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Kindling, Chicago, IL

Kindling

4.5
4.5
414 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Kindling boasts a live fire show kitchen, wood-fired plates, and tasty cocktails in the heart of downtown Chicago. Chef Partner is James Beard Award-winning Jonathon Sawyer, who brings a worldly perspective and decades of wood-fired cooking to Kindling's internationally inspired menu. Located within Willis Tower at the corner of Franklin and Adams, Kindling welcomes guests for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, with happy hour specials offered on weekdays from 3pm-5:30pm.

Follow us on social @kindlingchicago & @chefsawyer!

CLOSED New Year's Day

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2 people

7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Steakhouse, Grill
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–3:45 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (312) 789-5992
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Chef Jonathon Sawyer
  • Private party facilities
    Situated within Willis Tower at the corner of Franklin and Adams, Kindling boasts a live fire show kitchen, wood-fired plates, and tasty cocktails in the heart of the city. At the helm of the kitchen is James Beard Award-winning Chef Jonathon Sawyer, who brings a worldly perspective and decades of w
  • Private party contact
    Abbey Arp: (319) 360-2169
  • Neighborhood
    River North (Chicago)
  • Cross street
    Inside Willis Tower at the corner of Franklin and Adams
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Public transit
    CTA: <br />- Quincy (Brown/Orange/Pink/Purple Lines)<br />- Jackson (Blue/Red Lines)<br />- Bus Stops: 126 / 151 / 56<br /><br />Metra: <br />- Union Station
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 414 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

414 Reviews
  1. PhilippeC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    love this place, great service, plenty of choice, best mash potatoes in town

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  2. ConeiC

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We group and I had a great experience at Kindling! The food, service and ambiance were top notch and I can’t wait to visit again!

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  3. Stacie

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, great service and ambiance! Loved the celery root steaks! Scallops were delish!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good. The restaurant didn’t seem full but the kitchen and bar were busy so it took some time to get both. The only negative was coming out of there smelling smoky.

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  5. EstiE

    Chicago

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, perfect location in the center of downtown.

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  6. JenniferB

    Chicago

    74 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    74 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This visit was delightful. Our server was a gem and the food was great. I will be back!

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  7. KenyaL

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    A great place for gathering with friends. Great service, delicious cocktails and mouthwatering food! We're definitely planning to return soon!

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  8. SusanG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience. Our server was great. Good was very good. Only negative would be that the portion sizes are on the small side for the price. Otherwise, we will come back.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    To be honest, as a first-time visitor, I was very disappointed due to the fact that the meal I ordered was cross contaminated by the cook. Even though the manager and server were very accommodating to my wife and I, I just hope that in the near future, this doesn't happen to anyone else. My wife and I do plan to visit again, and hopefully, during that time, this mistake doesn't happen again. But overall, everything else was okay. The drinks, appetizers, ambience, and overall experience were great.

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  10. JoshuaS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second time dining at Kindling and it was just as excellent as the first time if not better. The depth of flavor in every dish is incredible. The service is fantastic and fairly fast.

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  11. PeytonO

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner with great service. I was dreaming about the steak frites since the last time I went, and they did not disappoint the second time around.

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  12. BrookM

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Italian Beef sandwich was DELISH!! Tender and flavorful beef. It's as beautiful space and the service was excellent!

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  13. AngelaC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious, the atmosphere was vibrant and interesting, and the service was top-notch. We tried 4 different dishes and a dessert and each was better than the last. The food also came out very quickly.

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  14. TDOLA

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was phenomenal about my experience. Food was fantastic. Service was stellar. Great cocktails and one of the best steak I've ever had.

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  15. BadCandi

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I found Kindling on a whim because all of my favorite restaurants were booked on Valentines Day. I am so glad I did, the food and the ambience was AMAZING! Back to the food, AMAZING! Pricing was extremely reasonable and portions were great. We had an amazing server named Alex. She was friendly and bubbly with an amazing personality. Her recommendations were spot on. Amazing customer service! I can’t wait to visit again

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  16. JUddin

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely extraordinary customer service. Sora did an amazing job of attending our needs. The food was absolutely worth it -- go for the steak frites & the mac & cheese. The ambience of the restaurant was breathtaking, and it had an amazing location right in the Willis tower.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The atmosphere was fantastic. From the moment we entered the building, our nostrils were stuck with a rich, smoky aroma. The front of house featured a pleasantly scented candle, changing the vibe from hot and smoky, to pleasant and clean before being seated. Taking in the aesthetic of the space was enjoyable, making sure to note the well-placed foliage and functional yet incredibly stylish lighting fixtures. The ambiance was perfect for the night, and we actually left Shazam on for the entirety of our dining. Every song that played was adding to the experience in flowing, romantic way. The server was very accommodating to our gluten-free requirement, making a statement on behalf of the establishment as a health-centered and knowledgeable entity. Our food orders came out perfect. Hot, fresh, and rich in flavor. The lamb chops were great, and surely enhanced by the truffle butter added on. This was the first Valentine’s Day spent together with my boyfriend, and we will certainly be returning. Thank you Kindling.

