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Lou Mitchell's Restaurant

#20 of 7,553 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
West Loop
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565 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60661-5701
(312) 939-3111
5:30 am - 3:00 pm
Open now
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Sun 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Chicago, Illinois
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you're looking for the real townie diner experience look no further. Lou Mitchells is a Chicago staple for breakfast. Favorited by city workers and officials for nearly 100 years you simply cannot go wrong if you're looking for a Chicago original. The baked omelettes are to die for – so fluffy like a cloud. Served with sliced potatoes it's... More 

Thank Kevin R
Dublin, Ireland
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Were here for breakfast this morning & waited 10mins for a coffee. The food was ok but the hostess was very rude and abrupt. When taking payment she cheekily rounded up the total for a bigger tip too. There's plenty of other much better diners to check out in Chicago-avoid this one!

Thank Ted C
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Comming to Chicago from Europe. Would recommend this place as this is exactly place like we all seen in American movies. Food is nice and portions are big, will not recommend to Victoria Secret models but who cares about them:) Prices are fair. One important advice, two eggs does not mean two eggs, unless that eggs are comming from Godzila... More 

Thank Bloomer86
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85 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I can't say much except the coffee truly is the best. We shared Apple pie ala mode and it was perfect. The old style cafe lets you feel that you've gone back in time.

Thank Marilyn S
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lou's does not need accolades from me. This must be the best in the long tradition of American Diners. Founded in 1923 and going as strong as can be. We asked, in the beautiful Union station, for directions for somewhere for breakfast. Without hesitation the station information person advised “Lou Mitchell's”, just down the street from the station. The moment... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The family was in town with an out of town guest so we had to stop for one of the best breakfast in town!!! Portion are huge. All the bakery is fresh. Had an omelette with some Greek toast. Topped this with the homemade orange marmalade. So good!

Thank Christy N
Denver, Colorado
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88 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Plan on lots of food ! Enjoyed our visit, good service and breakfast. The breads are baked on site and the Greek Toast was very good. Portions are large. Coffee is also very good.

Zurich, Switzerland
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110 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lou's is close to where I am staying and visited as it looked like a traditional breakfast restaurant without being a chain. It was everything I expected with the busy dining room and friendly waiting staff. Slightly confusing menu for an out-of-towner like me but really enjoyed the food and friendliness.

Thank KCS
Henderson, Nevada
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice place near downtown West of the River Good for breakfast and lunch for sure.Old time cafe on route 66 Great meatloaf

Thank Roscoetravels
Franklin, Tennessee
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102 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We left Chicago on Saturday to drive Route 66 and had to begin at Lou Mitchell's! The Spinach special omelette is amazing. Honestly, I have never had one so delish and fluffy! The staff have all been there for years. Actually, Mickey, our waitress had only been there 15 years and that was less than most all! Food is great,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Diner, Delicatessen
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Business meetings
Open Hours
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 565 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60661-5701
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > West Loop
  • Neighborhood: West Loop
  • Phone Number: (312) 939-3111

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in West Loop

Neighborhood Profile
West Loop
Fulton Market, Randolph Market, Jackson Boulevard and Greek Town make up the West Loop. The neighborhood is best known as the location of Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios, but this downtown neighborhood is also an up-and-coming spot for Chicago’s trendsetters. Several sub-neighborhoods within West Loop make this a unique neighborhood to visit. Dotted with factories and warehouses, West Loop is packed with various types of dining and nightlife options. If your timing is right, you can take part in neighborhood events like the West Loop Farmers Market, Craft Beer Fest, or the Randolph Street Market Festival.
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