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The Ultimate Lettuce Guide to Summer

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Summer is officially here and we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to celebrate summer at your favorite Lettuce Entertain You restaurants. From things to do and things to eat, to summer festivals like Windy City Smokeout and the best new Happy Hours for Summer Fridays, this here is your one stop shop for all things summer fun.

Summer Fridays at Beatrix

Beatrix Bacon Cheddar Egg Sandwich

The best way to kick off the weekend early? Brunch on a Friday! Beatrix – River North and Fulton Market are offering your weekend brunch favorites like the Bacon, Cheddar & Egg Sandwich, Baked French Toast and more every Friday until 3:00 PM throughout the summer. Make a reservation at Beatrix – River North. Make a reservation at Beatrix – Fulton Market.

Looking for more brunch options, check out the list of brunches near you:
Where to have brunch in Chicago
Where to have brunch in Metro D.C. Area
Where to have brunch in Austin
Where to have brunch in Las Vegas

Live Country Music, BBQ and Beer at Windy City Smokeout

windy city smokeout

The award-winning festival is back again offering the best in country music, barbecue and beer from August 4 – 7 at the United Center! With headliners like Willie Nelson & Family, Tim McGraw, Sam Hunt and Miranda Lambert and more than 2 dozen pitmasters from around the country, this year’s fest will be one you don’t want to miss. Buy tickets for the Windy City Smokeout here.

To see what’s new at this year’s Windy City Smokeout, click here.


Fro-Yo Fridays at Rotisserie Ēma

Rotisserie Ema Frozen Yogurt

The start to the weekend just got even sweeter! Enjoy $1 Frozen Greek Yogurt with olive oil & sea salt from Rotisserie Ēma every Friday. Grab a cup along with lunch, or stop by for an early afternoon treat! Available 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM every Friday (while supplies last).

Marina Menu at Pizzeria Portofino

Pizzeria Portofino's cocktails to-go on a boat

One of the best parts of Summertime Chi is getting out on Lake Michigan. Let Pizzeria Portofino cater your boat day with their Marina Menu, a collection of the restaurant’s signature dishes that guests can order for carryout directly to their boats. Available 7 days a week by calling the restaurant (312-900-9018) at least 1 hour in advance. To view the Marina Menu, click here. For those that wish to pull up their boat to Pizzeria Portofino and enjoy, dock space can be reserved in advance through our partners at Downtown Docks.

Rosé All Day at Summer House

Summer House Rose Bottle Shot

When summer is in the name, you know it’s the spot to drink rosé. Summer House Santa Monica recently released the first vintage of their own rosé label: Summer House Rosé 2021. The wine is available exclusively to dine-in guests at the Lincoln Park and North Bethesda locations and at Stella Barra – Santa Monica. Summer House Rosé is the result of a collaboration between long time Vintner Matt Bonanno, renowned Winemaker Jim Milone, and the Summer House team.  Make a reservation at the Summer House location nearest you. Make a reservation at Stella Barra – Santa Monica. 

Here’s your guide to all the ways you can get your rosé on this summer.

Sangria Mondays at Lil’ Ba-Ba-Reeba!

Sangria at Lil' Ba-Ba-Reeba!

There’s no such thing as a case of the Mondays at Lil’ Ba-Ba-Reeba! in River North. Every Monday from 3:30 PM – 9:00 PM, enjoy any sangria pitcher for $20, plus tax (gratuity not included). Order up a Classic Red or try the rotating Sangria Del Día. Make a reservation at Lil’ Ba-Ba-Reeba!

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Ice Cream Cones at Ramen-san

matcha oreo cone from ramen-san

Ramen-san offers rotating ice cream cones with flavors like Matcha Oreo, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and more. You can also grab a pint of ice cream to bring home. Be sure to try the Pineapple Whip Soft Serve at Ramen-san Deluxe in Streeterville. A variety of cones are also offered at sister restaurant, Sushi-san. Make a reservation on Ramen-san – River North.  Make a reservation at Ramen-san Deluxe. Make a reservation at Ramen-san Whisky Bar

July is National Ice Cream Month and we’ve put together a list of our top frozen treats you’ve got to try this summer. For more drool-worthy ice cream, click here. 

