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 $10 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
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.
Too fussy and complicated- overboard wit ...
Too fussy and complicated- overboard with the gastronomy
The brunch was odd as it wasn't brunch. ...
The brunch was odd as it wasn't brunch. The table they gave us was in a corner next to the bus area which load and they had the doors open but the entire inside room was closed. No airflow.
Great service, great food, only exceptio ...
Great service, great food, only exception was unable to substitute egg whites for the kids brunch, not a big deal, but is our preference.
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.
Lovely dining experience. Wait staff an ...
Lovely dining experience. Wait staff and maitre'd couldn't have been more helpful and lovely. Both the food and the view are exceptional.
We were celebrating our wedding annivers ...
We were celebrating our wedding anniversary. The food was incredible. we ordered desert, the plate had written in chocolate happy anniversary with our names. Lovely
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 food and Great Service
Great food and Great Service
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.
We went to dinner to celebrate a birthda ...
We went to dinner to celebrate a birthday. Everything was wonderful and the food was delicious! We will definitely go again!
Loved it! Great food, drink and service!
Loved it! Great food, drink and service!
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!
Memorable service and attention to detai ...
Memorable service and attention to detail made the dinner extra special.
Best of Chicago Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ...
Best of Chicago Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Terrific place to eat. Great service. Food was excellent. Three of four entrees were knock-outs; fourth only good. Appetizers were one and one. Dessert was good, but not great, but coffee was wonderfully perfect. As always, especially in warm weather, setting was lovely. Only complaint was that it seemed a little nosier than recent visits--but well within tolerable level. And, while too expensive to be a real value, for these kinds of places the bill was pleasantly within reason.
Oustanding in every way.
North Pond provided us with memorable dining as we celebrated our wedding anniversary . Everything was first rate from the moment we entered the restaurant a few minutes before our reservation time. We had drinks in the bar area before being seated timely right at the window overlooking the water and the skyline view. My wife was elated that the wine list included one of her favorites - Rombauer. The waitress was pleasant, attentive, helpful, and down-to earth. The food was creative, flavorful, well-presented, and memorable. North Pond paid attention to small details that included printing menus wishing us a "Happy Anniversary" that included our names. We enjoyed four courses, including a great dessert. Before and after dinner, we walked around Lincoln Park and took in a great city location. Highly recommended. We will be back. A post script, a couple of days later we dined at another highly rated restaurant (Spiaggia) to complete our anniversary celebrations and were extremely disappointed. It didn't help Spiaggia that our experience was benchmarked against our evening at North Pond.
My fiancé and I went to North Pond to celebrate our recent engagement. We don't fine dine often and it was our first time at North Pond. Despite being newbies, we were given the royal treatment, even though neither of us mentioned to the staff that we were celebrating. The chef sent out an extra dessert and we got moved to one of the tables overlooking the pond when it opened up. Every bite of every dish was incredible and our server was so helpful without being overbearing or too present for the night to feel romantic. It was a perfect experience.
A Special Experience
The foie gras was superb. Top three I've ever had. If you go here and don't try it, you are a fool! :) The rest of the experience was also quite memorable as well. The remote location right on the pond makes you forget you are in the middle of a large city. It's quiet and beautiful. The service was as good as it gets. The food outside the foie gras was a 4.0-4.5. Not mind blowing but excellent throughout.
We have been wanting to try this restaur ...
We have been wanting to try this restaurant for a long time. We celebrated our 25th anniversary there Saturday night and enjoyed the tasting menu. It was tasty and a lovely evening. Wish we could have had a seat looking out on the water but that was requested but not guaranteed. The food was paced well and we were made to feel special. I would highly recommend it for any special occasion. Would recommend they try to guarantee seats facing the pond if possible for those booking so far in advance.
"The most extraordinary meal I've ever h ...
"The most extraordinary meal I've ever had" was what our special guest said. We agree. Everything was fantastic.
Excellent as always!
Great food and great view make this a special place in Lincoln Park. We visited with out of town friends and loved our meal - its always incredible. I will say the lighting could be improved. The salad of beets (awesome!) was the most beautiful color but could not be seen with how the lighting was set. I had to turn the light on from my phone so that my guests could see its beautiful presentation. They should try pin spotting the tables for some well needed glow.
Disappointing table in back room. Food so-so.
We were seated in a very disappointing table in back room on a beautiful day. Food was over-wrought and so-so quality for the price point. Server was good but not seeming to have much fun. Only worth the money if you are guaranteed a front room table - otherwise dark and dingy.
