Eleven City Diner

★★★☆☆
  • 1112 S Wabash Ave

    Chicago, IL 60605

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  • 312-212-1112

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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

3
★★★★★

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

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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

3
★★★★★

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

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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.

I ordered chicken noodle soup and 1/2 sandwich. The soup had hardly any noodles. I expected more meat on the sandwich for the price and being a deli. They don??t put the standard Jewish deli bread basket like bialys and rolls. Instead they charged us 95 cents for bread (holly). I asked the manager about charging for bread and he said theirs was fresher than the other delis. bigger issue is no bread basket than 95 cents, just seemed cheap on their part. The background music was very loud for any restaurant let alone a deli.

This place doesn't compare to places like Max's and Max and Benny's in the north suburbs or Manny's on the west side. It wouldn't last there in my. It seems like one of the few places to dine in that area on the south loop.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

I ordered chicken noodle soup and 1/2 sandwich. The soup had hardly any noodles. I expected more meat on the sandwich for the price and being a deli. They don??t put the standard Jewish deli bread basket like bialys and rolls. Instead they charged us 95 cents for bread (holly). I asked the manager about charging for bread and he said theirs was fresher than the other delis. bigger issue is no bread basket than 95 cents, just seemed cheap on their part. The background music was very loud for any restaurant let alone a deli.

This place doesn't compare to places like Max's and Max and Benny's in the north suburbs or Manny's on the west side. It wouldn't last there in my. It seems like one of the few places to dine in that area on the south loop.

Pros: None

Cons: Service, price, atmosphere, quantity, volume

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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.

2
★★★★★

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

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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.

2
★★★★★

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

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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!

2
★★★★★

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!

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How can you go somewhere and expect great food and not have to actually pay for it? C'mon people!!

This is amazingly delicious food no matter what you get. For breakfast, I recommend the challah french toast whatever style you like or the mexican scramble.

For lunch, Rubin's Reuben is scrumptious. Best corned beef in the city, no argument from this Jewish boy. More please.

There are cleverly named sandwiches that add to the local flavor, named after Woody Allen, Marshall Fields, Jerry Springer, Grandma and more.....

Try it, you'll like it. Oh, and bring some money people, this is good food you are paying for, not taco bell.

5
★★★★★

How can you go somewhere and expect great food and not have to actually pay for it? C'mon people!!

This is amazingly delicious food no matter what you get. For breakfast, I recommend the challah french toast whatever style you like or the mexican scramble.

For lunch, Rubin's Reuben is scrumptious. Best corned beef in the city, no argument from this Jewish boy. More please.

There are cleverly named sandwiches that add to the local flavor, named after Woody Allen, Marshall Fields, Jerry Springer, Grandma and more.....

Try it, you'll like it. Oh, and bring some money people, this is good food you are paying for, not taco bell.

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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!

2
★★★★★

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 :-(

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I LOVE Eleven City Diner!

As soon as you walk in the door you know you're in a real special place. The Rabbi paintings and other Jewish kitsch is super hip and fun. It's sort of an Urban Outfitter's version of a Jewish Delicatessen. I love the style of this place, it's gorgeous.

If you want a real life changing meal this is the place. I went with my family for lunch and we had an amazing time. The owner is a real mench. He came over to our table and charmed us with meat samples and chopped liver. He is fantastic!

We had the 11 City French Toast which is to die for, lox box platters, a corned beef sandwich and the life changing Schwartzy sandwich. Seriously. This sandwich is absolutely life changing and I thought the corned beef was better than what I've had at Katz's in New York.

This is Chicago's answer to those famous delis in NYC. I'd argue that it's even better. Please get to ECD. It will change your life...probably for the better.

2
★★★★★

I LOVE Eleven City Diner!

As soon as you walk in the door you know you're in a real special place. The Rabbi paintings and other Jewish kitsch is super hip and fun. It's sort of an Urban Outfitter's version of a Jewish Delicatessen. I love the style of this place, it's gorgeous.

If you want a real life changing meal this is the place. I went with my family for lunch and we had an amazing time. The owner is a real mench. He came over to our table and charmed us with meat samples and chopped liver. He is fantastic!

We had the 11 City French Toast which is to die for, lox box platters, a corned beef sandwich and the life changing Schwartzy sandwich. Seriously. This sandwich is absolutely life changing and I thought the corned beef was better than what I've had at Katz's in New York.

This is Chicago's answer to those famous delis in NYC. I'd argue that it's even better. Please get to ECD. It will change your life...probably for the better.

Pros: Schwartzy Sandwich

Cons: nada

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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
dcor 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!!!!!

2
★★★★★

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
dcor 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

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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!

2
★★★★★

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!

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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.

2
★★★★★

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.

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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.

2
★★★★★

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.

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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.

2
★★★★★

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.

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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

2
★★★★★

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

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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.

I'm a sucker for good matzo ball soup and I have searched the neighborhood high and low -- this one (served in the style of one big matzo ball) does not disappoint. And the corned beef & pastrami hash scrambled eggs really hits the spot. I always have it with the freshly squeezed OJ.

Eleven City is a bustling place with a comfortable modern retro atmosphere, which makes me feel at home. I love the long diner counter and corner candy store. The guy who runs the place, Brad, and the waitstaff, are friendly with a touch of NY attitude, which is a big draw for a transplant like myself. Highly rated.

2
★★★★★

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.

I'm a sucker for good matzo ball soup and I have searched the neighborhood high and low -- this one (served in the style of one big matzo ball) does not disappoint. And the corned beef & pastrami hash scrambled eggs really hits the spot. I always have it with the freshly squeezed OJ.

Eleven City is a bustling place with a comfortable modern retro atmosphere, which makes me feel at home. I love the long diner counter and corner candy store. The guy who runs the place, Brad, and the waitstaff, are friendly with a touch of NY attitude, which is a big draw for a transplant like myself. Highly rated.

Pros: Friendly Staff, Fun Decor, NY Attitude

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Eleven City Diner is a must stop, whenever I visit Chicago. It is always a good cure for what ever ails you.

