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“This is one of Chicago's best restaurants”
Review of Crofton on Wells - CLOSED

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Crofton on Wells
Price range: US$31 - US$40
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Grand
Transit: Red Line - Grand / Purple & Brown - Merchandise Mart
Description: Clean & hushed, decorated with stylish restraint by Crofton herself in warm colors, the space is simple & modern. The candlelit room's walls are covered in mirrors and abstract art, that hint at Crofton's creativity. There's no excess, no flash - nothing to distract from Crofton's exceptional, seasonal American cuisine. Crofton's touch is restrained but confident, from the Signature Crabcake with Italian sweet pepper butter and micro herb salad, to the Great Lakes Walleye with molten rutabaga raviolo and brown butter. Swan Creek Pork Tenderloin is a dinner standout, with smoked apple chutney, Iroquois white corn grits, collard greens and apple fritter. For dessert, try the Peanut Butter Cream Pie, which isn't kidding - banana sorbet, salted toffee cream, fortified chocolate sauce and pretzel crunch. Crofton is also famous for her Vegetarian menu, heralded by Quinoa Johnnycakes with smoked chanterelles, black fermented garlic and pickled Italian plum butter.
Reviewed 5 January 2012

If you want to take someone special for a quiet Chicago dining experience, this is it. A small dining room with attentive servers who know how to make the evening perfect - oh and the food is incredible!! Save space for dessert - they are very unique and just right to end the evening.

1  Thank Dog_buddy01
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Reviewed 3 December 2011

Four of us enjoyed a truly wonderful dinner at Crofton. The food is fabulous -- many flavors, many textures -- yet subtle and entirely flavorful. With a Michelin star I suppose the food should be -- the rating is definitely deserved. FYI -- the room is tastefully designed and wonder of wonders, a room where conversation can exist without shouting.

Highly recommended, although one caveat -- wine is on the expensive side.

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Thank Mot9
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Reviewed 1 December 2011

I took five business clients to Crofton for dinner. The food was absolutely superb in all cases. We had the complete experience of three courses but skipped desert and settled for coffee, etc. Appetizers were tremendous, but especially the crabcake which was stupendous, some said the best they had ever eaten anywhere. The stand out on the second course was the mushrooms cooked in bacon, an absolute wow. And of the main courses, the group mostly chose meat which ranged from New Zealand venison to an unbelievably well prepared and cooked beef tenderloin kind of close to a filet, which was the best I have ever had to a pork roast. We had sides of grits, which somehow had been made absolutely delectable.
The room was conversation friendly and the service fairly efficient, although the waiter was a bit stiff and perhaps hurried. Service, while absolutely OK, gets a four star for not being particularly friendly.
Cost with wine and drink before dinner was about $150 per person.
ZB

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Thank zabriskibound
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Reviewed 14 November 2011

We visited Chicago in November and went to the Crofton on Wells on the 4th. I have to say the food was amazing, but the service was below par. Our waiter was very inattentive and indifferent and we had to flag down another waiter just to get some water. We also had made these reservations a couple weeks in advance, but when we arrived at the restaurant they only had 2 tables available and both were right next to the noisy kitchen. To travel 1000 miles and hear nothing but great things about Crofton, I have to admit, it was kind of a letdown.

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Thank lucymcrae
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Reviewed 9 November 2011

Brilliant and creative cooking in an understated elegant dining room. The crab cake was unearthly light delicate essence of crab. Black cod was superbly sauced and coupled with divine squash. Halibut was fresh and perfectly cooked. Apple caramel tart with goat cheese ice cream was simply spectacular. Service is friendly, helpful, attentive and knowledgeable. A great meal at a fair price!!

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Thank ManOLaJolla
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