Sweetwater Tavern and Grille

4.4
840 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 840 people are saying
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4.4
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LoriC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place! Good food at good prices! Great location!

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Renee
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful scenery, peaceful, great looking food and delicious! Customer service was great as well! The French toast was AMAZING the wings were delicious too will definitely be back

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AmandaH
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

If you want a great little place to eat and/or get a few drinks in a convenient location, this is it. The steak was great for the price, service was prompt and our server polite. It was within walking distance from our hotel and not far from the Riverwalk. Although it has a tavern vibe throughout, the menu has diverse options. Our waitress was very accommodating, as well, and she put together a to go bag for my teenaged son who stayed in the hotel while we went out. Overall, we had a great time even if I wasn’t that fond of the pasta (just a taste preference thing; my b/f loved it). We would come back! 😌

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JayFrug
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was great. I’ll definitely be back.

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vipTonyC
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good. We had Wings and a Mushroom Swiss Burger. Staff a bit overwhelmed but all part of getting back in the swing of things. Very enjoyable with lots of TV’s for games.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Visit to Chicago

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We were seated at the dirty table, water spilled, sticky — server took 20 min to come by — said she didn’t know she was our server, sorry..We got water 30 min into our stay along with the table clean up. Asked server twice before with the same reply “yes, I will get someone to do this”, finally busboy did when I asked the 3rd time. Took 50 min to get our drinks — nothing complicated — ice tea. Our “starter” appetizer arrived when we all but finished our meal, over an hour since order. Super noisy and dingy..Not worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Shortly after everything opened back up so I’ll give benefit of the doubt but initial service was a bit lacking. Waited 15 minutes for initial contact, no plates brought out for a shared appetizer, etc. when brought to managers attention he was very attentive so I appreciate that. Food was great! Drink list very good too.

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JenniferG
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

server and food good. Hostess/mgr did great in accommodating our party of 5. We sat outside away from street but lots of noise from construction in the area.
One person in our party requested her salmon "on the rare side." It was not. Spinach in spinach salads had no flavor at all, fries were pretty cold.
We did not say anything but I'm sure if we would have the mgr would have taken care of it, so our fault for not speaking up.
Overall a good experience.

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Tourist56
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in the area playing tourist for the day. We chose this place because of the location and food options. We were ready to relax as we had been walking forever and we found this a great place to sit back and enjoy a drink before our lunch. We weren't rushed and when the food arrived we chowed down. Very good. No left overs

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chicagojules
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service was a bit slow... but I don't think it was the servers fault. I think they might have been suffering from more demand than they could accommodate. Server was very kind and treated us to a complimentary desert to help celebrate co-workers bday.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was just ok. Several dishes lacked flavor. Construction noise made conversation difficult

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Restaurant was just ok. My mimosa flight was cool instead of cold. Food was decent but not outstanding.

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SheneeD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The French toast is delicious!!! I love the mimosa flight too

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vipCriticalDiner
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Menu with plenty of variety. Very good wines on tap as well as draft beers and ales (and some specialty canned/bottled beers -- try the strawberry/basil). One of us had the salad with salmon filet, the other of us had the salmon entree with delicious broccolini and mashed potatoes. The baked-cookie-dough dessert (with ice cream and whipped cream) was fabulous and plenty for two to share. See photo of the dessert and the strawberry/basil beer. Servers were very friendly, very knowledgeable about the menu and the beverages. Setting on the Miracle Mile can't be beat, with excellent views from inside seating as well as the courtyard.

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Dana
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant! Great food and atmosphere 🤩 I went here with my family and friends twice on my vacation in Chicago.

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KristinaL
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was good, really easy to find, good menu and ambiance. It was a little loud outside on a busy street, but really not bad. Great service and tons of outdoor seating

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BVfood
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience3

Good service, average tasting but cold food.

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vipMillardFillmore
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very accommodating for a person with disability

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kidbonita
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The servers were pleasant and helpful, once they were able to get to us. However, the restaurant was clearly well understaffed. We waited ten minutes before finally approaching the host stand and reminding them we were there. At this point, the baby was making a big enough fuss that I was surprised they hadn't noticed us. One server took our order and relayed part of it to another server. The result was that my food came out quickly, the baby's food came out next and my sister-in-law's food never came. It had apparently never been ordered. By the time her plate finally came my food was cold. Nobody checked back to see if things were OK, but I was able to flag someone down for more coffee. I think that if my food had been hot when I ate it, it would have been good.

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Sqdeal8
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

good bar style food, nothing fancy, but consistent.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kinda chose this place randomly, but was really impressed! Super good brunch!

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vipcbl4
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good spot in the loop!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a Birthday. Food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
7 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Meal was bland at best. Server Kept forgetting our order and coming out to ask us to repeat it. I ordered a Sprite and received a shirley temple, a coke and then another shirley temple. My veggies with my steak were undercooked and not worth trying to eat. Server had 5 tables of 2

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vipKevinOEngram
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved it! Food was good and the outdoor seating was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overpriced drinks... food was good

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Overall we had a good experience. The service left something to be desired.

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vipLee1
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Extremely friendly from busboys to servers. Food was good and came quickly, price was right. I would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! The food was great and the service was great! I’ll will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my family out

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Nicholas
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The waiter never introduced himself and he was so busy with many tables that my partner and I felt like we weren't taken care of as well as we should have been at an upstanding eatery like Sweetwater. The food was mediocre at best and for the price we paid, the drinks were weak and the food bland.

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vipSarahS
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Our waiter was incredibly pushy and kept begging my husband to order a beer or a breakfast cocktail. The cinnamon roll was hard and crunchy not soft and chewy. The short rib has wasn't made with short rib. The "short rib" was reheated steak that was hard. The whole experience was just yucky and there isn't anyway we will ever be going back.

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TaraS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was top notch. We sat at the bar and the bartender Steve waa great!! Would definitely recommend this place for a bite to eat and drinks.

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vipvirginiacal
Detroit
25 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had brunch and thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Staff was friendly and attentive. Highly recommended, will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food got myself and my date sick.

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TonyJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Server was not good. Didnt even know we ate our meals. Very loud in there. Wouldn't reccomend for a quiet dinner. Prices weren't bad though.

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vipMaryM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The burger was rare, as requested. Most places don’t get it right.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The signature cocktails weren’t anything to rave about. The menu selection was good, but the entree’s aren’t top of line in taste or quality.

Overall I wouldn’t rave about this place, but is nice and comfortable dining experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Food was decent. Buffalo chicken wrap was delicious. Service was terrible and they weren’t that busy. 4/10

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Sweetwater Tavern and Grille is rated 4.4 stars by 840 OpenTable diners.

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://onelink.quickgifts.com/merchant/bottleneck-management-group/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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