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
240 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (90)special occasion (80)great for lunch (71)great for brunch (70)romantic (66)neighborhood gem (63)great for outdoor dining (27)notable wine list (27)scenic view (21)good for groups (19)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (5)hot spot (5)vibrant bar scene (4)Show More
  • 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.
  • 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.
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    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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    • 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.
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Really liked the ahi tuna that was on the menu before
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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!
    Special Features:
    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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  • leah6VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Enjoyed the new vegi burger on the menu. My friend ordered the chicken salad sandwich and said I will never eat all this. it was too good and was totally gone by the end of lunch.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Very seasonal food selection and unique items to chose from. We tried the "pickles" as an appetizer which was not your typical pickle. It was pickled green tomatoes and cantalope! Very unique taste.....two of the three of us enjoyed it the other did not like it at all. I had the Monkfish entre' and it thought it was great. Small portion but very good. Others had pork tenderloin which was also very good. Cheese selection was awesome as well. A bit cramped as it is smaller than I had anticipated and tables were very close together.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • disappointing
    kirstjenVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    It's been several years since I visited Atwood Cafe. I've regularly recommended it to people. This brunch was a disappointment. I ordered biscuits & gravy. The biscuits were hard & cold. There was about 1 tablespoon of absolutely tasteless gravy on each biscuit. There were 3 very thin slices of a tiny sausage (think about a pencil eraser and you get the idea in terms of size & taste.) They came with poached eggs which were perfectly cooked but tasted of vinegar, and a side of the most shriveled "fried" potatoes I've ever seen.
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  • Atwood Cafe 9/16
    DisappointedAtwoodFans
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    To be very honest, we were quite disappointed. 3 of the 4 entrees were not up to par, one was undercooked and was sent back to the kitchen. An appetizer of calamari and scallops was devoid of scallops. A side dish was 1/2 the portion of the same side dish served to nearby tables, with an excuse that the kitchen ran out of serving dishes. For a total bill of over $300 it was nowhere up to the standard of our previous visits to the Attwood.
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  • The Atwood Experience
    Swanee
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    As always, "the Atwood experience" was wonderful! Good food, good service and a great table by the window to people watch!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luckylooey
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Very Pleasant. Very good food. Excellent, accommodating service. Very good place for dinner before a show at the Goodman theater. The trout was delicious.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner treat after a film at Siskel
    Down2Earth
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We stopped by Atwood on a weeknight for a late meal after a film at the Gene Siskel Film Center, just a couple blocks away. Due to the hour, we chose a cluster of small plates and dessert. The charcuterie, in particular, was outstanding - ample and wonderfully diverse in its offerings - especially when paired with a baguette and the seasonal pickles. For dessert, we shared the lemon cake, which also surpassed our expectations. We found Atwood to be an unexpectedly good value for the money and plan to return the next time we are in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for lunch downtown
    Paul
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Atwood Café is an excellent place to meet for lunch. The food and service are awesome, and the prices are reasonable for the quality and quantity. The restaurant is in the remodeled Burnham Hotel which is a wonder to behold.
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  • Great food/ ok coffee
    Jjeats
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Our family had brunch in a Sunday morning at Atwood. The food was great! The southwest Benedict and hash were standouts! Unfortunately the coffee did not stand up to the meal but it is not bad enough to stay away from the food!
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    great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We weren't impressed with any of the food, and the meal ended with a "warm lemon cake" that wasn't warm and basil gelato with freezer burn. It's not what we would expect at this price point.
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  • Overall Positive Experience
    TexasTee
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food was good: Monkfish with polenta and tasty glazed carrots. Husband had trout and orzo. Cocktails are pricey; specifically I ordered a tommy margarita for $14. It was the smallest margarita I've had... not worth the $$ in my opinion. Waiter was courteous and attentive. Ambiance is okay, but this place is cramped. I could have easily rubbed elbows with the guy sitting at the table next to me. We had a 6:30 Atwood reservation with a 8:00 show at the Oriental. Serving of entrees was a little slow considering there were several empty tables. At 7:40, we had not received our check... had to summon the waiter to speed up so we could make the show on time.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not bad but...
    Sparkle
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    First time there; food was good but service only so-so. We heard the waitress checking w/other diners about their theater plans and schedules. We had to inform her we were trying to make a curtain, and we STILL had to ask for our check.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Group of 8 for brunch
    annivdate
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We enjoyed a great brunch at Atwood for 8 people (2 families of 4). They were gracious and accommodated our request for sitting near the light as opposed to the back. Freshly squeezed OJ was delicious. Parents enjoyed the egg white fritatta with spinach and goat cheese which came with a really lovely fruit bowl (not just melon but pineapple and lots of different berries). Only complaint would be that other than that frittata a lot of the other egg dishes don't come with any veggies/fruit - for example, the Arwood is just eggs, bacon, cheese, potatoes, toast. That's a lot of carbs! In retrospect we probably could have asked to switch out the potatoes for fruit. May next time. They generously let us chat for 45 min after the bill was paid.
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    great for brunch, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat!
    Bionda1VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    After enjoying a matinee performance of "Motown", we had an early dinner at Atwood, and again, we really enjoyed our meal. The beet salad is delicious, with thin raisin toasts accompanying the small dices of beets topped with a wonderful melted, creamy cheese. Our server was gracious, making nice recommendations throughout our dinner. We shared the chicken for our entree and requested a side of the orzo pasta, which tasted wonderful with the chicken and onions. Homemade lemon cake with blueberry compote left us very happy at the end of our meal. We saw many other items on the new menu that we will try in the future. A very enjoyable meal indeed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely setting, wonderful food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    My spouse and I had a wonderful meal at Atwood last night. The restaurant is beautiful and the service throughout our meal was excellent. Our cocktails, shared chaucuterie plate, and entrees of sole en papillote and pork loin were delicious and very well prepared with tasty accompaniments. The wine selection was very nice and reasonably priced. We ended sharing a superb steamed chocolate cake with blackberry gelato and fruit leather. Our window table was comfortable -- great for people watching and enjoying a relaxing dinner. A terrific evening!
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Awesome!
    Debbie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had a lovely evening, food was superb, and our waiter was very knowledgeable! Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate