North Pond

4.8
3784 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.

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 3784 people are saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MarkS
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply stellar cuisine service and setting. Northpond never ceases to amaze!

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ToullaC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for a quiet dinner. The ambiance was lovely and the food exceptional, especially the foie gras. The fish plate was amazing. The combination of the plum reduction with the slightly tangy/lemony butter yielded a tasty perfection!

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vipeduardon
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have not been at North Pond in 20 years, and it remains fantastic. Great meal

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AlexandriaV
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was beautiful. Wine was excellent and the food was very good but not blown away. Overall, sweet experience. It was our anniversary and they made menus with our names and a plate that said Happy Anniversary.

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vipTerryP
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. A real treat.

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Hazel
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

UNBELIEVABLE RESTAURANT! Best dinner I’ve ever had. Service and food was impeccable. They treated us so well for me and fiancé’s anniversary! (We got engaged right after!)

It was soooo memorable and unique!

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TanyaF
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, flavors on point, great experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect birthday accommodations

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outoftowndiner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining out experience we’ve had. Ideal for any very special occasion.

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JessicaH
New England
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worth every penny. You will not be disappointed. Can’t wait to come back:)

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CRCR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely romantic restaurant. We had a bunch of allergies and couldn't eat about half the things on the menu. They were kind in revising things but we had the sense that we weren't getting the full experience intended by the chef. That was disappointing since they were aware of our allergies in advance.

The food was very good but the menu was a prix fixe and with the allergies, our choices were quite limited. Service was excellent and the ambiance was warm and welcoming but a little loud for our taste. We loved that we could see the open kitchen. Food was creative and interesting.

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vipkitchenman
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

North Pond is (was) and absolutely wonderful experience. Every component of every dish was magnificent!!!! Exceeds expectations!!! Beautiful setting. Gracious service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience for my boyfriend’s birthday. The staff at North Pond went above and beyond to make our dinner a special celebration! Each dish was a stunning mix of flavors. Was very romantic to also have the beautiful Lincoln Park as our backdrop. Would highly recommend, and will plan to go back!

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Bruce
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though the serving size might seem small. We were stuffed when we left. Everything was delicious! Cocktails need a little revamp but they were still good.

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JimH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I have made many visits to North Pond over the Years and if anything it has gotten even better. It was a gorgeous summer evening and we had a table in the small room along the pond, with fantastic views of Chicago and the pond. This is truly one of the best views and restaurant settings anywhere. The restaurant itself is a former ice skating warming house built in classic arts and crafts or prairie style on North Pond inside Lincoln Park so no traffic noise. Currently, there is only a tasting menu available (no a la carte options), 4 courses with 3 options per course sure to satisfy anyone. My first course was the best gazpacho I have ever had, a gorgeous creation with mini crispy tomatoes and corns, and a very rich, creamy soup. Perfect for a summer starter. Then I had the foie gras, seared, and then a delicious beef course, followed by a chocolate desert. Well paced, the only thing is they may be a tad short staffed but the help is very professional and knowledgeable. Some of the food is actually grown on premises.

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vipLebaneseTaverna
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very thoughtful service, excellent food, will be back!

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Michelle
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food are super delicious. service was amazing. definelly will came back again.

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AndrewClarke
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and ambiance were fantastic. The service was top notch. Everyone was involved the chef and GM each dropped a course off. Our captain was very knowledgeable as well! It was an awesome experience overall. Highly recommend.

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veganfoodie
Memphis/West TN
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a bit hard to find but more than worth it! It is a beautiful restaurant in a tranquil setting with a breathtaking view of the skyline. The food is magnificent.It is gorgeous, unbelievably creative and each dish is better than the previous one. The service is outstanding.Treat yourself.

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edwardc
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seasonal tasting was amazing. Wine pairings perfect. Service excellent. A great evening.

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vipLeyaC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious reasonably priced brunch in an oasis in the middle of the concrete jungle. Such a gem. Walk around the area after for miles of greenery

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SarahC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved celebrating my friend's birthday at Northpond. You guys really know how to make a day special - from the menu with her name to "Happy Birthday" scribed in chocolate on her dessert plate!

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HardikP
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Need more entrees for vegetarians. Most desserts were bread based. The ones on instagram were so nice. Bread is quite heavy and most people would end up leaving portions. Maybe less starch'y desserts?

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vipadriane
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere. Underwhelmed with the food and service.

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vipBrianW
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have never had a bad experience at North Pond. The food, atmosphere and service was all excellent. Our server, Liz, was very knowledgeable.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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vipKW01
Milwaukee
21 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Very creative!

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vipLAB167
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious

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GusD
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious and inventive food with friendly and informative wait staff. We'll definitely visit again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service.

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Michaelc
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bread roll was out of this world. Classic setting. Tasting menu had something for everyone. Cod was superb

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AkashLohumi
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak was really good; along with the flourless chocolate cake!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was delicious and our waitress was so lovely!

JH
vipJoshuaH
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great oasis in Chicago. Staff was excellent. Food was bright, seasonal, and balanced. Congrats to Chef César Murrillo!

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ChristinaG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Great and unique location. Great service. Highly recommend!

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NancyD
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, inventive food, beautiful ambiance and friendly service. Perfect!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration with guests in from out-of-state.

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vipLoveChicagoDining
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

disappointed. this used to be a special place for us. had our wedding there

took 45 minutes to get a cocktail

food was unexceptional

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vipPatrick
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful. You cant beet it for ambiance , great food and service. My romantic go to place. Ask for a table by the windows so you can see the outside beuty of the pond while dining on a very delicious meet. The wine pairing is a great deal with plenty of wine.
Highly recommend , but get your reservations in as it's cosy & intimate and books up well in advance. Enjoy.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dinners I’ve had in Chicago, and I’ve lived in the city for 12 years, and have been to Alinea. Just excellent! They were fabulously accommodating to food sensitivities and intolerances, too. Would absolutely recommend for a very special evening.

FAQs

North Pond is rated 4.8 stars by 3784 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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