South Water Kitchen
South Water Kitchen

South Water Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.southwaterkitchen.com/
  • Phone: 3122369300x
  • 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: Steak, American, Comfort Food
  • 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: Please visit our website for upcoming special events.

    www.southwaterkitchen.com

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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South Water Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
142 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (50)great for brunch (38)good for groups (36)fit for foodies (32)special occasion (30)great for outdoor dining (28)neighborhood gem (26)romantic (18)notable wine list (17)scenic view (11)kid-friendly (7)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (5)hot spot (3)Show More
  • Pre-theater gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed the prix fixe menu last Saturday before our show at the Goodman. The deviled egg appetizer totally changed my view of this pot luck staple. Bacon was blended into the yolk, and it was garnished with mustard seed "caviar" which popped on the tongue just like the real thing. The salmon was melt in the mouth wonderful-- and I just got back from two weeks in Alaska, eating fish fresh off the boat. Finally, the bread pudding was a wonderfully rich end to the meal.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good prices american food
    liale
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    fixed price menu good deal 3 courses for 36, excellent salmon, delicious bread pudding for dessert and unusual deviled eggs with caviar servied on pea shoots
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    met a friend for dinner here because it was close to his hotel, and this place was a great surprise! fabulous wine list and half price bottles of wine on Mondays was our first bonus. The food was the second. Everything we ate was delicious. I had cornish hens that were smoked--unusual but really tasty--with the best cornbread stuffing I've ever eaten. Would recommend this place to anyone looking for a great meal and a dining room that is quiet enough to hold important conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gluten free friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    South Water Kitchen has one of the best, if not the best gluten free menu I have seen here in Chicago. We honestly had a hard time deciding. The food is outstanding. Service was good, great location, nice ambiance. We will be back for dessert...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice street dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Met up with friends for brunch, great food & service. Fun to watch the street activity.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A convenient location but not great
    LongTimeFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This place was nearly empty on a friday night of Labor Day weekend. So service should have been stellar, but it was slow. Food was generally quite tasty and well prepared. First course yellow gazpacho and salads, were all really good. For entrees the prawns, the pork chop, and scallops were delicious. Yet, three of us ordered mushroom ravioli with tarragon sauce and asparagus, it was not a good choice. Sauce was yummy, but the ravioli were awful, as the pasta was way too thick and the filing was way too thin--almost none existent. It was clearly not fresh pasta, which we had had the night before. Wine list was way too expensive, so we ordered glasses instead of bottles, spirits and local beers. Good not great, don't order pasta.
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  • Expérience agréable
    Loudec
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Nourriture de qualité cuite selon nos exigences et belle présentation. Menu varié avec quelques surprises agréables. Service dans les standards pour ce type de restaurant. Carte des vins acceptable et décors agréable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bread available upon request
    Nadja
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Cheapest thing on the menu was a burger and that was $20. It was ginormous but didn't come with fries. It was good but not worth $20. The menu seemed to take normal foods and make them "weird". The burger had onion paste and kale on it. Surprising how it kind of worked. The drinks were unique and delicious though. And the service was terrific. Our waiter was nice and friendly and never acted like we were bothering him for something as simple as ketchup. Service is a 10. I just wouldn't return because of the prices for menu items that could either turn out amazing or disgusting to me. Too much of a gamble.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food. Good location.
    Boattourist08
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Went on a boat tour and was looking for something close to the area. Found this place online with good reviews. Kinda cool when you walk in and the bar is right there almost like a diner setting. Unfortunately only about 8 bar stools but we were there to eat. Those patrons looked like they were having a good time with the personable bartender. We were sat in the lower level where it was quieter and away from the street views but that was ok. Nice drink menu with a good selection of craft beers and wines. Small but neat dinner menu with a special to choose from. We are the Scallops and the Sirloin. Both were excellent! If you had room the dessert menu looked very good too. We were generally happy with our experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not that Happy
    UnhappyDiner
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My working lunch with a colleague was ok. I've dined at South Water Kitchen in past times and was disappointed with my service.
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  • Fantastic lunch
    DMarie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had a great lunch, easy to have a great conversation and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner for six
    Bill
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Went here after seeing afternoon show Motown the Musical. Different menu, with several different choices. Something for everyone's appetite.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food with lackluster service
    frequentchicagodiner
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We went here for a business lunch. The food, presentation, ambiance was all very good, especially in context for a business lunch. However, even considering that for a party of 10 the order should take longer, the service was extremely slow and the server was not attentive. There was a lack of communication by the server in general and they did not seem very energetic or interested. The restaurant was only half full too. I would recommend going back, but consider how much time you have to spend there.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bottomless Mimosas!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    What a great place for brunch, right in the middle of everything the food was delicious and the bottomless Mimosa deal cannot be beat! I would recommend this highly, wish we had more time to sit and relax but had to hit a matinee!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Late night find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We enjoy to finish a late evening here with a glass of wine a the deviled eggs! The eggs are fabulous! Service is always friendly, morning, noon or night! They also offer some very interesting flatbreads, quite tasty! Always enjoy!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Food and service were very good, except for the chocolate cake that neither looked or tasted like chocolate cake but still tasty. We were impressed by the care and attention to detail to accommodate dietary needs of two in the party. Thank you.
