The Tavern

4.7
1092 reviews
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Steak
Reservations are for the Formal Steakhouse Dining (upstairs), the Cocktail lounge is first-come, first-served.

From hanging glass beads to architectural artifacts and an original Brunswick bar painted in gold and turquoise, this is clearly not your father's steakhouse. The Tavern's menu features USDA prime beef, Australian Wagyu, organically raised Uruguayan beef, and organic free-range chicken, diver-caught Maine sea scallops, assorted fresh fish, cold water Rock Lobster Tails, and in season: oysters from both coasts, the Alaskan king salmon run, live Maryland soft shell crabs, morels, chanterelles, and porcini from hunters in Oregon and Washington, and fresh produce from local county farms. An award-winning wine list featuring over 1,200 selections, a great wine by the glass assortment, and an unusually well-stocked bar round out the Tavern's beverage program.

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Mon 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Tue - Sat 5:00PM - 5:00PM 5:30PM - 5:30PM

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KS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent, but the overall taste of the food was not on par for the prices. I've eaten at Ruth-Chris Steak house and the quality of the Tavern was not not at that level, however the prices were. Also, there was a couple that sat about 15 feet from our table and either they were divorced and trying to work out alimony cost or rehearsing for a torrid play named "Your f×cking crazy if you think I'm giving you a dime more". Im almost sure the staff could hear them. Since I work as a defence contractor, throttling this guy would have looked bad on future employment. Maybe this jerk made the experience seem like a waste of my time and money for an enjoyable event. Dunno, I live way south of Libertyville, and was only in the area for my daughters Naval boot camp graduation. Will not be in the area for any explainable reason, so I won't frequent there again. Either quality goes up or price comes down and you provide ruffies to jack wagon customer...hope you at least enjoyed the banter I have provided. Good luck!

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KE
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!!!

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F
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to The Tavern for a wedding anniversary dinner. We were seated in a smaller room across from the main dining room. It was actually quite nice. It was much quieter than the main room. Our server was very attentive. She could tell we were not in a hurry and paced the meal nicely. We started with the mussels which were very fresh. Salads were great as well. My wife ordered the Surf and Turf while I enjoyed a Filet. All was cooked perfectly. It was a fairly expensive dinner, but very well worth it for a special occasion. One last thing, if you like Gin & Tonics, try one here. The tonic is quite different, but tasty.

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OT
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Almost everything was perfect. Was seated few minutes before our reservation; food temperature was served exactly how it’s supposed to be; food tasted great; drinks were excellent; service was excellent with one exception that the server noted - took 10-15 minutes to determine if the carrot cake had raisins and coconut which my girlfriend does not like. Finally learned the cake does have raisins so she ordered gelato which was very good. Then without me saying anything the server on her own did not charge us for our desserts since we waited longer than normal for them.

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PD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at this restaurant and we enjoyed everything about it. Very eclectic and cozy interior. We had dinner upstairs and the service was the best I have had in a very long time. The staff was attentive and helpful and seemed to know when to stay away and when check in at all the right times. Overall, the food was good . We had the baked shrimp de jeonghe which was excellent (note, they bring the bread after you order so be sure to save it to go with your appetizer!). We had filet, lobster and New York Strip. The lobster was good. Unfortunately, the steaks were each a little over done but still tasty (we like well done). The side dishes were excellent. We will definitely come back and look forward to trying other dishes. The lounge also looks great for a few cocktails and apps.

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n
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got a gift card for Christmas and were so happy to go back. It has been a few years since we at upstairs but have been downstairs many times. Food is always good and the atmosphere is so calming. we of course will be back.

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LN
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

My duck was dry and crem brûlée was watery... more like pudding. Steak was ok, nothing special however the service was outstanding! Also, our asparagus and after dinner coffee were great. Make sure you are seated in the main dining room if you want to experience the fun ambiance. We were seated in a smaller very quiet room ... not as fun for us. Overall, we just expected more given the price tag.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Celebrated a 75th Birthday with family. Great food, great atmosphere, and attentive staff.

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CH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always for a fine dining experience in the fun town of Libertyville. Great execution in preparations of fish, steak and of course great service. Our go-to intimate fine dining place in the northern suburbs.

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TF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Service was great
Steaks were seasoned to heavy and under cooked
Lobster tails were undercooked
Really like this location but feel
Food was under par this time.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic

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r
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for special occasion or business dinner. Fabulous ambiance. On the expensive side for sure.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and ambiance were superb!

