Photo tour: Tavernita
Take a peek inside River North's Tavernita, plus read up on some of our favorite dishes and drinks. Then read our three-part review of the restaurant's three parts: dining room, lounge and Barcito.
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For month-old restaurant Tavernita, delay-induced anticipation (summer 2011 was the goal) plus a hot-stuff chef (Ryan Poli of Perennial, and before that, Butter) has added up to deafening buzz. Pile onto that the name recognition of the owners (the same group as nearby River North taco palace Mercadito) and a seriously sophisticated drink selection (48 taps go way beyond beer), and it's no wonder that no one can stop talking about the place. And really, Tavernita is three places in one. The dining room serves Poli¿s Spanish-inspired plates that are, of course, meant for sharing. Then there¿s a dinner lounge with oversized booths and bottle service for groups. And a separate room inspired by Spain¿s pintxos bars, Barcito, serves a separate menu of drinks and cheap bites.