The Happ Inn

4.3
1627 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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 1627 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.1
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BB
Chicago
79 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good sandwiches, salads and flatbreads. Portions are large. The decor is comfortable.

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E
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Happ Inn with a friend to celebrate our birthdays. The food was delicious, good wine selection and excellent service. Server brought out a cupcake with 2 candles and even sang “Happy Birthday “. Nice touch and very thoughtful!

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DG
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Disappointing entree and the service was ridiculously slow!

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H
Chicago
97 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our server needed to follow through w our needs. She was asked 3 times for honey..
The service was off. The food was not brought out to the right person. Usually the places at a table are numbered and they know exactly whose food is ordered. They made many mistakes.

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BN
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Today the service was very slow and the restaurant was not crowded. We actually had to flag down someone to get us a waiter. This was unusual, but I had company and was embarrassed that we couldn't find a waiter!

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S
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food is decent . Close to home so easy . Menu limited and boring .

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d
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistent food and service.

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F
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Happ Inn is a great place to meet friends. This is my second time there and will go again!! Food is great, as is the selection. Service is superb! It has "old world" charm.

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B
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great server. Food was delish and presented well.

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TU
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The food ranged from good to just fair, the place was noisy and our server was brusque and apparently annoyed with us when we didn't order cocktails or dessert. She spilled water on the people at the next table and later started to sweep the floor all around our table, seemingly causing another table to get up and leave. The server was a very unpleasant distraction to our dining experience.

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CV
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good standard fare

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JB
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love Happ Inn for small or large groups. There is something for everyone on the menu. I always know that I will have a great meal, and usually left overs too. My dad wanted something that is not on the menu every night, and they were able to accommodate him. The fried chicken is fantastic, and so are the vegetarian choices. The bar area is also a perfect option if the restaurant is a long wait. The service has been slow at times, but the other night it was amazing. The location is great because it is right off of the highway.

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GU
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The Happ Inn is our go to place. It’s fabulous for a Saturday night dinner or a weekday business lunch. The food is totally reliable and the presentation is pleasin. From time to time we experience a lapse in service which, typically, we attribute to you the restaurant. We have found the staff pleasant, helpful and engaging.

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R
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was very slow & server was not very attentive, to his credit (and not mgmt's) all his tables were sat at the same time. Kids meals are $10 which is much higher than average.

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GS
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a tasty meal in the North Shore!!!

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LO
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ONE OF OUR WEEKLY FAVORITES,GREAT SALADS,SOUP VARIETY ..VERY TASTEY..AND THE FRIED CHICKEN EXCEPTIONAL..GREAT SERVERS TOO..OH..CARROT CAKE ,TOO!!!

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SB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Bar needs help..drinks take too long to arrive and glasses are too small.

Food was delicious.

Could use more waitstaff! Service a bit slow.

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C
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

So, we spent part of our evening at a table in the dining room for dinner and then moved to the bar for drinks. It was like two different establishments. First, the dining room. As always, the menu has something for everyone. Our group enjoyed both fish and chicken tacos and fish and chips. All were quite tasty. We also ordered beverages with dinner. Our server was quite attentive and happy to make sure the bar had the spirits we preferred. A big plus too for the large rock and good cherry in my Manhattan. Unfortunately, our experience later on in the bar was not as nice. Service was scattered. Asked for rye instead of bourbon in Manhattan and got bourbon. Expected large rock again and was given lots of little ice cubes. And a bright red maraschino cherry! SO unappealing. Server was able to replace rocks with a big one but, still. Such a lack of consistency in the same restaurant. Would be happy to return again for a daytime meal as kitchen and dining room service were great. Just won't be back for drinks.

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R
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, one of my faves!

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O
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, allways ok, the owner allways around checking that all is right.
One of my favorites

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SH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great drink, great service. We loved the food and beer.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great work review.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner experience here!

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JP
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Took a friend there to celebrate her birthday. My trio of soup, salad and slider was good (bun could have been fresher). Friend's salad was excellent. She was given a cupcake (free) to celebrate her birthday. It was worth what I paid for it (dry and tasteless)

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The service was extremely slow. There was a lot of time in between getting our drinks and taking our food order. The cornbread was very crumbly, not up to Happ Inn standards Fried chicken was great. Slow refills on iced tea and water.

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LF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 5ambience 3

I told waiter my friends bday and no complimentary dessert was offered— also we walked into ur private bar to free up our table— we were told we Absolutely couldn’t sit there— we did not feel welcome in ur restaurant

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a
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We have been coming here for years and enjoying it as a family. However, the last three visits have been mediocre at best the food has been less flavorful and well prepared, and overall the service spotty.

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ST
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We have a 7:45 reservation but had to wait 25 minutes

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s
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Well, I have always enjoyed their chopped cobb. This night it wasn't so great. Probably partly my fault. Trying to diet and I modified it somewhat. But mostly their fault. I have Celiac and told the waiter that it had to be Gluten Free and why. Sure enough it came with a big triangle shaped cracker stuck in the middle. That wasn't the worst problem. Our waiter, Mosis had the BO; not must a little case but huge and lingering. Bad enough that it made the food unappealing.

Also, the icing on the cake was that for some reason they had the heat on. It wasn't that cold outside [high 50's] and certainly not enough to warrant the heat to be turned on.

So.... will I go back again? Probably, because it's an easy meeting place for people coming from different directions who want casual. Otherwise I probably wouldn't.

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Willow street salad was bad. Chicken dry and dates/figs fry too. Should have sent it back. My friends whitefish was tasteless.

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O
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

never disapointed, Happ In always deliver, good everything
great campari cocktail

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G
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The food was ok, not great, and it was hard to carry on a conversation because of all the hussle and bussle. Service was better than the food. It was pricier than I expected. But others must differ because the place was really crowded

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MM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The waitress was very pleasant. The food was OK. BUT, Our group was 4 adults and 2 young children aged 3 and 1. We got the check and they included a mandatory 20 percent service charge. I was pretty surprised. We were not a party of 6 adults, and besides, 20 percent in a family type restaurant seems excessive. Just be aware before you decide to go there.

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DW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has excelled for many years, and our recent experience there indicates that it continues to do so. The wait staff was outstanding (informed, friendly, good at reading the pace at which we wished to dine, and genuinely nice), as were the food and beverages. The seating was particularly comfortable (one of the booths), and we could conduct a conversation without being bombarded by noise from televisions or other distractions. Highly recommended.

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KS
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food plus gluten free options.
Fantastic server, Sandra who is outstanding!!!
Kids love coming here.

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V
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my first time eating here and I am already looking forward to going back. I liked the menu selections - there was something for everyone, including my picky kids, my dieting friend, and two solid men. Everything was very flavorful, including my southwestern salad.

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BG
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was terrible. I can understand service being slow, but not being ignored. The final issue was the waitress not being honest about the delay and menu. Carlos you need to review your staff.

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M
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We keep going here because the the kitchen is open later that most restaurants on the North Shore. The service is really outstanding. Everyone is so friendly. We LOVE the gazpacho. Last night we had the fried chicken (large serving) and the whitefish - delicious! Great pour from the bar! They have great spaces for large parties here, and a vibrant bar scene 👍

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BC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great lunch on a Wednesday afternoon in one of the back rooms. The noise level was low as we were there later in the day. No rush on us, as we sat and talked for 2 hours, which was appreciated.

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

We have been eating here a lot lately. The service is exceptional. Everyone on the staff is very nice! We love having the gazpacho! Portions are great for the money. Nice pour from the bar. The banana cream pie is excellent!

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