Tucked inside East Bank Club is a cozy hidden gem of a restaurant – Maxwell’s at the Club. While located within a members-only club, Maxwell’s is open to the public for lunch and dinner on weekdays, as well as Sunday brunch. The sophisticated, yet casual restaurant offers small plates, salads, entrées, desserts, and an expansive wine list. Additionally, live music can be heard Tuesday through Friday evenings, with each of those nights also featuring a different special: twin lobster tails on Tuesdays, small plate specials on Wednesdays, prime rib specials on Thursdays, and Italian night on Fridays.
My husband and I recently visited on a Tuesday night – lobster night! Immediately, our server delivered complimentary crudites and olives, along with a delicious bread basket. I already knew what I wanted for dinner – lobster, of course. But, to begin, I enjoyed the grilled artichokes with parsley-garlic butter. They were delicious, especially with loads of fresh lemon juice and the extra garlic.
My husband enjoyed the soup of the day – a homemade white bean and chicken soup – which was mighty tasty, as well.
The twin lobster tails, broiled and topped with paprika, and served with drawn butter, lemon and steamed broccoli, did not disappoint. The meat was tender and tasty and delicious. And, at $38.50, was also a great deal.
My husband enjoyed the soy-ginger marinated Chilean sea bass, served with soba noodles, asparagus, and wild mushrooms. While the sea bass was wonderfully cooked, the amount of soy sauce in the dish caused it to be a bit too salty.
To keep things healthy, dessert was fresh, seasonal berries, served with a marscarpone-sabayon sauce, made with orange zest, orange liqueur, and brandy. It was a wonderfully refreshing way to end a delicious meal.
Our meal at Maxwell’s was wonderful, and I will definitely return to explore the other weekly specials, as well as Sunday brunch. The service was friendly, knowledgeable, and polished, and the food was all delicious. I also enjoyed the wonderful touch of the live music, making it a classy, yet relaxing evening.
Maxwell’s is perfect for a business lunch, dinner with your significant other, or brunch with your family on Sunday. Reservations are accepted, and are recommended for Sunday brunch and Friday Italian night.
East Bank Club, 500 North Kingsbury Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60654
While my meal was complimentary, all opinions expressed herein are my own.