Dine at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Dining options at Lyric Opera of Chicago

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

Lyric is proud to partner with Jewell Events Catering for the casual and chic Florian Opera Bistro and the elegant Sarah and Peer Pedersen Room. Our servers have experienced premium customer-service training to make your dining experience a pleasure from start to finish.

The William B. and Catherine Graham Room is Lyric's luxurious home for annual contributors of $7,500 and above. Enjoy innovative cuisine by Calihan Catering and an extraordinary wine list in an exclusive club atmosphere with private lounges and cloakroom. 

Whether you’re a regular at one of our on-site restaurants, or have never joined us for a meal, you’re invited to experience dining at Lyric for yourself. A glass-clink at our champagne bar 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 contemporary-classic menu by Jewell Events Catering. Complete with a full bar, the Bistro is the perfect place to enjoy a light pre-performance meal or a glass of wine during intermission.

Reservations recommended, walk-ins welcome based on availability.
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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 afternoon or evening out at Lyric. The Pedersen Room Restaurant features a sophisticated seasonal prix-fixe menu by Jewell Events Catering.

Reservations required.
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The William B. and Catherine Graham Room

The William B. and Catherine Graham Room

Reserved for members only, the Graham Room's innovative cuisine and impeccable service provide a sophisticated setting for Lyric's most generous patrons. Complimentary valet parking is also included with your membership.

Reservations and membership required (American Airlines Mezzanine level)
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Cheers! Champagne Bar

Cheers! Champagne Bar

Stop by Cheers! champagne bar 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, 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.

Afternoon tea

Afternoon Tea

Before every Sunday matinee performance, you can enjoy pre-opera tea service for $40 ($49 with one glass of sparkling wine) at cozy tables on the mezzanine level of the Lyric Opera House. Additional glasses of sparkling wine may be purchased at $11/glass.

Seatings are available at 11:45am and 1pm* with advance reservations required. Service will include signature pastries, finger sandwiches, and the finest Kilogram teas. Call 312.827.5600 to reserve today!

*Please note that for the Sunday matinee of Siegfried, there will be one seating at 12pm.

Celebration Package

Make a special occasion even more memorable by pre-ordering two glasses of bubbly plus a shareable piece of flourless chocolate cake ($30), to enjoy at a mezzanine highboy table during intermission. Call 312-827-5600 or choose your date from the calendar here up to 72 hours in advance to reserve.

Pre-Order Drinks at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Refreshments & Additional Dining

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!

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.

NEW: You can now pre-order a drink or snack to pick up before your performance or during intermission from one of two convenient locations on the Main or 4th Floor.
  • Just download the new Lyric Opera Drink app from the App Store or Google Play and create your account.
  • On the date of your performance, make your selection.
  • Choose when and where you'd like to pick up your order — it's that simple! 
Orders must be completed one hour before curtain time.

Did you know that you can take beverages to your seat during Lyric performances? Lyric commemorative cups are available at beverage concessions on all floors, which may be taken in to enjoy during the show. Wine and opera — an unbeatable duet!

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