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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.
Chicago, IL 60657
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday- 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.
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)
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
North Pond Ratings and Reviews
We experienced the tasting menu and the wine pairings. Everything was excellent. The multiple courses were just the right size and the extra chef surprises were all special treats. The wine pairings were well chosen, although the pours were a bit small and we had to struggle to make them last through the courses.
The service was good but our own server was a bit socially awkward.
The location and environment are stunning, due to the city skyline backdrop and the architectural pedigree. There is a great "to do" about presentation..with an eclectic and diverse attempt to delight your taste buds; however, the portions are small and the quality of the meal does not equal the price the establishment charges. The waiter mixed up my wife and my salads and the food was unimpressive....will not return.....
I brought my partner's mother to this restaurant for her birthday and I was very nervous about it because she can be quite judgmental and often feels like she doesn't get treated well in America. I chose this restaurant for its food as well as it's beautiful location--my partner's mother is obsessed with beautiful views and natural beauty. The waitstaff was incredible and had fantastic recommendations. The only downside is that I specially requested a table in their outer room with windows and the beautiful view both in my OpenTable reservation and when the restaurant called to confirm the reservation. They told me it was first-come, first-serve. When we arrived, we saw a table available in the outer room that could fit six, but they told us they wouldn't seat us there because it only sat four people. My partner's mother doesn't speak English fluently and felt very slighted by this refusal--she talked about how unfortunate it was that we weren't put in the outer room all night.
The timing in between dishes was a bit too long. We sat down at 8:00 and our first course came at 8:45. The total meal was over 2.5 hours for 2 people.
Luckily we were seated in the room that views the pond. It’s the nicest room. I felt the light from the kitchen seriously interrupted the vibes inside. It’s clear that a ton of energy went into curating the design and mood of the space, including the lighting, and the bright light from the kitchen kills that mood in the inside room.
Overall, the food was good, but I would have had a much greater experience if it moved faster and I wasn’t yawning 100 times near the end of an 8:00 pm reservation.
This has always been one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago and it really was a pleasure to take friends there. The location is perfect with a nice view if the Chicago skyline while surrounded by nature. The sevice from the host, the server and even the "bus person" was tremendous. It's nice when everyone takes a genuine interest in your experience. Thanks for a great experience.
Although we live only a few minutes walk from North Pond, we have somehow never been able to fit it into our dining out plans. That has changed! It is a beautiful restaurant inside with great attention to a tactile and visual experience throughout. My husband and I went for the brunch and were overwhelmed by the food. It was superb in every way. I loved the unusual combinations, but one doesn't need to be a gourmet diner to enjoy the food. We now want to return for dinner -- and soon!
Simply put, North Pond never disappoints. Outstanding, creative food; friendly and professional service; lovely, but not stuffy dining room that is conversation friendly - all in a picturesque setting.
The "relleno" squash blossom starter was bursting with flavor, while the salmon was cooked to perfection. My husband had a pork/fig dish that was just the right mix of sweet and savory. Ask for a table on the porch - the view is magical. And if you enjoy wine, their knowledgeable sommelier will pair the perfect glass (even if you order a la carte!).
The service here was absolutely fantastic. That coupled with outstanding food made celebrating our anniversary so special. We tried the tasting menu which was recommended To Us by our server and it took all of the guesswork out of figuring out what we wanted to have... We could just try the seasonal Delights offered this summer. Every dish that came from the kitchen was beautiful, well prepared and offered an unexpected surprise in every bite. If we were ever in the area for another special occasion we would definitely return.
We had the seasonal tasting menu with wine pairings. It was creative and delicious. My biggest surprise was how much this tentative fish eater loved smoked caviar with black cod. All but one wine hit the mark for me. Highly recommended for a change from traditional menus.
What a wonderful evening! The ambience was beautiful the food was divine. It could be used as a romantic occasion or a splendid birthday celebration. Good for smaller groups not as good for large groups. The wait staff was very attentive and patient. The food was good for all levels. Although there was a tasting menu that was more specific for the specialized pallet they also offered food for the average person. We really enjoyed our time they did not rush us but we're prompt with the service. They know their wines they know they're mixed drinks. I would highly recommend this restaurant. It has a lovely view of the pond as well as an exquisite a view of the city. Romantic absolutely! But also just a nice time with friends.
Everything was amazing, truly. But, the night was ruined when my wife found a parasite - alive and moving around - in her salmon. Apparently, this is rare but it does happen when you eat fresh - very fresh - seafood. The chef (through the manager) and the manager was very apologetic and covered our meal and dessert. Again, the food was A++, as well as the service (especially our waitress); but, I would be lying if I didn't say our night wasn't ruined due to the unfortunate circumstance during the main course. Go to the North Pond: just don't order the salmon.
It would not surprise me to learn that the current decor of the restored North Pond gem of a building that houses the resturant is even more attractive than it was when first built about a century ago. The service is very good (although our server was a bit odd), and the food was both creative and tasty. All four of us enjoyed the meal.
It's hard to give North Pond anything other than a 5. They set the standard for what a 5 is.
My extremely minor complaint is that we were't given a choice of where to sit . We PROBABLY would have chosen the patio, where we were seated, but it was a very warm day and we were considering asking for a table inside. All's well that ends well and we had a lovely dining experience. Food was beautiful and tasty, just the right amount of each. Timing of the serving was perfect. Staff all seem bright and energetic.
North Pond's unique location within Lincoln Park is spectacular. The restaurant is located in a building that was initially a warming hut for the North Pond ice skaters. It has been transformed into a spectacular restaurant which offers a tasting menu or a la chart choices. Their food is creative American and there are a lot of great choices on the menu from meat to fish to vegetarian.
Went to North Pond with my fiance after getting engaged. It was the perfect spot to celebrate. The service was simply perfect. They made us feel so incredibly special. Highly recommend if celebrating a special occasion. Just let them know ahead of time so they can prepare.
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