(Now Closed)
New American Restaurant, Spanish Restaurant, and Lounge · River North
151 W Erie St (at N. LaSalle St.), Chicago, IL 60654, United States
$ $ $ $
Dinner, Dessert
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Tavernita's modern menu, designed to share, offers a diverse mix of American dishes using influences from France, Italy and Spain.

  • What you need to know
    Ashish K.
    "Can't go wrong with booty Collins drink, pork belly bocadillo."(9 Tips)
    Jeremy C.
    "Try the Pork belly bocadillos!"(4 Tips)
    El S.
    "The food is great, pork belly sliders are amazing!"(5 Tips)
    Time Out Chicago
    "ex-Perennial chef Ryan Poli."(2 Tips)
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  • booty collins
  • pork belly sliders
  • cocktails
  • chef ryan poli
  • tippling bros
  • seafood
  • tapas
  • octopus
  • draft beer
  • trendy
  • oysters
  • sangria
  • pappardelle
  • good for dates
  • French toast
  • wine
  • fancy
  • tacos
  • corn
  • brownies
  • Time Out Chicago

    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

    Time Out Chicago · August 2, 2014
  • James S.

    The grilled corn side dish with lime, aioli, incredibly delicious!

    James Shay · March 12, 2014
  • Leslie d.

    Love everything on the raw menu and the pork belly sliders are a must.

    Leslie d · February 7, 2014
  • Mia N.

    Sangria is a must

    Mia Newman · January 16, 2014
  • Erika L.

    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!

    Erika Lory · November 17, 2013
  • Margie M.

    Here for Christopher's birthday. Do far so good.

    Margie Messina · September 12, 2013
  • Abby M.

    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!

    Abby Meixner · July 20, 2013
  • Sharif N.

    "Halibut sandwich or entree, and either the white/red sangria." Power-lunch, power-brunch. You can't go wrong. (And I drop the mic)...

    Sharif Nassr · July 4, 2013
  • Anna J.

    Cool concept, really poor execution. Service was complete crap.

    Anna J. · May 14, 2013
  • Ross G.

    The "Big Nose" has such a complex flavor.

    Ross Guthrie · April 23, 2013
  • Scott Kleinberg

    Try the Little Twins. Lets you sample 2 drinks for the price of one.

    Scott Kleinberg · April 7, 2013
  • Sunny V.

    The Jameson infused brownie is incredible.

    Sunny Vempati · March 31, 2013
  • El S.

    The food is great, pork belly sliders are amazing!

    El Superdavid · March 31, 2013
  • 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

    Nation's Restaurant News · March 4, 2013
  • Jaime S.

    Great date spot especially when the weather gets nice and they put tables out on the sidewalk!

    Jaime Sague · March 3, 2013
  • Raj T.

    tacos are the best here ...

    Raj Talwar · February 26, 2013
  • Gloria C.

    Chilled Corn Soup with Shrimp

    Gloria Chin · January 16, 2013
  • Red Bull

    In the heart of River North, enjoy delicious Spanish tapas with a great bar scene in Barcito.

    Red Bull · November 15, 2012
  • Erni V.

    Pork belly sliders! Corn and shrimp "pudding" and pollo asado all so freakin amazing!

    Erni Vales · October 11, 2012
  • Rachel R.

    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!

    Rachel Rusnak · October 1, 2012
  • Jeremy G.

    Took over ten minutes just to get a drink at an empty bar.

    Jeremy Goodman · September 15, 2012
  • Ashish K.

    Can't go wrong with booty Collins drink, pork belly bocadillo. Period.

    Ashish Kapila · August 12, 2012
  • JenGa

    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

    JenGa · July 18, 2012
  • Akhil C.

    Make sure to try a "Booty Collins" cocktail, good stuff!!!

    Akhil Chopra · July 18, 2012
  • Amanda A.

    Big nose cocktail. Pork belly sliders. Barrata/ tomato jam crostini. Bam. Boom. Pow.

    Amanda Albergo · July 16, 2012
  • 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

    Crain's Chicago Business · June 20, 2012
  • Renaissance Hotels

    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.

    Renaissance Hotels · May 22, 2012
  • Justine G.

    Make sure you order the Booty Collins! It is amazing!

    Justine Gershak · May 6, 2012
  • jon a.

    Great place to take large parties or groups. Lots of room.

    jon accarrino · April 25, 2012
  • Daniel D.

    Pork belly sliders are amazing. Don't ask, just do it

    Daniel Di Tomaso · April 20, 2012
  • Laurie

    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.

    Laurie · April 14, 2012
  • mercedes a.

    Get the booty collins! Delish

    mercedes alonzo · April 13, 2012
  • Chicago magazine

    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.

    Chicago magazine · April 9, 2012
  • M B.

    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.

    M Ben-David · March 23, 2012
  • Chicago magazine

    Oh-so trendy grilled octopus terrific with the oh-so trendy fennel, says Penny Pollack.

    Chicago magazine · March 5, 2012
  • Carissa S.

    Storm in the Cellar is awesome!!!!

    Carissa Shaffer · March 4, 2012
  • Rachael G.

    Chicken is delicious!!!

    Rachael Glassman · February 29, 2012
  • Time Out Chicago

    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

    Time Out Chicago · February 14, 2012
  • Apryl

    The Booty Collins is a must drink! And order the Artichoke salad. Amazeballs!

    Apryl · February 12, 2012
  • Gregg F.

    The booty collins is grat

    Gregg Fulton · January 29, 2012
  • Rogsi

    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.

    Rogsi · January 27, 2012
  • Time Out Chicago

    New York's Tippling Bros. make a smash with cocktails on tap at Ryan Poli's Spanish spot. Read more

    Time Out Chicago · January 25, 2012
  • Al V.

    Not impress....

    Al Vallejo · January 24, 2012
  • Jeremy C.

    Try the Pork belly bocadillos! Delicious

    Jeremy Colon · January 24, 2012
  • AskMen

    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

    AskMen · January 20, 2012
  • kate F.

    Get the booty collins on the kegged cocktail list. Best cocktail on the menu.

    kate FELDT · January 14, 2012
  • Robin R.

    No guava juice at the bar.....this apparently a problem for people in River North

    Robin Rodriguez · January 14, 2012
  • TORI

    Love the back bar/seating area!

    TORI · January 11, 2012
  • John P.

    So excited for this place to open up! I work in the building and I can not wait to try the food!

    John Poletto · January 8, 2012
  • Drew T.

    Check out what Tavernita is all about at Tavernita.com

    Drew Templeton · October 11, 2011

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