We had a wonderful meal. The tasting me ...
We had a wonderful meal. The tasting menu was splendid; a bevy of coordinated flavors.
The food was great as always. The indoor ...
The food was great as always. The indoor restaurant was freezing. The waiter was great. Our disappointment began at the front door. We had friends visiting from the UK and we twice explained during reservations and confirmation of the reservation that we were also celebrating a birthday. Upon greeting we were notified that the front room was no longer available, even thought there were 2 open tables of 2. We were told that they would not split a party of 4 to sit at the two tables of 2. We asked if we could wait the hour to sit at in the front room to which we were told no. At some point every host has to deliver bad news to guests, this is understood. This host delivered it in such a bad way that it made us 100x more upset than we should have been. Our final bill was $400 and the experience was ruined from the moment of the first hello. The hostess needs some sensitivity training and be able to make the decision to sit people at the 2 open tables of 2 that sat empty for 40 mins. Yes we timed it.
For once I was a bit disappointed with t ...
For once I was a bit disappointed with the food. I had a skirtsteak with beans for my entree. I felt the dish was overdressed with vinaigrette and the steak was cut incorrectly. I notified the waiter. It took him a while to return to the table and offer another dish. The complimentary dessert that was brought (Mango & ??) relied too heavily on gelatin to bring it together. I expect better from a Michelin starred restaurant.
Delicious, creative, and beautifully pre ...
Delicious, creative, and beautifully prepared food - from appetizers to dessert. Service was attentive and warm, but unobtrusive - just perfect. A terrific birthday brunch experience - -and loved the customized menu and dessert for the special birthday diner!
Service was excellent - food was excellent - they did a WONDERFUL job of recognizing a special occasion. EXCELLENT - as always!
Was extremely impressed with the great h ...
Was extremely impressed with the great hospitality the entire staff showed for our Anniversary. Food, service, experience was wonderful.
Just a few improvements needed.
Both my wife and I had fish entrees which were very well presented. The fish was warm - not hot - when delivered. The plates were not warm or heated which would have helped keep the fish at the right temperature. Close together tables make it difficult for the bus staff to clear without reaching in front of some of the guests. This breach of etiquette is not expected or deserved by your guests.
Great dinner experience. Attentive staff ...
Great dinner experience. Attentive staff, great food and wine list. A great restaurant for a romantic dinner or close friends. We will be back!
Outstanding meal and beautiful location. ...
Outstanding meal and beautiful location. We'll be back!
Outstanding menu; could have ordered al ...
Outstanding menu; could have ordered almost every dish. Cooking and presentation were excellent. Nice setting on North Pond in Lincoln Park with great city views. This was our second visit several years apart and we could not have had a nicer evening.
Best of Chicago
We've been coming here every year since 2010. It's always a memorable. We've celebrated graduation, wedding, and Birthday events. The food cannot be topped. The View of Chicago from Lincoln park's lake is breathtaking!!!
North Pond remains one of the best resta ...
North Pond remains one of the best restaurants in Chicago -- outstanding.
We brunched at North Pond this past Sund ...
We brunched at North Pond this past Sunday. My friends and I were celebrating 35+ years of friendship and the staff could not have made it a more beautiful, delicious and perfect celebration! I requested that our party of 7 be seated in the front room, even though I knew the restaurant wouldn't be able to guarantee that request. As each person began to arrive, we waited at the bar and enjoyed fabulous bloody marys and mimosas. The bartender was so wonderful to us, as were the hosts while we waited for our entire party to arrive. As we were being led to our table, I realized we were on our way to the front room, with the fabulous windows and views of the park, pond and skyline of Chicago. It was a beautiful and sunny day so everything looked spectacular! Each of us was amazed and thrilled with the room, as it enhanced the celebratory mood of the event. The brunch was exquisite. The menu astounded each of us with it's deliciousness and uniqueness. And the service was simply the best. We were not rushed for one second, which gave us time to catch up and enjoy all the sensational food and beauty of our surroundings. Our server was wonderful, very professional and perfectly timed with absolutely everything. Our reunion at North Pond was the best any of us could have wanted or hoped for.
Favorite restaurant in Chicago! Much qui ...
Favorite restaurant in Chicago! Much quieter than other hot spots with a lovely setting. Delicious food- I highly recommend the tasting menu! It always impresses!
This was our 3rd time here over the last ...
This was our 3rd time here over the last several years and was probably the least impressive.
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