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State and Lake Chicago Tavern

3.9
3.9
1415 Reviews
$30 and under
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The 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. Putting a modern spin on traditional tavern dining, the inviting decor features cork floors, leather walls and plush banquettes, radiating upscale hospitality and exceptional service. Cozy enough to lounge in and stylish enough for business, State and Lake Chicago Tavern is ideal for guests and locals alike looking to unwind over a drink, gather together to watch a game, or grab a pre-theater bite before heading to the nearby historic theater district. Whether it’s a lunchtime escape or a Happy Hour go-to at the intimate bar, theWit’s award-winning eatery takes traditional tavern dining to the next level.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am Sat, Sun 6:30 am–2:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 239-9400

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Nathan Sears

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Catering: (312) 239-9517

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Loop

  • Cross street

    Lake Street

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is offered through the hotel:<br />0 - 3 hours: $17<br />2 - 8 hours: $28<br />Over 8 hours: $65

  • Public transit

    Red Line: State and Lake<br />Brown/Purple/Green/Orange Line: State and Lake<br />Blue Line: Clark and Lake

  • Entertainment

    FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: Live Acoustic Music 10PM

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,415 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.9
3.9 based on all time ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.7Value

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  1. B

    Blessed35

    Raleigh

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We had a pretheatre dinner at State & Lake. We enjoyed the dinner & the atmosphere. The service was friendly & prompt. The food was tasty and the portions were great for a pretheatre, pregame, or pre event. We didn’t feel like we could slip into a food coma after our dinner.
  2. J

    Jazzy

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I have eaten at this restaurant many times and absolutely love the braised beef short ribs.
  3. JL

    JulienneL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    We were there for trip down from Milwaukee. It was myself, daughter and granddaughter. We found nice choice for all of us to enjoy. We were there for 3 night and this was our best dinner that we had. Would definitely come back.
  4. CS

    CindyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La comida fue increíble, la atención del personal fue excelente
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Arrived early for dinner before a concert. Got great service, my dinner and desert were real good. My friend’s was too spicy and had to order something else. They were quick to bring another order. I would go there again- certainly convenient for the theater!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lots of fun Tasty burgers Friendly service
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Price for drinks and food...ridiculous.
  8. DY

    DiannY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and everyone we encountered were very nice! This experience was a breath of fresh air.
  9. JP

    JerryP

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    A good place to eat before a performance: across the street from the Chicago Theatre and one block from Goodman. Very limited menu. Prices were OK for area. Wine offerings are few and expensive. The overall vibe was good.
  10. LM

    LoyolaMom

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Service was mediocre. Food was ok for the price but there are other places in Chicago with better food and service for the same price.
  11. J

    Jill

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Service was not great. Told the server about an allergy but she kept bringing food that would make the person ill. Plus she got others orders wrong.
  12. NK

    NeilK

    St. Louis

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Food was very good. Service was not so good.
  13. a

    aswindle

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Food looked better than it tasted. Steak was over cooked and lacked seasoning. Potatoes in the salmon was undercooked.
  14. JA

    JeffreyA

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was fine.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was great. We were seated right away. The food was excellent. Overall a great dinner.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    We ate at State and Lake two days over the July 4 weekend. The service was horrible, they only had one waitress. It took 30 minutes just to get our beverages. When our food finally arrived they did not bring my mothers food out with the rest of the food She had to wait additional 15 minutes. We all ordered the same breakfast item
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Service was relatively slow. Waiting time unaccepably long. But great food@
  18. W

    Will

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    I made reservations for a 6pm dinner with my wife and mother in law. We were seated and wait for 30 minutes. No one came to our table for water or provide any service. We left shortly after. Extremely disappointed with the poor customer service.
  19. LC

    LindaC

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Food was very good. However, the service was quite terrible - wait person did not attend to our table after we placed our order - one drink order was wrong, another drink did not arrive until we alerted the waitperson, one dish also did not arrive until we alerted the waitperson. Her attitude seemed to be perfunctory and we had to get up and give her the credit card to pay for the meal. Service was so poor that even with a good meal, we may not be back. We live in the area and used to enjoy our meals there. Please fix your dining room operations. It was not crowded the time we went so no excuse for the level of poor service.
  20. DT

    DocTravel

    Fort Lauderdale

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Expected bar-like atmosphere, while service from the assistant was very good, service from the server was sorely lacking as she was inattentive and slow. Food was good although I had the salmon and did not have any raisins in mine. Overall, average experience with fair service.
  21. M

    Mike

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed the staff
  22. J

    Jazzy

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I have eaten here many times before a show at the Chicago Theatre. I've tried almost everything on the menu and the only dish I like is the short ribs.
  23. C

    Christine

    Milwaukee

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    We had a concert to go to on a Sunday night so we came in for an early evening snack. We were seated and it took a long time for our server (Diamond) to come to our table even though the restaurant was not busy at all. I think she apologized for having us wait so long, but in any event, she told us she was in the bathroom. My husband ordered a drink and the food came out before his drink was served. My husband asked the busboy to tell our waitress that he would like a second drink and I saw the busboy telling our waitress, but the drink never came. She never checked back with us to see how we were doing. We asked 3 different people to tell our waitress that we were ready for the bill. When she gave us the bill she seemed to have an attitude and when we paid the change she gave us was 19 single dollar bills. The busboy was more attentive than our waitress.
  24. b

    billh

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Service was absolutely terrible…the “bus” boy was more attentive than the waitress…food was average at best. Bar service was inadequately slow…there was nobody in the place….the beer I got was fairly flat…skunky…dirty lines?
  25. VH

    VirginiaH

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was delish - especially the meatballs - and our server was just lovely and helpful. Our table was less than ideal, but I don't think you can blame the establishment for that. It just happens that way sometime. My only real complaint was the cost. Price seemed high for what we got, but perhaps that's a sign of the times. Overall, this is a great option for a pre-theatre dinner.
  26. K

    Kathy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    My only thing is $9.00 for a piece of cake with a melon ball scoop of ice cream? Otherwise, our server was just wonderful. Her name is Diamond and she is a as bright and lovely as her name. My friend and I felt welcome and we were not rushed. Also, the food came out really quickly and it was really good!
  27. c

    clark

    Chicago

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can’t wait to go back! It was perfect for a theater night…
  28. J

    Jankijul

    Chicago

    49 reviews

    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Stopped in before a show at Nederlander Theater. Good food and service but a bit overpriced.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    The service was not good, the waitress barely came to the table to see us. They stuck us at a small table next to a storage room. There were table under a set of stairs. They forgot part of our meal, which happens understandably, but on top of everything else that happened it was just an annoyance.
  30. JR

    JustaRestaurantGuy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Nice atmosphere, good food, and good drinks. Unfortunately when we went for dinner, the restaurant was clearly understaffed. It surprisingly didn't affect our service at all, but it did limit the number of tables available at any given time. Honestly, the only major drawback from the experience was that the chairs were some of the most uncomfortable chairs I have sat in anywhere. We probably would've had another round or two of drinks and gotten dessert, but the chairs are really that bad. Definitely a worthwhile place to have a meal, but make sure you're in a booth, so you can enjoy it comfortably.
  31. GH

    GretchenH

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    I know staffing is an issue, but it’s not that big a restaurant, and servers and bartender were extremely slow. Food came out in a timely fashion and was good! Bartender was so far behind, saw 2 tables leave before being served. Our server was friendly, but feeling I got was he was new and has no control of anything.
  32. g

    guest

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We each had a substantial appetizer for our pre-theater dinner. We also shared the delicious roasted brussel sprouts, which came in a huge portion that we couldn't finish. I will definitely make a return trip to State and Lake.
  33. D

    Duckey

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Restaurant maintenance issues and service issues overshadowed the food. Would have been decent enough if it didn't feel so run down, and staff was more organized/friendly.
  34. T

    Thespian

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    This is mostly about the service. Server was nice at first. Then she kept disappearing. We were going to theater, told her that, yet every interval was too long, between saying we needed a minute we asked other people & they couldn't find her either. When we finally spotted her passing our table to serve another table, and asked for the check, she snapped, "Give me a minute, I'm here alone." She wasn't. There were at least 2 other servers, and an assistant/busser who actually delivered the food (and was very nice and prompt.) Then once we had our credit card ready on the table, she walked by without looking HOLDING ANOTHER CREDIT CARD FOLIO and ignoring us, so we had to stand up and start leaving to get it done. It was ridiculous and we were almost late for curtain. Food came out very promptly. Nicely presented. Brussels sprouts were amazing, as others have raved. Crab cakes (to me) were too mushy but the others liked them; the sauces were good. Deviled eggs were sort of tasty, not as good as homemade, very very small (like they used small eggs), not much on them, and came in a set of 5; we specifically asked how many cuz there were 3 of us and she said there were 6, so we ended up having to split one. Ridiculous. Cocktails and wine were massively overpriced; $16-$19. We had 3 appetizers (2 crabcake orders & 1 eggs order), 1 side (sprouts) & 2 cocktails and it was over $100 for 3 people. Luckily we saved on the tip because of her attitude and lack of attention. Might get the sprouts again as a takeout but wouldn't go back otherwise. Shame cuz we were excited to try a new place so close to the Oriental Theater. Live & learn.
  35. SG

    SpeedoGirl

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great pre\post theater place. Their espresso martini is extremely delish.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Mother’s Day
  37. LK

    LindaK

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Went for dinner prior to a show. It was packed as to be expected. I'm sure they are struggling with staffing just like everyone else. Our server was running around like crazy but they did an ok job. Food was tasty and hot. It was pretty loud until it cleared out a bit.
  38. SH

    ShawnH

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal. We were the 1st seating when the restaurant opened, and a lot of people rushed in all at the same time. The staff got slammed, but recovered nicely. The Beef short rib was delicious too!
  39. DV

    DanaV

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Nice decor loved that it was in our hotel, great breakfast but service is slow to get your check out to you
  40. CL

    ChgoLvr2

    Chicago

    56 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    I guess we should have been happy the employees who showed up to work were there, but it seemed like they didn't know what they were doing. Thankfully the restaurant was not full because we waited over an hour from the time we sat down to when our food arrived. Our waiter took our food order shortly after we arrived, so that was not the problem, although he did seem to disappear when we needed a beverage refill and our check. There were tables all around us who arrived much after we did and they got their food before we did. The employees delivering the food didn't seem to know which tables were which. We watched two of our meals walk around the restaurant to two different tables before they made it to us. It wasn't like we had a large table. There were four of us and no complicated orders - a turkey sandwich, a burger, avocado toast and chilaquilles. Three of us were about half finished with our meals when the turkey sandwich finally arrived. I would hesitate to go back, which is unfortunate because I know how Chicago restaurants are struggling. I will say the food was good, the poached eggs served with the chilaquilles were perfectly prepared.

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State and Lake Chicago Tavern is rated 3.9 stars by 1415 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Lake Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Loop

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am Sat, Sun 6:30 am–2:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is offered through the hotel:<br />0 - 3 hours: $17<br />2 - 8 hours: $28<br />Over 8 hours: $65

  • Public transit

    Red Line: State and LakeBrown/Purple/Green/Orange Line: State and LakeBlue Line: Clark and Lake

  • Executive chef

    Nathan Sears

  • Entertainment

    FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: Live Acoustic Music 10PM

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 239-9400

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Catering: (312) 239-9517

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