Next of Kin Restaurant
Thank you for booking at Next of Kin Restaurant - our full service spot serving Artful American Cuisine - from the hearth, made with our hands!
Next of Kin Restaurant & Cafe were designed to delight our Evanston community, and meet your dining desires. Our recent name update hopes to further that endeavor, and clarify what we have to offer! Next of Kin Restaurant serves our Chef-designed, full service menu for lunch, dinner, brunch & bar, while our more casual Next of Kin Cafe offers an equally delicious breakfast or lunch on the go.
We're thrilled that you have selected Next of Kin Restaurant for your upcoming dining experience, & look forward to serving you soon!
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Early Bird DInner
Delicious dinners, happy prices. Enjoy our $15 Early Bird dinner options & happy hour beverage selection! Full dinner & drink menu available, too.
Terms and Conditions:
Valid For: 1 - 20 people
Starts: January 28, 2019
Ends: January 29, 2118
Availability: Mon 5:00PM-5:45PM
Mother's Day Menus & Specials
We love MOMS! Treat yours to a holiday brunch buffet featuring an omelette bar, Hewn french toast, Lake Breeze Organics specialty salads, fresh-baked pastries & Chef Marco's favorites. Every mom receives a complimentary glass of sparkling rosé, because we know she deserves it! Adults $42/Kids $15
Sunday, May 12, 2019
It was a truly wonderful meal. Great service, amazing food
Great food and friendly service in an attractive and comfortable atmosphere
Great food and decor. Service was slow, (most likely) due to non-peak hours.
Love it for dinner, didn’t love the lunch menu.
The television was on at the bar during lunch, even though no one was watching it and no one was sitting at the bar. I found it very annoying that it was on, and especially playing the awful show of Maury Povich. It was so distracting that as much as I loved the restaurant, food and service, I will not return or recommend due to the television.
Janice, Thanks for taking time to review your experience. I arrived around noon myself and changed the channel as we typically have ESPN on. Sorry we didn't catch that sooner! We've discussed this with the team to ensure we are consistent with airing the sports channel. Hope you can forgive this oversight and try us again in the future. Please feel free to reach out to me at the restaurant if I can be of service. Thanks again for your time. Regards, Ted Rink Service Manager
Our food was great. Eclairs disappointing. Service could have been better.
We really enjoyed dinner at Next of Kin and will eagerly recommend it to our friends.
This is our favorite restaurant in Evanston. The service is fantastic and the food is outstanding.
Lynn, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We love being your favorite restaurant in Evanston! Thanks for being a loyal customer - see you back soon! Thank you, Melissa
We keep coming back because there are so many good things on the menu, and they are prepared beautifully. Appetizers: potato latkes, Brussels sprouts, humus - but all prepared with a wonderful twist.
Dinner: fried chicken, white fish. Terrific.
Service is always personable and friendly.
Easar57, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We are so happy you love our diverse menu! Thank you for your continued business - we look forward to seeing you back soon. Thanks! Melissa
We were a late arrival but greeted and seated graciously. Despite its proximity to Northwestern University, the place is spacious and quiet. We all had fish, 2 salmon and 1 whitefish. Delicious with thoughtful accompaniments. The crispy brussel sprouts were also excellent. Thanks for a very nice evening.
NancyC, Thank you for leaving a review! Our salmon and whitefish are both very popular dishes - we're glad you loved them! Thank you for coming and we hope to see you back soon! Thank you, Melissa
First time to Next of Kin. The food was delicious. Each dish had multiple layers of flavors that were well developed. Excellent pastry chef with a great touch of whimsy! I would definitely return.
girlbaker, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We're so pleased you enjoyed the food & desserts! We are already looking forward to when you return :) Thank you! Melissa
Natasha was a wonderful server.
Really appreciated that they honored our request for a very quiet table since a member of our group had a severe hearing loss.
JudithS, Thank you for leaving a review. We pride ourselves on customer service & are always happy to accommodate our guests! We hope you enjoyed the food & hope to see you back soon! Thank you, Melissa
Really great experience thank you we ll be back!
Would be nice if the hostess checked in a little more.
Love everything we ate!
Very good food and our server was able to help answer our questions about the menu and provide suggestions. We will definitely be visiting again!
Andy, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We're so happy you enjoyed the food & your server. We hope your server helped you find something you love! Looking forward to seeing you back soon. Thank you, Melissa
I took a friend to Next of Kin for his birthday. I felt the food was excellent. The server was attentive and the ambience was pleasant with a low noise level. Could not have been more pleased with my selection.
This was the first time at this restaurant. We were there for lunch. Service very friendly, ambiance very nice. Food leaves something to be desired. The mahi mahi tacos looked very “tired” and were tasteless. The tacos were not good. Rather have two tacos in a portion than three real tiny ones. It looked as if they had run out of the ingredients that’s why they looked bad. Brussel Sprouts were great. Tahini chicken salad lacked flavor. Dessert awesome! Lavender latte fabulous! Have a future reservation for Sunday brunch. Hope that will be a better food experience. If not, than that day probably will be the last time at Next of Kin, sorry.
