We were in from out of townWe were in from out of town and had a great Mother's Day brunch here. Service, food and atmosphere were awesome.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMReally appreciated being ableReally appreciated being able to have a lovely Mothers' Day brunch and still make our afternoon show time! Thanks to the wait staff and kudos to the chef on a delicious menu!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways a great experienceThis is my regular stopping point whenever I'm in Chicago. Coq au vin and smoked salmon for breakfast were perfect, the hen and risotto were perfect, the bartender did a fabulous job with both custom and standard fare. Be sure to try to mimosa for breakfast and the Syrah for dinner!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMUnexpected GemI looked for a restaurant near the theater that would accommodate a party of 8. The Atwood Cafe was a real find. It's part of an historic hotel with great architecture. The staff was most accommodating and friendly and the food was superb. Good portions, reasonable prices and lots of options. The staff made made me feel special. I'll definitely return.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMMother's Day Weekend FunI've been wanting to dine at the Atwood Cafe and see the hotel ever since I read 'Devil in the White City' several years ago. My daughter plus a close friend and I had the opportunity to visit on 5/11 to celebrate Mother's Day weekend together. The waiter was excellent -- attentive, extremely efficient and had a good sense of humor. He answered our questions and made suggestions to help us in our food choices. All-in-all, dining at the Atwood for brunch was an excellent conclusion to a perfect Mother's Day weekend.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMtheater dinnerWent before theater. Food portions are small but the food was excellent. Had no problem making our 7:30 show even though restaurant was busy. Great service and fun atmostphere (jazzin the background but not too loud).5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat dinnerWe had an early dinner before a "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" taping and thoroughly enjoyed it. Both our dishes were inventive without being too "far out," were tasty, and showed a thoughtful combination of ingredients. It's definitely a cut above standard restaurant fare.
One caveat: if you have a taste for a Grey Goose martini, ask about the price first.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat place to go before a playThis is a great place to eat before going to a play. The food is good and it is a romantic setting. My wife loves this place, so it was a an easy choice.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMRemarkable salad!The service continues to be outstanding and the white fish and halibut were excellent and interesting. The garden salad was extraordinary! It was like eating a salad straight from a garden and the accompanying "sorbet" dressing was a delight. Already looking forward to a return trip.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMA Loop FavoriteAtwood, at State and Washington, is our go-to place before concerts at Symphony Center or plays at the Goodman. The food is creative, delicious and fun and service is top-notch. It's always best to reserve ahead. The salads are the freshest greens with interesting additions like golden beets or mint. The mussels we had the other night were plump and wonderfully flavored. Their rabbit scallopini is perfectly cooked with pureed veggies and mushrooms and other yummy ingredients. Same goes for their halibut. Our waitress, Beth, was knowledgable and attentive but not intrusive. All the wait staff is friendly and skillful. Atwood may be pricey for some, but for us it's a great value. Oh, and their desserts are real treats.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat restaurantThe Atwood is adjacent to a Kimpton hotel and as usual for one of their restaurants, the food was excellent, beautifully served and very tasty. The decor is old fashioned and gorgeous, I love the blue oversized chairs! We had breakfast and dinner here, the service was excellent for both meals. It is a great place for people watching as the huge windows on this corner site give you a great view of the busy streets.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a wonderful lunch thereWe had a wonderful lunch there before going to a theatre matinee. The food was wonderful, our waitress was friendly and helpful and we were not rushed at all.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMAtwood FirstExcellent service and very friendly staff. It was a lovely gesture by the waiter to acknowledge that we were there for a birthday and to bring a dessert to celebrate.
A very pleasant overall lunch experience. No complaints at all.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMGood if you are going to aGood if you are going to a play in Chicago. Convenient location to theaters.4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect Pre-TheatrePerfect for pre-theatre and they were very attentive to our timing needs. Decor needs some refreshing but otherwise exceptional food and service. Great view over State St.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMWe've been dining at the AtwoodWe've been dining at the Atwood Cafe for about 15 years and have always had very good experiences. Food quality, preparation and portions are spot on as is the service. Atwood Cafe location makes a great choice for pre-theatre dinner or post theatre dessert.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMAn exciting decor. WonderfulAn exciting decor. Wonderful service from Beth! Delicious dining4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMThe menu was so interesting--goodThe menu was so interesting--good details, such as the crisped mushrooms accompanying the halibut. The atmosphere was elegant, but also warm and charming.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely civilized lunch in the LoopLovely food. Civilized experience. Reasonable lunch prices. Feels like hotel lunch spot, which it is. Tables close together, but somehow the layout makes them feel separate, and noise level somehow is subdued, and it all seems to work. Good people watching.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMThe best pre-Downtown theaterThe best pre-Downtown theater restaurant in the Loop! Thanks to the enthusiasm and suggestions of our waiter, Beth M., we had a great meal (my friend ordered the rabbit!) and got out in time to walk through the downpour to the Oriental.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat location to catch aGreat location to catch a bite before or after a show at the Bank of America Theater. Were seated at a comfortable table by the large windows for people watching. Even though they were busy when we left, we were never rushed out of there. Our waitress was superior and the brunch menu was extensive. The best deal of the day was valet parking for six hours that covered our restaurant and theater time for $19.50.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent Loop area restaurant.My daughter & I enjoyed a delious traditional breakfast on Sunday. Loved the fruit accompaniment!4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat for pre-theater, especiallyGreat for pre-theater, especially with valet parking that can hold until after theater.
Great selection.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMOur waiter was the only thingOur waiter was the only thing i can complain about. He did not speak clearly, or give his name. Our drinks were taken care of by a different waiter as well. He may have just been having a bad day though. The interior is fantastic! We really liked the menu. Not too many selections and the dishes are also simple yet exquisite. I had the Halibut and she had the Scallops. Both were perfect and noticeably fresh. Definitely will return!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat dinner...unique choicesGreat dinner...unique choices on the menu and everything we chose we delicious!4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMit's a beautiful room, creativelyit's a beautiful room, creatively prepared and presented food, and the service is superior. One of our favorite Chicago places.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat ExperienceWe alwas enjoy Atwood Cafe. The atmosphere is outstanding even when you are not sitting by the window. Great food, outstanding service! Our waiter was great, bussing service was perfect. No one took a plate until we were finished and not just grabbing it immediately, but waiting a few minutes and asking first! Even though, for us, the menu is somewhat limited, we found great food to eat!4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMBrilliant decor, menu andBrilliant decor, menu and service. Chicago history and the Burnham building provenance all comes together in the Atwood Cafe.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMalways good - I changed myalways good - I changed my reservation for three to five and was told we'd have to delay fifteen minutes; we were seated thirty minutes before our scheduled time which was very helpful.
great mid-loop location - reasonable prices4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMAmbiance wonderful -- easilyAmbiance wonderful -- easily one of the prettiest daytime dining places in with the stunning architectur and the sun streaming thru the oversized windows onto the vibrant sidewalk scene.
