Bridge House Tavern | River North | American, Bar/Lounge, Patio /Beer Garden, Gastropub | Restaurant
Riverside gastropub with a spectacular view that almost makes up for the lackluster food.

Our Review

Tucked down along the river by Clark Street, Bridge House Tavern has one of the finest outdoor patios in the city. It offers a view so spectacular that it's nearly enough to distract from the lackluster food—if only the food weren't screaming so loudly to be noticed, stacked with heavy-on-heavy ingredients like a stoner's wildest dream. The popcorn comes dressed with honey, bacon, jalapeño, and smoked salt, and the bites we had were alternately scorched, sweet, or overly salty. The grilled cheese throws together ultrasavory and sweet; the Brie, fontina, cheddar, thick bread, and bacon didn't stand a chance for balance against the mealy tomato or tomato jam. Even the spinach salad managed to be heavy under roasted beets, goat cheese, pecans, a fried egg, and a thickly applied strawberry vinaigrette, and the bread pudding was topped with two types of syrup and a dose of powdered sugar. The only winner of the evening arrived courtesy of outsourcing, a fine trio of charcuterie from the Butcher & Larder, best enjoyed alongside a light beer.

Emily Withrow

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Tucked down along the river by Clark Street, Bridge House Tavern has one of the finest outdoor patios in the city. It offers a view so spectacular that it's nearly enough to distract from the lackluster food—if only the food weren't screaming so loudly to be noticed, stacked with heavy-on-heavy ingredients like a stoner's wildest dream. The beer menu is also heavy—on domestics—and there a few specialty cocktails, plus some spendy wines by the bottle and a long list of scotches. —Emily Withrow

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