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Howells & Hood
Howells & Hood

Howells & Hood Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.howellsandhood.com
  • Phone: (312) 262-5310
  • Hours of Operation: Mon-Wed 11am - 11pm
    Thurs-Sat 11am - 1am
    Sun 10am - 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Scott Walton
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: http://www.thecrownchicago.com/

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Illinois
  • Public Transit: -Grand Red Line
    -Michigan Avenue Buses
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: St. Claire and Illinois Lower Level Surface Lots
A word from Howells & Hood
One of the best restaurants in Chicago, in the heart of the Mag Mile. Nestled at the base of the legendary Tribune Tower, this stunning restaurant is a vibrant addition to one of Chicago’s most beloved and recognizable skyscrapers. Incorporating signature Tribune elements into our design, such as the etched travertine that came over from Italy, Howells & Hood pays homage to John Howells & Raymond Hood, architects of the Neo Gothic landmark. With a unique and refined culinary program, the largest draft beer selection in Chicago, and impressive staff, Howells & Hood is a magnificent compliment to Michigan Avenue.

Please note, we do not accept reservations for our patio tables. We will do our best to accommodate outdoor seating requests upon arrival. We look forward to serving you!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "This is a great spot to mee for beers (extensive list) or cocktails when the weather's nice. Its actually pretty good for that inside, too. I wouldnt gto for the food though. Even for lunch it was average in taste and execution. Service was decent but not great."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "We dined at Howells & Hood after a river boat ride. It's location at the base of the Tribune Tower is fantastic and convenient for many downtown outings. There's nothing like it in the vicinity. We were hoping for an outdoor table but all they had for our party of 8 was a long "communal" type table that we were not interested in. Instead, they sat us indoors at a round table right next to the window, so it felt like "outside" but quieter and with a/c on a hot, muggy day so it really worked out for the best! The menu is extensive for beer/wine/cocktails, but we're not a drinking crowd. The food menu was more limited, but everyone in our group found something they liked. We will dine here again!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "My wife ordered the lamb and enjoyed it. I ordered a medium H&H burger and it was well done, tough and dry. I am not big into sending food back, i have seen too many shows and my son in law is a chef and has told me of incidents that he has seen when people complain so i just deal with what is served. I am glad that my wife enjoyed her dish but i was less than impressed."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Great outdoor patio space, but it was pretty noisy due to construction taking place next door. The drinks are overpriced in my opinion. This was my third time dining here, and I wasn't impressed with the food as much as I have been previously."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "The patio was closed so the indoor was packed. Very loud!! Had a hard time hearing across the table !"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Fantastic patio space with great food and drink list! Love the beer selection! Steps off Michigan ave and its patio is far enough away that traffic is a non-issue. Attentive servers without being too intrusive! Unfortunately our ambience rating is poor due to the jack hammering in the adjacent NBC Plaza. (We were there from 7-8:30pm so it wasn't 'normal' construction hours). Will return once construction is complete next-door."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "We took a group from work with our out of town clients. Everyone was very happy with the environment and the food."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "The food was good, the menu was comfort food and the service was attentive."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "There are so many wonderful restaurants in Chicago and this one doesn't make my list. The food was bland, the service was inattentive and the noise level made it very difficult to hear across the table. There is nothing in the restaurant to absorb the sound and it was therefore, very loud even though it was only half full. There was nothing about our meal that would cause me to go back again."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "This is a great spot to stop and enjoy one or two of the many great beers that they have on tap.. The food was very good and the service by our waitress was outstanding. Very friendly and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this to all visiting Chicago."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "I currently live in Arizona and regularly visit Chicago. My family and I ate at this restaurant on a Sunday night and it was very quiet. There were a couple of tables filled but not busy. Our waitress was very nice and checked in with us often. I ordered the delicious French Onion Soup and shared The Wedge with my mom. The soup was overflowing with cheese, all around the dish and plate. Both delicious and would definitely order next time. Yum! This is a great restaurant and must go!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We've attended many brunches and found this one to be outstanding. The choice and quality of food was excellent."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "I was excited to take out of town guests here. I thought the big patio would be a great place to enjoy Sunday brunch. The patio was great, but the service couldn't have been worse. From the host, to our waiter, to the other staff who dodged our glances as we searched for the buffet, I couldn't have been less impressed."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The charcuterie plate and wings were good. The H & H burger was just so so. Good beer selection."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Excellent service, great location and atmosphere but food was just average."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Wide selection of beer and interesting burgers. Perhaps I caught them on a bad day but my burger wasn't as warm as it could have been and the fries were an uninspiring lukewarm. Our server seemed to be annoyed that we took too long to order but this was a lunch with a friend I hadn't seen in a while and we just playing catch up. Loved the outdoor patio. I'll try them again. Like I said, it may have just been a bad day.No one is perfect"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Walking down Michigan Ave, and found this gem while on Open Table. Extremely happy with the service and the food was fantastic. I will be visiting again here soon!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the food and cocktails at Howell's & Hood. Very vibrant bar and restaurant scene. Great patio bar and dining. Very busy place, so I would not recommend this restaurant if you are on a schedule. So busy and people don't seem to leave that even with a reservation you'll find yourself waiting - especially if you want to sit outside."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We sat inside and since we were a little undecided the host suggested that we sit inside, but at a table near the floor to ceiling windows. We loved it and it was a great way to be inside and enjoy the outside as well. Food was great too."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Nice outdoor dining location after taking morning Chicago River cruise. Arrived just prior to noon so outdoor dining available on perfect weather day. By 12:15 the place was packed for outdoor dining so get there early. No reservations taken for patio dining. Service was good and food / portions were great. Added bonus of Blue Angels practice for Air Show!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The food, atmosphere, beer list, location, etc is all great, but holy cow is this place LOUD! Add some sound absorbing materials, folks."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "This was my 1st visit. I met a friend there, & we sat outside chatting for over 3 hrs. Food was good; patio seating was great."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We came back for a Sunday brunch and didn't regret it. It's a little pricey, but the buffet options are outstanding."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Blues brunch I thought would be an amazing experience-boy was I wrong?! It was merely a buffet in the back w/blues music only in that particular room. No one could hear it!:( There were NO tables up sit down in there-not to mention the food was NOT that great!:( Totally dissapointed & had higher hopes! Thought it was a great place-hugely let down & wouldn't go again! Btw-hostess totally RUDE! Basically she seated us w/a BIG attitude, threw the menus down at us & awful experience!!:("
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We had a great experience at Howells and Hood. We had asked for an outdoor table if possible. We had only a 5 minute wait during which time we could stroll on the plaza until we received a text that our table was ready. The patio area is set a distance from Mich. Ave. so there was no traffic noise. The extensive landscaping provides a shaded lovely area. Our server was very knowlegeable, helpful and friendly. The Beer list is extensive - something for all. The menu was a fun menu of many choices with something for everyone. A great find in Chicago."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Short staffed as always. Risotto was bland. Grilled cheese sandwich was fantastic."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Good food, but the place smelled really bad like it needs a deep cleaning. Service was not too good."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "We love the outside dining area here! The beautiful plantings and flowers make for a wonderful surrounding to enjoy a relaxing fabulous lunch outside. Our server Emily was super friendly and fun, as well as efficient. The food at Howells & Hood is always perfection and presented beautifully be it the mussels, burgers, chicken club, etc. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Michigan ave restaurant that clearly knows it's always going to be busy. Server was argumentative and super awkward-- too bad they don't recognize that some people live in the area and aren't just tourists looking for a michigan ave place to drink."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Great outdoor patio with the added bonus if being dog friendly. Some of my favorite items (duck salad, lobster roll) were removed from the menu. Hope that they are put back on."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We brought a client here for dinner and have a lovely outdoor patio. Our service was terribly slow which is something you don't want at a work dinner. I understand that it was during happy hour time and that a lot of people like to sip on their beverages and relax after a work day, but when no additional drinks were being ordered and everyone was finished with their meal, it's time to bring the check!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Selected this restaurant based on an article seen on TV and being from Chicago (wanted to support the local businesses). Made a reservation for 7 people. Ordered appetizers to start--waitress never brought us plates or utensils for the food. Had to go take them from another table. Food was underwhelming (not a wide selection to choose from). The location is great--right on Michigan Ave but wasn't impressed with the overall experience."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Great location just off of Michigan Avenue. Tends to draw a more upscale crowd versus the normal brew pub. Good for a business get together or dinner. Tends to get crowded on the usual date nights and it's a bit noisy, but service and food are great."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Howells and Hood is exactly what it claims to be; a great bar with excellent bar food. My wife and I were seated outside. We had a total of five drinks during our visit; 4 beers and one mixed drink. All were outstanding. The service was very good with our server checking on us regularly. The food was decent for a bar. This place is not fine dining but had a wide range of options. We were there 2 1/2 hours and enjoyed the leisurely pace. Have been there for Sunday brunch and enjoyed that too. We will return again, hopefully for the outdoor dining."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "It's not the best option for brunch, but a very good one if you're in the mood to spend $30/person. The buffet is delicious & has lots of choices, but it only has the one buffet option. It would be nice to have a breakfast menu. Come with a big appetite!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Great place to get a beer and sit outside. The beer menu is huge and that is what they are largely known for. Other than that, I wouldn't recommend much on the menu. Everything sounds good but there are a few "unique" ingredients in each dish which kind of ruin it. I wouldn't recommend a specialty drink either. I tried the Howells Hood - you would think that the signature drink would be a safe bet but there was a strange liquor in it which ruined the whole flavor. After asking the waiter to bring a glass of wine instead he insisted on "tweaking" the drink to make it better. Basically they just added more grapefruit juice to hide the flavor of the vanilla-citrus liquor. When I'm paying $13 for a drink I do not want more juice."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "There wasn't much of a lunch selection and our waiter had no personality."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Stopped for lunch. Had the fried chicken sandwich. It was generic . Outstand beer menu. Beautiful outside seating area. OK for lunch,"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "This is the place to go in the summer for a burger and a beer. ....with a selection of what seems to be 100 different beers! The burgers are on brioche and the fries are parsley salted and crispy. Staff is very attentive and friendly. We ate inside, where it is a bit noisy, but if you're a group, you blend in. Inside may not be best for a quiet meal as it is very energetic. Outdoor dining is a plus in the city and it is away from the street so you don't have to deal with traffic noise or pollution."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "On our girl's night out, the 6 of us really enjoyed ourselves. The food was excellent & our waiter very accommodating. We were inside at a nice round table that facilitated our discussion on our book from book club. Although it was lovely outside, it would have been a lot noisier."
    Dined on 7/21/2014