The well-known restaurant group Boka, hopes to continue its Chicago success with its newest Gold Coast based restaurant Somerset, located in a prime location, next to the new Viceroy Hotel. The minted restaurant seats 180 people inside with sky-high ceilings, plus 90 al-fresco. Somerset, in hues of blue with nautical styling, aims for a 60’s yacht club vibe.
To pay homage to the former seedy and perhaps questionable reputation of prior tenants at the 1112 N State street location, the out of place neon sign for the Cedar Hotel hangs dominantly on the second floor. Despite the locations prior patrons of intoxicated college kids, Somerset hopes to attract a more refined crowd.
Wood-grilled fare is at the menu’s center stage, with dishes like roast chicken and for a limited time, a fried chicken basket. If you’re thinking, “Yea, but what about the dessert?” you won’t be disappointed. Coveted pastry chef Meg Galus led the charge for delectable delicacies.