Wood
Wood

Wood

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.woodchicago.com/
  • Phone: 7739359663
  • Hours of Operation:

    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Ashlee Aubin
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch
  • Private Party Facilities: The restaurant can be booked for private event any day of the week for 3 hours or the entire evening with different pricing depending on the hours and day of the event. We offer full menu and/or passed hors d'oeuvres that can include open bar to tab bar.
  • Private Party Contact: Franco Gianni 7739359663

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Halsted & Buckingham
  • Public Transit: Red-line at Belmont or Addison el stop putting you approx. 6 blocks from Wood from either stop.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Currently there is street parking and valet just 3 doors north on Halsted. Valet service will be available starting in September on Thurs-Saturday evenings.
A word from Wood
From the kitchen to the bar, everything we serve is defined by a passion for exploring unique flavor combinations. Wood is more than a name: our wood-fired oven is at the heart of it all, mustering a dynamic menu of small-plate, American fare, made with the best ingredients the season has to offer. Though the dishes regularly change, they are defined by a few constants: meat is butchered in-house from humanely-raised animals; vegetables are drawn from family farms like Green Acres (North Judson, IN), Three Sisters (Kankakee, IL), and Spence Farm (Fairbury, IL); herbs are picked directly from Wood’s private garden; and all pasta and sausage are freshly made, straight from the Wood kitchen to the plate. We bring the same attention to quality and taste to Backwoods, our late-night Belgian fry pick-up window. Made from hand-cut Kennebec potatoes, twice-fried in the traditional Belgian style, and served with your choice of a dozen different house-made sauces, these aren’t your average f
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Wood reviews from OpenTable diners
165 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (110)neighborhood gem (107)great for outdoor dining (89)special occasion (60)vibrant bar scene (54)romantic (50)hot spot (46)notable wine list (45)great for brunch (21)good for groups (21)late-night find (16)scenic view (5)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We were celebrating a birthday and had a very nice time. Our Server was great as was the food. I had a very good martini. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Small selection of meals. Ingredients used for meal preparation were not worth the price. Desert selection was boring, far from sophisticated. We went there for my husbands birthday, we were so looking forward to food that would surprise our taste buds (based on previous reviews) but we ended up leaving Wood with great disappointment. The place was filled, seamed to be popular. Sorry, it failed to impress us!
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood gem
    parttimefoodie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    After reading the reviews of this restaurant and seeing that it won the Bib Gourmand award 2 years running, I was excited to try it. I was not disappointed in any way. The food was outstanding especially the Chicken Liver Mousse and the Short Ribs. The service was spot on and the prices were incredibly reasonable. I'm definitely going back for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    lccrume
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We found out about this restaurant from a magazine in our hotel room. The atmosphere is cozy and lively. We arrived a bit early and had a drink at the bar. It took a bit for our table to be ready so the Host bought my husband another drink while we waited. Every part of our meal was top notch. I had the frisee salad with the poached egg and it was perfect. I ordered the fish with fava beans for my entree and it, too, was out of this world. Highly recommend this restaurant!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best restaurant in Lakeview
    ThorVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Wood offers gourmet food in a high energy environment. The food is truly great-- the flatbreads, the pasta, you just can't go wrong -- and the people-watching is a blast. It is by far my favorite restaurant in Lakeview and I love bringing friends and out-of-town guests there, because I know we'll have great food and a good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • vm1220
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Outstanding food, excellent service, a real TREASURE.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Stuartwm
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    First heard about Wood on Channel 11's Check, Please where all three reviewers raved about it. I wasn't disappointed--locavore food sources, delicious small and large plates, good drinks and very pleasant ambiance--nice mix of gay and straight. I'd go back in a second.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Menu/Great Food & Drink
    NancyVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We were very happy with our night out at Wood. Katie waited on us & she was fantastic ~ she was attentive without being intrusive at all. We decided to try four of the small plates (a sausage/cheese flat bread, scallops, a pasta dish & the barrata cheese). All were delicious, unique & flavorful. For dessert we shared the apple cake with fennel which was good. We are looking forward to bringing friends or family to Wood in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The BEST small plates!
