Level 257 | Other Suburbs North | Arcade bar, American, Contemporary/Regional | Bar
This Pac-Man-themed restaurant (and arcade and bowling alley) in Woodfield Mall serves a pricey menu of apps, pizzas, sushi, and entrees, like the "Filet Mig-nom."

Our Review

Would it surprise you to learn that the food at Level 257, a gargantuan Pac-Man-themed Dave & Busters-style arcade-slash-bowling alley-slash-restaurant in Woodfield Mall, isn’t very good? Maybe not, but I was misled by a declaration on the website that says food is the centerpiece of the entire experience. On a Saturday night at 7:30 PM, the restaurant is packed and loud as hell—lots of large parties, lots of birthdays. A friendly server pitched us their craft cocktails, most of which feature a juice, all of which he told us are squeezed fresh every day. A lot of the drinks are on the sweet side, but a Split Screen, with apple vodka, grapefruit juice, St-Germain, and bitters, is refreshing and not too terribly saccharine. An order of meatballs, each one topped with spicy marinara and a gob of fresh mozzarella, is pretty unremarkable, but disappeared a lot faster than the tiki rumaki, skewers of spongy beef wrapped around slick loogies of cheese. The filet mignon—served with the ill-concieved Donkey Kong potato—was tender, well seasoned, and properly cooked, as it should be for $34. Large enough to share among two or three people, the $15 Italian sausage pizza is a substantially better value. Unfortunately, it’s bad. Even Pac-Man would’ve been left with heartburn.

Gwynedd Stuart

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