The Happ Inn

4.4
1586 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
The Happ Inn is located on the Southeast corner of Willow and Happ roads, Northfield, Illinois.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Monday to Thursday the Kitchen is open from 11:00AM to 10PM

Friday and Saturday the Kitchen is open from 11:00AM to 11PM

Sundays the Kitchen is open from 11:00AM to 8:30PM
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Phone number
(847) 784-9200
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Freddy Sanchez
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Willow
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Parking details
The Happ Inn has ample free parking in its attached parking lot.
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Special events & promotions
Let The Happ Inn host your next private party or special event. Our private dining spaces can accommodate groups of up to 80 people. Our event coordinator can help you customize a menu and drink package to suit any taste or budget.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1586 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
service
4.2
ambience
4.1
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Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy dining at The Happ Inn. The service and food are very good (the tuna burger is excellent!).

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T
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Food quality at this restaurant has declined dramatically given my last two experiences. Taking food items off a receipt, unfortunately, doesn't make the visit a better one, while a bit less unhappy.

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M
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. The service is cheerful and attentive. The food is very good. We especially like the gazpacho! Great for get togethers with friends and family.

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JR
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always an excellent meal. Our waitress was attentive without being annoying.

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k
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall it was good. Would come back. It was crowded on a Friday nite around 8.

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NT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

We've been here many times, and we'll be back again, but on this visit things just weren't up to standard. We were tucked into a corner of the porch next to a LARGE party where there normally isn't a table. We were blocking an exit door and behind the bus station where dirty dishes were being dropped off constantly. It was loud, uncomfortable, and not an enjoyable dining experience. I would be happy to have a cocktail in the bar and wait a few minutes for a table, despite having a reservation, than be sat in such a location. Our waiter was nice, but we were never told the specials, which we overheard being told to another table. Then, because he was taking the dessert order for the very large party, we waited a lengthy time to have our bill charged to our card. Happ Inn, you've been around long enough not to be making these kinds of mishaps.

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GK
Chicago
89 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always Always Always great

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w
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Happ Inn is on our regular list for eating out. I particularly like that I can make a reservation.
Our service this time was outstanding. Zach was knowledgeable and very attentive. We had a slight issue with French fries being cold and he brought new ones out with little down time.
With the exception of the first round if fries, everyone absolutely loved their food. And I must add, the Pear Martini is the best ever

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m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We had a reservation for a 6,00 dinner. The front dest was friendly and welcoming, they honored our request for a booth....greatly appreciated. We all felt that the waiter was pushing the alcohol, not really appreciated..... also the waiter could not wait to clear the table and bring the boxes for doggie bags while I was STILL eating. Felt so rushed and uncomfortable, like we were eating in a fast food restaurant.

I am a resident of Northfield, eat at Happ Inn all the time also do carry out, just want you to know, I love the restaurant and the fact that you are in my neighborhood, and I really hate to complain, but this was ridiculous. This was not the first time for this particular server..

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KS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Love the Happ Inn!

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k
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had never been here before. Enjoyed it would come back. Food and service was very good.

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S
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

3 meals were fine. The fourth was fair.
The ahi tuna salad was not rare or fresh. It was not prepared at the time I ordered but something that was made previously.
The chai pudding dessert was supposed to have pudding in it but I could not find a teaspoonful.

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C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We’ve been to the Happ Inn many times & it never disappoints! Food & service always very good. Good place for the whole family.

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F
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We especially were impressed with your deserts. Your baker is outstanding.

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UH
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Arrived 10 minutes early for a Tuesday 12:30 pm reservation. Drove around the parking lot for 20 minutes but no parking was available other than one hour limited spots. There were at least a dozen of these short term spots nearby, but who wants to take a chance when the police station is close at hand! Glad the Happ Inn is doing well but wish they'd provide sufficient parking. Won't be returning here any time soon....

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N
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great salads!
Will be back soon!!

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great visit to The Happ Inn.... The food was delicious, generous portions and the service was fantastic. The staff is friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. We will be back again!

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b
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always good food with excellent menu choices and prices are fair.

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JT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Seated in back room which started great. Wait staff were inconsistent. First timely and then long wait to place order after drinks served. Although away from bar, large table next to us disruptive (kids running around table, loudly reacting to tv, etc). Have had previous much more enjoyable experiences. Food was very good but didn't match experience.

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E
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Celebrated a birthday for two family members, one hamburger had paper in the burger, skirts steak sandwich came out cold, veggie burger had an awful taste to it, nobody had a good meal... very disappointing experience after hearing good things about the happ inn

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H
Chicago
97 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Always good - we love this neighborhood gem.
Drinks are too pricey

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KS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant on the North Shore! Carlos knows how to entertain.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

One of our favorite places. Big group for family bday celebration. Service was terrible. Think it was simply the waiter.

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O
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

one of my favsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday night catch up with busy nieces and nephews.

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GS
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happ Inn is a wonderful dining experience for all of the north shore!!!

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R
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a party of six, split the check three ways. We didn’t realize tip had been included, so the manager brought this to our attention and provided new receipts to sign. Much appreciated!

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SS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

The receptionist could not find my reservation which i had made a week head.
She upset my guests who arrived before I did.She finally located it near tbe bottom of her list.not a very good start.

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SS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great selection of appetizers, sandwiches, salads and entrees. The guacamole is outstanding and the pulled pork sandwich, a favorite with our group, is by far the BEST I have ever tasted! The servers made it a perfect birthday celebration! Will be back soon and highly recommend The Happ Inn.

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H
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Even tho the restaurant was very crowded, our reservation was totally honored.

Our waiter was perfect - I think his name was Joe - he was very attentive and helpful and right on top of everything!

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PA
London
25 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful

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O
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and 1 of the best servers ever. This is truly the best overall restaurant I think in the north Shore. It undoubtedly helps that the owner himself is there and visible.

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P
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Happ is a wonderful place to eat!
The staff is professional but friendly, the food is always delicious and consistent and I love the lovely, comfortable ambience!
A great place for everyday dining and parties!

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O
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favs, try the paella, is very good, so are the drinks

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Y
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped by for an early dinner. Service was great, food was excellent and we had plenty of time to catch up. Noise was not an issue at all.

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I
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoy Happ Inn!
Calamari, soups, fish tacos, burgers, and cocktails are great!
Bartender makes a nice Sidecar with cognac :)
Great place to catch up with friends

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BK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a secret "Mexican Restaurant" on the north shore. They let the chef cook up some traditional Mexican dishes. The gazpacho was truly amazing. It's always quiet, reliable quality. They have a full bar. The LWV-WNK holds its Wednesday luncheon series in the private room. I also had a birthday party in that room.

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H
Chicago
97 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Neighborhood gem.
Guacamole should b served w the fish tacos.

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t
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Place that makes you feel like home! Terrific staff & menu.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Cold Very cool. Had to go outside to warm up

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