Atwater's in The Herrington

4.7
467 reviews
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Contemporary American
Atwater's is a waterfront, intimate, fine dining experience in Geneva, IL. Our Executive Chef locally sources our menu and creates classical dishes with a modern touch. Our seasonal menu offers recipes that are nuanced to include ingredients that are at their peak of freshness. Atwater's offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week. Enjoy beautiful water and courtyard views, private dining space, and al fresco dining on our patio in season. Atwater's offers afternoon tea quarterly. We are nestled within The Herrington Inn, which is also a wedding venue, boutique hotel, spa, and corporate meeting venue. Open to the public and hotel guests, 365 days.
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CW
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This place can't be beat for an intimate ambiance for special occasions and conversation. The service was fine. The portions of the scallop dinner- 3 small, and lamb "rack" dinner- 3 tiny lollipops, were appetizer sized and disappointing for the 2 men in our party. Good thing they could eat half of our generously portioned delmonico steaks- give me half for half the price please.

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u
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were outstanding - the 90 minute drive was well worth - would like to stay at the Harrington next time

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EJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nicely furnished restaurant with relatively low noise level provides a pleasant ambience for a relaxed dinner. Food is very nicely prepared to order - presentation is excellent without excess ostentation.

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KF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't rave enough about the food! The chef had a tomahawk steak left from Valentine's weekend and he cooked it for us! It was the best steak I have EVER had (being a Midwest girl, that says a lot!). The crab cakes were so thick and perfect, the butternut squash soup was also dreamy! We loved the food so much we ordered room service breakfast the next morning and, wow!! Stuffed brioche French toast, southern style biscuits and gravy.. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

The service was impeccable! They are so accommodating to every need! Our server was so pleasant and sweet!

The food is expensive but, soooo worth it!

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m
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Menu is limited but whatever you order was great. There was 4 of us and everyone ordered something different and enjoyed our dinner.

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S
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Lovely ambiance, not too noisy even when it’s full. As a vegetarian, I would have liked more options.

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M
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a fantastic spot for a romantic dinner. The ambiance of the small dining room and the attentiveness of the staff led to a feeling of exclusivity that truly made for a great experience. In addition, the food was also well-prepared with great presentation. Worth the price.

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RK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice location and room. Food just a little above average. Expected to be wow’d a bit more for the price

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N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have lived in the area a long time and never knew about this hidden gem! With only 10 tables in the restaurant, you really feel like you are in a private dining room. The food and service was outstanding, and the atmosphere was quite cozy. I will definitely be going back for another special occasion! I'd love to see this place in the summer since french doors make up all the exterior walls.

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing staff made us feel special and welcomed. Food was fantastic! Great choice for our birthday celebration!

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KM
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent quality food, presented and served with the utmost attention to detail.

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D
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was delicious and portions were nicely sized. Our waitress and server were very attentive. What we really appreciated the most was the quiet! We didn’t have to shout to be heard. What a pleasure! The view of the river was also a plus.

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ML
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The reservation was a surprise for my parents’ 40th anniversary. The staff at The Herrington and Atwater’s assured me that they would make their dinner a memorable and special experience. They did not disappoint!! My parents were wowed by the personal touches added to their dining experience, complete with an anniversary card signed by the staff, a personal and romantic table, exceptional food that they stated was ‘out of this world’, and a quiet location so that they could have easy conversation during their meal. I am exceedingly grateful to all the staff, especially Angel, who made my parents feel as special during their stay as they are to us. Thank you!!!

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner. Service was outstanding....and wine recommendations were right on point!

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i
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This was our first time back since an unfortunate experience several years ago. We were drawn by Geneva Restaurant week, but the food was truly excellent and we will return.

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s
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy setting! The food was absolutely amazing! The service was impeccable! We had a lovely evening- highly recommend.

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JJ
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the 3-course menu. Each course excellent (butternut squash bisque, dover sole, desserts). Service friendly and very efficient. Top marks!

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BA
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the Atwater. It is an elegant, inviting, comfortable, small restaurant. The fireplace adds to the ambiance. The food was fresh and delicious from the appetizer to the dessert. The presentation was beautiful and stimulating to make you eager for that first bite. The dishes were just the right amount of food. The servers were very attentive and my water glass was kept full throughout the evening. We will definitely eat here again!

