The Colonial Room & Polo Lounge at the Drake Oak Brook

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The Colonial Room is an inviting, warm and intimate white-tablecloth restaurant located just inside the Drake Oakbrook Hotel. Offering an extensive Chef-driven menu including both classics, (Chateaubriand for Two) from the 1960s, popular contemporary dishes, (Citrus Crusted Chilean Sea Bass), casual fare, (flatbreads and burgers), and vegetarian/vegan offerings, (Portabella Burger). Our Tapas menu, with a European/Mediterranean flair, is served on Thursday and Friday nights. Across the lobby is the Polo Lounge where you can enjoy Escape Hour exclusive cocktails weekdays from 5-7pm and dance to live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. The long-running tradition of Sunday Champagne Brunch is served weekly in the Three Oaks or Grand Ballroom. Experience the new Drake Oak Brook

Specials

Escape Hour

Signature cocktails, $5 small plates, and music played from our vintage gramophone Monday through Friday 5pm - 7pm, only in the Polo Lounge.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 2, 2019

Ends: September 3, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 5:00PM-7:00PM

Tapas Thursdays and Fridays

Our special Tapas menu, including a complimentary sampler plate as an appetizer, will be available on Thursdays and Fridays from 5-9pm in the Colonial Room starting Nov. 29, 2018. Experience the food, wines, (and sangria) of Spain with Mediterranean flavors that are sure to delight.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 29, 2018

Ends: November 30, 2117

Availability: Thu-Fri 5:00PM-9:00PM

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Sun 10:00AM - 2:00PM 5:00PM - 8:30PM
Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 8:30PM
Fri 2:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 8:30PM
Sat 2:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 8:30PM

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time having brunch at the Colonial. We loved the food selection, especially the desserts. Customer service was excellent. Our coats were taken care of. The staff were friendly and inviting.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

We took our girls for high tea on Saturday but the room that it was supposed to be in had a private party, unbeknownst to us. So we were put in a sectioned off room with no ambiance or holiday spirit...very disappointing.

e
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Thanksgiving

M
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience1

I suppose beggars-Thanksgiving reservation made the day before for 8-can't be choosers, and this proved it. Overcooked prime rib and leg of lamb, cheesecakes from Sam's Club, and very mediocre fare for $70/person. You people need to come down South and learn how to make stuffing...a loaf of Wonder bread chopped into pieces just doesn't make the grade, folks. Our server was nice and attentive. Maybe Chicagoans just have lower expectations.

JZ
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was the best that I can recall in variety.

P
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was Above and Beyond. Great personalities and handled a group so cordially. The food and Sangria were super delicious. We definitely recommend it 110%

F
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience1

First of all, The location of the restaurant is very poorly placed especially for this time of year. Every time the front door opens cold air can be felt in the restaurant because there were no doors to shield it off from the outside elements. The floor is uneven we noticed it when we walked in, but as we walk out my wife had forgotten about the uneven floor tripped and fell injuring her arm her neck and her leg. No one from the restaurant even knew what it happened. They were absent for long periods of time and you didn’t see anyone waiters, managers, no one. They brought you your meal and disappeared. The noise was so at such a high level you could not carry on a decent conversation at your table. I will not eat there again.

MK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience1

Service was good. Food was good. Atmosphere was weird. The restaurant is across from the bar and is not secluded. We were there on a Friday (7:30) night and It felt like we were at a wedding reception for a couple married in their late 60’s. The music coming from the bar was LOUD and it was (lol) not good. My wife said she felt like we were in Vegas - so if you like that sort of thing...

CT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service are always second to none! I’m already looking forward to my next visit!

CP
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fare was a bit pricey for what we got, but we did have fun trying the various offerings.

LC
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It had good food, wine and service but was almost empty. It’s a shame more people don’t use this place.

SA
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

another great meal..our waiter david cruz and crew ..fantastic..lucky enough to get same crew and table...we tried tuna tartar and shrimp cocktail to start tasty...then the chateaubriand for 2...folks this is worth the trip to try...cooked perfect...don't over look the cesar salad for 2 and desert sampler...will be back...

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overall very good.

B
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Being only one of two tables occupied that night, was too quiet/dead. Though do not wish lots of noise, hustle/bustle, this was too much the opposite extreme

K
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy the food, the service and the new look. We enjoy the Drake OakBrook, it’s always a pleasure to meet up with friends at The Drake.

CL
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. We were allowed to take our time and weren’t rushed. Everyone was very attentive and accommodating. I would definitely go back and highly recommend the Colonial Room.

WM
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience4

Wow, how things have changed.
Many years ago we enjoyed this Sunday buffet. Since it has been awhile since we enjoyed the restaurant, we decided to have a nice brunch. We arrived a little early so we expected to wait. We walked in, and could not find the hostess, I went to the front desk and a very nice clerk walked us over and found the hostess. I was people watching and discovered that a dress code was no longer in force.
I saw younger men with the baseball hats turned around,Tee shirts,ripped jeans,children unaccompanied running around the dining room and then run into the lobby where the guests were treated to a piano recital by two of the misbehaving children.
Perhaps there should be an enforced dress code and if possible the staff could speak with the parents of the unruly children or maybe the parents who choose to share their children with other patrons should be charged for the children’s meals. This may discourage parents from bring their children into this type of environment.
The food was very good, the service was acceptable but the guests ruined our experience.

