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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: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm;
    Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 1:30pm;
    Closed Mondays.

  • 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: Natalie Labun (773) 477-5845

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lakeview & Deming
  • Public Transit: CTA 151, 156 (Wrightwood), 22 (Clark & Deming)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking during dinner and Sunday brunch are $9 per vehicle. Drop-off is at the Gazebo on Stockton Drive, on the west side of the park. There is limited street parking along Stockton and Cannon.

    The best taxi drop-off is at 2610 North Cannon, on the West side of the street. A North Pond Sign marks the spot where a taxi can enter. From there, the restaurant is a short walk into the park.
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 WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "We selected this restaurant for our vacation start. The staff was very accommodating to our possible delay in arrival and dinner was a treat. We will return. Menu was well balanced in flavor and lovely presentation. Much attention given to local availability and seasonal foods."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "It was amazing! We did the tasting menu and the service was great!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "All the ratings and accolades for North Pond are accurate and well deserved. The staff are extremely knowledgable and well versed in both the menu and wine list. Just an amazing experience."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I made reservations well in advance, requesting a table by the window so we had the view. First, no table outside. No table by the window. We were relegated to a booth by the bathrooms. Secondly, our server didn't appear for 15 minutes. Another server took took our drink order, which then took another 15 minutes to get. A bottle of wine was part of that order, but they advised that that selection was unavailable...try again. Our server surfaced about now to advise that she was quite busy with a 94th birthday party. And then there was the food. Fish preparation was described as cool center. We specifically ordered to be cooked medium, with a warm center. Neither fish came as ordered. Only good thing here is the architecture and the view."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Booked based on reputation as "most romantic". Where? Perhaps a few tables in side/front room, but dining room where we sat was not. Main dining room actually very noisy and far from romantic. They had run out of 2 of the fish dishes on menu. Food and service was very good, but compared to reputation, overall somewhat disappointing. PS Could have done without the drama around bartenders injured ankle. Sorry for her, but didn't need this a part of my romantic dining experience."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "North Pond is one of Chicago's loveliest restaurants with an exquisite picturesque view of a beautiful pond situated at the north end of Lincoln park. The food is simply superb and highly creative, and the service is friendly and attentive. Just about everything at this restaurant is perfection. I cannot think of a more ideal place to bring out-of-town guests, which is what we did last Saturday night. They fell in love with North Pond just as my wife and I did several years ago."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This will be our 3rd time dining with North Pond for our anniversary. Every time we are at this restaurant we are treated wonderfully, the food is an experience and we have a romantic sweet dinner. We have made it a tradition in our home to dine with them, they even personalized the menu for us. We realized before we left that we had accidentally left it there, and they said that it is not a problem and that they would send us another copy via mail. We were really happy to hear that since we keep the menus each year :) I would recommend this restaurant for any special occasion, the tables next to us were celebrating birthdays."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I am not sure how long North Pond has been around, we just found this gem in Lincoln Park, nestled in the woods on North Pond lies this charming Franlk Lloyd Wright style restaurant. We were seated in the sun room, windows open with a view of the pond. The food was very unexpected, incredible combinations of flavors, my appetizer was a mushroom sautee with a duck egg and carrot foam dome with mushroom broth drizzeled over it all at the table. My wife had the Halibut which as she said was the best she ever had."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "WE eat out a lot here in Chicago and have been to some of the very best the city has to offer...but when it comes to that special occasion (9th Anniversary)...there is only one choice for us to guarantee a great evening and great food...The North Pond. Quality, diversity, flavors and new fun things to try is all there. Intimate bar for the cocktail and then let the experience begin."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I took my mom when she visited in town. We didn't know what to expect and it's definitely a more romantic type place, not exactly mother-daughter-grabbing-a-bite. However, we had a GREAT time! The food was some of the best we've ever had, the food was incredible and the atmosphere was warm and inviting. Excellent restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "My thought is that the chef is trying too hard to get as many ingredients on the plate as possible. Unfortunately the tastes often conflicted, and often the sauces overpowered the main ingredient, as in a very strong space for a mild fish. I would have liked a "cheat sheet" to identify the components on the plate."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We went for brunch for my wife's birthday. The service was impeccable, food was great, and the decor and the view were fantastic. I would definitely recommend it."