The Grillroom Chophouse & Winebar - Chicago
Whether you choose to dine before the curtain rises or after the last bow has been taken, you’ll find this steakhouse will beautifully set up or close out an evening on the town. The décor avoids glitz for warmth, offering an upscale atmosphere that feels like a welcoming neighborhood spot. Diners can choose a seat in the dining room or at the wine bar; in warmer months, the patio welcomes you. In the main dining areas, rich wood, leather banquettes, and white tablecloths add to the classic, though very intimate and comfortable feel, of The Grillroom Chophouse & Winebar.
Act one introduces the appetizers, and the menu offers a number of tempting dishes to set the stage for your meal. Chimichurri filet skewers start your dinner in the best possible way: with steak. Red and green peppers and tomatoes mingle with the tender chunks of USDA prime beef, adding color and bursts of bright flavors. Roasted beet salad brings the earthy veggies to stage center, accented with creamy goat cheese fritters and toasted almonds.
The steaks get top billing at The Grillroom Chophouse & Wine Bar, where you’ll find a wide variety of choice cuts on the menu, all sourced from prime Midwestern beef. The New York strip steak gets a high recommendation from “Crain’s Chicago Business”; the “tender, lightly charred, cooked to order” strip is sure to satisfy. The Grillroom Signature steak is another excellent choice, a top cut of award-winning beef from Allen Brothers, one of the finest purveyors of steakhouse meats.
Choosing your perfect steak is just the first step to that ideal bite. The Grillroom Chophouse & Wine Bar offers many sauces and accompaniments that will give your steak that extra something. Along with traditional additions like lobster tail, you can order brown butter-basted jumbo shrimp and hickory-roasted mushrooms, a triple threat and treat. Sauces include classic béarnaise and horseradish, as well as other enticing options like almond pesto and Roquefort.
A supporting player that’s worth a look is The Grillroom Chophouse & Wine Bar’s macaroni and cheese. A signature dish, this isn’t your typically meh noodle and cheese combo. The menu includes five ways to enhance your mac; you can stick with the traditional four-cheese, or add spicy crab, BBQ pulled pork, garden vegetable, or decadent truffle lobster. Great to share or to keep all to yourself, the elevated mac and cheese exemplifies the classy but comfortable style of the restaurant.
Pasta and seafood dishes get their time in the spotlight as well. Pan-seared scallops are complemented with corn-bacon relish. Herb-crusted whitefish pairs with artichoke hearts and a garlicy Pomodoro sauce. Hearty pasta dishes like carbonara with peas and pancetta and rigatoni with smoked sausage will earn a round of applause for their appetite-satisfying performance.
Enhancing the steakhouse menu is The Grillroom Chophouse & Wine Bar’s extensive wine list. The ample selection of wines by the glass inspired Phil Vettel of “Chicago Tribune” to recommend it as a great place to enjoy a pre- or post-show drink. He added, however, that you might also “hop over during intermission for a better glass of wine than the theater will offer.” You can enjoy sparkling wine from Italy, cabernet sauvignon from Napa Valley, or expand your palate with a glass from their “Interesting” selections.
While dinner hosts a swirling nightlife crowd, lunch at The Grillroom Chophouse & Wine Bar is tailor made for business meetings and power lunches. The lunch menu serves up the same delicious steaks and tempting pastas, as well as sandwiches that will perk up your day. The Atlantic cod Reuben is a fresh take on a classic, topped with spicy tartar slaw. The BBQ pulled pork sandwich comes slathered in cheddar fondue, a lunch time feast.
Every good steakhouse has a great burger, and the Grillroom Burger does its namesake proud. Double-cut pork belly and blue cheese make this more than your average patty, though burger purists may prefer the Prime Burger, made with the highest grade beef sandwiched in a pretzel bun.
The Grillroom Chophouse & Wine Bar will charm you with its warm décor and keep you coming with their top grade steaks. Whether you’re dining before the year’s hottest ticket, closing a deal at lunch, or simply enjoying a glass of wine, this steakhouse is one of the best dining options in the Loop.