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Posted by Rustifer49 on 01/28/2010
I've been haunting this part of the Mag Mile in Chitown for over 30 years. I was introduced to the Saloon about 15 years ago, and I keep going back every time I'm in Chicago (if you stay at the Drake, it's very coveniently close by). The bar part is small and intimate - all old wood and dark, and generally peopled with locals that live in the neighborhood. They are mostly a gentle, tippling lot that will converse with you for hours at the drop of a hat (or free drink). I don't think this place has yet been discovered by the business crowd as it is connected to a non-business-type hotel. Which makes it even better - - no loud suit types yakking on cell phones and talking biz trash. The best reason to come is the martinis (they serve food here?). Big, very cold, straight up man-sized classic glasses of crystal yum-yums buoyed by a large olive stuffed with really good bleu cheese. While you sip the tingly goodness (I prefer vodka), study behind the bar with its interesting array of unique and sometimes fairly rare liquors. The bartenders are usually a hip lot (never the same one each time I return - turnover must be a bitch) but seem friendly and eager to please if not a little bored with serving the locals. It's a great place to stop in the late afternoon to get a little high before deciding where next to go in the cornocopia that is Chicago.
Posted by delhiski on 03/16/2009
My wife and I celebrated her birthday at the Saloon Steak House (SSH). We came into to town to do it up and felt like this seemed like a great choice. I had read a couple of posted reviews so went with it. First bad step is that it is in a Hotel, and I have this phobia / or distaste for eating dinner at a hotel. People do not travel all the way to Chicago to eat at the hotel. I am sure teh people who stayed at the Seneca Hotel, went somewhere else for dinner. It just happens to be that way., Anyway, the steaks were very good, plenty of food. My wife the fillet and I the small prime rib, which I was not able to finish so plenty. Good wine list, and extremely good service. But they were not busy, so I would expect good service. Nice location and value was there for a good meal in Downtown Chicago. 100$ with one drink or wine a piece.
Posted by me on 07/30/2007
Ate here with a "buy one dinner, get one free" coupon and wasn't exactly sure what to expect...but it was really a treat! The food was quite good (steaks have a nice char on the outside, which you don't always see in "upscale" steak restaurants, but it was a refreshing change from the typical butter-drenched steaks). Service was outstanding, and the atmosphere is way less pretentious than some of the other upscale spots...we enjoyed ourselves and had a delicious meal! Definitely try the mashed potatoes w/bacon, scallion, and creme fraiche and the cheesecake for dessert!
Posted by Vic on 03/03/2006
We used to take our out of town guests here for what was the best steak and prime rib in the area. It was the seasoning that made it so special. The last time we took a guest, the meat was boring. We asked our waiter and learned that people complained that there was too much seasoning on the prime rib, so they took it off. Because of the lack of the wonderful flavor, we will no longer eat here.