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The stroll through the park to the restaurant was spectacular. The list of wine and beers was thorough. We mostly consumed mixed drinks and they were not made very consistently. Strong seafood offering in entree section. Halibut and swordfish were both great. Soft shell crab appetizer was a miss...very difficult to eat and no meat to speak of. Consider North Pond for a romantic night or special occasion."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "A caveat here is that 4 out of the 6 in our party found the food at North Pond to be outstanding. I find that my tastes have shifted from a lot of things going on in a dish to a more Alice Waters style of simple ingredients impeccably prepared. This review, admittedly, is highly subjective. This is not to say that the dishes were not impeccably prepared, I just felt that there was too much going on on the plate and some of the flavors plane did not work for me. So if you are not a fan of fussy food I'd steer clear of this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "They need to do a better job of coordinating taxi's at end of night for their guests. It is last impression of dining experience."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Food was exceptional, very creative menu and great presentation. Bar service and front desk service was a bit spotty - it was difficult to get drinks and a table we wanted. Restaurant/table service was wonderful!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "A group of girl friends celebrated their 70th birthdays at the North Pond restaurant. The staff was attentive and even provided complimentary glasses of champagne and extra desserts. The food and presentation was superb. Our only complaint is that Open Table should relate that tables near the window, facing the Pond, are first come first served."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Fantastic place! Great food and service. We are coming back for sure!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "North Pond provided the consummate evening. Everyone was exceptionally gracious, the food was beyond fabulous, the setting was incomparably romantic, and every moment was memorable. I could not possibly imagine a more perfect restaurant experience. The service was flawless. The most succelent softshell crab ever. I could scour the world for years in hopes of finding a similar experience, and yet here is North Pond, right in my very own back yard. What a discovery! As Chaucer wrote, "the lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne"-- but you have learned the craft! Still wondering if it really happened, or if it was just a dream. Yes, it really was that wonderful. Thank you."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "My wife and I have a wonderful 30th anniversary dinner. Very special. Food, wine, and service were outstanding. 1st time to North Pond; we will go back again for dinner!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Had eaten at north pond for dinner several times previously, but this was our first brunch experience. It was fabulous."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I've been here twice for their Sunday Brunch. The service, food, interior, and setting looking out at North Pond, are all fantastic!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Great atmosphere, excellent food and an array of different gins that you don't see in many places with the concentrations now being on bourbons. Thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. Pricey but the food, presentation, atmosphere and location were well worth making North Pond an event place."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "If FLW had been a chef rather than an architect he would have worked here. The restaurant is beautiful and spacious but romantic and intimate at the same time as all good prairie style spaces should be. The food is amazing, just what you would expect from a fine dining restaurant in Chicago. What is unexpected is the portion sizes, they are ample and you will want to eat everything on your plate. The service is also outstanding without being pompous and over the top. A wonderful experience."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "A most delightful and delectable dining experience for a memorable 40th anniversary celebration!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "This was one of the most memorable dinner we ever had. the food and the service were outstanding and in addition the location and the view are making this restaurant a real gem. Everything was just perfect."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Got engaged here 11 years ago and returned the first couple anniversaries - just returned to celebrate for our 10th and the food is just as, if not, better! So consistent and fresh and love how they use local fare. I'm not even sure how they pair up certain ingredients that I would never dream of in a million years, but it works incredibly well. The chef is a food scientist! Plus, for certain special occasions, they take the time to personalize your menu! (Ours had our names and happy anniversary). What a special touch that made the evening & experience that much more special."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Favorite in town. Love the approach to the food. Very competent staff. Always aiming to make your experience enjoyable. My wife and I have been dining here for 7 anniversaries plus other special occasions."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Great food uniquely prepared..inattentive staff who was slow to respond 30 minutes for a cup of coffee and there were empty tables. Table was so cramp that my chair hit the back of another, my wife had to sit and an angle. Very uncomfortable."