It’s the return of an icon, a classic Chicago restaurant reinvented, one of the most storied dining spaces in the history of the Windy City…

We’re talking about Booth One (1301 N. State Parkway), a modern American restaurant from the Lettuce Entertain You team of partners, Molly Melman, Sue Kim-Drohomyrecky, Doug Psaltis and Rich Melman that opened in the Gold Coast’s Ambassador Chicago hotel.

Chicagoans may remember the magic, elegance and fun of the restaurant that preceded this, and Booth One is bringing that all back. Here are five reasons why you should check out the newest restaurant in the Lettuce Entertain You family.

Champagne glasses toasting with restaurant in the background

Because the team is bringing back the glam.
The Lettuce Entertain You design team created Booth One to be simple yet elegant, with sophisticated neutral tones and pops of gold, that give the space a dreamy, mystical feel. The signature lights still hang above the dining room, symbolizing champagne bubbles.

Because of the history and celebrity guests, past and present.
old photo of partners sitting at Booth One at old Pump Room
The iconic restaurant featured the original “Booth One,” one of the most sought-after tables in dining history. In its heyday, it played host to legends and luminaries like Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Sammy Davis Jr., Bette Davis, Bill Murray, Phil Collins, Oprah, Eddie Murphy, John Belushi, Mick Jagger and many more. Historic photos of notable guests line the walls of the restaurant’s mezzanine so be sure to take when you arrive. Today, the tradition continues with the famed Booth One table still reserved for select VIPs and celebrities. If you score a seat in the actual Booth One and happen to forget your cell phone, no problem: The vintage rotary white phone is right there at your disposal.

Fun fact: Did you know that Rich Melman and Lettuce Entertain You previously owned the space from 1976 – 1998?

Interior photo of the booth one restaurant

Because quality never goes out of style.
Created by Chef/Partner Doug Psaltis, the menu at Booth One utilizes top-quality, seasonal ingredients and focuses on simple dishes done well. It’s described as a modern day reintroduction of classic cooking and celebrates the recipes of yesteryear. Nostalgic Beef Wellington and Dover Sole are set alongside more modern interpretations, including pristine raw dishes of Japanese Snapper Ceviche with sea urchin and passion fruit and a Seafood Collection of king crab with caviar, prawns and more. The menu also highlights vegetables – which are given the same respect as the meats and fish – presented in Roasted Cauliflower with pistachios, preserved lemon and spiced yogurt and the Golden Beet and Quinoa Melange tossed in an orange reduction with puffed rice and watercress.
 Seafood collection seafood tower dish

Because what’s nostalgic is new again.
In addition to stellar champagne offerings, the collection of Pinot Noir selected by sommelier Seth Wilson, is one of the biggest and most complex in the Windy City. The classic craft cocktail list is a not-so-subtle nod to the history of the space, drawing inspiration from the 1940s and ’50s when the original restaurant was open. Enjoy these modernized throwbacks in the newly revamped bar and lounge.

Bartender pouring a cocktail

Because Chance the Rapper was one of the first celebs to sit in the coveted Booth One.
That’s right, Chicago’s very own Chance the Rapper rekindled the celebrity tradition of Booth One and is now added to the long list of celebrities and dignitaries who have graced the famed corner booth with their presence.

Empty Booth with curtains behind it - Booth One

We hope you’ll join us soon – you never know who you’ll spot sitting in Booth One!

Booth One is open for breakfast, dinner and weekend brunch service coming soon. Booth One is located in the Ambassador Chicago at 1301 N. State Parkway, Chicago, IL 60610. Hours are dinner Monday– Thursday 4PM – 11PM, Friday and Saturday 4PM – 12AM and Sunday 4PM – 10PM. The Library Bar is open all day Sunday – Thursday 6AM – 12AM and Friday and Saturday 6AM – 1AM. Room Service is available for hotel guests daily from 6AM – 11AM for breakfast and 4PM – 12AM for dinner. To view the menu at Booth One, click here.

Follow Booth One on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, visit us at, call 312-649-0535, or click here to make your Booth One reservation.

Check out Booth One’s cocktails by the decade here.