Chicago >Food & Dining > West Town Taven
1329 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions 6062241.895933 -87.660558
Neighborhoods: Goose Island, West Side
The perfect neighborhoody restaurant (that deserves more destination traffic). And I'm a big fan of a lady chef who can dish out pot roast and fried chicken.
One of my very faves! Perfect neighborhood spot w/ simple, classic food. Go Mon for fried chicken special. Dessert (banana cream pie) a must
Phenomenal contemporary comfort food. Get the Gnocchi to start with! The scallops are melt in your mouth. Special Fried Chicken Mondays!
Delicious food and great atmosphere – This restaurant has a great cozy and romantic atmosphere. The Tavern potato chips with truffle oil is so good and the scallops are amazing. The staff is very friendly. I love this place. Great for a special occasion or date.
I give West Town Tavern 5 stars. Everything about it we found to be very good from the menu selections to the service and ambiance. The bar area is comfortable if you have a wait. The dining room has a nice warm atmosphere, overall very inviting. We ordered the black vinegar roast and the lamb. The black vinegar I found gave it a very different flavor from what I've had in the past.
We split the pecan pie, one of my favorites, it is served with a thick cream - not too sweet. The crust was done to perfection. It was a great evening. Available street parking made it even better.
pretty descent food, great dessert – Three of us went on a Friday around 6:30pm - place was busy but service was quick. We had the special appetizer (shrimp&lobster ravioli) and calamari. My favorite was definitely the calamari - it's tossed w greens (cilantro - yum) in a spicy citrus vinaigrette so it doesn't feel as heavy as the standard fried calamari w tartar sauce deal. For entree, we had the mahi mahi (special) on potatato pancake w bok choy, the pott roast w mashed potatoes & brussel sprouts, and the scallops w mushroom risotto. Mahi mahi had a nice spicy "crust" but potato pancake could have been a bit more flavorful. The pott roast was definitely tender melt in your mouth but the flavor was not as complex as it could have been. (a tad too sweet and bbq sauce flavor one dimensional). The scallops were seared very nicely but the mushroom risotto was a bit grainy and bland. Overall pretty descent though (i'm just picky). We did notice that the dishes were not as salty as at other restaurants - which is probably a good thing, although that may have contributed to our perception of the dishes being a bit bland. The desserts were GREAT! We had the lemon chess tart (very nice flavor, not too tart, none of that chemically corn starchy texture of commercially available lemon tarts, and the unsweetened whipped heavy cream was a nice suprise. The apple strudel had very nice apple flavor - again, none of that over-sticky cornstarchy apple pie filling texture. The flaky phillo dough was a nice compliment to the apples and the vanilla bean icecream and caramel sauce topped off the already great dessert. Our server was attentive and friendly. The only drawback was the close proximity to the "bar area" where people were allowed to smoke. My friend is pregnant and there was a baby at the table next to us. The intermittent wafts of cigarette smoke almost ruined our beautiful dessert moments. The place is more of a restaurant than a bar so I don't know why they need to allow people to smoke.
Absolutely outstanding and worth the visit – First off, I wasn't on a date but I would highly recommend it as a great first date place. Very intimate and cozy inside and great service. We stuck to the appetizers of spring rolls (wonderful and tasty) and probably the most amazing steamed mussels I've had in the city, very fresh and hot. This will be a restaurant I visit again soon...and often!
Comfort food in a comfortable neighborhood joint. – We have been to this fancy but homey corner place a number of times. The food is essentially comfort food, although relatively fancy and very creative. The chef is very good and, to our taste buds, is getting better. A husband (manager) and wife (chef) team run and the place reflects the mom and pop vibe. Thoughtful menu and wine list, with regular, interesting, wine dinners to the mailing list. My consistent favorite - the pott roast. (Sorry, the Citysearch vice police block the correct spelling of this dish.)
Outstanding – Have been there twice this past year, and on both occasions it has manged to exceed the high expectations I had. Great wines by the glass, delicious food, interesting specials. Service and setting is elegant, but friendly and comfortable. It's priced so that it doesn't need to be a special occasion to visit, but the great food and atmosphere make it feel special.
Top notch – Better than its predecesor Zinfandel, everything about a recent trip to the West Town Tavern was great. The wine list was small but reasonably priced and it they chose some great value-priced bottles such as the $27 Dry Creek Vineyards Chenin Blanc which was perfect. The potato-crusted tilapia was very well spiced as was my shrimp & pork belly with linguine special. As for the chicken dish, it was great and everybody loved the cheddar corn spoonbread. The salmon was also good but it was tough to compare to the other three dishes which were spectacular. As for our server, she was very down to Earth and generally helpful - just an overall nice experience.
Sophisticated global fare in a comfortable, casual neighborhood setting. – In Short
The neighborhood is still rough around the edges, but West Town Tavern is stylish and spare, with sea-green curtains and exposed-brick walls, hardwood floors and a painted tin ceiling. Soft jazz plays, and the room buzzes with a local crowd. The contemporary bistro-style menu offers simple, clean dishes: Crispy fried shrimp spring rolls with spicy peanut dipping sauce; potato-crusted halibut with succotash and rice pilaf; and subtly sweet pan-seared salmon with lentils, spinach and orange-tarragon butter.
Stylish and Flavorful – We have eaten here many times - romantic or special occasions - and they have always delighted us. Thank you.
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