3 Arts Club Cafe

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3 Arts Club Cafe
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3 Arts Club Cafe, in Restoration Hardware, features food from Hogsalt.

The stunning, sceney dining room in the Restoration Hardware showroom serves food from Hogsalt

Some restaurants aren’t about the food. When the gorgeous dining room is a courtyard with a high glass ceiling, lush greenery, a sparkling chandelier and gray couches, as Three Arts Café in the new Restoration Hardware showroom in the Gold Coast is, you’re there to be seen. It’s the kind of restaurant where the food doesn’t need to be good—but thankfully it is, with a menu from Brendan Sodikoff’s Hogsalt.

Like all sceney places—and Sodikoff burger joints—you will wait to get in. On a Sunday at 3pm, I couldn’t swing the 90-minute wait. My date and I returned on a Tuesday at 12:45pm and spent the hour wait wandering through Restoration Hardware’s five floors, marveling at the giant white couches and wondering whose life they fit into. The answer: the pairs of ladies having leisurely lunches at Three Arts.

The menu features some Sodikoff hallmarks—Doughnut Vault doughnuts, a shaved vegetable salad, Delice de Bourgogne cheese with jam, and, of course, a great burger. The menu is mostly sandwiches and vegetable dishes, and while a plate of charred carrots and Brussels sprouts with pistachio pesto needs some zip, a gem lettuce salad tossed with crumbled goat cheese and green goddess dressing is refreshing.

The only thing that doesn’t glitter is the service. Food arrived at our tiny end table in rapid succession, leaving us to play Tetris with the plates. Dessert took more than 20 minutes, a long wait for a weekday lunch. But the trio of housemade chocolate chip cookies, warm and sprinkled with sea salt, were perfect, proving that Three Arts’ beauty is more than skin deep.

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Atmosphere: The former Three Arts Club is a striking building and it’s seamlessly transformed into a glitzy showroom and restaurant.

What to eat: The burger isn’t the same as the famed Au Cheval patty, but it’s excellent—the patty is thicker, the Dijonnaise and onions are applied with a heavier hand, and it comes with a side of fries. Split one along with the burrata, drizzled with oil and vinegar and served with sweet roasted tomatoes. End with the chocolate chip cookies.

What to drink: The bellini is bright and peachy, and wines and beers are also available. A full coffee bar serves espresso drinks, iced coffee on draft and tea from Rare Tea Cellar.

Where to sit: Seating includes a mix of low tables and couches and regular tables and chairs, though with long waits, you’ll likely need to sit wherever the host puts you. 

By: Amy Cavanaugh

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Venue name: 3 Arts Club Cafe
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Address: 1300 N Dearborn Pkwy
Chicago
60610
Cross street: at Goethe St
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm
Transport: El stop: Red to Clark/Division. Bus: 22, 36, 72.
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if you are looking for a beautiful place to have lunch and or brunch this it is!  Unfortunately they do not take reservations and the wait can be up to 90 minutes it is worth it.  Housed inside Restoration Hardware so while you wait you can check out their latest furnishing options and the fabulous rooftop!  Now on to the food, once you are seated there are so many tasty options to share with friends a few of my favorites are the smoked salmon plate served with texas toast.... ummm YES!The truffle grilled cheese so oooooey gooooey good! GRILLED CHICKEN Organic Chicken Breast, Confit Garlic, Chicken Jus so perfectly seasoned and moist!  SHAVED VEGETABLES Baby Greens, Pecans, Cider Vinaigrette and of course a Bellini or try their in house cold brew.  Enjoy!

tastemaker

If you're looking for a place to take mom, THIS IS IT!  While waiting for your table grab a glass of wine and either stretch out on the comfortable chairs and sofas spread out over 5 floors, including the elevator. Check out the upstairs patio as well to take in the views of our beautiful city (while feeling a little bad ass for bringing your restricted wine glass up there too!) Make sure you let the host staff know you'd like to sit in the green house because they have tables off to the sides that are more leathery and loungey versus that magical garden feel the greenhouse gives you. We sat next to the waterfall and enjoyed too many cheese plates (I mean come on when burrata AND delice de bourgogne is on the menu, what's a girl to do?!) The charred carrots with fresh yogurt, herbs, and pistachios is fabu as well as the roast chicken. Service was the only boo we had here. Our server thinks that taking an order and never coming back is all they needed to do and as an industry person it was sad to see someone so clueless of what their role as a server was. OTHERWISE I will stop my bitching because it is a must for people coming from out of town to check out!

tastemaker

We actually walked in an a early Saturday evening to no wait. We came for a drink and we succeeded!  We were actually surprised that the drinks were not $20 and the wine was a healthy pour.  It did seem like a lot of tables were reserved but we got a quaint seat. I would be interested in trying brunch here and the atmosphere is relaxing and peaceful. It'd be a sweet spot for an occasional drinky poo as well.

tastemaker

3 Arts Club Cafe has the perfect setting for a girls brunch. Elegant and sophisticated interior designs and the garden setting is the highlight. My friend was visiting from Connecticut and I brought her here with me for the first time. We were both impressed although I was a little disappointed that we weren't seated in the garden area. Food was excellent for the price and the hype but limited options.  I was also told they don't take reservations and it is first come first serve, although I saw a lot of tables with the sign "Reserved". 


Would I go back? Sure. It's a very Instagrammable place!

tastemaker

I took my work wife here for a birthday brunch; I could not have chosen a better place to celebrate! You walk into this gorgeous mansion, and a massive Italian sculpture greets you, so that you are automatically transported to a piazza in Europe, instead of inside a local Gold Coast residential street. You walk out into the courtyard and there is light shining down into the foyer, green trees and plants in every crevice of the cafe tables and couches that line the courtyard. We were seated just inside the outer layers of the courtyard, so we had great views, but were actually underneath some beautiful Restoration Hardware chandeliers. The whole thing makes you wish you were rich and could afford all of the furniture and decorations you are sitting in and around. 


Anyway - we ordered the most beautiful and delicious shaved vegetable salad, the prosciutto board, and the RH scramble. All were impeccable, and probably the most interstesting was the vintage silver tea set they brought out for my tea service. 


We spent about 3 hours just lounging and enjoying the life, relishing in the good food, the green escape from winter and the urban world outside, and never feeling rushed. Afterwards, we took a long stroll through each floor of RH, as it almost feels like a well curated museum, rather than a store.


If you are ever looking for a warm escape in the winter, or somewhere to take your mother or in-laws, this is the place to impress someone for sure!