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O'Brien's Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Near North Side
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1528 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610-1308
+1 312-787-3131
11:00 - 00:30
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:30
Fri 11:00 - 00:30
Sat 10:00 - 00:30
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Chicago, Illinois
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2,448 reviews
1,353 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,561 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The last time we visited O'Brien's Restaurant at 1528 North Wells Street in Chicago's historic Old Town neighborhood, the management was announcing that it was closing temporarily to make room for a boutique hotel that was scheduled to be constructed on the property. The iconic Irish restaurant, they said, would return on January 1, 2018. So my wife and I... More 

Thank Taylor B
Chicago, Illinois
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2,448 reviews
1,353 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,561 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

All of a sudden, within the last year, some of our favorite restaurants and bakeries on the North Wells Street corridor in Chicago's historic Old Town neighborhood have closed. Real estate developers have purchased a lot of property to make room for new businesses and residential buildings and Bistro Margot, Twisted Sister, Adobe, Subway and O'Brien's have closed. Well, O'Brien's... More 

Thank Taylor B
Hastings, New Zealand
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98 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Visited with friends and was great way to spend some time sitting next to the Chicago river on a nice day. Food was good - not great, and service was OK. It's not fine dining so as long as you accept that all good. Would go again.

Thank Clint A
South East England
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201 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

We ate Saturday lunch / brunch here outside. There is a cordoned off outdoor area on the sidewalk, great for watching the world go by. The waiter was very attentive providing menus, water and taking drinks orders quickly. Both the traditional menu and brunch were on offer and we picked a dish from each. Eggs Benedict and a chicken burger... More 

Thank Gerbra_10
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5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Had hoped for a better meal than we got. I had the prime rib "special" for $26...let it go. Nothing more than a buffet quality cut of meat with a baked potato....blah. My wife had a spinach wrap that was pretty good. Service was average at best. The one highlight was the $4 drink specials...very tasty and actually had some... More 

Thank ssuchy89
Batavia, Illinois
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

The weather was perfect on the busy Sunday afternoon we enjoyed a hamburger, steak sandwich and a couple of cold beers under an umbrella table. Our server and the food were good but it's the view that would bring me back.

Thank cthrnmsn
Raleigh, North Carolina
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117 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

This is just an average restaurant with average service and a great setting to sit along the river. Setting means a lot and we really enjoyed our Sunday lunch...we just weren't blown away by the food or service.

Thank LORI H
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234 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Not sure if this is the same O'Brien's, we went to a place by the river & had drinks & some lunch. Was a great stop. Enjoyed sitting by the river watching the world go by

Thank NaomiBUK
Lake Wales, Florida
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51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

I enjoyed a delicious steak sandwich while enjoying the waterfront river view as kayakers paddled by and people strolled along. Super views of Chicago's unique downtown architecture.

Thank SunshineCindyT
Harviell, Missouri
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42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

Every year when my husband and I visit our dear friend in Chicago, he takes us to his favorite restaurant, O'Brien's, for dinner. In all the years we have gone, we have never had a bad experience. Because we are creatures of habit, we all order the French onion soup. I know, in July? But it is sooo good and... More 

Thank Sandra C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
American, Bar, Steakhouse, Irish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 00:30
10:00 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1528 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610-1308
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Near North Side
  • Neighbourhood: Near North Side
  • Phone Number: +1 312-787-3131

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?