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Bridge House Tavern
Bridge House Tavern

Bridge House Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.BridgeHouseTavern.com
  • Phone: (312) 644-0283
  • Hours of Operation: SPRING HOURS

    MONDAY – FRIDAY
    Lunch: 11:00AM – 3:00PM (appetizers from 3:00PM to 4:30PM)
    Dinner: 4:30PM to Close

    SATURDAY
    Brunch: 10:00AM – 3:00PM (appetizers from 3:00PM to 4:30PM)
    Dinner: 4:30PM to Close

    SUNDAY
    Brunch: 10:00AM - 3:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Mark Hemmer
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please contact the event department for all semi-private & private events requests.
    Events@BridgeHouseTavern.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Clark & Chicago River
  • Public Transit: Bridge House Tavern is located 2 blocks North of the Clark/Lake el station.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: The closest parking garage is located less than a block away at Greenway Self Park at 60 W. Kinzie (Clark and Kinzie).
A word from Bridge House Tavern
Bridge House Tavern is located on the river in the heart of the River North neighborhood. The one-of-a-kind location offers a polished tavern feel that allows diners to enjoy comfort food in a casual atmosphere. Some featured menu favorites include; Pig Wings, Bridge House Burger, and Popcorn (laced with honey, bacon, jalapeno and smoked salt). Brunch is served on the weekends and includes items such as Brioche French Toast, Bacon Pancakes, and Smoked Trout Hash. In addition to the 125 person patio on the river level, the outdoor terrace is open on the weekends for appetizers and beverages.

**RESERVATION POLICY: We are unable to guarantee outdoor seating, but you are more than welcome to make the request. All guests must be present to seat the reservation.
Reservations are for full lunch and dinner service. Drinks and appetizers are available in the bar area (inside and oustide) on a first come, first serve basis.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "Great spot if you want good food and a nice view, for a relatively low cost. We had a group of 7 and the accidated us nicely. Would definitely go back. Bruschetta and green bean tempura were awesome!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The service and view are top notch. However, the food is unimaginably bad. I mean really bad."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We ate here this past week, going for the view of the river and to try the food. The view was fine except for all the construction of the new river walk on the opposite side. The manager spoke with us several times and the the waiter was very efficient. We split the pork/shrimp tacos and also the BLT sandwich. Both were very good although a little spicy which seems to be a theme her. Also, the bacon is REALLY thick cut and the ciabatta roll was heated so it was a little on the hard side for my taste. Did not have dessert."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Food and drinks are great, could not ask for a better experience dining right on the river. I would recommend highly to anyone"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The view was great, the service was friendly, but oh god what gross food. The steak was terrible to look at, and don't get me started on how it tasted. I felt so bad because I was treating someone for her birthday, and I treated her to an awful meal. The dessert was a mess too."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Service, food and the ambiance were great. 1/2 price bottles of wine on Thursday's and 1/2 off all oysters everyday between 2-5 make this place a gem. Beautiful river front tables make this a perfect summer lunch spot."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Made the reservation with OpenTable - others on the site had said that the reservation didn't guarantee outdoor seating, so I was a little worried about waiting for 45 minutes on an already late reservation for a Saturday night. No need for my fears though, the server took our reservation even though we showed up 20 minutes early to the restaurant and took us outside to the patio right away. The views of the Chicago River were basically the reason my friend and I wanted to eat there, and it was well worth it (we got to see the sun set over the river while we ate!). The server was friendly and accommodating, making virgin drinks for the under-21's, made good menu recommendations. Food was amazing, we left full and happy."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Enjoyed a great brunch on beautiful morning on the river- would recommend! Can vouch for Rancheros huevos eggs and bacon hotcake( huge!)."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This is the second time we have gone here when we've come into town and it was excellent. Although they don't have a kids menu my kids ordered the pasta & fish & chips. They also have a grilled cheese. All delicious!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Reservations don't matter if you wish to sit outside. Just be forewarned that if you arrive and want to sit outside, you will be placed on the wait list as if you never bothered to make a reservation. Makes Open Table kind of a moot point, doesn't it? Also, server kept referring to a guest who had not arrived yet, as our "joiner." And when our "joiner" arrived, the host desk had no idea who we were even though she gave our reservation name. I think service training is in order. Other than that, Server was friendly. Server was also very knowledgeable about menu. Observed floor manager walk through dining room and loudly ask, "Does anyone know who that new busser is?" Classy, right? Food was great! Place was hopping and very loud."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Great outdoor dining with really good food. Great service."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Marguerite, our server, was great. But this is not a place for groups larger than 4, if you want to dine on the patio. Not accommodating at all. Food is average"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This is not my typical restaurant choice but I meet every few months with a group of friends and the birthday friend wanted to try something along the river. I enjoyed our visit very much. We usually eat very healthy options but we were all in the mood for comfort food. The standout for me was the (healthy) sunflower salad. I also enjoyed the popcorn with honey, jalapenos and ham. Due to the construction across the river, the view wasn't as pretty as it would have been but we enjoyed the boats passing by and on a Tuesday night didn't find the noise from the boats intrusive. We sat at the eastern end of their outside seating and the noise level was minimal. I was very pleasantly surprised and will bring out of town guests there."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Not impress at all they could do better with the great view of the Chicago river. food wasn't the best and service either need more improvement this place but have good potential to be a great brunch place."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Found this casual spot on the water with great food, service and views. The staff was friendly and also bent over backwards as they knew we were pressed for time.. You cannot go wrong with Bridge House Tavern."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The service was very good and the one appetizers we had was out of this world. However, there were party boats, or tour boats going by every few minutes that were so loud you has to stop conversation and basically became the main attraction. We ordered a Cosmo and a dirty martini and neither if these very basic of drinks was good and the menu was very limited and pricey. We ended up eating our appetizer, which was excellent, and left to find better meal options and ambiance."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The food was good, nothing to ride home about. But the outdoor seating along the river was fantastic! A cozy spot I'll definitely be coming back to. The only downside was that it was a windy night so our menus flew away a few times, but no big deal!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Concierge at the Radisson Blu Aqua told us there was nothing on the Riverwalk. Well, was he wrong! We did some internet surfing, thank you Open Table, found the Bridge House Tavern, made OT res. We were a bit early and the restaurant was pretty busy, but the hostess still sat us at a lovely riverfront table. Kevin, our server, was totally informative, yet let us have our time and pace. He was attentive when we needed him and passive when we didn't. And, he had a great personality and sense of humor. The mimosas and bloodies were $5 each and top shelf. I had the benedict and my wife had the BLT with thick sliced Nueces (?) bacon. Both were out of this world. If in Chicago don't miss it and don't necessarily take the concierge's word for it."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Great view, good lunch and brunch spot. Good meditarrenan salad!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We met out of town guest here for brunch and spent 3 hours catching up with them. What a great place to spend a Sunday afternoon - great food, great service and it was a beautiful day in the City."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We were originally seated inside because it had just rained. I love the nautical theme but it's way too loud inside - my girlfriend and I had to yell at each other to be heard. I'd never eat there if I had to sit inside. Outside was nice and our waiter was excellent. Food was good. Views were great."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food, service was gracious and well paced, fun to watch the boats go by. Arrived early in the evening, roughly 5 pm, glad we had reservations so we could be seated outside. A treat in the summertime! Slightly difficult to find the restaurant, need to go down the stairs to the riverwalk level from north side of Clark St. bridge; riverwalk itself doesn't connect all the way through. Overall a nice pre-show experience for us."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We at on the water... Lots of fun and great service"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Great place to watch the boats on the Chicago River. Food is ok. Ambience is great"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Very accomodating, my group was late, stuck in traffic, the staff at Bridge House Tavern was very accomodating and gave us a very nice table on the patio. Great service and food as usual. Definitely recommended during summer time for a nice view over the river."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Bridge House Tavern is a great spot for sitting along the river and enjoying some great drinks! The food isn't that great, but it's definitely a fun atmosphere and the drink menu is pretty darn delicious."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Food was delish, service was great and televisions were all tuned to the game. It was fun to share excitement and great lunch. Love the tavern - will be back soon."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "This was my second visit to Bridge House Tavern. We moved to Chicago and have only been here a couple weeks. The restaurants and food in Chicago are second to none which means lots of competition on the good restaurant front. Bridge House is a great place, good food, wonderful setting, with portions that are pretty large and easily sharable. Be sure to make a reservation as they are normally busy/booked."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We came here after a graduation hungry after sitting and with no where to go. I found this through opentable and booked it last minute! The hosts were nice even though the rest of my family was a bit late they were accommodating and had the table ready for us. We ended up getting a small bite and a pitcher of blueberry Moscow mule while we waited. Our server was patient with us. Finally our party arrived and we ordered some plates to eat, some were shared which I know is annoying but we had a later reservation and wanted to watch the game as well. Unfortunately a few of us didn't love the food but just powered through since we know we had caused some lag. Overall, ambiance amazing! Service, great! Food/drinks, ok definitely not the best."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My sister and I flew in and surprised my parents here for their 30th anniversary. It could not have been more perfect! The staff was so great about helping us with the surprise, the food was excellent, and the ambiance is just out of this world! I would definitely recommend and can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My coworkers and I go out once a month to celebrate each others birthday and we chose the Bridge House Tavern. The atmosphere was great and the beer selection was awesome. I really enjoyed the turkey meatloaf and was surprised by its flavor. I know we will come back to the Bridge House again."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Bridge House after a good first visit. Their wine list is sparse for starters. Our pork belly appetizer was luke warm & had to be redone & still wasn't hot the second time. The roasted chicken was so dry it was hard to eat. We spoke to the chef & was given a second meal. He was very nice as was our waitress. The restrooms smelled like urine and it was not a busy restaurant for a Saturday night. They seem to be still figuring out if they want to be a bar or restaurant. They have a great location with amazing views so I hope they work out their kinks. My suggestion is just to go for drinks and appetizers."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Great patio to sit near the river. My meal was disgusting. So not order the Steak Frites... It is a sloppy mess of overcooked meet in a pasty sauce. I would have sent it back immediately, except our server disappeared for about half an hour. When I pointed out my disappointment with the meal when he finally came by, he said "yeah a lot of people dont like the sauce"... no atempts to bring us another meal or fix the mistake. I ordered a cheese plate instead of the steak and was even disappointed in that dish. Skip the food, get a drink. I would only recommend this place for drinks."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I recommend Bridge House Tavern primarily for it's great spot along the Chicago River. Food was delicious, beverage selection moderate."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We booked through Open Table, site unseen and it was a great choice. The owner greeted us at the host station and was very friendly and very honest about how long it might take for us to wait and get an outdoor table (it was a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon/evening). We never did get outside, but were able to get a table just at the edge of the outdoor space and it was great. Food is good - you will get a lot for your money and won't go away hungry. Be aware that most of the sandwiches are heavy meals - not for the light eater or one checking calories! Drink specials were great and they clearly did not skimp on the alcohol in mixed drinks."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Beautiful view, great food! Went there for brunch and was definitely worth it. Great mimosas! The bacon pancake is HUGE and delicious"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Upscale tavern food with a great view and very friendly service. Nice patio on the river makes for good cocktailing!!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The space is amazing but the service was appalling. The guy tried but I'm sorry your good intentions don't excuse the fact that you're unorganized and unattentive. The food is mediocre but that was because they were only serving brunch and I wanted real food. I might have to go back. The space is amazing so I would go back during week just to sit outside and have a cocktail. But on a weekend afternoon not so happy with the menu."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This restaurant needs more food options or ones that have either a gluten free(besides oysters which were fabulous) or a vegetarian side to it. The atmosphere is great, service is wonderful and the atmosphere is lovely...but since we all need to eat, it would be nice."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "this is a great river restaurant. The owner always present and very approachable. Great food and nice dining area. Can' wait for summer to sit outside and enjoy the boats and river traffic."
    Dined on 5/16/2014