Howells & Hood
Howells & Hood

Howells & Hood

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.howellsandhood.com/
  • Phone: 3122625310x
  • 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: 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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Howells & Hood reviews from OpenTable diners
287 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (221)good for groups (128)great for lunch (104)vibrant bar scene (82)scenic view (81)hot spot (62)fit for foodies (58)neighborhood gem (58)great for brunch (53)special occasion (30)late-night find (21)kid-friendly (15)romantic (14)notable wine list (14)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Excellent food and huge beer selection. Waitress was excellent but the kitchen was ridiculously slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Stellar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Food was okay. Waiter was terrible. He forgot drink orders repeatedly, within first ten minutes spilt red wine all over a co worker of mine and had to constantly be reminded to clear off the table. I do not think I will ever be coming back and would not recommend to any of my friends. For the size of our party and cost of a new suit I would have thought they would have been a bit more generous with the comp on the bill. I will be drafting a letter to them.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All the way from New York
    Babs
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Loved the relaxed atmosphere and unique choice of brunch dishes - so much so that we had to try them all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    Essgee
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Met up with out-of-town friends here because it was near to them. The food was nothing special, despite some pretentious ingredients/combos. The food took FOREVER and was on par with Chili's or TGIFridays, but more expensive. Do yourself a favor and walk across Michigan Ave to Purple Pig or just a few doors down to Bandera instead.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Wonderful on tap beer selection. Lunch salad and sandwich selection is good. New pecan tart dessert is awesome. Only minus is that the appetizer selection was not appealing to us.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very attentive service. Food was
    Larzmann
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Very good (fish & chips, chicken salad, artichoke dip and OctoberFest beers).
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food OK. Outdoor is awesome!
    polsondesign1
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I've been here quite a few times. I love the outdoor space, for which they don't take reservations. Great for happy hour and dinner after work, in an excellent location! Inside, it's very noisy. Service is pretty good, but depends on the server. Sunday brunch is excellent. The food I had this time was just OK. I ordered the burger, which I've loved in the past. But this time, the burger and fries were just OK.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • javagirl711
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Great for business or casual lunch, and one person in our party was gluten free and dairy free and they were happy with accommodations as well. Would imagine outdoor dining would be fantastic in warmer weather.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome brunch
    Randall
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The Sunday brunch was fantastic. Great food, amazing variety, and not very busy. Only issue was somewhat slow service, which is less important for a buffet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Timer
    Yummy
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was my first time at Howells & Hood. I thought the location was great. Our waiter was definitely busy and a little hard to get his attention. There was also a giant spider web that was a little distracting. The had a large menu- lots to choose from. Beer flights, cocktails, wine etc. Great lighting. PLENTY of space! I liked the atmosphere/décor. I would come back to try food... just did drinks this time. The rewards program is great too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice patio dining
    disappointedVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This place has some really creative sandwiches. I love the grilled cheese. Lots of beers on tap. We shared an appetizer of little hotdogs wrapped in hash browns with a mustard relish. Creative and tasty. The patio is the only place I have eaten so far and it is nice, with lots of plants (some a little overgrown late in the summer). The booths are fairly comfortable. Nice outdoor space!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Sunday Brunch
    DebMo
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Found this gem of a place on a Saturday when we were looking for college football...the beer list is the best I've seen in a while. Had some light bites that were great, but the atmosphere and Sunday Brunch menu is what brought us back the next day! The Brunch is out of this world...so many creative dishes from savory to sweet - with carving stations, omelette stations, cheese board and charcuterie. Featured drinks on the day of the Bears game were excellent! Highly recommend - especially on game days!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, better service
    TCRotel
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Took my girlfriend here for lunch after the architectural boat tour. I was recommended to this place by a friend as I wanted to try somewhere new and impress her with a cool spot. I was warned that the service here is spotty, but our waitress was a total rockstar. Awesome attitude, really knew the menu, checked in on us at all the right times and really made our experience over the top. Definite recommend for beer lovers, outdoor patio-goers, and foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the Wait
    AMCBVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Had been trying to get to H&H for a while now and it was definitely worth the wait! I had the pulled pork sandwich which was amazing, I highly recommend it! Also, the Zombie Killer beer was fantastic and I think my new favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worst Food I've Ever Had
    Diner47
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This is the first time where both entrees were returned upon the first bite. Service was fine, but the food was just terrible. Would never go here again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noise
    annmVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The noise was beyond belief!!!!!!!! We have dined here before but fortunately have not been inside. We were as far away from the bar as we could possibly be and were screaming at one another. The chicken pot pie was terrible!! We could not wait to get out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OK but not great
    toddinpal
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The place is quite noisy. I had the surf and swine which was scallops and pork tenderloin. The pork was great whereas the scallops not so much. They were anything but fresh. Great selection of beers.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great food! absolutely beautiful views of the skyline from the river. So many drink options and great customer service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great outdoor dining
    66dinerVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Booths and tables outdoors, large inside dining area also. Friendly service, good food, and extensive beer list
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Notch Restaurant
    Suburbandiner
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    It's no surprise Howells and Hood is one of the top restaurants in Chicago. The location is superb and there are not many locations in the city that have an outdoor dining setting that match this. The overall design of the restaurant/bar is well appointed and appealing, the food and service was excellent and the draft beer selection is unbeatable, with 90+ craft beers on tap at both the inside and outside bar. I highly recommend going there if you have not already!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Review
    Kimberly
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food was amazing - we ordered the Chicago Hot Dogs and Artichoke Dip. However, my mom and I both ordered Bloody Mary's and couldn't drink them because they were so salty. Our waiter took them back and had them remade and they still were almost undrinkable which was disappointing given the price. Other than that the place was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice place!
    kelly122
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had to make last minute dinner reservations for Labor Day weekend and were lucky to get some here. The food was extremely good (I highly recommend the French onion soup), and our server was very pleasant and accommodating. The interior was quite nice and very clean. We also enjoyed the drink menu.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great patio, huge beer menu food OK
    SnapFoodLove
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Beautiful Chicago location and outdoor patio is awesome. You feel like you're in the middle of the city! Beer selection is huge! Full and half size glasses makes sampling new beers easy and affordable! Food options are just OK. We tried the grilled cheese with pork belly and the bread was overwhelming. The smoked brisket was unique with horseradish, but the dressing couldn't overcome the lack of flavor in the meat. I recommend for a fun drinks place, but not for a meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice lunch spot
    warren82pastry
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I was looking for a lunch spot by my work, and remembered hearing about this place. I sat outside, which has this really nice courtyard and garden next to it. Whole menu looked delicious. Kale salad was amazing and large enough that I had leftovers for dinner. Cookies and Milk dessert was good, just a little too sweet and heavy to finish by myself. I will definitely be back to try more items.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The beer list is very impressive and the food is delicious, however the noise level was too loud to have a comfortable conversation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go for drinks - especially outside!
    stlfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • THPIVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Food here was okay. I mean I had fish tacos and they were good, but not great. The appetizer we had was also good. There outdoor seating area is very nice though. I would definately suggest this place to have a drink during the summer months. As far as the food, I would give it another try.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Michigan Ave Option
    TravelBug
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not impressed with the food
    Bear
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • cocomo
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not good for conversation !!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The patio was closed so the indoor was packed. Very loud!! Had a hard time hearing across the table !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diana
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We took a group from work with our out of town clients. Everyone was very happy with the environment and the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Check it out
    LunchMoments
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The food was good, the menu was comfort food and the service was attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Won't be going back
    TravelingTheWorldVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Wait staff constantly refilling water/drinks. Attempted t sit us in a 'jungle'. Needed to trim foliage within dining area
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Beer Selection & Good Food
    garyuno
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Will Come Back Again!!
    Foodie
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet