North Pond

4.8
3728 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 new hours are Dinner Thursday through Sunday beginning at 5:30pm and Sunday Brunch beginning at 10:30am.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 3728 people are saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipRobin
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team such good care of us, my food allergies are difficult, but they accommodated me with no issues. Our meal was truly memorable we will talking about it for a long time. Can’t wait to go back next time we are here.

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Northside
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience3

excellent service, food mostly mediocre--seating once again in the inner room. This has happened once too often. I'm done with North Pond.

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vipJohnG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding service. The chef was young, but his food was amazing and so flavorful

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! We loved the 1 st and 2nd courses

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a special birthday last evening—could not have been better! The service is sophisticated yet casual, an atmosphere which is highly appreciated and appealing. The food was excellent and the pace was perfect for an enjoyable fine dining experience! Finally walking out afterwards onto the terrace overlooking the pond with the cityscape in the background made a great photo-op. This is a special place.

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Cdawg
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love this place. Its a hidden little gem in the heart of the city but it feels like youre out in the country. The ambiance is wonderful and the food is terrific. I can't recommend enough.

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AnjalaS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great experience and will visit the restaurant again! We had special requests for being vegetarian and they were able to accommodate. The food was delicious and my daughter had a memorable birthday celebration! Kudos to the Chef, Staff, & Management.

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SpencerAct
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a beautiful meal and experience. Great service: knowledgeable, prompt, and courteous. The food was stellar -- as always expected with North Pond. We celebrated my wife's birthday and the restaurant made it a special night. The 4-course tasting menu on offer right now is varied and scrumptious. I wholeheartedly recommend the wine pairing option. If you've never been there, you'll find North Pond one of the loveliest locations in the city, set next to the stunning North Pond Nature Sanctuary with an unmatched view of the city. You can't go wrong with planning a romantic date here.

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vipChicagoDiner
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Enjoyed the location and prairie style architecture of the restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect experience all around

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jbanana
New England
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, thanks!

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Kalthera99
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved celebrating our special occasion at North Pond. The service was amazing and so was the main attraction, the food! We are already planning to bring visiting family members here to impress them 😉

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding … one of top restaurants in city.

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vipJoyful
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food in a beautiful setting. Service is impeccable with attention to details.

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SamuelB
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, with skilled and attentive staff that made our anniversary meal delightful.

The architecture of the restaurant was wonderful, with the subtle communication of the kitchen working as productive white noise, completing the pondside cafe.

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BrittanyH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around outstanding experience. Will be back again.

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CatherineH
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want a food experience, this is the place.

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Josh
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

North Pond was a great experience. The staff were very friendly and the food was exquisite. The wine pairing option was a great way to experience the different courses and made for an unforgettable experience.

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vipGlowmer
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Practically perfect in every way. We chose North Pond for a special dinner. The kindly accommodated a change in our headcount. They had special menus and dessert plates noting the occasion. The food was amazing. The wine selections paired with dinner were great and very inexpensive. The service staff could not have been more attentive to detail and we even had a visit from Chef. If this isn't the best restaurant in Chicago, I am at a loss to name a better one. Thanks North Pond!

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Lambertvilleres
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a wonderful meal, chose the tasting menu with the wine pairing. Everything was delicious. Had the Rainbow Carrots, Black Bass and the beef course with the apricot dessert. We also tried the snapper dish from the regular menu as a 5th course.
The decor and ambiance are beautiful, Prairie Craftsman style, and it is located on the North Pond. Loved the leather benches with cattails and water lilies.
Our new favorite in Lincoln Park.

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KristieT
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! The four course meal was amazing and all the options were delicious. Our waiter Jeff was very attentive, friendly and suggested perfect drink pairings and helped us narrow down our picks on the dishes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were a bit disappointed with our experience at North Pond. The price fixe dinner is $98 per person, so we expected the food and service to be good. We enjoyed our first two courses, but there was an unusually long wait between courses and we were not served our entrees until we had been seated for over an hour and a half. As the first courses are appropriately quite small, and the roll the size of a mini-muffin ( and none for gf diners), we were ravenous by the time the sablefish entree was served. While there were some interesting flavors, it was not a satisfying dish from a flavor or portion perspective for two by now really hungry people. The host came by as we were again waiting a long time for our desserts to arrive-15-20 minutes. We mentioned the long waits between courses to him and our desserts promptly appeared. We had to finally ask for our check. Way too laid back to be enjoyable. We are very aware of the difficulties restaurants are having post-COVID., so maybe that was it. But overall, not the dining experience we had hoped for.

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vipLincolnParkMVC
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an outstanding experience!

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vipChicagoFoodie
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! Service, quality of food - couldn’t be happier and cannot recommend the brunch enough. Can’t wait to celebrate the next big promotion or family event with North Pond

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Marsh
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered their brunch for my graduation celebration. The food was reasonably priced, and surprisingly decently portioned that I was satiated by the last course! In addition to the 3 courses, they offered an additional appetizer on the house and printed a personalized menu with my name and greeting packed neatly in a folder. Great service and lovely setting.

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KHN28
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb dining experience. No flaws! From first course to dessert, the dishes kept building and surpassing the previous. A lovely restaurant, staff and impeccable food.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sensational menu

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vipDavidA
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to North Pond and we were incredibly impressed. Wonderful hospitality, knowledgeable staff, outstanding food all in a unique location. We’ll be back!

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MichaelM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience, we had just gotten engaged and the wait staff treated us with so much joy. Food was outstanding and the wine was incredible.

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vipTomC
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We chose this restaurant to celebrate our daughters 25th Birthday. We had the Prefix menu (4 courses) and also had the wine pairings. Simply wonderful. All portions appropriately sized to not be too much.
Would definitely return.

MB
MatthewB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxing, elegant atmosphere with creative and delicious menu, wonderful wine selection, and attentive service. A perfect place to celebrate any special occasion.

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vipPFG55
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best prix fix dinner ever, made Paris and French Kitchen look bad. Intricate preparation but honest tasty food. Parsnip vichyssoise, asparagus yuzu hollandaise, strip steak, cheese plate, wine pairing, cocktails were a well spent $140 per before tip. And the ambience of this setting is outstanding, as were the service and staff.

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DennyE
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always heard great things about North Pond and it exceeded our expectations. Great example of modern fine, dining. We included the wine pairing with dinner. Price-wise I think North Pond is a special occasion place for most budgets but I thought the value for the money was very good.

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JacobM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was tasty and interesting, with many great presentations and preparations. The wine pairings were on-point! Staff were knowledgeable and attentive, pacing was superb

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Oliver
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place and fantastic location. We have been here a few times for brunch and the food was always excellent. Just this time the food didn‘t really overly impress. The fish was pretty solid, but the chicken and pork main courses were just fine. Last time they had some really nice medium rare beef but that one was not on the menu anymore.

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MatthewK
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A warm and friendly atmosphere, every step of the process made me feel comfortable and the food was delightful. The best meal I've had in Chicago.

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Danube66
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Chicago restaurant - fantastic tasting menu and wine selection, outstanding service and beautiful location.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

For non beef and pork eaters the tasting menu was limited. There was only one main course fish option and the fish was both fatty and oily.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service. Knowledgeable about the food and wine options. Highly recommend for a nice dinner out.

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vipFoodie
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Restaurant, from the food, setting, price point, ingredients, ambience. I highly recommend this place for a date night.

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North Pond is rated 4.8 stars by 3728 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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