Seven Lions – South Loop, Chicago

Are you looking for a place to grab a bite to eat near Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago or the Chicago Symphony Orchestra?  If yes, then Seven Lions just might be the place for you.

 

Patio at Seven Lions

Seven Lions on South Michigan Avenue is near Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago and Chicago Symphony Orchestra

 

Located on Michigan Avenue, Seven Lions is a much needed addition to

the dining scene in the South Loop neighborhood.  This new restaurant has been open for a few months now.  I stopped in for the first time last Thursday to check out if it lives up to the recent hype.  Since I live just a mile away, I walked over there.  However, you can get there by taking the CTA Brown, Orange, Pink or Green Lines to the Adams/Wabash ‘L’ stop and walking 1 block east to Michigan Avenue.  You can also take the CTA Red Line to the Monroe ‘L’ stop and walk 2 blocks east and ½ block south to Seven Lions.

 

Adams/Wabash 'L' stop near Shake Shack

Monroe 'L' stop near Cochon Volant

 

Here’s how my dinner went down:

While there is a pretty sidewalk patio, I decided to sit inside to soak up the ambience of the room.  It has a warm, clubby feel without be stuffy.  The space is bright with clean lines, open arches, lovely plants and artwork on the walls.  The bar was hoppin’ which is always a good sign.

 

Dining room at Seven Lions

Vibe-y, sophisticated yet comfortable space at Seven Lions makes it a terrific choice along South Michigan Avenue

Seven Lions restaurant near Art Institute of Chicago

Facing the Art Institute of Chicago

First order of business was to get a cocktail.  I chose this extremely well-executed “Mr. Pink” which was made with peppercorn vodka, strawberry puree, ginger beer and peach bitters.  It was really fresh, tart and sweet.  I expected nothing less from the libations here, as Master Sommelier, Alpana Singh (former host of the PBS show, Check Please!) owns this place.  I will absolutely order it again.  

Seven Lions bar

Really solid Mr. Pink cocktail was a highlight at Seven Lions

 

Next up, I decided to try the pan seared scallops with bacon and potato in a chowder emulsion. While the scallops were expertly cooked (I mean that!), I thought the emulsion with the bacon and potato needed more flavor.  I was expecting a bit more smokiness and saltiness. 

 

Menu at Seven Lions

Pan seared scallops with bacon and potato in a chowder emulsion

 

My experience with the side order of honey glazed carrots with goat cheese and pistachios was the opposite of my experience with the scallops.  While this veggie dish had wonderful flavor, the carrots were a bit too al dente.  I should not have needed a knife to cut them.

 

Side dishes at Seven Lions

Honey glazed carrots with goat cheese and pistachios

 

Since this was my first visit to Seven Lions, I wanted to try dessert.  In true allegiance to my love affair with lemons, I ordered this vanilla bean tapioca pudding with lemon curd, lemon cookies and basil oil.  Hooray!!  My meal was back on track J  I really loved this dessert.  Just enough lemony goodness to keep me smiling 🙂

 

Seven Lions dessert menu

The creamy and lemony Lemon Lover pudding and cookies was lovely!

Dessert menu at Seven Lions

The basil oil on the Lemon Lover pudding was a great touch!

 

While my entrée and side dish left a bit to be desired, it was a great effort.  Since Seven Lions is still fairly new, I will be back again to try a few more dishes.  At the very least, this is a great place to grab a drink or dessert.  A welcome addition to this neighborhood.  So, keep it in mind if you are in this area!

Seven Lions is located at 130 S. Michigan Avenue.  It is open for lunch, dinner and brunch (weekends).  Click here for more information.

In keeping with the spirit of Feeding Off The Rails, I encourage you to leave your car at home and take the CTA Green Line, Orange, Purple, Pink or Red Lines to Seven Lions. Save on gas. Avoid traffic, road rage and parking.  Reduce pollution. Don’t drink and drive! 

*** Looking for other great spots nearby?  Check out my posts about The Gage, Acanto, Tesori and The Berghoff.