Lavergne's Tavern

4.3
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95 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Lavergne’s Tavern opened in June, 2016 at the corner of Windsor and East Avenues in the old Garv’s Inn location, a staple in Berwyn since the ’60s.

The tin ceiling and hardwood floors are restored, and the storied Garv’s Inn bar is rebuilt from scratch using reclaimed black walnut. A combination of high-top bar seating and lower tables help keep the atmosphere friendly to both families and those looking to join a date or friends for a night out.

Led by Executive Chef, Mark Downing, the menu is accessible but elevated. Items are priced from $6-$9 for shareable appetizers to entrées at around $14-$16. The Italian Beef Egg Roll, filled with Italian beef, giardiniera, spicy queso, Monterey jack cheese, and au jus dipping sauce is, in one customer’s words, “life changing.”
What 95 People Are Saying
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SH
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

I would recommend because the food was good and the waiter was excellent. The issue I had was with our seating. I have been here before and I dread these tables in the back that no one ever wants. Well we got one of these tables. They are horrible and cramped. You cant fit into it comfortably and you are almost sitting on the back of the person behind you. We had 5 and the table behind us had 6 people and 2 very young kids. The people refused to move in their chairs because they were there first and the woman made snide comments about our size. The tension made for a very uncomfortable situation. We tried to have our table moved to a more open space and we were told a party of 25 was coming in so we couldn’t move. I understand you have to set up for the 25 pp, but they arrived as we were leaving and we were there for a good 90 min. Only because we had to wait for the people at the other table to leave so we could spread out, finally catch up with each other and talk. I wouldn’t recommend this brunch over 2 people due to the noise level and those tables are ridiculous. Also being cramped into a corner with no air conditioning was the topper for this visit, I had to fan myself with the menu. It did kick on 15 min. Before we left.

R
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

My hard to please vegan sister asked for her leftovers to be boxed. My corned beef skillet was superb. Service was attentive but unobtrusive.

BM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

I really want to support local businesses, but my last few times have been less than stellar at the restaurant. We were treated like we were having a favor bestowed on us for eating there. The food was ok, the service meh. This is quite a change from when they first opened.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All around great experience, would definitely go back.

B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

We were with friends, and none will be returning due to the abysmal service. Other waiters had to step in twice, and this still left us wanting throughout our meal.

a
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff is great, the food is taste and the drinks are bomb what else can you ask for.

MR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

The food was decent option for the area. The service needs to be tightened up. I have been there twice and its taken forever to get our order in including drinks (and this is bar so...come on). The wait staff didn't show up the last time when there were only 2 other guests in our section. Yet there were 10 people milling about that appeared to be employees. Seems ridiculous to have to walk over to the hostess to get served.

RT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed our evening at LaVergnes. Our waitress was very helpful and checked on us often to see if we needed anything.
The food was awesome. I had a most delicious steak salad while the others enjoyed their steak sandwiches.
The only downside to our visit was the noise level. It was ridiculous! There was a small baby shower in the other room and the table nearby was very loud!
I would come back however.

C
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Had another great experience at Lavergne's. My wife and I treated my best friend and his wife to dinner there, and it did not disappoint. The appetizers were great, including buffalo wings that, while a little overcooked, were delicious with the sauce. The shishito peppers were good, as well as the Italian beef egg rolls. Then our entrees were just as good, with us trying the steak, a burger, the fish, and a chicken sandwich. We ordered a bottle of wine and enjoyed it all. Can't wait to go back.

KJ
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

took my girls there for the first time they loved it!! great service great food. a little too cold, but good times

M
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Went for early dinner; service was prompt and professional; menu had great variety; nice wine selection. We had potstickers, lamb tacos and Laverne burger - all really, really good!

F
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Very loud. Hard to even hear waiter. They did turn down music at our request.

SB
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It is my favorite place. Everyone that works there is amazing! The food is delicious and we always feel welcomed!

L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and noisy enough to bring young kids with!

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always good food and good service

b
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went with my daughter, shares the avocado bruschetta which was outstanding!! Also had the warm brownie dessert which was fabolous!

BB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 2

Service takes forever, the food delivery is not timed, the servers are always in the weeds. Only go here if you want to have drinks.

DH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The El Diablo was spicy; loved it. For Mother's Day it was a hit. The Food and Service was excellent. We had quite a bit of the menu to share. Everyone loved the food.
Cheers,

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

The WORST service I’ve ever received!! I made brunch reservations for 11 people over a week in advance for Saturday brunch. When we arrived we were told they no longer served brunch on Saturdays. When I asked when it changed the waitress said “Today”. They didn’t even offer us the option of ordering off the brunch menu, even for my young nephews or niece. The waitress only checked on us once and never cleared our dirty dishes from the table. She was extremely rude and handed me my bill without saying a word, as if I somehow offended her. She didn’t even come back to pick it up. I had to find someone to take it! Very disappointed at the poor level of service, including from management. They should have been much more accommodating or at least offered us some kind of discount. All we got was an insincere apology followed by poor service and a BAD attitude! We will NEVER eat here again!!!

