The Tavern

4.7
1002 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steak
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  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List
Reservations are for the Formal Steakhouse Dining (upstairs), the Cocktail lounge is first-come, first-served.

From hanging glass beads to architectural artifacts and an original Brunswick bar painted in gold and turquoise, this is clearly not your father's steakhouse. The Tavern's menu features USDA prime beef, Australian Wagyu, organically raised Uruguayan beef, and organic free-range chicken, diver-caught Maine sea scallops, assorted fresh fish, cold water Rock Lobster Tails, and in season: oysters from both coasts, the Alaskan king salmon run, live Maryland soft shell crabs, morels, chanterelles, and porcini from hunters in Oregon and Washington, and fresh produce from local county farms. An award-winning wine list featuring over 1,200 selections, a great wine by the glass assortment, and an unusually well-stocked bar round out the Tavern's beverage program.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steak, American, Fish
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(847) 367-5755
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Cross street
Between Cook St. & Lake St.
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Parking details
The restaurant faces Milwaukee Ave., but entry is from the municipal parking lot behind the building. Access to the lot is on the north side of Cook Ave., west of Milwaukee.
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Public transit
The restaurant is one-and-a-half blocks south of the Libertyville station on the Metra Milwaukee District North Line: http://metrarail.com/Sched/md_n/md_n.shtml
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

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Mon 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Tue - Sat 5:00PM - 5:00PM 5:30PM - 5:30PM

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Des Moines
90 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Have dined at Tavern often over the past decades. Always consistent quality. I would like to see them over a small side salad included in the entrees. Service always professional and friendly. You feel like your at home.

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WL
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was great! We will definitely be going back!

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MW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

We went here for our family celebration of my son's HS graduation. Thankfully, we made early reservations, because by 8 PM, our small table of 4 couldn't hear each other. We all had seafood--the scallops were superb; the sockeye salmon was good, but the sauce overwhelmed the flavor of the fish; the blue crabs were ok, we've had much better; the linguine with seafood had a nice mix of seafood, but bland. We added some brussel sprouts and asparagus as sides, which were good. The teen boys loved the tiramisu and cheesecake, which tasted fine (nothing special). Overall, we had a nice experience, but I was underwhelmed for the price tag (>$325).

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K
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I absolutely adore the atmosphere of Tavern. We dined there Friday night and had a wonderful time. Our server was excellent. To start we had the beef carpaccio and caviar potato chips. None of us really cared for the carpaccio as it was heavily smoked and rather tough. The caviar potato chips were okay but nothing great. For the entrees we had the angel hair pasta dish, ribeye, Allen Brothers filet, and the soft shell crab entree. I love soft shell crab but have to admit this one was very greasy. Probably would not order that again. The side dishes of mushrooms and creamed spinach were excellent. The fried brussel sprouts were also greasy and a little overdone. All-in-all I absolutely would return to this restaurant but just do a little better job of ordering. You can never go wrong with the steak.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best meals we’ve had locally! Excellent service. Will definitely be back and hoping sooner than later!!

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SL
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

all the dishes are very good. the pork chop was amazing. My husband is on a pork chop evaluation tour.. he said this is the best he's had in not just Illinois, but new York, south beach, las vegas and California.
it was amazing...

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RZ
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

This is suppose to be a high end suburban steak house. The overall service was horrible (even though we did enjoy our waitress), as non on the issues were her fault) and the food was decent at best; not of the quality you would expect from a restaurant of this reputation for fine food!

I wouldn't recommend this restaurant to anyone for any occasion!

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SL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have gone to The Tavern over the last few years and most recently went for our anniversary. It was better than ever! The attentive staff, the beautiful and eclectic decor and a menu filled with wonderful selections. My husband had the bone-in ribeye which rivaled those from the best Chicago steak houses. The seafood options we had for appetizers and my entree were outstanding. We highly recommend The Tavern; you will not be disappointed.

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Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely top notch service and food. We took our fresh out of US Navy bootcamp sailor there for dinner and the staff treated him like royalty. The atmosphere was wonderful and decor beautiful. Somehow the food was even better. Our server Rachel was great, friendly and on top of our every need. One of the best memories we will ever have, can't thank The Tavern enough for the service and respect we received.

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n
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Victoria our server was excellent, we never felt rushed and she was professional, courteous, friendly and did a great job explaining things we had questions regarding. She is an asset to your establishment.

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MS
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tavern never misses and when they do they make it right (the waiter, no manager required). It's pricey, but its an excellent special occasion treat. Food, service and setting is wonderful.

