Emerald Loop Bar and Grill

4.5
985 reviews
$30 and under
American
Located in the Loop in the historic 35 East Wacker Drive Building. The fare is traditional Irish and American favorites. Serving Lunch & Dinner - indoor & outdoor seating available (max 6 guests per table)
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.4
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4.5
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BrianH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Fairly disappointed for myriad reasons. The biggest issue was the service. Our server looked like he didn't care very much and was generally clueless. What was on tap? What would you recommend? How about stopping by once every 50 minutes? Little to nothing. We asked for him to get someone to change the channel right in front of us (some idiotic dram was on when the NCAA tournament was in full swing). Nothing. Asked another totally different server who got a manager to change the channel. FINALLY. Then two minutes later--it goes back to the same ridiculous drama. We gave up. Our server then brings our food--oh wait..no. He brings us a random appetizer which we didn't order. Then INSISTED to my wife that she had ordered it. Really? Upon telling him directly we didn't order an appetizer for three times, he then double checks his ticket, and we see him deliver the order to a table three tables over. No apologies, nothing. Astounding! Our meal was *meh* at best. Brisket grilled cheese might have had potential, but was delivered cold. The cheese wasn't even melted anymore but had solidified into something plasticky. It was like they wwere waiting on an order of fries--which were scalding hot but not even cooked through. P.S. Meal was delivered. Zero silverware. Zero napkins. I had to actually get up and snag them from a work station by the bar. My wife and I are rarely able to go out, and this was a huge disappointment as we are always up for an awesome Irish pub. Service and quality destroyed any chance we would even think about coming back here with a thousand other better options out there.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome food and atmosphere along with the service.

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DAV211
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this place. Always have. Awesome food and drinks per usual. Of course I will be back

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a fun, authentic Irish pub setting. We had the corned beef sandwich and Guinness beef stew. The stew was fantastic! We didn’t drink, but they seemed to serve up a fun cocktail menu as well. Great little stop in the Loop if you are looking for that Irish pub vibe.

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vipBobbyM
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emerald Loop always makes my Irish eyes smile! Great food - seriously, the brisket grilled cheese with the tomato bisque soup is possibly the best dish in the city. Great service, clean, friendly - a taste of the motherland right here in Chicago.

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AmoyW
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The pickles don’t taste like pickles 😂 that was a waste but everything else was amazing. Loved my server, tall dark slim guy, he kept checking up on us, he was polite, paid attention in terms of refills etc. he did great.

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vipShowgirl
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was excellent and when me mask strap broke, the waiter brought me a replacement mask. Loved that!

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RICH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for drinks and food. Would recommend again!

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
9 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

First time trying an Irish Pub. Decided on the fish, pretty good with the malt vinegar. Restaurant is a little noisy but not unbearable. It became very crowded fast so the server was not available or attentive.

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Mellie
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Slow service, mediocre food, overpriced, and they don't serve tap water.... you only can buy water bottles. Add to all that a customer that got hostile and loud (so the police were called), and it is needless to say we will not go back.

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RICH
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for drinks! Would recommend to anyone!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Service was fantastic but the food was not at all worth the price.

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vipAjohnson711
London
8 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Distanced. Masks! Reasonable prices

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vipEet2liv
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Just stopped by for lunch on way home after being at the gym. Comfortable vibe - food was tasty, service very good. I’ll probably go back.

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RossH
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Good comfort food and lots of beer on tap. nice big and roomy dining with high tops and tables. always have the games on.

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HannahO
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was awesome! The service was excellent the drinks were amazing.

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CrystalJ
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were provided with excellent customer service from the gentleman that took our order and our food was delicious! We will be eating here every time we visit Chicago. Thank you! 10/10 recommend visiting this gem!

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kathleenw
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun seating outside on NYE!
Great friendly service!

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vipAndrewT
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

not the best experience
I wouldnt go back a second time

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RayC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Customer Service was not good. Our server was not attentive. We needed to ask the supervisor for the things we needed

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EitanS
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good pub food, nice atmosphere and drinks are good

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very good food and service. Would like to rate the ambiance and noise more accurate but this was reviewed as part of the outdoor dining only covid restrictions

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we sat outside. noticed the server was doing an excellent job with safety. really conscientious. she also handled a couple loud person just hanging out by the restaurant. she was wonderful. i wish I had her name. I'd return just for her great service. oh. she also signed me up for their rewards. perfect server!

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BrookeF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was good & our waitress was very nice and made good recommendations! Restaurant was very empty for a Sunday night and the only downfall was the music was too loud.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and quick service.
Quality food and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time at the Emerald Loop

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DottieJ
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The food was overpriced though the corned beef and cabbage was tasty.
Service was slow. Food took a long time.

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ChristineF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Standard pub fare at a reasonable price. Fun atmosphere and very friendly and attentive service.

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DorisM
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family brunch celebration for husband's birthday

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vipLisa
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very good food and decent prices! I had the brisket platter and the meat was cooked perfectly. More than enough for one person and the cole slaw was delicious!

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Jenemily
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

This place is fine if you're looking for American style Irish good, however, they were not super accommodating to plant-based eaters. I tried calling ahead to ask what plant-based options they had in addition to the Beyond Burger and was hung up on when the woman went to go ask the chef. I'm guessing she tried putting me on hold but hung up instead. Once we got there and I asked the waiter my questions, he seemed a little annoyed and finally came back with only half my questions answered (the gluten free bun is plant-based but he didn't ask about any of the others). Overall, it was a fine place for a double date with non-vegan friends, but I'm not sure I would personally go there again because of their limited menu.

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Ebolden
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server created a memorable experience. The food we ordered was great and nice portions. We will return. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to EL every time we are in Chicago. Love it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Solid bar food with good atmosphere.

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ChrisD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. The menu had a lot of variety for picky eaters.

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Poorexperience
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Very disappointed, as this place was highly recommended. Arrived for a reservation at 5:30 and were seated promptly. The waitress placed out orders, table of 4. There was an extremely long wait for the appetizer. Once it arrived, the food came 5 min later- minus one order. The waitress forgot to enter one of the orders. My order was incorrect as well, nothing fancy- just a turkey burger with mushrooms and cheese. The turkey burger was missing the mushrooms and was unbelievably dry with no sauce. The waitress apologized and offered our friend several options to help remedy the mistake. We were offered 20% off our entire bill. Our waitress felt terrible for the mistakes and said it was her second night. From that perspective, she was set up for failure to have an entire section on a busy Saturday night. No excuse for the food issues- blah!

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KellyB
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The staff was welcoming, friendly and attentive. Good variety of food on the buffet. Will definitely go back there again!

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vipangelaw
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food options for our whole family, which includes two vegetarians.

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vipWannabetasty
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a very good casual food option before going to the theatre, very good food in a very comfortable setting. Friends were also presently surprised for this very economical option in what could be a normally expensive dining area.

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SandyS
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Our food was terrible. It was cold and looked as though someone literally dumped a can of pork n’ beans on the plate for their “Irish beans”. The food was overpriced and our dining experience was very disappointing. I would not recommend it.

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You can order delivery directly from Emerald Loop Bar and Grill using the Order Online button. Emerald Loop Bar and Grill also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 263-0200 ext. 0.

Emerald Loop Bar and Grill is rated 4.5 stars by 985 OpenTable diners.

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