Sweetwater Tavern and Grill

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4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
Sweetwater Tavern and Grill
Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki Streetwater Tavern

Are you prepared to jostle? This is the downtown happy hour to end all downtown happy hours, and you’re going to need your elbows to get anywhere near the dozens of craft beers behind the bar. Bar waitresses attempt to holler over the crowd, but the goal of after-work drinking has never been to listen.


Venue name: Sweetwater Tavern and Grill
Address: 225 N Michigan Ave
Cross street: at Lake St
Opening hours: Mon–Wed 11am–11pm; Thu 11am–midnight; Fri 11am–1am; Sat 10am–1am; Sun 10am–10pm
Transport: El stop:Brown,Green,Pink,Purple (rush hrs),Orange to Randolph/Wabash;Red to Lake;Blue to Clark/Lake.
Price: Average beer: $6
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Average User Rating

3.7 / 5

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For being smack dab in the middle of tourist land and worker bees, this restaurant is an easy go-to. Fancy enough for client lunches, fast enough for coworker outings. The food is delicious and it might have been my lucky day but it came out so quickly after ordering, everyone at the table gave a "woo!" in unison when our waiter came out. Apps are delicious! 


I'll give this place 4 stars (not 5, only because of the service). The food was phenomenal and the outdoor seating/people watching was a perfect way to celebrate Memorial Day! We started with fried calamari rings and ordered drinks from their impressive craft beer menu. My boyfriend had the chicken and brie sandwich and I ordered the fish tacos. I order fish tacos at pretty much any restaurant that has them, and this was by far one of the best. The service was mediocre, especially since they weren't busy (despite it being Memorial Day.) I'd still go back - no complaints about the food : ) 

Good, but not the best restaurant in town. I've been here twice now in the past month because it's convenient to my office. When we came for lunch, the restaurant was packed. A member of my party asked for a burger cooked medium well and had to send it back three times because it was rare on the inside each time. Eventually he switched to a different sandwich because the kitchen couldn't figure out how to cook his burger long enough. My chicken sandwich was cooked fine though, and was quite tasty. 

The second time I came was on a Monday night after work. Normally, when I go to a restaurant on a weeknight, I'm used to there being some sort of happy hour deal on appetizers, drinks or both. However, Sweetwater has no happy hour menu and our waiter said there were no specials when we asked. We ordered a couple of appetizers off the regular menu and a couple of beers. 

The Ahi Tuna sliders came out and instead of being three normal sized sliders, there were two larger ones. Not usual, but not bad. I particularly enjoyed those, especially with the wasabi mayo. However, they were $14. That's the same price as a sandwich or wrap on the menu, and you don't even get fries to go with it. The black bean hummus platter offered more bang for our buck than the sliders, but even that was $10. Altogether, two appetizers and three beers came out to $50. Next time, I think I'll stretch my legs and walk a few more blocks to a restaurant with happy hour deals on just as good or better food. But if you find yourself on Michigan Ave. and you're looking for a restaurant, this isn't your worst choice.