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The Lakefront Restaurant, Chicago, IL

The Lakefront Restaurant

4.5
4.5
971 reviews
$30 and under
American
The Lakefront Restaurant is an upscale tavern located on the shores of Lake Michigan in the historic Theater on the Lake building. We offer seasonal Midwestern fare featuring the freshest choice ingredients and a beverage program highlighting craft beers, spirits, and a diverse wine list.

We are open year-round, and invite you to enjoy the casual elegance of our intimate tables, communal seating, lounge area, and our warm-weather Skyline Patio -- all while taking in the stunning views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Visit us during the fall and winter months for happy hour and other day daily specials.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 15 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (312) 414-1313 ext. 2
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Area
    Lincoln Park
  • Cross Street
    Fullerton & Lake Shore Drive
  • Parking Details
    $10 valet parking (CASH ONLY) is available in our front circle drive (price for events may vary).Easy Uber/Lyft/taxi drop-off. Paid parking is available at Lincoln Park Zoo and Diversey Harbor parking lot located on the northeast corner of Cannon and Fullerton. Free street parking is also available along Cannon Drive.
  • Public Transit
    CTA bus routes #76, #151, and #156
  • Additional
    Patio/Outdoor Dining

What 971 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Great for scenic views

  • Chicago

    Great for scenic views

971 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Unfortunately, a very disappointing experience from the moment we walked in. The hostess ignored us for a few minutes and then didn’t look at us when talking to us. Zero personality. The waitress also barely looked at us, leaned against the wall to take our order and looked like she needed a nap. Our food came out at different times so some was cold by the time the other person got their main meal. The manager had no energy either when he came to apologize. While we appreciated the acknowledgement, the overall experience was buzz kill. The view is amazing so I might go back for a coffee or drink sometime, but I would not recommend the restaurant experience.
    The Lakefront RestaurantResponded 5 days ago
    Thank you for your feedback. This helps us a great deal as we are training staff for our busy season. I apologize for any inconvenience this caused you. Please know that we will be addressing this review with the team so they can learn from it and do better in the future. Thank you for bringing this to our attention!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful time. Greater at the door and promptly seated. Our server was perfect. Friendly and knowledgeable. Wonderful wine service and a perfect view of the lakefront. I had Dental work done about an hour before we sat and the Poblano Stew melted in my mouth- perfectly tender as if the Chef knew I was still quite numb. We all had a great time and our server made sure we had plenty of time to take our to-go cocktails to the show down the hall. Easy, affordable valet service - cheaper than street parking - with door to door service.
    The Lakefront RestaurantResponded 5 days ago
    We are so delighted to hear you enjoyed our beef stew! It is one of our best sellers in the colder months.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious. Server was great. It wasn’t crowded or too loud. Kids loved the view of the lake. Valet parking was $15. Spent 20mins walking around the lake after dinner. I would go back!

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  4. NadaB

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was so kind and friendly. However the rest of the staff was pretty useless and one of the bartenders was very rude. Many employees standing around not doing anything while we waited far too long for our drinks, despite there not being that many other guests.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved our waitress Bailey and the food was excellent

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  6. PamC

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s a great place to go for weekend brunch. The food is great but the views are unbelievable!!!

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  7. KathyT

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this venue- the views are amazing! The service is excellent!

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  8. MargaretO

    Chicago

    110 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    110 reviews

    Dined on 13 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter, Tim was very nice and thoughtful. He answered menu questions, leveled the wobbly table that we had not yet noticed wobbling. He was very sweet and professional. The food is so delicious. I had the PestoChicken Sandwich. It was juicy and yummy. A very uniquely delicious sandwich. My friend had Deviled eggs and Cauliflower tacos. All so delicious. The eggs have a little spice to provide some tang. I’ve come many times and always had great food.

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  9. kofi

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Frannie was our server and was fabulous! Sammy , another server remembered us from the last time we were there and made a point o come over and say Hi. The service is outstanding. Fabulous place. A must go to place for brunch, & dinner.

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  10. ColleenK

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely restaurant on lakefront with fabulous views. Waiting staff were so attentive and food, fish and chips, and cauliflower tacos which was questionable for me, turned out to be delicious.

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  11. likesgoodfood

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent brunch! Not the usual bacon and egg breakfast menu, so it was great! Beautiful view (We had an unusual beautiful February day) and wonderful service. Try the Donut Hole appetizer...good for sharing but I could have eaten the whole thing as they were yummy! Servings were large! A couple of us had the omelets, which were great and a couple had Brisket Hash....delish!

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  12. LindaM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and venue. However lunch on Sunday does not start at 3:00 as indicated on website. We were told kitchen would start lunch at 3:30.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sammi T is an outstanding server!! Friendly and great personality!!

    1 person found this helpful

  14. LarenzoB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All was so good. Love the server. Manager came over and greeted us.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    What a gorgeous view of the lake and the skyline! Great service and decent food. We found the music to be distracting, however. What seemed to be 80’s rock with some 50’s oldies thrown in did not fit the visual aesthetic and it detracted from the overall experience. I’m not sure who they are catering to, but it seemed rather odd.

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  16. Amelia

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food outstanding , the staff amazing, the view spectacular love love this venue will return❤️

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  17. StevenA

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Lakefront is a very fun place to go. It’s great being so close to the Lake and the valet parking was affordable and made parking easy. The chef designed plates with complex and enjoyable flavors.

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  18. FaithS

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first time in Chicago, and this restaurant was beautiful! Great ambiance, our server was very attentive, and the food was great! Not to mention to amazing view of Lake Michigan, I will be returning on my next trip!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Mediocre food but a great ambiance. Come in for beer and enjoy great views.

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  20. KathrynK

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Cool space. Really good food and service. Kinda lacked a vibe tho. Felt cold and empty. Probably better as a private party venue, with the place filled up.

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  21. Soyka

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance but still struggling to find a chef who will attract crowds to the one of the most beautiful location in the city!!!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We tried the restaurant week menu and it didn’t disappoint!! The food, plating and vibe were spot on!!

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  23. Kelly

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was fantastic ( I apologize for not remembering her name). She was very friendly and welcoming! The food was also terrific!

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  24. JAMIE

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food and service, wonderful location. Since winter the restaurant was quite cold, will be back in the summer.

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  25. PaulaF

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was great Food was delicious Will definitely return

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a beautiful view! The food was very good too! A nice dinner out and a good value!

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  27. SusanN

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful experience from start to finish. Friendly staff, beautiful setting overlooking Lake Michigan and fabulous dinner! Already looking forward to our return!

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  28. HeatherN

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Waitress was very nice, but either had too many tables or the bar and kitchen were backed up, as all of our orders took a long time.

    1 person found this helpful

  29. ChristinaM

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Love the vibes. But my steak came out cold, the sauce on it tasted really off and did not pair well, vegetables were very good. Was given the wrong side and it was fixed but it took a bit. The restaurant wasn’t busy at all so I was kind of confused how that happened but 🤷🏽‍♀️ Just ok.

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  30. NicoleM

    Alabama

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The cocktails are different, but delicious! We went there for happy hour. We had a few appetizers and soups. Quite yummy!

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  31. Pamela

    Puerto Vallarta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve Ben coming here almost once a week for 4 years with friends. Love it…especially the location.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely love this restaurant, team, and food was wonderful!

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  33. UrbanGirl

    Chicago

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on 21 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second visit, having dinner before a show at the theater. Our server was friendly, attentive and made several good suggestions on the menu. Food was quite good, but their side of seasonable veggies was notable - there were at least 7-8 types of veggies in there and they were delicious! Will definitely be back.

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  34. KarinaR

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Would absolutely recommend! The view, the ambiance, the food, the service - EVERYTHING WAS FENOMENAL! That bread platter was so delicious! So much so that I'm excited to talk about bread! Even the music felt like a cool soundtrack.

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  35. LauraF

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious and well priced. Service was attentive. Not to crowded and great views of the lake and the city - even on a cloudy day!

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  36. GEORGEM

    Chicago

    44 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Parking was horrible. The lot was closed so we could not even get in to park. Horrible

    1 person found this helpful

  37. AlfredoR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was very nice and polite, great service, thank you Bailey for your service and recommendations on desert. Great night.

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  38. Salsa

    Chicago

    73 reviews

    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on 13 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was there with an out of town guest. I got a nice window table which I requested in advance. Both our meals were good. Cheeseburger which was cookedas I requested. My niece had chicken tacos which she enjoyed. I like the fact that the menu isn't huge. It has something for everyone.

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  39. Crissy

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We happened to be in the city looking at condos and wanted to go to lunch so I opened up Open Table for the closest restaurants. The posting, pictures and reviews made it look very interesting and inviting. It was easy valet parking right on Fullerton Beach. The interior gave us an awesome view of the frozen lake . Mary our waitress went through the brunch menu with us and gave us several suggestions which were spot on. We started off with the selections of breads with honey butter (scrumptious) and doughnut holes (also very tasty). Then we moved on to the sausage and egg on ciabatta, orange churro French toast and breakfast nachos. Go for the sausage breakfast and the French toast. Both were fabulous! A totally enjoyable Sunday afternoon.

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  40. anneg

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I love Theater on the Lake and would have given this 5 stars but the hostess was very rude. Explaining all the rules like we were being processed into a prison and even though I specifically asked for and was confirmed by a call from the restaurant, a table by the window closest to the lake, the hostess had major attitude and seemed annoyed and bothered by this request. The place was mostly empty and plenty of couples were seated at 4 tops but when we asked for a four top, the rolling of eyes and attitude serviced again. The valet, waiter, and everyone else made up for it and we enjoyed our brunch. Again, LOVE theater on the Lake even though we were greeted with toxicity.

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The Lakefront Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 971 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 15 times today
Google Map for The Lakefront Restaurant

2401 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60614

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Fullerton & Lake Shore Drive
  • Area
    Lincoln Park
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    $10 valet parking (CASH ONLY) is available in our front circle drive (price for events may vary).Easy Uber/Lyft/taxi drop-off. Paid parking is available at Lincoln Park Zoo and Diversey Harbor parking lot located on the northeast corner of Cannon and Fullerton. Free street parking is also available along Cannon Drive.
  • Public Transit
    CTA bus routes #76, #151, and #156
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Patio/Outdoor Dining
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