Best Breakfast in Chicago

April 6, 2017
by Zagat Staff

Where to meet work clients or business associates over breakfast.

Chicago Cut Steakhouse
Steakhouse · River North · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

"Movers and shakers" frequent this "ultra-slick" "power-dining" mecca in River North for its "outstanding" , "melt-in-your-mouth" steaks and "extensive" wine list, all offered by a "personable" , "professional" staff; the "airy" , "see-and-be-seen" setting on the river boasts a "lively" (sometimes "raucous" ) bar and "expense-account" tabs come with the territory.
NoMi Kitchen
American · Gold Coast · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.5

"Excellent" , "beautifully plated" New American dishes and "fabulous sushi" are matched by "killer views" "overlooking Michigan Avenue" at this "dependable" kitchen in the Gold Coast’s Park Hyatt, where a "terrific" terrace lends a "romantic" vibe; a "lovely" interior and an "attentive" staff further suit it to "entertaining clients" or "formal events" , as do "expense-account" tabs.
Mercat a la Planxa
Spanish · South Loop · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.3

"Exquisite" , "high-end" Catalan small plates, "excellent wines" and an atmosphere full of "buzz" evoke "memories of Barcelona" at this "festive and fun" Spanish spot in the South Loop’s Blackstone Hotel; a "beautiful" , "striking" space with an open kitchen and windows "overlooking Grant Park" cements its status as a "must."
The Lobby
American · River North · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.4

Set in "beautiful" surroundings in River North’s "exquisite" Peninsula Hotel, this "elegant" destination serves "excellent" American fare including a "delightful afternoon tea" in a "relaxing" space "where you can have a conversation" while admiring the views from "amazing tall windows" ; servers who "notice the small things" add to the "luxurious atmosphere."
Cafe des Architectes
French · Gold Coast · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

"Not your typical hotel restaurant" , this Gold Coast "oasis" in the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower lures "a large contingent of locals" with "excellent" , "sophisticated" New French cuisine including "gracious brunches" ; the "lovely" , "modern" setting and "charming" staff make it "great" for "power lunches" and "special occasions" alike.
American · River North · $$$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

Floor-to-ceiling windows afford "awesome" city views at this "special-occasion" New American on the 16th floor of River North's Trump International Hotel & Tower, where "fresh, seasonal ingredients" are turned into "excellent" "works of art" ; the upscale space feels "intimate but expansive at the same time" , and the "agreeable" staff helps take the sting out of "expensive" tabs.
Lockwood Restaurant & Bar
American · The Loop · $$$
Food 4.0 · Decor 4.0 · Service 3.8

Set in the "famed" Palmer House Hotel lobby, this "upscale" Loop New American is a "sight to be seen" with its "modern" elegant stylings (especially after a recent half-million renovation including updated furnishings and decor) that set the stage for "solid" sometimes "imaginative" fare backed by wines "uniformly good both in selection and price" ; service is generally "courteous" , and though its "location can make it rather pricey" , you can't beat its "good proximity to downtown theaters."