Tradition

4.3
107 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Tradition is Chicago’s newest Gastro Pub in the heart of the Loop. With a wide variety of classic American fare and elevated bar bites, drinks, and comfortable decor, Tradition is your spot for a quick lunch or a late night downtown. Check out our extensive draft beer list and monthly specials!
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67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Slow service but nice
Too LOUD and could hardly hear conversation- try some noise abatement panels

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service. Food is delicious

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B
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I love their Arugula shrimp flatbread and they took it off their menu. The chicken avocado bacon flatbread was ok, but sad to lose my favorite. Then the service was slow, no refills for drinks and took forever to get check. However they were quick to take away empty plates.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great burgers and good ice tea. Looked like a great beer selection, but I did not have any since it was a business lunch.

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

Good menu, with a variety of pub grub and healthier choices. Good beer menu. My only complaint is that the kitchen closes in early evening, so you can’t come here late or linger for more than a drink or two after work.

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

Tradition never disappoints. Great beer selection, tasty food and fantastic staff. Will be back soon

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TH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met up with old work friends and we all had a wonderful time. Great beer and food and excellent service.

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CH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for lunch in the loop! Nice selection of lunch fare, great salads. Perfect pint!

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

Location, food, and service are always great. That's why I keep having my lunch meetings at Tradition! Keep up the great work!

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JH
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Went with a group of 6. Everyone liked their food and those who had never been to Traditions said they would come again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We stuck to the appetizers but they all have great flavor. BBQ wings and buffalo chicken sliders are always a must when we visit.

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JW
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The hostess was rude, the waitress was okay. Shrimp tacos were delicious, but won't be coming back.

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KJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pre/post theater place! Good food and service

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M
Chicago
69 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Was disappointed to learn that open table reservation for 8 people is equivalent to a 2 top. Was not notified before arrival so had no choice but to accept.

Place is fine, but needs to better sync reservation system.

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TH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a group get-together there on a Wednesday night. Everyone had an awesome time. The atmosphere of Tradition is exciting and upbeat. We had great service and our waitress was very friendly. Our beers, drinks and food were very good. Looking forward to going back.

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JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our reservation for 20 was kept for us, and our server was very attentive during a very busy 5:30pm time. Thank you for taking care of us!

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MW
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fast, fun, friendly, and delicious. The cowboy burger is AMAZING!

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JS
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went there for lunch before a weekday matinee show. Made my reservation online as we drove to Chicago from about two hours away. Found that we were going to run late due to traffic issues and easily modified my reservation as we traveled. We were seated immediately at our table and our server quickly took our drink orders. She also offered advice on the beers that were on tap, and recommended one that matched my preference perfectly. Our beverages and food arrived quickly and were well prepared and very tasty. I ordered the nachos, and it was a very ample portion. The atmosphere was bustling a little loud, but it was a great place for a lunch before the theater.

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Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made a reservation for colleagues and showed up to find the restaurant closed.

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GP
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good place for a sandwich and a draft beer.

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j
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Good food, good service, just way too loud to have a conversation.

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S
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent.

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DG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

This place is fine for happy hour if you have a group of at least 4-5 people. For lunch, not very good, especially on the service front. Waitress was completely disinterested. Messed up drink order and never got around to taking our lunch order. Good thing the floor manager picked up the slack. Food was OK but not worth the $$.

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JC
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tradition food never disappoints. The staff is prompt, courteous, and attentive too ... which keeps me coming back. Keep up the great work.

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We took our intern out for his last day to celebrate. There was about 15 of us and the waitress handled us very well.

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SH
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were a large group (16 people) they were very accommodating and our waitress did an excellent job.

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KG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food but was a little on the noisy side - would definitely come back again

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s
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Too noisy to hear each other at table

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MK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Very loud and very crowded. Not having been here before, we took a chance and came for a meal before a show at the theatre. Big mistake! This is a bar - loud, crowded, small tables. Good if you want the bar scene - food was good, variety of drinks.

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LW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Great location for a quick meal before the theater. Loud! Food was good service was quick.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance is fun and lively. It is noisy, so if you’re looking for relaxed and intimate it might not be the place. We told the server we had tickets to a play and were running late. She said she would get us out on time and did a great job. The food was excellent. Pub food of great quality. Would definitely return

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LL
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Great turkey burger and tots. Good selection of beers.

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J
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Just okay. Sat at a high top where chairs are much higher than the booth side seats. Nachos just so so and a bit greasy. Four women ordered the fish tacos which were good but way too much food. Server should have mentioned that these were full size so we could have ordered less.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Had a client lunch at this spot. Food was ok, but the server was super slow! 15 min to take order and after I requested a check mentioning that I need to leave ASAP she slowly walked around stoped to chat with several people, made a drink and only after that decided to bring me a check even I was already standing by the bar to speed up the process.. the restaurant had about 8 guests at the time of checking out (2pm)

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JC
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG the fish was excellent.

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PW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service

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JC
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service too. Always find something interesting to eat, and a great location ... which keeps me coming back!

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JC
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, staff, and ambiance keep me coming back Whenever I am in the city and have a business lunch, Tradition Gastro Pub is my "go-to" location for food, beverages, and a people-friendly environment. Keep up the great work.

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JC
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service ... which keeps me coming back.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Waitresses are not friendly or helpful. No coffee after the meal. Last two visits seated at the worst table when the restaurant was fairly open. Last time I had to request a move. Food is really good.

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