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Fireplace Inn

1448 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610-1306 (Near North Side)
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Sun - Wed 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Thu - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Sat 11:30 am - 3:00 am
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Steakhouse, Californian
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Good for: Large groups, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Near North Side
Cross street: Schiller
Transit: CTA North Avenue #72 Bus CTA Brown / Purple Line Sedgwick Stop CTA Red Line Clark and Division Stop
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English first
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Had a really fantastic meal here in April. The ribs were really superb and great quantities as well. Even though the place was really quite busy, we got a table without a reservation and the service was very efficient. Would certainly recommend to others.

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116 reviews 116 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We ate here before a Second City show to take advantage of the priority seating offered in conjunction with eating here. It wasn't exactly what we expected, but we probably should have done a little more research on that. We were expecting a restaurant atmosphere, but it is definitely a bar atmosphere. Very noisy, but the food was good. Huge... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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107 reviews 107 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We made a reservation here via OpenTable and, despite the confirmation email, they said they did not have it. We were seated anyway at a table next to the server station. The noise level was ridiculous and we could barely carry on a conversation. Service was average. Garlic cheese bread appetizer was good and meal was fine. Beer not cold... More

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93 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013 via mobile

This is a great place to eat and enjoy the patio in Old Town. I ordered the grilled chicken sandwich and it was yummy. The patio does fill quickly especially on game days.

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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112 reviews 112 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Not a good experience here. Space cadet server, wrong order, main at the same time as app, lack of beverage attention, average wings and to top it off...........LAME BEEF RIBS!!! 3 10" bones with about 4 bites of jerky smothered in a sweet onion sticky paste. Not to mention that the house BBQ sauce was like drinking sugar. Great HD... More

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Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Whether you’re going to see a show in Second City, or just hanging out in OT reminiscing about the 60’s and head shops, Fireplace Inn is a great place to stop for drinks or dinner, especially sitting outside in the summer. The wait staff are friendly and accommodating, making sure you know all the specials (half price bottles of wine... More

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Toronto, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

We were going to Second City for a show and looked into their dining/show packages. Fireplace Inn was one of the choices. As I was checking out Fireplace's website, I noticed that Tuesdays is 1/2 price appetizers and it was a Tuesday we were going to Second City. So we decided to go to Fireplace Inn on our own and... More

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Crete, Illinois, United States
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68 reviews 68 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

The Fireplace Inn is one of our old standards. To start, if you enjoy Onion Rings, they have some of the best. They are beer-battered and sumptuously delicious, almost melting in your mouth. Though their ribs are very popular, their fired-chicken is excellent as well, so I recommend the Rib and Fried Chicken combination. In addition to the great food... More

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San Diego, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

we didn't have time to eat but had heard wonderful things about this restaurant; had some drinks and split a small plate of ribs. Incredible, with amazing sauce, service and people watching!

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24 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013 via mobile

The ribs and steaks were very good. The server worked hard. It was Memorial Day weekend and the locals were partying hardy. The bar side was very busy and loud. The chaos did not spill over to the dining room. Overall, worked well for dinner before The Second City show.

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