The Boundary Tavern & Grille
The Boundary Tavern & Grille

The Boundary Tavern & Grille

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.boundarychicago.com/
  • Phone: 7732781919x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00am*
    Saturday: 11:00am - 3am*
    Sunday: 11:00am - 2am*

    Brunch available Saturday and Sunday until 3pm
    *Late night limited food menu begins at 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Isidro Soto
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Entertainment: 13 Plasma TVs adorn the walls for any sports lover viewing pleasure.
  • Special Events: Space can be sectioned off in the restaurant/bar dining area for a semi-private event. Email emily@boundarychicago.com for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Damen St.
  • Public Transit: Blue line CTA stops at Damen and at Division El stops. #50 Damen bus has a stop at Damen and Divsion. #70 Division bus has a stop at Division and Damen.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is valet service available after 5:00 PM during the week and after 12:00 PM on weekends.
A word from The Boundary Tavern & Grille
Located in the heart of Wicker Park and the Division Street corridor, The Boundary has much to offer. Spacious booths and plenty of tables offer an array of seating options in a cavernous space that features a barrel roof with exposed beams, brick and flagstone walls, and an expansive bar opposite a wall with a fireplace. In warmer weather, two large garage doors open up to let fresh air into the restaurant and a 16 table patio plays host to many patrons all summer long. Plasma TVs let sports fans keep an eye on the score while eating contemporary bar food with a few creative twists. A brunch menu with a make-your-own Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar is a favorite destination on weekends.



The Boundary also features a hefty beer selection of over 100 beers and a long shuffleboard table stretching along the back wall to keep the sportier locals happy.

