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 Dining, 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
Adjacent to the Hotel Monaco at Wabash a ...
Adjacent to the Hotel Monaco at Wabash and Wacker. Comfortable with dark wood and white tile floors. Rest rooms are on the second floor of the hotel, so not particularly low mobility-friendly. Fantastic brunch cocktails and mocktails; I had a lavender soda with blackberries, lavender syrup and lemon juice that was delicious. My breakfast burger made with a beef and port patty, bacon and egg with hollandaise on a bun was very tasty and just a skosh dry. Cost for brunch for two was around $50 without a tip. Excellent, attentive service and a very pleasant experience.
The appetizer pretzels were very dry, al ...
The appetizer pretzels were very dry, although the mustard for said pretzels was great, very spicy. We ordered 2 SWK burgers and kid sliders. The burgers were good. I ordered the burger medium rare and it was cooked to perfection. The mac and cheese was awesome as were the garlic fries! We also ordered the carrot cake twinkies and they were also very dry. I did not send anything back, not my style unless there is something floating in a drink or a foreign object on the plate.
This was my first time at SWK and I would definitely go back although I'd skip the pretzels and carrot cake. To be clear I'd likely go back out of convenience of the location more than "I have to go back because the food is to die for!" It's not to die for but good. There are definitely far better burgers out there for $20.
The ambiance was great as is the location.
Disappointed. That about sums it up. I ...
Disappointed. That about sums it up. I had not been to the South Water Kitchen in years, so I thought it was time to see what I have been missing. What I found is that I have not missed anything. The atmosphere is nice enough and we were seated promptly, but the attitude of the waiter left a lot to be desired. The restaurant was not that busy - there was no waiting for a table, but the waiter acted like he could not get rid of us fast enough. We saw him three times during our visit: To order drinks, to order food and to pay the bill. When we ordered coffee, he returned with a lukewarm cup of coffee that had obviously been sitting around for hours. I won't be returning again anytime soon, if ever.
Monday night was a half off wine special ...
Monday night was a half off wine special so we treated ourselves to an excellent Syrah. Nice treat. Fall menu was very good but I suggest you avoid the buffalo osso bucco. The meat needed another day or two to simmer as it was too tough for my taste. Fortunately, the waiter immediately suggested that I send it back and returned with an excellent duck breast. I really appreciated this as I would have struggled though with the buffalo and not enjoyed the meal. Service was outstanding.
Tasty food...not a big menu but what we ...
Tasty food...not a big menu but what we ate was savory and exquisite.
Love the cuscus and the duck mixed within it was soft and meaty.
The pork belly was a little on the grease side but juicy.
The salmon was a little overdone but eatable.
The salad was fresh and good.
The desserts were delicious...we asked for the bread pudding and the german chocolate with coconut the latter one superb.
We requested a table near the windows th ...
We requested a table near the windows through open table. There were many tables open by the windows, but they sat us in the lower level- a little disappointing.
We had a great server and the PBJ sandwich was fantastic.
Food was bland, with no flavor. Had brea ...
Food was bland, with no flavor. Had breakfast on the weekend and was looking everywhere for something to add flavor to the eggs such as Cholula or hell, even ketchup. Server took our order and never came back until I asked him for the check. Not worth the high cost either. Definitely do not recommend this place for breakfast. Does have nice ambiance, not too loud, but that's really the only good thing I can say about this place.
Pro: superb cocktails. Excellent, creat ...
Pro: superb cocktails. Excellent, creative food, perfectly cooked. Great value on the prix fixe menu. Only criticism food-wise is that some bread with the soup would have been appreciated (soup was good enough to clean the bowl, but no bread to do it with).
Con: Service was a little scattered and inattentive. First course arrived before drinks.
This restaurant rocks! Try the flat bre ...
This restaurant rocks!
Try the flat bread appetizers. Tomato heirloom and buffalo chicken.
Waiter recommended the dinner prix fixe menu...deviled eggs and pea tendrils as starters, salmon dish, lamb shoulder, and risotto (to die for) as main courses, and bourben bread pudding finished of a great meal. Decoy merlot washed it all down
We will be back.
Everything was fine but not stellar. Mea ...
Everything was fine but not stellar. Meat a bit overdone, everything a bit under seasoned. Wait staff was overly eager to be attentive and then disappeared for a while. Beware the trashy noisy drunks during happy hour. Not a bad experience but not really worth the cost.
We had an nice breakfast on a sunday mor ...
We had an nice breakfast on a sunday morning. The service and food was very, and I would definitely recommend this place. The waitress was sweet and helpfull with our questions about the menu and served us fast and nice. The coffee (I had the cappuccino) wasn't exactly what I hoped, but it was okay
The street corner setting and warm exper ...
The street corner setting and warm experience plus the old town vibes were great. We knew right off our waiter was new to the job and nervous, but very friendly. All he needs is time. The food was fresh and flavorful. After reading your online menu about local family farm raised meats, was the reason you were chosen. But no mention of it on our lunch menu. Will go back again.
The service was atrocious. The waiter w ...
The service was atrocious. The waiter was completely inattentive. For context the restaurant was not slammed, he presumably had something better to do. The food was good but the service was lacking and I will go back.
We loved the black rice - very tasty & m ...
We loved the black rice - very tasty & memorable!
The restaurant is on a prominent ground floor corner of the Hotel Monaco in the loop. It would be convenient for anyone going to a show. We had no problem seating a large group here as there are several good options. It wasn't very busy for a Friday night at 8 pm and we were not sure why so the atmosphere was not as lively as it could have been. The decor is modern and fresh and the prices were what you'd expect but not outrageous.
We had a table of seven and everyone enjoyed their food overall and the service was spot on. Our food choices included the deviled eggs (mustard is very pronounced, which we liked but not everyone may), duck breast with cherry and the pork tenderloin.
Some of us tried some of their hand crafted cocktails, I liked The Professor.
Food was awesome! Had to take photos of ...
Food was awesome! Had to take photos of each delicious dish. I especially liked the unique grilled salmon entree.
Fun atmosphere. Our server, Sean, was friendly & very professional. Great value for a lovely evening.
Quick service and the food was excellent ...
Quick service and the food was excellent. We truly enjoyed our servers, Denise and Alfredo! They made our experience outstanding by being both attentive as well as entertaining! Also a shout out to the bar tender of the year for making us some customized after dinner cocktails! We would definitely go back again!
It was an off night so there were very f ...
It was an off night so there were very few people dining. This allowed the staff to be very attentive to our needs. The food options were great and the flavors were delicious. We asked staff for their favorites and ordered some of their suggestions. One of the suggestions was The bread pudding. It was to die for.
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.
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