North Pond

4.7
3275 reviews
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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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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Celebrate the coming of Spring and the Easter holiday at North Pond on Sunday, April 21st! Enjoy a bountiful 3-course, prix-fixe menu, $85 per adult, $40 per child. Reservations are available 10:00am-5:00pm. North Pond requires a credit card for all parties. Any changes or cancellations must be made

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fantastic meal!

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KA
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic from the time we walked in the door until we left. Unique food choices, and everything was delicious! The atmosphere is wonderful. Can’t wait to come back in the warm weather and be able to enjoy the cool breeze off the pond.

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DW
Indiana
41 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

North Pond remains, after many years, one of our favorite restaurants in the country. Excellent, knowledgeable service; a menu that reflects the chef's creativity and care, and that brings the freshest and best ingredients to every dish; and a gorgeous setting in a historic building all add up to a terrific experience every time.

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B
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance. Wonderful food and service.

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Z
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb; best restaurant in the city p

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FA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had our 40th wedding anniversary here and returned this year for our 50th! Everything has remained consistently good. The setting and service can not be beat and the food is delicious and inventive. We'll continue to make this spot special occasions.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

absolutely perfect

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m
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Arrived early place was empty. Ask to be seated knowing our daughter would be delay,we were very hungry. Were told it was not convenient to seat us until entire party was there . Went to bar , told no food allowed at bar. One hour later still in bar no food . Waitress was completely obnoxious. Food ok , there are too many good restaurants don’t waste your time.silly me I thought they were supposed to try to please me

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third time at North Pond and we are never disappointed! Amazing!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. The appetizers were superb, nicely presented. The foigras was a bit cold. The bass was outstanding, yet the hake was a bit plain. One of our favorite places

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PT
New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

We were confronted with the most unprofessional behavior I have ever encountered.

First, we were seated in an isolated area of the restaurant, while it was clear that the main area was empty (there was a snow blizzard in Chicago that night). The host insisted that all tables were booked.
We then waited for 15 minutes without anyone coming to our table, to bring menus or even water.
Of course, we decided to leave and then the manager invited us to stay and be seated in the main area, which only made things worse. We went to Avec in West Loop, and I am glad our $350 went to a cool, fast, vibrant restaurant.

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BA
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious 3-Course brunch with excellent service in a beautiful setting smack in the middle of the Park.

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FN
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was absolutely amazing! Our favorite restaurant in all of Chicago!

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m
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Chicago. The creativity of mixing various flavors on a single plate makes every trip to this restaurant memorable.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent! This is my new favorite spot in Chicago. Each dish had multiple components and they were all great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambience and service.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was fine

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B
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We went to North Pond for Valentines Day, hoping for true “Farm to Table” experiences, but the tasting menu was relatively limited in terms of courses and the food was just alright. It felt like they were trying to be fancier than their standard menu using fois gras, and multiple seafood courses (which were fine, but definitely not locally sourced). Also they had a Meyer lemon soup which was way too bitter.

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N
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third time at North Pond, two times for birthdays and once for our wedding anniversary. I consider this a special occasion restaurant and each visit was just that very special. The restaurant is beautiful especially the room with the fireplace. For the first course two of us enjoyed the octopus and one the duck. We all loved the starters. Our table enjoyed the beet horseradish salad, the crab hazelnut salad and the charcuterie, the later being rich and big enough for three. Two of us had the pheasant as our entree and one the hake. They were wonderful. We ended by sharing the coffee citrus mouse. We were treated with a birthday treat. All in all a wonderful experience.

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KT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

The place was lovely, the personnel amazing, but food wise not impressed, most of what we ordered was salty.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect evening at the North Pond for my wife’s Birthday.

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GN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

North Pond has been on my list for awhile and we finally got to go for our 6-months married! We went on a cold January night, so the restaurant was a bit emptier than normal, but it did not disappoint. The ingredients were so fresh and the tastes so creative and surprising. At times my mouth was pleasantly shocked by how well certain tastes went together. The ambience and service was great. We loved how the restaurant called us to confirm our reservation and what occasion we were celebrating and customized our menus with our names on them. Overall, definitely worth of the awards and the hype. Highly recommend and would come back again!

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CW
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

North Pond is always our favorite restaurant when we’re in Chicago. We love the food, atmosphere, and service. It’s all great!

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C
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

North Pond had a wonderful New Year's Eve dinner with great wine selections. The food and service were great and they were very accommodating for some allergy issues. Overall a great night.

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C
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve tradition for us!

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Y
Jackson Hole
42 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dining experience. The three of us ordered the hen and egg, fois gras, charcuterie, frisée salad, pheasant, bass and a fish that started with m. Perfect amount of food enjoyed with a good bottle of wine followed by cappuccinos. Everything was paced well and delicious. To be picky the bass was just so much better than the other fish. Whatever that fish was it just wasn’t flavorful but the other things on the plate was delicious whereas the bass was amazing by itself as well as the things on the plate. We hadn’t been there in a few years and we will keep it on our go to list.

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BH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time for both my daughter and myself at the North Pond. It was the most peaceful and relaxing setting. I wish it had not been such a gloomy day so more of the park was visible. Food was delicious but a little pricey as well as wine prices quite high. Service was outstanding!
The restaurant was a little hard to find not very well marked. Our Uber driver had a hard time finding where it was she was to drop us off for entrance to restaurant.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and staff were incredible!

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LA
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrate Christmas season

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!

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RB
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s been a while since we ate here but so glad we returned the other night. The entire evening was wonderful. We (a party of 4) dined early specifically so we could sit in the smaller room with the fireplace. (I find the larger room with the open kitchen less inviting and a bit loud) Becky took care of us and she was great. We had a round of interesting cocktails and then starters and mains. Becky did an excellent job clarifying the menu for us and steered us towards choices we all found satisfying. I had the squab, which was fantastic. The entire menu is unique and appealing with surprising flavor combinations that made me want to order everything. We finished by splitting two deserts - both of which were delicious. So glad we made it back to North Pond. We won’t wait so long to return!

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J
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A great restaurant. I'll need to go back to try the prix fixe menu but you can't really go wrong ordering off the menu. The foie gras appetizer is terrific. The charcuterie is also excellent.

I highly recommend this place for a date, a celebration, or just a nice evening out.

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CK
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want a restaurant that delivers innovative food, a beautiful atmosphere and world-class service, North Pond is the place! We were dining with friend, celebrating one of their birthdays. The group decided to experience the chef’s tasting menu with wine pairings. It was outstanding! We spent over 3 hours enjoying the unique way they present the food, sampling an explosion of tastes and reinforcing the experience with perfectly paired wines. Our menus were customized to welcome and wish our friend a happy birthday and the night finished with the kitchen sending out a special dessert for the birthday girl. It was an amazing night made even more special by our waitstaff. Thank you, North Pond, for continually setting a high bar from which we measure other dining experiences.

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MK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service! Food quality excellent. Only issue was finding the valet to park.

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CF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, expensive but well worth it.

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E
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Service level didn’t match the high food level. For example, ordering a kir resulted in a small glass of creme de cassis straight up and not mixed with wine.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dining it was perfect and they let me bring my 2 yr old grandson -we want it to be his birthday treat!

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Indiana
69 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

This place has always been a favorite of mine when I visit Chicago. Can’t believe I haven’t been in three years. In 2014 and 2015, these were best brunches I’d ever had. Something has changed. Different sous chef or something? Everything wasn’t delicate. The shrimp first course had soggy over cooked broccoli. The beef and kale was bitter with a soggy, heavy gratin. My dessert, a white chocolate grapefruit creation was served in a way that literally looked like a poo emoji—a brown swirl. This made me sad. Next time I’m in the city I’ll try again, hoping this was an off experience. I hope next time will be the perfection I remembered since this wasn’t it.

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m
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful experience: a warm welcome (back) to this unique architectural treasure in the heart of Chicago's Lincoln Park. Delightful server: attentive, knowledgeable, friendly but not obtrusive. Delicious cuisine: seasonal, intriguing, but not "fussy." They even made up a menu with "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" and my name on it: a very nice and elegant touch.

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