Cherry Circle Room

4.8
1276 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American

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About

Creative development studio Land and Sea Dept. (Longman & Eagle, Lost Lake, Parson’s Chicken & Fish, Lonesome Rose) is pleased to present the Cherry Circle Room, at the Chicago Athletic Association, located on Michigan Avenue, in the very heart of the Loop.

Chef Pete Coenen’s offerings are both refined and rustic, and reference the
restaurant’s original opening menus of the late 1890’s. His dishes are creative,
sublime takes on familiar regional classics, utilizing the best, most flavorful and
freshest ingredients each season has to offer.

We also encourage guests to visit our adjoining spaces, with include fully restored drawing (lobby) and game rooms (with billiards, bocce, shuffleboard and more), as well as our 8 seat rare and vintage spirits tasting room, the Milk Room, all offering distinctive drink and food options specific to each room.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Daily 7:30 am–2:30 pm
Lunch
Daily 7:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(312) 792-3515
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Pete Coenen
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Madison
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Parking details
Valet Parking is available with the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel.

0 to 4 Hours---$18.00 (with validation from outlets)

0 to 4 Hours -----$28.00 (without restaurant validation)
4 to 8 Hours------$38.00
8 to 24Hours------$68.00

There is also underground parking available through the Millennium Park Garage. (Rates from $25-$39 hourly)
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Public transit
Use the Brown Line Stop at Madison & Wabash for Brown, Green, Pink, Orange, and Purples Line transit. Walk East to Michigan Ave and turn South until you reach 12 S. Michigan Ave. Use the Monroe stop for the Blue and Red Lines. Walk East to Michigan Ave and then turn North.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 1food service ambience

Our party of four had a terrible experience at he Cherry Circle Room. It is expensive and the service and food are both underwhelming and not worth the experience. Our waiter was very curt and was reluctant to explain any of the dishes. He never came back around to ask how everything was and if we needed anything else. We had to stop random servers to ask for another Manhattan and to get some bread (which came after our first course and after we asked for it multiple times) and which no one told us it was the Parker Rolls (and that it was being baked) and came with a $12 charge.

The French onion soups were excellent, but my foie gras pate had no flavor. My husband ordered the Halibut and said he didn't want the asparagus and could another vegetable be substituted. He was told that no substitutions were allowed and he could order a side dish for another upcharge. The brussel sprouts he ordered were full of mayonnaise and not very good and the Halibut was a small piece and underwhelming. My duck breast was delicious, but the dark meat of the duck was turned into a hard ball that was inedible. The OG steak was good, but the chicken breast was unremarkable.

I tried ordering a decaf cappuccino and was told they didn't serve decaf expresso, my friend tried ordering a tea but was told they only had mint and chamomile. The carrot cake was inedible and probably the worst dessert I've ever had. White globs of ganache, tasteless pieces of cake and bland, tiny squares of ice cream (which they did in fact comp after we complained).

To top off the bad food, bad service and high prices, the host came over to us after we had been there for two hours and asked us to leave by suggesting he get us a table on the floor outside the restaurant so we could continue our conversation! We were so shocked and embarrassed.

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KA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing so romantic

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CF
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Cherry Circle Room was highly recommended looking at the ratings and we were not disappointed at all. The service was great, food was amazing, and only added to how great our night was. Thank you!

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B
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matt is THE BEST!
When we arrived my billfold had just been pickpocketed elsewhere — so he started us off with an immediate and complimentary prosecco. Really turned a positive note on what was looking like it was going to be a sad b-day. Thank you, Matt et al at Cherry Circle!

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MI
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No wait, service was impeccable and quality of food and drinks spot-on! Will definitely return.

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AN
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my husbands birthday and were very happy. It was our first time at the Cherry Circle Room and can’t wait to go back. Very romantic and staff very attentive to every detail. Wonderful experience and fabulous food!!

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AB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Met up with a few family and friends for my sister’s birthday. We were a table of women and it seemed like the waiter was not happy about that. He made it very clear he was annoyed with us! He couldn’t ruin our night since we still had fun being all together! Food was ok. Music selection was good.

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OT
Chicago
76 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fine meal at Cherry Circle.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a romantic fine dining experience, exceptional service, exquisite food, comfortable classy environment. They make a birthday booking really special! Highly recommended. We'll be back!

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NB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine here. And the menu never disappoints. Everything is cooked just right. Service is attentive without being too intrusive.

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s
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here was outstanding, as well as the service. We had beef tartare and oysters for appetizers; some of our party had duck, others had pork, others had the chateaubriand and all were excellent.

Special mention to the dark chocolate crème brulee dessert !!!!

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AG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our 2 year anniversary and had the best experience at cherry circle room. They gave us champagne and a custom printed menu celebrating our anniversary as well as perfect food and service. Incredible.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere! Food was amazing! Unique place that is great for date and drinks

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M
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Overpriced pretentious fare, service was slow salad was not enjoyable.

Hamburger was greasy, chicken portion was very small

The Olives were nice

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RG
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely lunch at the bar - food was great and the service was up to par. Irina was attentive to me and the other bar guests.

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The room was gorgeous and the food was amazing. We were celebrating our anniversary and recent engagement. They helped make the occasion even more special.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Not a whole bunch of variety for breakfast but what they did have was very good

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JL
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

The food and service were good, but overpriced... not sure if I would go back.

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ER
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful place. The location, the food, the service, and the amazing wine list...everything about this place was exceptional. Definitely a must on my list to visit again.

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SF
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent cocktails and outstanding leg of lamb. Superb service. Nice ambience.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, drinks and food were all above and beyond! Will definitely be back!

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. The cocktails were incredible. The service was Flawless from beginning to end. Our waiter, Nicholas, was full of knowledge about the food, the wine pairing everything. We are definitely coming back.

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f
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cherry Circle Room is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is fantastic. The mussels are amazing! Get them. We love the risotto. Also, if there is honey-fennel ice-cream the day you're there - GET IT!

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f
Philadelphia
251 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love Cherry Circle Room! As a frequent traveler to Chicago, I love the history of the place and the building, but what keeps me coming back is the food, service and ambiance; consistently exceptional. The beef tartare made table side is wonderful. The pork entree and duck were wonderfully prepared and creative and not too much food ( for this meat and potatoes town). Interesting but expensive wine list and good cocktails. The cozy dark booths are a step back in time, in a good way. Hard to find these days.

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CW
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4th time back and food, service, and atmosphere were great. Always try to stop here when I’m in Chicago.

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

Excellent dining experience. Perfect for exploring all courses with exquisite cocktail and wine pairings.

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F
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special dining experience in this gorgeous, cozy, feels like you are away from it all Restaurant. It isn’t about volume here, it’s about dining with delicious food and beverage. Love it!

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DR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet, cozy and atmospheric. This was my second visit - had to make a 5 pm reservation just to get in.
We had the grilled watermelon, pork featherloin, shrimp cocktails, and halibut. All cooked to perfection, nicely presented and in good proportion.

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RR
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service excellent. Room too dark,had to use light to read menu

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g
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We made a reservation for 5 people at 12 noon Sunday Brunch and arrived on time. The welcome from the female host was rather chilly and she didn't appear ready for our arrival, we were sat at the first table near the entrance, 3 deuces pulled together with 6 place settings - 3 and 3 facing each other, a bit awkward for conversation. So one of my guests pulled her chair to head of the table asking me if it was ok, I said of course. This way she wouldn't have to look down the length of the table to have conversation... the host seemed put off by this move but the dropped the menus and left. After the meal was served neither the host or the waiter checked on us for additional brunch cocktails. When we left we passed directly by the host, we never heard a good bye greeting, "thank you", "have a great day"...nothing!

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

It was an amazing experience. I will be going there again. Cocktails were top notch.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thoughtful and impressive service! Magnificent food!

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LC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food and presentation.

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AH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the best lamb, that I have had anywhere and I have been many places around the US and abroad.

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a
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The highlight was the dark chocolate creek brûlée.

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M
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience! We went on the recommendation of a friend that had visited the bar/game room side a few days earlier. We were visiting Chicago with my four children, husband and MIL. We went for dinner our first night in town and as a special 70th birthday dinner for my mother in law. They had a special menu waiting for her. The service was excellent. The ambiance is well deserving of the James Beard award! The menu is not big by any means, but plenty of options to satisfy everyone. We left more then full. We were very happy with the evening and will be back for sure. I would not say this would normally be a kid friendly place, but they did not blink their eye at our two 16 year olds, 12 year old and 9 year. They are all we’ll traveled and excellent diners however. Loved the evening here.

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

Unique historic Chicago venue, exceptional service and fantastic food. All 7 of our party were very impressed (5 in from NYC).

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PG
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a class act. Whether at the bar or in one of their expansive booths, dinner at the CCR is always memorable. The food it outstanding and the drinks are just as good. Never trendy, always classic/classy. A Chicago gem.

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G
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with great food and great service. Highly recommended.

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M
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good but not amazing. Food is well prepared. Great atmosphere especially compared to the bro fest of the game room. Caviar was lovely, desserts try too hard.

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