Townhouse Chicago

4.6
697 Reviews
$30 and under
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 2:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 4:00PM

What 697 people are saying
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4.3
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DougA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were seated right away and they had no problem with us deciding to change tables and eat in the outdoor dining area. The food was excellent.

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Nelson
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat outside in a two seater. Good clean area, good service, and good menu options, and food was tasty.

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vipMargaretM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a gem! Great food and drinks with outdoor seating on wacker in the loop! Really great.

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PatrickP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

food and service was excellent. Entrance door work over lunch seemed odd

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vipRexJ
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great with outdoor seating and pleasant staff. Would definitely go there again.

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vipJamesH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went for dinner and it’s clear that this predominantly a business lunch restaurant. They provided the best service possible with small staff. Pleasant outdoor seating.

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CatherineO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Food was meh. Chicken in chicken sandwich was hard. None of the part of 3 was happy with the meal. Pre-COVID this was a good restaurant IMO; what happened. Service friendly.

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LorinA
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sat outside on a nice weekday evening, service was prompt and attentive, drinks and food were very good, everyone enjoyed the choice. If you like Manhattan's suggest trying their Dibs on the Barrel. Only negative was the early closing at 7 pm, we arrived late to our reservation, closer to the closing time, and to their credit we weren't rushed out, but the employees were closing down around us as we were finishing. Even just an hour later closing time would help, but I'm guessing it is driven by the current Covid environment. I would definitely recommend, and return, if looking for good food and drinks in this area of downtown, just suggest getting there before 6.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great place, there chicken wrap was amazing and the waitress was so nice

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LRob
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Efficient, personable staff, from entry to completion. Food (salads) was good, ingredients fresh, water/tea frequently refilled. Overall solid experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was incredible, and our waitress was the nicest woman ever.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Almost everything about this place is exactly what I was looking for! On the downside, it took a very long time to get water and for our waiter to come over and greet us despite it not being that busy.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great to be back having lunch with clients. Food was very good and atmosphere was nice.

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rufr
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service, right off the bat - water, drink order, and food came quickly (important for a business lunch). Townhouse Burger cooked to perfection (med-rare) paired with sweet potato fries and additional side of the brussels sprouts. Location ideal for South Wacker drive office buildings. In and out in about 60min flat! Price points are reasonable and portions are generous.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and gelato were so good and the servers were so nice! Definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get a view of tall buildings, good food, low price, wasn’t busy, fast service, will be back.

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vipPeterD
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had very well made cocktails. The carnitas tacos and crab cake BLT were both very good and an excellent value.

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vipVWit
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great lunch spot. Nice outdoor seating. And food was very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was pretty good and at a pretty fair price! Great for a very quick meal with friends and family!

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vipDfoodie
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed our lunch. Nice ambiance. Food was good. Service was outstanding.

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vipChi71
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

I have eaten at Townhouse for lunch many times. It generally can be a little on the loud side but for some reason on this occasion it was almost impossible to have a conversation over lunch due to how noisy it was. My waiter also disappeared for long stretches of time and I had to wait 10 minutes to spot him to get my check. That's not really acceptable for a place that does downtown business lunches. My food, however, was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

WONDERFUL SPOT FOR LUNCH ... but far to noisy to carry on a conversation.
Convenient to opera, so will likely be back ... but won't plan to talk much! (lol)

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vipShawnScott
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great spot for lunch and happy hour!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Unbearably loud. Couldn’t wait to leave.

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vipPoMayo
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Good food! Awesome service. However the noise is very loud in the restaurant.

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SandyM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was exactly what we needed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

I asked if the tacos were tiny or regular size and she said regular size. I was disappointed to find out they were tiny. I could barely fit the toppings in each one. It was basically $4 per taco, each one gone in 3 bites. Very overpriced.

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BobP
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We came here before the opera. It was good for a burger or sandwich before the performance. Food came quick and we made the show on time. It is a very lively atmosphere and isn't great for an intimate setting.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

We ate here before the opera and I have to say, we were quite unimpressed. The food was just ok. Flavorless and overpriced for the quality. The acoustics in the restaurant are not good if you want to have a conversation with the people at your table. The design of the place is very pretty though. The service was fantastic. Our waiter was very polite and our food came quickly. My cocktail was delicious.

Townhouse Chicago
Responded on March 2, 2020

While we are happy to hear that you enjoyed the ambiance and your waiter, we are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the food. We will be sure to pass these comments along to our staff to help address any issues that may be present. We thank you for leaving this review and we will see you again soon!

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TimothyH
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall2food5service5ambience1

It would have been very good but for the fact that--despite having reserved a table over a week before--we were sat at a table literally one foot from the front door on a cold February day. We asked to be moved but weren't accommodated, so freezing during my meal despite keeping my winter coat on throughout spoiled the experience.

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vipKarenR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Disappointing. When you enter you are immediately hit with the noise of patrons talking. I mean this place is loud. My salad (Greek) was mediocre at best and my guests sandwich was delivered with moldy bread. Management was apologetic and quickly replaced the sandwich. When the check came she was offered a coupon for a free drink or appetizer. Strongly doubt she will go back to use it.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and vibe. Best place to eat in Chicago

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vipWillT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We always enjoy Townhouse and often go before the opera. This time they were slammed. But between the host and the waiter, they did an impressive job of getting out on time.

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SamR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

The restaurant was freezing, it took the server 15 minutes to come to our table once we were seated. The food was ok, but felt like it was overpriced. Will not be coming back

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The windows in this place are so cool but it makes the restaurant freezing cold in the winter. We were seated right next to the window and I was shivering the whole time. The server was nice and the food was good though! I would recommend going in the summer for an intimate, somewhat formal occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Restaurant was freezing. We wore our coats the entire dinner. Food was also cold.

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EnglewoodRanger007
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Positives:
Service - From the host to the wait staff, they were warm and receptive. Even when the wait staff were busy, they took time to take photos of my date and me. (It was Valentine's Day.)
Ambiance - a very modern look that exhilarates energy.
Food - is above average for bar food.

Not so positive:
Value - A bit pricey. We had two drinks, split a meal and a salad and the bill was $90 with tip.
Noise Level - The ambiance exhilarates energy but but the acoustics are terrible.
Overall - It would have been 5 stars if the noise level can be dampened with ceiling panels to absorb the echo from conversations.

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PatrickL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Great service of mediocre food in a loud cold room.

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vipLovetoeat
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience1

I would not recommend anyone eat there in winter. It was freezing! We are in our winter coats.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Food was good but it was SO loud we had to shout to talk. Sad because it is a great location for dinner before the opera now that Lloyd’s has closed. Would definitely go again if it wasn’t so loud.

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Townhouse Chicago is rated 4.6 stars by 697 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.