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The Tavern
The Tavern
  • Address:
    519 North Milwaukee
    Libertyville, IL 60048
    Neighborhood:
    Mundelein – Vernon Hills - Libertyville
  • Cuisine:
    Steak
    Price: $31 to $50

The Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.libertyvilletavern.com
  • Email: libertyvilletavern@hotmail.com
  • Phone: (847) 367-5755
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Entertainment: We feature live music at our sister restaurant, The Firkin, located right next door, Tuesday and Thursday nights. Call 847-367-6168.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: The restaurant is one-and-a-half blocks south of the Libertyville station on the Metra Milwaukee District North Line: http://metrarail.com/Sched/md_n/md_n.shtml
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: The restaurant faces Milwaukee Ave., but entry is from the municipal parking lot behind the building. Access to the lot is on the north side of Cook Ave., west of Milwaukee.
A word from The Tavern
From hanging glass beads to architectural artifacts and an original Brunswick bar painted in gold and turquoise, this is clearly not your father's steakhouse. The Tavern's menu features USDA prime beef, Australian Wagyu, organically raised Uruguayan beef, and organic free-range chicken, diver-caught Maine sea scallops, assorted fresh fish, cold water Rock Lobster Tails, and in season: oysters from both coasts, the Alaskan king salmon run, live Maryland soft shell crabs, morels, chanterelles, and porcini from hunters in Oregon and Washington, and fresh produce from local county farms. An award-winning wine list featuring over 1,200 selections, a great wine by the glass assortment, and an unusually well-stocked bar round out the Tavern's beverage program. And Now… The Tavern has moved to a new level. In preparation for the soon to be opened Tavern Lounge, The Tavern Dining Room has moved to newly remodeled and redecorated quarters upstairs.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "We love this neighborhood restaurant. The food is outstanding. Great place for special occasions. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "An old favorite that we hadn't visited in a while. Menu has been updated but remains excellent. The smoke salmon is wonderful. Got help picking a wine that worked for both Prime Rib and Scallops. Great evening."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Attentive service. Helps plan a special occasion. Great food every time. If you eat upstairs, note that the bathroom - 1 person - is located on the first floor only."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Wife and I had a great experience at The Tavern, Everything was fantastc, the martinis, the steaks, the wine, the service, everything was top notch. Tom recommended a bottle of wine for our steaks, it was great. I would go here more often but it is expensive, but I don't mind paying for really great food."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The ambiance is very nice, the service is impeccable and the food is good, but not great for the expense. The fish was okay, the lobster great, but the steak was just okay. We did not order the upper echelon steaks, but for $33, the one that was recommended was a disappointment. I'm the person who likes the option of having an unimpressive steak slathered in a rich red wine and mushroom sauce. No sauces. We did love the fact they were very accommodating where sharing plates was concerned, and even separated the salad very generously and just put all the food in front of us so we didn't have to pass things. Overall a nice experience, but had the service not been impressive and the ambiance inviting, we wouldn't have been very impressed."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "As always, the service and food were top notch. The Uraguayan steak was wonderful and the 12 oz. filet was perfectly cooked and very tender. We had decided on drinking a Bordeaux wine with our meal but weren't sure what we should pick. After giving the server our range (around $80), the wine steward proceeded to pick a delightful wine that was actually a bit under the price range. I couldn't recommend this restaurant highly enough!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Our first time here. The food was outstanding. Rack of lamb and pork chop were unbelievably great and the side dishes some of the best I've ever had. Will not be my last time.."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This was our second time at the Tavern. It was just as good as the first time. Great food and service and a nice relaxed ambience. We'll be back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We had great service that was attentive but just right. The ambience on the second floor is great, quieter and wonderful for a special occasion. Best restaurant in Libertyville!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We love the Tavern and go there frequently. This time, it was to celebrate our daughter's 11th birthday. The staff is warm and inviting, service is impeccable (especially on a Tuesday!), and food is consistently delicious! I always get the grilled salmon and my husband got the striped bass. Both were cooked to perfection."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Excellent service. Unique and interesting atmosphere. The food was delicious and the steaks were prepared perfectly."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I felt like going back in time, very vintage feel in this place. It was little dark to read the menu. The dishes were just ok. Everything was overpriced. Hard to find parking."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The food was great. But I really liked the ambience."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Outstanding food. Wonderful service. Nice, elegant decor. What more can I say?"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Wonderful, quiet dinner for Valentine's Day. Excellent food and wine. Attentive service. Scallops were excellent. Thanks!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "My wife and I went to the tavern for a celebration and we are very glad we did. I would highly recommend the baked French onion soup, probably the best I've had. My wife had the striped seabass and she now swears it's one of her all time favorites. The 12 ounce Portuguese steak was also superb,not the best I've ever had as we've eating steak all over the world, worth the money for sure. The service was outstanding! Never a moment where we couldn't find someone and the even waited for us to both finish before taking the plates away, a rare occurrence in our experience. The manager paid great attention to detail and was always on the ball. Overall a great experience and I wish we'd tried it earlier."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Old world retro decor, nice ambiance, excellent and attentive staff. Wine by the glass is a much better bargain than the bottle prices, menu was very interesting and food was decent but pricey. The atmosphere and the quitness make the place but I think the real gem is the downstair bar area for just chilling out and having a few appetizers. Will certainly return, especially winter time."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "My wife and I went to The Tavern after seeing it in "Check, please" and going to Firkin a few times. The menu was small, but had some variety with steaks, chicken, pasta, and seafood. The steaks we had were cooked perfectly, sides were a la carte, but plenty to share. The service was attentive, but not intrusive; top notch. Price was similar to Chicago steakhouses, but with the same quality and in the north burbs. We will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Great ambiance, reminiscent of a French restaurant in old Montreal. Very professional and attentive service from all personal that we came in contact with. Upscale clientele. Menu choices very mundane and ordinary, not fitting the very high prices or the fine ambiance. The food was disappointing, heavy cheeses, too much salt and grease, bordering on mall food. Wine and whiskey servings rigidly measured amounts. Very disconcerting, to have to pay double for a two oz whiskey verses a standard one oz. With their prices far above most other restaurants, its seems petty for them to charge double for a the same drink and same amount served in most other places."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The Tavern continues to deliver a great evening of dining. The wine list is wonderful and the manger can find you the prefect bottle for and taste or food pairing. It also has a great selection of wine by the glass. Also the staff handles special request very well like halving a salad so it can be shared and delivering the chocolate desert (with a candle in it)."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Our party of four had an amazing experience. The food was superb with wide variety to please all palettes. The service was incredible, wonderfully attentive without being intrusive. The ambience was one of the best we have ever encountered. We can't wait to go back! Thank you for a memorable evening!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "We had a great date night at The Tavern! We chose the Sirloin Sashimi for the appetizer, which was wonderful. The lentil spread that is served with the bread is also delicious! For our main course, I had the Edie's Striped Bass- highly recommend it! My boyfriend had the 12-ounce NY strip, which was a little undercooked but fine for him. We had the Tavern Fried Potatoes and Grilled Asparagus as sides, and both were really good. Our server was pretty attentive, and we enjoyed the ambiance- not too loud, decorated very pretty, and dimly lit. Be sure to book a reservation in advance as they have seem to book up fast!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Excellent time, wanted to enjoy a nice long dining experience with great food, that is exactly how the evening went."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Every year around Christmas, a dear friend and I meet at The Tavern for dinner. This tradition goes back almost 20 years and we always ask ourselves why we don't come more often. No excuse, but it's always a lovely experience with outstanding service and food. Highly recommend this Libertyville treasure!"
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "I had always wanted to go to the Tavern, but never managed to do so. Now I wish I'd gone sooner. The food was excellent along with a very complete wine list and someone who knew something about it. I had a steak and my girlfriend had the duck. She raved about how good hers was and mine was excellent. They didn't rush us at all, to the point that if we'd been in a hurry (why would you be in a place like this) it would have seemed like the service was slow. I think they knew what they were doing and we appreciated the server, the excellent staff, the ambience and the food. We will go back."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "We have been to Tavern several times and always hope we finally understand the good reviews. We are giving up. In comparison to other high end steak places, Tavern does not come close. The wine list is very pricey as is the food. However, the food is just average. Service and atmosphere are well done but these do not compensate for the short comings. Dinner for 4 with salad, steak a a lesser bottle of wine and shared sides was $350 with no dessert or coffee. The worst part is the consistent problem with parking and the condition in the parking area. With no valet we find ourselves driving around and navigating through piles of snow even when you are dropped off. Ruth's chris does a superior job with better food, wine, service and parking."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "We've been dining at Tavern for many years. Where else could you find a local gem with this much going for it? You won't. The kitchen turns out very consistent dishes. The service is always great. The great bar combined with the downstairs lounge and upstairs full dining is a combination hard to beat anywhere. The last time I saw a wine list this deep locally was at Le Francais, yet there are some bargains to be found on it. We never wait for our reservation. For special occasions, a special treat, and especially holiday time, it's always been our go to spot."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "Still love the place but menu needs to be updated!!!"
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "Everything was fantastic Would recommend the grilled shrimp"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "The food and service were very good, but frankly, a bit overpriced compared to other similar tiered restaurants in the north suburbs. We spent $150 for 2 with just 1 glass of wine each and moderate entree selections - no dessert or coffee."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "Every think is wonderful: food, decor and service."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "From the beautiful ambience and colorful chandeliers, the amazing service, the outstanding food,...yes... the evening was simply PERFECT!! We can't wait to go back again and again....really a treat not one complaint about anything!!!"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Tavern has the menu and pricing of a very high-end steakhouse. While food was good it wasn't quite up to par with others in this category. The wine list and service were great. The atmosphere is very unique. Overall it is a nice experience, just feels very pricey for what you get food-wise."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "When we frequent the Tavern, we always know we will find something good to eat, find a good bottle of wine, have great service and enjoy our evening. What more can you ask for?"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "As always, our entire experience was outstanding! Amazing staff, food, and service!"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Local elegant restaurant upstairs with fun bar and lounge downstairs. Food was outstanding as usual (steak) and wine list superb. Service was great with delivery of courses timed very well."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "I saw this on Check Please and it looked intriguing. My husband and I picked our anniversary to go there as it is rather pricey. We both felt it wasn't worth the cost. So we won't be back! Sorry! The service though was excellent and the atmosphere! But still not worth the price."
    Dined on 9/24/2013
  • "Our food was fantastic. You have to try the Organic Uruguayan beef steak. It melts in your mouth. Their presentation for the smoked salmon was very original. I was very impressed with the wine list. The service was excellent and the decor very quaint. We will come back. The bar downstairs seems to be a great place to hang-out"
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "If you want excellent food, and are willing to accept slightly high prices The Tavern is for you. Took some friends to dinner, quiet enough to talk, good atmosphere, excellent service."
    Dined on 8/2/2013