Bellwether features an eclectic modern american cuisine that includes everything from a signature bellwether salad, to wraps and burgers, to steaks and seafood dishes. There is also an outstanding wine, beer, and spirits selection. The dining room features 3-150' screens that come down from the ceiling to enjoy any of your favorite Chicago sports teams.
American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 3:00am
Saturday-Sunday 3:00pm - 3:00am
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 10:00am - 3:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live DJ every night starting at 9pm, DJ Defcutdon mixes music along with music videos during his sets at Bellwether. 3 - 150" projector screens along with TV's at the bar.
Check out http://www.bellwetherchicago.com/catering/ for our full catering menu!
We do validate for the parking lot next door. $15 for up to 4 hours.
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Bellwether Ratings and Reviews
A frequent flyer at this place since it ...
A frequent flyer at this place since it first opened (live right near it). Always a good spot to come if you want to watch a game and have some drinks with friends. The apps and burgers are great. As far as the "fancier" food, I've tried a couple of times and have not been impressed. Service has always been great for me. They have changed up the menu and ambiance for the better.
Nice atmosphere and the food was delicio ...
Nice atmosphere and the food was delicious. Service was attentive...
Perfect location near Sheraton Grand. Se ...
Perfect location near Sheraton Grand. Service was excellent.
the food here is excellent. the shrimp cocktail is a winner. cesar salad is outstanding. the chicken sandwhich is the best.
Perfect for business lunch
Dined here for lunch with a client and a few colleagues. Had a reservation but it didn't look like it was necessary. We were seated immediately. Someone delivered waters promptly and the server stopped by and said she'd be with us shortly. She seemed pretty swamped and we did wait a little, but it wasn't excessive. Service was good, food was great. I had a BLT that was perfection. Others had burgers and the salmon cobb salad. All said the food was excellent. I would go back for the BLT.
We had a lovely time and delicious food at the bellwether.
I had the gnocchi and my husband had the ...
I had the gnocchi and my husband had the lobster ravioli and both entrees were pretty bad. I did have the brussel sprouts which were okay and the wine was very reasonably priced as it was during happy hour.
Took a client for lunch. Service was great but the place was dead and the food not good
The Blt was not good. All bread no lettu ...
The Blt was not good. All bread no lettuce or tamato
Great Service; Food was tasty
The food was tasty. I am always hesitant going to restaurants that are attached to hotels for fear they'll be just another hotel chain's vision. But I was pleasantly surprised with Bellwether and I will find myself visiting for drinks, or snacks and definitely lunch/dinner on weekends when I am visiting the Mag Mile!
Great steaks, both wife and I thoroughly ...
Great steaks, both wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the 10 oz filet mignonette and Caesar salads. Great server Themis!
Great food, Hugh portions, delicious, to ...
Great food, Hugh portions, delicious, top shelf adult drinks, the Chef uses only the highest quality food products, I have eaten there three times this week, two dinners, one lunch, wide selection of meal choices.
Great wings and chicken tenders and dece ...
Great wings and chicken tenders and decent fries. It's a good quick bite before the movie theatre which is right next door. Overall good but don't expect exceptional service or anything. Decor is pretty neat!
Gross and Confused
The service was very confused. We never actually had a server. They all said, "I'm not your server but I'll take your order." The food was terrible at best. I think the mashed potatoes were instant.
Our first time to Bellwether was while visiting Chicago for Valentine's Day weekend and it did NOT disappoint! We had a WONDERFUL server, great food and just an all around amazing time.
Poor waiter didn't ruin our fun
We often stay at the Embassy and were excited to try the "new" restaurant there. The atmosphere is fun and contemporary...quite a change from the former one. Right from the start we had a poor waiter--seemed frustrated when we didn't know what we wanted to drink yet, and same with the food order. My daughter's order came wrong, and I witnessed myself as the server met our waiter the rolling of the eyes, etc. Bad move. The food however, was delicious and fresh. We will most likely go back (and make sure we get a different waiter!)
Unfortunately our food took about 1 hour to come out. The server I think forgot to put our order in and was a little oblivious to the surroundings. A shame one mistake causes a bad experience and unfortunately probably won't be returning due to this. Everything else was pretty standard to a typical american style restaurant with decent food.
Such a cool and interesting atmosphere! ...
Such a cool and interesting atmosphere! I loved it, its more of something casual like a hangout with your friends. The server was acting weird 1. I couldnt hear him when he spoke (dining area was quiet, so it was him) 2. he came up to our table saying "Guys....(long pause) is everything ok here?" which sort of scared us with that long pause. So the service was a bit odd. The food tasted great but was a bit cold. Mimosas are perfect! I would recommend this place & I will return !
