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Kinmont Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.kinmontrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (312) 915-0011
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday - Brunch 11am - 2:30pm | Dinner 5pm - 10pm
    Monday - Thursday 5pm - 10pm
    Friday - Saturday 5pm - 11am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Vegetarian
  • Executive Chef: Duncan Bidulph
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Kinmont
Those interested in Fishing, Canoeing, Camping, Exploring, Mountain Climbing, Fire Grilling, Fly Fishing and other "Field and Stream" pursuits should be eagerly awaiting the new river north restaurant by Element Collective. Kinmont is proud to source 100% sustainable seafood, heirloom meats and local vegetables.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Such a great hidden gem...I can't wait to go back and try the oysters"
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "The food was very flavorful and priced just right. This was a special occasion and the service enhanced the experience. Even after a few days have gone by we still talk about the wonderful dining experience we had."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "The food and service were wonderful. This is a great find"
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "Our experience was so-so. We made the reservation a few weeks in advance. The week before our reservation I called twice to push back our reservation by 15 minutes. Both times they told me they could not do it because they were fully booked. When we arrived the place was half full, and it stayed that way throughout the entire meal! Overall there was nothing about Kinmont that really stood out or makes us want to return, especially after that experience with the reservation. Food was pretty good, and so was the service/prices, but the vibe and overall experience was just so-so. There are plenty other restaurants doing the exact same thing, playing the exact same music, and serving the exact same drinks that I would like to check out."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Wanted to love Kinmont. Sustainable seafood needs to be supported. Just wish Kinmont had been better. Some of our meal was very good. A cold seafood platter of crab legs, shrimp cocktail and oysters were tasty. Two quibbles here: First, the crab and shrimp were slightly over-seasoned so the taste of the flesh was lost beneath the salt. More importantly, the oysters were set very carelessly in the ice, causing about half to lose all of their liquor. One was also less than fresh. Some food, like our tomato app and my rockfish, were very carefully plated but the oysters were sloppy. My wife's Friday Fish Fry was abysmal and puzzling. Everything heavily breaded - couldn't taste fish at all - tasting of old oil, dumped on a plate. Baffling. Bad."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Kinmont is a delicious seafood restaurant hidden away in River North. I passed by walking my dogs and peeked at the menu outside. I booked a reservation that night and was so happy that I did! The wait staff was very nice and informative. Our waiter gave us a detailed tour through the menu and was able to answer any questions that we had. My husband and I started our meal with the oysters and they were absolutely divine. They best oysters that either of us had ever had! For our main course, we shared the Shore Dinner (it was plenty for 2!) and it was delicious! Fresh lobster, grilled corn, potatoes, clams, and a delicious kale slaw. I could tell that the seafood was fresh everything was cooked perfectly. We will definitely be coming back!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "my sister's friend, who is known to have fabulous restaurant picks, was a huge fan so we decided to try it out for our 10 year anniversary dinner. kinmont did not disappoint- it was the perfect place to eat on a rainy summer evening. the bartenders and general manager were so friendly and helpful. and the food was amazing!"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "I've been wanting to go here for a while. Food was excellent! I will definitely return with a larger group so we can sample the shore dinners!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Thought we would try this place for our anniversary dinner. The food is good not exceptional. However, our service was abysmal. We began with cocktails before we ordered our meal. We ordered everything together as that was our servers preference which was a big mistake! Oysters, soup and Lobster gratin all arrived at exactly the same time. Before we could finish our oysters, the entrees arrived which were promptly returned to the kitchen. Wine was ordered prior to our oysters arrival but no where to be seen for 35 minutes, however, it took less than 20 minutes for all our food to arrive. Our server didn't even apologize or offer a complimentary desert, nothing. Front of the house and the window definitely needs work! Won't return"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The food was great but the service very slow. Dinner took two and a half hours, mostly waiting for somebody to come to the table. Our server asked us how we liked our dessert and they hadn't brought it yet."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We went to Kinmont because it is listed as one of the best new restaurants in Chicago and because of their focus on seafood. I found the service good, the atmosphere fun, but not a lot of fish. They had two fish specials and several combinations of raw platters. The oysters may not be typical for Chicago, but every place in town, Steak, Italian, whatever, has two fish specials - so what's the big deal? I had the trout grilled in olive oil and it was very good."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Wanted a new place in Chicago. This is one that was rated in the top 10 of Chicagos newer restaurants. We were not disappointed at all. Service was on point, food was good, great atmosphere as well. A go to place."