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Lawry's The Prime Rib

#44 of 7,697 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
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Magnificent Mile
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100 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611-2806 (Ontario and Rush Streets)
+1 312-787-5000
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17:00 - 21:00
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Sun 16:00 - 21:00
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Hudson, Wisconsin
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173 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lawry's has been on my bucket list for many many years. Glad to say that I was not disappointed. I personally think that the prime rib that I had was on of the best ever. Service was great and everything from the mash potatoes to the spinach was superb. The two people that joined me had the same cut of... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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70 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lawry's The Prime Rib is a Chicago institution, located in the former McCormick mansion at the corner or Ontario and Rush Streets. The restaurant features prime rib but there are a few other options available including rib-eye steak, filet mignon, salmon, a fish of the day as well as a vegetarian entree. The waitresses introduce themselves to you as "Miss... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We made reservations for 9 p.m. which was perfect with fewer people around so we had a great, quiet dinner. Excellent salad, prime rib, and good beverage list. Excellent service.

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Shannon T, Manager at Lawry's The Prime Rib, responded to this review

Thank you Sharon M for the short and very sweet review. Two items we love to see are "excellent service " and of course, "yummy prime rib" Thank you again! More 

Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Having just arrived in Chicago in the evening following a long drive our first priority was to find a place to eat. A day on the road eating little but a few snacks had left us famished and in need of some decent food. A quick web search led us to Lawry's a block or so away from our hotel.... More 

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Shannon T, Manager at Lawry's The Prime Rib, responded to this review

Thank you GJC1959 for such a great review. We're happy that we made your first night a "great" one and that our service combined with atmosphere and cuisine, fit the bill for you. Next time you are visiting Chicago, please come see us! More 

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57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had been to Lawry's three years ago and had a fabulous full prime rib dinner, carved table-side, in the big dining room. That dinner was a solid 5 stars. This year we didn't have reservations, so we walked over at 4. We got right in and were seated in a back corner of a side room that lacked the... More 

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Shannon T, Manager at Lawry's The Prime Rib, responded to this review

Thank you C-SoBa for the review. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy SideDoor, our other restaurant. Lawry's is not open for lunch. SideDoor is a gastro pub with more variety, more casual and relaxed feel than Lawry's. Actually a complete opposite of the white table cloth, formal dining experience Lawry's provides. It is very nice to have two restaurants under one... More 

Cleveland, Ohio
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83 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in Chicago for a wedding and found this little place on Trip Advisor, of course. It had good ratings, American food and a nice cocktail menu. It started with a tasting of some of their craft brews and a free appetizer which was much appreciated and served a purpose. For one thing my husband basically drinks only a... More 

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Shannon T, Manager at Lawry's The Prime Rib, responded to this review

Hi TessDeVille998! I'm glad you experienced Lawry's little sister restaurant, SideDoor. It is a great tucked away spot steps off the Michigan Avenue. Of course being affiliated with Lawry's we are protein centric, which sounds liked you sampled some of our best. We're always happy that our bartenders served up some of their great wares and made the meal complete.... More 

South Ockendon, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My god, I don't know how Americans do it, but they cook the best steaks in the world. They literally melt in your mouth. Glad we went here, the service is brilliant and the whole atmosphere is fun. Totally recommend.

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Shannon T, Manager at Lawry's The Prime Rib, responded to this review

Hi NevilleEssexuk for the review. We especially appreciate your appreciation of our traditional but fun style of service. We also appreciate the American beef shout out. Next time, you're across the pond please stop by! Thanks again! More 

Miami, Florida
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Come prepared with an empty stomach and a full wallet. This place is not cheap in the full sense of the word, but you cannot expect to get the best prime rib without paying a pretty penny. First let me tell you that we had the most chipper and friendly waitress that we could have hoped for. I was worried... More 

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Shannon T, Manager at Lawry's The Prime Rib, responded to this review

Thank you Lina L for the great and detailed review. We're glad the cuisine was spot on and the decor impressed you...it helps when you're hoised in an 1893 mansion ; ) We are especially happy that our service was phenomenal and friendly. We strive for that in our server's training because it is part of the Lawry's experience. we... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Several different Prime Rib cuts sliced right off the shank right in front of you at your table. Prime Rib dinner includes plenty of sides. You won't leave hungry. Ambiance and wait staff's attire gives it an old world feel. Wait staff was very attentive. We had about half a dozen members of the staff asked us if we need... More 

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Shannon T, Manager at Lawry's The Prime Rib, responded to this review

Thank you Brian K for the 5 star shout out. Glad the food and service were spot on. We look forward to serving you and your wife soon! More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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67 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had the opportunity to dine at Lawry's The prime Rib for the first time this week while staying at the Hilton Chicago for a business meeting. One of my dinner guests had dined at Lawry's 20 years ago and had a terrific experience.He wanted to revisit this legendary Chicago restaurant to see if it was still as good as... More 

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Shannon T, Manager at Lawry's The Prime Rib, responded to this review

Thank you Kevin S for the stellar review! Your review is especially heartfelt since it involves a seasoned Lawry's diner and a first timer and that we did not disappoint. We're glad the food was tasty and excellent. But we're especially happy that the service was in your very gracious words, "top shelf." I agree, Mary is an exceptional server... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$55 - US$75
Cuisine
American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
16:00 - 21:00
Monday
17:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 21:00
Thursday
17:00 - 21:00
Friday
17:00 - 21:00
Saturday
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611-2806
    (Ontario and Rush Streets)
  • Public Transportation: Easy Access from Michigan Avenue CTA Bus Stops. CTA Red Line stops are conveniently located within blocks of our restaurant at Grand/State and Chicago/State.
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Magnificent Mile
  • Neighbourhood: Magnificent Mile
  • Phone Number: +1 312-787-5000
Description
A Chicago treasure since 1974, Lawry's The Prime Rib is located in the heart of the Magnificent Mile. It occupies the 1890's McCormick Mansion that became the renowned Kungsholm Puppet Theatre. Enjoy the rich history, comfortable elegance and unique menu featuring our famous Roasted Prime Ribs of Beef served tableside from gleaming silver carts. Expect great tradition, warm hospitality and award-winning dining in this Windy City landmark.

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