Fountainhead

3.8
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At Fountainhead we strive to truly understand our food and beverage offerings from this perspective. We make it a point to get to know the producers of the products we serve – the brewers, the distillers, the farmers, both in our local community and beyond - and to present their products the way they are intended to be presented. This might mean something as simple as serving a drink in the proper glass, or offering food and drink in the appropriate season. It may mean pairing multiple items to explore the full realm of possibilities open to each of them. It may mean discussing a story about an item with a customer, or it may mean bringing a producer in for an event so they can speak to our customers directly and tell you their stories, from the source.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Pub, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 2:00am; Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00am; Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00am
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(773) 697-8204
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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Beer, Cocktails, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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3.8based on recent ratings
3.7
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3.4
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4.0
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3.3
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47% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Overpriced.

AK
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

At the beginning was a mistake about my reservation. We couldn’t reserve for the rooftop (I did it online) but they put me on the waiting list for the rooftop. And turn out, at the restaurant or rooftop, it was awesome. And many international choices of beers. Definitely will come back!

A
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Overrated rooftop restaurant. The ambience outside was ok.. but there’s so much more opportunity to create a more magical ambience considering there are no spectacular views. The food was good, although they didn’t get the medium rare steak right on the 1st try. The service was lacking. No one downstairs at hostess table despite the sign saying wait to be seated. There was one waitress for the entire rooftop. Overall not worth the prices.

M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Beware - although they take reservations for outside seating on OpenTable, we were told when we arrived that the manager needs to change that with OpenTable because outside seating is on a first-come, first-served basis only. Despite the error, they were still able to seat us on the day we arrived, but I could easily see that on other days it could be a real problem. The food was tasty and the atmosphere was great on the rooftop. Only two small complaints: we ordered lemonade for the kids, and what they brought was not typical lemonade, but some fizzy concoction that is "made by the bartenders." Our server couldn't tell us what was in it, and at first we were concerned that they brought us someone else's drink and it might have had booze in it. One of our kids liked it, but the other kid didn't drink it, and the server didn't offer to do anything about it. My burger was good, but some of our other food items came with pretty small portions for the price. Also, the "pear salad" had no greens whatsoever.

b
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It was nice to sit out on their rooftop deck for the evening.

m
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, extensive beer and drink list. Young vibrant crowd and a perfect rooftop deck. Deck seating is first come, first serve so your reservations won't apply.

MB
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The menu is pretty cool and offers a variety of options, but the presentation was average. Our server was pleasant but was unskilled at knowing when to refill our drinks and/or check on us.

CN
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The service was disappointing. The waitress seemed annoyed to be there and wasn’t very friendly. The food was mediocre. I ordered the steak frites. The fries were cold and hard and the steak was luke warm and chewy. My husband ordered the shrimp sandwich and it was ok. We had mussels as an app which were delicious. But overall- we had heard such great things about this restaurant and it did not live up to our expectations.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Do not go with kids

B
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

The food is overpriced for what you get. Beer prices were fine, and the service was great.

v
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Highly recommended for bourbon fans. The food is good but quantity is less.

AB
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Extremely small portions food options that are also very expensive! Good drink selection, particularly draft beers. Easy process to make reservations online.

BC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was slow and the food was average. Other visits have been better.

HG
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We had a reservation but were sat in the dungeon where customers go to die. Freezing cold, zero ambiance, and repetively forgotten by wait staff. Didn't even get plates w our shared-platters/food.
Once we saw the main room had cleared we moved ourselves (after notifying the Matre D) and things improved.
A restaurant where "if it's to be it's up to me" should be the customer motto!
Drinks and food (once *finally* delivered) were good.

AR
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I would recommend Fountainhead for drinks, absolutely. The beer and liquor lists were extensive and our Bloody Marys were fantastic. That said, service was lacking (there were grounds in several of our coffees and it took much longer than necessary to replace them, despite us being one of two tables) and it did seem pricey overall for the quantity and quality received.

KS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good ambiance! Service was slow but friendly. I ordered the gnocchi which was not very flavorful. I enjoyed the large cocktail list and beer list! I’d probably be more likely to come back to drink only.

CB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

If you want to go for a beer or whiskey (hundreds of bottles available), and a burger, then this is the place to go. The rest of the food was pretty poor - meat pie was dry, mac & cheese bland, shrimp roll bland. Noise level was high and service was slow (it was a Friday evening) - still got hit with the 18% service fee.

