Sweetwater Tavern and Grille

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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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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! The staff was conscientious and friendly.

KQ
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and service. Close to the Chicago Theatre. The Ahi Tuna tacos and Mahi Mahi tacos were delicious. Beautiful views from the booths.

D
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I recently had the opportunity to have a late lunch early dinner at Sweetwater after attending a show (Cirque Du Soleil Twas The Night Before) at the Chicago Theater. I made reservation, I was a little early but that was no problem. The staff was fantastic. The food was excellent. It’s the perfect place for after or before theater dinner.

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded on December 3, 2019

Hi Donald, I'm glad you had a nice time at Sweetwater! Come back again soon! - Staley

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WS
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Burgers were OUTSTANDING....cooked to perfection!!! Our Daughter raved about the Turkey Press Sandwich... Service was Top Notch!!! Our 1sr visit....but we will be back!!!

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded 7 days ago

Hi there, I'm glad you had a great time at Sweetwater! We look forward to seeing you again soon! :) - Staley

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OT
Chicago
162 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is our standby when we want to eat somewhere convenient to home. The food is not the best we have had, it can be too loud to have an easy conversation, but it is above average in all categories. Sometimes convenience is what you are looking for and this restaurant fills that bill.

KJ
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Tasty food in appropriate proportions. Excellent service. Loud music with everyone shouting to be heard. Michigan Avenue traffic is quieter and more relaxing than inside this restaurant.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The Hostesses were rude, annoyed that I had a stroller and service was SOO slow I was convinced they forgot I was there. I don't think I'll be back.

A
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner! All the food was excellent, our server was wonderful and the drinks were delicious! We were able to eat at a casual pace before our show and didn't feel rushed!

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded on November 12, 2019

Hi Alison, I'm glad you had a great time at Sweetwater! We hope to see you again soon! - Staley

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AA
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Service was amazing but food was only okay. It came quickly but that was almost cause for concern because I ordered chicken. Not surprising it was overpriced for what we ordered,

G
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lots of local beers and a very good atmosphere at Sweetwater Tavern. Additionally the food was delicious. Thanks a lot!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

We were so excited to go here, but should’ve listened to the yelp reviews. The service was lackluster and the food was flavor less and not cooked correctly. Very disappointing.

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded on November 6, 2019

Hello, I'm sorry to hear that you had a frustrating experience at Sweetwater. Thank you for providing your feedback. We appreciate you taking the time to leave feedback, and hope we can show you that we utilize your comments to improve! - Staley

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S
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun and lively place- great service. Had the halibut, and shrimp andouille pasta. Tasty! Fun to watch the TV, or people passing by. Would return!

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded on October 28, 2019

Hey Shalini, I'm glad you had a great time at Sweetwater! Come back again soon! - Staley

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GC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Nice place. Sports bar atmosphere. The bears game was on a bit loud. Hard to talk to each other. The food was good and not priced crazy considering it downtown on Michigan Ave.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Ordered a chocolate cookie for dessert but it took too long so we canceled it. We had to get to an event. We weren’t told how long it would take or that they had to bake it. The table really wanted the desert

D
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Loved Sweetwater, it's just a bit too loud if you are trying to engage in conversation.

AA
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

service and food were amazing.
we will be back again!

DF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I asked for my Burger to be well done and when it came it was medium rare and had to be recooked so I had to wait for that. I asked 3 times for another napkin and finally got it. Everyone was very nice and friendly but just not very attentive. The food was good but the music was so loud my friend and I had to sit on the same side of the booth so that we could hear each other. I probably wouldn't go back.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was so nice! I had to send back my chicken for something minor, but they were so accommodating! When it came back it was perfect and delicious! Would definitely return!

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded on November 7, 2019

Hi there, I'm glad you had a nice visit to Sweetwater! We look forward to seeing you again soon! - Staley

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JM
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!!!! The food was exceptional and our waitress took care of our entire party.

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded on November 7, 2019

Hi Jacquelyn, I'm glad you had a nice time at Sweetwater! We hope you'll come back again soon! - Staley

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TC
New England
171 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

from the outside (and based on the location) I was afraid that this would be a 'tourist trap', but I was pleasantly surprised as we were seated in a spacious comfortable booth with multiple staff helping to serve us, remove dishes and keep drinks filled. The beignets, were fluffy and sweet and the brunch omelet was ample and full of ham & cheese. Although I didn't try them the cheese curds and shrimp appetizers both went over well in our group.
My only complaint is a small one: the extra ingredients were unavailable for the 20 oz Churchill Bloody Mary making the drink unavailable as well.
And you can't beat the location in the middle of downtown

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Marathon weekend

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded on November 7, 2019

Hi there, come back again soon! - Staley

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LM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and Service at Lunch. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable and our food was delicious.

