About South Water Kitchen
South Water Kitchen, adjacent to Chicago's hip Hotel Monaco, is a neighborhood restaurant offering American Home cooking. As a tribute to the kitchen table, South Water Kitchen remembers the time when the kitchen was the center of the home and the family meal was the most important time of the day.
American, Comfort Food, Steak
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30 - 10:30am; Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 7:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Everyday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm. Tavern: 3:00pm-Close.
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Full Service menu created to order.
South Water Kitchen discounted parking available after 5pm and out by 1am, with restaurant validation.
3-6 hrs $28
6-12 hrs $32
Lake St. stop on the Red Line.
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Special Events & Promotions:
Please visit our website for upcoming special events.
South Water Kitchen can accomodate groups of 10-50 in our spacious, newly remodeled River Room. Our large bay windows provide a breathtaking view of the Chicago River making this gorgeous space the perfect setting for any occasion, large or small.
South Water Kitchen Ratings and Reviews
We were not the easiest to wait on. Ord ...
We were not the easiest to wait on. Ordered at different times. Server was great working with us. Food was amazing. The flavor combinations are sometimes unexpected but very tasty. This was my first visit in many years. Pleased to have chosen it again!
Our lamb was amazing and they dealt with ...
Our lamb was amazing and they dealt with our food allergies beautifully. I only wish the greatness of their menu was reflected in the kids menu. Really baffling how restaurants like this feel the need to serve kids PBJ, Mac n cheese, chicken fingers, etc. at least they had multiple sides for kids to choose from. Service was excellent and beer, wine, cocktail menu impressive. We will be back.
We were looking for a restaurant close t ...
We were looking for a restaurant close to our hotel and saw this restaurant with outdoor dining. Waiter was helpful and attentive. Food was just so so, average nothing to rave about. It was nice to eat outside. Apparently other people had the read on the restaurant as it was pretty empty inside and just a few tables occupied outside. Would not go back.
All the food was too salty and not enjoy ...
All the food was too salty and not enjoyable. We had to contact open table to add our points as they had indicated we hadn't eaten although they acknowledged our reservation at check-in. Wait staff was inattentive.
Very good food and attentive service. H ...
Very good food and attentive service. Huge sirloin cooked perfectly. Giant burger was a crowd pleaser to look at. Dinner for 4 including a few drinks was typical in price for downtown Chicago. Nice river sidewalk view. We were early so cannot comment on the bar scene as a hot spot.
From start to finish, our experience was ...
From start to finish, our experience was excellent. The service was impeccable. We were very early dinner guests and we thought we might be ignored, but we had amazing service. All 4 of our meals were delicious. We had our 2 kids with us and their kids meals were very tasty, unlike lots of kids meals. They also got special attention from the wait staff with their orange juice in wine glasses. My salmon was perfection. The ribs my husband had were equally good and tender. The wine was a little pricey for what it was, but that is just a small thing compared to the overall experience. It was our second time here and we will be back. Thank you for a wonderful evening!
Other than reporting to Open Table that ...
Other than reporting to Open Table that we had not arrived for our reservation and not knowing how to fix it, South Water Kitchen is a great spot for lunch. The menu options are diverse and the presentation never disappoints. Denise is an excellent and welcome server who is pleasant and really takes care of those who are seated at her tables!
The place was pretty quite. But our wait ...
The place was pretty quite. But our waiter seemed overwhelmed with the tables he had to care for. I ordered. Spinach salad, but the food runner brought soup. The flatbread was good but I wouldn't order again. The draft beer selection is too small.
Food was great. Service not so much. Ou ...
Food was great. Service not so much. Our waiter did everything on his own time. It shouldn't take 15 minutes to make/serve 4 drinks when there were only about 6 tables of customers at the time. AI ordered the SWK burger - medium. Looked great until I bit into it and it was mushy bloody raw, not the pink. Disappointed as the reviews I read looked great.
Loved the food and service .. My steak w ...
Loved the food and service .. My steak was done improperly and it was handled right away and supervisor was a gem! Loved the experience and it was my first time looking forward to my return! Wait staff very nice folks ... The steak and eggs 😋😋😋loved!
We went for brunch and each enjoyed our ...
We went for brunch and each enjoyed our food very much. In particular, my eggs Benedict were perfection. Though the menu lists just a handful of dishes, they offer a large variety of sides that we found more than adequate. The mimosas were spot on as well. You can eat outside, weather permitting, or inside in their attractive rooms. We recommend.
The menu is short but has enough variety.
It was very quiet and empty for a Saturday night in downtown Chicago. The waiter was great, very attentive and hip. The menu is fairly short but has enough options for any casual diner, but certainly is not a gourmet place. Great choice for an every day dinner, though fairly pricey.
Customer Service was splendid
A friend's meal was not quite right: egg white omelet brought to her as a regular omelet. Side of bacon and English muffin were not on plate. The waiter brought out the proper omelet sans the bacon and English muffin. When the bacon finally debuted, after the omelet had been consumed, the bacon was not cooked properly. When the hostess stopped by to check on our meal, it was mentioned that the bacon was not cooked properly, so she was unable to enjoy it and asked that it be removed from our bill. Without prompting or complaint, the manager comped my friend's entire meal, which was the right thing to do. The other meals were delicious and prepared properly. We were impressed with the customer service experience and will definitely return to South Water Kitchen.
For the price, I felt the food was very average.
I felt the service could have been better. Waiter was attentive but had to wait after being seated 5-10 minutes before a drink order was placed and our salads were served before my cocktail. We were in a booth and I could see the top of the wood separation with booths on other side and you could write your name in dust and the sconces with lamp shades are them were dusty. The kitchen help were spending more time with bantering back and forth then taking concern with my over cooked steak. Their dessert specialty of bread pudding was chewy and I just ate the ice cream and some of the sauce. I don't think for the two of us, it was worth anywhere near $140.00 even by Chicago prices.
food was fresh, just mostly tasteless
We ate here before our night out at Chicago Theater. Sat outside, fun to do in the city. Wine list and cocktail list are very good, on Mondays bottles of wine are half off. The Pea soup was excellent, the deviled eggs were boring, despite a generous blob of "mustard grain caviar". The short ribs and the salmon were fresh, just plain. The salmon had a nice texture, and was fresh, but it just wasn't anything special. The German Chocolate cake was dry, straight out of a sheet pan, crusty edges and all, and wasn't worth the calories. We are Foodies and we've eaten some very good, well done dishes. This place just isn't excellent. It might be good if you don't frequent expensive, creative restaurants, they use some interesting ingredients but without that extra umph, which might be good for some people. It's a step up from some places, but it depends on what you are used too. Our waiter was a bit odd but knew the wine list and about the food.
Pleasant break from the office
Food and service were very good. Our food came out quickly, which is always important during a lunch break. The day was beautiful, so we sat outside. The tables were nice and shaded, but there were a lot of mosquitos. Not sure the restaurant can do a ton to prevent that as that weather gets nicer, but it's worth mentioning.
We came in shortly after the restaurant ...
We came in shortly after the restaurant had trouble with their computer + a big crowd = chaos. Reception and our waiter both brought it up. They were obviously resilient as our service was great (he was a little wrung out but pulled it together with a smile), the food was great--LOVED the Caesar Salad, and even the manager stopped by to ensure all was well. Whether the earlier problems put everyone on their game or they're just good, it was a good food and service experience.
Not a great experience
We went before an 8:00 show. Waited 20 mins for a drink order to be placed, food was good, but by the time dessert came, we were running late. Waiter dropped off dessert with no silverware. Had to go to another table to get silverware. Certainly was not what I expected.
Pre theater easy meal
Decor is nice... Kind of contemporary Irish pub; made reservations and got seated right away. Server was polished and friendly, but had too many tables and service slowed thru our meal. Wine by glass was pricey, but tasty. Flatbread wasn't seasoned well. Burger was great, but a la carte $20; short rib dinner was great. Menu wasn't huge, but good variety. Windows need cleaning.
Nice decor. We went for Mother's Day Brunch. Another table was there, as well, with very loud screaming infants - and parents who should have taken them out to walk/calm down. Service was slow. Order was not taken correctly - ordered egg-white omelette with no cheese and it cam with cheese. So had to wait as my party went ahead with their Eggs Benedict platters.
So - Meh.
I had a terrific lunch that involved business conversation initially and the harried host was able to seat us in a quieter area when I made an urgent request. The menu was nicely updated and we enjoyed delicious lavender sodas, a creative surprise. I had been at the restaurant several years ago and was sassily mocked when I disliked my entree, it was way too salty for me to enjoy. Glad to have given it another chance. I will eat there again soon!
Very disappointing brunch.
We were sat in the back of the restaurant near the noisy kitchen. I ordered the salmon benedict. The eggs were over cooked--almost solid yolks and the hollandaise sauce was the most bland I have every eaten anywhere. It was overall not a pleasant dining experience. The service was ok, however no one checked on me after my eggs came out overcooked.
Really great food. Spring pea soup, pea ...
Really great food. Spring pea soup, pea tendril salad, I short ribs, salmon with black rice were all delicious. Sean was our waiter, helpful in making decisions and recommendations, yet not at all intrusive. Delicious cocktails.
We had a dinner Rez at a different place but stopped here for a drink. Sat in the bar - service and drinks were excellent so we cancelled our other Rez and decided to stay for dinner. The place was empty while all other open table restaurants in the theater district were booked. The food was ok. We were fine til we got the check. We two had shared the cheese board - 3 cheeses - two of which were cut into two small pieces. So perfect for 2 people to share - except there were 5 crostini. We asked for more crostini which the server happily brought. He did not tell us there would be a charge of $1 for additional crostini. The manager was very gracious when we expressed our dismay at the deception. We explained that the issue was not one dollar - it was the point. She comped the cheese board - which we said was not necessary. What is necessary is for the restaurant to act with honesty and integrity
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