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O'Brien's Riverwalk Cafe

) #2,003 of 7,846 Restaurants in Chicago €€ - €€€ American, ,
45 East Riverwalk South, NorthEast corner of Wacker and Wabash, Chicago, IL 60601
+1 312-346-3131
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  • Excellent17%
  • Very good43%
  • Average23%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible8%
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“sliders” (2 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Bar, Pub
€€ - €€€
45 East Riverwalk South, NorthEast corner of Wacker and Wabash, Chicago, IL 60601
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1 - 10 of 89 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice relaxing little place. All seats are either under cover of a structure or the umbrella. Food was good, wait staff seemed stretched pretty thin. They have restrooms right next to the bar

Thank RickfromPgh
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An excellent location but food is overpriced and very average. Corned beef sandwich was recommended by the waiter but I would caution against it. Poor. Guinness in a plastic cup? No, just No.

1  Thank Iain D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here on Fourth of July and was a bit disappointed in the food and service. Although the view is wonderful and the location is just right, the service left much to the imagination. Our waitress took more than five minutes to greet us, to...More

Thank Becky M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had to wait 45 mins for a table. I had the Corn beef sandwich and my husband the shrimp. The food was okay but the view and the people watching was the best part. Loved the boats.

Thank Jamie K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This cafe is wonderful. Great food. Had a steak sandwich that was the best I've every had. We had a view of the river and was able to relax and take in the wonderful atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle on the streets. The...More

Thank Christal G
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Although it is very nice to sit on a patio along the riverwalk the food and drinks are not worth stopping here for. We each ordered a garden salad and shared a quesadilla. The salad was ok (fresh) but my dressing was actually in a...More

Thank Dawn N
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Steak sandwich very nice, great place to stop for lunch along the river walk service was good nice relaxed atmosphere

Thank wendyarmit100
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

It is one thing to have to wait and wait and wait for your food, it for it to be very mediocre, at best....stinks! Everything we ordered was just average to poor quality. Service was terrible..it took about 45 minutes to be served after ordering....More

Thank hungryyak
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

Drinks were expensive and extremely poor service from the sercers. We saw the bus boys more than our server. He came to take our order and bring the check. The food was good, though.

Thank Lindsey B
Reviewed 17 May 2017

It is located right on the riverwalk between Michigan and State. It is an outdoor venue only. Great spot to have a drink and do some people watching. The apps were tasty and arrived nice and hot. You can easily spend an afternoon there enjoying...More

Thank Sharon M
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Betsy M
13 October 2015|
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Response from Vondere | Reviewed this property |
No there is no indoor seating. Not sure if it is open as the Weather gets cooler. It is a great water view location to eat. Unfortunately I do not live in Chicago . Hope this helps!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$16
American, Bar, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 45 East Riverwalk South, NorthEast corner of Wacker and Wabash, Chicago, IL 60601
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
  • Phone Number: +1 312-346-3131
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