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Posted by Fred Bates on 04/05/2015
My experience warrants an overall grade of B+ (down from the A+ I issued in 2011): Our Waiter Alex gets an A+; the Hostess a D; the Manager a C+; and the Chef a B. Allow me to explain why the adults in the front of the house hurt the students’ grade, and why our experience was somewhat disappointing. They recently remodeled and I was concerned they might not open in time for our dinner. Despite speaking to the hostess/manager/staff three times in the six weeks prior to this dining experience, including on the day of our dinner, not once did they bother to mention the major development of no longer having a valid liquor license—it’s BYOB now. Literally 10 minutes before my 5 guest arrived I had to drive to 71st & Jeffery – in the hood – to purchase three bottles of the most average wine imaginable. I probably should not have been surprised when the hostess had an attitude with me because I politely expressed my displeasure with not having been told of this development. Her “bad behavior” was consistent with my previous experience there. With regard to the food, my comments are generally the same as in my 2011 and 2014 reviews, although I had to send my steak back. I ordered medium rare, they delivered well-done. The second version was medium-well, but as everyone else had eaten, I ate the center of the steak and we moved on to the decadent dessert course. Our waiter Alex, and the other servers were the BEST aspect of the evening, other than the exceptional company of my guests. The most disappointing aspect of the evening was how much the ambience of this establishment has changed since it was remodeled last month. By removing the carpet (now tiled floors), drapes (no window treatments at all), and wallpaper (it was due to be changed), and adding bright lighting, they not only eviscerated the quaint and almost romantic aspect of the room, but the place is now loud. That does not excuse the rude old man who conned his way into a free meal, from interrupting our dinner to tell us to “quiet down.” Next year he won’t have to worry about our group—we’ll be at La Petite Folie where we started to go this year! Let me close by saying that if you chose to dine there, and I plan to, it’s best for couples only. Large groups will resonate too loudly. By the way, did I mention that I’d give Alex an A+++
Posted by Larry on 11/29/2010
The food was just excellent. A friend and I were just pleased as punch. Our waitress was the best. The young man that sitted us, James, was very nice. He made my friend and myself feel very welcome. Kira, our waitress knew all about the dishes we ordered. It was just a great time for us. My friend and I do, I mean , do recommend this lovely oasis of joy......
Posted by Anonymous on 06/10/2008
Every course was superb. The steak was probably the best I've had anywhere. Great portion sizes. Though the dining room is decorated a bit too old-fashioned and frilly for my taste, (think an old Southern granny's sewing room) it was still a pleasant and unpretentious atmosphere and service was good. It's one of the best restaurants in Chicago.
Posted by Joyce on 12/12/2007
A friend and I share the same birthday so we wanted a restaurant at which to celerbrate. The Parrot Cage was an outstanding choice. The restaurant was beautifully appointed, our waiter was the best I've ever had (very attentive service), and the food was excellently prepared. We could not have asked for a better place to celebrate. There were four of us and each of us thoroughly enjoyed our menu selection. We all highly recommend this restaurant.