State and Lake Chicago Tavern

4.4
1361 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Led by award-winning Executive Chef Nathan Sears, sleek contemporary gastropub State and Lake Chicago Tavern combines the flair of artisanal American cuisine with the warm, welcoming vibe of a neighborhood pub. Named after the iconic intersection in the heart of the city, State and Lake Chicago Tavern serves up new twists on bistro fare, with an emphasis on featuring the finest locally sourced and wholesome ingredients. Offering Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night and Weekend Brunch, Chef Nathan Sears's menu is composed of small plates and larger entrees. Artisanal beer selections – many from the Midwest – pair gracefully with the fare as does State and Lake Chicago Tavern's extensive wine list and handcrafted, classic cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place food and service are great

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Waxout
Grand Rapids
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service2ambience3

I’m not sure what they’re going for here. Very loud with loud live music. With a very limited expensive chichi menu. So pub without pub grub?

Service was pretty slow except for water, plenty or water refills. (COVID staffing?) It took 35 minutes to get a food order in, but it arrived pretty quickly. Wife loved her chicken, brother-in-law thumbs up his steak frites, my salmon was good not great. Bill $120

It might be better on off hours.

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vipRDCjr
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. The food was wonderful. Joelle was a perfect waiter and made the best bloody Mary’s

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vipchella28
Milwaukee
21 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 6 loved the breakfast menu, the taste/quality of the food and the friendly waitstaff!

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RafaelM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FANTASTIC food and value. Very surprising hidden gem in the hotel. Will come back tonight!

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vipKhalfan
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time , excellent food. Very good service. Live band..

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and the staff was very on top of everything. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We started with the meatballs which we very good. My husband had the pork dish which fell right off the bone and I had the ribeye cooked to perfection. We really enjoy the drinks as well

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Christmas evening dinner for our family trip to Chicago. Great food, friendly staff, zero complaints. The steak frites and banana pudding were favorites.

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WhitleyR
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the experience it was a great place to eat, I would definitely go again!

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RondaH
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food. Friendly, helpful low-key service. Terrific location. Perfect brunch before we parted ways after a holiday visit.

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SHS66
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine here a few times a year. What we love most is the menu seems to change each time. Service was very good considering the house was near capacity. We will return.

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ColtonA
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere and the food was to die for. The drinks were also great and the service was all around amazing!

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DavidD
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staying at the Wit hotel so we decided to eat dinner at this attached restaurant. Wow, our server and staff were amazing, very attentive to all our needs. The Steaks we cooked to perfection, spiced and rare just as ordered... All members had leftovers to take back to the room,, except for my desert, it was gone...

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vipRhondaL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and nice experience. The Chef came out with the food to say hi and chat, very friendly!

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EricaE
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We got to brunch at 9:45 and didn’t get out of there until 11:30. Everything was sooooooooo slow. We had to ask for so many things multiple times, it actually almost became a joke. We understand that places are understaffed right now, but that doesn’t excuse bad manners. When we would ask for something again, the waitress would just say “we are busy”. We called the manager over and he had the same attitude. We tried to explain the situation and he just snapped, “So what do you want?” I mean, it was so bad we trauma bonded with the two tables next to us. I was really shocked that this place could have 1300 reviews and a 4.5 star rating. I will NEVER go there again. And I’m embarrassed that I’m the one who made the reservation there.

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Jacq
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The server had to be told every time to wait on us, presumably by the manager. Even though we told her we were going to a show and had to leave, she dropped the bill and disappeared and never did check back. We ended up pulling together enough cash to pay the bill and leave a smaller tip than we would have normally. I understand that it is difficult to hire enough staff right now, but by this time the restaurant was nearly empty and tables were being reset.

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SarahL
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food was great but service was really slow.

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annazoe
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prior to reserving a table, I had looked at a lot of reviews to find the best place prior to going to the theater. Sebastian was a name that kept popping up. After arriving, we were blessed to have Sebastian as our server. He was quite simple amazing. Come visit this place to have the pure chance of meeting such a wonderful soul.

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TiffanyK
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was excellent as well as location for Chicago Theater

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CatefromMaine
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We had a very nice Sunday morning breakfast at State and Lake. We had the chilaquiles and avocado toast. Both were well prepared, nicely presented, and very tasty. Unfortunately, the tavern is clearly suffering from a lack of employees. Our waitress must have been very new, as she seemed quite tentative, couldn’t answer a question about a dish, and was struggling with the basics of being a waitperson. (We still tipped her well, as she was trying. Ideally, she should have been paired with an experienced staff member.) The hostess never stopped, as she was taking up the slack for everyone else and managed to pull it all together so that service was not as bad as it might have been. They are lucky to have her!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Overpriced for what it was. Service was a bit slow.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED waitress! And right in the river!

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Smooze
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service from Sebastian! The food and drinks were a very good value for the location!

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StacyM
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We came for a late breakfast on a Friday, there were only 3-4 other tables with patrons, all but one of them already had their food. The place is beautiful, but has a tavern ambience, so it was a bit dark for a breakfast or lunch--however we knew that going into it, so mentioning it for others who wouldn't like it.

The food was cooked very well although my breakfast potatoes were a bit undercooked, enough that I noticed it. The bacon and eggs were perfect though!

The reason I would hesitate to return is lack of service. We sat for about 10 minutes, maybe more, and had to ask for someone to come take our orders. We received our food by someone else, then we noticed there wasn't any salt or pepper on any of the tables, even though there were jars of jelly and sweeteners. We couldn't get anyone's attention, so I went to the bar and asked for S&P. A bit later the server came back to refill our water, but didn't ask about my iced tea. When I was ready for more, again, I could not get anyone's attention, so I got the bartender's attention and asked for a refill. This is three times we had to flag someone down just for basic, normal aspects of dining at a restaurant.

Service will make or break a place, and at times like these when patrons such as us are extending patience and understanding to understaffed businesses, it's just as important for staff to show patrons they are glad their establishment was chosen. We counted more staff than patrons too--we were #7 and #8, and there were more than 8 on staff, and the manager passed by our table many times and never looked our way.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome first time experience with great food and great service!

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vipIh2kpm
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service! Cocktails were weak.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Breakfast before graduation at The Chicago Theatre.

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vipMagoly
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Close to The Goodman, we looked forward a place die dinner before the show. We found this restaurant, one block away, on Open Table. It was a delightful surprise. Our waiter, Sebastian, was wan and friendly, and very responsive dive. Couldn’t do enough to make our dinner great. We had steak and fries. The steak was a ribeye, rather than the tougher flank steak or hanger steak usually used with steak frites. Limited but good choices for wine. I had rose, my sister had bubbly. We were both satisfied. My sister said this morning that it was so good, she wants to go back. Like, today.

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DebraJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere. Stopped for pre theater drinks and dinner. Enjoyed dinner and our server was amazing.

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vipVM123
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate here for our friends birthday. Diamond and Jaxon were our servers and they were phenomenal. The chef himself came out and said hello to tables.
The food was fantastic and all of the staff was very friendly. We will absolutely be back again!

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Delighted
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous cocktail and best burger O have had in years

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time there. Service and food were exceptional. A nice spin on traditional American pub fare. Portion sizes were spot on. I abhor doggy bags of any sort. For a table of 3 we ordered 2 starters, the meatballs with polenta and the burrata on cruet. Both delicious!!! Two of us ordered the steak fries. Super good... pro tip order rare and cut a bite of steak fork that with fries then dip then eat all together!!! I ordered the short ribs.... what a delightful flavor combination and the chef delivered it himself!!!!

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VickyB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Drinks were good, food was good, service was fair. A little pricey for food and drinks.

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vipKimberlyH
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The salmon caesar and chicken and waffles were delicious!

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MikeO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I really should not have rated this restaurant since it was CLOSED!!! It was explained to me by the hotel staff where State and Lake Chicago Tavern is located, that the restaurant was re-opening soon. They stated it was Open Table's fault for taking reservations. So be careful patrons, make sure the restaurant is actually opened before making a reservation on Open Table. Apparently Open Table can take reservations at closed restaurants!

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SarahR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

We made our reservation through open table and the restaurant couldn’t find it and made us wait. I could tell someone was checked in under my reservation bc open table said “currently dining” but the waitress wouldn’t even check or apologize or anything. Then when we were sat outside by ourselves I waited 10 mins and had to go inside and ask for a waiter. We would have been fine waiting forever for food if we could just get some water…I had to send in another person from our party another 10 mins later just for water. I know places are short staffed but at least communicate and give us water.

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vipKimM
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Saw our server twice. Ordered a diet received a regular, never brought a diet after letting them know, omelet arrived cold. Overall very disappointing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took a friend out for her birthday and we enjoyed the food and the ambiance. The waiter was a nice guy and he was very attentive.

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KarlaH
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great a Happy Hour. Food is very good and friendly staff.

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State and Lake Chicago Tavern is rated 4.4 stars by 1361 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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