Hardware

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Hardware is a Sustainable Gastropub and Brewery, complete with greenhouse and Organic Hop Farm.
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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would highly recommend! Pleasant surprise, excellent food & great drinks at a reasonable price. Best brewery in area. Yes, I have been to the popular brewery in the area too-this one is better.

W
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our anniversary, and sat outside on the most beautiful night. The food, the drinks, everything was so perfect. Becca was our server (at least I think that was her name!) and she explained everything to a T. Sitting adjacent to the rosemary plants made the ambient smell just delightful. The food. OMG, the food was incredible! Best roasted cauliflower soup I have ever had! The charcuterie boards are to die for! We will definitely be back!! And back!! And back!!!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary and since the weather was so nice, I wanted to sit outside so I chose Hardware. It was our first visit. We were warmly welcomed and quickly seated. They have a very large drink menu from homemade beer to whiskeys we tried the four beer flight and liked all of our choices. We got the bone marrow appetizer. Interesting and very tasty. My husband ordered the duck dish and I ordered the mahi mahi dish. They were prepared so differently. We both loved our dishes. We had to have dessert to celebrate and we had the flan w ice cream. Like no flan we’ve ever had before. The best ever. Service was awesome. The waitstaff was on top of it. Giving us water. Not rushing us if we weren’t ready to order. Had great suggestions and he knew the menu and was very helpful. We will definitely return and tell others about it. Much of the food if grown there on property and many items are made there. You will not be disappointed.

JF
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

We loved sitting outside on a beautiful night. The food was unique and enjoyable. One of the dinners came over 10 minutes after the rest of us were served...which made us late for the theatre. We were surprised the waitress didn’t offer any compensation. Yet overall...we would come back.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an enjoyable evening! Service was excellent! We will go back for sure!!!

T
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

My wife got 6 raviolis for $15 they were good but didn’t fill her up
I had a sloppy Joe and small round potatoes and it also didn’t fill me up. The desert we had that was good. Sitting outside was nice. We don’t know if we will go back there again

OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wanted to try this restaurant for a while. I’m kicking myself now and why I waited so long! It is excellent in every aspect. Service, the atmosphere, and the food was amazing!

MB
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The happy hour drink specials on the Thursday evening we dined were a great value. We sat on the patio, which was lovely on a September evening. The food was deicious!

CH
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food.. Not a bad setup they have going on here. It was a birthday outing and they failed to deliver from the notes that are provided through the reservation session. That part was a bit of a let down and disappointing.

PS
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Came here early on a sunday afternnon around 4 PM before heading to the Paramount Theater in Aurora for a 5:30 show. 15 minutes away.

Restaurant was uncrowded but thats because it was early, not because the food or service were lacking. My girlfriend and I enjoyed a delicious dinner (I had the spicy tacky chicken breast and she had the pork loin) which was cooked perfectly and served in a reasonable time frame.

Overall very nice experience and definitely a repeat.

MG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Yummy food, Love the ambiance, love the concept of what they stand for and do

s
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were able to sit outside and provided great ambiance to the amazing food.

LC
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a large party and everyone loved it! Meals ranged from burgers to mahi.

TP
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time here and it will not be the last. Great selection that it was hard to just choose one.

JS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved the unique choices on the menu and the fact that most ingredients are grown right on the property! Our choices were delicious!

S
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service!

SB
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Officially my new favorite restaurant. In love with every aspect of our experience.

BP
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fabulous charcuterie appetizer. Excellent wine and beer. Service was very good. Two of our dinners were good. One (pork loin) was quite dry. Recommend the brisket tacos appetizer and the charcuterie plate(lovely presentation). The atmosphere is wonderful. We will go back.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was very good. Our first time here and we would definitely visit again soon!

JP
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hardware is an amazing experience. The food is delicious and the decor inviting. Their approach to everything is sustainable, so you feel good about eating there as well.

c
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great hidden gem. Felt like I was in the city of chicago. Food was excellent. Loved the farm-to-table idea and service was great!

AJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Kinda loud. We were there for our 16th anniversary. They treated us with a glass of Pinot and anniversary wishes from any server who stopped by our table. Food was great. Brisket tacos fantastic. Duck ragu so good. Smoked pork tenderloin had lovely flavor. Cant wait to go back and try more!

LJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our dinner, the food was great, the service outstanding and the cocktails exceptional. We will come again and were bringing friends.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good food and service. Creative and well executed cuisine.

JV
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very unusual restaurant as they are a self sustainable restaurant. They have their own greenhouse and grow all their own herbs, both inside and outside on the grounds. They also make their own beer there and grow their own hops! Service was great. We were able to sit outside surrounded by their garden.

CC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hardware was my first choice when making a reservation to celebrate my girlfriend’s bday with 5 other friends. They were all impressed with the food and ambiance. It was my a great evening. Definitely will be back!

CD
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, food and atmosphere. We had a wonderful evening out on the patio, and we are looking forward to coming back.

TR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a nice family birthday dinner. Everyone raved about the food. Thank you!

AS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous and we can’t wait to go again.

MK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed Sunday brunch outside with some friends. Yummy as always! Enjoyed the nice weather outside while we ate, drank Bloody Mary's and Mimosas, and caught up.

IA
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just discovered the lunch/brunch at Hardware (after 12 pm) on Sundays. After 12 pm they offer their dinner menu. This was our third visit and the food has been outstanding and interesting every time. Their salads (and cocktails) are fantastic! I would highly recommend this restaurant.

C
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Outside area was nice,food was really good Martini was made the right way ❤️

M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderfully sustainable place. Absolutely amazing experience.

B
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never would have found this restaurant if not for OpenTable and very glad we did! Had an amazing experience, sat on their beautiful patio and had an outstanding meal. However the best part of the experience was the service we received from Becca! She was extremely personable, gracious and offered great suggestions on the menu with spot on descriptions of the menu items. Truly one of the best servers we have had the pleasure of engaging with in a long time. Will definitely be back!

AS
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Very interesting concept of the restaurant. Appreciate the veggie freshens ( grown onsite).
Went there on Saturday and the service was slow (busy?) Wish there were more vegetarian dishes.

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

Our 3rd visit to Hardware, outstanding as usual. We sat out on the patio, service was exceptional and the food was delicious. We will definitely be back!

LB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was superb. My husband loved the whiskey list. I love that Hardware is conscience of the enviroment. Our server, Jackson, was great. But the hostess (evening of 8/23/19) had a terrible attitude refusing us an outdoor table when there were 6 tables open out there and then again when we asked not to be stuffed in a corner table inside. Fire her and this is a 5 star review.

D
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful patio. Great views of sunset. Delicious food. Friendly service.

M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Relaxing environment. Great service

a
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely evening- our server was probably the “quietest” server we have ever had there. Everything was good she just wasn’t very chatty.

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