Municipal Bar + Dining Co.

Municipal Bar + Dining Co.

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.municipalbar.com/
  • Phone: 3129512125x
  • Hours of Operation:
    11:00 AM- 12:00 AM- Monday-Thursday
    11:00 AM- 2:00 AM- Friday-Saturday
    11:00 AM- 12:00 AM- Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American, Burgers
  • Executive Chef: Donald Penza
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: http://municipalbar.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Food-Menu-Website.pdf

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Franklin and Ohio
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is street parking located in front of a restaurant or a parking lot next door which is currently $14.
A word from Municipal Bar + Dining Co.
An upscale sports bar, inspired by the streets of Chicago. Municipal will serve specialty entrees, gourmet burgers, robust seasonal salads, and an assortment of side dishes and appetizers.

The menu is designed to be inviting and encourage sharing of small, medium, and large plates that offer something for every appetite. Menu highlights will include Philly Cheesesteak Eggroll, Stuffed Mozzarella Meatballs, BBQ Chicken Flatbread, Blackened Tuna, Fried Chicken Sliders and more.

Municipal Bar + Dining Company features a broad selection of draft and bottled beers as well as locally brewed craft beers and a great selection of wines and spirits. In addition, the bar will feature an extensive cocktail program that is true to the Chicago-style concept of the bar.
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Municipal Bar + Dining Co. reviews from OpenTable diners
7 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.7
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (5)vibrant bar scene (3)hot spot (2)late-night find (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Decent
    Ryb27VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Decent food. Dead on a Saturday night. It's a great location and great decor. Just needs customers
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome service
    Bg8623
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Received 50 percent off on Tuesday because I am a city worker!!! The waitress was awesome and general manager talked with us about what we did for the city. All around great experience with the best mule menu!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sports bar with a good feel
    MIckJVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Went with a group on a non Hawks night so a lilte slow. Food was decent for a sports bar, better than average. Service was very good. Definitely on the list for a return visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.5
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 41 reviews are from the Municipal Bar + Dining Co. reviews archive.
  • Great place for sports
    Bg8623
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Had an awesome time watching the hawks game there the other night
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went for a Blackhawks play-off game
    BrettVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    It was a Blackhawks play-off game it was busy, which was expected. The nachos are really good, I would get them again and recommend them. I always like the use of real cheese as well as a cheese sauce. I will say they add topping that are not on the menu, so you might want to ask what all comes on them, because the menu is not informative. Also ate the burger sliders and those were good too. All in all it was good. Two important notes there menu has changed from the last time I was there and they have community tables which do not bother me but some people don't like it. If you are in the neighborhood it is a good place to go.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • River North Bar
    KMVB
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We went to Municipal on a Saturday night to watch the NCAA games. The bar was incredibly loud. Our server was inattentive and preoccupied most of the night. The crowd was unusual. The food was pretty good and has a nice variety. Overall, not a great spot. If you tend to like the River North Scene, you may like this place. We usually go for other neighborhoods, so this place was consistent with our previous view on the area.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Food + Drinks
    Kristina
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Food was delicious and came out quickly. Specialty cocktails were delicious. Our server was friendly and knowledgable. DO NOT GO HERE DURING A MICHIGAN STATE GAME... Unless, you know, you're trying to watch a Michigan State game and/or can handle the chaos associated with it. :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I will not be back.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Went there for lunch... music was blaring! Maybe I'm in the minority, but when I go to get a burger and fries on a weekday afternoon, I'm not necessarily looking to bob my head top 40 club music. Made it very painful to have a conversation at the table. And they completely screwed up my burger - when I said medium well, I didn't mean completely black.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loud
    Chigirl
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    It was very loud. Our table had to yell at each other the whole evening.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch and Football
    sandiVIP
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    Had lunch here and stayed for drinks and the football games. It was good. Truffle fries were great, so was the chicken chili. Wine seemed a little bit expensive. The bar was nice, we'd go back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classier than a dive bar
    sofiadujourVIP
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    Want to watch a game and have elevated bar food? This is your place, but I wouldn't recommend it as a dining destination. We went with a Gilt City deal which was very limited in choices (it was for burgers and draft beer/cocktails however there are only 2 burgers on the menu, neither of which are particularly interesting), but management made it work for us and service staff did a great job as well. Most impressive was that the sweet potatoes were baked (not fried) and the side salad has dark greens (not just lettuce).
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Until Dr. Who Took Over
    Lauren
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    I love Municipal. They have great food, good drink specials for Spartan Football and a fun environment. I would have rated this experience so much higher if not for the events at the end of the football game on Saturday. We would have stayed for a few more rounds but immediately after the football game ended, several announcements were made unceremoniously asking everyone who was not playing Dr. Who trivia to close their tabs quickly and leave. It was neither subtle nor appreciated. It really soured what was otherwise a great day. Municipal may have gained a few more seats for their Dr. Who trivia participants but Municipal lost the 200 dollars that my group spent at the next bar. P.S. I love the lobster roll and truffle fries!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch, subpar service
    RedhawkswrestlerVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    I've been twice for brunch since I live close by. Food is very good but service is marginal at best. Multiple beers that are on the menu not available. My order was not delivered as advertised. For the amount of upscale sports bars in River North this place does not do a good job differentiating themselves.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too loud
    Liv2dine
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Even before the crowds came in approximately 10pm the noise level was too much to talk to the person cross the table from me. Made 730 reservation which we clearly did not need after getting there. Also there were no tables for two do the place is definitely set up for groups. Avocado and crab salad was outstanding and not the typical bar food. Just not what we expected.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Hidden Gem
    MaratinVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    On our way to a show, stopped in not expecting bar food to be so flavorful, well portioned and service so friendly! Would actually return for the food! Terrific goat cheese and stuffed meatball appetizers! The hamburger was as good as those at specialty burger bars! The turkey BLT was flavorful and juicy! High quality ingredients! The ricotta donuts were the only thing that was not up to par but everything else was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not discovered yet.
    DfieldVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    Good food, good location, very comfortable and great service. Nice value also. It's not discovered yet, which it will be. We had the benefit of a very little crowd. I'm sure that will change because this was a very nice find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to watch a game
    SF2KYVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2013
    Great food, prices and ambience for a sports bar. Lobster roll was delicious. Lots of nice big TVs, really no bad viewing angle from any table/seat.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Melting!
    Mich
    Dined on 5/29/2013
    Air conditioning was not working. It was hot!! When we wanted to leave we could not for another hour or so because the credit card machine was down. Nothing was done to try and make the situation better and no drinks we offered while we waited. Waitress ignored us until the machine was working again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, great scene!
    shelman88VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    Lobster roll and fries were great! Municipal Ale of draft was surprisingly good and the scene was very energetic!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/14/2013
    Since it is literally across the street from my office, it woks well for business lunches. Nothing to stand out, but overall really good place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome place
    ChicagoMGVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    The food was amazing! We had the meatball app, garlic wings, truffle fries and sliders. The services was great plus the manager Jason and the owner both stopped by our table to check on us. The digital graphics and overall theme is the City of Chicago so this is a must see place. I can't wait to go again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Definitely not a good dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    Definitely not a good dinner spot. I'd been to Municipal for lunch and enjoyed their food, so I suggested it for dinner with a friend. Big mistake. The place turns into a nightclub around 9, and we could barely hear each other in conversation. Then it got even louder at 10. By the time we left, my throat hurt from shouting so loudly in and effort to talk to her. I'll never go there again for dinner.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Started our GNO here. Got
    LLK1VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2013
    Started our GNO here. Got the salmon, risotto, fries and a couple of salads. Food was ok. People mostly come here for drinks and to watch the game. We had a good time here.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • When I arrived they had the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    When I arrived they had the wrong reservation time. The bar was packed so I suspect they did not want to honor it and the table they tried to accomodate us with was subpar and not suitable for our group. Go for drinks and to watch a game. Don't bother making a reservation.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good service, good food, reasonable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/18/2013
    Good service, good food, reasonable prices, and great for watching the Blackhawks!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great stuffed meatballs and
    buckeyegirlVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2013
    Great stuffed meatballs and Brussels sprouts. Sliders good too. Beet salad could use more beets less lettuce
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went there on a Saturday after
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Went there on a Saturday after work and had a great time. Our server, Daisy, was wonderful. Service was impeccable. We didn't have to flag her down for anything as she was on top of her game. Our glasses were never empty and had the drinks coming. She gave great recommendations as for food. The lobster salad was amazing. The manager also came to our table to make sure things were up to par. Thanks Daisy!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • we loved the energy and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    we loved the energy and the crowd but the food was not good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • If you're going for dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    If you're going for dinner where you actually want to hear what the people you're with say...then don't come here. It is extremely loud, to the point where you have to shout to have a conversation. If you want a vibrant bar scene, then this is the place to go to drink and socialize, meet people, and be seen. Food was alright, they brought our appetizer out at the same time as our food, so make sure you specify that you want your appetizer before your food. Waitress was super nice, hostess was also nice, and busboy was very attentive. I'd go back, just not for a meal that involves conversation.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was amazing. Fun energetic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    Food was amazing. Fun energetic atmosphere. Friendly staff. Would recommend it to family and friends!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went for brunch after seeing
    bhallziVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    Went for brunch after seeing the menu on the website. When we got to the restaurant, we were told they will not serve brunch until March. Service was terrible. Our waitress was clueless about everything.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a great time! Love
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/13/2013
    We had a great time! Love this new upscale sports bar addition in River North.... Creative signature cocktails, great food and tons of TV's! We will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOUD!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/11/2013
    Extremely loud. Dozens of tv. Could barely hear the person eating across from me. Would not recommend it for dinner, only for watching sports.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great location and venue.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/9/2013
    Great location and venue. The only thing that I did not like was that the check was brought to the table in a glass, and when the credit card receipt was brought for signing, there was no holder and it was left out on the table. Not great for privacy purposes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we had a group of 7 to watch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    we had a group of 7 to watch a football game. service was terrific. food was good. we were never hassled even though we were there 3 hours. i would definitel go to Municipal again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is a loud bar that fits
    GenoVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    This is a loud bar that fits right in this neighborhood. Compare it to Smart Bar J Bar Sound Bar etc,. Food good but nothing that grabs you. Service was good. It was very loud, music wise to the point where it was difficult to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mixed Bag
    TimeZoneTravelerVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    This bar doesn't know what it wants to be. Very loud, very mafia-like...it felt like the Jersey Shore guys ran this bar.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but no rush to go again..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    Had a good time, had the chorizo burger probably wouldn't order it again it was super heavy and got spicy fries which were fries with some spicy powder on it. The Mac and cheese was really good and my boyfriends truffle fries and cheese flat bread were good. Thought it was strange to be out of their dessert. The music would be off than really loud and than normal than so loud made your ear ring, maybe they were working out the kinks? I would go back but I'm in no rush to try again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great new spot in River North.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    Great new spot in River North. Food and drinks were good. We had a late dinner and stuck around for the night to have some drinks. Place got real busy. Municipal was a lot of fun!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is very much a bar, but
    ncwest15
    Dined on 12/20/2012
    This is very much a bar, but the menu is definitely a step above your normal bar fare. The calamari was very good and the short ribs were the hit of the table. I would go back, but not for a romantic or classy evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic