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About Beacon Tavern
Beacon Tavern is Chicago's newest riverside destination for American fare. Described as "a hidden gem” by Chicago Tribune’s Phil Vettel, Beacon Tavern offers dining in a casually-upscale setting steps from the Chicago riverfront and the Magnificent Mile. Guests at Beacon Tavern enjoy spectacular city views through floor-to-ceiling windows, and an expansive outdoor patio offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle on Michigan Avenue and throughout River North.
Beacon Tavern is known for elevated interpretations of tavern classics, seafood-forward dishes, and a host of thoughtfully curated cocktails, wines and beers.
Accessible from Upper Wabash and Upper Michigan Avenue, Beacon Tavern is nestled in the walkway between the Wrigley Building and Trump Tower.
Beacon Tavern is a Gage Hospitality Group restaurant. Sister restaurants include: The Gage, Acanto, Coda di Volpe and The Dawson.
Chicago, IL 60611
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 & Sunday: 10am - 4pm
Upper Wabash in the walkway between Wrigley Bldg & Trump Twr
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking is available at AMA Parking Garage accessible from 330 North Wabash, across the street from Trump Tower and 405 North Wabash Avenue. Parking validations for $10 for up to 3 hours are available at the host stand at Beacon Tavern.
There are a variety of other parking garages in close proximity to Beacon Tavern. We recommend exploring the Spot Hero app to discover your options.
CTA Red Line - 3 blocks to Grand Avenue/State Street stop
CTA Michigan Avenue bus lines - less than 1 block
CTA Grand Avenue bus - 2 blocks to Grand/Wabash Avenue stop
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Beacon Tavern Ratings and Reviews
Ceviche was an amazing and unique blend, very flavorful, delightful. Mussels were also wonderful, similar to my previous experience that made me a Gage fan. Peter was attentive and friendly and offered great recommendations and made it a very pleasant experience. I will be back!
Really a great place especially for seafood. It is really pretty without being fussy, has wonderful outdoor seating and can open large windows so you can be inside and feel like you are outside. It is set back from the street so you have a sense of serenity but the place still has energy. It never fails, no matter whom I host there.
I took my wife for her birthday , she ordered duck ($43) and was served a very small portion which contained grissle. She sent it back and was served another portion which was over cooked. Our waiter was more interested in serving and talking with 2 young ladies which made us feel forgotten. Bad experience would not go back.
The entrees are quite pricey, so we shared everything. Happy Hour was on until 6, so we got two drinks and crab dip to start.
We then ordered the shrimp toast and a half-dozen raw oysters. The shrimp toast, we agreed, was one of the best things we'd ever tasted. Sitting on a round and thick slice of crustless bread that seemed to have bathed for days in opulent butters from exotic locations around the world, and which melted in your mouth, was a pile of shrimp and some greens. Absolutely delicious, and served with a side plate of shrimp heads.
The oysters we ordered were half from the east coast and half from the west. I can't say they were the best oysters I'd ever had, but they were still great, shucked perfectly, and slid off the shell without any coaxing.
Finally, we shared the catch of the day: halibut. The halibut itself was hearty, meaty, and most importantly, flavorful.
Service was great throughout, and we always had full water glasses.
We almost left without dessert. I'm not really one for dessert. But the "Rocky Road Sundae" sounded interesting to my wife, and we didn't feel like stopping anywhere else for dessert later, so we splurged. Suffice it to say, that sundae was enough to melt all the confectionary-indifference in this guy's heart. Wow! Two-to-three generous dips (total) of two different ice creams (chocolate and probably vanilla) were covered with roasted peanuts, fresh Garrett's popcorn, chocolate syrup that was hesitant and not overdone, and topped by two square (homemade?) marshmallows which were lightly toasted on one side. Again, wow! If I enjoy a dessert, it must either be something special, or I must just be hungry. Given what we'd already eaten, I can assure you it was the former.
The Dilemma: the next time we get a night out on the town, do we bother going anywhere else??
Been there twice. In general, setting, service - excellent!
Food is a tale of two cities.
First time went with friends for brews, apps and burgers. Meatballs, ceviche (unique but good), cheese biscuits, great apps. Burgers perfect. Loved that! Do that!
Second time did the dinner thing and went with entrees. Not so much. Ribs were super salty (corn nuts involved) and impossible to separate (still attached to the sternum which made them really hard to eat without power tools). Fresh catch was ok, but bland. And slaw with the ribs - how can you possibly make a kale slaw salty? Yikes - unexpected for the price.
So my recommendation - go for casual munchies and drinks and fun people-watching. Hit the bar area in the winter. But hop over to The Kitchen or any of the other great nearby restaurants for a nice dinner.
We had a few drinks and appetizers at the bar and then got seated. We got a table in the back room. There's a better vibe in the front with there with open air seating. When I booked I thought we would be overlooking the river, but that wasn't the case. Waiter was exceptional. Food was good!
I had heard Beacon Tavern was a Chicago hidden gem. It did not disappoint… The food was fresh and delicious, presentation was lovely, and they had a great wine list. They gave us a complementary birthday dessert which was unlike anything I've ever had and equally delicious as the rest of the meal. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
We were impressed! The space is beautiful, the service was perfect and the food was VERY good. Each course was interesting and the flavors were sublime. We especially loved the fresh tomatoes with blue cheese and a light dressing. The biscuits were good and the broccoli with creme fresh and spices was excellent. It is near the river walk and Mag mile and made a perfect pre-concert dinner.
Outstanding food, service, ambiance. This was my third time there and I always look forward to the meal and experience. Our waitress was awesome: friendly, helpful, responsive. I really look forward to returning to Chicago and having another great meal at Beacon Tavern.
Beacon has a terrific atmosphere outside for people watching and the location is terrific, just off Michigan Ave and near the river. Menu is creative and the wait staff were really nice. Beer after work, birthday or business dinner- surprised Beacon doesn't get more publicity.
A friend recommended Beacon Tavern, it is truly a hidden gem! We had an awesome experience and would definitely return! Service and food was great -- my family enjoyed a memorable evening. We sat inside, next time will check out patio seating--looks lovely!
Beacon Tavern is a recent discovery for us and this was our second visit. We were not disappointed either time. While the menu is limited, each item is interesting and tempting.
We do wish there was a more reasonable wine policy. $49 for a good bottle of wine is fine, but for an ordinary wine a bit pricy.
The service and setting were great but the food wasn't very good, im sorry to say. My ceviche was bland and watery and the halibut was unseasoned. The wine was good though and I'd go again just to sit outside. I'd probably order a burger next time, it's supposed to be really good.
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