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Tavernita Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tavernita.com
  • Phone: (312) 274-1111
  • Hours of Operation: DINNER
    Monday-Tuesday: 5pm-10:00pm
    Wednesday-Saturday: 5pm-11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Guillermo Tellez Cruz
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: http://www.mh-catering.com/
  • Private Party Facilities: The Lounge at Tavernita offers a private venue space perfect for large seated dinners or cocktail style gatherings. With its own full bar, DJ booth, sound system and AV capabilities, the space can be customized for any style event. For seated parties, The Lounge can hold up to 100 guests, and for cocktail parties, up to 125 guests. For menu options and open bar information, please contact events@tavernita.com
  • Private Party Contact: wendy@tavernita.com (312) 274-1111
  • Special Events & Promotions: http://tavernita.com/large-parties

Getting there

  • Cross Street: LaSalle St
  • Public Transit: 156 Bus

    CTA Train:
    Chicago-Brown Line
    Grand-Red Line
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available.
    Street parking & public parking lots available around the area.
A word from Tavernita
Tavernita, located in the popular River North neighborhood at the corner of Erie and LaSalle Streets, offers a mix of American dishes, using influences from France, Italy and Spain, and an innovative beverage program showcasing creative selections from around the world. Designed to encourage sampling and sharing, the menu has something for every taste.
Presenting lively atmosphere with a rustic feel, guests can relax in a warm, inviting environment ideal for socialization while experiencing a tailored dining experience – whether it’s a casual meal with friends or an exciting night on the town.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We went for dinner on a Monday at 7pm. Sat in the inner restaurant, away from the main window. The lighting was inadequate and made us feel that we were sat in the closed part of the restaurant. The service is not what I am used to at Tavernita. The server was scarce to the point that I had to reach to the table next to us to get fresh plates, as no one cared to change our soiled plates. Big no-no for this kind of restaurant. The Server was pleasant, but we wish we'd seen more of him. As per the food, as usual, it was delightful, well prepared and presented beautifully. I hope that this was just a one time fluke, but at this point I cannot recommend it. Oh, and to add insult to injury, the Valet Parking lost our keys!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "All of our food, from tomato-burrata bread to corn pudding to halibut was delicious."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I was told the day of my reservation that Tavernita failed to renew their liquor license. Half the reason my wife and I wanted to go was the drink/cocktail selection. The food was not good by any standard. The steak was cooked at a high enough heat, and it appeared grey in color, the fat was not rendored and had no flavor. I've spend hundred of dollars on good food, and would never recomend to go here to anyone. This is the first time I have ever written a review, so that should be saying something. The only decent item we ordered on the menu was the fried fish/calamari. Other than that, stay away"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The food, service and atmosphere at Tavernita were incredible. Their paella is legit, and the small plates allow you to try a number of dishes. The half chicken was amazing, as was the fresh pasta with mushrooms. We got there early, so had a few drinks in Barcito, the connecting/parter bar. The bartender not only forgot to put in our order for appetizers, but charged us inappropriately and was just lackluster. Cool bar scene, but shady service."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Our experience at Tavernita was less than acceptable. The hostess staff were disorganized, unfriendly and generally unhelpful. We will not return to this restaurant, nor would I recommend it."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "My family and I went there to celebrate a few birthdays while we were there the server would not leave the table he came back every 2 minutes -- we were there over an hour before we could even order. He told us not to order almost everything on the menu and then when we finally got an order in he kept pushing more onto us. We ordered a bottle of wine and he told us it would save us more money to buy something else. We didn't care about the money it was about the time spent with family and he wouldn't leave us alone. When we had more people join out party he took the new guests order and ignored the other 6 of us with empty drinks. When it was time to pay the bill we sat for 45 minutes waiting from him to come pick it up."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I booked a reservation for 5 and everyone loved it! The drinks were great, service was friendly and timely, and the small plates were awesome to share."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I was dining with a group of 7 including two teens and we all enjoyed the variety of dishes/cuisines and fresh food options. It is a meal mostly made for sharing (Tapas), the outdoor dining area is perfect on a nice night, located centrally, and enough items on the menu to dine again without repeating items. Wine list was Ok, ample choices but not broad."