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
138 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (44)fit for foodies (36)great for brunch (34)good for groups (32)great for outdoor dining (27)neighborhood gem (26)special occasion (25)romantic (16)notable wine list (13)scenic view (12)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (5)hot spot (3)Show More
  • What a great experience! We
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    What a great experience! We had great service, ate delicious food, and enjoyed the great ambiance that South Water Kitchen has. The experience is fit for any occasion!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was excellent, well seasoned,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    Food was excellent, well seasoned, cooked perfectly! Service was very attentive and nice. Thank you for a lovely meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • I was expecting much more.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    I was expecting much more. Brought my daughter and granddaughter before seeing Wicked. I wanted it to be so much more special. The food was not very good, and the service was only fair. I had a hard time getting butter for my toast at a brunch!! And, I thought that I had read that there was special attention given to children (maybe a few menu options for children.) I will not go back again, and will never recommend it. Thanks for asking. They will never know I guess if they do not hear about it.
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  • Our only problem was that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/11/2008
    Our only problem was that every time we took a sip of water, someone came by and refilled it! We got to be afraid to drink any of it. Other than that, it was a wonderful meal with friendly, helpful service.
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  • My daughter and I needed a
    Robin
    Dined on 4/8/2008
    My daughter and I needed a place to eat that was close to the Palace Theatre (and also was somewhat affordable). Our experience was quite enjoyable thanks to the staff. The host, waiter (Jair), and busser were all extremely attentive, friendly and helpful. Thought a bit on the pricey side, we were able to keep our bill at $30/person. Our favorite part of the menu was the Four Dollar Sides. A great way to sample a few different foods at an affordable price. Since we have a subscription to Broadway in Chicago, I am sure we will find our way back to this pleasant little spot.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was a really wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/8/2008
    This was a really wonderful surprise. The service was impeccible, and the food was great. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I like the way Heather reinvents
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/7/2008
    I like the way Heather reinvents traditional "home cooking" with unique combinations. Also, I appreciate that there is usually a decent vegetarian choice, besides the several sides available.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a very good first visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/3/2008
    We had a very good first visit to this comfortable and warm eatery. Our service was outstanding and the food extremely good. We will definately return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My group had the BEST service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/2/2008
    My group had the BEST service! Thank you so much for making our lunch so special. I will continue to recommend my contacts to you!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All in all, a very nice lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/2/2008
    All in all, a very nice lunch spot with many good selections. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a group of 7 and were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    We had a group of 7 and were able to sit at a round table which was great for conversation. Most of the seating, though, is booths. The food was tasty with a wide variety. Service was great!
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  • We consider this restaurant
    Cici
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    We consider this restaurant a great find. We will definitely return.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My friday fish special was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/28/2008
    My friday fish special was VERY greasy and it was served on a "school cafeteria" like tray. I told the waiter that I did not eat my fish b/c it was so greasy and almost all breading and that the "cookie" was rock hard and couldn't be eaten. He said "OK" and did not seem to be bothered by my comments or ask me if I wanted anything else or desert. I was charged full price for my meal that I barely touched and left very dissapointed.
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  • Westayed at the Hotel Monaco
    NiMoVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2008
    Westayed at the Hotel Monaco and wanted to eat someplace close on our way to Wicked at the Oriental Theater. We chose The South Water Kitchen for the convenient location. We were very glad to discover it was an excellent choice for dinner. The atmosphere was delightful. Busy enough to tell it was "hip" place but quiet enough to enjoy a pleasant conversation with my handsome date. The food was excellent. We enjoyed the duck and new york strip. Wine list not extensive but very nice selection. Will share the secret with friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Really enjoyable meal. Great
    AllyGirl79VIP
    Dined on 3/27/2008
    Really enjoyable meal. Great for a pre-theater meal - convenient to theaters and parking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jesus was a very good waiter.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/27/2008
    Jesus was a very good waiter. He treated us very well!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I enjoy taking clients/volunteers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/24/2008
    I enjoy taking clients/volunteers to this restaurant for lunch. The wait staff is excellent. I do enjoy sitting upstairs or in the bar area. The downstairs is a little loud for business meetings. I will continue to support the restaurant. Great suggestions on wine!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alaskan halibut was very nicely
    notapickyeaterVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2008
    Alaskan halibut was very nicely prepared -- not overcooked, not overseasoned but interesting. Attractive presentation. The server was appropriately attentive.
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  • Good food well presented at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/22/2008
    Good food well presented at moderate prices. Terrific service. Only problem was that they switched the leftover packages of the different couples. But, duh, we could have checked.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • A colleague and I took a client
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/21/2008
    A colleague and I took a client there for lunch and they really enjoyed their food. I will definitely take a client there again. Nicole Johnson
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were very pleased with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/20/2008
    We were very pleased with our experience having dinner there before going to the theatre!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love the ease of using Open
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/20/2008
    I love the ease of using Open Table and the convenience of sending invitations. I like South Water Kitchen because of the location and ambiance. It's elegant, but yet you are comfortable being a bit more casual. My last experience had been exception, and it was before going to the theater. My guests from Mundelein thought it was an excellent choice. Donna Spilis
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second time at the Kitchen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/19/2008
    Second time at the Kitchen was very enjoyable and would visit again for any occasion, thk Tom.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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  • Fabulous food and very generous
    Jennyjo88
    Dined on 3/19/2008
    Fabulous food and very generous portions! An error on my order was corrected within a minute or two. Very good service. This was a business lunch, and everyone was impressed with it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Server was uninterested in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/16/2008
    Server was uninterested in us and food was mediocre at best.
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  • We found the food to be highly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/16/2008
    We found the food to be highly over-salted. They seem to sprinkle sea salt on the salads to finish them off, which overpowers the food. The mussels were fishy rather than being sweet and fresh tasting. I doubt the chef knows about that, but they were good to remove those items from our bill. The server was very nice, but the bus staff kept removing plates rather than waiting until the whole party was done with their food. That's unusual for a nice restaurant. We wanted to like this restaurant, but they need to do some serious work on the food before we would go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to eat downtown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/16/2008
    Great place to eat downtown before a show or after a day of shopping
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • I had Sunday brunch at South
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/16/2008
    I had Sunday brunch at South Water Kitchen with a group of 5. We had reservations so seating was not a problem. The atmosphere was perfect and the food was great! Everyone from the hostess to the server to the bus boy was very friendly and professional. I had the egg white omlet which was delicious. Two others in our group had the chicken club sandwich and both raved about it. One in our group had the Denver omlet and loved it. The other had french toast and ate every last bite. I'd absolutely recommend this restaurant--you won't be disappointed! (The only negative thing was finding the bathroom--lots and lots of stairs and navigating!)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • It was a lovely spot for an
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 3/15/2008
    It was a lovely spot for an intimate girls' night out. The four of us celebrated a birthday, and our server was both attentive and well-informed about the menu. Our dinners were excellent. Even the one who is a vegetarian left full and happy. We could have sat there for hours more if we hadn't had theatre tickets. I would be happy for them to know our thoughts about them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Food very tasty. Semi-pub
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2008
    Food very tasty. Semi-pub atmosphere, but quite nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The chef prepares great food
    JustMe
    Dined on 3/15/2008
    The chef prepares great food with interesting combinations. I had halibut that was perfectly cooked in a lovely but not overwhelming sauce. Halibut is easy to overwhlem and this was perfectly balanced with subtle flavors. The service was very good - not intrusive but well timed and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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  • My wife and enjoyed a wonderfully
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/14/2008
    My wife and enjoyed a wonderfully prepared lunch, loving every bite. We took the day off to celebrate my 53rd birthday and enjoy downtown Chicago on a work day. South Water Kitchen will always be part of our memories of a perfect day. We have told all of our friends and foes about South Water Kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have visited SWK before
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/14/2008
    I have visited SWK before and had great experiences, but this time it was very mediocre and tasteless. The tea is not brewed, it's from a fountain which I don't like and it tasted old so I sent it back. The eggs benedict, which usually was a hit was runny, with a heavy mustard flavor on the sauce. For the price, you could go to the Corner Bakery and grab a much fresher and tastier breakfast. I'm disapointed in the SWK as it used to be great, located next to the Hotel Monacco, but never again. And the waitress was the least friendly wait staff we had throughout the entire trip! If you want good food, check out Aria and Fogo, they never falter.
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  • My husband and I were visiting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/13/2008
    My husband and I were visiting family in Chicago. My sister suggested the Hotel Burnham. I checked their website and found the link to the South Water Kitchen. I was intrigued by some items on the menu, like wild boar bratwurst, and decided this would be a great way to start our trip. When we got there, we still had our luggage, and the restaurant kindly stowed our gear. A really small gesture that goes a long way for a weary traveler. The food was delicious. I loved the fennel and apple slaw! The daily beer and wine selections were extensive and really complimented the menu. We especially loved the beer and wine daily specials. The Thursday 3 red wine split for $9 was a total bargain. We have already recommended it to my family!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, great for lunch
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  • A very good looking room with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/13/2008
    A very good looking room with a varied menu. Great place for an impressive business lunch. (The service was spotty during my visit, but all else was good.)
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I found this recommended on
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/12/2008
    I found this recommended on the LaSalle Theater site. My mom and I had a wonderful dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • We were treated very well.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/12/2008
    We were treated very well. The food was served hot and scrumptious. Presentation of the the food was eye catching (enjoyable) We were able to carry on our conversation and did not feel interuppted when the staff would refill glasses and cups. It was a wonderful food experiance. We did not feel rushed, our food came in a timely manner. there was plenty of food, my mom accutaly took home. She did not feel like she was asking for something inapporprate, like we have before. I will recommend this resturant to my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An early dinner before the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/11/2008
    An early dinner before the play, the food was spot on!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The desserts were not very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/11/2008
    The desserts were not very tasty and some of the people I was dining with did not enjoy their entrees.
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  • doesn't knock your socks off...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 3/10/2008
    doesn't knock your socks off... a bit overpriced for lunch as well...
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    • Noise LevelModerate