About South Water Kitchen
Chicago, IL 60601
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
We have passed this restaurant many time ...
We have passed this restaurant many times, and this was our first visit. We thought from the outside it would be a "dive" or at best very plain inside. We were wrong. This is a very nice restaurant - it looks upscale inide. And the food was delicious and very reasonably priced.
We've been to the restaurant before and ...
We've been to the restaurant before and given the distance to my hotel and convenience on a cold day, thought we would go to the same place. We had a reservation for a Friday evening and it was not busy so were seated right away. I had the chicken with baby carrots as my entree and it was flavorful. We enjoyed our meal.
SWK was selected for a business dinner ...
SWK was selected for a business dinner due to flexible menu and location. SWK was conveniently located, has a great atmosphere, etc. The service was very good. Three of the five of us were very satisfied with dinner. One person didn't care for their meal at all. The drink menu and beer/wine selection was very good. 1/2 bottles of wine on Monday night is a nice benefit.
I attended a show in the theater distric ...
I attended a show in the theater district and decided to look up reviews of restaurants in the area. The reviews were very good and so I decided to give South Water Kitchen a try. I have to admit this was very good experience. The decor, food, drinks and service were all very good. I would recommend this restaurant to others.
This was the first time we have been to ...
This was the first time we have been to South Water Kitchen. We had a large party of 9, with a couple of vegetarians and a picky pre-teen. Everyone enjoyed their meal (the best of our visit) and the service was awesome. This will become a regular stop when we are in Chicago!
Service was good, and the waiter was nic ...
Service was good, and the waiter was nice. The food was not great. We had to send my steak back because it was rare when I ordered medium and the deviled eggs tasted sour and not really like egg at all.
For the price we paid, the value isn't there.
When visiting Chicago at Christmas we se ...
When visiting Chicago at Christmas we search out restaurants that are within walking distance of our motel as we ride the train in from Michigan. This was close to our motel. We had a great unique breakfast and actually liked it so well we returned for lunch the next day. Will be on our list for the next visit to the city.
Took a client to a late dinner at SWK af ...
Took a client to a late dinner at SWK after unable to get a rez at Petterino's. My client was in from South Carolina & not used to Chicago weather. My client is a vegetarian & loved everything about SWK. Our meals were reasonably priced, the service was well paced & friendly, and we did not feel rushed in any way. My only quibble was the lack of valet parking on a cold night. SWK is in the Hotel Monaco; when I contacted the hotel about valet parking I was advised that the service is provided to hotel guests only. Other than that, the evening was perfect.
We had a group of 10 and it was very hel ...
We had a group of 10 and it was very helpful to be able to make a reservation for breakfast (which can be hard to do in the Loop on a weekend). Our server, Sean, was great - super friendly and efficient in taking care of our large party. Most of us stuck with the classic Two Eggs breakfast and the food was tasty and plentiful and they have a kids menu (including crayons!).
SWK is a perennial favorite! My husband ...
SWK is a perennial favorite! My husband and I go to The Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theatre with a good friend every year. Dinner at SWK has been a wonderful part of that tradition for six or more years now. We were inside all cozy and warm...watching the first snow of the season fall outside...enjoying each others' company...and enjoying an excellent meal. Perfect!
Unfortunately I wasn't impressed by my b ...
Unfortunately I wasn't impressed by my breakfast at the South Water Kitchen. I have eaten there before. But , this time I was rather disappointed. I took friends there because of past experiences. Although the food came quickly, it wasn't really hot. Our order was mixed up and the toast was burnt. There were lipstick stains on several coffee cups. I will try the Kitchen again. Hopefully, it will be a better next time.
Some friends and I got together here for ...
Some friends and I got together here for lunch and a pre-holiday gathering. The atmosphere was great, our waiter was charming and knowledgeable of the menu, service was good, food was fresh and tasty; love this establishment. A touch of class with some casual spice. It was great!
South Water Kitchen is a fine place to e ...
South Water Kitchen is a fine place to enjoy conversation over a meal or drink. Early 20th century barroom décor (lover the hexagonal floor tiles). Menu is combination of comfort and some creative dishes. Great bar. Courteous, efficient but unobtrusive servers. Very good value. Definitely a place to visit regularly.
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.
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