Next of Kin Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Gather & Enjoy at Next of Kin Restaurant - (Formerly Kinship)

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!

Specials

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
Wed-Fri 5:00PM-5:45PM

What 461 People Are Saying
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AP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service ! Great food! Great atmosphere!

K
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Beautiful restaurant— unfortunately our waiter provided rushed service and seemed ready to leave. I’ve never had a waiter deliver, process the bill and leave the restaurant while we still had a bottle of wine and dessert on the table. We only still tipped 20% in hopes that the wonderful water and bus staff wouldn’t be shorted.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great locally sourced options with surprising chef's specials. Very attentive service as well.

MD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Brunch was fantastic! No issues getting a table at all. Good service and great menu with many options (i.e., healthier ingredients, seasonal specials). Love the holiday and interior decorations!

MA
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Great food. Great service. But horribly placed front door for several of the tables--at least during cold weather. And, the otherwise extremely attentive wait staff pretended not to notice the blasts of cold air. At one point, the wind coming through the opening front door literally blew my hair into the food on my fork as I tried to take a bite, so that afterwards I had to carefully time my bites by watching through the window to make sure that no one was walking in before I could risk it! It is clear that the restaurant knows this is a problem, but as if deciding to arm us with a knife when we're heading into a gunfight, they have one thin blanket at a table for 5. Since cold, windy weather and Chicago are no strangers, this restaurant seriously needs to install a structural wind break or front doors designed to keep the wind outside like most restaurants with similar challenges invest in. If they do not, we'd likely eat there again to get another shot at the seriously delicious brussles sprouts, but only if we can request a table well out of reach of the wind gusts from new arrivals--that is, if anywhere is safe.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such good vibes and even better food. The lamb burger and salmon dishes are not to be missed. I was also impressed by the seasonal menu, which had several creative Fall options. Highly recommend!

CM
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We were there at brunch on a busy Sunday. The food was very good, though the eggs in the Eggs Benedict were slightly more runny than ideal.
The drawback was the service. Our server was very nice but she seemed to be run off her feet, trying to keep up with all her tables. The food took almost an hour to come after we placed our order. That is really too long. The restaurant may benefit from increasing staffing levels on busy weekends.

W
Charlotte
26 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We shared the lemon ricotta blueberry pancakes and the eggs Benedict- both were delicious. Would highly recommend Next of Kin for brunch.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice waiters, hosts and bartender. This restaurant is beautiful and the food is consistent and delicious. Portions are perfect and wine list is very good. Next of Kin has become one of our top go-to date night places, as well as when our son dines with us. ;)

PN
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The food was quite salty and the service was also rather slow.

BL
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Brunch was delicious, but service a little spotty. Failure to bring coffee, refill water, just the basics. New menu items are great.

W
Chicago
154 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Solid as always.

AM
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great meal. Amazing menu and creativity. Note, took 20 mins. to get a server and they need to dim the lights a bit at night but aside from that amazing meal and cocktails.

NG
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Next of Kin for brunch and it did not disappoint. The lemon ricotta pancakes and apple french toast with a side of bacon were delicious; the coffee was hot and good. Our server was willing to give us her honest recommendations. The noise level is a little high but that's because it was crowded and they had music playing. Overall, I highly recommend Next of Kin. Can't wait to visit for dinner!

OT
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fantastic meal at Next of Kin. The service ( meagan) was absolutely phenomenal! The salmon dish was so flavorful and the filet was perfectly prepared. Can’t wait to go back!!

H
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The ambience was great with lots of natural light even though it was cloudy outside. Food took a while to come out especially since the restaurant was not that full. One of the two dishes was salad too. Another reason why I’m not giving a five star is because we were seated next to a couple that talked non-stop. We could hear everything they were saying. We got no privacy. Not sure why we got seated next to each other when the restaurant was only about 20-30% full.

MD
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I chose salmon on a quinoa base and it was delicious. The ambiance is always pleasant, especially when one sits near the picture windows and can enjoy a view of downtown Evanston on an autumn evening. The wait staff is attentive without being hovering. The seasonal desserts (crispy apple wrap and pumpkin mousse cake) were perfect. I miei complimenti alla cucina!

