North Pond

4.9
3838 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 3838 people are saying
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Brad
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The casual ambiance was a nice change from other starred restaurants. The service was low key yet professional in every respect. The manager even gave us an umbrella when we left due to unexpected downpour with no expectation of receiving it back.

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vipPattyA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like a dream! The staff was outstanding - really accommodating with our special dietary needs, timing was perfect and they were just lovely people.

Every bite of the food was excellent - beyond excellent. This is the best dining experience I have had in years.

Grateful for a lovely night in a magical setting.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasting menu was wonderful! Service and location were just as amazing!

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vipkitchenman
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience. Food, fabulous. Service. attentive. Great setting.

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vipjeffersont
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The service was ok, the food(5 courses) literally took 2 and a half hours to come (in total). The food flavor/quality was average. The best aspect of everything is the wine and the desserts, other than that the rest was way overpriced for the quality. The most important thing they need to fix is the how they deliver the cutlery, they literally put it on top of the table without anything below it, I was sitting on the outside and they would literally put my utensils on the metal table. I used my napkin below them and requested a second one for myself.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful original meals with a very unexpectedly original wine pairing. That did not compete with the food and enhanced the experience

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urbanhostess
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My significant other treated me in celebration of a work milestone. I did not read reviews in advance in favor of relishing the experience in the moment, which lended to the overall experience.

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vipchifoodie
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A meal at North Pond is always special—food, service, atmosphere, setting. Our service this time was especially wonderful, with the nicest principal server in the world and other extremely attentive but unobtrusive staff members. And the food was delicious, and beautifully presented, as always. Also the coffee was really good! The only slight imperfection, which I hate to mention because everything else was perfection, was the juice. The Orange juice was definitely not fresh-squeezed, and both that and the grapefruit juice tasted like some sort of juice drink and not pure juice. This could easily be solved by just sourcing it from Mariano’s. I am still giving North Pond a five-star rating.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! The food was AMAZING and We loved the way they designed each course of the meal. Great place to take your special someone for a special occasion !

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vipRobert
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Wonderful knowledgeable waitress

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vipPFG55
Chicago
67 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a world-class restaurant. The $95 prefix with the $56 wine flight is definitely well worth it. Started with the mussel, then foie gras then cod. The beef entre looked tasty too. Just enough food, a feast for the senses, and a beautiful setting.

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VanessaC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was absolutely delicious. The service at the beginning when we first got seated it seemed we waited for a bit but after that they were supper attentive. Great experience!

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LAULU
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wait staff all were in a great hurry to clear after every course while some guests in our party of four were still eating. And we were not slow. Felt rushed.

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JamesK
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Celebration!
Food and service excellent!

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a quiet comfortable setting. Service was top notch and friendly.

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Cath
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They personalized the menu for our anniversary, which was a lovely touch. Had a chance to interact with the chef too. The food and ambiance were perfect.

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vipAimeeH
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love North Pond - food is always unique and well executed! Staff are amazing! (Truly Peachy) Three courses always leave you with something new and delicious

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RitaS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was really tasty and they gave me an extra course!

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ElizabethK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in all of Chicago. Never a bad experience.

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LGFood
Des Moines
11 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

super knowledgeable bar tender!!
yummy food
nice variety of wines
exceptional location

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Beth
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A special night and a tasting menu that was just enough, and not too much. Unusual flavor combinations that were wonderful and unexpected.

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vipDiningMom
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal. Every bite was amazing. Service impeccable. Knowledgeable server who explained the perfectly matched wines. High-end experience without being snobby. Not sure why we waited so long to dine at North Pond. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

North Pond is our favorite place to celebrate …. pretty much anything. It has it all — style, class, warmth, and sensational food.

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CMango
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing combination of flavors and textures in each course. Great service and super special meal!

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DinaM
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Cesar, Loretta, Steven and team were wonderful. From the amuse bouche to the caramels at the end…this meal was outstanding.

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vipjfsblue
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just outstanding food and service

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JohnD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything done extremely well, from service to cuisine.

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Row4fun
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Chicago for first time; celebrating birthday month/weekend getaway. Excellent restaurant north of loop in park setting. Peaceful, relaxing environment. Excellent food & service enjoyed our evening.

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Ryan
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited North Pond for our anniversary, and the staff couldn't have been friendlier and more accommodating. The food itself was fresh and delicious, and the staff did an excellent job in explaining the origins of everything we ate. We would definitely recommend North Pond for a special occasion.

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DJMe
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambience: North Pond is located at the north end of North Pond, a small restored pond just north of Lincoln Park Zoo. As such, there is a great skyline view of downtown Chicago, framed by the pond itself and surrounding greenery. The patio seating (seven tables set in front of the floor to ceiling doors of the building) offer the best views. We live a short walk from North Pond, and often walk past the restaurant on our way to the Lakefront Trail, so we knew full well there would be a good bit of pedestrian traffic pretty much all night.

Food: We began with a cocktail, each of us happened to order a different one. All were well received. The four course tasting menu has three choices per course. We also opted for the wine pairing, one glass per course. The meal began with a small potato roll with butter, followed by an amuse bouche of trout roe and shaved vegetables. Both excellent. All three of us selected the carrot and mussels for our first course - I'd only had steamed mussels in the shell but this was more of a salad. The mussels were pre-shelled and chilled. Very refreshing. For the second course I had the foie gras while wife and niece went with sea scallop and corn. The foie gras was fine, but the scallop was very good (wife was kind enough to give me a bite); very buttery and cooked perfectly. We all selected dry aged beef strip loin for our main course, and no one was disappointed.A square of cornbread from the pastry chef preceded the dessert; I went with a cheese plate, while wife and niece both selected the chocolate and passion fruit marzipan. The ladies won the round once again. Lastly, we were presented with a plate of confections, as we were celebrating a birthday.

Service: The service was outstanding. The meal was very well paced from start to finish; we never felt rushed or felt we were forgotten. The servers provided a brief explanation of each dish and of each wine, and happily answered any questions we had.

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vipHenryR
Dallas
99 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food outstanding. Wine list very good. Location kind of hard to get to with an uber driver, but we made it. Dress code says business casual, but shorts all over the place. definitely go for the food, small portions but lots of them.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful experience and I hope I will be back soon. Meanwhile, I will tell all my friends who go to Chicago not to miss dining at North Pond.

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vipJanJ
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a very nice place for celebrating a special occasion. The food is outstanding and looked like a work of art on your plate. Also, the service was attentive. I loved the way the waitress described each dish and the wine that went with each course. I recommend asking for a table in the indoor patio section, which has a view of the pond and then the City. Love, love!!

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vipCTLF
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I spent my birthday dinner at North Pond and it did not disappoint. We ordered the chef’s tasting menu, they printed my name on our menus, and wrapped it in a specialty envelope at the end of our meal; which added a level of special attention that was very touching. The meal was spectacular only made better by the service of the staff. We were catered to and when I visit Chicago again, I’ll have to pay North Pond a visit.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our anniversary anD The Beginning of empty nesting 😜🎉This was one of the best of not the Best culinary experience I ever had. The creativity, flavors of all the plates was impressive. The Wine pairing was exceptional;really harmonizing with each plate.’ The service and attention was Amazing. Lastly the beautiful surroundings Max the experience more amazing. My reservation was at 8:00pm perfect time to take some incredible pictures. Thanks for making our special night happy even BETTER.

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JosephM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing combination of flavors. A wonderful meal.

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EmilyB
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jeffrey took great care of us and the food was everything we wanted.

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vipSpyros
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals ever. Attentive staff kept water filled, and food and beverages flowing. Another great experience, and even got a course served by the new chef. Classy place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
53 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent evening out in the park. highly recommended.

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North Pond is rated 4.9 stars by 3838 OpenTable diners.

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