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Reunion Restaurant, Chicago, IL

Reunion Restaurant

4.6
4.6
48 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Dining together allows us to better understand who we are, regardless of our social status. The food does not have to be elegant, complicated, or fancy. We find that busy people like simple food—the busier they are, the simpler the food. Our menu is straightforward, down-home Southern food with a few more contemporary dishes.

Getting back to the table allows us to love and nurture each other and renew connections to our families—however they may be configured—in this diverse and ever-changing society. Such connections are crucial in a fast-paced world where we feel more disconnected every day. One of the best ways we know how to restore that daily balance is to sit down at our table.

We should all think about returning to the sanctity of the table, where we can rebuild our families whether they be given or chosen, and reconnect with those we love and choose to love. Our table is a familiar, uncomplicated, friendly place where we can celebrate people, food, and life's many blessings.

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2 people

7:30 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 224-1415

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

What 48 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. k

    kathya

    Chicago

    261 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    261 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food and service. Great location at navy pier
  2. JJ

    JanJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Definitely going back. Hush puppies best I’ve had anywhere.
  3. S

    Sarah

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great from food to service! The only disappointment was some of the drinks listed were unavailable, but not a huge issue. Will definitely be returning!
  4. SM

    SeanM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    You MUST eat the fried chicken. Full stop. Absolutely amazing. Everything is top notch. It is very comfortable casual.
  5. NB

    NoreenB

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent meal at Art Smith’s new restaurant, Reunion. The fried chicken was juicy deliciousness! Shrimp and Grits were flavorful and a true southern treat. The devil eggs, yum! Cocktails were fun, unique and tasty.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My son and I were at the Bears game and I saw that Art Smiths Restaurant was now open in Chicago. I go to Homecomin in Disney Springs at least once every trip I take to Florida and sometimes multiple times. I was able to get a reservation time for after the game and we took the lakeshore trail over. The food was amazing. My son who is a picky eater ate all 4 pieces of Chicken and I did the same. It was great. Art was there as well which was very nice to see him with the same hands on approach he has at his Disney Restaurant. Chicken was amazing and my favorite appetizer Deviled eggs was amazing as well. Great place and can't wait to go again
  7. CP

    CaseyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was amazing, food was great. We will be back!
  8. JC

    JCP1

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    I was under the impression that a well established chef would have ensured his staff was trained when opening a new restaurant. It was painful to watch the waitstaff sincerely try to give good service, but they were unsure how and what to do and no one was giving them direction.
  9. DO

    DanielO

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    I had a wonderful experience. The staff was warm and greeted me as i walked through the restaurant . The portions were large. The food excellent especially the chocolate pecan pie. I will be going back.
  10. P

    Pretz

    Chicago

    90 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Patio dining is one of the nicest in the area with beautiful view of the dancing splash pad fountains, foliage and Chicago skyline. Plantings in the patio top notch as well. Tables for 2 were quite small and would be fine for drinks and an appetizer but we asked to be moved to a table set for four as the patio was not crowded. Fried chicken was delicious as were the mashed potatoes. Short rib sandwich was good and fries were fresh. We ordered the goat cheese drop biscuits and were disappointed in these. Serving size was ample but the biscuits were stone cold. Service was overall good but it took quite a while before order was taken. All in all a great visit to a newly opened restaurant.
  11. CM

    CoraM

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant. Friendly service and delicious food! We ordered the deviled eggs, friends chicken, shrimp and grits, and chopped salad. Hummingbird cake for dessert! All of it was delish!
  12. LS

    LauraS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came for lunch with the family and it was great! The service was wonderful and the food and drinks were delicious.
  13. l

    lfgal

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Reunion is just getting started. It is 2 weeks old and several items are not yet available from their menu. We tried the fried green tomatoes and drop biscuits as starters, but the flavor was missing something. My husband liked his pulled pork. The chopped salad was decent. The mac n cheese was a big hit. Unfortunately the catfish dinner needed to be returned because it was too greasy. Hoping that this restaurant can make some tweaks and it will be delightful.
  14. i

    icetea

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience. We will go back.
  15. JC

