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North Pond
North Pond

North Pond Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.northpondrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (773) 477-5845
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm;
    Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 1:30pm;
    Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Bruce Sherman
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: North Pond provides one of the most distinctive settings in the city for private social and business events. Our Lincoln Park location offers stunning views of Chicago’s dramatic skyline. We offer an inclusive evening for your special occasion, complete with a seasonal four-course dinner
  • Private Party Contact: Chris Mars (773) 477-5845

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lakeview & Deming
  • Public Transit: CTA 151, 156 (Wrightwood), 22 (Clark & Deming)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet located at Lakeview and Deming. Available for dinner and Sunday brunch.
A word from North Pond
Located within Lincoln Park, at the edge of a pond overlooking Chicago's dramatic skyline, North Pond can easily claim the city's loveliest setting. Inspired by the market, Chef Bruce Sherman utilizes exceptional ingredients at the height of their season. His cuisine reflects the Arts & Crafts decor of the dining room - complex layers of subtle craft beneath a simple decorative style.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Why would a place with this level of attention to providing a brunch experience worth more than its price be so quiet & the room not filled? This, the dichotomy that is Chicago...at least to a New Yorker like me where a place this terrific would have standing room only & one hour wait. Do you like to keep well kept secrets to yourselves out in Chicago? From the gratis lovely celebratory drink to the last dessert we enjoyed every bite of our brunch; joy at having been so lucky to find it.. Every dish and every element inside each dish was tasty and expertly prepared- both fish dishes ordered were hot, crispy where they should have been. and the accompaniments complimented, highlighting each bite. (I am a chef so these details are important)"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Loved eating here. We went to celebrate a birthday. Food was amazing and cooked perfect. We had beef and fish and two salads. Wine was also very good. The restaurant printed on the menu happy birthday and even wrote happy birthday in chocolate on the desert plate. Really nice touches. The meal was very well paced never felt rushed but did not feel like we were waiting on the next course."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "This restaurant is really a treasure. The food is amazing, which everyone knows now that it has won a Michelin star. The seasonal menu constantly changes but the quality is consistently outstanding. The best thing about it though is that there is no hint of pretension. The wait staff is friendly and welcoming and do everything in their power to ensure a memorable dining experience. This restaurant is perfect to bring out of towers to. The view is amazing and the restaurant itself is lovely. It is also great for a business dinner since the noise level is low enough to allow a conversation. North Pond has been around for a long time because it does so much right. I highly recommend you give it a try."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I love this restaurant, especially for brunch. Service is always superb from the waiter to the person that exchanges your plate, even the manager will come around with a bright smile. I can never complain about anything. Every time I've been here, the food or service has never disappointed me. Brunch is a bargain, you must give it a shot. It may be your go-to brunch place."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "North Pond has a wonderfully unassuming atmosphere, despite what the business casual attire requirement may suggest. Everythinh from the location to the interior design make North Pond a nice change from the typical Chicago fine dining restaurant."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Excellent food, very big wine selection, perfect service, very romantic"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great night out close to home! This was the best place to go to celebrate a new job and have a romantic date night. Everything on the chef's tasting menu was amazing. Loved trying the different inventive cocktails. Best service. Even put congratulations on the menu and brought out a special dessert. Beautiful view. Would come back for dinner or just to sit at the bar."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Haven't been to North Pond in years. It was a birthday celebration. Very kind to print a Happy Birthday on the menu and give a copy to my friend. The food was outstanding. The only thing I was not happy about was substitutions. I am not a fan of cabbage, and the server said it was their policy not to swap or change the sides. Otherwise a lovely evening."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Dining at North Pond never disappoints; and recently my recent visit to the restaurant for Sunday brunch was especially wonderful. I took my best friend there for her birthday, and the entire experience was so pleasing that I'm certain to be back again soon. From the wonderful courses, accompanied first by champagne and then fabulous coffee, we left both satisfied and uplifted."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated admissions to professional schools for our daughter and her husband with them at North Pond. Excellent in every way--wine, food, service. One of my favorites in Chicago. David Celio,Ph.D."