Booth One

4.6
433 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Booth One is a classic Chicago restaurant being reintroduced in the heart of the Gold Coast neighborhood from Lettuce Entertain You. Drawing inspiration from the legendary restaurant at the former Ambassador East Hotel, Booth One is a contemporary American concept with a vibrant, social dining scene. Created by Chef/Partner Doug Psaltis, the menu at Booth One utilizes top quality, seasonal ingredients to showcase modern interpretations of throwback dishes. The beverage program boasts classic, straightforward cocktails and a wine menu focusing on French and American bottles that complement the modern cuisine. 
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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation
DINNER (SUN-THURS): 5PM - 10PM
DINNER (FRI/SAT): 5PM - 11PM
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Phone number
(312) 649-0535
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chris Kuziemko
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Catering
Booth One is home to multiple private and semi-private dining spaces. From the rooftop terrace to meeting rooms on the hotel's private banquet floor, the events team can accommodate groups of all sizes. Please contact boothoneevents@leye.com for more information.
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Goethe
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Parking details
Valet is available at the Ambassador Chicago. For the first three hours valet is $15, for three to four hours it is $23. Street parking is limited. Self pay parking lots are available within walking distance.
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Public transit
CTA Red Line: Clark/Division
Bus 22, 36, 151
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Special events & promotions
Booth One hosts a variety of special events including wine tastings, holiday brunches and more. Visit our website at boothone.com for an up-to-date list on all things special events. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates as well.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Booth One is home to multiple private and semi-private dining spaces. From the rooftop terrace to meeting rooms on the hotel's private banquet floor, the events team can accommodate groups of all sizes.

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New York Area
35 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booth One delivers on the high standard set by its predecessor, the Pump Room, and it a must-do for discerning travelers to Chicago.

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GY
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

We went there for our anniversary understanding that it wasn't the old stuffy Pump Room but after a very disappointing meal I almost wish it was. At the outset the food was good albeit not outstanding and would have been fine if it wasn't a bit overpriced for what we got. The fish and seafood selections were best. The recommended celebratory champagne, however (actually a sparkling blend) was undrinkable. The room decor was neo-industrial, no table clothes, bare bones decoration(except for massive grotesque balloon light fixtures), and the most eclectically attired wait staff I have encountered: some of the bus staff were attired as in a brasserie but the waiters wore whatever they wanted (no two alike). What the waiters wear is their business but how they treat us is our business. That was the most outrageous part of the evening. We asked for a fuller description of two of the fish offerings one salmon and one sea bass and what we got was, sea bass is a light fish and salmon is a heavy fish. When I said we understood that but wanted a more detailed explanation of the preparation he basically repeated himself as if it was an impertinent question. The same attitude was how we ended up with the undrinkable wine. The waiter truly thought he was doing us a favor talking to us. We have been to virtually all of the "Lettuce" restaurants including some at the highest end (Everest) to at the lowest (RJ Grunts), Booth One in comparison is misnumbered. It is a zero.

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M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Onion garlic roll presented before the meal was delicious.
Complimentary tidbit of steak tartare with cucumber was a nice touch.
Caviar on toast, creme fraiche and onions was just right with the Moet Champagne.
Caesar salad had crisp, cold romaine and tangy anchovies, with two long croutons.
Good butternut squash soup.
Great Beef Wellington - tender and tasty.
Lobster risotto was great, but heavy on the risotto.
Too full for dessert.
Waitress was courteous and professional, and respected our time constraints, as we had to leave for a CSO concert. Allow plenty of time for that.
Pricey, but you get what you pay for.

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

Our server was very funny and personable and they hooked us up with a few sample treats, which were delicious. I'd go back again, but it was a bit pricey for the portions.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our evening was lovely in every way...from the service, to the attention from the SOM, to the quality of the food, details etc. I must say that the lighting, decor, music selection etc, all enhanced our experience!! Top notch!!

