Madison Tavern

4.2
174 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Lunch
  • Pre/post-theatre
  • Bar Seating

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About

MADISON TAVERN is a hip, urban gathering place located in the heart of downtown Chicago. The 250-seat tavern is conveniently located inside the Ogilvie Transportation Center, the city's hub for all major transit. MADISON TAVERN is the perfect gathering place for lunch, happy hour or dinner in the Loop.

MADISON TAVERN features a relaxed atmosphere with eclectic dining and a full bar complete with artisan cocktails, global wines, and a large variety of local and craft brews. A blend of contemporary and classic offerings, MADISON TAVERN'S menu offers something for everyone including a variety of tacos, specialty burgers, diverse salads, and tavern favorites such as wings, fish & chips and prime rib dip. MADISON TAVERN'S cuisine is an eclectic mix of multi-cultural dishes, matching the richness and diversity of Chicago.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Burgers, Dining Bar
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 9:00pm or later
Saturday: 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm or later
Kitchen closes 1 hour before the bar
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Phone number
(312) 559-5101
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Wilbert Pagulayan
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Catering
WE'D LOVE TO HELP YOU PLAN THE PERFECT PARTY,
AT YOUR PLACE (CATER) ... OR OURS (PRIVATE PARTY)!
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Canal, in Ogilvie Transportation Center
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Public Transit
Metra Station
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Special Events & Promotions
An event at Madison Tavern is a memorable one. We offer ...

Event space right inside Ogilvie Transportation Center, the hub of the Chicago Loop ...

Private event spaces for small groups up to 299 people ...

From cocktail receptions to buffets to formal sit-downs ...

Large HD televisions for viewing of televised events ...

Large and gorgeous bar perfect for mingling before, during, and after your event ...

A variety of low seating, bar seating, and community tables ...

A variety of exclusive offerings to make your event extra special including Chef meet and greet, Mixologist-created specialty cocktail for your event only, and carving station ...
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on recent ratings
3.9
Food
4.0
Service
4.0
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

The food and service was really good! I was a little worried because it was so empty, but that’s probably because it was downtown on a Friday night before a long weekend. Would definitely return and recommend!

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3.0Dined on May 24, 2018

A decent place for a business lunch. In and out fairly quick and conversation friendly. Food was decent but not spectacular.

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2018

My co-workers and I love coming the Madison Tavern for drinks and appetizers, but this time we decided to come for lunch. Four of us order the corn chowder and buffalo chicken sandwich. The corn chowder was delicious, but the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich lacked flavor and was also room temperature. I really raved about the food, but this day our selection was not so great. I will still come back for happy hour, but improvement is needed on that sandwich.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Good cheap fast eats with large assortment of tvs... serves purpose well and glad to have in neighborhood

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

So glad to have this restaurant/bar close to our office! Has good food and good atmosphere. I love the artwork too!

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

We stopped here for a quick bite before heading to the theater. The location inside the train station makes this an ideal quick bite stop. Unfortunately we were there during happy hour, which is probably their busiest time. Crazy loud, packed and took almost 40 minutes for a salad. We'd go back, food was pretty good but avoid 4 to 7 time frame.

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3.0Dined on May 15, 2018

We were on our way to a show that night and thought it would be a convenient place since we were taking the train from the burbs. I request regular dining, not high top, in reservation. But we were seated at a high top. There were plenty of regular tables open. I didn’t ask to switch. The place had a heavy chlorine. Not appealing. Food was good. Kind of high priced for fish tacos thou.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

The staff handled our party very well. No issues at all. A great place for an informal gathering. A great selection of appetizers

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2.0Dined on May 14, 2018

The menu offers a wide variety of options, and the food is typically very good. Service, however, has been and remains a problem. On our last visit (for lunch on a weekday during which we were all on lunch breaks), we waited 30 minutes before anyone even came to take a drink order (and that only after we sought the assistance of the host). The food then took a long time to be delivered, but was very good. Unfortunately, we then had to chase down a waiter to bring the check (when our original waitress never reappeared). When he returned after running our credit cards with the receipts for us to sign, he neglected to include my credit card, and we had to search for it among various waitstaff. We reported the poor service to the host and hostess on our way out, but they simply looked at us with blank stares with no offer of apology.

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2018

I feel bad for the waitress. The service was slow but it looked like she has a ton of tables.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Great lunch. Didn't like the gratuity added in without them telling me. Unfortunate for the server as I realized I must over the tip.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We went on a Saturday evening to dine before a play. The food was quite good, and service was fine, considering we got there just before they closed. Being in Ogilvie was extremely convenient.

