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, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
North Pond Ratings and Reviews
It is the third time we went to North Po ...
It is the third time we went to North Pond. The food was fantastic as always but the service was a little slow this time. Generally, one of the best restaurants in Chicago and definitely great value for money in terms of fine dining.
Without a doubt one of the best meals I ...
Without a doubt one of the best meals I have ever had. This is true molecular gastronomy, at the level of Ferran Adria or the old Charlie Trotter's. A meditative, contemplative cuisine for people who appreciate experiencing the complex nuances of incredibly well-conceived and executed cuisine. This restaurant well-deserves its Michelin Star and any and all accolades it receives. Absolutely top-notch in all respects, a quasi-religious culinary experience. A must.
My husband and I have always had a wonde ...
My husband and I have always had a wonderful experience at North Pond. We had friends in from New Zealand for their first trip to Chicago and we brought them to the restaurant. I don't know if it was an off night but the service was neither warm nor attentive and the dishes were quite average. So disappointing.
North Pond is a spectacular restaurant. ...
North Pond is a spectacular restaurant. The tasting menu featured seasonal touches and every bite delivered a inviting mix of flavor. Fantastic craftsman decor and overall excellent service. Only complaints are with a young server who bellowed at surrounding tables and an excessively rude foursome talking on their phones at an adjoining table. The noise/crudeness marred an otherwise wonderful culinary experience.
While I enjoy the inventive marriage of ...
While I enjoy the inventive marriage of ingredients in most chefs' creations, the food at North Pond gave the impression of having been created to prove that it could be done rather than that it should have been done. On the whole an unsatisfactory experience.
Our first time at North Pond - for a dat ...
Our first time at North Pond - for a date night dinner a deux - was a memorable occasion. Excellent food was served in quantities that were manageable and bid a farewell to the days when 'nouvelle' meant small. The service was attentive without being intrusive and the serving staff were well informed and obliging in all respects. The wine list was extensive without being overwhelming, and the cost, though high, felt reasonable for what we had enjoyed. Highly recommended.
The food and service are excellent. Lov ...
The food and service are excellent. Loved the wild king salmon, and my wife's choice of three kinds of pork was delish! Both were expertly prepared. The heirloom salad for a starter was exceptionally good--a veritable explosion of fine tastes! Those few reviewers posting complaints about purportedly "small portions" must be out of touch; our servings were plentiful. Perhaps those wanting bigger portions should check out the nearest Country Buffet. LOL
As always, North Pond delivers on food a ...
As always, North Pond delivers on food and wine. Family were visiting and thoroughly enjoyed the food and wine as well as the history of the building and the great view of the city. We will be back for the Fall menu.
My husband and I returned here with our ...
My husband and I returned here with our daughter and a guest to celebrate a special birthday. We were here twice a year ago, and were very impressed. This time, while quite good, it did not live up to our expectations. The setting remains lovely, of course. The food was tasty, and some combinations original, but the portions were small, particularly the main courses, and pricey. Not a good "price-performance ratio", as my husband said. The salmon was $40, and appeared to be about a 4oz portion. The swordfish, though perfectly cooked, was two small triangular pieces for $38. They were almost tasting size portions. This was not an issue last year. It is still a special occasion restaurant, but know going in, that portions are small and prices high, especially for the main courses.
This is an excellent restaurant for peop ...
This is an excellent restaurant for people who enjoy and appreciate creative dining. For daytime dining it is in an excellent location with a great view of the pond and the city skyline. Getting to the restaurant can be a hassle since it is in the park. the restaurant does give advice but it does take effort to get to the restaurant. It is well worth it!!
We've lived in Chicago for 15 years and ...
We've lived in Chicago for 15 years and enjoy the city's vibrant restaurant scene. While we try all of the "new hotspots", we always come back to North Pond. The innovative, seasonally-driven menu is matched with outstanding service in a dining room where the tables spaced far enough apart to allow for conversation. Try the tasting menu - you will wonder why it took you so long to experience this gem.
The food at North Pond is always good an ...
The food at North Pond is always good and imaginative, even if the selections are limited. However, we were given the worst table in the restaurant, the one nearest the kitchen where the wait staff and cooks are yelling at each other all evening and the busboys are running in and out of the kitchen right past our table. This while there were a dozen empty tables nearby. The restaurant should know better.
The food was disappointing. Having had ...
The food was disappointing. Having had excellent meals there in the 90s, I was eager to return now that they have a Michelin star. But, of the three of us, none thought the food was anything special. They are trying too hard to be trendy (chevre foam???) and all of our dishes had too many ingredients to be elegant. Oh, they have flashy displays, but if you want really good food Chicago has so many excellent choices.
Sadly, this highly touted establishment, ...
