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The Drawing Room

Awarded 3-forks in the Michelin Guide and Diner's Choice on Open Table, the Drawing Room has been a destination for fine food and drinks in Chicago since 2007. The cocktail program is unmatched in Chicago, with a team of passionate bartenders who take as great care with every ingredient in the glass as the chef does in the kitchen. This subterranean gem in the Gold Coast is dedicated to serving up seasonal plates and cocktails in a comfortable and intimate environment.
10 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
(10 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 10 reviews
5 stars
(5)
4 stars
(3)
3 stars
(0)
2 stars
(1)
1 star
(1)
Food 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4.6 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.6 / 5
Noise Level
2.9 / 3
Energetic
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • late-night find(6)
  • fit for foodies(5)
  • good for groups(4)
  • hot spot(4)
  • romantic(4)
  • special occasion(4)
The Drawing Room Reviews List
Review 1 for The Drawing Room
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Shame it's closed.

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"great cocktails, good to great food. Only thing was one armed corner type chairs were low and uncomfortable and made us feel like we had to sit off center"
Dined on 10/03/2014
 2011
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Review 2 for The Drawing Room
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

So sad it has closed

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Drawing Room was one of the best bars in Chicago, so it is very sad that it has been converted into a retail space."
Dined on 12/13/2014
 2011
Special Features: hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 3 for The Drawing Room
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Bittersweet endings

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"I've loved this place since Charles Joly was behind the bar, and Nick Lacasses was behind the stove.
I love it still, and I will always remember it fondly.
Sadly, NYE 2014 was their last day of business.
I made reservations for their 5-course dinner, and it was very delicious. We had many wonderful cocktails and import beers, and definitely rang in the new year with mirth and merry.
I understand that things come and go, and fate can be fickle, but I will miss this delightful semi-secret watering hole."
Dined on 12/31/2014
 2014
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 4 for The Drawing Room
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

Worst NYE

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"I went here NYE with my boyfriend and I was disappointed with the service I got. This was my first time going there so I expected excellent service and our server never checked on us once unless it was to clear plates off the table and honestly I felt like the bus boy payed more attention to us. Our food was also taking forever to come out and it was upsetting since there was only a new years eve menu, for a plate that looked like it should take no more than 5 minutes took 15-20."
Dined on 12/31/2014
 2014
Special Features: good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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Review 5 for The Drawing Room
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Came highly recommended - but highly disappointing

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"I flew in from Arizona and had one night dedicated to eating & drinking Chicago. This restaurant was said to be a 'must' by a friend. I made a reservation for 11:15 PM, dinner for 2. We were seated at once. Our waiter asked us if were were dining or just having cocktails. We heard great things about their food & drinks and made a dinner reservation to enjoy both. The waiter informed us the kitchen closed at 12:00 this particular evening. Right off the bat, we were down to roughly 40 minutes. I can't believe a restaurant would take a reservation for dinner then not be willing to provide a full dining experience. We promptly ordered our cocktails. The waiter left for a while and then we ordered our courses right away. Appetizers were okay, the mussel broth was the shining star, but the bread with the dish tasted like butane. The scallops were seared really hard on one side and not at all on the other- leaving a weird texture contrast. Our waiter offered us a second cocktail while we still were drinking our first and were still eating the mussels because he said our entree was coming out soon and it's now last call. Okay - it's maybe 11:40PM. We were not slow or lingering. We ordered one more cocktail. Sometime later the waiter came by, sat on the table next to us, poured us water and said 'we seemed' to miss last call. Really? Who's 'we' - he offered the cocktail and he took the order! "Seems" like he missed last call! Ouch! Pork Tenderloin came out luke warm and was okay in flavor. The chef came out from the kitchen, went to the bar & filled up his cup. The bartender took a shot. Half rate hospitality. There was nobody there that cared about service standards. We were out of there by 12:00. What a shame. This place is not what people remember it to be from years ago. There are countless options in Chicago for food & drink - don't squander your time with this one."
Dined on 11/26/2014
 2012
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Ratings-Only Reviews for The Drawing Room
Based on the average of (5) ratings-only reviews
Overall 
4.6 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.6 / 5
5 out of 5 recommend this product
Food 
4.6 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.6 / 5
Service 
4.8 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.8 / 5
Ambiance 
4.8 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.8 / 5
Noise Level
2.8 / 3
Energetic