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 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.
Without question the worst entree i've e ...
Without question the worst entree i've eaten in a restaurant in recent memory. (Fries were OK, though.)
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!
Duck was very good
Duck was very good
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.
Great eggs benny selection.
Great eggs benny selection.
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
Deviled eggs and bread pudding are excel ...
Deviled eggs and bread pudding are excellent!
this was a great spot to have dinner with work colleagues in from out of town. would definitely come back!
Great food and incredible atmosphere. T ...
Great food and incredible atmosphere. The food was incredible and the client enjoyed the tasty burger and fries. The pickle on the side was a great compliment to the meal. Great experience.
Always pleased -
My wife and I enjoy having a before theater lunch here. We enjoy the food and find the waitstaff exceptional.
Quick Business Lunch
Great location and decent service. However, like all restaurants in the Loop, waaaaay overpriced for a 45 minute lunch salad.
Can't wait to go back
South Water kitchen is attached to Hotel Monaco and while I'm not sure they're "connected"; they're not a "typical" hotel restaurant. We ended up there on Easter Sunday and they had a lovely prix fix menu. We didn't chose anything from it, but there was a really nice assortment on the regular menu. They have a fun drink menu including non-alcoholic! Our servers were sooo nice and friendly (not always the case downtown). And the location, right at the foot of the bridge, is great! Now, that I know what is behind those doors, I look forward to eating there again. And getting good quality food in a good atmosphere for a fair price downtown!
Out first experience at this restaurant was decent. The menu was small and kinda odd options to choose from. Not really a wide range of food to select. It took awhile to track down our waiter and we waited for our bill a decent amount as well. Overall, I probably wouldn't recommend it unless you just wanted to grab late night drinks with friends seeing as their alcohol menu seemed to be quite large.
I had a rather large reservation that ended up being less than projected, but the staff was very accommodating. All staff were super nice and provided great food recommendations. All of my guests had a great time and will definitely recommend to others.
We had dinner for 6, great food and deli ...
We had dinner for 6, great food and delicious craft cocktails. Our server was friendly, all the food was really good. Would definitely recommend if in the area.
Great food and location downtown!
This is my 5th time at this restaurant and I've done breakfast, lunch and dinner. I continue to be drawn back by it's location and the good food prepared! The service is good, ambiance is good for groups and small meetings with different options for seating. Bar is convienent place to wait for people. Only down side is that the restrooms are in the Hotel and up a set of stairs (there is an elevator too). I like that this restaurant is also w/c accessible with a lift that connects the upper/lower seating area too.
friendly,very prompt service.
We were a bit dissatisfied with the menu cho ices.most dishes featured pork,although the pork shoulderI ordered was very good.My husband was hoping for more steak choices. He ordered the sirloin but was not happy with the beef.It was pretty empty which made me think the quality of the menu has slipped.Our waiter however was very pleasant and attentive.
Not worth the price
The service was great - loved our server. Wish the food was even close. Was the worst we have ever had at a Kimpton Restaurant. Pre-fix Salmon and a Pre-fixed chicken were ordered. The soup on both were good, the salmon was OK, the chicken was DRY - nothing good was here, too much glaze and even under cooked potatoes. Very disappointed is the only thing to say. The deserts were chocolate cake but can you say chocolate muffins - again they were very disappointing. Our first time here but we really should have listened to the reviews we read and skip this restaurant. We so wanted to find a new place for in the loop but for $100 for 2 with drinks - I say SAVE your money!!!!!
There was hardly anyone else in the rest ...
There was hardly anyone else in the restaurant when we were there. We asked our server why -- the room is nice, the service is great, and the food is delicious. He suggested the place was less than full because of the cold weather. We were in from out of town, so we felt like this place was our secret "find". We'll be back next time we're in Chicago!
Great service combined with great food.
One of our son's has food allergies. We looked at the menu options and felt there would be great options for him. We were extra impressed when we received a phone call prior to our reservation time checking to see if anyone in our party had a food allergy they should know about. Then, upon arrival, we were again impressed with the service and attention to our dining needs.
I don't understand why this place isn't ...
I don't understand why this place isn't more crowded--good food, excellent service. Bistro prices.
Near theatres and excellent food
Our party consisted of two couples and we dined before a show at the Goodman Theater. The food was superb. The salads were fresh and not doused in dressing. The entrees were delicious. The pork shoulder and scallops were both excellent. Service was fine and the atmosphere was reasonably lively and decor was updated (we sat on the upper floor which had a better view.)
