We’d decided to branch out to the Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, Oyster Bah, for several reasons: seafood, a weekend happy hour, and a generous gift card from a former student of Becky’s. Thanks, kiddo!
Setting the Scene
Amenities and Accessibility
While the two doors leading into the bar are connected by a ramp, the restrooms are down a steep flight of stairs. The downstairs lounge and upstairs private dining areas also do not appear to have access for folks with difficulty getting around. Granted, we didn’t explore further back into the dining room proper, so there may be something that allows access. Any input from our readers would be greatly appreciated!
Food and Drink
Happy Hour every day! See the Pro Tips below.
The awesome, friendly, and helpful staff. We could not be more pleased with the first-class treatment we received sitting at the Oyster Bah bar!
The quality of the food. Superb.
The amazing decor in the entire restaurant, bar, and basement. It really made us feel at home, yet close to the coast 😉
Easy access by public transportation, whether bus or train. Even though it was freezing out, we had no hesitation about getting here to try it out.
So many cute surrounding area businesses. Yes, we know it is Lincoln Park, but it still has gems to offer the casual guest.
Our brunch at Oyster Bah was a spectacular experience. In fact, it brought us back for Happy Hour the following weekend because of the great oyster and drink deals. The appeal of the food is undeniable and the atmosphere amazing. However, we do have some important notes:
The prices for brunch food and drinks, as well as the regular menus outside of Happy Hour, are pretty pricey. This was definitely a “treat-ourselves” brunch, inspired by the fact that we had a very generous gift card to spend. In terms of brunch, we doubt this will become a regular spot (we love brunch deals), but it will for sure become a Happy Hour destination for oysters and half-price drinks.
The accessibility issues appear problematic, but we would love feedback from our readers and will inquire upon our next visit.
With all of these things in mind, we give Oyster Bah’s brunch experience an 8 out of 10. We clearly enjoyed all that they had to offer, but we seek out dining for the average sweatpants-ed individual on a budget.
Pro Tips – Optimize Your Experience
- Come for brunch, hang out for happy hour. If you’re not a fan of early brunch, or just want to avoid the typical brunch crowd, it’s well worth it to come later. Oyster Bah has Happy Hour all week, from 5-6 Monday through Thursday, and a generous 3-6pm Friday through Sunday. They offer select half-price oysters, appetizers, and drinks. The oyster selection is constantly changing, so we are excited for the chance to expand our oyster knowledge.
- Join the rewards program to rack up points at every LEYE location. A very well-designed app, it allows you to search for restuarants near you, check gift card balances, make reservations, and earn rewards for each dollar spent. Jodie even got a $15 gift for her birthday month.
- If you can’t get enough of kitsch, head up Halsted street to Parrot’s Bar and Grill, at Halsted and Wellington. It’s a cozy dive bar with stellar decor, great drink specials and games galore.