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: 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: 7734775845x
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
North Pond Ratings and Reviews
We loved the atmosphere and the ambiance ...
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 ...
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 n ...
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 fin ...
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 c ...
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 Nor ...
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, ...
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.
We used to adore North Pond but it reall ...
We used to adore North Pond but it really didn't deliver what we had come to expect from it. Too many gelees and poorly executed elements, off temperatures, and overall monotony. Wonderful service but unimagined concepts.
We had a wonderful dinner with friends w ...
We had a wonderful dinner with friends who were in from Singapore. The Prairie style architecture, history of the building, cozy atmosphere and the fantastically and creatively prepared food made this a special night. Well worth it for a special evening!
I must say I was disappointed. I had bee ...
I must say I was disappointed. I had been looking forward to dining here. I was with 3 others and we opted for the tasting menu & wine pairing. Every course was beautifully presented but was very unusual combination of textures & flavors.it seemed as if the chef was just trying to see how many ingredients he could get in each course. The wine selections were unusual, with several being very sweet and not a good match for the dish. I have had many tasting menu dinners and this was my least favorite. I probably won't return and will not tell anyone it's a must. On a positive note, the server was very knowledgeable and the building is lovely. In the summer, the setting would be fabulous for an outdoor dining experience
I have eaten at many fining dining estab ...
I have eaten at many fining dining establishments all over the world and this one was THE best. I had the tasting menu with the wine pairing. The variety of flavors and textures in each and every dish was unique, so interesting, and simply out of this world using fresh and local ingredients which were seasonal. Such a cozy ambiance in an old warming house within a park, updated in a Craftsman style. Beautiful view on the pond in Lincoln park makes it perfect for a date. Cheers to the chef and staff for 5 stars all around.
Loved visiting North Pond! We enjoyed th ...
Loved visiting North Pond! We enjoyed the chefs tasting menu accompanied by the wine pairings. Amazing! I was able to try some new things I'd never had before and felt confident in the chef to do so. A fun adventure! I will definitely be back! They definitely live up to their James Beard award! I may make a reservation before the sun sets so I can enjoy the outdoor views!
North pond is a gorgeous arts and crafts ...
North pond is a gorgeous arts and crafts building overlooking a lovely pond in A park north of Chicago- great view of the city skyline in the distance. Food matches perfectly: nuanced; perfectly cooked and gorgeously presented. Highlights? Monkfish; duck; black cod; sea bass. Flavor profiles and textures are highlighted. Great choices for your 3 course Sunday Brunch-- and at $35 per person, great value. However: be careful when making reservations-- if you cancel less than 48 hours before your reservation, the charge is a steep $25 per person!
First time at the restaurant and we were ...
First time at the restaurant and we were disappointed. This was a lovely location and the building and dining rooms were beautiful. We were a party of 2 on a busy Saturday night but the service was way too slow, even after the dining room was 80% empty after 10 PM. We ordered the tasting menu of 5 courses and waited 10-15 minutes between each course. We spent over 2 hours at the table and only about spent about 20 minutes eating. We are not fast eaters. The portions were small, which wasn't a problem for us, but it meant it didn't take long to eat the 10-20 bites required to finish each dish, even pausing to savor each bite. We had the wine pairings, which were interesting and thoughtful.
The dishes ranged from excellent to incoherent. The preparation was uniformly superb but there were many flavors on each plate and a few dishes seemed more a hodgepodge than unified. I'm sure the menu changes regularly so maybe we were unlucky. Perhaps a la carte would be a better way to go, though my wife and I usually find the chef can shine in a tasting menu. Not so much here.
The server was very nice and knowledgable and everyone in the room was professional. No mention was made to us of the long time between courses so this must have been the norm. Sorry to say we would not return.
The food is absolutely sublime. You'll ...
The food is absolutely sublime. You'll get flavor contrasts and combinations here that can be found in very few restaurants. Service is flawless and friendly, but pricey; especially if you're having wine with dinner.
Hostess pretentious/rude Came from out o ...
Came from out of town party of 2 asked to be seated with my friend who had a party of 6 scheduled 6pm. Made us wait 30 min in order to occupy an empty table adjacent to my friend.
More important: food poor, not deserving of a "Michelin star". Amateur-ish, the garnishes of the foie gras course shouldn't be more voluminous than the main...
Salad not tasty. My wife not able eat salad-- too much salt (amateur error) among others!
Not at all recommended, although the location was attractive.
Dining experience very uneven, the menu ...
Dining experience very uneven, the menu is pre set yet some tables received extra courses at brunch- the food while, very thoughtful, was also uneven. The first course was very good. Our party had the shrimp salad, soup and pasta. The second not so good. We had the trout and pork, nothing special. The final course was also uneven.
We had the buttermilk pancake with rosemary ice cream, the pancake was dreadfully dry but the ice cream was wonderful! The service made us feel as though we were lucky to be there.
My wife and I were celebrating our weddi ...
My wife and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary. The seating arrangement, and personal touches that the establishment put forth were very touching. We appreciated the efforts to recognize our special occasion for the brunch time. This includes our own personalized brunch menu with "Happy Anniversary" which included our names, and got to take home with us! Our waiter "Scott" was spot on with his service and attention for our meal. We noticed all the waiters were very attentive to their tables and surrounding tables. Each choice of the brunch menu was explained and presented in wonderful fashion. For our first choice of dining in Chicago during our vacation we could not have picked a better place to start. Not to mention we will surely return. Thanks for making our special day even better.
Not a place for anyone with nut allergie ...
Not a place for anyone with nut allergies.
We registered "no nuts" when we arrived.
We wanted to have the seasonal tasting menu: it contained nuts that could not be removed. So we had to look at the a la crate menu.
The regular menu had nuts with nearly every item: we had to identify those dishes from which the nuts could be omitted. As a result, we ended up eating our 2nd, 3rd or 4th preference.
Even the dessert menu had nuts with everything: we gave up and had coffee only,- which was the best part of the evening!
We did suggest the restaurant make it clear they used nuts in every dish.
Service great and a lovely setting.
My wife and I recently went to North Pon ...
My wife and I recently went to North Pond to celebrate our anniversary and had amazing experience. We went with the tasting menu with wine pairings and loved every course. Some of them were a little different than things we would have normally ordered, but that's part of the experience of ordering a tasting menu. The city view and location are fantastic, food was great, service was what you'd expect at the price, and the ambiance is quaint.
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