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About Hoyt's Tavern

Hoyt's Tavern is a nice pub by the Chicago riverside. It's location makes it a must-visit place. This tavern is also famous for its top notch customer service.

Hoyts Tavern's beer selection makes it possible for visitors to enjoy some of the best night drinks with the jolly bartenders that hang around until closing time. The jalapeno vodka and Bloody Mary, served with full garnishing is simply irresistible. The food prepared here is served fresh, crisp and hot. Grilled sandwiches are the most ordered items on the list. Even though the interior is totally family and guest friendly, outdoor seating by the river is without doubt, a ten on ten. All in all, Hoyt's Tavern, with its ambiance and food service can easily turn any regular evening into a wonderful memory.

71 E Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60601
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Everyday: 7:00am - 11:00am. Lunch: Everyday: 11:00am - 5:00pm. Dinner: Everyday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm. Drinks: Sun-Thurs: 10:00am - 12:00am, Fri & Sat: 10:00am - 1:00am.

Cross Street:
Wacker Drive & Wabash Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 346-9870

Website:
http://www.hoytschicago.com/

Catering:
Private events can be arranged by contacting Erin Zachary at 312.436.7113 or ezachary@hoytschicago.com

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available with Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront hotel. For the first 3 hours, parking will be $14 for patrons of Hoyt’s. After 3 hours, regular hourly rates apply. Street parking is also available on Wacker Drive on weekends and on surrounding streets at various times.

Public Transit:
Red, Pink, Green, Orange, Brown, or Purple Line to State & Lake.

Executive Chef:
Aaron Munson

Private Party Facilities:
Private dining room can hold up to 80 people depending on set up. Perfect for a meal, cocktail party, or a meeting.

Private Party Contact:
Antonia Siemion: (877) 676-1837

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Hoyt's Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

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3.7

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3.6

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Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (134)
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·Dined a day ago

Hoyt's American Tavern is my favorite place to hang out to watch sports, news, people & listen to live entertainment Friday nites. Staff there is most efficient, friendly & happy. I only hope all these excellent reviews don't cause too many crowds as now it's quite cozy & extremely will run. Excellent original & delicious menu at very reasonable prices. Hoyt's location directly across the river from Trump tower can't be beat & their summer outside seating is also unique & most comfortable. Hoyt's is the best! You can't go wrong.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Live Sports, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Quick Bite, Live Music, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Fun, Cozy, Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Organic, People Watching, Great Beer
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 13, 2015

This hotel restaurant is better than the average hotel restaurant. It is small, but has plenty of space for the diners. The meals we had were fine, especially for the 10 and 12 year olds. The wine was outstanding. Overlooking the river, the view was the best. I would go back for dinner or for some wine.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 5, 2015

My friend and I went to Hoyt's for lunch for Chicago Restaurant Week. It took 20 minutes for anyone to take a drink order. After we'd been there for an hour, we still had only received our appetizers. Eventually, since this is LUNCH during a work day, we asked for the food to go. How disappointing to go out to lunch, only to end up eating at your desk anyway. It would have been more tolerable if the wait staff had talked to us or refilled our drinks, but they were missing. They didn't even apologize for how long they took.

I should mention that the restaurant was half empty when we got there.

The food was just okay. Nothing great. Some stuff was kind of bland.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 30, 2015

The staff was friendly, the burger was great! We went for restaurant week. I had the pretzel is was warm and soft. Dessert was really good too

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2015

Very quiet maybe because it's winter. There was just another group besides us which was great. Food and service was very good.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2015

The menu is limited and the sweet potato gnocchi was not as described on the menu. The chop chop salad had ingredients added that were not listed on the menu. It was a cold evening and every time the door opened a burst of frigid chicago air would swirl in. Server was great but he can't make up for the mediocre food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 9, 2015

After two visits to Hoyt's I'm surprised they are't packed all the time. The food is fantastic! The first time I dined here it was during Restaurant Week 2014 with a group of 6 and everyone kept going on and on about how great every single course was. My husband and I just went back again and had another great experience. The farro risotto I had was amazing! The service here is friendly and attentive. Make this a place to visit!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2014

The food was incredible and the portions were very representative of the price. The cheese board was an excellent assortment and the fish was amazing. The shrimp appetizer could be a main course meal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 20, 2014

Not impressed with the quality and service for the price. Service was decent until the food came, then we never saw anyone again until I flagged someone down for the check. The whiskey sour was poorly made and not worth drinking. I assume I got the house whiskey since no one asked me what kind of whiskey or bourbon I wanted. The mac and cheese was actually the best part of the meal, but the beef tenderloin was passable at best. Considering what we paid, I expected much better quality and service.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 20, 2014

Our group of 4 went to Hoyt's for the first time for a pre-theater dinner. We were surprised it was so small and since the Bar took up the majority of space, we figured the menu options would be limited and the food...not so special. Wrong! The menu wasn't large but eclectic and the food presentation and choices were anything but typical bar food (except for the burger that was exceptional). Our only negative was that the chef was a little heavy handed with the salt (and I'm a "salt" person). But it was all delicious and we'll definitely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 14, 2014

We visited after going to the Theatre nearby. It was a pleasant location with very good satisfying food. Our waiter went out of his way, making recommendation to make sure we enjoyed our visit. We plan on visiting again soon.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 6, 2014

Great food, great service (but allow at least an hour for appetizers or dessert), great view of the Chicago River but beware that it can be loud. Tables for two are near the bar with TV screens turned to sports so your conversation could be drowned out by sports-watching bros. There are more romantic options in the city. Very generous portions to either share or take home for tasty leftovers. Decent wine list-I enjoyed the Tempranillo.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2014

Great little place on Wacker for a quick bite or a good meal. Servers were very personable and efficient. Food was great! I had the filet of beef, and it was excellent! Took my 2 yr. old granddaughter and she enjoyed it as well!

Tags: Late-night Find, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2014

We ordered the fall burboun cocktail, which was delicious. We also ordered the Mac and cheese and short ribs which were a flavorful delight and good sized portions. The lamb risotto fritter was okay. Nice ambiance as well

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2014

All the food was very good (we ordered a second pretzel!) and the craft cocktails were great. The service was friendly, atmosphere was cool and modern.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2014

We were on our way to the Goodman Theater on Sunday...one of the few places open. Food was good, choices limited, not crowded though it did fill up after 6:30 with hotel guests. Decor is kind of sterile. Service was above average and server was attentive and knowledgeable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 4, 2014

This little restaurant/bar faces the Chicago River and Trump Tower...near Michigan Avenue.
Limited menu with wide range- good hot pretzel with dipping sauces and also good Baramundi fish dinner!
And good Martini! A find!
And $14 valet parking with validated ticket!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 25, 2014

Such a great place for work meetings. Food is always delicious and the ambience is nice

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 4, 2014

I always enjoy Hoyts because it's consistent. I know the food is delicious especially the mac & cheese and onion rings. It's a nice place to do business lunches

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 3, 2014

I was surprised that we were the only ones in the restaurant for the entire lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on August 30, 2014

We stopped in here after the Chicago Jazz Festival Saturday nite, Labor Day weekend. Chicago was very crowded but we were able to get right in. Great food, fun Martini menu, great service. We felt lucky to find a spot we could get right into that was comfortable and not too noisy. Lots of people sitting mostly at the bar, although a few other tables were also seated during our dinner visit. This restaurant is Ttached to the Wyndham Grand Riverfront.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 30, 2014

Our experience at Hoyt's was fine. It wasn't exceptional but definitely not terrible. Generally, just not notable either way. Everything was fine. I'd try other places to see if I liked something better but didn't hate this spot at all.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 21, 2014

Love this restaurant because the food is always great. I have had most things on the menu and they are all equally as good as the other.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2014

I always feel comfortable bringing clients to Hoyt's for lunch because of the variety of the food, there's something for everyone. The food is always delicious as well-especially the macaroni!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 8, 2014

We are always open to trying new restaurants. That being said, Hoyt's gave off a strange "vibe" the minute we arrived and we felt leery. The restaurant is laid out horribly. If anyone sits at a table near the bar then theres barely any room to walk between them. There is no discernable check-in area. The outside patio was haphazard and awkward. The worst was there was hardly anyone there (a bad sign on a Friday night). Rather than try and build up a buzz and clientele with exceptional service - we had to wait to have our drink order taken and then the drinks took over 20 minutes to arrive. The drinks are $12 each, by the way. We didn't try the expensive drinks because we got up and walked out just as they arrived.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 31, 2014

I really enjoy Hoyt's it's a hidden gem that always has great food. Their macaroni & cheese is amazing and I can never turn it down

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 9, 2014

There are good finds on the menu. Be prepared to try something just a little different. It's good. It's not comfort food.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 3, 2014

I went to Hoyt's because I had purchased a Gilt City deal - 2 glasses of wine, 1 app, 1 cheese and charcuterie board, 2 entrees, and 1 dessert. All for $49!!! The best thing we had was the Beef Short Rib. Served with mashed potatoes and carrots with a delicious glaze. I would definitely go back for this dish! I was disappointed to see that the restaurant was not busy though. I hope this place makes it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 29, 2014

