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The Dearborn

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Downtown / The Loop
0.6 km from Millennium Park
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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 04/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 04/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
We are where you want to be in the heart of Chicago’s Loop, a perfect break from the bustle of the theaters, museums and shops around us. Settle into a seat in our spacious dining room and enjoy Chef Aaron Cuschieri’s Midwest-focused cooking for lunch or dinner.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
American, Seafood, Bar, Contemporary
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer
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All reviews brunch fish and chips burger meze plate kale soup ceviche pork bread beat bobby flay our waiter downtown chicago limited menu great cocktails seated right away attentive service an appetizer appetizers
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Had dinner reservations for 3 on Thursday and Pedro did a great job taking care of our table. He was efficient and pleasant. Food was very good (steak, salad, sorbet, etc. Easy walk from most loop hotels.

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful restaurant. It is centrally located in a good neighborhood in downtown Chicago. It is a few blocks from the river and the lake. The food is excellent. You can choose from a variety of menu options. i tried the fish and...chips that "Beat Bobby Flay". They were very good. The Fruits De Mere was outstanding. The Ceviche was wonderful.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 27 March 2022 via mobile

We were told there would be a 20-30 minute wait. No problem. We had just been out walking in the cold rain and we were wet, cold, and tired, so we found a corner to sit down and wait. And we got out our phones...and waited and time escaped us and then the lady came over and asked if we were waiting for a table. She said she texted us a while ago and sure enough. I just had unknown numbers blocked. I was grateful of their attentiveness. We were seated one foot from guests on either side…so I guess covid isn’t a thing anymore. Didn’t bother me but felt a little too intimate. Food was really good. I wasn’t feeling great so I just had the rolls. Holy camoley those things are unbelievable. Wife had whitefish. She loved it. And the Cesar salad I’m told was incredible.More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 11 March 2022 via mobile

What an incredible experience from start to finish. Our waiter was attentive, personable and very precise. He inquired of our timeline for the night and stated that we wouldn’t miss our evening event. The kitchen promptly serviced hot, delicious and eye appealing food. The busboys...inconspicuously removed empty plates and eating utensils. A special birthday surprise didn’t go unnoticed. Thank you for the exceptional experience❣️More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 10 February 2022 via mobile

The Dearborn just happened to be super close to my hotel and I’m just so grateful! After many trips to so many US cities I’ve finally real food, cooked well with real flavour. I cannot over estimate the quality of this restaurant, the service or...the atmosphere. The smoked vanilla bean ice cream OMG AMAZINGMore

Date of visit: February 2022
Kayla L, Marketing at The Dearborn, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2022

Thank you so much for leaving such kind comments! We're so glad that you happened upon The Dearborn and had such a positive, delicious experience. We appreciate you taking the time to leave a 5-star review and hope that you'll join us again when you're...More

Reviewed 4 January 2022

It was a late lunch for me, but in a very familiar and a very welcoming restaurant -- The Dearborn. Located in the center of Theatre District, this restaurant has been very popular with business people, theatre goers, both small and large parties, people of...all ages. Its two spacious dining areas are tastefully appointed and modernly decorated, tables are placed quite distantly from each other, the indoor dining area is well-lighted and well-aired. The day I visited the restaurant in July, the front window panel of the indoor dining room was purposely taken out -- so that the outdoor fresh air and the ceiling fans of the restaurant could create the perfect air circulation, and a very pleasant dining environment indoors. The restaurant was very clean, the sanitation measures were in place, in accordance with the state regulations for that time period in summer. The Dearborn is commonly known as an urban tavern, with a modern interior design, an upbeat ambiance, excellent food and great service. And it was just like this: I was seated right away, the server was attentive , friendly and cordial, and very helpful with the menu. I ordered Fish 'N' Chips. If you ever visit this restaurant -- try it! The size of the meal was overly generous, tempura-battered cod was fantastically tender and tasted delicious, fries were abundant, house-made and melted in my mouth. House salad was very fresh and tasty, as well. The amiable server regularly refilled my coffee cup, and coffee was fresh-made and also very tasty. It was so enjoyable to dine in this restaurant, in a very friendly environment. For better description of the location: The Dearborn is a part of Block 37, located at its south-east corner. The views from the dining rooms are great, too: I could see James M. Nederlander Theatre across E Randolph St , and Goodman Theatre up N Dearborn St, and I knew all along, that Cadillac Palace Theater is just a several minutes walk from the restaurant. Thank you very much, my lunch was fantastic -- and I look forward to being back to The Dearborn in the near future!More

Date of visit: July 2021
Kayla L, Marketing at The Dearborn, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2022

