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Twin Anchors Restaurant-Tavern

#167 of 8,136 Restaurants in Chicago
#186 of 8,721 Places to Eat in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Lincoln Park
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1655 N Sedgwick St, Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 266-1616
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Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Famous Ribs

Of course, everyone claims their ribs are the best on the planet. But these were very good, more on the lean/meaty side than the greasier end of the spectrum. The restaurant is an old corner tap that has been there for decades (1940's?) and has some history with Frank Sintara. Not a glamorous... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
chuck k
Madison, Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Business meetings
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
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Madison, Wisconsin
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84 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Of course, everyone claims their ribs are the best on the planet. But these were very good, more on the lean/meaty side than the greasier end of the spectrum. The restaurant is an old corner tap that has been there for decades (1940's?) and has some history with Frank Sintara. Not a glamorous restaurant by any means but great older... More 

Thank chuck k
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had dinner here before heading to comedy club. Great place to enjoy ribs - don't be shy - order a variety of sauces but don't be surprised if you like the spicy one the best. Fast service, great atmosphere. Cannot wait to return!

Thank JenniferS62
Los Gatos, California
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43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

I didn't have any much expectations about this place, even though it states as must-go in several touristic brochures. Tavern was pretty packed, we ordered our food, sipped wine - just average, btw. But when they bring fillet minion I was hit! Delicious, juiciest meat! Cooked to perfection! My husband ordered ribs and meat literally fell off the bone. Highly... More 

Thank Illumiya
Menlo Park, California
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54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I love Twin Anchors and have been going there since the late 80s, anytime I'm visiting Chicago. I've taken my wife, kids and father to this wonderfully cozy neighborhood sanctuary where I think the babyback ribs are outstanding. I am sure there are ribs experts who know better places for dem bones, but I cannot imagine a more satisfying overall... More 

Thank peter s
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Twin Anchors is a classic midwestern, neighborhood bar, with a few tables in the bar and a little dining room in the back. I always sit at the bar and eat, since that seems to be where all the ambience is centered. The beers and drinks are plentiful, and the ribs are finger licking good. They aren't trying to be... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

This neighborhood restaurant is more of a neighborhood bar. If I lived here it would be my watering hole. Good selection of beer. Great friendly staff. The problem is the ribs are ridiculously bad. I never seen baby backs so small and lack of meat. It looks like it came from neighborhood cats. To charge $25 is robbery. The sauces... More 

Thank Stephen C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Eleven of us sought out an iconic neighborhood restaurant north of downtown for a continuation of our family reunion gathering. Classic corner bar type restaurant with excellent food and friendly service. Current family ownership for 38 years or so. Our server has been there for 37 of those years. Spinach dip served with warm tortillas was excellent. Ribs with "Prohibition"... More 

Thank Carl D
Pinckney, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We went here on a recommendation from a friend and loved the place. Nice ambience. People were friendly and it was worth the mile and a half walk from the Apollo Theatre. The ribs fell off the bone and sauce was delicious. They even had REALLY good gluten free beer for me to have with my ribs. Had fun outside... More 

Thank Ginny D
Athens, Greece
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Went there on an October night with friends. The ribs are phenomenally good. The combination with the chilli sauces and the slaw or beans makes a heavenly experience. Also tried the chicken wings which didn't fail to please. All plates were made with the same ingredients that dreams are made of. The environment and the service have not evolved in... More 

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Northfield, Ohio
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Twin Anchors is a cozy old bar that serves excellent BBQ to patrons in the Old town neighborhood. Walls are covered with photos of celebrities who have dined there over the many decades that the place has been pleasing palates with its 3 sauce choices and well-prepared ribs and chicken. Service is prompt and friendly, the bar has a wide... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1655 N Sedgwick St, Chicago, IL 60614
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Lincoln Park
  • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
  • Phone Number: (312) 266-1616

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, American, Steakhouse, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups


Open Hours
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Lincoln Park

Neighborhood Profile
Lincoln Park
Head to the North Side of Chicago for a stroll through one of the city’s greenest neighborhoods. Lincoln Park boasts over 1200 acres of green space complete with a free zoo open to visitors year-round. This pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is lined with parks, row homes, boutiques, taverns, and nature. Lincoln Park itself borders the lakefront area offering peaceful views of the water and the Chicago skyline. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is one of the most popular attractions in the area, with the Chicago History Museum a close second. Armitage Avenue is where you’ll find great shopping from high-end retailers and small boutiques, whereas Clark Street houses cafes and restaurants. For more highbrow entertainment, walk along Lincoln Avenue to find some of Chicago’s finer museums and theaters.