State and Lake Chicago Tavern

4.4
1348 Reviews
$30 and under
American

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Casual
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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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
5 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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Magoly
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
8 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
6 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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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 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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BruceH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We made a reservation before a show at the Chicago Theatre. We grabbed a nice table in the sun by the window. We were greeted promptly by the friendly hostess and our waiter came quickly. He could have been friendlier but that is just personality. Draft beer was good. We each had the hamburger. Good food. Hefty prices...but you expect that downtown.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Very slow service, order came out incorrect. Terrible experience.

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vipSusanS
Detroit
65 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great family meal with kids and grandkids. Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We got seated right away with our reservation. Our waitress was amazing. Extremely attentive and was on point from the beginning to the end. We weren’t her only table, but she made us feel as if we were

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MichelleG
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food. The 72 hr short rib steak was absolutely delicious. The polenta was glue-ey though. The mussels were very good, however, I think it was overkill on the garlic in the broth. We were given little flat plates to eat the mussels on, which are in a broth, so it was like eating soup on a plate. But overall, I enjoyed the meal.

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SamC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food awesome. Ambiance awesome. Service was weak for the price. Overpriced

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vipJoanneP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our food with a friendly waiter

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great convenient location for my friend’s birthday lunch

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CarolynB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate before a concert at the Chicago Theater.

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JYAG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the friendly staff, quick service and convenience to the theater district and trains.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Juan was very attentive and a great server. Overall positive experience. As a frequent “breakfast meeting guy”, I will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The food here was like bad hotel food. I was there for a business meeting and wouldn't return.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Both our meals were over cooked. The pasta was dried out as if it was from night before. The snitzle was like leather. Plating was basic and haphazard.

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vipJamieF
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love coming here before seeing a concert at the Chicago theater!

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KimberB
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Aileen was great! Super sweet and gave us the right amount of attention. Food and drink were excellent and the ambiance was perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Close to Chicago Theatre.

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ThomasB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Our server was right on top of things, even though she was very busy. We will definitely go there again on our next trip to Chicago.

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vipMargaretanne88
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good spot centrally located for a lunch meeting. Food was great and variety on the menu. I wouldn't describe this as a 'must-eat' type place for Chicago but it was good for a hotel restaurant.

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vippryia
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Took over 35 minutes for the kids dishes to come out.

Two of our 4 meals were frozen.

We did get the meal covered, but I won't be going back.

Waste of time and money

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vipNicholasL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went here for breakfast Sunday morning before a show at the Chicago Theater. Had our 4 and 7 year olds with us. Great service - all of the staff were very nice and good with the kids. Food was pretty good. I rated 4 stars because we did not get anything fancy - eggs, bacon, toast, etc. Would definitely go back.

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State and Lake Chicago Tavern is rated 4.4 stars by 1348 OpenTable diners.

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