SA
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FIRST A SHOUT OUT TO DAVID CRUZ OUR WAITER..SERVICE WAS A 10 PLUS..MY WIFE AND I EAT OUT OFTEN AND THIS MEAL AND OVERALL EXPERIENCE WAS FANTASTIC.. SCALLOPS AND CRAB CAKE APPETIZER...CESAR SALAD FOR 2... SEA BASS AND SALMON..YUM..FOR THE RECORD THERE WAS 2 LARGE WEDDING GOING ON AND A FULL RESTAURANT AND BAR..SERVICE AND FOOD DID NOT SUFFER..THOSE WHO COMPLAINED ABOUT NOISE FROM THE BAR..WE THOUGHT IT MADE OUR DINNER THAT MUCH MORE SPECIAL..FELT LIKE WE WERE ON A CRUISE THE WAY EVERYTHING PLAYED OUT..TRY AN OLD FASHION AND A TOM COLLINS BOTH MADE WITH GREAT SKILL ..WILL RETURN SOON...

A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience4

The food that was served at the High Tea was Not what I expected! The scones were the worst that I have ever had! There were no tea sandwiches and I was highly disappointed! We were told that none of the baked goods were made on the premises and they were not very good. The water for the tea was not even hot but just warm. I have been to quite a few teas and this was definitely the worst. What a waste of my money!

NB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding. Just as they always are.

S
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was wonderful the food was fantastic we had appetizers, salads, soups, entrées and desserts and everything was phenomenal

g
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience4

when i arrived i noticed groups are setting together however our Group was split in to 2 separate tables. I asked what happened and i was told "we only have round tables for 10 each for seating" i told the hostess how about the other groups setting together? and here response was they asked!!!WOW. fist time at the place and it was not my best experience. Disappointed with entire experience.
I hade to move the tables closer to each other by my self. Food was ok. Had better experience at other restaurants

d
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I chose The Drake because I was looking for a quiet restaurant for a business luncheon. It certainly delivered! Excellent food and service. I will definitely be back.

DW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t wait to go again, Service was wonderful and the food was delicious. Great varieties of teas.

f
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful room, impeccable service, excellent tapas! And fairly reasonable based on the dishes we ordered. The waitstaff was friendly and extremely accommodating. Will definitely return for Friday Tapas!

JA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute lovely experience at high tea. The food, teas and service was excellent! Will definitely return!

DJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience1

I would recommend with a caveat that enjoy the servicesand the food because the noise coming from the lounge which is located just steps away from the dining area, well you might as well gone to a concert and sat in the front row. We couldn’t hear one another without raising voices. There is no way dinner should be served past 8pm when the lounge starts filling up. The fact there is no sound barrier ie. between the tables and bar area isn’t an oversight, but deliberate and really an insult to paying customers. So go early and either migrate to lounge around 8, or go to another concert.

NM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Absolutely delightful! The staff was great. Could not have asked for a better experience.

W
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Music in bar too loud for dinner. General dining and bar area seemed cluttered, dark and there were used tablecloths and rags laying in tables. Very unimpressed.

RC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Our ladies found the luncheon menu perfect. Great choice and ample amount of food beautifully prepared. The Baked Alaska was wonderful! I really enjoyed it! We are planning to have our Christmas Party there this year in the Colonial Room.I will make a reservation. The only little problem we found was that the waitress was busy taking care of other tables which caused a delay in getting food, coffee and dessert. No big deal! She was the only waitress there and more & more people came in. The servers were very efficient in replenishing water and coffee. All in all, it was a lovely afternoon in a beautiful setting.

SK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience1

There was construction going on in the lobby so it was very noisy most of the breakfast. The eggs did not taste good.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked the Drake for my parents 45th anniversary. They had a wonderful time and plan on going back next year! Thanks to the staff for making their evening so special.

G
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food choice was extremely limited for children compared to Mother’s Day buffet

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Lunch and service was good. The hotel is under renovation and it is a distraction

AD
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal and the service was even better. Manuel and Lorena made sure our mimosas never ran empty and that we had everything we needed. We will be back and we will be bringing our friends. A must brunch!!!!

JL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Was disappointed to be stuck in a banquet room. Always drove past and was excited to finally dine there. The ham in the eggs Benedict was the thinnest slice ever. Not worthy of a proper Benedict.

JF
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Very disappointed, when we arrived we were informed that brunch was being served in a banquet room & not in the colonial room. We were not notified of this change.
Service was poor.

KV
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Was really disappointed in this brunch. People were packed in and it was very noisy. Food was way overpriced and there was no varying price level for those who didn’t drink alcohol. We will not be back.

VD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall1food3service4ambience1

Very disappointed in overall experience. At the rate of $65 per person that you charge it was horrible. Have attended previously and was very pleased, but this was disorganized ,insulting, NO ambiance and terrible entrance. The prepay of all expenses up front was totally -OUT OF ORDER-LOW CLASS. Perhaps you expected that the diners would be UNHAPPY, so you SOCKED them up front. Totally unorganized sign in with all kinds of confusion and BAD manners. Guests that arrived after initial party were embarrassed when asked to PAY AGAIN, or NOT be seated. Table reservation was for nine originally, but I called to change order several times and your system wouldn't accept change to seven. Finally accepted, but the table was then awkwardly set for Nine people- total lack of follow through and execution. Not a good presentation for the DRAKE. Had planned to attend again regularly, but will NEVER go again, or EVER Recommend to anyone. A TRUE DISGRACE. Vern Diedrick

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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