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Emerald Loop Bar and Grill

4.2
766 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Great Beer (11)
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Irish
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 2:00pm - 12:00am; Late Night: Kitchen open until 2am; Brunch Buffet: Saturday-Sunday 9:00am-1:00pm
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Phone number
(312) 263-0200
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Street parking metered.
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Public transit
CTA bus (134, 135, 136, 145, 146), Red Line train (State & Lake), Brown Line train (State & Lake), Green Line train (State & Lake), Purple Line train (State & Lake), Orange Line train (State & Lake), Pink Line train (State & Lake), Metra train (Millennium station), Cabs plentiful
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Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
What 766 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
4.0
food
4.1
service
4.1
ambience
3.9
value
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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sams (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Had fish & chips. They were really good.
Lots of food. Steve our server was very attentive although it took a little long to get our dinner. My husband had the French onion soup which was really good. His wrap was a little thrown together but good.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New Mexico)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Good food; great service. It was packed because of happy hour, although we understand it’s always busy.

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ScottD (E. Tennessee)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Very clean bar and pub. Good food and decent prices for Chicago Loop. Would go again.

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vipProf (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Good lamb stew and chowder. great brown bread, but the best item is many beers on tap!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Had a cozy dinner in the bar area. The staff was friendly and professional Mac and Cheese was to die for

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Steaklover (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Our go to place when taking in a show at the Chicago Theatre. It's only a short block away. Service and food never disappoint.

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Chicagogal (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Food was very average and over priced. Not enough waitstaff and very loud

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

EXCELLENT SERVICE

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vipterilg (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Good casual spot with solid pub food. Can get crowded; the most recent night we were there it was packed and kitchen was slammed. Things were slow, food not as good as prior visits, but server did his best his to keep things moving and get us out the door in time for the nearby concert we were attending.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Best burger I've had in years!! Very clean restaurant. Great ambiance. Will be back for sure. Only thing negative is it's very loud. Prices very reasonable.

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HollyP (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Ate here before seeing a show at the Oriental Theatre. Great atmosphere, food portions were huge! I had fish and chips and my husband had the shepherd's pie. We both really liked it but we could have shared the shepherd's pie. We had had a large pretzel before and couldn't decide if we preferred their cheese sauce or mustard...both were amazing! They had a lot of different whiskey and Irish beer.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

I wanted to throw a happy hour before tax season.
This was perfect.
It was easy to hear people talk and the beer was reasonably priced.

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intriguing (New Orleans)
4.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Meal was fresh and tasty.

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DoctorJDub (Seattle)
1.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

I made a reservation for Saturday night, and when we arrived, the restaurant was not busy. I asked that we be seated in a part of the restaurant that was not as noisy. The host seated us directly underneath a speaker. We waited 15 minutes for someone to show up with water, at least. We finally gave up and walked back through to the host station. When I told him that no one ever showed up to take our order, he said "That's too bad," but offered no remedy to the situation. I have visited the EG several times before and never experienced this level of disregard.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

Everything was very nice and the staff was great too!

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Rebecca (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Always a good time at Emerald Loop - their food has always been good, I come a few times per year. Had the nachos this last time, all of my coworkers were very impressed. Good spot for happy hour, I would recommend reserving a table. Can be extremely busy, or rather dead. Good patio seating in the summer.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 10, 2017

The glasses we received for drinks had lipstick and residue on them. The server was incredibly busy and we had to try really hard to flag her down for drinks, food, etc. Overall, pretty underwhelming. But, it was close to the Chicago Theater, which was convenient for quick bite and drinks before seeing a show.

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vipCindy (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 7, 2017

Great location. We took our elderly parents for dinner to Emerald Loop before a show at the Chicago Theatre. It was extremely loud and we had to yell (doesn't help that they are hard of hearing!) due to a company's holiday party in the bar. We would have booked a table in the rear of the restaurant had we known how loud it would be. Our server was fantastic. My dad enjoyed the fish and chips.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 6, 2017

Second time there. This visit was before a show. Food was great, service excellent, and for Chicago a good price value.

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RichK (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 5, 2017

Restaurant was not very busy and our service was great. The food was delicious and served quickly. I would recommend this pub as I will definitely be going back there myself.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on December 3, 2017

My wife and I ate a late night dinner and brunch the next day at this establishment. We found the food to be good. The brunch was a typical offering we felt that the food could have been warmer than it was and that the breakfast muffins etc, could have been fresher than they were. Actually enjoyed the dinner more as found the spinach dip to be quite good. Would have rated the food higher had we only had dinner and not the brunch. The place was quite, clean, cozy, and overall pleasing. We must admit that the service was quite good at both dinner and the brunch. Felt that the food was very reasonably priced remember you are in Chicago. The restaurant was very conveniently located in regard to the Hilton that we stayed at.

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vipRusT (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

Always a fun place with good food and service.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

We stopped for dinner prior to the theater. All four ladies in our girls night out group ordered very different food and all loved our dinner. I personally had the brisket. It was extremely tender. I wish it had a bit less sauce. It was accompied by a very delicious Mac n cheese, cornbread, peach cobbler and coleslaw. Our service for drinks and check was a bit slow, however it was a busy Saturday night, so totally understandable. Would highly recommend this casual spot to grab a delicious bite of food. This bustling restaurant/bar would also make a great place to meet for drinks and appetizers.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

Slow service during the lunch crowd was disappointing since it wasn't that busy! Food was good...I'd recommend the BBQ chicken flatbread and brisket sandwich !

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OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
4.0  Dined on November 30, 2017

Started with the cheese curds...not as good as hoped for. Too much breading and not a fresh taste. We then ordered fish and chips and the daily special of corn beef and cabbage. Amazing! Both dishes were above expectations.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on November 19, 2017

Great service! Typical bar kind of atmosphere. Food was good. Overall good experience!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

Took the family to see a play at the Goodman. Thought the food was overpriced for the types of dishes served.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 12, 2017

I have been going to Emerald Loop since they opened several years ago and they have never disappointed. Their mac and cheese is PHENOMENAL and service impeccable. It's a nice, cozy atmosphere. I had the classic mac and cheese with add-ons of caramelized onions and bacon. I don't think I can ever eat mac and cheese from anywhere else ever again.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 12, 2017

We were in the city for a doctor's appointment and chose to arrive a day early to stay downtown and see some new places. The Emerald Loop was just across the street from our hotel and the description of the place caught our attention. Early Sunday afternoon, the place wasn't terribly busy so we really got to enjoy our visit. The food was wonderful, our waitress was very good, and overall we really fell in love with the place. We'll be back!

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Steaklover (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

Great appetizers, good service. Just a block away from the Chicago Theater. I'd go back again, for sure.

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