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The Bentley Tavern
The Bentley Tavern
  • Address:
    2834 North Southport Ave
    Chicago, IL 60657
    Neighborhood:
    Lakeview / East Lakeview
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

The Bentley Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bentleytavern.com
  • Phone: (773) 477-2283
  • Hours of Operation: SUNDAY:
    Brunch 10:00am - 4:00pm
    Closed for dinner

    MONDAY - THURSDAY
    5pm - 11pm

    FRIDAY:
    5pm - 12am

    SATURDAY:
    Brunch 10am - 4pm
    Dinner 4pm - 12am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, American
  • Executive Chef: Ian Flowers
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N Southport Ave and W Diversey Pkwy
  • Public Transit: Bus: Diversey #76 stop-Southport, Ashland #9, stop-Diversey or George.
    "L" Train: Brown Line stop-Diversey
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Neighborhood parking: non metered/non permit
A word from The Bentley Tavern
The Bentley is a “nouveau” bistro chef-driven concept from chef Ian Flowers (LOKaL, 676 Restaurant & Bar -- The Omni Hotel and Prost) and owner Brian Dohmen, in the heart of Lakeview/Lincoln Park. Drawing inspiration from the charming brasseries found throughout Europe, Bentley presents progressive new American food, classic seasonal drinks and great times, all in a casual, low-key neighborhood setting. The space also features a gorgeous outdoor sidewalk patio that holds approximately 50.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • " Poor service 1/2 priced wine list , most not in stock, special small and overpriced"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "My wife and I had dinner at Bentley during a storm which caused us to be one of the few tables. The staff was extremely friendly when they could've been upset about having to work such a small crowd. We'll definitely be going back. Food and drinks were terriffic!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We arrived & there wasn't one person in the restaurant, so we opted to sit outside with other diners. Once seated, we realized our table was on a large slant. We notified our waiter & someone who appeared to to be a manager. We were told they'd get us some cloth napkins to put underneath & try to balance the table. After about 20 minutes & spilled drinks, we go inside to get a table. Not once did anyone apologize for our hassles or did we receive good service as we were mostly ignored. When it came time to pay the bill, our cc slip was returned with no pen. It took a good 5 minutes to flag down the waiter for a pen since all of the staff, who were at the bar right NEXT to us, were too busy screwing around & drinking. Real classy."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My fiance and I came with a group of 7 family members to celebrate our engagement.The service was a little slow throughout the night and the patio was slanted, however everything else was wonderful. Our server was friendly and the food was amazing. I was very impressed with the quality and I believe everything was, for the most part, reasonably priced. We will absolutely return. The menu had a great selection so I look forward to trying a couple different items."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We went here for brunch on a beautiful Sunday morning. The outdoor patio is nice and the food was delicious."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We went to Bentley tavern for the first time on a weekday evening. The interior has a refined but welcoming ambiance. We sat outside because of the nice weather. The service was friendly and appropriately attentive. The cocktail selection was very good, and they have a good regional beers on tap with the usual suspects by the bottle. The wine list has good selections and is reasonably priced. For the apps we had crab cakes and oysters, both of which were very good. We were a bit disappointed by the main dishes, however, which were not flavorful and lacked seasoning, especially the chicken sandwich. We plan to return for due to the nice location, lovely interior and friendly service, but the food could use some improvement."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "This place has GREAT food, awesome drinks, fun staff and an overall gem!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The burger and short ribs were great! We sat at one if the tables at the bar by the front windows. Great table. The music was perfect and not too loud. The plates probably should be served hot because my short ribs got cold too fast. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Tasty food and pleasant outdoor cafe on a quiet street. Good neighborhood bistro spot!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "What a great menu of best brunch FAVs: Chicken N Waffles; Hash, and Benedicts! Bloody Mary was vigorous and the Mimosa and Bellini's were great! Good solid flavors across the board on the CnW with a little kick plus the sweetness of the syrup. The Beef short rib hash was a little chunky on the potatoes but the beef and veggies were slow roasted excellently. The asparagus was done perfect for the Benedict and the corn cake and pork belly were a great touch! We'll be back for something else - like salads or the frittatas! Even with a drive from CLE!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The atmosphere is really great, but I was disappointed with the food. The appetizers were good, but the entrees were very disappointing. My dish needed more flavor, my risotto was very watery and the portion size was very small. Everyone in are party had similar complainants about lack of flavor and over cooked meat. I will go back and give it a 2nd chance, since our apps were good and the overall atmosphere is great."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food was amazing, served healthy portions, and the service was top quality. The atmosphere was perfect and the restaurant was very clean. The signature cocktail menu was also impressive. I will be back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The Bentley Tavern was a pleasant neighborhood surprise. The food was much better than any of us expected. The wine list was equally impressive, and unlike other places, they aren't overpriced. The one downside is that the space is cavernous, and as such, the sound can be deafening. It can be hard to hear people at your table talk, given there is nothing muffling the sound in the restaurant. No curtains, no acoustic foam, no table cloths. So mix in the sound of bar tv's, food service, tables of high-pitched young women and their chardonnay, and the sound can be overwhelming. Will certainly try the restaurant again given how pleasant the food was and reasonably priced the wine was, but would encourage owners to mitigate the sound."