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Despite a very lovely setting, the food was not equal to the surroundings. Very long waits between courses. The food is overly ambitious resulting in over sauced dishes. The main character in entrees was small and overpowered by everything else on the plate. The service, solicitous at first, dropped to non existent after the first course was served. Had to ask a bus boy to find her to order dessert. This was our first experience. Probably our last."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This was truly a find. Set in the middle of a park next to a pond gave the ambience that added boost. The presentation of the food was perfect. Service was impeccable. I loved how when a dish was brought to you they explained what it was that you were about to eat. The chef really takes pride in what he makes and it showed through the presentations and flavors. The prices are a little high, but not unaffordable. I really recommend this place."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Always wanted to experience North Pond, went during Chef's Week. Food was amazing, wine pairing was exceptional, service was impeccable. Would love to frequent more often but regular menu pricing would need to be reserved for special occasions."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "One of my favorite Chicago restaurants. A hidden gem."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We celebrated Terry's birthday and he was given wonderful treatment. We really enjoyed trying foods that were new to us and were very pleased with the tastes. We had an awesome experience."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We initially were seated by the door and were able to be switched to in front of kitchen which was busy with wait staff, but was not too loud to have a conversation. The main dining area is a lot quiter."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Our dinner at North Pond was wonderful. It is pricy but the quality is excellent. Beef, Lamb, and Halibut dishes were great."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Came for Chef's Week. Our server (Jennifer) was dismissive and rude - when asked what was her name - she said that they (waitstaff at North Pond) didn't give their names because dining at North Pond was not a TGIFriday experience. This comment set the tone for the evening. We demanded another waiter. We were given Nickolas - who was fabulous. But the experience has soured me from returning ever...their loss, as I am a foodie, who tips well."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I don't have words. The chef's week menu was amazing and unreal. Best meal I have ever had in Chicago!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The menu sounds a bit boring farm-sourced food, and I was worried it might either be too conservative or too precious with fennel pollen and vegetables five ways. But it turned out to be exactly the sort of food I like to eat with a fantastic balance of acid, creamy elements, bright greens, and texture. They like to mix up their deliveries so every bite is different and surprising depending on what you accidentally scoop up with your fork. Really pretty place, thoughtful food."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "If you want a great dinning experience with a wonderful view and a great setting this is the place for you. The location is tucked away among the ponds around Lincoln Park. The building is an old warming house from the early 1900's and it has a great ambiance with a prairie style design. You can either walk to the location or drop off your car however you must walk to the park to physically get to the restaurant. Makes for a very romantic little get away in the city. After or before dinner I suggest a walk to enjoy the setting as it almost feels like you are out in the country. The food is excellent, great cocktails, and a wonderful staff. I have dined at many great restaurants and this locations is on par with the top places."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Had a late reservation this past Sunday and had the chef week menu with wine pairings. Food was terrific, beautiful to look at and quite delicious. Wines were spot on for the courses. Our server was attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. As was the rest of the staff. Have not been here for too many Yeats but will not make that mistake again."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I was so impressed the first visit we (my husband and I) made over the summer that I could not wait to bring 2 of my dear friends. they were equally impressed and I cant wait to plan another visit"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We went for Sunday Brunch and were very pleased. Although the menu is limited, the presentation and quality far exceeded our expectations. We were not rushed, and the three courses came in a perfect pace."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I've wanted to go to the North Pond for quite some time and when I did, they didn't disappoint. Went there for my partner's (the foodie) 50th birthday and she was delighted. Everything from the actual structure of the building to the food was impeccable. They pay attention to detail and have nice added touches like putting your special occasion on your menu header. They put it in an envelope to take home which is a nice touch. I won't wait long to return and look forward to a Spring dinner there soon."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I am a foodie and have been trying all the top restaurants in Chicago. We were really impressed by North Pond. The service was excellent, and the food was unreal. Everything was prepared to perfection with a careful selection of fresh ingredients. This gave Schwa (our previous favorite) a huge run for the money. Cant wait to go back!