Hardware

4.7
1095 reviews
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Contemporary American
Hardware is a Sustainable Gastropub and Brewery, complete with greenhouse and Organic Hop Farm.
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BP
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the food and server. We were celebrating my husbands 40th and I had put this in the comments and told the hostess. They did not even acknowledge this... that was a bit disappointing. .

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CM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and cocktails here are seriously incredible. I love their mission, ambiance and everything about Hardware. I’m telling all my friends and family to go!

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

Enjoyed beer flight and food. Waitress very knowledgeable, friendly, attentive.

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MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal at Hardware. Enjoyed the outdoor patio for the first time thanks to great weather. Service was great, food was outstanding and cocktails are always spot on!

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JD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and fantastic service, servers knew a lot about the food and could give good explanations and suggestions.
For this restaurant I recommend to trust to Chef and not to go through every ingredient on the menu.

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g
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Made reservations for Mother's Day dinner at one of my favorite restaurants. Upon arrival got seated in the bar area with high tables that are crowded together and since it was a busy night, rather loud. Also the table wasn't stable so we had to be careful not to lean on it so we wouldn't spill our drinks. The food was great as usual and the server was attentive. I'll be back but probably not for a holiday and will insist on a low table for a quiet meal next time.

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BW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Mothers Day meal. The Kobe flatiron steak was a hit for the majority of our party. My sister who loves duck was very pleased with her selection as well. We all had a wonderful time.

Thank you!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very cool place! Very green and sustainable! Great food options. We were there on a very busy Mother’s Day so service was a little slow but understandable due to the occasion. Food was good. We will definitely go back!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s day

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TR
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for the Mother's Day specials and Hardware did not disappoint. Everyone ordered a breakfast but we will be back for the fish and chips, duck and small plates !

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and drinks were excellent, and good service. I prefer this restaurant in the summer. Awesome outdoor dining.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Hardware - the 60+ minute drive to get there is totally worth it!!

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is excellent!!! Happy hour drink menu outstanding! Great service as well. A little loud for conversation.

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PP
Chicago
153 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for dinner, decided to have the wood grilled bread to start – it was fabulous! Also had a glass of rose and their bourbon special of the day, they were very good. For entrées we had the fish and chips and the onion tart salad both were excellent. Finished off with the birthday cake ice cream - love the texture. We will be back again.

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KA
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our favorite restaurant within 30 minutes of our house. Normally we sit in the bar, but this time ended up on the restaurant side. It is just noisy. No getting around it. But we ended up in the long booth, and against the wall, so it shielded us a little from too much sound. The reason I like the bar is becasue every table separated.

We hadn't been in a while, and were happy to find a few new drinks on the menu, and some minor changes to the menu. Everything we had was delicious. The Octopus appetizer continues to be my favorite thing there - and I LOVE that it was served warm this time.

The drinks are beautifully crafted as always, and my husband loved his 1oz whiskey. SO GOOD.

Love you Hardware! You really never disappoint.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food, great drinks. Sat outside and service was a bit slow. Wait staff was nice, regardless.

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AC
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really love the creative menu and great execution at Hardware. Qe only wish there were more vegetarian options.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience

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p
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the charcuterie board to italian sausage salad to Korean pork rice bowl to kids in house made hotdogs, DELICIOUS! Worth the travel! Every restaurant should follow their lead!!!!!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was beyond fantastic as usual!!

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E
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a very good experience wry good atmosphere and the food was excellent. I plan on going there again

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OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved, loved, loved this place. Went with a group of friends. The server was friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. She made great recommendations and knew her stuff. The food was super fresh, greens grown right in the restaurant greenhouse. Everything tasted like it was made with love. Fish and chips unique and amazing. Burger looked so yummy. I had the salmon which was like nothing I've had before and has spoiled all other salmon for me, delicious. Mashed potatoes were great. Old fashion was the best. Ice cream was incredibly flavorful. Everything made from scratch.

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TH
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Service ! Food was extremely good. Quite small for the price but then again you pay for quality here. I of course would come back.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service, and great food!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large party and separate checks. The server was very accommodating and was just overall fabulous!

