Next of Kin Restaurant

4.6
382 reviews
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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 382 People Are Saying
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Miami
38 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Had to send back 2 dishes to be done the way they were ordered.

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KP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really a great restaurant!

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D
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Undrinkable cocktails. Literally.
Food ... meh. Waffles fries outstanding though.

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D
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit I was impressed to see that they effortlessly delivered great food, great service, and great ambiance

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WL
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really outstanding food and service in a lively and friendly atmosphere.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whether for a special occasion or casual, spontaneous dining, Next of Kin always delivers a great experience. The space is beautiful and super comfortable. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable about the menu, and helpful honoring dietary restrictions. I love how the menu features lots of fresh and seasonal options, as well as some more indulgent selections. Plus, the cocktails are sublime. Will continue to return and recommend!!

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p
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten lunch at the Next of Kin many times and always enjoyed it. This time we went with a group of five. The dishes chosen included burger, kale and beet salad and avocado toast. All were deemed excellent.. The restaurant is attractive, light and airy, looking out on downtown Evanston. Our server was knowledgeable and helpful about the menu and suitably attentive during the meal. Another good experience. We will be back.

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SG
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

We went to next of kin to celebrate Father’s Day. I have had great times here before. As had the dad we were celebrating. He ordered fork tender ribs or whatever they were called and TGIF FRIDAYS does them better was the verdict. So they were just meh. My $25 salmon was over cooked and just not good. The kale salad was delicious. And the eclairs were super duper. But for $100, we won’t be coming back except for drinks at the bar maybe.

Next of Kin Restaurant
Responded 6 days ago

Hi, Thank you for the candid review. We appreciate your business and will let Chef know your feedback. We hope to earn your business back! Best, Next of Kin Evanston

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MK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience - fantastic wait staff. Interesting cocktail menu and the food was great -highly recomend

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s
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it! Wonderful breakfast menu and great service. A unique menu but not too weird. Look forward to checking it out for dinner soon!

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JD
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a terrific lunch today. I don't really understand the reviewer who was wasn't happy with the service. We got a friendly greeting when we entered and had an outstanding server. Also, I think it was the manager who stopped by to ask how we were enjoying ourselves and she genuinely seemed interested. Everything was great and we will certainly be returning for dinner very soon.

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V
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their cocktail specials are delish.
Wait staff friendly and efficient.
The food is always good.

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JP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is outstanding and the food presentation is picture-worthy! Delicious out-of-the-ordinary flavor combinations! Love the decor colors and ambiance!

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JR
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there to celebrate two birthdays. All of the staff was very attentive to our needs. Joe did a great job serving us. Next of Kin is one of our weekly favorites; the staff creates a great experience.

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JH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

This was second visit. First visit featured attentive service and amazing cocktails. This was like a different venue about a month later. Ordered the same cocktail, and tasted nothing like before. That was easy. Management has too fee staff working. We sat forever between visits with water or checking in for orders. We had to walk from table to bar three times for requests after not getting a look from the overly busy staff. Table next to us walked out. When we finally got their attention to bring our check, they never returned to take a credit card. One more trip to the bar. Also, we were the only table under 70 years old, also different for last visit

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KS
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Both the hangar steak and onion rings didn't have a lot of flavor. Cocktails were very small pours. Service was slow, even though it wasn't very busy.

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TL
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere

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MP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrating my daughter’s engagement

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DP
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for my bday. Great food, ambiance, helpful with food allergies. Will return for sure!

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EB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Slow service. Food is good but cocktails are unimpressive.

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H
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a hard time choosing from the brunch menu because it had so many appealing items. But we all ended up very pleased with our selections--the avocado toast, the turkey-havarti sandwich, and the kale-beet salad with chicken--all delicious. And the honey butter fries are a MUST for sharing. But we were disappointed with the classic eclairs; the vanilla bean filling wasn't very creamy or flavorful. Service was professional, helpful, & friendly without being fussy. We'd love to return soon to try other items on the brunch menu, but the prices are a bit out of our range for an every day lunch....so we'll come back for another special occasion.

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ST
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great short ribs. My buddy had the whitefish and he was pleased with that entree. Good ambiance. We were able to sit back and talk comfortably for 3 hours. Definitely will be back.

Next of Kin Restaurant
Responded on June 5, 2019

STinHP, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review! We are so happy you loved your experience. I will make sure to let Chef know you enjoyed the short ribs and whitefish. We are looking forward to having you back! Best, Next of Kin Team

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FC
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Next of Kin is within walking distance for me and my wife. We dine there frequently and we take guests, as we did on this occasion.

Their food is quite good, with a somewhat limited menu. Also they have fairly strict rules on what you can and cannot add to your entre. That's why they got 4 stars rather than 5 stars from us.

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RC
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I liked the place a lot. The decor was fun, the location great, and especially the cocktails were excellent. we tried four main courses. I'd say 3 were top-notch. the fried chicken was also good, but very salty which to me is a bad sign at a good restaurant. I was feeling all the salt later that night and the next day. the service could have been better. It wasn't as attentive as you would expect at a nice place, and we had two order mix-ups that had to be resolved.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable evening. Tasty food & drinks. Had an excellent waitress too! Will be coming back again.

Next of Kin Restaurant
Responded on June 5, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We are so happy you enjoyed your experience and service. We hope you come back soon! Cheers, Next of Kin Team

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KD
New England
27 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite spot north of Chicago! Delicious food, excellent service, hand crafted cocktails and yummy desserts! Try the pot brownie!

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the finest dining experiences on the planet.
Don’t miss this truly amazing restaurant

Next of Kin Restaurant
Responded on June 3, 2019

Thank you for the lovely review! We appreciate you being a fan of Next of Kin! Looking forward to having you back again. Best, Next of Kin Team

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre theater dinner. Stunning view of downtown and sunshine. Server handled large group exceptionally well. Food fusions and handmade cocktails exquisite and distinctive. No one complaint or disappointment in any factor of our dining experience. Thank you for a job well done!

Next of Kin Restaurant
Responded on June 3, 2019

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review! We are so happy you enjoyed your experience and chose us as your pre-theatre dinner. I will make sure to pass your note onto the team. Looking forward to seeing you next time! Best, Next of Kin Team

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

No one waited on us so we left. Wasn’t even busy.

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TI
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious! Service was great. I was there on a “date” with my husband (we have a 3yo so don’t get time to ourselves very often), and the table we were sat at was in the middle of the staff’s walking route, so that was a bit awkward and didn’t give us any privacy but, otherwise, it was a great evening. Will definitely be back.

Next of Kin Restaurant
Responded on June 3, 2019

Tiffanyl, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We are so happy you chose us for your date night! I will let the team know about your seating to see what we can do for next time. We hope to see you back soon on your next date night! Best, Next of Kin Team

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b
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is my new favorite local restaurant. Everything I have had here is outstanding. The fish entrees have been delicious and creative. The pork cheeks are rich and yummy.
I can't wait until my next visit.

Next of Kin Restaurant
Responded on June 3, 2019

Bbjo, Thank you for leaving a review! We are so happy and excited to be your new favorite local restaurant! Our menu changes seasonally so be sure to stop by soon and try more dishes that you'll love. See you next time! Next of Kin Team

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D
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Noise level was really quite low for a busy night. So that was great! (The rating scale for noise on this website is ambivalent and confusing, so I left it blank. )This was a delightful dining experience. Fresh, inventive, wholesome, yet scrumptious dishes in a sharp MCM room. Nice outdoor area too.

Next of Kin Restaurant
Responded on June 3, 2019

Debs, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We are so happy you loved your experience from the volume to the food to the decor & aesthetics. Our patio is open for the summer so make sure to come back for a cocktail (or mocktail!) & plates. See you next time! Best, Next of Kin Team

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N
Chicago
246 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice but rushed service. Some dishes are a hit like the salmon and others like crab and avacado just ok. Fun atmosphere though some tables plain awful such as the one by the bathrooms with a blazing fixture to close to the table that looked like a police interrogation and one table stuck right at the entrance of kitchen. Overall, lights need to be toned way down. Kills what could be very cool atmosphere.

Next of Kin Restaurant
Responded on June 3, 2019

Nickname, Thank you for the candid review. We appreciate the service and have addressed it with the team. We hope you give us another chance to earn your business back. Best, Next of Kin Team

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S
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always consistently a favorite place to go for special occasions or just to sit at the lovely bar and have the best brussel sprouts I've ever had and to share a drink with a friend. Love this place!

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FL
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend the lavender vanilla latte half sweetened. Ambience was lovely and service was great

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ST
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food. Strange room

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WC
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch for Mothers day. Lots of health options and stuff that the kids liked as well

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SS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attended Mother's Day brunch. What I was most impressed by was how they were switching up the buffet items. So every time I went up, there was new selections. For example, they had some delicious Brussels sprouts and I went back for more. Finding they had been replaced by asparagus. Which was incredible! My wife is a vegetarian and buffets tend to be boring for her. She loved and raved about each item. You MUST try the Monkey Bread!!! Service was top notch and the brunch was priced right. Maybe too low to be honest. It was that good.

Next of Kin Restaurant
Responded on May 17, 2019

Steven, Thank you for the lovey review! We are so happy you chose us for your Mother's Day and that your wife loved it! Our asparagus and brussels are also on our menu so be sure to come in anytime. We are also happy to accommodate your wife's vegetarian lifestyle. Looking forward to having you back! Thank you, Next of Kin

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E
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was wonderful! My two grandchildren, usually a bit picky, went back for second and third helpings.

Next of Kin Restaurant
Responded on May 17, 2019

Eddie, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We are so pleased that both you and your grandchildren loved our food. We hope you all come back soon to try more of what we have to offer. Have a great weekend! Next of Kin

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K
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal with fantastic friends. From start to finish, Megan, our server was amazing. Looking forward to our return!

Next of Kin Restaurant
Responded on May 17, 2019

Kimmie Thank you for the lovely review! We are very pleased that you loved your experience. I will make sure to let Megan know you enjoyed her service. Hope to see you back soon! Best, Next of Kin

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