Columbus Tap

3.9
164 Reviews
$30 and under
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Columbus Tap offers a quintessential Windy City tap house experience and a fresh Midwest-focused menu that flirts with seasonal and regional ingredients, created to pair perfectly with the restaurant's unique and extensive beer selection.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 164 people are saying
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Jolthammer
Chicago
66 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sat at the bar. Danny was great. Our fries were cold with dinner, but Danny got us some warmer fries. Meal was fine after that.

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ElizabethM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Easy, casual pub in Fairmount hotel. Good for a simple but tasty meal

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vipJanetB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a long day at a football game it was great to have dinner right in the hotel
The food was great and drinks were perfect. Veronica our waitress was super fun and did a great job
We had wings and calamari for apps. Both were delicious
We had burgers, the pizza , chicken sandwich and salad w salmon -no complaints from my picky crew. Best part was 10 steps to the elevator to our room.

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RalphH
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Seared Branzino with cauliflower was delicious. Outstanding preparation ,when I go back to the Fairmont I’ll order it again.

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MJackson
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really nice time. We had put in a request for a corner table, got it.

Website had shown Friday happy hour, but it wasn’t the case. The restaurant honored the website on request!

We had a very good experience. Thank you.

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Lauren
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience3

We ordered an appetizer and drinks, which arrived fairly quickly, but the rest of our meal took over an hour (beyond the time we already waited for appetizers). The server was knowledgeable and friendly but the amount of time we waited, and the price of the food, was what prompted the lower rating. We have no problem paying good money for good food, but nothing we ordered seems worth the price.

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Pfishmon
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyable place to meet with a couple of friends. The waitstaff were very patient as we wanted to chat a lot. We were fortunate that there were always open tables.

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vipCheriseL
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour spot. Very quiet so to restrictions. Awesome food and drinks for a low happy hour cost.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

It was okay, typical hotel restaurant.

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vipForest
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience2

Great service and easy spot to get a table last minute on a Friday night.

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MaryL
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very pleasant service. Limited menu during Covid. Lots of beer selection; more limited on spirits. Very handy in the Fairmont Hotel, especially if you are staying there.

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vipSarahM
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun atmosphere and great service! Had a great meal and enjoyed the menu.

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Yvon
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was here for a work lunch. Good food and atmosphere.

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vipPatM
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service.

Staff was wonderful and thoughtfully acknowledged our US citizenship celebration today.

Thank you!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food! We had the spicy chicken sandwich and kale salad and was surprised by how delicious everything was. Great service but a little loud.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Wait staff seemed to forget about us, and no one really seemed like they wanted to be working (including the hostess...not all that friendly when she sat us). Usually a solid place for lunch, but today wasn’t so great.

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JML12
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

This is our 2nd time at Columbus Tap since staying at the Swissotel annually. It’s actually located in the Fairmont Hotel, however, it’s convenient since it’s just a short walk through the pedway. The menu changed with very limited selection and a high price point for what it was. Some of the apps were good, but nothing spectacular. The entree selection didn’t offer a wide variety. My friends ordered the steak and was disappointed that the description wasn’t clear on the exact preparation. I had the salmon salad and the dressing was underwhelming, and the salmon was dry. I was told by a hotel employee that they are remodeling, hence the limited menu. Hoping they turn around the menu since the service and location are decent.

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KevinM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

I think they had a bad day. I've been to Columbus tap many times and the food is always good and service is adequate, but this week was the exception. Our server literally did not care about us or anything. On top of that it took over an hour for our food to arrive and even with those issues the service never got better. the manager ended up talking to us and he was nice but that had no impact on the level of care and attention we got from our server! -- I'll go back because I know this was not a common experience and the food is very good.

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vipMarcia
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The falafel bowl was fabulous.

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Dallasepicure
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Slow and limited menu

Over priced —$36 dollars for a glass of wine!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Over priced beyond compare. The food overall was poor, soup was actually inedible and sent back by the guy who will literally eat anything. The best item was the grilled cheese from the kids menu, which isn’t a problem...but a $25 burger better be a $25 burger and not dry and tasteless and puck-like, while the bun was wet with condiments and couldn’t hold together. Won’t go back even if someone else is paying.

Columbus Tap
Responded on November 29, 2019

Thanks for sharing feedback on your recent visit to Columbus Tap. I'm truly sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your burger. At the Tap, we want to ensure everyone enjoys their meal. We're happy to accommodate if your order is not as expected. Cheers, Abbey Hudetz Digital Marketing Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came in after the Lights Festival for a bite to eat and it was nice and quiet and warm. The turkey plate special was really good.

Columbus Tap
Responded on November 29, 2019

Thank you for reviewing Columbus Tap on OpenTable. I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed your visit to Columbus Tap over Lights Festival. I hope you can join us for another round soon! Cheers, Abbey Hudetz Digital Marketing Manager

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vipBusinessLunch
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food options have improved - however, the service at this place is routinely horrific (really, really, really bad waiter this past visit; didn't understand the menu, barely spoke English, and forgot to bring out several items that were requested at time of ordering). This one was so bad that I would literally get up and leave this establishment if I was seated in his section again.

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Robyn
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I come here reasonably often. This time the food was a bit slow. Fries were cold. The burger was expensive for what it was. Couldn’t find the server when it was time to leave. Not awful. But not good. If it was my first time I probably wouldn’t come back. As it is, I’ll give it another chance.

Columbus Tap
Responded on November 20, 2019

Hi Robyn, Thank you for taking the time to share feedback of your most recent visit. I am sorry to hear that the service was not up to par with your previous experiences at Columbus Tap. I hope we can welcome you back soon, Robyn! Cheers, Abbey Hudetz Digital Marketing Managerr

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

It took way too long to get three salads during a lunch rush. Otherwise everything was god

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vipPatriciaG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We felt the food was good, but overpriced, even in comparison to nearby restaurants. We won’t be returning. Service also was slow.

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vipjtb52
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I chose the salmon salad which way overlooked. Elizabeth, our waitress, quickly and graciously replaced it with the delicious chicken and quinoa salad. I never send anything back, don’t like to cause problems, but she went above and beyond to make sure I had a good experience. Thank you Elizabeth!

Columbus Tap
Responded on November 20, 2019

Hi jtb52, Thank you for sharing a review of your recent meal at Columbus Tap. We always want to ensure you have a good time at Columbus Tap and are happy to accommodate. I hope we can welcome you back again soon! Cheers, Abbey Hudetz Digital Marketing Manager

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vipcarol
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Service very good; food was so-so. Probably would not return.

Columbus Tap
Responded on October 25, 2019

Hi Carol, Thanks for sharing your feedback on OpenTable. We strive to delight and I'm sorry to hear you weren't wowed by your meal with us. We're always happy to accommodate if your dish just isn't doing it for you. I hope you can try some other dishes on our menu someday, Carol! Cheers, Abbey Hudetz Digital Marketing Manager

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vipTiger
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience2

No cheeseburger is worth $24! Just way too expensive for mediocre bar food.

Columbus Tap
Responded on October 25, 2019

Hi Tiger, Thank you for sharing a review of your recent visit. At Columbus Tap, mediocre just won't do. That's why we source the best local and seasonal ingredients for our dishes. I'm sorry to hear you weren't blown away by your burger, I hope we can wow you another time, Tiger! Warm Regards, Abbey Hudetz Digital Marketing Manager

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Christine
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good.

Columbus Tap
Responded on October 25, 2019

Thanks for reviewing your meal at Columbus Tap. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your dish. I hope you can join us again and try another off our extensive menu! Warm Regards, Abbey Hudetz Digital Marketing Manager

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vipStuA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I'm here all the time with clients. I appreciate being recognized and the smiles. I am clearly happy ... I go there all the time.

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WynJ
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

An underwhelming experience as we expected better having been to other fairmont hotels. No one to greet us when we arrived, place was nearly empty, food took a long time and. An apology was given for the delay. Disappointing really.

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vipMGeatgood
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good meeting place for discussion with clients etc.

Columbus Tap
Responded on August 6, 2019

Hi MGeatgood, Thank you for reviewing your recent meal at Columbus Tap. I am happy to hear our restaurant was the perfect setting to entertain clients. Don't forget to come back for our daily happy hour! Cheers, Abbey Hudetz Digital Marketing Manager

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vipglenviewboy
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

A $24 burger? Ridiculous. I will NOT return. Nice vibe and good service and convenient for my Michigan Avenue clients, but...

Columbus Tap
Responded on August 6, 2019

Hi glenviewboy, Thank you for leaving an OpenTable review. At Columbus Tap, we're quite picky. We only include the freshest seasonal and local ingredients in our dishes, the premium ingredients do drive up our price point. I hope you can return to enjoy one of our happy hour specials, daily from 4:30-6:30! Cheers, Abbey Hudetz Digital Marketing Manager

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JohnW
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Wasn't sure what to expect. It is attached to the Fairmont hotel. We basically sampled the bar food. the wings were dry coated so meat was a bit dry. had the crab cake appetizer that was excellent.

Columbus Tap
Responded on August 6, 2019

Hi John, Thank you for reviewing Columbus Tap on OpenTable. I am happy to hear the crab fritters were a hit, one of my personal favorites, too. I hope we can welcome you back to the Tap, John! Cheers, Abbey Hudetz Digital Marketing Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

Columbus Tap
Responded on August 6, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write an OpenTable review. I am happy to hear you had a good time at Columbus Tap. I hope you can join us at the Tap again soon! Cheers, Abbey Hudetz Digital Marketing Manager

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vipkatiek
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

So subpar, good beer selection though. For how expensive it was, it was not worth it at ALL.

Columbus Tap
Responded on July 9, 2019

Hi Katie, Thank you for sharing a review! We may be a tap house, but we pride ourselves on our menu. We'd love to hear how your meal could have been improved! Cheers, Abbey Hudetz Digital Marketing Manager

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food and service are outstanding here, and I love the decor. I do think it’s a little pricey.

Columbus Tap
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thank you for reviewing Columbus Tap! I am glad to hear you enjoyed your meal and the vibe at the Tap. Check out our daily happy hour for amazing deals. I hope you can join us again soon! Cheers, Abbey Hudetz Digital Marketing Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great and the service is excellent!

Columbus Tap
Responded on July 1, 2019

Thank you for rating Columbus Tap on OpenTable. I'm happy to hear you had a good time at Columbus Tap, I hope you come back for more! Cheers, Abbey Hudetz Digital Marketing Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sweetest and most kind staff. They always go out of their way to give me the very best service!!

Columbus Tap
Responded on July 1, 2019

Thank you for your review of Columbus Tap. I am happy to hear you always feel right at home at Columbus Tap. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Cheers, Abbey Hudetz Digital Marketing Manager

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FAQs

Columbus Tap offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 565-6644.

Columbus Tap is rated 3.9 stars by 164 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.