About North Pond
Located within Lincoln Park, at the edge of a pond overlooking Chicago's dramatic skyline, North Pond can easily claim the city's loveliest setting. Inspired by the market, Chef Bruce Sherman utilizes exceptional ingredients at the height of their season. His cuisine reflects the Arts & Crafts decor of the dining room - complex layers of subtle craft beneath a simple decorative style.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday- Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm;
Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 1:30pm;
Please note that we do require credit cards for ALL reservations. Our cancellation policy allows guests up to 48 hours prior to their reservation to cancel. Any cancellations made within the 48 hour period will be charged $25 per person.
Please note, cancellation policies may vary for holidays throughout the year, upwards of $100 per person. Please contact the restaurant should you have further questions.
Lakeview & Deming
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet and Taxi drop off location:
Valet Parking is $13 per vehicle. Drop-off is at the intersection of Lakeview and Deming, on the West side of the park. From there, the restaurant is a short walk into the park.
CTA 151, 156 (Wrightwood), 22 (Clark & Deming)
Private Party Facilities:
North Pond provides one of the most distinctive settings in the city for private social and business events. Our Lincoln Park location offers stunning views of Chicago’s dramatic skyline. We offer an inclusive evening for your special occasion, complete with a seasonal four-course dinner
Private Party Contact:
Natalie Labun: 7734775845x
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
North Pond Ratings and Reviews
Overall best restaurant in Chicago, farm ...
Overall best restaurant in Chicago, farm to table ingredients, gourmet, fine dining, value. Meet is always cook to perfection. My husband and me have dine at North Pond many times and could not say anything wrong about this place. Amazing Chef and service!!
North Pond is truly made for special occ ...
North Pond is truly made for special occasions. The team really took care of us, from offering us complimentary champagne to customizing our menus. Our waitress made the night so special, she was attentive, gracious and genuinely excited for us. The food was spectacular, the range of flavors and complexity of the presentations were truly great. Will definitely return.
My wife and I were at the Hyatt Regency ...
My wife and I were at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago for a professional conference, and we were looking for an intimate and unique "off the beaten path" dining experience away from tourist and business area of The Loop. A 10 or 12 minute scenic ride along North Lake Shore brought us to North Pond which was "world class" in every way. Warm, friendly and highly professional service, extraordinarily inventive and flavorful food, a charming and romantic Arts and Crafts interior, and perfect sunset views across the pond made this a memorable evening out for us.
we went for a special birthday and got s ...
we went for a special birthday and got special treatment. I would highly recommend going--particularly in the summer with the view of the pond and the park. Wonderful food, excellent service; a little special attention because they knew it was a birthday celebration. Outstanding.
This is our go to spot when my husband a ...
This is our go to spot when my husband and I do weekend getaways to Chicago. The experience is truly magical! The scenery on the lake (try to sit in the built in patio with a view of the lake!) is unbeatable. I was out taking photos and captured photos of a beautiful engagement. The food was amazing, service was perfect. We will fit this into our itinerary on every Chicago trip!
The setting in the park is amazing and t ...
The setting in the park is amazing and the space is wonderful but the food is even better. Outstanding locally sourced ingredients, imaginatively combined and beautifully presented. The quality of the service is commensurate with the quality of the food. One of our very favorite celebratory spots.
The location of North Pond is its finest ...
The location of North Pond is its finest asset - nestled against the actual North Pond in Lincoln Park, accessible only by short foot path from the perimeter streets. It's not too big, they seat you EXACTLY on time, their is no hustle bustle crowding at the bar or front door. The food is among the finest in Chicago. - I've never selected the seasonal tasting here (all table patrons have to agree to choose it) but we almost did this time. The seasonal tasting menu looked absolutely wonderful and I'd encourage others to try it. A great restaurant.
The room was lovely, as always. The ser ...
The room was lovely, as always. The service efficient, yet personable.
Most of our food was delicious, with the exception of the Salmon. It appeared to have been cooked sous vide and was bland. At $40 for the dish, it would not be ordered again....the fois gras was perfect, sweetbreads good but skimpy, my lamb dish was memorable!
A nice touch on the service side was a menu personalized with my significant others name.
Wine list was expensive, as few offerings are under $70.
Everything at North Pond was absolutely ...
Everything at North Pond was absolutely amazing...very attentive service, interesting ingredients in all dishes, truly unique menu items, and a couple of surprises from the chef to start and finish our dining experience. This is one of my favorite splurges in Chicago - yes, it's expensive, but it's worth it. And what a gorgeous location and view, right on the lake in Lincoln Park. Even the valet parking was outstanding with 2 attendants taking care of us and offering us umbrellas. The only thing I was dissatisfied with was the price of my 8-year old's dinner. I asked for a small steak with a side of pasta (suggested buttered noodles). Unfortunately he doesn't yet like all of the unique flavors that we adults do. I was charged for a full price regular entree for the steak ($43) plus a kids pasta ($12). His meal, along with milk to drink and ice cream for dessert came to $66. I expect to pay that for an adult, but I thought this was too expensive for a child. I don't know if they have a kids menu but I will certainly ask that question next time. Can't wait to return to North Pond next time!
We have had many great meals at this res ...
We have had many great meals at this restaurant in the past. However, this experience felt like it was the chef's night off. Although the restaurant was more than half empty, we were first ushered to a terrible table. The hostess did give us another table when we asked, but she ordered our entire party to return to the hostess station (what was the point of that??) The food was mediocre to shockingly bad, particularly the artichoke appetizer (a mushy flavorless mess) and the halibut (overcooked). Two of us had a terrible upset stomachs after this meal. Service was uneven and intrusive--servers interrupted our intense, personal conversation to give their speeches about the food, even after we asked that they not do so. Overall, a very disappointing and embarrassing experience for us and our guest.
Everything was great except the waitress ...
Everything was great except the waitress was a little snooty. Not a huge deal, except might put off younger people who have a lot of questions at a gourmet restaurant, and don't want to feel silly asking. The waitress had absolutely no business being snooty. Equate it to short sightedness.
The food was fabulous, but the service w ...
The food was fabulous, but the service was just incredible. We were celebrating an anniversary, and the customized menu, extra treat after dinner, and congrats from the staff were just so wonderful. My beau and I still keep bringing up how great of an experience we had.
I loved the mystery in finding this plac ...
I loved the mystery in finding this place. The location is beautiful and the Frank Lloyd Wright influenced design is well done. The gin rhubarb cocktail was exquisite in color and taste. The artichoke pasta with chèvre was one of the best dishes I have had anywhere. Third course was a bit salty and cold. I had a 7 pm reservation and was not seated until about 7:15. There were only three other tables occupied. It appeared to me that sorting out an issue with the reservations was more important to the host and manager than seating us. That was the only flaw in service.
the cocktail and drink we ordered were v ...
the cocktail and drink we ordered were very expense. Way over price $ 18 for one drink and $3 extra for plain ice in a empty glass to be served with a vodka martini. Also we asked for extra olives which did not arrive.
That was the only problem I really don't like to be ripped off.
It was lovely that they personalized the event we were celebrating with a note of congratulations on the menu
My fiancee and I dined there for her bir ...
My fiancee and I dined there for her birthday last week, and North Pond proved to be one of the best dining experiences we've had in recent memory. The food was outstanding, the service was exemplary and the views of Lincoln Park during dessert were picturesque.
The restaurant personalized the menus to say "happy birthday" to my fiancee, and our waitress, Charmian, was delightful and helpful.
We did not order off the tasting menu, instead opting to eat a la carte, and both of our first courses were excellent. She ordered the "Egg, Spinach" first course, and it was one of the best prepared egg dishes I've had. I ordered the "Artichoke, Chèvre", and it was balanced, well executed, and not as heavy as you'd think.
We shared the charcuterie platter for the 2nd course, and each item was delicious. For our 3rd course, she had the seabass and I had the ribeye. Each item on the plate was perfectly made and only added to the dining experience.
For dessert, we had the cheese tray, and we shared both a blue cheese and a harder goat cheese. They also brought my fiancee a sorbet with a candle in it, with a personalized "happy birthday" message drawn in chocolate on the plate.
Charmian also brought us excellent wine to share throughout the meal. The only criticism I would have, is that we were quite full at the end of the meal. It was a lot of food, but we really enjoyed each course.
We will definitely come back for a future dining experience on a special occasion.
Absolutely in our top 5 restaurant exper ...
Absolutely in our top 5 restaurant experiences!! We had the tasting menu with wine pairings and the flavor combinations and courses that built on themselves were fantastic. Our service at both the bar-- we started with 2 specialty drinks as well as at table was nothing short of superb. Lastly, our window table with a view of the park was delightful.
We had Sunday brunch at North Pond with ...
We had Sunday brunch at North Pond with a friend who is interning for the summer in Chicago. We were able to make a reservation on the day of our visit to Lincoln Park - and lucky us! This is a special find in a magical location and with an amazing menu for brunch. We enjoyed this three-course meal - and the wait-staff was attentive and able to fully answer any questions we had regarding the menu. We'd love to go back again when we're next in Chicago!
Great service, lovely view
Very nice evening, but food was good and not great. Fish with asparagus was really fish with too much asparagus -- prepared three ways and just overkill. Same with the vegetarian entree -- potatoes with asparagus three ways. At this price point expected some other flavors.
Such a fantastic experience! North Pond ...
Such a fantastic experience! North Pond went above and beyond to help me celebrate my graduation. They printed my name on the paper menu and brought a special dessert treat! They absolutely contributed to me making great memories today-- so happy I went there!
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