The Happ Inn
The Happ Inn

The Happ Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://thehappinn.com/
  • Phone: 8477849200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday to Thursday the kitchen is open from 11:00AM to 10PM

    Friday and Saturday the Kitchen is open from 11:00AM to 11PM

    Sundays the kitchen opens at 12:00PM to 8PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Burgers, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Freddy Sanchez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: Let The Happ Inn host your next private party or special event. Our private dining spaces can accommodate groups of up to 80 people. Our event coordinator can help you customize a menu and drink package to suit any taste or budget. From coursed dinners to family style feasts to elegant receptions, The Happ Inn can meet all of your private party needs.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Willow
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: The Happ Inn has ample free parking in its attached parking lot.
A word from The Happ Inn
The Happ Inn is located on the Southeast corner of Willow and Happ roads, Northfield, Illinois.
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The Happ Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
151 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (106)great for lunch (62)good for groups (58)kid-friendly (39)vibrant bar scene (26)special occasion (25)fit for foodies (22)great for brunch (19)great for outdoor dining (17)hot spot (14)late-night find (7)notable wine list (5)romantic (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Always good
    LarruVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Consistent with food and service. Margaritas, salads and chicken always great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back!
    PattesPosts
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    For two of the four individuals in the group, it was the first time at the Happ Inn. We were pleased with the food, wine (Meiomi Pinot Noir), beer (various craft) and service. Three members of our party had the white shrimp (Grilled Jumbo Shrimp) and were happy with their meals. I had the Bill Kurtis Grass Fed Burger with a Gluten Free Bun and the homemade chips - yum. Our waiter, J.P., was outstanding - friendly, efficient, and provided recommendations, when asked.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing special - had higher hopes
    Unhappy
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Busy Friday night. Food was barely warm. Kids Mac n cheese had a hardened cheese layer over the top as it sat under the heat lamp way too long. Truffle fries tasted like they were cooked during the lunch hour. Sat on patio and clearly the area was too much for the one server to handle. Unfortunately I had higher hopes as some friends recommended it to us. Maybe it was an off night...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place for lunch
    KDBalVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Had a delicious and delightful lunch. Great beet salad.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good basic food
    Like2eatitalianVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    the restaurant has a nice menu with good basic sandwiches, salads, and a few other entrees
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slip Sliding Away
    EZDiner
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I have been a frequent diner at the Happ Inn for as long as it's been open. I have generally eaten there 2 0r 3 times monthly, and have always been more than satisfied. The last 3 times I've dined there, including this past Tuesday, the food has been mediocre at best. The prices have risen as they have in most restaurants I enjoy going to, but the quality on the plates has remained the same. Something has changed at the Happ Inn, and the restaurant has lost me as a customer.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The Happ Inn is very good. I am a Northfield resident and visit this restaurant often.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good
    Redhead
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We go to the Happ Inn often even though it's a little of the beaten path. There have over the years been many restaurants here but this is the one with staying power as the menu is so varied and the experience so casual. We had the new grilled shrimp with plantain rice that's on the menu and it was delicious - the yellow gazpacho soup was also excellent though I would have liked more vegetables in it. I tasted a friend's skirt steak and thought it was tough and not very flavorful. Both skirt steaks ordered were not done as ordered. For dessert, the chocolate chip cookie with ice cream, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce was very good. I wish there was a true hot fudge sundae on the menu and that desserts varied from season to season.......
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • goodmealsVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Even though our waiter got several new tables at once, we received excellent service. The food was tasty although the Caprese salad was drowning in dressing. The fish tacos were very good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!!
    ZippyVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Love the restaurant. It can accommodate my husbands love for fried chicken and my salad fetishes. Very accommodating And always pleasant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YumYum
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Every thing was great Seated on time Would have liked it if there were more specials. More menus changes. Great service. Wait person very good. Can't find anything bad to say. Had very nice time
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EnjoyEatingVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The Happ Inn is a good neighborhood place. The food is always reliable and the prices reasonable. Everyone in our group of six seemed to enjoy their food. We visit fairly often.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Glad we had a reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Happ Inn is one of my favorite local restaurants. We went on a Wednesday night, the place was surprisingly busy. So glad we had a reservation. We were seated right away, served right away, everyone enjoyed their food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great drinks
    AngieVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Looks like they updated the menu again recently - burgers are still my favorite here (grass fed!), but as always, they're very gluten-free friendly with a GF bun and many other options for my son. Always love their Green Hornet (gin cocktail), but had a Moscow Mule this time and it was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • crabsisters3
    Crabsisters3
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We had a lovely evening ….but needed to move tables once. My friend and I were celebrating a birthday and as happy occasions go….we were giggling and having fun. I found the crowd that night to be "old" and not nice. My friend who is a challenged adult was asked to keep her voice down by a booth next to us. We were not any louder than any other table in the restaurant. Our server was very nice and let us move away from these old people even thought it was out of his station. I will think twice about going back! Very grumpy old people seem to go to the Happ Inn….what a shame. Not fun being told to quiet down…….it was a birthday!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eat, repeat...
    lunchbunch
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Well the "gang" gets together often but never have we decided at the table to return to the same place for the next get together. The food was very good we all ended up getting the soup, salad and slider combo and this was probably one of the best combos that we have had. Portions were a good size and the selection of items to make the combo was very nice. Often with a group of 8 it is difficult to hear each other but the noise level was low enough that we did not have to shout across the table at each other. Looking forward to our next lunch and discovering what seasonal soup is on the menu and what salad to select for my trio......
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    KDBalVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Truly a gem. Food is always delicious. The menu has interesting selections and the ambience is perfect. We return her again and again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • stauchatthediner
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I thought that the food was quite good for both my wife and I. We had soup, the Talapia tacos and the "Bill Kurtis" burger. Service was good, but overall I feel as though it was quite pricey for what we received. It was pricey a bit through the food but mostly the bar bill.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We were very disappointed in our over zealous waiter. He was annoyed that we were not ordering appetizers and then wanted our entree order sooner than we were ready to give it. We were at the Happ Inn to enjoy some old friends on a casual Fri. night and not only did we feel rushed but we were freezing on the patio. We also asked several times to close the door because we thought the cold air was blowing in but realized when we were on our way out that it was the AC blowing directly on us. As a result we will think twice before dining at the Happ Inn again
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    As always, we and our guests have had a wonderful time at Carlos' and Debbie's restaurant. Lorry and Lisa Werhane
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Burger in Chicagoland & More
    DelightedDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    "Yes, the blackened Bacon & Blue Burger, especially if ordered medium rare, with Danish Bleu Cheese and Onions - but requested without lettuce, tomato, and the Bleu Cheese dressing - is in this diner's humble, perspectival opinion THE best hamburger in all of Chicagoland and deserves to be memorialized as such on the cover of Chicago Magazine. But the restaurant is more than this superb sandwich - it's indeed a "great neighborhood gem," owned and operated by Debbie and Carlos Nieto, with an expansive menu of comforting, familiar foods and specials, expertly prepared and served in a HAPPy environment. Excellent wines by glass. Our server treated us warmly but with respect and promptly saw to all requests."
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family dinner
    JillVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Enjoyed a great meal with family. Good drink specials. Great appetizers. Service was excellent. Look forward to returning soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Finalfling
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This is a very pretty restaurant -- looks like a London Pub with the pretty flower boxes along the black exterior. The fare is general with sandwiches as well as steaks and pasta. The wait staff is quite pleasant and attentive. Our specialty burgers and salads were very good. There are indoor/outdoor tables with plastic shades that can be lowered if the weather is cool.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Lovely Place in the Suburbs
    Dotty
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    There were six of us and we all enjoyed our dinners. The fried chicken was exceptional--crispy coating and meltingly tender interior. Portions for all were very generous, and our waitress was a delight--helpful, funny, efficient. We are city folks, dining with our friends that night, but would make a special trip to the northern 'burbs to visit the Happ Inn in the future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Happ Inn!
    eatoutalotVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great food, excellent service, nice atmosphere. We preferred being in the front enclosed patio because it is a little brighter.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was ok
    brendaVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The food could be better....it's a place for us to go to that's close to home.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special occasion delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Had a wonderful time celebrating a worker's anniversary. Happ Inn surprised us both with a special treat at the end of the meal - extra touch of class!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good pub
    macaronisoup
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Freiny staff, good variety menu. Fish tacos very good. If you are in the neighborhood worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy review
    FooddocVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Happ Inn is reliable for good food and drink in a festive atmosphere. We go there on a 1-2 month frequency. The food selection is wide enough and prices are moderate. The beers are especially interesting. It's more soup/salad/sandwich but regular entrees are available as well. On this visit the yellow tomato gazpacho was outstanding! My lettuce wedge was covered in the best bleu dressing, but my wife's tilapia tacos were just okay. Service is really good, and for its genre, is a solid member of the North Shore dining community.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Show
    BobGVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    As regular patrons to Nieto's, Cafe Central, and Happ Inn I was offended to be marked an Open Table "No Show". There was only one other table occupied in the Dinning Room and certainly the oversight due to being busy. Watch your account closely.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food was fair, the waiter was not friendly (never saw a smile during the entire dinner), restaurant very unacommondating. One person at our table has diabetes and asked simply for plain veggies rather that with oil, she also asked for a baked potato, neither were available. She ended up having a plain grilled chicken breast on her plate. We will never return.
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  • We love the Happ Inn
    HappycustomerVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We are regulars and eat here at least twice a month. The food is consistently good and it is a neighborhood gem. This time we had a fabulous server, Scott. He was attentive, professional, and personable. In the future we will request sitting at one of his tables. We love the Sangria special on Fridays along with the crab cakes. The salmon dinner is always a winner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    food was excellent and everyone at our table had a different dish
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!
    AngieVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    One of our very favorite places! Thank you AGAIN for all the GF options and the excellent service!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • twofortheroad
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Good food, service and location.we asked to be seated away from bar when we made reservations including our grand kids. We got there and we're taken to a table off the bar. Easily remedied by requesting table in main dining room.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Happ inn review
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    If you want good food at a neighborhood spot Happ Inn is the place!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good meal
    KDBalVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Happ Inn never disappoints. The food and service are very good. The prices are reasonable. I especially love the Hummus as an appetizer and the fried chicken for dinner. Their burgers are also excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific
    DocSVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Outstanding waiter, Scott who has served us before
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great spot
    Bubbaeatgood
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    place has an innovative menu, casual atmosphere, great food wonderful service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LeenieVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Ate on the patio, air conditioned and fairly quiet. Loved it. Had a great salad! What a great go-to restaurant!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.