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Nightwood Restaurant

(Now Closed)
New American Restaurant · East Pilsen
2119 S Halsted St (at 21st Pl), Chicago, IL 60608, United States
$ $ $ $
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:
  • What you need to know
    Chicago magazine
    "... wood-grilled sardines. Chef Jason Vincent also makes an honest cheeseburger and an..."(3 Tips)
    Zeke F.
    "Try the Bacon Butterscotch Donut"(3 Tips)
    Time Out Chicago
    "... the menu hits all the right notes (think light and simple blueberry cake), as..."(3 Tips)
    Theresa G.
    "your BK/hipster brunch spot - specialty: maple bacon donuts, do it!"(4 Tips)
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  • michelle j.

    Swanky place! Good for dates! Interesting drinks!

    michelle jimenez · August 1
  • Jackie T.

    Donuts brunch and drinks

    Jackie Traynere · June 21
  • Claire P.

    Great food in a trendy atmosphere

    Claire Pistek · May 28
  • michelle j.

    Atmosphere was inviting. Drinks were on point.

    michelle jimenez · March 8
  • Edyta

    Best brunch spot in the entire Chitown

    Edyta · February 10
  • It's A Major Plus

    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.

    It's A Major Plus · February 1
  • Epicurious

    Chef Jason Vincent's elegantly rustic menu, tweaked daily, is based on whatever the Heartland farms harvest that week. Read more

    Epicurious · January 13
  • Andrew W.

    Great restaurant with a seasonally changing menu.

    Andrew White · December 21, 2014
  • Grace A.

    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.

    Grace Aldridge · December 12, 2014
  • Chicagoist

    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

    Chicagoist · December 1, 2014
  • Christine H.

    Love the outdoor patio. Covered with a little fire place for the winter.

    Christine Hong · November 18, 2014
  • Teresa

    Delicious brunch! The flavors are light and tasty, rather than overly starchy and salty at many other places!

    Teresa · November 11, 2014
  • Chris V.

    The Butterscotch Bacon and chocolate cremeux donuts are amazing! They're on the starters menu for a reason, definitely start there!

    Chris Vicente · October 12, 2014
  • David S.

    Entrées can be hit or miss, but the burger is a safe bet.

    David Smith · September 20, 2014
  • Rick E F.

    Everything. They make their own ketchup. Good selection of brews.

    Rick E Fox · September 6, 2014
  • Stephanie H.

    Great service, intimate atmosphere. Don't say there isn't fine dining on the South Side.

    Stephanie Hardiman Simon · September 3, 2014
  • Ellen S.

    Great at any time of day-lots of great options for brunch or dinner and great cocktail menu

    Ellen Stolar · September 1, 2014
  • Chefs Feed

    Marianne Sundquist, chef of Mess Hall & Co., eats here on her nights off. She loves the The Nightwood cheeseburger. Read more

    Chefs Feed · August 22, 2014
  • Kirstjen L.

    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!

    Kirstjen Lorenz · August 16, 2014
  • Benjamen H.

    I don't usually mention toast - but the toast! Have been here several times and always enjoyed my meal.

    Benjamen Hicks · August 9, 2014
  • Bos A.

    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

    Bos Alvertos · August 8, 2014
  • Anthony H.

    Great cocktails and a daily menu that keeps things fresh.

    Anthony Handley · August 6, 2014
  • AFAR Media

    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

    AFAR Media · August 4, 2014
  • Chicago Tribune

    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

    Chicago Tribune · August 1, 2014
  • Chicago Tribune

    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

    Chicago Tribune · August 1, 2014
  • Chicagoist

    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

    Chicagoist · August 1, 2014
  • Matt N.

    This might be my favorite restaurant in Chicago. Wow.

    Matt N · June 26, 2014
  • Blake J. G.

    Menu has no shortage of adjectives.

    Blake J. Graham · June 11, 2014
  • Jon C.

    The duck confit plate offers a great combo of flavors. Green apple-celery sorbet is also worth trying!

    Jon Catlin · June 11, 2014
  • ISC C.

    Crispy pig ears! I can snack on those all day.

    ISC Chicago · February 2, 2014
  • Matthew S.

    The cream that comes with the coffee is warm and frothed. A very nice touch.

    Matthew Supert · December 28, 2013
  • Matthew S.

    Very nice restaurant. Excellent drinks and a very nice menu. Small number of tables though.

    Matthew Supert · December 28, 2013
  • Steven M.

    Try the Bacon Butterscotch And Mexican Chocolate Donuts - #amazeballs

    Steven Minor · December 15, 2013
  • Ashley H.

    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.

    Ashley Harris · November 6, 2013
  • Steven M.

    Everything is good

    Steven Minor · November 5, 2013
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    brian sidney · October 1, 2013
  • Lei

    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.

    Lei · August 24, 2013
  • Emery M.

    Fantastic brunch spot! Couldn't resist the burger after seeing one go past our table. Great coffee as well!

    Emery Mathieson · August 12, 2013
  • Aaron C.

    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.

    Aaron Cruz · July 24, 2013
  • Deanna M.

    The goat quesadilla is so flavorful. Got it with the egg scrambled and on the side though.

    Deanna Mingo · May 5, 2013
  • Andrew V.

    Get the butterscotch bacon donut. Not overly sweet, but insanely decadent.

    Andrew Violette · May 5, 2013
  • Zeke F.

    Try the Bacon Butterscotch Donut

    Zeke Franco · May 5, 2013
  • Andrew V.

    Butterscotch bacon donut

    Andrew Violette · May 5, 2013
  • Rafael M.

    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 ;)

    Rafael Medina · May 2, 2013
  • Samantha T.

    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.

    Samantha Tucker · May 1, 2013
  • Mikaela M.

    Reserve & enjoy fresh food & exquisite flavors. Black Star cocktail & duck mmm

    Mikaela Miner · April 28, 2013
  • Sunny H.

    Make reservations in adv! This place gets packed

    Sunny Hirpara · April 15, 2013
  • Nick D.

    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...

    Nick DiCosola · April 12, 2013
  • Amanda C.

    The albacore tuna is served on an EXCELLENT salad. And the tomato spread that comes with the bread is heavenly!

    Amanda Cronkhite · April 6, 2013
  • Food & Wine

    When so many chefs are using avant-garde techniques, chef Jason Vincent making simple, delicious food with superb skills, not technology. Read more

    Food & Wine · April 3, 2013

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