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Ed Debevic's

Ed Debevic's

(Now Closed)
Diner, American Restaurant, and Burger Joint$$$$
River North, Chicago
  • The experts at Time Out Chicago and Chicago magazine recommend this place
    • Time Out Chicago
    • Chicago magazine
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  • David W.
    David WagnerAugust 22, 2014
    Great Chicago style food served fast and hit. Don't let the crude & rude act put you off its all part of the show. Gotta love the staff dancing on the counters.
  • David
    DavidAugust 23, 2010
    Excellent place to eat. Food was priced well and the experience is something I'll never forget. We ended up having an awesome dinner and had a lot of fun. I can't wait to go back!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoAugust 2, 2014
    The wise-cracking waitstaff at this Disney-esque diner is as much a part of its gimmick as the retro memorabilia and music. Read more
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkNovember 28, 2013
    The Route 66 burger is pretty swell, just don’t expect friendly service. The staff prides itself on being snarky. It’s part of the experience. You'll have fun.
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineApril 16, 2012
    Pseudo-’50s diner where oldies music, signs like "Eat and Get Out," and abusive waiters dancing on the counter are all part of the gig. Burgers, fries, and creamy malts. Read more
  • Ed Debevic's
    Ed Debevic'sJune 8, 2015
    Why jump on the Blackhawks bandwagon when you can jump on the Ed Debevic's milkshake bandwagon? Seriously, our milkshakes are amazing.
  • Andrea C.
    Andrea CollinsAugust 18, 2013
    The food isn't that great and everything is 10 bucks and up. There's not much to choose from either but the staff was funny and I guess it's a good place to take your kids. Parking is 8 dollars..
  • Nancie S.
    Nancie SandersonDecember 3, 2011
    A 50's diner version of Dicks Last Resort. Fun for the whole family in spite of the meatloaf that tastes a bit like Alpo!
  • TeaBelly
    TeaBellySeptember 10, 2011
    Food is pretty good. The "attitude" from the staff is all part of the experience. Enjoy it, play along...They don't mean it!
  • Camden L.
    Camden LambertMarch 25, 2011
    Great food, hilarious the fact that the are a little on the asshole side makes it fun
  • Max B.
    Max BeyerApril 4, 2012
    Great sarcastic humor, and good food. No splitting checks though, so bring cash!
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergMay 25, 2012
    The attitude is free with the meal. Enjoy it and those milkshakes. Tasty!
  • Bigmac E.
    Bigmac EaterSeptember 10, 2011
    Food is decent, but if you're expecting manners and a regular meal, probably best to go elsewhere. It's quite a fun place to go, especially in a group and the rudeness is all part of the 'experience'
  • Matt J.
    Matt JordanApril 30, 2012
    Great food, hilarious staff, and an authentic vibe that's second to none.
  • Cheryl A.
    Cheryl AbarayJuly 28, 2015
    Great vibe. Awesome waitstaff!!! Love the 'tude!
  • Kristina B.
    Kristina BurrisDecember 31, 2012
    The cheeseburger and fries were just okay. Ask for biscuits the waiter, he's awesome
  • Brad H.
    Brad HobackMarch 19, 2011
    Food was good -- the blue cheese burger was great. Share a malt with a friend; we didn't, but should have -- they're big!
  • Mike L.
    Mike LangworthyApril 7, 2013
    just awesome ,,, always a great time!!! awesome place to take the kids
  • Jelena
    JelenaMarch 8, 2014
    Get the World's Smallest Ice Cream Sundae! (Pro tip: No need to save room for dessert.)
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsJanuary 11, 2012
    Kids have no excuse to be bored here, with all of the theatrical commotion. Just try sneaking in a conversation over vanilla Cokes and fries before the waitstaff launches into “YMCA.” Read more
  • Rodrigo B.
    Rodrigo BulmanNovember 26, 2012
    Don't be scared if the servers rush you up. That's Ed style!
  • Kaleigh D.
    Kaleigh DeLuccaAugust 1, 2011
    Ask for Pinky she's the biggest asshole here. Job well done it was so fun!!
  • Jordan R.
    Jordan RoachDecember 15, 2014
    Food was good. People were mean, but that's kind of the point. Either way, it was cool.
  • Marisa R.
    Marisa RuizApril 19, 2013
    Don't expect good service. Sat for 15 min without our drink order being taken & our server stopping by once to throw hats at us & then ignore us. Walked out, told hostess we were going. She said "ok".
  • Emily E.
    Emily ElwoodSeptember 22, 2011
    Great service and great food fun atmosphere its awesome!!! :)
  • Lee S.
    Lee ShultzJune 21, 2014
    Watch out for the uneven sidewalk. My daughter ended up falling & skinned her leg, & no one even bothered to come out & look at it. Shame on them.
  • Ed Debevic's
    Ed Debevic'sJune 12, 2015
    Party at Ed's. Seriously we're tons of fun.
  • Jean W.
    Jean WoodardMarch 11, 2013
    Burger and shake was great but the fries were a little undercooked and very greasy
  • Steff W.
    Steff WhoisSteffReedNovember 23, 2011
    This place is really awesome!! Excellent food and entertaining hosts...douche baggery at its best
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah ShehataApril 7, 2011
    Place with attitude and style! The more you tip us, the friendlier we are!
  • Sydney B.
    Sydney BishopMarch 12, 2011
    This place is a must if you have children it's fun and great food.
  • Kyra K.
    Kyra KuriataAugust 8, 2014
    Their attitudes are funny and i like to mess with them
  • Ashland T.
    Ashland ThomasMarch 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Turkey Reuben I've had in Chicago!
  • Mark B.
    Mark BrouchAugust 9, 2014
    Very gimmicky. Kids love it.