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BT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While the upstairs dining room of Tavern is not handicapped accessible, for those who can make the climb the food and setting are worth it. Wonderful service, excellent food, unrushed, conversational atmosphere are great accompaniments to delightful cuisine. My mussel appetizer provided more than enough for two. Simply prepared, the mussels were perfectly cooked, tender and tasty. My seasonally available soft-shelled crabs were, again, perfectly prepared. Lightly sauteed with a delightful sauce, they were a taste sensation. My guest's steak, the small filet, was perfectly cooked, simply prepared and very tasty. We shared the sauteed spinach which had mushrooms and onions mixed in. The Tavern's creme brulee is creamy with fresh fruit mixed into the serving. All in all, Tavern is a delight which I will enjoy again and again.

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JL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff was exceptional. Food was great. Not rushed out.

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M
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delicious meal and nice excuse to get dressed up.

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GS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent, my surf and turf was great, my husbands duck was overlooked and therefore dry. Appetizers and dessert were good

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G
Chicago
69 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow, 12 years of dining here and never disappoints! Great food, service and ambiance! We love it 😊

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AZ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The service and food was excellent. Really enjoyed the decor and experience.

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HP
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place. Love the atmosphere. 3 of us had The parmigiana encrusted halibut. It was amazing.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night with my wife, and we had a lovely evening. Service was great, wine and cocktails were wonderful, and the food was outstanding. Wife had fish and I had steak, both were perfectly done. Best steak I have had in a long time.

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MD
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Steak was outstanding.
Chef cooked steak perfectly.
Server was very nice.
Hostess gave us a little bit of a hard time when we asked to switch to a nicer table, but this one minor inconvenience was offset by the wonderful dinner, and pleasant server.
Will definitely return.

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SH
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for my husband's Navy Bootcamp graduation. Our meal was incredible and they treat navy personnel very well.

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TO
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a joy to return to Libertyville's Tavern in the Town. The upstairs restaurant (no elevator), has a number of well spaced tables. Excellent selection of wines by the glass and bottle. Food is excellent, particularly the steaks. Sides are ala carte. Service is friendly and knowledgeable. Specials are truly special. Setting allows for conversation as a normal volume.

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M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Rachel our server was excellent!

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CR
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here a number of times. The ambiance upstairs is why we come. At least in the main dining area. The food is always delicious and service is A+. Downstairs is a cool little bar and food area. Great top shelf alcohol. Especially the bourbon choices

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S
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Let me start by saying the space itself is exceptional ! Unique and whimsical at the same time . We started with a very slow start. The room was not full when we arrived . It took sometime for our server to come up to our table . After a awkward beginning things improved . The food is classic, old school steakhouse . Everything we ate was delicious. Was nice to be at a restaurant where you could hear what people were saying . Will return !

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A
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! We had the best dinner. Service excellent food was delicious. I can’t wait to go back.

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Food and drinks were very good. Will definitely come back!!

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CS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary here, as we have in the past. One of our favorite restaurants of all time.

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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food and ambiance! I can't wait to go back!

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tavern is one of, if not, the best restaurants we have ever been to. Everything was excellent. The staff is friendly, professional and attentive. They pace the dinner perfectly. The atmosphere is cozy and relaxing. Love the decorations. Last, and by no way least, is the food. Truly exceptional. Every time we have been there, it is always exceptional. Highly recommend!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted a special place for a ~fancy~ date, and this place delivered! Food was delicious, service was great, all around a beautiful place. We ordered primarily off the specials menu for great value and amazing combinations. Would definitely go back for a big celebration!

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d
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as alway!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Food high quality, especially their rib-eye steak!!!! Very original interior design and pleasant environment.

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SL
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great table and great food and staff is very helpful

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L
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was terrific. Very attentive and helpful. The Tavern has wonderful traditional steakhouse food. Best steaks in Lake County

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G
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started coming here over 13 years & have only been less than impressed once! The food, service, ambiance & wine list are a treat. The calamari is exceptional! We've brought friends here for years & have had many great times & meals! The expanded menu is wonderful!

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great steaks

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M
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. Worth the cost for a nice meal and evening out.

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L
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Been here may time and had great food and service. Not this time.

1) Ordered a 12 year old whiskey, and asked for another, sorry we are out. Nice warning. Could have offered a 15.

2) We all ordered porterhouse, medium rare. Arrived well done. Server did not come back to ask until we decided we had better eat before they got cold.

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S
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

That's meals were fabulous and the service was spectacular. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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