Brunch/lunch food excellent, as always. Waiter very personable, but could be a tad more attentive. Coffee refills were few and far between.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMNice brunch. Don't plan onNice brunch. Don't plan on a full lunch menu on Sunday. They have a brunch. The food was very good, nice presentation and good flavored. Will go there again in the future.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMI thought the service wasI thought the service was very friendly and attentive. We visited after a play and were seated immediately at the time of our reservation. The food was very well prepared and seemed extremely fresh. Portions were somewhat small, but well presented. I would definitely return.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMAn excellent dining choiceAn excellent dining choice in the Chiago theatre district.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a wonderful diningWe had a wonderful dining experience there. The only drawback is that the restaurant bar closes at the same time as the restaurant voiding any possibility of having a nightcap there.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMHad a good waiter, Heath,Had a good waiter, Heath, who was very busy, but gave us good service and had us out in timely fashion to make our matinee play timeline easily. Good server.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMIt is lovely place to haveIt is lovely place to have a lovely dinner, especially if you are staying at the Burnham, as I was.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoyed our pre-theater dinner.Enjoyed our pre-theater dinner. Entrees were amazing and creative. Excellent choice for dinner close to a theater. Service could've been a bit more friendly, although I think that was just our waitress in particular. The host was incredibly friendly.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGood for business meetingsThere are not many full service restaurants within walking distance of my office that are open for breakfast and good for an early morning meeting. Atwood Cafe was perfect. The egg white fritatta with fresh spinach was excellent - light but filling. It was accompanied by fresh fruit. My colleague ordered traditional bacon and eggs. Service was excellent - attentive but not intrusive. The food came quickly. The restaurant was about half full with business people and the noise level was quiet. The decor is interesting, with tables and half-booths with comfy sofas. Having eaten at Atwood Cafe for lunch and dinner, I can now also recommend it for breakfast.4/11/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of our favorites. GreatOne of our favorites. Great food in a beautiful setting. Only comments: first, the runner did not bring a spoon with the soup and we had to ask. Second, while the duck was absolutely delicious the portion was somewhat small and it was plated on a very large plate that made it look even smaller.4/11/2013 12:00:00 AMBeth was our server and sheBeth was our server and she was knowledgable and very pleasant. She was attentive, but not annoying and stayed on top of our table even though she had several others. Beautiful room with high ceilings on the corner of Washington and State. Unique and interesting menu. Delicious arugula salad with acai berries and mint. Even more delicious white fish with crab and wonderful sauce. Fine wine selection and great finish with chocolate cake with raspberries. Delish!!4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMWe hadn't been to Atwood'sWe hadn't been to Atwood's for quite a while, due only to the absence of a theater performance at a nearby venue. We enjoy the ambience of the restaurant and we were favored with a window table looking out at the passing scene on Washington. We enjoyed the menu and the selection of wines, and the food was well-crafted and most satisfying, including the carmel salted cheesecake dessert which we found excellent. Service was a bit slower than usual, perhaps due to a more crowded attendance than we remembered, but we did finish dinner in ample time to walk to the theater. Atwood's remains a place we enjoy patronizing and we will return.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoyed our experience immensely.Enjoyed our experience immensely. Atmosphere, service and food were great. Reservation was honored and waitress acknowledgement our time commitment as we were going to a play.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMConvenient tor State St. shoppingOur reservation was honored and we were seated immediately. Service was excellent. The featured wine of the day was very good. My entree, the smoked trout salad, had a wonderful blend of flavors. The atmosphere is charming. However, tables are close and there isn't much privacy.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat findWe were in Chicago for just two days and walked to Atwood from the Hyatt for an 8pm reservation with kids age 10 and 15. It was a great dining pleasure, food was great and the kids had a good time. The younger ordered from the kids menu. Food portions were modest, elegantly prepared and very good. Waiter was top notch.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMOur burgers came out quicklyOur burgers came out quickly and cooked as we asked. Good spot for a business lunch.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMA really neat spot!We visited Atwood Cafe for Easter Brunch. It was a great experience overall. The restaurant is quaint and had great charm. They dont miss any details, everything is unique right down to the silver ware, serving dishes and salt and pepper shakers. Both the food and service was excellent. I look forward to going back when I return to Chicago again.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMMary, our server, was wonderful,Mary, our server, was wonderful, as was every one else working in the restaurant. The Bloody Marys were exceptional and the food,delicious. I will be there with friends again and again!!!!3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Southern Benedict withThe Southern Benedict with pulled pork was delicious!3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMAtwood Cafe is in the lobbyAtwood Cafe is in the lobby of the historic Burnham Hotel. The cafe's dining room is on the small side, so consider reservations. Our food was delicious and service was attentive.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMThe atmosphere was great;The atmosphere was great; very cozy and pleasant. The food was very average. Fish was very bland, and the rabbit all I can taste was the breading.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AM