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Howells & Hood - Permanently Closed

4.4
4.4
1424 Reviews
$30 and under
American

An exceptional Michigan Avenue restaurant in a Chicago landmark. Nestled at the base of Chicago's legendary Tribune Tower, this stunning restaurant is a vibrant addition to Michigan Avenue and downtown Chicago. Incorporating signature Tribune elements into our design, Howells & Hood pays homage to John Howells and Raymond Hood, architects of the Neo-Gothic landmark. With a Modern American food menu, the largest craft beer selection in chicago, and impressive staff, Howells & Hood is sure to delight foodies and beer lovers alike.

Please note, we do not accept reservations for our patio tables. We will do our best to accommodate outdoor seating requests upon arrival. We look forward to serving you!

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.0Value

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  1. FD

    FrequentDiner

    Chicago

    167 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    167 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2018

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    We ate here for the last time today. Not because the restaurant is bad, it is a very nice place. Food is always good, service excellent, and the beer list is extensive. But this restaurant will close for good tomorrow as the building it is located in (Tribune tower) is undergoing renovations. We will miss you, Howells and Hood.

  2. LI

    LInF

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    One of my favorites. So sad that it’s closing. Lucky that we were there the last day.

  3. TN

    TheNewMrsM

    Miami

    35 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2018

    overall2food2service4ambience2

    Hamburger was good but just ok. Fish In the and chips were horrible. I’ve had better frozen. Staff was very nice.

  4. MF

    MonikaF

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    On a beautiful fall evening we sat outside and enjoyed an excellent meal. Service was good but not hovering. Food was very tasty!

  5. E

    Elizabeth

    Orlando

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2018

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    Great location, not so good service or food. It might have been an off night. I never know the circumstances so I don’t like to judge. But they had lots of beer. Some were very happy!

  6. TT

    TheTits

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2018

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    “Love waiting 10 minutes + to gwt a water after sitting down” - No one Get it together....You’re better than this. Very cool outside seating with below avg. waitstaff.

  7. SR

    SteveR

    Memphis/West TN

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2018

    overall2food3service3ambience2

    Menu was limited and the overall appeal of the place not that great. The only good thing was that is was located within walking distance of my hotel and the previous reviews made it sound better than it turned out.

  8. BS

    BrianS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Nice outdoor space with quality food and a great beer list

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Very sad that this place is closing

  10. n

    nogoodgirlo

    London

    112 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    112 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2018

    overall2food1service3ambience1

    Quiet evening so felt soulless as the inside dining and bar area is vast. Temperature felt chilly as doors were open. V nice helpful server but food v disappointing. Fish tacos were cold and tasteless, bread pudding was still cold and partly frozen in the middle. They did deduct this item from the bill. Good selection of beers were the only redeeming feature. Expensive for v mediocre food. Won’t go there again.

  11. S

    Stitchintime

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Have liked this restaurant every time I've been here. This visit was no exception. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable and very attentive. The Pretzel bites were fresh, warm and very tasty. I had the Risotto - exquisite!!! My dining partner had a burger and said it was one of the best ever. So sad they have to close because of the Tribune Tower being sold for development. I'll miss their food and the wonderful outdoor patio dining experience. Buona Fortuna!!!

  12. MM

    MaggieM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2018

    overall1food1service3ambience4

    I wasn’t happy with my meal at Howell’s and Hood. I ordered the steak, which was cooked beautifully, but it wasn’t the same steak meal I had during my first visit. My first visit the meal had delicious grilled vegetables with the streak. Yesterday’s steak was covered in these weird stringy pieces and really bad sauce. I regretted paying over $24 for a meal I didn’t enjoy. Nothing against the server, just the meal was not good and not met to my expectation. This was my birthday meal. Wish I could’ve enjoyed it fully like I did the first time I came.

  13. CH

    CelesteH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2018

    overall3food4service4ambience3

    Food was okay, but the portions were small for what you paid for. They have a LOT of beers in their on-tap menu, but they were out of several of the beers that I wanted, so it was disappointing. All-in-all, it was an okay experience. Definitely not a place I would frequent.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2018

    overall2food3service1ambience1

    When we arrived we were asked to wait while they got our table ready. We were then taken to an empty section and seated at a table of 8. We asked to sit in a booth and after much thought we were seated at the furthest back booth. We waited and waited and waited for some service but nothing. Eventually managed to spy a manager who sent the most reluctant server we have ever had. Service was ridiculous - we watched 2 other tables walk out. Food was good and the risotto was tasty. No refills for the kids were offered and by then we had given up.

  15. a

    avaa

    San Francisco

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love this place. Everyone we come to Chicago we try to make it here to eat.

  16. FD

    FrequentDiner

    Chicago

    166 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    166 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    we are really going to miss this restaurant. They will close September 30 due to construction at the Tribune Tower. We have to get back before them. Our server was great.

  17. l

    laborer

    New York Area

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Kathleen was excellent. Great food and service

  18. SM

    SherylM

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2018

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    Not my favorite

  19. A

    Amanda

    Nashville

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Great view of the city and fantastic food options for gluten-free folks like me! Ribs were great as well as the spicy cauliflower!

  20. LL

    LaurieLW

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere! Outdoor seating and open air. Will definitely be back.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2018

    overall2food4service1ambience2

    We sat outside on their patio and when I went in for the bathroom, I got a bit disoriented because the door opens up to a musty smelling hallway where their servers receive food from the kitchen. I had eye contact with a server standing there talking to another server and wanted to ask if that was the right way to the restroom or if I came into the staff only section, the server whispered loudly to the other server “I’m not talking to her”, ignored my question and diverted her eyes. Food was okay but the service was terrible.

  22. CL

    CindyL

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2018

    overall2food2service2ambience1

    When we were escorted to our table we were told there were no other tables available. We had a reservation but were put in the back to sit on very uncomfortable seats. We saw other people being escorted to other tables. We felt we were lied to. I wanted to leave but husband said stay because we were there. Our waiter was fine. The seats were extremely uncomfortable. I saw 4 other people escorted to table next to us, asked for a different seat and were moved. Not us. The escorted lied. We will not go back.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2018

    overall2food4service1ambience2

    Last night I went for dinner and we sat inside. First of all, I think the air conditioner was broken because it was so hot and humid we could barely breathe. We got our waters and decided to stick it out. About 10 minutes in however, we were surrounded by multiple fruit flies. No windows were open. I hate flies and always kill them; I killed between 5-7 within 5 minutes. But they just kept COMING (as fruit flies do) and were flying in our faces and around our drinks/appetizers. It was to the point where we couldn’t just ignore it. We informed our waitress (we were very polite, it wasn’t her fault) and she said she could move us to the booth behind us. We could see even more flies surrounding that booth so we asked if there was anything available outside or in another area. She got a little snippy but went to check with the manager. Next thing you know, a manager comes over and rudely says “I hear you don’t like our seats here. We’ve found something outside for you.” And begins to walk away, expecting us to follow. So we did. She seats us on the patio, and as she’s putting down our appetizer plate, she says: “And just an FYI, there will be bugs out here too.” Then rolled her eyes and walked away. The food was pretty good and the patio was pleasant. But never in my life has a MANAGER treated my dining group so poorly. We were very nice and appreciative towards both the waitress and the manager. Howells & Hood is a generally a reliable spot with lots of beers and pretty good food, but this experience has absolutely changed my perception. I won’t be going back any time soon.

  24. PO

    PatrickO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server was fantastic. She, more than anything, made our day. It is difficult, I think, to find young people these days who can at least make eye contact with old people, let alone converse with them. Our server was outstanding.

  25. C

    Claudette

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Wonderful presentation of food as well as taste. Will definitely go back again. While not directly on the river, the food is so much better than what is offered at the riverside restaurants.

  26. SP

    SPBr

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2018

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    The restaurant is attractive; the building is awesome - be sure to walk around the outside walls to see all the historic architectural pieces embedded in the wall. The food was good and reasonably priced. Unfortunately, it was too noisy (at 6:30 - 7:30) to hold a conversation which was disappointing.

  27. SH

    SigalH

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2018

    overall3food2service1ambience3

    Ok value, not great food. Horrible service. Would not go back.

  28. M

    Marcia

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Any burger (the Homestead is fabulous) or anything with pulled pork is terrific. Huge beer menu.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2018

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Waiter didn’t offer any specials so we asked and he went through a 5 minute tirade on the Asian ginger salad and how it was terrible - he didn’t like it - and thought it was disgusting. He sort of went into the ingredients (btw I would have ordered it) but then finished it with a comment of “no one with good taste would order it”. Welp.

  30. PG

    PaolaG

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We went there with a big group for a birthday lunch, service was very good, food acceptable and overall a very nice experience for american kitchen. what it is best there is the location, beautiful view of the city and in a very vibrant part of the loop, highly recommended if you are trying to spend a good time, food is fine, nothing out of the normal but good taste and great portions.

  31. t

    tifhermon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Served food quickly so we could get to our play. Waiter was attentive but not annoying. Outdoor seating was wonderful.

  32. j

    jrugster

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Pleasant place in a great location though it did get a bit loud. Fish and chips was very good.

  33. K

    Katiew

    New Orleans

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    It was easy to book online and the restaurant is in a great location. Make sure to view the front of the Tribune Building to see the artifacts. We went on the architecture book tour and then walked through the new apple store before lunch. All easy to do with a 6 and 3 year old. I am a vegan and they accommodated me and my children as they had a solid children's menu. Great craft beer.

  34. PR

    PeterR

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great list of beer. However a couple options were out. Burger was delicious, but there was a lack of pulled pork on the smokehouse burger. Had a solid experience, but not exceptional.

  35. DS

    DebS

    Austin

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Jesse is such a great server! Friendly and so helpful!! The drinks were great and the food was terrific... best ahi tuna tacos around!

  36. RH

    RobertH

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food. Great service. Great wine list. 5 stars isn’t enough. Surf and turf were phenomenal

  37. TP

    ToryP

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2018

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    First, although more than half the outdoor tables were empty, staff were asking people to wait up to 30 mins to be seated outside. We chose to dine inside. The waiter was wholly inattentive. He did ask for our drinks order before he took our lunch order. He never came to check if we wanted refills on our drinks during the meal and never came to see how the food was. I was also very disappointed to see that the Rueben was off the menu as that was the best one I’ve had since moving to Chicago. Will find a new go to place for future lunch meetings.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great appetizers.

  39. a

    asdasd

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great patio and great beer. Menu is well fitted for a casual meal.

  40. C

    Cozy

    Hawaii

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    120+ beers on tap. Easy to arrange a flight of tasters, 6oz x4. Outdoor seating, cozy booths, lots of plants, view of skyline, on MI Ave, vibrant atmosphere, all ages, progressive comfort food, helpful wait staff.

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Howells & Hood - Permanently Closed is rated 4.4 stars by 1424 OpenTable diners

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