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North Pond, Chicago, IL

North Pond

4.9
4.9
4144 Reviews
$50 and over
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 Cesar Murillo 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.

Our hours are Dinner Thursday through Sunday beginning at 5:30pm and Sunday Brunch beginning at 10:30am.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, French

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Brunch Sun 10:30 am–1:00 pm Dinner Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (773) 477-5845

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Cesar Murillo

  • Private party facilities

    North Pond provides one of the most distinctive settings in the city for private social and business events. Our Lincoln Park location offers stunning views of Chicago’s dramatic skyline. We offer an inclusive evening for your special occasion, complete with a seasonal four-course dinner

  • Private party contact

    John Arents: (773) 477-5845

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Park

  • Cross street

    Lakeview & Deming

  • Parking details

    Taxi drop off location: 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.

  • Public transit

    CTA 151, 156 (Wrightwood), 22 (Clark & Deming)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Valentine's Day Prix Fixe Menu 2023

    $175.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    We are featuring a seven course tasting menu for Valentine's Day with an optional wine pairing. The menu will appear on our website at northpondrestaurant.com next week. The wine pairing is $75 per person and can be added on the evening of the event.

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What 4,144 people are saying

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Chicago / Illinois

    Best Ambiance

  • Chicago / Illinois

    American

  • Chicago

    Best Overall

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    Best Ambiance

  • Chicago

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    First course was not as I expected and I didn’t like it. But other courses were very tasty. My husband enjoyed all his experience.
  2. O

    Offlaw

    Tampa

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  3. FG

    FoodieGroup

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazingly well put together flavors and menu combination. Really solid 'winter' meal with light and hearty textures and tones. Well Done!!!!
  4. W

    Wineguy

    Chicago

    177 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    177 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We should go here more. Food is inventive and all the dishes were excellent. They have a great pastry chef as well. The decor is classic prairie style and the setting in the middle of Lincoln Park is awesome. Request a table by the window for a great view of the Chicago skyline.
  5. HM

    HowardM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love going to north pond cafe The food is delicious The service is great
  6. OM

    OlesyaM

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, service and atmosphere. The restaurant made our anniversary beyond special!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    From the moment we walked in to the moment we left everything was so well taken care of. The staff were great as well as the food! Loved the flavors of the first two courses more than the dessert. We had the vegetarian tasting menu and it was delicious.
  8. WM

    WMBRAIN

    Chicago

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was exceptional. The elegant with wonderful ingredients and flavor combinations
  9. l

    love2eat

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I  cannot begin to express how amazing our experience was at North Pond. From the moment we walked in until we left it was impeccable. We flew into town for one day only with the sole purpose of dining at this restaurant. It did not disappoint. Every ingredient was elevated to a level I did not know was possible. Every dish was an artistic and tasteful masterpiece. The staff worked well together and though it was a fine dining experience, it still felt relaxing and welcoming as if dining among old friends. I have never experienced anything like this at a restaurant. It was worth the flight and we will definitely return, but this time with the rest of our family. It was worth every dime!!
  10. o

    omnivore

    Chicago

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The space is gorgeous, prairie style, cozy. The food was phenomenal. Our service was good but not great. There were some lapses in bringing out the courses.
  11. DH

    DeanH

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a family dinner with 4 of us during the winter holiday season. Everything was spot on, and the chef and pastry chef are very creative. I had not been to North Pond for a few years and was disappointed that they now only offer prix fixe dining, limiting options. It really is a lovely place to dine, and the staff is very committed to their respective roles and crafts. Our total tab including only 2 cocktails with tax and tip was $675.00. This actually limits my ability to recommend it to a friend, without warning them that the four dollar signs be taken very seriously. I don't have that many friends that would typically spend $150 per person for a family dinner.
  12. F

    Frozen

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Food was over the top. Way too many flavors, keep it simple.
  13. MC

    MariaCast

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding as usual. Still probably the best and most consistently high end restaurant we have ever been too, and we have gone to many.
  14. S

    Scott

    Chicago

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service and ambiance are outstanding. Tasting menu gives you enough choices to find something you'll like. Food is flavorful and nicely presented.
  15. K

    Kayy

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Very friendly, welcoming and accommodating! Food was amazing.
  16. NL

    NicoleL

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the perfect place for any special celebration - it will exceed all expectations, impress, and be unforgettable. They truly do everything to make the dinner memorable.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    I was really looking forward to this having booked it based on reviews. We came all the way from Ireland to sit in a booth with no views near the restrooms but overlooked this anticipating great food. My own fault, Maybe I should have requested a window seat. Sadly we were disappointed by the food. The menu read well but did not deliver. The bread although delicious had the texture of been heated in a microwave. Food being my business I of course tasted all my sons choices too! My apple starter was fresh and vibrant but my sons crab dish was only ok. His pork was mediocre while my lamb tortellini was dry and the pasta too thick. We both had beef, the meat was delicious but once again the little French bread roll for dipping had a chewy texture. I had the Mont Blanc dessert, which tasted as bad as it looked. My sons chocolate dessert was lovely but would have worked well with a buttermilk or vanilla ice cream to cut the richness, instead it came with a Kalamata olive ice cream which tasted of olives alright and would be a great addition to a savory dish. The service and staff were wonderful. Beautiful location but sadly a disappointment for us. When I go for tasting menus I expect ‘wow’ given most of the work is done in advance. There was no ‘wow’ here.
  18. WW

    WinstonWolf

    Charleston

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible experience and service. Liz and Charmon were awesome.
  19. A

    Alex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    North Pond is the perfect place to celebrate an extra special occasion! The staff made us feel welcomed and celebrated our engagement with several lovely gestures throughout the meal. Service was outstanding. For the meal, each course was delicious. We didn't regret a single thing we ordered.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting, excellent service, and delicious and inventive dishes. Cocktails are the best in the city. Bravo!
  21. JW

    JoshuaW

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely perfect, as always! The ambiance is as wonderful on a cold blustery winter night as it is on a warm summer evening. The service is spot-on and the food is always impeccable!
  22. KR

    KathleenR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing . Selection per course varied perfectly. Wine pairing was interesting. Ambience and beauty of scenery was magical . Server was very attentive to our needs, but provided privacy to enjoy!
  23. M

    Miaguise

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. 3rd time come celebrate special occasion with family, never disappoints
  24. PC

    PaulC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    met expectations. Liked it. Keep it uppppppppppppp
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding dining experience!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food I can stress that enough to make justice to the flavors the presentation and the creativity from the chef. The service was stellar especially from our server Jeff! We were celebrating our first anniversary dating and we were taken care off amazingly. The place is charming with a great view and the managers were so helpful and nice. 100% recommend this place to anyone that appreciates good food and great ambiance!
  27. W

    Wicked

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The tasting menu was amazing. We loved the cozy ambiance too. Service was outstanding - Friendly main server and lots of descriptions of the food from the other staff members which was very fun.
  28. MC

    MargaretC

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My sister's and I had a magical time in the fireplace room. Charmaine (sp) was so wonderful as our server. The timing of our food throughout the even was perfect. A true delight.
  29. JO

    JoanieO

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dining experience in a lovely restaurant. Service was attentive and friendly. Food was delicious and creative.
  30. IV

    IndustryVet

    Chicago

    89 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best meal of the year. Service, chef surprises, intimate setting in the middle of Lincoln Park. Historic building. Perfect.
  31. SJ

    StephenJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, beautifully presented. Jeff was an outstanding waiter. It had been some time since I had been there, and the magic is still ther. I can’t wait to come back sometime in the summer when we can maybe eat outside.
  32. MB

    MBLM

    Richmond

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience at North Pond was nothing short of wonderful! We were celebrating my partner's birthday and had a cozy table next to the fireplace. We were given personalized menus. We love good food and moved to Chicago only 6 months ago. This is the best food we have had in Chicago or anywhere! Every course was thoughtful and original and they offered a 5th course which we were so glad we got. The bartender was also incredible - our drinks were top notch. The service was equally wonderful and we thank the staff at North Pond for treating us so kindly. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a special place to celebrate.
  33. G

    Guv123

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful brunch, menu delicious choices, pleasant arts and craft atmosphere, attentive service. Not crowded Sunday afternoon. Tables for two are very small and cramped.
  34. L

    Lucas

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great brunch! Very creative and a beautiful setting.
  35. MS

    MaryS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Loved the environment and ambience. The monkfish was tough and didn't pair well with the sauce.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The courses were to die for and the wines were paired to perfection. Cannot wait to go again!!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The new pre fix menu was a great change. The chef is creative with outstanding combinations of taste. Very good wine list to top it off. Thanks for a great evening.
  38. O

    Onepoint

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food in wonderful ambience. Had a lovely meal with friends. Unique location - in the middle of a park - which adds to the experience. Will be back.
  39. V

    Vammy

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went there for our anniversary and were really happy with the service. They were so caring and knew exactly when to approach and when of give us space. They had thought of everything to make our day special. We had our names printed in the menu and a dessert at the end with a message.
  40. GG

    GrmG

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An outstanding meal. It was a tasting menu, which we didn’t know going in, but fortunately limited in courses (given it was a weeknight). Every dish was succulent, including one in particular (Waygu beef in bone broth) that was among the best things I’ve ever tasted. We also loved the quieter atmosphere that allowed us to converse with our friends without shouting. Really a magical evening.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

North Pond is rated 4.9 stars by 4144 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for North Pond

2610 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Lakeview & Deming

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Park

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Brunch Sun 10:30 am–1:00 pm Dinner Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, French

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Taxi drop off location: 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.

  • Public transit

    CTA 151, 156 (Wrightwood), 22 (Clark & Deming)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Cesar Murillo

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (773) 477-5845

  • Private party facilities

    North Pond provides one of the most distinctive settings in the city for private social and business events. Our Lincoln Park location offers stunning views of Chicago’s dramatic skyline. We offer an inclusive evening for your special occasion, complete with a seasonal four-course dinner

  • Private party contact

    John Arents: (773) 477-5845

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