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Eleven City Diner - 60 Reviews - 1112 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (312) 212-1112

Eleven City Diner

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1112 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
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(312) 212-1112
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Eleven City Diner - Chicago, IL
Eleven City Diner - Chicago, IL
Eleven City Diner - Chicago, IL
Eleven City Diner - Chicago, IL
Eleven City Diner - Chicago, IL

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Best

I?ve been going to Eleven for about three years. The old school Jewish Delicatessen feel is certainly a plus, but it?s the food that brings me back. The owner is quite a persona...

Worst

When Eleven opened up in the South Loop I was pretty excited at first and I even went there a few times,...

eleven city diner 9/6/2011

The absolute worst restaurant in the WORLD! As a former Flight Attendant I have traveled quite a bit. I have never encountered such rude service. Apparently the owner is quite a pill, and his staff follows his lead. Please, Please stay away. more

Not a family friendly place! 3/23/2011

My husband and I brought our two small children to this diner and were approached by owner, Brad, saying that we would be ""required"" to place our 4 month old baby in a ""child apparatus""...that I could not hold my child while we ate. He said that this was due to a recent litigation at his diner. After I refused to not hold my baby, he did back down and said they'd ""make note"" of my refusal. Crazy and just plain stupid. After we ate, I did attempt to approach Brad, wanting to recommend he approach the situation a little differently in the future, but he was too busy being rude and condescending to listen. Definitely left a bitter taste in our mouths. more

Not real deal 6/4/2010

After we sat down 3 different servers approached us and never returned. Finally the 4th one took our order. They were much disorganized. It was after lunch time and not that busy. Cons: Service, price, atmosphere, quantity, volume more

Eleven City is one of my favorites 6/1/2010

I?ve been going to Eleven for about three years. The old school Jewish Delicatessen feel is certainly a plus, but it?s the food that brings me back. The owner is quite a personality who adds to the experience and cares about the product his kitchen and waitstaff are producing. I?ve never had anything that wasn?t incredible?the corned beef is as good or better than Manny?s, but everything from the homemade soups, the Schwartzie and breakfast goodies are equipped with generous portions and tasty flavors. Pros: Food, Service, Ambiance Cons: Too far away from my house more

JUNIORS! 5/31/2010

SO I discovered this place on a whim one day. Walking around the South Loop- which has become such a nice neighborhood btw- and I saw these big neon lights. Juniors Cheesecake. I have loved Juniors for a long time and couldn't believe I found a place in the city that serves it. I wasn't even hungry but I needed a piece of cheesecake. It made me think of home and was such a comfortable place. It was really casual and laid back. And I don't mean slow paced and boring when I say laid back I mean the servers are wearing jeans and t-shirts. It was really face paced with great show tunes and theme-appropriate genres playing on the radio. I was in and out really fast. I'm sure you can linger if you want but I got just the taste I needed. I went out that night with some friends from out of town and came back for breakfast the next day. SERIOUSLY. Twice in 24 hours. So worth it. I would do it again in a heartbeat. I don't live in the South Loop but the commute is great. The ambiance and the food was exactly what I needed. Pros: FULL BAR AND BREAKFAST more

Great food. Great service. 5/31/2010

This place is great! I love the atmosphere, the food's even better! Definitely worth the wait. My favorite dish for breakfast/brunch would be the basil pesto omelette and a side of the chicken sausage (any of the three will do). I even wake up craving the eggs. For din din, i like to start with the a diet doc brown's black cherry soda with the bowl of matzo ball soup followed by the sam levy's sandwich. That comeback sauce is to die for. For desert go with the carrot cake or the chocolate cake or wait the authentic cheese cake is great too. There is so much to choose from its hard to pick settle on one item. Every time I go I attempt to try something new and have never been disappointed. I don't wanna forget the family oriented service is awesome. The owner and his parents actually serve the food and make me feel like I am part of their family. enjoy! more

Find Me Better Corned Beef in Chicago! 5/29/2010

So you walk in and immediately you are speaking to this amazingly beautiful hostess. Next thing you know you are following someone to a great table or booth where you will dine. Perhaps you are solo and can sit at the bar, yes the bar! Next, you peruse the menu full of tons of options. First conundrum, breakfast or lunch? Should I get the french toast or the Woody Allen? Maybe the Schwartzy? No but the Blank Blank Special looks so good. Wait, maybe I want scrambled eggs or an omelette. Fear not fellow food lovers, you can't go wrong with any of the choices and you can always come back and try what you do not get that time. I suggest you do. If you like corned beef, there is no better place in the city to get it, Jewish deli style. I love the thinly sliced goodness. Everyone I have taken here has also expressed their love for the corned beef as well. These sandwiches are much better than Perry's Deli, Goodwin's, Manny's and NYC Bagel, hands down! Once you make your decision, you are not waiting long, especially if you are like me and get a bloody mary with the salami and swiss garnish. Delicious! The time just flies by. Fresh squeezed OJ is also a staple for breakfast. The milkshakes rock the house y'all. The service is great no matter who is waiting on you. The waitstaff seem to really care about the customers. The owner seems to run a tight ship, but in a friendly way. He always wants to know how you are enjoying your experience. This is an overall classy style Jewish deli that makes you feel relaxed in a diner setting. Fun for the whole family! Pros: Best Corned Beef in town (Jewish deli style), French Toast Cons: Can't eat here all the time :-( more

