The Walnut Room - Chicago

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1954 reviews
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The world famous Walnut Room has been a Chicago tradition since 1907. Located on the 7th floor of Macy's on State Street the Walnut Room is the first restaurant ever opened in a department store. With Circassian wood paneling imported from Russia and Austrian chandeliers, the 17,000 square foot dining room is both elegant and comfortable. Conveniently located in the heart of the Chicago theatre district the Walnut Room is an excellent choice to take a break from shopping or for a meal and a glass of wine before the show at our Wine Bar. The Wine Bar features a small plate menu as well as more than 20 wines by the glass.
Enjoy a classic Mrs. Herring's Chicken Pot Pie or choose from the more contemporary menu offerings created by some of the country's best known chefs as members of the Macy's Culinary Council. Join us On Sunday's for our wonderful Brunch Buffet, which is highlighted by our chef carving station, traditional Walnut Room classics, and a refreshing Mimosa.
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. They even had a vegan burger that was quite tasty. My friend had the fish dinner with fries and coleslaw and the other had a burger. Because there was a mixup on our reservation the restaurant stayed open until we were finished and gave us a delicious cheese platter. We split the key lime pie which had just the right amount of lime. It is so cozy and elegant, just right for quiet conversations. And, the view is very nice.
They are undergoing renovations in various areas, so areas may be blocked off.
Taking the train in for dinner and a show, try the Walnut Room!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the ambiance was excellent.

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SM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

James great waiter- food good and reasonable prices

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Our server was fantastic! Good food and very ornate architecture. I recommend for lunch.

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p
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the best dining experience in downtown Chicago. We had such a great meal the first night that we went back and took my Grandson the next evening. Food was outstanding and wow what a view! Thank you for the memory!

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KK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lunch! We stumbled across the Walnut room while searching for a place to eat, and we were blown away by the ambiance, the food, and the pricing. I’ll absolutely go again, and recommend it to anyone going to Chicago.

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TW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, at a great price. My favorite place for lunch meetings.

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H
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with affordable prices, but limited choices.

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EF
Chicago
81 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

There were fewer options than on my previous visits. The food is good but not exceptional. The rolls on offer were somewhat dry. The "precarved" (as compared to carved on demand) beef was not particularly juicy. The asiago chicken and the salmon and tomato were tasty.

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AL
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very good food and reasonable prices. The service was pretty slow, which was our only issue.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were for our wedding anniversary and it lives up to our expectations; great place and food

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JD
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really do not eat there enough. It’s always such a nice experience. The hostess and servers are so kind and friendly. If they’re not super busy they’ll take time to chat and get to know their customers and everything there is just top notch. The food is delicious, their wine is to die for and the Frango Mint cheesecake is heaven on earth. Not to mention the price you’re paying is comparable to most restaurants and much nicer.

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MI
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our visit and subsequent meal at Teh Walnut Room. Friends had told us about it and it sounded interesting. Our server, James, was phenomenal! He was fun, professional and really kept us moving as I had to get to another appointment right after dinner. I had the meatloaf and my wife the asiago crusted chicken and they were both great. The prize of the night was the chocolate-mint cheesecake. Made from Frango mint, it was to die for! A wonderful evening at a really nice place.

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KP
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was kind and the service was great. The hostess was accommodating.

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W
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The room was very cold and uncomfortable. This has happened the past three times I’ve eaten at the Walnut Room. It was so uncomfortably cold that everyone, in a party of 6, wore their coats. The food is always great and the service provided by Miguel was outstanding!

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r
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Small buffers but it was good for the price.

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A
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch.
Much better than a Christmas season brunch visit.
Maybe being early vs near the end of the time made a difference.
Will definitely return.
If the had disappointed again it would come off our list.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not one of the better experiences this time. Saturday night and should have been much better with the light crowd. The kitchen was overwhelmed and food took forever even with the scaled down menu selection. I ll come back because it is Walnut room.

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PP
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great experience in Chicago. The food and service was good. We especially liked that it was so close to the theatre.

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L
Grand Rapids
21 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bruce our server was outstanding! Food awesome! Love the food and history of the Walnut Room!

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DB
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent my wife birthday and I've raved about the Walnut Room where her Uncle ( my Supervisor then) but didn't know the 2 was kin always brought the Sales crew up to when we worked on State St. In the 80's. We went to see Hamilton after dinner and recommended to all we spoke to at intermission.

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KM
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Had the cheeseburger best ever order beer too go with burger one bite left when he finally brought beer

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JW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

I was really disappointed in our experience at the Walnut Room. Our waiter was nowhere to be found for most of our evening and our food felt and tasted old and reheated.

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, service was great. We got to sit by the windows which was a great view over State St. but just cold (it was 20 degrees outside) just make sure you bring a sweater or scarf. Very nice wine pours helped! : )

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D
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Disaapointing

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LA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My server was excellent. His recommendation to have the White Chocolate Bread Pudding for dessert was spot on. Perfect end to a great lunch.

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l
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely place for a lunch gathering while shopping. Lots of wonderful memories.

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b
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food at reasonable prices. It feels a little cavernous at lunch with all the unoccupied space. Too bad more people don't take advantage of the Walnut Room for a weekday lunch.

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CS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places to visit and have a wonderful lunch is at The Walnut Room. Excellent food and service.

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MN
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I grew up eating the Field's Special at the Walnut Room. Still love it. Was with a friend who has numerous dietary restrictions. Our waiter was fantabulous as he learned what it was and gathered info to help with ordering. Truly fantabulous. We enjoyed sitting by the windows to catch the beauty of looking out on the street and just seeing the still beautiful, old room. AND, we splurged and shared a piece of Frango Mint Ice Cream Pie. Everything that used to be wonderfully delicious still is.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Disappointed that they have stopped serving rolls with their entrees.

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RR
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Walnut room is such an icon restaurant. The chicken pot pie is so delicious and all their salads are fresh and delicious. It is really pretty during Christmas but anytime is a great time to dine at the Walnut Room.

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RH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistent, reliable, good food in a relaxing atmosphere. Not a large menu but enough choices to keep everybody satisfied. Always the reliable standbys like the "Field's Special Salad" (sandwich).

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LM
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Haven't eaten in the Walnut Room for about 18 years and was so pleasantly surprised at how good the food and service were. I'd remembered the room as very dark but we were seated beside the window and even though they need a really good cleaning, it was really an enjoyable meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with great food and great service 👍

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JF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable meal and experience and very close to the Chicago Theatre. Our waiter was great and made it a fun evening. Had the classic pot pie and was not disappointed. My wife had salmon with asparagus risotto and it was also very good.

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C
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The steak was well done when I asked for medium and the potatoes were dry. The waiter was very nice and the view by the window was great.

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ST
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service, very nice view. Love the Walnut.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day

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JA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I wanted to check out the Walnut Room for lunch during the non-busy season (i.e., not Christmas) and was pleasantly surprised. It was quiet, so a great for a business lunch, the service was great, and the food was fast and delicious. Plus you cannot beat how pretty the room is! I will definitely go again. And I would love to check out the wine bar after work some night.

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