About Beacon Tavern
Chicago, IL 60611
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.
Contemporary American, Seafood, Comfort Food
Hours of operation:
11am - 12am
(Kitchen open until 11pm)
Saturday & Sunday:
10am - 12am
(Kitchen open until 11pm)
Monday - Friday: 3pm - 6pm
Saturday & Sundays: 10am - 4pm
Between Wrigley Bldg and Trump Twr on south side of River Plaza.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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!
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
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Beacon Tavern Ratings and Reviews
Cozy yet modern spot near the river and ...
Cozy yet modern spot near the river and the Wrigley Building. Delicious dinner start to finish. Everything was prepared with great care. I had the striped bass special and was as wowed by the pureed potato and roasted broccoli accompaniment as I was the fish. My sister had the lobster pasta and loved it: the hints of curry and lime were terrific. We also tried the Cheddar Bay biscuits (just get them!), the apple and shaved vegetable salad and the shrimp toast. Our server was extremely personable and gave us a thoughtful wine recommendation. He also told us that they will be opening the windows and having a patio space in the summer. We will definitely be back!
This restaurant is just off Michigan Ave ...
This restaurant is just off Michigan Avenue next to the Wrigley Building. I had not noticed it before, so I think it is new. The banana bread waffles were excellent. They do not list mimosas on their drink or brunch menus, but they do serve them. Our server, Joshua, was excellent. This is definitely a restaurant to stop at again.
Cozy feeling place; really like the smal ...
Cozy feeling place; really like the smaller, limited menu. Short and sweet, but enough variety. Unlike other reviews, our server was mediocre at best. The Valentines Day menu apparently necessitated dropping off some menu items (such as the well-known burger!). We assumed the burger was not available since it was not on the menu. Indeed, it was available, but you had to ask for it (which a server who was on her game would have pointed out). Cheese biscuits are to die for; beer can chicken is excellent. $10 parking is available nearby with validation; the restaurant really is a trick to find.
The food is amazing. The service is amaz ...
The food is amazing. The service is amazing. The coffee (espresso) is horrible. Please just buy a reasonable machine! I love this place but I wish I could have a great cup of espresso with my chocolate croissant!
My girlfriends and I just went to Beacon ...
My girlfriends and I just went to Beacon Tavern for lunch during Restaurant Week. I had read a good review of this restaurant by Phil Vettel, and it did not disappoint. We all started with the crab dip appetizer, which was flavorful and fun (came with bag of chips to use for dipping). My friends had the Redfin sandwich and seemed to like it, but I chose the grilled chicken on a bed of zucchini noodles. It had a delicious pesto sauce with fresh basil, buffala mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and a little bit of hot peppers. Wonderful combo of flavors in such a seemingly simple dish. Dessert was a cherry ice cream bar covered in dark chocolate. I will definitely be back with my husband!
a really nice upscale bar and restaurant ...
a really nice upscale bar and restaurant; the space and interior is beautifully done; the menu is varied (something for everyone) and our meals were all delicious; plus the setting in between the Trump Tower and Wrigley Building is really nice and thus off the noisy Michigan Avenue.
All of Billy Lawless' restaurants, inclu ...
All of Billy Lawless' restaurants, including The Gage and Beacon Tavern, are top notch in my book. I had met Billy on a previous trip to Chicago; the food and the staff at The Gage are just outstanding, so good that we have been back on several subsequent trips. This time around, I was looking for a great burger and just happened, via a Google search of "the best Burgers in Chicago", on the Beacon Tavern. Until I saw Billy near the bar, I had no idea that he owned the Beacon Tavern. What a great guy, restaurateur and small business owner. This guy knows what he is doing.
A good eating experience of course starts with the food. The Venison burger at The Gage is super, but we were looking for something different and Uncle Eric's Roadhouse at Beacon is outstanding and highly recommended. Three of us had the Roadhouse burger and another had the fish and chips. All were great.
This was our first time at the Beacon Tavern, but having been to the The Gage on several trips, I can say that there has never been any food or drink item short of great at either.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention atmosphere and the staff at Billy's restaurants. It is obvious that the management team spends time on training, or maybe just hiring an excellent team. The staff is very good at their jobs, pleasant, thorough and attentive and the surroundings are very comfortable.
We had reservations for 8:15 but we did ...
We had reservations for 8:15 but we did not get a table until almost 9. But I have to say Mgmt and host were amazing, very apologetic and sincere. They provided complimentary appetizers and drinks. It appears that people linger in the dining room and after we got seated I understood why. Food amazing, service attentive, ambiance was just perfect. The decor is beautiful and I could not speak high enough of food. Fish fresh, crab tender and sweet, Cornbread the best. And don't skip the cheese biscuits!!! I wish I lived local... this would be our go to place. Will be back on our next visit to Chicago. Thanks for a great dining experience.
Was excited to find Beacon Tavern while ...
Was excited to find Beacon Tavern while just out walking. It's off the major roads, but so worth it. What drew my eye were the taper candles on the tables. No one does that anymore. The decor is great, I could look at it all day. Then there's the food & wine. While highly seafood-focused, I had the lamb and it was delicious. The wine list was excellent and creative. The sommelier has a great sense of humor and was spot on with descriptions and recommendations. Can't wait to go back.
My good friend and I have an annual trad ...
My good friend and I have an annual tradition to try a few restaurants during Chicago Restaurant Week in between our hectic work schedules and I usually select where we dine. After reviewing some of the Restaurant Week menus (for the restaurant's that actually took the time to post the pre-fixe menu) I was pleasantly excited about the menu options and knew that my friend would be also.
We arrived 15 mins late for our reservation but were greeted graciously by both the hostess and manager.
Excellent attentive service with great p ...
Excellent attentive service with great portion sizes for the price. The cocktails really hit the spot with a bit of brunch. If you eat meat, definitely try the sausage. Thanks for the great experience, Beacon Tavern!
Enjoyed Restaurant Week menu for brunch. ...
Enjoyed Restaurant Week menu for brunch. The yogurt panna cotta was delicious, with a nice assortment of fruit (thank you for no melon). Roasted vegetable hash was also great. The French toast was pretty blah, with dry toast and not nearly enough filling to be considered stuffed. Service was attentive. Very pleasant dining room that I would look forward to experiencing for dinner in the future.
The menu was impressive, especially the ...
The menu was impressive, especially the fresh seafood. I ordered fish and chips, but I wish I had tried something more unusual. One complaint was that the food came out too fast and around 6 different people came up to the table throughout the dinner to ask us how everything was, this felt a little aggressive.
Dinner with a group of 5 at Beacon Tave ...
Dinner with a group of 5 at Beacon Tavern. We tried a variety of items, including beef, sea food and lamb. Everyone was pleased with their food. I liked the décor, soft light and simple, more formal than casual atmosphere. Service was excellent.
What a wonderful restaurant. The attenti ...
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.
The ambience was great! I loved the rea ...
The ambience was great! I loved the real candles burning on each table. The wait staff was very friendly yet sophisticated. Try the drink The Escape Artist (it's only only the summer menu, but ask for it as they MAY be able to make it.)
We went to Beacon Tavern for Sunday brun ...
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.
Small menu with Good food. Interesting ...
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.
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