This half deli, half diner seems family owned because the owner (Brad) is always near by to check in and say hello. I am amazed at how he always remembers me, even though I am only there a few times a year, at most. Very passionate about what he is doing and his customers. I even met his mom once. Nice touch ;)

You can taste the LUV that goes into the food. Fresh, HUGE portions that are oh so hot and yummy!! They offer breakfast all day, fantabulous bloody mary's, and a massive menu of all-american comfort food

The boyfriend, always orders the pastrami. It is piled high on a number of the menu items and is always enough for two. Their Challah is homemade and fresh. They use it to prepare the most heavenly french toast with fresh fruit that you will ever eat. The potato Latke's are light and crunchy, yes light and crunchy goodness like grandma used to make! It can be a bit crowded at times, but for me it's worth the wait. The 40's
diner/soda shoppe vibe is fun. I love the comfy booths and cherry phosphates. I have always found the staff to be friendly, attentive, and fast. Next time I'm in town visiting one of my all time favorite cities, I will be sure to hit one of my all-time favorite diners.

2
★★★★★

Eleven City Diner is a must stop, whenever I visit Chicago. It is always a good cure for what ever ails you.

This half deli, half diner seems family owned because the owner (Brad) is always near by to check in and say hello. I am amazed at how he always remembers me, even though I am only there a few times a year, at most. Very passionate about what he is doing and his customers. I even met his mom once. Nice touch ;)

You can taste the LUV that goes into the food. Fresh, HUGE portions that are oh so hot and yummy!! They offer breakfast all day, fantabulous bloody mary's, and a massive menu of all-american comfort food

The boyfriend, always orders the pastrami. It is piled high on a number of the menu items and is always enough for two. Their Challah is homemade and fresh. They use it to prepare the most heavenly french toast with fresh fruit that you will ever eat. The potato Latke's are light and crunchy, yes light and crunchy goodness like grandma used to make! It can be a bit crowded at times, but for me it's worth the wait. The 40's
diner/soda shoppe vibe is fun. I love the comfy booths and cherry phosphates. I have always found the staff to be friendly, attentive, and fast. Next time I'm in town visiting one of my all time favorite cities, I will be sure to hit one of my all-time favorite diners.

Pros: Heavenly Challah

Cons: Sometimes there's a wait

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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.

2
★★★★☆

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

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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.

2
★★★★★

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.

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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

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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.

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★★★★★

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

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I don't hand out five star ratings to restaurants very often but Eleven City Diner has definitely earned one from our family.

We live around the corner and are not ashamed to say that we are regulars at Eleven City Diner. We've tried all the big names in the South Loop but nothing compares. This is cross between an old school Jewish deli and a real family style American Diner. We love the concept and bring our family and friends here all the time.

Here are my five reasons for the five stars:

1. The food is fantastic. The menu is ideal. Brad makes huge classic deli sandwiches, tasty soups and breakfast is served all day long. I'm not talking about your typical greasy spoon diner fare here. Everything is piled high, fresh, thick, creamy, juicy and just damn delicious.

2. The staff knows what they are doing. They love their menu, they love making recommendations and serve it up with plenty of personality. We've met Brad Rubin the owner several times. Rubin is a genuine character, a genuine person and has gone out of his way to makes us feel like part of the family.

3. You can get in and out quickly but don't feel like you can't stay a while. It is a place you can bring the family or a bunch of friends and really make an event out of it.

4. They serve a Bloody Mary you could almost eat. The Mimosa tastes like it was squeezed from the tree.

5. The place looks great. It's classy but timeless and comfortable. The salvaged diner counter with the vintage soda fountain and milk shake machine adds the perfect touch. Around the corner there is a real deli cases filled with all the classics and you can have them slice you up a pound of Roast Beef to take home. My ten year old daughter loves the candy counter and hot fudge sundae. The turkey pastrami make my mouth water.

There...I've said my peace.

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★★★★★

I don't hand out five star ratings to restaurants very often but Eleven City Diner has definitely earned one from our family.

We live around the corner and are not ashamed to say that we are regulars at Eleven City Diner. We've tried all the big names in the South Loop but nothing compares. This is cross between an old school Jewish deli and a real family style American Diner. We love the concept and bring our family and friends here all the time.

Here are my five reasons for the five stars:

1. The food is fantastic. The menu is ideal. Brad makes huge classic deli sandwiches, tasty soups and breakfast is served all day long. I'm not talking about your typical greasy spoon diner fare here. Everything is piled high, fresh, thick, creamy, juicy and just damn delicious.

2. The staff knows what they are doing. They love their menu, they love making recommendations and serve it up with plenty of personality. We've met Brad Rubin the owner several times. Rubin is a genuine character, a genuine person and has gone out of his way to makes us feel like part of the family.

3. You can get in and out quickly but don't feel like you can't stay a while. It is a place you can bring the family or a bunch of friends and really make an event out of it.

4. They serve a Bloody Mary you could almost eat. The Mimosa tastes like it was squeezed from the tree.

5. The place looks great. It's classy but timeless and comfortable. The salvaged diner counter with the vintage soda fountain and milk shake machine adds the perfect touch. Around the corner there is a real deli cases filled with all the classics and you can have them slice you up a pound of Roast Beef to take home. My ten year old daughter loves the candy counter and hot fudge sundae. The turkey pastrami make my mouth water.

There...I've said my peace.

Pros: This is a great place to take your family and friends.

Cons: None that I can think of!

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I saw this restaurant on the WTTW-TV show "Check Please" and even thought it got mixed reviews - we decided to go there and try it. BIG MISTAKE! 2 of the 3 reviewers on the TV show were right - this is a restaurant that offers no real value for the money.

There are so many other good Jewish delis and diners in town that this one should be avoided so you can go somewhere else where the food is good and fairly priced - NOT AT ELEVEN!

