About North Pond
Chicago, IL 60657
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: Wednesday- Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm;
Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 1:30pm;
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
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: (773) 477-5845
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
North Pond Ratings and Reviews
Staff was really nice but a few were annoyingly timid. We tried the tasting menu and the majority of the dishes were mediocre at best, considering the price, the dishes were horrible. The beef plate was the only dish worth eating. I'd suggest sticking to the main menu if you go, but I would never go again.
This restaurant is not worth an experience.
I was really excited for the view and made my Valentine's reservations months in advance. The restaurant was basically empty when we arrived (we had an early brunch reservation) and yet we were seated in a freezing cold section with no other business, far from the view. I should have said something, but I thought I had requested a seat with a view on open table and thought maybe a big party was coming in that made reservations before I did. The food was beautiful, but the freezing temperature and crappy seating ruined the mood. On the way out we passed plenty of open seats in the sunny front room. Not quite worth the price unless you are getting the prime seating. Would definitely give it another go in Spring or Summer.
Overall pleased with the food. Was disappointed with one of the second courses of brunch. Service was terrible. The wait staff who clears tables and refills water was very attentive, but our actual waiter never stopped to check on us once after ordering. We had to wave him down to order a second round of drinks and to ask for th check. He never once inquired about our food or if we were happy with our orders.
The restaurant is located in a beautiful location surrounded by water and trees. This hidden gem has food that just melts in your mouth. With its excellent wine pairing and great service, the overall experience is something worth going to every time.
Natalie, the manager, was awesome in helping planning our special occasion and everything was delivered spot on!
Would love to go there many times in the future
Such a wonderful place for a special occasion. Not only a beautiful location, but impeccable service and delicious food. Was recommended a great and unique bottle of wine from the sommelier, and we both enjoyed our meals tremendously. Cannot wait to come back in a different season.
Went here for the prix fixe Sunday brunch with some friends. The service was wonderful, it was nice and quiet, and the view is simply amazing. The food was very good and diverse, the presentation was excellent. At $35 dollars per person, it was a great value. I look forward to eating here again.
By far the most unique food experience I have ever had. If you want to try dishes that contain flavors you have never experienced, this is the place! North Pond is incredibly classy, I took my boyfriend there for his birthday and they called me the day before my reservation to confirm and to check if we were coming for a special occasion. When we arrived they took our coats and sat us right away, the menu said my boyfriends name and happy birthday, we were served an extra appetizer complimentary of the chef as well as truffles before leaving. The dessert plate also said my boyfriends name and happy birthday! Wine list is very expensive, don't expect to buy a bottle under $50, but an amazing place overall! We had a great time!
We were celebrating our engagement and were wowed by both the service and the meal. From the moment I arrived at the restaurant I was greeted warmly and with congratulations. Upon being seated we were served a complimentary glass of champagne and when we received the menus there was a personalized congratulatory note at the top! We opted for the chef's five course tasting menu and wine pairing which ended up having an extra course (monk fish) compliments of the chef as well as a palate cleanser with the most delicious white chocolate panna cotta. We also received a secondary dessert with further congratulations in chocolate.
Each dish was more delicious than the next and the wine pairings were also excellent. We were seated in the front room which normally would have an excellent view south to the city but it was extremely foggy. The room had a fireplace though so the ambiance was warm despite the gloomy fog. It did get a little noisy when the room was full but it was not overbearing.
The service was top notch. I dropped my bread knife and someone was there to immediately replace it. Servers were knowledgeable when we asked questions and were able to repeat what we were eating as you easily forget.
The price is high but I feel like it's worth every penny. I hope to be dining there again! It's perfect for celebrating special occasions or if you are a food/wine lover.
Our experience was excellent at North Pond. The food and service were outstanding! However, our experience would have been more fantastic if our request - being seated by the window (that was made when we made our original reservation a month ago) was taken into consideration instead of being seated so close to the kitchen and ending up smelling like food.
At least once a year we make sure to dine at North Pond, and every year it just seems to get even better. Every item on the menu is innovative and made with the freshest ingredients. Our server, the same person as last time we were there, was a joy: professional, cheerful, informed and efficient. The monkfish came with such an artful arrangement of delectably prepared cauliflower, grapes and other vegetables and fruits that it almost seemed a pity to disrupt the plate. The bar is equally as talented as the kitchen: my French 75, a cocktail that can range from perfect to perfectly awful, was indeed perfect. My husband's house-made Lillet was exquisite. We will be back many, many times and urge our friends to go to North Pond often, too.
I took my parents here for their 50th anniversary. It was a very special evening. It's an intimate restaurant that doesn't let you forget you're in Chicago, but feels different than any other location. The restaurant made sure I had a vegetarian entree (not on the menu, I did ask in advance). All the flavors were interesting and service was spectacular.
Highly recommend for a special occasion
Our food was not only delicious but beautiful to look at as well. So many flavors blend together to make a delectable meal. The dining room was gorgeous, inviting and cozy with a fire burning in the fireplace. Outside the huge windows is a wonderful view of the city. Dining at the North Pond Cafe is an experience to be enjoyed on special occasions.
I was at the restaurant in the month of June for dinner, which was extremely pleasant.
We decided to go back and this time invite the family before Christmas, I wish I had chosen some place else. They have changed their menu, which is a disappointment in all senses.
Would not recommend at all.
Excellent food and exceptional staff. I dined at North Pond for my anniversary and chose the tasting menu with the wine pairings. The dishes were thoughtful and showcased the restaurant beautifully. The service was amazing; originally seated away from the fireplace but when a table opened up next to it we were asked if we'd like to move which made the dining experience even more enjoyable. You can tell the staff enjoys what they do and it comes through in the food and service I normally do not write reviews however I felt obligated to after noticing that apparently Richie Rich did not enjoy the restaurant (see below).
Another outstanding evening at North Pond, yet again confirming that it just keeps getting better and better. The menu was perfect for a cold winter evening -- we particularly enjoyed the wild pheasant and the cod for our main courses. The seared foie gras remains one of our favorites. We took a tour of the desert menu and particularly liked the Cider Pecan and Apple Carmel which had a surprisingly wonderful mustard ice-cream. The service was attentive, knowledgable and friendly -- just what we've come to expect from North Pond. The room remains one of the best in Chicago.
I have been dining at North Pond for many years, and find that its evolving textured cuisine gets better and better. The service and historic setting overlooking one of the natural ponds in Lincoln Park continue to be outstanding.
Thank you North Pond team!
We had our anniversary dinner here. It was beyond wonderful! North Pond called to confirm our reservation and asked if it was for a special occasion. We arrived to a personalized menu, complimentary champagne, and a beautifully decorated dessert. The food was so flavorful and well-presented. The cocktails were delicious and seasonal. Service was above and beyond. It was a more expensive dinner than we are used to, but it was well worth it. We'll be back!
Came for the Sunday brunch prix fix which is an amazing deal of three courses for $35, and was absolutely charmed. The location and space could not be better - ambiance is just right (if you can, request to be seated in the front room facing the pond) and the noise levels are just enough that it feels lively without overpowering conversation. Staff was gracious, attentive but didn't rush us at all (we ended up being seated for over 3 hours). The food was spectacular, I would recommend the smoked chicken, the pheasant starter, and the pear dessert, although you couldn't go wrong with any of the options. Already planning when I'll return!
We loved the atmosphere and the ambiance of this restaurant. Something not always easy to find in Chicago, is a quiet, quaint location, that feels special.. Loved the location in Lincoln Park, loved the walk to the restaurant. The food was very unusual, but delicious.. A special evening..
When we're in Chicago, we always dine at North Pond. The tasting menu is always creative, interesting, and the food is outstanding! We have dined at many Michelin star restaurants and North Pond may very well be the best in the country. Terrific dining experience, fresh food, interesting flavors, and great ambience with exceptional views. A must for foodies.
very disappointing. lovely place, very nice people, but the cuisine miscellaneous and incoherent. lots of random bits and pieces on the plate and a tendency to mushiness. The amuse bouche prophetic: lots of separate textures and tastes, but unclear what it was. Desserts superior--the same cumulative style but more effective, crisper execution. fine mignardises fruit paste and truffle. fine wine list.
My meal at North Pond was a definite fine dining experience. The ingredients and textures in salad, main course and desserts were creative and delicious. The selections offered were ones prepared by thoughtful chefs. As a personal touch, each menu included a Happy Birthday greeting for our birthday guest which was very thoughtful. The wait staff was attentive and willing to answer questions about menu items.
A little disappointing, sadly. We were celebrating our anniversary and flew in from out of town. I let the restaurant know that in advance and asked for a special table, which we did not receive. That set a poor tone for the night. The first course was a beef/oyster tartare and I'm pretty sure the oyster was bad. It tasted awful. We hardly touched that course but no one asked why. They just cleared the plates. The rest of the meal was decent, with some definite highlights, but we had such a poor start it was hard to recover. Not to mention that a couple (seated by the window with a view!) was coughing up phlegm all night like they had the plague. It was really disgusting and ruined the ambiance for us. Of course that isn't the restaurant's fault...just another reason we were bummed about the whole experience. We wanted a special night and came away disappointed. We eat out at very nice restaurants regularly and this just didn't make the grade. We would not return.
We enjoyed our Anniversary dinner at North Pond.
The foods have very complex/interesting flavors and textures, and they use a lot of ingredients that I wouldn't have ever thought to pair together. It's definitely great for foodies. We really enjoyed it from the food experience perspective.
The service staff was excellent and knowledgeable.
My only gripe was with the bar. The wines are great, but for the price that you'll pay for dinner here, I expected the caliber of the cocktails to match the caliber of the food. By that I mean creativity in flavor in complexity. I ordered an old fashioned and it was watered down and used regular ice cubes which waters down the bourbon even more. If I'm dropping some good coin for dinner, I have high expectations on cocktails as well. (Especially in a city like Chicago that has some fantastic cocktail bars.) Perhaps most everyone there gets wine, in which case the bar doesn't have to be as solid.
The desert was excellent (a must have), and they gave these complementary after dinner parting deserts... The truffles were epic.
This was our fourth time at North Pond, and sadly, it disappointed. On a Friday night it was only about a third full which was surprising, I sincerely hope that the place is not considered to be going downhill. We ordered the foie gras which was meager for $18 but excellent. Our salads were very good as well - a greens one for me and a fall-themed one with squash for my spouse . But the entree we chose, a grouper for $38, just didn't work. A tiny 2 oz or so piece of fish inundated with "stuff" like pearl onions, nuts, a smear of some green stuff on the side, and I can't remember what else, just overwhelmed it. (To add to that when we ordered we mentioned we were sharing the entree the server apologetically informed us that the restaurant must charge us a "plate fee" of $5. I don't mind that if they split it in the kitchen, but at this restaurant they don't. So this fee amounts to a penalty for not ordering 2 entrees). In my opinion this is inexcusable. Our final bill with an excellent bottle of French wine was $200 before tip, an amount which in my opinion simply did not justify what we had. No dessert, but we did enjoy some excellent ports. I can not recommend North Pond any more for the food, but the building itself is beautiful, the service was excellent and it is a fun experience. I hope they can remedy the food situation.
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