Elephant & Castle - Chicago Adams St.

4.3
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139 Reviews
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$30 and under
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British

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The old Union Jack behind the bar may be faded, but spirits are soarin’. And why not? This is after all, a laugh-out-loud, slap-on-the-back, greet-you-with-a-roar, English-style pub. Where the traditions are as rich and warm as the Shephard’s Pie. And where the stories flow as freely from the tongue as the beer flows from the taps.
Since 1977, Elephant & Castle has rolled out its well-worn welcome mat to anyone and everyone looking for a cracking good time. Whether that means cheering on your beloved team or chatting up your mates or simply savoring fresh made eats with a bit of jolly old England folded in here and there, this is the pub where you get your brit on.
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Specials

Locals Only Thursday

Select Chicago Drafts $5.5
(Goose Island OMG, Lagunitas IPA, Revolution IPA, Half Acre Daisy Cutter)

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 19, 2019

Ends: February 20, 2118

Availability: Thu 11:00AM-11:30PM

Wine Down Wednesday

- Half off wine by the bottle
- $1 off wine by the glass

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 19, 2019

Ends: February 20, 2118

Availability: Wed 11:00AM-11:30PM

Tin Up Tuesday

All Tins (can beer) 25% off.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 19, 2019

Ends: February 20, 2118

Availability: Tue 11:00AM-11:30PM

Margarita Monday

Olmeca Altos Reposado Margarita $6

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 18, 2019

Ends: February 19, 2118

Availability: Mon 11:00AM-11:30PM

Happy Hour!

- Half off Snack & Share (items ($11 or less)
- Bud Light, Coors Light, Shock Top, & Sam Adams Rotator $4
- House Wine $4 (6oz - Camelot Pinot Grigio & Cabernet)

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 19, 2019

Ends: February 20, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 3:00PM-6:00PM

What 139 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.5
service
4.3
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4.3
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NL
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful place. Food is delicious, service very good. Always a great choice for lunch.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal and service

OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Just fair. Nothing outstanding. We were hungry and they had food.

DJ
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2 in my party had burgers and had fish and chips. All the food was excellent! Big ben brownie is huge and quite tasty! The service was good! It was a Saturday night so there was some people drinking but it was definitely a relaxed environment.

FM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there on a Friday at 6:30. It was packed. It was loud, but I appreciated the energy. We were on our way to a concert, so it fit the evening. Food was good. Service was excellent. This place is a gem!

J
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and services.

PB
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff was excellent and so was the food! The ambiance was great, just like a pub.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Service and food was great but too many mussels didn’t open when we were served to the table (6 or more) and we had to send them back. Mussels shouldn’t be served closed.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Never ate a wrap I didn’t like until today. Chicken caesar wrap was terrible. Chicken appeared to be from worst parts of the bird. Truly awful.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We ordered appetizers that never arrived but they gave us a free dessert so there's that

KG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Met a friend here for lunch and its was crowded, which is good. We ordered some wings, shrimp and potatoes fries. We had to send back the wings due to being under cooked, the tasted as if they were frozen and microwaved. But the shrimp was delicious! I would come back again..

DC
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

I was underwhelmed by this establishment. The fish and chips I ordered arrived with one large piece of fish and steak fries. The fish was average at best. Fries were good and I liked the horseradish laced tartar sauce. I was disappointed with their draft choices for happy hour. Only main line beers, and few at that. Our server was very good. Best part of the meal.

M
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, friendly and EXTREMELY fast service. The food came within 10 minutes of ordering it.

G
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went before the theater. Service was great and efficient. Server was pleasant. Hostess was accommodating.

Food was delicious and the right temperature. Dessert was decadent. Beer selection was good.

We had the Shepherds Pie and Yorkshire pudding. Dessert was bread pudding.

DA
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pre theater dinner. Served quickly but did not feel rushed at all. Food was great, good beer selection. Happy Hour meant loud and crowded but good deals on appetizers and beer which was a happy find! All four of us were happy with meals— veggie burger and hamburger delicious, butter chicken poutine and bitter chicken entree great. Fried pickles and pretzel appetizer very worthwhile. We would definitely visit again. Sevice was excellent.

E
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Good value for the money.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Great place for a work lunch meeting

G
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This location on Adams is a bit less crowded and less loud at lunchtime than the Wabash location. The food is good and the location is convenient to the Sears Tower (miss me with that other name, thank you) federal court, and other south Loop places. Salads have been good lately (after one unfortunate wilted one in April) and everyone has liked their sandwiches and veggie burgers. The BEST fried pickles. Overall, a great place for workday lunch with a friend.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very tasty! We had the fried pickles, poutine and chicken pot pie. All were delicious. The kids had the Mac and cheese and loved it!

M
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The noise level is usually bad, here. But the food is good and prices reasonable. The host/ess is sometimes nowhere to be found when you enter, which is such a stupid error for a restaurant to commit. There should ALWAYS be someone to greet guests right as they walk in. No exception.

AS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Ice tea was awful

MG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service! Great with food allergies

KS
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

What a fun place! We found one dish to be a little too spicy, one a little too bland, and 2 Delicious and Perfect... Get the Yorkshire pudding!

C
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Happy Hour was very cool here. Decided to do it monthly.

G
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Waiter was less than attentive, place almost too noisy to have a conversation. Food was very good.

JF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. I would recommend this restaurant to people.

c
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Rude waiter. Really did not want to give us separate checks.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Hostess couldn’t find the OpenTable reservation despite it having been confirmed. We were seated promptly. When making the reservation, a special menu was offered but nothing was offered at the restaurant. Took 10-15 minutes to get first drinks but then food arrived super fast. Server was efficient and polite. Food was pub fare, tasty and fresh. Prices were fair.

d
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Server was very nice and helpful.

AY
Montana
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very close to the JW Marriott and exactly what we needed to keep the evening going!

LT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food is good, service is good, decoration is good but noise is not good. Hard to hear each other. If you want to talk, don't choose Elephant and Castle.

CA
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food & great atmosphere. Will definitely return.

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Comfy English pub setting. Excellent onion soup. Unique & tasty menu selections. Great desserts.

CC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is our 1st visit to this location and it was great! Great for all ages - fun decor throughout and wonderful food! They have a separate gluten free menu which is always a huge deal for me as I have a gluten allergy! Love this place!

J
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Great food, good happy hour specials, but too loud!

OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Good food. Charged me for ranch though, left a bad taste in my mouth.

GS
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Having stayed at a hotel in London's Elephant & Castle neighborhood, the choice for our 56th Wedding Anniversary was obvious. I was a restaurant reviewer for Chicago Magazine for three years. The experience: avg--3.5 stars. Service was excellent, noise level was "energetic" with a home-bound clientele creating a millennial zoo at feeding/drinking time. Food was excellent except the cauliflower in the Beef Vindaloo was tough (Chef should steam the florets separately and add to the mix just before serving). The result would make the steaming time worth the wait. We'd come back at a more dinner-friendly time.

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D
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went to E&C before a musical. Drink & food specials were great. Our server, Kathleen, was excellent! Noise level is high. Otherwise, great experience.

VB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It didn’t wow me. If someone was telling me they were going to the city I would not say “oh you HAVE to eat at elephant and castle”. I probably won’t be back. There’s so many places to try in the city and this place did not wow me.

E
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Service and Food. A bit on the "energetic" noise side however it is supposed to be. I will go back again without question.