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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:
We will be closing The Lobby for maintenance starting Sunday January 7th, 2018 to Monday January 22nd, 2018. During this period, The Lobby will serve Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, and Dinner in Avenues Ballroom, located adjacent to The Lobby restaurant.
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
What a lovely afternoon tea, exquisite food, beautiful decoration, and impeccable services!
I booked an afternoon tea at the lobby restaurant at the Peninsula Hotel, Chicago on the New Year's Day. Though it is somehow expensive , the whole experience is wonderful.
Beautiful venue and elegant holiday setting. We have experienced High Tea in each of the highly recommended hotels in Chicago as well as New York, London, Paris, and Dublin and the good at The Lobby of the Peninsula was the best. The only drawback was eve service and the issue seemed to only be with our waiter. We sat for an hour before our food arrived.
We had a lovely time dining at The Lobby. The dinner entrees were fantastic-- they were smaller portions but the meals were cooked to perfection. The holiday Chocolate Buffet was DIVINE. The hot chocolate station and beignets were outstanding. The service was lovely and they brought out a complimentary dessert and bear to congratulate us on our pregnancy. It was very touching- highly recommend the Peninsula!
The dining staff was always attentive and anxious to please. The food was both tasty and healthy with ample portions. Plenty of photo ops amidst the elaborately decorate Christmas tree. At least 30 feet of creative ornaments and ribbons. Included is Santa’s chair.
At the time I made the reservation the afternoon tea was listed as being $50. When we got there there was only a Holiday Tea available for $75. To top it off the only thing "holiday" about the tea was one cookie with a bit of red and green icing.
All very misleading.
I was disappointed because we were doing Holiday Tea with 4 friends. The day of my reservation they informed me the tea would be $75, not $65. I thought $65 was plenty pricey and I resented that they jacked up the price because it was December 2nd. I am sure they think, "well if you can afford $65, why not $75" but that's not really the point. As if they couldn't make a very good profit charging $65 for tea. In addition, the food was not as good as where we went last year, and they did charge more because is was the Holiday. The tree in the middle of the lobby was lovely, but it was noisy. The wait staff were very nice and professional - efficient.
Of course when show up for afternoon tea, the price has been jacked up from the already absurd $65/person to $75/person. The desserts were pretty tacky and pedestrian with what appeared to be grocery store level decoration and presentation. The sandwiches and tea, however, were delicious.
I have been going to the Lobby for afternoon tea for several years now and I was impressed the very first time I went. Subsequent visits have proved no less impressive. I decided this would be the place to go for tradition Christmas afternoon tea because the decorations; the A-1 service; the teas which taste like tasting tea for the first time are all wonderful. The Peninsula's afternoon teas are the standard against which I judge all teas. Even the Plaza Hotel in New York didn't quite match the ambience, service and teas of the Lobby. Until I find some place better, I will continue to go to the Lobby.
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.
Afternoon Tea at the Lobby was a lovely experience. The food was delicious and nicely portioned. Savories were the perfect size and balanced out the sweets rather than being too heavy in the sweets. The Peninsula Chai is a delicious tea choice. Musicians played for a portion of our time and that was wonderful, though I was glad to not be sitting to close to them as conversation may have been difficult. I’ve been several times to this tea and look forward to when I can return.
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.
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