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F
Des Moines
100 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We've been going to Tavern for over 2 decades. Always consistent, always great service. We appreciate their extensive and fairly priced wine list not hitting triple mark ups as most downtown Chicago steakhouses do.

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GH
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening!! We took our son here after his Navy RTC graduation. Everything was exceptional and the steaks....Awesome!! Great place, great food and great service!!

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L
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Always great ambiance at the Tavern. The food was just ok this time.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and fabulous service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the ambiance was amazing. A perfect birthday date for my girlfriend.

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TB
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was perfect as always (rare filet, mussels, pate). Decor/ambiance is the coolest in town. We finished our Saturday evening 8:30 dinner reservation around 9:45 and our server was friendly but seemed very eager to get us to leave even though the table next to us just sat down. I ordered a cocktail but was never brought a water to go with it. Overall a very good experience, but the server seemed rushed/distracted.

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RB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going to the tavern for many many years!! The food is excellent and the staff are amazing !!! I’m a true foodie and put in the food business for over 32 years and The Tavern is without a doubt a Destiination stop and I must place to go if you want quality of food and service !
Bob Bates
CEO
Windy City Deli

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

Excellent! Wonderful food, great service, perfect ambience.

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l
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go-to place for a superlative experience! Great food, wonderful service, incredibly beautiful setting. Even comfortable chairs!

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EF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful holiday and birthday celebration here. Great food and service! Five stars across the board if they had a few more kid friendly dinner choices. Terrific wine selection, my bone in ribeye was cooked perfectly = awesome!

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C
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the service to the food, The Tavern never misses a beat. A lovely place for a special holiday dinner with friends. Be sure to try the filet!

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LK
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I went with a group of 6, we heard that we could get a quiet table so we could catch up and chat. We sort of were able to do that, it was noisy, but I've been to noisier restaurants! We had a great wait staff, one meal came wrong and they fixed it and took it off the bill!! My one and only complaint was that the tomato/mozzarella was very pricey (as was everything else, but we knew that going in), was so tiny that it wasn't worth ordering it at all....
Our steaks we fabulous as were all the side dishes!
Will definitely go back.

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M
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We love the Tavern and dine here often for a nice evening out or special occasion because it is always a reliable great meal with great service. However something was off the evening we dined here last. They were busy with a party in the back room and most of the dinning room was full, but the quality of the food and the service was comprised on this visit and was not up to expectations.

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SG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very well attentive staff. Had the filet and lobster. Food is the best in town. Will be back. Only sorry I waited so long to try this downtown gem.

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RJ
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Would have given it overall 5 stars but they forgot to give us rolls. Food was great!

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OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Cocktails were timely and well crafted. Appetizers came 20 minutes apart and tasty. Entree steaks had great favor and were properly prepared however they must have been delayed in their delivery as both were not served hot, but warm. Vegetables just above room temperature. Desserts were well prepared and full of describes flavors. Service level was poor from our waiter but excellent from the dining room staff. Second subpar experience of our last three visits, will hesitate returning to what once was a semi-annual treat

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G
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was great but service was slow, very slow. I realize it’s the holiday season and it was crowded but waiting for almost an hour to take our order was out of bounds. The waiter did comp us a round of drinks and a couple of desserts to make up for the wait.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere!

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B
Naples
66 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Experience was good. The food was well prepared and nicely presented. Our server did a good job, but was not notable.

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RC
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Outstanding service and food! Had a great time and will return soon.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t go wrong with The Tavern!!

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F
Des Moines
100 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Been here many times over the decades. Does not disappoint - service is friendly and knowledgeable. Food is very consistent. Drink menu is fun. Selections are varied enough for everyone to choose from. One critique I would have is to be aware how much butter or oil may be used in the cooking so that you can adjust if needed. Great personal touches on special occasions. $$.

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F
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Always great. Best wine list in Lake county

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CS
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing dinner and were very well taken of by the attentive staff!!

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JS
Chicago
173 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Steaks without the upselling of chain steakhouses. One of the best wine lists on the north shore.

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BD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my son's birthday so wanted a special place. We also brought along my 4mo. old grandson. Although they didn't have a "sling" available to accommodate a car seat, we were seated in a quiet corner with no foot traffic (I'm sure part of our seating was in case my grandson made any noise). Regardless, the service was excellent and the food was delicious. (I sent my too-red steak back and it was returned exactly the way I asked--pink but not red. In other places the steak comes back well done and dried out.) A great place to go for a special occasion.

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BB
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I have been here several times, and the food just seems to get better and better. We had a late reservation so I'm not sure how attentive the waitress wanted to be, but the food was outstanding.

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