South Side Social

3.8
159 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
SOUTH SIDE SOCIAL
NEIGHBORHOOD KITCHEN & TAP
Best thanksgiving buffet !
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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MaurineC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

I booked my reservation with Open Table and confirmed 3x. Once I arrived the hostess did not have my large party of 8. I was celebrating my birthday and even noted that in the comments section. I Was very disappointed with feature. When I call the restaurant its a continuous busy signal like its 1985.

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MegganS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I had booked a reservation through Open Table at this restaurant because they claimed to be participating in Restaurant Week. However, when we got there, they handed me regular menus, and when I inquired about the Restaurant Week menu I had seen on the website, they said they were not doing that menu that night. The food was pretty decent, but the menu was limited and none of the items were similar to the Restaurant Week menu. My whole experience was kind of ruined by the let down of not getting the meal I was anticipating. I do not know if I will be returning to this restaurant.

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Lola
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food was great, service was not as expected.

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Nonickname
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice inside. Please don’t let the outside fool you. Inside was very chic. We all enjoyed our food. Definitely going back again.

South Side Social
Responded on February 12, 2020

Thank you for your review. We are so glad to hear you loved our new decor and the food. Hope to see you soon!

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TarnekaM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We had the Sunday brunch. I think it was a little overpriced considering the lack of variety and options available. The buffet was often empty and there was one person doing the carving station, waffles and omelets.

South Side Social
Responded on October 15, 2019

Thank you for visiting and thank you for your feedback. We will take your valuable comments into a consideration. Hope to have a chance to welcome you again.

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vipFayetteville
Atlanta
42 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The wait staff was excellent the food was excellent. We had a wonderful time.

South Side Social
Responded on October 15, 2019

Thank you for visiting us! We are so glad to hear you liked both - service and the food. Hope to see you again soon!

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vipm2me
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

South Side Social
Responded on September 3, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to share your positive feedback regarding your visit. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your food and great service! We look forward to an opportunity to welcome you back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

South Side Social
Responded on September 3, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to share your positive feedback regarding your recent visit. We are so delighted to hear you enjoyed the food and liked our new look! We look forward to welcoming you back!

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MerlineF
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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!

South Side Social
Responded on September 3, 2019

Thank you very much for sharing your wonderful experience at our restaurant with us. We certainly do strive to provide all of our guests with the level of service that you described you received. We look forward to welcoming you back at our brand new fully remodeled restaurant.

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Unimpressed
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience2

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.

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kennyc
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

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

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Beanieboy55
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

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

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vipAdrianne
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Brunch with Family

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markb
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

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sydneyv
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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johnl
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service food priced right will be going back many times

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KeneeshaO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

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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Breezy
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience4

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!

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AmandaM
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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.

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JAMESH
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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VanessaR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DevonaR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience2

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

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CJLAW
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall3food4service5ambience4

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!

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LovinE
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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!

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ChristineW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Almost empty but 2 loud tables. Server was excellent

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MsDJ68
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipJanetO
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience3

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

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msutko
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience3

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.

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vipYumyum
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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 .

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vipRGMD
Chicago
130 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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vipFoodie
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience4

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.

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MurielC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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smiling
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience4

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.

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vipPeggySmurf
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Cannonball
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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.

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Katiek
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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chriswish
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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.

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vipTerry
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2017
Overall2food3service1ambience3

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.

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South Side Social is rated 3.8 stars by 159 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.