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Bridge House Tavern - Permanently Closed

4.3
4.3
848 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Bridge House Tavern is located on the river in the heart of the River North neighborhood. The one-of-a-kind location offers a polished tavern feel that allows diners to enjoy comfort food in a casual atmosphere. Some featured menu favorites include; Spicy Chicken Avocado Rolls, Bridge House Burger, and Popcorn (laced with honey, bacon, jalapeño and smoked salt). Brunch is served on the weekends and includes items such as Brioche French Toast, Smoked Salmon Benedict, and Wicked Tots.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    **RESERVATION POLICY: We are unable to guarantee outdoor seating, but you are more than welcome to make the request. All guests must be present to seat the reservation. Reservations are for full lunch and dinner service. Drinks and appetizers are available in the bar area (inside and oustide) on a first come, first serve basis. FALL HOURS WEDNESDAY– FRIDAY Lunch: 11:00AM – 3:00PM Dinner: 4:30PM to Close SATURDAY Brunch: 10:00AM – 3:00PM Dinner: 5:00PM to Close SUNDAY Brunch: 10:00AM – 3:00PM **CLOSED ON MONDAYS & TUESDAYS

  • Phone number

    (312) 644-0283

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Mark Hemmer

  • Private party facilities

    Bridge House Tavern hosts an array of events throughout the year and can help you plan your next outing! The river level patio or intimate indoor space creates a comfortable, unique setting for your next corporate or social event.

  • Private party contact

    Kristen Ihnatiuk: (312) 644-0283

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Cross street

    Clark & Chicago River

  • Parking details

    The closest parking garage is located less than a block away at Greenway Self Park at 60 W. Kinzie (Clark and Kinzie). Valet parking is also available after 4PM.

  • Public transit

    Bridge House Tavern is located 2 blocks North of the Clark/Lake el station.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 848 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. KB

    KarenB

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great experience. Bar food with an upscale twist!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant! Food was outstanding! Service great too.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Service was fantastic and they provided large amount of food.
  4. DD

    DowntownDiner

    San Francisco

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Fish and chips is terrific and the portion is generous!! Well presented too! Moscow mule paired well!
  5. GF

    GaryF

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening in Chicago. Sat outside at the bar while we waited for a table along side of the river. Great food and service. Will be back again.
  6. J

    Jenn

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place!!!! The food is great and you can't beat the atmosphere.
  7. AH

    AhrenH

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2017

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    The restaurant is beautiful and the view is excellent. We had great service, but the food was not great. It all sounded good on the menu and was presented nicely, but the food missed the mark for us.
  8. C

    Christina27

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We spent a very rainy evening at the very cozy Bridge House Tavern. We quickly became a part of the restaurant's culture, due to the very friendly and engaging host staff, bartender (Patrick!) and our lovely server. The tater tots appetizer was to die for and our meals were all extremely generous portions and absolutely delicious. Despite the fact that we were drawn to the restaurant because of its inviting outside seating, we greatly enjoyed the warmth and friendliness of the inside area. Can't wait to return!!
  9. DL

    DanielleL

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    went here for lunch during the workday with my sister - didn't sit on the patio however still had a nice view of the water. ordered avocado rolls, shrimp BLT (comes with cool bacon milkshake), and the shrimp tacos. everything was amazing! big portions too. tater tots and side salad were our included sides. had a lot leftover!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2017

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food and service were good. The best part was our table next to the river.
  11. JJ

    JJ6204

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love Bridgehouse. Our waitress was so considerate, we sat inside due to the unseasonably hot weather, and without asking she placed a stationary fan near our table. The shaved salad is my go to. Absolutely delicious!!
  12. V

    Vicky

    San Diego

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, menu and happy hour deals! Highly recommend
  13. HL

    HeatherL

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2017

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Food was mediocre. Great view on the river
  14. GS

    GreatSpotGeeGee

    Chicago

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu is seasonal and fresh and the service is fun and friendly. Great atmosphere!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2017

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Steak (only one dish) with excessive sauce, perhaps just a small hint and offer it in the side. Rest is nicely presented (fish and fries) and beer good temperature.
  16. BM

    BethM

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2017

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The duck tacos were great! The place was incredibly crowded even at lunch time. I'd recommend making reservations in advance to avoid a long wait.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent, food was even better. We will definitely revisit on our next trip to Chicago.
  18. KB

    KatyB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My fiancé met my cousin and her husband for first time.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My boyfriend and I went here for a date night. I had never dined on the river before so I asked if we could sit outside. They were more than accommodating and seated us right away. Our server was very attentive and super friendly. The food was outstanding! I got the shrimp tacos and was not disappointed! The tater tots and fries were also very crispy and delicious. They also had a great beer and drink menu! Definitely would recommend!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went there for an after work dinner with our boss from out of state and everyone enjoyed their meal and felt it was a very good deal. I was skeptical of the bacon jalapeño popcorn but it really was awesome, all the food was just great, as was the beverage selection.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great place to enjoy a meal or simply a drink while viewing the river traffic in the heart of the city.
  22. AC

