North Pond
North Pond

North Pond

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.northpondrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7734775845x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Wednesday - 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 7734775845x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lakeview & Deming
  • Public Transit: CTA 151, 156 (Wrightwood), 22 (Clark & Deming)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Due to construction blocking our Lakeview & Deming Valet area, we have temporarily relocated our Valet and Taxi drop off locations:
    Valet Parking - $10 per vehicle. Drop-off is at the Gazebo on Stockton Drive, on the West side of the park.
    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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
North Pond reviews from OpenTable diners
242 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (195)scenic view (184)fit for foodies (170)romantic (164)neighborhood gem (104)notable wine list (82)great for brunch (44)great for outdoor dining (30)hot spot (15)good for groups (13)great for lunch (8)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Beautiful & fantastic food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    North Pond is one of the most beautiful restaurants in Chicago and its location adds to the charm. The food and service are outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Hodgie2
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I have you eaten in a lot of places. This was one of the best meals I've ever had. It was a Sunday brunch. The flavors were wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    BillVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We live an hour outside the city, but drove in just for brunch Sunday. The pace is slow, and the service matches the food, outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The only thing I could complain about was that the music was a bit too loud at one point to converse with the rest of my table. Otherwise, everything was perfect. I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Star of chicago
    EnjoyGoodFood
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We didn't know what to expect when we made reservations for North Pond but were very pleased with our experience. The restaurant has a very warm ambiance with arts and crafts styling. The mood is relaxed and welcoming, set by a gracious staff. The food was a wonderful blend of distinct flavors fused in a complementary harmony. The food was presented in an artistic and elegant manner. The waitstaff were cordial helpful and accommodating. North Pond offers one of the nicest dining experiences we have experienced anywhere in the world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Evening at North Pond
    Furndog
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary with another couple celebrating their 7 year wedding anniversary over this past weekend at North Pond. The service, food, ambiance, etc. was nothing short of amazing. The host printed Happy Anniversary menus for us to bring with us, had Happy Anniversary scripted on the desert item, etc. What a magical evening and we will forever remember this experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Foodie Experience
    GandLfromTX
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Located off the street in Lincoln Park, the view of North Pond and the Chicago skyline make for a great romantic foodie dinner. The service was a little slow, but we were in no hurry. We had the Smoke Brined Pork Loin and the Chilean Sea Bass- both were prepared and presented very creatively, and were wonderfully delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb
    Tburgess
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Celebrated a special occosion, and I loved the special touches that North Pond added. Amazing setting, beautiful restaurant with outstanding food and service; it was a great choice. Loved the seasonal menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Disappointed
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    First time at North Pond. Can't wait to go there again and especially in the summer when we can sit outside and enjoy the view. Good service, good, food, a high price but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The menu is very limited. My wife had difficulty finding something she wished to order.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice but noisy guests ruined mood
    ddown
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    My wife and I went to North Pond for a wedding anniversary dinner. The staff was very friendly and the general ambiance of the restaurant was nice. The staff personalized our menu and a dessert course, which we thought was very thoughtful. However, a loud and obnoxious table beside us ruined the mood for everyone else. Although the customers were causing the noise, the restaurant is ultimately responsible for every guest's dining experience. As such, they should have kindly asked the loud table to keep the noise down. This table was so loud that it ruined the romantic mood. The restaurant staff, otherwise perfectly friendly and professional, failed to take action. Also, we found it strange that 3-4 different people served us food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nbbm
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Extremely slow service food is nothing special they spend to much time in the presentation portions are to small
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Meal I've Had In Chicago
    Mighel
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Delicious, inventive creations, perfectly sized portions, tremendously attentive wait staff. From the time we sat down, we felt the attention to detail from top to bottom, and it was reflected in the 4 courses that we had for dinner. Fresh, local ingredients combined in unexpected, yet approachable ways. Definitely recommended, and we plan to go back every anniversary!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    Foodie4VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    My girlfriends and I went for brunch and it was wonderful! I though the egg bacon, pork bean, and plum honey were the best options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely brunch, perfect fall locale
    Sisters
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Fresh, complex food pairings. Mostly hits, a few misses (crab bisque flavor overwhelmed by too many ginger snaps. Hard to eat yogurt sauce off the bumpy slate used for duck presentation). Men in our group left hungry. Loved the pork. Tuna good. Beef ok. Desserts yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay
    InsearchofexcellenceVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food and service were mundane. I was not impressed with the combination of flavors or selection of how the plates were arranged. We were annoyed that service was always coming over to our table inquiring how everything was. Just not classy for us. This critique is based solely on eating at other Michelin star restaurants throughout the world. On a scale of 1-10 as a M1 star restaurant it is a 3.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Classic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    North Pond has it all. Can be a little hard to find but it is part of the charm. And once you are there, it is relaxing and worth it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • life changing meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    BF & I knew we were in for a treat. We had no idea it would be like this. After the meal, I felt like I'd just had sex. Can't decide? Don't be afraid to let your server decide for you. Don't leave Chicago w/out visiting this gem. Seriously. You'll regret it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience as always
    Wgcsilver
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We come here every year for our anniversary and every year the food and service is outstanding. Seasonal tasting menu and wine pairing is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice
    Y2KMCS
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Service was perfect. Bruno inside such a nice park makes it special. Food was very nice too. Wine's were more expensive than i thought they would and should be.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistency rules!
    drzeppoVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This was the first time i ate here in the daytime, and it was truly wonderful. Perfect sunny day, perfect view over the pond. Great meal and a wonderful server, Kevin. A must stop every time i am in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    Lestat
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Went to North Pond for brunch to celebrate a special family occasion. It was the perfect place to do so and the food was wonderful. The view is the best in the city of Chicago, the food and service were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Whenever I have out of town visitors who enjoy good food and ambience, I bring them here. I've never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic night with a view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Great for a romantic night out with fabulous food and service. See the beautiful skyline and water without the hassles of downtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A true dining experience
    Diningdiva
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The food selection was so enticing it was difficult to choose. The waiter was well versed on the menu and aided in making the right selection. The presentation of each plate was as beautiful as the view of North Pond outside our window, which began with the Chicago skyline in daylight just across North Pond and ended with the twinkling lights of the city and the moon reflecting in North Pond. Magical. The concord grape sorbet I had for dessert was absolutely delicious and luckily remained on my palette for some time. The architecture outside and inside the building let you know this was a special place. The chef sent both an appetizer and a dessert taste to our table and a special menu welcoming me by name was printed on our menus
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fresh and exciting cooking.
    2sydney2
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The food the ambience and service met all our expectations. Although we didn't opt for the degustation and decided on al a carte we certainly didn't miss out on tasting the best the restaurant had to offer. The freshness of the food shone through in all the dishes we tried. My fish was succulent, cooked to perfection without being overly laden with sauces.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Food Ever
    francijb
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This was an amazing experience. The food was phenomenal and they really want the extra mile to make our 1st Anniversary Special--including specially printed menus. I can't recommend this place enough. No matter what you get, I am sure it will be some of the best food you have ever eaten. Period.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic experience
    TFranklin
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food, service and wine parings were exceptional. One of the best dining experiences I have had in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a Treat!
    AmiconVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    My husband and I went to North Pond last night for our anniversary. The whole meal start to finish was superb! The staff was very attentive and knowledgeable. I got the Corn & Smelt Soup, Tomato Salad, and Salmon Entree. All were perfectly prepared and so unique!! All the food is locally sourced and you can tell that the chef puts a lot of TLC into each plate. Menu is changed seasonally. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Geo Furman
    geo3dine
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    It was an early afternoon brunch with sun shinning through the Frank Loyd Wright windows The food was delightful, atmosphere was as well. The food was excellent with a very nice plating for each course. I cannot wait to go back for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    A group of 6 of us, on vacation, went to the North Pond for Sunday brunch. It was superb! Every meal ordered was perfect. The flavors were great. Portion size was exactly right. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for great food that might not be exactly what you're used to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Love This Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My partner and I decided at the last minute to fly to Chicago for our 29th anniversary and had fond memories of eating at North Pond awhile back. The first time we went there was a rain storm travelling to the restaurant with tree limbs on the streets and a torrential downpour upon arriving at the pathway to the restaurant.........needless to say we were drenched after walking the pathway to the restaurant............but still it was a wonderful experience. This past Saturday was perfect..........cool, crisp, clear night............great table, fantastic food and server........it was perfect. I highly recommend this restaurant not only for a special occasion but anytime you are in Chicago..............
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Best restaurant in Chicago for a special occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • North Pond excels
    DJSWashDC
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The tasting menu was superb with one course exceeding the next EXCEPT for the main course of meat which paled compared to the others. The dishes on the tasting menu are very complex with novel combinations which are wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great For Celebrations
    Kathy
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Mention the occasion and they put that on the top of the menu -- fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular night
    Effanelle
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Special birthday and made to feel VERY special. Delicious food and wonderful to experience local seasonal fare. Will definite return when next in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Went here for brunch. It was nothing special. Each dish used way too many ingredients so that you could not appreciate what may have special, e.g. the flat iron steak, the blueberry cornbread. Also, other than the feature ingredient each and every "side" was, frankly, bad. I understand that it is fine dining, but the chef needs to take a lesson in simplicity. The main course could just have been more steak, and a simple potato (the rice was terrible) and the desert should have been a larger piece of blueberry cornbread without, the candied pecans, caramel popcorn, etc. NOT! worth $100 (with only coffee to drink) for two people with tax and tip included.
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  • Fabulous brunch!
    LiveToEatVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    What a beautiful setting for a very special restaurant. The food is a treat for the senses; the presentation is colorful and inticing, and the flavors are a reflection of what is fresh in the market. The combination of flavors are perfectly balanced! This was a fabulous 'last taste of Chicago' as we headed home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoy every visit.
    chitowndiner
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We can always count on North Pond for a great food experience but the warm night which allowed for all the doors to be open was spectacular. The sun sets on the lagoon with the city backdrop as the Chef's tasting begins. Be sure to ask for the front/window room. A unique building in an almost hidden location. Amazing fresh ingredients well prepared in a romantic, peaceful setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply amazing!!
    ChicagoLanceVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    After our experience at North Pond this week, I have a new favorite restaurant to recommend to friends or colleagues looking for a great place to dine while in Chicago. Approaching North Pond, it reminds you of Tavern on the Green - settled deep into Lincoln Park, away from the busy streets and overlooking a large pond with the city in the background. We experienced the tasting menu - every single bite was mouth-watering!! The fois gras was our favorite but that isn't to say that the beef wasn't fall off the fork delicious! Our service was top-notch and with every wine pairing she shared stories with why the wine was one of her favorites. If you go - spend the extra to get the tasting menu and wine pairings!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.