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O'Brien's Riverwalk Cafe

) #2,697 of 7,906 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 good39%
  • Average27%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible7%
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American, Bar
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45 East Riverwalk South, NorthEast corner of Wacker and Wabash, Chicago, IL 60601
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The view is great, right in front of Trump Tower. Food is average OK, not too expensive, nice service

Thank LoicV130
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A pleasant place to sit riverside to watch the boats, look at six bridges, and the passing parade. In the summer, Monday- Thursday,3-6pm, they do a good deal on several appetisers and drinks. Recommend the Pinot Grigio @ $5 and the sweet potato fries @$5.

Thank Dorothy J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a drink at the bar. Staff was friendly. Drinks were well poured. The view was great. We took in the energy of the crowd and watched the boats, big and small, on the river. Great early evening spot on the weekends.

Thank Reasonable50
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

And people/boat watching. Typical burger pub place that doesn't offer big meals. A Sunday relaxing shot for anyone. Alwaysvsit close to the water for the show of boats parading up and down the river.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sadly we had looked forward to walking along the Riverwalk and stopping for a drink during our stay. Unfortunately at 4.30pm as we were only having drinks and a snack we were ineligible for a table. We had to sit at bar tables. I don't...More

Thank Melanie P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The bathrooms are awful...glorified out house. The food was just ok-not great not horrible. Nice location. Everyone friendly. Our waitress had difficult time getting our order correct. Wouldn't rush back there

Thank mj0523
Reviewed 1 week ago

You come here for the views, and the food is of secondary importance. The service is excellent, and the food is your standard fare. The rest rooms are the portable potty types. If seeing TRUMP Tower in the background will bother you, go elsewhere.

Thank Ronald T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came across this our first night in Chicago. Wish we hadn't stopped. While the view is great, the prices were very high for what they offer. All plastic - cups, plates, etc. Had I known this I wouldn't have ordered a $10 glass of...More

Thank dubshan22
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Grab a seat, have a drink and people watch...it's a scenic spot and good pit stop along the riverwalk (which is sadly lacking quality restaurant options) but expect paper plates, salad dressing packets and concession stand quality food. Blehhh.

Thank Vandy05
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Walked the Riverwalk and decided to stop for a bite to eat. Beautiful setting. Food was fair to good. Service was attentive but not super friendly. Washrooms are deluxe ports-potties. Not sure if this is a temporary situation or not. Prices are a pinch high...More

Thank Gemini5930
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Betsy M
14 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
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
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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