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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.
Chicago, IL 60614
American, Oyster Bar
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday | 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday | 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday - Sunday | 9:00am - 2:00pm
Lincoln, Wells and Clark
$30 and under
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
Perennial Virant was a favorite brunch spot and I'm so glad the Kennison has not only measured up, but was also an upgrade. I have yet to come here for dinner, but if brunch was any indication of the food, I will definitely be back. I ordered the biscuits and gravy which were delicious, my friends ordered the ham and cheese biscuits and the french toast, both of which were extremely tasty as well. We started with the coffee cake which was a perfect sweet compliment to the savoriness of my meal. Jeffery was our server and he did a fantastic job with recommendations and attentiveness. In fact all of their staff was incredibly attentive. This is most certainly my new go to brunch spot and I can't wait to try them at dinner time!
Really disappointing particularly since it replaced a great restaurant (Perennial Virant)
Burrata was way overpriced and flavors did not work together- it had the poorest quality prosciutto I have ever tasted. Pastrami carrots were a good concept , but did not quite work and ultimately you are left with a dinner that is over 90% carrots. Pork collar was full of gristle and neither the Pork, the collard greens or polenta had much flavor. They have an understanding of food allergies but not particularly accommodating- leaving out ingredients without replacing them makes for mediocre dining. If you are staying at the hotel and it is cold and rainy, you can get something to eat , but I certainly would not make any effort to dine there again.
I was at Kennison the first week they opened and loved it then but we had an even better meal/experience last night. They added some new menu items (a new pasta our group loved), increased portion sizes, while keeping some of my personal favorites just as they were (mussels; you have to dip the bread they give you into the broth at the bottom and chicken entree are the best). Can’t wait to go back
Fabulous dining experience. Food terrific as well as service. Had a new seasonal special the white fish which was prepared different than other restaurants, risotto which was fabulous. In the past I had the short rips and their carrot dish which has a pastrami flavor! Can highly recommend this very comfortable restaurant.
Loved the atmosphere and vibe. The bar was a bit crowded but the service was outstanding! Excellent suggestions for both cocktails and food. Really enjoyed what I ordered and will definitely go back for drinks with friends and dinner. Can't wait to go back.
Food was a disappointment. Buratta salad had odd flavor and texture - didn't taste like traditional buratta cheese. Pork collar was served with smoked collard or kale which wasnt mentioned on menu. Im highly sensitive to smoked food (distaste) and the flavor overpowered the pork. Pork was dry. Service was spotty sprinkled with a bit of attitude - restaurant wasnt busy. Overall unmemorable experience.
We were seated on the quiet side of the restaurant, nice for the conversation, but there it feels more like a hotel diner than a nice restaurant. The waiter was very nice and chatty.
The food was excellent, quite sophisticated, but the portions on the small side, which is fine for those with a smaller appetite or wanting to have room for a 3 course meal.
Overall a good experience, I will likely return.
We had a fantastic brunch! Everything we ordered was delicious—biscuits, avo toast, farro salad, burger and omelet. Food was truly outstanding. The ambiance was great. Space is such an improvement and really beautifully done. Service was great. Unfortunately, I don’t live in Chicago or I would find myself a regular!
The cold subway-like decor and sub standard food would prevent me from ever returning to this restaurant. The fish I ordered was fishy smelling and so salty I sent it back. Tuna tartar mediocre and bland, I can make better tasting short rib at home, and have! Considering it is part of the Boka group, we were hopeful. Too many good restaurants in Chicago for this one to survive. Have a drink on the rooftop bar and head somewhere else for dinner!
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.
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