Sweetwater Tavern and Grille

4.5
799 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Sweetwater Tavern & Grille offers full views of the city in an upbeat atmosphere, complemented by approachable and unique, yet refined American fare. With a diverse selection of menu items to choose from and over 80 craft beers, Sweetwater is the perfect destination for lunch, dinner, happy hour, and late night celebrating.

Located on Michigan Ave. in the heart of downtown Chicago, Sweetwater is a 200 seat restaurant with over 20 flat panel TVs, a private dining room, oversized booth seating, and a large bar with community tables. Sweetwater provides an ideal atmosphere for almost any occasion.
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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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 799 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.4
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Food was decent. Buffalo chicken wrap was delicious. Service was terrible and they weren’t that busy. 4/10

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and the service was amazing

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vipjackiO
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks and the water was nice

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ZeldaS
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good. I was pleased with the portions. Would have liked more to choose from though I understand operating during a pandemic has brought about some changes. My great granddaughter who just turned 18 recommended Sweetwater and overall it was a good experience. Service was timely and efficient.

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vipjoe240
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for lunch. Food is always on point and service is good too.

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jab123
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the bang bang shrimp and the impossible burger with cheese which I requested.

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JezielV
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was attentive and kind. I was relatively fussy throughout and she had no problems with it at all. The food was exquisite, the steak was cooked perfectly and even the broccolini was above expectations. I wouldn't really come here if I wanted more than one or two drinks, definitely a restaurant more than a bar.

Only recommendation: more low carb side options!

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NdBox
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to watch March Madness! Plenty of televisions, a wide variety of beer and mixed drink choices, great food. You can't beat the Sunny Side Burger with tater tots and an IPA.

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BrandieT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance of the place was really nice and peaceful. The food is great quality and the service was top notch. I can’t wait to return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The waiter took decades to take our order, and the food had absolutely ZERO flavor.

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Kelly
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal place - great service, delicious food, and very creative cocktails! Couldn't recommend enough.

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MonicaA
Oklahoma City
13 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Service, food, cleanliness, atmosphere, all of it.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening! Excellent service.

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arltor2
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I live in the area so this place is so perfect for meeting friends for lunch or Dinner. The food dishes are delicious! My favorite is the Philly Steak Sandwich.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, awesome service!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s was my birthday I had fun

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They were gracious enough to seat us early. The dividers between customers at the bar were great! Bartender Eric made great drinks and was attentive but not overly. Food was good and warm when served. Just a fun time!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I think the shrimp or the burger was bad because I got super sick upon getting home and threw everything up that I ate.

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vipBBk2
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

If you are looking for a good place to go to catch a game and have a few beers, this is a pretty good place for it. Not much in terms of drink options, especially wine - but beer selection is decent. Food was solid as well.

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KyleO
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Was looking for a place with drink and dining options open a little later. The food was okay. Had the Bang Bang shrimp and some tater tots. The shrimp weren't very hot. The tater tots were somewhat crunchy.
Surprisingly alot of the tables were filled with people given the Covid health and safety guidelines. Compared to some of the other restaurants it felt like although busy is a good thing for business that there were too many people. We found some other places with less people and more robust drink offerings. Most likely will not go back again.

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ConnieG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be back in person. Great food. Great service!!

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vipkathya
Chicago
222 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

It was their first day back and the service was bad. There were only 7 people and it took 40 minutes to get a salad. I’m sure they will improve. It’s really a nice restaurant.

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Timetoreview
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the tater tots! The fish tacos were awesome.

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Staisha
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Masks demanded to be worn all the time, super annoying when the person walks by 20 times and acts all distant because you didn’t see them coming and didn’t have your mask on. Food was watered down, disappointed in what used to be good tacos. I don’t care to pay for “okay” food and an uncomfortable eating environment.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

The food was bland

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Zack
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience. Would definitely go again

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MarshallT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Order the Bang Bang shrimp and ask the bartenders for their favorite brews on tap. You won't be sorry.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bartender, Steve, is awesome. Great place to go watch a game and have some good beer/food.

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Jylm
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were excellent!

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MelissaR
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service! Out of all the restaurants we went to while visiting Chicago, this was our favorite!

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PeggyC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places in Chicago. Good food, great service!

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vipWinedine
Milwaukee
25 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great beer selection

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GlenfordN
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff! We got the chicken nachos. Exceeded our expectations!

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vippaul22204
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

House wine was actually 2/3 of a bottle and overpriced. Food taste stayed with us for two days. Much better choices and better value nearby. Very disappointed and would not recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good quiet late lunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

DRINKS WERENT REALLY STRONG OUR SERVER WAS GREAT FOOD JUST OK... I ASKED FOR NO ONIONS AND SEEMED AS IF THEY TOOK THEM OFF AFTER THEY ALREADY PUT IT IN TOP OF MY SANDWICH. IT TASTED LIKE ONIONS WHEN I BIT INTO IT I DONT THIS ID GO BACK.

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DeAngeloB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food, friendly staff

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ARutledge2020food
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic.followed COVID-19 social distancing...food was amazing! Service was excellent

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DeAngeloB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Birthday * **

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vipLindaM
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good meal and nice ambiance although of course social distance seating.
Fish tacos were excellent.

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Sweetwater Tavern and Grille is rated 4.5 stars by 799 OpenTable diners.

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