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Can we just take a moment to appreciate good hotel restaurants? Like, just because the resturant is situated adjacent to a hotel lobby doesn’t mean it has to be a shell of a restaurant. Thankfully, Somerset goes above and beyond as a hotel restaurant to the point that it’s a popular place for non-hotel dwellers to go.

Located in the Viceroy Hotel, right in the middle of what locals fondly call “viagra triangle” in Gold Coast, Somerset is a trendy alternative to the steakhouses it neighbors. Their cocktail menu makes you feel posh but their food is midwestern at heart (aka hearty enough to offset that alcohol). All in all, an upscale version of American comfort foods that just so happens to be situated in a swanky mid-century-ish hotel lobby.

the details

Address 1112 N State St, Chicago
Website https://www.somersetchicago.com/
Yelp https://www.yelp.com/biz/somerset-chicago-2
Instagram @somersetchicago
Hours temporarily closed
Price $$-$$$, brunch and lunch is on the $$ side (most things falling within the $10-20 range) while dinner is more $$$ (entrées around $30-40)
Aesthetic just luxe enough to feel swanky cool, kind of in that restoration hardware vibe

good to know

Go here for: a fancy-ish brunch

Order this: the pastry board ($11) (why choose when you can sample three?)

Amount of time to spend: an hour or so for a solid brunch 

When to come: pretty much whenever, but avoid peak brunch times (or make a reservation)

Getting here: just a short walk from the Clark/Division station (red line)

Other things to note: 

  • They have a cutie patio with outdoor seating during the warmer months.
  • They take reservations (which is probably a good idea if you don’t want a crazy brunch wait).
  • They do happy hour on weekdays (4-5:30p but double check to make sure).

Last visited: August 2019

Last updated: July 2020

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