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“1/2price bottles of wine on Monday”
Review of Fresco 21 - CLOSED

Fresco 21
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: American, Gastropub, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Balmoral Ave
Transit: O’Hare Ground Transportation Airport Shuttles - The InterContinental Chicago O’Hare provides a complimentary airport shuttle between the hotel, airport, and the nearby CTA Station 24 hours a day.
Description: Inspired by Chicago's first airport, Ashburn Flying Field, The Ashburn is an innovative restaurant that celebrates the heritage and tradition of aviation. The Ashburn's offerings include unique twists and modern interpretations of classic American cuisine in a contemporary and relaxed gastro pub setting.
beam1
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“1/2price bottles of wine on Monday”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

happening place.
nice group of guests
good wait staff
additional seating beyond bar stools. we had a four person high top which made conversation easy going.

Visited October 2013
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English first
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Good Breakfast”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

Went here for the breakfast buffet. Nice variety. Omelet station, waffle station, big variety - bacon, hash browns and smoked salmon (how often do you see that on a buffet?!). Down side - $19/person for just the buffet, no drink.

  • Visited September 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Nice selection”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

Enjoyed my Greek chicken and hamburger. Southwest omelet was somewhat weird. Toast thick and tasty. Caesar salad was good but difficult to eat due to strange tines on the forks.....a little too modern! :)

Visited September 2013
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Millburn, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Not the usual hotel restaurant”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

I am here for business and had dinner at Fresco 21 last night. The petite filet with creamy Brie, asparagus, and deliciously crispy fries may not sound spectacular but it was amazing. Filet was done perfectly, so tender and complimented so well - not overpowered - by the Brie and sauce. Good wine menu.

  • Visited September 2013
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Anchorage, Alaska
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Not a typical airport hotel restaurant”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

As a tapas-style eatery, Fresco 21 is at many steps up from the majority of airport hotel restaurants you will encounter. I applaud their efforts to move away from the tried-and-true - but oh so tired - traditional offerings found on most hotel menus.

One of the specials the night I dined simply knocked it out of the park -- duck confit on a crisped polenta cake, topped with fried egg. I would have ordered a second but it was so popular that it quickly sold out. They should make it a regular offering and also consider adding it as a "twist on eggs Benedict" brunch item.

Calamari can be a ho-hum appetizer at many hotel restaurants. At Fresco 21 the dish stood out by being tender and freshly prepared by hand in house as opposed to pre-fab from a food supply company. The tasty Moroccan hanger steak had been marinated in Harissa before a quick sear to medium rare. My only complaint was the portion was quite dainty -- definitely a solo tasting portion, not a sharable plate.

Not as successful were gambas serrano, overcooked Serrano ham wrapped shrimp accompanied by burnt marcona almonds. Rather than being tender, the shrimp were tough and chewy. The slightly scorched Spanish ham lent an acrid taste to the dish. But to the restaurant's credit, the manager noted that the dish was improperly prepared and took it off of the tab.

Watch for nightly specials on food or beverages at Fresco 21. At the time of this writing, Monday evening is martini night. On Tuesday evening select bottles of wine are half price in the restaurant. This is especially nice for hotel guests who can take the bottle back to the room after dinner.

Although Fresco 21 would likely have difficulty playing in the major leagues against power-house restaurants in the downtown Chicago core, it has no problem holding its own in the Rosemont area near O'Hare. This small airport hotel restaurant shines.

  • Visited August 2013
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