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About State and Lake Chicago Tavern
Led by award-winning Executive Chef Nathan Sears, sleek contemporary gastropub State and Lake Chicago Tavern combines the flare 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.
Chicago, IL 60601
Hours of Operation:
BREAKFAST Monday-Friday: 6:30am-11am
LUNCH Monday-Friday: 11am-4pm
DINNER Monday - Thursday: 4pm-11pm, Friday-Saturday: 4pm-2am, Sunday: 4pm-10pm
WEEKEND BRUNCH 7am - 2pm
$30 and under
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: Live Acoustic Music 10PM
Valet parking is offered through the hotel:
0 - 3 hours: $17
2 - 8 hours: $28
Over 8 hours: $65
Red Line: State and Lake
Brown/Purple/Green/Orange Line: State and Lake
Blue Line: Clark and Lake
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
If you are interested in booking a private event, please contact our Catering Department at (312) 239-9517 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
State and Lake Chicago Tavern Ratings and Reviews
I had been to State and Lake Chicago Tavern a few years ago and recalled a good experience. I suggested it for our dinner after a show with some friends recently. I was very disappointed in my meal choice, as was one of my friends. 3 guests were pleased with their meals. I ordered a "salmon salad" and it was the weirdest thing I have ever eaten. And not in a good way. Strange combination of ingredients that did not go well together. One friend ordered a "beet salad" and it was mostly cabbage and hardly any beets. She did not like it. We did have roasted brussel sprouts appetizer that was very good, as well as a big pretzel with mustard (also good). Bottom line--order the burger. It looked delicious.
Menu is extremely limited. Food was mediocre. Short rib was good, but had over powering dill flavor. The butternut squash pasta looked unappetizing & there wasn't any squash in it. It wad just ok. Our server had the personality of a wet noodle. She was not excited to be there. We wanted a cozy table for the 2 of us & ended up at a tiny table with no legroom next to the hostess table. The whole dinner we overheard the hostesses gabbing & gossiping. With so many great places to eat downtown, I'd rank this pretty low. Only plus us a great location.
The food seems like it has strange combinations but they all work and they are different and delicious. The restaurant is beautiful and it has a great looking bar. I went there on a client luncheon and both my client and I said we would be back. The staff was extremely attentive and helpful. A gem on State Street.
Everything was fine - nothing was exceptional. The beer choices were almost all IPA’s and, while I know that is what is trending, I would love it if bars also stocked for more diverse tastes. We did like the porter and the stout, but they were the only two darks on tap. Service was, again, fine but nothing beyond normal.
We went to State and Lake Chicago Tavern prior to seeing "Wicked" during the holidays. It's a nice alternative to the usual very busy, very loud pre-theater restaurants in the area. By contrast, this is small enough that it was quiet and conversation-friendly. Food was good, many options for different tastes, and the service was fine; the food came plenty quickly and we even had time for dessert. The only small thing that was off was that the bar didn't appear to have much in the way of traditional alcohol, while it was heavy on the beer. They didn't have Hendricks Gin, for example, which isn't exactly exotic. They didn't have Belvedere or Chopin vodka, either. So those little things seemed odd but they didn't spoil the experience. We'll remember it next time we catch a show in the Theater District.
All three of us are celiac, gluten-free, all ordered the cauliflower risotto. None of us are picky eaters so it’s remarkable that all 3 of us found the meal not palatable, seriously terrible, no taste, like cream of wheat. We ordered 2 orders of fries and ate those before our theater time. Service was okay but that’s the first time I couldn’t eat a meal served to me, and likewise for the 2 others in our party. Won’t be returning there.
We had 6 people for a quick pre-theatre lunch on a Saturday. We were seated immediately but service was slow. Drink orders came about the same time as our meal. We had 2 bills and ordered at the same time - some of the same foods. Our meals came out fairly quickly but our friends got theirs about the time we were done! A little disappointing. We will probably try again and hope things are better!
My family (including my two young nieces; ages nine and seven, my elderly Mother and my Sister) had brunch on Sunday pre-theatre matinee at The Goodman. The service was fantastic! The wait staff were very lovely with my nieces, and went out of their way to make sure the girls were enjoying their food, and were very accommodating with the changes we made during our selections. Hands down, one of the best staff I have met in a long time. I would go back just for them!