Late night limited food menu begins at 10pm.
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The Boundary Tavern & Grille reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.5
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (6)good for groups (5)great for lunch (3)neighborhood gem (3)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Good food & location, service yikes
    SteveSkoDines
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Went to the boundary on a Friday night early and had a good time. Because we didn't order any alcohol upfront, the very attentive waitress became very not attentive. Given that our bill was 50 dollars and we had planned on ordering wine with our meal, we didn't since the waitress was such a high ticket snob. We went elsewhere after dinner and had a few drinks. Not to mention dessert, do they have dessert....I guess not, we never were asked. Will we be back, can we make this waitress isn't there?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Many t.v.s, weird vibe
    DiningDorsVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Almost like you are intruding on a close group of friends if you are not at the bar, this place is good for an easy-going beer drinking group but I would not take an older couple (my parents) here. The staff all hung out at the end of the bar while we were seated at the front so people walking by would see that some people were actually there. It is a very big place so not very cozy, making you feel like you are not cool because you don't work there or know anyone that does.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rodney Tesfaye
    rodneyt
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great food. Great service what more could you want and brunch that offers champagne bar(fix it yourself mimosas). AWESOME!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sports bar
    mamatubsVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    A bit nicer than your typical sports bar. Upscale bar food. I had the chicken salad and it was quite good. Lots of TV's for sports viewing. The staff was friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 57 reviews are from the The Boundary Tavern & Grille reviews archive.
  • Pretty good but they've done better
    cheech1006VIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Honestly not my best experience here, but that's a high bar. I thought it odd that they were blasting the audio for the annual NHL awards in a nearly empty bar. I get that it's mostly a sports bar, but a sports awards show isn't exactly sports. If there's no live sports on, could we have some music instead? Also, I had the nachos this time, which I hadn't had before. I can totally see how somebody else would love them, but I'd been much happier with other menu items I had had in the past. So I think that what I didn't like this time was by no means objectively bad (like if I saw something really gross in my food which I certainly did not), but they've done better.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun and Lively Atmosphere!
    RAV27
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The Boundary Tavern and Grille has a fun and lively atmosphere. They played the World Cup Soccer game while it was on and then the DJ played a variety of music from the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. It was a blast from the past! My girlfriends and I had a great time chatting and catching up--the food and drinks were good. At times the bar was a bit loud and it made talking difficult, but other than that it was great!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great patio. Good food and beer.
    cheech1006VIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Interesting mix of sports bar and craft beer bar. Lot's of big TVs. A seriously gorgeous patio. The food isn't going to win any Beard awards, but it is certainly well above average for a sports bar.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't ask for a special request
    Sundevil83VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Two at our table asked for minor changes when ordering. Niether were delivered correctly. The second attempt was even wrong on one order. Left without getting it right. The restaurant comped the dish. Gee thanks!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good neighborhood spot
    KattVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    the Boundary has a good menu, good service and has a great location on Division. It is a good spot to sit outside and enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bar food
    cheezynonkVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    this place was just your normal bar food with a little twist. The fish and steak tacos were nothing extraordinary, but good. Wouldn't go out of your way, but if you want a few drinks outside, this is a good spot
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome service
    Wickerparkgirl88
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The boundary is amazing! The manager and staff were so accommodating. The food is delicious. It is a great place to grab a beer while you enjoy the beautiful weather on their patio or watch a Blackhawks game!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    melkat
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went for Mother's Day and sat out on the patio. We did the bloody mary and mimosa bar which were just ok. I've seen much better bloody mary bars... they claimed it was huge. It was really just a basic selection of veggies, a couple cheese and one sausage. Guacamole was excellent! Fish tacos were ok. It was a Sunday so probably not a good idea to order fish. Buffalo chicken wrap and club sandwich were fairly standard.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Didn't stay
    LOUD
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    I went to the Boundary on a recommendation to meet a friend for brunch on a Sunday. To be fair, the Blackhawks were playing. BUT IT WAS SO NOISY WE COULD NOT STAY. Every TV in the place (and there are a lot) was on full blast. No way could you have a conversation. This was at NOON. I cannot comment on the food or service as we could not stay. But, I won't be back.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went to watch the Hawks game,
    Chuck
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Went to watch the Hawks game, it was great for that. You should be able to see a TV from any seat. Food was good, had steack tacos. The beer selection was nice as well.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great looking place, but...
    GroupDiner
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    ...if you go for any sports games, you may break your neck trying to watch the TV's from your seat. The TV are really high on the west side of the bar where we had a table. Standard bar food, but the salads are above average.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun time
    melissabmurrayVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    It was great to be able to reserve a table for St. Patrick's Day. We ordered a few apps to share for a group of 6 - 3 appetizers was enough to fill us all up. Our server was really busy but still was able to check on us pretty regularly. This is a great place to watch games of any type, especially with a group.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • St. Patrick's Weekend 2014
    Archie
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Visited this restaurant on Saturday, March 15 to watch Big 10 basketball. Music, when we arrived, was much too loud to even talk. This may have been because of the St. Patrick's Day celebration going on but was happy to have the music stop during the basketball games. We had a table of 15 people and service was excellent. Food was average. Not sure if I would go back. There are better places to watch sports that have excellent food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice bar food. Strangely
    docgcaVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Very nice bar food. Strangely bright tortilla chips, good burgers and wraps.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-game dinner & drinks
    Patti
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Great place to get good food pre- game at the United Center. Valet parking, ticket holders discount and great service so you make the game on time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    Thanks for everything. The scene was very relaxing and the food was a 10 out of 10.keep up the good work. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid place.
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    Girlfriend and I have been here several times now. They have a nice selection of appetizers, salads, burgers, beers, and wines. Servers were always chill and helpful. Good place to go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, scenic view, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good sports bar
    jchic
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    great place to get together with friends for a few drinks and watch a game.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Bar
    GroupDiner
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    Very nice place to have a group come out. Clean and spacious. Standard food items, but that's not a bad thing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit and Miss
    TomNinaVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2013
    We ordered the steak tacos (great), and an extra thimbleful of salsa (charged an extra $.50, what a rip-off), and a new featured item, the German plate with spaetzel (horrid). The meat seemed to be a formed patty, from frozen, with spaetzel, also seemingly frozen, with some kind of bizarre lemon sauce. Yuck. We sent it back, and they apologized and gave us the menu to order again. So, a mixed bag. Some good, some bad. And over $100 lighter in the pocket!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great patio! Yummy food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    We really enjoyed the outdoor patio. It was a beautiful night. Food was really good. I had the BBQ chicken sandwich on pretzel bread with tator tots. Yum! Husband had steak tacos and a friend had the chicken wrap. Everyone loved their food. Service was a little slow. However, it was a nice night out so we were okay not being rushed. Inside it looked like plenty of TVs, so this place would be good for sports fans. Also, they have one shuffle board that is free to play.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good selection of beers, great food
    DebbieS
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    We loved the food and had a great selection of beer! We wish they served the sangria by the glass instead of just the pitcher!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sloppy burgers
    UnimpressedVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    That's a good thing!! I had a delicious "Sunnyside Up Burger." It was complete with bacon, a fried egg, and all the trimmings. Very delicious! My fiance had a wonderful spicy buffalo chicken wrap, which was probably the best wrap I've ever tried. Nice touch on the tater tots too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ambiance is Warm and inviting
    chicagovisitor1
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    Summer time they roll back the window partitions and bring the outside in on a warm summer evening. The decor is modern, yet warm at the same time.So fun to put in your order, then play for a wee bit on the open-to-all shuffleboard game!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A go-to neighborhood place
    Cindyb2476VIP
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    Always reliable and good food. Casual environment with great outdoor patio. Plenty of seating and TVs for sports viewing. Clean, good and fast service, Mimosa/Bloody Mary bar on the weekends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good sports bar in Wicker Park
    Brian42876
    Dined on 5/13/2013
    Me and my wife went here to see a Bulls game and it exceeded our expectations. Our server was very friendly and the food was great. We went at dinner time during the week and there was plenty of seating and plenty of televisions. The beer draft selection was very good as well. Place was very new and well designed. We'll definitely go back there. Very good place to catch a game.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch + Bloody Mary Bar = Perfect
    ZachB22
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    I lived in Chicago a few years ago and this used to be one of my favorite spots to grab brunch, especially for its Bloody Mary bar. When I returned for a wedding weekend, I met up with 12 friends for brunch. The Bloody Mary Bar was just as I remembered it -- read: perfect! -- but the food was not as great. No worries, it was the perfect ambiance for a group and with all of the TVs, it's a great distraction for kids or sports junkies. Will be back next time in Chicago, for sure.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place to hand out with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/11/2013
    Great place to hand out with friends. Everyone was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good and reliable
    Cindyb2476VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    A good, stable neighborhood "go to". Food is always good and reliable. Upscale bar atmosphere with comfortable seating and the view of a TV from any table. Brunch includes a bloody mary/mimosa bar, there is good outdoor seating, and the crowd is always friendly and casual. My favorite place on Division to grab lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • On the plus side, Boundary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    On the plus side, Boundary has a fantastic beer selection and wait staff who are very knowledgeable about it. On the downside, we had a group of 14 and the wait staff dropped one of the trays carrying food to our table; half were done eating when the last people got their food. Stuff like that happens; it would have been nice if the manager had done something to make up for the disaster.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Been there before great drinks
    kevinVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    Been there before great drinks and food. Watched a blackhawks game over lunch with 3 others and had a great time. Waitress was excellent and food was great.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underwhelmed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    We were disappointed by the Brunch Menu selection. We came to the Boundary during football season and the menu was incredible. Their off-season brunch menu, however, features ONLY savory items - there was not a single sweet breakfast item. I don't understand why they would limit their brunch menu in a city where brunch is what people do, especially given that the brunch items they offered previously were so terrific. And although the Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar were still there, they really aren't the same unless they are paired with an awesome menu. I would have rather just eaten lunch, omitting the bar and brunch entirely.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Times have changed
    BluesboyVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    When this placed first opened, I really, really liked it. Great place to go with friends and watch a game and have some good grub and drinks. While the bar choices are still pretty good, the food menu has really taken a downturn in the last year or so and more so in the last few months as it appears they dumbed it down yet again. Gone are many of the awesome burgers, pulled pork bbq sandwiches, and other tasty appetizer and menu items. What's left is just very average - both choices and quality. Not sure why but I am sadly disappointed. I don't know if it was coincidence but I was here on a Saturday night and it was DEAD. Very strange. Anyway, it's still an OK place there are much better choices in the area for food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Four old hens and a young rooster
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    We had four old hens and one young rooster (my nephew) with us at the Boundary on a Friday night. The old hens got there at 6:30 P.M. The atmosphere was nice and not too loud. By the time we left (around 8:30 P.M.), it was a place that my nephew probably wished he was at without the old hens! The food was good and reasonably priced, the decor was enjoyable, our waitress was very nice, but by the time we left,the noise level was definitely more appealing for a younger crowd. When I told my 30 something niece that we had eaten there, she was real impressed that her elderly aunt was into such a swinging scene. Having said all of that, I did enjoy my experience there.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special pumpkin night
    FrequentDiner
    Dined on 10/23/2012
    Lots of kids on this pumpkin carving event night. We enjoyed carving the pumpkins and eating hand made caramel apples. The apple cider hot drinks were tasty.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WOAH! Way too loud! Turn
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    WOAH! Way too loud! Turn those TVs down so we can hear the waiters at the very least.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic