The Kennison

4.2
332 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

I was surprised that a $27 entree of sea scallops and risotto had only 3 scallops. That is not an entree and the number of scallops should be stated in the description. The quality of the food was not terrible but the prices indicate a higher quality of dining. Disappointing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

They 86’d two of the best items on the menu before we could order. When the food came my poached eggs were hard. It took nearly 30 minutes to get our food and it was very mediocre.

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D
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Limited menu with excellent food. Great ambiance & service.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great patio and awesome brunch drink deals

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BC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We had family just arriving in town and wanted to stay local . Server was very sweet, but food was unfortunately and surprisingly mediocre.

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JF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside. Service was great. Great deals for happy hour. Scallops and cauliflower was delicious. Will go there again.

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EK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

"Mediocre" is the best word to describe this place.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

The service was fair. A little on the slow side. The food for the price was not good. The burger reminded me of the burgers served at the high school cafeteria. The salmon...meh. The appetizers were yummy especially the burrata and cauliflower. Probably best to have drinks and appetizers.

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KD
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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D
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Sommelier was great !

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D
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The restaurant has no front waiting area. Their idea is have you wait at the bar so you’ll buy drinks. Sneaky sneaky. The location is on a busy corner but has a very nice set up. Food was great but the menu was limited to the options. Appears to be a seafood type resto but it didn’t have pan seared tuna, how sway?

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Disappointing all-around. Service was non-existent. No one engaged us; just took our order and silently brought the food and drinks to the table.

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JP
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food and great service in a room with wraparound views of Lincoln Park. The menu could use a few more vegetarian and vegan items or options.

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MG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We had breakfast and food was not great. Less than average.
Service was fine

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KP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

We go here weekly on Friday nights. This was a Sunday brunch visit. The food was great but the service was terrible. Still, will be back!

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E
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good for late night eats, we stoped in after 9pm, burata and burger were really good. Steak Frites was perfectly cooked but a little cold and Frites were average. Portion size on entree pasta was small. Cocktails were excellent.

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HK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

My drink was served half full, my steak was half cooked, my order was half wrong, and the valet was half assed. They were under staffed, so it would have taken even longer to correct any of the order.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

It was pretty crowded the night we went, but it took a very long time for our waiter to finally come by. Then it took way too long to actually get our drinks that we ordered. When the food came, my friend’s was cold. The food was great, but everything took so long that we were in a rush to get to a show that night even though we gave ourselves ample time.

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

Brunch was great! Will definitely be going back again.

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LS
Chicago
171 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had early dinner on a moderately chilly evening on the patio. The sparkling rose was lovely as were the mussels and salad (we shared). The fresh pea pasta entree was green and lovely to look at and eat but a bit small for sharing and I could not quite figure out where the rhubarb was. On the whole a very nice dinner and this is one of my favorite patios for summer dining.

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LK
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Server was very nice but veryyy slow, took forever to get our food. Food was decent.

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JD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The food was abysmal, and the service was very slow. The “omelette” I received looked worse (and smaller) than something you’d get on an international United flight in coach, and tasted the same as it looked. At least they comped it. Avocado toast was very meh. At least they poached the eggs Benedict correctly, but even that somehow lacked flavor. Avoid.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great dinner

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JT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Our service was terrible. It was not that busy and the servers have assistants who bus, deliver food, and fill water. I waited tables for years and couldn’t figure out why the service was so slow. The food was decent but not amazing. My dish was super hot when it came out and my wife’s was cold. Her cocktail was awful...tasted like cough syrup. Decor was cool but in this genre of restaurant there are TONS of other great options.

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

Your girl Clair is a BAMF.

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CT
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Best bloody mary for $5! Go to the farmer's market and follow up with a drink on the restaurant patio.

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

The burger was outstanding. Great ambiance and friendly staff.

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JT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent brunch menu! I have difficulty choosing - I had the avacado toast with mixed greens and, at the suggestion of server, I added an egg. I had more food than I could eat - and everything was delicious! $5 mimosa was the perfect accompaniment!

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Montreal
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fourth time and still very impressed by the food and service. A good selection of cocktails!

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RM
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not sure why we don't come here more often. It was just wonderful--and when they had to make a perfectly great substitution, the owner came out to apologize. A wonderful, eclectic menu, everything was tasty, service was fun/friendly but not overly, and not too noisy!

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LK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The chilaquiles were the best. Just the right amount of spice. We all shared them, a very big portion. The french toast was very good. The hash was really tasty but maybe a smaller-ish portion. The room is lovely and not too loud.

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MT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

When we arrive 5 min before our reservation, we waited 20 minutes while they bussed our table (there were many others empty). Wait awhile for server to come over. She takes our drink and food order all together. Food comes before our drinks. Never checks in on us. Ruined an otherwise really nice experience.

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m
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

What to say? We gave it a second try after a lackluster performance a few months back and immediately regretted it. Not even the Ceasar salad managed to be good. Spaghetti alla chitarra with wild mushrooms turned out drenched in a brown runny sauce that was sweet like Hoisin and contained a few shards of leathery flavorless mushroom stems. Caramelized roasted broccoli were instead steamed and wet and, again, flavorless. We did not dare try anything else. Service was barely OK. It's a pity given the great location. Highly unrecommended.

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BG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall the food was okay. The warm cookie dessert we had wasn’t warm and tasted like a store bought cookie.

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GM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They moved our table so we didn't have to be by the window, and gave us (2) a nice big booth, so that was nice. The burger is delish. Very friendly and prompt service.

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KG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice ambience. Lots of room between tables. Waitstaff very nice. Calamari and mussels were delicious.

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AP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

We had a vegan in our party and the restaurant was not very accommodating... food was good and the bar is gorgeous. Would probably not return though.

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VB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local place with solid food and excellent prices.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for me and my fiancé’s birthdays! They gave us champagne to celebrate and treated us so well! Great food, service, and atmosphere!

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CW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was artfully presented and delicious. Staff were attentive and timely, anticipating our needs and nicely pacing our meal. The low dividers present unbroken sight lines and made the room feel more open than intimate.

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