Chicago >Food & Dining > Pump Room Catering
1301 N State Pkwy, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061041.905908 -87.628473
Monday To Saturday From 06:30 AM To 10:00 PM Sunday From 07:00 AM To 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Central, Near North Side
Good food if you can get it. Stupid service. – Twenty feet. That is the maximum extra distance the staff would have to carry an entree to serve a diner in the lounge. Despite the fact that the castrated lounge menu boldly proclaims that "the entire menu is available" they absolutely refused to do it. No matter what. I suppose this is what passes for "service" in the William M. Dec restaurant consultancy. Goodbye. Nice knowing you. Please fail quickly so the space can be used for something that remembers the second component of "foodservice." Love, Mealschpeal com
Super scrumtious – I should begin with a disclaimer: My wife and I went to the Pump Room on our 2nd wedding anniversary and it was on the Tuesday night following Memorial Day, so business was slow. Also, our server informed us that they had gone through a recent menu change w/ Executive Chef Nick Sutton. Now that that's out of the way--WOW. Service: A+ Appetizers: B Entrees: A+ Dessert: B+ Drinks: N/A Atmosphere: A Value: B+
We opted for the steak tartar and the lobster bisque to start. The tartar was flavorful accompanied by an overeasy egg, not my cup of tea. The bisque also had a rich, hearty flavor, but limited lobster and slightly overcrowded with fried new potatoe flakes.
My wife ordered the grilled salmon, medium. I chose the lamb, medium. Both nearly flawless. The salmon was easily the best I've tasted: fresh, subtle, savory accented with mushrooms and "spring garlic soubise". The lamb was equally satifying: tender, flavorful, simply prepared. What truly completed the lamb's impressive flavor was the side of truffled frites that played off of the meat and cipollini onions. The sauces for both entrees were absolutely sinful.
Finally we took the advice of the manager (yeah, we saw him multiple times and not because of any problems) and had the honey cake for dessert. As he had noted, it was an entertaining spin on bread pudding. Quite tasty, but not quite up the high standard of the rest of the meal.
The service was some of the best I've experienced in Chicago, where servers tend to be either underinformed or impatient. All staff was genuinely helpful and attentive. We decided against the joy of wine despite the impressively affordable wine list.
The only reason I went with the B+ for value is the high(er) prices for a limited budget and ala carte approach. Otherwise the food was incredible and the experience is one we will cherish.
a great breakfast – I had breakfast there over the holidays and while the recent reviews were less than flattering, I found the Pump Room a delight. I had family in from out of town and my cousin had dinner there 30 years ago. While so much in life has changed over the years, the Pump Room is truely a heritage restaurant in the world of fast food and poor service.
Chicago is a great city with great food and the Pump Room still can pull it off. I had the eggs benidict with the truffle sauce - a dish I can't wait to try again! There were four of us and the food came fast and with smiles. Victor did a great job and Jaun was very pleasant.
The photos of the past celebs are all over the walls and to was nice after-dining challenge to identify them. I look forward to returning and maybe I'll get booth one like Frank!
Terrible in every way – Having lunch at the Pump Room in November 2007 was the most dissapointing experience in a long while. Not only was the service horrible (50 minute wait for a cold sandwich and burger), the food itself was inedible. The burger was cold. The soup was cold. There were several wait staff milling around doing nothing really useful. We waited 20 minutes just for bread. Drinks were not refilled. Server was quite rude and there were only a few other customers in the restaurant at the time. The prices would be fine if the food and service were anything even average. Do not waste your time or money here. You can do better almost anywhere. Very very dissapointed.
The final curtain was drawn a long time ago – I have always loved the Pump Room because I have so many wonderful memories of this place since childhood but unfortunately it is now owned by a corporation and when that happens you can say goodbye to the true old world style that made it famous with Chicago families, celebrities and royalty. I can't bear to see what has become of it. It is such a sad finalle to a fabulous landmark that I wish it could be in the hands of someone who cared to maintain it instead of a group of investors making a buck off Joe American. They made it available to everyone and now they're catering to the whims of the newly minted. In the old days the servers were very well mannered because they were actually "schooled" in social graces. That is not the case today but most of its current clientele are not schooled in social graces! This doesn't matter to the corporate owners. They will still rake in the money from tourists hoping to see where Frank Sinatra held court. The established families are no longer coming here, there are no real power lunches, no deals, in fact there is nothing that can distinguish it as a noteworthy restaurant. If you are looking for a Chicago landmark to visit go to one of the many wonderful restaurants that are still in the hands of the families that founded them. It is so so sad that the only thing the Pump Room has is a past.
Would not recommend – I took my lovely girlfriend to this place for valentines day and it was horrible. The service was terrible. It took forever to get our food or to order more drink. Very understaffed. The overpriced food was just ok. Nothing special. Take your girl somewhere else.
average dining overall – An okay restaurant if you're interested in historical Chicago places and don't mind spending a bit of money. It had a very "old world" atmosphere which was intriguing but this is definitely not a great place if you want excitement and people watching. Our waiter was excellent and the food itself was of a really high quality. I give kudos to the chef in trying to create interesting food combinations but unfortunately they didn't really work. I had a prawn with pineapple and bacon appetizer which didn't really impress me. The frog leg risotto was too salty. And the crust in my white cheddar apple tart was too soft and you could still taste ice chunks in the basil ice cream. My description of my dinner should give you an indication of what sort of nouveau cuisine to expect from this place even though it has a somewhat faded atmosphere.
One of the best meals I've had in Chicago – I went here for a birthday dinner, and was very impressed. At a restaurant with such classically elegant decor, it was a pleasant surprise to find such inventive food and unique taste combinations.
This grand hotel restaurant serves French-inspired American fare in a legendary Gold Coast setting. – The Scene
The Pump Room's famous photo foyer sets a tone of pomp and nostalgia with a who's who of framed celebrity pics, most from the '80s and before. The clubby piano bar leads into a stately dining room decked in crystal chandeliers, roomy booths, and servers in formal attire. Mature hotel guests and special-occasion celebrants soak up the throwback ambience and cut a rug to live music on Saturday nights.
The menu gives American cuisine a subtle French tweak, with intriguing starters like ostrich canapes, Colorado lamb tart and foie gras served with a vanilla wafer cookie and strawberry-pepper sauce. Entrees include horseradish-roasted filet mignon, simple free-range chicken and sinful butter-poached Maine lobster with apple-tarragon puree. The lunch menu features fancy salads and sandwiches, from a half-pound Black Angus beef burger and Cajun-spiced chicken to the popular chopped salad, which gets a tangy kick from house-made thousand island dressing.
Wonderful Dining Experience – We celebrated my wife's 40th birthday. We were welcomed by the concierge w/ great enthusiasm and our table captain greated us by our last name. The service team made us feel extremely special even though we weren't seated in Booth 1. The concierge even went out of her way to repair my wife's shoe strap which broke when she exited the cab. The food was first rate and we sent our compliments to the chef. Although pricey, the whole experience was well worth it. Overall a wonderful dining experience.
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