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JC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wine selection is wonderful. Beer selection is less than mediocre. Otherwise, five stars.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

It is hard to say their foods are quiet good. I did like the appetizers and the pre-meal bread. The pre-meal bread was lightly toasted and garlics,which tasted great. However, the main courses were little disappointed because it was too salty for me and the deserts are too sweet. It is like consuming salts and sugar. Well, for the services and the environment were excellent. The music there was fabulous. Also, the wine menu is pretty impressive. Even though the foods are quite not good but services were really GREAT! So it was good time at there.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, lots of choice for vegetarians.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! The food / service / ambiance is unparalleled. I had the chateaubriand and it was better than any steakhouse in Chicago. The wine was beautiful, the service staff so so nice, warm, friendly and knowledgeable. This is the best romantic date night restaurant in Chicago. And I would stay for the lemon meringue dessert. Plan an entire evening here at this modern cozy spot. Please do it.

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TW
Chicago
130 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second time dining here. We dined here shortly after the restaurant opened and it was very crowded. While a lively environment, it was almost too crowded back then. At our latest visit, the restaurant was busy and had an energetic environment but much more manageable. The cocktails were good, wine list extensive. Shared the truffle eggs which were amazing! The group all enjoyed their entrees--lamb chops, dover sole, halibut, beef Wellington. We will definitely return.

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B
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambiance & impeccable service. The restaurant is absolutely beautiful. The staff was friendly, informative and on top of service. The food was delicious and the menu had a decent selection of items to satisfy most palate. My wife & I shared the chocolate coconut cake which I later regretted because it was so darn delicious I should've ordered my own, a must try!

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SM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food in a classic setting. The chopped salad is wonderful!

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TT
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Located in the old Pump Room, a welcome card with the history of the former and current restaurants would be a nice touch.

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JA
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

When you go to Booth One for dinner, do yourself a favor and don't sit at one of the tables in the bar. We chose the bar because all the window seating in the dining room had been reserved for a private party, and we thought it would be more fun in the bar than in the dining room given it was empty. But it was 5:00, and the bar became busy, leaving our waiter - the bartender ! - without much time to take care of us. So we did wait a long time for service. As far as the food, if you sit at a table in the bar area, you don't get the courtesy basket of bread that's so yummy. My dinner compansion was told there were 5 or 6 "deviled eggs" per order; there were 3, and only the yolk mixture was stuffed into tiny cream puffs the size of a quarter. So a little disappointing there. But the mini burgers and the steak frites were fine. I've said it before - the fries are just tiny little pieces the size of 1-2" rather than nice sized ones. Wish that would change!

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LF
San Diego
59 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here both times were excellent. Food and service are top notch. Our drinks were taking awhile because the bar was very busy. Our server Griffin brought us glasses of champagne on the house as a way of saying we're sorry. Very classy and encapsulates the whole vibe of this restaurant.

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JA
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

What a delight to be back at Booth One after a few months. We were led to a window table and it made all the difference to us. For those wanting conversation and a lovely view on the street, this is the restaurant. It always strikes me how Booth One has the aesthetics down: perfect lighting and lovely music but acoustics that allow you to listen AND have a conversation where you can actually hear the person across from you! While the menu is somewhat limited, the food is always delicious. A little on the pricey side, if I'm really being honest. I'd love to see more seasonal offerings, like the nectarine upside down cake with berry ice cream, which was outstanding. The lobster salad was on the small side, so not an entree maybe, as my dinner companion hoped for, but just right for splitting or a side salad. The steak tartar was nicely balanced. I thought fries would be the perfect side, but the fries need a bump up from small (one-inch) pieces to full-size fries like the wonderful ones just up the street at RH. All told, we loved our time there and will return again soon. (Note to server: when I ordered prosecco, you asked if I wanted champagne instead; upsells leave some diners with bad tastes in their mouths. Otherwise you were perfectly perfect!)

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HO
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The beef Wellington was DELICIOUS. I've never had it before and I would definitely go back to get that. Also the cheesecake was out of this world. The server knew all 5 of the specials... I would never be able to remember all of that information haha. Thanks!

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F
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall decent experience. Service was better than the food, atmosphere nice.

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KA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a gorgeous space. Great service - always super-friendly. Food is fantastic.

