About South Water Kitchen
South Water Kitchen, adjacent to Chicago's hip Hotel Monaco, is a neighborhood restaurant offering American Midwestern cooking. Our local roots run deep, so on our menus you’ll find market-inspired Midwestern fare like pork loin with butternut hotcakes, wild mushroom pot pie, and deviled eggs with applewood smoked bacon—all made with fine ingredients from regional family farms.
American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
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.
W Wacker Dr
$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
Red Line at the Lake St
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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 reserved a table for a Saturday at 7: ...
We reserved a table for a Saturday at 7:30 based on the rating on Opentable and menu. We were concerned when we arrived to find the place deserted, despite the time of day and location of this restaurant just off Wacker. It became clear soon enough why this place is not making it. The food was very mediocre. I ordered the lamb shoulder, which they has amazingly sold out of, despite the fact there were only maybe three tables of patrons. I ended up with a steak which, while ordered medium well, was burned to a crisp. My daughter's risotto was chewy. My wife's flat bread was virtually uncooked. It had large clumps of cheese that had not even melted. It was largely inedible. This place is unlikely to make it.
Our favorite brunch location was booked. ...
Our favorite brunch location was booked. This was the first time for all 4 members of our party. When I gave the name on our reservation, was told we had already been seated, so glitch there. 10:30 am reservation and while restaurant not filled, service seemed slow. Windows dirty and menu nothing special for brunch service.
Food came out wrong. Staff was great abo ...
Food came out wrong. Staff was great about making it right and comped the incorrectly made meal....which actually tasted good (the risotto). The burger on the other hand was terrible. the meat was lacking any kind of seasoning. They touted having Gluten Free buns, but when the burger arrived it was on tiny pieces of gluten free toast that tasted terrible (lets be honest...gluten free bread products aren't great, but there are some that are better than others....would have expected a high end restaurant to find the good stuff....especially at the price of the burger). For being very quiet our waitress disappeared for long periods of time. I realize it's difficult not to hovering over your 1 table, but the opposite end of spectrum (disappearing) is even worse. On the upside everyone was VERY nice.
Extremely friendly staff and attentive s ...
Extremely friendly staff and attentive service. Great ambiance without being too stuffy or formal. Variety of interesting menu choices which emphasized creative local cuisine. I had the Romaine salad followed by the Risotto, both of which were excellent. My husband had the lamb shoulder and said it was wonderful. We ordered the beignets and bread pudding respectively for dessert, both were delicious. The restaurant also had an excellent selection of draft beers and wines. Would highly recommend this restaurant. I look forward to eating there again and perhaps trying their breakfast and lunch menus as well.
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.
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