Atwood
Atwood

Atwood

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.atwoodrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3123681900x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Mon-Fri 7:00am-10:30am
    Saturday and Sunday Brunch: 8:00am - 3:00pm
    Lunch: Monday thru Friday 11:30am - 3:00pm
    Dinner Nightly 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Derek Simcik
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We have an intimate private dining room which overlooks the Atwood. Perfect for a sit down dinner for 10 to 30 or a cocktail reception for 75. Please contact Sheena at sheena.manning@kimptonhotels.com
  • Entertainment: We have the winner of our monthly Open Table Diner Feedback contest!



    The winner recieves a dinner for two with a speceial five course menu prepared by our one and only Chef Derek Simcik.
  • Special Events: Host your own special event with us. For personalized reservations please call 312 368 1900

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State and Washington Streets
  • Public Transit: Red Line - Lake
    Blue line - Washington
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet with the Hotel Burnham on Washington Street. Three hours or less with restaurant validation is $19.50. Seeing a performance as well? Show your theater ticket stub and parking is $23.00 for 6 hours or less if you also dine in the restaurant.
A word from Atwood
Atwood is an intimate, romantic, must dine Chicago classic restaurant adjacent to the world famous Burnham Hotel. (An Al Capone hangout) This is one of Chicago's most historical buildings located in the heart of Chicago's Central Business District. Only blocks away from Architectural river boat tours and directly along the State Street retail shopping circuit and the many Art’s of the theater district. Enjoy fresh, locally farmed ingredients while dining in our vibrant, must see, dining room. Chef Derek Simcik and our attentive staff offer excellent service, “contemporary” American comfort food in a memorable setting. Atwood is a Chicago staple, casual restaurant in the heart of the Loop, featuring a creative twist on what, in one time, was referred to as American comfort food.



