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The Happ Inn
The Happ Inn

The Happ Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://thehappinn.com
  • Email: info@thehappinn.com
  • Phone: (847) 784-9200
  • 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, Comfort Food, Burgers
  • 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 & Promotions: 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "But much too loud. I had a very hard time hearing my friends I was dining with. The wait staff was impeccable. The food was delicious. Good thing we had a reservation - very busy the Friday night I went there."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Had a very nice time but the noise level At one point during the evening was so great I couldn't hear my date."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Used to here on a regular basis, when work was busy and had no time to cook. Left for a while to try new places in area. Recently went there again and like that the menu changes and that they have daily specials. The food is always great as are the cocktails and beer. We have put Happ Inn back in the rotation of favorite spots."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "diverse menu. Hint of Mexican. Crowded so reservations are suggested."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The quality of the food for all 4 of our dinners was very good and our server was knowledgeable and attentive. Fried chicken, fsih and chips, salads, enchiladas - all agreed they order the same dishes again on a repeat visit. Definite thumbs up."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I have been many time to The Happ Inn with friends and family and enjoyed it each and every time. I can rely that the food and service will be thoroughly enjoyable."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "3 for lunch! Very enjoyable, wide range of choices, great service. Solid, good tasting good, and a fun place. Reasonable prices. Easy to go back again and again!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "As always, a very enjoyable meal and a very enjoyable place to meet friends to share a meal and conversation."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Busy Sunday night must throw them off because previous visits were more satisfying than this one. Food was eh, chicken tacos were bland and tasteless, beet salad came with a clump of arugula plopped on top, not even dressed, burger was way undercooked. Chocolate cake looked scrumptious, but tasted like dry cardboard! Very dissapointed!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Always very good food and great service. My one quibble during our latest visit was the dressing was a bit heavy on my Happ Salad. Otherwise, all well executed. I had the Sunday night roasted chicken special - highly recommended!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We had lunch yesterday at the Happ Inn. We had a very pleasant experience. The food was very nice. Service was outstanding. I do not know the name of our server, but she was excellent. We will return to the Happ Inn."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Really good food, nice, attentive service. The fish and chips were notable and the fish tacos were a pleasant surprise. Salads were sizable. We've been here twice and enjoyed both visits. Nice place for a low key, relaxing, tasty meal."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Carlos' garlic shrimp dish with rice and plantains is fabulous"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Good food and varied menu keeps it interesting and worth going back; service was very good also which made for a pleasant evening"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Happ Inn is one of the few places the whole family loves. Husband goes for the hamburger. Mom loves the fried chicken. The rest of us go for the southwestern fusion entrees like tilipia tacos and chicken enchiladas. Good beer selection."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "First-time diner with the family. Kids menu great for $8 which includes drinks and a mini ice cream cone. Was afraid it was going to be a bit "snobbish" given the location...but was pleasantly surprised! Casual clothes are fine and prices are decent."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We made a reservation because the 1st time we went we had about an hour wait. We ended up in a tight corner table in the porch area. I think if people make reservations, they should get a table in the main dining room. We took out of town friends there, don't think they were too impressed which disappointed me. I should have spoken up & asked for a better table, but the place was crowded. As it was we waited about 20 mins past our reserved time."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Our server james was outstanding. They do not get better than that. The fried chicken was fabulous and so was the cole slaw. I had a wonderful evening."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We ordered glasses of red wine that came in white wine glasses with a small pour. We told this to our waitress and she just shrugged. Seemed like she was overwhelmed with tables and was not happy to make our visit welcoming."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Came in with a colleague for lunch and both enjoyed our salads. Friendly atmosphere and happy vibe. Also like their attention to my gluten free needs."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "I love the fish tacos here, and both my dining partners ordered the tacos, but I had the fried chicken. The best fried chicken I have had in memory. Perfectly golden and crunchy, juicy and tasty. Yum!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "we went to celebrate a friend's birthday, and we loved the tilapia tacos.....the omelet of the day was just so-so, kind of thin with not much filling, and not at all fluffy.....service was great, though!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My wife and I ate here for Valentine's Day. We made reservations a month before. We knew it was going to be busy. We got seated in the patio section by two doors. One that lead into the restaurant and the other that lead to outside. The food was very good and large portion. The service was very good as well. It was a disaster due to sitting on the patio. We were cold when people wemt outside and also the door leading into the restaurant kept hitting our table."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We chose the Happ Inn for our group of 3 generations of family with a broad swath of palettes. There is something for everyone. The special salad shone with beautiful greens and avocados. Good fish tacos, and I know everyone loves their burgers & chili. Months back had a very disappointing vegetable soup with zero depth. Had not come back but I am glad I gave them another chance. Delicious cocktails with fresh fruit taste, sweet service."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "This is a great neighborhood restaurant. Great food, lots of different options. Full bar menu. Great for larger groups as well as kids."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We had a delicious dinner at Happ Inn. They found us a table in the corner so it was fairly quiet, and we were able to talk quietly. Our server was friendly, extremely helpful and efficient. The portions were huge. I had the pork tenderloin, and I made 2 meals out of the leftovers!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We often have good and classy meals at the Happ Inn. And did again. Soups are excellent, salads are, and of course the hamburgers. We do miss the Bill Kurtis bison burger. We will return. Normally service is excellent and without flaw. Today it was slow, almost as if we were an after thought, which was disappointing. Never refills on iced tea did not come. We have bee there since this meal, and service was superb so it was that one person, that one day."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "3 combo, slider, soup and salad, GREAT idea and just the right about of food for lunch!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Did not like the dining room. On the sides are booths with small tables so you feel like you are having dinner with the strangers sitting next to you. There was no privacy and b/c of this displeasing set I will not go back. It was so bad that my husband and I got up and went to the bar to eat. The food was decent, the décor was nice but not spectacular. I would not make a special trip to go back or go for date night."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We had a reservation, arrived on time, and were seated immediately. Good good, friendly service."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The food is always good and the servers great. We got there early for our reservation (more than an hour) knowing we might just wait for a table in the bar area. They did everything they could to accommodate us."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "If it is supposed to be a star item on the menu, the least you can do is serve it HOT. NOT warm! otherwise, great beet salad,"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Carlos has been on the restaurant scene in Chicago for decades...I am a huge fan, and his Happ Inn is terrific. My personal favorite is the Fried Chicken...delicious! Their cole slaw and house made potato chips are sensational! But my most recent visit..it.was my experience with some of the wait staffthat got my attention.. If you are a diner that really appreciates GREAT GREAT service, then the Happ Inn with the wonderful FILIMON and LUCY is what you want. Warm, gracious, kind, personable, thorough... they bring it all...making it an exceptional dining experience! hats off!"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "two couples out of the house, easy to communicate comfortably, good food, good service."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "We arrived at the Happ Inn and requested a table in the bar. My husband and I wanted to watch football games. It was a perfect place to catch the game and eat great food. We started with the winter squash soup and the beet salad. The salad was huge with a lot of beets and greens. The soup was delicious. For entrees, we had a mushroom cheeseburger, sweet potatoe fries and the tilapia tacos. Everything was excellent and our service was well paced. My husband had a beer and I had white wine. We ended up taking home food! We ordered too much!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Great selections of food. Enjoyed our salad as well as our main course. Nice wine selections. Have been there many times. Very friendly Waite staff. Carlos runs a great restaurant .. Would recommend the restaurant. Very convient, right off the highway."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "So I had made reservations for me and my wife here on New Years Eve, thinking it looked like a fun spot that wasn't too pretentious. However, I had a minor disagreement with my wife on the way to the restaurant, so she wasn't too happy when we got there, in addition to not liking anything they had on the menu. When she let our waitress know nothing looked good, she quickly got the manager to come over and he was extremely patient, understanding, and took the time to find out her likes and dislikes, and recommended a eclectic meal which she loved. Additionally, he picked out a wine off their list that was immediately her favorite. SO all in all, he took what could have been a long night and made it a great New Years Eve for both of us."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Great menu, lots of choices- accommodating with making changes- reasonable prices- great for families or groups- tv for sports and bar good too. Service not so good, very nice but clearly not a good waitress- did not ruin the night just an observation. Happ inn is a sure thing, can't go wrong"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The food was great. There were 7 of us and everyone really liked there food. The chicken and peppers special was especially good. Our waiter was excellent!! Really liked him. Had reservation and sat down immediately. Atmosphere was relaxed and cozy. Looking forward to coming back!!!"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Great food! Burgers, Fish, Meat, and Pasta, all with a latin twist when you want it. The bar and wine list is short, but very good. A variety of booths, center tables, and side banquettes; or eat in the bar. Several private room possibilities. If you are a local, you will always run into a friend."
    Dined on 12/26/2013