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Dusek's Tavern, Chicago, IL
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Dusek's Tavern

4.6
4.6
407 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Dusek's Tavern is an old school tavern serving inventive dishes, fresh from the farmer's market. Our tavern fare is flavorful and honest, made with intentionally sourced ingredients from people who care, for people we care about. We offer classic cocktails, liquor beverages, cold beer and natural wine.

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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 5:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (312) 526-3851

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion from full buyouts of our restaurant to intimate dinners in our Beer Cellar to eclectic parties in our Punch House! Visit https://www.dusekschicago.com/private-events-catering for more information!

  • Private party contact

    Raesue Kao: (877) 380-3297

  • Neighborhood

    Pilsen

  • Cross street

    S. Allport

  • Parking details

    There is metered street parking on 18th street and valet parking on show nights in Thalia Hall.

  • Public transit

    18th Street Pink Line

  • Entertainment

    Dusek's Board and Beer is located on the first floor of the historic landmark Thalia Hall, above the Punch House cocktail lounge and next to Tack Room.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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What 407 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago

    Contemporary American

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  1. ME

    MELINDAA

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jonny our server was friendly and attentive. Food was really unique and delicious!!! Cocktails super! Loved the vibe.
  2. TB

    TamaraB

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great food but super loud - very difficult to hear dining companion.
  3. JK

    JaneK

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Service was GREAT!!! The food was interesting but very very salty and I like salt.
  4. w

    wineaux

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went there for pre-concert eats & drinks since we had such great experiences before. Everything from the valet parking, food and drinks were spectacular! Our waitress was remarkable and would love to give a shout out to her, but can't recall her name!
  5. Y

    Yolie

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The food was ok, I’ve had better at Dusek’s. Also, I was not aware they charge a fee to process payment via credit card (that was unexpected and very disappointing).
  6. D

    Dave

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always.
  7. KS

    KristieS

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful experience watching our food being cooked on the open hearth. Food was fantastic and the menu so thoughtfully creative.
  8. W

    Wendi

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service and place is great with nice ambiance. Being part of Thalia Hall a great evening with music and dinner.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food1service5ambience3
    Their food not so good
  10. P

    People

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Was sat at 8:30 for a 8:15 reservation, in a busy seat at the bar. Restaurant and bar is very loud, and overwhelmed with concert goers to Thalia Hall but the food is great
  11. JA

    JuAChicago

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food-immaculate, ambiance-immaculate, service-immaculate. If you haven’t been you’re missing out! Special shout out to Jonny who was the cherry on top of an already divine experience.
  12. AH

    AndreaH

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Three people, tasting menu plus a bunch of oysters and a few drinks. Everything was delicious, service was attentive, sometimes a little slow but it wasn't an issue. I highly recommend to anyone and look forward to coming back!
  13. E

    Eater

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    I've had two dinners at Dusek's; one was great, one was a little less than meh. The food was fine. It was a pretty quiet night after the holidays, and the restaurant had only three other tables seated for most of our meal. The music was too loud for the empty room, and mostly didn't match the mood of the quiet night. Too headbangy sometimes, but whatevs. The food was fine, though not as good as I remember. The butter cake was sublime, though. But there was a gaffe. A big one. We were four for dinner and things were fine but for the bad music. After 3 starters, they came out with entrees...most entrees. Sadly, one was missing. (Thankfully, it was mine missing, which I prefer to having it happen to the birthday girl or other guests.) It took more a minute to come out. IT TOOK FIVE MINUTES TO COME OUT. For five minutes, they had to choose between letting their food get cold, or eating in front of me. Unforgivable . Stupid freshman gaffe. Nor did anyone offer special apology. At minimum, a manager should have shown up. And since I'm on it, don't ask me the occasion if you don't want to say Happy Birthday, or put a candle on her slice of cake. Clumsy. Unsophisticated. That's okay at a burger joint, but not for a $300 check. (Lucky for them, I didn't pay the bill.) It was me that chose the venue. I won't be back. Management should monitor the kitchen. Management should monitor the atmosphere. Manager should know when guest are dealt some pretty tacky service.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Andy was amazing as were his colleagues. We came for the mussels which were not on the menu due to the holiday but they magically appeared at our table. Thank you Andy! Our water glasses were never empty, the old fashions were delish, burgers, vermicelli, and espresso martinis made for a perfect evening!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a warm, comfortable, and thoroughly enjoyable experience. A go-to for a nice night out.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food5service2ambience1
    Sadly this restaurant has always been a favorite until our last 2 experiences dining here. The last time we went for Sunday dinner they only had their late night menu. Last night we ordered dishes that we’ve eaten 20+ times….the portions were half of what they normally are and we were not told of this change. And the price for each entree was the same as it’s has always been but half of the size for the portion. Also we were sat at a 4 top table right next to the kitchen. For a $240 meal…2 entrees, 1 salad and 1 dessert…come on. Why would you even have a table near the kitchen? It took our server 15 minutes to take our drink order and bring water. Really disappointed in what is happening at Duseks, it’s been a favorite of ours for 5+ years
  17. s

    susiej

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dusek's is my favorite restaurant in Chicago! I will keep coming back.
  18. DM

    DeborahM

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall1food3service5ambience4
    My husband and I dined here and each ordered the prix fixe (75$ per person) plus drink pairings (additional 45$ per person). The courses consisted of one oyster, three small pieces of ahi tuna, a small pasta that wasn’t anything special, 3 small slices of ribeye steak topped with some fried onion, and dessert was some custard dish that neither of us cared for. The drinks were half glasses of wine. For the amount we paid and what we received, it felt like a total ripoff and we were still hungry. We’ve paid less than what we paid for one of these meals for both people and received more appetizing and satiating meals.
  19. E