Best Deli in Chicago! 5/26/2010

I LOVE Eleven City Diner! Pros: Schwartzy Sandwich Cons: nada more

Great Diner 4/12/2010

I have always enjoyed venturing out into the city and going places I haven?t gone before. On a recommendation from a friend a group of us went to Eleven City Diner. What a find! Great food, great atmosphere, and great service. This spot more than the typical diner. It is a blend of a soda fountain, Jewish deli, and diner all wrapped up in look straight from the 40?s. It timeless. But it was more than just the d?cor that made this a treat. The food was delicious. I am a huge fan of deli sandwiches and melts, this place did not disappoint. I ordered the Reuben because it is my personal favorite, and it was amazing. My friend who is loves to have breakfast for every meal of the day and ordered the French toast which she loved. The other friend ordered a burger. We all left full and happy. Five stars!!!!! Pros: Great food and service more

You must eat here! 4/12/2010

This is my second time gong to Eleven City Diner. I took my parents there for lunch on Saturday when they were visiting. I knew they would love this place. It was really busy when we went, but we were seated very quickly. The manager greeted us warmly and chatted with my parents for a bit while we waited to be seated. He was very warm (thanks). When we were seated the server got our drinks right away and was very helpful when my parents asked for suggestions. We were seated in the downstairs, which is great because the feeling of the restaurant is so energetic and fun! (You can even see them prepare the food!) My mom had the Rubin?s Reuben and my dad and I had the Woody Allen, which is a pastrami and corned beef sandwich. The food was excellent! When we were done eating we wanted to go sit at the bar and have a few drinks, so the server went over and got us seats right away! I couldn?t have been happier with the whole experience, which is why it is my favorite place for lunch! more

=) =) 4/12/2010

Since I live so far North, I rarely ever go to the South Loop, but several friends had recommended Eleven City Diner that I thought I should try it this weekend. Now I see what it?s all about. I?m glad I made the trip. First, the place has a great vibe: Part Jewish Deli, part American Diner, part corner candy store, part old school malt shop. There is a lot of hustle and bustle. A lot of energy. Very cool space. We were there for brunch (they serve breakfast all day). They have a killer menu. All the standards and a few surprises. I opted for The ?Sam Levy? which is a Cajun chicken sandwich served open face and was delicious. My boyfriend had the French toast everyone seems to rave about. He raved, too. I had heard that Eleven City makes a great Bloody Mary. Turned out to be too true ? The staff was extremely pleasant and attentive. Someone?s Mom greeted us, got us seated and checked in on us?.sweat lady. The price? a bit higher than the local greek diner, but you get a lot of food for your buck. We need to get south more often. more

Eleven City Diner-Always a great choice! 3/29/2010

I recently ate at this diner with a few of my friends and it was great! I can?t wait to eat there again! The food was really good and it had the feel of the old time diners. The diner reminds me of a New York style Jewish deli as well as the type of diners we all know and love. They have a really great menu with lots to choose from, especially the deli sandwiches, which include the Jerry Springer and Woody Allen sandwich! I had the Schwatzy beef brisket and an old fashioned vanilla milkshake which were incredible. Some of my friends had the Jerry Springer and the Monte Cristo, which they said were a great choice. I would really recommend this diner because the food is great, the staff is friendly, even the manager who made sure we left happy and satisfied, and it?s really hard to find a genuine diner like this. more

Eleven City Diner... I LOVE IT! 3/29/2010

I absolutely love the Eleven City Diner. My friends and I really like exploring Chicago, especially when it comes to trying new restaurants. We were down in the South Loop and visited this killer, old-school diner with great food, Eleven City. It is really unique in the sense that as soon as you walk in, you know you are in for something different and extraordinary. You definitely feel like your time traveled to another time and place. Eleven City diner is not a Greek dinner, but it's more like a New York Jewish deli and diner all in one. That's not even the best part. What really makes this my new favorite diner was the food because the menu is really great. I had such a difficult time picking from all the great old school Jewish deli sandwiches, but I had the Turkey Pastrami. My friends on the other hand had the ""The Schwartzy"" beef brisket and the Monte Cristo. Other sandwiches that Eleven City diner has include a Woody Allen and Jerry Springer sandwich. I give this place 6 thumbs up. To top off my lunch, I enjoyed a huge vanilla shake made the old fashioned way. But what am I saying, everything at Eleven City is done the old fashioned way. It reminds me as if my grandma was making me lunch, but this is happening AT ELEVEN City. Not only was the food great, but the staff was amazing. The manager made sure we walked away happy campers. I will definitely be heading back to Eleven City very soon. more

My New Favorite Diner 3/22/2010

Great food. Great atmosphere. Super Staff. This is a real Jewish Deli. We had lunch there with friends and we all had something different. Everyone had their fill. The owner Brad was great. He checked in with us twice and made sure we were happy. Love it Pros: Staff, Food, Decor Cons: Location more

