Tavernita

151 W Erie
Chicago, IL 60654
312-274-1111
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Description

Is this restaurant the most fun in Chicago? Ryan Poli’s flavor-packed small plates, the ever-flowing kegged cocktails by the legendary Tippling Bros. at three different bars, and a gorgeous, tipsy crowd crammed into a sharp gold-toned space with an ebullient staff make it a pretty good bet right now. The Spain-loving menu is full of showstoppers, including Faroe Island salmon crudo, blistered pimientos de padrón with sherry vinegar and Maldon salt, and housemade pappardelle with mushroom ragoût and Manchego. Desserts are a slight letdown, but, as the crowds still there long after midnight attest, who cares?

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Dishes We Liked

Tuna crudo with mango, jicama, serrano chile, and pickled radish ($14), eggplant escalivada ($9), pork belly bocadillos with apple jam ($10), housemade lamb sausage with chickpeas and spicy giardiniera ($9), trio de postres ($11)

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Additional Information

Rating:
Price: $40-$49
Cuisine: Spanish
Neighborhood: River North
Noteworthy: Child friendly
High noise level
Outdoor dining
Wheelchair accessible
Hours: D nightly. Late seating Fri, Sat.