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About State and Lake Chicago Tavern
Led by award-winning Executive Chef Nathan Sears, sleek contemporary gastropub State and Lake Chicago Tavern combines the flare of artisanal American cuisine with the warm, welcoming vibe of a neighborhood pub. Named after the iconic intersection in the heart of the city, State and Lake Chicago Tavern serves up new twists on bistro fare, with an emphasis on featuring the finest locally sourced and wholesome ingredients. Offering Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night and Weekend Brunch, 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.
Chicago, IL 60601
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 10PM
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, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
If you are interested in booking a private event, please contact our Catering Department at (312) 239-9517 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
We selected this restaurant based on the online menu. When we were seated and presented with a menu we discovered that it was nothing like the online menu. When we asked the server he just airily said "oh the online menu is nothing like our actual menu". The actual menu did not have choices that we were particularly enthusiastic about and we left.
I have going to State & Lake for years as I stay at the attached hotel many times a year. They keep changing the menu and it isn't good. They have limited option, took off most of the popular items - It was like a bar & grill but now it is trying to be something it is not and it isn't working. It used to be full and vibrant and the last 2 times that I have been there it was empty- it is a shame cause it was and could be a great place
Loved the avocado toast with gluten free bread. It was like a burst of sunshine in my mouth. My husband got their burger....it was a burger. Not busy when we went before ansundya theatre matinee of hamilton. I had made a reservation and totally didn't need to. There were like three tables. The servers were sooo nice! The theme of the restaurant is confusing. Playing country music but the decor (minus anset of antlers) does not look like a country theme at all.
Definitely go for brunch!
The Spring Onion Soup was excellent - the flavor delicious and presentation very hip. I didn't expect it to be a cream based soup either from the description or because the server didn't describe or acknowledge it but it was fantastic.
The lemon pomegranate sorbet had a unique favor but as I asked for it to go was little more than a frozen icee. Hopefully different when eaten in the restaurant.
It was late and while I was asked if I'd like anything else it was apparent it was the end of the night service wise as the consistency of who was taking care of me was based mostly on who was nearby and "excuse me's". The bar was full, a large group dinner and rowdy table of drinkers made it obvious this is more bar than dinner late.
Food nonetheless is excellent.
Pre fix menu is a good pre-show idea, but not executed 100%. Each dish was just a little over or under done, and the deserts were meh. Maybe you were down a few servers the night we were there, but ours had to run ragged inside and outside. The meals were not served temp you would expect for the price you pay. I would not recommend, and will not return.
We stop by State & Lake every time we have tickets for the theater.
The food is really good and they have great creative cocktails.
Service though is always average at best. It seems they are always in a rush - which means they are understaffed. Seems like an easy enough issue to fix, but it's always the same problem.
This last time we wanted to order food before going to the show. We ended up not getting a chance as the server never came back after our appetizers were delivered.
Horrible slow service.
Limited menu with poor execution. Mussels were cold and mushy. Lacked taste .Wings were dry and cold. Wait staff was not attentive as drinks were forgotten and was overwhelmed serving tables. Many other restaurants in the area that are much better before a show. They need to get it together!!!!
Out hostess was a bit busy but immediately let us know she would be right with us. There was no one waiting and it didn't seem to be completely filled. Our waiter was outstanding and very polite. He gave us great service and was timely. My first glass of wine seemed pretty small amount although they have large wine glasses. When my second glass of wine arrived it was considerably more in the glass. I wondered if I had earlier was the last of a bottle? We ordered the appetizer Garlic Mussels. It was improperly cooked and we had to send it back. When we received the better cooked mussels we had to have our dinner come out right away since we had a show to attend at the Chicago Theater across the street. My husband ordered the steak which is pricey. But it didn't taste like it. It seemed a bit dry and over cooked. We don't mind spending money on dinner but I do expect the food to equal the price. I would have had a better tasting steak at the Outback and pay less. Again our waiter was excellent. He made the evening seem less troublesome. Next time I go to the Chicago Theater, I would consider eating somewhere else.
They have a somewhat limited menu (~5 snacks, 5 apps, 8 entrees and 6 desserts) and they were out of 5 or 6 things on the menu, so that really limited our options. The server forgot numerous drinks throughout the dinner. The ambiance was nice, but overall it was kind of a disappointment for a pre-show dinner.
We were there for a pre-theater dinner. We were waited on right away with drinks and an appetizer but once we ordered our food it took about 1/2 hour to bring it. The place was virtually emptied out by the time we got our food. It worked out ok since the show started late - but I think our dishes had been sitting in the kitchen for a bit. I had the chicken and it was good but cold.
I had a reservation and the requested a high top when called to confirm by the restaurant
The host would not oblige stating those were for guests of four, he then seated the last three high tops with 3 parties of 2
Simply horrible leadership at the host stand
I've eaten mussels in many restaurants over many years, but I've never had a mussel dish this bad - ever. The mussels were tiny, dry, often shells with nothing inside, the so-called sauce was a few tablespoons of unflavored liquid, the bagget was two stale pieces of cold bread. I would have sent it back but since we rarely saw our waiter and had a show to go to, I mostly just left it, and left hungry after spending a lot of money on a couple glasses of wine. That said, the broccoli salad was good and my companion enjoyed her burger. I would not return, however.
Dinner was good. Expensive. Wife has severe wine allergy which really limited her options. All entrees had wine in them. Ended up with a burger, they were able to leave out the wine on this item. The staff was helpful but her choices were few. Most restaurants can accommodate for the allergy and provide a much broader selection. Because of this I would not be able to return.
The State Lake Restaurant is in the trendy Wit Hotel at one of the Chicago Loop's busiest corners. You can enter the restaurant through the hotel lobby (which overlooks the State Lake "L" platform) or through the restaurant's own State Street entrance. The menu is limited, but has everything for a burger to entrees, plus a variety of bar plates (they get an after work bar crowd.) Entrees were much better than I anticipated and fairly priced. Cocktails were expensive (downtown hotel rates) but well-made and generous. Good beer options. Atmosphere is casual but comfortable. We were there during March Madness and there were too many TV screens for my taste -- but I've been there at other times and learned that the TVs retractable (they actually retract into the walls when there are no major events).
Unimpressed. Served my beer in a plastic cup even tho St. Pat's day parade long over. I don't go to a nice place to get a beer in a plastic cup which seemed smaller than it should have been also. Burger was ok but duck was tough. Soup good but risotto marginal at best. For the price you can find much better food downtown.
Overall, my group did not have a largely positive experience. I made the reservation same-day for my group of 8, on St. Patrick's Day, which was VERY convenient. Considering there were lines of people waiting to get into many restaurants/ bars in downtown Chicago, we considered ourselves lucky to get a reservation for our group.
We arrived a few minutes early and the restaurant had several available tables, but we still had a 10 minute wait until we were seated (after 5 minutes of waiting, they cleared off and cleaned a large table for 8 people that had been unused at the time of our arrival). Our server seemed like he was having a stressful day (which is understandable, considering we were downtown in Chicago on St. Patrick's Day), but was not very attentive to our table and always seemed to be in a hurry with us, even though there were a lot of open tables and the restaurant didn't seem slammed.
Multiple times throughout the meal, the Handicap door entrance to the restaurant (which was right next to our table) was opened, which forced the cold air from outside into our faces at the table (it was around 30 degrees outside at the time of our meal). One time, it was opened by two members of the restaurant staff who needed to dump a large trough of ice outside... VERY cold...
All in all, I think that our experience was not great, but that under different circumstances and with a few tweaks, it could have been a lot better.
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