CAUTION for Saturdays: Their menu is more limited, and they close early, which makes things kind of tight if you're taking the train in for a 7:00 Saturday night play. Our train was scheduled to arrive at 5:23, and actually arrived at 5:30 - good thing we called for reservations, because their "Closed" sign was up when we got there. But service was reasonably timely, the food was good, and we made it to our play in plenty of time.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Excellent service & food. Was a little too noisy for a conversation

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1.0Dined on April 25, 2018

My colleague and I took our secretary out for Administrative Staff Week this past Wednesday. I made a 12:15 reservation and we got there a few minutes early. They sat us down and our server didn’t see us for the longest time - maybe 15 minutes. Our food did not come until 12:50 and my colleague got the wrong food. Pretty disappointing. It’s right in the loop so they know that folks who work in the loop are their patrons, so I was surprised at the disappointing service.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

The food here is legit! I'm always happy to see vegetarian and vegan options on the menu. I had the roasted vegetable tacos and they were great!! My coworker had salmon and some delicious brussels sprouts by request. Drinks were fab - the daily detox creation was delicious. Service was fantastic! I've been here for lunch a few times, which was good, but Happy Hour was fun - good music, good vibe. (a little loud, but it was busy). Looking forward to going back!

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

The food and service were ok, but quite high prices for the quality and quantity of food. I got the cobb salad, which would have been a decent appetizer, but not a full meal.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We came to Madison Tavern after the theater. Both of us liked our entrees. It is handy for those of us who take the train.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Menu had many choices. We selected the coconut shrimp wrap = delicious! Generous portions. Chase was our server = also excellent. this was our 1st time. We look forward to returning often.
thanks.

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Madison Tavern is a great place to meet for happy hour with friends after work before catching a late train to the suburbs. Good happy hour specials and flatbreads.

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

I had a burger with tots, Friend had a flatbread. While a pretty common plain lunch order, the food was outstanding. In a city full of burgers, this didn't merit outstanding but was a great choice and didn't disappoint. The flatbread of the day looked very good and my friend said it was. This is a really good lunch spot near where I work and I will be back often.

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Solid menu for a business lunch. It is a little loud, but it is a bar driven establishment.

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2.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Soup for multiple people never came out. Food presentation was poor at best. Waitress came back to check how everything was but before we could say anything she was gone. Still charged for soup and had to request it removed from the bill. Been here plenty of times but this was by far the worst experience.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

First time there. Convenient location

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3.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Slow table service, stale pretzels, every busser stops at the table and shakes your beer can to determine if the can is empty. Limited vegetarian options. Good for a quick beer.... in a glass.... at the bar.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

This place has good food, service was great, however, don't think for a minute you'll be able to have a conversation because it is just way too loud!

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Always great food and drinks at Madison Tavern! Excellent service and we had about 10 people. We continue to have our happy hours there and lunches!

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2.0Dined on February 28, 2018

We showed up promptly for our lunch reservation at 12:15pm. We were told it would about 20 minutes for a table and we could wait at the bar or just eat at the bar. It’s lunch, people don’t have 2 hours to spend. If I wasn’t with a client, I would have just left. We ate at the bar, which was fine and bartender was nice. Took a while for the food to arrive after ordering, the top of my bun was burnt and tater tots were very greasy. They had a good menu selection and reasonable prices. Maybe a good spot to grab a drink after work but won’t be rushing back for lunch.

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Their computers were down and they could not take credit cards or make change for cash.

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2.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Took an hour to get a hamburger. Server had too many tables. Had to get up and find her for a drink and to say we don’t have time to eat

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Good bustling place to grab lunch in a nicer than average setting with good fish tacos! And the place does get crowded in the after work scene.

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3.0Dined on February 19, 2018

The food is good but not great or special in any way. However, a good choice for lunch even though it is over-priced for what you get. It is in a great location to have a business lunch but it gets way too loud in there to have a business lunch during the rush period.

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3.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Just a bar, nothing special. EXTREMELY very loud. No way you could have any conversation without shouting. If you want to be assured of a place to sit, a reservation is a must. As a bar, actually pretty good bartender - knew her drinks (not just the "trendy, in" drinks, but the "a-little-more-than- basic" too. Made them well.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Lauren and her team of professionals gave great prompt service. I initially made reservations at a table but I knew the bar was where I wanted to end up. Great atmosphere and good food. Sad that I can’t there late sometimes.

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1.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Prior reviews on service were accurate. Service is slow. Food is so so. Would not return.

There were 2 of us and waitress took our drink order. Came back with one of them and said she forgot what the other person ordered! Not a good start. Downhill from there.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Service and food were both excellent

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Positive experience. I was hesitant due to the Yelp reviews but had a good meal with great service. Not sure about all the negativity on service, it may be at dinner time. For an everyday lunch, got a soup and sandwich, friend got a burger. All was tasty. In and out in 45 minutes and place was busy. I will be back

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3.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Don’t bother to make reservations as there’s no one to check you in and it’s seat yourself. The bartenders mostly ignore you and you have to shout to be heard. Not worth the effort to go.

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3.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Food was good. Computer crashed so it took longer than expected to get bill and pay. Will he back.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Great food and drinks

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Food and ambiance were good, servers were friendly but slow.

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