Beacon Tavern

4.6
730 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Scenic View
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 730 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.2
Value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 3 days ago

Hard to find, terribly overpriced, uninspired preparations, and our server either couldn't hear or was nervous -- she asked us to repeat ourselves over and over, and she never displayed any sense of humor. The good news is we had a table on the terrace and the view was spectacular. That was the ONLY saving grace.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

This is a great place that we stumbled upon when it was new a couple years ago and revisited again recently. I'd call it a bit of a hidden gem tucked away in the busy downtown area near the river. Food is fantastic. Service is exceptional. The fresh squeezed OJ and coffee are wonderful too. Great ambiance and open feel on a nice day or evening. Highly recommend for weekend brunch but I'm certain dinner would be great too.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Beacon Tavern offered pleasant outdoor urban seating with green amidst Trump Tower and Wrigley Bldg. Our server was a bit harried and unpleasant. But, the food was outstanding and made up for that. Two members of our dining group ordered the beef brisket which was huge portion, tender, flavorful and delicious. The whole table nibbled off the platter and there was still some leftover to take home. The fish special was outstanding as well. Interior of restaurant is beautiful, would love to go back in the winter and enjoy the cozy setting with tapers on each table.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Very nice birthday lunch for my husband. The waiter was very courteous and brought macaroons to take home. Would come back again.

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Really nice place with good service. Not the biggest menu around but there are choices. Would like to return again, particularly for dinner.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Can’t go wrong here. Blue crab lettuce wraps- divine. Pork porterhouse- amazing. Blueberry pie for two- AN ACTUAL WHOLE PIE AND FANTASTIC. It’s really more like enough for 3-4 people, if it had more ice cream. But get it anyway.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Food/cocktail selections were creative and delicious. Bar was very loud. On my way to the ladies room, I discovered the separate dining room which had a much lower noise level. Will request that next time. My husband and I sat outside and it was a warm evening but perfect for conversation.

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

We enjoyed the atmosphere, the arugula salad was nice and the burger was nice. My wife’s polenta was also good. I would say it is a nice tucked place for a quiet meal but could use some healthy options. Maybe I picked the wrong place for that. Just seems like it would be a great date place if it had more healthy options to chose from.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Open table suggested they were known for seafood. Though the catch of the day was great, and the shrimp appetizers very good, the choices were few. I wouldn't compare them to, say, Shaw's Crab House. I also thought there was a river view. I didn't walk around enough to know if that was true, we agreed to be seated outdoors. All in all, very good, but nothing that would lead me to returning as opposed to trying something new. We travel to Chicago once or twice per year.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Good food nice casual dining interesting menu little hard to find
Great spot during summer near the river

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Six of us went to Beacon Tavern and it was wonderful! We sat outside on a Thursday night and ordered 8-10 appetizers, small dishes/salads, and a dessert which we shared. Each had a unique twist/combination of ingredients which made it delicious. Try the shrimp toast and the blueberry pie!
The outside patio is on the plaza right next to the Tribune Tower and so pretty. We will go again!

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Always a fun experience with a great staff. Thank you Madeline, Grayson and Erica

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Great service and great food! The scallops I had were cooked to perfection! Will definitely be visiting again.

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1.0Dined on July 30, 2018

No flavor in food - didn’t enjoy our meals I would not recommend

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

I thought the price for the entree’s were high especially since there was nothing special about the food .
Fish and chips, hamburger basic salmon nothing special except the price point

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Great spot - unique food with a warm and wonderful vibe. Menu changes with a nice variety of offerings.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Colleen was absolutely wonderful as a server
Good luck to her heading to Temple, the Tavern will miss her service

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Did not want large entrees, so we shared a few starters. They were more than enough and very tasty! Would love to return with a larger appetite to try the entree options!

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Great vibe. Service great despite HH. Dined outside in shadow of surrounding towers. Fun stuff

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3.0Dined on July 27, 2018

the outdoor area is one of the best in the city. the food was good. The service was horrendous. our waiter was MIA. This was a business lunch and i had to ask the busboy to ask our waiter to come over. A manager came over and took our order. he had a bit of an attitude at first but then became appropriate. The waiter did not deserve a tip but i did leave one.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Great spot for upscale casual lunch. Very good service with top flight waiters. Great mango cheesecake dessert.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Beacon Tavern is a hidden treasure. Every person I take here is surprised to find it and has added it to their list of restaurants to visit regularly. The food is excellent with something for everyone (i am partial to the crispy polenta). The service is excellent and conversations are easily had. The service is quick enough for lunch without making you feel rushed.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Outstanding service! I will definitely be back. Greyson made a very long day end on a high note for me!

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4.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Excellent food and very friendly staff we rraived aearlier for our dinner and they allow us to switch tables

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Food was awesome. Love their 'different' menu items. Our server could have been more descriptive about the offerings (I didn't realize the blue crab lettuce wraps would be a creamy crab concoction.) Polenta was AWESOME, as were all the veggie/side dishes! Nice and quiet, more elegant than we expected!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

It was very good. We were there after an architectural boat tour and it was great place for a late lunch. On Sunday’s they serve brunch until 4pm and we could order from the brunch menu but that was fine. The brunch menu had some very good and different choices. The restaurant truly is a hidden gem. Our waiter was great too and after $466 at Lawry’ The Prime Rib, the night before it was a real bargain.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

The burger was AMAZING!!! MUST TRY! I live so close and now I’m going to be addicted!

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Another wonderful location for this restaurant group. The atmosphere is lovely and like that it is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Michigan Ave. We all enjoyed our brunch selections, the menu includes good options. Definitely going back soon...

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2018

The restaurant is quite cute; food was very good. The service was not good. We felt our waiter was arrogant and made us feel like it was a bother to wait on us.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

We went to Beacon Tavern with a close group of business associates and had a wonderful time. Great location and warm, chic gastro-pub environment with lovely outside space too. Food was top notch and diverse enough for there to be something for everyone. The knowledgeable, attentive, and amusing wait staff helped set the tone for a fun night. FYI, everything was delish (fyi, the BBQ brisket platter was a real standout - smoked meat extraordinaire). Thanks, Beacon Tavern!

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Fantastic service, great atmosphere, excellent cocktails and dessert.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

As always Madeline was fabulous

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Server Robert did an awesome job making us feel welcome and well attended. His suggestions and helpful information made our experience very enjoyable. Reuben Benedict is superb! Chicken and Waffles were done very well, and more than adequate for my big eater son. Spouse had the quiche, and a danish. She enjoyed both very much. Located just off from the RiverWalk, steps from Trump Hotel and near Wrigley Building. Certainly would eat here again, and would try dinner next time in the Windy City.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Great food and friendly service - a hidden gem.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Enjoyed an outdoor dinner with a friend I had not seen in so long. Our waiter, Grayson, was awesome as was our Turley wine he recommended. Food was wonderful - cheddar biscuits of course a must. Always love this place!

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

We had a very pleasant dinner at Beacon Tavern. We sat outside. There was some street noise but otherwise very pleasant. Very attentive service but not obtrusive. Food was very good. I had salmon with white asparagus. It was the perfect portion for me, but it was a smaller portion.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Great food and outstanding quiet and relaxing patio area. Special cocktail was delicious and refreshing and tap beers very good. Very friendly and attentive service. A hidden gem.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Beacon Tavern is one of the few restaurants I often frequent due to the quality of food and service. However, I found it odd this evening when the hostess sat us on a small corner table when the restaurant was almost empty and could have sat us on a booth or bigger table. George did graciously sat us at another table when we requested and gave us good service for the rest of the evening.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Everything was outstanding- the food, drinks, service, and our server’s recommendations. A fantastic experience which we will definitely repeat!

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Beautiful seating outside. Wait staff was very attentive. Cheese biscuits and entrees were very good but portions small. Skip the truffle dessert - not very good. A $200 meal for three people - one drink each, three entrees, shared one salad and one dessert.

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