  • Bailey J.
    Bailey JexJuly 3, 2012
    This is a dinner with an attitude. So don't think the waitresses are rude but it's their job. It's kinda funny sometimes
  • Giovanna M.
    Good food and funny staff!
  • Eddy G.
    Eddy GonzalezNovember 3, 2015
    Snarky diner waiters that has yummy 50's nostalgia
  • Bailey J.
    Bailey JexJuly 3, 2012
    Don't get the chocolate coke. Though it may sound good, it's really gross!!
  • RieRie
    RieRieJune 29, 2013
    Ask for Chachie ....he's da bomb!
  • Robert B.
    Robert BarnacleSeptember 1, 2012
    Sub par burgers. I got the route 66 and it wasn't anything special. You're paying for an experience, not quality food. Overall, good experience, but I won't go again.
  • Richard J.
    Richard Jackson IIApril 10, 2010
    Best rendition of The Village People's YMCA by the wait staff at any restaurant.
  • Brant
    BrantApril 16, 2013
    This place needs a visit from Gordon Ramsey. Food the kitchen has cooked sat in the pick up area ignored by staff for almost 10 min.
  • Drake B.
    Drake BurrellMay 24, 2013
    I found it very funny. You have to have a sense of humor. .. lol
  • Austin W.
    Austin WestermannAugust 7, 2012
    The food was god-awful, but I guess they were kinda funny...would't waste my time or money again though
  • Juli R.
    Juli RussApril 4, 2013
    Very disappointed! We took the kids because we heard it would be fun & the staff is "rude". Food was just ok, very overpriced & our server wasn't fun at all.
  • Stacy R.
    Stacy RoppJuly 20, 2014
    Great food, great fun! We love Thumper!
  • Tony P.
    Tony PiazzaAugust 15, 2013
    Get the Ziggy and Shorty section
  • Michael K.
    Michael KendleSeptember 2, 2013
    Make sure you propose to your waitress.
  • mtnbke
    mtnbkeAugust 22, 2010
    Here's a photo of our server, Wendell, doing the YMCA dance. Click the "More Info" button! Read more
  • Louie S.
    Louie SchaeferJuly 2, 2012
    Be sure dish it back!
  • Debbie M.
    Debbie MikaApril 8, 2013
    Hallerious place!!!!! Short-stack is super funny!!! :)
  • Gary S.
    Gary ShultzDecember 6, 2014
    Love the wait staff
  • Helen C.
    Went for sons bday last night. Was there almost 2 hrs. Night was slow, & so was service. Staff only got up once to perform. Aren't theatrics the reason the prices are so inflated? Disappointing.
  • Ally R.
    Ally RochefortJuly 9, 2013
    Love the "playing around service" 👍
  • Jessica K.
    Jessica KingMarch 13, 2012
    Server was awesome... Fun place!!
  • ⭐Melania F.
    ⭐Melania Frn⭐January 24, 2014
    As seen on Travel Channel's Diner Paradise!
  • mikkie l.
    mikkie loDecember 14, 2014
    I love their milkshakes!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Ed Debevic's Diner as seen on Food Paradise Read more
  • Shane R.
    Shane ReedDecember 28, 2011
    Ed Debevic's! Roar,burp! Love you babe.
  • travel P.
    travel ProMay 15, 2012
    Turkey rueben is yummy
  • LaShon A.
    LaShon AnthonyNovember 9, 2011
    Novelty place to take the kids.
  • Jeff K.
    Jeff KrakerFebruary 13, 2010
    Chicken fried steak one of the best ever. Burgers below average. Onion rings average/above average.
  • Steven S.
    Steven SchwarkApril 11, 2012
    Get a Green River.
  • Vladimirov N.
    Vladimirov NikitaMay 11, 2013
    Staff are total dickheads !:)
  • mtnbke
    mtnbkeAugust 21, 2010
    Ask for Wendell, he does a good job!
  • Scott
    ScottAugust 7, 2013
    This place is awesome!!!!!!
  • Emily H.
    Emily HoldaJanuary 18, 2012
    6-way is pretty yummy
  • oda s.
    oda sJuly 11, 2010
    Milkshakes are delicious!
  • Edgar S.
    Edgar SarmientoNovember 12, 2009
    The greasiest spoon and service with attitude, fun times
  • Marina K.
    Marina KoroMay 12, 2013
    Assholes 😜😜😜😜😜
  • Tony K.
    Tony KnaverApril 28, 2012
    Talk shit back, catch em off guard
  • Scott S.
    Scott StaufferDecember 31, 2011
    The atomic burger is not hot :(
  • Dave K.
    Dave KaufmanApril 1, 2011
    Eat and get out!
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 27, 2010
    Eat at Ed Debevic's for the shenanigans alone! -Ryan Scott, Top Chef
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MaherFebruary 21, 2013
    Sarcasm Much?!?! Don't take it personally...
  • Seth S.
    Seth SwansonSeptember 7, 2010
    Squeaker is surprisingly loud..
  • Lynette N.
    Lynette NoveyFebruary 12, 2012
    Terrible, overpriced and cold food combined with slow service and $8 parking.
  • Bryan E.
    Bryan EiermannMarch 19, 2010
    Fun Place to Eat
  • Joe P.
    Joe PiaskowyMay 5, 2012
    Forgot how much I hate this place.
  • Joel T.
    Joel TopfFebruary 25, 2012
    Oh my god! Worst food I've had to pay for. Still feel sick hours later. Stay away. Far away.
  • Frank L.
    Frank LizzadroJanuary 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Shit food. Asshole staff.
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer CarlisleJuly 25, 2011
    Terrible food. Not worth it. If u want asshole service go to Dick's Last Resort
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