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Great Spots to Dine Solo

Your new go-to spots when you need a meal alone

Sometimes there is nothing better than a relaxing meal alone, where it’s okay to be anti-social and enjoy great food all to yourself. Whether you want to cozy up to the bar or post up at a personal table, here are some of the best Lettuce restaurants for your next solo meal.

The Pastry Counter at Beatrix Fulton Market

Beatrix – Fulton Market, Loop, River North, Streeterville, Oak Brook

Beatrix is the ideal spot for a working breakfast or lunch. The coffee selection is top-notch for all of your caffeine needs, so feel free to post up at the coffee bar and snag a housemade pastry to go along with your workday grind.

Find the Beatrix location nearest you.

Big Bowl's Chicken Lo Mein

Big Bowl – Chicago, Lincolnshire, Schaumburg, Edina, Roseville, Minnetonka

With authentic dishes and fresh ingredients, Big Bowl is a great place to grab a seasonal Sangria (or two) and relax. If you’re vegetarian or gluten-free, Big Bowl also has you covered!

Find the Big Bowl location nearest you.

The Sushi Bar at Sushi-San River North

Sushi-san – River North, Willis Tower

The sushi counter at Sushi-san is one of our absolute favorite places to post up. Treat yourself to some San-Sets of sashimi, nigiri and maki on your lunch break or for dinner, while hanging with our sushi masters. And don’t forget to order a signature hand roll – only available at the sushi counter. Sushi-san Willis Tower also has grab-and-go items for anyone desiring a bite of sushi during their busy workday.

Make a reservation at Sushi-san

Stella Barra Santa Monica

Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar – Santa Monica

In the mood for a personal pizza paired with a glass of wine? (We don’t blame you – that sounds like a great night). Look no further than the bar at Stella Barra, which offers housemade pastas, tavern-style pizzas, and an easy to digest wine list, all in a chill setting.

Make a reservation at Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar – Santa Monica

Shaw's Chicago Oyster Bar Interior

Shaw’s Crab House – Chicago & Schaumburg

The Oyster Bar at Shaw’s offers a cozy, old school ambiance, to the best oyster selection in the Windy City, it is truly one of the best restaurants for an individual dining experience.

Make a reservation at Shaw’s Crab House – Chicago

Make a reservation at Shaw’s Crab House – Schaumburg

Joes DC bar

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab – D.C.

If you’re looking for one the best places in DC to “people watch,” while enjoying a great meal, grab a spot at the bar at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab in Washington, D.C. Choose from the freshest selection of seafood, prime steaks and pies, or stop in for everyone’s favorite cocktail hour – Monday – Friday from 2:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Make a reservation at Joe’s Seafood – D.C. 

omakase room at sushi san

The Omakase Room at Sushi-san

The Omakase Room at Sushi-san is sure to be an unforgettable experience. The intimate ten-seat restaurant is made to feel like Master Sushi Chef Kaze Chan has invited you into his home for a dinner party. Open Thursday – Saturday, the 18-course menu is presented to all diners together which makes for fun conversation with your neighbor. This communal experience is perfect for the solo diner with a sophisticated palate beacuse it is almost guarenteed you will leave the dinner with 9 new friends!

Make a reservation at The Omakase Room at Sushi-san

Tallboy Taco Spread

Tallboy Taco

Shopping on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue? Take a quick lunch break at Tallboy Taco. Serving up a variety of traditional and modern tacos all on housemade corn tortillas, Tallboy is the perfect spot for a quick and delicious break. Order at the counter and take a seat at the bar, a booth or the patio. Pro tip: Tallboy offers up Happy Hour specials daily from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Tallboy Taco is first come, first served.

For more Happy Hour deals, click here.

RPM STeak Bar

RPM Steak

For the times you want to skip right to dessert, belly up to the bar at RPM Steak and order up the decadant 14K Chocolate Cake. Add a glass of full bodied red from the award-winning wine list and you’ve got yourself the perfect pairing.

Make a reservation at RPM Steak

If you are looking to dine out with a large group, check out this round-up of the Lettuce restauants that are best for group dining!

Check out the full list of our restaurants across the country.

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