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“A Chicago Classic”
Review of The Cape Cod Room

The Cape Cod Room
Ranked #653 of 9,548 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$75
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: View, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighbourhood: Magnificent Mile
Cross street: Michigan Avenue & Lakeshore Drive
Transit: CTA Train - Red line, Chicago stop CTA buses 145, 146, 147, 151
Description: The Cape Cod, a much honored seafood restaurant, boasts of fresh seafood from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, from the lakes and freshwater streams. It has been consistently named as one of America's finest dining spots since opening in 1933. Zagat's consumer survey also picked the Cape Cod as a top hotel restaurant. It was recently inducted by Nation's Restaurant News into the Fine Dining Hall of Fame. Located on the arcade level, the cozy restaurant, established in 1933 is decked with nautical paraphernalia. Nautical themed, wooden beams, hanging copper pots and stuffed sailfish adorn the room, walls and ceiling of this immensely popular restaurant. Reservations are very strongly recommended.
Chicago, Illinois
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“A Chicago Classic”
Reviewed 30 December 2013

My wife and I dined at the Cape Cod Room recently as one of our "date night" adventures. It was a first time for me, and my wife has dined here a few times in her life with fond memories. We arrived around 8:30pm on a Saturday night, and were seated promptly despite not having a reservation. The room was fairly full, but after the peak dinner period.

Our waiter John (or Captain John as he is called) was very gracious and professional. He has been working here for 34 years and obviously loves his work. We ordered martinis to shake off the cold, and he let us enjoy them for 10 minutes without rushing us to place our dinner order (love this!).

We were having a special night out, so we went with classics: oysters on half shell, wedge salad, Bookbinder soup, and Dover Sole & Lobster Thermidor for entrees. A nice bottle of Muscadet went well with everything (seafood friendly!) and service was very smooth. The dishes were all excellent quality, especially the Bookbinder soup and entrees. The Dover Sole was presented table side, and we had the option of getting the roe along with the main part of the fish. If you are an "adventurous" eater, I recommend this option...otherwise, they trim it and take it away with the serving plate.

There are certain classic restaurants in big cities, and for Chicago this is the best classic seafood restaurant. Please keep it on your radar and don't let it disappear!

  • Visited November 2013
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“Great atmosphere”
Reviewed 26 December 2013

My wife and I dined here on our anniversary. We desired a seafood restaurant, and The Cape Cod Room, in The Drake Hotel, is certainly that. From the moment you enter you feel like you could be in a seashore restaurant. The decor and atmosphere is perfect. Until you leave, you forget that you are in a hotel. The service was excellent.

The menu features many vintage dishes that are not often featured today. The Bookbinder soup
was created for the restaurant in 1933, and was delicious. My wife had the Maine Lobster Thermidor, and I had the Crispy Halibut Saltimbocca.

Well worth the visit.

  • Visited December 2013
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“Christmas in Chicago Done Right”
Reviewed 22 December 2013 via mobile

A wonderful way to celebrate an early Christmas. Overall, it was a great meal. For the most part the meals were excellent, especially if one stuck to their seafood specialties. Among the better choices were the clam chowder and bookbinder soups on the appetizers. As for entrees, the Ahi poivre was great as was the lobster Thermidor. They have a great Mac and cheese side dish. The beef filet, on the other hand, was pretty tough and the crab cakes pretty average. While we enjoy leisurely dinners, this one stretched for three hours and may have gone longer had we not pushed them a bit. Rubin was a great waiter but we got the idea that the kitchen was slammed. The restaurant is a classic Chicago institution and was just beautiful for the holidays. While expensive for the value received, it was a memorable evening.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Gracious dining”
Reviewed 6 December 2013

We dined at The Cape Cod Room in The Drake Hotel on North Michigan Av in Chicago after a busy afternoon of shopping and hiking up and down the Magnificent Mile to enjoy the holiday lights and excitement. The atmosphere of the restaurant was warm and inviting; the staff was pleasant, attentive but not hovering. The food was really delicious, pleasant portions, and beautifully presented. The wine list was varied and affordable.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank poseypower
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“"Must go" Sea Food restaurant when in Chicago”
Reviewed 26 November 2013

We were given by a local two "must go" restaurants to go to whilst visiting Chicago to get a flavour of the city - The Signature Room on the 95th Floor of the Hancock building and the Cape Cod Room. The "Signature" is a contemporary restaurant with fabulous views of the City (see my review) and the Cap Cod Room offered the flip side, showing the traditional Chicago where you could still imagine Al Capone coming in together with the film stars of the mid 20th Century. The maitre d' will enjoy telling you about some of its history if you ask him. The two restaurants do share the high price but we did not feel it was overpriced for what it was.

The waiters have the air of having been serving in the restaurant since boys and for us were very friendly, attentive and efficient though we see others have had different experiences. The sea food was very, very good. I had some of the best Oysters I had in my 2 week stay in the States and the lobster main course was excellent. Our party of 5 all had an enjoyable dinner and whilst it is not cheap, we all felt it was value for money.

Although it is at the same address as the famous old institution, The Drake Hotel (do pop in to see it before dinner), it is in fact reached by a separate entrance below the hotel. From beside the Hotel Entrance you take a long winding shopping mall corridor at the end of which is the restaurant entrance.

  • Visited October 2013
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