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The Cape Cod Room

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140 E Walton Pl, Chicago, IL 60611-1545 (Michigan Avenue & Lakeshore Drive)
+1 312-787-2200
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17:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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2,070 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,386 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Cape Cod Room in Chicago's iconic Drake Hotel used to be our favorite place for Saturday lunch. Every Saturday. We ordereed the signature Bookbinder's red snapper soup and the scrod with au gratin potatoes. Then, one day, we discovered scrod had been removed from the menu. We found another restaurant for Saturday lunch. But recently we learned that things... More 

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Washington Dc
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178 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago but unfortunately it has gone down like the Drake Hotel where it is located. It used to be open for lunch and now it is only open for dinner and it is not the same as it used to be. I guess the only reason to go is to have their... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The atmosphere alone would get a 5 star rating from me. It truly felt like we went back in time! The staff could not have been any friendlier or attentive! And the food was outstanding! Be sure to stop at the bar when you're there to see the initials of Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe carved in the bar top!!

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Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Their advertising on the awning caught my eye and I was pleasantly surprised by the historic décor and the up to date seafood presentations. We had grouper and lobster tail, both excellent but the flavor of the cheddar grits is not to be missed! They really do have the best seafood in Chicago!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This high-end restaurant in the marvelous Drake Hotel has a deserved reputation as one of Chicago's best seafood eateries -- at least in terms of the quality and creativity of its menu. But for my wife and me it felt too enclosed and slightly musty. The lighting and decor seem designed to convey the feeling of dining in the quarters... More 

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St. Petersburg, FL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Like stepping back in time to the classy, debonair "where tablecloth" restaurants of the 50's & 60's, The Cape Cod Room was the highlight of our weekend in Chicago. It's a cozy, quiet restaurant with a nautical theme tucked into a corner of the Drake Hotel building. Great service from bartender, Steve, who also showed us where Joe DiMaggio carved... More 

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New Hope
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Soaking wet & quite disheveled from high winds and rain (Chicago weather scoffs at umbrellas), I arrived at the restaurant on a Wednesday evening without reservations. The host was gracious & promptly found me a nice table even though they were somewhat busy. Ambiance is dark wood (I sat near the beam with "Scott Jacobsen" carved into it-- forgot to... More 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Still one of my most favorite restaurants in the whole world. I start dreaming of Dover Sole weeks before I get to the city and it is always as good as I expect it to be. They have wonderful sea food and you can't go wrong with any of the menu items but the Sole is something special.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

For a taste of what made Chicago restaurants famous in the 1930s through 1970s, there is no place like the Cape Cod Room and its Whitefish, Catch of the Day or Crab Cake with a side of a Hasselback Potato with Root Vegetables. Even the wait staff is traditional in its behavior and serving skill. It's also quiet and can... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Situated within the historic Drake hotel the Cape Cod provides an excellent seafood menu in an intimate environment...but it's not cheap! We had oysters and devilled lobster eggs as starters followed by Cape Cod seafood boil and roquefort crusted NY strip steak as mains. All good but the Roquefort crust did rather overpower the steak. Waiting staff knew their stuff... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$75
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Soups
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
17:30 - 22:00
Monday
17:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
17:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 22:00
Thursday
17:30 - 22:00
Friday
17:30 - 22:00
Saturday
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 140 E Walton Pl, Chicago, IL 60611-1545
    (Michigan Avenue & Lakeshore Drive)
  • Public Transportation: CTA Train - Red line, Chicago stop CTA buses 145, 146, 147, 151
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Magnificent Mile
  • Neighbourhood: Magnificent Mile
  • Phone Number: +1 312-787-2200
Description
The Cape Cod, a much honored seafood restaurant, boasts of fresh seafood from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, from the lakes and freshwater streams. It has been consistently named as one of America's finest dining spots since opening in 1933. Zagat's consumer survey also picked the Cape Cod as a top hotel restaurant. It was recently inducted by Nation's Restaurant News into the Fine Dining Hall of Fame. Located on the arcade level, the cozy restaurant, established in 1933 is decked with nautical paraphernalia. Nautical themed, wooden beams, hanging copper pots and stuffed sailfish adorn the room, walls and ceiling of this immensely popular restaurant. Reservations are very strongly recommended.

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