Beacon Tavern

4.6
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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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Piper408
Memphis
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed Beacon Tavern. We went for a date night the night before we had to move my daughter out of Loyola due to closing related to the Coronavirus. We were looking for a quiet, relaxing place with good food and drink to de-stress from the chaos of this whole thing. It was perfect. The ambiance was fabulous—great decor with enough sound absorption—-velvet upholstered booths, fabric-wrapped acoustical panels, etc—to make even happy hour not seem loud or obnoxious. The service was absolutely fantastic—-my water glass never hit less than 1/3 and my wine glass was never empty; attention to detail like that is hard to find anymore and was very appreciated. The food was delicious and our waitress attentive and personable. She gave us enough time to ourselves, but was amazingly also there every time we even thought we MIGHT need something. Overall, very impressed, and not to be missed!

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vipScottM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch with co-workers. The staff were great. Food excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was so impressed with this place! The atmosphere was perfect and our server was extremely attentive without being intrusive. The oysters were the best I’ve had in the area. Felt like I was in Portland! I will definitely be back!

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ChristopherD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Quality food served with quality service in a very comfortable setting.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Really good atmosphere and service. Loved the shrimp toast and after dinner cheese plate. Got a really great wine. Didn’t love the steak tar tar.

Have been for lunch before and had a similar experience. Mushroom/veg sandwich is awesome.

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vipBeezbob
Chicago
201 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice job Peter, very good service
Thank you

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PeterK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, as always! A must-go place to have a business lunch!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Beacon Tavern for my birthday dinner. Started with the cheese tray, beacon biscuits (yummy) and oysters. Everything’s was delicious! My husband had the steak frites and I had the scallops both were amazing. Top it off with dessert. Loved the atmosphere and service was fantastic! Definitely will go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was very good. We had the king fish and the pork tenderloin. Excellent flavors. The server was very attentive. It was a bit tricky to find but the ambience was nice with fireplaces and warm atmosphere. Pricing was higher than expected. Entrees ranged from $25-$65 with $14 cocktails. Overall it was a great dining experience for a birthday.

LJ
vipLJean
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for a brunch with three of my girl friends, it was Absolutely PERFECT! Food, ambiance, service...ALL AMAZING. It was like the ultimate trifecta.

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vipCraigS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed sitting in the bar area, and we loved the fish and chips and squash entrees. Service was great, and we had to get to a show, which the server was attentive to. We will plan on returning.

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vipTroyG
San Antonio
19 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious all the way around. And their Old Fashions are a must-do if you like that sort of thing.

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vipGaryF
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible gem with excellent delectables uniquely prepared and displayed by Chef Evan and staff. Can’t wait to go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool bar
Good staff
Nice location
Cool vibe

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The roasted chicken is superb and so was the service from entering, dining and departing!

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vipBeezbob
Chicago
201 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful
Thank you Antonio for stellar service

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RobertM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience1

Appetizers were good. Not great

Main courses were bad for value.

Service was great

Considering the reviews and our last experience trying new places we were surprised how few people were there and maybe that had something to do with the dramatic inconsistency of the food.

For the money and considering it was a Saturday night in Chicago we were disappointed.

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vipAdam
St. Louis
14 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is simply one of the best spots in River North. Delviers every time across the board with remarkable consistency.

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vipChadM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Beacon Tavern!

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BrittonC
Tulsa
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant Week choice for brunch. Absolutely delicious! Service and food were wonderful. Their cocktails are so fresh!

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ReneD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the hostess to the waiter, attentive and welcoming

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Nikkay
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amber, george, Cody, Fahdi and all the staff are wonderful! They always greet and treat us well.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, we chose the bar area. Unassuming location, but food was outstanding

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Mrtimm
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice place right off of Michigan Avenue. I wish their Sunday brunch menu had a few more choices but it was pretty good. I would very much recommend it especially for dinner

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Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I like Beacon Tavern overall but the Restaurant Week experience was underwhelming. Most portions were small or came out different than your expectation based on the description. And they were out of the dessert we all wanted
I’d go back but order off the regular menu.

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LindaF
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the creative food choices. Always good service.

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vipEatwithAfriend
Minneapolis
38 reviews