Emerald Loop Bar and Grill

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914 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Located in the Loop in the historic 35 East Wacker Drive Building. The fare is traditional Irish and grill favorites. Serving Lunch, Dinner, Late Night and Weekend Brunch.
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TJ
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our experience even with the sleepy baby in a stroller. The staff accommodated us. Thank you to them

w
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good place to meet friends.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were blown away with incredible service, friendly and fun staff, and a lovely environment. Clodagh, our waitress was so kind and funny, she really made the dinner so much better. I had the Chirish burger and it was excellent. Fries were crispy and very good. My wife had the fish and chips and loved it.

I stay across the street at the Virgin when I’m in town for business, and the Emerald is so close, it will definitely become a regular place for me.

C
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regulars and always have good food and service at the Emerald.

JW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

Food took far too long

LL
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the meal, good food. Quick service. Quaint bar atmosphere.

C
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sit outside. Great food. Terrific service.

JB
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Really great food and attentive service. The restaurant is pretty loud but maybe that’s just where we were sitting.

R
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Hidden gem. Will be back.

m
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 2

We were set away from everyone else and felt very odd being right next to the bathrooms with no other guests around. We could not appreciate the atmosphere because we were secluded. We did not like that at all.

h
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Disappointment. Charred Brussels sprouts weren’t done. Not even brown. Service slow and underwhelming.

CH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place to meet and eat before a show at the Chicago Theater

OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Hostess good waiter need better comfortable chairs

JO
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The owner and staff went out of their way to help us with a celebration, and the food was amazing!

S
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Warm service. Amanda from Kerry, Ireland served us and was lovely as we enjoyed both brunch and lunch menus.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pre concert

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LD
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I love this spot. It's always a good time, never disappoints. Good food, service, who could ask for more?

SC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great location! The food was very good - service was excellent. As is to be expected at a pub, it was very noisy but we were upstairs where it was quieter and more conducive to conversation.

CM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has quickly become one of my favorite spots! It's ideal for happy hours (obsessed with the happy hour appetizers!), dinners, or just hanging out at the bar watching sports. Always lively, food is great, and the staff is so friendly and welcoming. Best part is that they keep their full menu all night, and the kitchen is open LATE. Can't recommend enough!

G
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

I know it’s pub food, and didn’t expect fine dining, but it was still pretty bad. Both entrees were very disappointing. The brisket was more fat than meat. The cobbler was mostly dough. The Buffalo wrap was tasteless. Sorry - I don’t usually write bad reviews, but they need to know.

KK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Corned beef was very fatty. Should not have been served. Normally the food is quite good. Will come again but will order differently. Great beers and fish tacos that my friend ordered were delicious.

JC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was excellent and attentive. Although we were late, they held our reserved table, which enabled us to be seated for the start of the Van Morrison concert at Chicago Theater. The food was very good. Great place for drinks and dinner that won't break the bank.

OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Impressed with service and quality of food! Busy busy place and we dine before a show at Chicago Theater ! We will be back!

M
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm so glad we found this spot - we joked that we needed an Irish pub (we were coming from a very long day at Star Wars Celebration), and we found one! The food was all incredible (and really well priced), and our server very kindly saved us from ordering two of those giant shepherd's pies (one was more than enough, and it was delicious). This was a great spot to bring my cousins and their young children, too. Overall, this was a great experience and we'll definitely be back.

JY
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best burger in the city I’ve had in a lonnnnnnngggg time!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

We stopped in for the breakfast buffet. At first glance the selection and food looked great! Upon sampling the food however, most looked and tasted like it had been cooked hours earlier. We managed to find enough that was edible, but it was definitely not worth the $13. Spend a little more money and eat someplace better.

L
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The brisket is outstanding. It comes with coleslaw (ok but not great), Mac and cheese (very creamy) and peach cobbler (ok). The Irish Gold mixed drink was peachy and very refreshing. I would definitely go back for the brisket. The noise level was high and the servers were stretched but it was a busy Friday night. Our server forgot our appetizer but service recovery was good. Overall it was a very good experience.

LH
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were looking for a place after a day of sightseeing that was close to the WyndhamGrand where we were staying. Saw this restaurant from our window and decided to give it a try. Wonderful food! Our grandsons had fish and chips which was enormous and really good. I had the seafood curry and my husband had the all day Irish breakfast. Both were delicious! A bit noisy bu we sat in the area away from the bar which was good. Would definitely go back!

OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service!!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for our 5th Anniversary date, accompanied with a concert at the Chicago Theatre. It was a great beginning for our concert. Food was excellent, we don’t visit Chicago often but this is one restaurant we will gladly visit again and again.

RS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice Irish Pub, great bar, good beer and cider. The Angus-beef burger was perfect, excellent taste, medium-rare at the point: delicious! Was there in the evening, so noise-level was high (as expected :-))

L
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solid place. Food is better than expected

LJ
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We showed up 30 mins early and our table was already set up. Service was amazing! Half off the table ordered from the menu, the other half chose the breakfast buffet. Skip the buffet and order from the menu. Food just wasn't as fresh. We would go back next time we're in Chicago.

B
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friday night before St Patrick’s Day and I was concerned that my reservation wouldn’t be honored, I was wrong. I arrived early and my table was waiting and ready. It was crazy busy (and loud) but we had great service, great food and a wonderful experience. Thanks for making the weekend memorable! I’ll be back.

TM
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

St Patrick’s Day, no need to say more!!☘️

OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there early in the evening, before the busiest time. Service was attentive and food came pretty quickly. We enjoyed the baked mac & cheese, and the brisket grilled cheese sandwich. Desserts were also good, the chocolate lava cake being very rich and the chocolate mousse very light but tasty. Prices in general aren't bad for the Loop, though I don't come here often, I took one star off of the "value" rating because over $8 for a pint of Harp is a bit much. I'd definitely come back for the food.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always spectacular service, food & drinks! I always make a reservation. The crowd spikes when there is a show at one of the many theaters surrounding Emerald.

KS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the time we walked in we was greeted by friendly staff and that was carried throughout the whole experience. Food was excellent and so was the service.

AW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

very good food and large portions. Would you go back soon!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for drinks and appetizers. So many good options!

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