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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.

405 North Wabash
Chicago, IL 60611
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Dining style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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 & Sunday: 10am - 4pm

Cross street:
Upper Wabash in the walkway between Wrigley Bldg & Trump Twr

Dress code:
Casual Dress

Price range:
$30 and under

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 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.

Public Transport:
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

Executive Chef:
Bob Broskey

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.4

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4.5

value

4.0

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Scenic View (39)
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Good for a Date (37)
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Creative Cuisine (29)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Brunch (25)
Bar Seating (25)
Special Occasions (24)
Sunday Lunch (23)
Romance (22)
Comfort Food (21)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Happy Hour (20)
Group Bookings (18)
Waterfront (18)
Fun (18)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
People Watching (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Cosy (16)
Notable Wine List (15)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Local Ingredients (14)
Healthy (14)
Authentic (14)
Hot Spot (12)
Seasonal (10)
Worth the Drive (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Modern Decor (6)
Open Kitchen (5)
Child Friendly (5)
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Tasting Menu (4)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Great restaurant in a lovely location. The food and wine selections were outstanding.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Definitely a hidden gem!! Relaxing, beautiful evening Food and service were excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

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!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

We had a wonderful time Saturday afternoon at Beacon. Eating outside, the table was buffered from the walkway with a nice large planter. Because of the location, there is no traffic to listen to while dining. Our waiter was delightful,

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Such amazing presentation and execution of a perfect meal. What pristine service, will be coming again!

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 (Houston)·Dined 6 days ago

Baked bre was delicious. Ceviche was very salty and different. The outdoor dining was nice and a great location but thinking there may be better alternatives for the price and same experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on 10 August 2017

Rainy so even though we had a reservation in the dining room, we chose to sit in the bar area. A bit noisier than the dining room but fun and despite the rain we sat next to a large open window and watched the rain. Food and service always good here.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on 10 August 2017

Meatball appetizer were delicious. Cesar salad was good too. Menu was a bit limited in selection.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on 10 August 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on 10 August 2017

Good meal though we didn't have a lot of dishes. Two plates of roasted chicken (yummy crispy skin and perfectly prepared) plus a burger then two nice desserts. Service was excellent by Joshua. Nice ambience too.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 10 August 2017

Not a lot of options, but everything our group of six had was excellent. A little noisy but not bad. Warm and appealing ambiance. Fair prices. Excellent halibut and just-right-to-split and yummy blueberry tart.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Miami)·Dined on 8 August 2017

The Green Chili burger was amazing ! We went there twice just for that. Appetizers were great. Not so happy with dinner. Dessert also great!

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 7 August 2017

Food was not good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on 7 August 2017

Our server, Joshua was terrific! The food was good but I prefer one of Billy's other restaurants, The Gage which is more in line with my gastronomic tastes.
The atmosphere in the restaurant is sleek & inviting; love the bar!
Not for kids!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Healthy, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on 5 August 2017

Really nice evening. Our server was attentive and fun. The food was scrumptious. Thanks.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on 5 August 2017

Alfresco dining in a lovely location with great food (scampi appetizer in particular), and very nice service. Inside dining area is great looking as well.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on 5 August 2017

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.

Tags: Seasonal
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on 5 August 2017

Delicious burger, attentive server.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on 4 August 2017

Great food and wonderful staff. Since it is tucked back off the Main Street, it was busy yet quiet and relaxed. The ambiance and atmosphere were perfect.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 2 August 2017

Always enjoy my meals at Beacon Tavern. Excellent Food, great ambiance. I love to sit inside at the bar, by the windows. Best of both worlds.

Tags: Waterfront, Happy Hour
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·Dined on 2 August 2017

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??

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Fun, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on 30 July 2017

Found this gem on Open Table... Was pleasantly surprised how good the food was... Had Sunday brunch with family & everyone loved what they had... unusual combinations that worked well together.. Would go back!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on 30 July 2017

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.

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·Dined on 29 July 2017

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!

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 (Naples)·Dined on 29 July 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Denver)·Dined on 29 July 2017

My favorite part of the meal was the dessert. We especially enjoyed the chocolate/ banana dessert, more than enough for our table of four. ($20) It was very creatively served and delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on 29 July 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on 28 July 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on 28 July 2017

Nice restaurant. Concise menu for both food and drink. The waitress was knowledgeable about the menu. We sat outside, and had faint whiff's of the sewage system which is out of their control, but otherwise had a pleasant time. Would recommend again

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 28 July 2017

Food is good and the service is very good. The noise level inside can be loud but not uncomfortable. Great place for a business lunch or pre/post event dining. Prices are reasonable. Outside dining is nice. Would definitely recommend to others.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on 27 July 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, People Watching
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 23 July 2017

I'm disappointed and frankly surprised at the lack of vegetarian options. All three of our entrees were just OK. For that price point I was hoping for better. The service was very good, but the meal was average.

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·Dined on 22 July 2017

Surprised by all the positive reviews, especially for the money. Would call the whole experience very average. Most distracting: one of the hostesses was on a constant circuit monitoring tables with her iPad. Must be a better way to turn tables.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 17 July 2017

Food was great. Service was good, but a tad bit slow. This is one of my favorite restaurants, so I will be back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on 14 July 2017

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 14 July 2017

Food was ok. Great service. Waiter said he was new but was very atttentive

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 9 July 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 8 July 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 2 July 2017

The burgers were delicious and the location is fantastic.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 27 June 2017

Fish and chips are great. Wine was good but overpriced for the amount served in the glass.

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