State and Lake Chicago Tavern
State and Lake Chicago Tavern

State and Lake Chicago Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://stateandlakechicago.com/
  • Phone: (312) 239-9400
  • Hours of Operation:
    BREAKFAST Monday-Friday: 6:30am-11am
    LUNCH Monday-Friday: 11am-4pm
    DINNER Monday - Thursday: 4pm-11pm, Friday-Saturday: 4pm-2am, Sunday: 4pm-10pm
    WEEKEND BRUNCH 7am - 2pm
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Atkinson
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Entertainment: WEDNESDAY: Live Blues Music 8PM
    FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: Live Acoustic Music 9PM
    SUNDAY: Live Country Music 5pm
  • Special Events: If you are interested in booking a private event, please contact our Restaurant Sales Department at (312) 239-9563 or by email at restaurantsales@thewithotel.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lake Street
  • Public Transit: Red Line: State and Lake
    Brown/Purple/Green/Orange Line: State and Lake
    Blue Line: Clark and Lake
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is offered through the hotel:
    2 hours: $15
    3-12 hours: $26
    13-24 hours: $50
A word from State and Lake Chicago Tavern
Offering Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Weekend Brunch utilizing local and regional ingredients, Chef Kevin Atkinson's menu is composed of small plates and larger entrees. Artisanal beer selections – many from the Midwest – pair gracefully with the fare as does State and Lake Chicago Tavern's extensive wine list and handcrafted, classic cocktails.
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State and Lake Chicago Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
79 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (20)fit for foodies (20)vibrant bar scene (18)neighborhood gem (16)good for groups (16)hot spot (13)late-night find (12)special occasion (7)great for brunch (6)romantic (5)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (2)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Convenient tasty food but service could be better.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Stopped at this place after a show at Chicago Theater. It was near, convenient and they sat us right away. Service started a bit slow, even though it wasn't crowded. It seemed they were understaffed and servers were running all over the restaurant. Once we got someone's attention service was smooth as it should be. Ordered the bucket of chicken during brunch, which took a bit longer than advertised, and it wasn't a complete order. Food was tasty and freshly prepared which made up for the rocky start. I would probably go back for drinks and appetizers, as the bar had thorough service coverage. Definitely not for a big party, as I saw a big party not getting service for a while.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • State and Lake Chicago Tavern
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Great if you are going to the Chicago Theater, food was ok, Charing 3.50 for a kids milk was a too much
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tables are unny height;noisy for a business lunch.
    nancyinchicago
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    It is convenient, but not particularly great, it is a little overpriced. And the food was delivered cold. What can I say? The variety was small, and not really balanced.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • adequate
    Harper
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Nothing particularly negative, but also nothing special. Average in every sense of the word. Convenient if you've a performance to catch at one of the nearby theaters.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice dinner spot- downtown Chicago
    b01d
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Looking for an affordable, comfortable place to eat with a good beer list, I chose this place to meet a colleague for dinner my last night of a conference. Great service, vey helpful and attentive staff (they worked hard). Quiet enough for a good conversation. Nice artsy ambience. Beer list was wonderful - recommend trying "not your Dad's root beer" or any of their cocktails. I had a burger which was delicious and the fries were tasty. I've had the appetizers here before and they were wonderful. Easy to walk to from downtown hotels.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    When we walked in, it appeared they weren't "ready" for us. No one was there, at least for a minute, to seat us. We were passed off to 3 different people before we got to our table, weaving around tables already full of people and placed very close to each other. Although the staff was friendly enough, at this point I felt kind of like a bother to them. Once we got to our table, the service was stellar from our waitress to the guys helping bring out the food and clear the table and such. Our glasses were full and our table was clean at all times. Although the appetizer made me nervous at first, it along with the rest of the food was very good. As we were leaving, we had to hunt down someone to give us our coats from coat check.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We would have liked a little larger menu and wine selection. It seemed odd that they didn't have a pinot grigio or sauvingnon blanc when the bar looked huge. Overall a nice experience and the service was great. One of the managers got us in when I had made a reservation but we arrived late because of rush hour traffic.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • obnoxious house music
    erniebobVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The music filling the air was obnoxiously loud and just plain stupid. Trying to hard to be hip is not hip. Service was good, but the hostess had an attitude that made me want to smack her. I don't care that this is downstairs from the Wit, can the attitude. It's just bar.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great with one strong negative
    JMcDVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Inviting scene with some extraordinary gastro pub menu items. But even in the early evening the music blares so loudly that guests shout until they tire of shouting. Complaints came from across age groups at our table--with the millennials first raising it as an annoyance. It makes no sense. Do they think music should compete with the company and food? Paired with the sports bar TVs, the manufactured noise is a statement of inconsideration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Convenient Location, Great Service
    opccVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The service was good, I returned a drink because it didn't taste like I expected and they graciously removed it from the bill, but we did have to wait quite a bit for drinks which seemed odd because it was pretty quiet when we arrived around 5. We ordered the mussels and chicken thighs. The mussels portion was overly generous...couldn't even finish them. The chicken thighs were not a large portion but delicious! We were still hungry so we split the deconstructed cobb salad, which was fresh and nicely portioned on individual plates at no extra charge. I had the macaroon sandwich, which was very good but could have been half the size, and a small side of chocolate sauce would have made it even better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lost reservation
    Luv2dine8VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I had reservations for 6:15; which were confirmed via a phone call from the restraunt the afternoon of. Unfortunately, when my friend arrived she was told there was no reservation under my name. Upon my arrival, I showed the hostess my open table reservation and also verified that the restraunt had callede that very day. In any event after a 1 hour wait we were finay seated. After being seated the table next to us also confirmed that their reaervations had been "lost" as well. Epic fail from state and lake
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chaos
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    They pack too many people into the space. We felt like we were part of at least two other couples conversation, but yet could not carry on be if our own. Food was good but the environment was terrible, unless you like tight crowds.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    KarenChrVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Our daughter lives in Atlanta. We've gotten to know the Concentric restaurant group through many great meals at their restaurants down there. We love Parish and Murphys and were looking forward to dining at their Chicago outpost, State and Lake. The food didn't disappoint but the service was not to par.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The After Party
    MandyK
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We went to State and Lake after a show at the Chicago Theater. We started off with a great dinner - we both had the NY strip. Very juicy and well seasoned. The veggies were slightly over-salted for my taste, but still good. The service was a bit slow - we probably would have ordered another round of drinks or dessert, but the server didn't come back around after the first round. What we did get was very good. They had live music which was great. The only downside to that is there was some kind of piano bar thing going on upstairs that was drowning out the singer downstairs. Overall - wonderful experience. We would go back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mimosa Bar!
    Jess
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I have never seen a Mimosa bar. It was pretty awesome. They had different juices you could put in your champagne with different fruit too. They also had a Bloody Mary bar, but I don't like Bloody Maries. To eat I got the chicken and waffles. It was delicious. Really cute atmosphere too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best waiter ever!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My girlfriends and I were on a girl's trip to Chicago and tried this place. It wasn't very busy for a Saturday night which surprised us because the drinks were amazing and the food was very tasty. We had the best waiter, Patrick! He took the best care of us, made honest recommendations about the menu, and made our dining experience fun and memorable!! Would definitely recommend this place! Make sure to order the pretzel appetizer--puts all others to shame!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place for date before a show
    smangVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Hit this place for dinner before a show at the Chicago Theatre. Despite there being a lot of people at the bar, we had a great time, table and server and will return!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AMERICAN CUISINE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great burgers!! Service was good and food was delicious. Great location too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will come back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Good place for a quick bite, thought that $18 dollars for a glass of wine was a little over the top, but it was convenient, and that was the name of the game.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attention to detail
    aplarchVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Our server was excellent-she followed my guest from the bar and was very attentive and friendly. Made it a very nice lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great downtown dining
    niknik
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great for pre-theater dining. Love their burgers and drinks. Always great service. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    BirthdayGirl
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great location, Great food, and Great Service. I came with a party of 7 for a birthday dinner and the place was just right. It is classy and nice but it also has a fun and young vibe to it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We will be back
    Michelle7280VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We are so disappointed it took us this long to finally try their food. Green fried tomatoes, great! The local cheeses with puree/jam, definitely satisfied my cheese craving, and good local beer list as well! Service was just right. We will be back again soon
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice....but
    CityG
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This place is very nice and the food was good but the waitress over serviced herself. too much checking in for water, etc. We were constantly interreputed during our dinner conversation...very nice other wise.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a great breakfast
    paris63
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Right in the center of all activities, this great restaurant had the best reviews for breakfast and that's why we went. It was indeed a great place! Great service, great ambiance, great food.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Foodieatheart
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I went here with a large group for my birthday and everything was fabulous! The food was amazing the drinks were delicious and the service was awesome! I had my first Bloody Mary ever there and I have to say I would go back again and again. The server was attentive and they made sure everything was perfect with our food and experience. I was nervous with it being lollapalooza weekend, but they handled it beautifully.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 53 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 667 reviews are from the State and Lake Chicago Tavern reviews archive.