It was the ideal spot for a nice evening out with the family. Great food with options for every pallet, especially finding a middle ground for meat-eaters and vegetarians.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 27, 2014

For a hotel restaurant, and let's be clear, that's what it is, in the lobby of Hotel 71, it's pretty good. Not standard pub fare - I had a lamb burger and there were some other good options on the menu. We went on a Thursday night just because we were in the area. It was dead - only one other couple in the place. Service was very attentive. My "medium" burger was way overcooked, definitely well-done, which was disappointing because the flavors were otherwise good. Fries great. Wife's beet/carrot salad was good but could have used some more cheese. If I needed to eat in the Loop area, I might go here again, if Elephant & Castle was crowded. But I wouldn't seek it out.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 18, 2014

My wife and I went to Hoyt's, first time this week - there are so many great choices on the menu that we are going to need a dozen more trips to "eat-our-way through the menu. We started with with fried cheese curds; I had the braised pork shank; my wife had the lobster macaroni & cheese; and we finished with chocolate espresso mousse.
Everything was great - and we are going back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 7, 2014

In an effort to get a last minute reservation for a group of 10 we ended up at Hoyt's Tavern. The food was great, although the menu was a bit limited on options, and the service was accommodating to our large group.

If you're visiting for a short trip, I'd recommend a more unique-to-the-area restaurant (we didn't realize it was basically a hotel restaurant) but you can't go wrong with good tasting food here - be sure to get the truffle fries!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 16, 2014

I came here on a Sunday night so it wasn't too busy but there was only one server working. He was a veteran and did well with the amount of tables but I felt he was a little rushed and couldn't provide the level of service they were aiming for (or I hoped for). He knew his stuff and was very friendly but it's just difficult to juggle that many balls successfully. The food and the drinks were fantastic! In many places you dont expect too much from hotel restaurants but in Chicago there are so many hotels downtown they've upped their game to compete and come out very well. This isnt going to be the hot spot in downtown but if you're looking for a table and a great meal give it a chance!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 29, 2014

The service was good, they were attentive and the bartender was really nice. The food was a little slow to come out of the kitchen at first but only for the appetizers. We ordered the pretzel with spicy mustard and a beer cheese fondue and the scallops which came on a corn mixture. Both were good, the pretzel wasn't anything special. We both had the dr. pepper glazed short ribs which were on top of mashed potatoes and both were very good. The short rib just fell apart with your fork. For dessert we had pumpkin cheesecake which was just okay and a chocolate mousse. The mousse was excellent and had a bailey's flavored whipped cream. Overall it was a good dinner and I would go back to try other items on the menu.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 24, 2014

I had the Pan Roasted Amish Chicken Parmesan sticky black rice risotto, spinach, hen of the woods mushrooms, red wine jus and it was delicious. Their version of a Manhattan was great. Also, the Braised Port Shank leaves a lot to be desired. I think the temperature outside was hovering around zero so there were not any crowds to contend with. Great atmosphere and wait staff. Worthy of the return trip.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 7, 2013

We were going on a tour and decided to stop for an early drink and lunch. Very nice décor with an attentive bartender. Turkey burger with truffle fries was very tasty. Would got back in the future.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 8, 2013

We were happy to have a good sounding restaurant to our Hotel Club Quarters when we arrived in Chicago. We'd read previous reviews that were slightly unfavorable, but those were from 2011. The food was good, they had a nice selection of craft beers, a great martini, and they made a stab at a sidecar, which wasn't bad. If we'd known they were open for breakfast we would have gone there.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 29, 2013

Hoyt's was so fun my husband and I went on a Sunday and watched a football game. The atmosphere was upbeat and exciting. Burgers were amazing I definitely recommend the Hoyt signature burger my favorite. Service was fast and friendly we did not seemed rushed but very attended to.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 29, 2013

Went here expecting to order brunch on a Sunday morning. Looked at the lunch menu and changed our minds. I had sea bass and it was wonderful! Husband had a burger which was equally good. Truthfully, we picked this spot because we were in a hurry, it was close, etc. Didn't have high expectations for the food, but we were very pleasantly surprised. One odd thing, every person in the restaurant brought us something or checked on us while there. We weren't sure who our waitress/waiter was.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2013

I went here with co workers for happy hour at 6 and we ended up staying until 11! They were very accommodating and attentive. The food was good and the drinks were flowing. Good place for drinks and food.

Tags: Good for Groups
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