South Side Social

3.8
153 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
SOUTH SIDE SOCIAL
NEIGHBORHOOD KITCHEN & TAP
South Side Social is where friends come together to relax, watch the game, savor our Chef’s edgy takes on classic South Side dishes, sample locally crafted beers, sip on great wine, and enjoy artfully mixed cocktails in an upscale yet comfortable setting. Serving Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with Happy Hour Specials daily.



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m
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautifully redecorated. Our server, Anna, was very welcoming and informative. The warm rolls were so delicious we kept picking at them all through dinner. Although the Reuben sandwich wasn't available that evening, we enjoyed both the cheeseburger and the ravioli. The French fries were really good, too. The wine is available in three different sized pours and was very good. Can't wait to return.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food choices. The lobby refresh looks awesome as I remember the old aqua 80s decor. Service by Queen was too notch.

MF
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I took my sister to Whitney's for her birthday. The employees immediately acknowledged her birthday, due to the birthday hat she was wearing. They were extemely nice to us. The service was great, along with the food. The food was delicious, along with the drinks. They even took off 10% of the bill due to my sister's birthday. The restaurant is currently being remodeled, making it much smaller than normal. Other than that, it will not stop me from returning. Great restaurant!

U
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Sunday brunch doesn't include bloody Mary's or any alcohol because of Oak Lawn local laws. Food selection very sparce, typical faire not done especially well. Small space, washroom is all the way on the other side of the hotel.

k
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

The first thing they told me was they were not honoring Open Table reservations. I asked why they didn't tell customers, or more importantly, Open Table. They acted like it was my fault, and I should have called the restaurant. If I wanted to wait an hour or two, they would try to squeeze us in. I went ballistic and demanded to see the manager at which point they suddenly found us a table. The place is also being renovated and they had food out in the lobby and in the hallways. They added an 18 percent gratuity for a buffet, only brought one Mimosa each and did not bother clearing the plates at all. Would have been nice at McDonald's

B
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

We had the lunch buffet. Limited selections with no fruit or dessert choices. Not the Whitney's of old. Will not return.

A
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Brunch with Family

m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was great other than they are doing remodeling so it is a little small at the moment

s
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food choices and outstanding service. We will plan to come again soon.

j
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great service food priced right will be going back many times

KO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was outstanding in service and personality! We will definitely be back! I wish I would have gotten her name :(. She had blonde hair and was a tad bit older than the other waitress on duty. We loved her!

South Side Social
Responded on January 23, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind review. We strive to provide the best possible service and guest experiences every day, and it’s always great to hear from our guests on how we’re doing. I will certainly make sure I acknowledge Barb for her efforts. We look forward to an opportunity to welcome you back again. Edita Arold, Restaurant Manager

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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was cold, sausage and biscuits, French toast were all cold

South Side Social
Responded on January 23, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us regarding your most recent visit. I have taken note of your valuable comments and rest assured, these will be used to monitor and improve the quality and services we offer to our guests. Edita Arold, Restaurant Manager

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B
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Wonderful brunch buffet! I love that kids under 6 are free, because you just never know if kids are going to really eat or not. Ours loved the waffle station, and the adults loved everything else! Especially the omelettes. We had to flag someone down for refills but the staff was very nice. Excellent value!

AM
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I really love going here for Sunday brunch. There are so many things to choose from on the buffet. The food is excellent. I liked the atmosphere a tiny bit better before they remodeled a few years ago, but it's still very nice. Most importantly, my 9 month old niece was there and the staff was very sweet to her.

JA
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Great Sunday brunch. Good value / price. Excellent food choices.

VR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it the waitress are lovely. They are so attentive when it comes to great customer service.

DR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The service was extremely slow. Waited almost two hours for entrees.

CJ
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

So disappointed! They charged my credit twice! My bill was rather large so I had to wait 3 days before my money was available to me, as they had a hold on $200 that they double charged for!

LE
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

That staff was absolutely amazing as soon as we stepped in the restaurant! They warmly acknowledged us then quickly seated us in our preferred area. The menu on a iPad was a big surprise, in a good way. The wait time for the appetizer and entrees was normal, no complaints. The atmosphere was calm and romantic! Since it’s was my birthday, the staff treated me to a decadent slice of chocolate cake! Mmm. I would definitely recommend Whitney’s for an unforgettable dinning experience!

