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Nightwood Restaurant

(Now Closed)
New American Restaurant$$$$
East Pilsen, Chicago
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  • Bos A.
    Bos AlvertosAugust 8, 2014
    Everything is good here. Haven't had a bad experience. Their brunch is my favorite in the city. Try the bacon butterscotch donut. The menu is very dynamic. Weekend brunch might leave you waiting a bit
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    Brunch is done to the tens at Nightwood. Fresh hot donuts to start things off, followed up with a unique play on eggs, a steaming carafe of pour over coffee, and of course drinks and light wines. Read more
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneAugust 1, 2014
    Bagel Sandwich: Their shiny bagels have a thin smear of cream cheese mixed with Rushing Waters smoked trout. That gets topped with an over-easy egg, thick bacon slices and a dollop of slaw. Read more
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    Bacon butterscotch is a popular constant offering but recent options have included vanilla custard with a cider glaze and graham cracker crumble, milk chocolate pudding with a raspberry glaze. Read more
  • Lei
    LeiAugust 24, 2013
    Not gonna lie...We were skeptical of fine dining in Pilsen, but they proved us wrong. Great service and decor in addition to a delicious seasonal menu & the cocktails rivaled some of my favorite bars.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 12, 2011
    Jason Hammel and Jason Vincent give us another reason to travel to Pilsen: their impeccably prepared rustic seasonal fare and a cool, modern Kevin Heisner-designed room to eat in. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron CruzJuly 24, 2013
    A foodie must stop on the west side in the Pilsen neighborhood. An organic restaurant. Anything with chicken and/or pasta is recommended. Menu is hand-written, changes daily. Freshest of ingredients.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMay 29, 2012
    Longtime Lula chef de cuisine Jason Vincent will execute simple, seasonal fare like chicken-liver pâté, wood-grilled trout with lentils and ham hock, spit-roasted chicken and hand-rolled pastas. -LB Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJune 4, 2012
    Longtime Lula chef de cuisine Jason Vincent puts out beautiful seasonal fare like chicken-liver pâté, wood-grilled trout with lentils and ham hock, spit-roasted chicken and hand-rolled pastas.
  • It's A Major Plus
    It's A Major PlusFebruary 1, 2015
    Sitting in the back and watching the kitchen is quite enjoyable. Check out their brunch. House made pastas. Really can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Exceptional quality and service.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoDecember 6, 2011
    Try the bagel sandwich from our 100 Best list: We’ve latched on to one of the few always-present brunch items on this ever-changing menu, this bagel with lush trout cream cheese and a fried egg.
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneAugust 1, 2014
    The bacon butterscotch doughnut is large enough to share and the perfect way to ease into breakfast after a long night out. You need a fork and knife to handle this messy mound of deliciousness. Read more
  • Chris V.
    Chris VicenteOctober 12, 2014
    The Butterscotch Bacon and chocolate cremeux donuts are amazing! They're on the starters menu for a reason, definitely start there!
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistDecember 1, 2014
    The ever-changing brunch menu has been a favorite of mine because of its commitment to seasonal ingredients and the dishes that serve as its foundation. Nightwood's burger is a mainstay though. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJanuary 24, 2012
    Fans of smoked fish cannot hope for more in life than the bagel sandwich, in which Rushing Waters smoked trout cream cheese is smeared on a bagel and topped with bacon and an over-easy egg. Read more
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineMay 7, 2012
    Irresistible starters include buttermilk-fried sweetbreads, handmade pastas, and wood-grilled sardines. Chef Jason Vincent also makes an honest cheeseburger and an amazing roast squab. Read more
  • Ashley H.
    Ashley HarrisNovember 6, 2013
    Pork loin exceeded all expectations. Walleye was light and incredible. Order drinks off of the cocktail menu, they will not disappoint. Braised rabbit app was amazing.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMarch 20, 2013
    The Nightwood cheeseburger is a tall, two-patty affair layered with pickles, “special sauce," cheddar sauce and an onion ring. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsJanuary 10, 2012
    The menu's sweet side hits all the right notes, and Sunday brunch--featuring fried-chicken-and-waffles and bacon-butterscotch doughnuts--gave it the cultish status accorded its Logan Square sibling. Read more
  • Teresa
    TeresaNovember 11, 2014
    Delicious brunch! The flavors are light and tasty, rather than overly starchy and salty at many other places!
  • Kirstjen L.
    Kirstjen LorenzAugust 16, 2014
    Another really nice dinner here with friends from out of state. The waiter was excellent, and our meal was very well-paced. I love not feeling rushed!
  • Grace A.
    Grace AldridgeDecember 12, 2014
    The weird-sounding trout cream cheese bagel sandwich is so, so delicious at brunch. As a New Yorker I know my bagels, and this one is good.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousJanuary 13, 2015
    Chef Jason Vincent's elegantly rustic menu, tweaked daily, is based on whatever the Heartland farms harvest that week. Read more
  • Mikaela M.
