Walk along Upper East Wacker Drive and you'll most likely miss The Bistro at 151, but enter through the revolving doors of the Hyatt Regency Chicago
or the side entrance to Stetson's Chop House & Bar and you'll find this hidden treasure.
The Bistro's spacious dining area, modern decor, a surrounding pool with running fountains and natural lighting enhance the restaurant's relaxing atmosphere. While deciding what to have for lunch, enjoy a drink from the menu's extensive cocktail and wine list or sip on a strawberry lemon drop ($11), a house specialty drink from their "Diamond Cocktail Collection."
Start with an appetizer ($6.75-$15) with choices that include classic standards such as buffalo wings and nachos or opt for more sophisticated starters like the lentil chili and sesame seared tuna with peanut sauce. The main dishes also have a good mix of new and old. Timeless sandwiches ($10.25-$14.75) like the Reuben with corned beef, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese hit the spot. A light, flavored mustard herb dip adds heat to the 8-ounce grilled Angus burger and French fries. You can also choose from a selection of house specials ($16-$24). Their pan-seared sea bass served with stewed beans and a spicy roasted salsa made with carrots, tomatoes and poblano peppers is cooked to perfection.
The Bistro opens early for breakfast. Choose the continental buffet ($16) and enjoy favorite breakfast staples such as oatmeal, yogurt and a wide selection of fresh fruit; or upgrade to the whole buffet ($22) and access a greater selection of breakfast meats while cooks make personalized omelets.
Whether you're in need of a place to have an informal business lunch or just in the mood to unwind in this sun-soaked eatery, The Bistro is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the Loop.
Average cost: $21-$30
Centerstage Reviewer: Kimber Solana