North Branch

4.3
279 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
"Genuine Food & Drink" is our motto. Our scratch kitchen, fun and friendly staff, and casual atmosphere makes North Branch a great spot for any occasion. With 10 flat screen TV's, a full bar, and great menu, we are the best place to watch your favorite sports team. Come and join us for our "Genuine Food & Drink"
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(847) 813-6400
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Raul Gutierrez
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Private party facilities
We have a variety of party packages for all occasions and events. Please contact our event coordinator for more information.
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Private party contact
Madeline Miller: (847) 813-6400
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
W Lake & Milwaukee
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Public transit
W Lake & Milwaukee
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
What 279 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu confusing. In the past one could substitute a salad instead of fries at n/c. Now it’s 2.95 to do so.

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S
Chicago
75 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good for a casual dinner. Great TV dinner and fish and chips.

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, service and ambience. Servers and hosts very courteous.

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M
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food tastes great, but it is way, way too noisy. You can hardly talk to the people at your table. Wish they could do something about that.

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BF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

North Branch has all the right ingredients for a pleasant dining experience:
-Comfortable atmosphere
-Quality/tasty food
-Consistantly great & friendly service

Need l say more?!?!?

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LS
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The menu is really diverse, but the food was super salty. The beer menu was good, up they were out of my first pick.The restaurant can be noisy, but if you get a table in the back room, it is much quieter. We had the fried calamari to start and shrimp and short rib tacos for entrees. In addition to being salty, the tacos were very dry. They needed additional sauce or crema.

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JG
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is excellent, fast service, servers are very attentive and atmosphere is terrific - always accommodating.

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K
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy North Branch. The food,is consistent and tasty! Service is great.

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V
Chicago
81 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a great casual place that really has great food. Our waitress was so friendly and helpful and never made us feel rushed. She offered suggestions and answered all questions. My friend had the Short Rib Pita she said it was delicious and I had grilled shrimp tacos that were very good. We both paid an up charge for sweet potato fries that were amazing. They give you plenty of food and it’s very fresh. I will definitely go back.

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VA
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We were disappointed at this restaurant. It was a tavern environment with a lot of bar food. Service was average. Don’t go there is you want to eat healthy. Otherwise food was tasty. Fried honey chicken was very good. Very disappointed at what drove us there-an article on the restaurant in the local Northbrook newspaper. The article highlighted the giant pretzels. We definitely ordered one and WOULD NOT recommend them. It’s just bread (average bread at that) shaped as a pretzel. No taste to it. -Most probably not a place we would go back to.

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MR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I have been to North Branch with my family a number of times. The food is always good-we generally order the hamburgers.

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P
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The pizza dough for thin crust was too much dough. Not enough
Sauce or sausage.

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RP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Glad we went. Great food!!! We definitely will revisit.we live in Chicago but worth the drive.

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OT
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food are always good. Great location to bring kids and they accommodate any request with no problem. Hot food is always hot.

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HM
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent service and food. Very friendly, casual atmosphere. My only complaint is that it is noisy.

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OT
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and great food. Lunch specials are outstanding.

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JG
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service

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E
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I usually love this restaurant but the food wasn’t that great last Saturday night. The appetizers were good but the main meals were disappointing. I will go back again. Thanks! It may have been an off night.

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TW
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Busy Friday. Table was available when we arrived for 7:30 reservation. Server was friendly and most helpful. Wife had French dip and liked it. Burger was good quality meat and cooked correctly (medium). Nice beer selection as well as specialty drinks. We will return in future.

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JB
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Salmon and burgers delicious . Skip the fried chicken . All breading and no taste. Service very good. Quite loud so try for a table in the bar or back corner. Had a special event recently in private room. Went very well. Good value.

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GE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a good meal here. They rotate their beer selection which can be confusing if you don't know your beers and ales. The sirloin steak was excellent as always and the onion rings are unique. The only disappointment is the fries - nothing special. We eat here often and it is always good.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful.

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M
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I went for the honey fried chicken and I was not disappointed. It was OUTSTANDING!

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J
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty food in good quantity. Good beer selection.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Needs an update. Flowers outside. Bathroom. Walls near bathrooms.

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WB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great

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KH
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never disappoints and there is something for everyone to enjoy.

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DB
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

There were 6 of us. For the amount of money that they are charging for the meals, we could have gone to a fast food place and had better food. 3 of us ordered steak sandwiches. Each sandwich is around $17. When they brought the sandwiches, we were expected a decent steak sandwich. What they brought to us was a piece of steak that was so small that we had more bread then steak. When we talked with the manager and showed him what we got, he agreed that that was a very disappointing steak. Instead of him getting us 3 new steak sandwiches that had a nice piece of steak on it, he brought us 3 steaks on a plate that was as small as what we got on our original sandwich. At that point the steaks that we originally got were cold by the time he brought out the other steaks. They also forgot to bring out soups and salads that we ordered. The fries that came with the sandwiches were cold and we had to send those back. Instead of making our meals right, we received a bill for $150. It may not matter to them but they lost 6 customers that night and I would not recommend anyone eating at this restaurant. There are much better places to go with reasonable prices. When I go out for dinner, I expect that I should have a pleasant experience and not have to deal with cold food and skimpy portions especially when we are paying a premium price for it.

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PR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4 of us got together and had a great time. The pot stickers were incredible.

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L
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Choose the bar area for lunch as it was not as noisy - due to families and little kids. The bartender was our server. Nice young lady. Too bad she couldn’t make us blackberry Mojitos as they were out of mint or blackberries. Had a beer instead. Sandwiches were good. My burger was amazing. Topped with fri d pickles. Yum. Lots of fries, too. We will be back.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome! Would go back!!

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T
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is always excellent and service is usually the same. Biggest problem is that they don’t honor reservations very well and rarely honor requests for table in the back, booth, or hold tables for reservations even if you get there early or on time.

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M
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great server and friendly seaters

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s
Chicago
76 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly
Great menu and specials
Service was great also

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f
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Friendly staff, delicious food with plenty of choices. Food could have been hotter for the brunch instead of lukewarm.

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R
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The ribs are fabulous!

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f
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Good burgers, sandwiches, and salads at a good price!

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EM
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

It was had to have s conversation since the Music was so loud. We asked to have it turned down but it never happened!

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p
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

My 5th visit here..this time for lunch at 1:30pm...very slow to get food..place wasnt even too crowded...guessing the "kitchen staff" was short handed... not sure, but cant revisit if service is continually slow...

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EM
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 2

Too noisy!!!

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