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“Fantastic wait staff with food to match!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Great Street Restaurant

Great Street Restaurant
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Ranked #1,680 of 9,467 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $40 - $60
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown / The Loop
Cross street: Wacker & State
Transit: Conveniently located on the corner of State & Wacker. Lake Street and Red Line stations located directly behind the hotels back entrance
Description: A fresh take on Loop dining, Great Street combines picturesque views, sensational local flavors and a vibrant downtown to deliver a true taste of Chicago. Regional and seasonal creations fill the menu at this modern classic restaurant, enticing guests to return time and again.
cleve, ohio
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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Fantastic wait staff with food to match!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2011

We had a Fantastic Brunch the morning after the wedding we attended. I was impressed at the impeccable service of the waiters. The brunch selections were plentiful with lots of fresh fruit.

  • Visited August 2011
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Casa Grande, Arizona
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Great view, good food, bad service”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2010

My niece and I had one night in Chicago together. We started at the Christkindl market and sampled yummy food. Then we spent two hours at Macy's with the makeup counter gals (wonderfully fun). We decided to sit somewhere and nosh and chat. The Renaissance Hotel restaurant welcomed us at 9pm on Thursday, December 16. The restaurant was completely empty, and they gave us the best table with a fantastic view of Wacker. We ordered salads and flatbreads, all of which were delicious (maybe too much dressing on the salad). Neither of us drinks alcohol, but we did order two desserts and cappucino. Up until then, our waitress and bus people were wonderful. But then the waitress set down the bill and started to harrass me about paying it. At some point she asked us if we were staying at the hotel. Just before bringing us the bill, she welcomed two sets of diners, so we were no longer alone. My niece and I were busy talking and not paying attention, but it finally became quite clear that our waitress had rescinded her welcome and wanted us to be done. The bus person pulled our desserts before we were finished! (A better-skilled wait staff could have handled the situation with much more finesse and class.) I had already put the tip on the bill, or else I would have rescinded that. It didn't ruin our evening, because, well, a snippy waitress shouldn't ruin anyone's evening. My guess is we became a problem because we weren't staying at the hotel and they couldn't put our tab on the room. Still, we weren't exactly paying WalMart prices and we had asked them if they were willing to serve us before we entered. It was kind of a cheap way to be treated.

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Thank AZPeregrina
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Chicago, Illinois
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107 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Excellent dinner; perfect for theater goers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2010

Had tickets for a show at the Chicago Theater and checking out the theater's website saw that Great Street Restaurant was offering a $99 per couple theater package. Bottle of wine, parking validation and three course meal. Was skeptical as it sounded too good to be true.

I couldn't have been more wrong. Dinner was excellent, from appetizer to entree to dessert. I thought the bottle of wine was very good, especially since you are limited to what they offer for the package. Every course was timed perfectly and we had plenty of time to get to the show, although it only took about a 2 minute walk as this restaurant is conveniently right across the street from the theater.

I did make reservations, but seemed unnecessary as restaurant was not that crowded.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
“Poor Service”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2010

The food was excellent, the view was magnificent. The noise level allowed conversation, but we would have preferred less background music. However, the pleasure of this was dimmed by a lazy waiter who rarely appeared. He had explained specials to the first couple. When second couple arrived, he appeared at the table and said "Have you decided what you want?" at 7:00 he brought dessert menus, we said we had a 7:30 curtain, he said there was plenty of time. He never came back to even take a coffee order. We had to hail another waiter to get check to leave by 7:13! It is sad when a bored indifferent waiter can make an otherwise excellent restaurant into an unhappy experience.

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1 Thank EthelSue
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Washington DC
1 review
“SURPRISE FIND! FANTASTIC VIEW! SUPER SERVICE!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2010

A friend of mine was staying at the Renaissance Chicago at Wacker & State right on the river, with views of Trump, Marina Towers & the Wrigley Building. The restaurant 'sticks out" from the property with a roof almost entirely of skylights, and a curved room with absolutely stunning views! The food was great. From the pretzel rolls to the lamb chops to the freat salads. Even the glasses are kind of a cool curved shape. If you have a romantic occasion just reserve one of the many window tables, you will not be sorry!

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Thank Steve2242
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