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The food here just lacks finesse. Nothing was bad, but everything seemed overly creamy, cheesed, etc. Sort of reminded me of an old steakhouse menu that decided to go fish heavy. Seasoned well, but the prep was clunky (fat cuts of cobia, clunky tartare knife work, etc). Service was competent but slow, even on a slower night. Has more potential than they're letting it realize."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Went for my wife's birthday on Tuesday night. Got a great table outside. The wines we had we good. Salmon tartar was very good, along with the wreck fish and walleye. We were going to possibly order another drink/coffee and dessert however our waitress was MIA. Tables on either side from us were receiving great service, and we did up until after receiving entrees. I went inside to the host stand to inquire about our server after finishing. Minutes latter she came out asking if we wanted anything else, not acknowledging the lack of time between visits. The person who I spoke to at the desk came by and said he mentioned to the manager what I said, and he thought they would come by. That never happened so we paid and left."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "I loved my dining experience at Kinmont on Saturday. Our server Mark was great and paced our meal perfectly. He had great recommendations and thoughts on what dishes went well together. I am still thinking about the salmon tartare. I had the wreckfish and my friend had the walleye. I would recommend both dishes. We shared a bottle of wine, so I did not get a cocktail, but I've heard they are great. The bar looked like a great place to grab a bite if you can't get a reservation. I can't wait to go back. They have about 10 tables outside on a sidewalk patio. Since it's a quiet part of Superior, I think it would be a great option."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We absolutely loved this place. Cool interior, great service. But the food was the shining star as it should be. The fish was incredible across everything we ate. The wreck fish was great, cooked perfectly. And I'll go back for the Crudo alone."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The menu here is very limited, but the food is well-prepared and presented nicely. The wait staff is personable, knowledgeable and attentive without being overly instrusive. Our table of 4 had 3 catch-of-the-day entrees (2 trout and 1 walleye), and the delicious chicken-fried quail. All were excellent. We wished there were salad options, as well as better - and perhaps more - dessert choices. The wine list is good, but like the menu, kind of limited (given the amount of fish dishes, there should be more rieslings and sauvignon blancs - and maybe less chardonnay, which doesn't usually go well with fish). We'll definitely go back here."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This is our second time at Kinmont and again the food was quite good. The risotto, trout, mussels, and linguine were all stand out dishes that we would get again. Only thing to note that I have found as a detriment is how loud it gets in the main room - even w/o it being completely full. The other item would be that the main room also gets quite dark."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Even though it took almost an hour for our main courses, the food was excellent. The waitress wasn't very attentive and didn't say anything about the wait. We were a little pressed for time so next time we go, and we definitely will, we'll leave ourselves more time."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Went to dinner with my wife and her sister. The whole fish was absolutely delicious! The oysters were also great. I had the waiter's suggestion of the trout. The fish itself was great, but the topping was not my thing. I scraped most of it off and enjoyed the fish by itself. The steak filet was not bad, but nothing special. I would stick to seafood next time. Cocktails were very tasty."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "This restaurant is new since last February. The reviews that loved this place are all correct. I had the trout and it was excellent! My wife had a great dinner as well. She really liked the oysters and tried them all!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "took our out of town friends who have strict eating habits and everyone loved it. the food was delicious and beautifully prepared. the restaurant itself was beautiful and inviting. one of our favorite new restaurants. only gave it four stars because it was very pricey so we won't be able to go back very often..."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We sat outside, which was very pleasant and avoided the noisy interior. The food was surprisingly good. Very fresh shrimp, perfectly prepared walleye, and a risotto which looked a bit unusual but tasted great. Friendly and attentive service. The limited wine list had a few decent wines at reasonable prices, both by the glass and by the bottle. The outside seating is badly designed, requiring the server to do some gymnastics to get around the tables. Overall an outstanding neighborhood place."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "They should have some type of chicken/ poultry as a staple on the menu for non-fish eaters. Yelp indicated there was a great Amish chicken and I was disappointed they had only a steak & risotto as only options. I was told by management they only served products that they believed were good quality. I understand; however, seems that there is always some type of poultry that would meet their guidelines."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Found Kinmont through Chicago magazines list of best new restaurants and decided to go here to celebrate a birthday. The ambiance was amazing and the food was even better! The Shore Dinner was huge and beyond delicious and reasonably priced. I have already recommended it to several friends and will definitely be back!!