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Beacon Tavern

4.6
674 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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
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Special events & promotions
Somm Slam V: Chicago vs. U.S.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
6:30pm
A la carte menu will not be offered

Beacon Tavern's Executive Chef Bob Broskey and Beverage Director Jon McDaniel were honored to host Somm Slam: CHI vs. NYC, a wine pairing competition, on 9/13 at James Beard House in New York City. We're delighted to bring this 5-course culinary experience - back to our "house."

$190 per person (tax and ticketing fee not included)
http://beacontavern.com/somm-slam
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 674 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.6
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Great food, very fresh, great Bloody Mary!

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3.0Dined 2 days ago

We might go back to the Tavern, but the brunch was less than we expected based on other reviews. Perhaps, the kitchen staff felt rushed. It was busy. But the feta-tomato-spinach omelette arrived without feta and the few spinach leaves and chopped tomato had no flavor. My wife's reuben eggs benedict arrived with pastrami that was excessively gristly. The house-made scone and croissant that we ordered were excellent.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The food was great and the service was even better.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

They have a great patio to sit out on! We had the the burger and the brisket (for 2), both of which were great!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The appetizers were outstanding and stole the show. Our wine was one of the best I’ve ever had! The dinner meal was good, but the appetizers were better.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We celebrated my kids graduation and sat outside. It was a great meal in a nice setting. The raw oysters and red snapper ceviche were delicious.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Love Beacon Tavern. On our list for all occasion's big and small.
You can go with a crowd, for a romantic dinner for two, brunch or afternoon girl talk over a nice bottle of wine. All wonderful, never been disappointed.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Food was delicious!! Service was terrific! Will definitely be going back!

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3.0Dined on June 5, 2018

We have been to Beacon Tavern several time and this is the first time we have been disappointed. The meat portion of the Steak Frites was gristly and the fries were soft. The half chicken was dry. The high-concept truffle dessert was visually arresting but not satisfying. The restaurant was busy but not full and the weather was too cool for outside dining. The only thing I can think of to explain the drop in food quality is that the summer menu features fast-preparation and dishes that can be prepared ahead. The lettuce and shrimp wraps arrived minutes after ordering—too fast to be anything other than prepared ahead. I’ll be back, but not until the fall when I hope food quality is more important that speed. Let me say, though, that the front desk was friendly and friendly and professional, and our waiter and back staff provided excellent service. Really hope this was an unexpected stumble and not a change in direction.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Thank you Alex and Phoebe, you always make my experience a Beacon Tavern special

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Wonderful. Ivan our waiter brought our food out immediately because we were in a rush. Great location and really really delicious food

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

My wife and I went for a Sunday brunch. First time there and it was a wonderful dining experience. The staff was spot on and my compliments to the chef. Great place for dining on the river. I’d definitely recommend The Beacon Tavern to friends.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Oysters,blue crab lettuce wraps, and shrimp toast were all very delicious. My wife had the clam chowder which is a favorite entree soup for her and she raved about this version. I had the catch of the day halibut with a great pesto sauce and fresh vegetables—terrific dish. Cocktails were unique and the “Gagelicious” brew celebrating the ten year anniversary of their sister restaurant The Gage was great. George provided exceptional service.

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Great food. Cozy and nice location. However it was Friday and happy hour timing. Arrived around 5:20 pm and was never offered a happy hour menu until asked..

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2018

We celebrated our Anniversary at this place and loved the food and atmosphere. However, the service was just okay. While the manager did stop at our table, the waitress was not that great.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Love the space.

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2.0Dined on May 29, 2018

I had heard this restaurant was associated with another in Chicago, and had high hopes for it. The service was extremely slow, and seemed to focus on the patio and not the interior of the restaurant. The menu was pretty awful and very limited. In addition to this the food was not worth the price. I won't be going back, and I won't recommend this place to a friend. Well maybe the patio is better, but not sure the food would improve that much out there.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Came here for our anniversary and the service was incredible and the food amazing! I come here normally just for happy hour with a friend so it was my first time properly dining. The food was delicious, I think they change the menu up fairly frequently. It’s a small menu but there’s something for everyone. We were between two desserts and ended up deciding on the cheesecake but the server brought us the other dessert we considering as well on the house! Would definitely dine here again!

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3.0Dined on May 28, 2018

My wife and I went here for our anniversary. It was close to the hotel we’re staying and had a good rating from OpenTable.

First, the service was awesome! We really enjoyed how well we were treated.

The cocktail menu was very good. My wife had the lemonade cocktail and loved it.

We ordered a couple app’s, the ceviche and the biscuits. Ceviche was the best thing we ate at Beacon Tavern. We were not impressed with the biscuits.

I ordered the steak, a NY Strip. My wife ordered the Crispy Polenta. The polenta was fine, nothing special but not bad. The steak was horrible. Although it was prepared to my request, the meat was not good at all. I would recommend everyone stay away from the beef selection at this establishment. I can only guess they don’t buy quality meat.

We passed on dessert but the offerings sounded great

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Sat outside. Server brought my glass of white wine which was not cold enough. He exchanged it for a colder one. He explained the menu including specials without providing prices. We ordered steak frites special which he assured me would be fantastic strip steak. The steak was pretty good but had a lot of griddle. Fries w sauce were great. Husband enjoyed the arctic Char. We shared some mini cheddar biscuits (an appetizer—). no bread or rolls were provided. Other appetizers sounded good but at $18 and $19, seemed overpriced at this restaurant. The waiter brought the dessert menu but disappeared for at least 15 minutes so we opted to skip dessert and coffee. The waiter also checked us in and reported us as a no show.... interesting place, but generally felt food, especially appetizers, was overpriced.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Excellent!! The food and service were outstanding and it wasn’t that expensive. Great restaurant and great value.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Sunday noon reservations, seated promptly on outside terrace. Beautiful surroundings, great ambiance, dog friendly. Food and service is outstanding! Another Fantastic dining experience.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Good brunch menu and good food. Eggs in Purgatory! Very nice outdoor seating. Wait staff was good, attentive.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We went for brunch and it couldn't have been more enjoyable. The coffee was some of the best I've ever had

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We dined outside, so I can't really judge noise level inside. Outside was noisy due to ambulances and echo from Lower Wacker due to Memorial day motorcycle rally. Nothing the restaurant staff could do to change those. Our group could still talk most times. Still, very enjoyable outdoor dining experience.

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2.0Dined on May 26, 2018

I'm vegan. The restaurant didn't have much vegan options.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Great experience on the patio. The blue crab lettuce wraps were amazing! Husband loved the carrot salad. Breakfast potatoes had a lot of flavor and good texture. The JCVD breakfast sandwich was tasty and filling. The yogurt pannacotta was fresh and delicious. The Server was very good. Unfortunately, he seemed to be taking care of the whole section by himself. Would highly recommend for a lovely afternoon in the city.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

This was the third time I have visited Beacon Tavern and the service was exceptional. The food was great as in the past. However, the menu is really limited for non- seafood eaters. I ended up eating the burger and fries against my better judgement which again was great but when I go out to dinner I want something a little more creative. I hope in the future they expand their menu a little more to include things that go beyond what I can get at McDonalds.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Really terrific place, on all fronts. Hidden Gem is right! Tucked in a hard to find corner, just above the Chicago River, under the silly gaze of Trump Tower, this adorable spot has it all. Go there! Great food, awesome service, lovely views, cool vibe. Loved it!

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Fantastic service! All hostesses were so attentive and smiling and our server Alex was outstanding. We will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Everyone was wonderful and accommodating. Food excellent!

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4.0Dined on May 24, 2018

No so bad. We went there for lunch, the choice is quite limited under 20 bucks. The best part is the patio: almost calm with a view.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Great location and always great food as well as service.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Great go-to spot for just about any meal with friends or business associates. Service is top notch; so are deserts.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Team dinner after a long convention!!

Staff was friendly & very accommodating- as we increased party size an hour prior !!

Appreciated to flexibility- great spot near hotels !!

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Dinner was very good. Well paced courses even though the restaurant was very busy. Manager stopped over to check on our experience. Will recommend.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Staff was so accommodating, food was stellar and our waitress, Mary Beth, was absolutely perfect. She had a wonderful energy and was incredibly helpful. We will definitely hope to have her again when we come back!

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Great resraurant

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

It was nice.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Great service, good food, cool vibe and decor

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