T
Chicago
119 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

A bit disappointing. Service was slow, seemed under staffed and overwhelmed even though the place was virtually empty. Small plate starters were delicious, but entrees below par. Our friends ordered the white fish which was so terribly fishy they had to send it back, but restaurant cheerfully swapped out their orders. Salmon was good but slightly under-cooked. Fettucine was overwhelmed by cheese sauce which in turn was heavily spiced and overwhelmed cheese flavors. Just average all around.

M
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Gorgeous space and great service. Only reason they’re not getting 5 stars is my poached egg and my husband’s fried egg didn’t have runny yolks.

H
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were only in town for the weekend but were surprised with a truly fantastic meal. Every bite was delicious, from the burrata toast to the double chocolate eclair. Great ambiance, and the wait staff was helpful and nice. Will definitely come back the next time I’m in Evanston!

l
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My vegetarian daughter and I were thrilled with your veggie options. We can't wait to return.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall great experience and we will be back. Only one element prevented an all around 5 and that was the mushroom linguini which was way too much cream topped by a heavy dose of cheese. A lighter touch would have yielded a much better and more refined dish.

CS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food. Excellent service with careful attention to dietary restrictions. Noisy, but it was Saturday night.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Had a reservation and was seated at table in bar. Did not realize there was an entire restaurant on other side. Certainly would have rather been seated there as bar was very noisy and didn't need TV in my face!

I
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was a bit bland. The salmon was fishy. I also thought it was a bit expensive for the quality.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

So good, and so much better than wherewithall on Elston!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We had a great time for a family birthday. The restaurant is comfortably stylish with a good menu and we had great service. Surprisingly, the food didn’t quite measure up to the rest of our experience. It was interesting and looked good on the plate, but overall was a little bland. My salmon dish was over cooked and without much flavor, despite the interesting accompaniments, and onion rings and fried chicken were very greasy and not enjoyable. That said, the ambience and service made up for it but I’m not in a hurry to go back, as it was quite expensive by the time we added an appetizer, drinks and dessert.

OT
New England
53 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had sunday brunch. Tomato test was a good appetizer. Two at the table had the avocado toast which was ok. Bin Jinping lin was godd very spicey would have made a better appetizer

LI
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The food was overall good but a little bland. I think a little seasoning would be helpful.

k
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Disappointed in the new brunch menu. Why would you get rid of classic dishes like eggs benedict (kale florentine)?

Next of Kin Restaurant
Responded on October 25, 2019

Kwhatevs, We apologize for any confusion but we do indeed have a benedict on the brunch menu. It's called brunch benedict: poached hen eggs, canadian bacon, spinach, house-made hollandaise. Hope you return and try it - it's really delicious! Thanks! Next of Kin

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M
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food terrific!!whitefish and omelette

k
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Just a little heavy for us oldsters. Service, choices, ambiance all good. Cauliflower polenta pretty amazing. Sweet outdoor seating

W
Chicago
155 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Outside dining in a nice urban setting. Food is incredible. This is the same restaurant as Kinship. They just changed the name.

M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

My husband and I came here for his birthday. The food was outstanding and so were the cocktails. We sat inside at 6:30pm depending on where you sit, the sun can be directly in your face through the windows. The services was good but a little slow.

EB
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We loved the restaurant atmosphere, but service was very slow (time to order drinks once seated, time to order food after ordering drinks, time to be served food...) and the food was good, fresh and fairly inventive but my salmon was overcooked and my guests’ mushroom pasta dish was too big and bland.

JF
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent server. Food was very good. Perfect night to dine on the patio.

T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The honey butter fries are to die for! I definitely want to go back to try the brunch menu.

H
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The honey fries are still my all-time favorites. Loved sitting outside on the patio, too.

OT
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another absolutely fantastic meal at Next of Kin. Best dining experience in Evanston by far

SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, warm ambiance and great service. Not one bad thing to say! A hidden gem in a corporate building!