About State and Lake Chicago Tavern
Chicago, IL 60601
Offering Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Weekend Brunch utilizing local and regional ingredients, Chef Nathan Sears's menu is composed of small plates and larger entrees. Artisanal beer selections – many from the Midwest – pair gracefully with the fare as does State and Lake Chicago Tavern's extensive wine list and handcrafted, classic cocktails.
Hours of Operation:
BREAKFAST Monday-Friday: 6:30am-11am
LUNCH Monday-Friday: 11am-4pm
DINNER Monday - Thursday: 4pm-11pm, Friday-Saturday: 4pm-2am, Sunday: 4pm-10pm
WEEKEND BRUNCH 7am - 2pm
$30 and under
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: Live Acoustic Music 9PM
Valet parking is offered through the hotel:
0 - 3 hours: $17
2 - 8 hours: $28
Over 8 hours: $65
Red Line: State and Lake
Brown/Purple/Green/Orange Line: State and Lake
Blue Line: Clark and Lake
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
If you are interested in booking a private event, please contact our Restaurant Sales Department at (312) 239-9563 or by email at email@example.com
State and Lake Chicago Tavern is an ideal location to enjoy a breakfast event, business or girl’s luncheon, or a plethora of events including after work receptions, rehearsal dinners, or corporate dinners. A warm rustic space filled with organic colors and vintage elements.
State and Lake Chicago Tavern Ratings and Reviews
I've visited George many times over the past 4-5 years and it's always a pleasure. I hadn't been in over 2 years after moving out of the neighborhood and was happy to see him again this morning. Just as expected he remembered my name and my line of work. He's a true gem for State and Lake and we'll be back to visit him again soon!
Service was poor. Waite came up to our table 5 times I a row when we told him each time we weren't ready to order. then we ordered appetizer and he tried to pressure us into ordering entrée because there would be an hour wait otherwise. He couldn't explain the entrees. then when we did order the food came in the middle of appetizer. Orders were wrong. and redone and served cold. What was nice is the manager comped one of the entrees. I would not go back
Ate here twice, once for dinner, once for breakfast. With prices like these, I could be eating at Kinkaid's, and the food was nowhere near the quality of Kinkaid's. Style over substance, including the service (I don't really need three people attending my table; I don't need the floor manager to stop by and see how things are). Maybe the sticker shock is the difference between my metro area (3.5M) and Chicago (9.5M). Whatever the cause, not looking for a return visit.
Patrick provided excellent service and our food was wonderful. The location is super convenient to the Chicago Theater.
A couple of loud patrons a few tables away made hearing our conversation a challenge but they eventually stopped shouting to each other across their table.
Food was excellent. Service was horrible. We sat down at the end of the breakfast rush. Were seated at a table still being cleared (though there were other empty tables available). Waiter immediately poured coffee, had to be beckoned back to the table so we could request cream. I ordered hot tea and had to order again from another waiter who came along later after never receiving it from the first. All the while, no spoons at the table so my colleagues were using their knives and forks to stir their coffee. Placed our order. Asked for spoons. Spoons delivered. Order delivered except for the toast. Halfway through our meals, still no toast. Beckoned the waiter who said he'd check on the toast right away. Brought the toast. Explained the delay due to bread being downstairs in freezer. What?! We had to ask for butter. He brought the butter, explaining that the butter isn't gluten free so they don't put it on gluten free toast. What?! I questioned that and he said that's what the chef says. That waiter disappeared. We literally didn't see him again. Host came to fill our water glasses and explains that they don't butter the gluten free toast because frequently guests who order gluten free also are dairy free. Fine. Or, I suggested, your could ask the guests when they order. She said that's why the waiter brings butter separately. Yes, I said, after you ask for it. Again, great food. Horrible service.
Second time there, and again, very underwhelming. We mistakenly ordered non-pub food (appetizer scallops) and they were thoroughly atrocious: fishy tasting and in a sauce that tasted canned. If you must eat here, order the burger and the wings. Don't try and give them the benefit of the doubt.
Best place for brunch. There a lot of good places in chicago for brunch but this one is very special as the staff here are personable and the food is always consistent. Try their chicken and waffles, they are definitely the best in town with the white BBQ sauce and chili sauce.
Ate here twice - dinner and breakfast.
Dinner was fine. Drinks were great but dinner was OK. I had whitefish which was a bit overwhelmed by the flavor of olives - a strong flavor with such a delicate fish. The accompaniments were very good.
Breakfast was outstanding. The weekend brunch menu had several dishes that tempted me. I had the burnt ends hash with perfect poached eggs on top. Great English muffin on the side and wonderful coffee. I'll definitely stop here for breakfast again even if I'm not staying at the hotel.
Service was friendly. Enjoyed the video fireplaces. Apparently you get suspenders when you are a server....
We have eaten at State & Lake several times before and were pleased with the food. But this time there was a new menu which was VERY limited. I don't eat meat or poultry, and there was almost nothing for me. Even the one fish dish was cooked in duck fat and served with cabbage cooked with pork! I ordered the only vegetarian dish, a risotto with rapini. The rapini was burnt, tough, stringy, and so bitter as to be inedible. The risotto was lukewarm. I sent it back, and eventually received a replacement that was much better. The waiter and manager were apologetic and the manager took 20% off our check. But we will not go back. In the past there was a large selection of fish and vegetarian options. This new menu, introduced by the new chef, is meat-heavy, and not at all appealing to me. Very disappointing.
A very hip place with a very eclectic menu. A little pricey, wines more so. A scallop app that was over the top. A great pork chop entree. A unique pasta dish with a wild boar sauce that was amazing. Finally, a PB&J cheesecake for dessert to complete the great experience. A shout out to our server, Matthew, who helped make the meal memorable.
What rating for this place is based on the type of restaurant it is and not related to any of my other dining experiences. This is a gastropub plain and simple. The type of place you go for burgers and club sandwiches and salads. This is not fine dining but for burgers and salads it's pretty darn good. The service is good and you can get in and out of there fairly quickly so I would recommend it for lunches or dinners around work
Before making our reservation we checked out the menu and it looked great. We arrived at 5:00 and was seated immediately. When looking at the menu we were surprised! There was very few food options. We asked the waiter about the menu, he told us because it's 5:00 they only serve bar food. We were disappointed.
We ended up getting burgers and mushroom salads. The burgers were delicious!
The mushroom salad didn't have lettuce. We couldn't figure out what was on the plate besides mushrooms. The mushroom plate was a waste!
For the price point, the food was not of the quality we were expecting. We ordered a chestnut celery soup that was served lukewarm, and and had a citrus zest and some sort of pine needle-like herb that made it unappetizing. Also, the kids meal we ordered for our son came with french fries that had parsley on them. Of course, our son would not touch them. Lastly, I felt that the glass of wine I ordered was an exceptionally short pour. We were disappointed overall.
Went here before a play. We were seated right away and our server was very attentive. All of our drinks were good. The fish tacos were somewhat bland and only a few greens came with them as a side. The rest of our food was just ok, nothing was outstanding. This is a good pre- theater restaurant as you can be in and out quickly if needed and it is within walking distance to all of the theaters.
Great location if you are going to Chicago Theatre. Food was fresh and fantastic, but more a sharable type menu. Entrees not large portion sizes so for big eaters be prepared to dial it down. Desserts tasted wonderful, but could tell they are premade and refrigerated for the week.
We needed a place to grab a quick bite before the show st the Chicago theatre and it could t have been a better choice. Our table was ready, the hostess took our order quickly and the waitstaff made sure we got our drinks and food quickly but without feeling rushed. Food was great. It was a perfect choice.
We tend to go here a lot before the theater. The service is great and we can get small plates we love as well as delicious entrées that would satisfy even the pickiest foodie. Their cocktails and beer choices also never disappoint. The desserts they create are different and really top off the meal.
Drinks were a bit pricey (probably not for Chicago) but we ended splitting a burger but our bill was very high for 6 drinks and a half a burger each. The acoustic guitar player was awesome. Staff was friendly but our waiter wasn't too great at being attentive but it was busy and other staff members were so maybe that is how they do it. very convenient especially if going to Chicago theatre. Liked the atmosphere.
The main reason I chose S&L was because of its close proximity to The Chicago Theater and the fact that they could accommodate my large group of 11 women pre-concert. The restaurant and bar and very nice, modern, upscale. Great large corner booth/table for our group. Nice TV screens for viewing. The food was good, but the menu (even the bar menu) was so limited! Disappointingly so. Our server hustled and, as all wait staff know, it isn't easy with a big group like this. The prices were a little high... even for this area and being attached to the hotel.
I would still recommend for drinks and ambiance.
A friend and I went to the State and Lake Tavern for dinner and drinks to watch the Cubs playoff game. I had been here for brunch but never for dinner. Televisions were set up just as we wanted them and we had a perfect seat. The waiter we had was so nice and even though he knew we were parked for the evening until the game was over, he kept seeing if we needed anything and we always had the food and drinks in a timely manner. The food was really outstanding. The tavern was featured in an article about "the best place downtown to watch the game with good food" and this is how I had the idea to go. It was certainly correct.
The luncheon salads and entrees were creative and very tasty. Our only issue with our experience was the wine list. There was no house wine, and the wines per glass were the same price --if not more-- than the price of the entrees. Still, it's a great Loop hang-out!
Food was great. Service was negligible. Servers wore Cubs t-shirts and looked like busboys. Lots of TVs with sports.
Not the ambiance I had hoped for or expected at a place with a $14 martini.
An expensive sports bar. Don't be fooled by its inclusion on Open Table.
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.