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BB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience - great food and great service. The Beef Wellington was phenomenal

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JD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The last time we had been there was when it was the old Pump Room. We celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary there this past Saturday night.

Everything was spectacular and we enjoyed it. I will recommend Booth One to others.

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B
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

As someone who frequented the old pump room many times, I am very disappointed to see what it has become. First, there is no intimacy in the restaurant at all. Maybe that’s popular now? But it was very different in the old days. The prices are very high, the service was fair, the food was adequate, but we will not be back.

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G
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A wonderful anniversary dinner! Fabulous service!

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L
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very yummy food! Impeccable service and comfortable environment.

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D
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booth One is always a delight. From traditional favorites like Beef Wellington to more creative dishes we always find things to to love. Great service and wonderful deserts make it a regular for us. Week nights are best.

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g
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has got to be one if not the best LettuceEats restaurants there is my server cole w was exceptional I will be back.

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M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Beef Wellington is a must. Everything just terrific. Must add that Seth Wilson, sommelier, is a reason to dine here. Suggestions and pairings matched to both the food and us, with a great attitude. We're making some of the upcoming wine events because of him. Excellent dining spot.

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A
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love, love. I expected over the top service, fabulous food, great drinks, in an amazing atmosphere and not only did Booth One meet those expectations-they were exceeded. Everything from start to finish was delicious. When you have professional chefs as friends you get nervous that they will be disappointed, not the case at Booth one. She loved everything from the amuse bouche to dessert.

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e
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comfort Combined With Elegance.
From the courtesy and non-rushed experience of making the reservation, to the seemingly sincere "thank you," as we left, dining at Booth One is a lovely experience. The ambience is subdued elegance. The service is attentive and friendly without being the least overbearing or haughty. There are terrific selections on the menu with enough variety for the most picky eaters. The chocolate coconut cake for dessert is worth the visit.
Sue the manager, does an excellent job of overseeing this historic gem.

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D
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our Anniversary at Booth One and from the moment we checked in, the staff made us feel special.
The food, music and ambiance were great too.

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SC
Chicago
97 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Our visit was a friends’ get together to celebrate birthdays. The music was too loud for us to hear each other, although we asked if the sound could be lowered. This was unfortunate because we had not been together for years. It was also a Friday night, so disco-type lighting was used periodically in the restaurant. All entrees and side dishes ordered were quite good, but the service was lacking. We sat for some time with empty glasses before our waiter asked if we wanted additional drinks and/or wine. Water was not iced, making it unappealing. Our bill contained extra, incorrect charges, and I called the next day for an adjustment, which was granted. This was a disappointing visit, unlike a previous visit where everything was excellent and made me want to return to Booth One. If we decide to try coming back, we will visit on a weeknight.

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Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a beautiful space! Our server made great recommendations for a wonderful meal. It’s a bit pricy here, but you expect that in this area. Would definitely come back and spend some time in their lively bar area.

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Des Moines
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection. Best music as always!

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EW
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice restaurant, expensive as many hotel-adjacent spots below Fullerton can be. Not the fastest service and it didn't seem busy, but we didn't mind the wait because the ambiance was nice. Mom loved it!

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JK
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booth One provides a quiet, comfortable atmosphere with excellent food and terrific service. We had the beef Wellington and it was done to perfection.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great
Lynn-server great
Disco lights on before close, awesome!
Get the chocolate cake

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WR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was full but quiet enough to have a good conversation. Great for business meetings or anytime you actually want to hear what the other people are saying.
Food and service were spot on. Drinks were well prepared.

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GR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went to check it out at dinnertime. Our waiter was very nice and fast. It was nice that they had a Burt Reynolds cocktail. It was bourbon-based. The chicken liver amuse bouche could've been skipped, neither of us enjoyed it. Our entrees were both filling, I got the lobster louie salad. My friend got the chicken frites.

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f
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our party of 4 had Dover Sole as our entrees. The fish was perfectly done and served with brown butter on the side. We also had a vegetable side dish of corn and chanterelles which was excellent.
Service was excellent.

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M
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional in every way ! Everything was perfect
From the food to the service 10+

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