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O'Brien's Riverwalk Cafe

) #1,651 of 7,830 Restaurants in Chicago $$ - $$$ American, ,
45 East Riverwalk South, NorthEast corner of Wacker and Wabash, Chicago, IL 60601
+1 312-346-3131
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  • Excellent18%
  • Very good44%
  • Average23%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible7%
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“sliders” (2 reviews)
Open Now
09:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
45 East Riverwalk South, NorthEast corner of Wacker and Wabash, Chicago, IL 60601
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This cafe is wonderful. Great food. Had a steak sandwich that was the best I've every had. We had a view of the river and was able to relax and take in the wonderful atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle on the streets. The...More

Thank Christal G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although it is very nice to sit on a patio along the riverwalk the food and drinks are not worth stopping here for. We each ordered a garden salad and shared a quesadilla. The salad was ok (fresh) but my dressing was actually in a...More

Thank Dawn N
Reviewed 1 week ago

Steak sandwich very nice, great place to stop for lunch along the river walk service was good nice relaxed atmosphere

Thank wendyarmit100
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is one thing to have to wait and wait and wait for your food, it for it to be very mediocre, at best....stinks! Everything we ordered was just average to poor quality. Service was terrible..it took about 45 minutes to be served after ordering....More

Thank hungryyak
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

Drinks were expensive and extremely poor service from the sercers. We saw the bus boys more than our server. He came to take our order and bring the check. The food was good, though.

Thank Lindsey B
Reviewed 17 May 2017

It is located right on the riverwalk between Michigan and State. It is an outdoor venue only. Great spot to have a drink and do some people watching. The apps were tasty and arrived nice and hot. You can easily spend an afternoon there enjoying...More

Thank Sharon M
Reviewed 20 October 2016

While on vacation in Chicago my wife and I stayed at a hotel across the street from O'Biren's Riverwalk Cafe. One evening we decided to try to have dinner there and were very pleased. O'Brien's is located on the river and every table on the...More

Thank TJFLG42
Reviewed 12 October 2016

This was our first time to O'Briens Riverwalk Café in Chicago, IL. We asked for a seat directly along the riverside and were quickly seated in a perfect spot. The hostess was super friendly & it was a great start to a wonderful lunch with...More

Thank TravellinCritik
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped here for a quick bite. Service here is top drawer. Staff really on the ball. Food is very good too

Thank Colmmahon
Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

The four of us all felt the portions were generous, fast, and less than $15 for a quick lunch. The burger and chicken burger were both on a lovely pretzel bun. I had the buffalo shrimp with a side salad. The lemonade was delightful! It...More

Thank Canada321
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Betsy M
Hi, O'Brien's Riverwalk Cafe! I have two questions: 1. Are you open for lunch this Friday, October 16, 2015? 2. Is there an indoor eating area as well as an outside eating area? Would appreciate a quick reply. Yes/no is fine! Thanks, Betsy Martens
14 October 2015|
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Response from Vondere | Reviewed this property |
No there is no indoor seating. Not sure if it is open as the Weather gets cooler. It is a great water view location to eat. Unfortunately I do not live in Chicago . Hope this helps!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$16
American, Bar, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 45 East Riverwalk South, NorthEast corner of Wacker and Wabash, Chicago, IL 60601
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
  • Phone Number: +1 312-346-3131
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