Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Sweetwater Tavern and Grille

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sweetwatertavernandgrille.com/
  • Phone: 3126987111x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon - Thurs: 11am - 11pm
    Fri: 11am - 1am
    Sat: 10am - 1am
    Sun: 10am - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Dining Room available for up to 20 ppl. Larger groups can be accommodated within public space.
  • Private Party Contact: events@sweetwatertavernandgrille.com 3126987111x
  • Special Events: Complete venue rental available. Email events@sweetwatertavernandgrille.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: South Water St.
  • Public Transit: All loop elevated and subway trains (State & Lake), all Michigan Ave. bus routes (routes 3, 6, 20, 26, N66, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 151 and 157
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered street parking available, multiple public and private parking garages within 2 blocks.
A word from Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Sweetwater Tavern & Grille offers full views of the city in an upbeat atmosphere, complemented by approachable and unique, yet refined American fare. With a diverse selection of menu items to choose from and over 80 craft beers, Sweetwater is the perfect destination for lunch, dinner, happy hour, and late night celebrating.

Located on Michigan Ave. in the heart of downtown Chicago, Sweetwater is a 200 seat restaurant with over 20 flat panel TVs, a private dining room, oversized booth seating, 2 lounge areas, and a large bar with community tables. Sweetwater provides an ideal atmosphere for almost any occasion.
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Sweetwater Tavern and Grille reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (31)great for lunch (27)good for groups (24)vibrant bar scene (20)neighborhood gem (15)hot spot (9)scenic view (6)special occasion (5)fit for foodies (5)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)notable wine list (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Tray
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The service was fantastic! The waiters was so friendly and the food was delicious as always!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Early Sunday dinner
    cplhunter
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Sat inside at a very generously sized booth. Service was prompt and courteous. Noise level from the TV/music was way too high. Food came very quickly. Cheeseburger was mediocre and possibly frozen. Chicken wrap was odd in that the chicken was dry like enchiladas. Fries were OK and tater tots were great. Flavors were good. Good beer list.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visiting
    RoccoVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Food was not hot at all and just so so quality and taste. Menu rather limiting. Service good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
    ClassicDC
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great location and food next to the river and Millenium Park. I was able to watch the NFL season opener on multiple tv screens. Has an upscale sports bar feel. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SanDeeVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Convenient to work locations and not crowded for dinner
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Food came out REALLY FAST for an extremely busy night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Cobb Salad.
    DatenightsVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Great Cobb Salad. Would love to try other items during my next visit.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible food and poor service
    2dinner
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I recently dined here for my sisters birthday and I had a terrible experience. I ordered my entree and I specifically told the waitress to please not add butter on my entree and it came out with butter all over. I asked her to take it back and I did not want it and she still charged me for it. When it was time for dessert I ordered the cookie dough and it came out like it was water. Absolutely no taste. I ordered another one thinking maybe this one would be better and it was just as bad. Very disappointing. I also had to tell the bus boys to clear our plates after appetizers and after dinner because our waitress did not have the common sense to tell them. It was disgusting to have all those plates lying around.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for any occasion
    Chowdown
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Always consistant great tasting food and a full bar with great drinks.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BigAl
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Great location on Michigan Ave with decent prices for the loop. Ton of delicious beer on tap. Definitely need to try the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. It was fantastic!!! Service was exceptional with very little wait for anything. Dine with confidence!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Greatchoices
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was great. I had a hard time making a selection because there were so many different choices. Finally settled on the BAM BAM shrimp and was not disappointed. The wait staff was friendly and very knowledgeable on the wine and beer list. We had a great time celebrating the Leo birthdays at our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hslover728VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I had the pan seared tilapia with sauteed spinach and mashed potatoes. It has always been one of my favorite items on the menu. Although, they made a change to the dish recently and now the tilapia is coated with parmiggiano and fried. It used to really be pan seared tilapia without the coating. But, it still tastes good, it's just less healthy now. Not that the mashed potatoes are healthy, but it's even less so now. My server was pretty MIA even though the restaurant wasn't very full. I was by myself and was a low key patron so, it wasn't a big deal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Very accommodating for our group of 24. Raul was a great waiter that made it a great night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    rabbitlady
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Chicken Truffle Salad Sandwich had a smokey flavor that really worked with the bun. Perfectly cooked Filet Mignon Trios sat atop perfectly mashed potatoes stuffed with bleu cheese - tart and creamy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 41 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 272 reviews are from the Sweetwater Tavern and Grille reviews archive.
  • Quick, Good, & Fun
    1ArtFoodVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Overall, this is a great place to conduct lunch meetings and is awesome for sporting events. I feel that it is one of the best sports bars downtown.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad Service. Good food.
    SRJ312VIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    With a reserved tabled, we expected to be seated on time. However, after waiting 15 minutes they tried to seat us in a private dining area with another party. No thanks. Then after another 15 minutes ended up sitting us at the bar. No thanks. Won't be back with a reservation.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sports bar food quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Food wasn't quite what was on menu. For instance it noted pureed potatoes, but I just got mashed potatoes. Pork chop was over done.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic outdoor area
    yummo
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Good food, but lovely outside dining right on Michigan Ave.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good option to eat and watch a game
    LeoNS
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    I really enjoyed the ambience even if it was a little noisy because of Blackhawks nhl finals game. Great service and good burgers!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch!
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We're visiting and saw this cool restaurant and outdoor patio and stopped. Menu looked great. Lots of casual choices and comfort food. Service was very friendly and consistent. The cheese curds a guilty pleasure. If you are looking for something delicious and casual, this will not disappoint you.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good bar
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We had good food and great service. It was typical bar atmosphere, but the outside area was nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • bad sevice
    buster
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Overall the food was good, which was why I gave 1 star. Service was terrible, Katie was our server, service was slow probably bc she was to busy talking with the rest ofthe staff including the manager rather then keeping an eye on her tables. My mom had asked for ketchup, her response was its right there, u need more then that (with attitude) im sorry but when someone asks for somethin. You should lose the attitude, after our experience we then realized why it wasnt busy, but for some reason the only reservation available was 9pm ans we got in no problem at 8pm bc the place was dead!!! Im not sure we'd b coming back here when we visit chicago again which is quit often.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Uber noisy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    "Energetic" choice of Noise Level category is a euphemism for very loud; diner's voices and celebrations echo throughout and perhaps the interior space could benefit from fabric or other noise calmers to somehow help absorb much of the very bouncing, almost interrupting nature of noise reverberation. At times this made it difficult to conduct a regular conversation at our table without also being super loud. Food was good and we were greeted nicely; service also good.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Great Place for Sports
    GregVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Good place to watch your game. Food is good. Gluten free menu.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hawks night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    We had a great time watching the hawks and eating delicious food. Been here many times and will always come back! Service was fast and our drinks did not stay empty for very long.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    bets
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The restaurant was WAY too loud! We couldn't even hear each other. The service was fast but not especially friendly. I would not go back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really enjoyed it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    We were here for lunch, and really enjoyed it. I had a great veggie burger and my friend had a salad. No complaints! Nice ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place for happy hour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Been here for lunch and happy hour multiple times and it's always good food and nice service. Sat down for happy hour and ordered a couple appetizers and drinks for a few hours. Never rushed and just had a nice time.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good, good after work spot
    jiki
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The food was good, had a burger, fish tacos and The Boss steak sandwich. All were tasty and the drinks were good as well as the server was attentive. Had all the tv's needed to watch March Maddness.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • should be better
    sibylVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    nice varied menu but everything is pretty ordinary--especially the fries that are included with each sandwich. If you ant to get a beer it is fine..but in that neighborhood there are bars with better food and just as good a vibe.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum.
    Sahara18VIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Made a very last minute reservation (8:15pm reservation made at 7:55pm) and was seated promptly. Service was efficient, and the food was good. Cheese curds were tasty, my burger was great, and my friend polished off her roast beef entirely. very good! I've also been for brunch, and the beignets are delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful fish!
    DrB99
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    In Chicago on business and dining alone....during March Madness. There was an animated bar scene. The service was prompt and the fish was wonderful! When staying in this area of Chicago, I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service (Chris)
    Marines1775
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Our server (Chris) was great. The food is just average. Definitely nothing to write home about. Lots of beer choices.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New experience
    WiscVAL
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    . This was the first time we were here since we are from out of town. We could not ask for anything more. The food, service and pricing was exactly what we were looking for. You have a great menu with a lot of selections. We would definitely co back
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    wineNdine
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    The restaurant's corner location allows those dining to view the city life on the streets through large windows and table candles. The food was amazing! The beer list is extensive and everyone can surely find something! The staff was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great After Work Spot
    GordonGekko
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Recently enjoyed a great dinner after work with an old friend. The service was prompt and attentive - but not overbearing. We both have gluten issues so we were thrilled to see a gluten free menu (be sure and ask - it's separate and not necessarily provided when you sit down). The food took a bit of time to arrive - but, in fairness, it was starting to get busy when we finally ordered. The drink menu was nice. We were both happy to see a nice cider option (no gluten in cider). All in all, a good place to meet up after work. As it gets more crowded, the noise becomes a bit of an issue - but not overbearing.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful Dining Experience
    Feedmeyummyfood
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    First time at Sweet Water and I'm already wanting to go back! 3 of 4 people in my group ordered burgers and they were delicious! They were served on an awesome pretzel bun and with tastes fries, both sweet potato and the regular garlic fries. Our service was friendly and timely. Definitely will be grade back for more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you want a nice sports
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    If you want a nice sports bar I would rate it 10. I could not hear my wife the noise level was so load. The food was OK but not outstanding. As our cab driver said "They must be doing something right they have been in business forever". Just not our cup of tea if you want to relax.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner Out
    Tdog
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    The food was excellent. Great portion. The waiter did take awhile when we first got there to come to our table. This may be because my friend and I came at different times. However, they could have been a little quicker coming to get our order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Burger
    Sam17
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    Good food and excellent service. They have a great beer list and the server was knowledgable and adorable. I had the burger on the specials list with arugula, mozz, tomato, balsamic, and fried salami. It was everything I didn't know I wanted on a burger. The garlic fries it came with were a little lackluster, as we're my dining companion's sweet potato fries. The outer walls are mostly glasses windows so it can get a little chilly, but the people watching was great. Lots of TVs in the bar area which isn's my cuppa but for some it my be. Though beer list was excellent, it was a little pricey, but it was to be expected in the heart of the Mag Mile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.