A waste of my Saturday night
This was a truly awful experience. Service was slow, our server was extremely rude. Our entree came out and we waited for 10 minutes to get silverware which at that point, our dinner was cold. When we sent it back the server took it away, then immediately dropped the check with an attitude. No manager came over, the lack of hospitality was astounding. We spent $80 on a cheese plate, a salad and three drinks. Overpriced, drab, and completely underwhelming. I will never return and discourage others from doing so.
We are repeat customers to this fabulous eatery! We have enjoyed brunch here at least four times! The menu offers a variety and the ingredients are fresh and healthy!!! Our first visit was when we stayed at the adjacent Hotel Monaco! The ambiance is cozy and upscale -- no loud hard surfaces. The interior is contemporary with a touch of Craftsman style. We love that we can book an Open Table reservation and not have to stand in line as is the case at many of the downtown brunch spots! Our Bloody Marys and $5.00 Mimosas were delivered promptly. Our waiter was awesome and attentive!!! We have not had dinner here -- but may try it on our next trip! Loved the whole experience!!!
We ate there after Matinee
Sean was very attentive and knew the menu well . I had SWK burger and it was good . Polenta was dry . My friend had the salmon and was very pleased . We enjoyed the bread pudding and lemon mint panacotta.
I've been here quite a few times but it ...
I've been here quite a few times but it has been years since my last visit. It's definitely gone down. I ordered the lunch prix fixe menu and it wasn't good at all. The salad was bland and the chicken sandwich was simply a dry breast on a bun (it was supposed to come with a tomato jam but I didn't see or taste that at all on it). It wasn't pleasing to the eye either. My friend ordered a veggie burger and after tasting it, opted to just eat the salad that came with it. The burger was mushy and tasteless. What a disappointment!
The hand rail was loose and unsafe and while we were told when we mentioned it that the management was aware, they made no attempt to divert traffic hang signs or fix the problem.
Perfect pre-theater dinner spot
SWK was a great place to have dinner before going to the musical. Service was excellent, the food was wonderful. The salmon was outstanding. Though I did not have the SWK burger, it sure seemed like it was being ordered A lot. I would go back here whenever I am attending a play at the Oriental
Springboard to downtown theater
South Water Kitchen served up the perfect mix of good food, great service, and tasty wines prior to attending theater on Randolph Street. It's just two blocks away, welcoming, and unpretentious. The food is well priced. The booth supported a wonderful conversation for 4 of us. Definitely going there again. A reliable restaurant that consistently delivers.
Convenient Pre-Theater Spot
Good food, close to Chicago theater district, server was very aware of our time constraints and got us out the door in plenty of time. Deviled egg appetizers were fabulous!
our lunch at south water kitchen was average. the burger was underwhelming. i ordered sweet potato fries and received regular fries instead--however, our server was quick to bring out an order of sweet potato fries. nothing special in terms of food and environment.
Great brunch, attentive service
Plus: really good and creative creations. (Nicer than our usual fare.) Good coffee! The server was sensitive to our theatre time constraints, and got us served pronto. Nice. Negatives: not much really, but I thought the greasy fries were out of place for the elegant brunch. Hmmm...
Great staff, they got us in and out in t ...
Great staff, they got us in and out in time for the theater. Very accommodating!
Awesome breakfast and Bloody Mary's!
Awesome breakfast and Bloody Mary's!
Went here for dinner at 8:30 after a long day of work and burgers were a mere $5 and sides an additional $1. And it was a good burger! I confess, we didn't go off the special and it was not a culinary experience, but it was a welcome meal after travel and work. Great location too.
Bartender and hostess were awesome. We a ...
Bartender and hostess were awesome. We ate at bar
I hadn't been here in over a year and wa ...
I hadn't been here in over a year and was surprised how empty it was. I remembered it as very busy. The decor seemed to have been redone and was rather ordinary with an "off the shelf at Target" in appearance. My poached salmon salad was fine, but there was no bread basket, a welcome touch previously. Our waiter did not tell us that they were out of the soup special until after we ordered it. He checked in much more than necessary, probably because there were so few customers to serve. My tea came with hot water already in the cup, rather than in a tea pot to keep water hot for refills. My companion ordered deviled eggs and was surprised to get just 3 halves for $8. Seemed that 4 - i.e. two eggs - would have made sense.
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