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • " I celebrated my birthday last night and it was a magical experience. When we arrived, fog had settled over the pond and the view from our table in the bar overlooking the pond was very atmospheric, with fog masking the buildings across the park. Our dinner was delicious, halibut for me and lamb for my husband-both tasty and just the right size portions after our shared appetizer. Kudos for our waitperson Caroline. She always appeared at our table at just the right time and we enjoyed talking with her at meal's end. Service was well-paced. We enjoyed not being rushed at our late evening seating. Caroline treated me to a coconut dessert for my birthday. I appreciated the personalized menu as a momento for the memorable night!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Immediately disappointed by location of our table for four. First time sitting in back by kitchen. VERY dark and our view was the kitchen as opposed to lovely pond and lincoln park. Ordered a glass of Prosecco and they didn't have it. I ordered something from each course offered and wasn't blown away by any. There wasn't one offering on the dessert menu that I even wanted. Our friends thought the same thing. No Coconut milk please. Blah"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This restaurant was the perfect destination for entertaining European friends. The setting, especially on a misty evening was pastoral yet captured the Chicago skyline. We were seated in the inner dining area where we could watch the chefs at work. Those seated in the outer area had views of the park and lagoon. It is a little dark for reading menus with aging eyes. Our meals were delicious and I was particularly please with the flavors and textures accompanying my striped bass. The wine list offered many choices, and we drank a lovely crisp Austrian wine. The North Pond is a terrific place to celebrate a special occasion, and I look forward to returning."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I had requested a special table for a special occassion when I made the reservation 2 months in advance so when we arrived and were placed in the corner of the back room with several other couples on a long table, I was extremely disappointed. The woman who seated us said "we serve first come first served, we don't take requests." So much for that. Just before our salads arrived, another woman who was at the desk noticed that several tables were open in the front room (where I had wanted to sit) and she came over and asked if we'd like to be moved. Things brightened after that and we had a delicious meal."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We thought a reservation would guarantee a nice table outside for our celebration.A warm evening proved otherwise.A beautiful setting, though lack of parking was inconvenient and made for a long walk in heels! We were put inside which was pretty but disaponting. We were moved outside after the 1st course. Hard to believe the food is award-winning. Strange combinations that didn 't seem to pair well. Very small portions of unidentifiable food, which was not hot and fish seemed underdone. The kitchen was slow though dining room not full. Service a bit slow. We were there for 28 min before we got our drinks. Another 25 min wait for bread.Waitress offered no help w/strange menu. Will Not return or recommend. Very expensive for the experience."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Locally sourced products presented artfully and expensively in moderate portions. Imaginative combinations of flavors pique the jaded palate. My husband's favorite for special occasions. Lovely view of the pond adds exceptional ambience, with bird life an added attraction."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Something has changed. I have been here numerous times with positive results. This time, the food preparation and presentation were horrible. Unfortunate because this was a go to place for out of towner guests."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We have dined at North Pond on multiple occasions. All have been wonderful but last Sunday was an exception. We felt that the service was very slow. We sat at our table upon arrival for, it seemed like, a long time before being greeted by the wait staff. I think we've been given a small first course (amuse) before at brunch. That didn't occur on Sunday and we could have used it due to the wait for service. I'm sorry that our experience didn't live up to other meals we've had at North Pond. We'll come again though and hope for a more "normal" dining experience."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "When it first opened it was a moderate and quaint place. Long time since it has been discovered by the Inn Crowd and so they reduced comfortable down to many small table so it is crowded with too many special occasion parties, mostly because it has undeserved notice. The 13 dollars house salad had all of three pieces of lettuce, the salmon at 38 dollars was small and under-cocked. Add 2 glasses of 16 wine and the bill was $200 for two people, that includes the $30 tip that was not really deserved. We would NEVER go back there. They should restore it back to the Park Shelter House that it was originally.. at least that had full-size wash rooms."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Lovely dinner to celebrate our daughter's graduation from the University of Chicago. Food and service outstanding. While we could not be seated on the patio, which would have been optimal, the dinner was none the less memorable. Use and treatment of exquisite ingredients was creative and delicious and beautifully explained by the waitstaff. And the personalized menu, WOW, what a lovely gesture! - Thank you!!!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food at North Pond is truly special. Every course and meal were fabulous. The chef puts flavors and textures together in a way that is both unusual and wonderful. The service absolutely could not have been beter. And it's so lovely there, inside the restaurant and outside. This isi a special place to go...we all loved it and highly recommend it."
    Dined on 6/13/2014