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  • Great food, missing on service
    nainai
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Had a nice dinner here with great food. The daily special was salmon with pineapple salsa that was well done. Fixed price menu had good selections and was a bargain. Service could have been better, considering the restaurant was not full on a Monday night. Wine wasn't delivered until after the appetizer was served, no chiller for the wine, even though we requested one, and the bus boy tried to leave the used silverware from the first course for the entree, a pet peeve. Overall, still a good experience and would return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, attentive service
    HistoryProf
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I never write reviews, but this place is special. Celebrated mom's birthday with my sisters. My foodie sister and I delighted in the unusual and delicious textures and flavors produced by the kitchen, and Brody was very patient explaining to my Mom what a dill puree was. Disappointed that the salmon was farmed, but everything was fresh and beautifully presented. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SHHH
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Delicious food. Terrific service. Wonderful place to celebrate a birthday.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A nice surprise
    ChuckFrommage
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Really enjoyed the place. Inventive menu and staff that seems interested in it without being overbearing. Great place to sit and talk and nosh. Just had a bunch of appetizers, flatbread etc. Really good and fun for a group.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for lunch
    Hobbit
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Went with a group of eight for lunch. Food was great, and menu selection are varied enough that both hipsters and your grandmother will be happy. Enjoyed the beer flights, lamb burgers, salmon salad, and more. Terrific service, too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Gluten-Free Menu
    ijhutson
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    My daughter was very happy with her burger and mac and cheese from gluten free menu. I was happy with my soup as well. Very friendly service. I they checked my ID when I used a credit card. Too Many places don"t check your id. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch
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  • OK but not great.
    PoBoy
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The restaurant called and spoke with me 3x to confirm that my group was going to honor our reservation. This is excessive. The service was initially not as attentive as we would like and improved some after we complained. The food was very good except for the steak - over cooked and rough. The bread pudding dessert was outstanding. Overall, not high on my list for a return visit.
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  • Great Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We went for brunch before seeing Motown and it was a great atmosphere, nice professional staff, and delicious food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great meal!
    foodiewkids
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We met up with friends from out of town and everything went great. I always recommend we stop at South Water when visitors are in town. I ordered the special, tuna with quinoa, and it was delicious. We felt special because the chef made a visit to our table to see how are meal was too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great View, Saturday Brunch
    zeppofan
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Had some pancakes Saturday around 2PM as part of their late brunch. Attentive waiter eager to help. Food was fine, but all I ordered was plain pancakes which are not particularly a big deal. Highlight was a nice view of the pedestrian traffic on Wabash & Wacker -- great place for people watching! Also attached to the Hotel Monaco which was a bit of a find as I didn't know it was there and it seemed quite nice. Will try it for lunch/dinner so I can get a better idea about the food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday Celebration Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We arrived early for our reservation with a group of 9+ and were seated after a short wait. The waiter was excellent advising us of the specials that were on the menu. We were celebrating a marriage that morning that took place at City hall. They acknowledged it with providing a card for the couple. The brunch food was great, especially the french toast.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion
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  • SWK is a must for breakfast
    luvs2tryneweats
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We went to Southwater Kitchen for breakfast. I thought the restaurant has a lot of character. It is clean and the waitstaff is very knowledgable as well as polite. They aim to please. I had a egg white omlette with glutn free toast and a fresh fruit cup. The homemade blueberry jam was fresh with whole blueberries in it. We are going back the next time we got to Chicago.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ladies2
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Went with a party of 3 to celebrate a friend's birthday. We all ordered price fixed menu which was great!!! The salmon was wonderful and it was good to have a glass of champagne to celebrate. The salad was a good starter. The dessert, a german chocolate cupcake was not that exciting. It would have been great to have champagne flights like you have for beers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service with a smile!
    TravelerVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Had hard time deciding what to choose from Brunch menu. The breakfast potatoes, ham, and eggs were all great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • Loved it
    PamcapVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I was late to get reservations before the theatre and really concerned that they still had availablity. I can't wait to go back- everyone had a great meal, they were very good about timing to ensure we made it to the show. The only problem was the valet, but I do not blame them for an outside company. Try this place if you are going to catch a show !!
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    special occasion
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  • expensive for what you get
    tommc
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    food portions were small. quality was good. price was high. service was fine.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great service and food. Unique twist on dishes. We were seated quickly and the food arrived promptly. Service was good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Disappointed
    Flora
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Nothing special about it. Everything was just okay. For the prices, I would not recommend it.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice menu and different drinks
    MOcou
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    blowens
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • South Water Kitchen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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.
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  • A bit pricey!
    Expensive
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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  • Good, not Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate