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“Poor service, bad food” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Drake Brothers

Drake Brothers
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Ranked #380 of 9,466 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Kids, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile
Cross street: Michigan Avenue
Description: Rich oak wood and verdant greenery set the stage for this classic restaurant perched above the corner of the Magnificent Mile and the Gold Coast, with beautiful panoramic view of lake Michigan and Lake Shore Drive. Here guests enjoy outstanding service for breakfast and lunch 365 days a year.
Madison, WI
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54 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Poor service, bad food”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Drake and had a free breakfast voucher as part of a deal. We went here for breakfast, which would not be worth the listed prices at all had we paid full price. We waited a half an hour to be seated, which is fine for a restaurant on a Sunday morning. However, when we were seated we were not helped/served at all - we were completely ignored for 30 minutes and could not find anyone to help us. Finally we found a server and asked for juice - which came about an hour into the breakfast.
We had the buffet, which was supposed to be a full, warm buffet but was highly disappointing. The "hot" foods were scrambled eggs and potatoes, and probably some meat but I'm a vegetarian so can't speak to that. Both were cold and tasted strange - like cleaning products. There was an omelet station but the line was far too long to bother. The other options were all cold/continental - cereal, toast, cold cinnamon buns, yogurt, granola, and fruit.
I enjoy some of these items, but the serving containers set out were so small, after waiting in line behind two people they were emptied out. The items weren't labeled well, so be careful if you have allergies or food/dietary requirements. The yogurt was sitting out in a bowl and looked unappetizing, so I ended up eating a dannon container yogurt, which was warm.
Many items were empty, including all beverages, and were not refilled in our time there. We were limited to the single glass of juice finally delivered at the end of our meal.
Service, when existent, was brusque and made us feel as though we were being rushed out. Not a good meal, and definitely ruined the morning after our lovely stay at the hotel.

Visited February 2013
Thank RoxyRMR
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Clinton Twp.
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great Start”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

Breakfast is wonderful staff is friendly and efficient, the food is good and the view of the Lake in the morning is wonderful !

Visited February 2013
Thank Patricia G
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Champaign, Illinois
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Best Brunch!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2013

Such delicious-ness with fresh berries, omelets, crispy bacon, pastries, salmon, cheeses, etc. It is a feast and if you get a seat by the windows overlooking Lake Michigan, you won't regret it. Enjoy!

Visited February 2013
Thank gwyneth51
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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111 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Better to have your breakfast at Denny's.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I ordered "classic" eggs Benedict. I'm not exactly sure what we were served. It was more like eggs over easy plopped on top of bread pudding with a side of wheat toast. It was just weird - and overpriced. Service wasn't great either. We won't go back.

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Thank skylrk
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Logansport, Louisiana
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96 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Great food with a great view”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

I loved this restaurant. I was seated with a great view of Lake Michigan and a park. It was snowing so it only added to the beauty. I ordered the Eggs Benedict on Crab Cakes. This was absolutly delicious. I was treated with great respect and the atmoshere was perfect for a comfortable start of a new day.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank dejimita
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