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Sun 10:00AM - 2:00PM 4:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 11:00PM

Mon - Fri 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 11:00PM

Sat 10:00AM - 2:00PM 4:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 11:00PM

About Beacon Tavern

405 North Wabash
Chicago, IL 60611
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Beacon Tavern is Chicago's newest riverside destination for American fare steps from the Chicago Riverfront and the Magnificent Mile. Located in River Plaza, the entrance to Beacon Tavern is west of the Wrigley Building, and can be accessed from both Michigan and Wabash Avenues.

Chef Bob Broskey's menu features elevated interpretations of tavern classics, as well as seafood-forward dishes, including: oysters on the half shell and Hamma Hamma clams.

Familiar American cocktails merged with new techniques, an approachable and thoughtful wine list, and draft beers that mix local craft selections with international offerings are highlights on the libations menu.

Guests of this welcoming go-to gathering spot take in spectacular, unobstructed views of downtown Chicago through floor to ceiling windows while enjoying comfortable, elegantly simple fare.

Dining style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Seafood, Comfort Food

Hours of operation:
Monday-Friday:
11am - 12am
(Kitchen open until 11pm)

Saturday & Sunday:
10am - 12am
(Kitchen open until 11pm)

Brunch:
Saturday & Sundays: 10am - 4pm

Cross street:
Between Wrigley Bldg and Trump Twr on south side of River Plaza.

Dress code:
Casual Dress

Price range:
$31 to $50

Payment options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(312) 955-4226

Website:
http://www.beacontavernchicago.com/

Parking Details:
Parking is available at AMA Parking Garage across the street from River Plaza. Parking validations for $10 for 3 hour parking will be available at our host stand.

We look forward to enjoying the pleasure of your company at Beacon Tavern. Cheers!

Public Transport:
CTA Red Line - 3 blocks to Grand Avenue and State Street stop;
CTA Michigan Avenue bus lines are less than 1 block;
CTA Grand Avenue bus - 2 blocks to Wabash Avenue stop

Executive Chef:
Bob Broskey

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Beacon Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience5
service5
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What a wonderful restaurant. The attenti ...

vip
·Dined 14 hours ago

What a wonderful restaurant. The attention to detail is stunning. Front and back of house are at the top of their game. I had pristine oysters with the best mignonette sauce I've ever had. The rabbit terrine was mind boggling. Petrale sole was perfect. Extremely thoughtful wine list worthy of exploration. Find this restaurant and eat here. You'll be ecstatic you did.

food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Brings that olde New England charm to ch ...

vip
·Dined 3 days ago

Brings that olde New England charm to chicago. Back room quieter for conversation. Great food. Try the biscuits!

Tags: Romantic, Historic, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
food3
ambience5
service3
value2

Nice atmosphere but just average brunch ...

vip
·Dined 7 days ago

Nice atmosphere but just average brunch dishes. Delicious looking quiche was on the dry side and a mediocre Monti cristo. Pricey drinks too. I expect better better. I love Billy Lawless restaurants.

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

We went to Beacon Tavern for Sunday brun ...

 
·Dined 7 days ago

We went to Beacon Tavern for Sunday brunch while visiting friends who live downtown. Although a little difficult to find, the hunt was well worth the effort. Beautiful hand-made croissants, and good entree selections for brunch. The best thing was the quiet pace and environment that allowed for relaxing conversation and no need to hurry out of there. I would definitely go back for a quiet respite.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Kid-friendly
food4
ambience5
service3
value4

Small menu with Good food. Interesting ...

vip
·Dined on 15 January 2017

Small menu with Good food. Interesting take on some basics plus creative seasonal Offerings. Beer can chicken very moist and tasty! Nice wines and cocktail options. comfortable, spacious dining room and more conversation friendly than most new venues. Server and staff very knowledgeable and personable. For a quiet, early Saturday seating we felt rushed to place our order and the food came out too fast for a leisurely dinner.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Seasonal
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great spot with great service. Thank yo ...

vip
·Dined on 15 January 2017

Great spot with great service. Thank you Victoria, Kevin and Kayla

I'll be back

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Live Sports, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Bar Seating
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Very tight quarters between tables. Goo ...

vip
·Dined on 14 January 2017

Very tight quarters between tables. Good service through most of meal then seemed to tail off at the end. Will give it another try.

Tags: Good for a Date
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

The food and service were both great. Th ...