    JayC

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing time with friend and the Service from Marie and the staff was superb. Outstanding food and environment. Thank you to Chef Art, Patrick and Manolis for everything and making us feel welcomed and looked after.
  16. N

    Norma

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dining experience and a walk on Navy Pier. Perfect evening.
  17. PA

    PATRICKM

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!
  18. C

    Crissybaby

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent; the food portions were very generous and the food was delicious. We will definitely go back.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The mac and cheese was crafted to perfection. Hummingbird cake was delightful. Atmosphere was brunch at the lakefront with a breeze that takes you away. The staff are welcoming and attentive to each guest. My only issue was not finding a 1x Reunion v-neck shirt to buy in the gift shop and no unsweetened ice tea. Regardless I’m already planning my next visit.
  20. JM

    JessicaM

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Hopefully it was just that it was newly opened, which I usually never go to a place that is only a couple weeks open, but I did, and the service was so bad it was laughable. Some of the food was good, some not so good. Expected a lot more, I would not return. His other restaurant is great.
  21. j

    jrj212

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service at the very start of the Pier!
  22. JO

    JOSEPHC

    Chicago

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waitstaff is great! They have an excellent pulled pork sandwich. Love the outside area but inside looks cute too. A great addition to Navy Pier.
  23. JD

    JD5533

    London

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went after an afternoon plat at Shakespeare. Outdoor patio seating was great and the food didn’t disappoint. Friendly manager and waitstaff. We’ll be back!
  24. CM

    ChicagoMatt

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we had was amazing! My favorite was the deviled eggs, but the hush puppies came in at a very close 2nd! Do not skip desert, because that hummingbird cake was delicious. Our server Gil was attentive and very knowledgeable about the menu. I am looking forward to going back to try more dishes very soon!
  25. c

    chick

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Give it s a try. A very nice addition to dining options at the pier that has ambiance and quality that is great for locals and visitors. Still getting sea legs and limited menu a bit fried forward but they will expand selections when they are staffed up and have worked out kinks. Catfish sandwich was tasty as was the Cobb salad.
  26. e

    erdadof3

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were lucky enough to stumble upon Reunion on our recent trip to Chicago as it had just opened 10 days prior. Great location down at the Navy Pier. We love Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' at Disney Springs in Orlando so were super excited to eat at Reunion. Since it is new there were no crowds and we were easily able to get a table for 6 at 7pm. In Orlando it is nearly impossible to get a reservation at Homecomin' even if you get online as soon as reservations open which is 60 days prior to your visit. Restaurant was not crowded although when word gets out that will change. The deviled eggs and mac and cheese are the best and as good as I remembered them from Homecomin'. The deviled eggs did seem smaller than the Orlando version however just as tasty. We split 3 fried chicken/mashed potato dinners between 3 of us and had plenty of food. The chicken and potatos are delicious as well. My son, who we were visiting took plenty of mac and cheese and mashed potatoes home with him. If you are in the area, this is a great place to eat and try to get in before the secret gets out!
  27. CH

    CameronH

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    My party of 4 visited 07/27 and enjoyed our visit! We went knowing that this restaurant was very recently opened - likely operating on a limited menu and not fully staffed and that helped us maximize our experience. Food was exceptional, we ordered the salmon, fried catfish, fried chicken salad and fried chicken sandwich for entrees. Sides: whipped mashed potatoes, cucumber salad and the macncheese. Mac n Cheese was PHENOMENAL. For our starters: hushpuppies & fried green tomatoes. Both were delish but FGT were the table favorite. Yes, the service was a bit slow - apparently there was a large party on the patio and I only noticed two servers inside. Manager however was very attentive. We will return!
  28. P

    Pookie

    Chicago

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about Reunion was fabulous.....from the food to the service, our servers felt like family! Please go and check them out!
  29. RT

