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Crofton on Wells - CLOSED

535 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654-7113
+1 312-755-1790
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good18%
  • Average12%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible6%
30 Sep 2014
“Great food and great location”
30 May 2012
“Memorable dinners”
Restaurant Hours Closed
American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
535 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654-7113
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Reviewed 30 September 2014

Loved the restaurant for the food, the service, the ambience. It is a great location in River North. Great for a romantic dinner for two.

Thank nolagirl4
Reviewed 30 May 2012

No place balances quality, atmosphere, location and value better

1  Thank ArthurS773
Reviewed 11 March 2012

My Chicago suburban friends came into the city tonight to celebrate my birthday with me - 7 of us of had a first rate dinner at Crofton on Wells. I was initially concerned about providing an experience that was not overly loud - the noise...More

Thank kkrow
Reviewed 15 January 2012

We have eaten here at least once a year for many years. It is our family's go-to place for special occasions like anniversaries, birthdays, or when we want to give out-of-town friends a really memorable experience. In addition to the world-class food and casually meticulous...More

Thank Michelfoucault
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...More

1  Thank Dog_buddy01
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...More

Thank Mot9
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...More

Thank zabriskibound
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...More

Thank lucymcrae
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...More

Thank ManOLaJolla
Reviewed 31 October 2011

I feel a little embarrassed calling Crofton's my favorite restaurant in Chicago because I don't go there often enough. We went back Saturday and again, I kicked myself for waiting so long in between visits. I have been back at least once a year for...More

1  Thank Tim42
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$31 - US$40
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 535 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654-7113
  • Public Transportation: Red Line - Grand / Purple & Brown - Merchandise Mart
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
  • Phone Number: +1 312-755-1790
  • E-mail
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.
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