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
243 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (101)special occasion (84)great for lunch (70)romantic (67)neighborhood gem (65)great for brunch (63)notable wine list (30)great for outdoor dining (25)good for groups (21)scenic view (20)late-night find (9)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (6)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • Fine dining that's fast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, nice atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    definitely would return. very convenient for hotel guests and State Street shoppers!
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • 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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  • 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.
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    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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  • 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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  • 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!
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    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find
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  • 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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    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.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • 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.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • 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
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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  • 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
    Special Features:
    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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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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  • What a great dining experience
    CindyJVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our server, Mary, was beyond amazing. The corn chowder was layered with flavors (I could just eat that over and over again). My husband's salmon was to die for. Perfectly cooked and flavored exceptionally well. My trout was underseasoned and the orzo was too salty. When eaten together, it was perfection. But if you eat them seperately, it was not enjoyable. We will definately come back here.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't Miss
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Novel atmosphere. Creative dishes. Great people watching. Can't miss
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Really liked the ahi tuna that was on the menu before
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  • Still a Favorite.....
    SimChicago
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    With so many new restaurants opening (and closing) this is one we always find ourselves going back to, knowing the food and ambiance are consistently outstanding. There was a period, though, where we weren't so sure we were their target market - when they changed their menu to small plates only. On our last visit, we were so glad to discover they are once again offering the option of a main course.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay this time
    gowhenican
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I have had lunch here several times over the years but this time the entrees were not so great. The poutine appetizer was delicious,but the mussels were unusually tiny and the turkey burger was mostly filler, not much turkey flavor at all. It came with a tomato coulis that amounted to a few cherry tomato skins. We decided we will try it again, but stick to appetizers and dessert!
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  • Not bad
    NBgee
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Not a bad loop lunch spot. The food is a little better than average and the space is really nice.
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    great for lunch, romantic
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  • Atwood, great place to go.
    Kdine1
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Charming restaurant, located on busy State Street, in a historic building. The food has always been good, not typical selections, and the service has also always been very good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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  • Business Lunch
    MyOpinion
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Met two business associates for lunch. Terrific waiter! Gave us sample of wine special - made great recommendations. Did not care for beet salad - no dresssing, raw beets. But loved soup. Exquisite building and ambiance!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Go-for-it
    TriedIt
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was very good as well as the service. The monk fish I ordered was very good and my husband's pork chop was done quite well (not dry but not rare). The portions were big enough that you don't need to add sides. We didn't know that and ordered a side each and couldn't finish them. The mac and cheese side was too much cheese and not enough mac but it was tasty. The staff was attentive and it was a quiet sort of romantic room which made our date more enjoyable.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a great find
    Sharon
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Atwood was a last minute decision that we found on Open Table. Had never heard of it and decided to try. The waiter was outstanding, explained everything very well, offered suggestions, talked to us about the building and the history. He knew a lot about the wine list and helped me make a good choice with that as well. It was our first trip to Chicago, and this was a great find. The food was great, I had the vegetable gratin and my husband had fish. Delicious. We highly recommend Atwood!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maybe an off night but .. Maybe not
    FreqTravelerVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The good note of the evening was the charred octopus and house chorizo wow what flavor, though charred worried me. The main course sole cooked in paper was swimming and there was so,little fish that it was embarrassing for the price. Food cost here couldn't have been more than 3 %. They kindly offered and I accepted a substuite the trout again farm raised makes me wonder about the quality of everything coming from the kitchen. First bad meal in Chicago and I come here lots
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