Onward

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$30 and under
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American
Onward offers a fun and playful take on new American in an elevated neighborhood setting
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C
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

A POT OF TEA SHOULD NOT COST $6! THERE WAS NO PRICE LISTED ON THE MAIN MENU, JUST ON THE BEVERAGE MENU, WHICH WE NEVER SAW.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent from start to finish.

We were seated immediately upon arrival, and were treated to a birthday champagne aperitif.

The menu was creative, thoughtful, and appetizing. Three of us shared small and large plates, from the homemade duck pasta ragu, to the deliciously seasoned bread, and fresh green salad; the medium rare, tender flank steak was perfectly prepared, and we topped off the meal with a spiced apple pie a la mode!

Superb wine selection and a lovely room that is conducive to a private dining experience.

This may be the best value in the city.

JE
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the 2nd time I have eaten here, and it is definitely worth the trip from Old Town. Very enticing menu - and the shrimp tacos were very flavorful. Generous but not over-whelming portions. There were 5 of us, so It was fun to share and sample the other extremely good dishes. Very attentive & knowledgeable wait staff.

KC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

cozy & warm & kind. a perfect neighborhood spot with high quality food & impeccable service

AV
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 4

Came for brunch to celebrate my parents anniversary, which was ignored by Onward. Food was great as always, but not sure how well the place was doing - 11am for weekend brunch and we were one of two tables.

DS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am so pleased that Rogers Park has a restaurant of this caliber. The servers remembered my wine preference, and brought it right to the table. They were knowledgeable and attentive, but not hovering. I have not had a bad experience here!

F
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose Onward for our Anniversary dinner because it was something new for us and close to home. We were so pleasantly surprised with overall experience. The Ambiance was modern, welcoming and cozy. Hostess was very attentive and sited us at the corner romantic table. Cocktails were unique and food was delicious. Server was very attentive and knowledgeable, helped us to make some great choices. We will definitely be back!

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Excellent food and superb cocktails. Ambiance isn't much from the outside, but it's quite pleasant once you're inside. It's pricey, but everything tasted high quality,so I wasn't disappointed.

PS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Food is fantastic. The descriptions of the dishes sound a bit "out there", but I am so impressed at the flavors and presentations. We all tried each others appetizers and main courses and were not disappointed.
We had the diver scallops, chicken liver mousse, Bavette Steak, farm greens with peaches, mushroom soup, saffron farfalle and each dish was better than the one we had just devoured.
The wait staff was knowledgeable and delightful to deal with, I highly recommend.

A
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice brunch. Excellent friendly service. Went with the family for brunch and we will come again!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter (he wore a pineapple pin, idk his name) was fantastic and ensured that our group had a truly outstanding experience!

L
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Onward and am so happy to have it in the neighborhood. The food is delicious and the room is lovely. The service is always earnest.

TB
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I'm a bit surprised at the other reviews I saw of this place; I think it's being graded on a curve because it's in rogers park.

The food was fairly good. The duck sausage, which I was excited about, was either over cooked or just cooked too quickly, so it was chewy and rubbery. The melon carpaccio was spectacular, definitely my favorite from the evening. The blackened scallops were pretty good, though slightly overcooked.

The wine list was lacking. It isn't terrible, but nothing too exciting. It didn't really play toward value or the extravagant, but a lot of middle-of-the-road wines.

They have the restaurant set up into two separate sides, a bar with high-tops on one side, and a traditional dining room on the other. We sat in the dining room, which looked elegant and well designed, though it was unfortunately loud. Our servers were very kind, which was good, because they needed to make up for otherwise poor service (forgetting to take our food orders, for example).

Overall, I think onward has potential, if they can get their staff more training, and maybe hire a quality somm to run the wine list. I'll come back to try their brunch some weekend, and given how close it is to my work, might try coming by for lunch at some point.

JB
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service!!

EC
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous to have a great chef and reasonably priced food across from Loyola!

LR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was pretty unremarkable, pastries we're good. Service was welcoming and attentive.

E
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were fabulous. Regular hot tea was extremely pricey at $6.00.

SM
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and service!

DH
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious! Outside of my normal price range, but I had a gift card, which was perfect. Everything my partner and I ate was wonderful, both tasty and beautifully presented, and all of our servers were super attentive. Plus, the space is gorgeous.

k
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. We were the only ones in the standard dining room for an early dinner on Saturday night. The service was excellent, the meal was excellent and the atmosphere is excellent for a nice dinner out near Loyola University.

JO
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a group of 20 having lunch earlier in the day before my son's wedding that evening.The place is beautiful! Kelly helped me with the accommodations and the service was Fantastic! Everyone said the food and drinks were Great! Thanks

G
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a hidden gem! This was among the best dining experiences ever. We did the “Farm Bowl” w drink pairings, and it was exceptional. The culinary art here—from selections to preparation to presentation—is top shelf. Every dish was perfectly balanced and total eye candy. Incredible flavors and textures...this is a five star meal in an unassuming setting. We will definitely be back.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

This is one of a very small number of restaurants in Chicago where you can have a nice meal and not have to shout at your table mates. Service sometimes is a bit slow, but well-meaning.

CG
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Onward has great food, very attentive staff, and good ambiance. Great place to unwind after work. Would definitely recommend checking it out!

AV
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful flavors.
The bread basket is amazing.

ST
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Onward is fabulous! The food is spectacular, and the service is amazing. We've been there more than once and always had a great experience. We went for my son's birthday, and they treated him to a special dessert and gave him a menu signed with birthday wishes from all the staff! That's an extraordinary dinner! Thank you, Onward!

JT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Nicest place in Rogers Park.

OT
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded expectations of on all accounts. The drinks are art, the food and desserts unexpected and executed beautifully. I have been for brunch several times but dinner blew me away even more! Love this place. Just what the neighborhood needs.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved Onward ... when wait staff found out we were celebrating a birthday, they sent champagne for everyone. Also, comped every dessert on menu ! Appetizers delicious! Can’t wait to return 😊

IP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and top notch service! My co-workers and I enjoyed a delicious lunch in their outdoor seating.

S
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food and service every time.

RT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a welcome addition to Roger's Park. We have so many good food options in Rogers Park but Onward fills a need for a more polished and formal dining experience. The food is delicious and well thought out.

J
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent new restaurant in RogersEdge----definitely worth visiting

D
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit to Onward and I was once again delighted with my overall experience. This is an upscale neighborhood restaurant with delicious food and a great wine selection. The price point is excellent for the quality of the meal and I can't wait to come back to try some of the menu items I didn't order this time around. The dining room is beautiful and not noisy at all... a plus in my mind these days...

J
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Very pleasant place for Brunch. We have not tried it for dinner, but the room is very nice and a good place to celebrate with family.

N
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Delicious food..I would definitely pass it on to my friends especially those that live in the neighborhood. like me ..

AM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delightful brunch experience. Fun menu, great presentation, creative sides. Will be back and I don't say that often.

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

Our server, Kate, was terrific. We let her know what time we had to leave to get to the Symphony. She watched the time for us! We had a great meal and lovely decor.

KK
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place! Excellent service and absolutely excellent food - it's not in the most happening neighborhood, but it is definitely worth a venture to this restaurant.

YR
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the experience. Good food and service. Room for improvement when it comes to GF options, especially offering more imaginative and creative GF desserts.