Sweetwater Tavern and Grille

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$30 and under
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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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4.2
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4.2
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4.1
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Yessir
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Random music that would change genres way too often and didn’t fit the mood, service was great though.

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HarrisM
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The hostess at the front desk who first sat me was rude, barely greeted me upon arrival, put my menu on the table and walked away without saying anything about having a good dining experience or if I needed something. She had a poor attitude.

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vipRosebowlvisitor
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The southwest chicken salad I ordered is much better than anticipated. The chicken was served warm with a bit of a southwest barbecue style sauce on it. The portion sizes were plentiful. Service was polite and prompt.

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hi there, I'm glad you had a pleasant experience at Sweetwater! Come back again soon! - Staley

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice quality dinner. Moderate price, great service.

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vipMuramatsu79
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Business lunch

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vipLizE
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was good and a great beer selection. We could tell the server was trying to rush us out of the restaurant. Gave us the check and then checked 3 different times within 5 minutes if we put our cards in. When we paid, we saw him immediately leave the restaurant. He just wanted to be done with his shift and didn’t care about us staying to finish up our drinks.

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GabyG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner before the Donna Summer Musical was perfect.

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded on March 2, 2020

Hi Gaby, thanks for visiting Sweetwater! We look forward to seeing you again soon! - Staley

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vipJohn
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was very good.

We started with the Mimosa Flight (4 different types of Mimosas out of 8 or 9 different ones to choose from) was very good! We had the Classic, Bellini, Tropical, & Sangria. Each offers a different taste and is a very relaxing start to brunch.

The Two Egg "Breakfast" was good - offering eggs, toast, sausage, and cheesy potatoes. Very filling and a nice menu item.

The Hot Turkey Press was served with avocado and was exceptional.

Service by Kelton was very good and attentive.

A nice and quiet place for brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The meal choices lacked enough fruit and veggies. The cauliflower was spicy and very hard to slice

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience2

Southwest chicken wrap had no flavor. Water glass was dirty

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

It was cold inside

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vipLindalou
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very friendly waiter and food was awesome...just very loud atmosphere 🤷🏻‍♀️

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded on March 2, 2020

Hi Linda, thanks for visiting Sweetwater! We look forward to seeing you again soon! - Staley

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MaryC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat and drink. We loved the food and the service. Awesome location.

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded on March 2, 2020

Hi Mary, thanks for visiting Sweetwater! We look forward to seeing you again soon! - Staley

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome - especially the ahi tuna tacos. Service was outstanding.

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded on March 2, 2020

Hi there, thanks for visiting Sweetwater! We look forward to seeing you again soon! - Staley

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JoeH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently the best service of any restaurant we go to. Always pleasant and helpful. We’ve never had a bad meal there.

Highly recommend it to visitors as well as long time Chicagoans.

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded on February 1, 2020

Hi Joe, thanks for visiting us! :) - Staley

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vipJanetS
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

My daughter and I had 2 different salads. Both had ok dressing but not enough. Waiter did brought more when I requested. The chicken was cut in big chunks and dry and chewy. I couldn’t finish some bites. Bacon chewy as well and couldn’t finish some bites. Service and ambiance were excellent. Disappointed the food wasn’t up to the same standard.

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vipDarceyM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!!

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Jules
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I think you can do better at this price point. Service was slow. Food is fine.

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DashunG
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have to say that everything was great from the food to the service!!! Thanks.

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded on February 1, 2020

Hi Dashun, thanks for coming to visit us! We look forward to seeing you again soon! - Staley

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dgzport
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the beer selection, good burger and turkey sandwich. Hummus was fine, not great. Didn’t notice until after we left that we were charged for a beer that we didn’t order. Good location. Hostess was very accommodating.

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PatrickM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good craft beer selection. Great variety of sandwich options. Our server was very attentive without being overbearing.

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TCcx
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille was extremely loud and the lighting was terrible. It was dark throughout, but then an obnoxiously bright light was above your dinner table. Although we received good service, water refills constantly and our food came in a timely manner, one of our meals was extremely under cooked (the steak was raw). The music was entirely too loud and unpleasant. Will not be returning.

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Shalini
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Return visit to Sweetwater to celebrate birthdays and NYE. Great food, service as always. Was a group of 6, and we had everything from drinks to apps to main entrees. ALL good! ...Will return!

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DaveT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Looking for a place for breakfast New Years weekend and this was open and inviting and food was well prepared and zero wait

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CB47
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant with great food and great service. A great place to enjoy the game or hang out with friends.

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vipCourtneyK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Service was good and the music was great, but overall the place was boring, uninspired, and overpriced.

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vipDaveW
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Annual Christmas lunch with family. Enjoyed ourselves very much.

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JohnP
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and good eats on the mag mile. Old fashion was a perfect way to end the busy day and warm up. Brrrrrrrr.

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HansikLover
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille is conveniently located. The food is fine; it is basic American restaurant food. The service, on the other hand, is below average. On my last visit, our server couldn't remember our drink order. He had to come back to confirm it though we had just ordered water. Then, the other member of my party ordered a salad without tomatoes or blue cheese. It came out with tomatoes and blue cheese. I ordered the southwest salad. Since I am allergic to many salad dressings, I asked to replace the dressing with salsa. The server said that he could replace it with salsa verde. Fine. The salad came out with out salsa verde. I had to ask for it, but I did not receive it until I had made it through at least a quarter of my meal. On my previous visit, which also was my first, I had to ask more than once to get my check. I hope that the third time is a charm because Sweetwater Tavern and Grille is very close to my office. I would love to love it!

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RussR
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, music and value were all a value at Sweetwater. We had Bloody Mary's to start, which could have been a meal itself. The eggs and wings were a great way to enjoy breakfast and the awesome wings served at this venue. A great location, not too far from the stadiums but far enough to stay out of the traffic and congestion.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipKaleQueen
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
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.

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Donald
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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vipWhiteStone8
Chicago
57 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 on December 4, 2019

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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vipFrequentDiner
Chicago
166 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.

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KathiJM
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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Alison
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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AnnA
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,

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Gyrox
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!

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