The Red Lion Pub

4.3
42 reviews
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$30 and under
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British
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual

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About

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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4.2
service
4.5
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4.1
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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2017

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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4.0Dined on June 3, 2017

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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4.0Dined on June 2, 2017

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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4.0Dined on May 6, 2017

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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4.0Dined on April 30, 2017

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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5.0Dined on April 1, 2017

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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5.0Dined on March 9, 2017

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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5.0Dined on March 4, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2017

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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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

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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5.0Dined on February 10, 2017

Great place and amazing food!!

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4.0Dined on February 4, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2017

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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3.0Dined on January 20, 2017

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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5.0Dined on December 28, 2016

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

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3.0Dined on December 17, 2016

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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5.0Dined on December 17, 2016

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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5.0Dined on December 10, 2016

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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4.0Dined on November 19, 2016

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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2.0Dined on October 30, 2016

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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2.0Dined on October 29, 2016

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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4.0Dined on October 27, 2016

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

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2.0Dined on October 22, 2016

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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5.0Dined on October 22, 2016

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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5.0Dined on September 26, 2016

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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1.0Dined on September 5, 2016

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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5.0Dined on August 20, 2016

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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5.0Dined on August 5, 2016

Such a great atmosphere, lovely staff

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2016

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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5.0Dined on June 23, 2016

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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5.0Dined on June 20, 2016

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

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2016

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

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2016

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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5.0Dined on May 7, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2016

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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3.0Dined on April 24, 2016

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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