Ken's on Western

4.6
141 Reviews
$30 and under
American
We are about family, tradition, food, libations, classic favorites, great times with close friends. New ideas collide with old school class. Enjoy! PLEASE NOTE: PATIO TABLES AVAILABLE WEATHER PERMITTING ONLY.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 141 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pork chops were awesome!

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sharonb
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love Ken's! It's like an old time supper club. The service is excellent, and the food, especially the lamb chops, are wonderful. The prices are low compared to other similar restaurants, and you get a great deal. It's one of the best places to go on the south side.
I have never sat at the bar, but it looks like a friendly, nice atmosphere.

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BarbaraG
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very busy on a Sunday night. The neighborhood really supports it and happy to be there.

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JohnD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was simple, fresh and delicious. Cajun chicken and salmon were especially good. Great service, friendly, attentive and helpful. Overall great experience

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BobP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parking is the only issue. We had a great meal and enjoyed the experience.

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JohnMcD
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maggie our server did such an excellent job! The steaks are excellent, great wine and very tasty desserts. It really has a good vibe.

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LisaH
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great go to place in the neighborhood. Love their food and the staff treats you like family

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vipDCdiner
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience4

Delicious food and wonderful service makes for a pleasant dining experience.
Love the pizza bread, pasta salad and pickled peppers to start a meal!
Ken’s is consistent with food quality.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and customer service were great!!! I would highly recommend Ken’s.

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TracyB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a cool environment. Very upbeat and welcoming. Food was fabulous

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Kristine
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stick with steaks and martinis and you'll never be disappointed. They were out of several red wine options on the menu, but other than that, a great meal, service and bartender.

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RoyC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Prompt service, excellent food. Interesting (and good) appetizers. Prices about what was expected for a good (and filling) meal. Inside dining area a bit small but, when the weather cooperates, a very nice outdoor dining area.

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BrianMc
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was prepared perfect and soup rivaled those found at much higher end restaurants. Service was good for the packed house, and value of food is off the charts.

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PeggyH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot! Delicious food and reasonable. Nice atmosphere for any occasion.

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TimothyA
New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

End of the outdoor season. Perfect night, food, service....!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Place

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the friendly neighborhood experience. Good food, great service, lovely outdoor ambiance. What more do you need?

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Pearl
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I enjoy eating there. I am a little disappointed when short ribs and oxtails run out or are not there. Service is great there. I do appreciate in times like these the people who work there.

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vipSusanD
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always great ... Sunday’s is nice & quiet

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MarybethD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good service

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

Great excellent

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Clean food (not greasy), hearty portions, and outside dining was very relaxing. I ordered an old fashion and it was not watered down by any means. Service was quick and professional and definitely on my radar for more visits. The main reason why we took a table outside was because the noise level inside was a bit much, but this was on a late Saturday night so it is expected.

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SusanD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience2

I do not normally write up detailed reviews, but I feel strongly that I have to share WITH THE OWNER...a bad experience while dining in on Saturday the 4th.

We had a reservation for 7:15 and brought in mother in law 88 years old...as she was looking forward to a nice dinner after us bragging on the great food, menu, service etc...

We were having a nice dinner when a group of people showed up (from another event)and they were seated at front of the restaurant...they were expremely loud, obnoxious (alcohol induced) and not a care in the world...loud is an understatement...the waitress kindly told them on a few occasions that they had to keep it down etc...as the "F" bomb was used freely (Disgusting by the way, when your trying to enjoy dinner) they became quite upset...got up and left and the one guy was complaining that "you just lost $$ yada yada you lost our business etc..and point blank told the waitress that she should be ashamed of herself...I never say anything so disgusting in my life...that customer was so out of line and we felt bad for that poor waitress...just wanted the owner to know, she was not in the wrong at all, and the owner should not allow that in the restaurant period!!! It's all about respect...I would rather lose a table of 8 than 25 others that are trying to enjoy dinner. They should apologize to the waitress as I, sure they didnt give her a dime, but they made sure to walk off with the bottle of wine, and drink as much as they could before leaving...very sad for such a great restaurant.

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JohnE
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and the server did a tremendous job! Shout out to Louise!

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vipDanover
Chicago
256 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ken's is a neighborhood gem. Been going there since the 80's and has gotten better.

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NickK
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Slow service for not great food. Cocktail list was unorderable. Wine list needs updating.

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vipSusanD
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Started coming here a few weeks back and love many things so far cannot give bad rating because this place has a great menu ...reasonable .. and looking forward to trying many items

The perch - very tasty but wow ! Too many bones ...veggies on point & fresh salad

Orange roughy cooked to perfection

London broil - never again ...sliced super thin and reminded me of more like a beef sandwich type meat

Pork chops blackened Boom !! Out of this world with the exceptional gravy on point point with the seasoning also delish

Bone in rib eye ...very good & super reasonably priced...cooked properly also


Again sautéed veggies - not frozen are very good and cooked on the softer side ...so good ... the pizza bread at beginning ? Omg I’ll take that for dinner !!! Yum ola love them so far & will continue to try other plates .

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GeneD
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Ken's is a great place to eat in an area that does not over many other options. The food is excellent and reasonably priced. The service is very friendly, but not that profession. There is a pleasant outdoor dinning area available.

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Suzsully
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks! Friendly servers. Great music! Love the outdoor space!

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paulinep
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

every thing was great, I will go back there for any special day, and i would like to try Ken,s on a every day .

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vipSusanD
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food ... hot & fresh ... we tried the Bone in Ribeye ... very reasonably priced & good ... also the Orange Roughy...cooked to perfection!! Absolutely loved the pizza bread & peppers !! So good & we will be back ... great little place

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Akeemg271
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The atmosphere was cool family friendly and inviting they didn’t have kids menu but the waitress was very good at still explaining the menu for them... food was overpriced bland and underwhelming. I think do to the pandemic the quality of food in restaurants have took a hit ...hopefully soon the level of there food can match the overall ambiance of the restaurant I will pray for ya’ll

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KatieOC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great padio, excellent food , super friendly service, great bartender. I can't wait to go back.

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MonicaJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Liam was wonderful!! Thanks Liam for making the time a Ken’s wonderful!!

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EricaH
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate in the outdoor area and really enjoyed it! Food was amazing!

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Kay2
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and you could tell homemade. 1st time there and they had all my favorites. Cucumber and onions in a dill sauce. Pickled green peppers and pizza bread to nibble on while we enjoyed a perfectly made Dry Manhattan. Cream of zucchini soup for me and a very fresh crisp salad for Mom blue cheese dressing very chunky. We both with home with doggy bags which were brought right away so you could finish your meal when you wanted not when they got around to it. This is a place where they staff orkedas a team and payed attention to the diners.

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MonicaC
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently healthy delicious food. Great service. Great local restaurant.

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JoannaS
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ken’s was a nice quiet dining experience with excellent service

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant with daily specials. The food and service is excellent especially Maddie and Will!! This is my weekly restaurant

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Kacee
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was dinner with a friend. The food was very good. I had whitefish in a tomato basil cream sauce- delicious! It was a little noisy but we were seated in the bar Once happy hour ended the noise level was much better. I’ve eaten at Ken’s many times and love their food!

FAQs

Ken's on Western offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 238-0234.

Ken's on Western is rated 4.6 stars by 141 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.