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South Water Kitchen
South Water Kitchen

South Water Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.southwaterkitchen.com
  • Phone: (312) 236-9300
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30 - 10:30am; Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 7:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Everyday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm. Tavern: 3:00pm-Close.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Roger Waysok
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Full Service menu created to order.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please visit our website for upcoming special events.


Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wacker
  • Public Transit: Lake St. stop on the Red Line.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: South Water Kitchen discounted parking available after 5pm and out by 1am, with restaurant validation.

    Regular Rates:
    0-3hrs $22
    3-6 hrs $28
    6-12 hrs $32
A word from South Water Kitchen
South Water Kitchen, adjacent to Chicago's hip Hotel Monaco, is a neighborhood restaurant offering American Home cooking. As a tribute to the kitchen table, South Water Kitchen remembers the time when the kitchen was the center of the home and the family meal was the most important time of the day.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Great service and food. Unique twist on dishes. We were seated quickly and the food arrived promptly. Service was good."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Nothing special about it. Everything was just okay. For the prices, I would not recommend it."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The food was good, but not worth what they were charging. The ice cream that came with the cake was a joke. It was literally a teaspoonful. Come on!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Sunday brunch menu provided interesting choices. The food was good. The server was attentive.The kitchen was very slow in preparing our food, even though the restaurant was not that busy. The bottomless mimosa was perfect."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I liked SWK, but really wanted to love it. It's a cool space and great vibe, surprising since it's attached to a hotel, but I found the food a bit overpriced and delicious but it didn't blow me away. The charcuterie plate and cheese plate were incredibly overpriced - a huge wooden board and lots of sliced bread, but tiny pieces of cheese - for almost $20. The best value of the appetizers was the olives - really yummy and a lot of them in the container. The main courses were tasty, but the side items were small and just so-so. I don't know if I would choose to go back, but would have a nice time if I was invited there by someone else. With so many options nearby, this isn't a top contender for me."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The interior of the place is interesting. Lots of wood and old fashioned tile. The morning juice combo drinks were unusual and very good. Portions were good to large. Due to construction in the area, the noise level and view outside is not ideal. But the space is nice. Wait staff was very friendly but a little slow. We were there at noon on A Sunday."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "My husband and I went there the first time because it was close to our hotel. We enjoyed it so much we went back two nights later with our son to celebrate my husband's birthday. We had salmon, chicken, pork chop and the most incredible burger ever. My very favorite was the yellow gazpacho. All the food was outstanding. The service was friendly and efficient. The prices are very reasonable for a big city dinner."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "A very good experience...will definitely return. The staff was attentive, the food was quite good, we told them we had a musical curtain at Goodman Theatre at 8 pm that evening and they made sure we had a few extra minutes to spare and we never felt rushed. They offered several options for both the carnivores and the vegetarians in our group. As I said earlier, we will put this restaurant on our "short list" of "Loop" eateries."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Service was fine, but will not be returning. The food was mediocre and all of us were very thirsty afterwards- way too much salt in the food."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I really must not have understood the description but the "dessert" was multi-grain bread toasted with nutella. That's not dessert. It was heavy and more appropriate for breakfast instead of a treat after dinner. Very disappointing. The food, otherwise, was great."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We had matinee tickets to "Motown the Musical" and wanted to have lunch nearby at a restaurant where we had not eaten before. South Water Kitchen fit the bill, and the 3 of us were all very very pleased with our meals."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Scallops were cooked perfectly. The wild mushroom barley was too dry for my taste. The ceviche salad with frisee was yummy. This is also one of the few restaurants where they serve Kung Fu girl riesling. The only reisling I know that doesn't taste like candy."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "This was a special anniversary and th wait staff signed a card for us and offered a complimentary dessert. A romantic place."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We recently were in Chicago and needed a brunch reservation for 10 on a Sunday. South water had availability when most other spots wouldn't take a reservation. The bloody Mary's were really fun and food was tasty with a good variety. We were pleased we didn't have to wait in line for an hour!!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The Kale Caesar was good; the crab eggs benedict too; they even did a fine job of customizing an egg/bacon order. But the service needs real improving. For as few people as were there, service was very poor. Our waitress was nice, but it didn't really make up for the few times we saw her. Maybe some more hires are needed? There are so many great spots in the area, you really need to be competitive to retain guests."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Had a great food experience at South Water Kitcheh, very yummy! My only comment would be the next time I eat there I would not want to sit downstairs by the kitchen, at times it was very noisey, lots of clanging of dishes."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The quality of the food is disappointing given the price paid. Example, the risotto was without flavor and seemed to be recooked from the day before. The ambience is not sensational, few people the day we went there."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We were treated as royalty the minute we walked in. Complimentary birthday cards for my guests and free glass of compagne or lavender wáter cocktail. The food was outstanding. The salmon melted in my mouth and our server was outstanding in his recomendations. I love this place."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The food is so nicely crafted and still feel like comfort food. We loved our dinner so much we went back the next day for breakfast. If you are looking for a place for great breakfast, you need to check it out."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Lovely ambience and promotes itself as a locators restaurant. The food was pretty bad. I ordered steak medium rare. It arrived cold in the middle and completely raw, some of the potatoes on the plate were not cooked enough to eat, and none of it was seasoned- at all. It was like we were camping and that was the best they could do. I expected more for $30."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We found the food very good and and wait staff extremely friendly and helpful. We will go back again!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Good meal. Good beer selection. Nice atmosphere. Good for a pre-theater meal"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Our server said their baseball sirloin was thick in the middle like a tenderloin filet. We ordered the sirloin, rare to medium rare; we specifically said we wanted it bloody, but hot. Our meals arrived promptly. Our steaks were overcooked, extremely tough low-grade meat, with zero flavor. A proper baseball sirloin should be 2 inches thick at the thickest point; ours were a half inch thick at their thickest point. The fingerling potatoes were served whole, zero seasoning. The kale was the best part of the meal. Our server was jovial, but inattentive even though there were few other diners. We ordered 2 baseball sirloin dinners, 30 dollars each, had one mixed drink apiece, no appetizer, no dessert - check total was 96 dollars. Simply horrid!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Service was very slow. We had a show to catch and told the waitress when we sat down. That did not appear to be a problem. We waited about 25 minutes for 3 salads. One was done incorrectly and I received a fresh one in 5 minutes. We asked for the check 3 times. We were not happy and will not go back."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Dinner after Motown matinee was wonderful. Wanted to catch up with friends we see infrequently and wait staff was very obliging. Food was very good as was the atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "For an entree I had: Stuffed Red pepper with brown rice, black beans, sweet corn, cilantro, smoked tomatillo sauce, the last ingredient being very good but dish was mediocre overall. Mom had: Whitefish with wild rice, cayenne green beans, lemon thyme butter, again it was just mediocre as fish was overcooked and rice oversalted. The gem of the evening & the lone item we will come back for was the venison chili w/habanero glazed cornmeal donuts. We really didn't get any essence of the habanero but the chili was divine. Really enjoyed our server! (forget his name but recall he used to live in Michigan) "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Options for dinner are at the open kitchen ,street level dull of windows or outdoors. All are wonderful. Food options creative and tasty. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We went for our first time and it was for Sunday brunch for a table of 11. Admittedly we picked it as it was one of few places in city that would let us make a reservation for that many fairly last minute. Now we can't wait to go back. The kids menu give a good range of food with more than adequate serving sizes and great taste. The adults all raved about their dishes, however my biscuts and gravy, althought good flavor, was warm at best when it arrived. Those that got the bloody Mary's gave thumbs up. Not as spicy as some but good flavor and nice garnishment with it. We hope to return soon to try out lunch. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "My wife and I frequently visit South Water Kitchen prior to our regular Goodman Theatre matinee. We always enjoy ourselves. The menu is interesting, and the food is excellent. The service is exemplary. On each occasion that we have visited South Water Kitchen, we have come away with a sense of real commitment on the part of the staff. Our reservations were ready, and a friendly host took us to our table. He graciously honored our request to move us away from a draft. We were put in the capable care of our waitperson Ellen. The waitstaff has a wonderful sense of just what constitutes exactly the right amount of attention as do the host and hostess. Ellen was tremendous. It was a fine lunch! "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "This is yet another memorable visit to SWK for us. Tucked beneath the Monaco Hotel, its views are limited to passersby on Michigan Avenue or So. Water St, but the food is the focus here. This time, their special was a three-course fixed price meal: we each had the carrot-ginger soup, which was a perfect balance of the two main flavors. I had the chicken, moist and flavorful on a bed of faro and spinach; my wife had the salmon, which she enjoyed. For dessert, I had the german chocolate cake which I loved as a child. This was better than the cake I remembered and it came with a scoop of ice cream too. My wife had the bread pudding, which was one of the best we've ever had. We will go back again."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We went on a Saturday, and they were serving brunch. It was a very nice menu, good food and ambiance. We would return."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Attentive service and an enticing menu made dinner at South Water Kitchen a very enjoyable experience. The fish dishes are especially good."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "South Water Kitchen offers a flavorful and healthy menu but also has many comfort food choices where counting calories is not a priority. I especially enjoyed brunch at the omelettes were delicious and so were all the sides."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Made reservations here as a first-time customer - liked the layout, good service, interesting menu selections, reasonable noise level, food delivered extremely quickly - all good."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We had a very good meal. They have a GF menu that had some variety and were accommodating to my GF needs. The fixed price meal was a good value. We left the car with the valet and walked to the theater. It was convenient and delicious. We would return."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We had a girls dinner out here with a bunch of foodie fans. We tried all sorts of things - deviled eggs, mushroom flatbread, chili and donuts - all were delicious. Dinner entrees (scallops and pappardelle) were wonderful as well. And the bourbon bread pudding was delish. Awesome experience and our waiter was very attentive and fun. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Easy reservation, treated very nicely for seating, great service, nice variety of food, my clients loved the entres they chose, friendly server and host. Will definitely bring more clients here next time in Chi Town!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Location was great for a show at the Chicago Theater. Valet parking was only $16. Ambience was lovely. I had a special scallop dish which was fabulous. Others had the chicken and said it was great, although they did not like what was also on the plate. We would definitely go back."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "My wife and I stopped SWK for mel before going to the Chicago Theater. We order the Duck Jerky for starter: we did not find it edible..then again we had never tried anything like that before..I ordered the SWK burger and it was delicious. But my wife ordered the chicken breast and it was very disappointing..Very small...uninteresting. We were given a table by the kitchen and found it too noisy to be able to engage in conversation...The service was great. Overall, though glad we tried the place, we would likely not return."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "First time going. They went above and beyond our expectations. Tons of great food. Actually had left overs. Try the chili doughnuts. Will come back with friends soon."
    Dined on 5/8/2014