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The Walnut Room - Chicago

The world famous Walnut Room has been a Chicago tradition since 1907. Located on the 7th floor of Macy's on State Street the Walnut Room is the first restaurant ever opened in a department store. With Circassian wood paneling imported from Russia and Austrian chandeliers, the 17,000 square foot dining room is both elegant and comfortable. Conveniently located in the heart of the Chicago theatre district the Walnut Room is an excellent choice to take a break from shopping or for a meal and a glass of wine before the show. And don't forget about the Wine Bar at the Walnut Room. Opened in November of 2007, the Wine Bar features a small plate menu as well as more than 20 wines by the glass. After all, in our store, we have been feeding the shopping tradition since 1905.
Enjoy a classic Mrs. Herring's Chicken Pot Pie, French onion soup, or choose from the more contemporary menu offerings created by some of the country's best known chefs as members of the Macy's Culinary Council.
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Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4 / 5
(728 Reviews)
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Rating Breakdown 728 reviews
5 stars
(305)
4 stars
(235)
3 stars
(111)
2 stars
(55)
1 star
(22)
Food 
3.9 / 5
(Very Good) 3.9 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Noise Level
1.9 / 3
Moderate
Value 
3.9 / 5
(Very Good) 3.9 / 5
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The Walnut Room - Chicago Reviews List
Review 1 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/30/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/30/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/30/2016
 2016
Special Features: good for groups, special occasion
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Review 2 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 3/19/2016
 2004
Dined on 3/19/2016
 2004
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 3/19/2016
 2004
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Review 3 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/30/2016
 2007
Dined on 4/30/2016
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Not the Walnut room you may be familiar with around the Christmas holidays. We go every year even though everything is awful including the tree. But outside the Christmas season the Walnut room is actually very nice. The menu is varied, prices are reasonable, the service is excellent and you can make a reservation on Open Table. Ask to sit near the window and enjoy the the view of State St. A great place to eat before or after the theater!"
Dined on 4/30/2016
 2007
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Review 4 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 4/30/2016
 2011
Dined on 4/30/2016
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/30/2016
 2011
Special Features: romantic, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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Review 5 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great Birthday Celebration

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"The Walnut Room is an excellent place to host special occasions, especially birthdays! The menu was affordable and the selections were very delicious. The service was outstanding and the décor is also special. It was GREAT!"
Dined on 4/26/2016
 2012
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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Review 6 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/25/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/25/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/25/2016
 2016
Special Features: great for lunch, kid-friendly
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Review 7 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Great spot for out of town guests

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Dined on 4/23/2016
 2013
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2013
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Dinner for four, with one couple from out of town. Great Saturday spot for a nice dinner where conversation was easy. Not busy, nice seats next to a large window. Beautiful room."
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2013
Special Features: scenic view
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Review 8 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Nice quiet place to dine. Excellent food."
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2005
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Review 9 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/22/2016
 2015
Dined on 4/22/2016
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/22/2016
 2015
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion, kid-friendly
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Review 10 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

I like this spot

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"It is a peaceful break in the center of Macy's downtown Chicago store. Lovely setting. Super staff."
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2014
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 11 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 4/21/2016
 2015
Dined on 4/21/2016
 2015
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/21/2016
 2015
Special Features: good for groups
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Review 12 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/19/2016
 2010
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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Review 13 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

walnut room

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"great food, good selection, bad service - took almost 1/2 hour to get food and then could not find our wait person to get check. place was empty so there is no excuse for bad service. probably would not go back because I have limited time to spend at lunch and this place ain't quick."
Dined on 4/18/2016
 2006
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Review 14 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Pretty good

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/15/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/15/2016
 2016
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"Food was good, service was alright. Very nice looking restaurant."
Dined on 4/15/2016
 2016
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem
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Review 15 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Celiac Friendly

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2016
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"I have celiac and dairy allergies. The staff was so accommodating in creating a dish that was safe for me - and it was delicious!"
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2016
Special Features: good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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Review 16 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2004
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2004
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2004
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, special occasion, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 17 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/15/2016
 2011
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 18 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/15/2016
 2003
Dined on 4/15/2016
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/15/2016
 2003
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Review 19 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 4/09/2016
 2013
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2013
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2013
Special Features: romantic, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion, notable wine list
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Review 20 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 4/10/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/10/2016
 2016
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 4/10/2016
 2016
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 21 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 4/10/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/10/2016
 2016
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/10/2016
 2016
Special Features: great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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Review 22 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Anita, hostess & Manny, waiter very good.

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Dined on 4/10/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/10/2016
 2016
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/10/2016
 2016
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Review 23 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 4/09/2016
 2012
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2012
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2012
Special Features: kid-friendly
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Review 24 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Lovely weekday luncheon

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Enjoyed a weekday lunch here with my husband. The 7th floor restaurant at Macy's is attractive, quiet and the food and service were great."
Dined on 3/31/2016
 2007
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Review 25 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

a must stop destination!!