Convenient but Noisy
This spot is very convenient to the movie theater we frequent so thought we'd check it out. Server clearly had too many tables and appeared flustered most of the time. Food was decent enough that I would return for a pre-movie bite. However, there was a private party in the lofted space and there were constant waves of loud "woo's" from the group - the kind you would hear during the wave at a football game. I mentioned the noise to the group at the hostess stand on the way out and received a half-hearted "oh sorry" from the hostess and an indifferent shrug from the guy who I am quite sure was the manager.
Mehhh, nothing special
The table was cracked in the middle. They tried to fit 5 of us in a booth that was fit for three. We were buying drinks, plenty of appetizers, and entrees but got pushed out the door (granted it was NYE). My friend hated the waiter, his service was good, but he thought he had an attitude. Would not return.
The food is ok and reasonably priced for ...
The food is ok and reasonably priced for the neighborhood. But the restaurant needs a point of view or it probably won't last long. Something (beers, burgers, salads) that it does particularly well.
We were seated, nice and attentive serve ...
We were seated, nice and attentive server. One of the meals was (45 minutes) late to the table. It was a New York Strip Steak dinner, not sure what the hold up was, server offered a free glass of wine to our friend. Great food, disappointed with amount of time to bring a steak dinner.
Service was good, but food was disappoin ...
Service was good, but food was disappointing.
Great food! Great atmosphere! We would definitely go back!
We really enjoyed the appetizers and mai ...
We really enjoyed the appetizers and main coarses. The spinach rolls were excellent and so were the muscles. We were disappointed in the desserts, they were ok. The cake was dry and mousse grainy. We liked the new look to restaurant and enjoyed the big screen TVs.
Good service but food could be better
My steak sandwich was disappointing. The steak was tough and the onions made the bread soggy and inedible. The chicken with waffles was good.
Convenient for The Chicago Film Festival.
Good food at reasonable prices for breakfast, lunch and dinner.The salad with chicken strips was delicious. The Linguini with Shrimp in a light cream sauce was very good but could have used a bit more flavor.
Sat us next to a screaming child! Food f ...
Sat us next to a screaming child! Food fair. Not what i would want for a nice evening out.
Nice place to go after the movies or if you are in the neighborhood. The food was good. Many choices on the menu and the service was also good. The host staff were very helpful with regard to helping 2 disabled guests enter and leave the restaurant, including getting a taxi to come to the front door. Prices are reasonable too,
Terrrific lunch!! And although they were short staffed, they handled the lunch hour flawlessly!!
My wife and I went here for a quick bite before a concert. We had Flatbread as an appetizer which was better than most of the pizza I've had in my life. I ordered the Bellwether BLT with a fried egg as my entrée. The sandwich was HUGE and also very delicious. I took half of it back to our hotel room and ate it as a late night snack.
Everyone in our group of 6 enjoyed their meal. Highly recommend the Lamb Burger.
Good food not as good service
Our food was great but our server got confused a couple times
Great for a hotel restaurant
Was wandering through Chicago and we saw the restaurant in the Embassy Suites. To our surprise, the food was good and the wait staff was extremely kind.
Great dining stop before or after a movie.
We stopped in for dinner before going to see a movie a few doors down. The food was great and the service was quick. The menu choices are so varied that it was hard to make a decision as to what to order. We shared an appetizer and each ordered a salad. The food being served around us looked good too. Our server checked in with us on a regular basis. Stop in before or after the movie for an appetizer or dinner. We will definitely go back!
Cool looking place with great food selection
Well, obviously 'great food selection' is in the eye of the beholder. We invited friends to join us for dinner. There was no difficulty for us picking from a variety of favored food selections. Both quantity and quality of food were very good. Service was fine. I particularly like the decor of the place--modern, open, cheerful.
Went to Bellwether since it's in my neighborhood. Disappointed. Space is designed with nothing to harness noise. Tall ceilings hard floors. Service staff only interested in picking up and putting down serving plates as fast and as noisly as possible. Waitress was brief and in a hurry although the restaurant was barley half full. Food- Hugh servings- not very appetizing... day old lettuce on salads. Monster bowl of musselswith barely any taste. We were disappointed overall.
great dinner before the movies
Good sized menu. Great dessert list. Nice setup but would be nice if they had an outdoor patio
Variety in the menu, but service needs help
We were in town celebrating my mom's 60th birthday. It had been a rainy, cold day, and we were invited into the warm atmosphere near the bar. It was a lively crowd as the Chicago Blackhawks were in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the game was on the big screen. Even with the excitement, the noise level was not bad, we didn't have to shout to have a conversation. All in all, the atmosphere and environment was good. The food was good - no issues there. The service could use some work. Our server did not pay attention to detail, and we reflected it in his tip. As someone who has worked in the food industry serving and bartending and sonmeone who has continued to work in Customer Service, I was disappointed by his lack of attention. He was meak and timid, with a pathetic attempt at flirting and flattery. He made multiple errors in our order, and I just wasn't impressed. I would be happy to visit The Bellwether again, but if I were seated in the section of the same server, I would ask to move.
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