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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LR
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

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

E
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

SM
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
34 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.

S
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch with visiting relative

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

Had better experiences previously.

J
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Onward early on a Friday night, it was extremely slow so the waitstaff gave us excellent attention and the food was outstanding! The prices are higher but for an upscale restaurant in a college area it was reasonable, especially for the quality of the food.

KK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Second time visiting Onward. The food is wonderful -- such unique combinations but nothing to scare you away! Everyone loved their choices and the service was exceptional.

SL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Our two House guests from Virginia really enjoyed an early dinner with us at Onward. The portions looked smaller than what one has come to expect to encounter in many American eateries, but here "less was more," perfectly seasoned and beautifully presented.

MJ
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only place we go to brunch!!! We love this place. Awesome food, service, ambience!!! The best place in the neighborhood.

BR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

KS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I am thrilled that this restaurant is in the neighborhood. The wait staff is terrific and the food delicious.

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

Great food, service, atmosphere.

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

What a gem of a restaurant in Edgewater! We have dined here three times and have been very pleased each time. Most recently I had the Gigante salad which was a warm bean salad with a risotto dressing that was delicious Lee flavorful and light. Follow that up with saffron Ragu farfalle that was rich and indulgent with the pasta cooked perfectly al dente.
Our server was very personable and well-versed in all of the menu items as well as wine pairings. The cocktail menu is updated periodically and all the drinks have been up to par.
The Decor and ambiance is very nice and welcoming although the lighting is may be a little too bright for the evening.

J
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent as was the service. It was not very crowded on a Friday night which I hope is not an indicator that it won't last. It is wonderful to have a restaurant of this caliber in the neighborhood.

p
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We stopped by for a weekend lunch/brunch and were pleasantly surprised. The food was straightforward and delicious. More impressive was the warm, friendly, attentive service.

DA
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! I have been here before but this was my first brunch and it was excellent! Service was impeccable. Food and drinks outstanding. I come from out of town to visit family and will continue to make this a stop on every trip!

DC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

It looked like they were going for modern without pretentiousness and ended up with boring. The food, while very good, was not up to the standard about which one raves. The service was adequate. The prices were on par with establishments of the genre to which this restaurant claims. Had the food been outstanding, it would have lifted this review above the ho-hum décor and mediocre service to a level which would warrant recommendations. It's rather disappointing that an attempt to bring fine-dining to Rogers Park wasn't made more earnestly. - I would have been a regular.

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

Service was superb, food great. Very happy all the way around. Definitely go there again!

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