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New American Restaurant, Spanish Restaurant, and Lounge$$$$
River North, Chicago
49 Tips and reviews
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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
    Nation's Restaurant News · March 4, 2013
  • 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
  • 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
    Renaissance Hotels · May 22, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jaime S.
    Great date spot especially when the weather gets nice and they put tables out on the sidewalk!
    Jaime Sague · March 3, 2013
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Try the Little Twins. Lets you sample 2 drinks for the price of one.
    Scott Kleinberg · April 7, 2013
  • Chicago magazine
    Oh-so trendy grilled octopus terrific with the oh-so trendy fennel, says Penny Pollack.
    Chicago magazine · March 5, 2012
  • Erni V.
    Pork belly sliders! Corn and shrimp "pudding" and pollo asado all so freakin amazing!
    Erni Vales · October 11, 2012
  • Leslie d.
    Love everything on the raw menu and the pork belly sliders are a must.
    Leslie d · February 7, 2014
  • Apryl
    The Booty Collins is a must drink! And order the Artichoke salad. Amazeballs!
    Apryl · February 12, 2012
  • Amanda A.
    Big nose cocktail. Pork belly sliders. Barrata/ tomato jam crostini. Bam. Boom. Pow.
    Amanda Albergo · July 16, 2012
  • Ashish K.
    Can't go wrong with booty Collins drink, pork belly bocadillo. Period.
    Ashish Kapila · August 12, 2012
  • kate F.
    Get the booty collins on the kegged cocktail list. Best cocktail on the menu.
    kate FELDT · January 14, 2012
  • El S.
    The food is great, pork belly sliders are amazing!
    El Superdavid · March 31, 2013
  • jon a.
    Great place to take large parties or groups. Lots of room.
    jon accarrino · April 25, 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
  • James S.
    The grilled corn side dish with lime, aioli, incredibly delicious!
    James Shay · March 12, 2014
  • Anna J.
    Cool concept, really poor execution. Service was complete crap.
    Anna J. · May 14, 2013
  • Akhil C.
    Make sure to try a "Booty Collins" cocktail, good stuff!!!
    Akhil Chopra · July 18, 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
  • Justine G.
    Make sure you order the Booty Collins! It is amazing!
    Justine Gershak · May 6, 2012
  • Sunny V.
    The Jameson infused brownie is incredible.
    Sunny Vempati · March 31, 2013
  • Jeremy C.
    Try the Pork belly bocadillos! Delicious
    Jeremy Colon · January 24, 2012
  • Robin R.
    No guava juice at the bar.....this apparently a problem for people in River North
    Robin Rodriguez · January 14, 2012
  • Daniel D.
    Pork belly sliders are amazing. Don't ask, just do it
    Daniel Di Tomaso · April 20, 2012
  • TORI
    Love the back bar/seating area!
    TORI · January 11, 2012
  • Jeremy G.
    Took over ten minutes just to get a drink at an empty bar.
    Jeremy Goodman · September 15, 2012
  • Ross G.
    The "Big Nose" has such a complex flavor.
    Ross Guthrie · April 23, 2013
  • Margie M.
    Here for Christopher's birthday. Do far so good.
    Margie Messina · September 12, 2013
  • Gloria C.
    Chilled Corn Soup with Shrimp
    Gloria Chin · January 16, 2013
  • Mia N.
    Sangria is a must
    Mia Newman · January 16, 2014
  • Carissa S.
    Storm in the Cellar is awesome!!!!
    Carissa Shaffer · March 4, 2012
  • mercedes a.
    Get the booty collins! Delish
    mercedes alonzo · April 13, 2012
  • Gregg F.
    The booty collins is grat
    Gregg Fulton · January 29, 2012
  • Raj T.
    tacos are the best here ...
    Raj Talwar · February 26, 2013
  • Rachael G.
    Chicken is delicious!!!
    Rachael Glassman · February 29, 2012
  • Drew T.
    Check out what Tavernita is all about at
    Drew Templeton · October 11, 2011
  • Al V.
    Not impress....
    Al Vallejo · January 24, 2012
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