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North Pond

4.7
3136 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Scenic View
Located within Lincoln Park, at the edge of a pond overlooking Chicago's dramatic skyline, North Pond can easily claim the city's loveliest setting. Inspired by the market, Chef Bruce Sherman utilizes exceptional ingredients at the height of their season. His cuisine reflects the Arts & Crafts decor of the dining room - complex layers of subtle craft beneath a simple decorative style.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Tuesday-Sunday, 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Brunch:
Sunday, 10:30am - 1:30pm
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Phone number
(773) 477-5845
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Bruce Sherman
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lakeview & Deming
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Parking details
Valet and Taxi drop off location:
Valet Parking is $15 per vehicle. Drop-off is at the intersection of Lakeview and Deming, on the West side of the park. From there, the restaurant is a short walk into the park.
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Public transit
CTA 151, 156 (Wrightwood), 22 (Clark & Deming)
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 3136 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.8
ambience
4.2
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 17 hours ago

Father’s Day brunch was outstanding. Creative chef and seasonal ingredients. Service was impeccable too. Wonderful gem nestled in the park.

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5.0Dined 18 hours ago

Fabulous meal!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great service and Great food

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Outstanding

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Absolutely wonderful. Too much to even comment on. As someone in the restaurant industry I have to say this is MUST VISIT!!!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Great location with imaginative menu items. Will definitely request atrium/outdoor seating next time, a bit closed off sitting near the kitchen.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Marvelous as always! We were celebrating anniversary and they always make is feel special. Loved the menu printed with our names and occasion on it.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Fantastic place! Our server was excellent and the food incredible.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

We dined there for our anniversary. Every single dish was spectacular. Our waitress was wonderful and knowledgeable. Its a wonderful experience to dine there!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

North Pond is one of our favorites we try to go whenever we are in town. The space is unique and lovely. The food is excellent Prepared and served by people who care.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Fantastic food

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Tasting menu with wine pairing is was fabulous!

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

I have been to North Pond several times before--including holding our wedding reception there. This time was for our anniversary, and they went all out--specially printed menu with our names, and lovely goodies throughout the meal. The foo is always exceptional but really shone this time: my personal favorite was their "Lobster/Almond " plate, which was a delicious citrusy soup with incredible textures and flavors. The desserts we stunning too: my favorite was the pistachio ice cream with raspberries.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We have been to North Pond several times. Because of it's location (more than an hour drive), it is a special occasion restaurant for us.

PROS
About as picturesque a setting as anywhere in Chicago. Just a beautiful location and building.
The menu (although quite limited) is very creative and features seasonal (and often locally sourced) ingredients
Plate presentations are exquisite
The foie gras was fantastic!
Service is usually flawless

CONS
Limited wines by the glass
Entree choices are very limited
We noted that we were celebrating our wedding anniversary -- but they dropped the ball on this
The fish entree (black bass) was bland and disappointing
Ice tea (just the regular stuff) is $5.00. REALLY??

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Sophisticated menu in a beautiful setting in the beautiful city of Chicago.

From the warm welcoming at the host's stand when we first arrived to our server Hilary who was diligent, attentive & discreet. Staff is well-trained and sincere.
The host sat us at a table situated by French windows that opened up to some Chicago skyline view and overlooking the North Pond. It really it hard to beat that. No cars whizzing by, and and a wonderful assortment of lovers walking by looking happy.
The back of house lived up to its many Michelin awards & notices. From the lovely amuse bouche sent out from the kitchen to the outstanding apps through the delicious main event. My wife had the salmon and I had the beef lovage. The main courses were plated with a cornucopia of tastes & flavours that when combined on the fork provided an experience that was oft-times, borderline thrilling. I could go on, but I have already used the word "cornucopia" and I am not a great writer of food.
We were full, so we passed on desserts, but did enjoy a terrific pot of decaf Guatemalan coffee, as well as, the complimentary sweets sent our way from the house. It was our anniversary and they gave us commemorative menus. A very sweet and nice touch. All in all, an evening well-spent. Thank you to all at North Pond.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Wonderful, as always!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Excellent ambience and superb food options paring many fruits with multiple dishes. We sat at the open window looking out at North Pond and were just delighted.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Great place but i should have done more research on the brunch food. It’s artsy small course plates of different flavors. Not your typical brunch but overall very good. Great place to meet or bring a date.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We were there for the Mother's Day Prix Fixe Brunch and it turned out to be a delicious dinner, full of complex tastes and unusual combinations of fresh locally sourced ingredients. The setting was cozy, enhanced by the unique location. At over $100 per person, it was on the expensive side but we certainly have no regrets.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Food: The food was hit and miss. There were some wonderful and creative flavor combinations that worked really well....and a few that didn’t. The “pita” for the lamb gyro meat was as tough as shoe leather, as was the gyro meat. However, the lamb chop was cooked perfectly. The initial starter of yogurt and the carrot cake cupcake was my favorite part of the meal. It was so good! As was the Hen egg and French toast. The coconut and mango dessert with brûlée banana and cheesecake were not my favorite. The cheese cake was plain....but that actually made it the best part of the dessert. I tasted my child’s ice cream sandwich dessert and was so jealous because it was delicious! The reviews from the rest of the table were the same...very hit and miss.