    Mikaela MinerApril 28, 2013
    Reserve & enjoy fresh food & exquisite flavors. Black Star cocktail & duck mmm
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsJanuary 11, 2012
    For a chicer option, try Nightwood before the dinner rush. The friendly, accommodating staff has always treated families with respect, no matter how fussy the seating. Read more
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 3, 2013
    When so many chefs are using avant-garde techniques, chef Jason Vincent making simple, delicious food with superb skills, not technology. Read more
  • Emery M.
    Emery MathiesonAugust 12, 2013
    Fantastic brunch spot! Couldn't resist the burger after seeing one go past our table. Great coffee as well!
  • s.
    s.January 2, 2011
    Owned by the same people who operate Lula in Logan Sq. Brunch is so awesome. Share a doughnut with a friend. Brunch reservations at A++ service!!
  • Amanda C.
    Amanda CronkhiteApril 6, 2013
    The albacore tuna is served on an EXCELLENT salad. And the tomato spread that comes with the bread is heavenly!
  • Ellen S.
    Ellen StolarSeptember 1, 2014
    Great at any time of day-lots of great options for brunch or dinner and great cocktail menu
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SupertDecember 28, 2013
    Very nice restaurant. Excellent drinks and a very nice menu. Small number of tables though.
  • Jon C.
    Jon CatlinJune 11, 2014
    The duck confit plate offers a great combo of flavors. Green apple-celery sorbet is also worth trying!
  • Christopher M.
    Christopher M.November 20, 2010
    If you don't mind waiting 35 minutes from your set reservation, the experience is great. I enjoyed the atmosphere and the dishes that were ordered were delicious.
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie SimonSeptember 3, 2014
    Great service, intimate atmosphere. Don't say there isn't fine dining on the South Side.
  • Benjamen H.
    Benjamen HicksAugust 9, 2014
    I don't usually mention toast - but the toast! Have been here several times and always enjoyed my meal.
  • Rick T.
    Rick TorresMarch 7, 2011
    Had the Waffles and Chicken Wings which were good, but sampled the Dungeness Crab Quiche which was light, fresh and very tasty.
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SupertDecember 28, 2013
    The cream that comes with the coffee is warm and frothed. A very nice touch.
  • Renne H.
    Renne HolmquistOctober 10, 2010
    Great food, really good! Don't order the pastas ( though tasty) if you are hungry, it is really an appetizer portion. Great fries!
  • Deanna M.
    Deanna MingoMay 5, 2013
    The goat quesadilla is so flavorful. Got it with the egg scrambled and on the side though.
  • Tom P.
    Tom PowersFebruary 4, 2011
    Wonderful neighborhood restaurant, sit in the back by the line to hang with the kitchen crew. Brunch is also tremendous.
  • Christine H.
    Christine HongNovember 18, 2014
    Love the outdoor patio. Covered with a little fire place for the winter.
  • Andrew V.
    Andrew VioletteMay 5, 2013
    Get the butterscotch bacon donut. Not overly sweet, but insanely decadent.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoNovember 2, 2011
    The sweet side of the menu hits all the right notes (think light and simple blueberry cake), as do the impressive cocktail and wine programs. Read more
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveOctober 18, 2010
    The sheer simplicity of Nightwood’s food almost seems to be at odds with the fanfare surrounding it. Perfectly cooked trout arrives with nothing more than a few sweet beets.
  • Bradley P.
    Bradley PeacockFebruary 16, 2010
    Order the Nightwood Old fashioned...then follow it up with a bottle of Thackery Pleiades. It is a phenomenal bottle of wine from a slightly crazy, inspired artisan winemaker. Read more
  • Kirstjen L.
    Kirstjen LorenzAugust 14, 2011
    It can be hard to get a taxi here. But worth the trouble. Try the veal tartare.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Sit at the kitchen counter in the back and watch the talent while you eat. - Inspector
  • Rafael M.
    Rafael MedinaMay 2, 2013
    Took awhile for our food but it was 1,000% worth the wait!!!!!! Very Bueno!! "Highly recommended" no I was talking about me!! I'm hot!! Call me ;)
  • Anthony H.
    Anthony HandleyAugust 6, 2014
    Great cocktails and a daily menu that keeps things fresh.
  • Theresa G.
    Theresa GanchorreJune 8, 2012
    your BK/hipster brunch spot - specialty: maple bacon donuts, do it!
  • Rick E F.
    Rick E FoxSeptember 6, 2014
    Everything. They make their own ketchup. Good selection of brews.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoOctober 19, 2011
    The sweet side of the menu hits all the right notes (think light and simple blueberry cake), as do the impressive cocktail and wine programs.
  • Steven M.
    Steven MinorDecember 15, 2013
    Try the Bacon Butterscotch And Mexican Chocolate Donuts - #amazeballs
  • Mia Q.
    Mia QFebruary 16, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    try their signature/special drinks, whatever they are. always intriguing and delightful. they make some of their own extracts which is a true treat.
  • Spencer S.
    Spencer SAugust 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Sign up for email list to see the Sunday brunch menu on Friday
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WhiteDecember 21, 2014
    Great restaurant with a seasonally changing menu.