 
·Dined on 14 January 2017

The food and service were both great. The server was funny and was accommodating when I asked if a Bellini was possible--it wasn't, but the improvised hibiscus mimosa was excellent. I wish the banana bread waffles had more banana slices on them, but they were also excellent.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Very pleasant brunch both the food and t ...

vip
·Dined on 14 January 2017

Very pleasant brunch both the food and the service. Sat in the bar section with great outside view. Enjoyed the banana waffle and veg Omellette. Service was excellent.

food3
ambience5
service4
value2

My first visit. My wife had the Beer Ca ...

 
·Dined on 14 January 2017

My first visit. My wife had the Beer Can Chicken which was a bit on the dry side. I had the burger which tasted great. Flavorable and juicy which made the bottom half of the bun soggy and a challenge to hold. Fries were over salted and unfortunately the two onion rings that came with the burger were greasy. I realize it's downtown Chicago but felt the entrees were somewhat pricey. Will give it another try in the future. Hoping for a better experience next time.

Tags: Happy Hour
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

I love this place. I enjoyed the food, ...

 
·Dined on 14 January 2017

I love this place. I enjoyed the food, ambience and service. Go!!

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Bar Seating
food1
ambience2
service2
value1

We came to celebrate a special occasion ...

vip
·Dined on 13 January 2017

We came to celebrate a special occasion for our daughter and asked for a special request which was told would be honored when they were seating us. They never did it. Food was also heavy handed on the salt and overpriced for what it was. It's a neighborhood spot and we have really wanted to root for it. But incredibly disappointing with this last visit.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

He does it again! Outstanding food impec ...

vip
·Dined on 12 January 2017

He does it again! Outstanding food impeccable and affable service with the utmost care and appreciation for quality food. Amazing atmosphere, I can't speak enough to the greatness.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Fun, Organic
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

My boyfriend and I went for brunch on a ...

 
·Dined on 8 January 2017

My boyfriend and I went for brunch on a chilly Sunday morning and were met with a warm welcome by the staff, who were pleasant and attentive without being saccharine or hovering. The food had bold but balanced flavors, and was fresh. We didn't get any beverages except coffee, but they had an impressive bourbon selection and we would love to check out Beacon Tavern again at happy hour or in the evening. The decor was fantastic too! We both are looking forward to going back.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Great for Brunch, Modern Decor, Great for Lunch
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

Went for brunch. Menu could be a little ...

 
·Dined on 8 January 2017

Went for brunch. Menu could be a little more varied but everything was very good and well presented. Service was outstanding. Lovely room and friendly and welcoming staff. Highly recommend and will be back

Tags: Great for Brunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Our experience at Beacon Tavern was exce ...

 
·Dined on 7 January 2017

Our experience at Beacon Tavern was excellent in every sense of the word. The food was delicious and presented in beautiful and creative ways. My husband got the burger, which, when it comes out, you have no idea how to eat it. It's that tall. I had the lobster pasta, which was outstanding. The meal was wonderful and the decor is lovely. Better yet, it was lively enough in the dining room without being unnecessarily loud. Finally, the waitstaff is incredible. The bussers are on top of their jobs, and we have a standing request to be seated in George Y.'s section from now on.

We enjoyed ourselves so much that we went back the next day, this time ordering the fish and chips and filet. And we had just as wonderful of an experience that night. We plan on making Beacon Tavern a regular spot for sure.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Who would have thought that the old McDo ...

 
·Dined on 5 January 2017

Who would have thought that the old McDonald's would turn into such a delightful restaurant? Beacon is beautifully redone with very high-end finishes, modern but not cold. Food was excellent and creative--I would never have thought that cream of fennel soup could be so subtle and delicious. The cup of soup and half a chicken sandwich was a perfect, and visually beautiful, lunch. Everyone on the staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. I can't wait to try the outdoor patio when the weather gets much, much warmer. I was seated in a lovely booth but one of the tables in the bar facing the water would be wonderful, too.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Modern Decor, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, People Watching, Open Kitchen, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Romantic
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Superlative, as always. The attention to ...

vip
·Dined on 5 January 2017

Superlative, as always. The attention to detail, the creativity of the menu, the cocktails, there's just nothing that the folks at The Beacon don't think about. And, it's all wrapped up in a cozy, comfortable, lovely space. I adore this place.

Tags: Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Casual, Late-night Find, Good for Groups
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Wait staff was super attentive. Went for ...

vip
·Dined on 4 January 2017

Wait staff was super attentive. Went for lunch with two friends. A bit out off of Michigan. Address is a bit deceiving. Great decor. Whoever did the design really nailed it. Haven't been in a space in years that i was as impressed as with Beacon

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
food5
ambience5
service5

Both food and service were outstanding! ...

