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About Randolph Tavern

GENUINE FOOD. CRAFT BEER. ELEVATED COCKTAILS. FINE WINE.
ALL IN AN UPSCALE TAVERN IN CHICAGO'S HOT THEATRE DISTRICT.
LUNCH, AFTER WORK, DINNER, BEFORE & AFTER THEATRE, EVENTS.

188 West Randolph
Chicago, IL 60601
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Barbecue, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 12:00am

Cross Street:
Wells

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 683-3280

Website:
http://www.randolphtavern.com/

Catering:
WE'D LOVE TO HELP YOU PLAN THE PERFECT PARTY,
AT YOUR PLACE (CATER) ... OR OURS (PRIVATE PARTY)!

Parking Details:
There are several parking lots immediately adjacent to our restaurant as well as street parking

Public Transit:
Clark & Lake
Washington & Wells

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
An event at Randolph Tavern is a memorable one. We offer ...

Event space in Randolph Tower, one of Chicago's most visually striking 1920s era skyscrapers, listed on the National Register of Historic Places ...

Private event spaces for small groups up to 299 people ...

From cocktail receptions to buffets to formal sit-downs ...

Large HD televisions for private viewing of televised events or for your own presentations ...

Large and gorgeous bar perfect for mingling before, during, and after your event ...

A variety of low seating, bar seating, community tables, and lounge areas ...

A variety of exclusive offerings to make your event extra special including Chef meet and greet, Mixologist-created specialty cocktail for your event only, and carving station ...

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Private Dining

Everything from cocktail receptions to buffets to formal sit-downs, Randolph Tavern is perfect for a birthday, shower, wedding, rehearsal dinner, meeting, holiday party and any special occasion you are celebrating!

Randolph Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

3.9

service

3.9

ambience

3.8

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (67)
Casual (44)
Happy Hour (24)
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Comfort Food (22)
Good for Groups (22)
Great Beer (22)
Great for Lunch (20)
Quick Bite (20)
Bar Seating (18)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Good for a Date (16)
People Watching (16)
Fun (16)
Live Sports (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Special Occasion (13)
Hot Spot (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Business Meals (9)
Cozy (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Healthy (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Seasonal (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Authentic (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Romantic (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Spicy (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 18 hours ago

The service was very good. The wait staff was very attentive. The food was tasty and nice portions. Prices were reasonable. We had a very nice table and could have a good conversation without yelling.

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·Dined 5 days ago

My sister and I attended Beautiful in the afternoon and then crossed the street to Randolph Tavern for an early dinner. We were seated immediately, and at first were taken to a table near a rather loud party, but then were quickly taken to a quieter area near the window. We each ordered one of the taco offerings and enjoyed both of them. The chicken tacos were full of large bites of chicken that were not dry at all, and my sister enjoyed the flavoring on the pork tacos. Our food arrived very quickly, which worked out well for us since we were trying to catch a train and didn't have a lot of time. We also enjoyed the look of the tavern, particularly near the bar area. All in all, we thought this was a great choice for grabbing a bite to eat either before or after going to the theater.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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·Dined 5 days ago

As I'm sure many of the people there were waiting to see a play nearby, and I understand that a bar/tavern would't be a quiet place, but when you can't hear the person sitting next to you in conversation, some action should be taken. We're coming back to see a play in a couple weeks, but we'll have to go to a different place beforehand.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Terrific spot for pre-theater. Bar was incredibly crowded and overall restaurant was quite noisy.
Make a reservation - especially if it's pre-theater. Great overall scene.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Great Beer, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, People Watching, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful experience. Dinner before Carol King Musical at Cadillac Palace. Very close to Theater was wonderful especially bitter cold night. We had great food with good service and was able to get to Theater in plenty of time. Nice polite friendly servers. We will definitely return. 👍👍

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·Dined 6 days ago

Seated immediately. Great server was very accommodating because we were going to a show and had to be done by 7:00. Great food. However, very loud with after work crowd. But will not prevent me from returning.

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·Dined 6 days ago

We went to Randolph Tavern pre-theater. Great location. Food was great and service was great. We had a good time there, and would definitely go back again.

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

I was amazed at the large size of the restaurant and it was packed with people, mostly young people enjoying drinks. As a theater going diner, it was a bit over the top, but the food and service were good so I would go back next time I was in the area attending theater.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Decided to try Randolph Tavern prior to theatre performance. All was fine except one slice of the brisket of my brisket platter was clearly very old. My wife enjoyed her meal. I showed our waiter the issue with the brisket and he removed the entire meal from our bill. This is why food received a fair rating and service is rated outstanding.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

Good for food after show. Nice selection of beers. Don't order the rib eye steaks, not worth it. $30 for 10 oz rib eye that was 1/4" thick.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Very disappointed in the food. I guess I never should have ordered a Thai chicken salad in a
Tavern.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Went for dinner after seeing Wicked. First time there. Food was excellent. Very comfortable setting. Will be back

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

We wanted to grab a quick bite after the theater. We had burgers which were tasteless. They put two skinny patties on a bun with cheddar cheese in between them. They were like hockey pucks. Waiter never asked us about our food after it came. Too bad!! Could be a great place!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The restaurant was just average, but it was very close to the theater. It was an extremely cold day, so it proved to be a good choice. In better weather, we would definitely go somewhere else.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Lunch before the musical was a great day. Nestor, our server, was excellent and food good.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Randolph Tavern never disappoints! I have yet to try a dish I didn't absolutely love at this neighborhood gem. Many thanks for yet another wonderful dinner!

