State and Lake Chicago Tavern is an ideal location to enjoy a breakfast event, business or girl’s luncheon, or a plethora of events including after work receptions, rehearsal dinners, or corporate dinners. A warm rustic space filled with organic colors and vintage elements.View Private Dining Details
We had to wait over twenty mi nutes for our bar order.
Perfect spot before heading to the Theatre.
Arrived at 5:30, for reservation at 5:30 and seated right away...no waiting! Cocktails delicious before dinner. Wine with The most delicious hamburger ever. Will come back.
What a gem. Friendly service, pleasant surroundings and outstanding food. High praise to your excellent chef.
We stayed at the Wit, therefore we visited this establishment for both dinner and breakfast for convenience after a show with two kids. The kids meals were amazing for both dinner and breakfast! No complaints there. Adult breakfast meals were just meh. Adult dinner meals were not good. I have never sent a meal back, if I was that kind of person, I would've sent back my risotto. It was AWFUL! Completely watery, flavors were bad. We shared the pea pierogi and that was also not good. The flavors did not work together. I'm a polish girl from Pennsylvania, so I was excited for a pierogi. Needless to say, we were extremely disappointed. My husband got the roasted chicken. The chicken was good but again, the sides were not up to par. We ended up eating my daughter's mac and cheese. It's also worth noting that the man next to us sent back his pancakes at breakfast. You would think pancakes would be a safe bet, right? The ambiance was nice, though, but wait staff in the morning was much more pleasant than at night. Since we were staying at the Wit, it gets 5 stars for convenience, at least.
Not so great food and average service
Generally the food is good but two of the sandwiches had too much sauce on them. Staff very attentive.
We were there on a weekday and there was some significant construction noise right nearby. Not at all the fault of the restaurant but something to be aware of.
Excerpt from my trip journal: I had pre-theater dinner reservations at the State and Lake Tavern at 5:30. I had an excellent martini and just two appetizers: beef and pork meatballs and a concoction of duck rillettes with rhubarb jam and peanut butter in a sort of salad. The meatballs were disappointing, the duck thing was fun. With a large glass of chianti and a dessert, dinner was actually kind of expensive.
Worst burger I’ve had in a long time, should have gone to McDonalds and I never eat there anymore.
Disappointing - average welcome, ok service, soup was ok but burger was tasteless, gross onions and filling. How can an American joint boy do burgers well??
Great brunch choice
They have a limited menu after brunch and before 4p on Saturday. It was good but I was disappointed I didn't get to try the dish I wanted to eat. Other than that everything was great!
We messed up our reservations but they fit us in anyway. The food was very good- but not great. I had the chicken- flavor was great but chicken was just a little dry. My brother had the burger and loved it. Fries were delicious.
Atmosphere was so nice. Service excellent. Muscles supeior
Great food and service, convenient for Loop theater pre or post performance dining.
Decent room, ok service, good food/choices
I had the Kale salad but asked for no quinoa (was not a problem) added shrimp -- excellent! Client had the ham panini and said it was excellent. Service was very attentive. Love this spot.
Server is attentive. Food is good, price reasonable. Nice ambiance. A good choice for business meal.
Many different and interesting food choices offered here. The Tavern chicken and Tavern burger selected were delicious. Service was excellent. Highly recommended
The fact that we could make a reservation for brunch downtown was key! Service by Luis was great as was our food: The caramel pecan toast with berries was luscious, the chicken and waffles was huge and comforting. Denver omelet with potatoes was standard as was the Benedict. Very pleasant surroundings connected to the Wit Hotel, convenient to strolling by the river and Michigan Avenue.
Delicious carrot soup! Great burger and the service is excellent. High energy place, but can find a way to chill at the same time.
Fantastic restaurant! Felt welcomed upon arrival, server was VERY attentive and personable, food was fantastic! We’ll definitely eat there again when we’re in town!
A really lovely experience. Waiter was very helpful in our food selections. I loved gnoshing on the marinated olives small plate while tasting the four beers in my flight and debriefing with the fam on Hamilton.
We had a great table near the window, and had a relaxing, non-rushed meal.
The menu is very limited. The service was extremely slow. Half the time we could not find our waiter. We came back after the show for a drink and appetizer, ended up with the same waiter, and same bad service. We would flag him down as he was going by, and he would pretend he did not see us. This happened several times! Guy playing the guitar was great!!!!!
My fiancé and a buddy are here before going to a show at the Chicago Theatre. The food was good and the service was friendly but slow. Wait times for drinks was long and it took over 30 min after we ordered to our 3 entrees (a burger ordered medium, short rib entree, and my fiancé got the fried Brussels sprouts app for her dinner). They were busy but it wasn’t slammed in there so those dishes shouldn’t take longer than 15-20 minutes to come out even during peak dinner service. I had also mentioned in my reservation that we would be in a bit of a hurry since we were going to the show and also that it was my friends birthday but the server didn’t mention either of those things which makes me think she wasn’t told, which would be on management if that’s the case. I wasn’t expecting s free dessert or anything special like that but a simple acknowledgement (hey happy birthday) would have been nice. All in all I’d say it was a pretty average experience, the food was prepared well and tasted great but not much about the overall experience to draw me back anyone soon
While the food was good and service also good, the portions were really small for the price. The pasta entree should be more of a tasting. Overall, better choices are out there for the price. Just too expensive.
In a word, meh. The menu wasn’t great. My husband had a perfectly good burger that he could have gotten anywhere (nothing special about it) when nothing else appealed on the menu, and I had the short rib. This was flavorful, almost too much so. Competing flavors, the veggies and purée were a pretty big mush. So all in all, those 2 dishes, 1 bottle of beer and 1 glass of wine (no appetizers, salad, side or dessert) cost $75 before tip. Would have happily paid quite a bit more for better selections.
The service, ambiance, and food were amazing! The flavors in the food were unique and tasty!
We've been here a couple times and each time it is new and innovative, as well as tasty. The atmosphere is great and the service is wonderful. We are from out of town, but will definitely put this restaurant on our to go list.
The only drawback here is a rather limited menu, but that's fairly typical in smaller bar-connected restaurants. My entree was excellent, as was my friend's order. The wait staff was extremely attentive and friendly. I showed up earlier than my reservation time but was seated immediately, even though my friend had not yet arrived.
This is a great place for lunch or dinner when visiting the Chicago Loop. As the name implies, it's easy to find at the corner of State and Lake streets. You enter through a hotel lobby and then make a left.
The food was exceptional. The service was great. The location is within two blocks of the Oriental Theater. The atmosphere was ideal for casual dining with exceptionally high quality food. I would highly recommend this.
Lunch before matinee. My husband really enjoyed his burger (and he is particular!). The french fries are outstanding (ask for well done and they will be crispy). And the waiter was patient and understanding when we had to spend some time to find a tap beer that I enjoyed. We look forward to returning.
Stopped in prior to going to the Oriental Theatre, food was very good.
Amazing coffee with great brunch options. Cocktails were tasty and look good too.
terrific location if one were going to the Chicago theater for a show ( the yellow spot Irish whisky was smooth and the cauliflower risotto was delicious.) my only recommendation would be Hofbrau on tap
Great service and yummy pre theatre dinner
We had small plates and cocktails before the threatre. The food was very good as were the cocktails. We arrive a little early and we were not rushed. Very pleasant experience.
The fried Brussel sprouts are simply amazing as well as the mussels!
Pre-theater Dinner was very good. The mussels were outstanding
The manager was very accommodating given our surprise of a fixed Paddy's day menu we knew nothing about when we made our reservation.
This place has potential but the hair in my beet salad and my husband getting sick the next morning from either the mussels or the smoked trout dip (yes that kind of sick) has turned us off permanently. On top of food issue, our first course arrived about five minutes after ordering and our second, shortly thereafter. It felt like turning the tables was more important then a customer's enjoyment.