Ambiance: Awful. I don’t know how they could take a beautiful building and make it feel cheap...but they managed it. It had a lot to do with their open kitchen feel. I’ve seen the open kitchen done very well at places like Mi Madre’s, and other restaurants, but what they lacked was the guy yelling the orders loud and constant the whole time. I know restaurants have to communicate to the kitchen and runners, but I’ve never HEARD it so obnoxiously. The worst was about 30 minutes into our meal when he yelled to someone about taking a smoke break. It did NOT give the ambiance I wanted to eat in.

Service: I’ve had better. They were very understaffed for the occasion. A restaurant of this caliber should have a professionally trained staff. I did not get that feeling at all.

Overall, I can not recommend this restaurant. There are way too many other great restaurants in Chicago to waste money on North Pond.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Wonderful, personalized service. Hosts and waitstaff were very attentive and took great care with food allergies. Chef prepared a special dish for allergic guest.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

We had the tasting menu for 95$ and it was awesome. Food was really good, service was perfect. It is worth the money!

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

First of all, the ambiance of this place is top-notch, with a classy Arts and Crafts style; very homey but elegant. The first thing you notice is a small, quality-laden bar with a good, nicely-chosen wine list. Specialty cocktails are seasonal, and good. The food is seasonally-focused, and service attentive. We did the tasting menu, and it was offered with the option of wine-pairings. The wines chosen were good, though I can’t suggest they continue to try to pair Zinfandel with middle-eastern (no acidity, but their choice was close in flavors). Good quail and veal chops, though the veal was slightly raw in the middle. Chocolate mousse with passion fruit was a nice ending, with a spot-on wine pairing. Overall, worth a second visit. Especially the rum-rhubarb clove cocktail. Cheers!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Food and service were excellent as was the atmosphere and views. We had 2 people with food sensitivities and the staff did an excellent job working with the kitchen to provide everybody with a delicious and full experience. Highly recommend

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The staff couldn’t have been nicer. We weren’t very happy with the corner table where they had originally seated us and asked to be moved. They very graciously complied.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Great view and professional service. The desert is delicious but the steak still have room for improvement.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Had a lovely dinner here. Did the tasting menu, which was excellent. Beautiful setting and great service.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

My review is simple, yet a bit difficult to convey. The decor, the ambience, the warmth and the location were stunning! The food - beyond compare. Even the selection of music and the care taken to personalize the menu for the special occasion was extremely lovely. The bus-man was attentive and efficient, (I tipped him separately just to communicate to him his worth!) I appreciated the waiter's knowledge and recommendations. I wanted to paint a picture of a truly pleasant and wonderful experience to comment on the one aspect of the restaurant that I found, unfortunately, palpable - almost to the level of distraction. The staff - from the waitstaff to the support staff, were highly efficient and focused on their duties, but they were all, so intense; almost to the point of rigid. I commented to my sister that I can't imagine why in such a beautiful workplace presenting a memorable experience that the staff - as a collective group - were so devoid of joy. I don't know if this was part of the ambience or to underscore the level of professionalism- which is abundantly apparent. But no one looked as though they were enjoying their work or their patrons. I commented to one of the staff that served our food that I thought he had a beautiful speaking voice. He was totally taken off-guard; thanked me and smiled. I do believe that that was the only natural emotion we had observed all evening. I understand given the nature of the restaurant, (and the high-priced bill for the dinner), that "North Pond" should not have a circus-like atmosphere, but a bit of joy would only help the patrons enjoy their experience. No one is walking into "North Pond" for a burger or a quick-bite; they are looking for a lovely experience - which it was - but the lack of simple joy or levity was observed throughout the meal. Having worked in restaurants my additional suggestions to the management would include: Be aware of the volume of voices from the kitchen and watch the three "greeters",

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Wonderful tasting menu & wine pairings. Our server was knowledgeable & attentive without being intrusive. Highly recommend this great restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

We had one of the friendliest and most informative waiters I’ve ever had at any restaurant! He was so attentive and took a lot of time explaining all of the food options and ingredients in our meals. It is a beautiful restaurant and is perfect for a small group, quiet enough to still be able to carry on a conversation and hear each other, but could also be quite romantic or fun when it’s warm enough to sit outside! Great view! Highly recommend to everyone!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Graduation celebration!Good food!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Had Sunday brunch there. Awesome service and awesome food! They made the special birthday menu for my friend! Will definitely come back for dinner.

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Went in with high hopes, but food was pretty bland/average. Not worth the price.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Possibly the best dining experience I’ve ever been in Chicago

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Celebrated my parents 40th wedding anniversary at North Pond. The meal was fantastic and they went above and beyond to give us a memorable night.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Wow, I was so impressed with the flavor, presentation and highly trained staff. Will return soon!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter lunch. Food was excellent but dessert had a marshmallow type thing on top that was spongy and completely devoid of flavor. I THINK it was supposed to be coconut but could not tell. All the rest was good as usual. It remains my favorite restaurant in Chicago.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The tasting menu was "off the charts" outstanding, and the wine pairings were brilliant!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The food was ridiculously good. Perhaps the best place I have ever eaten at. It was a bit loud and busy to start with (7:45 seating) and our table was right in the path of where the servers walk. But after the 1st course of the tasting menu and a glass of champagne, I stopped noticing that as the restaurant seemed to be clearing out a bit. The servers were fantastic and very helpful. It had all the right touches, and in my mind, the food was of higher quality than most of the 3* Michelin’s I have eaten at. This is a wonderful restaurant and we will certainly be back.

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