 
·Dined on 1 January 2017

Both food and service were outstanding! I'd dine here again in a heartbeat.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Beacon just continues to get better and ...

 
·Dined on 1 January 2017

Beacon just continues to get better and better! The food on our visit was outstanding. Very fresh, perfect layering of flavors... oysters at 11 am... why not? It's New Years Day! Chef and GM came by to wish us happy new year. One of my favorite spots. Keep it up Team Beacon!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Fireplace, Pre/post Theatre, Open Kitchen, Great Beer, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

New Year's Eve dining, beautiful and spe ...

 
·Dined on 1 January 2017

New Year's Eve dining, beautiful and special

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Exceptional. It has become our favorite ...

 
·Dined on 1 January 2017

Exceptional. It has become our favorite local spot.

Tags: Cozy, Healthy, Open Kitchen, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Special Occasion, Modern Decor, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
food5
ambience5
service5

Last dinner of 2016 and this place was r ...

 
·Dined on 1 January 2017

Last dinner of 2016 and this place was right for the occasion. Great food, attentive staff in a warm and classic setting.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great spot with good food and warm am ...

 
·Dined on 1 January 2017

Great spot with good food and warm ambience. Excellent , friendly service

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Service and food were outstanding - ever ...

 
·Dined on 31 December 2016

Service and food were outstanding - everything excellent other than the ambiance of wood tables with no linen and staff dressed jeans reduces establishment away from being that "special place".

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Beacon Tavern simply is one restaurant t ...

vip
·Dined on 31 December 2016

Beacon Tavern simply is one restaurant that delivers a quality experience every time. Beverage, food and service are top end. Always top end. It is a place I can trust to deliver each and every time.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Cozy, Casual, Authentic, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
food1
ambience1
service2

Didn't like the food. Restaurant was ver ...

vip
·Dined on 30 December 2016

Didn't like the food. Restaurant was very uncomfortable and not very inviting! Slow service and not worth the price of the meal!!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent choice for a casual nice dinne ...

vip
·Dined on 28 December 2016

Excellent choice for a casual nice dinner with friends. Great martinis and hamburgers. Wonderful onion rings. Warm atmosphere and not loud so you can go with friends and easily have a conversation. Our waiter was attentive and took excellent care of us.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene
food5
ambience5
service5

Staff, food & ambiance all fantastic! W ...

 
·Dined on 28 December 2016

Staff, food & ambiance all fantastic! We tried several seafood dishes that did not disappoint. Pan seared salmon & broccoli over puréed potatoes with browned butter ... best salmon I ever had.

food4
ambience4
service5
value5

a standout. i've been there three times ...

vip
·Dined on 28 December 2016

a standout. i've been there three times and every time has been outstanding

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Cozy
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

If you liked their other restaurant The ...

 
·Dined on 27 December 2016

If you liked their other restaurant The Gage....you will love this one too!

Tags: Late-night Find, Fireplace, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Delicious food and creative bar selectio ...

 
·Dined on 26 December 2016

Delicious food and creative bar selections; attentive service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
food5
ambience5
service5

Great food atmosphere and service.

vip
·Dined on 23 December 2016

Great food atmosphere and service.

food4
ambience5
service4
value4

Lunch with a colleague

vip
·Dined on 22 December 2016

Lunch with a colleague

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Open Table directions to restaurant off ...

vip
·Dined on 20 December 2016

Open Table directions to restaurant off Michigan Ave were spot on. Easy to find.

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

was a few minutes late for our reservati ...

vip
·Dined on 20 December 2016

was a few minutes late for our reservation, but no questions asked and we were seated at a wonderful table next to the fireplace. The waiter let us taste test wines to find the one we liked the best. The fish special, fluke, was wonderful, not too heavy. The quality of the food is superb, as is the ambiance.

At dinnertime they have candles lit on the tables and low lighting, which creates a cozy feeling.

Tags: Casual, Seasonal, Fireplace, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
food5
ambience5
service5

Wonderful setting, delicious food, outst ...

vip
·Dined on 18 December 2016

Wonderful setting, delicious food, outstanding service!

food5
ambience5
service5

Delicious, fresh and flavorful food. Gre ...

 
·Dined on 17 December 2016

Delicious, fresh and flavorful food. Great service as well. Wish I remembered our waiter's name to give him the shout out he deserves. Would definitely recommend.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

We had a fabulous lunch/brunch. And it w ...

vip
·Dined on 17 December 2016

We had a fabulous lunch/brunch. And it was quiet so we could visit with our friends without yelling.

Tags: Casual

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