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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)

Happy Hour:
Monday - Friday: 3pm - 6pm

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

Beacon Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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Food was tasty and presented nicely but ...

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Food was tasty and presented nicely but menu was limited and noise from bar was louder than a jet engine! Impossible to have a conversation.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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food5
ambience4
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Delicious oysters. Best mussels I've eve ...

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Delicious oysters. Best mussels I've ever had. Helpful, accommodating service. Comfortable room. Nice spot for a pre-theater dinner.

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food5
ambience5
service5
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Outstanding and Alex the bartender ROCKE ...

 
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Outstanding and Alex the bartender ROCKED...he makes the best Manhattans!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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food4
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service5
value4

Absolutely fun night...warm atmosphere-g ...

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Absolutely fun night...warm atmosphere-good food-Great waiter George.. will be back.

Tags: Happy Hour, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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food4
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service5
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Cozy yet modern spot near the river and ...

 
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

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!

Tags: Fireplace, Handcrafted Cocktails, Open Kitchen, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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service5
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Restaurant is warm and inviting, the ser ...

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 12 February 2017

Restaurant is warm and inviting, the service team was outstanding. They gave great recommendations on appetizer and entree portions suggesting things to share. The whole team made you feel at home.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Fireplace, Cozy
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service5
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This restaurant is just off Michigan Ave ...

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 12 February 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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food4
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service2
value3

Cozy feeling place; really like the smal ...

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on 12 February 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot
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food5
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service5
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The food is amazing. The service is amaz ...

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 11 February 2017

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!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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food4
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service4
value4

A really attractive nice spot. A little ...

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 10 February 2017

A really attractive nice spot. A little hard to find from Wabash, although that is the address. Best to come from Michigan Avenue through the Wrigley Building promenade.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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service5
value4

Comfortable, stylish space. Great desser ...

vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on 9 February 2017

Comfortable, stylish space. Great desserts and food

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Fireplace
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My girlfriends and I just went to Beacon ...

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on 9 February 2017

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!

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Casual, Great for Lunch
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food5
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service5
value5

Delicious food and excellent service. Be ...

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on 8 February 2017

Delicious food and excellent service. Be sure to get the cheddar cheese biscuits to start.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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food5
ambience4
service5
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a really nice upscale bar and restaurant ...

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on 7 February 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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food5
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Always great, the wait staff is exceptio ...

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 5 February 2017

Always great, the wait staff is exceptional and the host staff always makes me feel welcome

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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food4
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service5
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All of Billy Lawless' restaurants, inclu ...

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on 5 February 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour
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food5
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We had reservations for 8:15 but we did ...

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on 4 February 2017

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.

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service4
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Was excited to find Beacon Tavern while ...

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 3 February 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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food3
ambience4
service4
value4

Enjoyed the Maine Lobster dish, which wa ...

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on 3 February 2017

Enjoyed the Maine Lobster dish, which was very flavorful. However, lobster was chewy, thus I expect over cooked. Due to a business dinner, this was not brought to the waiter's attention.

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food5
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service5
value5

A gem in River North hidden behind Wrigl ...

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 2 February 2017

A gem in River North hidden behind Wrigley Building

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Cozy, Healthy, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access
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food5
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service5

My good friend and I have an annual trad ...

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on 1 February 2017

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.

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service4
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Great brunch!

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 29 January 2017

Great brunch!

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food5
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service5
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Everything was amazing! Totally impresse ...

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on 29 January 2017

Everything was amazing! Totally impressed and will be back!

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Modern Decor, Quiet Conversation
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Wonderful brunch place, great atmosphere ...

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on 29 January 2017

Wonderful brunch place, great atmosphere, excellent service and outstanding food.

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, People Watching, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good for Groups
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Always a great meal. George our server w ...

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on 29 January 2017

Always a great meal.

George our server was fantastic!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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Excellent attentive service with great p ...

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on 28 January 2017

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!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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Enjoyed Restaurant Week menu for brunch. ...

vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on 28 January 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Brunch
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food5
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service5
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Great find. Food was delicious and resta ...

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on 28 January 2017

Great find. Food was delicious and restaurant was very comfortable

Tags: Hot Spot, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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The menu was impressive, especially the ...

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on 27 January 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Modern Decor, Casual
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Bravo to Beacon Tavern for providing a g ...

 
 (Des Moines)·Dined on 26 January 2017

Bravo to Beacon Tavern for providing a great dining experience. Very efficient and attentive service. Best burger in Chicago.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Outstanding Value
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Very friendly hostess and server. Food ...

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 23 January 2017

Very friendly hostess and server. Food was good and had things not on all lunch menus. Presentation was also very good. We were very pleased and would go back.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fireplace
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Great food but very quiet. It was late o ...

vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on 23 January 2017

Great food but very quiet. It was late on a Sunday, though.

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Dinner with a group of 5 at Beacon Tave ...

 
 (Des Moines)·Dined on 22 January 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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What a wonderful restaurant. The attenti ...

vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on 22 January 2017

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.

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The ambience was great! I loved the rea ...

 
 (Denver)·Dined on 21 January 2017

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.)

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Romantic
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food4
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service4
value3

Brings that olde New England charm to ch ...

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 20 January 2017

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
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service3
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Nice atmosphere but just average brunch ...

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 15 January 2017

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.

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We went to Beacon Tavern for Sunday brun ...

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on 15 January 2017

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
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service3
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Small menu with Good food. Interesting ...

vip
 (Chicago)·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
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Great spot with great service. Thank yo ...

vip
 (Chicago)·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
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