North Pond

4.7
3562 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.

Currently we are not open for dine in, however, we are offering North Pond at Home. Each week we'll feature a different menu. Available for pick up or delivery. Please visit us at northpondrestaurant.com to place your order.

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
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
What 3562 people are saying
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RodneyStupek
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We dined outdoors due to COVID restrictions and it was about 37 degrees. It was a challenge but we got through it. It wasn't exactly the experience we were looking for but the service was good, the food was great, and there were all kinds of people and critters running by to keep us entertained.

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Julio
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was decent. For a previous Michelin star restaurant I expected a bit more or a bit better. Overall it was good.

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DavidG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in the country. Everything is perfect-the food, ambiance, service. we can wait to get back to North Pond!

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vipJoseph
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Tasting menu with paired wines was excellent; the server, was very good

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great we always enjoy dining here

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ScottR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The setting and food are second to none. A beautiful restaurant.

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vipBlairJ
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely phenomenal!

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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was good but honestly not SPECTACULAR. The service was good but having to keep the mask on all the time even at your table when not eating, I could’ve done without. I understand putting it on when staff is around but going overboard makes the experience slightly unpleasant.
The wine tasting was good. The place is VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND especially for visitors to Chicago and at night. There really should be a sign on the street since this place is hidden on a hill in a park.

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vipBobLoblaw
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The service and setting were superb. The food out of the kitchen was beautiful, but a little uneven. One or two dishes that could’ve use the acid had virtually none; at least three of the dishes were a bit oversalted - and this is coming from someone who loves salt; the halibut was significantly overcooked. Of the eight dishes we tried, perhaps only the sunchoke custard dish seemed to get just about everything absolutely right. I say “just about” because even that dish could probably have used a little acid. Otherwise, the flavor profile, textures, and presentation of that dish were spot on.

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Tyler
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was sincerely wowed by the brunch menu. The coffee and rose cocktails were also superb. We can't wait to go back!

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vippumpkinmuffin
Chicago
69 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An utter gem and a very special place. So happy they're surviving.

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vipNick
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the best experience! Food and service were great! My wife definitely enjoyed it. We’ll be back for sure.

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MARTHA
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

please return to an a la carte menu; serve lunch on weekdays--

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JenniferK
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Everything was good just took a lil while to get drinks ... and it was a bit cold inside the restaurant but other then that very nice

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go here. Everything tops

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Meghan
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great night at North Pond! The food is incredible and the service was amazing. We will definitely be back.

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ChicagoTBB
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Didn't feel the food was worth the price. Nothing memorable for food or wine. Mask rules and enforcement made the dining experience unenjoyable. Needed to put on a mask for waiters to pour water at the table. Normally from my experience masks are only worn until you are sitting versus every time the staff approaches your table. And all of them were wearing their own masks.

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vipseniordiner
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite the pandemic and the retirement of iconic chef Bruce Sherman, North Pond hasn’t missed a beat. Amazing food, great service and an absolutely beautiful space makes this a perfect celebratory experience.

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vipHolly
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

My wife’s fish was over cooked. Service wasn’t as friendly or attentive as it should be. All in all it was very good but not what I expect from a Michelin restaurant.

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vipGrantM
Chicago
86 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For my wife and I's first date night outside home since the pandemic began, this was an absolute treat. They do a great job with distancing and covid-protections, and the service was impeccable. Our waitress was a delight. Most importantly, the tasting menu was perfect. We each made different selections so we could try it all, and there wasn't a single dish that could've been better. HIGHLY recommend going before it's too cold to sit outside!

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NicholasJ
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good food, small portions, accommodating of allergies!

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vipscasagra
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

We were seated outside (by request) and our meal took 3.5 hours for 5 courses. We had to go inside to get help three times from our server. Crazy disappointed in the service. The food was amazing, as anticipated and the price was very cheap for the food quality. Over priced for the service.

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Jill
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef is positively inspired. His cuisine is refined, imaginative without being gimmicky, and exquisitely presented, perfectly cooked. I've come back four times since July, to introduce different friends to his brilliant takes using ingredients rarely seen lately. I cannot find enough superlatives to describe the experience. It was not always like this...and I stopped going for many months, if not years.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Good but were sat in the very back like we were being hidden or something

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Best dining experience ever!

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vipKimberlyK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

North Pond is a gem in Lincoln Park. Walking up to the building reminds me of Central Park. The food and service was amazing. I can't believe it took me so long to go there. I will be sure to return soon though.

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RaymondM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live nearby but have never had a meal at North Pond. We were missing out. Food and ambiance were great. We are outside on the patio and felt very safe with servers and neighboring tables. Everything on tasting menu was great, and paired wines really hit the mark. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Post engagement brunch. The staff came out and said congratulations with champagne to celebrate and also provided a congratulatory message with the final course. Food was amazing and the staff was outstanding. It’s a fantastic place.

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vipjknott
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a hidden gem in Lincoln Park. If you have a special celebration, the staff will make sure you enjoy it. The food and service were excellent.

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DebB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection. Our waitress Kelly was knowledgeable and attentive. Thanks to everyone for making our anniversary special. The food was the best!!!

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vipVladimirK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food presentation was very good, taste was delicious

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Dzholas
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thank you for perfect birthday celebration 🎉
We loved everything

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GabriellaM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it, beautiful atmosphere, great food and service

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YvTM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view is wonderful. The food was absolutely amazing. The portions are small, but incredible flavor. Service was excellent including personalized menus and dessert plate for our anniversary. It is quite expensive, but worth it for a special occasion. They have also always accommodated my vegetarian diet with wonderful meals.

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vipEthanC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

North Pond has a relatively new chef, but the food is still top notch, and of course the location can't be beat.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time for our anniversary dinner. The service is excellent and the food is worth every penny. Although we don't go frequently, it is absolutely worth the price for a special outing.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent. A very quiet, professional atmosphere. The food was exceptional. All in all, a wonderful dinning experience

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vipJimY
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Added a surcharge for our cocktails due to higher volume of liquor needed (Manhattan & Cosmo)?? I have never heard of such a charge. Absurd.

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AnnS
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Chicago. Always wondered and never disappoints.
Ann

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a wonderful time! We have been here several times in the past when Chef Sherman was the chef. The restaurant has a new chef, Chef Cesar Murillo and not only was his food was amazing, he even comes with the crew to serve the food with them & explains the ingredients. We did not know he was the chef until we asked if we can ask him about some of the ingredients. He came to our table again and we even took a selfie with him. Such a down to earth guy! You can definitely feel and taste the difference. His food was exciting and amazing! Best foie gras I have had! The staff was also amazing! Shout out to Debbie who made our night so wonderful with her dessert and wine suggestions. We cannot wait to go back. Cannot wait to see what Chef Cesar Murillo and his team are up to next! Thank you North Pond!

FAQs

North Pond offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 477-5845.

North Pond is rated 4.7 stars by 3562 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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