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Our reservations were at 8:30 for a party of 9, the hostess was able to seat us right away. After we sat down it took over 15-20 min to even get to order drinks for the table. After that it was just a downspirle in service, over all it took over a hour and a half to even get our order in and my fiancé had to go to the bar twice to get drinks for the table. Once we received our bill (over 3 hours later) we had them split it evenly 8 ways. They had printed one receipt 2 times. They assured us the issue was fixed and no one was double charged. The next morning I received calls from my friends who had been double and triple charged, one had over a $300.00, causing her overdraft fees. Dinner was Friday and this has NOT been resolved."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Strongly recommend trying this place out! Food was great and so was the place. Order a bunch of things and share."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I went here with my family on a Friday night. Loved everything that we got. Fun atmosphere and nice people."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Buck a shuck oysters, all you can eat tapas, tapas with cocktails - Tavernita knows how to attract a crowd! Although the happy hour oysters are not that great, the cocktails are fantastic and tapas tasty. Octopus a la plancha is lightly charred, elotes are spruced up with caramelized onions, meatballs sound great but are too dense (indulgent sauce, however)."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Great food and great service! Our server, Adriana, was fantastic. I highly recommend the paella."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Amazing food! Our waiter was super nice and attentive. Drinks from the bar were amazing too! I would go back ASAP"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Went to Tavernita for an early light dinner Wed. evening. The service was really great. The Allagash White was a marvelous beer. The food was just so-so."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "HORRIBLE hostess. Great food. Cool scene. Extensive cocktail/beer/wine list."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We had a 6:15 reservation on a Sat. night, and it was not very busy! Water was very attentive almost too attentive, we felt like we sere being rushed. Food was delicious although the staff constantly was bussing around the table to pick up dirty dishes! They were congregating right behind a wall that we ere sitting at and fidget hitting the wall with a foot, very annoying. If we did not slow the pace down, we would have been in and out in less than an hour. We drove from burbs in a longer time than that."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great for a gals gathering. We love your 4-6:30 pm deals like Buck a Chuck, or order a drink and get an app. You have to try the Sangria..... It's amazing!!! "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "So many wonderful things try here that will absolutely come away very satisfied. There is also a great beer list. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Loved this place, I discovered it while out walking through the area during a recent business trip. Great staff at the bar, quality food, and good ambiance. Thanks Tavernita!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Great red Sangria $10/glass. Brussel Sprouts w the Halibut was great. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Went on a Tuesday night at 6 pm, after work. At that time no one was sitting in the dining room, although it looked nice. We opted to sit outside, which is an open air bar with bar tables all around. Some of it is covered, which was good, because it started to rain lightly at the end. Very good food, fun atmosphere, casual, relaxed. Ordered a lot and shared, so tried many things. We asked and they allowed us to order from the dining room menu. Most food was really good, just not overly creative. Or maybe we just ordered that way. A very nice experience. Only one valet guy, so a little wait for car, but not terrible."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "On a super slow Sunday night I went to tavernita with 4 coworkers. There were literally 2 other tables of people out of the whole restaurant. Maybe our server was new. But the bartender was also slow. And every time the floor manager walked by he would look at our table (of mostly empty drinks and no food) and keep walking without saying a word. Needless to say- not impressed with the service, the way the food came out (they forgot 2 things we ordered until we reminded them) or the bar service. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Went for the Mother's Day brunch and the food was very good. As expected the portions were small as it is a tapas restaurant. For the money I think you can find a much better brunch, however if you love tapas I would give it a try once. Overall a solid place."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great food and atmosphere. The whole back room cleared out by 10:00 p.m. which was weird on a Saturday. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The atmosphere at Tavernita is the reason to chose this restaurant. The build-out is beautiful, expansive and hip, cut up into different sub rooms with different atmospheres and different exposures to outside, bars, and other people. We had $3 oysters, salads, the steak, and the fish and all were on par with what you would expect to pay in downtown Chicago. Servers were nice and friendly, but not precise. Several of our dishes were forgotten. I would go back and sit outside or at the bar and mingle."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We visited Chicago with friends and made a reservation at Tavernita through Open Table. We arrived a little early and enjoyed the corner bar which was open air during daylight. The bartenders muddled fresh citrus and herbs into artisan cocktails. We then enjoyed shuck for a buck oysters at the indoor bar. All before being seated for dinner. The wait staff were well coordinated. We always had full glasses of cold water. The sharing plates were generous portions. The flavors were well balanced, offering a wide array for the palate. The food was fresh and served hot. We had a blast! We ordered more than we were able to consume, 1-2 tapas per person is plenty. I would HIGHLY recommend trying this restaurant during your visit in Chicago. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This was our second visit and it was another evening of good foods and flavors! We really enjoyed trying some new things and having favorites from our last visit. The Hamachi and beet salad were probably my favorites this trip. The serrano ham flatbread was disappointing as it was more of a pizza than the flatbread we had last time. Our desserts were wonderful as usual - the tres leches, and the chocolate cake were a wonderful ending to our meal."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "The service and ambiance are great, but the food is definitely not the best I've had. It was passable."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Didn't like the taste, so blah and simple.. too expensive for the quality "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Went on a quiet Tuesday night to celebrate my birthday. Great service and each dish we ordered was very good. It was a quiet night on a Tuesday, but I like that - I imagine it would be more lively on a weekend. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "I paid a lot and didn't feel stuffed for dinner.... :/ Our server was nice, we were also sat next to people that made it feel a little less intimate of an experience "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We went here for my husband's birthday dinner and were seated right away. We chose some of the smaller and larger plates and really enjoyed the smaller plates best. Pork belly sliders, flatbread and spreads were amazing. The scallops were really just so-so, and the meatballs we thought were a bit spicy. Would definitely go back, but would actually stick with the smallest plates."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The pre-game drinks were OK - Margaritas were quite tny and filled with ice in a very small glass. Sangria was tasty. Tapas were very good , solid variety on menu. Meatballs were excellent with spicey chipotle sauce. The gnocchi was tremendous, nice sized portion. Short ribs were very disappointing. too thinly sliced, expecting a short rib to be beefy meaty with texture , not at all what was there. Not enough bread served with whiote bean puree. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Wonderful food, service, and ambiance. We dined early by the time we had finished the place filled up, and was getting a bit loud with a fairly young crowd. Be sure to try the corn side, amazing."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Great atmosphere and food for sharing. Ideal spot for a party or celebration. Also has nice outdoor dining."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The place was hoppin, the service was solid & food/drinlks very good. It was loud & lively in the bar area where we sat. Our waitress gave great recoomendations, she was just hard to hear at times. When we declined to choose a dessert because we were full, our waitress picked & brought us one since we were there celebrating my husband's birthday. Seems fun for a couple or small group, I'd recommend to friends!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Excellent food. Lots of choices. Interesting flavors. Enjoyed everything. Great Sangria too."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We had a 6:00 reservation on a Friday night. We told the waitress we were celebrating my boyfriends birthday. We were the only table filled in the restaurant. 10 minutes after being seated, they sat a table of 6 right next to us. I mean right on top of us. When i asked to be moved the hostess said she couldn't move us because the other tables had reservations. What? It's a huge restaurant and we were now one of two tables in the entire place. We moved anyway. The manager came by a few minutes later and asked if everything was ok. I don't think he even realized we what we just went through...there are lots of resturants in this area so I recommend you spend your money somewhere else. The food was good but most of the dishes tasted the same."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Everything we had was excellent. If you go with a group you could try a greater variety of tapas. Eggplant crostini was just excellent."
    Dined on 4/8/2014