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!
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