Townhouse Chicago

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
This distinctly urban restaurant and wine bar provides an elegant yet casual feel, ideal for lunch, dinner, or after work cocktails. Townhouse's unique menu offers a large selection of small plates, sandwiches, salads and entrees to suit any taste.

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Mon - Fri 1:30PM - 3:00PM 7:00PM - 8:00PM 7:30PM - 8:00PM

What 625 People Are Saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Chicago
74 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I would recommend Townhouse to a friend but with a caveat. The location is good. The simple menu is fine. The service was very attentive, although the hostess seemed in a hurry. The only issue: the time of day. This place probably hops at lunch and happy hour. The problem was we were there for dinner. Other than some folks at the bar, at one point we were the only table in this very spacious, high-ceilinged place. Even then the noise from the few other patrons was obvious.

It worked for us because we were a group of five old friends who hadn't seen each other in years, so we were more interested in catching up than the food or the ambiance. But, if you want to get the most out of a quite satisfactory, probably fun place for drinks and a good simple meal (They have a quinoa bowl special each day!) come for lunch or happy hour - not dinner.

KP
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside and our waitress was great. So friendly the food was super tasty and our entire group had a wonderful experience.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent service

JK
Chicago
80 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We lunched here on a Friday at noon, when the place was pleasantly busy with a steady flow of office workers. Our server was prompt and attentive. The drinks menu is very interesting, with fine levels of taste in their cocktails (we had the Cloud gate and the Three-Day Weekend). The tomato soup of the day was fresh and flavorful, chunky with bits of tomato. For our food, we had the carnitas tacos (very nice, lots of pork) and the Jambalaya (without shrimp due to allergy, which was readily handled), which had nicely fresh ingredients. Overall, the food is good and fresh. We will go again.

D
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant! Lovely, welcoming, considerate staff. Food was out of this world. Casual and not overpriced. What a find!

C
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Nice venue, good food and service. A bit noisy as acoustics are not great. For me probably better for one on one lunches/dinners than a larger group. Definitely will be back.

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

Had been there once before & was not that taken with the food. Much better the second time. I had the shrimp tacos. Delish.

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

How do you make a greek salad taste awful? Dressing was pink, olives didn't even taste like olives. I seriously thought I was going to be ill after eating a quarter of it. Not a good eating experience.

Townhouse Chicago
Responded on September 10, 2019

Tom, thank you for leaving this review! We apologize for the experience you had when you dined with us. At Townhouse we hold ourselves to a high standard with the ingredients we use and the food that we serve. We will be sure to pass these comments on to our staff to help avoid things like this happening in the future. We hope to see you again in the future.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It’s was good food came out fast and fresh. The clients enjoyed the shrimp tacos, calamari, hummus plates, and i had the turkey club. I usually hav ether turkey burger but i wanted to try something different and it was just as good.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place overall- a bit loud. The food was fresh and delicious. The mussels were outstanding. I’d go back.

A
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good business lunch site. I ordered the Greek Salad with Shrimp - it was good, but could have had a little more dressing. Service was good and outdoor seating was great on a nice summer day.

MS
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Fine. Not great. Difficult to meet allergy accommodations. Nothing special.

TB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Good place, good location, good food, that gets crowded quickly.

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

Great spot in the loop with a lot to offer. Friendly service and the prices are what you’d expect in this area. Definitely will be coming back!

TS
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great place, great food & service, just very loud and tough to have a business conversation

AA
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to visit and enjoy lunch. Townhouse has a variety of dishes to choose from along with a tasty cocktail menu. Thank you Townhouse for the enjoyable experience.

OT
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice place the food was good along with great service I would go back

MA
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Would benefit from noise absorption upgrade.

F
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The service was a little slow when I went on my lunch hour. Overall, a nice venue for lunch with several food options. I tend to frequent this location at least once a month with a friend.

P
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Good for lunch during working hours, but too loud to have a conversation easily.

GB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, nice quantity. A little loud in the inside, but not terrible.

t
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was tasty and pricing ok.

MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Outside seating. Needed one more server!

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

My salad was truly straight out of a bag.

Townhouse Chicago
Responded on July 19, 2019

We are very sorry that you did not enjoy your experience. We can assure you that we only use fresh produce in our salads. We do hope you will join us again soon.

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KS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was great and the ambiance was awesome as were able to sit outside yet are waitress seem bothered and failed to inform
Us that each substitution would come with a charge!

F
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent! But the food...tried the urban greek salad with chicken. The chicken was extremely dry and the salad lacked flavor. Tab for 2 with tip (no cocktails, apps or desserts) was $55.

BL
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Really atypical experience. A lot of people must have called in sick or something. Lunch took 1.5+ hours. Water/ice tea was never refilled, food was not even lukewarm when it came. My server was running non-stop, but no one was ever around. This on a day when I really had to get going.

Townhouse Chicago
Responded on July 19, 2019

Bill, thank you for taking the time to provide us with your recent experience at our establishment. We sincerely apologize that your visit was not as you were expecting. Our staff works hard to ensure that all guests have a wonderful experience, but it seems that we missed our mark during your visit. Please know that we will be sharing this information with our Staff and Management team in hopes that this does not happen again. We hope to have the chance at impressing you in the future.

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OG
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Very average food. Drinks were just not made by someone who knew enough or cared enough to make a good cocktail. Very very loud.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pre wedding weekend family dinner. Food was excellent.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Too loud for a business conversation.

M
New Orleans
37 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My salmon was the best - the coconut curry really worked with the bok choy. Nick, our server, was lovely too and the cocktail names are hilarious like "Whatchu Talkin' Bout Willis.

PZ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Service is bare minimum and robotic, which falls short when there's a huge delay in the kitchen. We had to ask for bread...which then came as toast & butter, maybe made from day-old bread? My salmon add-on was not worth a dollar let alone $8. But still no apologies, no freebies or heck, just some old fashioned friendliness to ease the experience. Management needs work!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very well presented. Staff is friendly and the food is delicious. Very little noise and the crowd appears educated. Will be returning to try different dishes.

LV
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had chicken noodle soup as an appetizer. It was very good but had lots of shells in it. I had the crab cake blt and it was very tasty. He had the jambalaya and finished it but wasn’t as good as expected.

AF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 2

We ordered mussels that had a sauce that tasted like barbecue sauce. We sent them back and our server handled the issue very well. For entrees my friend ordered the Cuban and I the scallops. The Cuban was very light on meat and extremely salty with not even a hint of mustard. The scallop dish was very good, but it only had 3 scallops which seemed too small a portion for the $27 price. It was more like an appetizer.

The restaurant itself is attractive, open and airy, unfortunately the air frequently had a gas/fumes smell that ran through it. I'm not sure where it was coming from. Perhaps poor venting from the open kitchen, but it was rather unpleasant when it caught your nose. Especially while trying to eat.

Our server was the only truly 100% positive part of the dining experience.

Townhouse Chicago
Responded on June 4, 2019

Amy, thank you for this response! We are sorry that your dining experience was not satisfactory. We strive to give our guests the best dining experience possible and it seems we missed the mark regarding the food. We are glad to hear that your service was exceptional and we do hope that you will give us another shot in the future.

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SL
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

1st time I had been to the Townhouse Chicago. The food was EXCELLENT. My friend and I ordered the grilled salmon and crab cake sandwiches. Then we shared. Can't tell you which one was better, they were both great.

My only criticism would be they need some sound deadening materials. It became extremely loud as the restaurant filled up for lunch. I would expect some noise, but it was hard to hear a conversation. Then again, we so busy enjoying our meals that we weren't talking!

Will be back!

SH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Conveniently located to the Chicago lyric opera house. Great service and reasonably price.

w
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved Townhouse. The inside is super noisy, so eating outdoors was perfect. Brisket flatbread was fabulous. So was the salmon sandwich. It had a beet spread I the bottom and was topped with greens and an aioli (I think). Very different and delicious. Happy hour $6 glasses of wine made it a perfect pre-Lyric dinner.

F
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and atmosphere!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

My husband placed our food order and let our server know that we were on a schedule to leave for the theater in about an hour. During that time, we got our drinks and an appetizer, but our food had not arrived. So, 65 minutes later, we were forced to leave before we ever received our meal. It was very disappointing. - and I was very hungry throughout our theater show, because I had not eaten any of the appetizer - I was holding off until my entree. - Again, very disappointing.

Townhouse Chicago
Responded on June 4, 2019

Thank you for sharing this feedback with us! We are terribly sorry that your dining experience was not enjoyable. We strive to make every customer experience a great one and it seems that we dropped the ball here. We do hope you will come back so we can show you what we are really like.

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