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Sweetwater Tavern & Grille

#395 of 7,852 Restaurants in Chicago
#432 of 8,617 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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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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: Late Night, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, 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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  • 60
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  • 8
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  • 1
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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 service, This was a second but great choice

We went here after seeing the lineups at Giordano's were longer than we wanted to wait. I ordered the Cobb salad and my wife had the Garlic Parmesan wings. The salad was great but my wife found the wings to be on the greasy side but still definitely edible. The service was outstanding including... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
papabear192
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Calgary, Alberta
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Westchester County, NY
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Delicious restaurant near the Hyatt Regency Hotel. It is a sports bar sort of restaurant, but certainly great if you just want a delicious meal. We thoroughly enjoyed having a place for a sit down dinner after touring all day.

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Lancashire
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We usually have a rule on holiday to only visit a place once and ensure we maximise our experience. However, we broke this rule for Sweetwater dining there three times. They were just as polite when we turned up hot and sticky with rucksacks from a days walking as when we were changed and dressed up for the evening. Friendly... More 

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Calgary, Alberta
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41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We went here after seeing the lineups at Giordano's were longer than we wanted to wait. I ordered the Cobb salad and my wife had the Garlic Parmesan wings. The salad was great but my wife found the wings to be on the greasy side but still definitely edible. The service was outstanding including the willingness to change a couple... More 

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Warrensburg, Missouri
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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I was walking with my infant and MIL around the park and she was getting tired, so we stopped in for dinner. We got a great little table outside and was brought water quickly. That's where the good ends. It took 5+ minutes to get the waiter to the table to ask for a straw, we put our order in... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We were a little tired from walking by the lake, and took a cab to Michigan Ave to find somewhere to stop in and have some drinks. The atmosphere is very lively with louder music - definitely more appealing to a young crowd. Our waitress was VERY snobby and barely came to the table. We ended up spending $40 on... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

In Chicago to pick up a completed passport, Y. and I stopped at this inviting outdoor grille (Indoor seating is also available.). After a long drive, then hearing sirens blaring, engines revving and the continuous din of the city, for us, Sweetwater put the "rest" in restaurant. With oodles of flowers and contrasting dark red and green foliage, its laid-back... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We were starving after walking around Chicago all morning and found Sweetwater Tavern and Grille online. Very conveniently located on Michigan Ave. just south of the river. It has a sophisticated but casual atmosphere inside and a lovely patio area outside. Cody, our server, was friendly and attentive without hovering--you know what I mean. Now, let me tell you about... More 

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St. John's, Canada
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44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We stopped by this restaurant for a light lunch and enjoyed an hour sitting outside on a beautiful day. I had a Cobb salad which was fresh, had a nice dressing and generous portions of ingredients. My wife's Chicken Cowboy salad was not so good with a dfressing not to her taste.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

If you like beer, the selection here is great. The food was actually great. Or party had mostly sandwiches (GET THE TATER TOTS)

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Williamsburg, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This was very close to our hotel, and after a long day of travel we decided to take a chance. It's a nice-looking place and our waiter was very friendly. My husband had an ahi-tuna wrap, which he greatly enjoyed. I had the hummus wrap. It was delicious! I had ordered something else but they were out of it. Luckily... 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.