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Was going for a nice client dinner - we arrived first to an empty restaurant and got attitude for wanting to sit down at table and not get a drink at bar even though my wife is pregnant.....then they showed us to literally the worst table in the restaurant which we declined and then the second worst - we asked for a table in the room with a fireplace and they said no - set the evening off on a bad note. Felt like second class citizens. Does this happen a lot with open table reservations? A shame because food was very good."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Nice place. Good food. It was a little challenging walking on the ice through the park."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Food was excellent and service was great! I would definitely recommend to a friend."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I went with my boyfriend for his birthday. North Pond had special menus printed for him with his name and the words "happy birthday." They gave him the menu along with information about the origin of the restaurant to take home at the end of our meal. The staff was very friendly and the food was delicious. Our hands down favorite dish was the pan seared foie gras. I would go back for that dish alone! All of the dishes we ordered were amazing. I'd like to go back in the spring or summer when the pond isn't frozen :)."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The taste was extra ordinary and the arrangement on the plate was very tastefull. Our best thanks to the chefs who really made and displayed proffesionel dishes for us. All the best from Norwegian guests - first time In Chicago"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This restaurant would have been a good choice in warmer months. But, since we went in March, the atmosphere was lacking and I simply couldn't warm up....kind of ironic for it once being the warming house! Dress accordingly. The food was ok, but overpriced for the quality and the service was random. It took about ten minutes for them to take our drinks order and then another 10-15 to get the drinks. Our main dish came extremely fast....so fast after the first course that by the time my son came back from the bathroom, the rest of us were almost finished with our meal. We went for a special occasion. I don't think I'll be going back any time soon."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great food, great service. A true Chicago gem. The duck was as goodas any we've had. The skate was excellent, though presentation was a little odd. A few nice extra efforts for my wife.s birthday, though I only brought it up once, when I confirmed the reservation"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "This place is truly amazing. The food, service, and ambience is impeccable."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "North Pond was incredible. From the food, to the service, and the wine pairings, each part of the night complimented the rest and was amazing. Go there!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "My boyfriend took me here for our anniversary. It was so wonderful! The service was great. The waiter was very helpful and nice, without hovering over us. The ambiance was romantic and intimate. The food was so wonderful! I liked how the menu only had 5-7 options per course, it was a variety of options without being overwhelming. The food was very fresh and of high quality. Each course was so wonderful! The restaurant called my boyfriend and asked for my name and if it was a special occasion. On the menu they listed our names and said happy anniversary, which they gave us to take home. They also brought out a plate after desert that said happy anniversary in chocolate. They made the night feel very special!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Everything was outstanding! This is a very cozy and romantic restaurant. The food is wonderful-fresh,seasonal inventive and good portion sizes. The chef added many touches to make the whole experience even more special. The service is warm and knowledgeable."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Any meal is fantastic at North Pond, but the Chef Tasting menu with wine pairings is worth every penny and truly makes for a special occasion. The service of this multi-course menu is also exquisite and is paced over an extended period of time so you can digest and enjoy each course. The servers are knowledgeable and make the presentation of each course and wine informative but not intrusive. Chef Sherman demonstrates his distinguished culinary talents with his specially prepared and presented dishes. I also enjoy his table visit at the end of the meal. This restaurant is beautiful in and of itself, and has the most magnificent view of the city from this pastoral site at the north end of North Pond in Lincoln Park."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "North Pond is by far one of my favorite restaurants in Chicagoland if not the US!!!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Actually, everything we tried was outstanding, but let's rewind a little. First, the service was fantastic. We had lots of questions and the waitress had well explained answers for them. There were nice little things like an amuse-bouche. It was the kind of service you only get at a truly upscale establishment. The food. The food was incredible. I can't imagine how many ingredients they use for each dish - each glorious sauce accompanying it's food art. I've been to this place several times and they don't disappoint. My only complaint is that they don't have any vegetarian entrees on the menu - several fish choices, but nothing veggie. If you're looking for an exceptional experience, this is a treat."
    Dined on 2/28/2014