    Howard
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Our large plates (grouper and short ribs) were good but nothing special. But the small plates shine! Be sure to try the Carrott Agnolotti (soooo smooth and delicately delish), the heirloom tomato salad, and the corn chowder!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wood
    JohnBCVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I am a regular at Wood and go at least once a month. I have enjoyed every dining experience I have had since they opened. The buratta salad and short ribs entree are always prepared well and tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MomipadVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We had fabulous service that matched the fabulous food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wood - Excellent Food
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We have enjoyed dinner here about 15x and the food is always exceptional. Our recent service was fair at best. We were asked to order all at one (no starters first), as the kitchen prefers to have complete orders at once. This was new to us. The server brought us an appetizer we didn't order and a few minutes later he came back and removed it mentioning it was probably for another table. The table next to us received brunch menu's instead of dinner. We all left saying we loved the food but felt the service was off that night. We'll go back but we'll hope for a better waiter.
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  • Excellent, always!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Consistency excellent! They have the best kitchen staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautifully prepared food
    EdgewaterResidentx2
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Very masculine, classy decor. Current-to-modern feel. Smells faintly of wood smoke. Smartly dressed, attentive staff. The food is obviously made with a lot of love and attention. I had the Duck, my partner the Roast Pork Loin. I preferred her's. Lot's of bright green vegetable flavors against the savory pork. Striking, fresh contrast. Found the reduction for my duck to be a too salty(soy?); the bok choy helped cut the salt, but not enough for my taste. The duck how ever was perfectly cooked. Very nice cocktails. Didn't see a whiskey menu. Maybe I missed it? In a place that has this kind of bold, smokey -well, woody- masculine feel a brown liquor menu would go far.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Monday evening dinner
    ChristmasEveDiner
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We had a wonderful meal, great to catch up with a dear friend. The server was conscious of that and we appreciated that. he was very knowledgeable of the food and especially the wine. We all enjoyed the meal very much. Will definitely be back to try more!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome food all the time!
    KByumVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Wood is really wonderful. We were seated promptly at a great table for our party of 4. The waiter, Kevin, was very friendly, and recommended some great drinks. we shared 2 large plates, several small plates and a dessert. The room was fun and energized. food was delicious, especially the carrot Agnolotti. Go! You'll be happy you did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Food
    pmbkinder
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Truly wonderful dishes that mix just the right blend of flavors and textures. Everyone in our party of five had a different main course and each was inventive and delicous. Wood is truly a treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wood is fun and chic
    DouganandaVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Wood well deserves its award as a Michelin Bib Gourmand recommended spot. It is a sleek and chic restaurant that has something delicious for all, omnivore or vegan both. The staff is charming and attentive. The outdoor tables and the big plate glass windows offer up some fun people-watching along the colorful Halstead location, an extra bonus!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SUPERB MEAL
    drummer5
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    From the wine to the amuse bouche to the entries to dessert, the food was superb. Flavorable, complex and satisfying without being overly fussy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor service and lack of attention
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Over a two hour meal the server stopped by our table only once or twice. Knowing I was a vegetarian he failed to mention that two of the dishes we ordered contained bacon, which was not noted on the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, But....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We went for our anniversary. The food really was outstanding and the outdoor patio lovely on a warm summer evening. The service, however, left a lot to be desired. I don't believe the host ever said a word to us while seating us. Our drinks were slow to arrive, and it took an unreasonably long time for the food. We requested bread so we could get every drop of the delectable sauces on our small plates; even that took 10 minutes. The desserts took so long that we cancelled our order. (They apologized and graciously provided one complimentary dessert to go.) I'd love to return to enjoy their delicious, fresh, inventive food but would hesitate because the service issues spoiled the over-all experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Summary
    wiseowl
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Artistic, subtle items. Highly recommend the carrot appetizer, duck breast and chocolate dessert. Service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy
    Aplus
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We started with steak tartar, scallops and tart flambé all were delicious. Special shout out to the steak tartar. For dinner we had the chicken and the filet of beef and out of that round the chicken was amazing. Super moist. I was in the mood for a glass of wine and the waiter recommended the gruner, fantastic. Exactly what I was craving. Overall great experience !
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming neighborhood spot
    helper
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Enjoyable, although pricey. Great for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delish!
    Jenny
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We enjoyed everything, from the starters to dessert. Our main course was so fresh and full of flavor. We will go back for sure
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very nice
    jfkpittVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Delicious. Superb (but pricey) wine list. Really delicious wine. The maitre d' was not especially friendly, but he was ok. The waiter and support staff were excellent. I would return. Great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overrated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great place to dine outside and people watch. Located at corner of Buckingham and halsted in Boystown. The outside dining is on the quiet, neighborhood side of the restaurant, but close to the action on Halsted. There was nothing "wrong" with the food or service, but expected a more polished service and better food for the price. At $90 per person for cocktail, starter, entree, a glass of wine and coffee I expected more.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best ever....
    Sharon
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Unbelievably wonderful meal. Food inventive, extremely flavorful, and beautifully presented. The staff is amazingly helpful, courteous, and unobtrusive. The two of us, who are women with healthy appetites, shared two smal plates (pasta stuffed with a carrot purée & heirloom tomato salad) and two large plates (red snapper with a delicious light seasoned dusting & short ribs). For dessert we shared the "Chocolate dessert" which was heavenly with so many great flavors that blended beautifully. Would return and recommend without reservation. Pricey but never mind when the experience is this good. Only addition I would suggest is adding a full bodied Chardonnay otherwise the wine list was quite nice. A real "10" & the worth the drive.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new find!
    askpegVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The three in our party were unanimous in thinking Wood is a little gem of a restaurant! The staff, from the fun and savvy host to the attentive and personable waitperson, Mark, to the clubby décor, to the raison d'etre, the exceptional food. The three entrees chosen at the table were the beautiful tenderloin, the luxurious chicken breast and gnocchi, and the perfectly seared scallops. Starters were buratta caprese salad, and the magical agnolotti with carrot filling and wild mushrooms. Totally satisfying experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Made out anniversary great!
    gtoles24VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My boyfriend and I came here for our anniversary and couldn't have been happier. Every aspect of our experience was on point. The server was super helpful at helping us choose both food and wine and was extremely knowledgeable about his product. The food is some of the best we have ever had in the city. The charcuterie was great, especially the chicken liver mosse. We did a couple small plates and shared and it was a perfect portion after the charcuterie and left just enough room for dessert. Would for sure recommend this to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wood
    JohnBCVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I am a regular at Wood and have been dining here since it opened. Expectations regarding food and service were exceeded, as always!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Halsted Street Market Days
    rarelyeatout1
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The title tells most of the story. My observation and only comment is the restaurant is designed to maximize the ambient noise level. Wood floors, hard walls, glass windows, mirrors, and hard surfaces in the ceiling. Barely a sound damping material in the place, e.g., table cloths and the patrons clothing. I understand that some people feel that a high ambient noise level to be a characteristic of a happening place, but we had to shout to be understood across the table (hardly romantic). I recognize that because of Market Days it had a more boisterous crowd than usual. But carpeting, heavy drapes, wall hangings, and an acoustical treatment to the ceiling would bring the noise level down to what I expect for fine dining.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Tale of two restaurants
    DurodVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I think of Wood as two restaurants. They have lovely outdoor seating along a tree-lined residential street. Dinner was relaxing. Inside seems much less relaxing. The music is loud with the ambience of a bar. Both outside and inside are very nice, but it truly is a tale of two restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a trip to the neighborhood!
    312773VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This is a unique, well thought-out restaurant with caring staff and a highly skilled chef. The bar and its menu is for patrons that appreciate a proper drink, and the food is for patrons that understand quality and a chef with training that likes to eat. Try it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting food and good service
    curlyhead
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    They have a vegetarian menu, ask for it. Favorite dishes were scallops, Carrot Agnolotti, flatbread. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive. We enjoyed the outdoor seating.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Comfortably delicious
    Mkdine
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    My husband and I went there for 15th anniversary after seeing on "check please" (as did the ladies at the next table). Tables are close together, but restaurant was not crowded when we were there (6:30 on Thursday). Service is friendly and very knowledgable. Menu seems a little short (8? starters + 10?? Entrees) but good selection, as with the wine list. Didn't love dessert (chocolate mousse? W/raspberry sorbet and some sort of granola-ish crumble). Owner was present and very "hands-on". Beautiful covered & lit patio. Would love to go back with friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wood is worth it!
    ChicagoGirl
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Wood Restaurant on Halsted was wonderful! Excellent cocktails! Really good food and service. A bit pricy and portions are small however everything is very very good! Definitely recommend and will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    richie
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Food was excellent, but portions were extremely small, for $28. entrees....no bread service. Waiter came by once, and asked us how the food was, but never came back to refill water, never asked us if we wanted a 2nd drink, or offer dessert menu. We wont be back.
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  • Now, I have Wood...
    JakeRohn
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    ...as my go to restaurant when entertaining out-of-town friends. Best restaurant experience in quite a long time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun neighborhood place
    chicagoan
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Wood is a fun place in the heart of Lakeview. They have great mixologists who are creative. Small plates are inventive, but a but pricey. Been there for dinner three times, and brunch once. Recommend dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic