Beacon Tavern

4.7
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$30 and under
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American
Beacon Tavern offers dining in a rustic, casually-upscale setting steps from the Chicago Riverfront and the Magnificent. Known as a “hidden gem” among the Chicago restaurant community due to its location and noteworthy food and beverage, the menu features elevated interpretations of tavern classics with seafood-forward dishes. The food menu is matched by a curated wine list and draft beer selection alongside a thoughtfully-curated cocktail program featuring seasonally-changing craft cocktails.

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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4.6
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4.7
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MC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, great food, fabulous service!

FC
Indiana
33 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were looking for a place for dinner with a little atmosphere after seeing something at Symphony Center. The photos of this place looked nice and they had reservation openings so we checked it out. We sat at a high top table in the bar looking out the floor length windows onto trees with fairy lights. Each table had a lit taper candle on it, which made it quite cozy. My son had the featured burger, which he enjoyed, and I had the fish and chips. I’m not a big fan of tempura batter on fish, but it was fine. Their menu is small, but it had a decent variety. I had indicated on the reservation that we were celebrating my son’s birthday and they were kind enough to bring him a brownie sundae with a candle on it. That was a very nice surprise.

I only made it into the bar area, not the main dining room, so I can’t speak to the
atmosphere there. We just found the bar to be cozy.

MR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We were there early on a Saturday night. The menu had some unique items. I had a pan seared salmon that was very good and my wife had a butternut squash dish that she liked as well.

JJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed

B
Chicago
178 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Andrea, Aness and Tina for friendly accommodations
Christine is always the best of managers
Thank you

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was good but a little speedy. Our bottle of wine was Bret but we didn’t send it back. Wishing we would have.

NU
Chicago
90 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed. First time and would return. Comfortable venue. Nice selection of food and beverages. Leave room for dessert---the cookies are great and just enough to satisfy something sweet after a meal.

JM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice dinner before going to listen to Jazz music

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch. Good selection. Server was friendly and attentive on New Years morning. Good location on the river.

d
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was a good location for watching NYE fireworks on the river. We ate, walked outside and watched. Nice atmosphere. Nice food, service was polite and a little slow, but it was NYE. I will try other locations next time.

JS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

super friendly service, delicious food (roast chicken was great), somewhat small portions but worth it

K
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Truly a hidden gem! Super cute and cozy! Delicious food as well!

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner here on New Year’s Eve! The food was outstanding and we loved the wine list too. Service and ambience were impeccable. Will be back!

KF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place- great atmosphere food and service

JO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very adorable space, with impeccable service and delicious food. Will definitely be back and have already recommended to others!

KB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I have always had great experiences at Beacon Tavern in the past. I usually go for lunch with clients or after work cocktails with friends. On NYE I brought my family for an early dinner because we had theater tickets afterwards. I thought we could get a burger or a salad then move along. I was forced to put down a credit card on OpenTable for this "coveted" table. When we arrived for our 5:30 pm res, the restaurant was empty, but we were seated at the worst table in the house, near where all the bored servers were congregating and the bathroom. I asked to move to a booth or banquet, but was told that the tables were all spoken for. By the time we wrapped dinner, only one of the tables was taken. In addition, The Beacon employed a typically price-gauge NYE menu. My 18 year old son ordered the roasted chicken, expecting a generous amount of meat. He got two wings, and was voraciously eating off the other plates, which also were unremarkable. Super disappointed to say the least. I theorized that maybe because I reserved the table using a $50 OpenTable VIP credit, they decided to treat us like less-than. Either way, I won't be rushing back.

P
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ordered the fish and chips... delish!
Ordered the cappelletti... really really good! Wish there were more.

Ordered the sundae for dessert.... yum!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Booked a reservation before seeing a show. Reservations were made based on online recommendations, but our experience didn’t quite match what we read. Ambiance was awesome - but service felt like we were more of a nuisance when we asked simple questions. We opted for a drink and apps which we didn’t finish.

t
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic evening. Upscale "tavern". Will definitely be back.

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and ambiance, along with a much bigger than expected cocktail & wine list. Will definitely recommend!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter George was amazing!!!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had the fish & chips, was extra crispy but not oily so still very good. Cappelletti was delish!!
Beacon Biscuits and a pimento cheese app were amazing. They do have items for kids however they are not on the menu.

JJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fish and chips like tempura

CJ
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great time!! Great wine, apps, food, service

C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! I ordered the butter burger and it was the best burger I ever had. The staff were nice too.

P
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met friends in town for Christmas shopping; was a very nice meal.

PB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have now been to Beacon's Tavern twice, and both times, the service was incredible and our food fantastic. But I also want to write a review that the restaurant was quiet enough that as a table of six, we were able to easily converse as a group. This is a problem I find in many restaurants where either the background music or the decor leads to a very loud environment where the joy of conversing with family and friends is lost. Thank you, Beacon's Tavern, for a wonderful evening.

SB
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the seasonal menu changes, but the service and atmosphere are consistently wonderful! We are in the neighborhood and if the prices were more moderate we'd be there a lot more often!

T
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Professional service. Atmosphere is warm and sophisticated. Like all of Billy’s restaurants, this one is definitely a great place to go.

c
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Will be visiting again

B
Chicago
179 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Lauren, Julie, Corey and Patrick

Happy Holidays

SC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, very good service. Price commensurate with location and quality.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delightful. Unique beverages, creative food, lovely atmosphere and great staff. Interesting flavor profiles.

OT
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful on all counts!

S
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

George the waiter is the best!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely . Wonderful food great service

h
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beacon Tavern never fails to satisfy our need for an all-around wonderful dining experience. Brunch is exceptional and the pastry menu which is seasonal and rotates is SO worth the carbs!! Lovely breakfast and lunch options; my husband loves the Reuben-inspired eggs Benedict and the omelettes are always perfect. We also appreciate the friendly attentive service and Hannah who took care of us at this visit was tops!! Looking forward to our next visit.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the initial greeting by Lauren, who was quick to accommodate and understand that my guests were running late on a busy Thurs night; to Alex at the bar who made the perfect Cocktail to Kami; who provided an unbelievable dining experience; the Beacon Tavern is a must when you are in Chicago. The food was spectacular, the ambiance charming; simply put i don’t think you can go wrong. I’ll be back for sure. Thanks Beacon Tavern!!

JA
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good...had high top seating in bar, so a little noisy

L
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delightful experience! In not attending to be, we were a little high maintenance on the number in our party changing. The bartender and the hostess could not have been more accommodating, welcoming, and pleasant. Both the owner and the manager stopped by to genuinely engage to make our visit pleasant. Wait staff was superb. And food was yummy. A very big thumbs up.

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