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“Good food, sometimes awful service”

Hawkeye's Bar & Grill
Ranked #1,688 of 9,882 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: US$0 - US$20
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: After-hours
Neighbourhood: University Village / Little Italy
Reviewed 26 October 2013

I used to go to Hawkeye's once a week with a group of friends to take part in their Tuesday night trivia but, after a few bad experiences, we've decided not to return

Like I said, we were consistently pleased with the food at Hawkeye's. It's a typical bar food offering (burgers, wings, etc.) and they do a nice job with it. Plus, on trivia nights, you can get $1/$2 burgers! Of course, they'll charge you out the eyes for any additional stuff you want to put on them, but they're good enough that you don't need to add much to enjoy the food. My wife ordered a couple of their full entrées and liked them a lot. Hawkeye's also has a decent beer list - nothing too fancy or special, but enough variety and priced well enough that you won't feel like you have to choose between taste and cost.

The trivia was a lot of fun but that was largely the function of the host, who I think has also since left. The restaurant is fairly spacious, offering a bar area, a separate dining room, and a more private basement party area.

We had one or two good servers over the years who were consistently above par in their attention and attitude, but most were simply sufficient. Assuming all average experiences average averagely, you can probably luck by going to Hawkeye's, playing the odds, and winding up with decent food and nondescript service...but is it worth the risk?

We had 6 or 7 similarly bad experiences. In each case, we arrived on moderately busy nights and were seated promptly. The server showed up within about 30 seconds of our seating to ask what we wanted to drink, and we'd ask for water while we browsed the drink menu. This is where things went downhill...it then took over 20 minutes for the server to return and take our drink order. 20-30 more minutes would pass and we wouldn't see our server or our drinks. When the server finally came back, each one blamed another table for holding them up by "yelling" at them. It's a small enough place and we were watching our servers...they spent their spare time hiding in the corner chatting with the others...no "yelling" involved. I'm OK if someone forgets about us occasionally, but to lie and implicate other diners is unprofessional and not acceptable.

In the end, it's probably safe to avoid Hawkeye's. The quality of the food isn't so good as to warrant the gamble that you'll have unprofessional service.

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Reviewed 18 August 2013

Never knew about this place & its history until we had to meet there in June for the start of our historic pub crawl with the Chicago History Museum (fun). We arrived early to eat before we went pub hopping in this area. First of all, there was plenty of FREE parking in their own parking lot, a one block away walk. A big plus for those who need to drive into the city. Thank you very much.

This grill is on a corner & so they had all the side windows open to the outdoor sidewalk eating area. However, we sat inside with the group. (Lots of flat screens for the sports fans in your group.) We ordered the "loaded" chili and the Chicken Pot Pie. You need to wait 20-25 minutes for the pot pie - it's made from scratch! The Chicken Pot Pie is just like what grandma made - indescribably delicious and pleasantly filling - a good quantity. We definitely recommend that to all. The chili quantity was more like a cup in its small shallow cereal bowl and not filling as a meal at all. And all those extra goodies they brag about and add for free - well you could barely tell. They were a mere pinch at best, probably more for color, I suspect. Wish I had known that up front. So I would take more points off for quality and not recommend it.

Now, the specials ... my partner ordered the discounted beer of the day .... but guess what? They served the special beer of the day in a small juice glass. They don't tell you that up front but that is the managers rule. Don't expect a 12 oz. or pint size glass like the others come in! So basically, it's no deal. Stick with the regular beers or get a pitcher. The cocktail special of the day had the same treatment ... a juice glass with ice packed in all the way to the top, so basically it amounted to "a shot" of the cocktail. Not such a deal. Who knew? We switched drinks after that first trick round.

The menu is a good read & we will return 2 more times at different times to give it another go ... & order different items. That's only fair. You could bring children here, there's something for everyone on the menu & the kids might like eating outside for better comfort. -Give it a try. We'll be trying it again, ourselves.

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Thank StephensSusie
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

This is a great place to meet friends after work both the food nd drinks r good. Place is kind of noisy on weekends but still a great place to hang out with friends.

Thank Edie757
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Reviewed 25 June 2013

Haweye's is a great sports bar and the unofficial watering hole of resident doctors and nurses from Rush Medical center, Cook County Hospital, and the University of Illinois. They have terrific menu items .and shuttles to hockey games.

Thank TW195
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Reviewed 19 January 2013

visited with two teenagers the saturday before christmas as we were stayin nearby - thre is sports bar on one side and the restaurant seating area on the other which was empty apart from us ( although it was only about 7pm). I hads the sliders and my kids had the burgers and fries - my son opted for a pretzel bun for 50 cent extra and he said it was the best bun he had ever had. The food was good but the service wasnt great considering we were the only people - waitress spent a lot of time out f the restaurant area in the kitchen in the back. Overall good place to go and if i ws back in the neighbourhood i woudl definitely visit again.

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Thank SerenaBryans
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