Dusek's Tavern

4.9
168 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.

Please note-as of 12/31/2021, proof of vaccination status is required to dine at Dusek's Tavern.
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Experiences

  • Valentine's Day at Dusek's!

    Feb 14, 2022 only

    Love is in the air! Join us at Dusek's Tavern for the most romantic day of the year. Enjoy your favorite dishes from our Chef selected menu along with seafood towers for two, natural wine pairings, champagne, bonbons from Good Ambler, dessert & music. To end your evening on a high note, grab tickets to Cate Le Bon, performing live upstairs at Thalia Hall! Visit thaliahallchicago.com for tickets and more information on this concert.

Offers

  • 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
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 168 people are saying
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Caitlin
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The flavor combinations are so delicious, and the ingredients are locally sourced. The service is always spot on and it’s an amazing ambience for any type of night out.

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BenjaminS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always great and the service is excellent. I love that I can come here for an outstanding burger and beer or a top notch chef's tasting menu.

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ShadC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance. Limited menu options for young children. Varied food choices. Otherwise, perfect for a date night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great only some items missed at the bar like becharovka !!!

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viplisag
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing !!!!! Service was outstanding !!! Felt Covid safe !! Food was amazing !! Will be my go to !!

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Julie
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing server, and awesome atmosphere!

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vipCarolineC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for New Year’s Eve, it was incredible. The food was outstanding. Our waitress Diana was so knowledgeable and helpful and gave so many incredible recommendations. We will 100% be going back!!

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KeithP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food, cocktails and beer list -

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MarioPonce
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Team Dusek,

Mussels: broth was way too salty to enjoy (someone should have tasted it before it left the window); and also way too spicy for an average person.

Bread (6): less remarkable then we had hoped.

Steak/Fish: excellent

Cocktails: on point

Wine: I thought I heard the Server say "we have a wine special ... a full for $14" which I thought "wow, that's a bargain" ... bill showed $44. I couldn't say anything, I was entertaining friends. She was great otherwise.

I love this place ... it's the first time I've ever complained ... because I want you all to make it (big time).

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JoshC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great spot. Service was very nice and attentive. Food is delicious! I love their burger, it one of the best in the city I think. The eggplant is also amazing! Would recommend.

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vipAnnaA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best experiences I have had a restaurant in a long time! The service was excellent and the food and drinks were perfect. Highly recommend the squid and pork chops. We will be back very soon and I’m spreading the word about this gem to friends and family.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, fun, & efficient wait staff! Excellent food from a very imaginative menu. Cool, funky vibe. We had a good time.

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ErinL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Aaron, was exceptional and the food was delicious. Highly recommend!

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Mlk4hny
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the this place, staff is wonderful, attentive and the food and drinks are strong and flavorful.

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ClaireP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Although it was a bit too noisy, everything else about our meal was great-- the setting, the service and the excellent food and drinks!

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KristaV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious tasting menu before the show at Thalia Hall. Very generous portion size, so come with an appetite!

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piotrb
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a wonderful experience. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and made outstanding recommendations. Food was amazing!!! Will visit again in the near future.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I had a nice time food was good , waitress was very attentive , portions are smaller than I expected but I still got full

OT
OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
27 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was outstanding!!!!!!!!!!!

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juanitajayce
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was excellent. The tasting menu was delicious and offered SO MUCH food. Beautiful space. Very enjoyable.

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CaseyM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love it!! we love coming here before a concert and getting a drink and food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful room, great friendly service and amazing food and cocktails. Went for dinner before a show, but would definitely come back if I was in the area.

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Osheas
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely amazing, perfect for our date night! Our service was wonderful and very welcoming. I would definitely dine here again.

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ColleenR
Key West
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place on the first floor with Thalia Hall. The food was very good and our server Aaron (sp) was great! Arron was very helpful in menu suggestions and provided great service without rushing. I will definitely be back!

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vipclairea
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

$55 tasting menu for ~10 courses and generous sizes. Not just one of the best deals in the city, but everything we had was great. There's a reason this place is a neighborhood staple that you'll want to keep coming back to.

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NicoleM
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is absolutely one of my favorite restaurants in the city! Food was superb as always and the service is amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!! Highly recommend for a nice date night out! Ideal restaurant for celebrations in the heart of Pilsen. Would say a bigger party is better to taste more of the amazing menu! 5 stars all around and the kitchen staff was extremely kind! Chef Ben and Tyler really know what they’re doing with the space! Blown away by the food 🤩🤩🤩

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RachelG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
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!

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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.

FAQs

Dusek's Tavern is rated 4.9 stars by 168 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.