CW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Almost empty but 2 loud tables. Server was excellent

MD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed with their food and their cranberry mimosas are everything!

JO
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Server never cleared our plates, not enough employees and no manager is sight

m
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was poor. Long wait for server to check in at table. Couldn't even get my water glass refilled without undue wait.
Considering the few guests in the restaurant, I'd hate to be there when it was more crowded.

Y
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Dining room was not completely full . This visit brunch was little better than a past visit I made. If my server Jodi was better , this would of been a great experience .

RG
Chicago
109 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Sunday Brunch place!!! Great food and prices..... love that they offer a Make your out Bloody Mary Bar!!!

F
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Disappointed in presentation and quality of grilled chicken sandwich. Burger pattie was very dry. Meat loaf is very good. Had a discount coupon so that helped soothe the disappointment. Celebrating a birthday, noted on reservation, and absolutely nothing was offered. Previous visit was much, much better. Perhaps Chef Jen was not there.

MC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The root salad that I had was fresh, well presented and extremely flavorful. The burger and fries were cooked to perfection. The fries are cooked and seasoned such that the couldn’t stop eating them. I had a cosmos cocktail and it was one of the best that I have had in a long time. I will remember this meal and the great service. Treat yourself to the experience.

s
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good. Service was fabulous. Everyone was very nice

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was cold for the Sunday Brunch buffet. Service was slow. Asked for medium steak and it was cooked very well done. The server did comp some of the meal and brought me another steak. If the food was warm it would have been a better experience. We will try again in hopes it was just a bad day.

PS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and value were amazing. Service (Israel) was out of this world.

C
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Handy Andy used to rent the top floor for Christmas parties. This is a restaurant with polite very good service and well prepared food. The environment is cozy and relaxed, I felt good eating there on Christmas Day.

Whoever is managing the restaurant is doing a good job.

K
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Server was so funny, amazing, mindful of our time.
Next time I go back I will make sure I go back on her time.

c
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We went on a Friday night around 630pm. There was 1 server and 1 busboy working! Luckily only 6 tables being used, but I felt bad for the server. She did as good as she could have! The manager came by at two different times and checked to see if everything was going alright (very awkward and rushed interaction as he was spinning his radio around while asking). Clearly his focus was on the bridal party/wedding group in the bar as he didn't help out the server in any way the entire time we were there. The food was pretty good (minus the pizza). We had been here once before and our experience the first time was better but still nothing to rave about. Mostly surprised that on a Friday, with $4 Happy hour food and drink specials, for 3 hours, they could only manage 6 tables in restaurant and actually expected that based on having 1 server staffed.

T
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Cherie's service was slow and inaccurate. Ordered salads and apps and she forgot to place salad orders. Had to ask again which made me late, taking salads to go. Did not pack to go utensils.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My server Elise was the best!! She gave me excellent service and she is the only reason I will be returning and telling all my friends to join me! She gave me the best service I ever had anywhere in the world! She deserves a raise just for being her!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated Fathers Day at Whitneys...It was a beautiful setting...Cozy, and eye catching. The waiter was such a positive personality. He kept the atmosphere at a high level. He talked to us and was very pleasant and genuine in his interchange. This is the go to place for intimacy, family gathering, or couple celebration. We will be back again.

F
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Went to the restaurant. Was told to sit anywhere. We did just that. They gave us menus and then came back and said we had to move. We were seated at a table by the window. They said someone just called and wanted all the tables by the windows. We were told they had a buffet available and I said I would have that. We were then told they did not have a buffet. Finally decided just to leave. Felt they did not want customers as the place was empty.

B
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall it was a decent experience. However, there was an extra $13 service charge for a selection service buffet. In addition, I ended up giving a tip as well. I also wish the restaurant would have provided a small container for carryout. So with that said, we. did not get our money's worth.

FB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Large variety of food mostly delicious but some of the meat was dry from being on heaters too long.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I was very disappointed with this restaurant. It was a brunch and the food was cold. I found two ants crawling on the serving spoons and when I told one of the hostess, he took his time to come and remove the spoons. The servers were not attentive and had to be reminded several times what we asked for. They ran out of apple juice that my daughter requested. The desserts were not inside the restaurant but outside in the hallway and they were not covered. They were very hard and dried out. The same with the rolls, fruit, salad; I think these items should have been covered in some way. It was the worst Mother's Day Brunch I have ever experienced and will not return or recommend this to anyone.

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