Sweetwater Tavern and Grille

4.5
781 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 781 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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Taste
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the tater tots! The fish tacos were awesome.

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Staisha
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Masks demanded to be worn all the time, super annoying when the person walks by 20 times and acts all distant because you didn’t see them coming and didn’t have your mask on. Food was watered down, disappointed in what used to be good tacos. I don’t care to pay for “okay” food and an uncomfortable eating environment.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

The food was bland

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Zack
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience. Would definitely go again

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MarshallT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Order the Bang Bang shrimp and ask the bartenders for their favorite brews on tap. You won't be sorry.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bartender, Steve, is awesome. Great place to go watch a game and have some good beer/food.

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Jylm
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were excellent!

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MelissaR
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service! Out of all the restaurants we went to while visiting Chicago, this was our favorite!

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PeggyC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places in Chicago. Good food, great service!

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vipWinedine
Milwaukee
25 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great beer selection

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GlenfordN
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff! We got the chicken nachos. Exceeded our expectations!

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vippaul22204
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

House wine was actually 2/3 of a bottle and overpriced. Food taste stayed with us for two days. Much better choices and better value nearby. Very disappointed and would not recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good quiet late lunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

DRINKS WERENT REALLY STRONG OUR SERVER WAS GREAT FOOD JUST OK... I ASKED FOR NO ONIONS AND SEEMED AS IF THEY TOOK THEM OFF AFTER THEY ALREADY PUT IT IN TOP OF MY SANDWICH. IT TASTED LIKE ONIONS WHEN I BIT INTO IT I DONT THIS ID GO BACK.

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DeAngeloB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food, friendly staff

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ARutledge2020food
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic.followed COVID-19 social distancing...food was amazing! Service was excellent

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DeAngeloB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Birthday * **

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vipLindaM
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good meal and nice ambiance although of course social distance seating.
Fish tacos were excellent.

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StaceyB
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was nice, staff included. It's just kind of weird with protesters on one end, the bridge up on the other end. Overall imy visit was pleasant.

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JanineW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The short rib hash lacked flavor the potatoes were black nachos were good but the buffalo rolls were to salty

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Pandora
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vibe was amazing. The food was delicious. The service was fast and the waiter was super nice. I will definitely come here again. Can’t wait 😊😊😃

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ChuckE
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was great. Our server David was very attentive and really nice. Food was great and I look forward to returning with friends to enjoy the outside Patio.

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Tasha
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Outside seating, atmosphere was great. Right on Michigan Ave which was a plus...

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Jaryn
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

awful, overpriced food with mediocre service. clearly a tourist trap.

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MichaelF
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor seating was great,nice breeze and good food

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JDawn
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friendly staff & great food! Would definitely go back.

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AriannaR
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for my boyfriend and I to celebrate our anniversary the vibe was super chill and the service was very friendly. To top it off the presentation and overall flavors of the food was phenomenal. We will definitely be coming back.

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vipLudovicF
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The place is very nice outside, but inside it's just impossible to talk. The music is too loud ! Is it a club or a restaurant? Otherwise good and affordable burgers.

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Yessir
Chicago
2 reviews
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A must try if ever in the area, very good food and service. Everything we order from the drinks, salad, Ahi Tuna, and Steak, was prepared to perfection.

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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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vipGabyG
Chicago
12 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
15 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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Sweetwater Tavern and Grille is rated 4.5 stars by 781 OpenTable diners.

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