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Sweetwater Tavern and Grille

4.5
4.5
907 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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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Sports Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–11:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–12:00 am Sat 10:00 am–12:00 am Sun 10:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 698-7111

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Sweetwater offers private event space for up to 25 guests and semi-private space for up to 125 guests in the heart of Chicago, next to major hotels, key transportation links, and just steps away from the Chicago Theatre and State Street. Let us host your party on Michigan Avenue.

  • Private party contact

    Rachel Konopacz: (855) 401-8048

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Loop

  • Cross street

    South Water St.

  • Parking details

    Metered street parking available, multiple public and private parking garages within 2 blocks.

  • Public transit

    All loop elevated and subway trains (State & Lake), all Michigan Ave. bus routes (routes 3, 6, 20, 26, N66, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 151 and 157

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 907 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. AM

    AlfredM

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Hostess and waitress we extremely friendly. Food was delicious and reasonably priced. Large portions. Chicken nacho appetizer was recommended and excellent. Great experience!

  2. DP

    DevinP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, drinks, and food. We had dinner there and then went for brunch the next morning. Flight of mimosas were an added bonus.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great times as usual!

  4. RB

    RosieB

    New England

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Jasmine our server was outstanding! Great service and suggestions. Food very good for a quick night out. 👍

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My daughter and I enjoyed simple seating and tasty food

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Stopped in while show the city to others, great spot for a bite/drink

  7. M

    Marcia

    Chicago

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great Old Fashion. Food excellent. Service wonderful. But busy and noisy.

  8. FD

    FarahD

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2

    I had a delicious dish about a month ago - shrimp and grits so I returned with friends to have lunch. All 4 salads were unappetizing and my ahi tuna salad might have been one of the worst I've ever had. Service was good but between the construction noise, window washers and bird droppings sitting outside was not enjoyable. Not sure I'll return.

  9. DU

    DeniseU

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1

    The restaurant itself was…a little crusty. The food was…unremarkable. I give the food a 2 (mostly cold and my ahi tacos lacked the AHI.

  10. KR

    KenR

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Filet mignon sliders are well below expectations. No flavor at all and over cooked. Asked for medium, came well done. They did replace it, this time more tender but still well done. Hopefully that was just an isolated incident as the rest of the food and alcoholic drinks were very tasty.

  11. k

    kathya

    Chicago

    255 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    255 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and food. So glad they are back!!!

  12. JF

    JohnF

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience1

    We made a reservation because it was close to the theater we were going to go to that night and it was Mother's Day and we didn't think we could easily get in other places. This was our first time at this restaurant. I think it's ok if you're wanting a loud, sports bar type of experience but we were looking for a more quiet, date night type of vibe, so it wasn't a fit for us. We had an excellent waiter. The food was pretty good. I had the halibut and my wife had the grilled salmon. My wife's side salad was pretty wilted/not fresh but she liked her salmon and the grilled broccolini. The music was way too loud and then there was TV noise on top of the music -- so, not a great atmosphere for a date night...but we are 58 years old so maybe we are not their demographic?

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    My steak was very dry, medium well can be tricky sometimes if it sits too long. The drinks were great. Service was great, I would just recommend keeping an eye on drink refills and not bringing the bill before asking if the table wants desert, that way you don't have to reprint your check and drop it twice

  14. KY

    KYPIEB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Oh my Goodness did we enjoy SweetWater for Mothers Day. Location and parking absolutely perfect! How awesome for some Hoosiers to come and enjoy the beautiful views of Michigan Ave. The restaurant itself was beautiful. My husband loved all the tvs. My mother in law and I loved the seating. Nice and comfy. Our drinks were awesome. Mimosa flight is a must try! We raved all day about the Loaded tatortots with Short ribs on top My God were they good! The BangBang Shrimp was Banging!!! We ate everything! My Cajun pasta was delicious and picture worthy!!It wasn’t warm enough to enjoy the outside seating Sunday but I’ll Be back for sure! Our server David was awesome, attentive and pleasant. Thank you for contributing to an awesome Mothers Day

  15. YY

    YoYo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was great the food was good and the price was reasonable.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server was great!

  17. h

    hdaniels

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    I came here after going to a show at the Nederlander Theatre, quick walk over. This was my first time here and it was great. I had arrived a little earlier prior to my reservation and was able to be seated right away. It was fairly busy with the Kentucky Derby, baseball and golf on. The server came over shortly after my party was seated. Drinks were very refreshing and the food came out fairly quickly. The music was a little loud and didn't seem to go with the ambiance of the restaurant considering what time it was. I ordered the Southwest Chicken salad which was good, could've used a little more dressing. The white sangria was also delicious. I will definitely be back and would like to sit outside on the patio when it's finally nice out.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Super friendly and very good customer service. The food was super delicious and came out in under 15 minutes.

  19. l

    lnan

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food. Excellent service. Great ambiance. Will definitely go again.

  20. RG

    RyanG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service. Will be back. Thank you for a great dinner.

  21. KL

    KathyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, service and location! Will definitely go again when in Chicago!

  22. MR

    MelR

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. Highly recommend this restaurant

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Super awesome staff and pet friendly!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an amazing time at Sweetwater! Our service and food were excellent! It’s conveniently located across from the Pendry Hotel where we were staying. This was our second visit during our 4-day weekend and we will definitely be returning on our next visit. We had the pork chop and the ahi tuna tacos and they were outstanding! Highly recommend this place!!

  25. A

    Angel

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We had a nice time. Staff was friendly and kids enjoyed it.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Food and service are always on point.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was Easter brunch for me and my fiancé. We always go to sweet water for dinner. I decided to change it up and try there breakfast. It was very good just what I expected. We both go to Kendall college. It’s a culinary school and Sweetwater Tavern & Grill, is one of our favorite restaurants to choose from in the city. I hope the to someday stage there but for now I’ll always be a supporter for the restaurant.

  28. M

    Miasmaga

    Columbus

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Needed a place open in the evening near our hotel and found this restaurant. The menu was full of great options. I had a beer that our waiter said was brewed just for Sweetwater. Not quite a sports bar, but there were lots of TVs tuned to various sports. Our food was delicious and all of the food we saw that was ordered by others looked great. Great service. I'd definitely like to eat there again.

  29. LC

    LaineC

    Kansas City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Large portions and good flavor. Great wait staff.

  30. A

    Arnette

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    Waiter didn’t like us because I asked a few questions about the menu. We could see it in his face and we could feel it

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Excellent variety of food. Food was excellent.

  32. JD

    JenniferD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience5

    Our food was late coming out. Our food was cold and under cooked.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great carnitas tacos, bottled root beer. Samantha is a great server-attentive, friendly, efficient. The host seated us quickly even though we arrived before our reservations time.

  34. LG

    LovesGoodFood

    Chicago

    83 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3

    David our server was very personable and attentive, he earned the 20% tip. The shrimp in the shrimp & grits were cooked perfectly. The grits was stiff and without much flavor. I understand that grits are themselves bland which is why the need a little butter to enhance the tase and make creamier. There was a beer menu with specials on the table but it was stamped Sold Out so there was no point to give to a customer. Both friends had the 2 eggs brunch and the potatoes were inedible. Either the seasoning or cheese combination gave it an odd bitter aftertaste.

  35. SE

    SomeECard

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience1

    It was a basketball game day so I'll give a free pass for the slow service (table touch every 20 min or so from a server), but there was no excuse for the ridiculously bad food. That's all.

  36. MH

    MortonH

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Great service waitress was outstanding.

  37. MJ

    MauraJ

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, great food. The manager Pepe was outstanding! Food is very fresh.

  38. CR

    CharmaineR

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Anniversary

  39. KA

    KarenA

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    We arrived for our booking at 7pm and we were still waiting for our food at 8pm when our server came and said our order was lost so an hour of waiting to have to order again. My husband had a bad miller lite and I had to ask for my cocktail to be taken of the bill as it was not drinkable. We asked to speak with the manager on the way out but were told he was too busy. So basically we waited an hour for food and got nothing. This would have been our last night in Chicago so this was really disappointing. No food, no apology. Not even an hour of something to keep us going until our order was put in again. Terrible service. Two unhappy customers.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Food and service was good but hard to have conversation due to the loud music

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
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Sweetwater Tavern and Grille is rated 4.5 stars by 907 OpenTable diners.

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225 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60601

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    South Water St.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Loop

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–11:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–12:00 am Sat 10:00 am–12:00 am Sun 10:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Sports Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Metered street parking available, multiple public and private parking garages within 2 blocks.

  • Public transit

    All loop elevated and subway trains (State & Lake), all Michigan Ave. bus routes (routes 3, 6, 20, 26, N66, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 151 and 157

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 698-7111

  • Private party facilities

    Sweetwater offers private event space for up to 25 guests and semi-private space for up to 125 guests in the heart of Chicago, next to major hotels, key transportation links, and just steps away from the Chicago Theatre and State Street. Let us host your party on Michigan Avenue.

  • Private party contact

    Rachel Konopacz: (855) 401-8048

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