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "So I was VERY underwhelmed by the service and entrees. So the space is creative and amazing. Drink list great and I enjoyed my drink so much I did have a second although it took it about the time we were ready to pay the check that it came. So oysters and shrimp cocktail was very good we did the captains choice and he picked well! We also ordered the shrimp bisque and it was ok. The entrees not so good fish & chips were the regular run of the mill and my linguine and clams was down right gross. The waiter was very nice and sweet but was so slow on getting us everything from keeping ice tea refilled to getting me my second drink ordered during dinner that came when our check did??? Probably wont return or recommend."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "we really enjoyed our dinner at Kinmont - food was very good, as was our server. It was a bit loud, we were a table of 4 and it was hard to hear at times - but overall we enjoyed our experience and would definintely go back"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Quite quaint restaurant with wonderful food. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Went to Kinmont for the first time the other night and totally enjoyed it. We had oysters, delicious. We had the whitefish salad, also delicious. Then we had the whole fish, which was delicious too. We didn't order dessert, but our excellent waitress was kind enough to send one over anyway. Our experience was excellent, and look forward to going back."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Stylish ambience, a sincere server and carefully sourced food do not, unfortunately, always add up to a good dining experience. One outstanding dish -- the soft boiled egg with cheesy grits and chicken livers -- could not overcome failings in other courses. For a restaurant that touts it oysters, serving one out of six that is below standard (dry/anemic) is not acceptable. But the real failing was the whole roasted fish. An ill-considered preparation -- topping a whole fish with a mound of dry, underseasoned slaw -- does not make it easy to debone a fish meant for two. Our server's clear lack of experience in serving whole fish left us with plates full of a tepid mixture of bones, fish and slaw. Hit or miss, but mostly miss."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We were so excited to get a reservation at Kinmont, but the experience was just average. While the oysters, Parker rolls, and salad we ordered were very good, our entrees were average and a little disappointing; especially since our server described everything as "excellent" when we asked her opinion. Also, no ambiance here if you get one of the tables seated along the wall that are so close together our server's behind was on our table as she took the order from the table next door. Why do new restaurants insist on bench seating that crams tables within a foot of each other? I wouldn't go back. Too msny other great restaurants. The bar, however, looked cozy. If we had eaten in there., mIght have had a totally different experience."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Loved this place! Fantasic service and fresh food. However, I would like to see less farmed fish on the menu. A must try."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Decided to try Kinmont for a birthday dinner. The food was great and the service was wonderful. The server was very knowledgeable of the menu and had good recommendations though there was no wow factor that keeps me talking about it. Drinks were so-so but nice wine list."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Nice place , decor interestingly nice, Service excellent. The food was fair at best and over priced. too many other good restaurants in Chicago to go back here. was disappointed."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We went to celebrate a birthday and it was a wonderfully festive occasion. Our waiter (Mark) was just great - he made wonderful recommendations, all of which we tried. They truly made us feel special and the food was a highlight."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Fabulous service and exceptional seafood! What a terrific experience!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Our first visit to Kinmont was vry nice, the seafood plate for 2 was wonderful. Then we kept adding other entries, sides. We had a table for 2 and another guest joined us for dinner, wasn't room at our small table, so our wait staff person accommodated us, moved our food, etc. into the nice bar area. Expensive however would go back."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We thought the food was excellent. We would like to visit more frequently but it was a bit pricey. We will return for sure though. The wine list would be easier to read if each wine listed the region or state it comes from. Some wines included this info and others did not."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "So excited for this place! I live in the area and will definitely be back. Kinmont has it all - great atmosphere, delicious good and amazing service. I mean, who doesn't love a personal thank you note in a cute note pad , a visit from the manager and a follow up phone call the next day to make sure we had a great time? We tried the Arctic Char - it was so good! Apparently the sight of two women trying this whole fish was curious because nearby tables came over to ask if they should get the same. I heard they also have happy hour and can't wait to check it out!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Wait person was unable to answer most of our questions (at least not accurately as it turned out! ) If you like cream in your coffee be prepared to be served skimmed milk instead. Also ,our request at the time reservation was made (well in advance) for a corner table was not only not honored but completely ignored. Someone from the restaurant called the next day to see if we were pleased but when I conveyed the above it was clear that these concerns were not taken seriously."
    Dined on 6/17/2014