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner at Bentley Tavern. The charcuterie board was really good and very large for the price - a great value. Our entrees were also very good and the portion sizes are perfect - just enough to be filling. Only real area for improvement is the speed of service, it was too fast. I wish the server/kitchen would have timed things out a bit better. Our entrees arrived before we had finished our appetizer. Taking things just a bit slower would have improved our experience a little."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I brought my two daughters here and we had a enjoyable dinner, the food was very good and service excellent. The decor is very inviting, a great evening. I would highly recommend this restaurant"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "This is a nice local restaurant but the experience for brunch was poor. Service was slow even though it was not crowded. Mistakes were made on several orders. The menu was limited. Would not recommend it."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "My friend and I met here for brunch on a Sunday and, while we were not there at the typical noon brunch time, we were not expecting it to be completely dead inside. But it was, which was slightly awkward. However, the food was delicious! I had the chicken and waffles and my friend had the root vegetable hash. Both dishes were great and I would get the chicken and waffles again. Also, they had $9 bottomless mimosas and bloody mary's with the order of an entree. That's a great deal! So, we were confused why no one else was there. People should definitely check it out! Delicious food and great prices for brunch."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "At first, Bentley Tavern looked like a well-decorated and fun spot to be on a Saturday night. We quickly noticed that the waitress could not hear us and that the acoustics of the place were not good at all. Then the appetizers took forever to get to our table. At that time we ordered our dinner and I, being a pescatarian, ordered the only non-meat item on the menu, sea bass. We ordered and 20 minutes later the waitress informed me, "No more sea bass!" I then ordered soup for dinner! The experience as a whole was very mediocre and I cannot recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We tried Bently Tavern last Friday for a friends birthday dinner and had a great experience! The food was flavorful and portions were just the right size! Service was attentive without being over the top! I made note in my reservation that it wasy friends birthday and they brought a delicious dessert for her!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time. We have gone for dinner and brunch and both were great!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "It tasted like I had a load shot in my mouth. Horrid and awful."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The duck and the free range chicken were very good. Wait staff were very friendly and accommodating."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I had the best oysters I've ever had. This place is severely underrated and I hope people start coming here so it doesn't shut down. It was pretty empty when we came in, although it was a bit earlier on a Friday night. Everything was excellent, nice ambience, could be a little more dimly lit. Everyone was very nice. And the side streets are no zone so you can park right around it. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Quite the pleasant surprise...food taste, food presentation, service, cocktails, ambiance. Great experience from start to finish!!!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Never disappointed by the delicious food and quaint atmosphere here. Best Fries ever...elevated bistro food."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I have driven past this place several time over the years and have wanted to try it. So, glad that I did with a friend. Wine was good and food was good a well. Can't wait to go back and try something else on the menu!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Parking in this area first off can be a hassle...but walking into Bentley Tavern was a surprise. It's a beautiful restaurant in an unexpected corner of Southport (a bit chilly though for this winter weather). The food was good, not fantastic, but the menu offered a variety of must try items. Great wine and beer list."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "This seems like a terrific neighborhood fine dining spot, still w enough corner charm to be locals' hangout. Super fresh bluepoints on the half shell and tender lamb meatballs were a great start. Pork shoulder cassoulet was perfectly tender & unctious, while rigatoni w house made sauce was equally as homemade tasting. Other offerings and desserts were well received as well. Wine list is a bit limited but it worked out for a casual evening."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Went based on Chicago magazine. Ordered items that they were out of. Wait staff must be new."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "We had had an excellent dining experience at Bentley Tavern about 2 weeks ago so we though we would try them for brunch. There were 3 of us and two of us had a very nicely presented, tasty plate of lox and bagels. When the food arrived, finally, one of the plates of lox and bagels was not served and had to be reordered. One meal, a frittata, was overcooked despite the specific request to not overcook the eggs. It was returned and was properly cooked the second time. The side order of potatoes was too oily with too flavor. The cinnamon bun was very good. The management was very generous to us in acknowledging the mistakes that had been made."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "We had a grand time. We got there early when it was really quiet. Sat at the bar. We had so much fun talking to the bartender from LA that we stayed and ate at the bar too. She's a Chicago convert. She loves this city and her enthusiasm really shows. The food is very nicely executed. Some standards and some surprises. Good addition to the neighborhood."
    Dined on 11/18/2013
  • "Service was unsure and rushed, we barely bit into our appetizer and the brought the salads, then we were only halfway through the salads and they brought the entrees, and 2 of the three entrees were very cold. The duck and the pork. Took a minute to get the server, they left the one hot entree took the others back, it was quite awhile the third person went on to eat And was finished when the other two entrees came back remade. They really should have remade all three They were nice about it, no reason given and they gave us. Discount without asking, the food was good, but will be hesitant Bout a return visit"
    Dined on 11/18/2013
  • "Tickets to the Athenaeum brought us to Bentley Tavern. Nice menu, good portions, nicely executed, decent drinks/wine/beer list. Flavors were very good but we were puzzled. There was no difference between the agnolotti and the pieroggi in terms of outer wrap. could've been pot stickers. Fillings and sauces were very good. Quail special on cheddar corn bread was great. Helpful staff, cute little place. Probably wouldn't go out of the way to stop in again but if other plans brought us around, we sure would consider going back."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Very disappointed with the service. Waitress was inattentive and difficult to track down. Our entrees came out in waves so the food was cold for first of half the group. Food was mediocre."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "We arrived at this restaurant 5 minutes before our scheduled OpenTable reservation. My family and I were seated at a regular 4-top table and after our water was poured, we were asked to move to a high top table in the bar area as this was not our "reserved table, although they had sat us at this table themselves. This was unacceptable as I am 8 months pregnant and I was dining with my parents, who need a comfortable seat while dining. Keep in mind, we were told on the phone earlier that the bar hightop tables in the bar were non-reservation so I had no idea how we had been relegated to bad table. Very disappointed in our service and the way in which the hostess handled this issue."
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "The food was fantastic, drinks were scrumptious, and the atmosphere was excellent. The service however left much to be desired! Our reservation was for 8:30, and we were not seated until 9:05. When we mentioned something to the hostess, she brushed us off. Then our server was only so-so, which was disappointing in comparison to the high quality of ambience and food. When asked for a recommendation of what to order, he pointed at three items on the menu saying only, "this is good." From such a seemingly high quality restaurant, my party expected a more comfortable, accommodating experience from the staff."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "The salads were huge and the wait staff did not recommend sharing as many restaurants will. I ordered the black cod which was nicely presented on a bed of risotto with peppers on top but when it came it smelled and tasted very fishy. Overall the meal was way too expensive for three people (172 with tip) with only 2 glasses of wine and no dessert or coffee."
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "We saw this restaurant open in the neighborhood a few weeks ago and have been anxious to give it a try. My wife and I went there mid-week for her birthday. We found our waitress very enthusiatic and helpful. My wife had the roasted half chicken which was very genreous and delicious and she loved the buttermilk potatoes. At the recommendation of our server I had the pork shoulder which must have cooked slowly nearly all day because it was moist, tender and very tasty. We had a great time and look forward to taking friends there soon."
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "The service is wonderful, happy and welcoming. That is a good thing because the wait for the food was way too long. I suggest bringing a newspaper and don't go in starving. The $9 sweet roll. I had to try it because, well $9! I was expecting amazing. It was tasty, something you might pay $2 for at a bakery. The corn bread on the porkbelly bene-so dry it really ruined the dish. The pork belly was also a bit on the dry side. Potato pancake, waffle with chicken, and the French toast all hit the high notes. About the wait for the food-Sunday brunch on a game day, the place was about 1/4 full. I hate to think how long we might have had to wait on a non-game day with a full house. Also-turn on the heat! We froze!"
    Dined on 10/6/2013
  • "My husband and I had walked past this location for years but never stopped. This new restaurant looked really cute so we decided to try it out and brought friends. Once we arrived we noticed a mixed bag of patrons - families with elementary school aged childen, friends out to dinner, couples and a few groups of folks that appeared retired. It was very humid the day we were there - the restaurant had all the windows open and the fans going, however, we were sweating bullets. The food was okay. The waiter seemed as if he was in a hurry and I don't think he smiled once. The bartenders were not super friendly or inviting. Once was enough and we probably won't be going back."
    Dined on 10/5/2013