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  18. ShelbyN

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was amazing, from the food and drinks to the vibe of the restaurant. Our server was also very friendly and gave great recommendations! I can’t remember her name but thank you! Definitely going to come back dine again.

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  19. DominickS

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience - killed it. I know it’s hard to work with the Willis towers in terms of security so good work there

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My boyfriend and I came here for Valentines Day, and the place looked amazing. Wait time wasn’t too long, and they sat us on the upper floor, in a small intimate area with a table by candlelight. The waitress was lovely, loved the service. And the food was divine, very rich in flavor and excellent presentation. Overall loved our dining experience! For food recommendations, I had gotten the Lobster Bisque and the Buccatini dela Nona; my boyfriend got the Nueske Bacon Amatriciana. And for dessert, we got the Spiced Cookie Butter Cheesecake (amazingly good!)

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  21. EvanS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at Kindling and will definitely be back

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  22. AthenaP

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was just perfect! Our server was pleasant & knowledgeable. He had good suggestions. From the wine/old fashioned down to the food - Dover Sole with Nea Yefsi olive oil was outstanding! The Mushroom Bolognese was full of flavor. I will most definitely be back :)

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was good. Food was great. A little noisy for a business meeting but it’s fine.

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  24. BeenishR

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I go here atleast once a month so it's def a great place for me

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Highly recommend for a great experience.

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  26. JacksonM

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came for restaurant week. Food was great, service was excellent. Loved the experience!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. Restaurant only had a handful of customers so it was quiet. Service was excellent! Food was tasty. Variety was not great for non seafood lunch which is why we rated 4 stars.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service. The staff is absolutely friendly, professional, and very kind and catering you have renewed. The food is just absolutely amazing and they have so many different options to choose from the atmosphere. The restaurant is great itself. It’s modern contemporary wood fireplace. Been there multiple times.

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  29. Hannah

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best espresso martinis and great server Destinee!

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  30. SanjivM

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service, ambience and food. My first time at Kindling, will be back many times!

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  31. CelinaB

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So glad that the Kindling participated in Restaurant Week. The 4 course menu was absolutely amazing and we will be back for sure!

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  32. lloydd

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great environment and food. Kindling has become my go to for lunch in the area.

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  33. EWW12345

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Average food that is expensive for what it is. If I want to spend $100 on lunch with a client, it needs to be better.

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  34. JoyceC

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Drinks were great. Food was decent. Cute location.

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  35. Nick

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice food. Good service. Quiet and nice ambiance.

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  36. HungryHippo

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The bar and bartender were excellent. Service at the table was a little slow at the start of the meal, but picked up as it went on. Food was great and the portions were pretty large.

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  37. MackieC

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We were offered 1 glass of wine with our dinner. The server never asked if we wanted another glass. Ultimately we were rushed out after our dinner in under an hour when the place was not busy on a Monday.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the ambiance. Waiter was knowledgeable and the whole crew was vigilant and took away plates and glasses unobtrusively throughout the meal. Our food was a little slow but the manager apologized before we even realized and comped dessert. Quality food. Really awesome experience.

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  39. H2018

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A friend and I went for restaurant week and ended up not only ordering the restaurant week menu, but also having a few items off the regular menu. The food was spectacular and the service was amazing. Highly suggest trying the oysters! Will definitely be returning. 

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  40. AdamP

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good receptions en very attentive wait staff. The drinks are very good and the wings were nicely cooked.

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  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

Kindling is rated 4.5 stars by 414 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 60 times today
Google Map for Kindling

202 S Franklin St, Chicago, IL 60606

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Inside Willis Tower at the corner of Franklin and Adams
  • Neighborhood
    River North (Chicago)
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–3:45 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Steakhouse, Grill
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Public transit
    CTA: - Quincy (Brown/Orange/Pink/Purple Lines)- Jackson (Blue/Red Lines)- Bus Stops: 126 / 151 / 56Metra: - Union Station
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chef Jonathon Sawyer
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (312) 789-5992
  • Private party facilities
    Situated within Willis Tower at the corner of Franklin and Adams, Kindling boasts a live fire show kitchen, wood-fired plates, and tasty cocktails in the heart of the city. At the helm of the kitchen is James Beard Award-winning Chef Jonathon Sawyer, who brings a worldly perspective and decades of w
  • Private party contact
    Abbey Arp: (319) 360-2169
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