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SL
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This was our fourth or fifth visit and we were a little disappointed this time. We were seated directly under a speaker so it was a bit noisy, and even though the restaurant was not full, the wait staff seemed very slow. The wine pour was only half a glass at a $9 price tag. The cheese board was wonderful as usual but the brisket tacos seemed very dry. In general things are a bit pricey here, but usually enjoyable. Not so much this visit.

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JC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

The menu wasn’t up to date online so we looked only to find a different menu offered. Portions are small and cost was high. It’s very loud there. I wouldn’t recommend it nor would I go back.

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

38th anniversary small celebration with just immediate family. No big deal but we wanted something unique and interesting. We found it! Very good food and a nice place.

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SS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic! The best new (to us) restaurant that we've tried in a long time. Extremely fresh and creative food. We went on Easter and had very attentive wait staff. We even booked a reservation for Mother's Day as we were sitting there. We're excited to go back!

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m
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed our meal and beer. The restaurant is made from refurbished materials, and they grow a lot of their fruits and veggies. Tried the homemade charcuterie board to start with their own cured meat, beer flight of all house made IPAs which were hoppy like I prefer. They grow hops on property. We tried the burger- delicious, fish and chips- not typical and great, hanger steak done perfectly and the brisket- least favorite of the four plates. The place is gorgeous, sustainable and local. Will definitely return, love that we have this caliber of a restaurant in the suburbs.

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BR
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I put a note in Open table for the restaurant that it was my son’s birthday and that my daughter was vegan. A gal called to confirm the reservation and acknowledged the note. When we got there, I apologized as one other couple didn’t show and they had no problem seating us outdoors. It was a lovely day but we could have used a little shade. The host and waitress did not acknowledge my son’s birthday or offer vegan suggestions for my daughter. The manager came to the table because I requested gluten free crackers and separate humus for my daughter and the waitress said they couldn’t do it. I explained I would have loved to just use the humus off the flatbread appetizer but it had cheese on it so my daughter couldn’t eat any. In 10 minutes they were able to bring her a separate bowl. Other than that they were accommodating and the service was very good. The food and drinks were great too and a wonderful concoction of spices. One waiter who wasn’t even our waiter came up to us-I think he recognized my husband-and offered a great pitch to come back, stating how next week’s menu will change for seasonality. He was trying to draw my son in to check out the whiskey bar, which I wanted him to do but we ran out of time. (Love that waiter by the way, handsome young man with dark spiky hair-his enthusiasm alone would bring me back, although he chefs creations would too) I’ve already recommended this place to others but hope they can improve their outdoor ambiance. Would love if they offered hopyard, orchard, greenhouse, and brewery/distillery tours.

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RD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Would be better to have a few basic and not fancy dishes for the kids. Makes it easier to come more often.

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j
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing! More than worth the drive. When people talk about fresh food, if it's not as fresh as Hardware, it's not that fresh. Great pairings and a dangerously enticing drink menu

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BS
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat out on the patio, which was great. We thoroughly enjoyed the food, beer, and service!

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PB
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Hardware was excellent. They have over 400 whiskies at the bar, and their custom flights are on point. I would dine here again!

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E
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Our appetizers were okay, but salads & main course were fantastic. Only wish the waiter had included both our leftovers in the take-home box as we requested, but were missing one when we went to eat them the following day.

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MK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends/family and I always have a great time at Hardware. The food is great and reasonably priced. We also appreciate the drink specials. The Moonshine Mojito is one of our favorites. We love the atmosphere, and the staff are always friendly and attentive. We look forward to coming back and sitting outside when the weather warms up.

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BR
Cleveland
16 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Was pleasantly surprised at how good the food was. Service was a bit lacking, but we had a group of 10.

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CR
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places to eat! Everything is delicious!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Hardware for dinner and lunch on several occasions. Each time has been outstanding. The food is always excellent as is the service.

The atmosphere is pleasing and intimate.

Look forward to more experiences at Hardware in the near future.

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