Irina, Thank you for taking the time to review and rate The Dearborn. We are thrilled you were able to make it back to us! We know there are lots of options in Chicago and appreciate you choosing us. We are glad you enjoyed the...More

Reviewed 30 December 2021 via mobile

I have such mixed feelings about a recent dinner at The Dearborn. I reserved a couple weeks ahead of time for a quick overnight in Chicago and was glad for the reservation as the restaurant was packed. The first minor disappointment was being seated in...a back hallway where there were two large booths. While I suppose in the Covid era it was good to be in a quiet, non-crowded area, the place had an upbeat vibe and some cool spaces so we missed out on that in our sleepy corner which was out of sight and out of mind. After being seated we waited 10 minutes for anyone to come to the table. Eventually someone who looked like management walked by and asked how things were. We let them know we had been waiting awhile and he apologized and took our drink and appetizer order. Again, we waited. An icy server did come by and brought our drinks and apps (seasonal salad and mezze…both delicious!). For mains we went with the daily steak and chimichui, which was outstanding, and a pizza, which was beyond disappointing. Given the menu selection and the overall esthetic of the restaurant we expected an artisan or elevated pizza for $25; we didn’t expect it to be large but did expect it to be good. What came was something that looked like a frozen pizza on a silver baking tray. Big let down. We even had to ask for plates so that my partner didn’t have to eat off a pizza pan. Overall the food, minus the sad pizza, was a solid A. The space, minus the desolate booth, gets an A also. The service was just lacking all around: C. For a busy restaurant with lots of staff moving around, it’s surprising that our table (and what seemed our adjacent booth-mates) was no neglected.More

Date of visit: December 2021
Kayla L, Marketing at The Dearborn, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2022

Thank you for taking the time to review and rate The Dearborn. Although we are happy you thought the daily steak and chimichui were outstanding, we are disappointed that the pizza, your seating placement, and your service did not meet your expectations. We hope you...More

Reviewed 13 December 2021 via mobile

We found the Dearborn on TripAdvisor and discovered it was close to our hotel. Unable to find anything after 2:30pm on Open Table, we took a chance at 3:30 on a Saturday. When asked whether we had a reservation, we explained what we’d found on...Open Table. Thankfully, they found us a spot. By 4:15 the bar area was full and more were waiting outside, so be warned. The atmosphere was upscale but not at all stuffy. And the service and meal were both outstanding. Sadly we cannot recall our waiter’s name to give him a shout out. Motivated by the decadent dessert menu, we decided to share a bowl of the Squash and Apple soup and an order of the Beat Bobby Flay fish and chips. Holy moly. The soup was creamy smooth and so good. And the fish and chips - with an upgrade to the Parmesan truffle fries - were delish. For dessert our waiter recommended the baked apple in phyllo dough, and the carrot cake. Scrumptious and unique, both of them. We highly recommend the Dearborn and look forward to coming back.More

Date of visit: December 2021
Kayla L, Marketing at The Dearborn, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave a 5-star rating and review! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the Squash and apple soup, fish and chips with parmesan truffle fries, baked apple in phyllo dough, and carrot cake! We hope you are able...More

Reviewed 15 November 2021

We came here for lunch and another time for dinner. Each time we were seated right away. The servers on both occasions were helpful and attentive. The tomato bisque is so creamy and flavorful. It has a few little cheese curds that add some great...flavor. Their gnocchi, fish N chips, pork three ways, ceviche, burrata are all good choices. They have a great selection of wines as well. The managers are useful when they come around and know exactly what you need and just bring it, i.e., extra napkins, water and so on. This is a great place to dine with a good atmosphere.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Kayla L, Marketing at The Dearborn, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2021

Thank you for choosing The Dearborn and for taking the time to leave a 4-star rating. We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed the tomato bisque, gnocchi, fish and chips, pork three ways, ceviche, burrata, and wine selection. We look forward to your next visit! Best,...More

Reviewed 13 November 2021

Service was initially slow but once order was taken the food arrived quickly. Food (although a little pricey) was excellent, well presented, nicely cooked and tasty. Loved the atmosphere, great 'buzz' without being too loud. Will definitely go back.

Date of visit: November 2021
Kayla L, Marketing at The Dearborn, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2021

Thank you for choosing The Dearborn and for taking the time to leave a 5-star rating. We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed the ambience of the restaurant, and we look forward to your next visit! Best, Amy and Clodagh Lawless

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Kerry, I think you'll be fine. But in order to ensure the comfort and best experience for your group you should call The Dearborn, Make a reservation and advise the youth and mobility issues. Even if your group does not... More
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You can see their menu on their website. {most restaurants have their menus on their websites}
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The Dearborn is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4