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★☆☆☆☆

I saw this restaurant on the WTTW-TV show "Check Please" and even thought it got mixed reviews - we decided to go there and try it. BIG MISTAKE! 2 of the 3 reviewers on the TV show were right - this is a restaurant that offers no real value for the money.

There are so many other good Jewish delis and diners in town that this one should be avoided so you can go somewhere else where the food is good and fairly priced - NOT AT ELEVEN!

Pros: $6.00 parking next door

Cons: Very Noisy / Overpriced average food / rude waiters

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I'm a big fan of Eleven City Diner. It's one of my favorite spots in the South Loop
So last week I brought my Dad in for Father's Day, figuring he'd be into the cozy, old school feel of the place. I had my favorite, the Woody Allen. I've ordered it so many times I didn't even have to tell our server what I wanted. Awesome as usual. My dad had the brisket because when the Brad the owner came out to say hello (he's always really welcoming like that) he was saying he'd just smoked the beef that day. We loved it. We loved everything. You can totally tell Brad puts the love in his food. I don't mind spending a couple extra bucks for a sandwich here at all. Its worth it! I promise!

PS. You'll really have fun with the 1940s soda fountain feel. Sometimes restaurant owners that try this wind up making the space feel tacky and overdone or museumy. Its not like that here. The nostalgia and modern touches mixed together make everything feel very warm, inviting, classy, and straight out of old New York. This would be a good place to start a casual date night if you are looking for something unique and fun.

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★★★★★

I'm a big fan of Eleven City Diner. It's one of my favorite spots in the South Loop
So last week I brought my Dad in for Father's Day, figuring he'd be into the cozy, old school feel of the place. I had my favorite, the Woody Allen. I've ordered it so many times I didn't even have to tell our server what I wanted. Awesome as usual. My dad had the brisket because when the Brad the owner came out to say hello (he's always really welcoming like that) he was saying he'd just smoked the beef that day. We loved it. We loved everything. You can totally tell Brad puts the love in his food. I don't mind spending a couple extra bucks for a sandwich here at all. Its worth it! I promise!

PS. You'll really have fun with the 1940s soda fountain feel. Sometimes restaurant owners that try this wind up making the space feel tacky and overdone or museumy. Its not like that here. The nostalgia and modern touches mixed together make everything feel very warm, inviting, classy, and straight out of old New York. This would be a good place to start a casual date night if you are looking for something unique and fun.

Pros: Classic NY Delicatessen. Friendly little neighborhood spot

Cons: Wish it was in my neighborhood.

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I love, love , love the atmosphere of this place! Very high ceilings and beautiful decor - its a great casual place to have lunch with someone visiting the city for the first time. Most of the staff is friendly and welcoming - although I've had a few experiences with the managers being unpleasant to the wait staff - not very professional or appetizing. The food itself is great, the portions are large so bring your appetite or prepared to take some leftovers home. They keep the coffee mug full and the waitstaff is always willing to offer suggestions that may suit your tastes! An overall great experience!

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★★★★☆

I love, love , love the atmosphere of this place! Very high ceilings and beautiful decor - its a great casual place to have lunch with someone visiting the city for the first time. Most of the staff is friendly and welcoming - although I've had a few experiences with the managers being unpleasant to the wait staff - not very professional or appetizing. The food itself is great, the portions are large so bring your appetite or prepared to take some leftovers home. They keep the coffee mug full and the waitstaff is always willing to offer suggestions that may suit your tastes! An overall great experience!

Pros: Big portions - bring your appetite!

Cons: Unfriendly staff (even if its only a few bad seeds!)

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I am surprised reading all the negative reviews! I Travel to Chicago several times a year, and never make a trip without visiting Eleven City. The food is incredible, the OWNER and wait staff makes me and my clients VERY welcomed and we always have excellent service- The vibe is fast paced, yet chill enough to relax. You can bring your computer to catch up on emails, read a book, write in a journal or just take in all the activity around you. The music is great, they need to sell an Eleven City Diner CD mix!! LOVE YOU, ELEVEN CITY DINER!!!!

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★★★★★

I am surprised reading all the negative reviews! I Travel to Chicago several times a year, and never make a trip without visiting Eleven City. The food is incredible, the OWNER and wait staff makes me and my clients VERY welcomed and we always have excellent service- The vibe is fast paced, yet chill enough to relax. You can bring your computer to catch up on emails, read a book, write in a journal or just take in all the activity around you. The music is great, they need to sell an Eleven City Diner CD mix!! LOVE YOU, ELEVEN CITY DINER!!!!

Pros: customer service

Cons: too far from Las Vegas

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Great food. Great and authentic atmosphere. Super Staff. This is a real Jewish Deli. We had lunch there with friends and we all had something different. Big classic deli sandwiches. Everyone had their fill. The owner Brad Rubin was great. He checked in with us twice and made sure we were happy. Thanks. Love the touches of this place. Well run.

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★★★★☆

Great food. Great and authentic atmosphere. Super Staff. This is a real Jewish Deli. We had lunch there with friends and we all had something different. Big classic deli sandwiches. Everyone had their fill. The owner Brad Rubin was great. He checked in with us twice and made sure we were happy. Thanks. Love the touches of this place. Well run.

Pros: Classic Atmosphere. Superb Food

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DO NOT EAT HERE!!! Owner is rude and should be put out of business!!! He treated our elderly parents, in there 70's like naughty children when they tried to join us by surprise for lunch! He does not like "joiners" or add on's. This guy is a joke! the restaurant was half empty on a Saturday afternoon. Brad ruined our dining experience and the food was overpriced and not impressive, We will not be back.

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★☆☆☆☆

DO NOT EAT HERE!!! Owner is rude and should be put out of business!!! He treated our elderly parents, in there 70's like naughty children when they tried to join us by surprise for lunch! He does not like "joiners" or add on's. This guy is a joke! the restaurant was half empty on a Saturday afternoon. Brad ruined our dining experience and the food was overpriced and not impressive, We will not be back.

