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About State and Lake Chicago Tavern
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.
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 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 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 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.
I've been here a number of times, but was disappointed this time around. The menu has gotten less interesting over time. Prices are high and don't include very much. There were three of us --- the salmon portion was very small, the porkchop was large --- but completely untrimmed with nothing else on the plate. We asked for bread --- and what came was pretty tired and meager. Dessert was great, but the food level just not high enough to justify the prices. The friend with the burger was happy --- if I come back, I'll probably stick to the burger and a beer.
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.
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