Hubbard Inn

4.2
836 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary European
Top tags:
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Brunch
  • Fun
European-inspired dishes, quintessential mid-century cocktails and eccentric interiors have made this continental tavern one of River North's favorite spots.

What 836 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

It was my wife’s birthday day, it started out pretty crappy because our food was cold and there was only 1 other table in the restaurant. But they took care of us and our food after we notified the manager. Place was clean and staff were very nice. Would definitely go back.

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KS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food & service, I will definitely be back.

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JJ
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and service but very noisy. Great location and good happy hour.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

The waitress was not friendly at all and did not really attend to us. She was the person who brought out our meals. The food was great. The bar area was loud and it was not very busy. We were seated next to a very large group that was probably celebrating the holidays and there were other booths open further away from the noise. I would not recommend eating here. Probably drinks but no food service.

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t
Milwaukee
53 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

This was probably the worst meal we have ever had in Chicago. One other time we had a meal just as bad, but needless to say that restaurant is no longer there. My duck was good, but nothing exciting.
My husband ordered the Wild Boar there was about 3 small pieces of meat in it , and all the rest was noodles that were over cooked with added no flavor it was about as bland as chalk. The squash soup was bland, did not ever think squash soup would have no flavor. It also came out with our dinner, which it should of came out before that.
The waitress did comp the soup, she said she couldn't find a manager about the Wild Boar. Told the hostess about how disappointed we were, she really didn't care.
The music was so loud, and there was no reason for it. We could hardly hear each other and we were sitting across from each other.
I was considering changing our reservation to someplace else early in the day. Next time I go how my gut feels. Wish I would have.
Their menu on OPEN TABLE, was different then what they had.
It was just bad all the way around. Sure won't go back here again.

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DS
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Hubbard Inn is world class fine dining with excellent service and a vibrant bar scene.

My girlfriend and I celebrated my birthday there a couple of nights ago.

Our server Daniella and the rest of the team were wonderfully attentive without being overbearing. They were there whenever you would wish they would be and not when you would not.

But Chef Jason Hedin's culinary creations were the real star. My favorites are all in the category of best dishes I've ever had (anytime, anyplace):

-- The Ahi Tuna Tartare ("avocado, English ponzu, black rice cracker") (I liked this dish some much that I had two orders of it!);

-- The Chimichurri Cured King Ora Salmon ("smoke salmon roe, black lime, radish");

-- The Sustainable King Ora Salmon ("artichoke, salmon caviar, brown butter sauce"); and

-- A very large slice of a marble cake that is the Spanish version of baba au rhum with a fluffy cream. I felt like I was drinking port while eating marble cake.

Dinner was absolutely excellent.

This was our second visit -- and we're already looking forward to our third!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Poor service. Had to open the bottle of wine myself because the waitress didn’t know how to.. also took a while to get served. Probably won’t be back unfortunately.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

Horrible service. Poorly timed delivery of food.

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GK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

Tried to order various bars and cocktails off the menu, they did not have four of the beers and did not have the main spirit for one of their featured cocktails. Not good!

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B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Although they could not find my open table reservation, they did seat us once I showed them my confirmation.
The atmosphere is very nice. The service although friendly was slow. Lobster bisque was great. The salmon was good but artichokes were over cooked. It took a long time for the dinner to come out. Overall it was an okay dinner .

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Despite reservations we had to wait 15 minutes for our table and then rushed out because of an event later. Probably won’t come back. Also the flatbread tasted like a frozen Jacks pizza. Luckily I like a frozen pizza. But next time I’ll just buy it at the store. Server was great.

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NH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Our waitress just couldn’t seem to get the order right for one person at our table. First the wine she ordered was old and musty smelling. Then her side order of Brussel sprouts never came. Our waitress wanted to argue about cancelling the sprouts and she left the old wine on our bill.

However, it was a Friday night with a lot of holiday parties. So they were very busy. The rest of our party had great food; especially the lobster roll. Normally this is one of our favorite restaurants. I think they were just having a bad night.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

The drinks and brussel sprouts were excellent, but the risotto left something to be desired. Very cool atmosphere.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Initially we were supposed to attend their Harry Potter themed Brunch only to find out 90min before our reservation that they no longer had the decorations set up. It was a total disappointment. However after speaking with the manager who was genuinely apologetic, we were able to make a bad situation good! Their service was impeccable. The food quality was 2nd to none and the ambiance was amazing! Based off of how well they turned a negative into a positive, we will DEFINITELY return in the near future! Thanks again!

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TC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

We recently purchased tickets to the last weekend of the Butterbeer Brunch and I have to say, we were extremely disappointed. We had heard great things about the experience and had planned to take family from out of town to the event. When we arrived, all of the Harry Potter decor had been replaced with Christmas. The waiter informed us that we were unable to get the bottomless butterbeer that was included with our tickets, it was limited to one per person. I understand that there can be limited supply on certain items, but we did not get to experience anything we paid for. We paid to experience the Harry Potter event and this was no different than any other brunch in Chicago. Maybe it's our own fault for waiting until the last weekend, but as a company, when you set an end date for something that requires pre-purchased tickets, you do not remove the event before that date!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambience. Our bartender Dennis made us feel welcome. Food was very good.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 1

Great food, just more ‘bar-ish’ and party centric than we were expecting. We went on a Wednesday night and it was loud, early.

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Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Interesting ambiance and lively (surprisingly Harry Potter themed) offering decent cocktails. The food not worth the price of entry, though. Dishes not cooked to order appropriately and rather charred (eg medium rare bison burger coming Well done, chicken burned, mushroom Flatbread burned). Not sure if this was a one-off experience but not curious to find out.

