The Walnut Room - Chicago

4.6
2474 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Come join us for Brunch every Saturday and Sunday.
Try our new take on brunch classics, Featuring Mimosa Flights, Salmon Cake Benedict and Short Rib Hash.

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 was the first restaurant ever opened in a department store. Conveniently located in the heart of the Chicago theater 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.
Enjoy our Famous Mrs. Herring's Chicken Pot Pie and other well known favorites on the menu.

The Walnut Room also offers private dining/ catering for any occasion! Please email us at walnutroom@macys.com for more information.



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  • Brunch at The Walnut Room

    Mar 6 - Oct 31, 2021

    Join us at The Walnut for our delicious new take on classic brunch items. Featuring Mimosa Flights, Short Rib Hash, and Salmon Cake Benedict.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2474 people are saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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REW3
Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two of us had the chicken pot pie with side salad. The side salad was absolutely excellent. The chicken pot pie was very good.

The third member of our party had the brisket which she said was excellent.

While we had reservations, they were unnecessary. The restaurant was less than 25% full and everyone who wanted to could sit at a window table which I highly recommend.

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Casioma
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small and excellent menu
Franco mint ice cream pie will be dreamt about for awhile

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JessicaW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! A great place for memories at the holidays and a nice place in the off season when it is not so crowded and loud.

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BarbaraM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have eaten at The Walnut Room many times over the years, and while it's still there we wanted to go again, maybe for the last time (we're in our 80s).
Everything was lovely, and we enjoyed it . . . just sad to see it so empty.

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vipChicagomik
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice and quiet experience

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Walnut Room never disappoints!

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JaneT
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It was wonderful to revisit this Chicago treasure. Food, service and ambience exceeded my expectations!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place & had all to ourself !!

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Eileen
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

It’s sad to see how little the room no longer resembles the day of yeter year.
Macy’s is doing horrible job of keep it up.
The menu is now very sad. No longer the famous chicken salad.
My last trip

I telling other’s skip it.
I bought a out of towner snd how embarrassing.

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RobertR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Good food! Was there for brunch.
Place is very run down but clean.
Probably wont go again.

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FernandoO
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Limited menu—understandable given the COVID moment we are coming out of. Ordered the chicken mandarin salad, but forgot was for the grilled chicken to be served warm. Doubt it was grilled in real time.

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johnt
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice lunch in a beautiful setting. Enjoyed the Franco ice cream pie to top off the lunch.

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MartinK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a good lunch.

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Peggy
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The Walnut Room needed more lights. The artwork that was displayed was in the dark.

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AllisonM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

My fellow diners thought their meals were fine, however my brunch items came out luke warm at best which just was not appetizing for a hollandaise sauce. Loved the idea of a jazz brunch but would have been so much more excited if it were in the big fountain room instead of the side room. COVID probably had something to do with the low attendance number & change of venue.

General manager was very attentive and removed my dish from the bill.

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DionneL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely and laid back experience

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vipEliiscalling
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot grant enough praise to The Walnut Room. The entire experience was terrific. Mark served us. We had brunch; preceded by the Mimosa Flight, and finished with their Salmon Eggs Benedict and the quintessential Chicken Pot Pie. Both were wonderful. Some Frank Sinatra in the distant background allowed us to converse in normal tone over the table and our coffee.

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JeanneB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. In spite of being short staffed(no busboys), they did a terrific job of getting your food to you and taking your order efficiently. The menu is limited but it is suffering from the same shortages as other restaurants and is keeping their prices extremely reasonable compared to other downturn restaurants.
The staff is obviously overjoyed at being back to work and it shows in their wonderful personalities and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful dining room! The food is delicious and generous sized portions. Service was very attentive. A great place to have lunch in between shopping or doing touristy things.

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KenK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic Chicago dining that has not changed and that is good. Beautiful dining room with Chicago views. Food and service were excellent and a good value. Mandatory stop for out of town guests.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch with family!

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ClareH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love eating at the Walnut Room and yesterday's visit was fantastic! My friend and I ordered the famous pot pie which was delicious and full of hearty chicken chunks. The service was quick and friendly and the staff are always kind and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took the train downtown late Saturday morning for my mother’s birthday brunch. No wait – we were seated 15 minutes before our reservation when we arrived. Quiet experience, nice ambiance, great distancing of tables I had the started caesar salad, the short rib hash and a latte for afterward. Excellent experience overall.

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felicia
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice lunch, great view. Good service, i heartily recommend the walnut room to all.

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brandywine
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal but we wished it had been made more evident ahead of time that it was a weekend princess brunch aimed at kids.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome time!!! Great experience

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We attended the Fairy Brunch and it was wonderful! They had the Queen Fairy and all of the other Fairies, from Christmas time, walking around granting wishes and making the day magical! Service was amazing! Our server took care of 15 of us and accommodated separate checks without one error! She was wonderful with the kids and kept on top of each request! We can’t wait for the Christmas in July event!

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RachelL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter, mother, and I had the BEST time at the Fairy Princess Brunch! The attention to detail from the wands to the desserts were lovely. Each Princess was kind and spent time with my daughter-she loved it! We hope it is something we can do again together. Thank you to the Princesses and staff of the Walnut Room!

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Annie2015
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The WR is convenient and quiet, but the menu hasn't been altered in eons.

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SusanO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hope this restaurant lasts forever. It's a beautiful room full of memories. The food is to live for! The drinks are wonderful. Please open the wine bar soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Latonya was a wonderful server, attentive and kind. The food was something left to be desired. Their "chicken chili" tasted like it was pureed chicken and beans with taco seasoning and maybe 5 whole beans. The chicken for the sale was dry and rubbery that it was in edible. My meatloaf was oversalted. It came with mashed potatoes and green beans however all I can taste was butter. The frango mint ice cream pie was the best part of the meal.

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AubZ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Service is slow and allergy information is not clear.

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LedaM
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food reasonably priced and the tables are distinctively distanced for social distancing

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SonjaT
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the Sunday brunch and it was delicious. There was a good variety of meals and drinks to choose from. The service was excellent. Very happy we went!

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RuthH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Walnut Room! The chicken salad and Franco cheesecake were outstanding! Our server was so pleasant and efficient!! A five-star experience........but........... no one was there! A total of maybe 3 tables of people who ate and then we were totally alone at 1:30 on a Wed.
So sad...........I do hope the restaurant stays open. Ruthie Hornaday

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day Brunch was AmazIng. I felt so special. My daughter and I sat right next to the fountain and enjoyed delicious food, great service. The Walnut room is a special place to visit all year, but especially on a holiday!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mother’s Day

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance and experience was just as I remembered! Before Covid my family and I would go to the Walnut room around Christmas time every year! I’m so glad it’s back open!

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BethL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a pleasure to spend Mother's Day at such an iconic venue. The service was outstanding and the food was superb.

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NancyP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here recently for lunch. Our waiter was one of the best we’ve ever had. The food was great, prices were very reasonable. The ambience was classic, of a time gone by error.

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You can order delivery directly from The Walnut Room - Chicago using the Order Online button. The Walnut Room - Chicago also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 781-3139.

The Walnut Room - Chicago is rated 4.6 stars by 2474 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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