The Winchester
The Winchester

The Winchester

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://winchesterchicago.com/
  • Phone: (773) 698-8703
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon-Thu 8:30am-10pm
    Fri 8:30am-10:30pm
    Sat 9am-2:30pm brunch
    5pm-1030pm dinner
    Sun 9am-2:30pm brunch
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Greg Bastien
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Augusta
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: The south side of Augusta offers free parking and the north side is metered. Most side streets are permitted after 6pm.
A word from The Winchester
The Winchester is a neighborhood cafe and restaurant offering casual all day dining in an environment that is bright and inviting. Our approach is to offer quality, simple and fresh food with service that is thoughtful and honest. The Winchester offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. All daily specials and menu offerings reflect the seasons.
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The Winchester reviews from OpenTable diners
42 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (26)fit for foodies (23)great for outdoor dining (14)good for groups (9)romantic (8)special occasion (8)great for brunch (7)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (3)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Poor service, mediocre food -- why bother?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We tried hard to like The Winchester but they did little to encourage us. Really poor and indifferent service (4 of the 5 of us got their main courses; after 5 minutes watching everyone's food get cold waiting for the last entree to arrive, the 5th had to ask for theirs and barely got a "sorry" when it was finally delivered without the side requested...which showed up another 5 minutes later and the requested condiment 10 minutes after that when the side was fisnished). No one ever asked if we were enjoying our meal or needed anything (Hello -- manager?). As for the food, the delicata squash salad was really tasty. As was the minimal charcouterie board. But the squash stir fiy was both visually and tastefully unappealing. Same with meat loaf. Cod looked better but no one had the desire to finish the food on their plate. We had no reason to stay and try dessert.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too Groovy
    Tomp
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    sometimes restaurants get too groovy and forget about common sense. It was so loud at are miniature two top we had to lean into each other to talk. It felt like I was sitting on a steel bench. I will say the food was delicious but I don't think I would go back. also the wine pours were on the stingy side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food, cocktails and ambience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I love The Winchester! The menu is full of fresh, seasonal dishes. Whether you eat everything, are vegetarian/vegan/gluten free, they will make adjustments to most any dish to accomadate you, which is so lovely as I am vegan. The ambience is relaxed and inviting. The drink menu has great wine, cocktails and beer...It's a neighborhood gem that even if you don't live near, you need to get there! Enjoy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hip spot
    Shawn
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Cool, minimal design inside. Interesting but unpretentious food. Good but not huge list of beers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mid-priced gem
    chivisitor
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Creative dishes in a sweet setting. Wonderful vegetarian choices for those so inclined.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Apple cider cheesecake
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The apple cider cheesecake was unreal. It was so good. The food was really good too, we got the crostini, arancini and smoked trout ceaser. all very good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent focused food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Not only was the food excellent (which I expect from this place, having gone a few times) but it was quiet enough to talk with my friend at the bar. The bartender was super friendly and we shared some jokes. Great little outdoor patio too, though that's going away for a few months.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thanks Andrea and Tim!
    Jmigdal
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Wonderful service for our daughter's 3rd birthday dinner. We shall be back@
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • disappointed with dinner menu.
    LuvtoeatVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I have been here many times for brunch and I loved it (rated it 5/5). They have the most interesting take on breakfast options. Since I was so pleased with brunch, I wanted to try their dinner portion. Portions for brunch are on the small side but they are filling. However at dinner, I expect bigger portions and want to leave feeling fulfilled. We had the corn frittas which came 3 to a order. No bread was offered as a starter. My husband had the potroast which was 3 pieces of meat on a bed of potatoes. I had the chicken breast on a bed of brussel sprouts/potatoes and it must have been the smallest peice of chicken I have ever seen- for $23. The service was great, the food was pricey with small portions.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed :(
    SShayVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The ambiance is A+. I'm not sure what the building was before, but they did a great job converting it into a nice space. The service was fair at best. We ordered the corn fritters and charcuterie board as apps, & the food runner who brought the dishes out plopped them down without saying anything. The point of a charcuterie board is to try different kinds of meat- and it's nice to know what you're trying. Both dishes were good- but as foodies, the explanation of the food makes it more enjoyable. Those empty app dishes sat there for 15 min until the food runner brought our entrées (meatloaf & pot roast). Again, no description. Our server didn't help. We don't need a chatty server, but please explain the food. We left disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A GREAT Neighborhood Spot!
    NeighborhoodFoodie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We had a wonderful meal at The Winchester! Mmm, we'll be back for another enjoyable meal soon!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Straightforward yummy American fair
    KatMarieVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Went here on a Friday with two of my girlfriends that are equally as foodie as myself and we all were blown away by the quality of the food! Though the outside of the restaurant is unassuming, the food is fantastic. We got an appetizer - the mussels - delicious, we were literally lapping up the broth and shared 3 entrees - chicken with brussel sprouts, pot roast, and cod with cauliflower. All were delicious with decent portions. The chicken was juicy and perfectly seasoned, the pot roast was melt in your mouth tender, and the cod was light and flavorful. We couldn't pick our favorite, we liked them all that much. Will definitely recommend to others!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Limited menu but interesting dishes--definitely worth a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Every bite...
    mlpk625
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Was so tasty! Fresh tasting and pleasant portions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit baffling
    Plevavi
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I consider myself a bit of a foodie, but was somewhat disappointed. I needed to consult google several times to decipher the menu. The server was relatively new (three months) but could not explain the menu. The choices are not great for vegetarians, despite it being harvest season and the claim that this is one of the ubiquitous farm to table restaurants. The most befuddling was the cocktail menu, listing a number of drinks that made no sense, and carried less appeal. When the waitress suggested a more standard drink, an old fashioned, I was charged a premium because it wasn't on the menu! In all, I was not surprised that the restaurant wasn't half full at 8pm on a Saturday night. My only surprise is the rave reviews in Chicago Mag.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Strange Beyond Hip
    JustDessertsVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Lodged on a simple street corner in Ukranian Village, The Winchester, was a disappointment mostly in it's oddnesses. Left to the explanations of an uncaring and disaffectcted waitress and with little help from management, the were no answers for why only 3 slices of dry baguette at a time for 6 diners; or interminably long waits for food to be produced both to start and between courses; and for presenting the table with the wrong bill at the (merciful) end. The food itself was uneven, eg delicious and creative squash stir fry and dinner salad, unbearably salty pasta and meatball dish, etc. A small piece of a heavy frosted waffle-like confection was offered as an apology for some of the disagreeable parts of the experience. Quiet/not comfy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious Food - Ok Service
    AlliVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great food, easy for sharing. Wasn't impressed with the service as they were over attentive - trying to remove our plates and water glasses before we were ready.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent food, loud venue
    Crazy4goodsvc
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The servers were low key, but polite. The attentiveness seemed appropriate to this sort of restaurant. The room is acoustically resonant so even at 1/3 full, it was ear-splittingly loud. There was also some extraordinarily repetitive music with a bass line that I heard at least 250 times before it changed even a little. I had the "revolving punch" - a gin punch that was refreshing, although not life-changing. I tried the meatloaf, a clever twist on an old classic. Maybe too clever. The fennel, crispy onions, and sliced potatoes were marred for me by heavy-handedness with the salt, and the true nature of the meatloaf cloaked in a dominating ketchupy BBQ sauce. Not the worst of my life, but I had hoped for something a little more exciting.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Casual Dining Spot
    chitraveler
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Had a nice dinner with my fiancé at The Winchester. We sat outside on the patio, which was very intimate and cozy. The cocktail I had was very refreshing, perfect for a warm summer night. The food was a pleasant spin on comfort food. I had the bucatini and meatballs and my fiancé had the meatloaf. Both were a bit different than what I'm used to, but delicious and I would definitely recommend the Winchester to my friends.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 7 reviews are from the The Winchester reviews archive.
  • Good food. Real noisy.
    Augie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Although the food was good, we could hardly hear our friends across the table. This nite the kitchen was also a bit slow and it seemed our server was overworked - it took awhile for the food to arrive. If it's a nice evening, eat outside - the traffic is quieter than the din in the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Undecided
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I had been waiting to The Winchester since it's in the neighborhood, it seems as if all of the hot spots are either in River North or Logan Square. So again I was very excited. The food was good and the service started out great because we arrived prior to the crowd however our server seemed to be the only server in our room. We had to ask for refills on drinks more than once, we had ask for our bill and our plates had been cleared off our table for about 10 minutes. I would definitely give it another shot however I do not believe The Winchester is prepared in terms of service at least the subtle nuances have not been mastered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slightly Disappointed
    CQN1985
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I was very excited to try Winchester after reading about it on Chicago Magazine. The environment was very relaxing and the server was very wonderful. The food however was very basic and overpriced. My friend & I ordered the Fish for $21 which was small with no side, the Mussels for $15 and a very plain side of vegetables for another $8. We each had a $10 glass of Reisling which was poured as a half glass at best. Overall I would say the hype for the place is not over dinner and maybe the breakfast is better.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I was really looking forward to the Winchester. While the staff was friendly and it was a lovely night to sit outside, the food was average (a trout that didn't have much taste or certainly not much that tasted very interesting) to below average (meatloaf that seemed to be intentionally broiled after slicing...but it really wasn't working for us. It just tasted like someone's mom decided to warm up dinner from a few nights ago and left it too long in the broiler with ketchup on top). Again, lovely staff. Maybe it was a (very) off night.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Neighborhood gem
    BluesboyVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    This place is such a great addition to the neighborhood and the food and service were just terrific. We had the chicken and meatloaf for entrees and the waffle for dessert. The cocktails were also good and very interesting. I'd highly recommend this place and will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • still some kinks, but worth it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Our experience was overall pretty good. My wife's steak came out a bit too medium rare for her tastes. They took it back to the kitchen and cooked it some more, but then it came out very soggy. The staff was very apologetic and comped the steak and gave us a bonus dessert. We are happy with how they handled the situation, a true example of good restaurant hospitality! We will definitely go again :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perched on a stool
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    The food at The Winchester was very good, but the seating left much to be desired.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate