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
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

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.

JC
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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

RB
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

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
185 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Anniversary. Great meal & good service

BC
Toledo
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

SP
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

Steak was undercooked raw in parts. Blander than bland flavor. Chipotle chicken was dry, almost like days old. The steak cauliflower had as much flavor as cardboard would. Waste of time and money. Avoid.

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded on September 5, 2019

Hello there, I'm sorry to hear that you had a disappointing experience at Sweetwater. Thank you for providing your feedback. I will relay your comments to the management team so that we can offer extra support and training to our team wherever they may need it. We hope that we can show you our ability to improve based on guest feedback. - Staley

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G
Orlando
25 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food only okay. Noisy inside or out. Convenience was reason for booking

TT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I was not satisfied with our server. He was slow to tend to us. He was gone for way to long between check-ins. I ran out of my drink. He took forever to bring a box for my leftovers. I ordered a cocktail and never received it. He was either very busy or not interested in customer service. Thanks, Rich

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded on August 26, 2019

Hi Rich, thank you for taking the time to reach out. I'm really sorry to hear that this was your experience with us. That certainly doesn't live up to our usual high standards and is not reflective of the level and quality of service we aim for. We appreciate your feedback and hope you give us the chance to show you that we can become more consistent with useful feedback and improve wherever we can. - Staley

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KS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice place; a little loud, but food was very good and the beer better. Recommended the restaurant to 6-7 people attending the meeting I was at because it was good, reasonably priced and fun. Good place close to the rive on Michigan Ave.

D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In town for a wedding and wanted to get back to Sweetwater as its always been a family favorite on our trips to Chicago.

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded on August 19, 2019

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

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MW
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food and drink variety. Friendly wait
Staff. Music was a bit louder than it needed to be at dinner time.

RW
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great atmosphere and great drinks

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded on August 15, 2019

Hi Ryan, I'm happy you're enjoying Sweetwater! Come back again soon! - Staley

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P
Phoenix
57 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Tourist spot with excellent service. Salads were good, but nothing special or unusual about them.

J
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Sweetwater met our needs nicely. Close to our hotel and Millennium Park. Outside seating area was quite nice. Server was attentive and food was tasty. Overall a very pleasant experience.

JJ
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of my favorite places to take friends and family. They have alot of options for food and drinks and everyone as ways has a great time.

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded on August 15, 2019

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

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DO
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved eating outdoors. Server was very nice, but told us the dish wouldn't be at all spicy, and in actuality it was too spicy to eat (cauliflower steak). My wife's salmon was superb.

t
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Appetizer Bang Bang Shrimp was delicious!!

LL
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Just staying overnight in Chicago, and this was within walking distance of our hotel. We dined outside and were treated nicely and promptly. Food was good, menu had many options. We were a group of 4, from 10 to 70, and we were all satisfied.

CH
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu, fun, upbeat vibe. Food was very good!

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded on August 5, 2019

Hi Cindy, I'm glad you enjoyed visiting Sweetwater! Come back again soon! - Staley

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GB
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Waitress was nice but too soft-spoken. When asked what the driest cider was, she said she didn't know (and didn't attempt to find out). Had to ask for more flatware after 1st flatware was taken away after appetizers.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites in downtown Chicago

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded on July 30, 2019

Hi there, I'm glad you're enjoying Sweetwater! Come back again soon! :) - Staley

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AD
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The food was bland, and a lot of the items that are shown online they no longer serve there.

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded on July 30, 2019

Hi Audrey, I'm sorry to hear that you had a disappointing experience at Sweetwater. Thank you for providing your feedback. - Staley

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GH
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food & service were average. I chose Sweetwater for it's location and varied menu.

AP
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fab outdoor space incl wrapping around the building. Long bar, looks great for after work cocktails.
Awesome onion rings, we ordered 2 rounds!
Oddly small bathrooms, only a couple stalls. And a looooong walk from dining room. But the ladies room was clean so I’m happy.

CM
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Same as evey other sports bar..food way over seasond..unless you like pepper

k
Chicago
185 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a really nice restaurant. The only issue I have is the music is to loud, you really can't talk to anyone.

RD
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Nothing was wrong with anything we ordered but it was forgettable in every way. No one will feel this was a great meal but it's a tolerable stomach plug.

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded on July 25, 2019

Hi Rob, I'm sorry you had a disappointing experience at Sweetwater. Thank you for your feedback. - Staley

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OT
Chicago
158 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of the few sit-down restaurants on Michigan Avenue downtown. Recently remodeled. Food is good, service is good, and price is excellent.

JH
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Had brunch on a Sunday where the 4 of us chose from the breakfast menu. Good food, not spectacular nor creative/unique, similar to what you’d find in a local diner. Exception: beignets were a treat. It was early and place was quiet with loads of empty tables, so disappointing that hostess wouldn’t accommodate our request for a specific area of restaurant and set of tables.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks! Fantastic service.

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded on July 24, 2019

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

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c
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was so slow. The waiter was pleasant but it took 10 minutes for him to greet our table and was slow overall.

A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brian was our waiter. He was very attentive. Took time to verify if we had been there before. Also double checked to make sure there were no food allergies. E even gave a very thoughtful run down of the menu! The bus boys were great as well. Loved the atmosphere and decor

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Responded on July 24, 2019

Hi there, I'm so happy to hear you had a nice time at Sweetwater! I'm glad you had a great experience with Brian, I'll be sure to pass your compliments on to him. We hope you'll come visit us again soon! - Staley

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was creative, fresh and wonderful. Peppercorn crusted Ahi plate one of the best I’ve ever had. We were seated outside, which we asked for, but the service truly did not meet standard. Dishes were not cleared, no one checked back, had to go inside and ask hostess for more dressing and then it was the wrong kind when delivered.

P
Morocco
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Good food at a good price.

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