Sadly, this highly touted establishment, was a deep disappointment. Despite a reservation made 3 weeks in advance, we had to wait more than 15 minutes only to get a poorly situated table in a back room near the kitten and service area. Once seated we were immediately asked if we wished a drink but had to wait another 10 minutes to get a menu.
We ordered 5 small starters (rather than the typical starter and entree). While the descriptions of each seemed interesting and different, each dish was an inexplicable melange of mismatched,prettily presented ingredients with little flavor and all too bland textures. Put differently, each was a hot or cold mess. Perhaps the chef and the kitchen had taken the week off.
After we gave our order to the server, she disappeared and - although we had told her we were going to review the wine list - she never returned to take our order. Having finally caught the eye of a person who may have been a manager, I was able to order two bottles of wine to accompany our meal. The first of our courses were served but, again, it was only after I had to ask that the first bottle of our wine was opened and poured.
We shared a dessert and it, too, was all show and no substance.
While food pricing was at the high end, the prices for wine (on a small albeit barely acceptable list) was inexcusable. This is not Taillevent or Guy Savoy in Paris or Daniel or Eleven Madison Park in New York or Grace or Alinea here in Chicago -- yet even their wine lists offer greater value.
I would stay away from this joint.
North Pond is one of my favorite places ...
North Pond is one of my favorite places to be because of the beautiful and comfortable dining room, the way it showcases the park and the city, the service, and last but not least the creative menu. It is peaceful and allows for conversation. We love to take out of town guests.
Awesome birthday experience. Enjoyed the ...
Awesome birthday experience. Enjoyed the 3-course prefixed lunch with the additional complementary dessert. Food is very delicious and summer time seasonal ingredients are really refreshing. Price is very reasonable, only 35 dollors for prefixed lunch.
We went to brunch last Sunday. We were a ...
We went to brunch last Sunday. We were a party of 6 adults and two children (Age 5 and 3). The place is really in a beautiful spot in Chicago. The pond and the restaurant itself has a nice ambience. The food was good but as others have mentioned did not seem to me as a Brunch Menu . It was more like a three course lunch. The service was extremely slow and the we kept having to ask the waiter to refill our wine glasses. One of the ladies in our party was pregnant and the waiter failed to ask her if she wanted anything to drink (did not have to be alcoholic). I felt that although the hostess and the other wait staff were very acommodating with the kids, our waiter was not too happy that we had 2 in our party. I do understand it is a high end restaurant but feel that if it has a brunch option it should be more open to having children for brunch days. I would go back but not for brunch.
Really not impressive food for the money ...
Really not impressive food for the money. I'd heard such great things about North Pond but was really disappointed with their brunch offering. Too much clashing flavors... seems like it's a dish that's just "trying too hard." Maybe they're still getting used to a brunch offering, but I won't be returning any time soon.
Gastronomique fun in a lovely setting... ...
Gastronomique fun in a lovely setting....if that is what you are looking for, head to North Pond. The building has great character, having once been a warming shed next to an ice skating pond. The staff were attentive but not annoyingly so as is sometimes the case. The food was fresh, flavorful, and scrumptious, if a bit fussy. This is not for the meat and potato lover who wants each food in its own space. Various ingredients and seasonings were blended and presented creatively with an emphasis on a pretty plate. The good news is that it all tasted wonderful. The wine list was expensive and offered a variety to suit different tastes and food pairings. We had a Margaux that held up brilliantly to the various meals. The Amuse Bouche was a nice treat as were the petite truffles offered at the meal's conclusion.
This was the best dining experience I've ...
This was the best dining experience I've ever had, hands down! I made reservations a month in advance for the girlfriend's birthday with high expectations, and was absolutely blown away. We have dined at several other highly rated restaurants in Chicago, but out experience at North Pond surpassed all others. The food was mind blowing: the sauces paired with our main courses were incredibly unique and brought out the flavor of the protein in each of our dishes. Service was exceptional, the ambiance was perfect for a special occasion with a significant other, and the location was wonderful. I can't recommend this restaurant enough--I will definitely return soon!
The North Pond is an outstanding restaur ...
The North Pond is an outstanding restaurant. The service and food are unbelievable. Definitely a place for a special occasion or very nice date. I've been here the day I proposed to my wife and now on our first anniversary. It was spectacular on both occasions. Would highly recommend
North Pond was on a list of 10 best Chic ...
North Pond was on a list of 10 best Chicago restaurants with a water view and it has a Michelin star so I booked a table. We were disappointed with the view - a pond with a few buildings beyond but it can only be seen from 4 tables by the window and there are no outdoor tables. The view itself isn't very impressive but once it got dark and we walked out after the meal it looked lovely with the light reflected in the water.
The food was average for a place of this caliber - fois gras underwhelming, corn soup was good, swordfish was hard to taste. A duck main was expertly done though. The service was fine. The decor seemed a bit stodgy.
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