    AntoineC

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food, great service. Perfect for happy hour, or just a nice lunch or dinner.
  23. C

    Cajtango

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We go here for lunch in the summer. Need reservations though. Love their fish tacos for lunch!!
  24. TM

    TML33

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined at Bridge House Tavern upon my Grand Aunt's request, who was in town visiting. Dining there was fabulous all the way around from the scenic location, the friendly and fast service, to the scrumptious appetizers and tasty main dishes. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting from Toronto we arrived for lunch and sat at a perfect table by the water. The food was delicious! We started with Tavern TOTS & Avocado Bruschetta. The Steak Sandwich was tender and delicious. My guests enjoyed their meals too. It was a great start to our visit to Chicago. Highly recommend this restaurant!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was top notch
  27. MM

    MargaretM

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The atmosphere is wonderful - outside Nice & causal Friendly service Fun menu with Very nice portion sides
  28. DG

    DGeats

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2017

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Love BHT, but there are a lot of rules. 1 being your reservation ONLY guarantees an INSIDE reservation. 2 being while you wait for your outside table at the bar you CANNOT order an appetizer because it forfeits your outside table reservation. Food is great and you can't beat the river views on a beautiful summer evening.
  29. D

    Deeee

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was great except for the ceviche... first time trying it and I wasn't a fan. Other than that, love the restaurant and location!
  30. CF

    ChristopherF

    Chicago

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    That angry pig burger was out of this world..our server was fantastic....
  31. S

    Sand

    Greensboro

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The location on the river is very nice and relaxing. Enjoy watching the boats go by. Food is always good and consistent.
  32. AM

    AngelaM

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2017

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    It was a great place to celebrate my Birthday! Our server Melissa was the best!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2017

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    We had a reservation at 11 am. At 11 they came to us and said the kitchen wasn't going to be open until 11:15. My fiancé had to run after him to ask if we could at least sit down at our table in the mean time. The host had to go ask a supervisor. Who, eventually, said yes. It was a little weird of a start to a dining experience we had reservations for but overall it was good. The food is SUPER good and prices are slightly below normal for most river side dining. Would definitely go again
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2017

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Great venue along the river with a decent menu and attentive service. We can't wait to spend more time there .
  35. c

    cynthiaj

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2017

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We ordered fries for the table - and they came out with four different sauces, all that we absolutely loved! We did wish that when the fries were delivered to the table, the gentleman who set them down told us what was what right away rather than us having to guess and then ask later on. We all loved our cocktails - very yummy! We ordered all different types of foods - southwest salad, the bratwurst, and the tacos - all very delicious! I almost could not finish my meal - certainly did not have space for dessert! The food and cocktails did take a little longer than we expected to come out, unfortunately. Also, we had a reservation, though I hadn't specified that we wanted to sit outside prior to getting to the restaurant. So, we had the option of waiting (6th in line) to sit outside or be seated right away inside. I wish this was an option during the reservation portion! Sitting inside wasn't too bad, but we were excited about eating on the river - which we didn't get to see the river since we were on the far side of the restaurant.
  36. B

    B2houchi

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an excellent meal @ the Bridgehouse Tavern -- plus bottles of wine were 50% off (Wednesday special). Our server was fantastic and the food was delicious.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very busy, so make a reservation. Excellent summer time location on the river. Good food and service.
  38. m

    missguam09

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2017

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Great location and awesome view! Biggest downside was that making a reservation didn't guarantee outdoor seating on the river. We arrived 5 minutes early for our 8 PM reservation for a party of 2, but had to wait an additional 40 minutes for an outdoor table. Ultimately, we weren't taken to a table until about 8:35.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good drinks and good food. Very friendly waiters and patrons
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wife's Birthday

FAQs

Bridge House Tavern - Permanently Closed is rated 4.3 stars by 848 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Clark & Chicago River

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Hours of operation

    **RESERVATION POLICY: We are unable to guarantee outdoor seating, but you are more than welcome to make the request. All guests must be present to seat the reservation. Reservations are for full lunch and dinner service. Drinks and appetizers are available in the bar area (inside and oustide) on a first come, first serve basis. FALL HOURS WEDNESDAY– FRIDAY Lunch: 11:00AM – 3:00PM Dinner: 4:30PM to Close SATURDAY Brunch: 10:00AM – 3:00PM Dinner: 5:00PM to Close SUNDAY Brunch: 10:00AM – 3:00PM **CLOSED ON MONDAYS & TUESDAYS

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    The closest parking garage is located less than a block away at Greenway Self Park at 60 W. Kinzie (Clark and Kinzie). Valet parking is also available after 4PM.

  • Public transit

    Bridge House Tavern is located 2 blocks North of the Clark/Lake el station.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mark Hemmer

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 644-0283

  • Private party facilities

    Bridge House Tavern hosts an array of events throughout the year and can help you plan your next outing! The river level patio or intimate indoor space creates a comfortable, unique setting for your next corporate or social event.

  • Private party contact

    Kristen Ihnatiuk: (312) 644-0283

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