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Randolph Tavern
Randolph Tavern

Randolph Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.randolphtavern.com
  • Phone: (312) 683-3280
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "The restaurant is too loud. Having a conversation is difficult."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Food and service were good but it's no place to have a business lunch. You can't hear anyone."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Drink service can be a bit slow but otherwise this place is great for after work drinks and apps"
    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."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "The waitress was amazing but waiting for a burger on a Friday night when it wasn't even busy 1hr 15mins... Not so great.."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "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"
    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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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, "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Poutine is amazing! I also recommend the B.O.L.T very tasty. Drinks however are way over priced."
    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."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Though I was there during happy hour which made it pretty loud. The table was great, the service superb, and the food exceptional! "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Lively new spot in the Loop offers a good spot for drinks after work or pre-theater dinner. Just opened so I'll cut them a little slack, but they need to work on service. Drinks were slow to arrive. Food came promptly but first courses and mains all came out together. Menu is all over the map - BBQ, steaks, seafood, tacos, etc. Some focus might help. House tomato soup was fine but nothing special. Wedge salad was classic, crisp and huge. Rabbit meatballs were tasty if a bit pricy at $25. Shrimp and grits were quite good with a nice little spicy kick, although 4 shrimp is a bit skimpy for an entree. I'll try again when they've worked through the opening issues."
    Dined on 5/13/2014