Delicious 3-Course brunch with excellent service in a beautiful setting smack in the middle of the Park.
It was absolutely amazing! Our favorite restaurant in all of Chicago!
One of the best restaurants in Chicago. The creativity of mixing various flavors on a single plate makes every trip to this restaurant memorable.
Everything was excellent! This is my new favorite spot in Chicago. Each dish had multiple components and they were all great.
Excellent ambience and service.
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.
The place was lovely, the personnel amazing, but food wise not impressed, most of what we ordered was salty.
Perfect evening at the North Pond for my wife’s Birthday.
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!
North Pond is always our favorite restaurant when we’re in Chicago. We love the food, atmosphere, and service. It’s all great!
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.
New Year’s Eve tradition for us!
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.
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.
The food and staff were incredible!
Celebrate Christmas season
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!
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.
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.
Outstanding service! Food quality excellent. Only issue was finding the valet to park.
Great service, great food, expensive but well worth it.
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.
Birthday dining it was perfect and they let me bring my 2 yr old grandson -we want it to be his birthday treat!
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.
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.
This place was amazing! The view of North pond and the city was great. The service was spectacular. I went for sunday brunch which (keep in mind they have a set three course menu and you choose which three items you want for the course) and each course tasted heavenly. Thank you North Pond!
Perfect night in every way. Every dish was superb—flavors were
Always a great experience at North Pond! From the ambience to the service, to the presentation and taste of the food, it just can't be beat. Highly recommend for a special night or Sunday brunch!
The room was beautiful. The service was outstanding. The food, however, was trying too hard. Simple, beautiful ingredients don’t need to be overly “dressed”. In each course the individual ingredients were well prepared & very high quality but the flavors on the plate didn’t combine well. Overall, everything was perfect but the food, which missed the mark.
Our server was rude and unfriendly. The food was overspiced, over cooked and a true disappointment. To top it all off we waited 35 minutes for the valet to get our car and we were late for our next event. I was so disappointed.
Sturgeon with cauliflower was really dissapointing. The fish tasted like mud.
Pheasant was cooked perfetly but there was just too many flavors on the plate wich in my opinion don’t really fit together.
Maybe it’s just a matter of taste but me and my friend honesly didn’t really like the food.
Staff was really proffesional and polite.
Extremely disappointed with our experience. The setting, and overall ambiance was beautiful. Outside of that, it was not worthwhile. In general, all the fancy preparations for each course were just not enjoyable. Limited entree selections as well. Both the Tile fish and sea bass were not not good. The tile fish in particular was fishy, and the texture was rubbery. The crab salad was small, ok but nothing outstanding.
It seemed like the chef tried way too hard to make everything so distinctive, and different that the preparation itself became the theme, and not the taste of the food itself. The emphasis on organic, and sustainability was also just "over the top". Couldn't even order my favorite vodka or bourbon....as nothing mainstream is carried here. For the money....there are hundreds of outstanding restaurants in the Chicago area to try before I would recommend this one. Sorry...but this really missed the mark.
Beautiful location but disappointing experience. The waitress was not particularly helpful with menu explanations. The first courses were too heavy and not memorable. The main course of tilefish had a disappointing fishy smell. Additionally, the price of 8.00 for a cup of decaf coffee was a bit over the top.
Perfect place for an anniversary! Food was terrific. Had some amazing wines with the pairing. Service was impeccable- everyone was so friendly and knowledgeable and happy!
We enjoyed our meal and the view immensely
Daughter moving to Chicago
Very fun and unique menu! Every part of the meal was thought out with no plate fillers. Would absolutely return!