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Sunday, 14 May, 2017

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Join Us on Mother's Day! Celebratory specials will be available, in addition to our full menus, on Sunday, May 14 at Acanto, Beacon Tavern, The Dawson and The Gage.

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

Mon - Wed 4:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 11:00PM

Sat 10:00AM - 2:00PM 4:00PM - 6:00PM

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.

405 North Wabash
Chicago, IL 60611
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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (37)
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Neighbourhood Gem (34)
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Good for Birthdays (26)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Brunch (22)
Happy Hour (21)
Romance (20)
Special Occasions (20)
Modern Decor (18)
Scenic View (18)
Open Kitchen (18)
Business Meals (17)
Comfort Food (17)
Group Bookings (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Authentic (14)
Waterfront (14)
Hot Spot (14)
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Pre/post Theatre (14)
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Outdoor Eating (12)
Fireplace (11)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Special Occasions, Fun, Neighbourhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Romance, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Outdoor Eating, Good for Birthdays, Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Cosy, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Waterfront, Bar Seating, People Watching, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Everything was terrific! Will definitely return soon.

Tags: Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasions, Seasonal, Modern Decor
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

New favorite Sunday Funday spot! Great food, great service and great outdoor space!

Tags: Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Outdoor Eating
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food3
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

1st time for brunch and 2nd time overall. They are a well polished operation. Brunch/lunch options a little limited but all were pleased with their choices. We'll be back.

Tags: Outdoor Eating, Neighbourhood Gem, Comfort Food, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Detroit)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

We've dined here several times and have enjoyed it every time.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Brunch, Lunch, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Neighbourhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on 15 April 2017

So good. We had a memorable experience at Beacon Tavern. I do not have one bad thing to say.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on 10 April 2017

New city in our cross country travels. Highly recommended

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 8 April 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Great Beer
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 8 April 2017

Service was incredible.

Tags: Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on 8 April 2017

The menu was limited and didn't have a huge variety of items like some restaurants in
Chicago.However, the Halibut was very exquisite. Also it is very hard to find and google maps gives u crazy directions for it.

Tags: Neighbourhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 8 April 2017

Nice ambiance, delicious food, great service...will go back again for sure!

Tags: Neighbourhood Gem, Waterfront, Casual, Special Occasions, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Outdoor Eating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on 7 April 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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food5
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 3 April 2017

Great food and great atmosphere

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 2 April 2017

Outstanding in every way. Hidden gem with lovely ambience, terrific food, and warm, attentive service.

Tags: Outdoor Eating, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasions, Neighbourhood Gem, Group Bookings, Cosy, Authentic, Brunch, Scenic View
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 2 April 2017

Great environment, wait staff, and foot. Always a great experience.

Tags: Brunch, Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on 1 April 2017

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!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cosy, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fireplace, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 31 March 2017

LOVE THIS PLACE

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vip
·Dined on 27 March 2017

Really. Bad food. I asked for the Rissotto. And. Was like an outmeal with topping, No flavor no intrgrated. The elements..... nefast...

Tags: Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 24 March 2017

Great service. Good food. Bad seating arrangements.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 24 March 2017

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

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 23 March 2017

Billy's attention to detail and welcoming service lives on at the Beacon Tavern. This is a destination spot for anyone working or traveling near the Mag Mile / River North.

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 (Houston)·Dined on 21 March 2017

Some much better than some so called Michelin restaurant

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 (Chicago)·Dined on 20 March 2017

Food and service were excellent

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Neighbourhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 19 March 2017

Nice decor, cozy, good food options, will definitely go back

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food3
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on 18 March 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 17 March 2017

Best burger in the city!!! Always stellar service. Never disappointed.

Tags: Brunch, Cosy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Outdoor Eating, Good for Birthdays, Group Bookings, Lunch, Neighbourhood Gem, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Great Beer, Waterfront, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on 17 March 2017

One of the best burgers downtown! Oysters were also fresh and delicious. My only "beef" is that they took the standard burger off the menu for some reason. Hoping they come to their senses and put it back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on 17 March 2017

So normally a guiness is $7 but on St. Patrick's day they charge $9 for the same beer. Kinda BS. Secondly, the tables were so damn close to each other it was intrusive... the tables might as well have been connected. what a joke.

Tags: Modern Decor
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 (Austin)·Dined on 16 March 2017

Very enjoyable experience!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on 15 March 2017

Fantastic place to eat,fabulous food!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 14 March 2017

The service was good and the meal was good but the presentation was bad. I had the crab legs and they were just on the plate just like they came out of the steamer . There was no thought given to the way they were presented which is important to me.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 13 March 2017

The ambiance was awesome. It was a little disappointing that they didn't have most of the beers on the menu, only the Revolution ones. There were generous pours on the wine though!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on 12 March 2017

Place was a great find for a nice Saturday evening dinner. Had the "daily-catch"...swordfish, it was unbelievably good. My father had the pasta topped with Maine lobster, Thank God he let me try some, it was exquisite. Overall, fantastic experience.

Tags: Hot Spot, Group Bookings, Live Sports, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cosy, Happy Hour, Healthy, Special Occasions, Disabled Access, Historic, Neighbourhood Gem, Authentic, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Outstanding Value, Good for a Date, Casual, Outdoor Eating, Fun, Late-night Find
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on 10 March 2017

Great good. Outstanding service. Get the prawns.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on 10 March 2017

The food is ok but the server are not that warm welcome. I'm not sure if the menu changes through season( or maybe change the chef), it's not the menu I saw in yelp reviews. Price is acceptable but not $$ I think. It should be a $$$ restaurant.

Tags: Open Kitchen
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 9 March 2017

Just always solid and tasty and cheery -- a semi-hidden gem just off the mile

Tags: Open Kitchen, Notable Wine List, Group Bookings, Great Beer, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasions, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 5 March 2017

Very creative menu

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 (Chicago)·Dined on 5 March 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on 5 March 2017

Excellent food and service. I dine there frequently, consistently good, highly recommend.

Tags: Cosy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Fun
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