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South Branch Tavern & Grille

South Branch Tavern & Grille

American Restaurant, Beer Garden, and Bar$$$$
The Loop, Chicago
  • The experts at Crain's Chicago Business and Serious Eats recommend this place
    • Crain's Chicago Business
    • Serious Eats
  • Kate
    "Awesome way to start off happy hour at this popular loop bar"(7 Tips)
    Bharath K.
    "The Bang Bang shrimps is a must order, was creamy and yummy ....."(2 Tips)
    Katie B.
    "The spicy tuna wrap is amazing."(2 Tips)
    Mike W.
    "Pros: Good food, great beer selection, nice outdoor space."(8 Tips)
53 Tips and reviews
  • happy hour
  • outdoor seating
  • cocktails
  • shrimp
  • lively
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  • Molly L.
    Molly LynnMarch 4, 2015
    Great spot for happy hour or a work lunch. Good food and drinks. Would not go here on weekends given loop location though.
    Upvoted Jul 15
  • @jason_
    @jason_April 4, 2014
    This is great spot, be sure dress to impress. I heard from my local business acquaintance the patio is the place to be in the spring & summer time.
  • Linda F.
    Linda FelterAugust 15, 2014
    On a nice day your best bet to get a table outside for happy hour is to go early (4pm) or go late (6:30pm).
  • AskMen
    AskMenApril 1, 2011
    Tasty bites such as bacon-wrapped Cajun shrimp and sesame ahi tuna wraps provide a potent punch of flavor during a post-work stop. Read more
  • Mike W.
    Mike WilkinsJuly 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Pros: Good food, great beer selection, nice outdoor space. Cons: Always a zoo. Seems like you need a "reservation" for just about any table during happy hour. Service is BRUTAL.
  • Stephanie B.
    Stephanie BustillosAugust 23, 2011
    In the mist of busking downtown Chicago a chic and affordable restaurant and bar attracting the usual professionals and explorers alike.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsFebruary 3, 2014
    Most of the menu is a miss, except for the incredibly solid club sandwich.
  • Kate
    KateDecember 28, 2011
    Buffalo chicken rolls are the best I've had ! Awesome way to start off happy hour at this popular loop bar
  • Lee J.
    Lee JApril 16, 2014
    Weekly Seafood specials! Snapper, Salmon, shrimp... always amazing!
  • Jacqueline M.
    Jacqueline McFaddenJanuary 1, 2013
    I would luv to try:Herb Crusted Salmon Sautéed spinach, grape tomatoes, roasted tomato coulis sauce
  • Cherai L.
    Cherai LewisJuly 2, 2013
    The entree salads are yummy! They also substituted meats so I appreciated the flexibility.
  • Shannon C.
    Shannon CurrieFebruary 28, 2014
    Ask for Katie Hogberg she's the best server...great attitude and very attentive to our table.
  • SpringRewards
    SpringRewardsNovember 21, 2013
    Great place to relax & grab some drinks/food after work. An escape from the hustle & bustle of the Loop. Sign up for their new rewards program & get $5 back!
  • Jason K.
    Jason KennedyMay 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Fish tacos, buffalo chicken wrap and the new Tar Heel BBQ sandwich are top notch
  • Katie B.
    Katie BucknerSeptember 11, 2013
    The spicy tuna wrap is amazing. AND THEY HAVE TATER TOTS.
  • Bharath K.
    Bharath KSeptember 6, 2014
    The Bang Bang shrimps is a must order, was creamy and yummy .....
  • Brad S.
    Brad SaxonAugust 7, 2014
    Come here with coworkers for drinks. Good beer menu. Standard Loop drink prices. Food menu is decent, but on the higher priced side.
  • Réjane P.
    Réjane PierreAugust 28, 2011
    The Nola salad is to die for! Love the citrus vinaigrette dressing.
  • Mark B.
    Mark BrouchAugust 7, 2014
    Great outdoor happy hour spot if you can get a seat.
  • Mariana F.
    Mariana FilizolaJune 14, 2011
    Wonderfull!!! Shrimps are the best that i ate in my abole life! I really loved!!!
  • Christelle F.
    I love the bang bang shrimps with sweet potatoes fries
  • James B.
    James Broccoli1 week ago
    Good salads with healthy portions. A little pricy.
  • @nicoleyeary
    @nicoleyearyNovember 24, 2011
    as my first time, & it was cold out? The warm potato soup is great!
  • Matt N.
    Matt NJune 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Hot turkey sandwich with taters it's for lunch is awesome!
  • David J.
    David JefferyMay 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    It's all about their fried cheese curds! Must try!
  • Jason Z.
    Jason ZhuoDecember 20, 2012
    this is my favourte food and I order always
  • Crain's Chicago Business
    Crain's Chicago BusinessOctober 25, 2012
    The menu looks tempting, but the kitchen too often plays it safe and middle-of-the-road. Read more
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BeckApril 4, 2016
    Decent beer selection and tasty cheese curds
  • Liz E.
    Liz EvansSeptember 29, 2015
    Ate outside, great for lunch by the river!
  • Jonathan T.
    Jonathan TaiberSeptember 26, 2012
    Good weather, request patio seating. Great night tonight.
  • Monti B.
    Monti BrayAugust 14, 2014
    Enjoy happy hour outside and scope out all the eligible bachelors.
  • mark
    markSeptember 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Cookie griddle is one of the best in the city.
  • Chazamm
    ChazammJune 27, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    If you like Sausage Fests this is a must stop
  • Beth D.
    Beth DynkowskiJuly 2, 2013
    The cheese curds are delish!
  • Lauren W.
    Lauren WisniewskiSeptember 1, 2011
    The Waldorf Wrap is to die for!
  • Rebekah G.
    Rebekah GrahamJanuary 15, 2013
    great cocktails!
  • Levi S.
    Levi ShultzJanuary 15, 2013
    A tavern and a grill
  • Réjane P.
    Réjane PierreJune 8, 2013
    I feel like 75% of Chicago's über attractive population hangs out here, esp once the weather improves...
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer ComarzanMarch 26, 2013
    Great patio & happy hour on the river
  • Aznmonty
    AznmontyAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Make a reservation or you will have to sit on the patio.
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HeathAugust 15, 2013
    $10 purchase $30 or more
  • Mitch K.
    Mitch KaneMarch 10, 2011
    get the shrimp wrapped with bacon!
  • Ryan H.
    Ryan HannaApril 18, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the buffalo chicken egg rolls, they are great
  • Levi S.
    Levi ShultzJanuary 11, 2013
    South Branch Tavern
  • MQ Q.
    MQ QureshiMay 22, 2013
    Food sucks. Pours are generous and atmosphere is nice.
  • Vince C.
    Vince CarrOctober 22, 2014
    First time here!
  • Jessica K.
    Jessica KimNovember 4, 2013
    Just joined their new Rewards Program and am getting $5 back! Sweet!!
  • Sandy R.
    Sandy RoeschAugust 28, 2013
    Love the outdoor Patio!
  • Jamie E.
    Jamie EssenmacherJuly 12, 2016
    Good service, good food!
  • Alex E.
    Alex EntratterJune 12, 2012
    Prime rib sandwich nom nom
  • Levi S.
    Levi ShultzJanuary 15, 2013
    Its a tavern... and grill
  • David L.
    David LobdellMay 10, 2011
    Nice outdoor patio and bar!
  • Chris R.
    Chris RMay 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Much better than Rivers
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