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About Beacon Tavern
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.
Chicago, IL 60611
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
One of my favorites in Chicago....hands down! Beacon Tavern is a hidden, riverfront gem tucked away behind the Wrigley building. It is really such a great "secret" that I almost hate to share it via a review...for fear that everyone will find it!
Beacon Tavern has a wonderful, cozy ambiance akin to its sister property The Gage...although brighter and more airy (especially when the big windows facing the river are open). It's unique view of the Chicago river and the urban cityscape are magical.
Fish is their speciality...but I love it all...from their beautiful Old Fashioned and craft cocktails to their melt in your mouth cheese biscuits, one of the best burgers in Chicago...and, of course the whole chicken! Possibly the most innovative, best whole chicken in Chicago--bar none.
The same innovative spirit and attention to detail that makes Beacon Tavern's food so remarkable---is applied to their approach to wine...and I kinda love it. Their sommelier has created a unique half-bottle program that encourages you to "play" and "experiment" with him. For every two bottles you purchase, you get a 20% discount, which is roughly the equivalent of a full bottle. I always seem to find a new wine to add to my favorites after a night at Beacon Tavern.
Lastly, the staff at Beacon Tavern is not only friendly, professional and well-versed in food+wine---they seem hand-picked to mirror Billy Lawless' ability to make everyone feel like a friend and a "regular".
I plan on being a "regular" at both The Gage and Beacon Tavern for as long as they will have me...and as long as I can still find a seat.
Disappointed. Went on a recommendation from a friend. It almost seemed like we were bothering our server by being there. I was brought the wrong drink and it took 20 minutes for our server to come over to ask if we were ready to order and had to wait for the correct drink. My husband ordered oysters and he said they were tasteless and we had to ask another server for tabasco sauce. We also ordered mussels and they were tasteless too. We did not order any entree's considering the service and tasteless food. I would not recommend this restaurant.
Waiter George was really bad. He was gruff, abrupt and inattentive and seemed very put out by everything. Beacon should be a great little Billy Lawless restaurant/tavern with good food and nice ambience as well but unfortunately, George ruined it for us. Too bad. It was my friend's first time and she will not be back.
Had the 3 hour slow roasted chicken that was rubbery and still raw inside, with a side of baked beans that were the worst I ever had. My wife had the $38 lobster pasta that was basically void of lobster and was floating in 3/4 inches of oil. Did I mention over salted , yep very. $140 out the window sans booze. This had to be the worst of the many bad River North eateries that I've been to in the last 10 years.
This is a gem. The service was impeccable, the room cozy and the food is to die for! The mussels were the biggest and best that we have ever had. Oysters are a little mall but tasted great! Tuna tartare was very good with the sesame crackers on the side. Cheddar biscuits are a must have. The passion fruit chiffon cake with the basil gelato was beautiful and tasted so light and luscious. And have the old fashioned!!!! Everything coming out of the open kitchen looked great so whatever you order, you won't go wrong. The general manager came to our table and chatted with us after our meal - and our waiter was FANTASTIC! Go to this restaurant! We will be back!!
Being that Beacon Tavern is the new kid in my neighborhood, I decided to come and check the place out. We came on a Sunday early evening and was blown away by the transformation of this place (it use to be a McDonald's). The decor is cool with interesting light fixtures throughout the bar area. The big windows, that they had open, allowed the cool lake breeze to keep the restaurant at an enjoyable temperature.
The hostess was friendly and gave us a prime seat by one of the windows in the bar area. Our server, Selin, was very personable. She offered up helpful menu recommendations and seemed to be interested in the Pokemon Go game we were playing.
Drink and food wise we thoroughly enjoyed everything we ordered and agreed this place was a solid 4 on the 1-5 Yelp star scale. I'll definitely be back coming back to Beacon Tavern.
What we had:
*Autostrada was a good drink, but wasn't good enough to have my ordering a second one. 3.5 stars
*Fried Chicken (small plate) was amazeBALLS! The highlight of our dining experience for sure! 5 stars
*Fish & Chips was almost as good as the one I had in London. 4 stars
*Uncle Eric's Roadhouse Burger is definitely a fork and knife burger. They are super generous with the cheese, the onion ring and tangy BBQ sauce put this burger over the top. 4.5 stars
* Ice Cream of the Day was banana, chocolate chip, hazelnut, caramel swirl ice cream and it was delicious!! They should just put this on the menu and be done with it. 4 stars
They sat us at probably the worst table in the restaurant, next to the bathroom and the bus station. People were constantly around our table and we had nothing to look at but the servers. The menu was also limited due to st Patrick's day, my to mention extremely overpriced.
We had a nice casual lunch. I had the quiche Lorraine which came with an exceptionally well made greens salad. My husband had the fried chicken sandwich with piemento cheese spread - all was delicious. We sat at high tables in bar area. Nice atmosphere and pretty decor. I highly recommend this restaurant.
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