The Red Lion Pub

4.3
42 reviews
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$30 and under
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British

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With an open-air dining room in the summer, three roaring fireplaces in the winter, a private balcony room for groups of 10-20 people, enough history and ghost tales to fill an encyclopedia, 14 unique drafts, a locally sourced and delicious menu, a wide selection of single malts, bourbons & ryes AND a promise from Colin Cordwell that The Red Lion Pub will remain “a place to talk about ideas” this Lincoln Park Pub promises to offer something that’s hard to come by these days, in the neighborhood or the city of Chicago.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4.00pm - 10.00pm; Friday - Saturday: 4.00pm - 11.00pm; Sunday: 3:00pm-9:00pm

Lunch: Friday & Saturday: 12.00pm - 4.00pm

Brunch: Sunday: 10.30am - 3.00pm
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Phone number
(773) 883-2422
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
JoElle Schramm
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Neighborhood
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Public transit
Fullerton Red/Brown/Purple stops
Additional
Fireplace, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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4.3based on all time ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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R
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new building is great! Brought back lots of great memories.

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Chicago
97 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Better-than-typical British fare in a charming environment, chock-full of literary and historical memorabilia. Unique, authentic...

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k
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I needed a place to meet an old friend after many years-- that implied something good to drink, good food, and a reasonably quiet atmosphere. The Red Lion was perfect, because it was also an old friend -- I hadn't been there either for many years, and certainly not since the old version (with all its fabled ghosts) was torn down and replaced a few years ago. So I was a little stoked to see if it retained some the old charm that I fondly remembered from the 90s. It definitely did, but it also offered better food choices for the light meal we both wanted, and the same kind of pubby decor that I remembered. They had some good hard ciders choices to, which I always hope for these days. Finally, I very much appreciated that the Lion was very quiet and calm on the Monday night when we met. I imagine it gets much busier later in the week, but it was perfect for our purposes that night. As cliché as it sounds, I'll definitely be back.

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KL
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed a wonderful Saturday lunch with our adult son. The food was excellent--2 of us enjoyed the ruben sandwich--mine gluten free, served in lettuce leaves. The sauce was unlike anything I've ever had and was very tasty. My husband enjoyed a great pub burger. We all enjoyed sharing the brussel sprouts.

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P
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I were going to a show at Lincoln Hall and wanted to go to a nearby restaurant. This certainly fit the bill as it's literally next store to Lincoln Hall. The ambience was awesome and my husband would have loved it. The waiter we had was great and the food was good. The price was definitely right. I would go back again and if the weather is nice and you can sit up in front it's like sitting outside as the windows are open.

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B
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very cute inside, and decent pub food. We had the corned beef sandwich, shepherds pie, and a burger. Good selection of beers as well.

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MS
Chicago
76 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The Red Lion has the true look and feel of a pub in England. Very inviting and warm interior, fascinating memorabilia and artwork, and an excellent drink menu. The food was surprisingly interesting.. strongly recommended.

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w
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved it. Beautiful place, cozy library like. And the owner, Colin, was friendly and knowledgeable, interesting. Shared stories of the building, his family and long time ownership. Can't wait to return....

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OK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The old 'Lion was always one of my favorite places, even if it was a bit of a delightfully divey pub with great food back then. The new version is even better, immaculate but accessibly Bri'ish, with a fantastic classically English menu and a sterling selection of beer and spirits.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Fish and chips in town!! Also check out the Scottish Egg.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was so well decorated and felt like a true English pub. The food was delicious!

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Y
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eclectic British menu, fun library setting, chill mix of people. Friendly accommodating staff. Yummy food, nice drinks.

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CC
Chicago
98 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, authentic British pub with fantastic Scotch Eggs, Bangers & Mash, etc., along with super-friendly, well-informed staff and fantastic cocktails! All in all, one of the better places in Chicago to tip one back.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The rebirth of "The Red Lion" was well worth the wait. Like a Phoenix
rising from the ashes, Collin Cordwell has not only rebuilt but re-established
the Red Lion as the premier English Pub in Chicago. Great food, great English beer.
Good friendly service at reasonable prices. Cheers.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and amazing food!!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a nice respite from the hurly burly of many other bar/restaurants.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is very cool looking inside and out. The service was great and the food was perfect. It was a slower night so we got our food quickly and didn't notice any more noise then you would have at a normal dinning experience. My friend and I both got the pub burger and it may be my new favorite burger. The pub cheese on top was amazing and it was cooked exactly how I ordered it(medium rare, more toward the rare side). Can't wait to go back and experience this place again.

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M
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Not a bad approximation of a London pub but not worth the hype, at least for a Friday dinner. The menu was as expected but we weren't thrilled with our choices (she had the burger, which was OK; my scotch egg was served in a non-traditional way (cold) but wasn't bad for all that; my bangers and mash was dreadful). Bar selection was pretty typical. They seem to have a nice snug and good-looking seating upstairs; wish we'd seen them. It wasn't really worth making a reservation because they plunked us where they could fit us anyway. Too many tables for the space they have to work with, but they were full on a Friday night so I guess they can't be faulted. I might (MIGHT) give them another try for a Sunday brunch but wouldn't go out of my way to recommend.

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OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem of a pub. Food was great, staff was patient and fun, the interior is simply stunning.

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S
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

The atmosphere at the Red Lion Pub is quaint and cozy - perfect for a snowy winter evening. Unfortunately, the food and service is really lacking. Other reviews site service as a weak point - that is definitely true. It seems to be an issue of the kitchen moving orders quickly enough and perhaps not enough servers. We waited quite a while for a drink order to be taken, but our food took nearly 45 minutes. While we never complained, the manager made our entrees complimentary and was apologetic. As a result we'll give the restaura

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was wonderful. The service was outstanding. Our server Chris was incredibly knowlegable and gave us great recommendations on both food and drink. We live in the suburbs but stopped before a show at the Apollo. I wish we lived closer so we could come back sooner!

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NS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reservations were not needed for the early time we were there, but the food was great, service was very friendly. This pub has been around for years, but was the first time these suburbanites were there. Will definitely return!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Met a friend here before an evening at the Park West Theater. The food was good and the service was great. We were there around 5:30 on a Saturday so things were still somewhat quiet. This was good for conversation. Nice atmosphere

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N
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Slowest food service in my lifetime. And worst of all we were one of 2-3 tables in the entire bar. Don't cone unless you plan to drink only.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2016
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

Had an afternoon reservation for 10 people before a Cubs game. We arrived early and the table was ready. Not very crowded. Waited until everyone arrived before we ordered food. After an hour (yes, an hour!) the food was not ready. They couldn't really tell us when it would be ready, but certainly not in the next 15 min (1 hr and 15 min after we ordered!). We were going to be late for the game, so we told them to cancel the food order. No warning that the kitchen was having a problem. Never really got an explanation. The owner comp'd our drinks, which was nice of him. Too bad...good menu and nice atmosphere. Just no food???

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AL
Chicago
77 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very warm, cozy place to dine, especially on a chilly night! Good food, very pleasant service.

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A
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Food had to be sent back because overcooked. Food quality and portion could have been better. I went to a performance at Victory Gardens and was looking forward to enjoying good pub food. I was disappointed.

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SA
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I walked over to the Red Lion after a matinee at the Victory Gardens Theater. Dinner was excellent--fish and chips. And the recommended nitro--Boddington's--was superb. The decor was cozy--fireplace, library books, Beatles posters. This is the place to go before or after a show.

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EB
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My board meetings have been noisy for a while, and now we've found a nice, quiet spot with great beer and (according to my compatriot) good food. We'll definitely be back.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made a reservation to have dinner here. When we arrived, the restaurant was closed, leaving us to wander until we found someplace else to have dinner on our last night of vacation in Chicago.

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NP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place. Was looking for a casual but still nice place for dinner. Loved the very british menu and nice decor. We liked all of our dishes and will go back for sure.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great atmosphere, lovely staff

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SV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came with a group of 7 and the service we got from Chris was outstanding! Great drink and food selection and the English atmosphere is just right!

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C
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived for an early dinner. Food was great--especially Shepard's Pie. I think they have resumed using the original recipe from the pre-renovated Red Lion which I loved.

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CP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2016
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed being there. Great for a writers' group meeting. Terrific service!

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B
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good pub food. Friendly nice service. Great different wines and beers on special .

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TN
Jacksonville
10 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Each person in our party of four ordered different menu items, and each was pleased. My choices: fish & chips, Fuller's ESB, and chocolate stout ice cream - all outstanding

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great pub experience ! Beautiful interior! Felt like I was back in London!

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CN
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2016
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Fish and chips is their specialty: fish was great, light, flaky batter, fries were cold and hard. Dead quiet at lunch which was good as I met a friend and we wanted to chat.

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Went there after going to the theatre across the street. It was April, and still pretty chilly that day and they had all the front windows open. Of course we get seated right near the windows, it was freezing in there. We literally ate with our coats on! We had to ask them to close the windows which took forever for them to do. Besides that, the good was mediocre at best.

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