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“Hard to find unless you look along the river ...”

Bridge House Tavern
Ranked #173 of 9,604 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $29 - $31
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Clark & Chicago River
Transit: Located 2 blocks North of the Lake/Wells brown line el station.
Description: Bridge House Tavern is located on the river in the heart of the River North neighborhood. The one-of-a-kind location offers a polished tavern feel that allows diners to enjoy comfort food in a casual atmosphere. Some featured menu favorites include; the smoked salmon BLT with a bacon milkshake, Prime Rib of Pork, and Popcorn (laced with honey, bacon, jalapeno and smoked salt). Lunch & Dinner is served 7 days a week and brunch is served on the weekends. In addition to the 125 person patio on the river level, the outdoor terrace is open on the weekends for appetizers and beverages. Reservations are accepted for indoor seating only.
Reno, Nevada, United States
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Hard to find unless you look along the river ...”
Reviewed July 28, 2014

Slogging with our luggage from the blue line to our hotel after a ridiculously long flight from the west coast (stupid airlines), my husband and I spotted exactly where we wanted to return for dinner. We saw the tavern along the river, but weren't sure how to get down there. (Look for the sign prominently posted on the street-level elevator to the river level.) We were greeted immediately by a welcoming staff who took care of us from the moment we arrived until the moment we left. We did have to wait for a table, but not long enough to finish our beers. (Excellent choices of beer, draught and bottled, served by people who know beer.) We were seated shoreside and had the pleasure of a chat with people who arrived by boat, put in their orders, and ate on their boat deck. The wait staff worked efficiently but didn't not act hassled or harried (a very busy night) so we never felt like we were an imposition. (That can happen in busy, up-venue places.) The owner greeted diners, chatted a bit, and had time to tell us about his background, concept, and hopes for his restaurant. It is clear that he and his staff love what they do. A fabulous meal for a very reasonable price. And we had time to enjoy the one of the other major streets of Chicago -- the River.

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Canton, Ohio
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Sunday brunch”
Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

Loved our table on the river. Beautiful morning! Bloody Mary and Mimosas for 5 dollars and great food for all. We has the BLT with fries(they were delicious), corned beef hash, and chicken and waffles. Everyone was satisfied. Hostess very friendly and accommodating. Will come back.

Visited July 2014
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Super place for an event!”
Reviewed July 9, 2014

We had a business event on a Sunday evening. They are normally closed but opened up to us. The place is amazing for an event!! We had the entire restaurant, which opened up to the beautiful patio on the river. The food was perfect, service even better. Five thumbs up!

Visited May 2014
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Pensacola, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Pork tacos were amazing and location can't be beat”
Reviewed July 8, 2014

We ended up eating here twice on vacation. The pork tacos are really amazing. I also loved the cocktail with elderflower liquer. The view on a nice day really can't be beat. Service was good.

  • Visited July 2014
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Pretty location, but poor service”
Reviewed July 5, 2014

The location on the river is very nice. We were there for brunch and the food was decent. I had the biscuit with sausage, bacon and gravy. Good, but needed more gravy. My partner had the egg croissant sandwich which he liked. The service, though, was all over the place. Slow, but then came to try to take the plates away 3 times while I was obvious eating -- then when the plates were empty, we waited for 5 minutes. Very odd. In short, okay food, nice location, bad service. A restaurant you go to for the view and patio only.

  • Visited July 2014
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