he did not explain the menu or anything about the restaurant just took our drink order and left. The food was good, but not great or memorable. There are way better restaurants in Chicago. The dining room is dated and feels very old school or chain restaurant like. Nothing special. It would have been a better experience if our service was better. He rarely came around and we just said waiting idly for long periods of time.

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You can order delivery directly from Shaw's Crab House & Oyster Bar - Chicago using the Order Online button. Shaw's Crab House & Oyster Bar - Chicago also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 527-2722.

Shaw's Crab House & Oyster Bar - Chicago is rated 4.8 stars by 13890 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 134 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Shaw's Crab House & Oyster Bar - Chicago

21 East Hubbard St., Chicago, IL 60611

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    State St.
  • Neighborhood
    River North (Chicago)
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Sushi
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet parking available for $19 per vehicle.
  • Public transit
    Grand - Red Line
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Arnulfo Tellez
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (312) 527-2722
  • Catering
    Private dining space with rooms with space for up to 12, up to 30, up to 80 and up to 150/400 for a full Oyster Bar or Main Dining Room buyout! Call 312-527-2722 and ask for Erin Juache.
  • Private party facilities
    Private dining is available in rooms with space for up to 12, up to 30, up to 80. We also offer a complete buyout of our Oyster Bar (up to 150ppl) or Main Dining Room (up to 300ppl).
  • Private party contact
    Erin Juache: (312) 527-2722
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