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Municipal Bar + Dining Co. - Permanently Closed

4.1
4.1
98 Reviews
$30 and under
American

An upscale sports bar, inspired by the streets of Chicago. Municipal will serve specialty entrees, gourmet burgers, robust seasonal salads, and an assortment of side dishes and appetizers.

The menu is designed to be inviting and encourage sharing of small, medium, and large plates that offer something for every appetite. Menu highlights will include Philly Cheesesteak Eggroll, Stuffed Mozzarella Meatballs, BBQ Chicken Flatbread, Blackened Tuna, Fried Chicken Sliders and more.

Municipal Bar + Dining Company features a broad selection of draft and bottled beers as well as locally brewed craft beers and a great selection of wines and spirits. In addition, the bar will feature an extensive cocktail program that is true to the Chicago-style concept of the bar.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Burgers, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–12:00 am Fri, Sat 11:00 am–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (312) 951-2125

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Donald Penza

  • Catering

    http://municipalbar.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Food-Menu-Website.pdf

  • Private party facilities

    Municipal Bar and Dining Company offers two unique spaces that can either be divided or joined into one which can fit up to 350 guest. Our main bar space is the largest of our two semi-private event spaces and features plenty of seating options. From VIP booths to communal style tables and bar seating, you are bound to find the perfect spot to suit your needs. Let our elevated DJ Booth with state of the art sound system take your gathering to the next level.The back lounge is a semi-private event space that can accommodate groups of up to 100 guests for banquet style gatherings and 65 for seated occasions. Its exposed brick walls and custom city murals creates an upscale sleek setting for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Sandra Figueroa: (312) 951-2125

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Cross street

    Franklin and Ohio

  • Parking details

    There is street parking located in front of a restaurant or a parking lot next door which is currently $14.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 98 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. TK

    TravisK

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was phenomenal! Great food, great atmosphere! Go Green!

  2. L

    Lmp1985

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    They took our reservation and were not open! Terrible.

  3. TG

    TiffanyGirl

    Chicago

    73 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Great place to watch a game. Service was excellent and everyone found something to love on the menu.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love Katie and her Mom! We had the best time watching the MSU game! Willl be back!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2019

    overall1food1service5ambience2

    Not impressed with the warm beers and gross food. Couldn't hear the MSU game sound. Won't be back

  6. AF

    AnnaF

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    The restaurant had a buyout and didn’t notify us at all. Walked in and had to quickly walk out because no one would serve us.

  7. HS

    HelenS

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    I came here with a bunch of friends and we really enjoyed the food and ambiance of the restaurant. For some reason there wasn't a lot of people when we went on Saturday night at 7pm. The service was good and there were lots of TVs playing sports. The only thing I didn't like is that the music was too loud. It was almost as loud as a club in there, although they played some really good beats! Overall really enjoyed taking my group here and would love to come back!

  8. PR

    PeterR

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2018

    overall3food5service4ambience3

    Good food and environment for the MSU game. It was too loud though.

  9. IK

    IssamK

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Horrible experience, I would not recommend this place to anyone.

  10. k

    katied

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2018

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    This is not a restaurant. It is a bar with food. Just know that going in. First mistake was seeing that I could make an open table reservation here. Not needed- there was no hostess to seat us, it was a first come first serve establishment. The noise level was pretty loud, but when we realized this wasn’t a bar/restaurant its just a bar with food we lowered our expectations. This kitchen lost a couple of our orders for apps and main meals so things came out later than we would have preferred but our server was gracious and apologetic. My one kudos is they had a great beer selection.

  11. m

    msu95

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Great spot to watch the MSU bowl game - energy and atmosphere made it fun! The loaded tots were OUTSTANDING!!! Friendly and attentive service too!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food. Great sports bar

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2017

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great place to watch a MSU game with friends! Service was excellent!

  14. FJ

    FoodieJess

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2017

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    This was a very underwhelming experience. The place is huge and they have a cool patio but I went for brunch and was the only person there. The food was not good. Example the chicken and waffles you could 100% tell it was breaded and frozen. The club came on a pita and it was so dry. I could go on. Unfortunately I will not be back, there are too many other options.

  15. S

    Summer

    Chicago

    103 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We attended Municipal on a nice warm evening. We were seated on the patio. It was a pretty quiet evening in downtown Chicago that night. Our server was friendly and gave his recommendations when we asked. We had the calamari as an appetizer and it was very tasty. I recommend those visiting to try the Calamari if you are a seafood fan. Our entrees were brought in a timely manner and very filling. Overall, good experience and would return for another date night!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2017

    overall2food4service4ambience3

    The service was really good,,,, but they only served food til around 11, and we couldn't order any specialty drinks after 11 either. So my group and I felt slighted because of it.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2017

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    I arrived to my 11:00 reservation to find the door locked. After calling the restaurant the door was unlocked but no person was present to greet and seat my party. Upon entering the establishment I did not get the sense they were TRULY open as there were rags on the bar and many of the carpets were rolled up on the floor. I shouted "HELLO!!" and eventually a staff member sat us. She was very polite and accurately took our order but overall the experience was unremarkable

  18. C

    Craig

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2017

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Had a great time. Great house music provided by great DJ. Great place to meet friends!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2017

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    The host provided my reservation to someone that used my name without me being present.

  20. MA

    MAURICIOL

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2017

    overall2food4service1ambience3

    Service was bad, from the rude hostess to the disinterested service staff. Two times they took my wife's drink although she was only half done without even so much as an apology. Food is decent for bar food and the people who frequent are a fun and lively group.

  21. FD

    FrequentDiner

    Chicago

    169 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    169 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2017

    overall1food2service1ambience1

    If I had one word, it is OVERRATED. First, when we walked in there was no one to be seen. We had to walk through the restaurant to find the hostess in a booth at the far end of the restaurant on her cell phone. I asked her to check us in since we had OpenTable reservations, and followed her to the host stand at the front door (where she should have been when we came in). But she did not check us in, so I had to contact management later so I could write this review. We were the only people in the restaurant most of the time. I thought they had brunch, but the menu we were given did not list brunch. Later as we were getting ready to leave, the only other couple in the restaurant asked about brunch, and only then did we find out there was a separate brunch menu that the server did not bother to inform us about. I have gone to over a hundred restaurants, and write reviews on all of them. I am easy to please, and most of my reviews are 4's or 5's. This restaurant is one of a handful that I do not recommend. There are too many good choices out there.

  22. CG

    CherylG

    Detroit

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Perfect spot to watch the Lions game in Chicago! I felt right at home since I am a Michigan State University alumnus and this is a Spartan Bar! Go Green!!

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place to watch sports. Great service (Andy)

  24. JH

    JamesH

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2016

    overall2food3service3ambience1

    Felt like a club at 7 O clock. Wouldn't call it a restaurant. Wouldn't say you'd ever need a reservation for dinner here.

  25. FB

    wwwFootBumperDOTCom

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2016

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Food wasn't so good. Also, when my glass of prosecco spilled, they didn't replace it which every other restaurant would do.

  26. RS

    ReillyS

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2016

    overall2food1service5ambience5

    Food and cocktails were awful. Party beside us also complained.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2016

    overall5food4service1ambience4

    Fun upscale sports bar. Good drink deal (16oz 312 + shot of whiskey for only $10) was on point. Will be back.

  28. K

    Katie

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2016

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Went to watch the MSU game. The nachos were amazing

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2016

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    We had a group of 8 interested in watching the Cub game. We were fortunate to have a moderate October evening and so sat outside. There were 2 big screen TVs outside and we sat right in front of them. It was the perfect setting for a ball game. Food was good and reasonably priced. We had a great time.

  30. AA

    AlanA

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Great place for all sports events, service and food were fabulous, highly recommended

  31. K

    Kristi

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2016

    overall2food1service3ambience3

    We dined with a large party, one of which was my 90 year old Grandma who was visiting. The restaurant was accommodating of her walker, however the experience was underwhelming for our guest in town. The food came out at all different times. My moms dish, simply an omelet, didn't arrive at the table until some of us were finishing our plates. The kitchen seemed to be having issues keeping up despite the low number of people in the restaurant. The bar is great for a game or some drinks, but we will more than likely skip on brunch going forward. The waitress was good and handled the kitchen's issues well. Understandably not her fault, but certainly uncomfortable for her. Thanks.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    In town for anniversary. It was close to where we were staying. Great outdoor patio with large tvs. Great food and service and good drinks. Downtown Chicago and would recommend and come back!

  33. P

    Perfect

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2016

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    Loved my food at Municpal as well as the cocktails but that was all cancelled out by the terrible service. We were a groups of eight and half our food came out together. We then waited for the rest without starting to eat for about 7 min. Mind you no staff nor our waitress came back to say the rest was on its way or address the delay. After about 10 min we went to the bar and asked about our food and for hot sauce. This time we were told it was coming. About 15 min after the first food came 3 more meals arrived but we were still waiting on one. Again the staff that dropped off the food said nothing. Finally after about 6 minutes more our waitress came by and asked if we needed anything and we pointed out we were still missing food. The last plate got delivered about 40 min after the first group of food. The waitress offered us one free round of drinks and ultimately compted a meal but it was just the fact that they didn't address the issue at all.

  34. A

    Anniversary

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2016

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Made a reservation for 11:30 pm and arrived only to find out the kitchen was closed at 11 pm. We paid 15 bucks for parking only to be unable to eat. While the staff was apologetic, the information and reservation times available online needs to be more accurate for this restaurant.

  35. TK

    TimK

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2016

    overall2food3service2ambience3

    Booked a reservation, but it turned out that wasn't necessary on a Wednesday - the place was pretty much dead at 7 PM, and I had no problem sitting at the bar. I'm guessing the mentioned crowds must be a lot worse on weekends and big game nights. Unfortunately, the bar staff seemed more interested in chatting up the group of ladies at the other end than providing equal service to the few other patrons. I started with the house Moscow Mule, and I gotta say that for $10, it was a joke - it may as well have been an over-iced Canada Dry w/ lime in a copper mug. The subsequent Spicy Mule I asked for (because I am a believer in second chances), was made by the other bartender on duty, and he was considerably more generous with the liquor pour (can't remember any names, sorry). I ordered up the skirt steak w/ house fries - asked for rare, I would say it arrived more of a medium/medium-well, but it had clearly been pounded and cubed to tenderize it. To their credit, it was tender for the cut, and had a tasty marinade, so I won't dock too much for the overfiring. And the fries were great - classic, hand-cut bistro-style. I'd be willing to go back with a group, but I think I would stick to beers, apps, and sandwiches.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2016

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Great upperclass sports bar! Would recommend for any big game!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went for a Blackhawks game and it was lots of fun!

  38. M

    Monika

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2016

    overall3food2service2ambience3

    I came here twice, once for happy hour and once for brunch. It was good for a large group at happy hour, and the deals were good. Brunch was not very good. The place was empty, the service wasn't as good as it should have been, and the food was overpriced for what it was. No one was impressed with their meals. I would return for happy hour, but not for food.

  39. p

    prtyof7

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2016

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Enjoyed the food service and atmosphere here, while watching the last Blackhawk's game of the regular season. Plenty of TVs, though music was a bit loud. Will definitely go back to enjoy the outdoor deck/patio when the weather warms up.

  40. LP

    LPgirl

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2016

    overall2food1service1ambience2

    Ok place if you want to watch a game, but don't expect to be able to hear anything but the TVs. The service and food were pretty bad. I would not go back.

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Municipal Bar + Dining Co. - Permanently Closed does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Municipal Bar + Dining Co. - Permanently Closed is rated 4.1 stars by 98 OpenTable diners.

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Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Franklin and Ohio

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–12:00 am Fri, Sat 11:00 am–2:00 am

  • Cuisines

    American, Burgers, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    There is street parking located in front of a restaurant or a parking lot next door which is currently $14.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Donald Penza

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 951-2125

  • Catering

    http://municipalbar.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Food-Menu-Website.pdf

  • Private party facilities

    Municipal Bar and Dining Company offers two unique spaces that can either be divided or joined into one which can fit up to 350 guest. Our main bar space is the largest of our two semi-private event spaces and features plenty of seating options. From VIP booths to communal style tables and bar seating, you are bound to find the perfect spot to suit your needs. Let our elevated DJ Booth with state of the art sound system take your gathering to the next level.The back lounge is a semi-private event space that can accommodate groups of up to 100 guests for banquet style gatherings and 65 for seated occasions. Its exposed brick walls and custom city murals creates an upscale sleek setting for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Sandra Figueroa: (312) 951-2125

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