After walking past Bridge House Tavern many times, Kevin and I finally visited for dinner one night after work last summer.
Bridge House is located right on the Chicago River and is the perfect spot for dining al fresco for its killer views of downtown Chicago.
The restaurant has a small dining/bar area on the inside, but we were seated on the terrace at a table right on the water which was perfect for a beautiful summer evening. Throughout our entire dinner, people were pulling up on their boats and hopping out for dinner, some even ordering food and having it brought out to the boats which was fun to watch.
For my meal, I ordered the Grilled Wedge Salad which was topped with all of the traditional wedge salad toppings including blue cheese, bacon, and onions. It also had grilled chicken and crispy shallots which was a nice addition.
Kevin opted for the Pork Belly BLT which again had the normal makings of a traditional BLT but also contained pork belly and a fried egg on the sandwich.
I appreciate the creative twists they put on their menu items, however; both of our meals were just ok and I was a little underwhelmed with the flavors. The service was also not the best with our waitress rarely coming to check on us or refill our drinks. The location of the restaurant definitely out does the food itself which is a shame in my opinion. They do offer a brunch menu as well so I would like to go back and try a few more things before throwing in the towel completely.
If you’re looking for a great spot outside for a drink or appetizer, you definitely can’t beat their patio views. For a full meal, I would recommend going to one of the dozens of other great restaurants in the River North area.
Bridge House Tavern is located at 321 N. Clark St. in Chicago’s River North neighborhood
Note: After reviewing the current menus on their website, it appears they have changed the dinner menu and both of the entrees I mentioned are no longer offered.