The Shanty Restaurant

4.8
767 reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

The Shanty offers rustic appeal with great-tasting food. It is the ideal spot for a quick midday bite or relaxing dinner with friends. Live music on the weekends ensures an entertaining experience. The Shanty's building was reconstructed in 2010 with reclaimed barn wood from the area. The restaurant was also featured on the hit show Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, as well as numerous other outlets, such as Food Network's "Let's Dish", NBC's "Around Town" and ABC's "Windy City".

With an continuously evolving menu of customer-inspired dishes, The Shanty aims to please their guests. A top favorite is the whiskey shrimp appetizer, which includes fresh jumbo shrimp in The Shanty's signature Jack Daniels cream sauce. Another hit is the tequila and orange grilled salmon.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 767 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.7
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4.6
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RobinK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for oyster night! It was delicious, or server was friendly and they have taken many safety precautions. Highly recommend you try the sriracha lime oysters!!

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GayW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We finally went to The Shanty for oyster night and we were not disappointed!!! We shared both Oysters Rockefeller and the raw oysters. Very fresh, very tasty. We ordered the Blackened Conch Filet and Chicken Vesuvio. Both entrees were amazing. Drinks are always good and the service from the greeter, bartenders, servers and the wait staff is impeccable. The Shanty never disappoints!

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Emro
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great service, really nice atmosphere. The huge trussed beams look amazing and give the new bar area a nice open feeling. 😊

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Debbi
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Oysters Rockefeller appeared to be microwaved. Cowboy steak was cooked wrong twice. Our server was awesome.

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paula
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

it's always a pleasure to be at the shanty for impeccable food, ambience, and service.

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JeffreyP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service would dine here agian

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MargaretB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was wonderful, as always. Good to see that it was busy. However I asked for a table in the dining room due to the noise level in the bar. Due to our ages and hearing, it was difficult to converse

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KatieC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!! We had to change our reservation time and the restaurant was very accommodating and able to help us!! The food and staff were wonderful!! The food delicious as usual we had the best service!! Love The shanty!! Their catering is amazing too

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GregL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good, service for dinner was good. The bar service took just a little too long but it was prime time on a Friday night so I guess to be expected.

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MikeM
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and service were excellent. The menu was extensive and offered a wide variety of choices. I would highly recommend the Shanty.

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vipSteaklover
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Seafood

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vipKarlaG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks! Pork shanks were superb!

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LisaC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had my twins 20th birthday dinner.. it was fantastic.. great steak, seafood, drinks and appetizers! Excellent service as well!

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vipTracyB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been at the Shanty several times and each time has been great.

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vipHeidijsp
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The Shanty never disappoints and I felt completely safe due to distanced tables and mask wearing. Food was great and full menu!

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vipRoen
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went there for As Wednesday and my son's comparison of O'Toole's impossible burger tasted much better than the Arugula burger offered by Shanty. Otherwise, everything else is very good.

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BarbaraC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place has been remodeled.. very nicely done! Always great food & drinks..
Been going here forever!
A little out of the way but worth it!!

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TomN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food, friendly staff

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Mills
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great at The Shanty! Very well run, thank you for always providing us with the very best!

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DeniseM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, place and food. The social distancing was great too.

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CassandraV
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Disappointed that there was no brunch menu. But love the place.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time! We were given a quiet corner table on the original side! Very sweet of them to honor my special requests! Food was perfect! Lobster bisque, lobster tail and filet cooked to perfection!

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SandraS
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a great dining experience. Excellent service, great food and friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

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RichardH
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food and drinks were great service top notch overall great experience

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vipMaryT
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service! So nice to be back!

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Skier
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice atmosphere, even in the scaled down Covid setting. Food was excellent and service was outstanding. Very glad The Shanty went ahead and opened as it is a restaurant many people in the are love to go to.

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TerranceT
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place drove past it a million times. Happy to have stopped in.

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louj
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great atmosphere and safety precautions done right!

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MichelleM
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining at The Shanty. The service was great and the food was delicious. We will definitely be back!

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EdwinI
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food AMAZING and services EXCELLENT. Management came to our table to ask for feedback and I thought that was a personal touch!

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MickyD
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was excellent

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JuanitaW
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome. We’ll be back. Service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m happy to support this small business.

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DanH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal with excellent service from our waiter Tyler! The food came out quickly and he was always there to refill glasses or ask if we needed anything.

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JillL
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food. Great service. Top notch restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service - the owner Dimitri is amazing!

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ChristaP
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food!! Outstanding Service!! We had one main waitress but was served by many wait staff for bread, water, etc. Very attentive.

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MattG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is always consistently good and staff is friendly and service oriented. I enjoy the unique cocktails as well as the broad mix of craft draft beers.

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KathyC
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent waitress and food was absolutely the best...drinks were also good!

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MeganF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend. Menu is varied, with choices you won't normally find elsewhere. While also offering your typical chicken, steaks, your choice of pasta etc. Portion are large. Taste spectacular. Our service was just right, not to much checking in, not too little. If you haven't been here you need to go.

FAQs

The Shanty Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 767 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.