The Boundary Tavern & Grille

3.3
115 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
The Boundary is a popular neighborhood sports bar serving more than just bar food. A great atmosphere for Sunday Funday to Hawks playoffs to ISU parties and much more, we have a selection of over 120 craft beers, and serve up modern American food to keep you fueled during the big game.

With a neighborhood bar vibe, The Boundary instantly makes you feel welcome, offering a fun atmosphere for Sunday Funday in the 'hood', late night drinks, lunch on the patio, and great service anytime.
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SB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The server was not very interested in serving us, and didn't want to put in food for us before the happy hour ended, because he wanted to charge full price. Also, I received my bill, and he went to run my card and it came back 5 dollars more expensive without the itemize receipt. I ended up having to dispute the charges with my credit card company, pretty shady and disappointed.

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E
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were not even able to eat and enjoy ourselves at Boundary because after making a reservation a week in advance, when we showed up for our 7pm reservation, we were told that all the tables were full do to people watching games and no one has gotten up yet but they will let us know when a table becomes available. At 7:30 when we were still not seated we asked how much longer it would be and were told they still had no idea and that the restaurant was not even supposed to take reservations that day (even though i did make one and got a confirmation the day before). We ended up leaving at 7:40 and going next door where we were seated immediately, watched the game and ate dinner. TERRIBLE SERVICE. They shouldn't take reservations if you are not going to honor them.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food isn’t that good. Probably a good place to go and just get drinks.

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JS
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Made a reservation day-of to watch Saints-Rams no problem, which was nice. No complaints about service, and a happy surprise with all the games and shuffleboard in the corner which we took advantage of. My brother had the grilled chicken sandwich with chili on the side, dad and I both got burgers. Dad loved his, but my brother and were a little let down. Patty came out a little on the cool side, which was a surprise for the amount of time they took to come out. Either not fresh or took too long to run. Lacked a little in character, not a very discernible flavor from the burger. I tried the chili my brother did not like and was also let down, looked and tasted a little closer to sloppy joe mix. Best things about this spot is the TV's, ample seating and shuffleboard.

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s
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I met a friend for brunch on a weekend. It was better than average bar menu with several choices. We sat by the fireplace which was nice.

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I
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best shrimp tacos I have ever had. A thoroughly enjoyable lunch.

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HD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Sports bar with 21 screens. Good for watching a Bears game.

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BD
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Was a great place! Awesome food and a fun atmosphere to watch the game, even though they lost. Go Hawks!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

it was good.

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AG
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Terrible service - so disappointed in a place that use to be a “go-to” for us for brunch and watching games... staff was disorganized and nowhere to be found

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LP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff and food here were INCREDIBLE! I did a boozy birthday brunch here and I could not have asked for a better experience. The staff made sure my guests and I were completely taken care of and did not want for a thing. I will def be back and recommend this as a spot for future events.

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a
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

WOULD NOT RECOMMEND. I have been here twice now, and after the first time, i didn't think it could get any worse...it did.

When your server doesn't come to your table for over 40 minutes, go to the back of the bar, you can usually find all of the servers laughing and having a good time while ignoring their tables. Don't bother asking the hostess to send over your server, they're usually too busy on their phones to care.

When you do get a server to the table, order everything at once. It will take even longer for the server to come back with your drinks, and you could possible die of starvation.

If you go for a bottomless Brunch, DO NOT order a Bloody Mary, no matter how badly you want one. The tomato juice is thick and bland, there couldn't have been more than a TBSP of vodka in it and it took 20 minutes to get one.

Ask for a pitcher of water, otherwise you'll never get more than the first glass.

The natural lighting is the best part about this place. But there are way better bars in the neighborhood, don't waste your time.

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w
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food is consistently "okay", but never great. Good beer menu of rotating drafts, cans and bottles. Prices are reasonable for what you get. Hard to compete with the great restaurants on Division.

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ED
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Horrible service. From the moment we arrived it was difficult to even get waters for the table, it took forever. Clearly they were understaffed and we were cognizant of that however we were completed ignored for a majority of our time there. We ordered beers and drinks at the same time as apps and got the food before the drinks and had to again ask for the beers. Getting the checks was a nightmare...our waiter said he divided them by seat number however 10/11 of the bills had problems where people were charged for others orders. One check had to be redone 3 times before it was correct. Food was alright but the dissatisfaction with the service made it worse. Won’t be coming back.

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AL
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time service was awesome and the food was great and the staff was very nice and helpful . I will be back

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great variety on menu. Something for everyone! Cozy fireplace.

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KP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Slow service but very friendly. Food is a good value. Not amazing, but great for the price.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Blackhawks game

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ED
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was EXCELLENT!!! Nice selection of beer and cocktails. Tons of TV's for Sports viewing.

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a
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was just okay. Bloody Mary bar was just okay. I went with a group of 8 for brunch and our waitress was no where to be found the majority of the time we were there. I would understand her absence if the place was busy, but we were one of 3 groups in the whole restaurant. When we did see her she was too busy chatting with other staff or on her phone to ask if we needed anything. While we were there, a customer (who was obviously too drunk to stand) puked on the wall and al over the women’s bathroom floor-there was no hurry to clean it up.