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LG
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Server completely forgot about me and left me siting for 20 minutes while taking care of every table around me.

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D
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Ate here on a 2nd date -- not great atmosphere for that especially if they sit you you anywhere the bar.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

My boyfriend and I came here to experience the Harry Potter set up. We purchased tickets for the Butterbeer Brunch, and according to the ticket you got “one entree and bottomless mimosas or Butterbeer”. That was the exact phrasing on the ticket. When we got there the server informed us that it is ONE Butterbeer or bottomless mimosas. Had I known this I would not have to spent the extra money for the Butterbeer brunch tickets, I would’ve opted for the regular brunch. The server also made fun of me for liking Harry Potter and laughed when I made a compliment about the Butterbeer and decor. He said “the Butterbeer is gross and I’m not into this Harry Potter stuff”. The ambiance and the food was amazing but unfortunately the service was uncomfortable and the tickets I purchased were extremely misleading. I have attached a screenshot of the event details stating “bottomless mimosas or butterbeer”.

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JG
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

went because I had read in the newspaper that they have a Harry Potter Theme currently going on, it was enchanting, the staff was awesome and the food tasted good. got a choice for bottomless mimosas or bottomless butter beer. appreciate that this one stands out , will check the christmas decoration next month.

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JH
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 5

Eh...we went for their Butterbeer Brunch. Food was okay...needed a little salt. Service was awful. It wasn't busy, but we waited for our food for over 45 minutes. Bar was fun.

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AG
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My girlfriend and I went here for the Harry Potter brunch and it was absolutely incredible. Not only was the place decorated to the max in all harry potter (which was amazing), but also the food and service was phenomenal. Our server, Carly I believe, gave us her suggestions which really came into handy. The specialty Harry Potter drinks were really cool and delicious. This place is an absolute 10/10!

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DR
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We visited for. Harry Potter theme brunch. Bottomless mimosas and a butter beer plus an entree for $30. Good value and the food and service were excellent. Loved the atmosphere and decorations for the event

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was awesome, and our waiter was attentive. We went for Hogwarts Brunch and got a great deal on food and drinks. I’ll be back!!

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RH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

Table was not ready on time.
Waiting long for the food
Ordered chicken was blackburned.

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NH
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 5

EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING. As recommended by Around Town of WGN, "13 days of Harry Potter" was advertised with Harry Potter famous drinks and food in the transformed Great Dining Hall at Hogwarts, WITH a promise of family friendly environment. Being a Harry Potter geek I was extremely excited to bring my family, but was soon disappointed when we arrived. There was NO Harry Potter Menu, but instead the Hubbard Inn menu. They offered several HP drinks but at the $15.00 price tag for non alcoholic beverages. A very small HP appetizer menu existed which was costly, but no treactle tart, or shepherd's pie which as was advertised. The restaurant was perfect for HP decor' and all waiters and waitresses dressed in Hogwarts school robes. The Service was deplorable for the cost of a mid-day lunch with a reservation. There were 6 busy tables in the restaurant, and we waited 2 hours for a hamburger. Other patrons were served ahead of us even though we arrived before them. Alman Brothers music was the ambiance, instead of classic Harry Potter music brilliantly written by John Williams. Such a disappointment, family friend it was not, it could have been so much more.

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K
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Went for brunch with a friend and her newborn. They were very accommodating for her stroller, even though it was a busy time.

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MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Went Saturday Night for the themed Harry Potter event. Order the $15 themed cocktails and they were not even as advertised, missing things like the advertised sugar rim and toasted marshmallow. Which isn't a huge deal, but when you pay $ 15 for a themed cocktail, you want the whole experience. The decor was very nice, but the crowd was rude and kept putting their empty drink on our table, even though we were clearly eating.

The food was good, but lukewarm. For the cost of everything, I was expecting more.

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KS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Went to the Hubbard Inn when they had supposedly transformed the bar into a Harry Potter themed pop-up. Aside from some pictures, banners and candles hanging from the ceiling, there wasn't anything special about this place. Terribly rude hostess and bar staff. Limited food menu later in the afternoon which was not mentioned when making the reservation for 4pm. Definitely better places in the city to eat and drink at. Will never go back.

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CA
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

The Harry Potter themed decor was fantastic! It would have been nice if the waiter had mentioned that the sliders, under entrees, did not come with any side whatsoever. Otherwise, very pleasant.

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TT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were there for the Harry Potter “13 days of wizardry” which was very cool. We made reservations for an early lunch and the food and cocktails were great. The staff and atmosphere was awesome. It was our first time there and will definitely visit again!

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AW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for Harry Potter week and it was magical. They did great with the decorations and the cocktails were decent. The slytherin and butter beer were well crafted, the goblet of fire and gryffindor need some work. The fries amazing!

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CL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Loved the Harry Potter theme!!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Harry Potter pop up was incredible!!

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JJ
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It was absolutely wonderful. Our waiter was great. Forgot his name!!

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CO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Very impressed with the Harry Potter theme that is only around for two weeks. We went during the day so it was very quiet and the staff were patient with 4 kids (10,9,8,5) exploring the decorations upstairs and downstairs. There aren’t many “kid friendly” options on the menu, but it’s not really that kind of place. The kids had fun and the parents were able to have a normal conversation without yelling.

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M
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Truly incredible Harry Potter decorations!

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a
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

My first time for lunch. I think it shines better for dinner and drinks.

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