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Owen & Engine

Gastropub and Pub$$$$
Northwest Side, Chicago
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  • Eater
    EaterMay 6, 2016
    This cult favorite British-inspired gastropub has a much better beer selection and the fish and chips are nearly as good as across the pond, and the burger is easily one of the best in Chicago. Read more
  • Darius B.
    Darius BrightAugust 21, 2013
    This was a very good restaurant, you might a nice wait. Best to reserve a table in advance. Staff is very knowledge on the menu. Tuesday is beer, bourbon, and burger for $15. Well worth it
  • Tana B.
    Tana BabcockFebruary 28, 2015
    The Shepherd's pie is AMAZING. Perfect portion, comes with a side salad and is a must when it's single digits in Chicago. If you like Bloody Mary's, try the Red Snapper. It's salty, savory, delicious
  • Ashley K.
    Ashley KelnhoferFebruary 17, 2016
    Everyone here is so knowledgeable about the food & drinks. It's very unique and hits the spot every time. My suggestion for appetizer = hot chocolate & cinnamon toast
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedMay 5, 2016
    "Owen & Engine doesn't like a lot of nonsense on their burger, and neither do I. Freshly ground Meyer Ranch beef, caramelized onions, and a housemade roll—awesome!"- Justin Large Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoDecember 6, 2011
    Try the Full English fry up from our 100 Best list: Hands down, this British pub is putting out one of the best brunches in the city, from the ornate coffee service to made-in-house seasonal scones.
  • Heather F.
    Heather FolsomApril 29, 2013
    Def one of my top 3 fav places for a burger.The pretzel app & cheddar mash are both amazing. For dessert, skip the pudding cake... the goat milk panna cotta was much better. Service was spectacular!
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 13
    Good day, governor. The second-floor of Bo Fowler's English gastropub has a great British feel that guests won't mind colonizing during every winter visit. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMarch 20, 2013
    When the behemoth Slagel Farm burger on an onion-studded potato bun hits your table, you’ll vow to bring half home. Then you’ll take one bite and realize no one has that kind of willpower. Read more
  • Patrick K.
    Patrick KimDecember 21, 2013
    wow. amazing beer selection (seasonal!). delectable scotch eggs (as an appetizer for two). phenomenal burgers (with fresh ground beef). and excellent "pot of tea" (served with scones).
  • Jonathan S.
    Jonathan SuarezOctober 21, 2012
    Always great craft beer selection! I'd go as far as saying they have the best pretzel in town, and they serve it with rare bits. Absolutely phenomenal! Plus their desserts are fantastic!
  • Sabina K.
    Sabina KajtezovicNovember 22, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    pickle snack (variety of veggies with hints of curry), tea and biscuits (home made marmalade), olives with white anchovies. did i mention true British ales? will be back!
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoAugust 3, 2014
    Housemade bangers and mash with onion gravy ($15) are made with Illinois-raised pork, while the rotating draft ales hail from both coasts, and of course, Great Britain. Read more
  • Kenny U.
    Kenny UgelAugust 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Tuesday special: amazing burger, draft beer, and a shot. You can't go wrong! The burger doesn't need any cheese or ketchup, the flavor stands on its own!
  • AskMen
    AskMenOctober 8, 2010
    On the menu is pub fare such as house-cut chips and meat pie with braised short ribs. The folks behind Fat Willy’s Rib Shack are running the show, so you know the grub will be a solid bet. Read more
  • Heather W.
    Great drink selection and the bubble and squeak is fantastic! Also, look at this heirloom tomato-fruit tartlette! #stacked
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WMay 13, 2012
    Best fish and chips in the city, the fresh fish is well worth the price. Wonderful cocktail menu as well, and I hear the full service breakfast is awesome.
  • Kelli S.
    Kelli ShivesDecember 7, 2013
    If not fish n chips, the Kale Salad with brussel sprouts and beets and buttermilk dressing is shockingly delicious. Wash it down with whatever is on cask!
  • Grace C.
    Grace ChoOctober 9, 2013
    The burger there is delicious! And btw... If you're sitting at the bar, they give out free whiskey shots at 10:22 pm (celebrating their broken clock tradition)!
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneAugust 1, 2014
    Beer is a huge part of the experience, no surprise there, and thankfully the servers can discuss the subject intelligently, or defer to O&E's in-house cicerone Read more
  • Matthew R.
    Matthew RonanOctober 19, 2013
    You have to try the burger at this place... Unreal. If it's your first time, just order it as is, medium, I promise you won't be disappointed.
  • Matt C.
    Matt CosentinoAugust 17, 2016
    Best burger in Chicago, simple but the flavor of the beef is incredible. The burger, beer, and bourbon deal on Tuesdays can't be beat.
  • Josue M.
    Josue MarreroSeptember 25, 2013
    Come for the Monday Burger Special. A burger with a shot and a beer for just 15 bucks. Ask for Shawn at the bar, he'll make you feel very welcomed. Oh, and ask what 10:22 means.
  • Colleen R.
    Colleen RohrerJuly 9, 2013
    Awesome food! Great service. Definitely get the Scotch Egg. Burgers are pretty rare, I would get it cooked one step more than you normally do.
  • Jen
    JenApril 16, 2016
    Amazing food, service and atmosphere! Try the scotch egg, bubble and squeak, or Cornish pasty.
  • Chirag P.
    Chirag PatelMay 13, 2013
    The best navratan Korma I've ever had. Light on the cream and nice touch of peanuts and tofu.
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonDecember 26, 2015
    The burger (with cheese and egg) is delicious...but the bread board is the surprise winner here
  • Elliott B.
    Elliott BeierSeptember 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Pan Roasted Miller Amish Chicken - With roasted white beets, heirloom carrots, brussels sprouts and an orange demi-glacé. Heck yeah!
  • Dominique C.
    Dominique CruzFebruary 14, 2014
    My New 'Favorite' Spot! Because they serve em', Pot of Perfectly Pickled Pickles+prime beef cheddar burger+S.S. Nut Brown Ale=PERFECTION!!!!!!!!!
  • Chico L.
    Chico LansiriSeptember 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Free shot of bourbon if you are sitting at the bar at 10:22. The clock is stuck at that time so a shot is poured. Don't know it will be fixed.
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    The roasted half chicken preparation is always great, the steaks are top notch and the burger is one of the best in town Read more
  • Chris S.
    Chris ShackletonNovember 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The best burger in Chicago. Great atmosphere and amazing servers and bartenders. My favorite gastropub this side of The Spotted Pig.
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineJanuary 16, 2012
    Must-try cocktail: Victorian Pimm's Cup. The best of three Pimm’s Cup variations at this bar, with pink peppercorn tincture and rose water.
  • Di
    DiSeptember 13, 2011
    Pickled veg in little mason jars and the cheese plate are the way to go here. We fight over the piece of honeycomb that comes with the cheese plate. Menu doesn't change often enough.
  • Alicia J.
    Alicia JayDecember 13, 2014
    The Tuesday night beer, burger and bourbon special for $15 is awesome. The jar of pickled stuff is great too.
  • Kenney M.
    Kenney MarlattOctober 10, 2014
    The burger is one of the best in the city. No cheese or bacon needed.
  • Tim O.
    Tim O'BryanFebruary 26, 2015
    One of the best gourmet burgers I've ever had in the city. Amazing combo of flavors, perfectly juicy.
  • Elliott B.
    Elliott BeierSeptember 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Sweet Potatoe Pie - With Barber Cheddar thyme crust, housemade lemon marshmallow, and buttermilk anglaise. Heck yeah!
  • Daria M.
    Daria MelnikovaApril 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazingly charismatic place :) They brought me a good tea in beautiful china cup. Even just for that reason, they deserve a good review!
  • Angeline C.
    Angeline ChenDecember 9, 2015
    Tuesday burger specials are a fantastic deal! Definitely get all the extra toppings to go w your burger
  • Elliott B.
    Elliott BeierJanuary 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Pot de Creme - Parsnip pot de creme, with blood orange sorbet pistachio financier, and fried chips.
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneAugust 1, 2014
    The charcuterie platter is one of O&E's absolute must-order dishes. Read more
  • Kenney M.
    Kenney MarlattAugust 17, 2014
    You can add cheese, bacon or a fried egg to the burger, but it's excellent just by itself.
  • Elliott B.
    Elliott BeierSeptember 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Bone Marrow with Escargot - Phenomenal! Dusted with garlic bread crumbs and fin herbs with a roasted lemon.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 12, 2013
    Though oddly located, everything else about this British-style pub is top notch.
  • Nick C.
    Nick CampionDecember 29, 2015
    Burger, brussel sprouts and egg app and toffee dessert were all WOW foods.
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneAugust 16, 2011
    "...what makes Owen & Engine worth a trip to its uncharming, edge-of-Logan-Square location is the craft that Burkhardt applies to everything..." --Phil Vettel, food critic, July 28, 2011 Read more
  • Chris L.
    Chris LAugust 15, 2012
    Tuesdays: burger, bourbon, and beer for $15. Best burger yet in Chicago. Don't use any ketchup.
  • eddie n.
    eddie niceMarch 26, 2016
    Fantastic place to have a gourmet burger and unique drinks
  • Joy S.
    Joy SeletskyJanuary 21, 2012
    You must try the fish and chips! The tuna melt is a winner too. And loved the saison dupont beer.
  • Heidi B.
    Heidi BeeDecember 22, 2011
    You can't go wrong here. Tea and scones, scotch egg, chowder, and just about everything else is fantastic
  • Michelle R.
    Michelle RApril 23, 2016
    Everything was so good!!! Scotch egg, bread board, squeak, and burger. Yummy!
  • Max M.
    Max MearsheimerNovember 24, 2012
    The hand pumped cask beers are unusual and tasty. Some local, some over seas. Do it.
  • Jared H.
    Jared HerbertAugust 8, 2014
    One of the best restaurant experiences I've ever had. Way to go Owen & Engine!
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneAugust 1, 2014
    Bangers and mash feature house-made sausages and mashed Yukon golds with a sturdy onion gravy. Read more
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoJune 30, 2013
    Grab a table upstairs after 10 pm for beer, grub, and conversation. True pub feel, no music, no TV.
  • Dawn M.
    Dawn McKenzieApril 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome beer list. Fish & Chips are best I've ever had. Flown in daily, lightly breaded & not greasy at all. Tasty.
  • Hillman P.
    Hillman PhilistiaAugust 7, 2014
    Sautéed onion burger, home made gyro, great fries, solid French press coffee
  • Davin L.
    Davin LohJanuary 30, 2015
    The burger here is so amazing. Quite possibly the best I've had in this city.
  • Stacy T.
    Stacy TereseAugust 3, 2013
    The short rib hot dog is amazing but gets taken off the summer menu Monday.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithNovember 10, 2012
    Grab a Goose Island Orange Cream soda. It's a Creamsicle in a glass bottle!
  • Michael D.
    Michael DiGilioFebruary 12, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Surprisingly awesome brunch. You can't go wrong with the biscuits and gravy.
  • Erik S.
    Erik SkurkaMarch 4, 2016
    Great burgers and decent beer selection! Get the Cheese plate app, it's Bomb.com
  • Arm C.
    Arm CandyJuly 3, 2011
    Great bartender upstairs and he makes killer drinks. A little pricey but definitely worth it...
  • Nick W.
    Nick WNovember 18, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is great, but definitely do the Scotch Egg and the cheese plate
  • Mark L.
    Mark LushMarch 12, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The fish and chips are fantastic. Give Eliot, the bartender, good tips. He is a wealth of knowledge.
  • Karin G.
    Karin GordonDecember 29, 2012
    Duck meatballs are amazing. The duck entree was phenomenal!
  • Andrew K.
