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Atwood Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.atwoodrestaurant.com
  • Email: damien.palladino@atwoodrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (312) 368-1900
  • 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, Contemporary American, Comfort Food
  • 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 Caity at caity.anglada@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 & Promotions: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "The food was delicious. The waitstaff was courteous and very friendly. They were accommodating in serving corn bread as an appetizer, though not on the menu. The decor was cozy and charming. Definitely a must try for those that have not already."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Many of the items seemed interesting as described but missed the mark in flavor and combinations of elements. The servings were extremely small for the prices as well. Overall very disappointing meal- in a very cool setting."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The Atwood is a smallish restaurant with an ambitious feel. There food pairings is quite on target and even a slight bit adventurous. There could be better ciabatta bread and more vegetarian options but their fish plates were excellent. The wait staff are attentive even on busy nights. We will return."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Atwood can transform a weeknight into something special. The decor creates a sense of occasion and the menu offers seasonal choices that balance traditional favorites with creative options. Favorite entree on this visit: monkfish with chickpea polenta and preserved lemon giardiniera, Favorite appetizer: blue cheese custard, an unbelievably creamy confection (better than ice cream!) served with poached pears, frisee and fresh raisin toast. Staff is welcoming, knowledgeable, there when you need them, never intrusive. I dined with a friend, but was impressed to see how well Atwood treated the woman dining solo nearby. As a frequent solo diner myself, I find that's all too rare. Shout-out to our great server, Matthew. Bravo, Atwood!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "From the service to the food, Atwood is always fantastic and consistently wonderful"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Every time I'm in Chicago I eat here several times - the food is superb, as is the service, and the prices are very reasonable. The restaurant interior is spacious and elegant without being stuffy or overdone."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "My 3 teenage girls and I had dinner here a few nights ago after spending the day at the Art Institute. Even with slightly higher prices than we usually do at restaurants (since we're from the suburbs!), we thought it was definitely worth it. The girls loved the food - even the finicky eater loved everything. This was our 3rd time eating here and every time has been a great experience - both in food and service. Highly recommended by our family!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Did not disappoint. Great food and service. Charming, comfortable space with a splash of whimsy."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We had a wonderful experience at Atwood. I was worried about bringing my almost 6 year old daughter to such a nice restaurant before taking her to the theater, but it's clear that this restaurant is welcoming to diners of all ages. Everyone from the host to our server made my daughter feel so special. The children's menu offers a variety of choices and I thought the price ($12) was reasonable for downtown. Atwood, if you're reading this: I WOULD PAY MONEY FOR THE RECIPE TO YOUR MUSHROOM BURGER! It was by far the most delicious veggie burger I have ever had. Ever. My mother also really enjoyed her frittata and blood orange mimosa. Our server was attentive and friendly. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Went to Atwood before a theatre matinee and we were delighted with the unique menu, distinct ambience, friendly efficient staff, and excellent food! Had the coq au vin Eggs Benedict - delicious! And the bloody orange mimosa topped it off perfectly. Great prompt service gave us plenty of time to get to our play as well."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Went to Sunday matinee and had brunch at the Atwood prior. Great location! Food and atmosphere was exactly what we were looking for! Wonderful food and great Mimosa's and Bloody Mary's! Highly recommend. We will surely be back!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "This was my first time at Atwood and it won't be my last. Everything was great from the food, to the wine list, to the servers."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The only good thing about this restaurant is the ambiance. Otherwise, if I were the chef, I would be absolutely embarrassed to serve the kind of food this place serves considering the prices they charged. I was hoping at least the dessert would be good, but they couldn't even get that right. Stale, poorly flavored, small portions, and just overall disappointing. They really need to get their act together to justify their prices."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We had not been in several years. The menu has obviously changed as they must be trying to keep up with others in the area. They should not have gven up on what they had. First, I did not know they were only going by th ename Atwood now rather than Atwood Cafe. The food used to be more like comfort food, now they are leaning more towards noveau cuisine. It did not work for me. On top of that, our waiter was moody and abrupt. The mabience in this place is great. They need to get the menu and the service to match it. Not sure we will be back."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "First of all, I love the look of Atwood. It has old world elegance without feeling stuffy. The menu is grouped by salads/appetizers, meat/fowl, and fish/seafood. Within each group, the selections are ordered from small plate to large. This is perfect for a pre-theater meal as you can choose a tasty medium sized entrée and avoid being too full and risking falling asleep during your show! I chose the duck hash (because I love poached egg on my food) and split the mac and cheese with my sister. Unfortunately, the egg was not poached well - the egg white was partially raw. I don't know if that is a health risk, but I felt ok afterwards. Other than that, we enjoyed our food, the service was very nice and I was just full enough."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The menu is eclectic. Designed with different sized portions for sharing. A bit pricey. $14 for 2 scallops is a bit much at any level. I didn't have the prawn dish. We had duck hash and the butterfish which was well prepared with a nice presentation and very tasty. The Duck has again was a bit short on the duck part. I tried the coffee bread pudding for dessert, served with ice cream and whipped cream as a trio on a slate plate. Again the presentation was great, however the bread pudding part was more like a bread cupcake and was a bit dry as compared to any bread pudding i have every had. I have been here a number of times and the kitchen is always slow, so give yourself some extra time if you are going to the theatre."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I enjoyed the meal at Atwood because the manager and waitress were willing to assist me. However, the men who cleaned the table became impatient when my partner and I finished our meal. While there were several people in the establishment before it closed, they stood near us during the meal waiting to clean our table. In addition, one of the males rolled his eyes as he waited for us to exit. I am disappointed that the nonverbal cues were used to quickly usher us out of the restaurant. The incident was reported to the manager before we exited the building."