Such warm and friendly service-- not the usual thing you find in the loop at lunchtime. The menu has great choices for everyone-- whether veg, hearty, pub or just delicious, everyone will find something. The room is cozy and tucked away off a busy intersection, you think you've stepping into someone's little private club. Great experience, looking forward to going back.
Before a recent show at the Chicago Theater, I stopped in for a casual dinner. I did have a reservation and was seated quickly and with a smile. My server was friendly and offered me a drink upon being seated. Although I just wanted coffee, it was brought immediately along with a menu. I wanted something simple that evening and just ordered a Tavern Burger. After a short time it was delivered piping hot and delicious.
My coffee was refilled and I enjoyed my dinner.
The restaurant was about 3/4 full this early Sunday evening and the vibe was casual, friendly and easy. Whether staying at the hotel or visiting the nearby theater it’s an easy and enjoyable choice.
We ate at State and Lake last Friday night while visiting our son in Chicago. I would not recommend the place on a weekend night as the Loop really empties out and the feel was really transient tourists rather than a loyal local following. The food was good (the burger and the pasta, and the pretzels and trout spread for starters, and the Old Fashioned are terrific) but a little high-priced for what you got. I think the most disappointing aspects are 1) Ambience: the feel is dark, a little loud, and very impersonal - kind of like eating in a railroad station pub. 2) Service: no real welcome from the hostess, and then our waitress sloshed a bunch of beer when she put one of our glasses on the table and didn't even apologize let alone return to clean it up, so we got a napkin from another table to do just that. She may have been terribly overworked or distracted but she was not a good fit for the hospitality business for sure. It made me resolve to be super-appreciative of all the fine servers out there in the world. Bottom line, we won't return.
The menu is casual, but the food is really good. They also have a decent beer list. Our server was really nice, but he appeared to be handling a lot of tables by himself and the service was a little slow. We also noticed that another server was neglecting her tables and those customers were getting impatient. Management could do a better job of improving service and making sure they're properly staffed during busier times. It's close to the Chicago Theater, so it's convenient for a pre-show bite or drink. If you're heading to a show, I would recommend letting them know so they don't forget to check in on you.
Not as good as previous visits. On a Thursday at 6:30 the place was much quieter than the fun vibe I've experienced on other visits. I should have stuck with my fave dish, the Salmon, but ordered a shrimp appetizer that was a soggy and odd disappointment. Sidecar drinks were delish and the service was great, but this place seems to have slipped a bit since last time.
The location is perfect if you're going for a show at the Chicago Theatre, however outside of that there's really no other reason you would go here. The food was mediocre at best - nothing had any flavor. My sister's pasta was cold, my Dad's burger was terribly overcooked and they seemed to be very short staffed to the point where it took 15+ minutes to get a drink. Multiple tables were visibly upset and complaining to the manager & for her credit she took it all in stride with true grace under pressure. The staff is very friendly, I just think they need more & a complete menu rehaul.
This is a great restaurant and my 3rd or 4th time there. Wait staff is excellent and the manager visits each table once. We always enjoy the food here as it is excellent. Only 2 minor problems: brussel sprouts were underdone and the pop-up screens that came up for the Cubs "pregame" show were rather prevalent.
Hit or miss at State and Lake. I played this tavern up to my friend. We were having dinner before seeing Steve Martin and Martin Short at the Chicago Theatre. The salad I ordered was supposed to have oil and vinegar on the side. It had been dressed already and had vinegar soaked grape slices that made me choke. Sent it back. My friend ordered the beet salad which had a beet giardinara that was also had too much vinegar. The toast that came with it was cold and soft. The brought different toast and it was the same. Waitress said they make it all ahead of time. My salad and burger with no bun arrived together and my friend waited almost ten mins for their salad. We had to chase down the waitress with each problem. I won’t recommend State and Lake again! My burger and fries were fine. I have been here numerous times. This was not good!
This is one of my favorite gastro pubs in Chicago, and I seek it out whenever I can. Whether enjoying the avocado toast or cocktails and appetizers while unwinding after work, it is comfortable and delicious with a friendly, helpful and hardworking team in place.
A very good place for tapas. Unusual menu- my favorite was the Bibb lettuce salad and the tomato salad. The fondue was unexpected and very good, although the name, fondue was misleading. I would have described it as peppers with cheese. I was not a fan of the shrimp, the sauce overpowered the shrimp. The meatballs were very good as well.
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