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Columbus Tap

4.3
4.3
180 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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Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

    William Schultz

  • 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, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 180 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

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  1. BL

    BusinessLunch

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3

    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.

  2. DP

    DinerPatron

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    Mediocre food and high prices. Only go for the convenience if you're staying in the hotel. Otherwise I'd go elsewhere

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Veronica provided outstanding service. The ambiance is wonderful. The crispy Brussels sprouts were delicious, and the beer list is excellent.

  4. IF

    InternationalFoodie1

    Denver

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    We stayed at a rearby hotel who had no option for sit-down breakfast. I found Columbus online. The place was not busy (thankfully), very comfortable, high quality food, pro waitstaff. We were recommended a place nearby that, at breakfast, have throngs waiting for a table. I call it a feed lot. One one a half blocks away is a superb breakfast option. Lavanzza Coffee. Columbus has its own entrance near the entrance to the hotel. Highly recommend.

  5. l

    luvseafood

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service. I asked to wrap my partially eaten lunch. He took it back and said they threw it out by mistake and were remaking the meal. So they gave me a new lunch. Excellent waiter.

  6. PZ

    PamelaZ

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    So conveniently located in the hotel we stayed at. Perfect for dining before taking in a show in the theatre district.

  7. LL

    LorraineL

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The restaurant was busy on St Pats day but the staff was efficient and the food was great. Had a great time

  8. U

    Unique

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    They are unfortunately understaffed

  9. M

    Marcia

    Chicago

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    VG Old Fashion. Fish and chips delicious. Friendly people.

  10. HL

    HollyL

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and food prices were fine. Drinks were very pricey. Sad to see not many customers anywhere downtown.

  11. K

    Kcustomer

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Walked in and was never acknowledged by any employee . After 30 minutes I decided to get food elsewhere.

  12. RP

    RichP

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was excellent, except for their special french fries, which were so so. Everything else, wonderful. Very good salads, burger, turkey club and drinks.

  13. SH

    StevenH

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall2food5service2ambience3

    Really poor service at outrageous prices! To be fair, we complained and the Manager did provide us with a significant discount, but $27.00 for one drink- really? (And that price was nowhere to be seen on the drink menu)

  14. J

    Jolthammer

    Chicago

    67 reviews

    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sat at the bar. Food and Service were great.

  15. D

    Diner213

    Indiana

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food and great service! Our server was very knowledgeable and helped us select beer to pair well with dinner.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    very busy-food took a long time. Food was ok. High prices and low service.

  17. J

    Jolthammer

    Chicago

    68 reviews

    5.0

    68 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.

  18. EM

    ElizabethM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

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

  19. JB

    JanetB

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 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.

  20. RH

    RalphH

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    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.

  21. MJ

    MJackson

    1 review

    5.0

    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.

  22. L

    Lauren

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 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.

  23. P

    Pfishmon

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    4.0

    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.

  24. CL

    CheriseL

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 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.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    It was okay, typical hotel restaurant.

  26. F

    Forest

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2021

    overall4food2service5ambience2

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

  27. ML

    MaryL

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    4.0

    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.

  28. SM

    SarahM

    Chicago

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

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

  29. Y

    Yvon

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  30. PM

    PatM

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding food and service. Staff was wonderful and thoughtfully acknowledged our US citizenship celebration today. Thank you!!!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 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.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 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.

  33. JM

    JML12

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 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.

  34. KM

    KevinM

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    2.0

    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.

  35. M

    Marcia

    Chicago

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    The falafel bowl was fabulous.

  36. D

    Dallasepicure

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2019

    overall2food3service2ambience3

    Slow and limited menu Over priced —$36 dollars for a glass of wine!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    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 TapResponded 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

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 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 TapResponded 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

  39. BL

    BusinessLunch

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 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.

  40. R

    Robyn

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    3.0

    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 TapResponded 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

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

FAQs

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

Columbus Tap is rated 4.3 stars by 180 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 4 times today
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

  • 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

    William Schultz

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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