Overall, I’ve heard great things. I was excited to try a new Iowa bar in the city, but you could not pay me to go back.

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fun night and our server was FANTASTIC. Thank you

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J
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a fun place with a great menu and sports on numerous TVs.

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S
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Our food was good, but the service was terribly slow. We can't even figure out why it was so slow because the restaurant was predominantly empty. Even when the sever dropped off our check, it took ten minutes to get a pen so we could split the bill.

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FF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Boundary was not busy when we arrived and I thought it was a great spot for a large group.

The food was your basic bar type food. The drinks were probably the best part of the meal.

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G
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

The food at the table next to looked great! We were seated right away, after 10 minutes the hostess came back and asked if we had a server. We didn't and she said she'd get one. We waited another 10 minutes before leaving with no one coming by with a water or menu. I'd understand if it was busy, but we were 2 of 4 people in the place. Again the food looked good, just never got a chance to try it.

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BJ
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were looking for a place that took big groups on a holiday. Boundary didn't disappoint with outdoor seating, a great brunch menu, & top notch service.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love going to The Boundary just because I get to slam on their amazing burgers while drinking a beer to some live baseball or basketball. Unfortunately this last time I went, they had a low food stock. Burger buns were switched out (I'm guessing they had run out), no tater tots, and no giant pretzels. Pretty bummed since I brought a friend there for the first time.. Overall though, I'll continue coming to The Boundary just because its super cozy and the staff goes above and beyond. Super friendly! Plus the set up is perfect for watching your everyday live sports.

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PD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I will not recommend this place to anyone but people who has no where else to go to. It started when we walked in, the host was not pleasant (wrong job to be in). After we ordered, drinks and food didn't take too long (best part of the night). The food was bad. Clam Chower was terrible. Steak salad had a piece of hair in it. Meatloaf was okay (edible). Chicken pot pie was good. Our server was nice and friendly at the time, until............ we paid the bill. She thought we didn't tip and ran to her manager and presented him with 2 receipts that didn't have tip on it. But little did the manager know, she didn't provide him the third receipt that's worth more than 25% tip. He blindedly came to our table with those two receipts and asked what was wrong with the service. We were all confused. Then we asked where is the third receipt? He went back to her and came back to apologize. It's unacceptable when the manager doesn't have that knowledge to actually review this whole story before coming at us like that. It totally ruined our night. He offered to get us a round of drinks, but that doesn't fix anything. Good luck The Boundaries..

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JC
Tampa
27 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

A table wasn't ready for us, but they righted that wrong by giving my friend and I the first round of drinks for free without me asking. Very friendly of the manager who did that.
However, I found it somewhat in poor taste to turn off a muted Chicago Blackhawks game to blast the Rachel Maddow show at a loud volume on a Tuesday night. I think people at a bar would much rather watch the local hockey team than listen to politics!

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t
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice space. Good food and great beer selection.

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S
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Was looking for a quick bite for brunch. We were seated when we got there and service was good. TV's were huge. Would try coming back here on a game night.

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v
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

What you'll get here is a grown up version of a frat party. Lots of booze, sports, and not so healthy but totally delicious food. Great place to go as your last stop of the night or want to watch the game, but it's not a place I'd recommend if you're going on a date or trying to catch up with a friend.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Great beer selection, typical barfood but well executed. Went to watch an Iowa game with family. Crazy loud. Impossible to have any conversation. No reason to have the volume that loud during a football game.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall we had a good experience, but it seemed like the staff had been a bit overwhelmed from the previous football crowd. Our food was a bit cold and the waitress seemed very flustered.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time dining at The Boundary and again, they did not disappoint. Our waitress always stopped at our table to make sure my date and I were doing well. Regarding food, I took her recommendation on trying one of their burgers which in one word I can describe as AMAZING. Hands down, the best burger I've tried in a while. Will definitely be visiting again, soon!

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FS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The Boundary used to be one of my favorites in the neighborhood. Unfortunately I won't be visiting again. Chalk it up to personal preference but we much preferred the interior before they remodeled. The comfortable booths are gone replaced by high top benches/tables. I don't know what the motivation was but it looks like they were going for more capacity. The service was painfully slow in spite of the fact that there weren't too many other patrons. The staff was friendly but it appeared they had our server covering half the restaurant. Our first drink order took 15 to 20 minutes to arrive. The server proactively offered to comp that round of drinks but they did indeed bill us for them. The food was good but not outstanding. The service was slow the entire visit. All in all, it's not a good value and the service leaves a great deal to be desired.

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h
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

pretzel bites with dipping sauces was great. The dough was cooked just right, soft and a little chewy.

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OT
Chicago
361 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

The Staff was SO accommodating and friendly. We had a great table where everyone could see the game. There is a cozy table by the fireplace which is also a good spot I think. The prices are very reasonable and the space is clean and a fun environment.

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TM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I met on a "date" here and the place has a great space for entertaining with friends and family. I would recommend for that. Not so much for meeting someone on a date (My own fault). Good prices on appetizers and a huge beer selection. Check it out if you can.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2015
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

They refused to honor our reservation. That was bad.

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