Elephant & Castle - Chicago Adams St.

4.5
129 reviews
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$30 and under
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British

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Casual
Fun
The old Union Jack behind the bar may be faded, but spirits are soarin’. And why not? This is after all, a laugh-out-loud, slap-on-the-back, greet-you-with-a-roar, English-style pub. Where the traditions are as rich and warm as the Shephard’s Pie. And where the stories flow as freely from the tongue as the beer flows from the taps.
Since 1977, Elephant & Castle has rolled out its well-worn welcome mat to anyone and everyone looking for a cracking good time. Whether that means cheering on your beloved team or chatting up your mates or simply savoring fresh made eats with a bit of jolly old England folded in here and there, this is the pub where you get your brit on.

Special Offers

Locals Only Thursday

Select Chicago Drafts $5.5
(Goose Island OMG, Lagunitas IPA, Revolution IPA, Half Acre Daisy Cutter)

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 19 February 2019

Ends: 20 February 2118

Availability: Thu 11:00-23:30

Wine Down Wednesday

- Half off wine by the bottle
- $1 off wine by the glass

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 19 February 2019

Ends: 20 February 2118

Availability: Wed 11:00-23:30

Tin Up Tuesday

All Tins (can beer) 25% off.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 19 February 2019

Ends: 20 February 2118

Availability: Tue 11:00-23:30

Margarita Monday

Olmeca Altos Reposado Margarita $6

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 18 February 2019

Ends: 19 February 2118

Availability: Mon 11:00-23:30

Happy Hour!

- Half off Snack & Share (items ($11 or less)
- Bud Light, Coors Light, Shock Top, & Sam Adams Rotator $4
- House Wine $4 (6oz - Camelot Pinot Grigio & Cabernet)

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 19 February 2019

Ends: 20 February 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 15:00-18:00

What 129 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.2
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4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Met a friend here for lunch and its was crowded, which is good. We ordered some wings, shrimp and potatoes fries. We had to send back the wings due to being under cooked, the tasted as if they were frozen and microwaved. But the shrimp was delicious! I would come back again..

DC
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

I was underwhelmed by this establishment. The fish and chips I ordered arrived with one large piece of fish and steak fries. The fish was average at best. Fries were good and I liked the horseradish laced tartar sauce. I was disappointed with their draft choices for happy hour. Only main line beers, and few at that. Our server was very good. Best part of the meal.

M
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, friendly and EXTREMELY fast service. The food came within 10 minutes of ordering it.

G
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went before the theater. Service was great and efficient. Server was pleasant. Hostess was accommodating.

Food was delicious and the right temperature. Dessert was decadent. Beer selection was good.

We had the Shepherds Pie and Yorkshire pudding. Dessert was bread pudding.

DA
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Pre theater dinner. Served quickly but did not feel rushed at all. Food was great, good beer selection. Happy Hour meant loud and crowded but good deals on appetizers and beer which was a happy find! All four of us were happy with meals— veggie burger and hamburger delicious, butter chicken poutine and bitter chicken entree great. Fried pickles and pretzel appetizer very worthwhile. We would definitely visit again. Sevice was excellent.

E
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Good value for the money.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Great place for a work lunch meeting

G
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This location on Adams is a bit less crowded and less loud at lunchtime than the Wabash location. The food is good and the location is convenient to the Sears Tower (miss me with that other name, thank you) federal court, and other south Loop places. Salads have been good lately (after one unfortunate wilted one in April) and everyone has liked their sandwiches and veggie burgers. The BEST fried pickles. Overall, a great place for workday lunch with a friend.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was very tasty! We had the fried pickles, poutine and chicken pot pie. All were delicious. The kids had the Mac and cheese and loved it!

M
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The noise level is usually bad, here. But the food is good and prices reasonable. The host/ess is sometimes nowhere to be found when you enter, which is such a stupid error for a restaurant to commit. There should ALWAYS be someone to greet guests right as they walk in. No exception.

AS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Ice tea was awful

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic service! Great with food allergies

KS
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

What a fun place! We found one dish to be a little too spicy, one a little too bland, and 2 Delicious and Perfect... Get the Yorkshire pudding!

C
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Happy Hour was very cool here. Decided to do it monthly.

G
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Waiter was less than attentive, place almost too noisy to have a conversation. Food was very good.

JF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was great. I would recommend this restaurant to people.

c
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

Rude waiter. Really did not want to give us separate checks.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Hostess couldn’t find the OpenTable reservation despite it having been confirmed. We were seated promptly. When making the reservation, a special menu was offered but nothing was offered at the restaurant. Took 10-15 minutes to get first drinks but then food arrived super fast. Server was efficient and polite. Food was pub fare, tasty and fresh. Prices were fair.

d
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Server was very nice and helpful.

AY
Montana
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Very close to the JW Marriott and exactly what we needed to keep the evening going!

LT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Food is good, service is good, decoration is good but noise is not good. Hard to hear each other. If you want to talk, don't choose Elephant and Castle.

CA
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good food & great atmosphere. Will definitely return.

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Comfy English pub setting. Excellent onion soup. Unique & tasty menu selections. Great desserts.

CC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

This is our 1st visit to this location and it was great! Great for all ages - fun decor throughout and wonderful food! They have a separate gluten free menu which is always a huge deal for me as I have a gluten allergy! Love this place!

J
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Great food, good happy hour specials, but too loud!

OT
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 2

Good food. Charged me for ranch though, left a bad taste in my mouth.

GS
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Having stayed at a hotel in London's Elephant & Castle neighborhood, the choice for our 56th Wedding Anniversary was obvious. I was a restaurant reviewer for Chicago Magazine for three years. The experience: avg--3.5 stars. Service was excellent, noise level was "energetic" with a home-bound clientele creating a millennial zoo at feeding/drinking time. Food was excellent except the cauliflower in the Beef Vindaloo was tough (Chef should steam the florets separately and add to the mix just before serving). The result would make the steaming time worth the wait. We'd come back at a more dinner-friendly time.

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D
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Went to E&C before a musical. Drink & food specials were great. Our server, Kathleen, was excellent! Noise level is high. Otherwise, great experience.

VB
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

It didn’t wow me. If someone was telling me they were going to the city I would not say “oh you HAVE to eat at elephant and castle”. I probably won’t be back. There’s so many places to try in the city and this place did not wow me.

E
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great Service and Food. A bit on the "energetic" noise side however it is supposed to be. I will go back again without question.

D
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

noise was high and a little bright in there for an Irish pub. Did you guys re-paint? I haven't been in there for along time, so it seemed a bit different...not liking the change much.

GO
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First restaurant in the Loop that had a gluten free menu! Yeah!!!! Can't tell you what that meant to me.

PJ
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Service was excellent. Location was convenient and the food was good.

AC
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Elephant and Castle was a lot more crowded and noisy than I expected, but we had great service. This would be a good place to go for drinks with a group of friends (rather than a catch up one on one dinner with a friend). My veggie burger wasn’t the best, but my sweet potato fries were great.

G
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The fried pickles were absolutely delicious and perfectly crisp.
My salad had more wilted, slimy greens than acceptable in a salad. Salads should be fresh. This wasn't terrible -- not a significant portion of the salad -- but more than a few. Not okay.

T
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Came in for Sunday brunch and the food was amazing! Sat by the fireplace and had a nice experience

JM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and ambiance at Elephant and Castle is always great. The menu includes something for everyone. Our server was very professional and efficient.

MG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I enjoy Elephant & Castle. The staff is pleasant and professional.
Great place for lunch.

k
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I was seated right away, even though I was early. The server came by quickly to ask if I wanted anything wile I waited. She refilled my ice tea promptly. The fish was good.

KK
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great stop in the busy loop. Easy to meet clients here for lunch. Great menu that won’t let you or your clients down. Highly recommended!

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