Perhaps I’ve been there many times for lunch/brunch ... how often do you change/innovate the menu? I’d like to see more options for Sunday brunch.
Brussel sprouts are always amazing here! Good cocktails as well.
ReeseK, Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant! The brussels are always a hit - definitely a staple. I will also let our bar team know you love our cocktails! Thanks! Melissa
We enjoyed a delicious meal and time to talk with our friends in a very fun setting. We look forward to returning and having a meal in a "dome"
MelissaR, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We're so glad you enjoyed dining with your friends! We'd love for you to come in and experience a dome - please reach out directly to the restaurant to book yours :) Thanks! Melissa
Nice place for family reunion... round booths lovely! sweater cocktail fun!
CreativeCarol, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We are so happy to accommodate your family. Glad you love the round booths - round tables are few and far between at most restaurants these days. I will let the bar team know you love the sweater weather cocktail :) Thanks! Melissa
It’s not a good sign when the tables by the large windows have blankets on the chairs. We were seated originally by the entrance where it was cold but moved closer to the bathrooms so we didn’t need the blankets. The waiter was attentive, making suggestions when asked. The Brussels Sprouts and the Honey Butter Fries are to die for. The herbal tea, served n a warmed cup, was comforting as was the wine . The salmon preparation was tasty and plentiful, the hamburger was fine. Coffee with warmed milk was a treat, too.
Me and my husbands all time favorite restaurant. The food, the staff, the atmosphere...everything is perfect.
Delicious food, thoughtfully and artistically prepared. Special requests have not been a problem either (dairy-free, for instance). Staff is very attentive and friendly. The drink menu is especially interesting with lots of attention given to botanicals - and at least 4 drinks that are non-alcoholic that looked enticing.
We are frequent diners at Kinship. The welcoming & helpful staff are wonderful & the overall ambience is beautiful. More vegetables on the menu would be a good addition.
Great food, great service, will definitely return!
I just made my third dinner reservation at Next of Kin in 4 weeks. I love this place.
The room is light and open. The seating is comfortable, except there is a booth near the entrance to the bathrooms that I would not want.
Our server was very personable and easily available for questions or requests.
The prices are reasonable.
Recommended: The appetizers such as the hummus, the potato latke with salmon, and the Brussels sprouts were all very good. I've had salmon, which was good, and fried chicken which was excellent! The drink pours are acceptable and reasonable.
I can't wait to go back later this week and introduce it to new friends. It's the best thing happening in Evanston for food.
We are always looking for something different and we definitely founded at your restaurant. I was also impressed of your experience portfolio
Unfortunately we were seated at the table that is closest to the bathrooms and literally heard flushing toilets the entire time! I had requested a different table when we arrived but was told that nothing was available. My husband had the fried chicken which was too greasy. I enjoyed the carrot hummus several weeks ago but this time it was more pickled cabbage, than hummus. Please fix that 'cause the hummus is really good! Our friends enjoyed the salmon and the tuna tataki. The "Pot Brownie" for dessert was killer as was the Sweater Weather cocktail in the beginning!
We had a great time. Our server was awesome, the food was delicious, and the atmosphere was a lot of fun. We will definitely be back!
Enjoyed it. Lovely setting, terrific menu, attentive service!
lycurgus29, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We are so happy you enjoyed your experience. Looking forward to having you back! Best, Melissa
The crispy thin latkes, with a layer of smoked salmon, fresh greens and red cabbage garnished with capers and swirled with creme fresh is addictive, indulgent but light. Available as an entree for brunch and an appetizer for dinner.
ChristyViewpoint, Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant! The smoked salmon latke is one of our Chef specialties - so glad you loved it! Can't wait to see you back soon! Thank you, Melissa
Great service and food. The music was a bit loud for 10am but that’s just me. It was lovely and we will be back.
I’d heard great things about this place, definitely all true! It was great!
Staff friendly, food prepared beautifully
Brunch was delicious. And we had a super-lovely server who was knowledgeable and on her game. All in all a really nice experience.
Cecelia, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We are so please you enjoyed your brunch and service. I will make sure to let the team know. Looking forward to having you back! Best, Melissa
Great service and great food. Only minor quibble was that the heat was pretty high which made me sitting at the window side feel a little too warm. A minor quibble though!
SSC302, Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant! We are so happy you enjoyed the food and service. I will make sure to notify the team about the temperature - appreciate the feedback. Thank you! Melissa
We went to Next of Kin for the first time and LOVED it! The service, food, server and experience were top notch. Highly recommend the crispy brussels sprouts, honey butter fries, filet & lobster/scallop pasta! SO SO good
Stephanie, Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant! We are so happy you loved it!! The crispy brussels and honey butter fries are always a must :) + so happy you loved the filet and lobster/scallop linguine. I will make sure to let the team know you enjoyed the food and service. Can't wait to see you back next time! Thank you, Melissa
Very cute brunch place