Ken's on Western

4.6
79 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!
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Marg
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience! Food was outstanding as was the service! It was our first time and I would recommend highly going there for dinner!

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KenFW
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Nice hidden gem on Western! Great food and quick service!

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SteveB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and drinks!!
Very comfortable and friendly staff!

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RichardK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a great dinner, or service was excellent. We will definitely be back!!

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MaureenS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delightful Go there often. Very comfortable

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janicel
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Dined with a couple friends. Hadn't been there in years , but was pleasantly surprised and it was all good. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive. Many things I want to try on the menu so will definitely return soon.

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bdarress
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love Ken's. Was a little quiet at the time of day - Sunday at 3pm but overall the food's great, the service is great. I wish they weren't out of the clams and linguine (my mom's favorite) but otherwise no complaints.

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TeresaS
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service from neighborhood gem. My husband and I enjoyed the classic relish tray and the delish pizza bread. My lamb chops were cooked and seasoned perfectly and my husband enjoyed the steak special. We had many friends recommend Ken’s and we’re finally able to make a visit and enjoy a wonderful meal. Definitely worth a return visit.

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vipKerryD
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Overall the food was just poor. The chicken piccata had more sauce than pasta; it was drenched in it. The blackened shrimp had a sauce over it like gravy. I have never seen blackened done like that which leads me to believe they are not sure what blackened means. The steak was terrible quality. It was largely fat and it was bland. The sautéed mushrooms were cooked in only oil and tasted like they were sitting in the back for a long time. The chicken parm was probably the best thing we had but it was bland as well. The relish and pizza bread were the highlight. If kitchen would up the flavor of the food that would help; even just a little more salt and pepper in the cooking would have been a huge improvement.

They also put us at a table that shouldn’t be used. It is jammed into a corner in the bar. Between the table, the wall behind me and the jukebox inches from my head, once I sat down there was no moving or getting up. It was also incredibly loud. Hard to knock the place for this because I know there isn’t much they can do but we largely sat quietly at the table because otherwise we had to yell to each other.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Came for my moms birthday she loved we will be back again!

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ElizabethM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, local people, so nice to be back . Excellent food, great service, and a real nice pour.

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DonaldJ
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A real neighborhood gem. Excellent blackened porkchops...got two really one was plenty. But it was excellent the next day too!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great restaurant! Delicious food. Unfortunately they ran out of several of the specials. We were told they run out shortly after opening.

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vipDanover
Chicago
250 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great minds experience...just getting he way I remember.

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Anon
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good and service was excellent. Nice atmosphere.

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JenniferC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The food at Ken’s is delicious, and we are always treated well with great service.

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JoJo1
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! Food is delicious with friendly service- highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and Service

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food good service and had coloring and crayons for kids!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great Neighborhood fine dining restaurant with vibrant bar

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EllenA
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Ken’s. All the employees go out of their way to make you feel welcome. Great food and wine selection

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vipKellyB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service are always great!

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Bday
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All servers friendly, attentive, and efficient. Food was outstanding. Tad on the expensive end, but we enjoyed our birthday dinner. Masks were on and tables at a comfortable distance in the dining room.

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Nessa
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was cooked to the point, flavor was great! It was way too noises because half of the building is a bar, very small dining area, but the food is amazing. Service seemed rushed, but they were busy.

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Joey2020
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

For the money not a bad place; however very very loud and could not hear each other talk. The service was a bit slow, decided to not get a dessert due to the noise and the slow service. Tables by the door were a bit cold as well.
The fish was cook very well though.

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susanc
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was fantastic. There is a small bar area which we were seated near, so the noise level was a bit much. However, they do have a dining room on other side if looking for conversation and more relaxing environment. We had steak and prime rib, both were delicious. We will be going there again.

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GAYLE
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service by Angela, filet very tender. Love the double baked potato. Very comfortable setting.

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GaryG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Thought an early reservation would mean that there would be less of a crowd but that wasn't so. Waitress was good and friendly. Food good but thought there would be more variety of fresh fish now.

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vipTomM
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great neighborhood place. The food and cocktails are wonderful.

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TrishC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My filet was perfect and my husband loved the rainbow trout.

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vipDCvisitor
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an early Sunday dinner. Alissa our server very pleasant and efficient. Food was delicious, filet/ pork chop and great pizza bread and relish tray prior to dinner.
Enjoyed the retro supper-club vibe.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff and really good food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Very poor service. Our main courses arrived in the middle of eating our salad. Food just not as good as usual.

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BarbaraF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We visited Kens on a Saturday evening and it was packed. We made a reservation in advance and to their credit, our table was waiting for us when we arrived. We placed our order which included soup and salads and didn’t have to wait long. We had just begun to eat and our entrees arrived. (The waitress admitted to putting the order in all at once which was not at our request.) Needless to say, we placed the cold items aside to eat our hot meal which turned out was not so hot. My husband sent his back to be warmed up. The food was so just OK which was surprising based on the prices and the restaurants’ reputation. I doubt that we’ll go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best steaks I’ve had in years!

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Fitz
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at Kens is so welcoming and accommodating. They were very busy and to make up for seating us late (it was only 20 minutes) we received two glasses of wine. They really know how to take care of their customers and they make you feel like family when you are there.

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DonaldJ
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places on the South side..great atmosphere , drink and food. Service is also outstanding. It is really crowded especially on Saturday as it is a cozy place so you really have to make reservations.

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Claudia65
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Food was awful. Prime rib was partially overcooked and salty. Beef stroganoof was chunky and salty. Noodles were overcooked. Sauce was bland. Perch was bland.

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vipcait
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tammy, a long time waitress, is a definite asset to Ken's. Tammy is very friendly, knows the menu and makes spot on recommendations. Great service, great food-what more could one ask for?

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NewtotheNeighborhood
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience5

My family and I were looking for a nice restaurant to take my grandmother for her 80th birthday. I didn't identify that we were celebrating a birthday when I made the reservation however our waitress, Amanda, immediately made it special by putting confetti on our table. She was very attentive and ensured we were pleased with our time there. Now to the reason I could only give this restaurant 1 star for the food...it was awful. I ordered the 7 oz filet mignon and it was extremely tough. My sister and mother ordered the shrimp scampi and it lacked flavor. My daughter ordered the Cajun chicken pasta and it was extremely soupy and my fiancé ordered the veal parmesan and the veal looked grey. Overall, the atmosphere was nice, it was nicely decorated and cozy. The cocktails and Amanda's excellent service were the best parts about our experience.

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Ken's on Western is rated 4.6 stars by 79 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.