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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.
Chicago, IL 60601
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: 5:00pm - 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, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, 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
The food was ok, not great and the prices for the quality were outrageous. I don't like to bad mouth restaurants. I know how hard it is to get things right. But this place was just an awful all around experience. Maybe this is just a Sunday thing. I have read other bad reviews from people dining her on Sundays. But that's no excuse. If you want blah food from a tired, unenthusiastic wait staff that's overpriced, then take your chances with this place. Otherwise you can go to just about any other place in the neighborhood and fair better. Seriously, I don't understand the open table ratings on this one. At best this is a solid one to two stars.
We made a reservation for 16, were seated immediately, were able to add NINE more people to our group with no fuss and our waiter never so much as cringed. In fact, he broke up the bill into individual checks before we even started to figure out among us how to pay with the least trouble. The food came out all at the same time, the bloody mary was spicy and delicious, and everyone left well satisfied. Would definitely recommend.
You can definitely get a seat. No need to make a reservation. The food was so so. The experience was so so. The water was so so. Nothing bad mind you, but we won't be racing to go back or return at all for that matter. It just wasn't anything other than a medium place. Even the martini was so so.
We had dinner here before a CSO concert. We each had a well-prepared cocktail, neither of which was on the menu. Salmon with succotash was very good. My friend made a meal from appetizers and was quite happy. Key Iime panna cotta was too firm, and not much lime flavor, but was pretty good anyway. Quite loud in the area where we sat because of many after work parties. Bar scene is pretty lively. Sun setting created *very* bright reflection from the building across the street into the room. I've been to this restaurant before, but it was a long time ago. I would say it has improved.
The food was excellent and the service was top notch. Only complaint was were seated in a section that was crowded with very loud, 40 somethings, reminiscing their college days and drinking the night away. Not a good choice for seating our family of 5 with young teens there.
I was attending a conference in Chicago and was looking for a restaurant that wasn't overflowing with people and wasn't ear-splitting in noise level, like much of Chicago's vibrant restaurant scene. I was attracted first to South Water Kitchen's interesting cocktail list; their plethora of gluten-free options sealed the deal.
The restaurant did not disappoint. It was cozy and had a serene vibe, where one could really appreciate the dining experience without it being stuffy. I had the Cabin by the Sea cocktail which was delicious, and also a Midwestern hard cider that I had not tried before. For starters, I had the deviled eggs which were quite good, and I had the gluten-free burger for my main dish. It was a huge burger, so I didn't need any sides with it. The smoked tomatoes were delicious, and the burger was of good quality meat. I might suggest the restaurant consider one of the many gluten-free buns available, instead of bread, because it did fall apart quite easily, but that's a minor quibble.
Service was just fine and I had a good table for people watching the street scene outside, which included a brief thunderstorm. If I'm in the Chicago area again, I would definitely revisit.
I ordered from the gluten free menu , informed server I was gluten free and was served something with gluten nonetheless. It was either the sauce on the pork shoulder or the 'flourless' chocolate cake. I suspect the former based on the timing of the onset of my symptoms. I was very ill. I won't go back.
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