The Kennison

4.3
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396 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. Please note: We do not take reservations for the patio. Those tables are first come, first served. All reservations are for guaranteed seating in the dining room. If you are hoping to sit on the patio, please notify the hostess when you arrive, and we'll do our best to accommodate.

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vipElizabethP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sarah was a fantastic server! Food delicious as always. Thank you!

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CarolynL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were greeted with complimentary champagne as we were celebrating an anniversary. The food was delicious. They did forget to bring out a side dish we ordered, but then it was given on the house. Overall very good experience.

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MargueriteK
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great evening with lovely ambience and delicious food. Our waitress was exceptional to top it all off. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining here and it was so delicious! We came for brunch not expecting much as we always do going into a brunch. The food ended up being better than expected. The staff was super friendly and the ambience was great, felt very retro. I’d love to come back again for dinner!

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vipGlenviewguy
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was very good. Cauliflower appetizer is fantastic. Service was uncharacteristically slow.
Wait staff was apologetic and comped our drinks to apologize. Well done.

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DiarraA
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! We really appreciate the manager letting us know when the kitchen was closing as we were waiting for someone else to arrive. We were able to order on their behalf!

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karenw
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The service was good. Ambiance lacking for a Saturday night. Food was mediocre at best.

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PhilM
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the food and the happy hour prices
Service was great.
It was also a helpful location for us

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PriPri
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The burger was phenomenal, highly recommend! Slightly on the louder end.

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MakaylaM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing just as the service! The grilled salmon risotto and crispy pot stickers were mouth watering just looking at it. 20/10 would definitely go back and recommend to anyone and everyone.

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PerryS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A terrific place to go for either a everyday dinner or special occasion. The service was friendly and helpful. I appreciate the atmosphere. Contemporary and high end finishes make the atmosphere welcoming. Appropriate noise level.

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someonesomeone
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Honestly, maybe we hit a weird night for them, or maybe it was because of restaurant week, but the food seemed a bit bland.

The portion sizes were great, and the service was outstanding. The drinks were also very well prepared.

I would recommend this restaurant, but maybe not during Restaurant Week

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LaurenS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

I was disappointed with my first visit to the Kennison. I went during restaurant week and waited over an hour for my entrée, which wasn’t anything special when it finally did arrive. They have great drinks, which were comped by managements to apologize for the wait, and a nice ambiance, but I won’t be rushing back.

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Janet
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Food was overpriced. $10 for a kids meal? $17 for burrata which was good but only one piece of bread with the burrata on it. Chicken sandwich was terrible. Staff was helpful but sloppy uniforms. Overall disappointed with food and ambiance.

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BetsyK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience- we sat at the bar and were treated great and had a delicious meal. We went during restaurant week so had a pre-fix meal

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surburbanchick
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I very much enjoyed dining at Kennison for dinner during our stay at Hotel Lincoln. The food, service, and location are top-notch.

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DianeW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love the roasted chicken. It is always delicious and they vary the sides so that the dish does not become boring. The pastas are quite good and the burger is also very good. We like the casualness of the restaurant plus the staff is quite helpful with wines and/or any questions about the menu,

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vipRosieG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and kind service!

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vipKellyC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the ambiance. The brunch was absolutely delicious, the brunch potatoes were the best I've ever had in the city!

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vipElizabethP
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delivers an all around fantastic experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Atmosphere is lacking but food and service was excellent

MJ
MikeJ11
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good oyster special. Scallops were great. Soft shortbread-like dessert was a great finish.

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vipBestOfLakeview
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful, perfect balance of fun/energy and checked on us the right amount. The food was excellent and the decor is very chic but not overdone. Highly recommended brunch spot

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vipMMPSUT
Columbus
38 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is fabulous! I loved the ambiance and the service was superb. The happy hour was great and both of us loved our entrees! My mom has some (often irritating) strict diet restrictions and not only did they accommodate them, but her meal was still delicious with all the alterations she required! If I lived in Chicago, this would be a regular staple for dining out! Also, the patio looks like it would be phenomenal with some warmer weather.

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vipMelissaR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. Really great service. Only complaint was coffee was not hot enough and a little dark/bitter

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vipTylerK
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Kennison had a great atmosphere and would recommend to anyone that is visiting the zoo. If the restaurant was in a different neighborhood, we probably wouldn't go back. The food lacked spice and the food was mediocre, but the experience and atmosphere was great. We waited over 30 minutes for our entrees on a non-busy night. The server was amazing and cheerful. The drinks were delicious! Overall, it was a decent place for tourist.

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vipshar
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Always consistently good

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vipBobC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Great location...squandered. Below average food in a terrific food city, horribly prepared and served glacial slow. A real disappointment. Grilled Salmon and risotto was swimming in a maple syrup pond...overwhelming everything...a soggily mess. Hamburger was way over done and flavorless, bun was not charred it was burned black an ineffable.

All of this was delivered 50+ minutes after ordering. Manager knew this was a bad execution and comped first round of drinks and the burger, but with so many other, better option there is no reason to go to the Kennison.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We made last minute reservations after visiting the Lincoln Park ‘Zoo Lights’ display. They were able to accommodate our party of 8 . The food was good and our waitress was great and was kind enough to allow us separate checks. Many establishments would not be willing to do so for such a large group!

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JohnC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Solid place - drinks were tasty and the food was delicious. Tables are a bit crammed together but overall I was happy with the experience.

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WindyCityGuy
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The wait staff was extremely attentive. This is one of the few times where I'd give the wait staff a 5+. The food was also good and perfectly prepared. This is definitely a neighborhood gem.

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vipshar
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and excellent service.

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Victoria
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a delicious brunch - spinach and mushroom omelet with really crispy home fries - yum!

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momini
Milwaukee
26 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were at The Kennison for Sunday Brunch. The menu was good, the coffee excellent as was the service.

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vipJWC1
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

It was a disappointing experience. The food was generally good but there was a long wait between appetizers and entrées. And the entrées particularly the Steak Frites were not very good and were cold. We sent them back and it came back cold. The fries had been warmed, but not the steak. Very strange. They did take it off the bill. It’s still disappointing. Also we ordered a side but it never showed up until we asked, and was very very late. Also took it off the bill. We have been there before and had good experiences. This was quite disappointing.

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vipHannahB
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Kennison is my favorite place in Chicago! The best service, food, and cocktails

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DouglasM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Located on the first floor of The Lincoln Hotel, the restaurant is very nice with nice decorative design touches. Service, cocktails, and food were all very good. It was an excellent experience.

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vipAllanH
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service, tasty ample portions. Will certainly return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at The Kennison on Monday, November 4. We were there to celebrate a friend’s birthday. The restaurant really went out of their way to make sure it was a special evening. Additionally the food (appetizers and entrees) and service were really good. Overall an excellent experience. We’ll be back.

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vipejhpth
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The taste and presentation of the items was stellar. Our server, Emily, super as was the host who greeted us when we entered ( in fact, he let us in out of the cold 5 mins before opening). Happy hour drink prices appreciated. Very enjoyable and nice ambiance although we would prefer no music, or at least just soft background music.

FAQs

The Kennison does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. The Kennison also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 981-7070.

The Kennison is rated 4.3 stars by 396 OpenTable diners.

The Kennison does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://onelink.quickgifts.com/merchant/the-kennison-chicago/.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

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