Pros: NONE

Cons: RUDE owner Brad

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I thought I was in the twilight Zone

Saturday I took my family 9 people to eleven city diner for lunch I had been there a few times with friends and
although I always thought the place was way over priced I liked the atmosphere. That all changed on sat
As I said I was with my mother and father both in there late 70's,sisters, brothers,nieces, nephews
you know one of those great family outings to catch up.

I had heard about the owners melt downs but never witnessed it until sat. we arrived in a great mood everyone
joking and laughing and enjoying themselves. I didn't even get everyone in the door and it started. Brad
the owner started to push people around verbally talking down to us acting like we should feel lucky to be in his
presents let alone his restaurant. ( Oh by the way did I mention it was a delicatessen not fine dining buy any stretch)
he continued to run around barking orders at everyone he came in contact with. I felt like i was in the sienfeld episode
of the soup i\iazi. At first we all just laughed it off and really did not pay much attention to him the real laugh was the place was half empty
and we were the only ones waiting on a table
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He kept coming over and asking if everyone was there and we told him 3 or 4 times we did have everyone so finally he had someone
escort us to an upper level seating area that had 3 tables put together to accommodate us. there was seating for about 50 more people
in this area and there were probably 6 people there when we sat down. As soon as we sat down my brother called and said he and
his wife found a babysitter and was parking the car and on their way in. This is when it got down right weird. Remember we are sitting
in a 3/4 empty dining area with a half full restaurant. I look up and see my brother and his wife coming up the stairs with the owner
on their heels with a look on his face like we had just shot his dog. He immediately started yelling at the whole group and telling us
add on's were not allowed. Add on's I thought Is this guy for real you mean there are rules to eating hear I thought? He continued to
yell and talk down to us and making us all wonder "are we being punked" Is Ashton kusher going to jump out from behind that pillar
and start laughing his %ss off and then I realized.... no..... I was just in crazy town.

Is this guy for real? does he really believe it's his place? Let me give you a little advice Bradley it's only your place as long as we the customers
keep coming so you can pay the mortgage which I can guarantee you is over for me, my family, their family's all of our friends and every other
human I and all of us come into contact with that ask our opinion. I will personally go out of my way to raise the topic of our treatment by you
to anyone and I do mean anyone who will lend me there ear. Bradley my friend it was word of mouth Mr big shot that made the place and it will
be word of mouth that closes it. Finally and probably the saving grace is that my girlfriend was with us( oh Bradley you screwed up big time
tangling with this girl) She is VIP manager with one of the major hotels in Chicago and said she is going to make it her mission to make sure
every concierge in town knows about our experience and steers any business away from you... Bon appetit #*^ WHOLE

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★☆☆☆☆

I thought I was in the twilight Zone

Saturday I took my family 9 people to eleven city diner for lunch I had been there a few times with friends and
although I always thought the place was way over priced I liked the atmosphere. That all changed on sat
As I said I was with my mother and father both in there late 70's,sisters, brothers,nieces, nephews
you know one of those great family outings to catch up.

I had heard about the owners melt downs but never witnessed it until sat. we arrived in a great mood everyone
joking and laughing and enjoying themselves. I didn't even get everyone in the door and it started. Brad
the owner started to push people around verbally talking down to us acting like we should feel lucky to be in his
presents let alone his restaurant. ( Oh by the way did I mention it was a delicatessen not fine dining buy any stretch)
he continued to run around barking orders at everyone he came in contact with. I felt like i was in the sienfeld episode
of the soup i\iazi. At first we all just laughed it off and really did not pay much attention to him the real laugh was the place was half empty
and we were the only ones waiting on a table
.
He kept coming over and asking if everyone was there and we told him 3 or 4 times we did have everyone so finally he had someone
escort us to an upper level seating area that had 3 tables put together to accommodate us. there was seating for about 50 more people
in this area and there were probably 6 people there when we sat down. As soon as we sat down my brother called and said he and
his wife found a babysitter and was parking the car and on their way in. This is when it got down right weird. Remember we are sitting
in a 3/4 empty dining area with a half full restaurant. I look up and see my brother and his wife coming up the stairs with the owner
on their heels with a look on his face like we had just shot his dog. He immediately started yelling at the whole group and telling us
add on's were not allowed. Add on's I thought Is this guy for real you mean there are rules to eating hear I thought? He continued to
yell and talk down to us and making us all wonder "are we being punked" Is Ashton kusher going to jump out from behind that pillar
and start laughing his %ss off and then I realized.... no..... I was just in crazy town.

Is this guy for real? does he really believe it's his place? Let me give you a little advice Bradley it's only your place as long as we the customers
keep coming so you can pay the mortgage which I can guarantee you is over for me, my family, their family's all of our friends and every other
human I and all of us come into contact with that ask our opinion. I will personally go out of my way to raise the topic of our treatment by you
to anyone and I do mean anyone who will lend me there ear. Bradley my friend it was word of mouth Mr big shot that made the place and it will
be word of mouth that closes it. Finally and probably the saving grace is that my girlfriend was with us( oh Bradley you screwed up big time
tangling with this girl) She is VIP manager with one of the major hotels in Chicago and said she is going to make it her mission to make sure
every concierge in town knows about our experience and steers any business away from you... Bon appetit #*^ WHOLE

Pros: None

Cons: The owner

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The food is ok but not worth the price. My husband I went there for brunch with our 9 mo old. Our bill was $50 and we didn't have anything to drink! They charged $7.00 for the kids pancake! I also think the owner is horrible. He is such a micro manager and needs to learn how to treat his staff in front of the customers. I also think he makes customers with children wait longer so he can sit them in the back or away from everyone else. That is fine but over the loud music, regular customer noise, and his yelling customers names and trying to get them to order bloody mary's while they wait, you would never hear a child. This will be the last time I go there. I recommend Yolks around the corner on Michigan! We would have been better off waiting there.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food is ok but not worth the price. My husband I went there for brunch with our 9 mo old. Our bill was $50 and we didn't have anything to drink! They charged $7.00 for the kids pancake! I also think the owner is horrible. He is such a micro manager and needs to learn how to treat his staff in front of the customers. I also think he makes customers with children wait longer so he can sit them in the back or away from everyone else. That is fine but over the loud music, regular customer noise, and his yelling customers names and trying to get them to order bloody mary's while they wait, you would never hear a child. This will be the last time I go there. I recommend Yolks around the corner on Michigan! We would have been better off waiting there.

