• Atwood

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Atwood Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.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 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 & 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
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/18/2014
  • "New chef-pared down menu-great choices, well executed Would prefer some warm bread however. Overall, looking good"
    Dined on 10/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/17/2014
  • "Interesting cut of chicken left one very small leg bone on large breast. Perfectly cooked."
    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."
    Dined on 10/17/2014
  • "This is a wonderful restaurant in an historic building. The service is impeccable impeccable and always an interesting menu."
    Dined on 10/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/10/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 10/8/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 10/3/2014
  • "The visit was greatly enjoyed by myself and my friends. Good Food and great service."
    Dined on 9/28/2014
  • "Came here for brunch with my husband and daughter and we had a lovely time. Beautiful decor, great service and fabulous food - excellent experience."
    Dined on 9/27/2014
  • "The dining experience was wonderful, from the food the service ( beth) and the dinner was fantastic. The room itself is gorgeous"
    Dined on 9/26/2014
  • "Very Average if there such a thing, limited menu offering."
    Dined on 9/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/19/2014
  • "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"
    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."
    Dined on 9/17/2014
  • "Had many a great meal here under previous chef, including some big groups. Food still yummy under new one. Maybe a bit lighter."
    Dined on 9/13/2014
  • "Cozy place for a bite before the theater! I love the seasonal menu items and the service is always great."
    Dined on 9/11/2014
  • "The Atwood Cafe is superb--excellent cuisine, convenient Loop location, quiet and relaxing. The decor, ambiance, and menu promote great conversation."
    Dined on 9/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/6/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "Novel atmosphere. Creative dishes. Great people watching. Can't miss"
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "Really liked the ahi tuna that was on the menu before"
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "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"
    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."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
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