The Kennison

4.5
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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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RG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and kind service!

KC
Chicago
5 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!

EP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delivers an all around fantastic experience.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Atmosphere is lacking but food and service was excellent

MJ
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

BO
Chicago
6 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

MM
Columbus
35 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.

MR
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

TK
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.

s
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Always consistently good

BC
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.

OT
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!

JC
Chicago
7 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.

WC
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.

s
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and excellent service.

V
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!

m
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.

JW
Chicago
10 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.

HB
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AH
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
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.

e
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.

S
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

I took my husband for his birthday. His steak was rare (he ordered it medium). His fries were cold and soggy. My mussels were extremely fishy I could only eat about 1/4 of them. I'm not sure if they had gone bad. The barrata appetizer was very tasty, but the bread was completely burnt and quite honestly overpriced for the portion size.

For reference, my husband orders steak and frites regularly and I order mussels anywhere that has them on the menu. We are not new to these dishes and unfortunately we rated them the worst we had ever had.

Our server noticed I did not eat the majority of the mussels and she immediately took them off the bill (I did not ask for this) and she also then circled back for specific feedback. I truly appreciated this.

AS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was super friendly, food was delicious. We’ll definitely be back.

I
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I thought the food was really good,the portions generous and the waitstaff extremely attentive and friendly. A great meal!

LA
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exception and the atmosphere was unpretentious. The service was attentive and the server knew his food and was enthusiastic about the restaurant. We would definitely visit again!

S
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Kitchen busy.. food took a long time.. which did not bother us.. but restaurant gave us appetizers etc bc of the wait. Food good and staff couldn’t be more accommodating!

LP
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails, appetizers, and entrees. Service was perfect-attentive but not intrusive. Joshua and team were well coordinated.

DT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and fantastic food. Love the potstickers!!

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We felt like the entire staff was committed to making our experience exceptional.

H
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The Kennison has become a regular go-to but this was our first time for brunch since it took over from Perennial Virant. The food was delicious. We shared the cinnamon roll to start, which was a bit dry to my taste but the frosting was very good. We had the breakfast sandwich (replaced the meat with avocado) and the GCM omelette. Both came with potatoes/home fries, which are sinful, and both dishes were right on the money. Apparently many of their ingredients come from Green City Market, which is great!

DS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The fish and chips - the fish was salty. The veggies were fine, but not exciting. The crispy potatoes were not exactly what I expected. And it is hard to talk to each other - loud, and we are 61 and 63 years old.

A
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My salad was good but the veggie sides were mediocre. Seemed like they were once frozen and then cooked - very little flavor and soggy. Roasted Brussels sprouts were almost soupy. I love Brussels but I didn’t even want to eat those. Also, the wine list on the website is way more expansive than what is offered in the restaurant. That was disappointing .

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience1

Service was great. Food was awful. 4 steak dinners came out cold. Not warm. Cold. Sent back to heat up and they came back less than lukewarm. To top it off all of the steaks were under cooked. Ordered med rare and came out rare. No one could eat their steaks. Apps had little flavor. Fries were good though.

DH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Attentive service, great food .

OT
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food was not good.

LM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great birthday spot

Y
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was friendly and welcoming. We didn't feel rushed and the server was open to a somewhat picky table mate who inquired about a few menu change possibilities. The food was delicious and the portions were perfect.

OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, and the service outside was wonderful. Noise level outside was conversation friendly. Can't say that for the indoor dining. We will be back for sure, especially in the nice weather.

LS
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Servers was super nice and super helpful and friendly!

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