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Restaurants in Hyde Park

The restaurants in Hyde Park represent a wide variety of cultures and cuisines. There are Southern soul food places, French bistros, a Michelin Bib Gourmand pizzeria, ramen shops, diners, delis, and a cafeteria frequented by President Obama.

The restaurants in Hyde Park represent a wide variety of cultures and cuisines. There are Southern soul food places, French bistros, a Michelin Bib Gourmand pizzeria, ramen shops, diners, delis, and a cafeteria frequented by President Obama.

Many of the restaurants in Hyde Park are located on 53rd Street between Washington Park and the lakefront. You can get to this part of Hyde Park by taking the Metra of the 51st/53rd Street Station. Or you can take the el train to the Green Line Garfield Station.

Hyde Park is home to the University of Chicago’s campus, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robey House, and the Museum of Science and Industry.

Last updated: March 2022

Restaurants in Hyde Park:

We have indicated which restaurants in Hyde Park serve breakfast/brunch and/or lunch in addition to dinner.

Virtue Restaurant
American, Southern

A rustic light filled restaurant serving Southern classics like biscuits with pimento cheese, gumbo, cornbread, mac and cheese, catfish, and shrimp and grits.

Nella Pizza e Pasta
Italian, Pizza, Lunch

A Michelin Bib Gourmand winner serving lunch and dinner plus weekend brunch. The restaurant is known for their Neapolitan style wood oven pizzas with a lightly charred crust, but the menu has plenty of other options including antipasti, salads, pasta, risotto, and meat mains. Nella’s serves elegantly prepared classic Italian cuisine made with the best ingredients.

14 Parish

14 Parish is a restaurant and rum bar that serves Caribbean cuisine like jerk chicken, conch chowder, coconut shrimp, and rasta pasta. A light night snack menu is available too.

Ascione Bistro
Italian, Lunch

An Italian bistro known for serving rustic cuisine including a selection of hand-made pastas and a mix of seafood and meat entrees. Menu highlights include tagliolini with a black truffle cream sauce, pappardelle with a wild boar and mushroom sauce, duck breast over wild mushroom risotto with blood orange sauce, and veal shank ossobuso style. Some hand-made gluten-free pasta is available.

Saucy Porka
Latin, Asian, Vegetarian/Vegan, Gluten-free, Lunch

A Latin-Asian fusion restaurant serving meals like rice bowls, bao tacos, and banh mi. The menu has sections devoted to vegan and vegetarian cuisine that includes items like a tofu banh mi, tostones, and a Puerto Rican rice bowl. Gluten-free food is available too. There is a second location in the South Loop.

The Soul Shack
American, Southern

The Soul Shack menu features chicken and waffles, jerk chicken, and fried smothered chicken. The “soul rolls” are a Southern dinner in a egg roll and are filled with macaroni and cheese, greens, and yams.

Mesler Kitchen
American, Lunch

Located within the Sophy Hotel, Mesler Kitchen is an upscale but welcoming restaurant serving American fare ranging from a spicy fried chicken sandwich and lobster rolls to New York Steak and crab cakes.

Chant Restaurant
Global, Asian

A restaurant and live music venue serving a large menu of globally inspired cuisine such as braised oxtail, crispy curry catfish, blacked shrimp tacos, lobster macaroni and cheese, and shrimp and chicken gumbo, plus Asian inspired fare like udon, pad Thai, cashew chicken, and pad see ew.

Plein Air Cafe
French, Breakfast, Lunch

Located right next to the Chicago landmark Robey House, the Plein Air Cafe is a French-inspired cafe serving pastries and breakfast daily until noon, plus salads, sandwiches, baguettes, and bowls after 11 am. Plein Air Cafe closes at 8 pm on weekdays and at 6 pm on weekends.

Cedars Mediterranean Kitchen
Mediterranean, Lunch

Cedars is currently serving a more limited menu that includes crispy falafels, chicken shawarma, lamb kebobs, lentil soup, and tacos plus several appetizers.

Kikuya Japanese Restaurant
Japanese, Sushi, Asian

Kikuya serves sushi, sashimi, noodle soups, rice bowls, and larger plated meals like pork tonkatsu, salmon teriyaki, and chicken teriyaki. Lunch is served on weekdays.

The Nile of Hyde Park
Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Lunch

The Nile of Hyde Park serves traditional Middle Eastern fare including hummos, baba ghannoj, baked spinach pie, falafel, shawarma, shish kabob, and kifta.

Piccolo Mondo

Located in the Windermere House across from the Museum of Science and Industries, Piccolo Mondo is a restaurant and bakery serving traditional Italian cuisine including spaghetti with meatballs, eggplant parmesan, and chicken marsala.

La Petite Folie

La Petite Foie is an elegant and charming restaurant serving traditional seasonal French cuisine and French wines. The menu includes coq au vin, Atlantic salmon, and bistro steak.

Jamaican, Lunch

A restaurant known for serving authentic Jamaican fare including jerk chicken, red snapper, goat curry, and ox tail stew.

Snail Thai Cuisine

Currently open for carry out and delivery only. Snail is a BYOB Thai restaurant serving a large menu that includes familiar dishes like chicken satay, dumplings, string rolls, pad Thai, pad see ew, Bangkok chicken, massaman curry, and panang curry plus a large selection of soups.

Strings Ramen Shop
Japanese, Ramen, Asian, Lunch, Vegetarian/Vegan

A ramen restaurant that makes fresh noodles daily. The menu includes over a dozen different ramen including a few vegan options. There are additional locations in Chinatown and Lakeview.

Roux Diner
American, Southern, Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch

Roux Diner is an upscale southern style diner inspired by New Orleans that serves breakfast all day and beignets to-go. The breakfast menu has country ham with grits, biscuits and gravy, a fried green tomato tartine, and biscuit hash while the all day supper menu has chicken and waffles, chicken fried steak, and fried catfish.

Medici on 57th
American, Pizza, Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch

Medici has been in Hyde Park for 60 years. The bakery sells breads, pastries, cookies, and pies while the restaurant serves a mix of American standards like chili, roast beef on rye, Italian subs, burgers, Italian pasta dishes, and both thin curst and pan pizzas. Breakfast sandwiches are available on weekdays and a full brunch menu is served on weekends.

Valois Restaurants
American, Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch

A cash-only cafeteria style restaurant serving American comfort food that is a favorite of President Obama, who is known to order the steak and eggs. The menu also includes omelettes, pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches, salads, and wraps. Valois is open from 6 am until 3 pm daily and does not serve dinner.

Jade Court
Chinese, Asian, Lunch

Jade Court offers a large menu of traditional Cantonese and Szechuan food including egg foo young, Peking duck, Szechuan chicken, chow mein, and Dungeness crab.

Morry’s Deli
American, Lunch

A deli that has been around for over 50 years and that is known of its corned beef, roast beef, and pastrami sandwiches. The menu focuses on sandwiches and had classic sandwiches, triple decker sandwiches, submarines, plus hot dogs, burgers, soups, and chili.

Vegan/Vegetarian, Lunch

A vegan scratch kitchen serving gluten-free and soy-free foods. The menu has jackfruit nuggets, orange “chicken” bites made with fried oyster mushrooms, buddha bowls, birria tacos, and vegan meat burgers.

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