Good food & ambiance, fair service.
The food was very good, and they had a nice St. Patrick's Day ambiance. However, our server was quite slow.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
What a Find!
This restaurant is bar & grill type with a dining area away from all the activity which brings the noise level down a bit. We all ordered something different from the menu and all entrees were awesome!!! They were extremely busy but that didn't matter, the food came out rather quickly, it was hot and the service staff were outstanding. It is a great place to eat before going to the theater (which is what we did). We will definitely dine here again :)!!
3/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great brunch, reasonably priced.
We met for brunch on a Sunday. The brunch buffet, at $10, is a great bargain, and it has all the basics you could want, including made-to-order omelets. Sadly, the pancake syrup is fake maple, but otherwise, we were satisfied. I'd like to return for a later meal like dinner.
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
A gem in the loop
Emerald Loop is a true gem in the Loop. They have great service, and both a great dining experience and bar scene.
For food, you have to get Chicken Nachos for an app to split for a group. They are so huge they could easily be an entree for two hungry people-- and they come on a silver platter! delicious. The pulled chicken really makes it. All of the other apps and entrees I've had have also been delicious.
The service was wonderful. The server was busy but was very attentive and friendly. We had a group of 6 and he split the check across 6 cards for us without a fuss- so appreciated!
They also offer a theatre employee discount for loop theatre employees with proof/ID.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great spot for client lunch
Great spot for client lunch meeting. Easy to hold conversations without too much noise. Good menu & food. Service was a little slow, but we were not on a time constraint.
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time here, was great!
First time here, was great! Loved it. Great food, great service, great place!!!!
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent location for te
Excellent location for te theater. Everyone in my party of 4 ordered salads and they were perfect.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Emerald Loop a True Gem
My friend and I were recommended to the Emerald Loop for its very reasonable prices and proximity to our hotel. It was a fantastic choice. Our only issue was trying to decide what to eat! There were a variety of choices from Irish dishes to lighter plates. The portion sizes were very fair and the flavors exceptional! The service was the best of the 3 places we tried for dinner in the city. The Emerald Loop will NOT disappoint!
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Food and atmosphere was great. The friday specials my wife and I enjoyed so much.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Busy, noisy, active FUN pub.
The place is always busy, the service and food are always excellent. The menu is seemingly always changing. The buffalo chicken finger appetizers are good enough for a meal all by themselves!
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice Irish Sports bar/Restaurant
Nice, comfy, good food and we will be back for their outdoor seating because it was raining on the day we came.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun, Casual Place in the Loop
Good service, fun menu, casual and well-priced and well-located local bar and grill in the heart of Chicago.
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Off theme, but good
Mostly young girl servers, but our service was good. We were only in for lunch and enjoyed our food. It is suppose to be an Irish Bar and Grill, but the the overly loud music being piped in gave it a dance place (had to raise voice to engage in conversation) feel.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
I met a coworker for lunch at Emerald Loop and enjoyed the experience. It seems like a great place to watch sports / hang out at the bar. We were seated in the back so it was nice and quiet for me and my coworker to talk. I ordered the grilled chicken salad with goat cheese and it was delicious. My coworker ordered a hamburger and fries which he also enjoyed. The prices were fair as well. Would definitely recommend for lunch or even happy hour (I believe they have daily specials).
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had tickets to the Chicago Theater mid week and were looking for a place to eat before the show. The food was great (had the Wednesday night salad special and the Macaroni and cheese). Drinks were good and the service was prompt and friendly. I would go back there again. Great energy vibe and super convenient to the theater!
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Veg Options at and Irish Bar?
Yes, there are several good vegetarian options at the Emerald Loop Bar and Grill. We shared the fried pickles as an appetizer - seems we do this at all the Irish Pubs we hit, I had the corn and green chili bisque (most excellent) and then we each had an excellent salad. Now there were other options - lots of mac and cheese varieties, a garden burger as well as a caprese ciabatta.
