South Water Kitchen
South Water Kitchen

South Water Kitchen

  • 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: 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
110 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (29)fit for foodies (29)good for groups (26)neighborhood gem (22)great for brunch (20)great for outdoor dining (15)romantic (13)special occasion (13)notable wine list (10)late-night find (4)scenic view (4)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • Great lunch
    PattiVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Food and service was very good. Will go back for lunch soon!
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    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never again
    FoodieMeVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Despite the mixed reviews, I was staying at the hotel adjacent to the restaurant, so I figured I would give it a try. Let me start by saying that if you go to breakfast here, the highlight of the whole experience is Paul, the waiter. He was friendly, efficient, great service. Breakfast was way too greasy - egg sandwich. Avoid it. Also had dinner on 10/28 and the service was horrendous. I had to flag down servers to return my salmon which was way undercooked. The salmon sat on top of a medley of something unrecognizable and flavorless. The soup was cold. I'm usually pretty easy-going but this restaurant was a mess. Chef should be embarrassed. I left before my dessert arrived - I couldn't take any more punishment.
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  • Try the Prix Fixe
    RedBeardVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We both decided to select from the Prix Fixe dinner menu, starting with delicious and well-seasoned deviled eggs, followed by Cornish game hems that were expertly cooked on a bed of corn-bread stuffing and finishing off with a rich bread pudding. The server was excellent, having arrived early and kept the drink glasses full and suggested a new beer on tap that was well-appreciated with a second glass. This outstanding restaurant near the Chicago Theater and Millennium Park is a great place to have a delicious dinner downtown at an affordable price.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible food!
    DthcrsVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This had to be one of the worst meals in Chicago. The menu sounds great and they have a GF menu which looks great as well... but the presentation was sloppy, and totally not appetizing looking... the meals were over cooked... dry and really unacceptable - as a restaurant that is connected to a Kimpton hotel you would have expected the food to be better. First sign was the restaurant was empty on a Saturday night, bar was small and empty! Also, very overpriced! You would be better at Morton's which is a couple doors down!
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  • Always a great dining experience
    Dpmdc
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Never disappointed. On our last visit we had 4 different entrees....pork loin, salmon, sirloin and duck breast. No complaints from anyone. All meals were heart healthy and their presentation was wonderful. Save room for dessert, always interesting choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hmmmmm
    youarespecial
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The service was terrible. It was my birthday celebration, and someone delivered a birthday card to the table to my friend, and not to me. DUH. To top it off, the note was signed by a bunch of people I don't know, and was not even personally addressed to me. You folks are out of touch. The brussel sprout salad was too tart, overshadowing any of the delicate flavors of the vegetable. The steak was mediocre at best...tough...nothing special in flavor. The pumpkin flan dessert was the worst I ever had...go learn from the Mexican restaurants. They know how to do flan.
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  • Some things really good..others no
    hikeybikey
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My boyfriend and I went there prior to seeing a show at The Chicago Theater. We ordered the Brussels salad and an olive and feta plate as apps. The salad rocked...just the right combo of sweetness from the cranberries and crunchiness of the hazelnuts and perfect amount of dressing. The olives on the other hand were refrigerator cold instead of ideally warm or room temperature. I asked for some bread to go with them and they have NO BREAD SERVICE which I was OK to pay for it but was surprised that they have non at all. If you're not going to have bread service then don't have olives and cheese on your menu. I ordered the scallops for entree and was surprised that you only get 3 for $30. It was really an appetizer portion.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    Dana
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This is a great restaurant - we had dinner here and we loved it! The food was top notch and the staff very attentive. Would definitely recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inconsistant
    diner20
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Food was inconsistent. One salad too dry, one too much dressing. Main course proportions unbalanced, could be more attractively plated. Flavorings not particularly interesting. Bread pudding served in tiny skillet but not warm. Restaurant surroundings are attractive but food isn't up to decor. Yet another restaurant that allows the cutlery to be cleared with first course but doesn't remember to bring cutlery or check that it is there for 2nd course.
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  • Limited menu unique pallets only
    ChakaKMSU
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    For a nice restaurant attached to a nice hotel, I would not recommend it. The bar area floor was sticky and smelled like beer. Then, the menu was very unique for discriminating tastes only. Some would like the menu, but for general diners it was hard for the two people in our party to find anything that appealed to us. We had a 2 drinks, one appetizer, and got a bill for over $50.00. Then, we left and got dinner elsewhere which we enjoyed much better. The service and waitress were nice, but we would not return or recommend it.
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  • Terrible Food
    ChicagoVisitorVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Went there based on good reviews, but food was terrible. Fowl was dried out, salad was tasteless, and dessert cloyingly sweet. Wine prices astronomical.
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  • SouthWater
    ERIC
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Nice place, good service, our waiter was new, did a nice job, needs to relax! Entrees(scallops and the pork) we ordered were very good, the appetizer was the beet flat bread, was missing something, very bland, was disappointed in that. The dessert my wife and I shared was a chocolate cake with raspberries was so very good. Overall was a nice dinner, but we might not rush back there, however.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great brunch
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I recently brought a friend of mine who lives out of town to south water kitchen for brunch and she was thoroughly pleased with the ambience, dècor, menu options and the delicious mimosas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch spot.
    Sammi8itUp
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We work in the West Loop and wanted to try something outside the Financial district. it was worth the cab ride! I had the Turkey and Wild Rice burger; different and very good. My friend had a pot pie, a meatless dish that I think needed some chicken! But she loved it. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OperagoersVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    A solid restaurant, a nice menu, a bit pricey, but nothing outstanding really. Food was all right, but one of the entries had a side of butternut squash pancakes that tested more like a baking soda - not good. Pumpkin flan was sweet but formless on the plate.
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  • Happy Birthday to Big Mike
    BigMikesWife2951
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    It was my husband's 63rd Birthday and he had NEVER had the experience of a downtown Chicago Restaurant. South Water Kitchen lived up to all of my expectations (as well as the expectations of his favorite cousin). Thank you to the staff of this amazing restaurant. We had a wonderful time. I am now considering South Water Kitchen for our 25th Wedding Anniversary. Thanks again!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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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    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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  • 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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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gluten free friendly
    eatrealfood
    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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  • Nice street dining
    atoman
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Met up with friends for brunch, great food & service. Fun to watch the street activity.
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    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.
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    fit for foodies
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  • 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.
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    good for groups
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    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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  • 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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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 79 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1621 reviews are from the South Water Kitchen reviews archive.
  • 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.
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    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.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • SHHH
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Delicious food. Terrific service. Wonderful place to celebrate a birthday.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • 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.
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    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • Perfect for lunch
    HobbitVIP
    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.
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    good for groups
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  • 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.
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    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.
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.