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The food is ok but not worth the price. My husband I went there for brunch with our 9 mo old. Our bill was $50 and we didn't have anything to drink! They charged $7.00 for the kids pancake! I also think the owner is horrible. He is such a micro manager and needs to learn how to treat his staff in front of the customers. I also think he makes customers with children wait longer so he can sit them in the back or away from everyone else. That is fine but over the loud music, regular customer noise, and his yelling customers names and trying to get them to order bloody mary's while they wait, you would never hear a child. This will be the last time I go there. I recommend Yolks around the corner on Michigan! We would have been better off waiting there.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food is ok but not worth the price. My husband I went there for brunch with our 9 mo old. Our bill was $50 and we didn't have anything to drink! They charged $7.00 for the kids pancake! I also think the owner is horrible. He is such a micro manager and needs to learn how to treat his staff in front of the customers. I also think he makes customers with children wait longer so he can sit them in the back or away from everyone else. That is fine but over the loud music, regular customer noise, and his yelling customers names and trying to get them to order bloody mary's while they wait, you would never hear a child. This will be the last time I go there. I recommend Yolks around the corner on Michigan! We would have been better off waiting there.

Pros: The exit door on your way out

Cons: The management, prices

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so if you're sitting there right now looking through the hundreds of deli/breakfast places to go to in chicago you can stop. you don't want to miss this place. great bagels, lox, sandwiches and eggs, awesome atmosphere

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★★★★★

so if you're sitting there right now looking through the hundreds of deli/breakfast places to go to in chicago you can stop. you don't want to miss this place. great bagels, lox, sandwiches and eggs, awesome atmosphere

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This was my 4th and final visit to Eleven City. Service has always been slow and the cost on the high side. This visit I came in to order a take out sandwich. After ordering and telling them I would be sitting "right here" (which was 4 ft from the deli counter) and them saying "sure, we'll tell you when it's ready", I proceeded to wait 35 min for my sandwich (at ~3pm in the afternoon - not busy at all). After finally getting my sandwich, it was cold (it was supposed to be at least somewhat warm - corned beef) and the fries were cold and soggy, as if it had been sitting ready to go for 20 minutes while I sat waiting right there. I guess if you really want a good corned beef sandwich without attitude and in a reasonable amount of time, I would recommend Manny's. If you are paying $17.50 for a sandwich and fries I think it is reasonable to expect that it not be cold and soggy, particularly if it is not busy and you are right there waiting for it.

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★☆☆☆☆

This was my 4th and final visit to Eleven City. Service has always been slow and the cost on the high side. This visit I came in to order a take out sandwich. After ordering and telling them I would be sitting "right here" (which was 4 ft from the deli counter) and them saying "sure, we'll tell you when it's ready", I proceeded to wait 35 min for my sandwich (at ~3pm in the afternoon - not busy at all). After finally getting my sandwich, it was cold (it was supposed to be at least somewhat warm - corned beef) and the fries were cold and soggy, as if it had been sitting ready to go for 20 minutes while I sat waiting right there. I guess if you really want a good corned beef sandwich without attitude and in a reasonable amount of time, I would recommend Manny's. If you are paying $17.50 for a sandwich and fries I think it is reasonable to expect that it not be cold and soggy, particularly if it is not busy and you are right there waiting for it.

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Wow, I am surprised at the negative reviews. I was in Chicago for a conference and went to this place at the recommendation of the Hilton staff. I liked it so much that I went again during the same trip. The food was good and this is a unique place, to me at least. I went there both times with my sweetheart and we loved the waitresses, very friendly.

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★★★★☆

Wow, I am surprised at the negative reviews. I was in Chicago for a conference and went to this place at the recommendation of the Hilton staff. I liked it so much that I went again during the same trip. The food was good and this is a unique place, to me at least. I went there both times with my sweetheart and we loved the waitresses, very friendly.

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I live in the area and have been to this place a few times and every time I ask myself, "Why did I come back?" The owner is a tool and honestly doesn't know one thing about customer service. It surprises me that he's made it this long. He treats his staff like dirt, I am not sure why they stay there and yells across the restaurant in front of all his guests. When you are seated it's like you should be blessed that you are able to sit there as it's almost like you?re an inconvenience. Don't even try to relax and enjoy your meal because if you sit there for more than 15 - 20 minutes he'll be pushing you out of your sit with your mouth full of food. The food is bland but that is all he has going for himself. Poor guy hopefully someday he'll realize he's not as cool as his thinks he is. Don't even waste your time people.

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★☆☆☆☆

I live in the area and have been to this place a few times and every time I ask myself, "Why did I come back?" The owner is a tool and honestly doesn't know one thing about customer service. It surprises me that he's made it this long. He treats his staff like dirt, I am not sure why they stay there and yells across the restaurant in front of all his guests. When you are seated it's like you should be blessed that you are able to sit there as it's almost like you?re an inconvenience. Don't even try to relax and enjoy your meal because if you sit there for more than 15 - 20 minutes he'll be pushing you out of your sit with your mouth full of food. The food is bland but that is all he has going for himself. Poor guy hopefully someday he'll realize he's not as cool as his thinks he is. Don't even waste your time people.

Cons: Pushy, rude, awful customer service

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Terrible experience. Slimy, not to be trusted, bi-polar owner/mgr.

How could this place have anything above 1 star (you have to give it one for the review to be accepted)?
Stayed at the Hilton, went w/ concierge recommendation. He was gone when I returned to correct his suggestion.
Eat anywhere else...it'll be a better experience.

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★☆☆☆☆

Terrible experience. Slimy, not to be trusted, bi-polar owner/mgr.

