There’s a lot to love about living in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Between the abundance of upscale shopping options, world-class entertainment spots and the walkability factor, it’s no wonder that the neighborhood is so popular. In addition to those perks, the area also offers a lively restaurant and bar scene, boasting some of the top spots for food and drinks in the city. But with so many options, picking a place can cause a conundrum. That’s where we come in to help. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Gold Coast restaurants to share with you. So, next time you need to make some lunch, brunch or dinner plans, you’ll know where to go.
Tavern on Rush
First on our list is Tavern on Rush, an upscale steakhouse with a contemporary vibe. The spot serves “only the finest USDA prime-aged steaks,” along with fresh seafood, fish and other specials, according to the website. It also boasts a horseshoe-shaped bar and an outdoor patio, which is perfect for enjoying drinks and eats outside during the warmer months. Looking for a place to host a private event? Tavern on Rush offers a private dining room, too. Standout dinner menu items include the filet mignon, calamari and a prime burger. In addition to lunch and dinner, the restaurant also offers brunch, with menu items like a breakfast burrito and griddled pancakes.
Next on our list of Gold Coast restaurants is Butch McGuire’s, a family-owned restaurant that’s been open since 1961. It’s a go-to spot for locals in search of a casual place to grab a bite and a beer. The menu offers burgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders, nachos and a whole lot more. The restaurant also boasts an extensive beer list, with on-tap options ranging from Allagash White to Bell’s Two Hearted Ale. Oh, and they’ve got cocktails, too.
The Original Pancake House
The Original Pancake House is best known for — yup, you guessed it — pancakes. Specialty pancake options include the Apple Pancake with granny smith apples and cinnamon sugar glaze. And while the pancakes are delicious, the menu doesn’t stop there. Other available menu items include waffles, crepes, scramblers and egg dishes. In addition to their Gold Coast location, you can also find restaurants in Hyde Park, Lincoln Park, Oak Forest and Orland Park.
Gibsons Steakhouse is a Chicago staple, with locations not only in the Gold Coast neighborhood but also Rosemont and Oak Brook. For over 25 years, Gibsons has been providing “Prime Angus beef, fresh fish, classic cocktails, an extensive wine list and uncompromising service,” according to its website. In fact, the Gibsons was the first restaurant group in the country to be awarded its own USDA Certified Angus Beef Program. The Prime Angus beef at Gibsons is corn-fed for no more than 120 days, then aged for a minimum of 40 days. In addition to beef, the menu features items like crab legs, lobster tail, salads and oysters.
Last but certainly not least is Hopsmith Tavern. This pub is the perfect place to grab some grub while watching the game. The spot serves burgers, tacos, sandwiches, salads, wraps and more. It also offers both a standard cocktail menu and a special brunch cocktail menu. Don’t miss Hopsmith’s Signature Bloody Mary with Ketel One vodka, homemade bloody mix and a splash of Guinness. It’s served in a “frozen fat pour mug with a Miller High Life pony sidecar,” as seen on the menu.