Head to Navy Pier and Grab a Bite at Frankie’s by the Slice

Frankies by the slice

Tourists and locals alike flock to Navy Pier in downtown Chicago in the summer time. If you’re taking the kids, be sure to stop by Frankie’s by the Slice for a slice of Neapolitan-style pizza and Chicago Italian beef sandwiches.

Group Cocktails at Aba – Austin

Lazy River Groupie cocktail at Aba - Austin

Grab your crew and head to Aba – Austin and order up one of the Groupie cocktails that serve 4-5 people.  If you want to sip something refreshing try the Locals Only with Fords Gin, melon, coconut and lime or if you are in the mood for something spicy, order up the Paloma Picante made with Tromba Blanco Tequila, housemade pineapple fresno cordial and lime Three Cents Greek Grapefruit Soda. Make a reservation at Aba – Austin.

For more of the best cocktails for sharing, click here. 

Looking to make a group reservation? These Lettuce spots are great for larger parties.

Eat Al Fresco at Wildfire – Glenview

Wildfire Glenview Patio

There’s not much better than enjoying a delicious meal outside in the summer time. Wildfire – Glenview’s patio is like a hidden oasis! Order up the Wildfire Chopped Salad and one of the rotating seasonal specials like the Macadamia Nut Crusted Halibut. Make a reservation at Wildfire – Glenview.

Check out Lettuce restaurants with patios in Austin
Check out Lettuce restaurants with patios in the Chicagoland Area
Check out Lettuce restaurants with patios in the D.C. Metro Area
Check out Lettuce restaurants with patios in Los Angeles
Check out Lettuce restaurants with patios in Las Vegas

Fried Chicken at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

Fried Chicken at Joe's Seafood

Looking for a crispy on the outside, tender on the inside perfect bite of fried chicken? Try the Fried Chicken at Joe’s Seafood available at the Las Vegas, Chicago and D.C. locations. Fun fact: this dish is one of Lettuce Entertain You founder Rich Melman’s all-time favorites. Make a reservation at the Joe’s Seafood location nearest you.

For more of Rich Melman’s favorite things, click here.

For a full list of more fried chicken dishes to try, click here. 

Dance the Night Away at Studio Paris

Studio paris

Studio Paris is back for the summer! The nightclub is open Saturdays from now – September 3, featuring DJs and artists for you and your crew to dance to. Doors open at 10:00 PM and for updates on which artists will be playing follow @studioparischi on Instagram. For table reservations please email Studio Paris at


Refresh with a Frozen Cocktail at The Bamboo Room at Three Dots and a Dash

Pago pago cocktail the bamboo room

Named one of the “Best Bars in America: by Esquire Magazine and the Campari One To Watch by The World’s 50 Best Bars, trust us when we say don’t sleep on making a reservation at The Bamboo Room at Three Dots and a Dash helmed by Beverage Director Kevin Beary. Order the Pago Pago with Plantation Barbados Blended Calvados Finished Rum, green chartreuse, pineapple, lime and cocoa nib shaved ice to help beat the summer heat.  Make a reservation at The Bamboo Room at Three Dots and a Dash. 

For your list of frozen cocktails to try this summer, click here.

Try Something New With These New Lettuce Restaurants & Bars

RPM Italian's Lobster Pansotti

We have introduced a few new restaurants and bars to the Lettuce family this year, most recently RPM Italian in Las Vegas, The Omakase Room at Sushi-san, Beatrix Loop, The Gin Commission. This summer, why don’t you try something new! Whether it’s checking off a Lettuce restaurant you’ve always wanted to try or making a reservation at one of the new additions! For a full list of Lettuce restaurants near you, click here. 

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