The Craftsman by Two Brothers - Modern Tavern

4.4
302 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Farm-to-table
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Great Beer
  • Local Ingredients
The 2nd Floor Modern Tavern restaurant is closed for a retooling so we can bring you and exciting new Two Brothers experience. In the meantime, please enjoy our first floor cafe and the Third Floor cocktail lounge
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4.5
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4.4
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4.0
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The food was delicious but the service was slow and there was hardly anyone in the restaurant. It took awhile for drinks and we had to hunt the waitress down for refills or extra plates. I would go again to try other plates but won't rush back.

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W
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

Waiting area is in a coffee shop. While waiting to dine at a Brewery themed restaurant, it would be nice to sample the drinks that would be served at dinner. Service was sub-par as well.

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c
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food-the waitress was knowledgeable and friendly! Felt like I was at home

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

I really enjoyed the blacked mahi mahi, crab cake appetizer and basil fizz cocktail!

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MF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great dinner as always - love the chef’s creativity, wonderful environment and fantastic service!

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed our first time at the The Craftsman; although the menu is limited, the dishes served were well thought out and delicious. There is a wide selection of wines, although our server, specifically, could have been more knowledgeable about them, we were able to identify a good option with our meals and charcuterie. Based on the menu presentation, it appears that the focus is on wine and good food rather than Two Brother's usual beer presentations. Service and ambiance was nice, although seating is close (but not uncomfortable.) We will be back, and probably bring our friends!

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JG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Valentines Day menu was great. Everything was great.

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e
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal and great service!

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K
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved this restaurant. The food and service were top notch!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Good place would go again

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

Not a great experience. We were seated at least 15-20 minutes before our waitress stopped by, and the restaurant was not busy. When our food finally came, my entree (seared duck) was not cooked properly and seemed more raw than medium rare. The rest of the plate was ok, but not nearly as good as it sounded on the menu. They were nice enough to take it off the bill though, given I couldn’t eat much of the duck.

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d
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was very good, service was excellent and very friendly. The craft cocktails were delicious.

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A
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Fancy menu. I had the lamb shank. I disliked the beans but the shank was ok. The menu is a little classy. They do have a burger. Went in a Wednesday night and it was empty.

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s
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful and modern interior with the warmth of exposed brick, end cut wood floors, and unique lighting. Excellent service but the food was a little disappointing.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have a 1 year old and they were very kind - not all places with this type of ambience would have been as kind or excited to have a 1 year old. She behaved great and we had a lovely dinner!

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MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Food wasn't as good as the menu made it sound. Best thing was the cinnamon roll.

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a
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Just ok. Food is overpriced for the quality. I really wanted it to be better, it's a great location with good ambiance. Food was just not up to par with the other options in the area.

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SF
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very impressed with attentiveness and sheer quality of service. Food was equally impressive. Thank you.

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J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time there for an evening business dinner. Excellent service, friendly staff, great food and drinks, great atmosphere with 3 levels and outdoor deck space on top level for the summer. I will definitely go back with friends!

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CP
Charleston
29 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Went here for Sunday Brunch and their menu was just the right balance of breakfast and lunch. Portions were great and our server was awesome! Can't wait to go back again.

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BB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

The place was nice over all but the prices were high and the portions did not match. the noise level was very high hard to hold a conversation with someone across from you.

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AD
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

A nearby birthday table of 12? was celebrating making it a little loud to have a conversation. Scallops were perfect and service was good.

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C
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

On my 4th brunch here I thought the food was good. Not as outstanding. Previously I would say that it was outstanding for brunch! I do love that breakfast pizza! This time it was ok- but the ratios were off. The rest of my group of 10, which ranged in age from 10yrs-80 were not very impressed. They didn’t dislike anything. They felt like all of their meals were good, but it overall just missed that extra something to make them want to go back for it. Some of it is personal preference. But having been there before, I’d say it was a slightly off day. (I’ll still totally go back for the breakfast pizza!- Finally something different and delicious for vegetarians!)
The ambience is lovely. Don’t let the stairs scare you, there is an elevator should you need it.
Also, the tables near the open kitchen are nice as well. The kitchen operates surprisingly quietly.

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RE
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved The Craftsman! This was our first time there and we chose it for NYE. They had a designated prefix menu that was delicious. Generous portions, we had a tough time getting through all courses. Definitely worth it! I would like to go back to try other menu options. The salmon that I had was amazing. Service was great. attentive, even though they were slammed with the holiday.

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SS
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed a very nice meal. The food was very good and paired nicely with the wine. Our service was outstanding.

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MP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went to the New Year’s Eve dinner at the craftsman and had a great night. We enjoyed their fixed price menu and wine pairing and found it to be delicious and festive. All of the options looked appealing and we enjoyed it very much. After dinner we went upstairs to the third floor for a cocktail and that was a great end to our evening. Highly recommend!

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Since it was NYE, there was a special menu, not the regular menu. Pretty pricey, but everything was delicious.

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RK
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Very enjoyable. Enjoyed the salmon and a few appetizers. Service was very good, too

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TR
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 2

We did enjoy our lunch on Christmas Eve. It was a special occasion and the food was good, but I made reservations a few weeks in advance and specifically asked about the choices that would be available on the menu. I was told by the host there would be a brunch that day. I was given a brunch menu so I could have an idea of the typical brunch offerings. I was looking forward to some of the breakfast items. I was surprised and disappointed there was no brunch and with the actual choices on the menu that day. It was more dinner focused and in my opinion, too hearty for lunch, since we would be having dinner at 6:00 pm. It was not what I had planned when bringing guests here for the first time. The lunch choices were good, but not what I had in mind for a local and farm to table restaurant which is what is supposed to be the specialty.

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KS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I was disappointed with the scallop dish. The linguine had lots of thin strips of onion in it. I’ve never had linguine with onions in it, so I was surprised. I avoid onions due to digestive issues and there were so many I couldn’t avoid them. Needless to say I ate just the scallops 😝. The rest of the party had different items and were happy with their meals.

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s
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

32 wedding anniversary

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f
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, as always! A fun restaurant with greT service and food!

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s
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 2

Great place, local, indie restaurant with locally sourced ingredients, but way way too noisy!

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TC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent bar & restaurant. All around great experience - ambiance, food, service, and drinks.

Came in two hours earlier than our reservation, hostess said nothing was available but we could sit at the third story bar. The third story bar is accessed via a different exterior door and three flights of stairs. Once you arrived there, it's a beautiful bar. The waitress made two extremely excellent drinks. A manager hunted us down in the bar and let us know that there was in fact a table open - and he'd save it for us while we finished our drinks. After finishing he took us down to the second floor restaurant area. Lots of seats were open, but whatever. The combination meat & cheese plate was extraordinary, and the burrata was incredible. Last we had an eggnog cheesecake which was enough for two people and we ate it all, and we might have consumed another one!

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K
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food was good, fresh, the service was good, wasn't too crowded or noisy, great place for a Thursday gals night out would definitely recommend.

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PM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed the wine tasting/pairing menu. excellent service.

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M
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Had a very nice brunch. Food and service was very good with the restaurant has a very nice ambiance.

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JC
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I always get good food here. I'd say the friendliness of the staff has been hit or miss, but everybody was very pleasant on our last visit and our server was extremely nice and attentive. I had the house burger and it's reliably tasty, although so far medium has never been pink inside.

It's really ridiculously loud.

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DL
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Came here for a mini family reunion with my cousins. Great beer and great food. A little noisy, but not too much. Would definitely go again.

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DH
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Had a business dinner, the atmosphere, the service, the food and the drinks were really good, the price was a good value. The food came out of the kitchen a little too slow for me. All in all very good.

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