Dusek's Tavern

4.8
138 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Dusek's Tavern is an old school tavern that has everything you would expect from a good bar. We offer classic cocktails, liquor beverages, cold beer and nice wine. Our tavern fare is flavorful and honest, made with intentionally sourced ingredients from people who care, for people we care about.

With a nod to the building's history, Dusek’s hopes to bring a comfortable food experience to this re-established corner tavern. Our corner spot echos the same neighborhood spirit of Mr. Dusek’s time where his family tavern once lived and breathed.
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  • Oysters & Bubbly

    Multiple dates available

    Thu 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Join us every Thursday from 5pm-6pm for our Oysters & Bubbly Happy Hour! $2 Island Creek Oysters & Half-off Champagne.
  • Let Us Feed You

    Multiple dates available

    Sun 5:00 PM - 9:45 PM, Wed - Thu 5:00 PM - 9:45 PM, Fri - Sat 5:00 PM - 10:45 PM

    Experience a chef’s selected menu of Dusek’s Tavern favorites for the table to share. Menu subject to change, based on market availability. Prix-fixe menu available from your server at time of seating. Full table participation only, $55 per person. Reserve your table today!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 138 people are saying
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RachelG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my birthday, and everything was wonderful! I wouldn’t change anything about it.

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AlejandraV
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious! The music was top! Diana is the most sweet person.

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CarrieG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really excellent food and cocktails, a beautiful and romantic ambiance. Great place to eat before catching a show at Thalia Hall.

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CarlosL
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience! Worth the trip!
Try the desserts!

TK
vipTKD779
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual, Dusek's delivers. Post-covid reopening the food seemed a bit off, but now the kitchen seems to have gotten back in stride. All items we ordered - apple salad, green salad, pimento cheese & ham, fried cauliflower and strip steak were all fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Concert pre dining experience

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table of 5 had an outstanding meal and excellent time last night. Johnny, our server, is a true professional. His knowledge of the drink and food menus is very strong. He was fun and on his game. The rest of the wait staff left us wanting for nothing as well. We had fresh water and clean plates throughout our entire chef's tasting menu experience. Drinks were made to perfection and we never waited long for those to arrive after ordering another round. We had such a good experience and can't wait to go back. It's very obvious that the service industry is struggling to be fully staffed at most places I've eaten at recently, but not last night at Dusek's. The entire restaurant looked to be running at smooth as smooth gets and we really felt like it mattered to everyone that we had a wonderful meal and nice time. Well done 👏

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vipRuthL
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and a bit unusual. Ricotta dumpling soup with a bit of sauerkraut. Rock fish in a great tomato/ olive sauce. A terrific shot of finished rye. And, we had a wonderful waiter to give us guidance. Then, we went upstairs to Thalia Hall for a benefit concert headlined by Mavis Staples! What a wonderful holiday kickoff

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wineaux
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great cozy place to stop for dinner & drinks prior to a show at Thalia Hall. Or anytime for that matter!

Incredible & attentive service, scrumptious food & creative drinks.

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Vttt
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

It was not the best experience. From the food to the drink . It was off

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Michael
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The eggplant is absurd. Wonderful quick caring service. Great value as well for the quality of dishes.

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AsheliM
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was AMAZING but the Buttered rolls, Tartare and Kentucky cake were to die for.

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Melissa
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED our dinner here! Everything was fabulous. The food, the wine, the service, the ambiance. If you haven’t been here, GO.

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RugbyMom
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous! Eggplant is to die for. Pappardelle also delicious. Squid a little spicy for us. Also had avocado salad and bronzino. Butter cake is scrumptious. Excellent waitstaff--fresh plates frequently and responsive. Friendly and enthusiastic. Our first time and it was impressive. Also felt like table spread out enough for anxiety free dining.

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LisaF
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner pre-Thalia show. Appreciated facilitated access to concert entry. Will always think of Dusek's on concert days- and will return just for the food on other occasions!

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MelissaD
West Palm Beach
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Please keep the mussels and cauliflower on the menu always! They were fabulous. Our server was knowledgeable about the food and even told us the history of the building.
We appreciated them recognizing our special occasion too!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve had. The ribeye was absolutely phenomenal. Get the side of squash. Normally not a huge squash fan but whatever they do to this side dish is incredible. So tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was great! As usual, the food was delicious!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Alex, our server was extremely arrogant and rude. He brought our ribeye and mentioned something about the lemon that I didn’t hear. My question back was, do you recommend squirting the lemon over the steak. His response…”Wow, you must have done well in school!!!”

Very rude and condescending. I won’t be going back again. We just wanted a fun night out and his arrogance and rudeness ruined it.

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11111
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food:

We had the tasting menu, and the food was mostly good, but a few of the dishes fell flat. The combination of dishes also felt incongruent and not completely thought through. Surprisingly, because we have good appetites, the quantity also felt excessive, to the point where by the last course, we weren't able to fully enjoy the remaining dishes.

Beet salad and squid were especially good; rockfish was underwhelming. Next time we would just order from main menu.

Service:

Service was great. Our server made thoughtful beverage suggestions and was overall very warm, generous, and attentive. Support staff the same.

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AlexP
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Diana is a phenomenal waitress! It was an anniversary night from my Fiancée and I, and she made it better than could have expected. The food is out of this world, and the cocktails are superb! Would recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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vipDGMom
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dusek’s was amazing! Our first time there and certainly NOT our last. The waitstaff was excellent. Food equally as awesome. A great place to dine!!

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vipKatrinaV
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Would love the music to be a little less loud, but that was my only area for improvement. It was a great meal and lovely warm spot to catch up with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was incredible!!! Such attention to detail sharing menu: recommendations/ exactly when the food should come out etc. loved it! A bit rowdy in terms of noise but great dining experience.

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vipKatrina
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

So glad they have survived the pandemic! We ate there last night before a concert...the new menu is creative, flavorful, and very well priced. I had the Lassen trout, which might be the best fish I have ever had at a restaurant!
Keep up the good work...acoustics could be better by the oven area..a bit hard to have conversation...

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JohnA
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience! Dusek’s is a beautiful environment. The staff was pleasant and attentive to our every need and the food was tasty and expertly prepared. We highly recommend Dusek’s and will be back in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was amazing!! Food was amazing!

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vipProDiner
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Duseks has really upped their food gam since last I was there! And the service was great too!

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vipMeatLover
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice experience. Wish I knew our server’s name because she was excellent and made us feel welcome and took great care of us. Everyone there was great.

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Craig
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic! Every food item was delicious, the drinks were all amazing, our server was so kind and knowledgeable, and they even brought up complimentary champagne because we went for an anniversary. I cannot recommend this place enough!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome vibe and great food

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was looking for somewhere to go for my bf bday and was afraid this wasn’t “special” enough. But the ambiance was perfect. Nice place.

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vipHello
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Michelin star experience

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PatriciaE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and the food was delicious as always. Also our waitress was great and informative.

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BrittanyS
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food and a beautiful spot! Can’t wait to go back.

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ChristopherI
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, and the all the food was cooked perfectly. The cocktails paired nicely with the entrees.

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MellissaS
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we tried was delicious. We’re definitely going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and drinks were great. Music and service were equally as good. A bit on the dark side for me, but will definitely go back.

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AllieJ
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The dinner menu was amazing and the food was so good. A great date night or spot for homies.

TN
vipTheNutritarian
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here.

FAQs

Dusek's Tavern is rated 4.8 stars by 138 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.