Great Old School Deli/Diner with Modern Perks 1/7/2010

I recently moved to Chicago from New York and finding a good Jewish stlyle deli has been difficult. Eleven City Diner is a great old school deli with the added plus of a big diner menu. Pros: Friendly Staff, Fun Decor, NY Attitude more

Great Cherry Phosphates! 12/2/2009

Eleven City Diner is a must stop, whenever I visit Chicago. It is always a good cure for what ever ails you. Pros: Heavenly Challah Cons: Sometimes there's a wait more

GIVE THEM FIVE STARS 10/29/2009

This deli diner in the south loops hits the spot. Ate here twice. A great old school deli and diner menu. Big portions. French Dip was tender and juicy. French Toast was heavenly. I mean it blows Bongo Room away. The atmosphere is really a throw back to classic diners. Lot of classic Jewish deli feel to it as well. Big booths. Great music. A nice bustle to it without being overwhelming. Just a cool feel all around. The owner, Brad came by, made sure everything was alright both times we visited. Service was attentive. Love it. Five Stars. Way to to go. Pros: Best Deli food in the South Loop Cons: Nothing more

Couldn't be better! 10/2/2009

Eleven City Diner in the South Loop nails it. The food is superb. I've had pasta for diner and two different sandwiches for lunch. All were great and plentiful. And i mean plentiful. Never been there for brunch but people do rave. Next time!! The decor is really unique. The booths are extremely comfortable and the place just takes you back to another place and time. Candy store is a cool idea. Service was very friendly. Our waitresses have always been courteous, fun and patient. We had a group of 8 and everyone got their order just right, and in good nature. The owner that every talks about (Brad), was nothing but friendly and helpful. He always stops by to make sure we are getting what we want. The guy is definetley a live wire but he takes pride in his place, that for sure. I have no idea what some of these other people are yapping about. It seems mean spirited and does not match with my experience. His mom runs court in the back. Very nice lady. My only issue is the parking situation out front. The city is doing construction. I can't wait until it done and the have seating outside. Pros: Atmosphere. Cons: Parking. Needs it. And the patio wasn't open this summer. more

Just say no! 9/30/2009

Tried to have some fun with friends, tried a diner recommended by the Sperus Museum and left feeling miserable the rest of the day. Food was overpriced. My wife and I for lunch-$70 w/out tip! or good food. Brad was overbearing and very argumentative every time he stopped by. The place was too load for me to talk to one of my friends across the table. Pros: are you serious Cons: Mostly Brad more

Five stars in my opinion. 9/3/2009

Wow. After reading a few of the reviews about Eleven City Diner, I was more than intrigued. I had to find out for myself; who was this legendary owner that people either love or not? Was the food as good as some rave about? And was this a classic Jewish Delicatessen or another poser? After three visits, here is what my opinion. Take it for what it?s worth . . . The owner, Brad, has a big personality, no doubt. To us that was a big plus. He adds to the character of the place. The guy is passionate. He seems to love what he is doing. He was very kind to my father when we came in for dinner. They chatted about old American Family diners and what not. My dad had a smile the rest of the night. He gets 5 stars from me just for that. The legend is all about your perspective. My various friends and I really liked him. But enough about Brad. Here?s what really matters ? The food. The menu is HUGE and had a lot of good stuff. For me that meant the Monte Cristo for lunch, the French toast at brunch, and the lox platter for a late breakfast another time - LOVE IT, LOVE IT, and LOVED IT. The portions are huge. I mean, BIG. The meat is fresh from the deli case. If you want your pastrami warm, just ask. The coffee was perfect. I love their pickles. My only issue is I wish they had more condiments to pour on my Monte Cristo. I like to embellish. Ha! You get everything you pay for and more. The staff always treats me well, and the quality for me is worth the price (not Greek coffee house prices). As for the space itself, it is not meant to be some old Jewish delicatessen. That?s not the vibe at all. The place is more of family diner from the 40?s. It pays tribute to a time gone by with big comfy leather booths, a really long diner counter, a soda fountain (that was cool), an old candy store counter, and a fresh meat and deli case. The meats in that case are definitely fresh. My friend took home pound of smoked turkey and three tubs of deli faves, which we sampled during the cab ride home. I think Eleven City is great. Anyone who has come with me thinks it is pretty cool,too They are working hard which in my opinion is a good thing rather than a bad thing, and they are not trying to be something they aren't. It?s just seems like they are trying to do something right. You can?t please everyone, but after three visits, my friend and family walked away more than pleased. Five stars my friends. Five stars. Pros: fabulous Monte Cristo! Cons: could have used more condiments more
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Editorial

  • The Scene
    A revolving door constantly in flux hustles couples and singles into this bi-level diner in the South Loop. Retro touches stand out everywhere: a deli case up front, gleaming...

  • 11/15/2006 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Mon - Thurs 8:00 - 9:30pm Friday 8:00am-10:30pm Sat 8:30am-10:30pm Sun 8:30am-9:00pm
  • Payments:

    American Express, Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Loop, Central
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