    ReneeT

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dining experience!!
  30. K

    Kaytlin

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Art Smith's food is always fantastic. We're big friends of Homecomin' in Orlando and enjoyed Reunion as well. They also play really good music, so that was a plus. The only downside is the location. Navy Pier decided to close their parking for some reason, but didn't notify anyone. We waited in line for half an hour to park, just to be told that parking was closed and we couldn't park there. So frustrating. We loved the food, but I doubt we'll return soon because of the location.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The outdoor area is beautiful! We loved the ambience of the place. All the staff were very friendly and the food was great! This was their first week open and it seems to be going well! We look forward to going back.
  32. CB

    CatherineB

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    It had only been open 4 days so service was a bit slow. Other than that, foot was great and staff very friendly. Great ambience in the space; definitely did not feel like I was in a Navy Pier restaurant. Very welcome addition to the Pier.
  33. JL

    JillL

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    I was thrilled to be trying out Art Smith's new restaurant, I have always heard great things about his food and was looking forward to experiencing it myself. We had a lovely greeting when we arrived and our waitress was attentive and charming. We were there for lunch and shared the fried chicken and the shortrib melt. The chicken came with mashed potatoes and a biscuit. The sandwich came with fires. The food was good, nothing exceptional or memorable but a solid lunch. The shortrib melt was flavorful but the proportion of bread to meat seemed off and could have used a bit more meat. That said, they only opened 4 days prior so maybe they are still figuring things out. Would I go back? Maybe. Everything was fine but I came in with high expectations and while I left satisfied, I wasn't wowed. The bill was $71 for 2 drinks, chicken and a sandwich so at that cost my return will come down to my mood when I am on the pier. I have high hopes the flavors will get a little more interesting as I want this to be a dsstination, it just isn't...yet.
  34. TF

    TulsaFoodie

    Tulsa

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding!! The restaurant was new and didn't have the full menu available, but everything was delicious! Service was great. Portions were huge. We would definitely return!!
  35. KH

    KennethH

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, beautiful restaurant, great staff. Fried chicken, grilled chicken, salmon, were all wonderful
  36. CS

    CaroleS

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outside. 90 degrees. Cool breeze and shaded table made it perfect. Food outstanding. Had the fried chicken. Art Smith came to table to greet us (we aren’t famous). Our server was attentive, friendly & knowledgeable. We loved it all. Will return.
  37. a

    amyc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing dinner last Thursday from the moment we walked in. The staff were sweet, funny and helpful. Food was delicious with a capital D. The green tomatoes were yum with this amazing relish garnish that we couldn’t get enough of. My friend chicken and potatoes divine and his pulled pork sandwich was great. The slaw needed some tweaking and pizazz which is a side with the sandwich. Love the gazebos and the Jean-upholstered booths were very cool. While we didn’t meet Art Smith, he was there so that was cool, too. You definitely need to go to reunion for some wonderful food in a refreshingly clean and calming space.
  38. KB

    KimB

    Detroit

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    We were there on the 3rd day and they are working on getting their act together. We were seated promptly and received water and a QR code to access the menu. It took a long time for our drinks to arrive (mine came in 10 minutes; my husband's in closer to 20). The food was all great. Especially the fried chicken and the smoothest creamiest mashed potatoes. Yes we needed to remind our server that we had gotten our app and that we hadn't gotten our mains. But it's new; we'll be back!
  39. H

    Huni

    Chicago

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Located at entrance to Navy Pier it is a great location with a lovely outsiede viewing flowers and greenery. Service is extremely good and the fried chicken was superb; moist and cripy but not oily (the chef is famous for his fried chicken), but also delicous is the fried catfish and the roasted chicken. Had a great time.
  40. WT

    WorldTraveler

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The newly opened Reunion Restaurant by Chef Art Smith at Chicago’s Navy Pier is an excellent choice for a family or friendly get-together. While the food is delicious, where they excel most is in their service and ambiance. Chef Smith and the restaurant manager took their time in meeting and entertaining their guests. The ambiance is a relaxing and classy atmosphere that makes it a great place for simply hanging out with friends and family.

FAQs

Reunion Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 48 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Google Map for Reunion Restaurant

700 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Lakeshore East

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

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