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About Sweetwater Tavern and Grille

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.

225 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60601
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Mon - Wed 11am - 11pm*
Thu 11am - 12am*
Fri 11am - 1am*
Sat 10am - 1am*
Sun 10am - 11pm*

*kitchen closes 1 hr. prior
please call to check if you are on your way!

Cross Street:
South Water St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 698-7111

Website:
http://www.sweetwatertavernandgrille.com/

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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Complete venue rental available. Email events@sweetwatertavernandgrille.com

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Private Dining

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.

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Quick Bite (9)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Good for a Date (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Good for Groups (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Live Sports (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Business Meals (4)
Great Beer (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
People Watching (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Cozy (2)
Fun (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Was delicious

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Drinks were good - I had a mule and another cocktail. Food was just okay. Fries were not hot and crab salad seemed bland to me. Friend had a burger which again was just okay - not much flavor. Great location, decor and service.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

My husband and I went to Sweetwater for an early pre-comedy show dinner. The waitress was nice and attentive. When my husband accidentally was given sweet potato fries instead of tots she didn’t bat an eyelash and went to the kitchen, returning with a fresh bowl of tots. I had two cocktails, the cosmo and the basil lemonade. I love basil lemon martinis, this was easily the most basil-y one I’ve ever had. It was borderline too much basil flavor but both were still delicious! My hubby had the fiesta burger and I had the Santa Fe steak wrap. My wrap was delicious but one thing that would have improved it would be to more evenly distribute the ingredients so i can have it all in each bite. That being said the steak was flavorful and the veggies tasted very fresh. My husband really enjoyed his burger. Overall it was a solid spot! Will probably go back!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Good selection of traditional and healthy fare. We had 3 people and all enjoyed their meals. Nice selection of craft brews as well.

Tags: Cozy, Healthy, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 19, 2017

This is a great location for a higher end lunch restaurant. I've always had great service at Sweetwater's, even during their busy lunch time. Always a helpful and cheerful wait staff. The food, as usual, was quite good. Good portions and freshly prepared. I especially like the salads and the wraps. Seems like the usual fare for lunch, but everything is a notch above the expected.

My only complaint is; I would like the space to be a little quieter for business conversations. But other than that, I reliable spot for lunch anytime.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Very disappointing, food was dry. No on ever asked how our food was, including the manager that stopped by after the check say for some time...he offered to cash it out, never asked how our meal was or anything. Waited 10 minutes for a server to start with, it was not busy, no need at all for the reservation. The food was extremely dry, left a half an appetizer and hald a sandwich un-eaten, the first half picked apart and at no point did anyone ask if it was good, if there was a problem, nothing. Will never go back.

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

We came in from Bloomington to see the city and to go to navy pier...Made reservations and loved it...The waiter was very respectful and professional...Loved the food we will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Very good menu, presentation artful but not over the top, taste as expected, competent service, great location. In a word, Solid.

Tags: Happy Hour, Quick Bite
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·Dined on September 6, 2017

Broccoli was very salty and for the price I think there should have been 5 scallops instead of 3. I told server broccoli salty, but he said nothing.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Made a reservation the day before and requested outdoor seating. They were very accommodating. We ordered two meals that we wanted to split. They split the meals and plated them for us which was very much appreciated.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Beer and cheese curds really good!!! Buffalo rolls not so much.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Liked the ambiance, everyone minding their business and its nice to watch any sports on if you are into sports at all. Great for a first time date or if your into a quick bite to eat while having a nice cocktail to wind down from the day. Its right at the heart of Michigan before crossing the bridge which is perfect spot in the middle of everything but low key to traffic and any other chaos your trying to avoid. First time going but would definitely go back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Live Sports, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Tilapia was good. A nice place to meet after work for a drink.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on August 1, 2017

Everything was great except for the drinks. They were very weak, add the high cost and they were disappointing and not worth the price.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 27, 2017

This is our neighborhood go to place. Great selection of beer. Love the Sweetwater burger with sweet potato fries. A good second choice is the fish tacos, a little messy but really flavor able.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Good food and Great Service. No wait time for reservations.

Tags: Live Sports, People Watching
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Food needs work. Calamari was fishy, and the entrees need a better presentation. Great beer though.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Theater night in the city.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Pleasant environment, great service and delicious food.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Food, especially the sides, were awesome! Drink prices were on the high side.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 16, 2017

The steak wrap was very good but the buffalo chicken wrap was mediocre. The bang bang shrimp was very tasty and the noise level was not too bad considering it's a sports bar.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Sports, Fun, Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 7, 2017

The hostess was very passive aggressive and rude the day that we came. That was the only thing. Everything else was great. I've come here several times before and they've all been great experiences

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Always enjoy going to Sweetwater! We have been there many times and it never disappoints. Both food and service is always outstanding! Bang Bang Shrimp is the BEST!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Live Sports, Great Beer, People Watching, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Really enjoyed this place! The service was exceptional and the food satisfying. Ambience was kind of typical but a good spot overall.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on May 22, 2017

It looks like a sports bar (because it is), but the food is outstanding and is on par with places that charge 2-3 times the price. I would highly recommend it

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Kevin the bartender is always great. Such a great asset to your establishment. Food is always just ok but Kevin makes it worth it.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Fish tacos looked great when they were brought to the next table. I decided to order them and they tasted like nothing. Nice place for lunch but food was sub-par. Would probably get a salad next time if I went back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Great place for food and beer during the game!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 17, 2017

Great time
Great food

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Orlando)·Dined on April 11, 2017

We selected Sweetwater during a visit to Chicago & it was close to the hotel. We were very pleased with the service and satisfied with the food. Our random choice turned out to be a great experience.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 29, 2017

COMFORTABLE IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT. THE SERVICE WAS VERY PLEASANT AND PROFESSIONAL. FOOD WAS PRESENTABLE AND DELICIOUS AND THE BAR DRINKS ARE A PLENTY. WHETHER YOU ARE CHILLIN OR BUSINESS OR WATCHING SPORTS IT IS THE SPOT TO BE.

Tags: People Watching, Fun, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on March 27, 2017

Really nice place with an outstanding beer menu. The food was also very good. I had the salmon salad and loved it.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great Beer
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 21, 2017

Good bar food. Great place for a business lunch. The salmon sandwich was delicious.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Great food and drinks, lots of activity with March madness on the many TVs

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 16, 2017

I liked everything about Sweetwater except that I made a reservation and my friend and I were seated at a small high-top table. That was extremely disappointing. We were directly underneath a TV during the start of March Madness, so major negative points. The food was good and my friend was happy with the vegetarian options. We may go back, but not for a while.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Scenic View
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 8, 2017

We were looking for a quick bite after traveling all day. The beer was great as well as the food. Servers were great and a special Guinness event topped it off.

Tags: Casual, Live Sports, Creative Cuisine, Outstanding Value, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 1, 2017

Food was good and the noise level was good for meeting.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 25, 2017

We always LOVE going to Sweetwater's! Food, beer and service is always great! You can count on it!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Great food and good service. The secret to success. I'll be back

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Location was great but of course parking in the area cost a lot. Food was not as good as I expected. I was really looking forward to trying the lobster mac but it had no taste. They say they are known for the burgers and they are good but nothing spectacular. The appetizer we had (buffalo rolls) were good, probably the best part. The drinks are good too. Our server was great! But the noise level was too much for me.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Live Sports
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