Three Dots and a Dash

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950 reviews
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$30 and under
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Polynesian
A modern take on a classic tiki bar serving inspired cocktails.
Must be 21 years of age or older to enter.
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I called the restaurant and informed them we will be enjoying drinks at Three Dots and a Dash and asked ahead of time to verify that an under 21 y/o could attend too, which the employee assured me only until 10pm. When we arrived at 5pm, they were carding at the door and the bouncer refused to let her in. I went in and talked to a manager who said they have a strict policy and the employee must have been mistaken. Very upsetting and we would have went someplace else if it wasn't a very special occasion. Thankfully my under 21 y/o was able to visit Chicago with one of our guests who volunteered to stay outside of the establishment, but it was a huge disappointment. The manager, although he was very nice, he assured me every employee knows the policy and would never tell me that information, which unfortunately they definitely did.

The appetizers were delicious as well as most of the drinks we ordered (Painkiller especially). I do not recommend the Mai Tai as it was very "Chemical" tasting. We even asked for additional Pineapple juice to make it taste better (it helped a little however it still was not enjoyable my guest refused to drink it).
We are not one for sending our drinks back but this one we should have as we like a good Mai Tai, but this was awful. We would definitely go back and recommend the place even though we had these few issues.

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ED
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun Tiki bar & great drinks. Had a situation where one of our guests had drinks spilled on her. Management went out of their way to take of her and showed what it is to provide excellence in customer service.

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AM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, ambiance, and Tiki drinks were absolutely top notch! Keep in mind, Tiki drinks in general are on the pricier side; however, you do get what you paid for and I was beyond pleased with our experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Server was great drinks amazing

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OT
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my 50th Bday on a windy snowy day and this place made me feel like I was in a lounge in Hawaii! Great server, spectacular drinks and presentation and all around cool vibe!! It’s a MUST see!

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e
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The energy is good but the drinks were weak and too sweat, not worth their value.

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DA
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Our service was not very good... Waited over 30 mins for our check....Unique atmosphere though

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Birthday celebration

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were blown away by every drink we tried! Ambiance was spot on, even with the place full we could comfortably have a conversation with our friends at the table. Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable about the drinks. Prices were towards the higher end of the normal range we have seen other tiki bars we have visited around the country.

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LY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cool environment and so fun! Definitely going back.

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BJ
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great staff great drinks great atmosphere

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PC
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been coming here for a couple of years already and every time I've thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I love the cocktails and the food is also amazing. Definitely recommend it. Beautiful for a date night or social outing with friends

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MO
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place! It was a lot of fun. We enjoyed jt

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FL
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girls Night Out! It was a great time, the food was excellent, and the service was awesome! The grand pu-pu platter was a great value for a group! The drinks were superb! We tried six different drinks at our table and they were wonderful to sip and garnished beautifully. You must have a reservation to sit at a comfortable table and we left just before 10pm when the volume was really starting to pickup.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was amazing ! Came to check on us throughout the visit and was very efficient.

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MM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

From the alley to the basement the bar is pretty outstanding ambience wise. I wish i had better service though. Our waitress was not so helpful or even nice in general. We had to keep ordering with another waitress because she saw we were being ignored. For spending over $400 i expected better service. It was an ok experience for a one time visit.

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KG
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

This place is a Chicago institution. It feels like being in Polynesia as if you were transported to another world. The drinks are fun and the food is fried. Late night can be noisy and a crush but well worth it.

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HM
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Chicago tiki bar, fabulous cocktails and food, wonderful atmosphere and friendly staff. Well worth a visit!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to chill out

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t
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I always have a great time at Three Dots. The drinks are delicious and have a great presentation which makes you feel less bad when the check comes. It's a great place to begin or end a night with a date or a group of friends. All the group cocktails are really fun, especially the Lapu Lapu which is delicious and listed for 2 people, so you don't have to commit to something too big/pricey upfront. We also had the Trader Vic Mai Tai, the Painkiller, Camp Anawanna, Bourbon Cocktail and Aloha Felicia -each of which was more delicious than the previous.

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CM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Went for my birthday celebration and had a wonderful time! Love the decor and they have some the funnest and best drinks! Book reservations in advance! Perfect for a group for drinks and shareable bites. All really tasty!

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JC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious (and strong!) drinks in a fun atmosphere. Recommend making reservations if you can, especially on Saturdays.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great time. The drinks were great and the food, well I should say, the appetizers were yummy. I got together with some of of my friends and our waitress and wait staff were very friendly. There were a lot of people, so it was difficult to try and flag down our waitress sometimes, but she was very attentive when she was able to get to us. They gave me a birthday shot and lei. I had a great time. Thanks!

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J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

What a unique cocktail experience. I loved the ambiance, dark and cozy with a tropical feel. The drinks were outstanding, so fresh and delicious. The appetizers were good, but not great.

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Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Made a reservation, its the best way to go at this place as it gets very crowded and only limited seating. If you get a table you'll get your drinks quickly otherwise you'll be waiting for a bit at the bar as the drinks are very intricate to make.

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J
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Go for the drinks and tiki room vibe. Pass on most of the food.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food.

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RK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere and the drinks were delicious! The ambiance was a great surprise for my cousin's birthday. Only disappointment was that I put in my reservation and told the hostess when they called to confirm the booking that it was for a birthday. They told me they had noted it and would bring a birthday shot out which never happened. I didn't press for it since we were having such a good time but it would have been a nice little extra surprise. Regardless I would definitely come back and recommend for a friend.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Waitress was sassy a couple times. Not sure why. We did not let it bother us too much thanks to the booze.

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N
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finding tiki bars is forever part of our 'travel to do' list. While we didn't eat, the drinks were outstanding & the need to ask nearby tables about their order was unavoidable. Every drink we had was unique & memorable. Highlight was the pineapple snowflakes in the Kuikawa. I'd eat that over ice cream.

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DA
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good time.

Made a table reservation (which is amazing that there is NO cost to reserve a table) and our party arrived in waves. No issue with that, which is great. Some places don’t let you sit until everyone is there. Drinks are amazing (Cobras Fang- sweet and strong, but mellowed by the absinthe, Birds of Paradise- banana rum, thick viscosity and definitely a sipper). Had the food last time I was there- good small bites (Yucca frites are the BOMB).

The server had no issue taking multiple forms of payment (drinks on multiple people’s cards) and was great about it.

Always ready to come back to my favorite cocktail bar :)

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AS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

GReat place to hangout with friends or to go on a casual date. Their signature group cocktails are a must try if going with a larrr group.

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LJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tiki bar for after work or pre dinner drinks! Or skip all that and spend the whole night here!

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F
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great cocktails

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience was amazing! It was my sisters birthday and she a had a blast! The ambiance was perfect from the music to the decor! My waitress was very attentive but also gave us our space to enjoy our drinks! And don’t even get me started on the drinks! My party of 5 each order our own drink and a group drink, both were outstanding! Thy also gave my sister a complimentary birthday shot and it mellowed her out so well! All and all and amazing experience and I would recommend to a friend! I will be returning for my birthday this summer!

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LJ
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a must do in Chicago! We had so much fun and the drinks were AMAZING. Can't wait to go back!

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m
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was so nice. Great drinks. Worth the money. I would recommend that you make reservations for table. Bar was very busy and you would have to stand if you don’t. Besides worth getting the food as a snack

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PJ
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! Great drinks, great atmosphere!

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GU
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Quality of drinks - strength. Ambience. Its so much fun.

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LG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic drinks chock-full of alcohol! We chose to have the 3 skull drinks (that relate to the intensity of the alcohol) assuming that they wouldn't make them that strong. They WERE that strong! They were phenomenal. The presentation was incredible and the drink transported me to being on a beach in Mexico. Our server was very attentive and the ambiance inside was incredible.

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