Need tips for quiet restaurant for meeting of parents
My parents and the parents of my significant other are going to be meeting for the first time, and I am looking for recommendations for restaurants. Here are the complicating facts:
1) My father is hard of hearing, so it is important that the restaurant not be too noisy.
2) Some of the parents are picky. It can't be a hole-in-the-wall, and ethnic food probably is a bad idea.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
I'd suggest making it someplace close to where they're staying.
Cafe des Architectes, at the entrance to the Sofitel, would be one possibility. The food is contemporary American, and the atmosphere is contemporary elegant. It's not overly noisy, thanks to the super-high ceilings.
Another possibility is the Lobby, the contemporary American restaurant in the Peninsula. The decor is more traditional but also elegant. It too is not overly noisy, for the same reason (super-high ceilings) as well as tables that are spaced rather far apart.
David Burke's Primehouse would be another good choice. The steaks are great, and unlike most other steakhouses, the atmosphere there is not overly noisy.
Praire Fire in West Loop would be great for this. Nice and quite, good food and some nice round tables for a group. That and parking is really easy.
Another one that NSXTASY and I totally agree on is Sable. While the food is a bit more "funky" it's based in old school favorites. The bison short rib sliders, beef jerky, and along with an Aviation cocktail are three of my favorite things around these days. The nice thing here is you can try tons of different things and order in waves.
I second The Lobby at Peninsula.
Other considerations: il Mulino (not sure if Italian is considered ethnic), Province
I'd suggest Naha- it has a very nice quiet atmosphere and consistently great food and is located in River North.
500 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610