Emerald Loop Bar and Grill

4.4
999 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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Noise · Moderate
100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 7 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience2

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

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DaveA
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
2 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
15 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
4 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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Hoystera624
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Mixed bag - my husbands meal was excellent he said, my salad was very blah, hummus plate was great, daughters wrap was so/so. Service was not good but not horrible. Below average for sure - many times drinks were empty with no one offering to refill.

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Norm
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Emerald is one of our favorite within walking distance of our house. We almost always order the nachos, with brisket, which is very tasty. The menu has a good variety, and the list of Scotch whiskeys is excellent.

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vipJodi1
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Fun, upbeat atmosphere! The food was great and nice variety of beer/drinks. Our waiter, however, seemed to have forgotten about us. Luckily, we weren’t pressed for time.

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vipNikkay
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Isra, our server was amazing. He gave fantastic recommendations on food and drinks. Will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Took way too long for food to come to the table.

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nurgul
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

I would only recommend Emerald Loop for the food because it was delicious. However, the service was poor. I had to ask for refills on my tables’ drinks and when I was paying electronically from the table, the waitress didn’t inform me of my total nor did she give me a receipt. I was told “card please” with her hand open for the card. I’ve never experienced something like this before, it was strange. I won’t know what the total is until the bank statement comes in.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved our waitress I believe her name was Gracie. She was so sweet and made us so comfortable

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SierraH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was amazing and the food was incredible. This place was one of my favorite food stops in our trip to Chicago!

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vipFrunchroom
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fun happy hour drink options, the wedge salad is fulfilling, and the french onion soup is divine!

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Layettah
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The server never came back to our table after he took drinks and appetizers order. We had to go to the bar to get another drink

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sons and I were in town from out of state to check out some exhibits and look at a college my son is planning on attending and saw Emerald Loop on Open Table and thought, why not? They did not miss- not once. Everything was amazing and their Shepherds Pie was a religious experience. I will come here again... and again... and again... you get the picture.

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BrianH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Fairly disappointed for myriad reasons. The biggest issue was the service. Our server looked like he didn't care very much and was generally clueless. What was on tap? What would you recommend? How about stopping by once every 50 minutes? Little to nothing. We asked for him to get someone to change the channel right in front of us (some idiotic drama was on when the NCAA tournament was in full swing). Nothing. Asked another totally different server who got a manager to change the channel. FINALLY. Then two minutes later--it goes back to the same ridiculous drama. We gave up. Our server then brings our food--oh wait..no. He brings us a random appetizer which we didn't order. Then INSISTED to my wife that she had ordered it. Really? Upon telling him directly we didn't order an appetizer for three times, he then double checks his ticket, and we see him deliver the order to a table three tables over. No apologies, nothing. Astounding! Our meal was *meh* at best. Brisket grilled cheese might have had potential, but was delivered cold. The cheese wasn't even melted anymore but had solidified into something plasticky. It was like they wwere waiting on an order of fries--which were scalding hot but not even cooked through. P.S. Meal was delivered. Zero silverware. Zero napkins. I had to actually get up and snag them from a work station by the bar. My wife and I are rarely able to go out, and this was a huge disappointment as we are always up for an awesome Irish pub. Service and quality destroyed any chance we would even think about coming back here with a thousand other better options out there.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome food and atmosphere along with the service.

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DAV211
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this place. Always have. Awesome food and drinks per usual. Of course I will be back

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a fun, authentic Irish pub setting. We had the corned beef sandwich and Guinness beef stew. The stew was fantastic! We didn’t drink, but they seemed to serve up a fun cocktail menu as well. Great little stop in the Loop if you are looking for that Irish pub vibe.

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vipBobbyM
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emerald Loop always makes my Irish eyes smile! Great food - seriously, the brisket grilled cheese with the tomato bisque soup is possibly the best dish in the city. Great service, clean, friendly - a taste of the motherland right here in Chicago.

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AmoyW
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The pickles don’t taste like pickles 😂 that was a waste but everything else was amazing. Loved my server, tall dark slim guy, he kept checking up on us, he was polite, paid attention in terms of refills etc. he did great.

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vipShowgirl
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was excellent and when me mask strap broke, the waiter brought me a replacement mask. Loved that!

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RICH
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for drinks and food. Would recommend again!

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

First time trying an Irish Pub. Decided on the fish, pretty good with the malt vinegar. Restaurant is a little noisy but not unbearable. It became very crowded fast so the server was not available or attentive.

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Mellie
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Slow service, mediocre food, overpriced, and they don't serve tap water.... you only can buy water bottles. Add to all that a customer that got hostile and loud (so the police were called), and it is needless to say we will not go back.

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RICH
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for drinks! Would recommend to anyone!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Service was fantastic but the food was not at all worth the price.

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vipAjohnson711
London
8 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Distanced. Masks! Reasonable prices

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Eet2liv
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Just stopped by for lunch on way home after being at the gym. Comfortable vibe - food was tasty, service very good. I’ll probably go back.

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RossH
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Good comfort food and lots of beer on tap. nice big and roomy dining with high tops and tables. always have the games on.

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HannahO
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was awesome! The service was excellent the drinks were amazing.

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CrystalJ
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were provided with excellent customer service from the gentleman that took our order and our food was delicious! We will be eating here every time we visit Chicago. Thank you! 10/10 recommend visiting this gem!

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kathleenw
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun seating outside on NYE!
Great friendly service!

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vipAndrewT
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

not the best experience
I wouldnt go back a second time

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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 4.4 stars by 999 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.