Randolph Tavern
Randolph Tavern

Randolph Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.randolphtavern.com/
  • Phone: 3126833280
  • Hours of Operation:

    Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Will Pagulayan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

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  • Parking: Street Parking
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Randolph Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
68 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.7
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (36)great for lunch (36)vibrant bar scene (23)neighborhood gem (13)hot spot (10)fit for foodies (9)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (3)special occasion (3)notable wine list (2)scenic view (2)great for brunch (2)romantic (1)Show More
  • Good in-loop lunch spot
    frp0511VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This time the service wasn't as good....however, lunch was tasty. If you like tots, it's an option!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • kabremVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    GMeal was terrific. Priced fairly with good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eh
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Cheese platter was terrible (should have never ordered a cheese platter at a place like that anyways). Drinks took forever to come. For dinner we had the lobster roll and the pulled pork. Both we're not very good and didn't up even eating them. Don't go here for dinner, maybe a happy hour.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Glad to have more Loop options
    frp0511VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Good tasting food, decent value. A bit expensive for lunch, but they do have tater tots
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice addition to the loop
    frp0511VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Thanks for coming Randolph Tavern -- I hope you stick around. It's a nice 'in the Loop" spot, and I'm glad another bar is available. The best thing is that there is so much space in this massive place! Good bar service, not great (my original bartender was not very good...but Alex made up for it with her sense of humor and just generally being nice overall).
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Busy Loop Bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I was expecting less of a bar feel and more of a restaurant based on the prices, but it was not what I expected. I was a little disappointed to be seated at a tall top, would have prefered a regular table, but I didn't mention that to the hostess, so that's my own fault. The food was good, but the menu was a little overwhelming. They had a little of everything and it wasn't focused. The "vegetarian chili" was not chili at all, but more like minestrone, which I liked but it was not the chili I was expecting. Steak tacos needed some seasoning. The grits and the fried pickles were delicious! No need to change either of those.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too loud, even at lunch
    VinoroccoVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Turkey burger, which i order out a lot, was kind of mealy. Dont bother with it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a2000Bob
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    great food and service. at times, can be noisy. the smoked brisket and pork are highly recommended. the slaw served with the meal is more of an afterthought though, much too small a portion.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Couldnt have been better!
    downtownfoodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great service, great beer, and great food. Going back as soon as I can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I went there for lunch with a partner. Ok food, good service and much too noisy. Some of us from work went there after work; even though we were in the back of the very large venue, the noise level was too much to even converse over the table where we were seated. The twenty-somethings will love it, however
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent food, fun atmosphere
    BeHa
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We went here for the first time for a corporate lunch and the overall experience was ok. The place is very large and extremely noisy! Had I been their with friends instead of for a corporate setting, I may have enjoyed it more. The food was ok, nothing to write home about.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, but noisy!
    JAMSVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Went for lunch, pretty good crowd at noon on a Thursday. I had pulled pork platter, husband had ribs. I loved the pork had a good flavor even without sauce. Thought at $3.50 soft drinks/ice tea were a little pricey. Would recommend and definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good lunch in the Loop
    MLoop
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Have been here twice for lunch during the work week - the food was good, and it was easy to get a table outside, even on beautiful summer days. (The Wells-side patio is under the train tracks, so be prepared for L noise). But during both visits service has been less than attentive. It took over 15 minutes just to get soft drinks, and then we would often not see our server for long stretches of time. The patio was not that crowded, and I felt like we may have been forgotten about just because we were sitting out there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Potential
    SIM61
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This place has the potential of becoming a great choice for dining in the loop. The location is outstanding for theater dining and business lunches, and the ambience is very warm and inviting. I'm reserving judgment on the food since I've only been there once. My meal was tasty enough but somewhat overpriced for what I got. The main negative vibe came from our waiter. He seemed totally distracted and rushed even though it wasn't very crowded - he looked over us or around us every time he came by and made no attempt to connect with us or make us feel welcomed. With a better service experience, I would probably have given it another star. That said, there were enough positives that I will probably go again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Ate there but went!
    AdSmithVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Sat at my table for about 17 minutes...asked for a waiter to come who never did. I walked out unnoticed. It was more of a bar - VERY loud and not a varied menu. I will say that the bus boy was VERY kind, brought my water on time, went to get the waiter and actually ran after me as I forgot something, so he was amazing and wonderful. Aside from that, I'd avoid it like the plague.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific!
    DEB2171VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Third time at Randolph Tavern and each visit has been good. Prompt, pleasant service - great for a fadt lunch. The lobster roll sandwich is to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    great for after work crowd, good place to unwind for the next step/dinner. Do not make this the 'first step'/dinner until after 8PM or you will not be able to hear each other talk. Prices are very reasonable and the service is good.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid in the Loop
    StreetervilleResVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This place is big, real big, so finding a table during the busy Loop lunch hour is a good probability here, though I always use opentable just to be safe. Food's good, not great, as is the service. Better that they're there than not.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting & Good
    DEB2171VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This was my scond lunch at Randolph Tavern and both experiences have been good. The menu is interesting - this time I had comfort food - hald a grilled cheese with bacon and half a salad. The previous time I had a delicious lobster roll. Service is very good. The place gets busy for lunch so make a reservation or go early. The noise level is intense, making it hard to talk. But, overall, it is a great addition to the downtown area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too Much Noise
    JCP1VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The restaurant is too loud. Having a conversation is difficult.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noise, noise, noise
    JoyceVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Food and service were good but it's no place to have a business lunch. You can't hear anyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Noise level was ridiculous. You could not carry on a conversation. Waiter not familiar with the menu and beers. I asked for something that was either like a Blue Moon or shandy or unfiltered. What he recommended wasn't even close.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOUD!LOUD!!LOUD!!!
    ChicagoKels
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I am no grandma, but I'd like to TALK to the person I'm with. The decibel level inside was equivalent to standing near the speakers at a rock concert. The hardwood floors surely didn't help. Luckily, they had a few outdoor tables crammed together. We grabbed one, only to discover it was directly under an EL track. Which by the way was still quieter than being inside. Work on the acoustics. Your food is good, but I am not paying $125 for two (one drink each and one app) for it, then the money to have my eardrums replaced. Too many other restaurants in the Loop to choose from.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great happy hour spot
    buckeyegirlVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Drink service can be a bit slow but otherwise this place is great for after work drinks and apps
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing special
    JenSchuf
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Had heard good things about this newer restaurant in the Loop but was left underwhelmed. The restaurant was very crowded at lunch and they had diners packed in. The food was just okay, I had a bbq platter and my dining companion had a salad, which looked a little better. Biggest complaint was that the service was slow for lunch. My drink was never refilled and I was left waiting for the check.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Addition to the Area
    rowchickVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    I am so excited to have Randolph Tavern in the Loop! This area is a little lacking in decent food options and RT definitely has plenty to offer. Form BBQ to burgers, Lobster Rolls to salads, you can get it all - and a great craft beer to match. You won't want to go back to the office after lunch here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic but..
    mayraaaaaVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The waitress was amazing but waiting for a burger on a Friday night when it wasn't even busy 1hr 15mins... Not so great..
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great beer selection, yummy burgers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I made a reservation for 8 people, and they were very flexible about us not having the whole group there (you know how happy hour turnouts can go) - which I really appreciated. We were there from 5-10:30 and ended up having two servers - one in the first few hours and one in the latter half. The first was slightly friendlier than the second, but both were very professional and attentive. We ordered burgers and they were delicious. I got the tavern burger, which has pork belly, and I did not regret it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the location
    StreetervilleResVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The Central Loop needs more options. 312 is no good at lunch (great for business bfast) and Encore is simply…well it's amazing they're still alive and kicking. Randolph Tavern is big, noisy and bustling. Great location. Food is good, but not great or special. Solid choices but no real thrillers, at least not that I've discovered as of yet.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great new kid on the block!
    PastaLover
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    A welcome addition to the block! I look forward to having drinks there after work -- the location is just perfect for commuters. But I went to for lunch, arrived at 11:15 to beat the rush, and the food was really good, the service super friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • first time
    RobHVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    discovered this new restaurant while passing by at lunch time of a Friday. Huge location was filled to capacity so decided to try out with friends on Saturday evening. Plenty of tables available. Server was very attentive and noted that location, across from Cadillac Theatre, draws theater crowds. In fact, server asked if we were going to show so that he could help gauge the time for us. small plates to share for appetizers along with a terrific beer and cocktail list. BBQ Brisket dinner was melt in you mouth perfect. Turkey burgers to die for and lobster bahn mi was fresh with tantalizing flavor
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Bar Food
    ChicagoDowntowner
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Randolph Tavern just opened and is getting its feet on the ground. Great bar food. The restaurant selections should be chosen carefully and ask about portion sizes, especially considering some selections are priced based oin market conditions. The service is very good and this is a good place to try. The bar food is very reliable and they do a good job with it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 9 reviews are from the Randolph Tavern reviews archive.
  • Service
    Dotty
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Food was good , however our waiter dropped off the menus and dissappeared for quite some time. We had to get the Hostess to pay our check since we also waited an additional 10 minutes to pay our bill,
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quite Good, Quite Noisy
    JessicaVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We went for dinner before a show on the Friday before Memorial Day, which probably had a LOT to do with the noise level. My husband and I couldn't hear each other and we could barely hear our servers. I didn't look at the wine list, but they had a lot of beers/hard ciders on tap and that's what we were in the mood for. Husband had the house-smoked sausage, I had a cobb salad both were good but the bacon on my cobb salad tasted a bit burnt. We ordered an appetizer, but dinner arrived first so we canceled the appetizer order. We will most likely return for the house-smoked meats, good beer, and we still want to try the lamb meatballs with kale.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but pricey for lunch
    Sun55Sun
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    This is a new place and it was great for a business lunch; glad I didn't have to pick up the tab, however. Good food and service
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy but great food
    Guttsy
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Great menu for anyone with discerning tastes. Genre goes from BBQ to Mexican to Burgers, Salads and Fish. Whether your Vegan or a Beef lover, you'll find something for your specific tastes. Only drawback was the noise level during lunch. I don't like shouting at person across table. TV's are also all over the place for sports buffs as well.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food but overpriced
    michaelphillVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Creative menu and food was tasty, though nothing extraordinary. Service was excellent but the prices were way too high for neighborhood and amount of food. Go to River North and pay about the same for much better food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chicagofoodie
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Poutine is amazing! I also recommend the B.O.L.T very tasty. Drinks however are way over priced.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blah
    McMabes
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Tried Randolph Tavern on Friday evening. My first reaction is that the noise level is just ridiculous. Obviously, it seems to be more of a bar. We were seated near the back of the restaurant and greeted by our server, Jack. He, frankly, seemed quite disinterested. Never explained the menu, was less than customer focused and didn't seem to care. When I asked about substituting sweet potato fries for regular fries, he told me no without even checking to see if a substitution was possible. He never returned to ask if everything was ok and we had to flag him down to get our check. Maybe it was new opening jitters, but the place is absolutely nothing special.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food & service
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Though I was there during happy hour which made it pretty loud. The table was great, the service superb, and the food exceptional!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic