Steadfast

4.6
577 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Pre/post-theatre
Steadfast brings an innovative, seasonal, chef-driven restaurant concept from The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group. Executive Chef Ender Oktayuren and our James Beard Semi Finalist Pastry Chef Christopher Teixeira, both formerly of two Michelin starred Sixteen, join to provide an adventurous menu blending seasonality and creativity with balanced characteristics of the two talented chefs. New American cuisine with European and North African influences reflect the cultural diversity of both Chefs. Our culinary team is paired with one of the most knowledgeable and hospitable service teams in the city. We aim to delight and surprise you at every opportunity and we are grateful for the opportunity to call you our guests.

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Chicago
26 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

Charred, inedible Cuban sandwich. Server graciously removed the charge. "Old fashioned" tastes like a shot of bourbon with perhaps a splash of bitters. What a shame.

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H
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Nice staff food very iffy my salad was primarily uncooked cauliflower. Tons of It very few Brussels sprouts which were cooked. The donut given to make up for the bad salad was tasteless. Can be quite noisy

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

The restaurant is too noisy at lunch for a business meeting and the service and food is average. There is a misplaced worn out rug in the middle dining room with the high top chairs and makes for an uneven floor surface for the chairs. The food is overpriced. No refills offered on the coffee. Restaurant is better for a friends get together. The decor is attractive except for the rug.

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AE
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

flying bugs around table and in water glasses, food was okay- nothing great, service was pleasant.

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KM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Steadfast was great for brunch before we went to see Hamilton nearby. Service was excellent and the food very good. Our waiter and other staff were very prompt and appropriately checked in throughout our meal. Two of us had the Cinnamon French Toast that was really good, if not decadent. One had the Belgian Waffle and one a Farmers Omelette. All were served promptly and hot as they should. The menu offered a good variety of breakfast and lunch items. Prices were very fair for city dining and the portions were not skimpy.
If you are going to the theater, it is an easy walk to most theaters as well.

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PG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

The restaurant is decorated very nicely. It feels expensive and hip and the wait staff is very nice but the food was underwhelming. It was a disappointment. The new york strip at $44 was bland . my husband and i had the halibut and it was good but not amazing. The bread with butters and dips was very yummy.

the desserts were inventive and seemed exciting but the tart was nothing to rave about. My kids are not picky eaters and they thought their dishes were bland. i have some foodies that know good food and it was cool to hear them critique the food but i wanted them to love it. I wanted to love it too. Michelin star experienced chef's raised my expectations and they were not met.

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RB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The menu was easily digested, our waiter was incredibly informative about each dish, presentation, taste and finesse by the kitchen was impeccable, the amuse buche were totally unexpected, very taste full and well presented, wine offerings by the glass maybe slightly underwhelming but this place is a must see and do

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NY
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food options and very interesting combinations. Very high quality and very reasonably priced.

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JA
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent spot for a business lunch. The service was terrific, attentive without being intrusive, and the dining room was busy but not too noisy. There are healthy options as well as sandwiches and some entrees, not a huge menu, but fresh, well sourced, and can easily fit anyone's taste.

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JA
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, wonderful setting and really great food. Servers were very accommodating of our requests and attentive to our needs. Will definitely recommend to others!

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w
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

I cannot stress how little we complain but i feel i should write as forewarning.
We went for Sunday brunch and the menu did not match open table menu. The selection was far less. The doughssants were on the menu but not available. The reason given was because the are dependent on the bakery. although not sure why the restaurant can’t find a bakery that is able to consistently deliver food.

The wait staff were chaotic. We ended up just asking for pastries and an order of biscuits and gravy. They came out after a very long wait. They were delivered cold so we were asked if we wanted them warmed up. We did as they were to be served warm. We waited again for quite some time and they were delivered cold again without plates for the diners . The ham and cheese danish on a single plate. The ham in the ham and cheese danish was inadequate and rolled up in a corner of the pastry. The donuts and muffin did not taste fresh. I am assuming they were made the week prior.

The broccoli soup was not bad but not typical broccoli soup.
The biscuits and gravy was also served cold and the biscuit was sub par.

It was so disorganized and not to expectations that we told management. They apologized and worked to address but in the end none of this fixes what our entire family considers one of the worst dining experiences we have had across the globe and we are including roadside stands in third world countries and many rural diners during family vacations. We definitely won’t forget this experience.

Seriously we will not be going back and wish Steadfast luck in addressing their menu and experience.

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D
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This might be the best food in the city... amazing service and presentation also!

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S
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with remarkable staff, the menu is constantly changing and has a fun variety of different options not found in this area of Chicago.

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BS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really liked, only weird thing was that between my girlfriend and me, they were out of 3 things that we ordered.

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JM
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

We had a late lunch. The server seemed irritated that we were there. At one point I had to get up, walk to the bar and ask the bartender if we could have more water. I love this place but I won't be going for a 1:30 lunch again.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 1Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

Just really slow service. Almost 15 minutes to get water at the table from when we sat down. Didn’t bring us new utensils (put our salad/butter knives on the table). Poor experience.

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FD
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an amazing experience here! Food was divine but the service was even more fabulous! Nathan truly made the difference. He was attentive, suggestive, extremely knowledgeable about the menu and overall a phenomenal associate. Thank you for such a great dinner...we will be back!

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JB
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Great for dinner but lunch was just ok, desert was nothing to write home about

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W
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Good central location downtown for a business lunch.

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JM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Save your money. Went here for Easter brunch and it was just awful. Your average Staybridge Suites has a better brunch than this. Paid $75pp for a sparse buffet containing food that was both bad and cold. Service was virtually non-existent. The mimosas were flat and poured from a carafe rather than made to order, despite a room that was 1/4 full. I strongly recommend avoiding this restaurant and definitely thinking twice before spending a holiday with them. Just awful.

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AG
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Very disappointing. The staff rushed us through dinner, and there were only two other tables in the whole restaurant with patrons. Some of the food was excellent; some of it left a lot to be desired. I don't believe that it lived up to the positive reviews found elsewhere on the internet.

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AR
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Small, but terrific menu. Excellent cocktails. Great service. All class without being stuffy.

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M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It is always excellent every time I go to Steadfast.

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OT
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The wine pairing menu for winter was delicious. Each portion was perfectly sized and the matched wines worked well with the flavors. A great way to sample the offerings and have a good variety of flavors.

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g
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very welcoming, skilled front end staff and masterfully prepared goulash and pork shoulder. Great value.
We'd re-book this place in a heartbeat. These people are real pros.

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K
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had brunch. Menu had a great array of selections. Food was very good!!! We will definitely be back!

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ST
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was probably the best customer service experience I’ve ever had. My friends and I did the 5 course group meal and it was phenomenal. I have a lot of diet restrictions and they accommodated each one without making me feel guilty. The chef can and said he enjoyed making my food as it allowed him to get creative. Can not wait to go back!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a great experience! Thank you

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RC
Houston
169 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and tremendous service. We had the 5 course winter tasting menu and it was fantastic. Make sure you get the artisanal bread!

Steadfast
Responded on March 28, 2019

Rapheal, Thank you for the positive feedback, we are excited to share the compliments with our service and culinary teams. We are glad you were able to enjoy the tasting menu before our seasonal menu change next week, please join us again soon!

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LS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a wonderful brunch before catching a matinee show at CIBC theater, which was two blocks away. Quiet, prompt service, good food and selection. Great coffee too -- which is hugely important to my crew.

Steadfast
Responded on March 28, 2019

Lisa, thank you for joining us for brunch before the matinee show and for the compliments to our service and culinary teams. We hope that you join us again soon as our seasonal menu changes next week or for Happy Hour Mon-Fri 3-6pm & 9-11pm!

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A
Chicago
256 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The tasting menu here is excellent and such a steal!

Steadfast
Responded on March 15, 2019

Amber, thank you for joining us for dinner at Steadfast! We are thrilled you were able to enjoy this seasons tasting menu before it rotates in a few weeks, please join us again soon for the new highlights of our culinary & beverage program

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SU
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 1

We had a business dinner immediately after work, so it was early. We had a reservation and were seated very close to the bar, which is open to the restaurant. It was SO LOUD that we could not hear each other speak. The waiter was absolutely fabulous and the best thing about the experience.
None of the 5 people enjoyed the food. I am a vegetarian. The waiter described a lovely black rice dish with fresh vegetables on it. When delivered, the waiter set it down and announced the pickled vegetable dish. I hate pickled vegetables. It was inedible. Associates all had meat dishes and nobody was happy. Would not return

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SB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our entire party selected the 5 course dinner. There were 2 options for each course. We sampled all 10 options. They were equally delicious. The goulash was outstanding as was the NY strip steak. The wine pairings for each course were spot on. The service by Devlin was perfect. He was extremely knowledgable and supported by the entire Steadfast staff. We were surprised with a table side visit from Chef Ender. That ended our evening on a perfect note.

Steadfast
Responded on March 15, 2019

Steve, Thank you for joining us for dinner at Steadfast we are thrilled that your party enjoyed the 5 course tasting menu and wine pairings. We are excited to share the feedback with Devlin, Chef Ender and the rest of the service & culinary team. We look forward to you joining us for our next menu change in just a few weeks!

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OT
Chicago
142 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Our experience started out strong, with a lovely (although overly sweet) amuse, a wedge salad for my husband and an amazing bread selection with multiple inventive butters. But, my duck entree (described by our server as a light option) was quite heavy and the plating was unappealing. I didn't finish it. My husband had the steak, and he thought it was good. When he requested the steak not be served with the standard beets, the chef suggested smokey potatoes which sounded like a good idea. But, they were so smokey, it was like eating charcoal. Yuck. At this point in the meal, service fell apart. We waited at least ten minutes for our table to be cleared. Although our server knew we were pre-theatre, we had to race through dessert because of the server's inattention. Although there were high points to our experience, I doubt we'll return. It's not worth the $175.

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o
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful experience! Our server Korin was fantastic and very accomodating to my large loud family :) thanks for making my sisters birthday memorable!

Steadfast
Responded on March 13, 2019

Thank you for the positive feedback and for joining us for a memorable experience! We are excited to share the compliments with Corin and our culinary team, please join us again soon as our seasonal menu is changing in a few weeks!

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VG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Portions are very small and noise level, especially in side room next to bar, was exceedingly loud.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Service was great. Food was very very good. Ambiance and noise level was good. The menu was somewhat reliant on dairy, while the menu we found online was not. It made it a little hard for my wife to find something she wanted.

Nonetheless, our meals were really great. The bread specifically was awesome. The smoked potatoes paired with a somewhat mild braised pork combined to a brilliantly balanced flavor.

My only real complaint is the chairs. They were very hard to sit upright in, which left me trying to eat while somewhat reclined. So weird.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We dined before going to see Hamilton

Steadfast
Responded on March 27, 2019

Thank you for the positive review on food, ambience, & service. Please join us again soon at Steadfast for Happy Hour 3-6pm or reverse Happy Hour 9-11pm Monday-Friday!

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service thank you

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Pre theater seated in back corner right next to waiter station at 630

Kitchen seemed to be backed up and food did not arrive before need to leave for theater

Manager handled situation well

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