Come and ENJOY an inexpensive lunch, business breakfast, great brunch or fabulous intimate "one of a kind" dinner. Very close to tourist attractions too. See you there!
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Atwood reviews from OpenTable diners
238 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (106)special occasion (86)great for lunch (73)romantic (67)neighborhood gem (65)great for brunch (64)notable wine list (31)great for outdoor dining (25)good for groups (21)scenic view (18)hot spot (8)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (5)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Atwood always a good choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    New chef since I last dined here. Loved it, but always do!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Afternoon
    JEM1
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Great spot to meet friends in the Loop. The food is excellent...I had the fish and chips which were light and crispy. My friends both had the chicken salad sandwich and they raved about it. Our waiter was amusing and accommodating. A terrific place to meet and eat without being hurried unless you need to be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service and great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I'm from out of town and I've eaten here on my three recent visits to Chicago The food is absolutely wonderful, but what makes the restaurant really special is the high quality of the service. Our server, Vic, was knowledgeable and cordial without overdoing it. He gave us great recommendations for food and wine, but only when we asked. He did not push anything. He was attentive without being intrusive and every one of his recommendations that we followed turned out to be delightful. The food is creative and down to earth both, beautiful in presentation and even more beautiful in taste. Every visit we've made has been a joy and the next time I'm in Chicago, I'll make it a point to go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for our reunion
    dgGoes211
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We hadn't seen our friend from Ohio for several years. We needed a place for brunch that was convenient for her to get to the Goodman for a matinee. Atwood is always high on my list for such occasions. We were treated so well by the staff! And the food, as always, was perfect. The returnees in our party were glad to come back, and the newbies were duly impressed. Good food, unusual presentations, great coffee, and tasty Bloody Marys: all at a fair price. I can hardly wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • busylady
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The staff were friendly and very accommodating. We had a very enjoyable lunch. Food great. Definitely will be back. Busylady
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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  • Charming Food and Architecture
    KathleenM
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I've eaten lunch here with friends and family on a few occasions and it never disappoints. The lunch menu is not extensive, but everything is prepared beautifully. The presentation is lovely and the food yummy. One out of town friend who I ate lunch with enjoyed it so much he took his wife there for dinner that same night! I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good experience for my guests
    Sherman
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Among us three, we had five appetizers and one entree. All were very good. As was the Malbec. Noise level barely tolerable, but, with advance reservations, we had a choice corner table.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tourist Friendly Lunch Spot
    Copernicus
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We were host to friends from Conn. and needed a lunch spot before going on the Architectural Boat Tour. My wife enjoys the Atwood when she shops downtown. Our food was served quickly and it was tasty. Our server learned of our plans for the boat tour and proceed to tell us about the history of the Burnham Hotel being Chicago First Tall Building. He even helped us with the correct bus stop for the short ride to the Tribune Tour and the boat tour.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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  • food good, came way too fast
    yumster
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We enjoyed our food, but when the entre came half way through our starters, we were less than pleased. The entres sat while we finished, and while the server offered to remove them, I was too worried about my medium rare steak to agree, not knowing what would come back. The server was somewhat indifferent, but the manager came over and noted our concern He later gave us free dessert. Overall a nice evening, but nothing memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fine dining that's fast
    McJen
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Had a great meal right at prime time. The waitstaff and the manager helped make sure we got to Will Call in time for our show. Friendly, polite, and attentive all around. Recommend it to anyone looking for a place by the Chicago Theater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, nice atmosphere
    karyn
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    definitely would return. very convenient for hotel guests and State Street shoppers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Hotel Restaurant
    LWRFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    If you love small intimate settings that small boutique hotels offer, you will love this Kimpton Hotel's restaurant, Atwood. We had a group of 24 so we overwhelmed the service staff and the kitchen, but the food was delicious and worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New chef
    meamoVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    New chef-pared down menu-great choices, well executed Would prefer some warm bread however. Overall, looking good
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a lovely spot for dining
    YUMMIKADO
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Had a wonderful Saturday brunch, nice atmosphere, good food and bloody marys and attentive but not to attentive service. Bravo Atwood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great scene...Par Food
    Foodophile85
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Went here for my birthday. Started off with their coffee cocktail which was a great fall/winter drink. Was seated promptly and had a really attentive server. The only drawback was the food was painfully average. Not bad, but nothing memorable. Wish they had something really pop on the menu.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent chicken
    TRmicro
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Interesting cut of chicken left one very small leg bone on large breast. Perfectly cooked.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hotel restaurant
    40Couplew8yroldtwinsVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Have been here several times for pre-theater on Sundays, about 4-5 years ago. Went Friday night before a 7:30 show. Thought was always solid before, convenient to theater. Appetizers were good, nothing special- Mussels, Meatballs and Tomato/Watermelon Salad. Good nibbles if in for a glass of wine. Entrees were disappointing. Rabbit was dry, confit was ice cold just out of the refrigerator. Eggplant Gratin was preassembled, reheated in small cast iron pan. Light on the cheese and the eggplant very oily. Overall, not what I remember food wise. Love the ambiance but will not be back. Turned very much into a restaurant in a hotel. Before always thought of it as a stand-alone place.
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  • disappointed
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We were very disappointed with the menu. Not a good selection, and very little fish, although we did order the salmon (just grilled ) which was very good, except my carrots were raw rather than cooked. My guest hadn't been to the restaurant before and it has been a while since I was there. As a theater restaurant I would have thought the Menu would have been a bit more extensive and exciting. We walked away a bit hungry!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This is a wonderful restaurant in an historic building. The service is impeccable impeccable and always an interesting menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but not overwhelming
    Marleen
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Good food and we were definitely not hungry when leaving. Presentation of the food could have been better. very friendly waitress who took the time to explain the menu and recommend some wines. Would I go back? Don't think so. It was definitely not bad, and we were far from disappointed, but Chicago has more to offer.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Atwood -- perfect pre-show dinner
    Ralph
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We had tickets to a concert at the Chicago Theater and dined at Atwood before the show. From start to finish, we had a wonderful experience. Highlights -- pork belly appetizer, one of the best salmon entrees I've ever tasted and the salted caramel cheesecake. Service was great. We didn't need to worry about the timing -- our waiter asked us what time we wanted to be done and he watched the clock for us! Delightful evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Feel like a grown-up!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This is a place to go to feel like an adult! Great food in a lovely historic building. Service was friendly, helpful and prompt. We weren't hurried even tho we had to make it to the theater. Nice selection of breakfast & lunch items on the same menu--brunch! My friend and I enjoyed our meal very much.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Deliously historic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Planned a get away for a quite anniversary. watched "check please" and saw the Atwood reviewed. Loved the historic building. We had a wonderful meal, beautiful setting, great service. Menu is not vast, but tasty and well thought out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but not fantastic
    rabbitkind
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I value high end restaurants, but was a little disappointed with the Atwood. It was quite good, but I think the entrees were priced about $10 too high for the amount and quality served. An appetizer, entree, and dessert should leave you full to the brim, not merely "not hungry". The quality was fine, but not what I was hoping for. Apparently, there is a new chef since the rave reviews I was given by friends. Would go back, but only if prices drop significantly. Lovely atmosphere, and a full bar helped. Service was excellent, and dishes appropriately timed.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good & Reliable
    MadreCadre
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Their menu remains the same, with the exception of some seasonal additions, throughout the year. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Their food is consistently well-prepared and delicious. At our most recent visit, we had the peach cobbler with basil-infused ice cream. It was very good - and so interesting that peaches and basil are such a nice pairing of tastes! Atwood is a good and reliable café with attentive staff and a pleasant ambience.
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  • Lovely lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We had a great lunch at Atwood. Despite being busy, our server was attentive and courteous! He offered suggestions on the menu and recommendations and the food was fantastic. I had the fall harvest salad and it was delicious!
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  • Delicious food and friendly service
    MorMor
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The visit was greatly enjoyed by myself and my friends. Good Food and great service.
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    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    MrsDVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Came here for brunch with my husband and daughter and we had a lovely time. Beautiful decor, great service and fabulous food - excellent experience.
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  • wonderful evening
    KBCC
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The dining experience was wonderful, from the food the service ( beth) and the dinner was fantastic. The room itself is gorgeous
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Very Average if there such a thing, limited menu offering.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • delightful!
    bonbon24VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I brought a group of 5 friends from out of town for Sunday brunch, and it was wonderful! Each and every one of the ladies loved what they had, and were very impressed by the space itself. Our server was charming, and handled all of the special requests perfectly. I love bringing people to the Atwood because it presents such a wonderful example of Chicago's architecture, its history, and how special one can be treated in the greatest city in the world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • Disappointing!
    UESFredVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    As visitors to Chicago we booked this restaurant based on Open Table ratings and the notations that this was a romantic spot. We simply didn't see the attraction. Located in a hotel lobby, with little privacy, poor service, and only average food, this was not what we expected. On a special night it was very much a let-down.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I have stayed at the Burnham and eaten at the Atwood several times and it just gets better with time. There are two things which bother me: (1) The coffee needs a little help, talk to the Signature Room as their coffee is the best that I have ever had, (2) I love restaurants with white linen table clothes, why do you cover them up with paper? I hope it is not to cut back in order to enhance your bottom line? Sitting the coffee and the paper aside, I will continue to support your endeavors, you folks are the best! Luman M. Bailey
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Art Deco
    Palatineprimcess
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Always Chicago friendly. Beautiful deco and waiting lounge. Sophisticated menu. Any excuse I can find to eat at the Atwood, I am there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
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  • Great place, rejuvenated
    BMcC
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Had many a great meal here under previous chef, including some big groups. Food still yummy under new one. Maybe a bit lighter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great pre-theater spot
    ChicagoNewgirlVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Cozy place for a bite before the theater! I love the seasonal menu items and the service is always great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Atwood Cafe is a favorite
    Atwood
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The Atwood Cafe is superb--excellent cuisine, convenient Loop location, quiet and relaxing. The decor, ambiance, and menu promote great conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Fabulous food but odd experience
    ChefCJ
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was our second visit to the Atwood Cafe, the first with their new chef. The food was perfect: a delightful watermelon/tomato salad, shrimp fettuccine, and espresso-rubbed rib eye. The odd part--at 8 on a Saturday, the place was empty (last time it was packed). The kitchen was closing early to handle routine maintenance. Strange timing. Our server must not have had enough to do, because she wanted to chat each time she passed the table. Then she started interrupting us mid-sentence. I finally asked her to leave us alone to talk. The manager immediately brought our check, although we were still eating, and tried to take our plates, as did as did the bus staff, repeatedly. Food was great, but service was a bit bizarre.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Atwood Cafe for dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I've been going here for years and was eager to take my out-of-town friends there. It was very good, as usual, except for the service. Our waiters changed mid-meal, with the explanation that our first waiter had to leave. He, however, remained there waiting on the table next to ours the entire evening. It was odd. Also, it felt as if they were eager for us to leave . . . that was subtle, but the feeling was there, nevertheless.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Good but don't be in a hurry
    Hugo
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Brunch options are pretty varied and quite tasty but you should not be in a hurry. Although the restaurant wasn't very crowded, it took quite a while to get answers from the waitress. If you're not in a hurry, quite nice since it leaves you plenty of time to chat with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate