Florian Opera Bistro

Florian Opera Bistro at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Florian Opera BistroCasual — yet chic and eclectic, too. Delight in the European bistro atmosphere and choose from gourmet sandwiches, savory tarts, salads, soups, and desserts. Full wine, beer, coffee, and bar service available.

For evening performances, refreshments will be available during intermissions. For matinees, refreshments will be available during intermissions and post performance.

Please note that the Florian Opera Bistro is only open to patrons who hold tickets for that day's performance. Entry to all restaurants is through the Civic Opera House after presentation of tickets.  

Reservations are available for the 4:45 seating on evening performance.  You must arrive within 20 minutes of your scheduled reservation in order to be guaranteed your table. Please call 312-827-5700 to make your reservations.

As always, walk-in dining is available during all restaurant hours.



Soupe du jour  $6.50
served with fresh bread

Cheese Plate  $9.50
Artisanal selections, served with roasted almonds and dried apricot

Fresh Fruit  (v) (gf)  $6.50

Mini Sandwiches, served with mixed green salad or Bistro chips
Select any three

Middle Eastern Chicken
Chicken salad, cucumber, and grapes with honey-tahini dressing and toasted sesame seeds

Mushroom Stifatho (v)
mushroom, red bell pepper, and onion ragout, mizuna, roasted garlic toum

Beef Kibbeh
cinnamon spiced ground beef patties, muhammara, and mint


Served with mixed green salad or Bistro chips

Smoked Salmon  $13.50
thinly sliced smoked salmon with fava bean hummus, mint, shredded romaine and sumac

Lamb Shawarma  $13.50
braised lamb belly, pickled red cabbage, tahini, toasted sesame seeds and cilantro on a warm pita

Vegetarian (v)  $13.50 
herb marinated grilled yellow squash and green zucchini, haloumi cheese, arugula, mint and harrisa aioli on a talera roll


Grilled Beef Salad  (gf)  $15.00
ras el hanout marinated grilled flank steak with romaine leaf, bulgar wheat, minced parsley, garlic, lemon, cherry tomatoes and sherry-oregano vinaigrette

Grilled Shrimp Salad  (gf)  $14.00
cumin scented grilled and chilled prawns, mizuna, fresh coriander, mint, shaved pearl onions, chilled brown rice, peas and roasted tomato-coriander vinaigrette

Chicken Shawarma Salad  (gf)  $14.00
sliced chicken breast with oak leaf lettuce, shredded red cabbage, israeli pickles, green onions, fava beans, shaved radish and tzatziki dressing

The Lyric Salad  (v)  $11.00
artisanal greens tossed with cucumber, tear drop tomatoes, marinated chickpea, shaved red onions, creamy tahini dressing and falafel


Served with mixed green salad or Bistro chips

Eggplant, Spinach, and Feta Cheese  (v) $13.00

Black Olive, Roasted Tomato, and Caramelized Onions  (v)  $13.00

Beef Sausage Sujuk, Potato and Green Onion  $13.00


Cinnamon Apple Crostata  $8.75
toffee sauce, crème Chantilly, apple chips

Pecan Tart $8.75
vanilla bean whipped cream, orange bourbon sauce

Opera Cake  $8.75
almond cake, whiskey-chocolate ganache, espresso buttercream, chocolate glaçage

The New Freud’s Fantasy  $7.75
chocolate banana cream tart, rum Chantilly cream, cocoa reduction coffee

Cookie Plate  $7.50
Renée’s spicy ginger cookie, Sir Andrew’s apricot sable cookie, along with a Mason’s Macaroon

(v) vegetarian   (gf) gluten free