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About The Tavern
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.
Libertyville, IL 60048
Steak, American, Fish
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Between Cook St. & Lake St.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The restaurant faces Milwaukee Ave., but entry is from the municipal parking lot behind the building. Access to the lot is on the north side of Cook Ave., west of Milwaukee.
The restaurant is one-and-a-half blocks south of the Libertyville station on the Metra Milwaukee District North Line: http://metrarail.com/Sched/md_n/md_n.shtml
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
The Tavern Ratings and Reviews
We believe The Tavern to be “ our Libertyville “
restaurant! However, this last visit was disappointing. Two of us ordered a pasta dish and asked for shrimp to top the pasta! We had too much pasta, not enough vegetables, and ONLY 4 SHRIMP which were very over-cooked! Not good! We didn’t ask how much extra the shrimp would be. But whatever it was, four over-cooked pasta was too expensive!!!!!
Skip the corporate and chain steakhouses and dine at Tavern. In contrast to the larger, familiar names in the steak world, Tavern does not train their servers to up-sell the customers through constant marketing. Rather, at Tavern we are always served professionally and attentively without being badgered to pad our bill. In addition the wine list is impressive, but unlike other steakhouses they are fairly priced. The decor is not the caricatured red leather seating often seen, but rather an eclectic setting conducive to conversation without shouting across the table. Finally, and most importantly, the steaks are fabulous. Go visit Tavern.
The Tavern is a great gem in Libertyville! The decor is eclectic and warm, the food is delicious and the cocktails are so good! My husband and I had date night here and loved every second of our experience! I would HIGHLY recommend the Tavern to all of my friends!
It's too expensive, even for libertyville, but it's good food. Downstairs is better than upstairs, more casual and still great food, but upstairs is great for a close by, 'high end' kind of date. For an American Bistro style restaurant like a date at a French restaraunt hit the Tavern's upstairs. For casual but nice fun hit the downstairs. The food is good no matter what.
Dinner with married grandson and his wife, perfect for this occasion since I am a bit hard of hearing and never had an issue with that, menu and mastery of prep ideal with four unique choices. Waitress excellent a little slow in the check, but all in all and excellent evening
I was disappointed. A member of our party was gluten free and the waitress was not very familiar with what items would work for her. When asked about some items, there seemed to be no flexibility. I ordered the duck, which was good but needed a little more fig sauce, maybe on the side. I expressed that I was not fond of wild rice, the side offered with it, and asked if I could just get some pureed potatoes instead and was told that was not possible. Butter was put on the table, but bread was never brought until they were removing the bread plates and the butter and I asked about receiving bread. The frisee salad had very little dressing on it and when I requested more, it took a good deal of time to receive and the restaurant wasn't that busy. The bartender downstairs was not very friendly and seemed irritated that I didn't like the wine sample he gave me of the Sancerre.
When I'm going to a restaurant of this caliber, I expect more from the service.
This is the only restaurant in Lake County that has this ambiance of the city, but with vintage detail. I never knew it existed, and I think it is very hard to find. It is hidden in downtown Libertyville, and the only entrance is in the back. The décor is so amazing, like you stepped into a movie set. From the light fixtures, to the ornate bar backdrop, to the vintage wood floors, the detailed ceiling, and the stunning stained glass, there is nothing that compares. The service is top notch, and they literally spoil you. This is the ultimate date night, anniversary, white cloth, get away. Most steak houses come with that $50 per plate price tag, and you feel taken advantage of when the check comes. This is truly one restaurant that makes you feel like you received a $50 per plate experience, and you feel like a celebrity when you leave. If you want to make an impression on your significant other, or an important client, you will not find a restaurant of this caliber in the northern suburbs. The Tavern should be nominated for a reality TV show, or travel segment. Truly a unique experience that everyone should try.
Consistency! The Tavern never disappoints! Our table was ready when we arrived, our server was attentive but not bothersome and our food was delish! We had giant sea scallops grilled to perfection, parmesean encrusted halibut, potato purée, sautéed mushrooms and tiramisu. Food was fresh, hot, flavorful and each dish had its own individual flavor. Vegetables were aldente and we were happy with everything! Will definitwly return soon!
There were issues with the steak temperature however the staff rectified the issues and adjusted the bill. All in all the food here has potential to be very good. I'll give them another try in the future but this evening 2/2 steaks were as rare as they could be and missed medium by far. But again the restaurant addressed the matter so we will be back and give them another try. Hoping for a better experience in the future.
Staff was very nice & pleasant, but food delivery was slow. Calamari was cooked to perfection but lacked flavor. We both ordered the filet medium. Mine came medium well, hers was medium rare. I also got the lobster which was outstanding. Side dishes were average. All in all, it did not meet expectations. Especially at the price point.
We are frequent guests and the food was fantastic as always. Tonight's service was a bit slow. The restaurant was fully booked and they only had two servers on with 4 bussers. The servers were definitely overwhelmed but clearly that is not their fault when they have 14 tables with 2 servers. Management needs less bussers and more servers! We didn't get our menus for 5 minutes after sitting and one of the busses had to take our drink order...again as a server for so many years, I would blame management, not the servers. Again though, food was delicious as always.
We've been coming here for dinner for over 12 years & have only been disappointed once. Saturday night was wonderful. Your staff was attentive as usual especially the waitress. We brought a couple with us; their 1st time & they loved it. All 4 entrees were perfect as was the calamari! Keep up the excellent tradition!
Everything was great besides one thing. They did not have any high chairs. So basically if you have a toddler you can't go to this place. I really wanted to like this place and tell my friends and family to go check it out. Very cool ambiance and great food. But with not having one high chair you're pretty much telling parents not to come there. It wasn't like they where all being used, no they didn't have any. So we were rushed through dinner because our child couldn't sit and eat with us like he does every where else.
We took our 22 year old son out for his birthday. The room was lively for a Monday. Service is excellent. So many choices between the regular menu and the night's specials. My husband had the Tavern steak served over a blue cheese- butter sauce and asparagus. Cooked perfectly! Our son had the flat iron steak/shrimp combination and said it was outstanding. I tried the soft shell crabs - wonderful! We shared the calamari and it was one of the best preparations I'd ever had. Fois Gras is good but prob could have skipped. Love the nice variety of wines by the glass. When our server heard us mention our son's bday she made sure to bring a lovely piece of chocolate cake with a candle. It was a pricey meal but worth every bite. And the decor is fun, yet sofisticated.
Great ambience, however the food is lacking. We had two New York steaks for $56 each. One was fine the other was borderline ok and full of grizzle. I was hungry and kept eating but ended up with leaving 1/3 of the steak behind. In hindsight, i should have sent back right away. Our waitress didn't care whatsoever even though she had asked twice about our meals. Won't be back anytime soon.
Just a perfect dining experience. My wife and I took my son there for his graduation for Navy boot camp. He had a craving for some real beef and this place did not disappoint. The setting is refined and yet some what eclectic. The wine list is extensive and the service was impeccable. The appetizers we had: oysters, octopus and calamari, were all cooked to perfection. The calamari with lobster sauce was exceptional. The best that I have ever had - and I've had so many that I was reluctant to try it at a steak house. We all had the filet mignon. You could have cut the steaks with a butter knife. We couldn't decide on desserts so we shared. The lemon tartufo was very different and very tasty. Andy's Parfait was a taste explosion not to be missed. Just when we thought the meal couldn't get any better, we were nearly brought to tears when they brought the check and they had comped our son's meal and thanked him for his service. Truely wonderful and totally unexpected. My only regret is that this restaurant is not closer to home.
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