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State and Lake

American Restaurant, Plaza, and Cocktail Bar · The Loop
201 N State St (at Lake St), Chicago, IL 60601, United States
Open until 11:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 6:30 AM–11:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 6:30 AM–2:00 AM
  • Sat
    • 7:00 AM–2:00 AM
  • Sun
    • 7:00 AM–10:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 95 votes

People have mixed feelings about this place

  • What you need to know
    Christopher H.
    "You HAVE to try the truffle Mac & Cheese - it is amazing!"(3 Tips)
    Paul R.
    "Chicken sandwich was a bit dry."(6 Tips)
    Amanda J.
    "They have the best burger!"(4 Tips)
    Kate B.
    "soup or salad and a martini or craft beer!"(2 Tips)
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  • sandwiches
  • burgers
  • breakfast food
  • french fries
  • cocktails
  • live music
  • chicken
  • good service
  • beer
  • good for a quick meal
  • cappuccinos
  • soup
  • good for groups
  • brunch food
  • vegetarian food
  • outdoor seating
  • wine
  • martinis
  • tarts
  • trendy
  • Bobby K.

    Inflated Loop prices for the same gastropub fare you can find done better on the north and west side. That said, the food and drinks weren't terrible and there's not much else like it downtown.

    Bobby Kennedy · March 29
  • Amy Ellen G.

    *The* place to take clients if you work for a Publicis agency and want an impressive lunch. Attentive service, wonderful burgers, sexy, slick decor, and pimento cheese on everything.

    Amy Ellen Graff · January 21
  • Joe S.

    Joe Steinkamp · December 25, 2014
  • Carolyn S.

    The burger is good, but very pricey! The cocktails were strong and the music was great. A very small menu though, with limited selections.

    Carolyn S · November 9, 2014
  • Bnconf C.

    Table Service

    Bnconf Conference · September 10, 2014
  • Matt

    Great roasted chicken, with barley and peas they make it like a healthy chicken fried rice.

    Matt · August 9, 2014
  • Amanda S.

    Chicken panini - yum!

    Amanda Stephen · March 26, 2014
  • Patrick C.

    Fried Chicken Sunday Dinner -- one of Chicago's best kept secrets. Do it!

    Patrick Cuttica · January 27, 2014
  • SPE Certified

    Try the new healthy and delicious SPE-certified options - just look for the SPE seal! Read more

    SPE Certified · January 13, 2014
  • Carol M.

    Fairly slow for a not-busy early dinner. Chili was very good though

    Carol Marr · January 2, 2014
  • Will

    The butternut squash soup is worth the trip alone. Really good place.

    Will · December 13, 2013
  • teresa l.

    Said it would be 20 min. 40 min later left because still not seated. SLOW.

    teresa lasky · November 3, 2013
  • Leif F.

    Aja is a phenomenal bartender.

    Leif Fescenmeyer · November 1, 2013
  • Matt

    Beer. Burger. Bacon. Fried egg.

    Matt · October 30, 2013
  • J Monique C.

    Have the vanilla bean cream cheese cinnamon bun. It's amazeballs especially when warm

    J Monique Collier · August 25, 2013
  • Tatiana H.

    Don't come here & expect to get waited on. If you like to sit down & have dumb wait staff walk by you staring then it's the place for you. Never again.

    Tatiana H · March 22, 2013
  • Laura W.

    St. Paddy's 2013: Live Music, $4 Green Beer, $5 Guinness, $4 Jameson

    Laura W · March 12, 2013
  • Amanda J.

    They have the best burger! Get the blue cheese on it- worth the $14!

    Amanda Joy · February 28, 2013
  • Abigail M.

    Menu was disappointing. I did enjoy the jars with garlic bread but i won't be coming back.

    Abigail M. · January 9, 2013
  • Marcie D.

    I'm sooo disappointed...they completely changed the menu! It's only one page 2-sided with maybe 12 options...I was soo lookin forward to that phenomenal Mac n Cheese!!

    Marcie D. · October 24, 2012
  • Mike N.

    Great duck tacos. There's two entrances, one without a front desk. Not much outdoor seating so plan indoors for more ambiance and also a fooseball table.

