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Hoyt's Tavern

150 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Great for Lunch (134)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (107)
  • Scenic View (102)

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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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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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.
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Phone number
(312) 346-9870
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Aaron Munson
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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.
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Private party contact
Antonia Siemion: (877) 676-1837
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Private events can be arranged by contacting Erin Zachary at 312.436.7113 or
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Cross street
Wacker Drive & Wabash Avenue
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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.
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Public transit
Red, Pink, Green, Orange, Brown, or Purple Line to State & Lake.
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
What 150 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
3.7  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 10, 2017

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.

Chathamite (Chicago)
4.0  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.

Sarah (Chicago)
1.0  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.

Lilreese (Chicago)
5.0  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

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  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.

Diddy (San Francisco)
2.0  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.

Amanda (Chicago)
4.0  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!

CJB1 (Chicago)
4.0  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.

Megan (Louisville)
3.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  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.

Donald (Chicago)
4.0  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.

vipWrigleyFielder (Chicago)
3.0  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.

Luv2travel (Chicago)
5.0  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!

Katie (Chicago)
4.0  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

ad805 (Chicago)
4.0  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.