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South Branch Tavern & Grille

South Branch Tavern & Grille

American Restaurant and Beer Garden$$$$
The Loop, Chicago
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    Has a stamp of approval from Serious Eats and Crain's Chicago Business
    • Serious Eats
    • Crain's Chicago Business
  • Tips
    "Awesome way to start off happy hour at this popular loop bar"(7 Tips)
    Katja K.
    "A very tasty burger 🍔 and a nice beer selection!"(5 Tips)
    Jeff B.
    "Decent beer selection and tasty cheese curds"(4 Tips)
    Bharath K.
    "The Bang Bang shrimps is a must order, was creamy and yummy ....."(2 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon56 Tips and reviews
  • happy hour
  • outdoor seating
  • cheese curds
  • shrimp
  • good for groups
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  • Molly E.
    Molly EMarch 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.
  • Linda F.heart icon on user image
    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).
  • Jason
    JasonApril 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.
  • Autumn C.heart icon on user image
    Autumn ChoiMarch 28, 2018
    Good place for work lunches. Salads & cheese curds are good. And good/seasonal beer selection
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • 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.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsFebruary 3, 2014
    Most of the menu is a miss, except for the incredibly solid club sandwich.
  • Tom H.heart icon on user image
    Tom HApril 16, 2014
    Weekly Seafood specials! Snapper, Salmon, shrimp... always amazing!
  • Cherai L.
    Cherai LewisJuly 2, 2013
    The entree salads are yummy! They also substituted meats so I appreciated the flexibility.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Shannon C.
    Shannon CurrieFebruary 28, 2014
    Ask for Katie Hogberg she's the best server...great attitude and very attentive to our table.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Bharath K.
    Bharath KSeptember 6, 2014
    The Bang Bang shrimps is a must order, was creamy and yummy .....
  • Christelle F.heart icon on user image
    Christelle FannyFebruary 3, 2017
    I love the bang bang shrimps with sweet potatoes fries
  • David J.heart icon on user image
    David JefferyMay 19, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    It's all about their fried cheese curds! Must try!
  • Jacqueline M.heart icon on user image
    Jacqueline McFaddenJanuary 1, 2013
    I would luv to try:Herb Crusted Salmon Sautéed spinach, grape tomatoes, roasted tomato coulis sauce
  • Mark B.heart icon on user image
    Mark BrouchAugust 7, 2014
    Great outdoor happy hour spot if you can get a seat.
  • Katja K.
    Katja K. OšljakNovember 14, 2019
    A very tasty burger 🍔 and a nice beer selection!
  • James B.heart icon on user image
    James BroccoliAugust 8, 2017
    Good salads with healthy portions. A little pricy.
  • Katie B.
    Katie BucknerSeptember 11, 2013
    The spicy tuna wrap is amazing. AND THEY HAVE TATER TOTS.
  • Cosette E.
    Cosette EliasonFebruary 20, 2018
    There’s nothing special here. I always trust Foursquare to give me good recommendations, but this is the first time in 3 years it’s disappointed. The food was dry & flavorless, & the drinks were weak.
  • ISC C.heart icon on user image
    ISC ChicagoJanuary 12, 2019
    Good for after-work or pre-theater
  • Réjane T.
    Réjane TAugust 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Nola salad is to die for! Love the citrus vinaigrette dressing.
  • Liz R.heart icon on user image
    Liz RattraySeptember 29, 2015
    Ate outside, great for lunch by the river!
  • Matt w.
    Matt www.Travelyaps.comJune 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Hot turkey sandwich with taters it's for lunch is awesome!
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BeckApril 4, 2016
    Decent beer selection and tasty cheese curds
  • Mariana F.
    Mariana FilizolaJune 14, 2011
    Wonderfull!!! Shrimps are the best that i ate in my abole life! I really loved!!!
  • markheart icon on user image
    markSeptember 30, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Cookie griddle is one of the best in the city.
  • @nicoleyeary
    @nicoleyearyNovember 24, 2011
    as my first time, & it was cold out? The warm potato soup is great!
  • Jason Z.
    Jason ZhuoDecember 20, 2012
    this is my favourte food and I order always
  • Monti B.
    Monti BrayAugust 14, 2014
    Enjoy happy hour outside and scope out all the eligible bachelors.
  • Chazammheart icon on user image
    ChazammJune 27, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    If you like Sausage Fests this is a must stop
  • 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
  • Jonathan T.
    Jonathan TaiberSeptember 26, 2012
    Good weather, request patio seating. Great night tonight.
  • Beth D.
    Beth DynkowskiJuly 2, 2013
    The cheese curds are delish!
  • Réjane T.
    Réjane TJune 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I feel like 75% of Chicago's über attractive population hangs out here, esp once the weather improves...
  • Levi S.
    Levi ShultzJanuary 15, 2013
    A tavern and a grill
  • Rebekah G.
    Rebekah GrahamJanuary 15, 2013
    great cocktails!
  • Vince C.
    Vince CarrOctober 22, 2014
    First time here!
  • Lauren W.
    Lauren WisniewskiSeptember 1, 2011
    The Waldorf Wrap is to die for!
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer ComarzanMarch 26, 2013
    Great patio & happy hour on the river
  • Jamie E.heart icon on user image
    Jamie EssenmacherJuly 12, 2016
    Good service, good food!
  • Aznmonty
    AznmontyAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Make a reservation or you will have to sit on the patio.
  • Levi S.
    Levi ShultzJanuary 11, 2013
    South Branch Tavern
  • Jessica K.heart icon on user image
    Jessica KimNovember 4, 2013
    Just joined their new Rewards Program and am getting $5 back! Sweet!!
  • Shannon J.
    Shannon JeropkeAugust 15, 2013
    $10 purchase $30 or more
  • Sandy R.
    Sandy RoeschAugust 28, 2013
    Love the outdoor Patio!
  • Ryan H.
    Ryan HannaApril 18, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the buffalo chicken egg rolls, they are great
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