Chicago >Food & Dining > Rainforest Cafe
605 N Clark St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061041.892826 -87.631031
Neighborhoods: Near North Side, Central
Great place of you like food that certainly comes frozen off a truck from elsewhere. The food was truly abysmal. No effort at all.
Cool Place to Eat in Chicago – I go here every so often just to change it up. I think the place is pretty cool. People say its a tourist trap, but this is the kind of thing that makes the city great. Most cities do not have cool themed restaurants like this.
They have it done up like a rainforest, like you're in the jungle and there are animals everywhere. The price is a little higher, but the service is great and seeing the rain in the restaurant and lighting storms is very cool.
This cartoon jungle is a child's wonderland, with waterfalls, swinging monkeys and a canopy of faux flora and fauna. – In Short
While waiting for a table, hungry diners prowl the retail village, where cash-register ka-chings compete with chirping birds, roaring lions and chest-thumping gorillas. When the lights start to flicker, never fear--thunderstorms are part of the show. The menu is American comfort food--pastas, burgers, pizzas and salads--served with a tropical flair. There are plenty options that the kids will recognize, but enough novelty to keep the parents happy.
Tourist Trap with Two Capital Ts – While the decor, waterfall sounds, above average service, and kid friendly environment are major pluses, they cannot make up for incredibly overpriced mediocre food (ultimately, the place is a restaurant and dining is what it's all about.). The clam chowder tasted average and my wife and I both had burgers and soft drinks. Total price with tip $36.00. In addition there is a shop immediately outside of the restaurant (similar to a Cracker Barrel) where kids are lured by a number of again overpriced toys. Consequently, this is not a total bust but also not recommended.
Pricey-but well worth it!!! – I have visited Rainforest Cafe in Chicago 3 times and must admit I enjoy it more each time I go back. The food is great, atmosphere wonderful, service-top notch and a fun place for kids. If you are on vacation this stop is a must! Escpecially if you have children--they will love it. Yes, the price is a little high, but the food, ambience and overall experience is well worth it!
No Reservations in this Rainforest... – You can MAKE reservations but they matter not when you get there. "Reservations," we were told, "Only mean The Next Available Table..." After everyone in front of you without Reservations is seated, by the way. Not a place for the Handicapped, elderly or very young. BUT the jungle magic of the place reflected in a child's eyes almost makes the wait worth it. Food is so-so, but for around $12 you can end the meal with a Volcano, all chocolate and sparkles, giggles and smiles. The room downstairs should be marked, Grandparents and other Suckers Only, but pure fun.
Drink wine while sitting on a zebra! – You can sit at the bar(on a zebra or another animal) while staring at the jungle atmosphere. Did I mention the soud of running waterfalls and animals? You and your date can become Tarzan and Jane. Then, buy a souvenoir in their shop to remember your experience!
Just OK – The jungle atmosphere is the best thing about this place. The bottom floor gift shop seemed a little too touristy for my taste. The alcohol drinks are not good. Skip them. The food is alright, but this restaurant is designed for the kids.
Can Be Scary... – The food is fine and the drinks are large, but the thunder, lighting and moving animal effects can be a bit much for the little kids. Think twice about bringing someone under the age of 3.
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