Dine at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Dine at Lyric

Make your evening out even more delicious with some of Lyric’s on-site restaurants and dining options.

This season, Lyric is proud to announce a partnership with Jewell Catering for the casual and chic Florian Opera Bistro and the newly-renovated Sarah and Peer Pedersen Room. Our servers have experienced premium customer-service training to make your dining experience a pleasure from start to finish.

Lyric's legendary Graham Room offers haute cuisine created by Calihan Catering and an extraordinary wine list for annual contributors of $7,500 and above.

Whether you’re a regular at one of our on-site restaurants, or have never joined us for a meal, you’re invited to join us and experience for yourself the exciting new changes we’ve made for our 2017/18 Season. A glass-clink at our new champagne bar and a plate of hand-rolled sushi could be the perfect complement to your elegant evening or afternoon out.

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Florian Opera Bistro

Florian Opera Bistro

Conveniently located on the third floor of the Lyric Opera House, the Florian Opera Bistro is a casual and chic European-style bistro with a new menu by Jewell Events Catering. Complete with a full bar and a wine list curated by Master Sommelier Alpana Singh, the Bistro is the perfect place to enjoy a light pre-performance meal, a glass of wine during intermission, or a closing curtain cocktail.

Reservations are required for matinees and second seating for evening performances. 
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The Sarah and Peer Pedersen Room

The Sarah and Peer Pedersen Room

The Sarah and Peer Pedersen Room is the perfect upscale dining option for your evening out at Lyric. The Pedersen Room Restaurant features new décor, a sophisticated new prix fixe menu by Jewell Events Catering, and a wine list curated by Master Sommelier Alpana Singh. New this season is our Featured Chef program, where top Chicago chefs and restaurateurs will be invited to create signature featured entrées for each opera.

Reservations required.
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The William B. and Catherine Graham Room

The William B. and Catherine Graham Room

The William B. and Catherine Graham Room is Lyric's luxurious home for annual contributors of $7,500 and above. Enjoy haute cuisine and an extraordinary wine list in an exclusive club atmosphere with private lounges and cloakroom. Complimentary valet parking privileges with membership.

Reservations and membership required (American Airlines Mezzanine level)
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Sushi at Lyric

Sushi Bar

Lyric’s Sushi Bar is open for every Friday evening performance throughout the season with Chef Tom Osaki at the helm. The Sushi Bar is now in a new permanent location between Aisles 5 and 6 on the main floor of the foyer.

Cheers! Champagne Bar

Cheers! Champagne Bar

Debuting this season is Cheers! champagne bar! Stop by the new installment located in the Rice Grand Foyer, between Aisles 3 and 4 directly across from the grand staircase. Cheers! is open for all performance dates and serves an exclusive assortment of French Champagnes, international and domestic sparkling wines curated by Alpana Singh, plus Bellinis, mimosas, and other sparkling cocktails.

Cheers! and all Foyer & Lobby Bars will be open when the opera-house doors open an hour before each performance through the end of intermission.

Featured Chef Program at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Featured Chef Program

We’re proud to introduce a new Featured Chef program in the Pedersen Room Restaurant this season. Top Chicago chefs and restaurateurs will be invited to create signature featured entrées for each opera.

Executive Chef Todd Stein of The Bristol has created an entrée option for Così fan tutte, and Owner/Chef Dominique Tougne of Chez Moi has created an entrée option for Faust. Diners will have the option of ordering the prix-fixe dinner or the featured chef’s entrée with sides, garnish, and accoutrements.  

The featured chef or restaurateur will be on hand to greet diners in The Pedersen Room on one performance date during each opera’s run (as their schedules permit).

Pre-Order Drinks at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Refreshments & Additional Dining

Skip the line! Did you know you can pre-order your beverages for intermission?  Take advantage of pre-ordering refreshments at any of the bars or restaurants and pick them up at intermission.

If you purchase a Lyric souvenir cup at one of our many bars, you’re permitted to bring your drink into the theater with you. 

Lyric Opera of Chicago offers refreshments for purchase before performances and during intermissions in the restaurants and throughout the Lyric Opera House. Specialty cocktails are offered throughout the season — stop by one of our bars to see the current cocktail offerings!

Additionally, there are numerous restaurants near the Lyric Opera House for pre-opera meals. Browse a list of recommendations.