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Everything we ordered was great, but this isn't a place if you're looking for Meat n Potatoes."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "They changed the menu. The descriptions on the menu are very minimal and the waiter had to explain a lot of them. He wasn't too clear on which ones were meant to be shared and which weren't. The portions of the "entrees" are way too small. I won't go back."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "the food is always good and this restaurant is convenient to several theaters."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "If you are here before 9:00 am for brunch you'll have the place pretty much to yourself. Friendly, attentive service. Coq au Vin Benedict is a winner. Romantic, airy dining room. Easy stroll from the Washington Blue Line stop inside Block 37 just walk up to State St. level."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Perfect for visiting with out of town friends, service and food excellent!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My BF and I took his parents here for a pre-symphony birthday lunch. The food was well prepared, our server was very attentive and the atmosphere was lively and enjoyable. The dining room is a little cramped, especially for older folks who need room to maneuver, and the bill was high - over $120 for four people, none of whom had alcohol, and with only a single shared dessert. So while I still recommend the restaurant, it is with the caveat that it is a pricey meal."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Although the service, setting, and food were all quite good, the portions were astonishingly small and not a good value for the price. The friends with whom we dined were delighted, however, with their dinners because they dislike oversized portions."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I have no clue why I have never tried Atwood before. Mistake. We had a great evening from an interesting cocktail menu to lovely after dinner selections. Almost all of the dishes exceeded the menu descriptions. Service was efficient and unpretentious. We will return. ."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The Atwood never disappoints. We never pass up the chance to dine here when in town."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "What a wonderful restaurant! Been here many times. Awesome atmosphere and warm service. Food is as beautiful as it is delicious! If you're downtown and looking for a truly lovely dining experience, hit up Atwood. Remember to keep an open mind though because the chef is doing some much different than you'll find in most downtown restaurants. I highly recommend this place. And be nice to the staff! They are all pretty cool individuals and doing a great job."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Atwood Cafe is a wonderful place with an usual menu of interesting items. At least at dinner, the restaurant is very quiet. The service was very attentive without being intrusive. The waiter clearly recognized that my friend and I were in no hurry. Atwood Cafe is a good place to go when you want to linger over dinner and actually have a conversation."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "I had the opportunity to experience Atwood with my wife just prior to attending the concert at the Chicago Theatre. It was wonderful and the food was great. Our waiter was very personable. For the price of a downtown Chicago restaurant - it was about par. Will be back with other family members."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "It felt like the chef's focus was on how many odd combinations of ingredients he could conjure rather than the taste. It was laughable, actually, to spend $50 for a 3" square quiche and a bowl of soup albeit with a nice glass of wine. Our waitress went a long way to make up for it, though and the location is very handy to theaters."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Everything was lovely except the biscuits, which I often order to compare with other brunch locals. The biscuit was dense not at all flaky and terribly salty - I would have sent it back yet didn't have time as we were on our way to a dance concert at the auditorium Theater. On the other hand, my blood orange mimosa and my husband's bloody mary were excellent, his eggs benedict fllorentine and roasted potatoes were superb."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Had an early dinner here after an afternoon of post museum drinks. We had the pickled appetizer, rib eye and pork shank. Everything was delicious and put bartender and server were excellent. Great spot in a great location. Liked the option of small plates and entrees."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The menu is confusing because some of the items are small-plate. Only the three items at the end of each section (grow, graze, swim) are entree size, but this information is not provided on the menu. Looking at the menu in advance, the prices seemed reasonable, but it turns out this was only because most items were small-plate. I've never been a fan of the small-plate thing. It just seems like a way to charge a lot for very little food. We tried the Arugula salad, which in my opinion was nasty. The Blue Cheese custard was delicious. My Rib Eye was very good, and a good size. My wife had the prawns which were very good, but with only three prawns, way too little for $14.00."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Love people watching from this corner gem downtown. The new menu is great. Had the beet salad and pork cheeks - so delish."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The location made this a desirable simple choice. the food and service were spot on. The dining room was a little tight, but it was not overly busy the night we were there. Will return next time we head down to the theaters!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Sitting is fast and personnel asks whether you have a show that night and make sure they know the time so, they time the dishes accordingly. The food is not your regular menu, dishes are very special and have great combinations you wouldn't think mixing at home but, they work just fine. Not too adventurous but, different enough to set the tone before a nice theater show."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We enjoyed finally checking out the Atwood. The small plates were a pleasant surprise and very tasty. Our waiter was most helpful and attentive. The two strikes I give this restaurant is the tables are way, way too small. Very cramped and uncomfortable. And the water glasses have to go! They are top heavy and we found ourselves "catching" the glasses from falling over. These two negatives may just keep us away for another try."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "my husband and i dined at the atwood before our play. the waiter was aware of this and moved the dinner along perfectly with out rushing us. I cant wait to go back again."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Everything we had was delicious. There were so many unique flavor combinations. This was best food that I have had in the Loop."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Atwwood has been a standard for in-city lunch for years. New efforts at creativity fail.. The buffalo sausage comes with a ramekin of glued (?) potatoes, a huge butter soaked frankfurter roll. This is obviously a re-do of franks and fries; the menu should be more explicit. Wonderful aioli on the side. While the risotto with beets and Brussels sprouts is beautiful and very tasty, the shock of seeing the entire thing beet juice colored is followed up by having only the juice and no beets, and by having four sprouts leaves and no sprouts. Nice . Server a bit pushy, uninformed."
    Dined on 3/7/2014