Restaurants & dining
Lyric Opera of Chicago is the home of three wonderful restaurants where patrons may enjoy onsite dining before their opera performance.
The William B. and Catherine Graham Room is Lyric's luxurious home for annual contributors at the Distinguished Patron level. Enjoy innovative cuisine by Calihan Catering, an extraordinary wine list, and superb service in an exclusive setting.
Lyric is excited to announce a new dining partnership with Toasted Hospitality this season that will result in an elevated dining experience for Lyric patrons and beyond. As a part of this partnership, both of Lyric's public restaurants are undergoing renovations and are not available during the opening productions of the season.
The Florian, Lyric's third floor restaurant, will provide an elegant, prix fixe dining experience, exclusively for Lyric Opera patrons. The Pedersen Room at street level on Wacker Drive provides a window into the historic opera house, and will become an all-day coffee shop and whiskey bar focusing on chef-driven, casual, lunch and happy hours. The Pedersen will be open to the public and will provide special access for opera patrons around performance times.
The William B. and Catherine Graham Room
An unparalleled dining experience, The William B. and Catherine Graham Room's innovative cuisine by Calihan Catering and superb, friendly service provide a sophisticated setting reserved for Lyric's annual contributors at the Distinguished Patron level.
Refreshments and additional dining
Lyric Opera of Chicago offers refreshments for purchase before performances and during intermissions in our 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!
Please note that Lyric’s bars are now entirely cashless. We accept all major credit cards and Apple Pay.
Outside food and beverages may not be brought into the Lyric Opera House (bottled water is permitted), but no food or drink may be brought into the theater this season due to public health and facial mask requirements.
Additionally, there are numerous restaurants located near the Lyric Opera House for pre-opera meals or drinks. Browse the local dining list here.
Cheers! champagne bar
A glass-clink of champagne is the perfect complement to your elegant outing out at Lyric. Cheers! champagne bar serves an exclusive assortment of French Champagnes, international and domestic sparkling wines, Bellinis, mimosas, and sparkling cocktails.
Find Cheers! in the Rice Grand Foyer, between Aisles 3 and 4, directly across from the grand staircase. Cheers! and all Foyer & Lobby bars will be open with the opera house, an hour before each performance, through the end of intermission.
Photos: Kyle Flubacker, Todd Rosenberg, Jaclyn Simpson