Emerald Loop Bar and Grill

4.6
972 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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.5
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4.5
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipShowgirl
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for drinks and food. Would recommend again!

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Mellie
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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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vipEet2liv
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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RayC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Customer Service was not good. Our server was not attentive. We needed to ask the supervisor for the things we needed

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EitanS
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good pub food, nice atmosphere and drinks are good

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very good food and service. Would like to rate the ambiance and noise more accurate but this was reviewed as part of the outdoor dining only covid restrictions

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we sat outside. noticed the server was doing an excellent job with safety. really conscientious. she also handled a couple loud person just hanging out by the restaurant. she was wonderful. i wish I had her name. I'd return just for her great service. oh. she also signed me up for their rewards. perfect server!

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BrookeF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was good & our waitress was very nice and made good recommendations! Restaurant was very empty for a Sunday night and the only downfall was the music was too loud.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and quick service.
Quality food and drinks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time at the Emerald Loop

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DottieJ
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The food was overpriced though the corned beef and cabbage was tasty.
Service was slow. Food took a long time.

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ChristineF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Standard pub fare at a reasonable price. Fun atmosphere and very friendly and attentive service.

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DorisM
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family brunch celebration for husband's birthday

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vipLisa
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very good food and decent prices! I had the brisket platter and the meat was cooked perfectly. More than enough for one person and the cole slaw was delicious!

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Jenemily
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

This place is fine if you're looking for American style Irish good, however, they were not super accommodating to plant-based eaters. I tried calling ahead to ask what plant-based options they had in addition to the Beyond Burger and was hung up on when the woman went to go ask the chef. I'm guessing she tried putting me on hold but hung up instead. Once we got there and I asked the waiter my questions, he seemed a little annoyed and finally came back with only half my questions answered (the gluten free bun is plant-based but he didn't ask about any of the others). Overall, it was a fine place for a double date with non-vegan friends, but I'm not sure I would personally go there again because of their limited menu.

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Ebolden
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server created a memorable experience. The food we ordered was great and nice portions. We will return. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to EL every time we are in Chicago. Love it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Solid bar food with good atmosphere.

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ChrisD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. The menu had a lot of variety for picky eaters.

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Poorexperience
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Very disappointed, as this place was highly recommended. Arrived for a reservation at 5:30 and were seated promptly. The waitress placed out orders, table of 4. There was an extremely long wait for the appetizer. Once it arrived, the food came 5 min later- minus one order. The waitress forgot to enter one of the orders. My order was incorrect as well, nothing fancy- just a turkey burger with mushrooms and cheese. The turkey burger was missing the mushrooms and was unbelievably dry with no sauce. The waitress apologized and offered our friend several options to help remedy the mistake. We were offered 20% off our entire bill. Our waitress felt terrible for the mistakes and said it was her second night. From that perspective, she was set up for failure to have an entire section on a busy Saturday night. No excuse for the food issues- blah!

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KellyB
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The staff was welcoming, friendly and attentive. Good variety of food on the buffet. Will definitely go back there again!

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vipangelaw
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food options for our whole family, which includes two vegetarians.

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vipWannabetasty
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a very good casual food option before going to the theatre, very good food in a very comfortable setting. Friends were also presently surprised for this very economical option in what could be a normally expensive dining area.

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SandyS
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Our food was terrible. It was cold and looked as though someone literally dumped a can of pork n’ beans on the plate for their “Irish beans”. The food was overpriced and our dining experience was very disappointing. I would not recommend it.

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vipJaneH
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Emerald Loop is our go-to every time we are in the Theatre District! The food, drink and ambiance are excellent! The management and staff keep us coming back!

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IliniFan
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We ate before a show at the Chicago Theatre. The food and service were good. Our only opinion was that it was extremely loud....we could barely hear each other at our table.

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vipWendyH
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It is too loud as I think three of us suffered fro digestion issues! Will or go back!

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LynnW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was only so-so-average. Place is beautiful, lively, close to the Chicago Theater, and our waitress was fun, but wouldn't go back for the food.
Being an Irish bar, we went for the Irish specialties, but the corned beef was very fatty, the Shepherd's Pie was sorely lacking gravy and looked like it sat under the heat lamp for too long.
We also had a hickory burger, which was only Luke-warm. The Nashville hot chicken, which our waitress said was her favorite thing on the menu, was dry and over-priced. French fries were not warm on anyone's plate. Crispy Brussels Sprouts appetizer was soggy. Sorry, the place itself is great, but we won't be back for the food.

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DallasCurt
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The brunch buffet was actually pretty good overall. Omelette and sausage were great. Bacon was sitting in a lot of grease and a few of the pancakes were super hard (no big deal there, it's a buffet and we were near the end of the brunch hours). Main reason for the moderate score was that we waited for 20 minutes or so for our check, and went without drinks for 5-10 minutes at a time even with bottomless mimosas.

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vipRusT
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lexie was a great server!!

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vipMaryA
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service and Ambiance! Busy and crowded but you still had room and could hear each other. Hostess and waitstaff were great! Casual dining at its best and for the Loop prices were good

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Emerald Loop Bar and Grill is rated 4.6 stars by 972 OpenTable diners.

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