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Dined on 4/09/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Thank you all so much for the great dining experience. what a great tribute to marshall fields and a beautiful memory for my two daughters and wife..We all strive to be what this store still represents..My mother and grandmother who took me there when I was only a child, would be thrilled that we were there.."
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2016
Special Features: great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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Review 26 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/08/2016
 2011
Dined on 4/08/2016
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/08/2016
 2011
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 27 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

The perfect spot for lunch before a matinee show.

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"The perfect place to lunch before a matinee show downtown. I took my daughter and friend and both were impressed with food and wonderful service."
Dined on 4/06/2016
 2014
Special Features: great for lunch, scenic view
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Review 28 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/07/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/07/2016
 2016
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Wonderful dining experience!"
Dined on 4/07/2016
 2016
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Review 29 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/03/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/03/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/03/2016
 2016
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch
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Review 30 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 3/31/2016
 2011
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Review 31 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/03/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/03/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/03/2016
 2016
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 32 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/02/2016
 2013
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2013
Special Features: good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 33 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

A Chicago Icon

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/31/2016
 2015
Dined on 3/31/2016
 2015
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"The Walnut Room is still a Chicago Icon and a true Chicago experience but it has lost a lot of its specialness since Macy's has taken over. The room is still beautiful and the floral display was wonderful the day we were there but the food, as well as the service, has gone from great to good. The wait staff were friendly but scarce. The peach "basket" salad is now just served on a few shoe string potatoes. There are no more silver tea caddy's and creamers. Oh, for the good old days of Marshall Fields, when shopping on State Street was an occasion to remember!"
Dined on 3/31/2016
 2015
Special Features: great for lunch, scenic view, kid-friendly
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Review 34 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2011
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2011
Special Features: good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
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Review 35 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2015
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2015
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, kid-friendly
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Review 36 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/02/2016
 2005
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2005
Special Features: great for brunch, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 37 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/02/2016
 2012
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2012
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
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Review 38 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Less than expected

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"In the past, I had always enjoyed dining at the Walnut Room. We happened to go on a weekday during lunch hour, had reservations, and not a huge amount of time. The service was slow, the food okay, but not great and my daughter waited no less than 20 minutes for her drink to be served. It was not immensely crowded, but we had to wait to be seated quite a long time, had to wait for service and then waited for food for more than a half an hour. Server was inattentive. Maybe it was a completely "off" day, but I expected more. Very disappointing."
Dined on 3/29/2016
 2009
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Review 39 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

Worst Service at Iconic Restaurant

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
"Dining with colleagues for a farewell luncheon, we selected The Walnut Room as we too work at a historic restaurant. From the time we arrived (with reservation) we waited 10 minutes before being seated. Once seated in an out of the way area, the server took another 15 to bring us water. Twice I asked for an unsightly white bussers bin to be removed from our sight line, and it never was. How tacky it is even on the floor for the public to see. The service continued to be absolutely terrible. While the food was fine, our lunch didn't arrive for 30 additional minutes. By the time it ended two hours had gone by. I wouldn't recommend The Walnut Room to tourists or locals given the atrocious service."
Dined on 3/29/2016
 2014
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Review 40 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Great food and good times! Romantic atmosphere.

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Dined on 4/02/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2016
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
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Review 41 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/01/2016
 2011
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2011
Special Features: romantic, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
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Review 42 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 4/02/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2016
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Should not have to ask for refill on water. Waiter only took order and dropped food off. Not very friendly.
Arrived early and were seated promptly."
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2016
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Review 43 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/01/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2016
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 44 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Lunch with Old Friends from the Burbs

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"This is my go-to place for friends that come in from the suburbs or friends from other parts of the city. A very good central location that all trains, buses can easily transport those that do not wish to drive. The bar is very welcoming and a a great place to wait for other guests.
I frequently lunch alone @ the Walnut Room after a morning of shopping. I feel that the Walnut Room offers a very good value and a good menu choice for all tastes.
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Dined on 3/31/2016
 2014
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
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Review 45 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

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Dined on 3/30/2016
 2011
Dined on 3/30/2016
 2011
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Dined on 3/30/2016
 2011
Special Features: special occasion
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Review 46 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

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Dined on 3/30/2016
 2013
Dined on 3/30/2016
 2013
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Dined on 3/30/2016
 2013
Special Features: scenic view
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Review 47 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 3/30/2016
 2009
Dined on 3/30/2016
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/30/2016
 2009
Special Features: great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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Review 48 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/01/2016
 2006
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2006
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Review 49 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 3/28/2016
 2014
Dined on 3/28/2016
 2014
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/28/2016
 2014
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 50 for The Walnut Room - Chicago
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

I Always Enjoy the Walnut Room Despite.....

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"There's only one Walnut Room, and that makes up for quite a lot. I think they need to get more hostesses working the welcome stand during the lunch rush and to instill in them the need to move with speed.
Also, I had reservations but was in line behind (a LOT of) shoppers who just wandered in for lunch. Perhaps one line for those without reservations and another for those with.
Last, I will forever miss the wonderful rolls they used to serve. The ones they serve now are nothing special (and I'm being generous)."
Dined on 3/29/2016
 2007
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