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J
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you enjoy Restaurant week in Geneva - Atwater’s is a must!!

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MV
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful meal here while staying as guests at the hotel and celebrating my husband’s birthday. They even topped it off with a small dessert at the end of our meal.

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CB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff at Atwater’s was very accommodating to us. We showed up 45 minutes late for the reservation after oversleeping what we thought would be a short nap after a day of walking and shopping in the stores of quaint Downtown Geneva. Nevertheless, the staff was able to seat us after a short wait to prepare the table.

Our server, Brandon, was very attentive, and brought out salmon ceviche compliments of the chef, as well as a bread assortment that was delicious.

The crab cakes appetizer was a treat, with two large cakes that were perfectly sized and prepared. The filet mignon and blackened swordfish entrees were both delectable, as well.

A special shout out to Alexandra on the next morning’s breakfast for showing us how to fold the napkins! Overall, Atwater’s makes a stay at the Herrington Inn complete.

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SB
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Atwater’s. Nice little bar in the entry area. Dinning room is small and intimate. Service was professional and food exceptional.

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RQ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fine dining experience. Classic entrees, good wine list, attentive but not hovering service. Rare to find this level of consistency today.

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KS
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere for our anniversary dinner! Bonus of an appetizer and dessert for us to sample. Both delicious!!

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GF
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food outstanding.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pricey, but the food was excellent. You definitely get what you pay for. Very quaint and intimate setting.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great... except for the singing chicken!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect location to meet friends for lunch. Highly recommend it.

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HS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was gracious and allowed us to sit and visit for several hours. Did not feel rushed at all. Food was great and decorations beautiful! We were greeted with someone taking our coat and umbrella. Great experience!

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JZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food. Good sized portions for fine dining.

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B
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A perfect restaurant for Christmas dinner. Beautifully decorated and elegant. Service was excellent and the food was very good. Highly recommend!

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B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, and ambiance. Just a tad pricey.

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p
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Simple elegance. Very good food. The young servers are so sweet!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful!!!! Coming back for our 13th wedding anniversary we couldn’t have had a better evening.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was wonderful

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C
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Once again Atwater did not disappoint. Charming and lovely for a friends get together at lunch.

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YM
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW! We could not have been more happy with our lunch at Atwater's!! It was a week before Christmas and we had a beautiful 50 degree day in IL. Four friends were meeting to celebrate a birthday and enjoy our annual White Elephant exchange. We were seated in the gazebo on the river!! If given the chance to host an intimate affair, this is the place to be! Taylor was an amazing waitress. The food was AMAZING (The Lobster Bisque was So delicious. The Chicken Crepes were a favorite. The Seafood Risotto was also a hit). We truly could not have asked for a more Special nor Memorable lunch! Thank You SO Much!!

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i
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Two of three on the reservation were an hour late as interstate 355 was closed down while we were driving on it.
We called Atwaters and they seated one guest and were absolutely fantastic to her and gracious to me and my other client once we arrived ....more than 10 stars for courtesy and professionalism.
We started with the cheese plate. Always wonderful!! Serves 4 generously.
One had the chicken stuffed crepe. Said it was ok. A “c”.
The other had the wild mushroom tartlet. Same a c.
I had the smoked turkey /bacon club which is always an a+.
Sometimes the entrees could be served a little hotter and more savory or bit more seasoning.
Always great are the scallops, crab cakes, beef burger, and sole. Breakfasts are very good.
This is a go to place for every Special occasion or holiday. The ambiance is wonderful. Book the gazabo for a lunch or dinner. Happy eating at a beautiful spot.

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P
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had lunch with my girlfriend & we both had the Salmon Napoleon tower which was excellent. The tower was made up of mushroom risotto, sauteed spinach & salmon with a delightful sauce. We shared a chocolate ganache cake for dessert that was absolutely yummy. Our waiter was always smiling & attentive & gave us plenty of time as we had a lot to talk about. The room is wonderful with its many windows & fireplace. A little more light would have been nice for lunch as it was a gloomy day. We had a wonderful time.

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OT
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for a romantic dinner, or with neighbors. Quiet enough to be able to hear others. Great food and ambiance.

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