545 North

4.1
132 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Since August, 2006, 545 North in Libertyville has been creating a unique experience of upscale food in a comfortable, casual environment. The 545 North vibe is a combination of historic Midwestern charm and urban sophistication. With cuisine made from scratch, local craft beers, boutique wine selections, signature cocktails, and a stylish ambiance, 545 North is, and has been one of Libertyville’s top dining destinations, enjoyed by guests near and far.
Located in one of downtown Libertyville’s historic buildings, 545 North’s atmosphere blends the old with the new. A sleek slate wall greets you as you first enter the restaurant, giving the space an urban feel, while exposed brick walls and hardwood floors represent the history of the space. Our copper-topped bar is a focal point as well as a prime spot for viewing the latest sporting events or mingling with friends old and new.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Steak
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Tue–Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(847) 247-8700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef David Gray
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Cross street
Between Lake & Cook streets
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Parking details
Free parking in lot or garage behind the restaurant.
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Public transit
Metra Milwaukee North line, Libertyville stop. We are located 1 1/2 blocks south of the train station.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 132 People Are Saying
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3.9
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4.2
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3.9
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CL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

We used open table to make a reservation for 8:30... typically after the Saturday rush. It was a situation that the manager should have taken the restaurant out of the reservation system for the night well before we arrived. They were severely short staffed and under trained (They knew they would be going into the evening. One of the staffers was getting married and invited a number of their coworkers to the wedding.)

We waited at the bar a minimal amount of time for the situation (maybe 10 minutes past our reservation). However, we waited 20 minutes at our table before I asked the hostess if someone was helping us.

The hostess attended to our table. The one app took 20 minutes and the mains were another 20 min after that. For an 8:30 reservation with 1 app, 4 entries, 1 round of drinks from the bar and no desert, this took far too long for this type of restaurant. It was over 90 minutes.

I would have expected at least an apology from the manager. None was received.

I'll give them another try but if they are backed up- I am walking - there are many other local establishments to chose from.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

I would not return. Food was over cooked and service was horrible. They weren’t that busy yet it took over an hour to get our food. It took two hours for our meal. They didn’t stop for drink refills, check, etc.

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L
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

The food was not great. The service was just ok and the whole atmosphere was kind of strange. I’m surprised it has survived in Libertyville this long.

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OT
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went out with friends and decided to revisit 545 North again. It did not disappoint. Each of us ordered a different meal, and none of us were disappointed. In addition, we were able to sit in their outdoor area and enjoy the wonderful evening weather.

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p
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good service. Enjoyable eating outside. We liked the Charcuterie plate. I would come back and spend time working my way through the small plates. Our tastes are light on char foods so we would avoid hangar steak and Cobb salad chicken in the future. Perhaps just a taste preference.

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TC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal with family and a little birthday party

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S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Very average to poor food execution, and very slow service. Air conditioner was dripping on us, so we moved outside. Our appetizers were incredibly slow to arrive. Server was nice but not overly helpful or responsive. Scallops appetizer very over cooked. Portions were small. Other food was passable at best. Inside was noisy, outside live music was good but very loud. Will not be back.

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AL
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Waitress not knowledgeable regarding charcuterie cheeses. Not attentive or energetic—could hardly hear the specials—very soft-spoken. Water from ceiling was dripping on our table. With no apologies from staff or mgmt.

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v
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chicken sandwich was delicious.

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D
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food but timing a little off. Entrees delivered while still eating salad. Also, waitress was not sure they would have baked potatoes ready yet - it was 6:45. Will definitely return, tho.

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KC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Our meal was fine, but service was particularly slow. I do not believe this was the issue of the server - she said they had a new chef and things were slow in the kitchen, and I believe her. Will try it again though - good food!

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IC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The best BLT I ever had. Lots of bacon, served warm and very tasty. Nice menu.

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VD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. The patio was delightful. Live music. ...perfect volume ... not too loud.. so we could talk! Food and drink were great!

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s
Chicago
104 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here, and everything from the hostess and server to the food and the cool patio made for an outstanding experience. Had the hanger steak by suggestion and it was terrific. My friend had the duck breast with the Asian prep and it was delicious. Only downside was that the taplist was not up tpo date and two of my choices were not available - but our server comped my second beer since she felt badly. I hope to return soon!

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l
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food try the Brussels sprouts with balsamic

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CH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Worst dinner ever. Waitress lacked attention to detail. Didn’t know what was in the special. Appetizer was missing items. Hair in entree. Hooray it was summer! Will never go again.

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JP
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The Ahi Tuna salad was disappointing. Salad was fresh and tasty but Ahi was sparse, overdone and tasteless.

Doors were locked at 11:30 although it said lunch started at 11

Server was not focused

Overall disappointing - not like previous experience

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We had a new waitress. Service was extremely slow. Waited almost 30 minutes just for water. Wrong wine was served and waited a long time for correct wine. One salad came without chicken. Not sure if waitresses fault or bartender/kitchen. We’ve been to 545 many times before and never had this happen. We always enjoy our experience.

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T
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On point service, attentive and accommodating but never intrusive. Phenomenal selection at reasonable price points. Live music was the perfect touch!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Disappointed! We made reservations for outside and we were told to wait 15 minutes. 30 minutes later we asked to just be seated. We were but our server took another 10 minutes to get our order. The owner (manager) ended up coming over and giving us our appetizer and then dinner. No apologies at all; so disappointed with the service.

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D
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We had a 7:00 reservation for outside, we were sat at 7:40. While we waited, we had drinks at the bar. Our drinks were good and the bartender was friendly. The service was slow on the patio. The food was tasty. We had to ask for water and refills. The plates should have been cleared sooner than they were. We sat outside and it was an enjoyable atmosphere. We enjoyed listening to the guitar player.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We watched the World Cup match in the beer garden with our dog and had wonderful service!!! They even brought our pup a whole bowl of treats and constant water and ice refills. 5 stars!!!

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CP
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Nothing outstanding.
No dinner specials

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p
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

545 has a gorgeous patio. Wonderful breeze when the sun goes down . The food and drinks were great too.

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L
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was my first time there even though it has been open for years. The menu was nice but nothing on there I had not seen everywhere else. All of our food was well prepared and well presented. The bartender was our waitress and she took good care of us.

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JM
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a afternoon theater day in downtown Chicago. After getting off the train at rush hour it was a wonderful stop for delicious food and wine. The people serving us were very efficient and pleasant, they paced the food perfectly. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice evening. Great service. The lettuce wrap special was a little too spicy. Sriracha sauce too hot. And I like spicy!

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D
Chicago
136 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

545 North is definitely a treasure. I loved the menu with its comfort food choices and innovative small bites. We shared the seared scallops in the citrus sauce and the mini pork tostadas as appetizers. My friend had a fabulous Rueben sandwich. I kept snitching her french fries. I had the steak salad with portobello mushrooms, arugula, and a horseradish dressing, which I adored. Downtown Libertyville has wonderful boutique shopping which I enjoyed before dining.We had excellent service and the court yard is charming.

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EL
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great outdoor patio for eating/socializing. Knowledgeable staff, especially the wine expert.

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AK
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

This was our 3rd time at 545. We were really looking forward to our return. The server took over 30 minutes for our beverages. It was Memorial Day Sunday at 4:30...the place was empty - don't know what was going on! Another table outside went in to talk to the management, they never came out to check on us. The server came and told us she was leaving, a family emergency. Regardless if that was the reason or not, the manager/owner still didn't come outside to talk to us. It wasn't until another table went in to talk to him. Then when he came outside, we had to flag him down....sure he didn't charge us for our drinks, but he should have come outside on his own! The food was fair. Will I go back? Don't think so. You lost a customer with your lack of caring.

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SR
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place among many choices in Libertyville. Consistently delicious food items, and brews. Bonus is the outdoor seating which we’ve enjoyed on warm evenings like this last one and crisp fall evenings also.

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J
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, good service, although the food was slow in coming out (server explained that they were training a new chef). My criticism is of the servers’ attire. This is a restaurant that caters to an older crowd. Very few people were under 40. The servers were wearing short shorts and cut up jeans—just didn’t seem right for the type of restaurant and clientele.

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EL
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great outdoor dining.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great Mother’s Day Dinner!

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EM
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

This was THE worst brunch ever. From the start, the staff was not ready after 9:30. Food stations were not ready and hostess was emptying Mariano’s cookies and donuts on to their dessert table. After we were seated, we were immediately moved to a booth with the 5th seat sticking out in the aisle. Our server didn’t take our drink order until another 5 minutes passed as she was filling coffee carafes. Then she proceeded to get 2 wrong drinks (out of 5). We then waited another 10 minutes to be told we could serve ourselves. The food was mediocre at best and the eggs Benedict ran out before we got to it. All the food was on top of the bar which couldn’t be reached by kids - age 11 and 9. The prime rib was about 75% fat. The ham appeared to be from honeybaked ham store, but was good. As mentioned, the Mariano’s desserts were subpar.

We couldn’t get out of this place faster.

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DZ
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fun birthday dinner

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RJ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was overall tasty. Everything is ala carte. We waited about 30 minutes for dessert but was well worth it—the apple tart.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Very inattentive service. We were forgotten about twice.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great place!

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RB
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We recently dines at 545 and had a wonderful experience. Handcrafted cocktails were spot on! Dinner selection wasn’t huge but the menu had something for everyone. Most importantly the meals were delicious. I had the Wolf fish, which was on special - spectacular! Service was exceptional. The server was very attentive, popped in when we needed something. We had a minor issue with a glass of wine that tasted off and the server immediately corrected. Definitely going back again.

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