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Sweetwater Tavern and Grille

458 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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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!
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Phone number
(312) 698-7111
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
South Water St.
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Parking details
Metered street parking available, multiple public and private parking garages within 2 blocks.
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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
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Special events & promotions
Complete venue rental available. Email
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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

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.

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What 458 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAdam0727 (Orlando)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Nice experience. Not a huge menu, but what we had was good. Good beer selection.

ShanTheElephant (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Good evening out with a friend from out of town – she liked the place and we had plenty of time to talk and could easily hear each other because it wasn't too loud. Food was pretty good – those tater tots are pretty baller. Thanks, guys!

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

One of our regular neighborhood joints. Many flat screen televisions and NCAA basketball games as well as the Winter Olympics. The food is good comfort food, nothing fancy. The service this time was not as good as the past; the server must have been new. The managers ended up taking our order as the server was very slow and was not sure what Earl Grey tea was (again, the manager ended up bringing the correct tea bag). Fortunately, we were not in a hurry.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Always a good choice. A great place to watch your favorite sports game as there are many flat screen tvs. Good choice of beer. And the food is good comfort food. Nothing fancy, but wwell prepared.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

I wasn't *super* thrilled by this place, but it wasn't bad. I don't tend to go to the city much, so when I go there for a meal, I expect that it'll be exceptional. Based on the photos, I anticipated that this restaurant would be intimate and almost pub-like, but it wasn't. I liked that every table was a booth, but my fiance's seat was at an angle, and he kept making it a point of saying that he was uncomfortable. My pulled pork was *very* sweet, but he ate up his whole turkey burger. Tater tots were good, and so was the beer.

vipdba510 (Dallas)
4.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

Service was attentive from the minute walking in. Had a good meal but the apps, curds and buffalo rolls, were cold leaving me to wonder how long they were waiting. Salads looked great and I really enjoyed the sausage pasta.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

Management and staff were less than accommodating. Would not recommend for business celebration or outing. Would not recommend using open table to reserve table/space for business celebration.

Morgan (Pittsburgh)
4.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

Went here for lunch and it was quick, convenient, and fairly priced. Can't really ask for more when you are planning a quick lunch out somewhere. Will definitely go back!

vipOktoberfest (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Friday 1:30pm business lunch seated promptly. Convenient location, friendly staff, good food & service, reasonably priced menu items.

Binki (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 6, 2017

My friend and I were in Chicago for a shopping trip. We wanted to go to a restaurant that was on or close to Michigan Ave. The lunch menu had lots of entrees to choose from. Our server was great...attentive, but not overbearing. You should have reservations for the lunch hour, as it was filled up by noon.

RAK12 (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 4, 2017

Buena ubicación ya que esta a un par de cuadras de Millenium Park, es un bar con TV para ver deportes. Es un lugar casual, la comida muy nomal americana, el servicio no fue bueno.. . Fuimos en grupo y esta bien porque hay mesas largas en donde se pueden sentar todos juntos.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 4, 2017

Sweetwater was good. Selection of IPA beer was okay, the food had great flavors but the Halibet was a little tough. Wait staff was great. Ambiance was as expected.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 16, 2017

Was delicious

Timidd1 (Chicago)
3.0  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.

vipSopranofortissima (Chicago)
4.0  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!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on October 4, 2017

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

Chris (Chicago)
4.0  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.

Kristi (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on September 16, 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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  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!

UrbaneHoosier (Chicago)
4.0  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.