In nutshell, will be back for the beer and whiskey, but will eat beforehand.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

This place has gone noticeably downhill in the past 5 years. Both in food quality and absolutely in service, I have been continually disappointed and will not return. It took over 30 minutes and three requests to get a water refill. Food was cold. Cocktails were odd and inconsistent. Bring back the duck confit and the quality which established your name in the first place.

AJ
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We had requested to sit on the rooftop in our reservation (it does not say on the website that the rooftop is first come first serve) and were rudely told this by the owner upon our arrival. Our food took at least an hour to come out and although our waiter told us that the kitchen was backed up, no one apologized or offered a to comp one of our appetizers or drinks. The food was delicious but I was disappointed with the rudeness of some of the staff.

SB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love fountainhead! The food is delicious, the staff is always so nice and their cocktail/beer/wine/spirit offerings are truly unmatched in the Ravenswood/NorthCenter/Lincoln Square area.

NC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 5

We came here for brunch on a Sunday. Drinks and food were great but service was very slow. Not the server’s fault, but seems like restaurant should be more staffed for Sunday brunch.

EP
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Extensive drink menu. If you're looking for a good bite to eat, this is not your place. The service was careless at best and the hostess was impolite with our birthday group. I had never come here before but I certainly will not be doing so again.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We have been to this restaurant several times, but this past week, the service was horrible. I'm not sure what was happening, but we waited and waited and waited... for everything from our drinks to our food. Other people who ordered after us received their food before us. Then, when our order arrived, it was incorrect. The manager did come to talk with us, gave us 50% off the bill and promised us a dessert on the house, which never even came!

J
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A true neighborhood gem, with a whiskey list that is arguably the best in the city. On the food side of the ledger, it’s a really short menu but an excellent one — quality over quantity! So glad to have this place nearby.

l
Anchorage
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

food was excellent. Beer, wine, & cider choices were amazing. We would go back. Young crowd.

K
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

So dark, server seemed distracted and uninterested in us. Fish main dish came with no sides or anything else on the plate for $16+.

MS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun and delicious! Great local spot that will now be a go-to!

U
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Ambience and service were fine and the drinks were good. We were there with infants and they accommodated us nicely. I had the meat pie with lamb, and it was dry, bitter, and tasted so strong with the herb that I could not taste the lamb at all. It might as well have been mystery meat and I left half of it on the plate as I simply could not stomach it even though I was hungry. I cannot imagine how anyone would enjoy it as it tasted that evening. I did mention it to the staff thinking perhaps this was a bad batch. One member of the staff said they would check on it and never came back. No reduction in the bill was given for the poor tasting food, (nor did I ask for one). This place came recommended by a friend and unfortunately, will not be a place we will recommend for food.

JW
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Our waffles for our chicken and waffles were pretty bad. I generally prefer flaky/firm on the outside and soft on the inside. Trying to cut through the waffles was a chore. I also felt like I might chip a tooth on the thing. Either overdone or some issue with the waffle mix.

KH
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoy my evening out at Fountainhead. They have one of the most extensive drink lists I have seen. I tried three new drinks and enjoyed each of them. Will definitely be back!

a
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great find in the City. Very large selection of beers, scotch and bourbon. Food is very good with a wide selection.

JR
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

This is a staple restaurant that I go to but they had an off night. Service was bad since the waitress had a big party to work with, our appetizers came out about 3 minutes before the main courses which was very rushed. The menu needs a considerable upgrade as well, very limited choices, little creativity and several items were sold out.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly accommodating! Thank you so much for making Erica’s birthday so special.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, creative cocktail collection and a beer and whiskey list with a table of contents, what's not to like?

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

Great drink options. Limited food menu but tasty. Dark interior but in a way that works.

L
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Unfortunately we were not able to dine with fountainhead. They do not have any high chairs :( Date night only

W
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always the top choice when I meet with friends who are SMWS members.

DS
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fountainhead was great! The cocktails were wonderful and the food was delicious. The restaurant was really pretty and cozy. Can't wait to check out their rooftop in the summer!

BB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food and ambiance; second time I've been here and definitely will be back.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Went out on date night. Took a while for someone to greet. Got drinks, ordered apps.... drank our drinks, ate our apps, stacked plates on the edge... no server since drinks came. Wanted to order entrees.... no server.... eventually got impatient and checked out. Went and ate dinner at Half Acre

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