North Pond

4.7
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American
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.
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F
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic brunch prix fix menu! Many options for each of the three courses. Food was delicious. Service was good. The bartender Grady is the best! Ask him for drink recommendations and he will surprise you!

BM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my husband had our one year anniversary brunch at north pond yesterday. My husband had the pheasant soup which really hit the spot on a cold day like yesterday. Delicious wholesome flavors for the soup. Then he had beef with carrot which was good. For me I had gulf shrimp which was very tasty. However, the highlight was the black bass, the bass fell apart in your mouth and everything that came with it was delicious, I wish I remember the name of the purée and the grains. Then I ended with the chocolate mousse which was delicious, especially with the caramelized banana and banana ganache. This was our first time here and we can’t wait to come back for another brunch or maybe dinner!

JA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Chicago. Idillic setting, delicious food, great ambiance, friendly, efficient service., low noise level conducive to conversation.

JP
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting. Spectacular food. (Though it was a special tasting menu of 8 courses - so perhaps not the norm.) Worth the $$$ for sure.

M
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We really enjoyed the food we ordered and liked the overall ambiance of the restaurant. However, our waiter wasn’t great which is the only reason I am giving this place 4 stars. I think we would come back again!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasting menu was outstanding, wine pairings were perfect, service was thoughtful and engaging and the room was as lovey as ever. Best to the chef’s next adventure! Thank you!

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a perfect birthday dinner in the heart of Lincoln Park. There isn’t a better restaurant to enjoy a night with your loved one

b
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Our server was great , but 3 others hit my back. I scooted my chair in as far as possible, but it still kept happening. There was a post opposite my chair they were avoiding. Some of the door was delicious, but some we really didn’t care for. So for the cost of dinner, I would choose elsewhere

OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Annual holiday dinner with good friends. It was a wonderful evening.

OT
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

NOT VEGETARIAN/VEGAN friendly. Even with several days notice, they could not accommodate even a pescatarian for the tasting menu. What they have on the main menu, is not appropriate for vegetarian/vegan‘s. There was only a couple of salads that were vegetarian, not a single beating item, and absolutely nothing on the main menu for vegetarians/vegans.While the food that we had was tasty, it’s a shame that they don’t take care of a wider range of eating preferences, especially when they have significant notice.
Furthermore, our drinks were messed up twice, before we got the appropriate drink for the entire table. The setting is gorgeous, if the menu was different I would make this a regular eating destination. As it is, I will not be back.

GN
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

North Pond remains my favorite restaurant in all of Chicago. Perfectly civilized, elegant, yet without any pretentiousness or show. An extremely professional team takes care of you without fuss in a quiet home-like setting to offer artful and well-crafted dishes with an exquisite wine list. Dining at North Pond remains an experience to be treasured, and repeated, throughout the years.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food; awesome service

e
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still one of the best restaurants in chicago!

F
Chicago
80 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1food4service4ambience3

The food was delicious except for dessert, underwhelming. Our server was wonderful. The hostess both on the phone, when we arrived and during the meal was very rude. Snapping back at us a few times. We’ve enjoyed in the past, but no more for us. We also had issues with the valet. A damper on what was supposed to be a celebratory evening.

C
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been celebrating birthdays and anniversaries at North Pond for many years. We also enjoy going when the menu changes with the seasons. This is our favorite restaurant in Chicago.

EK
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service. Hate that they make you wait at bar for your table when restaurant is empty. It’s their shtick to sell cocktails - literally always happens. Bartender is innovative in his creations so while the practice is annoying the cocktails are delightful but definitely add to your tab

JJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent seasonal tasting menu, you really get what you pay for!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were soooo fantastic with my allergies. I can't thank them enough for the attention they gave before and during our reservation. Food was spot on!
Service was perfect. Timing was perfect.
The building is so special and the view of our wonderful city from the dining room is magical. I cannot wait to come in warm weather.

JC
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treat from a traditional brunch. The food pairings were amazing as were the drinks! We loved the view and walking around the area after brunch.

JI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful brunch at North Pond! We came early, never felt rushed and wait staff were ready and able to fill in with information about each item on the menu- we’ll be back

J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was my first visit and I liked it, but I feel that the menu is limited and possibly time to update the menu. It seemed outdated and time for a new offering. The setting is amazing. The restaurant was 75% empty on a Thursday night.

KT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a great place to go for a special evening. The food is consistently good. We have been going here for a number of years whenever we get up to Chicago.

L
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal we’ve eaten in Chicago, hands down. Every single element of every dish is executed with the sort of individual attention generally afforded only to proteins. And the service is second to none.

l
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We went to North Pond several years ago and it was outstanding! We decided to go again for our anniversary and found it to be not as good. Don't get me wrong....it wasn't bad but not outstanding. The location and view are very nice and the atmosphere is cozy but the food and service were subpar.

S
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Poor service, cold food, cold coffee and the bill included two item I did not order.
I probably won’t be returning.

MG
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and even better food! Whenever we are in town, we always have to get brunch here.

K
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

What a lovely dining experience! Walking in the bartender greeted us with a smile and served us a drink promptly while we waited a few short minutes for our table. Our server was attentive and the food delicious! The atmosphere is lively without being too loud, and overall the experience was excellent. Will definitely be back...

JK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Invited some friends who had never been to North Pond, enjoyed the food and experience!

DW
Indiana
44 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

North Pond is such a hidden gem. While it's not easy to find, tucked into the heart of Lincoln Park, it is so exceptional that it is well worth the effort. Every dish is extraordinary, service is impeccable and the ambiance makes it seem like a sanctuary from the city chaos. This is our go-to restaurant for special celebrations and we are never disappointed.

JD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great spot to go for a special occasion! Great food, service and ambience

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding seasonal tasting with delicious wine pairings.

MN
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful mixture of flavors and textures. Exactly what you would expect from a 5 star restaurant. Favorite dish was the black bass for the main course and maple bacon soup for first course.

Ambiance was very romantic, warm and low lighting. A bit close to other diners but not overly so.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal with excellent service and ambience in a memorable setting

PJ
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is tucked in a park, so it was a little hard to find. However, the food and service was excellent. We were celebrating an engagement and the restaurant menu had a congratulation at the top of the menu. What a great surprise. They also presented a chocolate dessert dish with a congratulations to the party. Fit for foodies.

LE
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful - food was amazing, view of city fantastic, and warm inviting atmosphere!

j
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing as always! Our favorite restaurant in Chicago!!

MC
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

North Pond continues to be one of my favorite places to dine in Chicago. The Brunch on Sunday was fabulous. The fish I ordered as a main course was perfectly prepared and served on an interesting plate resembling a slab of slate.

WR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you know. You know.

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Among the best meals, I've ever had! Food was exquisite and service was impeccable. A must return trip!

MC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down one of the best meals and service I’ve had in Chicago. The staff went above and beyond to help celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday. Everyone was raving about our experience there afterwards.Thank you North Pond!

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