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Downtown / The Loop
0.6 km from Millennium Park
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
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About
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
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
American, Seafood, Bar, Contemporary
FEATURES
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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Reviewed 20 December 2022

I can't recommend The Dearborn enough. At first I was a bit skeptical of the seating, as we were seated close to the kitchen and there was a bit of traffic through the area, but in the end it turned out to be no problem....We had plenty of space, and we actually ended up being impressed because we could comfortably see the efficiency of the kitchen from where we sat. This place has it together. The service itself was exceptional; our waiter, Nikola, was super friendly and super informative. Somehow he was always attentive whenever we needed, but never intrusive when we didn't. We ended up opting for fish and chips because of the rave reviews, and I have to say I've never had better. I'm personally not a huge fan of fish, but when I go back to Chicago I'm going to this restaurant just for the Parker House rolls and the fish and chips. Finally, my wife ordered an Irish Coffee as "dessert," and she said it was the best Irish Coffee she'd ever had. All in all this was a great dining experience. We went to a steakhouse the next night, which was excellent, but we agreed that if we'd had it to do over again we would have visited The Dearborn for a second time to check out the other dishes on the menu and see what we missed.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 6 December 2022 via mobile

First time for dinner. Great spot. Friendly service. Owner came by to check in. The salmon was excellent. Burrata also very good. We also had the highly acclaimed fish and chips. It did not disappoint. Fairly priced. Nice atmosphere. Will definitely return.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 4 December 2022 via mobile

We made a reservation last minute since it was close to where we would be that night. The food was so good and service was top notch!! Appetizer was prosciutto and Gruyère croquettes which were fantastic. I had the hamburger and had no expectations, after...all it’s a hamburger. But it was the best I’ve ever eaten. Soo good. Husband ate fish and chips which were very good. Cocktails very good. Dessert was the root beer float cake and also so good. Will definitely return. Highly recommend. Reasonable prices too!More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 9 November 2022 via mobile

The place is located in the theatre district , but do t let that divert you. During the week it’s packed with locals and for a good reason. The bar area is packed , they offer a nice variety of beverages. The food is outstanding..., well prepared and high quality. I had a fast meal which was the fish and chips. The cod was fresh and well prepared. What a nice dish, will be back to try other dishes.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 3 November 2022

We ate at the Dearborn for dinner on a Friday night while we were in town. We picked the Dearborn based on Tripadvisor reviews and because we could walk there easily from our hotel. We arrived early for our 7:15 reservation but were starving so...ordered the burrata and beets at the bar along with two tasty cocktails. When we got our table, we had the prosciutto and fried egg pizza and the chicken with gnocchi and mushrooms. For dessert, we split banana-toffee fried ice cream. If that sounds like a ton of food for two people given the generous portions, it was! Everything was delicious in a comfort-food-meets-farm-to-table kind of way. The pizza was a bit of a salt bomb, but on the other hand there was a ton of prosciutto and cheese on it, so what do you expect. The only thing that was a little…average?... was the fried ice cream, which was frozen rock hard so was a challenge to eat. The extra addition of a giant fried caramelly half banana alongside the giant ball of ice cream provided visual entertainment. Ambiance was upmarket cozy British pub, which we really liked. All in all, we really enjoyed our meal at the Dearborn, and we would definitely return and recommend!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 24 October 2022

We wanted to check out a new (to us) place, so we took the Metra train in to The Dearborn (I'm from Woodstock, my friend from Jefferson Park.) We aren't sorry we tried it, but it was definitely a one off. It's a very large...place and there appers to be lots of staff, but I think that was deceptive - everyone seemed rushed and harried. The pepper grinder was empty and it took 10 minutes to replace..we finally went to a just vacated table and took that one. Prices are high for the value- $9 for a mock-tail..$15 for a glass of wine - and not a particularly high end winery. The ceviche was lacking something, so my friend asked for hot sauce to add, which they charged us for!! The Blueberry waffle benedict was interesting, but a little heavy on the citrus, so a little too tart. Our server, Luke, was personable and I'm sure did his best, but was, in my opinion, stretched too thin. We thought about eating outside (it was a last beautiful warm October day in Chicago) but were glad we decided to eat inside. We were in a booth in the window overlooking the outdoor dining area and it looked like the service was even slower out there. We think if the restaurant were 2 blocks away in any direction from the heart of the theater district, the prices would have been more reasonable, service more timely and value better. It's kitty-corner from Petterino's, where prices are even higher yet somehow it feels as if you're getting more value for your money - that could just be the Lettuce Entertain You quality, service and ambience though.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 14 October 2022

A great place, good location, friendly staff, generous food portions at a reasonable price (for Chicago). Its traditional fare, with a blissfully relatively limited menu, but we had no trouble choosing and enjoyed the food.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 30 September 2022

There was a suggestion as a good place to visit. We visied it with a friend and family. Visit outlines: Nice Atmosphere, Good Service, Delicious Food, Tasteful Wine

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 27 September 2022

We had lunch as a group at the Dearborn during a recent business trip, and had a really enjoyable visit. The management team are all so friendly, and the service was on point. They had a diverse food menu, with a little something for everyone....The ambiance is inviting, and I would strongly recommend!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 20 September 2022 via mobile

This is our favorite pre-theatre dinner spot. So when we had tickets to the Lyric this was where we went and we were not disappointed. Great martinis. A delicious Meze plate (white bean hummus, tabbouleh, fattoush salad, tzatziki, and house made pita bread) and a...delightful fish & chips complete with French fries. We recommend it for fast, friendly service, reasonable prices, and great food.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 22 August 2022 via mobile

Amazing! Service was great (Victor) and food was perfect. My husband had the traditional fish & chips (fish was light and flaky and not overly greasy). I had the Carnitas & Baguette and an Espressotini. The menu changes based on the chef’s choices, but I...highly recommend checking it out. The manager even came by and offered a bowl of water for our service dog. We will be back on future business trips!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 5 August 2022

We stopped in after walking around the city for a while and had a quick bite to eat. My wife ordered their Everything Parker House rolls, while I ordered a pepperoni pizza and we split the fries. Everything was delicious and the staff was super...friendly and helpful!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 10 June 2022

The Dearborn is very much a "go to" restaurant for my husband and I, whether it's for a working lunch, getting together with friends after work or meeting family before a theater performance. We have also enjoyed special dinners there too. Some of my favorites...are the shrimp and grits with a side of Brussels sprouts and my husband very much enjoys the burger. The prosciutto & fried egg pizza looked delicious, but I don't think they have a gluten free crust option. It is always nice to see Amy and Clodagh greeting guests and stopping by to talk with their customers. Keep up the great work!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 3 June 2022 via mobile

Loved this bar/Restaurant went there twice, once for drinks and snacks and once just for drinks. They’ve got a fab menu, excellent service, thanks Jurien. Super friendly staff and lovely that the owner popped by too. Took a recommendation to eat at The Gage too,...which was also fab. Would definitely visit and eat here again in Chicago.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 15 May 2022

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
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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