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Sweetwater Tavern & Grille

#116 of 7,467 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Downtown / The Loop
Contemporary, Gastropub, American, Bar, Pub
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225 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601 (South Water St.)
+1 312-698-7111
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Open now
All hours
Sun 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Sat 10:00 am - 1:00 am
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Walked down to The Gage, and it was a 45 minute wait. Looked like a happening place to meet someone. Went back to Sweetwater, and no wait and good food.

Thank Greg S
Muscatine, Iowa
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47 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Close to Millennium Park and reasonably priced. Large beer selection. Food was very good. I had the fish tacos and my daughter had the Red Velvet pancakes as it was the weekend brunch menu. Only a few negatives otherwise would have given a 5. The hostess didn't talk very clearly or loud enough, so may want to provide some training.... More 

Thank Tracy M
Saginaw, Mi
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you like to pay $14 for a burger then this place is for you. However, the food is good. They are not generous with the fries which is probably why they serve ketchup in a container smaller than a shot glass. Plenty of TVs in the place so you are bound to catch your favorite sports game on the... More 

Thank Saginaw_Mosquito
Dallas, Texas
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69 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The food and atmosphere was great! We had the pulled pork sandwich and a burger. Delicious! I loved the taste of the BBQ sauce! The staff was great! The atmosphere with the TVs and music was fun! Loved our choice!

Thank Carole7117
Scottburgh, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We just needed a bite, nothing fancy, as we were peckish on the way back to our hotel. We were pleasantly surprised as the decor doesnt suggest this would be any different to the normal plain and sometimes boring eateries as TV's everywhere generally distract you from the food. We had 3 very different meals - baked cheese and spinach,... More 

Thank Tony K
New Iberia, Louisiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Bang Bang Shrimp good - not quite like BoneFish Grill in Louisiana! But very good. Calamari also very delicious. Sitting outside - nice atmosphere.

Thank Denise B
Albuquerque, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Just finished lunch at Sweetwater. My wife had the Santa Fe chicken wrap nothing special and had to ask for some sauce because it was a little dry. I had the skirt steak and it was delicious. We had just finished a river cruse and this restaurant was eazy to get to and had good service.

Thank Joseph W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I had the coconut red curry with halibut and It was very tasty I am a fish and also a curry lover and the fish was cooked to perfection , curry sauce was tasty but a bit water for my liking

Thank markanois
Newtown, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had reservations for a large party and were seated promptly. Waitress forgot us and we had to find someone to take a drink order. We asked that the kids food come out first, and of course, all the adult meals came out first. We were seated in a room that allowed us to hear the dyson-like hand dryer every time... More 

Thank Beth K
New York City, New York
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13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A huge bar and restaurant which is very popular with locals. It can take a while to get in or you can sit outside. Wide range of food on the menu.. Typical pub food. Reasonably priced.

Thank Trish F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $30
Contemporary, Gastropub, American, Bar, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
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
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 beers, Sweetwater is the perfect destination for lunch, dinner, happy hour, and late night celebrating. With over 20 flat panel TVs, a private dining room, oversized booth seating, two lounge areas, and a large bar with community tables, Sweetwater provides an ideal atmosphere for almost any occasion.

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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.