Chicago >Food & Dining > Artists' Restaurant
412 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions 6060541.876526 -87.624585
Mon. - Thu. 7am - 8pm;Fri. - Sun. 7am - 12pm
Neighborhoods: Central, Loop
I love the variety of menu items!!!! They have wonderful salads and sandwiches. It is a great atmosphere for having lunch with the girls!!! The service is always great!!!
We came for breakfast and it was a beautiful day to look out at Grant Park. The waitress was nice and food arrived quickly
The twentysomething waitress serving the outdoor cafe at the Artists' Restaurant (or Artists' Cafe, as it is popularly known) wears an outfit suitable for a workout - shorts and a loose black t-shirt. And work out she does, moving fast between bar, kitchen counter and her outdoor domain, kicking the door open, schlepping plates and glasses, bending down to reach for some papers a guest dropped on the floor. About to pick up a platter laden with hamburger and french fries, she stops and addresses the guy in the kitchen: "That's cold. I won't serve this." A new platter is made while she rushes back out. It's a warm afternoon; almost all the outdoor tables are occupied. Owner Irene reigns behind the cash register, conversing with the customers ("Have you had a nice lunch?"), and allowing some of the waitresses, at one point, to gather around a guest who is a singer. The cafe sees its share of celebrities; one employee names Jean-Claude Van Damme and Jim Belushi as two who have graced the premises.
The food was pretty good. I saw the grilled cheese sandwich highly recommended, so I ordered that, despite the fact that normally I would never have ordered a grilled cheese at a restaurant. It didn't disappoint.
We had a pleasant lunch here. The inside is such a throwback to a 50s dining restaurant. Loved it. Food was good - I had a club called some British aristocratic name: Wellington? Huntington? Anyways...it was tasty. My bf had a similar sandwich on a croissant, which he said was also good. They have an impressive drink menu, and the dessert selection was pretty awesome.
Again, amazing great times at this Cafe back in the 90's ate here a LOT after school at the Art Institute. Updating review soon....
I was in town for a Conference at the Hilton, just down the street, and a friend and I walked here for dinner. The menu is an interesting mix of ethnic and American foods. I had the Greek grilled cheese sandwich, which was feta cheese, tomatoes and red onions on pita bread. It was good and reasonably priced
I really like this place. The staff is friendly, the food is good, great coffee and the people watching can't be beat. It has a cozy diner feeling despite being a fairly large cafe.
Open since 1961, the Artists' Restaurant is a Fine Arts Building tradition. Makris and her sister (and co-owner) Angela have worked there the longest; their employees include students as well as waitresses who have been with them for decades.
Good Place to Dine with – This is the place with a good taste of food. The ambiance is cool, the service is fast and the servers were friendly and overall all it was great.
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