Tags: Casual, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Went before the theater. Made a reservation and noted it was for a birthday. The hostess was very rude, and they never recognized me or the birthday. If fact she didn't speak except for "who is next?". Luckily the waiter was really nice and the food was good. It is a bit cramped and loud but it was nice for a lunch. I recommend the mushroom Swiss burger. It was delicious.

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

This restaurant was large (in a good way). We didn't realize how large as we sat towards the front door but found out when we went to the bathroom. Clean, modern bathrooms. Appreciated that when we arrived half hour early for our reservation we were able to be seated right away. Great restaurant to eat at before attending Cadillac Palace Theater. Burger, fries, side salad, and crispy brussel sprouts were delicious with a good beer.

Tags: Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Live Sports, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Fun, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great service

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Very strange menu. Seem to try to feature too many different cuisines - mexican, Cajun, BBQ, pub grub. . . The Tavern seems to be a bit schizophrenic.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

First time visitors. Chose this place based on positive feedback. Stopped in after a Broadway show. Service was attentive, Food was delicious, especially loved the roasted veggies options (had the cauliflower and brussel sprouts). Laid back atmosphere, very cool!

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great for a bite prior to a show.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Went for quick dinner prior to the theater at the Cadillac . Worked out extremely well. Good food with excellent service.

Tags: Live Sports, Quick Bite, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Great Beer
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I enjoyed meal. Appetizers (calamari and quesadilla) were good. Burgers and fish good, tons of fries! Little pricey for wine and mixed drinks. Liked atmosphere, great for theater. Would come again

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 27, 2017

BBQ pork plate was excellent, lobster roll was good, burger was good and huge, kale salad was a bit tough. Waiter was not very attentive. It was a perfect location for a meal after the matinee at the Cadillac Palace Theater.

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great service! Fabulous food and staff is excellent!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Good service, good food. Love the ambiance

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The lobster roll and sweet potato fries were delicious, as was the Malbec; the “macho nachos” not so much—pretty bland and with too little cheese and no jalapeños that I could find. But, the location was great—super close to the Cadillac Palace theater. So, it was perfect for pre-theater dining on a frigid Chicago night!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Caribbean)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Not impressed at all. The food was average as was the service. One entree of the tacos was ice cold. Thought it was a little forward for the server to add a 20% gratuity on a table of 4 adults and two children under the age of 10. We had to go get her when the tacos were cold, get up to get condiments from another table and I don't think she smiled once. We had drinks, apps, entrees, dessert and after dinner drinks. Not impressed with this restaurant.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Food was very good and portions tended to be on the bigger side. Our server was outstanding, pacing the dinner perfectly. Prices are reasonable for a downtown location. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Super noisy. Tables crammed together. Mediocre food. Tiny, overpriced drinks. The proximity to the theaters is the only attraction. Never again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We were very pleased with our service and the atmosphere. We enjoyed our food with only one exception. one of us ordered a chopped salad which was good but had chicken in it which was not ordered. We ordered cocktails which were average. Because of its close proximity to the Cadillac Palace Theater we will return and be more specific about our orders.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

The food and service were excellent but if you want to have a conversation you have to shout...this place is very loud...not a spot for romance but perfect for before theater dining.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Good for a personal lunch or drinks after work.

It's a little loud so I wouldn't recommend it for a serious business lunch.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Great spot for pre theatre. Timely service. Did not rush us to get out

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Our food was very good. The restaurant was crowded and noisy--definitely a fun atmosphere for post-work drinks or a night out with friends, but it was a little too energetic for our pre-theater family Christmas dinner. I would go back with friends though!

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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Very loud for a Thursday early evening. Service was very slow. Our drinks were not made correctly the first time. And food was just ok.

Tags: Live Sports, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Had a great lunch - pulled chicken sandwich with sweet potato fries. Service was great. However, the noise level was "very energetic". My occasion for being there, going to catch a matinee at the Cadillac Theater. The restaurant is a perfect location - right across the street from the theater!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Not only was the atmosphere and food great, but our server, Robert, made our experience even nicer. We would certainly come back again.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Lousy food and service. Hostess could not have been less helpful. Tables all crammed together. Not anyplace I would return to.

Tags: Happy Hour
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