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About The Lobby
Experience a memorable dinner featuring incredible dishes in a contemporary yet approachable American style, complemented by live music. Traditional Afternoon Tea is served daily, while the weekend offers a fabulous Sunday brunch accompanied by a vivacious string quartet. Children’s menus are available with a variety of offerings.
On Friday and Saturday evenings, The Lobby features a buffet of chocolate desserts complete with bite-sized creations, a seasonal action station and live music for guests and locals to enjoy.
Chicago, IL 60611
Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, Steak
Hours of Operation:
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Saturday: 6:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Sunday: 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Sunday Brunch: 11:00 AM to 2:00PM
Monday - Saturday 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Afternoon Tea Seatings:
Monday – Saturday: 2:30 PM; 4:30 PM Seating
Sunday: 3:30 Seating
Light Refreshments & Cocktails
Monday – Sunday: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday - Thursday 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Friday - Saturday 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday - Saturday 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Sunday: Brunch 11:00am – 2:00pm Pen Quartet
Friday- Saturday: Dinner and Chocolate -7pm-10:30pm Duo (cello & guitar)
**Kindly note the music schedules are subject to change, please contact the restaurant to confirm music schedule
$25.00 flat rate for dining guests with validation from restaurant
Red Line - Chicago; Michigan Avenue and Chicago Avenue CTA Bus Routes
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Lobby Ratings and Reviews
We arrived shortly after brunch opened and stations were not replenished often. Carving station food was over cooked and looked dried. Server was excellent and attentive. Music was lovely. There was a station with just dried fruit and nuts! For $75 pp
It was sad. Mimosas $20 each???
I'll try the Ritz Carlton next.👎
I really wanted to enjoy my experience at The Lobby. I had been waiting to go here for quite some time. My experience was so disappointing. The portions were incredibly small for the price and simply didn't taste good. I had the French toast. 4 tiny cubes of bread arrived on the plate. The bread was dry inside and out. For $20, I expect something palatable and I should not be hungry after eating my entree. The only good thing I had was the coffee. What they lacked in culinary skills they did not make up for in service. Our waitress disappeared for so long we actually started to wonder if our table had been forgotten. One guest at our table ordered the waffles and they came out without the cream. Not a huge deal except it took 2 people to correct the oversight. She was practically done by the time it arrived. I was actually embarrassed that I suggested that my family dine here and I don't expect to be back.
Visiting Chicago in many ways is always a new adventure. For my daighters’ 15th Birthday we decided to reserve a table for afternoon tea. We commend the hostess that evening and especially the fabulous server Ubaldo. Ubaldo allowed for an amazing experience. I can not sufficiently describe the tasty scones, sandwiches: lobster shrimp, cucumber, smoked salmon, chicken salad and roasted butternut squash. Our desserts were also fabulous. As was the tea. Our compliments to the chef for the beautiful and equally delicious dessert that was sent out to my daughter.
This used to be a great restaurant that was worthy of its (now lost) Michelin star and the otherwise-wonderful hotel. However, it has gone really downhill. Food was just okay for the price -- easily over $100 per person. Service took forever. One member of our party didn't get their entree till everyone else had had their food for probably 20-25 minutes. No more white tablecloths. It used to be a special restaurant, but you'd now be a fool to go here with all the other good options in River North.
The Lobby is an amazing place! The food, service, ambiance and people are excellent. I went for a birthday celebration and it could not have been better! I recommend going and I recommend indulging in the Chocolate at the Pen, which is incredible! I'm looking forward to my next visit!
Wow. The french toast here was out of this world. I will never look at french toast the same way again. It was like biting into a sweet cloud that was slightly crunchy on the outside. Highly recommend, would definitely go back.
Service was also top notch, the jams and ketchup all come in individual bottles which makes it feel extra special!
The 20ft floor to ceiling windows give the location a very bright and pleasant feel. The noise level was quiet, perfect for conversation. We came here for breakfast and it was worth every penny.
We love coming to the Peninsula Lobby for special occasions with each other as a couple or with friends. The wait staff and management greet us like we are coming back home. The food is gourmet quality without the stuffiness surrounding it. The ambiance is exquisite integrating spectacular artwork with windowed views of the Miracle Mile. We will come back again and again.
For my birthday, I decided to treat my self to the tea service at The Lobby. I was rather disappointed. At $65, I realized $55 dollars of that was going to 3 little plates of nibbles and 3 dips. I had too much at my lunch beforehand and couldn't finish it all, so I asked to have it wrapped. The waiter did not wrap my dips with my food when that was supposed to be part of what made everything special.
Also, I didn't like that when he asked if I wanted sparkling or still water, he didn't tell me he would charge me $9 for a large bottle of Pellegrino. If it were a table of people, that would be different, but it was just me and I was having a pot of tea. No way I was going to come close to finishing that bottle of water. Some places have sparkling water to serve just as they do they still water. I truly can't stand when I don't get a head's up that I'll be made to buy a big bottle. It's deceitful.
I'll return to The Lobby for Chocolate at The Pen, which I love, but I don't think the tea service they offer is anywhere near worth the amount they are charging. The value isn't there. I appreciated the sorbet they gave me for my birthday, but it didn't help the overall disappointment and the deceit I felt regarding the water. I'll be trying The Drake and the Russian Tea Room to see if they fare better.
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