A little loud for intimate conversation, but you don't go to an Irish Pub for that, now do you?
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Before the Theatre
We went to the Emerald Loop before going to the Chicago Theatre for an 8 pm performance. We arrived at 6:15 and were promptly seated. The waitress was very friendly and took our drink order. We ordered the Beer Battered Cod Bites as an appetizer. It was good tasting cod that went well with the jalapeno tartar sauce. For dinner, we both had the Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna (the Thursday special). It had a nice sear, but was cooked just over rare. It was a nice piece of fish and matched nicely with the garlic mashed and veggies. After the meal and a couple of pints, there wasn't room left for dessert. We left the Emerald with ample time for a quick walk and a show. This will not be my last time there. Sláinte!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Emerald Loop for lunch
Fun place to have a leisurely lunch with a group of friends!
Burgers are awesome!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Irish Food!
My friends have never been there and thoroughly enjoyed the experience and plan to go back. I've been several times and the food has always been excellent!
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice, good food
I liked this restaurant, the food was good. My only gripe would be with the noise level and the seating. Luckiily, they keep tables at the back that are quieter for diners not drinkers, but it kind of defeats the purpose when you sit another party at the table right next to someone else when there are several other open tables. Overall a good experience, but I have to say that is one of my biggest pet peeves at restaurants.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quality Loop Bar
Emerald bar and grill fit right in the mix with Chicago's restaurants seen. I loved the prompt service, the floor lay out, and the different tv channel choices. It is hard to find restaurants with a fair amount of spacing between tables! Tho it was not busy that time of my visit, I still feel as thought I would have ample room when other tables are occupied. It is not listed as a family restaurant, YET, I was able to have my 3 month old son in his car seat next to me on the chair. It MAY come as an issue if a child NEEDS a high chair. The host here did not offer one for us. Thats the ONLY reason I took that one star from the ambience. I still had an over all great time! Tho I arrived earlier than my reservation, they seated me anyhow. GREAT
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Irish Pub Fare
The food is always very good. Never had a problem before but this time my burger that was supposed to be rare came out well done, beyond well done, almost burnt. The very friendly server whisked it away and I had one done right in just a few minutes. Just a warning, it is extremely loud if you are anywhere near the bar. If you want to talk to the people at your table, ask to be seated as far from the bar as possible.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for Outdoor Lunch
We came here for a Friday lunch. It was perfect. We ate outside on their beautiful patio perfect for people watching. The food was great and came out fast! The support staff was great. No one was there to meet us outside, but the host inside was very friendly. It probably was just the wrong time. The waitress was very nice but a little aloof. Over all it was a great experience. I would come here again and recommend it to my friends.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Emerald Loop is a great place for a casual meal. We were there for lunch and chose to sit outside. It was a bit sunny and the bus boy came over to move an umbrella from another table to ours. He then came back to check on us and when I asked if he could move an umbrella to the table behind us to cast some shade, he took care of us. The wait staff was very attentive and our salads were great. This is a great casual spot.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
good food, reasonable prices
This was a great find in this part of downtown. Nice bar and grill type restaurant, laidback atmosphere, good food and reasonable prices.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great breakfast buffet
We went with 6 teenagers and 4 adults for the Saturday breakfast buffet. There was an omelet and waffle station plus all the usual breakfast sides. It was only $9.95 pp. a bargain for downtown. Food was fresh and hot.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was excellent
I had lunch with an old friend at Emerald Loop. We sat for three hours talking, and the wait staff kept making sure we had enough coffee, ice tea, etc.. They were very sweet. The food was a bit overpriced for the quantity served. We both had the Thursday special -- seared tuna with yellow squash and garlic mashed spuds. It was ok, not great. I would go back again for simpler fare because the staff were so great.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a great experience
Wonderful food and brew with delightful and efficient service. We always have a great time here and know that the food will be tasty and beverages enjoyable.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quick spot for lunch
Table was reserved and marked. very pleasant and quick service In, out and done in 45 minutes,
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect venue for an office
Perfect venue for an office group going away party.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
It is craziness in Chicago during Marathon weekend, and my husband and I accidentally stumbled upon the great outdoor patio to have a drink while waiting for our daughter the day before. We ended up going back the next evening for dinner after the race. Both nights the service was excellent, and the interesting decor and warm, comfortable restaurant in a historic and fascinating building felt good after a long couple of days. I would describe it as pub like as far as comfort, but with MUCH better food. A specialty is their Mac and cheese that can be created in a multitude of ways. I had the half order plus a salad, thanks to the recommendation from our server. You might not discover it on a typical walk through the loop. We will return!
