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Sweetwater Tavern & Grille

#342 of 7,763 Restaurants in Chicago
#370 of 8,516 Places to Eat in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Downtown / The Loop
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225 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601 (South Water St.)
All loop elevated and subway trains (State & Lake), all Michigan Ave. bus routes (routes 3, 6, 20, 26, N66, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 151 and 157
+1 312-698-7111
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10:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Sat 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Located on Michigan Ave. in the heart of downtown Chicago, Sweetwater is a...
Located on Michigan Ave. in the heart of downtown Chicago, Sweetwater is a 200 seat restaurant that offers a warm and cozy atmosphere complimented by upscale tavern fare. With a diverse selection of menu items to choose from and over 70 craft brewed beers, Sweetwater is the perfect destination for lunch, dinner, happy hour, and late night celebrating. With over 20 flat panel TV's, a private dining room, oversized booth seating, 2 lounge areas, and a large bar with community tables, Sweetwater provides an ideal atmosphere for almost any occasion.
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  • 49
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great place to people watch

Had a wonderful outside lunch on a perfect day. The food was very good. I had the Salmon sandwich with sweet potato fries which was very good. The others in the party had the santé fe chicken wrap with tater tots and the Cowboy Chicken salad (pulled chicken, avocado, pepper jack, corn & black... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
SIUSaluki86
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Northbrook, Illinois
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Northbrook, Illinois
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45 reviews 45 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Had a wonderful outside lunch on a perfect day. The food was very good. I had the Salmon sandwich with sweet potato fries which was very good. The others in the party had the santé fe chicken wrap with tater tots and the Cowboy Chicken salad (pulled chicken, avocado, pepper jack, corn & black bean relish, etc.). Sweetwater has a... More 

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New Delhi, India
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60 reviews 60 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

It was raining and so we pre-poned our lunch and walked into Sweetwater Tavern & Grille to avoid getting wet in rain. And ended up having a sumptuous lunch. We ordered Hummus but found the pita breads over baked. It was replaced promptly, the Chef himself came to deliver the freshly baked pita and apologized for serving over baked breads.... More 

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6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

My husband and I checked this place out the first day in Chicago for lunch. So glad we did! The food was very good and the service we had was great too. Definitely recommend!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We had just arrived in Chicago and was starving. We walked a couple blocks from our hotel to Sweetwater. Our waitress was awesome. I did not catch her name- very thin blonde. She was amazing. She gave us tips on things to do while in town and was so sweet. We ordered the cheese curds as an app. He ordered... More 

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Kingstown, St. Vincent
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Porter ale - 1st time for everything. Now this is a nice mix of all american food and booze. Try it!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I ate here for dinner with my coworkers. Food was good typical bar food. The blueberry beer was tasty. The atmosphere was loud but not too loud where I couldn't hear the people at my table. I would return next time I'm in Chicago.

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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52 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We were staying at the Hard Rock Hotel across the street and had a couple of lunches here, sitting outside. Nice food, some lighter options if you are not too hungry, wraps or a good selection of appetisers. Good beers too.

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Singapore, Singapore
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41 reviews 41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015 via mobile

I eat here as its near to the hotel where I stay and as a solo female traveler, I feel safe in this restaurant because it is always crowded especially if there is a game on. The food is average but the noise is incredible, one has to shout to be heard and there are people doing that as they... More 

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Virginia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Our leisurely lunch was truly a sweet experience. The menu was diverse and reasonable. The selection of beers was exceptional, I counted 83, many on tap. But the sweetest part was the service. Our waiter, Cody, full of good information and excellent recommendations on the menu and the beers. His recommendations were spot on. He was also a genuinely pleasant... More 

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WORCESTER
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438 reviews 438 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Came here for lunch before we left Chicago after a long weekend. It was a great ending. We enjoyed outdoor seating, it was a perfect day. The menu had lots of great options, even some brunch items and one of their side options is tater tots. I haven't had tater tots in a long time so I was excited to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 225 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601
    (South Water St.)
  • Public Transportation: All loop elevated and subway trains (State & Lake), all Michigan Ave. bus routes (routes 3, 6, 20, 26, N66, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 151 and 157
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
  • Neighborhood: Downtown / The Loop
  • Phone Number: +1 312-698-7111

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

Located on Michigan Ave. in the heart of downtown Chicago, Sweetwater is a 200 seat restaurant that offers a warm and cozy atmosphere complimented by upscale tavern fare. With a diverse selection of menu items to choose from and over 70 craft brewed beers, Sweetwater is the perfect destination for lunch, dinner, happy hour, and late night celebrating. With over 20 flat panel TV's, a private dining room, oversized booth seating, 2 lounge areas, and a large bar with community tables, Sweetwater provides an ideal atmosphere for almost any occasion.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 1:00 am

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Downtown / The Loop

Neighborhood Profile
Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.