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“Excellent meal with excellent service”

Deca Restaurant and Bar
Ranked #677 of 9,548 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$1 - US$20
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Streeterville
Description: Situated in the lobby of The Ritz Carlton Chicago, deca RESTAURANT + BAR offers contemporary cuisine and modern updates to classic favorites, along with a list of carefully chosen wines, microbrews and handcrafted cocktails. The recipient of a Michelin Bib Gourmand Award in 2014, our menus feature seasonal ingredients sourced from local farmers and producers, served against a vibrant Chicago backdrop.
Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Excellent meal with excellent service”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

We visited deca for our anniversary and used a voucher from TravelZoo. The restaurant is in the 12th floor lobby of the Ritz Carlton, and it is true that there are patrons of the lounge and the hotel walking around the lobby, but I did not find that this detracted from the experience much. We did dine around 9pm, so the lobby was not at all busy; however, a busy lobby could be an issue for early diners.

There was an AMAZING jazz duo playing in the lobby area, and we had a nice, corner table that was quite private. The best thing about the restaurant was the food, but the service was also stellar. The wine list is adequate, and the prices are not unreasonable. I would have liked to see a few more mid-range champagne options that were not blanc de blanc or rose, but we found something acceptable.

The meal started with a butternut squash appetizer, which was just okay. For our entrees, we ordered the scallops, and also the bass bouillabaisse. The scallops were cooked perfectly, with a light sear, and fantastic flavor. The bass was seared crispy on the outside, and perfectly cooked through, surrounded by a tasty bouillabaisse broth. The bread was fresh and delicious! We ended with a moist, delicious 10 layer chocolate cake and coffee drinks. The coffee drinks were served with a side of fresh whipped cream, which was a nice touch, and allowed us to top the drinks with the amount of whipped cream that we each prefer.

Overall, our meal was delicious, the service was very professional, and we would return again for a special occasion meal. If you can find a voucher on TravelZoo or another vendor, you cannot go wrong!

Visited June 2014
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“dinner at deca”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

great food better wait staff, good deals on featured wine by the bottle, somewhat limited menu items but easy to find dish for every taste

Visited May 2014
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Thank Kevin F
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Granger, Indiana
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Great place for a late dinner.”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

Food was reasonably priced, good and available late in the evening. I had the fish n chips type meal and my wife had a healthier meal.

Visited May 2014
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Thank Mitchell G
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Laguna Niguel, CA
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Fun rooftop bar”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

Enjoyed the creative drinks, and food served on slate and in mason jars. Flavors were vibrant, portions just right for two to share. The service was friendly, somewhat leisurely, for a sunny afternoon overlooking the city.

Visited May 2014
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Thank orah423
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Eagle, Wisconsin
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168 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Outdoor Fun”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

Great spot for an afternoon cool beverage. Bianca was our server and had great recommendations. I settled on the Smokey Bandit, so good had to get the recipe. The atmosphere service wonderful as you would expect, can't wait to go back.

Visited May 2014
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