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The Kennison, Chicago, IL

The Kennison

4.2
4.2
625 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
We welcome you back and thank you for your continued support! To ensure the safety of all of our guests and staff, we do require all guests to wear face masks while not seated at their table. Staff will be wearing masks and sanitizing throughout your entire dining experience.

Our menu can best be described as innovative plays on familiar dishes. The Kennison is committed to creating ingredient driven, approachable menu items. Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, The Kennison is a wonderful option for guests to enjoy outstanding cuisine and great company.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

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Other options

  • Order online
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Private dining

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Burgers, American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 981-7070

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    We strive to deliver a contemporary American menu that appeals to the foodie in everyone. At this Lincoln Park gem you’ll find approachable fare with exciting twists on familiar dishes. Please contact our events team at 312-254-4672

  • Private party contact

    Brianna Baulk: (888) 583-0569

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Park

  • Cross street

    Lincoln, Wells and Clark

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 625 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We went for brunch. The food was just OK and our server seemed to lack some basic knowledge of the menu. It would be a fine place to go if you were staying at the hotel and just needed a quick meal, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat there as a destination.
  2. B

    Brunchlover

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice space and the food was good. Our server was fantastic - very personable and she handled our large group flawlessly.
  3. g

    gennabee

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Cute place but portions were very small. Was hoping for a little more based on the menu.
  4. JB

    JohnnyBull

    Cincinnati

    78 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Easy restaurant attached to Hotel Lincoln. Attentive waiter and food was good. I'm picky to give it 5 STARS but overall satisfied for a hotel based restaurant.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service1ambience3
    Service was not good at all. After waiting so long for a server, my friend had to stop our server to ask if we could order. 3 minutes after I placed my order I asked if I could change it and was told not a chance. Order has already been placed. My friend asked for her latte several time and finally received it at the end of our meal. In the end, our bill was wrong. I showed the server how one of the items was more than what the menu stated. He actually told me there’s nothing he can do. I had to ask for a manager and showed him the discrepancy. The manager was great. He immediately saw and corrected the mistake. If the server couldn’t change the bill he should have taken it to a manager, rather than have me ask for a manager. It was an embarrassing situation, but it was a matter of principle. I’m sure it’s an isolated situation and I will go back. My food was just ok. My friends liked theirs.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service ! Exceptional food and great atmosphere!
  7. SC

    StephenC

    Dallas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Burnt octopuss, tasteless dry pork tender loin, slow service
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Yum. Excellent food.
  9. CL

    CeeLB

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The food was quite good, but our service lacked the basics
  10. VD

    VDayVisitor

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great patio space.
  11. PB

    PhilB

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good service good, kitchen was slow and we told them we had theater.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience. Drinks and food were great and excellent service, we will be back
  13. t

    toscana

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, wonderful atmosphere, outstanding!
  14. KH

    KellyH

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food was pretty good (great waffles, not great overdressed salad). Unfortunately the biggest downside was the non-stop loud & strong AC over the window seats. The wait staff apologized to a couple tables but said there was nothing to fix it.
  15. HB

    HeidiB

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience5
    Our server was nowhere to be seen most of the night. The food took a very long time to come out and when it did come out most of it was cold. There was no apology made when we informed him. The drinks and the Brussels sprouts were excellent
  16. CC

    ChristopherC

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best staff in the restaurant biz. Best Happy Hour in Chicago. Best outdoor patio too.
  17. ME

    MEJ2684

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great spot for a birthday dinner for 10!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    108 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For an appetizer we had the Hiramasa Crudo which was not only delicious, but an unbelievable presentation. For entrees Laura had the special black trout which was delicious, and I had the linguine Nero which was also delicious with a nice presentation.
  19. LI

    LIthfoodie

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We have brunch at the Kennison with a group of eight. Food was fresh and and reasonably priced. The quiche and chicken and waffles were tasty and the omelets were well made. We all enjoyed it!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food! I got the fish and chips and my dad got the chicken sandwich. We were both very satisfied. Would go again.
  21. JB

    JenniferB

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner as usual! All the food was spot on! Highlights: gnocchi, grilled asaparagus, papardelle, fish and chips, butter cake and custard cake!
  22. F

    Finerthingsclub

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Don't let a hotel restaurant fool you! Whether you're dining solo or out with a few friends, The Kennison provides a chill, cool, comfortable vibe. The lighting was perfectly dim. The music was great and faint so you can carry on conversations or have it act as a companion for the solo experience. The menu is not overwhelming as many can be. l had the Come on Eileen cocktail and the fried chicken sandwich. It was the perfect amount of food for a late dinner. The rest of the group ordered (and highly complimented!) the burger. Would love to come back to dine on the patio in summer months or grab a cocktail in the winter. Whether you're local or staying at Hotel Lincoln, stop in for a great experience.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    109 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We started off with a nice charcuterie board with meats and cheeses, and the grilled octopus which was heavenly. For entrees we had the gnocchi, linquinie Nero and the special blackened trout which was heavenly.
  24. GP

    GigiP

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food1service3ambience4
    They were understaffed. Waiter was nice and did a great job for so many tables. The Bloody Mary was disgusting and I am sure that is part of the reason I was sick the rest of the day. I don’t know what their special mix was but yuck! Quiche was undercooked. That might have made me sick too. I’ve eaten there before and it was fine but this time was NOT.
  25. Y

    Yara

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks, Ed! He was a great server! Food and price were great too.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quality food, surprisingly fast service
  27. U

    Username

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very good brunch! Great deal on mimosas and Bloody Mary’s. Nice ambience and good food.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    My husband loved the chicken and waffles. But I had the omelette and it was only ok. It was weird and lumpy and not seasoned. They gave me four pieces of potatoes- it looked like they were trying to ration the food. The restaurant is beautiful though.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    We waited for 15+ min after being seated before a server noticed us and asked for our drink order. Food took a long time to come and fried chicken sandwich and fries were cold. The seared pork belly appetizer was absolutely fantastic and the cocktails were delicious.
  30. m

    miete

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    Couldn’t get system from blowing cold air. Very uncomfortable and got staff not great at solving issue
  31. KT

    KT88

    New Orleans

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This is a good, solid restaurant located close to Lincoln Park and the Chicago History Museum. The strengths here are convenience and well prepared food. The restaurant's ambiance is certainly pleasant, but not anything unique. However, our waiter was excellent and the food was very good. I had the pan seared chicken and my wife had the Pappardelle. Both were well prepared and very tasty. The wine list is not extensive, but it has some good choices at reasonable prices. If you are staying at the Hotel Lincoln, it is an easy choice for a good, convenient meal.
  32. MK

    MarianneK

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Enjoyed dinner with friends - food was quite good, service was very good as well. A huge party of 20+ came in towards the end of our stay, and it got very loud. Other than that, very nice ambiance. Live nearby and don't often think of The Kennison. Will be back.
  33. L

    Larue

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Service was exemplary! Appetizers were very good. Entrees we’re quite average and not a great value for the price.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    109 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the restaurant week menu which offered a nice selection l had the pappadellli and my wife had the grilled salmon. Both were excellent, and my wife had grilled salmon. We started off with a salad and onion soup. For dessert we had a delicious chocolate cake.
  35. GU

    GUNNAR

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Nice breakfast place if you stay at the hotel, or walk in. Recommended to make reservation though. Good value for money. Friendly staff, could perhaps be a little bit more efficient in the service, to save some steps if nothing else.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    We had a 7:30 reservation and we weren’t greeted by our server for the first 20 minutes. Our appetizers didn’t come out until 8:30, and every dish was lukewarm. We rarely saw our server. I know it was during Chicago restaurant week, but if you’re short staffed and cannot attend your tables in a timely manner or at least let us know what the delay is, please do not put so many tables up for reservation. The food and drinks were good, but service was less than average.
  37. CO

    ChazzyO

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner with family visiting from western Illinois. They liked the bustling atmosphere. Food was much better than I expected. We live nearby, but don't typically consider here because it seems touristy. We'll put it on our rotation.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience with amazing drinks, food and ambiance.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Poor service. No one refilled our drinks or checked in after they brought our food.
  40. DL

    DawnL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service in a great space!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Kennison using the Order Online button. The Kennison also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 981-7070.

The Kennison is rated 4.2 stars by 625 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for The Kennison

1800 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60614

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Lincoln, Wells and Clark

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Park

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Burgers, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 981-7070

  • Private party facilities

    We strive to deliver a contemporary American menu that appeals to the foodie in everyone. At this Lincoln Park gem you’ll find approachable fare with exciting twists on familiar dishes. Please contact our events team at 312-254-4672

  • Private party contact

    Brianna Baulk: (888) 583-0569

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