  • Janet B.
    Janet Barker-EvansMarch 13, 2010
    Lovely brunch with friends, absolutely try the chocolate and bacon donuts. I had the chicken & waffles and it was fabulous.
  • Olivia
    OliviaFebruary 10, 2015
    Best brunch spot in the entire Chitown
  • Dan T.
    Dan T.October 13, 2012
    The Brussels sprouts cooked in bacon fat are awesome.
  • michelle j.
    michelle jimenezAugust 1, 2015
    Swanky place! Good for dates! Interesting drinks!
  • Suzanne K.
    Suzanne KoOctober 13, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best brunch places in town. Also one of the best farm-to-table restaurants.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoNovember 2, 2011
    The Sunday brunch at Nightwood—featuring fried-chicken-and-waffles and ricotta griddlecakes—is well on its way to cult status. Read more
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableJune 22, 2012
    Go now for caramelized carrots with green-garlic aioli and wood-grilled Wisconsin trout with ramps. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoOctober 19, 2011
    The Sunday brunch at Nightwood—featuring fried-chicken-and-waffles and ricotta griddlecakes—is well on its way to cult status.
  • Nick D.
    Nick DiCosolaApril 12, 2013
    Lamb chop was tough and I had to work to find the actual meat. The spaghetti was so small with tiny veal meatballs that I actually thought it was an appetizer. Way over rated...
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoFebruary 2, 2014
    Crispy pig ears! I can snack on those all day.
  • michelle j.
    michelle jimenezMarch 8, 2015
    Atmosphere was inviting. Drinks were on point.
  • Alison
    AlisonApril 25, 2010
    Brunch is amazing here! Loved the potatoes gratin, eggs Benedict and the blueberry Bellini
  • Mark L.
    Mark LindzyNovember 13, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my favorite burgers in Chicago, even with house-made pickles!
  • Matt N.
    Matt NJune 26, 2014
    This might be my favorite restaurant in Chicago. Wow.
  • Claire P.
    Claire PistekMay 28, 2015
    Great food in a trendy atmosphere
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Marianne Sundquist, chef of Mess Hall & Co., eats here on her nights off. She loves the The Nightwood cheeseburger. Read more
  • Jess T.
    Jess TschirkiMay 28, 2010
    Go to Nightwood. While you wait, order Enoch's maple bacon doughnut from the bar. Laugh at the hipsters. Satiate your need for Lycopene with Bloody. Read more
  • Sunny H.
    Sunny HirparaApril 15, 2013
    Make reservations in adv! This place gets packed
  • Emilia J.
    Emilia JDecember 8, 2011
    Sit at the kitchen bar in the back!
  • Andrew V.
    Andrew VioletteMay 5, 2013
    Butterscotch bacon donut
  • Ken Q.
    Ken QuandtMarch 21, 2010
    We heard that sometimes they serve s'mores donuts some weeks. Try the bacon maple.
  • Zeke F.
    Zeke FrancoMay 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Bacon Butterscotch Donut
  • Bruno P.
    Bruno PieroniJune 23, 2012
    Try the Wood Grilled Cheeseburger
  • Elisa V.
    Elisa VSeptember 6, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    dinner or brunch -- you cant' go wrong...
  • Jackie T.
    Jackie TraynereJune 21, 2015
    Donuts brunch and drinks
  • David S.
    David SmithSeptember 20, 2014
    Entrées can be hit or miss, but the burger is a safe bet.
  • James T. G.
    James T. GreenJune 14, 2012
    Try the Spaghetti alla Chittara
  • Genevieve G.
    Genevieve GonniganMarch 14, 2010
    There's Batcave seating downstairs....dimly lit and gr8 for the "morning after"
  • brian s.
    brian sidneyOctober 1, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
  • Steven M.
    Steven MinorNovember 5, 2013
    Everything is good
  • Di L.
    Di LucieJanuary 15, 2012
    Bacon butterscotch donuts.... mmmmmm
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingDecember 3, 2010
    Try the Lemon Pudding Cake
  • Rei W.
    Rei WangAugust 5, 2012
    Lucky rabbits foot
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingDecember 31, 2010
    Try the Smoked Trout BLT
  • Thibaut T.
    Thibaut ThomasApril 24, 2010
    Ask for a Manhattan, it rocks ! See Joe or Annemarie.
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingDecember 31, 2010
    Try the French toast doughnut
  • Blake J. G.
    Blake J. GrahamJune 11, 2014
    Menu has no shortage of adjectives.
  • Samantha T.
    Samantha TuckerMay 1, 2013
    Don't bother coming here from inside the city because they will not help you get a ride back into the city. Poor, poor customer service on that front.
  • mark r.
    mark rothDecember 3, 2009
    Sit at the back bar @ kitchen, great experience.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HaughFebruary 22, 2010
    Enjoy the Sazerac - totally rye
  • Jorge C.
    Jorge ChavezApril 3, 2015
    Restaurante revival
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