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Columbus Tap, Chicago, IL

Columbus Tap

4.1
4.1
218 Reviews
$30 and under
Unspecified
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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Unspecified
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 7:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (312) 565-6644
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Elton Ambrose
  • Private party facilities
    Private dining available for 5-150 people. Please inquire for our private offering menu options.
  • Private party contact
    John Gustafson: (844) 830-6060
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown / Loop
  • Cross street
    between Wacker Drive and Randolph on Upper Columbus
  • Parking details
    Self Parking available across the street at the Aqua Tower
  • Public transit
    CTA Bus & Train, Randolph / Michigan, Wacker / Columbus.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 218 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 2.9Value

NoiseModerate

218 Reviews
  1. ARod

    Atlanta Metro

    39 reviews

    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and average service. Overall experience brought down by service mainly by unfocused welcome/greeting staff and friendly servers that are often slow to come by the table.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    South Dakota

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great. Food was good. There were 4 of us. One had the prime rib sandwich and liked it very much. One had the short rib sandwich and liked it. Another had the burger and really liked the sauce. I had the buffalo chicken sandwich. It was as just okay. I like spice and it was too spicy for me and I mistakenly thought it would be grilled vs fried and it was overcooked so quite dry. I liked the feta and apples though for a nice change with buffalo chicken. Had the chocolate cake for dessert, which was tasty but dry.

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  3. DamaliG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everyone one was nice, attentive, and the pretzel appetizers were the bomb!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    It was Christmas but our food was cold, my burger was undercooked, the bill wasn’t correct, and while it’s wasn’t busy at all, the service was slow. With that said, food and drinks were decent. Overall it was ok. Probably wouldn’t go back.

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  5. GusterB

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Drinks were good but the food was not great- no flavor and for what you pay, it’s not worth it. Have drinks and go somewhere else for dinner.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dining experience! I definitely recommend!

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  7. DallasLobster

    Dallas

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and tasty food, and a nice view out the window of pedestrian traffic.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Cold bland beef fat french fries. Super greasy short rib sandwich. Abnormally small fish with the fish and chips. Drinks were so-so. The Cobb salad with Michigan salmon was 5 star though!

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  9. DrDuck

    New York City

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service. Varied selections. Reasonably priced. More than fair portions and delicious. Overall excellent experience.

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  10. KLYNC

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    This is a very decent place to go for a casual bite. My burger was really quite good and cooked as I requested. The highlight was how hospitable and attentive the staff were. I would make a repeat visit when in the area.

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  11. ChiTownEtchFan

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was fine. The steak in the steak and eggs was definitely undercooked and I got the wrong toast (ordered rye, got wheat), but what can you do. Coffee was good. This place was woefully understaffed, though. They had two servers covering a dining room that looked to be about 70% full. It took about 15 minutes to get a server to our table and, even then, he wanted to take our food order before taking our drinks order (and I really needed coffee) and he was definitely flustered. He was working hard, and I don't blame him for the staffing issue, but the manager seemed to be wandering around aimlessly and didn't seem to be helping in any way. While waiting about 10 minutes just to ask for our check, we approached the manager for some help and she simply said our server would bring it and then returned to wandering around the dining room with no apparent purpose. Zero situational awareness. A simple breakfast with a pretty limited menu took over an hour. We won't be back.

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  12. DeniseP

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's one of my favorite lunch spots. The food is delicious with a nice variety on the menu. My favorite is the salmon salad. The staff is lovely and gracious.

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  13. LoopDiner

    Chicago

    221 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    221 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Only come here if you have to. The hotel has a captive audience. Otherwise I suggest you find a better place nearby. I ordered smoked salmon and there were so few slices it was laughable.

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  14. LoopDiner

    Chicago

    221 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    221 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Pretty good for a diner in a hotel. Not sure why but the waitress Hali microwaved a cup of coffee before she brought it to me. Yes, it burned my tongue. It’s very noisy in this restaurant as it contains all hard surfaces. The lox were fresh and plentiful. The bagel was a doughy knock off and not a real bagel.

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  15. WalterU

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Moe are waiter was awesome. So knowledgeable of food & beverages.

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  16. DeniseP

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a favorite spot for lunch. I love the salmon salad. The service is also friendly and wonderful!

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  17. Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The service at Columbus Tap is absolutely the worst!! We sat at the bar for over 20 minutes and finally got greeted then asked for menus and were handing a beer menu with a QR code to scan for the food menu. Then the bartender walked away and guess what???!!!! The QR code would not work on either of our phones and we waited at least another 20 minutes until we could get someone’s attention!!! Just deplorable!!! Do Not waste your time here nothing there was worth it!!!

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  18. Jolthammer

    Chicago

    84 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My steak was overcooked. I think their burger is better then their steak. Pretty good beer selection.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Pésimo servicio y la mesera muy grosera, nunca lo recomendaría, aparte el lugar sucio

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  20. SeafoodFan

    Chicago

    119 reviews

    3.0

    119 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Christmas Eve & I felt bad for the single waitress. Some food good, but fish & chips, fish, underdone & greasy.

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  21. IrvineFamilh

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service. Would definitely come again

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  22. Italianguy

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    It was fine. Nothing more nothing less. Coffee was fine. Not great. Service was fine not great. Ditto with food. Would I go back? If I had to meet someone at the hotel, sure. Special trip? No.

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  23. JimF

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was amazing!!!!! Elisabeth G was very friendly and knowledgeable about the food on the menu. We will definitely be eating at the Columbus Tap on our next trip!!!!!

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  24. Jolthammer

    Chicago

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We live in the area, and this is one our favorite standbys when we want a close, dependable dinner.

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  25. DonnaG

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Noon reservation; seated at 12:10. No server until 12:30 and placed our order. Ended up leaving at 1:10 because our lunch break was over but our food never came. If they don’t have the staff to handle a busy lunch rush then don’t fill all the tables. Close half the restaurant. Your employees cannot succeed in the current environment and you are ruining your reputation

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  26. RachelS

    Chicago

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The branzino was absolutely amazing!! Also highly recommend the orange crème brûlée… was perfectly balanced

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Unfortunately, our server seemed to be very overwhelmed and was somewhat rude. I know everyone has bad days but they did not introduce themself, seemed frustrated that we didn’t know what we wanted to drink, appetizer, and eat within 1 minute of sitting down, and did not check on us after food arrived until we were done eating. We needed refills on drinks but were not able to get their attention for the entire duration of the meal. I’m assuming this was a one-off and just a bad day for them. Otherwise, the food was great and it’s a nice spot.

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  28. CynthiaM

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    . We were in Chicago for a half marathon and 5K. Stayed at the Fairmont booked dinner reservations at the taphouse. Lobster mac & cheese was amazing, brussels sprouts were delicious and pretty much everything was yummy.

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  29. Will

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Would have liked to see more choices on the menu. The food we did order was very good and I thought the price was very fair. Overall I'd like this place to succeed and want more people to try it out.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Moe the longtime server for CT is so valuable to the ambiance of this space!! Food is always consistently good.

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  31. AliciaR

    Memphis/West TN

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The overall ambiance of this place is good - they have a good menu selection and of course lots of beers and cocktails to try which was our main reason for coming! The service was super slow - so it was hard to try all the wonderful beer selections we wanted. The food was just okay. Definitely a pricey experience. We paid about $650 for a table of six people. Not bad since there were many drinks had, but the entrees felt expensive for how they ended up tasting. We had dinner at 7:30 on a Friday. There was a live band we didn't know about that played about three songs and then (thankfully) stopped. It was so loud, we couldn't talk. We must've caught the tail end of their show - just keep that in mind. It was alright, but I'm not sure I would go back or recommend to someone when there are so many awesome Chicago spots.

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  32. Susan

    Washington DC

    65 reviews

    4.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Salad was over-dressed but Mo the server was excellent

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    It was okay. We went for breakfast and it was very overpriced for very average food. My husband ordered the oatmeal and the waitress asked if he wanted berries with it. After he said sure, we see she charged him for the $10 berry bowl entree. Wasn’t the end of the world but spend your money elsewhere.

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  34. bluebird

    Chicago

    80 reviews

    4.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Went here for lunch and enjoyed the salads and the service so much, we decided to go back the next day again. Service was not as good as that previous day, but the salads were still very good.

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  35. ALR1

    Chicago

    51 reviews

    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Salads are fantastic. We had the chopped salad and added chicken and the grilled salmon salad. Both were excellent.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was alright, but took about 10 minutes for someone to seat us even though no one was there & the bartender did not even know the drinks on the menu.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good is delicious, and our server was phenomenal (as he always is).

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed the food. Our server was prompt and got us to our show in time!! Highly recommend!

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  39. Jugos

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Nothing special !!!!! Waste money and time !!

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  40. BusinessLunch

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food is solid (nothing spectacular or unique), which makes up for the incredibly subpar service. Clearly still trying to recover from covid issues with staffing and quality services. Very noticeable. Just like everything in downtown area, the prices are off the charts unreasonable. $17 for a cheeseburger? Lol.

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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 4.1 stars by 218 OpenTable diners.

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This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

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Google Map for Columbus Tap

200 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60601

Additional information

  • Cross street
    between Wacker Drive and Randolph on Upper Columbus
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown / Loop
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 7:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Unspecified
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Self Parking available across the street at the Aqua Tower
  • Public transit
    CTA Bus & Train, Randolph / Michigan, Wacker / Columbus.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Elton Ambrose
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (312) 565-6644
  • Private party facilities
    Private dining available for 5-150 people. Please inquire for our private offering menu options.
  • Private party contact
    John Gustafson: (844) 830-6060
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