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Local spot good for theater crowd
Grabbed dinner and a drink before a show.. seemed to have a great afterwork bar crowd... a bit noisey .. but not bad. The service was good.. not great.. not bad. The drinks were tasty and timely. Food was average in price and good. Recommend this if you are hitting a show close by ... or just want to stop in.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Irish Gold at the Emerald Loop
My wife and I had theater tickets for an 8 PM show and decided to eat at the Emerald Loop Pub. We were late for our reservation, and were pleasantly assured that we were just fine and could be seated in a quieter area of the Pub if we wished to be in a quieter dining environment. We had less than an hour before we had to rush to theater, and again, we were assured that our order would be expedited. My wife had the shepherd's pie and I got the Guinness sirloin steak dinner. Both were exceptionally tasty. My wife also had one of the soups of the day and she stated that it was quite good as well. We would definitely return.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved lunch at the Emerald Loop Bar & Grill. Dined on a Sunday. They offer a Sunday brunch buffet for 9.99$ very nice :) We watched the Beras game until halftime on one of the many TV's available. Then headed to the Oriental Theatre for a matinee play. Within walking distance. The ONLY negative I would add is it was pretty chilly in the restaurant. If I'm cold, it makes my dining experience challenging! Turn up the heat please! It's windy & chilly in Chicago! The food was very good.....I have reccommended this bar & grill to others!! Thank you..
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Irish Experience
I love this restaurant. I have enjoyed many different items from the menu and have been impressed each and every time. The food is great!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Anytime I'm in the Loop seeing
Anytime I'm in the Loop seeing theater, a concert or doing some shopping I eat at Emerald Loop. The prices are great, the food is tasty and the bar has plenty of great drinks. I haven't had the breakfast buffet but it looks good & the price for the breakfast buffet can't be beat. Definitely eat here when you get the chance. Also, I just got back from visiting Ireland and they have Coleman's mustard and plenty of malt vinegar for your fish & chips. Great Irish Coffee too! The fish & chips are yummy; they come with peas.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
great night to meet friends
Made for a great place to stop for bar and irish food. Simple but many options. Easy to sit and enjoy your company.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
After the theater
Found this on Open Table after going to the Chicago Theater. Got out at 1030PM and it was great that this place was still serving food that late. Not all loop area restaurants do. This is a neighborhood gem. I loved the fish and chips and the bread pudding dessert was fantastic. I highly recommend this place. Great bar too!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good for a case of the Lonelies
Melissa was a great waitress and I really enjoyed the Swiftwick pints. The pretzels were great...nice and hot when coming in from the cold.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was very good. They had
Food was very good. They had a kids menu that is not on the web site but was greatly appreciated. The servicer was friendly and very accommodating. We'll be back
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
We ate dinner before a concert at the Chicago Theater (2-3 block walk). There were football games on the big screens, a good-sized bar, lots of seating, and a party vibe throughout the place. We enjoyed the festive decorations as well! Overall a wonderful experience.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had no idea what to expect after checking the website. Emerald Loop was a great find! Will definitely be back. Food, service, atmosphere; all three beat expectations! Although certain menu items were different than we viewed with the on-line menu, the food was very good. Background noise level provided for easy conversation, something not found very often these days.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
We are off to see WICKED
We ate at the Emerald Loop before going to see Wicked. Food was great. Quick service and very convenient.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM