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Tavernita

Tavernita

(Now Closed)
New American Restaurant, Spanish Restaurant, and Lounge$$$$
River North, Chicago
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  • Nation's Restaurant News
    Smoky flavors, tea and beer all are trendy components of cocktails these days. The Cookie Cutter drink, created by beverage consulting team The Tippling Bros., combines all three. Read more
  • JenGa
    JenGaJuly 18, 2012
    100 Beers on Tap!! It’s worth a trip to try the new brunch menu, which features classic dishes such as Baileys-stuffed French toast. Wash it down with a Bloody Mary served in a 20-oz. goblet
  • Renaissance Hotels
    Renaissance HotelsMay 22, 2012
    Stop in here for sublime tapas served in an absolutely stunning setting. Best seen at midnight, with a Pisco Double Punch. For more local tips, follow us on 4sq or check out www.renhotels.com.
  • M B.
    M Ben-DavidMarch 23, 2012
    Tavernita has delicious drinks especially Booty Collins (made w/ passion fruit Yum!) they have really delicious food, after all this is the sister restaurant to Mercadito so you can't go wrong.
  • Crain's Chicago Business
    The bocadillos (all $8 for two mini sandwiches) are a Spanish street food with artisanal cheeses and house-made condiments. Try the giardiniera on lamb sausage with pungent Dijon mustard. Read more
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineApril 9, 2012
    Chef Ryan Poli's captivating small plates ooze with unmistakeable allegiance to Espana: Pork belly bocadillos, housemade pappardelle, and the lamb sausage are all inspired bursts of flavor.
  • Rogsi
    RogsiJanuary 27, 2012
    This place is beautiful. Simply put...nice atmosphere, good food, but don't pack an appetite, the portions are rather small. Recommend the scallops, escalivada, and the turista.
  • Rachel R.
    Rachel RusnakOctober 1, 2012
    I'm typically not a huge fan of speciality drinks, but the booty collins is sinful. Oysters, ceviche, and meatballs were amazing. Dangerous this place is so close to home!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoAugust 2, 2014
    The drinking culture is ramped up at Barcito, the enclosed bar that manages to be even louder and more raucous than the restaurant it’s nestled inside. Read more
  • Erika L.
    Erika LoryNovember 17, 2013
    Had the best bartender! You tell him what you like to drunk and he will make a cocktail from scratch! All three that we had were awesome! Thank you!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoFebruary 14, 2012
    Call the dishes (pork belly bocadillos, octopus salad) whatever you want: The food remains Spanish, sharable and prepared by ex-Perennial chef Ryan Poli. Read more
  • AskMen
    AskMenJanuary 20, 2012
    After the successful Mercadito concept spawned locations in New York and Miami, its owners decided to roll the dice on a Spanish-tinged lounge and upscale eatery. Read more
  • Laurie
    LaurieApril 14, 2012
    the big-nosed commandante was terrible, stick with the sangria. For food, potatas were not spicy enough but the grilled octopus and croquetas were tasty.
  • sharif n.
    sharif nassrJuly 4, 2013
    "Halibut sandwich or entree, and either the white/red sangria." Power-lunch, power-brunch. You can't go wrong. (And I drop the mic)...
  • Abby M.
    Abby MeixnerJuly 20, 2013
    Get the cidra and watch them pour it Just as they do in Austurias, Spain. Share snacks at the bar, artichoke salad was especially tasty!
  • Jaime S.
    Jaime SagueMarch 3, 2013
    Great date spot especially when the weather gets nice and they put tables out on the sidewalk!
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergApril 7, 2013
    Try the Little Twins. Lets you sample 2 drinks for the price of one.
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineMarch 5, 2012
    Oh-so trendy grilled octopus terrific with the oh-so trendy fennel, says Penny Pollack.
  • Erni V.
    Erni ValesOctober 11, 2012
    Pork belly sliders! Corn and shrimp "pudding" and pollo asado all so freakin amazing!
  • Leslie d.
    Leslie dFebruary 7, 2014
    Love everything on the raw menu and the pork belly sliders are a must.
  • Apryl
    AprylFebruary 12, 2012
    The Booty Collins is a must drink! And order the Artichoke salad. Amazeballs!
  • Amanda A.
    Amanda AlbergoJuly 16, 2012
    Big nose cocktail. Pork belly sliders. Barrata/ tomato jam crostini. Bam. Boom. Pow.
  • Ashish K.
    Ashish KapilaAugust 12, 2012
    Can't go wrong with booty Collins drink, pork belly bocadillo. Period.
  • kate F.
    kate FELDTJanuary 14, 2012
    Get the booty collins on the kegged cocktail list. Best cocktail on the menu.
  • El S.
    El SuperdavidMarch 31, 2013
    The food is great, pork belly sliders are amazing!
  • jon a.
    jon accarrinoApril 25, 2012
    Great place to take large parties or groups. Lots of room.
  • James S.
    James ShayMarch 12, 2014
    The grilled corn side dish with lime, aioli, incredibly delicious!
  • John P.
    John PolettoJanuary 8, 2012
    So excited for this place to open up! I work in the building and I can not wait to try the food!
  • Anna J.
    Anna J.May 14, 2013
    Cool concept, really poor execution. Service was complete crap.
  • Akhil C.
    Akhil ChopraJuly 18, 2012
    Make sure to try a "Booty Collins" cocktail, good stuff!!!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJanuary 25, 2012
    New York's Tippling Bros. make a smash with cocktails on tap at Ryan Poli's Spanish spot. Read more
  • Justine G.
    Justine GershakMay 6, 2012
    Make sure you order the Booty Collins! It is amazing!
  • Sunny V.
    Sunny VempatiMarch 31, 2013
    The Jameson infused brownie is incredible.
  • Jeremy C.
    Jeremy ColonJanuary 24, 2012
    Try the Pork belly bocadillos! Delicious
  • Robin R.
    Robin RodriguezJanuary 14, 2012
    No guava juice at the bar.....this apparently a problem for people in River North
  • Daniel D.
    Daniel Di TomasoApril 20, 2012
    Pork belly sliders are amazing. Don't ask, just do it
  • TORI
    TORIJanuary 11, 2012
    Love the back bar/seating area!
  • Jeremy G.
    Jeremy GoodmanSeptember 15, 2012
    Took over ten minutes just to get a drink at an empty bar.
  • Ross G.
    Ross GuthrieApril 23, 2013
    The "Big Nose" has such a complex flavor.
  • Margie M.
    Margie MessinaSeptember 12, 2013
    Here for Christopher's birthday. Do far so good.
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinJanuary 16, 2013
    Chilled Corn Soup with Shrimp
  • Mia N.
    Mia NewmanJanuary 16, 2014
    Sangria is a must
  • Carissa S.
    Carissa ShafferMarch 4, 2012
    Storm in the Cellar is awesome!!!!
  • mercedes a.
    mercedes alonzoApril 13, 2012
    Get the booty collins! Delish
  • Raj T.
    Raj TalwarFebruary 26, 2013
    tacos are the best here ...
  • Gregg F.
    Gregg FultonJanuary 29, 2012
    The booty collins is grat
  • Rachael G.
    Rachael GlassmanFebruary 29, 2012
    Chicken is delicious!!!
  • Drew T.
    Drew TempletonOctober 11, 2011
    Check out what Tavernita is all about at Tavernita.com
  • Al V.
    Al VallejoJanuary 24, 2012
    Not impress....
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