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“The steak is great - but not much else”

The Grillroom Chophouse & Wine Bar
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Ranked #321 of 9,764 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Wine Bar
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown / The Loop
Cross street: Dearborn
Transit: Red Line, Green Line, Blue Line as well as walking distance to the Metra Stations.
Description: With its warm surroundings of hardwood floors, wood-paneled walls, mood lighting and tall leather booths, this urban chophouse and wine bar is the prime destination for power lunches, business meetings, intimate dinners or late night cocktails. Enjoy the finest Prime steaks, fresh seafood, pasta, salads and more, all with The Grillroom's exclusive flair. Directly in the heart of our Chicago Loop and prime Theatre District, The Grillroom offers a convenient location to relax and enjoy. Its friendly and personable staff will add to your experience through their professional manner and food & wine knowledge. We look forward to dining with you soon!
Reviewed June 25, 2012

We asked our hotel staff at the Club Quarters' Central Loop for a recommendation for a steak house we could walk to. They told us about the Grillroom and even gave us a card for 15% off for mentioning the hotel. Well I know steak is expensive so we were happy to have that. The steak at the Grillroom did not disappoint. Hubby and I both got the filets and while he likes it well done and I like it med rare, we both were presented with our steaks exactly how we liked it. And they were each tender and juicy and delicious. The problem was with everything else - other than our waiter who was serving his first night but was awesome. No doubt because it was7:30 on a Friday night and there were only about 3 or 4 tables seated in the whole place. Everything was a la carte which maybe all steakhouses do, I don't know. But the sides were about $8 - $9 each. So hubby orders like an $8 baked potatoe - really? A potatoe with nothing done but stuck in the oven is $8 bucks? Granted even a very large potatoe. I had the potatoe leek caserole which was so buttery or oily, I'm not sure which but it was bad. Also, if you wanted a sauce with your steak - I chose Bernaise and he horseradish - they charge $2 each for what amounts to about 2 tablespoons of sauce. My Bernaise was so salty I didn't even use it. So if you want a great steak - go here. But stick with just the au jus, and maybe share a potatoe.

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Reviewed May 31, 2012

Had dinner with a group of five on a Friday evening. Restaurant was quiet and nowhere near full, which was surprising, given the mostly-reasonable pricing and pretty good food. Very good cocktails and a nice salad and steak.

Atmosphere was nice and dark and quiet enough for good conversation (don't know what it would be like if the place were fuller).

Service was attentive without being overbearing. We stayed quite a while and never felt a pressure to leave -- again, don't know how this would be on a busier evening.

All in all, a quite nice evening.

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Reviewed May 14, 2012

After attending a performance at the Bank of America Theatre we were hungry but didn't want a big meal. We decided to to have appetizers at the Grillroom and chophouse,across the street from the theatre. We ordered a variety of appetizers to share. The calamari was cooked perfectly and was served with cocktail sauce and lemon aioli. We loved the very tender filet sliders served on a soft bun with bleu cheese and balsamic onions. We also enjoyed the comforting four cheese mac and cheese. Unfortunately we all felt the baked goat cheese on puff pastry with tomato confit was a disappointment. The pastry triangles were served on top of a bland tomato confit which made the pastry very soggy. Good selection of wine by the glass but don't expect a strong cocktail. Overall this was a good choice and we will return when in the area.

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Reviewed May 11, 2012

Visited after a showing of Jersey Boys. This place is located right across the street from the Bank of America Theatre in downtown Chicago.
Service was good and the food was amazing with reasonable prices.
Highly recommend.

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Reviewed April 8, 2012

We had a party of 5 and ate at the Grillroom prior to going to the Bank of America theatre. Great location as the theatre is right across the street. We all had various cuts of beef and they were all excellent. The men were very happy with their portion size. The sides are meant to be shared and they were very good. We also shared a creme brulee and a cheesecake, both were very tasty. We thought our meal was excellent. We were also very pleased with the service. Our waitress was friendly and attentive. We were very happy we picked the Grillroom for our night out.

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