Emerald Loop Bar and Grill

4.2
989 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Located in the Loop in the historic 35 East Wacker Drive Building. The fare is traditional Irish and American favorites. Serving Lunch & Dinner - indoor & outdoor seating available (max 6 guests per table)
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vipterilg
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Restaurant was busy, staff was attentive to our needs. We had a nice meal and got in and out with plenty of time for the concert we were attending nearby. The Nashville fried chicken sandwich is delicious. Turkey Club is good as well.

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Mark
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great location for pre theatre dinner. Plenty of room between tables and the noise level is low so conversation is easy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The brisket grilled cheese, tomato bisque, and mashed potatoes were SO GOOD. Service was great.

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JayROh
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The pretzel and cheese curd appetizers were fantastic but as for the meals we got the bangers and mash which was pretty bland, the Mac piggy which was good other than the brisket being all pieces of fat, the steak sandwich was good but nothing special, and the shepards pie was fanatic. The service was not the best they completely forgot to put in someone’s order attempted to blame the kitchen but as someone who comes from the restaurant industry I know better… so we were all done eating when they finally got their food. It was clearly a very slow night so I figured the server would be a little more attentive. I mean overall it was an okay experience but I know I won’t be back.

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Christyne
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We waited 20 minutes for a server to approach our table. Our food took 45 minutes. We were unable to finish as we had tickets for a show. I tried to contact the manager and was told he would call back-he has not.

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vipmandi220
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brisket grilled cheese

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience here. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. The noise level was a bit much but we understood that it was busy. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves.

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vipnatalieo
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Great spot next to the Chicago theatre, before a show. Staff however were incredibly rude. I walked in and some guy just asked, "how old are you???" with no type of uniform, and didn't indicate he was a bouncer. I though this was a stranger and had no idea he was a bouncer. Very weird especially because it was 6pm. He also said, "you look extremely young." ....I said, "here's my ID. all you have to do is ask for my ID." Very strange experience walking in. Then, the hostesses were also extremely rude when I asked to sit more near the bar and acted like there wasn't room when there really was. Food was good, especially the truffle fries. Would go back, aside from the staff, it was like a 6/10.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great Saturday brunch

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Some of the food was OK, some of them were terrible. It took them a long time to serve the starters and they brought everything at the same time. The atmosphere would be nice but the Irish pub feeling and the classical Christmas music was a weird c OK combo for me.

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ChristinaM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Group of out of town visitors and e all over food, revive, ambience.

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vipChicagoDave
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Servers were spot on great. Mac and Cheese with Mushrooms was prefect.

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MarkP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal... Great service... Would go back again...

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vipGregS
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

This restaurant has a serious service problem. Host stand is often unstaffed leaving customers waiting for quite a while before being sat. Servers are not properly trained and provide slow service. We have had serious issues during our last three visits. Be prepared for a lackluster experience.

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SandraR
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

When asked what is and Emerald Burger our server could not give us an answer! We ordered it anyway, but the meat tasted old. The food took forever to come out. Maybe because our server forgot about us. Not sure. She said the kitchen was backed up. My beer was great though 😜

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience4

Nice place love the scenery with the candles and the food was alright also

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KimH
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu choices- hard to decide what to order. Shepherds Pie was savory and delicious. Great seats by the window so we could people watch too. Highly recommend

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ReginaG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location for an easy dinner out. Staff were super friendly and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was great!

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vipLindaK
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Cute Irish pub. Good good and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

I ordered the fish and chips. The fish literally smelled like ammonia. This means the fish was bad before it even was cooked. I’m just hoping I don’t get sick.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience. Our waitress was amazing

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Katie
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, service was prompt - great location if you’re seeing a show at the Chicago Theatre

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vipfoodieman
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Tha ambiance was wonderful. Our server Lizbeth had great customer service. The menu has many interesting items and specials based on seasonal events . With all the restaurants not open in Chicago we were so lucky to find Emerald Loop . My wife wants to come back soon .
I highly recommend this restaurant

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vipKathyW
Kansas City
16 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Unfortunately they do not offer the NFL package so I could only watch local games. Food not as good as I remember it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible horrible food not even any salt and pepper on the Mac n cheese. Staff kept telling me they were out of fries but everyone else was being served them. Stomach felt like a rock before I even left. Turkey club is $16 and is basically a loaf of bread with a piece of turkey. Don’t waste your time or money

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vipterilg
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good spot for a quick bite before a show. Restaurant is still in recovery mode from pandemic, but service was quick. Menu has changed since our last visit and not everything was as described, but it was fine.

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ShariG
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a very good meal. However, with the large groups of men talkig and drinking, it got LOUD!

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vipTressaR
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Loved the food, but the service was horrible

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Thursdaymiddayguest
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Pretzel and mac n cheese were pretty good. but the soup was watered down (tasted like canned with water) and the boneless wings were terrible (rubbery chicken) especially for the price. Our waitress was not pleasant .. slammed items down and impatient. very pricey for the quality.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a blast here! My mom loved dancing to the music. We ordered the wings, the fish and chips, the mac and cheese, and the greek chicken wrap. All were excellent!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Used to be a solid lunch spot but quality and service was a bit lacking.

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DaveA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Enjoyed our visit and we would definitely go
Back again

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RandyH
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting Chicago for our anniversary. The restaurant was within walking distance from our hotel and we were able to get a reservation. It’s an attractive establishment. A bit of a sports bar ambience but the noise level was not overwhelming. The food was not the typical sports bar food. The food was excellent and the menu diverse. I have celiac and had no problem finding something to eat.
This is definitely a restaurant We would recommend and will frequent anytime we are in Chicago.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Food was terrible, server was on her 2nd week which she was fine but very slow and took over an hour to get food. The appetizer and all of our entrees were absolutely terrible

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Mich
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and drinks were okay, but service was not good as expected.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
16 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Had reservations and got seated quickly. Drinks ordered and delivered fairly quickly and that’s where it stopped. Beer glasses were dirty and cloth napkin had food still stuck to it. After drinks were delivered we waited about 25 minutes and our server never came back to get our food order. Flagged down a guy who was dressed in jeans and a t-shirt (nothing identifying him as someone employed by the restaurant) who was going to tables asking how the service was. I told him we had been waiting almost 30 minutes for our server to return. Ends up he was the owner so he took our order and left. Our server came back after a few minutes and re-took our order. Food arrived about 10 minutes later was just so-so. A little over priced for “bar food”. Not the best experience but being it was a last minute booking on Sunday night on Memorial Day weekend it is what it is. Won’t be returning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find! Delicious food and friendly staff!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Never had a bad experience in my 10+ visits here.

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Kjean
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, fast service, prices were pretty good, except for the $2 tiny cup of guacamole

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You can order delivery directly from Emerald Loop Bar and Grill using the Order Online button. Emerald Loop Bar and Grill also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 263-0200 ext. 0.

Emerald Loop Bar and Grill is rated 4.2 stars by 989 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.