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About The Kennison

An exciting new concept from Boka Restaurant Group and 90/94 Restaurant Group. The menu features approachable American fare from Executive Chef Bill Walker including small and large plates, and a well appointed raw bar section. The Kennison serves dinner daily and brunch on the weekends. The space includes a generous outdoor patio overlooking Lincoln Park.

1800 N Lincoln
Chicago, IL 60614
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Oyster Bar

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Sunday - Thursday | 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday | 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Brunch
Saturday - Sunday | 9:00am - 2:00pm

Cross Street:
Lincoln, Wells and Clark

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(312) 981-7070

Website:
http://thekennison.com/

Executive Chef:
Bill Walker

Private Party Facilities:
The Kennison is a collaborative effort between Boka Restaurant Group and acclaimed Chef Paul Virant. Private Dining at The Kennison allows you to enjoy a sophisticated and approachable menu, tailored for your event, utilizing the most seasonal ingredients available.

Private Party Contact:
Taylor Crowley: (888) 583-0569

The Kennison Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

71% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (30)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Fit for Foodies (22)
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Creative Cuisine (22)
Great for Outdoor Dining (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
People Watching (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Casual (15)
Great for Brunch (14)
Romantic (12)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Special Occasion (12)
Business Meals (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Cozy (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Comfort Food (8)
Fun (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Seasonal (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Scenic View (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Authentic (5)
Healthy (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Late-night Find (3)
Organic (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

With the favorable reviews of this relatively new restaurant, I expected more. The mussel appetizer was tasty enough, but really too small a portion to share but should've been larger at $17. My bass entree was a small portion without anything special or original. The cauliflower was raw , arrived cold & tasteless. I didn't have dessert.

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Small portions of very average food at brunch

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 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Phenomenal, across the board. Service was excellent, food was even better. Cocktails great, good wine list as well to pair with food options. Looking forward to coming back after the Fall menu is introduced.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Whenever a Boka Group restaurant arrives, I look forward to a reservation. We chose Saturday brunch on the patio for the Kennison. My BLT benedict had a pleasantly tangy hollandaise, though the pork belly was a little lost. Service was pleasant but not necessarily attentive, as we tried to flag them down for ketchup and a knife to cut through my English muffins. (The muffins weren't bad at all, but the butter knife refused to saw its way through.) The very troubling thing was that about half a dozen yellow and wilted leaves were in my mesclun that I left on the side, which was strange as a successor to Perennial Virant and across the street from a literal farmer's market. Good cinnamon bun and solid drinks.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

One week ago I had an excellent Kennison for brunch. this week the eggs were very small and salty. two others had the quiche and salad and said the salad was very salty.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Had the short rib. Barely edible. Not prepared properly, almost like it was baked instead of braised. Very very tough and chewy. Salad was good and service was excellent. One other person in our party of 5 had the short rib also and didn't finish it, same opinion as me. Others in our party had the striped bass and said it was excellent.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 5, 2017

This is the 3rd time I've been to The Kennison and it gets better every single time. The service is always 5 star but this time we had Eric and he is arguably the best waiter I've ever had. The food is always amazing but they recently added short ribs to the menu and it's outstanding. My dad pretty much gets short ribs every time he sees it on the menu and he said it's one of the best he's had. My mom tends to eat vegetarian dishes and got the Pastrami Carrots. Yes, carrots that actually smell and taste like pastrami!! They were unbelievable. Every time I've been here I get the string beans for the table and I suggest you do the same!! Can't say enough good things about this place. Will obviously be back often.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Quick Bite, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Casual, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Fun, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The Rabbit Gnocci with lavender honey knocked my socks off. New take on classic cocktails combined with the best desserts I've ever eaten will keep me coming back regularly.

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We loved this restaurant when it was Perennial Virant and are very disappointed in the new concept. We were at a table for 2 that was so close to the other tables that we could hear everything the couples on both sides of us were saying, so that pretty much ruined the experience. As Perennial Virant, it was warm and cozy--it's now cold and uninviting. While the food and service weren't bad, they don't live up to Perennial at all. Sadly, we won't be back. Too bad, it's a great location and used to be one of our favorites.

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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Very small portions, overpriced and food was not great. Over all disappoonted.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 29, 2017

The biggest surprise was the $1 oyster happy hour and a half shell. (Clever) That is enough to get me back every night. We continued with the crudo, steak tartar, and fresh corn risotto. These were all great however it was the 4th appetizer that surprised us the most. The heirloom tomato salad had the nicest looking and tastiest tomatoes I've ever had. Which I generally wouldn't have touched because of the white anchovies. It was such a crowd pleaser that I braved it. It was the dish that will stick in my mind. It was amazing and still making my mouth water. Definitely move on to the short rib (sauce was crazy good) and the red onion jam on the stripe bass is not to be missed. Chicken was a good staple for everyone to enjoy. Great place for sharing as every plate was either perfectly portioned or easy to cut up. Let's not forget the 3 desserts we powered through. All in all - I could make this a weekly occurrence - so much I want to go back for.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Excellent food. It was a real treat!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We had a fantastic experience at The Kennison! The oysters, dressed with raspberry champagne mignonette, were amazing. We ordered some sharables for the table and hit on everyone of them. Meatballs, Blue Crab Fritters and the Mussels. The short rib portion was generous and braised to perfection. The pork loin and succotash was also fantastic.

The service was exceptional. We initially wanted to sit outside. After we were seated, we realized it was colder than we expected and asked to be moved inside. Some restaurants are annoyed by this, but the staff at The Kennison could not have been more accommodating.

The Kennison will be in our regular rotation.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Bar Seating
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

Food was very mediocre. The burger was terrible. How can you ruin a burger?

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Reservation made but table not ready, appetizers came BEFORE drinks, filet NOT cooked, what little ate of food 8 hours later horrible STOMACH PAIN luckily didn't ruin the plans of next day. Tried to support local place as a host of guests staying in hotel but should of went with an established place quite a let down. FYI bill was $300 for 4 people. Hopefully they can work towards improving their service and timing. Manager comped a round of drinks and brought fries while last plate cooked. Unfortunately guests hardly ate theirs and seemed like a bandaid. Special event recommend going elsewhere, not important day support them in getting their act together, in time maybe they can make it. Place for a cocktail if time to wait or a place to be seen.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Had dinner at the Kennison- perfect night for outdoor dining. Good service. The table liked the mussels and the fritters and two desserts. One person had salmon; I had the short ribs- both good. Overall- a great evening.

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

The chicken was a little dry, but overall it was pretty good.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 13, 2017

This was their first morning serving brunch and you could tell all of the staff was excited. Very fun and friendly vibe. The menu seems more breakfast than brunch. We loved the crab fritters and avocado toast. So accommodating to families!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 11, 2017

This is absolutely my new favorite place! I dine out frequently and I could not be happier that this place opened. I've dined at the Kinnison twice nowFrom the moment the service is impeccable everybody seems to enjoy themselves and it really comes through with the service. The people are phenomenal starting from Camille the great hostess who welcomes everyone with such great energy and the servers and staff. Our first visit we had Jessica as our server and she is a gem! The entire staff is professional, attentive and so friendly. We felt like we were in someone's home! Brian the manager is great as well. Jeremy worked his tail off all night.

The food is fantastic! The oyster selection is delicious and I absolutely love the tuna tartar and risotto. We've tried the pork loin which is delicious.

The decor and patience are beautiful.

You'll love this place for the food the staff and feel like you're welcome from the moment you arrive. I'll be back often!

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·Dined on August 11, 2017

Stephanie was an awesome and an attentive server. Beet salad was tasty but hard to eat. Rabbit Sugo Pappardelle was delicious . Pork loin and short rib were good, but could be better with the right touch. Overall, I'll be back

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Solid on everything - you can tell the magic touch of Boka Group.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Everything we ordered was wonderfully presented and delicious. Service and atmosphere were great too. I’d definitely go back if I lived in Chicago!

Tags: Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 6, 2017

What a gem. We live in the neighborhood and Gemini was our only great option. Finally we have another. Food was beyond delicious and the service was extraordinary. Looking forward to our return visit so we can tackle more of the menu.

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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Pleasant, hard working staff. Really make the effort. Food was tasty and well sized.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Comfort Food, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great service, really friendly waitstaff. Very loud despite not being completely full. Menu and food were ok.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2017

The Kennison had a great drink selection. Food was excellent and the RAW bar was reasonable. The service was very attentive. We will definitely return!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2017

The food was pretty good and the room is attractive. The portions were small. I do not want huge portions, but I also don't want to leave hungry after a two-course meal. My husband had pasta as a main, and it was smaller than what would be served as an appetizer course at most restaurants.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Overall amazing. Would have liked the portions to be a tad bigger, but the food was excellent, drinks delightful, and overall I would dine here again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Excellent food and wine list. Service was very good but not excellent. Very noisy inside. Difficult for 4 to have a conversation

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 3, 2017

The service was attentive and competent. The food was well prepared and nicely plated.

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·Dined on July 31, 2017

What a wonderful meal we had at The Kennison . The service was spot on, nice location with outdoor dining option, and very pretty and modern. The menu is small but everything on it looks wonderful and fresh. Between the two of us we had all three raw bar items; both east and west oysters, the tuna tartar and hamachi crudo. All were as fresh and delightful as you could ever want. We then shared several small plates, and each wax wonderful. The broccolini was delicious, as well as the mussels and crab fritters. There were affordable wine options too which is a surprise in the city sometimes. Overall it was a lovely dinner out. Would highly recommend

Tags: Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 30, 2017

With all of the options in this area, I would not recommend. The service was very slow (25 minutes for our drinks to arrive!) and the food was just okay. Location and ambiance are nice, and the cocktails are good.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We came here Saturday evening and we had the oysters, beet salad and hamachi outdoors before the sunset and it got cold. The service outdoors was very kind and helpful getting us seated indoors, however, our server indoors was superficial and fake about her manners towards. Lack of eye contact and just seemed to get stuff out on the tables. It made us feel a little uncomfortable. However, I do believe this manners of the staff will be ironed out over time with training and Kennison being a successful new restaurant. The food is why you go here, as it was fantastic. We had the Striped Bass and the Pastrami-Seasoned Carrots as our entrees, which were well seasoned and had a clear focus. I will come back and I believe that Kennison will have all their kinks ironed out, as most of the staff were wonderful. The bartenders were also very thoughtful and kind, as we had Float Like a Butter Fly and the Sting Like a Bee cocktails, which were both refreshing and fun. Thank you for making a night worth remembering.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, People Watching, Fun, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 29, 2017

My neighbor and i anxiously awaited the opening of this restaurant, for we love new places to go in the hood. And Kennison did NOT disappoint!! Excellent food, great waiter, expansive wine and drink list. I like how they opened up the restaurant with more windows. We will be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Our server was great! Everyone is super nice, but they are clearly still working out the kinks having only been open for four weeks. The draft beers were not available due to a broken part, which was a disappointment. The cocktails were very small, thus a little overpriced. The food portions area also very small and overpriced accordingly. Spending $140 (including 2 cocktails and tip) for two people for a neighborhood joint that has good food, but nothing special was a disappointment. No reason to return.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 27, 2017

The ambiance and service were fantastic. My two friends and I shared a cushy booth, and the waiter was attentive but not in an annoying way. The food was good, but the portions were very small for the price. I would definitely go back for drinks.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Great neighborhood place for good food and excellent service. The Frisée salad is over the top good. The ambience is friendly and not pretentious, but the food is fit for anyone that enjoys fine dining. The Kennison is definitely on our list of places we will try again.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Great food, Jeff is a great server--Everyone was welcoming and friendly--They really try hard to make sure everybody is having a good time. It is all you could want--great restaurant.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Have you ever seen a plate come out and think: "This is a beautiful presentation of the garnishes, but I think they forgot the main dish." But they didn't.

Yeah. It's like that.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Nice location and okay ambiance. Limited menu bet with something for most taste. This was our second visit. Both times service was slow. Long waits for beverages and wine and food. Food tends towards small dishes which are favorable and some such as grilled cauliflower. On the other hand, the burger was dry as was the bun. Tends to be a little pricy considering the service and portions.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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