    Andrew KungSeptember 11, 2013
    $15 for a burger, beer, and shot of bourbon on Tuesdays is a hard deal to beat.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 5, 2014
    Justin Large, chef of One Off Hospitality Group (Director of Culinary Operations), eats here on his nights off. He loves the House-ground Meyer Ranch beef burger. Read more
  • Zach S.
    Zach SteinerSeptember 4, 2016
    Great beer list. Try the house made bread board.
  • Mike L.
    Mike LewisMay 20, 2012
    1) pickles 2) homemade bread 3) bitter beer 4) everything else on the menu
  • Scot W.
    Scot WestwaterMarch 31, 2012
    Cask conditioned beer on tap and pimms drinks. What could be better. (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Silvia D.
    Silvia DizAugust 21, 2013
    Must try the tall glass Victorian Cocktail. Thumbs up!!
  • Joe S.
    Joe StainbrookDecember 11, 2012
    The scotch egg is awesome! Possibly the best I've ever had.
  • Phillip E.
    Phillip EllingerJanuary 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the burger with bacon on it. You will not be disappointed
  • Brittany N.
    Brittany NicoleMarch 13, 2015
    I loved everything about this place. Beer, food, atmosphere
  • Andrew V.
    Andrew VioletteApril 14, 2013
    Hot out-of-the-frier glazed donut holes filled with a date filling. No verb is needed.
  • Brian C.
    Brian ChorbaDecember 9, 2015
    Burgers, cask ale, beer, fritters, everything
  • Brad C.
    Brad ChmielewskiAugust 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best burgers in Chicago! Order it!!
  • sarah b.
    sarah brickNovember 18, 2010
    Cozy winter English pub. Fish shipped from new England daily. Great fireplace too
  • Gillie K.
    Gillie KindelJanuary 30, 2013
    Pot of hot chocolate with a side of cinnamon toast for $6. Love it!
  • Jen
    JenJune 30, 2013
    Don't ask for ranch dressing, according to the bartender "this is a different kind of place" and it isn't available. Based on the service I won't be returning and I suggest you don't attempt trying.
  • gene s.
    gene stovicekJanuary 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    excellent and wide selection of beers. try 'em all!!
  • Angeline C.
    Angeline ChenDecember 9, 2015
    The curried cauliflower appetizer was fantastic
  • Justin
    JustinApril 20, 2013
    Drink like your grandma with some old timey cocktails. Thanks, grandma!
  • Dominic K.
    Dominic KowalczykJanuary 30, 2011
    Burgers are amazing, pudding is awesome and the beer on tap is great!!!
  • Laura P.
    Laura PearceJanuary 26, 2015
    Get the bangers and mash. A classic English favorite taken to the next level.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HelgerJuly 7, 2013
    The bangers and mash are not authentic, but they are delicious.
  • Lillie F.
    Lillie FrancesAugust 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Outside deck (upstairs) is really charming!
  • Emily J.
    Emily JurlinaAugust 21, 2014
    One of the best Pimm's Cups in Chicago.
  • Alexis F.
    Alexis FinchNovember 8, 2011
    One bourbon, one burger, one beer? $15 Tuesdays!!! (say hi to Elliot...)
  • John S.
    John SimmonsDecember 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Staff here is so enthusiastic. Great spot for a nightcap.
  • Carlos
    CarlosNovember 26, 2013
    Best burger you never had.
  • Cristina S.
    Cristina StancuMarch 12, 2014
    Good beer selection. Chips are great for late night snacking.
  • Pam P.
    Pam P.November 26, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The beer and the food. It's all great.
  • Dan C.
    Dan CraigMarch 1, 2015
    So tasty. Try the whatever/everything.
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MichelleMay 26, 2013
    Might be the best burger in Chicago.
  • Justin M.
    Justin MaynardJanuary 6, 2013
    Order the food, it's fantastic!
  • Shinji K.
    Excellent burger, terrible stools
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DulinApril 2, 2011
    The Scones here with the pot of tea are excellent!
  • Whitney C.
    Whitney CountsDecember 11, 2013
    Burger, Bourbon, and Beer!
  • mark a.
    mark ahnMarch 10, 2013
    The ploughman's dinner is amazing.
  • Florence D.
    Florence DemarcoFebruary 25
    I asked for a French Martini, they couldn't make that then I ask for Cosmo they told me that they don't carry cranberry juice so vodka cran was out of the question. WTF, everyone was so uptight.
  • Jen P.
    Jen PiccioneFebruary 7, 2012
    The Red Dragon cocktail is perfect on a cold night. Love it!
  • Claire P.
    Claire PistekMarch 28, 2015
    The scotch egg was great.
  • Elliott B.
    Elliott BeierMay 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Soft Shell Crab - #beerpaired w @solemnoathbeer Whisper Kisses
  • nic u.
    nic unwinAugust 8
    Get the triple chocolate cookies and milk
  • Eduardo G.
    Eduardo GonzalezApril 25, 2015
    Possibly the best burger in Chicago.
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SchillingJanuary 14, 2011
    Try the goat cheese cheese cake! Om nom nom nom!
  • Rob D.
    Rob DuqueJanuary 30, 2011
    Burgers and draft beer selection are excellent
  • Dave S.
    Dave SullivanApril 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Order a Scazerac. From the bartender with the handlebar mustache.
  • Lee A.
    Lee AllenAugust 10, 2014
    Delicious food and great beer
  • Dan M.
    Dan MeyerMay 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    best burger in Chicago
  • George W.
    George WilksonMay 10, 2013
    They should make their items order-able from a smart phone by adding them to the app "appay biz". That way, I can order ahead using "appay"!!!!!!!!
  • Elle E.
    Elle EMay 12, 2013
    Pre-movie drink :)
  • Brad C.
    Brad ChmielewskiAugust 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try a beer from the beer engine.
  • Elliott B.
    Elliott BeierJune 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Joe S.
    Joe SteinkampDecember 25, 2014
    https://www.beermenus.com/places/2109-owen-engine
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer SarafianMarch 24, 2012
    Bubble & squeak is delicious
  • Roger F.
    Roger FJanuary 6, 2016
    Get your life with a cheese plate
  • Elliott B.
    Elliott BeierJanuary 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Beef Tartare
  • Taylor C.
    Taylor CowanSeptember 8, 2011
    Gently stroked the velvet in the bathrooms in as obscure a place I could muster-- becausI saw 16 people had already done so.
  • Michael T.
    Burger was awesome!!
  • Roger F.
    Roger FJanuary 6, 2016
    Super meats and cheeses
  • Stefanie
    StefanieOctober 12, 2014
    Just get the burger.
  • Sean D.
    Sean DalyAugust 15, 2014
    Beer and drinks
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HeathJuly 15, 2013
    No miles on Tuesdays and Saturdays
  • Pat
    PatJune 22, 2013
    Bubble and squeak!
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SaladinoAugust 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    PIMMMS CUP\\ GREAT SERVICE
  • Michael S.
    Michael S.January 3, 2016
    Beef Burger
  • Jackson H.
    Jackson HenggelerMarch 2, 2016
    Man, this burger
  • Steven D.
    Steven DiogoJune 1, 2012
    Get the Stilton!
  • _ M.
    _ MolloyJuly 16, 2011
    Worth. Every. Penny.
  • Jason M.
    Jason MikulaJuly 24, 2012
    Bangers & mash: get it.
  • Cesar V.
    Cesar ValerioOctober 25, 2010
    Rich on Sunday nights takes care of his customers good.
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel CieslikAugust 12, 2015
    Burger special
  • Eli S.
    Eli SpeigelMay 29, 2015
    Scotch eggs
  • Brad C.
    Brad ChmielewskiNovember 29, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the Bubble & Squeak
  • Emily E.
    Emily EricksonSeptember 14, 2013
    Slowest service ever. Waited 80 minutes for a burger that came out cold. Never again.
  • Molly C.
    Molly CunninghamJuly 7, 2013
    Not authentic. Still good,
  • Becca H.
    Becca HirschJanuary 16, 2013
    Cheesecake dessert!!!
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