Chicago >Restaurants > Zed 451
739 N Clark St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061041.895888 -87.631073
Mon-Thu 4:30pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 4:30pm-11pm
Sun 11:30am-2pm, 4:30pm-10pm
Rooftop (weather permitting): Mon-Wed 4:30pm-11pm, Thu 2:30pm-11pm
Fri 2:30pm-12am, Sat 4:30pm-12am, Sun 11:30am-10pm
Neighborhoods: Near North Side, Central
Swank, Nice Bar, Food Service No Big Deal – I dined at Zed 451 on a recent trip to Chicago and while a beautiful restaurant, the experience overall was, EHH! The concept reminds me of Brazilian Style dining, however, the food offerings didn't excite me - nothing was super delish, just a dressed up salad bar and meat. The bar and upstairs scene was very cute and good for people watching although a little crowded.
Great for Drinks and Appetizers, NOT FOOD – I don't recommend this as a destination as much as I recommend it as a "stop along the way". This place has a gorgeous rooftop terrace (be prepared to wait as much as an hour as they only allow 2 - 3 people in at a time, based on capacity) and the specialty drinks are delicious. The scene is great and there are always good looking people coming to relax after work. During the cold months, head inside to the bar on the 1st floor to sample the nice cheese and meat platter near the fireplace. As for the actual dinner - underwhelming.
EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING! – I have eaten twice at the Zed in downtown Chicago and both times had a disapointing experience. The "head" waiter was young, inexperienced and completely untrained...the rest of the dining room staff was much better.. on both occasions, the hostess at the front desk told people in my party that we had not been seated and directed them to the bar, where they sat waiting for us for 20 minutes. the only problem was: both times we had been seated. is this some ploy to get people to spend more money at the bar?? not good policy.. as for the food, the first time we were there, our server never told us about the salad bar area... while the meat was plentiful, it was just passable and way too salty. with so many great restaurants in chicago, there is absolutely no reason to dine at zed.
Great food, harvest bar and drinks – I've never been to a churasceria and I don't even actually eat red meat or pork but I still think Zed 451 is a great place to go on a date or with a group. The atmosphere is cool and the roof deck is impeccably designed for relaxing and socializing. As for the food and drinks, the cocktails are refreshingly made with fresh juices and fruits that are delectable. The harvest bar has so many salads, fresh charcuterie, cheeses and vegetables that you need to be careful not to fill up. As for the meats, my date loved them all and the mediteranean chicken was awesome. For the price that incudes amuse bouche, salads and all the meat you can eat is a steal. My one complaint is that the clientele needs to dress better. T-shirts and jeans are inappropriate for anywhere but McDonald's.
Awesome brunch spot! – If you're looking for a new brunch spot, I would definitely recommend ZED 451. It's the perfect kind of food (and a lot of it) when you're making this your biggest meal of the day. Pairing it with a Bloody Mary is also the way to go. My friend had another "brunchy" cocktail and we both were in heaven. Honestly, this is the place to be to sit back, chill out and start your Sunday off on the right foot!
Following an interminable renovation, a sprawling, high-design buffet emerges--meat-wielding servers intact. – River North barely seems to support the scale of designer Chris Smith's vision. Great sheets of glass, unfinished wood, black steel and stone compose the elevation--a Disney-esque naturalism continued into gigantic interior spaces. Floor one boasts a main dining room and cavernous bar, but it's not that simple; stairwells, passageways and balconies suggest intricate space, a complexity that's carried upstairs and to the stunning rooftop lounge. Waiters, who are also chefs, weave through the whole jumble, deftly handling skewers of meat and preciously composed bites. A diverse, well-dressed crowd signals for fire-grilled steaks, ribs, seafood, poultry and game by moving river rocks in and out of a dish in the center of each table.
Photo by Jasmin Shah
Bring your appetite! – I came here with a friend the 2nd night it opened. We really were only going for drinks but the food looked so good we decided to eat there. All I can say is wow. Generally I'm the type to wait at least a month before trying a new place while they work out the kinks but I was seriously impressed. Not ony was the food ridiculously good and interesting, the service was excellent. The price for a churrascaria is generally about the same (here or anywhere else) in this city so I don't know why anyone would say it's overpriced. You can also just do the harvest tables for less money, I believe. Eventhough we were stuffed to the gills we still ordered dessert and again WOW. Who can pass up molten chocolate cake? I can't and glad I didn't. By the time we finished they almost had to roll me out of there. Loved the raspberry mojitos too. Can't wait to get up on the roof deck once the weather gets nicer.
Great Service and Atmosphere, Meat not worth $49 – My wife and I went to Zed 451 last night to celebrate an early Mother's Day. When we arrived at the restaurant, we were impressed with the atmosphere of the restaurant and the staff was very friendly. There was a slight mixup when we were looking for a table (waiter told us we could sit at a table that there were people already sitting, but were at the firepit area getting salad, cheeses, etc.). When we did get to our table, the waiter also failed to mention what the protocol was with the 2 stones in the middle of the table. Someone walking around (the owner?) asked us how we were doing, and explained that once we were finished with the "buffet:" part of the meal, we could place a stone near the corner of the table, and that's when the table service starts for the skewered meat. In all, I am not trying to complain about the service. I feel that we got excellent service, and everyone seemed very friendly and warm. The risk with any churrascaria type restaurants are that the meat is not warm when it comes to your table (not a problem here, meat was at right temperature) and that the quality of the meat is subpar. It's the quality of the meat that I had a problem with. It was either overcooked, or not as flavorful as I had hoped. In total, I rate the restaurant 3 stars, but there are other churrascaria restaurants in Chicago that I could visit before Zed 451 for the price.
Zed 451 is about choices, and not just a few... – This place isn't perfect, but it seems like it's trying to be. I'd triedhis place based on a number of reviews I'd seen elsewhere and all of them seem to focus on the renovation. It's true it's georgous. No question. Though some of it's choices are odd to say the least. There is a really bad painting on one wall of a hick and a fire in the field in the backgroud that looks like it was painted by a high school kid. This place is the kind of place where I felt even the price though not really expensive was a little daunting, until I ate there. The value was phenominal. I found all sorts of new gourmet foods I'd never heard of before. one of my favorites was the red wine poach pears with gorgonzola and pecans. I was impressed. I could go on and on about all the different food choices, but that's really the point. I never had an issue with any of it, but even better, I wasn't stuck with any one thing.,.. And most of us who love food, have paid $80 per person for a high end steak meal, and even a few we weren't impressed with. This place adjusts to you, and offers you so many choices, that you can't really go wrong. The even had Venison and Duck to offer. I don't love duck or lamb personally, But I tried them anyway, why?, because it didn't cost me anything more to try them. Best parts of the "chef selections" in my opinion were the Parmesean crusted pork loin, and the Mahi that was tempura dusted with the mango salsa. Now, I'm not a professional reviewer, and have no intention of ever being one. But this place opened only a week ago, and it's kind of daunting, so I thought I would clue you guys in. Also if your interested in a summer coctail. The bourbon ginger lemonade was awesome. I ended up drinking 3. So crisp and clean, and refreshing. Also the Dessert was great too. We split the Butterscotch bread pudding. Man that's what butterscotch should taste like. Our servers name was Andrew, we're going to request him again next time we go.
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