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded on November 7, 2019

Hi Louise, I'm glad you had a nice time at Sweetwater! Come back again soon! - Staley

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D
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Location, atmosphere and service was great. Food was very good but not 5 stars (not a bad thing)

L
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The music was way too loud at lunch during the week when people are often trying to have a business lunch with discussions.

MN
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Alan was poor on service, had to wait and finally another server got us our drinks.

Too loud also.

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded on October 3, 2019

Hello Mitch, I'm sorry to hear you had a frustrating time at Sweetwater. Thank you for providing your feedback, I will relay your comments on to the management team so we can use these details to provide further training and support for our staff. We appreciate you taking the time to leave feedback, and hope we can show you that we utilize your feedback to improve! - Staley

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OC
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

In Chicago from Atlanta and had to be sure I could watch Falcons game.
The folks had given thought to my needs prior to my arrival. I was able to enjoy the game in a space not dominated by the featured games.
And the food was surprisingly good!

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded on October 1, 2019

Hi there, I'm glad you had a great time at Sweetwater! We hope you'll visit us again soon! - Staley

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MW
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was delicious! We went for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. My one suggestion is to lower the music volume a touch.

OT
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice place near shopping and boat tours. The staff is very friendly and the food was very good. It did not taste like your typical 'bar food', it had a more fresh, home made taste!

JJ
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience2

Made reservations in advance and was seated next to the cash register, under a speaker that was so loud our conversation became a yelling match!

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded on October 9, 2019

Hello Joe, I'm sorry to hear you had a frustrating time at Sweetwater. Thank you for providing your feedback, I will relay your comments on to the management team so we can use these details to provide further training and support for our staff. We appreciate you taking the time to leave feedback, and hope we can show you that we utilize your feedback to improve! - Staley

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Service was terrible. Had to seek out waiter any time we needed anything. He never actually checked on us to see how we were doing and if we needed anything.

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded on October 2, 2019

Hi there, I'm sorry to hear you had a frustrating time at Sweetwater. Thank you for providing your feedback, I will relay your comments on to the management team so we can use these details to provide further training and support for our staff. We appreciate you taking the time to leave feedback, and hope we can show you that we utilize your feedback to improve! - Staley

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JC
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was average. Service was excellent. Server was knowledgable about food ingredients and allergens.

RB
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I recommend ordering the calamari. It was the most delicious part of the meal. Drinks were great too. The service was friendly and quick. It was also a great location that we could walk to from our hotel to, and then walk to theater from.

k
Chicago
189 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was good, food, service. However you couldnt even hear yourself think. The music was So loud. I asked to changed seats but she said there are speakers all Over
The place. You would. Have to sit outside for some quiet. Tone it down. It’s just lunch.

JK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Met a friend after work for dinner and drinks. We both had burgers - which were good. A little difficult to get a refill and the waiter brought the wrong side with my burger. Still a good place - convenient for both of us.

KK
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Way too loud inside. No need to have music volume set at a high level in a crowded restaurant.

MC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service from Brian...enjoyed our tasty burgers and 2 different craft beers.Here on holiday and will probably return.Reasonably priced too!

DW
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Anniversary. Great meal & good service

BC
Toledo
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wanted to eat an early dinner before a concert at the Chicago Theatre. Someplace close to our hotel (Swissotel) that offers outdoor seating. Bingo! Sweetwater Tavern here we come! It fit the bill nicely. The food was good and the service was attentive. It helped having a reservation through open table too. We'll be back!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The ambiance was great but the food was sub par. Nothing was seasoned at all!! The boom boom shrimp were the only good thing. Chicken nachos were overcooked on the pulled chicken, lettuce was brown and lacked overall flavor impact.

The most disappointing was the cajun pasta. I was really looking forward to it! It has nice sized shrimp and baby pieces of andouille. The cream sauce was just that...cream. Not cajun spice, no nothing. It was barely a tan color! The bell peppers were also undercooked. Overall, extremely underwhelming.

Great waitress and service. Great ambiance for beer and friends/sports games/ drunken food. Not a place to come to for a solid dinner.

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded on September 5, 2019

Hello, I'm sorry to hear you had a frustrating time at Sweetwater. Thank you for providing your feedback, I will relay your comments on to the management team so we can use these details to provide further training and support for our staff. We appreciate you taking the time to leave feedback, and hope we can show you that we utilize your feedback to improve! - Staley

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PP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere. Great location on Michigan Avenue. Food came fairly quickly and was good.

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