Beacon Tavern

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$30 and under
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American
Beacon Tavern is Chicago's newest riverside destination for American fare. Described as "a hidden gem” by Chicago Tribune’s Phil Vettel, Beacon Tavern offers dining in a casually-upscale setting steps from the Chicago riverfront and the Magnificent Mile. Guests at Beacon Tavern enjoy spectacular city views through floor-to-ceiling windows, and an expansive outdoor patio offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle on Michigan Avenue and throughout River North.

Beacon Tavern is known for elevated interpretations of tavern classics, seafood-forward dishes, and a host of thoughtfully curated cocktails, wines and beers.

Accessible from Upper Wabash and Upper Michigan Avenue, Beacon Tavern is nestled in the walkway between the Wrigley Building and Trump Tower.


Beacon Tavern is a Gage Hospitality Group restaurant. Sister restaurants include: The Gage, Acanto, Coda di Volpe and The Dawson.
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UH
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great location for a tavern. Kind of tucked away, but not hard to find. Excellent food for a tavern/pub, even if selection (ate on the bar) is somewhat limited. Fixtures and lighting made you feel like you were in a classy restaurant without letting you forget you were in a tavern.

Service (Ivan and team) was on point! Knowledge of the menu, helpfulness, attitude, timing, and attention to detail were perfect. Felt taken care of (not forgotten) without feeling like they were a bother.

Already thinking of ways to plan work outings for various occasions.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Took my parents out for their anniversary. The staff was great and very friendly in helping celebrate the occasion. Overall very nice experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect... at all

BB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

The service was decent when we arrived but after electing not to order the suggested Turbot entree, our server was non-existent but for fist bumping our table when we got our food and telling us to enjoy. Fish and chips were soggy.

p
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place, good food and good service. We liked the fish and chips. Open kitchen. We enjoyed it very much.

B
Chicago
141 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Luke
Lauren you always make my experience at Beacon Tavern perfect, thank you
Welcome Corey

MV
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This cozy restaurant hit all the right notes for me. The meal and service were stellar, and because I was dining alone, I had the chance to notice all the little details that made this establishment special from the elegant tapered candles, to the acoustic ceiling, to the gorgeous teacups and the tile floor. My only complaint is that the menu descriptions were skimpy, so it was hard to predict ingredients.

OT
Northampton
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely location, great atmosphere and good food.

CH
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Sat outside on the patio - very nice and excellent meal.

SC
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

portions were small; server was just okay; we sat outside and the bugs were bad; we had to request covers for our cups, outdoor heater, etc. Server tended to oversell but I'm sure that how they're trained. I do like the food and it held up to my prior visits.

n
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely brunch atmosphere.

F
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The space was comfortable, reminded me of a colonial establishment in Philadelphia. Service was excellent and food was good. We started with the kale salad and I had the fish and chips and it was a large portion perfectly prepared. My husband had the chicken which was a smaller portion served ontop something he did not recognize, but turned out to be potatoes. I do not recommend the desert cake with basil ganach, too savory when we wanted something sweet, but is was attractively presented.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was delicious and well-presented. The place was also very peaceful and cozy. It’s a perfect place to have brunch with friends and reconnect.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lot of fun in a venue that was well suited for an adult get together. We had private space in a comfortable booth and the time to relax and enjoy ourselves without feeling rushed. Our server was tremendous.

NH
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was such a pleasant and wonderful young woman, and the kitchen staff and the rest of the servers and bartenders made our group feel welcome and comfortable. The food was out of this world...we ordered a pile of apps and they were all phenomenal. We will be back! Thank you from Toronto!

KB
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and menu, they were running an Oktoberfest special and the wines were amazing.

KH
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner here! The food was good, the waiter was superb, and the ambiance was lovely. Will be back!

e
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good and quiet place great service and atmosphere
Highly recommended for small groups and couples also.

O
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was great and the salad and dessert were exquisite. The entree was far too salty and we shared that with our server so he could take it back to the kitchen. We were surprised that the server didn't offer to comp a dessert or cocktail when we told him that our food was far too salty - almost to the point of inedible. Overall I would definitely try it again and recommend it to others.

A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Generic brunch place with vaguely bizarre menu. Butter on a burger. It’s not bad. What would expect from a business located where it is, which caters to tourists.

P
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the avocado toast! Service is always excellent too!

AA
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service,menu and atmosphere. Our server, Drew, took great care of my family at brunch

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time! Our server Antonio was fantastic, friendly, personable, billy didn’t hover. He offered a few wine options that were spot on.
The food was delicious. We started with the pimento cheese and shrimp toast, followed by the octopus. I had the potato gnocchi with the smoked mushrooms. Smokey isn’t a flavor I’m usually attracted to, but this wasn’t over powering.
I’ll definitely come back with my husband.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Service, delicious wine and good friends.

OT
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful dinner recently at Beacon Tavern. Real gem tucked away between Wrigley Tower and Trump Hotel. Peter was our waiter. He was very kind and knowledgable about the food and wine list and was happy to make suggestions for us. I had halibut, with light cream sauce and fresh vegetables, which was so delicious. Cozy atmosphere. Will definitely go back here.

MM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for delicious dinner and cocktails! It was a bit tricky to find, but when I resorted to calling, the hostess gave very helpful directions that led me right to the front door!

LD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was my birthday and my girlfriend’s birthday. Our server was so sweet and so accommodating. My girlfriend has a lot of food allergies. Our server went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect for her and our celebration was wonderful. Thank you!!

EP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a consistently wonderful experience!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Anniversary

A
St. Louis
13 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely one of my favorite spots in River North. I eat here almost weekly and it never disappoints. So many delicious food items and the soup/sandwich combo is the perfect lunch. Truly outstanding staff with remarkable consistency and professionalism... starting with management and the host 😊

k
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Good food. Service was lousy. Plenty of places that match the food level and exceed the service level here.

B
Chicago
141 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience
Great food, great staff
Think you Billy

AO
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

my favorite go-tos and they always deliver! Came to celebrate my birthday with friends . Service was great, as always and all staff very friendly and courteous. I highly recommend going to BT!

AG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting, great service, delicious food! They have good happy hour specials, too.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wine

b
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We continue to come back here because the moment we walk in the door, the service is outstanding and the food, cocktails, and wine selection are all wonderful. I would recommend this restaurant for any occasion including special occasions.

AO
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place for happy hour /dinner with friends. From the moment you walk in the door, you are made to feel that all that matters is YOU! Great food, great fun!
....and this visit, we got a bonus! We got to see Billy! :)

m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The location is great and the decor is warm and inviting. Menu is limited but Staff is very professional and nice

M
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really loved the atmosphere and the wonderful food! Ate seafood that evening and all was delicious! The pomme frites were exceptional also. Our waiter and the rest of the staff were very attentive. Sit in the restaurant, as the bar is quite loud. Would definitely recommend!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food. Sat outside. Beautiful evening.

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