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Obrien's Riverwalk Cafe

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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45 East Riverwalk South, Chicago, IL
+1 312-346-3131
11:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 16:00
Fri - Sun 11:00 - 19:00
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253 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

While on vacation in Chicago my wife and I stayed at a hotel across the street from O'Biren's Riverwalk Cafe. One evening we decided to try to have dinner there and were very pleased. O'Brien's is located on the river and every table on the patio has a great view of the river as well as both the people walking... More 

Thank TJFLG42
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82 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

This was our first time to O'Briens Riverwalk Café in Chicago, IL. We asked for a seat directly along the riverside and were quickly seated in a perfect spot. The hostess was super friendly & it was a great start to a wonderful lunch with my Fiancé. Atmosphere: The atmosphere is welcoming & relaxing with bright lime green umbrellas and... More 

Thank TravellinCritik
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56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped here for a quick bite. Service here is top drawer. Staff really on the ball. Food is very good too

Thank Colmmahon
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74 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

The four of us all felt the portions were generous, fast, and less than $15 for a quick lunch. The burger and chicken burger were both on a lovely pretzel bun. I had the buffalo shrimp with a side salad. The lemonade was delightful! It was enjoyable watching the boats on the river too.

Thank Canada321
Niagara Falls, New York
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129 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Had lunch with the Missus and both meals were very good. Very friendly and quick waitress. Seating was immediate too. Will go back if back in the area.

Thank Serious_Neatfreak
kerrville, tn
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24 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Obriens was nice. We had a table right on the River Walk. The menu is limited, but the food was good.

Thank marieKerrville_Tn
Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
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52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

We were looking for a casual bite to eat, with a river view. Strolling down the East Riverwalk, we passed crowded wine bars, and settled in at O'Brien's. We ordered the bean fries, a first, and the Cobb salad, and a spinach and melon salad. The food and service were good, but the view from under the lime green umbrella... More 

Thank ricky2246
Denver, Colorado
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

I really like this place and was disappointed that I only found it on my last day in town. I had the Cajun Chicken Sandwich, which was very flavorful and was a good sized portion for me. Even though I showed up just as the restaurant was about to close, they didn't rush me. In fact, one of the servers... More 

Thank shortyduapp
Winter Haven, Florida
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310 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Had a nice hostess seat us and bring us water then-nothing. Waiters came to tables on each side of us, complained about a lousy tip at one of the tables and what they would like to say to rude customers. Just what you want t hear while waiting for service. Waited for 10 minutes without anyone coming to our table.... More 

Thank 63Kathyd
North Palm Beach, Florida
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117 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

An abbreviated version of O’Briens scrumptious menu is served at this seasonal set up along the river. Unlike some Riverwalk eateries, this has a nice buffer between diners and pedestrians. It also sits lower to the river than some other eateries. Have a cold cocktail, a burger and chips and boat/people watch. Service was friendly and casual. Get there before... More 

Thank Andy W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 45 East Riverwalk South, Chicago, IL
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
  • Phone Number: +1 312-346-3131

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