TH
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I went for Brunch but the waitress said they no longer serve Brunch on Saturdays. I was very disappointment that's the reason I went for. They should update their Menu were it states they have brunch on Saturdays.

D
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

We had a reservation and were seated right away. Service was prompt & friendly. Atmosphere was loud, but hey it’s a bar. Eclectic crowd including families with children. A mixture of high tables and stand low tables as well as seating at the bar. They also have an outdoor seating area. The menu is inventive for the area but the food is just average in the end. We had the Italian beef egg rolls they arrived just out of the fryer - super hot. Great idea but the flavor was lacking. Fried asparagus was just average and the shaved cheese was low quality. Grilled magi magi tacos were good but they do not come with a side. Grilled cheese had really good bread but not a lot of bacon and low quality cheese, the cherry jam component just made it weird and ultimately ruined it. The pot roast meat was very tender and lean but no flavor and barely any gravy which would’ve helped. Vinegar based Cole slaw was good. Beer selection is good.

A
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The brunch menu had a good variety of choices. The mango Bellini was perfect. It was very busy and loud, but staff was attentive. The table was missing salt and pepper, but helped ourselves. My niece loved her entree. Remarked about the roasted vegetables and how she was looking forward to having it for dinner as well.
I had the Benedict. It was tasty, but not remarkable
We stopped on the way to the Opera and were out in plenty of time to get to the performance.

OP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Quick dinner before theater near by. Food was great, place was loud. The noise bothered me more than my husband.

AH
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Fun place to go! Great bar, food was excellent and drinks were well done. We will definitely be going back.

AB
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love Lavergne’s so much! Don’t change a thing! Actually, maybe have a few more wine selections. I invited a friend to your establishment Friday and she doesn’t like the single Chardonnay selection on the menu. As many times as I’ve patronized your tavern I didn’t realize how small the wine list is. I know the focus is beer but some of us women only drink wine.

Other than that, you guys are awesome!

MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We frequent Lavergnes very often. Great food and great service, always!

JB
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Usually don't make a reservation but it was trivia and 3.12 night. Everyone is our group had a great time and the food was excellent, as always. Appetizers: Grilled Brie, Italian Beef Eggrolls, Buffalo Cheese Curds. Entrees: Steak Sandwich, Cheeseburger, Pasta, Sliders. Enjoyed the 312 specials including the rhubarb, which I would definitely order again.

AB
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently great food and atmosphere!

CB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 2

Despite having to wait almost 1 hour after our reservation time to be seated, the food was awesome! There was a fundraiser going on that night, so we couldn't sit at the high table we reserved, and it was so loud we could barely hear each other. We did get some free appetizers and our server was super. I would go back, but I would actually call ahead of time to confirm the reservation.

K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Always love their food, but the Valentines special prime rib was to die for!

JO
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food, friendly staff, MOST TRY FISH TACO’s awesomely amazing good fish tacos

c
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food is terrific. Great little place

HC
Chicago
73 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I ALWAYS love going here. They treat you so kindly even the kiddos get treated well. I'm never disappointed with the choices of both food & drinks. Usually my Mom & I get a few small plates to share. This time we got 2 appetizers (Grilled Brie plate & Wisconsin Cheese Curds) & an order of the Chicken Tinga tacos. We were stuffed by the time we finished. My son LOVES their burgers & fries. Will definitely be back soon!!!!!

MF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My son-in-law is Vegan and in town for the holidays. I like to find places to go with a few choices for him so we went to Lavergne’s the last time he was in town and when they came back he wanted to go back. I always find something different to try and it’s always been delicious.

LF
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 2

A small investment in noise abatement is in order. The metal ceiling raise noise level where customers compete with music and other customers it’s not possible to have a discussion. Wait staff is awesome

KA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Was in recently for brunch and the vegan tofu/veggie skillet was excellent. This was not my first visit - every other experience has been just as good. Great place to have in the neighborhood.

TB
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a regular spot for my family. The staff is friendly and accommodating, the food is delicious with a menu that changes with the season, as well as weekly food specials. The craft cocktails are some of the best and beer is always cold! This place never disappoints!

JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Our first time dining here and we loved the look & feel of the interior, but were a little surprised by the choice of music - all EDM. And with so many TVs mounted but only one with a game on, it was a little odd. That being said, the food, drink menu, and friendly, attentive service will be bringing us back in the future.

OT
Chicago
75 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is outstanding and the prices are too! With a Bloody Mary bar and fried chicken and waffles, I was in brunch heaven!

CB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food is alway great - not your typical bar food. Nice variety of meat, fish, vegan, too. Great beer selection. Close to home and not too pricey.

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