    Mike Nowak · June 15, 2012
  • Barb-o-joy

    The hipster veggie sandwich is shit. Don't order it. And the Mac n cheese has meat. Limited options for vegetarians.

    Barb-o-joy · May 26, 2012
  • Michelle M.

    Get the buffalo fries!

    Michelle Money · March 24, 2012
  • Steve R.

    The food is okay here. Service lack-luster. Soup came in a bowl that was scorching hot - yet weirdly soup contents were only mildly warm.

    Steve Ruge · March 1, 2012
  • Jonathan R.

    Awesome buffalo wings!

    Jonathan Rogers · February 28, 2012
  • Krista

    Sadly, the lunch menu has changed. The chef seems to have changed too. Not so happy with the food now.

    Krista · January 25, 2012
  • Time Out Chicago Kids

    Release your kids from the chains of boring food and nudge them toward the buffalo tenders instead—they’re marinated in cumin, coriander and other spices; then fried and served with blue-cheese sauce. Read more

    Time Out Chicago Kids · January 11, 2012
  • Rebecca G.

    Don't come here if you're in a hurry. Nothing happens quickly in this place.

    Rebecca Gelinas · December 18, 2011
  • Susan K.

    Good selection of craft beers. Cool vibe...

    Susan King · October 29, 2011
  • Stephen I.

    Mmmmm.....Jaeger Schnitzel....I like saying Schnitzel!

    Stephen Imig · October 27, 2011
  • Kim L.

    Great cappuccino and great atmosphere!

    Kim Lucas · October 23, 2011
  • @nicoleyeary

    You've made it to the right place, now get shopping!

    @nicoleyeary · September 28, 2011
  • Chase T.

    The mac and cheese is good, but the full size is too rich for lunch, get the small and a salad or app.

    Chase Turner · August 19, 2011
  • Paul R.

    Meh, service was very slow. Great scenery though. Chicken sandwich was a bit dry. Didn't care for the thick French bread.

    Paul Ramoie · August 3, 2011
  • Kristin

    The turkey panini is enough for two! The hangover cocktail is delicious, but sip it slowly!

    Kristin · July 26, 2011
  • Kate B.

    Lunch special, $15 for half-sandwich, soup or salad and a martini or craft beer!

    Kate B. · July 22, 2011
  • Christopher H.

    Love this place!! One of my favorite spots for lunch during the work week. You HAVE to try the truffle Mac & Cheese - it is amazing! Also love the ham & cheese sandwich with the tomato soup!

    Christopher Houston · July 22, 2011
  • Jason G.

    Great brunch and ambiance Read more

    Jason Gilmore · July 8, 2011
  • Nathan G.

    Server a little on the rude side. But gorgeous interior and good food.

    Nathan Gardner · July 7, 2011
  • Jon C.

    Only place to find a lobster roll downtown

    Jon Chen · May 1, 2011
  • Megan M.

    Truffle fries are so good!

    Megan M · April 9, 2011
  • Bekki J. C.

    Ask them to go easy on the salt. Everything is waaayyyy salty.

    Bekki J. Chapman · March 13, 2011
  • Justin A.

    My experience was weird. Very strange. Not going back.

    Justin Arnett · February 24, 2011
  • Matt T.

    Come to state and lake on Wednesday for the best chicken pot pie ever!

    Matt Thompson · February 6, 2011
  • Joscelyn M.

    They changed the wines by the glass! Boo!

    Joscelyn MacKay · October 7, 2010
  • Katie K.

    Good Heavens!!! Try the truffle Mac & Cheese! So amazing!

    Katie Kaga · September 25, 2010
  • Matt T.

    Awesome kegs and eggs menu on weekends!

    Matt Thompson · August 8, 2010
  • Metromix

    Try the perfectly tart rhubarb gimlet ($12)! Trust us, don't fear the rhubarb! Read more

    Metromix · June 7, 2010
  • Alissa S.

    The Mac and Cheese is to die for!

    Alissa S. · May 16, 2010
  • Crain's Chicago Business

    The grilled cheese and soup is tasty take on a childhood favorite. Read more

    Crain's Chicago Business · May 10, 2010

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