    Ebgl90

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly service. The roast chicken was one of the best we’ve ever had! Cocktails were imaginative and well described. Wonderful evening
  20. JR

    JRMcBeans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second time eating at Dusek's and ordering their Tasting Menu for our table of four. The food and drink pairings were outstanding, and each dish was a winner. The service was superb. We will be back!
  21. CR

    CRIII

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    great meal, great staff. tasting menu had all the best hits
  22. RA

    RyanA

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great meal, and their bourbon selection is quite extensive, and reasonable.
  23. MY

    MichaelY

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding "Let us feed you" tasting meal in a friendly upscale pub atmosphere.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We chose the Chef’s menu and enjoyed everything. Highly recommended.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love love Duseks. Great service. Drinks were delicious and creative. The bread they use for their appetizers is top notch! Wish they served us one more piece for each app because there was left over topping. We had the beef tartare, Farm fresh salad, ham and pimento cheese, and the pork. We shared it all and each course was delicious. My husband thought the sauce for the pork was slightly too sweet but it was delicious either way. We go once a year in our first date anniversary. We relive our first date and Duseks never lets us down. Keep up the excellent work.
  26. JF

    JamieF

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We miss the old mussels but other than that our waitress and food was amazing! Thanks
  27. N

    Nicothepro

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dusek’s has become one of my favorite places. I will tell you between the convenience and the mussels alone. This place is a hidden gem with delicious food. Sometimes we come for date night to share a bowl of muscles, drink some cocktails before heading out to bars in the area.
  28. DP

    DagiP

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Knowledgeable and kind service. The waitress made sure we received our meals before the show started at Thalia Hall. The food was incredible!! Zero complaints. We will definitely be back.
  29. SN

    StephanieN

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dining experience and wait staff led by Diana that I have had in ages.
  30. RD

    RobertD

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    How and why does this place have a 4+ star rating? I’m being generous with my rating only because our server was pleasant. Our drinks (two basic cocktails) took nearly 20 minutes to reach our table. The appetizer (sweet and sour eggplant) was mid-tier at best; just mushy, sweet eggplant with toast. Our entrees (pork chop and vermicelli) came out nearly ten minutes apart from each other, both of which were severely underwhelming for the price. I have a hunch that I received someone else’s pork chop that they changed their mind on and was sitting under a heat lamp, and my girlfriend’s vermicelli was soupy with criminally overcooked sausage. Needless to say we won’t be returning here anytime soon, if ever. A reputation as high as Dusek’s has made us initially think we were in for a stellar meal, but we both left the restaurant not even upset, but annoyed with our collective experience. Dusek’s? Du-better.
  31. TG

    ToddG

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service, delicious food.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Great service!!! Cocktails were on point as well.
  33. J

    Jacquelyn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible meal as always! A great experience from the moment we walked in. The Eggplant and Toast is the perfect starter. The Avocado Salad is packed with flavor and those crispy quinoas- wow, delicious, could eat this every day. The Trout is always a hit, with a crust that is so crispy- perfection that can only come from a talented chef at the wood fired oven. Don’t sleep on the Kentucky Buttercake. Wine pairings were on point! The General Manager recommended a beautiful sparkling Rosé that really tied my evening together. Our server went above and beyond! We didn’t miss a beat of the show as he knew to the minute when the headliner was going on. They even let us bring our wine upstairs! 1000/10 Favorite restaurant in the city. Chic, delicious, filled with friendly folks.
  34. DB

    DBHunt

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Superb food. Excellent service. Great space. The music was just too loud for a Monday in October. Prices a notch too high. But overall a positive experience (except for the music too loud).
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’re regulars at Dusek’s and it never disappoints!
  36. LG

    LovesGoodFood

    Chicago

    84 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Zach was our server and available when we needed anything without being intrusive. The oyster vinaigrette was amazing. The mussels were cooked well but very small. There were enough options as two of us are pescaterians. 3 of the group had the 1/2 chicken and raved about well is was prepared.
  37. MR

    MichaelR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Got dinner before a concert at Thalia Hall. Great precursor for the evening. It was mid-week so it was not that busy. Wonderful ambience. The bartenders are very attentive without being in the way. I had the bershire pork chop which was done beautifully. Very nice evening all told. Will definitely go again.
  38. OP

    OakParker

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, w a very hip vibe. Great drinks + food w/ wonderful service who are very helpful to choose the best they have to offer
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not the first or last time I’ll come to Dusek’s. Everything was wonderful as always and so is the waitstaff. 10/10
  40. AA

    AnnaA

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved the unique food offerings. Great service. Would definitely recommend.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Dusek's Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 407 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Google Map for Dusek's Tavern

1227 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608

Additional information

  • Cross street

    S. Allport

  • Neighborhood

    Pilsen

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 5:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is metered street parking on 18th street and valet parking on show nights in Thalia Hall.

  • Public transit

    18th Street Pink Line

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Dusek's Board and Beer is located on the first floor of the historic landmark Thalia Hall, above the Punch House cocktail lounge and next to Tack Room.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 526-3851

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion from full buyouts of our restaurant to intimate dinners in our Beer Cellar to eclectic parties in our Punch House! Visit https://www.dusekschicago.com/private-events-catering for more information!

  • Private party contact

    Raesue Kao: (877) 380-3297

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