Nice Outdoor Lunch Spot Downtown
Not too much car traffic, so it's not noisy or polluted. Food was great - try the hard-boiled eggs and watermelon salad...too die for! Have eaten here many times and never disappointed.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great experience during a busy hour
The food was great. I ordered the salmon and my only complaint would be that it was a bit saltier than I expected, but not inedible by any means. The s'mores dessert is amazing! We loved sitting outside and "people" watching, and even being right by the street it didn't seem too loud. We were there right during lunch time so there was a bit of a wait for the check, but when the server realized we were in a bit of a hurry she did great at bringing it back quickly, and it was nice to slow down and relax while eating. Overall, good experience.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went here after a play and had their prix fixe dinner. Food was very good. We particularly enjoyed a tasty watermelon salad. Service was good bordering on overpowering.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and service are alway very good. Surf and turf special was great.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
so far hasn't disapointed
This was out second time here and the food was great both times. Nice place for diner befor the theatre not too pricey and really great food. Will go back again for sure.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dinner place.
Great food and ok service to be had at South Water Kitchen. The pierogi was one of the best appetizers I have had anywhere.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We ate outside so I can't
We ate outside so I can't say too much about the inside. Fantastic food! I can't wait to go back!
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch fun feast
Enjoyed outside setting. Great fixed price luncheon options. Don't miss the s'mores! Delicious and decadent.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was good but really the standout for me was the service. I don't give service complements easily. Visited the restaurant on a Friday for dinner for eight adults. Our waiter knew his stuff, always there when we needed him without having to get his attention. The host staff were friendly and attentive, too. Do yourself a favor and order the trout - it was perfectly cooked. The pork belly was great too. The food, though not five stars worthy, is good here.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We tried the bacon s'mores,
We tried the bacon s'mores, and were blown away by how good they were. Housemade marshmallows and graham crackers with bacon and chocolate sauce - we were licking the plate!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice place for business lunch
This has the upscale casual feel of a perfect place for lunch with business associates, colleagues or friends. You can conduct business, discuss the day's events of just catch up over a fresh and inventive menu.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had the best mushroom soup I've ever had. The crab cakes were incredible. And the Bloody Mary is an experience! Definitely worth the trip!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed our SWK omelette
We enjoyed our SWK omelette at an outdoor table. Service was top notch and food was very good.
9/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
No more plastic food!
South Water Kitchen provides real homemade, hand made, delicious food. If you want food with flavor, this is the place to go.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We dined at South Water Kitchen as part of a group of four. Three of us ate off the prix fixe menu, which was delightful. My watermelon and feta salad to start was fresh and crisp with the perfect amount of onion and dressing. The flank steak was absolutely incredible - I don't think a knife would have actually been necessary and it was perfectly cooked to medium. I had Bacon Smores for dessert, which had pieces of smoky bacon included in the marshmallow topping a homemade graham cookie. Every last gooey bite was amazing. They also had a great selection of local beers, including the delightfully hoppy IPA I tried.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Comfort Food Heaven
I tried the soup of the day to start, asparagus with a wonderful amount of crunchy diced bacon on top. I followed that with the Pork Belly, which was too large to finish, but perhaps that was partially because I ate every last morsel of the mac and cheese served with it. I had a root beer float to finish that was the perfect size and consistency and reminded me I should have more root beer in my life. The server was friendly and knowledgeable, helping my friend find the perfect drink for her tastes.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Buffalo Shank was so tender
The Buffalo Shank was so tender it cut with a fork and was delicious. Lamb was not so much. Plan to go again and try something else. Even more importantly, it was quiet enough to have a conversation with my wife. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
9/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
great service and food. went for business lunch. try the deviled eggs
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had a wonderful dining experience
I had a wonderful dining experience at South Water Kitchen. My meal, consisting of whole grain waffles with fruit, was really tasty. The service was friendly and attentive. The room was also very attractive.
9/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Don't forget dessert!
Once again, I had an awesome time at South Water. Our waitress, Denise was phenomenal! My friend and I both wanted items that were on the previous season's menu, and she made it happen! The deviled eggs are to die for! So incredibly delicious. Oh and then the Bourbon bread pudding with butter pecan ice cream. Delicious is an understatement! It could have come with a bigger scoop of ice cream, though. Mmmmmmmm...
9/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good but pushed the wine
Really great food, especially the roasted root vegetables which is an odd thing to comment on but they were good. They were pretty pushy on ordering wine which I thought wa unnecessary. Other than that though it was great.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food, New Waiter?
My wife and I dined at South Water before Evita on Saturday, 9/28/13. The food was delicious. However, we must have had a new waiter. He was unfamiliar with the specials and asked odd questions during our meal. Overall, it was a great meal and we would recommend it to anyone.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent for a business dinner. Able to have a good conversation over excellent food.
9/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
I am on a wheat,dairy, sugar free diet and they were able to pull something together for me without any problem. They even had Stevia on hand!! THANK YOU
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Waitress was energetic and attentive. Hostess was also very attentive. The pre-fixe menu had good choices and very large portions. South Water Kitchen was super accommodating.
10/3/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good food and close to theaters
We had dinner and breakfast and both were excellent. Service was friendly and efficient
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great pre-theatre dining
We had tickets to the Hubbard Street Dance opening night on Thursday (which was extraordinary, btw) and wanted a quick but elegant dinner beforehand. I had the poached pear salad, which was delicious, and the butternut squash dumplings, which were absolutely wonderful. The restaurant was filling up but still conversation-friendly. The wait staff was attentive, informative and friendly. All in all, it was a great dining experience and in walking distance to the performance.
As a vegetarian, I especially appreciate the staff being prepared to answer questions about the base of soups and pastas. South Water kitchen is excellent in accommodating food allergies and special diets, while my meat-eating friends appreciate the diverse menu.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was excellent, but
The food was excellent, but it took awhile to get the check.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good food and service.
Very good food and service. The deviled egg appetizer is wonderful, entrees very good, and desserts are spectacular.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best scallops; perfectly prepared. Spaghetti squash underneath scallops made for an interesting contrast in textures. Good bar.
10/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Pre-Theater Dinner!
We love this place before a show in the Theater District. Good food, reasonable prices, nice portion sizes and good wine selections. Don't miss the bacon mac and cheese (white cheeses, not orange) or the bourbon pecan bread pudding!
10/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Second Time Around...
...and still as good as we remembered. Great food, amazing service and for a very reasonable price.
10/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
My most recent dining experience
My most recent dining experience at South Water Kitchen had problems from the start, primarily slow service and lukewarm food. These problems were promptly resolved by the management. Ultimately, our experience was a positive one.
10/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
not too noisy place, really
not too noisy place, really good for a business lunch meeting. Very good draft beer selection from local breweries. Food is just great, I'm surprised any time I'm eating there.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
good food - service needs work
Went for saturday brunch around 11am.. the place had a nice crowd but not really crowded or loud. The menu is really interesting, makes you want to try everything. It seemed like our water was relatively new, so asking for explanations of how the items were prepared (how is the xx prepared) was met with "i'll ask the kitchen." We made a number of special requests (some cinnamon for coffee for example), but they were never fulfilled. Not a huge deal but something that distracts from the meal.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice Surprise in the Loop
Seems like most of the Loop restaurants are pretty mundane. Nothing bad, but lacking in something unique that isn't either geographically not great or over priced. Not the case with South Water Kitchen. The space is really nice - almost "steak-house-ish" but comfortable and well put together. The menu is eclectic and the food was well prepared and presented well. Prices are very reasonable for the quality of food and the location. It's nice to have a little more of an upscale location to go to for lunch.
10/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
great coffee. Fabulous place
great coffee. Fabulous place for a business breakfast!
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great brunch place near the
Great brunch place near the river. Great food for both kids and adults. Would definitely return.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Love this place
Been here quite a few times, despite the fact that it is a bit of a walk from my workplace. Every time is a treat! This time we just had the mac & cheese with chipotle ham side dish and it was plenty for a lunch - and so creamy and good. Never have had a bad meal here, but have had some outstanding ones!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Rosey Review for Rose' Lovers
This was our second visit to the restaurant and I was again pleased to find a few rose's offered! The sparkling one was fantastic! Our party of 4 enjoyed golden trout, salmon, scallions and a bison shank ---all entrees beautifully prepared and presented. Soups and salads met with approval and the bread pudding was devoured!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food close to theater
Great meal very close to the Oriental Theater! Had my friend from New York and impressed her with Chicago!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our first time at South Water Kitchen. I was looking for something close to the theater district since we were seeing an afternoon show. SWK was a perfect spot! The service was fast and the food (Sunday brunch) was great.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, relaxing atmosphere
Visited with a group of ladies for a Saturday afternoon shopping day. Food was very good, although the servings were bigger than
we could eat in one sitting. Would suggest sharing the entre. The waiter was very pleasant and attentive. Would recommend this to anyone looking for a interesting menu and relaxing atmosphere.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely shopping brunch
We very much enjoyed our Sunday brunch. We were seated quickly and service was good. Our food selections were delicious and well-prepared.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great when seeing a show
Consider South Water Kitchen when looking for a restaurant conveniently located near the theatre district. Go for a menu filled with unique entrees (including a great vegetarian one: acorn squash stuffed with rice, promegranate seeds - huge portion and delicious. Great atmosphere that works for a romantic dinner or with your family. We hadn't been in several years and had a lovely early dinner after a Chicago Theatre show. Close-by, delicious and good service.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great street walking seats!
When we arrived with our party of 4 we were seated near the very big windows that give you a great view of the streets. Fun to watch while waiting for lunch!
Lunch overall was very good. One party member ordered the steak burger but it was very dry. She did concede that she ordered it well done though.
The BBQ pork was light and delicious and the the PB&J (Pear, Brie and blackberry jam) was divine. Service was slow on getting our drinks but water was served right away. Our bottle ran out of water twice and they were slow to refill it as well. Lunch was served fairly quickly.
Lovely interior and had some old world charm while still feeling very modern. Will return!
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful dining experience
The ambience was comfortable and quiet enough to have a pleasant conversation. Service was attentive, responsive and friendly. The food was outstanding. The prix fixe menu was excellent and my salmon was done to perfection. The included dessert choices were decadent and VERY generous. Menu offerings were interesting enough for any refined pallet. Properly priced. AND and an easy walk to the theater. I would definitely return.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
American comfort food
Traditional dishes prepared with a modern take. Outstanding food, service was excellent. Great place for a Loop meal after work.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was looking for a restaurant in the theater district that could accommodate a party of seven. South Water Kitchen was the only one available for the time we needed. It was a great place to have brunch before our show. Service was excellent and our food came out promptly and fantastic!! We couldn't have been happier with this restaurant!!
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
The restaurant, which is attached to the Hotel Monaco, has a charming, spacious yet cozy feel. The host and wait staff were excellent and the food was absolutely exquisite. My vegan friend had the stuffed acorn squash, which was phenomenal. I had the "P B & J" - pear, brie and jam, which was delicious. Salads were fresh and tasty too. This is a wonderful place for lunch, albeit a bit pricey. It's a festive place at the holidays as well.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM