Beacon Tavern

4.7
959 reviews
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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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J
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We were there for brunch, they ran out of items we ordered like clam chowder. They forgot multiple items for example the oysters came after the entree. They didn't bus the table after salads and apps and when asked them to, they knocked over my oj and spilled it on my chair. The manager brought out macarons as a sorry.

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ND
Miami
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great casual brunch spot with above-average food!

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MM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Waiter was very patient on St. Patrick's Day which must be one of the toughest days to work in the restaurant industry. Bartenders all chipped in to keep up at the bar.

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LL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I had a great time, we sat at a booth in the back so we could enjoy our food and amazing cocktails without it being rowdy. We loved our spot out of the mayhem! Thank you to the staff at beacon for great service, we will definitely be going back

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LP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BT was cozy with lovely casual atmosphere and delicious food!

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B
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Antonio, great service...
Welcome to a great team Ms Christina

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OT
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. Terrific wine (cabernet) and best burgers ever!

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S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely brunch, and our server was able to accommodate all of our extra requests for our little one. Definitely going back soon!!

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K
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Will come back.

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JD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Even with a large party right next to us it was not loud at all. The food was outstanding and the service was good.

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EP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. Lovely and delicious. Our waiter was wonderful. This was our first time their with our children and they could not have been more welcoming to them - even making a very plain version of their avocado toast for our youngest.

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DM
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten there twice in the last two weeks and when an out of town friend needed a place for a dinner party, booked her group there. Highly recommended. Great service, excellent food and its possible to have a conversation.

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B
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Thomas, Julie and MIchelle
Great staff and great food...thank you

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SS
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Certainly a pleasant evening - service attentive/friendly. I ordered the "Seafood Special" of the day which was presented as bass, only to have it come as swordfish, which was certainly fine and they were very gracious about the confusion.

My main gripe - I told our waitress that we had an hour until we needed to leave for the theater so perhaps that was the reason, but after the drinks arrived and she took our dinner order, we'd barely gotten halfway through our drinks when the food arrived - couldn't have been 5-10 minutes! I wanted to finish my drink and our conversation so by the time I ate my food was lukewarm.

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B
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you to MIchelle and Alex

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S
Chicago
219 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best casual high end meals I have had - loved it
We go to the Gage but this will be a new go to

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m
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner and visit with good Chicago friends there b

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OT
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for brunch with friends. Nice setting and service was good.

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t
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, ambiance and service. Loved the butterscotch dessert. It was our second visit. I'm sure we'll be back.

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m
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Antonio was our server are he was excellent. The food was amazing. The only problem was the obnoxious table of 20 something year olds that was so loud that I now know every detail of their life.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time at the Beacon Tavern and it’s become my go to restaurant. Food is delicious, the ambiance is cozy, and noise level is quite low so you can have a conversation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a lovely dinner on Wednesday at Beacon Tavern. I particularly liked the Brie and our great waiter! The ambience was quite nice and there’s a beautiful view of the river just outside the restaurant.

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MO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Crummy chewy steak frites for $50! Manager kindly took it off the bill though.. Touristy pricing. Mediocre food and ambiance.

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AT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent place for lunch and brunch! There were 5 of us and we all liked our foods and drinks. The bloody merry was well done. The food presentation was excellent and the service was good. I will definitely go back.

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I didn't know this restaurant was hidden behind The Wrigley Building until someone mentioned it. After looking at their offerings I thought it was a good option to start off a girl's night with a friend. I made a reservation through Open Table and ended up having to push the time back, the host was very friendly when I called to make the change and upon our arrival. Getting there was tricky and I got a bit lost walking from Wabash.

Once I arrived and met my friend we decided to sit at the bar but the seats were bolted into the floor and a bit too far from the bar itself. We asked our bartender if it was ok for us to move to a high top and he helped us bring our things over. Our drinks looked amazing, Alex presented them so nicely and they tasted even better! We shared their Roasted Carrot appetizer and the Rigatoni with chicken. Everything was delicious but we had no room for desert.

Overall it was a wonderful experience with great service, delicious food and a warm ambiance. Alex was very knowledgeable and attentive. As my friend put it "The prefect place for a cold rainy day." I work across the river so I'll definitely be back soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere; very warm and inviting

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really excellent service from the front door, the bartenders, and our waiter. Food was excellent and came out in a timely manner. Really warm atmosphere on a cold rainy night.

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MC
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect date night spot!

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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pork shoulder was AMAZING!! Pastas are also great and the rolls are delicious as well. Highly recommend!

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C
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little difficult to find thanks to Google. Walk between the two Wrigley Buildings and you’ll come right to it.

Excellent food. I had the fish and chips. My wife had the scallops. I would go back.

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N
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely spot for a delicious late weekend brunch. Great service too.

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TR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were looking for a great place for lunch (food, service and setting) and once again Beacon Tavern did not disappoint!

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g
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. The Bartenders are very good and make you feel very special. The JCVD was amazing!

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OT
Detroit
19 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great
Beet salad and fish for 2 just simply amazing.

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B
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Alex
Always great to catch up at one of my favorite spots

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Menu was on the small side. Was expecting great and got just average. Nothing overly memorable.

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SK
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What more could you ask for? Comfy environs, considerate service, every bite an ingredient thoughtful and tasty...a new favorite with return trips assured every time we visit Chicago.
Thanks from your grateful Michigan neighbor and friend.

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KB
Indiana
24 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dependably good dinner and great, pleasant, unobtrusive service. the roasted carrot/yogurt/dill appetizer is a favorite (as in we always get it), nice crabcakes and my husband really enjoyed his branzino

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SG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!

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LP
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I am a little picky when it comes to crab cakes, which it’s hard to make a good crab cake. Wasn’t matching my high expectations.
Great drinks and appetizers.

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