How could this place have anything above 1 star (you have to give it one for the review to be accepted)?
Stayed at the Hilton, went w/ concierge recommendation. He was gone when I returned to correct his suggestion.
Eat anywhere else...it'll be a better experience.

Pros: location

Cons: everything else

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The 11th city diner is a joke. The owner is rude, disrespectful, and argumentative. I will never go here again! The food is sub par. I went with my parents when they came to town to visit and was embarrassed by waiting for a table in an empty restaurant and being over charged for breakfast and harassed by the owner over the prices. Watch out the owner is a scammer. They make the prices up as they go along, your receipt will be wrong and then he will argue with you. The meal ended with the owner telling my dad to never come back (he was over charged!) and my dad calling him a a##hole.

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★☆☆☆☆

The 11th city diner is a joke. The owner is rude, disrespectful, and argumentative. I will never go here again! The food is sub par. I went with my parents when they came to town to visit and was embarrassed by waiting for a table in an empty restaurant and being over charged for breakfast and harassed by the owner over the prices. Watch out the owner is a scammer. They make the prices up as they go along, your receipt will be wrong and then he will argue with you. The meal ended with the owner telling my dad to never come back (he was over charged!) and my dad calling him a a##hole.

Pros: none

Cons: the food and the owner

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My wife and I love this place. We eat here when we come into the city. The atmosphere is great (of course it's Chicago) the food is wonderful, but a little high in price.

Can't wait to come back.

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★★★★★

My wife and I love this place. We eat here when we come into the city. The atmosphere is great (of course it's Chicago) the food is wonderful, but a little high in price.

Can't wait to come back.

Pros: It's in Chicago, around the hotel we stay at, plenty of parking

Cons: Prices are a little high, but it is Chicago, Illinois

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WHAT A HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE ! ! !

I gave 1 star because there's a parking lot next door

What A HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE ! ! ! We had 3 families of four, the food was okay, and the OWNER actually insulted me, disrespected me, and threatened me. WORSE RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE EVER... Hear me loudly, WORSE EVER. I am so angry that I came to the internet to find as many websites as possible to tell this story - In short, we were rushed to leave our table by the owner/manger because the line outside grew longer and he wanted the several tables that were pushed together for us. The thing was, we had not even been served all of our food. Can you imagine... When I politely talked to the owner/manager he was uninterested rude and obnoxious. The other adults and children were quite embarassed and very angry.

PLEASE DO NOT GO TO THIS RESTAURANT. Oh, by the way, when I asked the server what the owner's problem was he simply looked around, shook his head, leaned over to me and said "he's a major blankity,blank,blank-hole".

Well there's the long and short of my story. Chicago simply has an abundance of good restaurants to enjoy, pass on this one!

I will pray for the day this place closes down, and hopefully while the owner finally looks at this and other websites, while he ponders why his business tanked, he'll read this and realize that it's the customer that pays the bills!

:-)

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★☆☆☆☆

WHAT A HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE ! ! !

I gave 1 star because there's a parking lot next door

What A HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE ! ! ! We had 3 families of four, the food was okay, and the OWNER actually insulted me, disrespected me, and threatened me. WORSE RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE EVER... Hear me loudly, WORSE EVER. I am so angry that I came to the internet to find as many websites as possible to tell this story - In short, we were rushed to leave our table by the owner/manger because the line outside grew longer and he wanted the several tables that were pushed together for us. The thing was, we had not even been served all of our food. Can you imagine... When I politely talked to the owner/manager he was uninterested rude and obnoxious. The other adults and children were quite embarassed and very angry.

PLEASE DO NOT GO TO THIS RESTAURANT. Oh, by the way, when I asked the server what the owner's problem was he simply looked around, shook his head, leaned over to me and said "he's a major blankity,blank,blank-hole".

Well there's the long and short of my story. Chicago simply has an abundance of good restaurants to enjoy, pass on this one!

I will pray for the day this place closes down, and hopefully while the owner finally looks at this and other websites, while he ponders why his business tanked, he'll read this and realize that it's the customer that pays the bills!

:-)

Pros: Next to a parking lot

Cons: The owner has no concept of customer service

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My experience at this diner was a real disappointment. I had heard the prices were high but that's about all. We were on our way to the Blues Fest. We ordered soup and a sandwich. The soups (tomato basil and chicken noodle ) were tasteless. After 30 minutes the waitress asked if she could get us anything else so I mentioned we had not gotten the sandwiches. She immediatley retrieved them from the kitchen where they obviously had sat for 30 minutes because the toast was cold. The chicken salad was awful--real sweet with way too much mayo. We just picked at our sandwiches, drank about half of the soup and didn't touch the cole slaw. All in all a bad expereience. We could have eaten in the park.

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★☆☆☆☆

My experience at this diner was a real disappointment. I had heard the prices were high but that's about all. We were on our way to the Blues Fest. We ordered soup and a sandwich. The soups (tomato basil and chicken noodle ) were tasteless. After 30 minutes the waitress asked if she could get us anything else so I mentioned we had not gotten the sandwiches. She immediatley retrieved them from the kitchen where they obviously had sat for 30 minutes because the toast was cold. The chicken salad was awful--real sweet with way too much mayo. We just picked at our sandwiches, drank about half of the soup and didn't touch the cole slaw. All in all a bad expereience. We could have eaten in the park.

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The service and management at this place are terrible. Don't be fooled by the initial charm of this place or it's management - looks are decieving at this place!!
I visited this restaurant with 2 friends and were made to feel as if we could not read a menu. Our bill reflected the cost of $4.50 for Orange juice and the menu said $2.00, when we asked about this the sarcastic supervisor on duty "Josh" responded "I am not required by law to list the prices of everything. I also don't list the cost of a side of hot sauce on the menu." The owner/manager Brad is ridiculously unreasonable as well.

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★☆☆☆☆

The service and management at this place are terrible. Don't be fooled by the initial charm of this place or it's management - looks are decieving at this place!!
I visited this restaurant with 2 friends and were made to feel as if we could not read a menu. Our bill reflected the cost of $4.50 for Orange juice and the menu said $2.00, when we asked about this the sarcastic supervisor on duty "Josh" responded "I am not required by law to list the prices of everything. I also don't list the cost of a side of hot sauce on the menu." The owner/manager Brad is ridiculously unreasonable as well.

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My book club went her on a Saturday Early evening (around 4-5). We called ahead and were told that there would be no problem with us meeting/eating there. They said we would have to go upstairs to meet, but they have no elevator. One of our members has a physical limitation and can't climb stairs. The owner or manager (not sure who he was) said they would set us up downstairs. We get our party all there and get seated and the guys says we can only be there for 1 1/2 hours! We have been going out to places for 4 years and NEVER had this kind of trouble. He CLAIMED that they would be so busy by then we would be taking up time from other patrons. Then he suggests that if we can't make that work that there was a restaurant in a nearby hotel that is usually empty and maybe we would be better off there! We have NEVER EVER been told that before by anyone before. We had called ahead and he did not mention any of these problems. Seems these things developed when we showed up in the place. We are an African American book club, not sure if that was the difference. We ordered and got our food and desert and when it came time to pay they couldn't put more than one card on one check. Then for good measure as we were leaving our waitress accused one of us of not paying our check when the woman had given her the money not 5 minutes earlier. If your group finds themselves at this place just make sure you have cash, don't need to spend more than 1 1/2 hours and make sure that more than one person knows you have paid. I have NEVER EVER EVER been treated this way at any restaurant. The food was ok but not special and definately not worth the trouble and treatment I endured to eat it.

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★☆☆☆☆

My book club went her on a Saturday Early evening (around 4-5). We called ahead and were told that there would be no problem with us meeting/eating there. They said we would have to go upstairs to meet, but they have no elevator. One of our members has a physical limitation and can't climb stairs. The owner or manager (not sure who he was) said they would set us up downstairs. We get our party all there and get seated and the guys says we can only be there for 1 1/2 hours! We have been going out to places for 4 years and NEVER had this kind of trouble. He CLAIMED that they would be so busy by then we would be taking up time from other patrons. Then he suggests that if we can't make that work that there was a restaurant in a nearby hotel that is usually empty and maybe we would be better off there! We have NEVER EVER been told that before by anyone before. We had called ahead and he did not mention any of these problems. Seems these things developed when we showed up in the place. We are an African American book club, not sure if that was the difference. We ordered and got our food and desert and when it came time to pay they couldn't put more than one card on one check. Then for good measure as we were leaving our waitress accused one of us of not paying our check when the woman had given her the money not 5 minutes earlier. If your group finds themselves at this place just make sure you have cash, don't need to spend more than 1 1/2 hours and make sure that more than one person knows you have paid. I have NEVER EVER EVER been treated this way at any restaurant. The food was ok but not special and definately not worth the trouble and treatment I endured to eat it.

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Their takes on the classic sandwiches are all very good - the monte cristo, the reuben, brisket - just thinking of them makes my mouth water. It sucks that you have to order fries separate. The matzoh brie is also extremely tasty.
I have had the exact opposite experience of the first reviewer; everytime I have been at Eleven City Diner the owner has come up to us to make sure everything was alright and was quite congenial. At the prices you are paying for deli food, that kind of attention to the diner's experience is what makes the trip worth it. I work in the area and couldn't afford to go there often but as a special occasion I am glad it is nearby.

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★★★★☆

Their takes on the classic sandwiches are all very good - the monte cristo, the reuben, brisket - just thinking of them makes my mouth water. It sucks that you have to order fries separate. The matzoh brie is also extremely tasty.
I have had the exact opposite experience of the first reviewer; everytime I have been at Eleven City Diner the owner has come up to us to make sure everything was alright and was quite congenial. At the prices you are paying for deli food, that kind of attention to the diner's experience is what makes the trip worth it. I work in the area and couldn't afford to go there often but as a special occasion I am glad it is nearby.

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I don't know who the guy is that yells from the front desk overlooking the large crowd filling in on Sundays, but I waited only because I was extremely hungry. I ordered my food to go and the food was ready, but the waiter still had not arrived to give me the bill. The food was decent, definitely under staff and no minorities workers.

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★☆☆☆☆

I don't know who the guy is that yells from the front desk overlooking the large crowd filling in on Sundays, but I waited only because I was extremely hungry. I ordered my food to go and the food was ready, but the waiter still had not arrived to give me the bill. The food was decent, definitely under staff and no minorities workers.

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This restaurant was highly recommended by the Hyatt hotel where I wa staying as a great deli. I now know that the restaurant and the hotel do not know what a good deli is all about.

Went there the day after St Paddy's Day since I missed out on Corned beef the day before. Asked for the Hot Corned Beef and Pastrami Sandwich called a "Woody Allen" and was told that it was a cold sandwich. So, I asked if I could have it hot and was told "No", we only serve it cold.

So much for what is advertised as a good Jewish Deli.

Ordered the Brisket dinner. The food could not have been more bland or tasteless. One visit to take order and one to deliver order and did not see the waitress again until I was ready to walk out before paying. Then, I finally got a smile in anticiation of a tip, I guess.

Will not return.

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★☆☆☆☆

This restaurant was highly recommended by the Hyatt hotel where I wa staying as a great deli. I now know that the restaurant and the hotel do not know what a good deli is all about.

Went there the day after St Paddy's Day since I missed out on Corned beef the day before. Asked for the Hot Corned Beef and Pastrami Sandwich called a "Woody Allen" and was told that it was a cold sandwich. So, I asked if I could have it hot and was told "No", we only serve it cold.

So much for what is advertised as a good Jewish Deli.

Ordered the Brisket dinner. The food could not have been more bland or tasteless. One visit to take order and one to deliver order and did not see the waitress again until I was ready to walk out before paying. Then, I finally got a smile in anticiation of a tip, I guess.

Will not return.

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Ambiance? Well, the 30 yr-old manager sure pulled off the crotchity-old-man theme, barking orders at his incompetent staff starts off our experience. Writing this place off before, we ventured in to give it another shot due to the DELICIOUS Bongo Room (next door - well worth a visit!) being closed (3:00PM). The Soup??? Well, at least it was warm... This bland blend of leftovers from the kitchen poured into a bowl left us guessing what soup our lispy-waiter had delivered to our table. Dirty knife? oh yeah, no big deal, other than the guy who took it and was asked to bring a replacement, NEVER CAME BACK. Water?? yeah, we got that after asking twice and waiting 15mins. Forgoten food? Why not!... Bagel with the LOX & BAGEL was left behind... brought to the table after asking again... 10mins after the meal. Coffee wasn't delivered until after the food and the 'to-go' box, after asking 3 people!! Didn't come until we decided to walk out the door... If it was possible to bill the restaurant for making you eat their apathetic food and put up with their ditzy staff we would have tried.

So, if you're in the South Loop, do yourself a favor and venture half a block down to the BONGO ROOM... or at least stop by Sam's Wine Shop and get blitzed before you eat at this dump! Sorry Rubin... But this is NOT WHAT A REAL DELI SHOULD TASTE LIKE!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Ambiance? Well, the 30 yr-old manager sure pulled off the crotchity-old-man theme, barking orders at his incompetent staff starts off our experience. Writing this place off before, we ventured in to give it another shot due to the DELICIOUS Bongo Room (next door - well worth a visit!) being closed (3:00PM). The Soup??? Well, at least it was warm... This bland blend of leftovers from the kitchen poured into a bowl left us guessing what soup our lispy-waiter had delivered to our table. Dirty knife? oh yeah, no big deal, other than the guy who took it and was asked to bring a replacement, NEVER CAME BACK. Water?? yeah, we got that after asking twice and waiting 15mins. Forgoten food? Why not!... Bagel with the LOX & BAGEL was left behind... brought to the table after asking again... 10mins after the meal. Coffee wasn't delivered until after the food and the 'to-go' box, after asking 3 people!! Didn't come until we decided to walk out the door... If it was possible to bill the restaurant for making you eat their apathetic food and put up with their ditzy staff we would have tried.

So, if you're in the South Loop, do yourself a favor and venture half a block down to the BONGO ROOM... or at least stop by Sam's Wine Shop and get blitzed before you eat at this dump! Sorry Rubin... But this is NOT WHAT A REAL DELI SHOULD TASTE LIKE!!!

Pros: Leaving

Cons: hmm?... EVERYTHING

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The food is ok, the service is ok, but the owner is the worst! Last time I wnet there he swore at our waitress right infront of our face. Not to mention the price of food.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food is ok, the service is ok, but the owner is the worst! Last time I wnet there he swore at our waitress right infront of our face. Not to mention the price of food.

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Never again. This was one of my worst experiences in a restaurant. I went with a group of friends and we were seated promptly. The menu was appetizing, but the seating was a little cramped.No problems until the order arrived. All my friends got their food, but I didn't. I tried to give the benifit of the doubt, though really a hamburger isn't all that difficult. The waiter never came back. After 10 minutes, in which time my friends were more than half-way finished the wiater hadn't come back. I went to find him and see if there was a problem, but he wasn't onthe main floor. I talked to the manager who was rather rude, offered no apologies and told me to go sit down. 5 minutes later our waiter came back, gave me the burger and told me everything was all right now. Still no apology of any kind. When the bill came I had been overcharged. I would try to dissuade anyone from eating there.

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★☆☆☆☆

Never again. This was one of my worst experiences in a restaurant. I went with a group of friends and we were seated promptly. The menu was appetizing, but the seating was a little cramped.No problems until the order arrived. All my friends got their food, but I didn't. I tried to give the benifit of the doubt, though really a hamburger isn't all that difficult. The waiter never came back. After 10 minutes, in which time my friends were more than half-way finished the wiater hadn't come back. I went to find him and see if there was a problem, but he wasn't onthe main floor. I talked to the manager who was rather rude, offered no apologies and told me to go sit down. 5 minutes later our waiter came back, gave me the burger and told me everything was all right now. Still no apology of any kind. When the bill came I had been overcharged. I would try to dissuade anyone from eating there.

Cons: service

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It's wonderful to have a Jewish-style deli in the South Loop, but don't expect the food to meet NY standards. Good service, nice atmosphere, although a bit loud and there is usually a long wiat

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★★★☆☆

It's wonderful to have a Jewish-style deli in the South Loop, but don't expect the food to meet NY standards. Good service, nice atmosphere, although a bit loud and there is usually a long wiat

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My husband and I eat at this "treat" of a diner at least three times a week. The food is excellent and the host is more than any customer could ask for!!! At times the waitstaff is over-worked...but always pleasant and accomodating. We have always enjoyed our meals (and we've had almost everything) and when-ever they were running a little behind - the waitstaff informed us promptly. When a place is as-busy-as Eleven...we, as customers must be willing to be patient (up to a point)...because in the end - THE FOOD IS WORTH THE MINOR WAIT. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK YOU GUYS - AND BRAD, IT'S OK TO BE A CONTROL FREAK...YOU HAVE TO PAY THE BILLS AT THE END OF THE MONTH! Trust me, your keeping your customers happy!

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★★★★★

My husband and I eat at this "treat" of a diner at least three times a week. The food is excellent and the host is more than any customer could ask for!!! At times the waitstaff is over-worked...but always pleasant and accomodating. We have always enjoyed our meals (and we've had almost everything) and when-ever they were running a little behind - the waitstaff informed us promptly. When a place is as-busy-as Eleven...we, as customers must be willing to be patient (up to a point)...because in the end - THE FOOD IS WORTH THE MINOR WAIT. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK YOU GUYS - AND BRAD, IT'S OK TO BE A CONTROL FREAK...YOU HAVE TO PAY THE BILLS AT THE END OF THE MONTH! Trust me, your keeping your customers happy!

Pros: EXCELLENT FOOD!!!!!

Cons: Need some TV's!!!!

 

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