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
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.
I've tried the tasting menu with pairing ...
I've tried the tasting menu with pairing wine. The wine list's not very good. And lack of balance.
Not recommended to try the tasting menu coz it's overall too sweet. I really don't understand why the chef like sweet so much. Also, most dishes were just acceptable, not meet the expectation except for the wood pigeon. That one was good. Others were more like staking flavors together rather than combining them to reach new harmony.
Very nice environment though.
Unfortunately we were not terribly impre ...
Unfortunately we were not terribly impressed. The dishes we ordered were a bit uneven ranging from mediocre to genuinely good. The main problem was the level of service. It was simply not befitting a place of this stature.
My wife and I ordered two appetizers and a salad, each of which we intended to share, plus our entrees. We ordered and asked the waiter to pace the dishes appropriately. Instead both appetizers arrived simultaneously. Then plates were cleared and the table reset as if the entrees were expected next. After a long period we had to ask if the salad was still coming. It finally arrived and was enjoyed, only then to be followed by another lengthy delay before the entrees arrived.
In short, good food, poor service, left disappointed.
Celebrated my wife's birthday and was ve ...
Celebrated my wife's birthday and was very pleased with both the attention and the food. They even had a menu printed for her by name, with a happy birthday. But the main point is the chefs really know what they are doing. Their blend of haute cuisine skill and local fresh food, with subtle flavor sense that is original and distinctive. World class.
We celebrated our 14th Wedding Annivers ...
We celebrated our 14th Wedding Anniversary in Saturday for dinner. We were provided with a personalized menu and dessert. Food was great and ambiance very romantic! Our waitress was friendly, attentive, and very personable 😊
Disappointing. this is our third time a ...
Disappointing. this is our third time at North Pond and the most disappointing. It was a special occasion dinner for 6 of us. The service was VERY slow and not particularly gracious. The food was relatively small portions and not particularly tasty. Nothing memorable or something that I would remember/rave about, including dessert. The wine by the glass was OK (red and white), but not noteworthy. The setting and the view was exceptional. Overall not what I was expecting for this historically special place.
We went to North Pond for our 10th anniv ...
We went to North Pond for our 10th anniversary and were treated exceptionally well -- special menus, complimentary champagne, and excellent service. The food was incredible and we really enjoyed the whole experience. Would definitely recommend it to anyone celebrating a special occasion.
Once again, North Pond did not disappoin ...
Once again, North Pond did not disappoint me, the BEST dining experience I've had in Chicago hands down. We took friends here for a celebration brunch. The service here is OUTSTANDING, and unparalleled in Chicago. The setting is beautiful: Arts and Crafts interior, beautiful view of Lincoln Park's North Pond. Last but not least, the food is gorgeous and delicious, and paced perfectly. LOVE North Pond, consistently makes me happy!
North Pond was recommended by a co-worke ...
North Pond was recommended by a co-worker as a great spot to celebrate my 60th birthday with my husband and 2 adult children. It was everything she said it would be and more. From the ambiance to the creative, delicious food preparation and excellent service I couldn't have felt more pampered or pleased. I had hoped for a view of the pond and was not disappointed. The cool early evening turned into a dark night as we were able to enjoy our many courses with relaxed easy to hear conversation and specialty drinks. They made it all so special, including personalizing the menu with my name and a clever birthday plate brought at the end of the meal with a chocolate icing birthday inscription rimming the plate of delicious chocolate bites. A perfect ending to a perfect birthday evening celebration. I would highly recommend this place to anyone wishing to impress or experience a truly unique menu and experience.
The manager was excellent and engaging. ...
The manager was excellent and engaging. The wait staff seemed less than experienced. The ambiance would have been better on this chilly evening with the windows closed which would also have reduced the view of dogs defecating and homeless people hanging about.
I went for the chef's tasting menu with ...
I went for the chef's tasting menu with a group of friends. We had a wonderful time! The plates were creative and tasted great. The ambience was perfect-- open wall overlooking the pond with the Chicago skyline behind. The service left us wanting for nothing. I will be back, but it's definitely a special occasion kind of place.
This was not my first visit to North Pon ...
This was not my first visit to North Pond. It is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago and my recent dinner with a group of friends was just as wonderful as before.
The ambiance is as great as ever, with the view of Lincoln Park and its north pond, as well as the Chicago skyline. The food and service were both excellent. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with a meal at North Pond. I look forward to returning.
On a perfect Chicago evening, no better ...
On a perfect Chicago evening, no better way to celebrate a special occasion: the service was impeccable, the food intriguing and delicious, the wine list perfect and the view of the pond and the park just perfect. Do ask to be seated in the garden area, especially during good weather, as this enhances the entire experience. A great place to go when celebrating and the staff does a wonderful job of noting the celebrations with some nice surprises.
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