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The Department

205 North Chicago Street, Joliet, IL 60432
815-714-2280
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Ranked #37 of 224 restaurants in Joliet
Cuisines: Contemporary
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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62% Recommend
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  • English first
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Mercifully, the Department closed this spring. Owner Derek Brenczewski and his wife who owned the establishment have moved to Antigua according to local news reports

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Joliet, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

It is now closed, probably because it was just average and pricey. It was a tale of 2 places you walked into a cool vibe bar and then they sat u in a dark stuffy room. So much potential.

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Joliet, Illinois
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

For all of you making comments......First of all The Department did not close in December it closed March 15th, 2014....Secondly it did not close due to lack of business....It closed because the landlord of the building would not work out a lease with the owners of the restaurant and served a 10 eviction notice and gave the lease to someone... More

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Joliet, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Closed December 2013. Food sucked. Had dinner there 3 - 4 times in last 5 years. Food sucked each time.

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We had pre-theater reservations at The Department on March 21. I went on line to check their menu for seafood options for lent and could no longer find the website. I found a Facebook page with a customer comment indicating that the restaurant had unceremoniously closed without notice earlier in the month. I tried calling to confirm my reservation and... More

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Joliet, Illinois, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

The department is a great idea and location for a much needed Resturant in Joliet. The food is a little over priced for the selection and quality. It's an average Resturant and has the potential to be more.

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Plainfield, Illinois, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The food was very good and let's not even get started on the Peanut Butter Pie! Delicious. The night I was there there was a party and they were a little loud but overall the experience was enjoyable. Great food, good service.

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Chicago, Il, USA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Casual but classy dinning experience in downtown Joliet setting within a short walk from the Rialto Theater

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Joliet, Illinois, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

This is our favorite place to eat. The food is fantastic. The restaurant is decorated to honor Firefighters thus the name The Department. The wait staff is wonderful and the desserts are to die for. You can't go wrong at this restaurant. We have never had a bad meal.

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2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013 via mobile

We went into the department of a Sunday, a group of 7 for a friends birthday. We received 3 drinks at the same time as our appetizers had two ask for another 3, then we only received 2, so I had to go up and ask the bartender for the other persons drink Our food was also received in 3... More

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