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
"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.
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.
Great location and atmosphere. Very nice service. appreciate the Birthday wish to my wife printed on the menu. Food choices a little too gourmet for me, but my wife and her friend really enjoyed the meal. Over all, a very nice evening which will bring us back again..
We had an excellent meal at North Pond. I will definitely return again. The chef is very inventive in the combinations he uses. Each plate was like a tasting menu of it's own. It is expensive, but worth the cost.
North Pond is always a treat!
The Mothers' Day dinner was a three-course prix-fixe mean. Each course was delicious. Our server was outstanding. Even though we were the last people left in the restaurant, we were never rushed.
Mother's Day Brunch
A memorable and delicious way to celebrate Mother's Day! Fabulous prix fixe menu with plenty of choice and a sublime location in an arts and crafts old ice house right on North Pond. Wonderful!
ALWAYS a wonderful experience . Best mea ...
ALWAYS a wonderful experience . Best meal of the year. Every bite delicious. Courteous, knowledgable & friendly staff. Beautiful setting inside & out.
Great experience for a beautiful dinner ...
Great experience for a beautiful dinner in the park. Lovely atmosphere with great fresh farm to table food selection. Options to go a la carte or seasonal tasting menu.
The food was truly deserving of the repu ...
The food was truly deserving of the reputation North Pond has achieved. Unfortunately the service was so inferior that it detracts from the food and setting. Started with a 20 minute wait for a cocktail at the bar before dinner and followed with choppy service at our table. Can't give them a rating that puts them among the elite of Chicago restaurants.
We have dined at North Pond 5-6 times. A ...
We have dined at North Pond 5-6 times. Always special, excellent food and a treat. The fixed menu w/ wine pairings, fantastic! Great service. Great ambiance.
On a rainy night it was a bit difficult to locate the drive to the entrance, but it was well worth it. The die-hard and very worldly foodies in our party of 5 had quite a lot to say throughout the meal...all very favorable. The food was outstanding, from presentation to the obvious intent of "party in your mouth" type flavors...fresh fresh fresh. And while the wine list is not extensive, there were ample excellent and varied options with as close to retail pricing as I've ever seen in a fine dining establishment. Everything about this place is world-class...from the hostess, to the bartender, the wait staff, the som, the kitchen...bravo.
What a wonderful experience in a delightfully secluded little forest at the edge of North Pond in Lincoln Park! The ambiance of this beautiful Arts& Crafts style building is equally inviting, somewhat subdued and very pleasant. The service staff are very knowledgeable, attentive, appropriately warm and friendly. The menu is attractive, creative and chock full of locally sourced fresh products to the extent possible. The owner also sources the beverages from small high quality vineyards and manufacturers. The creative American food style is perfectly executed and beautifully presented from a "chef's surprise" initial offering, through each course including the savories. Superlatives are insufficient to describe the quality of the meal. The only drawback is also central to the charm, namely the location is a "walk in the park". There is no drop off within 100 yards which is delightful in reasonable weather. We were caught in a rainstorm, rescued only by an understanding Uber driver who negotiated the walking path to pick us up. This is a magnificent place to be enjoyed to the fullest.
Haute Cuisine, contemporary, unique Brunch
Amazing quality of ingredients, creativity in their combination, perfect seasonings, flavors, and textures. Extraordinarily delicious. Beautiful and unique park location, lovely prairie style architecture, perfect service - discreet and efficient. All in all, a memorable experience and a very good value for the price.
Best brunch experience in town
Love having brunch here - the view, the food, the service are all exceptional. It is 3 courses with just the right amount of food to be happy without being stuffed. I would recommend - actually encourage - anyone and everyone to go.
Simply incredible from start to finish!
Simply incredible from start to finish!
The food and service were rather disappo ...
The food and service were rather disappointing. We chose the tasting menu, and found most of the dishes to be short on flavor. An hour after dining, I couldn't tell you about a single dish that had really stood out. The location and ambience were wonderful, and we enjoyed ourselves despite the slow service and food.
A culinary masterpiece!
North Pond was just amazing! It was our 10 year wedding anniversary and they made it extra special. An incredible meal with incredible service!
From the moment we entered, the staff treated us like gold. The view from our table was gorgeous, and our server, Charmaine, was a delight to converse with. Our food tasting menu was so inspired and delicious! Every dish was so delicious and different from the last and will be memorable for years to come. My compliments to the chef, the staff, and North Pond! If I lived near Chicago, this would be one of the top restaurants of the city. All I can do is give my hearty recommendations to any one who loves good food.
Better and better
I've been going to North Pond for the past eleven years. The location is lovely and the atmosphere inviting, formal but not too formal. The food was always good but now it's consistently outstanding. Not cheap but worth the extra: it's a treat. I'm very relieved they haven't gone for tasting menu only; the a la carte menu offers good variety and decent-sized portions. A well-judged wine list too with enticing choices under $100. Service friendly and attentive without being overbearing. Long may it thrive!
marginal service / attitude
Would be nice if they would reserve you a proper table when you book 3 weeks in advance.
Great restaurant in a quite area of Lincoln Park
Food was exceptional, the ambiance was romantic and the service was courteous.
Melissa was amazing!
Melissa was amazing!
From start to finish this place was amazing. I had accidentally booked dinner one week later than I intended. When we arrived the hostess noticed the error and gladly still accommodated us. The waitress was very friendly, professional, and attentive. The food was absolute perfection. The attention and detail that went into creating every meal was obvious. I will definitely be returning!
Chef's week dinner
I can't speak to the full menu, because I was only there for the chef's week prix-fixe special. The first problem was that online it advertised four courses, and it only came with three. There was plenty of food, but it was a bit devious to advertise a different offering. I did the duck appetizer, and I did not like it. The menu said smoked duck breast, but in reality it was more of a foie gras, and I really do not like that sort of consistency. So there was one course gone. I had the steak for the main course, which was delicious. And the dessert was good too. Overall the service was good, and the restaurant is beautiful.
It is one of our favorite restaurants in ...
It is one of our favorite restaurants in the USA. Whenever we are in Chicago we try to eat there and always have a phenomenal experience. Today was no different except that we had a car. Normally we walk there or take a car service and now we know why. The valet situation is atrocious. There is no sign indicating there is a valet and the valet is a single guy who is there only when not parking or retrieving cars. He is also not identified as the Northpond Cafe valet, so hard to tell even when he is there. As a result I dropped off my family at the restaurant and then went on the hunt for a parking space while coming by another time to see if the valet had shown up. No parking to be had but by my third pass a young man who appeared to be a valet (and indeed was) took my car. The whole ordeal took about 20 minutes off my enjoying brunch since we had to get to the airport (not quite enough time to fully savor the food and ambiance). Looking forward to my next meal at Northpond already but will not be driving to get there!
I was there celebrating my engagement to ...
I was there celebrating my engagement to my fiancé and everything was amazing! The food and service was exceptional!
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