  • Blah
    BrittanyVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My husband and I decided to try this place for my birthday. From the moment we walked in, the staff was amazing! We ordered the hot pretzel appetizer, it was burned and tasteless. We both ordered burgers cooked medium, they came out well done and VERY dry. It's too bad that the ambience of the place is great, the staff is fantastic but the food is terrible. We didn't send any of our food back or make any complaints because we were in a hurry to get to a show. We will not be returning to State and Lake.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flavorful
    A1foodie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Interesting menu that changes often per our server. We ordered a few appetizers and shared. Great cocktail in Farmers Daughter! We also tried two desserts, Peach Pop and an coconut espresso ice cream sandwich, both yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    They ran out of their advertised special in the afternoon. The restaurant was very crowded and not laid out to create a comfortable experience. The two seat tables were in an "L", where your legs banged into the other person. While service was good, not sure why they had to make the place so cramped.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • high prices
    nicekatenice
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Our waiter was very good. The food was but over priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Pre-theatre find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Interesting menu with atypical items. Everything that we were brought was superb. We arrived late for our reservation. The staff could not have been more wonderful in general and in accommodating our needs to make the opening curtain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Only okay
    PCM716VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Fairly limited menu, inconsistent wait staff. The 'pots' with the spreads were really good but the Cobb salad didn't have all of the touted ingredients - missing the egg. Easy spot before concert at Chicago Theater though.
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  • Good food!
    Lima14
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Great place to go for a work lunch. Service was good (could have been a litlte quicker) and the food was flavorful!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Corned Beef Hash
    dcfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Corned beef hash has such promise on menus yet rarely does it live up to expectations. It either tends to be too small, not enough corned beef, too many potatoes, eggs over done - something, there is always something. However, this is not the case at State and Lake. This was by far the best I ever had. It was filling - to the point where I could not finish. Chunky corned beef, that threatened to be too salty, but reminds me of good corned beef. The potatoes were excellent, and the eggs cooked to perfection. I went to breakfast at 9:30 on a Tuesday, so the place was quiet. That being said, seating could be an issue as the hostess's first attempt was at a banquette positioned tightly against the table a side me.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not great
    Kathleen3704
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Long time for waitress to come, had to flag down a different waiter to help us get out server. The food was tasty, but cool, when it should have been hot.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food but awesome beer list.
    Raider357LovesBeer
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The restaurant was busy at 7pm but died down around 8p. The service was very good. The food was very good and every item was original in its presentation and taste. The beer options were fantastic.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great place to drink and eat
    ErinfromYpsi
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We were so glad we stumbled onto State and Lake. We had our young kids with us (4 and 2 years old) and they had kid's options they like (mac and cheese, grilled cheese, chicken tenders). The adults LOVED the beer selection. The root beer beer was absolutely amazing and all the other choices we great for those that like craft beers. The food was also really good. Mussels and fries, Cobb salad and broccoli were all delicious! I would return next time we're in Chicago!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The fried chicken was very good. Biscuits not very good. Service, okay. Were out of 2 of the things we ordered and the wine we ordered. Music was pretty loud.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unpleasantly surprised
    turin1
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Arrived 6:20 for a pre-theater dinner. Seated & explained our time constraints-no problem. Placed drink orders. 25 long min later delivered & placed dinner order(3 salads & burger). Asked for bread & waited another 15 min-no butter or oil. Asked for oil & got tiny saucer 10 min later. Asked about our order-soon……7:30 talked to manager-1 order away. Finally 1 salad came, 5 min-1 burger, 5 min another salad, 5 min last salad. How uncomfortable to eat while others are waiting, but we had no time. By the time the last salad came we had to shovel our food down & rush out for show at 8. Mngr comped our drinks, but he couldn't comp our botched dining experience. Food was good, but stay onto of the waitstaff if you go
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • At least the server was good
    Pony97
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The waiter was very good and attentive. Other than that it was a mediocre experience. The food took a long time to get to us and the desert took what seemed like forever to arrive (and it wasn't complicated). My wife's chicken was overcooked, my pork tenderloin was good, but the portions were pretty small making it easy to have room for desert.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic