Beacon Tavern

4.6
797 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Beacon Tavern is Chicago's newest riverside destination for American fare. Described as "a hidden gem” by Chicago Tribune’s Phil Vettel, Beacon Tavern offers dining in a casually-upscale setting steps from the Chicago riverfront and the Magnificent Mile. Guests at Beacon Tavern enjoy spectacular city views through floor-to-ceiling windows, and an expansive outdoor patio offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle on Michigan Avenue and throughout River North.

Beacon Tavern is known for elevated interpretations of tavern classics, seafood-forward dishes, and a host of thoughtfully curated cocktails, wines and beers.

Accessible from Upper Wabash and Upper Michigan Avenue, Beacon Tavern is nestled in the walkway between the Wrigley Building and Trump Tower.


Beacon Tavern is a Gage Hospitality Group restaurant. Sister restaurants include: The Gage, Acanto, Coda di Volpe and The Dawson.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Seafood, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Monday:
11am - 11pm
(Kitchen open until 10pm)

Tuesday - Thursday:
11am - 12am
(Kitchen open until 11pm)

Friday:
11am - 12am

Saturday
10am - 12am

Sunday:
10am - 11pm
(Kitchen open until 10pm)

Happy Hour:
Monday - Friday: 3pm - 6pm

Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday: 10am - 4pm
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Phone number
(312) 955-4226
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Bob Broskey
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Cross street
Upper Wabash in the walkway between Wrigley Bldg & Trump Twr
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Parking details
Parking is available at AMA Parking Garage accessible from 330 North Wabash, across the street from Trump Tower and 405 North Wabash Avenue. Parking validations for $15 for up to 3 hours are available at the host stand at Beacon Tavern. (subject to change)

There are a variety of other parking garages in close proximity to Beacon Tavern. We recommend exploring the Spot Hero app to discover your options.
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Public transit
CTA Red Line - 3 blocks to Grand Avenue/State Street stop
CTA Michigan Avenue bus lines - less than 1 block
CTA Grand Avenue bus - 2 blocks to Grand/Wabash Avenue stop
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 797 People Are Saying
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OT
Chicago
130 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every time we have gone to this restaurant the food and service have been excellent. They have the Fall menu, and we had the pumpkin waffles. An excellent choice. You do not even need the syrup provided on the side.

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!!

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D
Charleston
60 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were perfect! Ben our server was excellent! Thank you

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FS
Nashville
32 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

First the positives - decor and ambiance of this restaurant are great. Love the location near the river between the Wrigley and Trump Buildings. Service was good. Oysters were delicious.

Now for the negatives - most of the food our group of 4 ordered was disappointing. Clam chowder was runny. Fish in the fish and chips was overcooked and excessively battered. Caesar salad had obviously been pre-plated and refrigerated. Too cold and soggy when it arrived at the table. Fish special of the day was a very small, thin portion.

Wanted to love this place given the nice location and cute decor, but sadly can’t recommend. The chef needs to up his game.

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PK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully located on the north side of the river, this restaurant is conveniently located for a meal in the city after work. The ambiance is perfect, not too stuffy, but modern and well appointed. The service is terrific, in addition to greeting everyone at the door, the server, bus, and management (Billy and Pat) were very also attentive and seemed to know most patrons. The ones they did not know, were welcomed as if they were old friends. Honestly, this is one of my favorites. If you are looking for a vibrant (and louder) bar scene, stay in the front. The back is quieter and perfect for conversation. It is two places in one! If you are looking for great food, excellent service, and in a great location This is a winner, every time.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Girlfriend and I ended up having an argument. Not at all the restaurant's fault and service was very accommodating. I don't believe other guests were disturbed. If so, I apologize. Thanks, Beacon Tavern, we will be back soon hopefully sans arguing.

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CY
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came to Beacon with a group of friends whom I hadn't seen for awhile. We all loved the food, the ambiance, and the service, which made our get-together even more special.

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K
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant tucked between the Wrigley Building & Trump Tower right on the river. Food was great and service very attentive. A bit pricey but I would definitely go back.

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TB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great time. But several entres were cold upon arrival.

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SP
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They treat you like you matter, here. Refreshing these days.

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BB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The somewhat hidden location makes this my current top choice for fine dining in Chicago. I'm sure the owners would love to have lines running out the door and, indeed, its quality certainly merits such popularity. But, until that day arrives, I will enjoy the relative peacefulness and ease of getting into this gem of a restaurant at the owners' expense.

The imaginative menu and quality of ingredients are a credit to the chef. Boutique wines, available by the glass (at reasonable prices), multiply the charm and originality of the Beacon Tavern. The cocktails are out of this world.

The front of the house is attentive and knowledgeable without being obsequious.

Don't let the fact that it lies in the shadow of the "He Who Must Not Be Named" Hotel and Tower keep you from enjoying this fantastic place by the river.

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DM
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and unique and the service was WONDERFUL!!!

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

Excellent burgers and great location. A little tough to find as its tucked behind a couple of large residential buildings.

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j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and drinks for brunch.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

They gave us two free glasses of champagne for our Anniversary

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P
Atlanta
26 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant host and wait staff were awesome. The location was beautiful and the fish and chips were delicious.

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e
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beacon Tavern is tucked away on the little stretch of river walk in the shadow of the odious Trump Tower. We were relieved that you couldn’t see the name from the restaurant, and could almost forget that it was there. Excellent food and service with a cozy ambience. Highly recommend!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Had a great meal with friends before archtectural river cruise @ night.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Read the reviews. Expected much better food this fish was best food served. Our server was nice, but did not volunteer daily specials and again, not interested in addressing our unappetizing sea bass. Overheard a female server welcome a table & she was enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the menu. She provided those patrons with a great experience!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Creative ingredients, great gluten free options and perfect portion sizes

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d
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Near perfect, as it should be. Lobster fritters are the best on the menu.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Decent food, pretty expensive for brunch. Noisy music, but they were great about turning it down. Very good service

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter recommended the Dover Sole for two and it was awesome!!

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EB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food and the staff was very attentive. I find this place is good for business meeting and lunch engagements.

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d
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location and ambience! Start with the cheddar biscuits and oysters...excellent...the Scottish salmon was sushi grade, the pork chop was huge.

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O
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great find! It was so hard to choose from the fabulous menu, but we loved everything we ordered!

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BS
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We came for breakfast the morning after my daughter’s wedding. The staff was wonderful and very welcoming. We had three tables and it all went seemlessly. Great value, lovely, delicious breakfast, excellent fresh coffee, elegant yet relaxed atmosphere. I would definitely return.

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DF
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to Beacon Tavern many times. We have never been disappointed. Love to take people visiting Chicago there. Great menu, quite ambiance and wonderful staff.

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B
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Ben, Luke and Will
Always a great experience at Beacon Tavern

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BB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

I had been to this restaurant a couple of times last year and loved it. This time was a complete disappointment.

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Savannah
33 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time at Beacon Tavern and we really enjoyed the experience. The dining room is very pleasant, and we were seated in a quiet area. A nice contrast from the noise outside. Our server was great; friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. The food was delicious, starting with the relish tray. We had the pork chop and the short rib entrees - both were excellent. And we finished with some cookies to go. A perfect night out for dinner!

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KS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely excellent dining experience every time!
Delicious food and drinks, great ambiance, excellent service!
My favorite restaurant, great for a date night or any other special occasions. Love the ambiance of this place! And the service is superb.

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MZ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great knowledgeable staff terrific food creative drinks

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VB
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious vegetarian options with a cozy atmosphere.

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LS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a relaxing fun lunch with girlfriends. Service was great and the atmosphere relaxed

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V
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a great cocktail suggestion by the waiter and great seafood suggestions! So close to a Riverwalk so we went for a walk after

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VP
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food with attentive waiter. Service was fast enough without rushing you. Our waiter handled our large group of 9 with ease, no mistakes. Menu was delightful with thoughtful dishes. I had the Heritage Tomato with Crab and Vinaigrette dressing. Delicious!

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H
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We’ve been here before on our Chicago visits. It’s highly conveniently close to the Trump Chicago hotel. Especially if you don’t want to pay those highly inflated hotel prices!! The service can be hit or miss, as is the food. This visit was good. And, it was not terribly busy. The main back rooms area seemed they were more so (i.e. louder crowds). Anyway we had requested the high top table in a quieter section of the bar area. Way far from the main door entrance. We had an order of the cheddar bay biscuits. Tasty. The $17.00 spicy Uncle Eric’s aioli burgers a good option. They only have the happy hour reduced priced menu Mon. - Fri. until 6 pm. We were here on a Saturday night. In the better Chicago summer or early fall weather, they have an outdoor patio dining that fills up quickly. If they have enough servers to accommodate you.

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p
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

A very nice room. Attentive service. Dover sole was delicious. Pork chop and salmon not outstanding. I would like to see an expanded menu

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p
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

very nice atmosphere, loved the single candle, attentive service, everyone loved the food. it was a first time for all and everyone said they would come again 111

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