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Dusek's Tavern, Chicago, IL

Dusek's Tavern

4.8
4.8
330 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Dusek's Tavern is an old school tavern serving inventive dishes, fresh from the farmer's market. Our tavern fare is flavorful and honest, made with intentionally sourced ingredients from people who care, for people we care about. We offer classic cocktails, liquor beverages, cold beer and natural wine.

With a nod to the building's history, Dusek’s hopes to bring a comfortable food experience to this re-established corner tavern. Our corner spot echos the same neighborhood spirit of Mr. Dusek’s time where his family tavern once lived and breathed.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 5:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (312) 526-3851

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ben Truesdell

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion from full buyouts of our restaurant to intimate dinners in our Beer Cellar to eclectic parties in our Punch House! Visit https://www.dusekschicago.com/private-events-catering for more information!

  • Private party contact

    Raesue Kao: (877) 380-3297

  • Neighborhood

    Pilsen

  • Cross street

    S. Allport

  • Parking details

    There is metered street parking on 18th street and valet parking on show nights in Thalia Hall.

  • Public transit

    18th Street Pink Line

  • Entertainment

    Dusek's Board and Beer is located on the first floor of the historic landmark Thalia Hall, above the Punch House cocktail lounge and next to Tack Room.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Let Us Feed You

    $60.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Experience a chef’s selected menu of Dusek’s Tavern farm-to-table favorites such as the Tuna Crudo, Spring Vermicelli and the Heritage Porkchop, for the table to share! Our curated four course prix fixe menu includes ten seasonal dishes, all at $60 per guest. Join us at the Tavern for a taste of the season. Menu subject to change, based on market availability. Reserve your table today!

Offers

  • Oysters & Bubbly

    Multiple dates available
    Thu - 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Join us every Thursday from 5pm-6pm for our Oysters & Bubbly Happy Hour! $2 Island Creek Oysters & Half-off Champagne.

Popular dishes

What 330 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Contemporary American

  • Chicago

    Contemporary American

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  1. FL

    FelixL

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I visited Dusek's Tavern on Wed Aug 10, 2022 with my wife and another couple. It was a Wednesday night at 6:30 pm so it wasn't surprising that it wasn't packed. The service was first class as was the food and drink. The ambiance was very conducive to talking without yelling or struggling to hear and there was music that was in the background to "fill the space". We had a great time and were mostly full after the 4 starters but we went ahead and ate most of the 3 main courses and two desserts anyway.
  2. B

    Bonzomatic

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, attentive, friendly but not overbearing. Like the new menu including some wonderful salads. Great burger and perfectly cooked crisp salty fries. It is a place I keep going back to and happy that I did.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super fun!
  4. J

    Josh

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing burger and meat. Fish is great but not as good in comparison. Quiet during the week
  5. KT

    KimT

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    Food was overall fantastic. A few of the items were a bit too salty for but the flavor was so unique. We would definitely give it another shot.
  6. EL

    EdwardL

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Sunday brunch with efficient work staff.
  7. CE

    CEJ85

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and cocktails! Fun place to go with a group and share plates.
  8. AB

    AmyB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food with complex flavors. Excellent service.
  9. LX

    LouisXIV

    Chicago

    87 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Love the food. The cauliflower is amazing. Very good service. Giving them a lower rating because they serve iced tea in really small glasses and charge for refills.
  10. AC

    AldenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I found Dusek’s on an Eater Chicago list when I googled brunches on the south side. It’s in Pilsen but since I live in Andersonville, it may as well have been the south side. Ambience is very quiet and a little dark/moody. Staff was very helpful and food was very good. They have special pastries and I bought a $5 biscuit, but it was the best biscuit I’ve ever had in my life. Recommend.
  11. F

    Frontier

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening!!
  12. BA

    BrinnA

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I love the atmosphere, better than the pictures! The food was delicious, but it is good to know ahead of time it is high-end thus the dishes are smaller but not quite tapas style.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent drinks, food and service. Great atmosphere as well.
  14. CC

    CharlesC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great to have a nice dinner and be able to walk to Thalia Hall. Fantastic variety for meat eaters, pescaterians, and vegetarians and excellent drink menu.
  15. LP

    LizzPage

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Great place for dinner or drinks before a show at Thalia Hall. I love Bob Mould.
  16. l

    luvwinefood

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Really good food and service. Great experience. Plus a wonderful show in Thalia Hall. Corrine Bailey Rae and Malia were dynamite!!!
  17. EK

    EricaK

    Chicago

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish was amazing. Pea salad was substantial and soooo delicious. Ate it as a meal.
  18. I

    Irina

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Dusek's Tavern. Have been there for dinner and brunch. Food is always amazing!
  19. JK

    JennyK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Wait staff was very pleasant and efficient. Food was fantastic, highly recommend for brunch
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and excellent food!
  21. CK

    CharlieK

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Really enjoyed our whole meal. I loved the beef tartar and the tuna crudo. My friend liked her oysters and mussels. Lovely wine. Every member of their staff was extremely friendly and welcoming.
  22. MM

    MarcM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Started with cocktails and oysters. Moved on to the Tasso ham and pimento with pickles. Fried cauliflower and a strip steak rounded out the evening. Everything was wonderful with excellent service to boot.
  23. AM

    AlexanderM

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Love the changes from 2020! Space is modern without losing its historic presence. Asparagus dish out of the hearth was OUTSTANDING (wasn't expecting that). A couple of dishes that were neutral. Overall, great place for dinner and to try a couple of things that you wouldn't normally get.
  24. L

    Lily

    Seattle

    136 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    136 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best meal. Great service, attentive and caring about one difficult mother ;-) I appreciate that they secure locally grown food, and the wine is all domestic. I discovered, based on our server's recommendation, a delightful white wine, Ovum Big Salt, from Willamette Valley. It's such a beautiful space. What a Pilsen treasure.
  25. DM

    DebM

    Denver

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the brunch with Chef Adrienne Cheatham!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food, love the spot. Service little spotty, but server was super nice & acknowledged it.
  27. DG

    DavidG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food, ambience, and service. I highly recommend to try.
  28. MK

    MatthewK

    St. Louis

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Adrienne was excellent and the food was delicious.
  29. TV

    ThomasV

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious fine dining in an unpretentious atmosphere and lovely neighborhood.
  30. JS

    JenniS

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love everything about Dusek’s. The pea salad is a highlight. Great to see our favorite server Lydia again! Will be back for brunch!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food or waiter was outstanding, made great recommendations and we will definitely be back to this place again!!!!
  32. LO

    LisaO

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food paired with amazing service! Drinks were phenomenal as well!
  33. m

    michaell

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasant experience. The drinks and the food were outstanding in every way. Service was personable and very accommodating. I have a gluten allergy and the waiter was very knowledgeable about what foods I could and couldn't have despite now having any indicators on the menu.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Everyone was very hospitable and kind.
  35. JP

    JordanP

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Dusek’s always has great service. I returned for the Farm Greens but they change seasonally. Last season’s Farm Greens was to die for but the new one is pretty good too. I enjoy the ambiance and their mocktail is so good.
  36. SO

    eSutrasOrganics

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a must go place in Chicago, if you value great food, fabulous ambience and impeccable service. Get a dinner reservation - you will not be disappointed.
  37. a

    aabyrne2018

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So delicious! Do the Chef’s Tasting Menu - you get to try the best of the best - but come hungry, a lot of food!
  38. DS

    DrSuz

    Chicago

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service! Creative cocktails and nice wines by the glass. Seasonal and fresh . Will be back!
  39. JN

    JimN

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great spot for before a show at Thalia hall. Nice cozy ambiance. Food was dynamite. My wife’s salad was really delicious, a wonderful combination of flavors. The tuna was awesome. We didn’t try a true “entree” but the other plates are small plates, so get a few. For instance the salad was the size of a side salad not an entree salad (despite the price). But the presentation and flavors were really fantastic. Our server was really great, friendly and professional. I knocked off a star only because the bar took forever to make our cocktails. Just felt like they could have been better staffed for the pre-show rush. That said, I know it’s hard to get help these days so I don’t fault them and will define come back. And the cocktails themselves were well made and delicious. Overall a really positive experience and we will be back.
  40. B

    Billy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    it was pretty good, a bit busy because of an impending concert

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Dusek's Tavern is rated 4.8 stars by 330 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Dusek's Tavern

1227 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608

Additional information

  • Cross street

    S. Allport

  • Neighborhood

    Pilsen

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 5:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is metered street parking on 18th street and valet parking on show nights in Thalia Hall.

  • Public transit

    18th Street Pink Line

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ben Truesdell

  • Entertainment

    Dusek's Board and Beer is located on the first floor of the historic landmark Thalia Hall, above the Punch House cocktail lounge and next to Tack Room.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 526-3851

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion from full buyouts of our restaurant to intimate dinners in our Beer Cellar to eclectic parties in our Punch House! Visit https://www.dusekschicago.com/private-events-catering for more information!

  • Private party contact

    Raesue Kao: (877) 380-3297

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