Quiet Weeknight Dinner?
Any suggestions for a quiet restaurant downtown, preferably falling in the category of casual fine dining? My dad is coming into town for a weeknight dinner and is a bit hard of hearing, and he hates having to struggle to follow conversation. We'll be around the Four Seasons-- the restaurant doesn't necessarily have to be right in walking distance, but shouldn't take more than 20-30 min to get to using public transit. In the past I've taken him to places like Bistro 110 and Cafe des Architectes, so I'm just trying to think of something new to try out.
110 East Pearson Street, Chicago, IL 60611
Cafe des Architectes
20 East Chestnut Street, Chicago, IL 60611
Funny, Cafe des Architectes was the first place I thought of! Two places come to mind; both are in the north end of the Loop, so they're around a mile south of the Four Seasons. One is Cibo Matto, the restaurant in the new Wit hotel; it features a contemporary spin on Italian cuisine. The tables are nicely spaced apart from each other, and there are vertical dividers between them, which helps with noise. If you go there, don't miss the cardamom panna cotta! The other is Atwood Cafe, in the Hotel Burnham. Also, if you don't mind going upscale (more money, and dressy, i.e. jackets for gentlemen), consider Everest, the fine dining contemporary French restaurant.
I'd also suggest Naha. The food is consistently good and has a more subdued but nice atmosphere, so hearing each other shouldn't be a problem.
500 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610
I would add Crofton on Wells and onesixtyblue to your selections. Sepia would work too.
Crofton on Wells
535 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60610