Townhouse Chicago
Townhouse Chicago

Townhouse Chicago

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://townhousewinebar.com/
  • Phone: (312) 726-3676
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 11am - 9pm
    Saturday/Sunday: Closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Cecilia Light
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: For catering inquiries, please contact our Event Coordinator at events@townhousewinebar.com.
  • Special Events: For event inquiries, please contact our Event Coordinator at events@townhousewinebar.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Monroe and Adams
  • Public Transit: Near Quincy brown line stop.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Townhouse Chicago
This distinctly urban restaurant and wine bar provides an elegant yet casual feel, ideal for lunch, dinner, or after work cocktails. Townhouse's unique menu offers a large selection of small plates, sandwiches, salads and entrees to suit any taste.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Townhouse Chicago reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.7
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (38)vibrant bar scene (12)good for groups (12)great for outdoor dining (10)hot spot (10)fit for foodies (9)notable wine list (6)neighborhood gem (3)great for brunch (2)special occasion (2)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Very chilly
    Victor
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    The layout of the restaurant doesn't help keep the interior warm in the cold weather. If you go, ask for a table as far away from the main entrance.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for lunch on Wacker Drive
    MattVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    This is a great lunch spot on Wacker. It gets super crowded around noon and then empties out. The service is attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for business meetings
    TommyGun57
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Good food, fine serivce. We were a little rushed by hostess as the place filled. Understandable, but will probably go there again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downtown Hotspot
    UsuallyHungryVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Food bewtter than you would expect at this down town watering hole. Bar can be very noisy
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So-so
    swedefishVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    I wanted to take clients to lunch, and this is a convenient downtown location. The food was so-so, the service fair. The noise level was LOUD. Made it difficult to talk/hear.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice atmosphere, Fair food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    I've eaten lunch here over 5 times this year for business lunches. The atmosphere is vibrant and can be borderline too noisy after 12:30 once the place is full. The food has been consistent - very fair. This comes from what I have tried and what my clients have said as well. There's a consistent underseasoning including very low salt across the board. My last dish was the quinoa bowl which including bok choy and other vegetables in a soy ginger sauce. It was so bland and the bowl was 98% quinoa with such a small amount of vegetables. I asked for extra sauce and that helped a little but it was an overall boring dish. I have also ordered sandwiches/burgers and have to consistently ask for extra condiments to help accentuate the flavor.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprisingly Quick for Elegant Food
    tvchick1VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    My client and I had a noon reservation on a Wednesday and the place was packed. We had just a short wait while another table paid before we were seated. The menu has an eclectic selection of American fare (everything from a crab cake to charcuterie appetizers; salads, sandwiches, and entrees). My client raved about her chicken club sandwich, though the fries were pedestrian. My only wish for my "large plate" of halibut was more food on the plate. It was a very small portion for $24. Next time I'll choose something different--the turkey burger with all of its toppings sounded very tempting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food/service fine but NOISY!
    HajipajVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    good experience overall with good food, wine, and service. Extremely LOUD when entered at 6pm, but tapered off slightly by 7 or so.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • howardecee
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Just a slightly higher-class bar, with restaurant attached.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too Noisy
    OperagoerVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great place if you enjoy dining next to a leaf blower. I have never been to such a noisy restaurant; were it not a Friday night when I had opera tickets and no time to find an alternative, I would have turned around and walked out. The high ceilings and glass curtain wall seem to amplify noise intolerably--the cheery fellow at the next table, carrying on an animated conversation, seemed to be screaming in my ears. When I stepped out onto Wacker Drive during late rush hour, after dinner, I was soothed by the relative quiet. That said, we found the food very good, but not good enough to warrant ever going back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fantastic
    Noodles
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I love the Townhouse, it is convenient, great food, wonderful atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Business Lunch Spot
    Maggie
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Food is good, service is good..... but take the later lunch time if you can. It's very loud when the dining room is full. Better to wait till 1:00 when it's quieter if you want to hear your lunch companions. Turkey burger is just OK. Townhouse burger is excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tubs
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great food. The Calamari appetizer was terrific, fried to perfection, tender...not cheey with a perfect amount of kick added to make it uniquely different. My fish was cooked to perfection, the waiter was timely and courteous. Highly recommend as a great place for lunch. Not too loud nor a library ... Manageable sound level
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine by the Glass
    debs13VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Really nice selection of reds and whites by the glass, not just 2 like some places. Try the prime rib sandwich with a side of roasted cauliflower. Absoutely delish. Top rate service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food
    WonderfulVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I had a salad with Salmon at a business lunch. The Salmon was mealy and old. I won't go back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chopped Salad Too Dry
    AdRock
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The chopped salad with chicken was too dry. I understand not wanting to drown it in dressing, but this was the opposite. Also, the chicken breast was slightly overdone.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rediscovered great place
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I forgot how much I like this place and last week a co- worker recommended it. The jambalaya was wonderful, definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great small plates
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I ate at Townhouse with a friend. We shared three small plates -- the crabcakes, the shrimp tacos and the calamari. Each dish was prepared perfectly -- the calamari came in a broth and was very fresh - the crabcakes were light and flaky and was actually much larger than expected. The shrimp tacos were very fresh as well and the addition of slivers of radishes really gave it a kick. The dressing on the shrimp was light and flavorful. I would recommend the same meal to anyone. Our service was good, but we had to wait for the check. The ambience in this restaurant is busy and with some excitement/a little noisy. Great restaurant close by my office in Willis Tower.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Noodles
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The service is fantastic, great wine list, good for after hours stop.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Need to re-fill ice tea more often. Not as attentive as one would have wanted.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch Spot
    SouthSideFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The entree salads at lunch were fantastic! Perfect size and delicious! It is a little loud when sitting inside. Service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mediocre food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I ordered a mediterranean quinoa bowl that the waiter recommended. It was fairly bland, tasted mostly like olive oil. My boyfriend got a beef and vegetable sandwich; he liked the vegetables but said the beef was too dry. I had made a reservation and in the memo box I had written that we were there to celebrate my bf's birthday. No mention of the birthday was made, and when I asked a waitress if they did anything special for birthdays, she flat out said no. No song, no well wishes, no offer of a dessert. Unfortunately, I will not be returning to this restaurant nor will I be recommending it to anyone else.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 208 reviews are from the Townhouse Chicago reviews archive.
  • Underwhelming
    GoodorbadVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Turkey burger was very dry and overcooked. Another diner at our table had a similar issue with one of his dishes.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great loop happy hour spot
    catloverVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    My company has made this our new happy hour spot. Most of the bars near us on S. Wacker get very loud for happy hour, but Townhouse is usually not as packed and loud. The last time we went for a co-worker's birthday the staff was so sweet. We had to move from our table that I made a reservation for because they had a large party coming in, but they were very nice and moved us to a new table where they gave us glasses of champagne to make up for it. We did not expect that, but it made me like this place even more.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Light food
    AuntieMVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Good for small plates/light food. Hostess was VERY helpful .... however, she recommended the cauliflower which sounded wonderful ... but it only came cold and I wanted it hot.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Had the grill chicken sandwich on wheat. Bread was Soggy and too much sauce. Not a good choice. A whole wheat bun would have been a better combo. The Walley sandwich was dry and looked to be frozen and then deep fried. Over priced for the portion. Table for two is a bit small and it was more like eating at a cafeteria with the noise level.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Monty17
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    My fiancé and I came to this place excited, but we left disappointed. We had to wait five minutes at the door for someone to seat us and it was not that busy for a Tuesday night. After we were seated, a server did not approach us for at least another 5 minutes, if not closer to 10 minutes. Once the server approached, she was pleasent and helpful. The food was average and a little bland.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Little Loud But Fine Overall
    EdhollisVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    This is not a place for a business dinner. Ceramic tile and wood floors plus nothing to absorb the noise on the walls makes for a very loud atmosphere. But that's fine if you are having a fun group dinner or gathering, or if you're hanging at the bar. The bar has lots of seating with TVs for watching the game. Overall, I would be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • High quality meal for lunch!
    jujumuccVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Great for vegetarians and carnivores - delicious salads and other more hearty dishes and snacks like polenta sticks!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for lunch
    GEgal15
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    With making reservation, we were able to have a nice lunch and still keep it to an hour. The wait staff was very good. Lots of options on the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outside is nice
    JoyceVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    But make sure it isn't a windy day. Kind of a wind tunnel between the buildings so make sure it's quiet when you go. Food is always good. I had the veggie wrap which was good. A friend had the steak salad and really like it. I'm having that next time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Good
    CJShopper
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Townhouse can always be counted on for good food and service. Great weekday lunch spot and not a bad idea for Friday happy hour.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chef Had Off-Day
    bluekirby
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    4 dishes were all too salty, only dish not salty was the jambalaya, the single item on the menu that was kept during the menu change. Bring back lobster mac n cheese! Also don't sit right by the window since there's a tangible air current (just look at the candles dance). Had a deal, but otherwise not worth the price (15-20% overcharged).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Above Average (for a Bar)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    The food and drinks are outstanding to say the least. I would hesitate to recommend this restaurant simply because of the noise level. The service was outstanding, even if the waiter was a bit sluggish to find us at first.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Acoustics are horrible, you practically need to yell to be heard. We went for a lunch meeting and it was uncomfortably loud. Why did they blast Katie Perry's Roar at noon and then turn it down again? Don't you know your clientele is 95% business people?
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mondays not so good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    In past food was better, the flatbread appetizer was really bad. The prime rib sandwich fairr.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    danddiner
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Modern ambience has a nice flair. Food was great for the special price. Service was friendly & attentive. Other than the noise level which was pretty loud when the place is full, I think this is a favorable option for a meal before the show or just for a fun night out.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • How do they call this a wine bar?
    GloSVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Went here before the opera. It is extremely loud making conversation very difficult. We had dinner. I had a salad with meat that was almost not edible. The wine list is atrocious. Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc was probably the best thing however, it sells for $12/glass. I bought a bottle of it at Binny's for $9.99 on sale. More than a 5-fold uplift in wine prices. Ridiculous.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hopping place après work!
    mhiker
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    happy hour specials - wine tasting w/tapas...good to see the place packed while maintaining its standards of good pricing, food and service!
    Special Features:
    Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy Business Lunch
    TimeZoneTravelerVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    We suggested this place for lunch with a client. Although the place was very noisy, overly noisy actually, the food was excellent albeit a bit pricey, but the experience was enjoyable. I would go back, probably for a later lunch.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic