The Kitchen American Bistro | Chicago

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
The Kitchen is an American bistro located in the historic Reid Murdoch Building downtown on the Chicago River, open seven days a week at 11AM. The menu focuses on rustic, seasonal plates sourced from local farmers and purveyors. The atmosphere and service reflects The Kitchen’s philosophy: community through food.
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Indiana
38 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and attentiveness. Food quality was good, but pricey. The ambiance and vibe set a pleasant mood. We will return.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked the restaurant in the last minute. I’m happy that I can get a seat with seeing the river. Wine choice is great

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love every second of the experience.

GB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is beautiful and has a lot of industrial decor. Their service was superb as well as their drinks. They have large tables for bigger groups too. I’d go again.

GG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, our server was very accomodating and helpful making great suggestions and getting us in and out on time since we had a show we were going to.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I thought the food could have been better. I was there for lunch and was expecting more. Service was great. The seating where one party is in a chair and the other party is on the padded bench is awkward. The person on the bench is sitting quite a bit lower which makes things weird.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

JS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were the only ones in the place on a Sunday night (last night of Restaurant Week), so we sat at the bar. Service was excellent, very accommodating on food restrictions, chef even came out to meet us. With location on the river, would think it is busy come Summer.

EJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were great. The service was wonderful and they made nice substitutions for our Vegan food preference. Menu is a little pricey but very fresh food.

CP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Service staff was nice but slow slow slow. We ordered the Brunch tasting menu. I had the Hummus for a appetizer and the fish tacos for the entree. The entree was two very tiny fish tacos wrapped in lettuce which was wilted as the fish was so hot. Mean while a friend had the Burger and it was enormous. We all ordered bloody mary's and they tasted like pickle juice. For those of us with starters the servers would bring those and then the entree for the other people so when it came time for our entree half the table had already ate. The restaurant was not even busy during this time so not sure why things were so un organized. Tried to book private dinning twice but no one would send me menus or get back in touch so booked our party of 12 on Open table. I should have let the lack of response be my 1st sign not to dine here. Sad as our office use to be next door and we would come here often but it sure has gone down hill.

LM
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch on Saturday and both the food and service were excellent. I had the farmers breakfast and my husband had the cheeseburger. Both were great choices. Definitely recommend this place and love their commitment to local food sources.

K
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Restaurant Week menu was a great value. Even without that, I'd definitely recommend this place for business meetings.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I ordered the pork carnitas sandwich , it was dry , the side salad undressed , and the 8 or so fat fries that were served with it undercooked. My dining companion liked his salmon dish.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was decent, but incredibly limited options. Also the food was overpriced: $6.50 for a side of bacon with only three small strips. No thanks!

L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I love the quality of the food at the Kitchen. However, I was disappointed at the lack of variation in the menu. I was at the Kitchen 6 months ago and it was very similar. I also felt the staff was rushing us too much.

l
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the local food items. Love, love, loved the Shrimp hushpuppies. Especially enjoyed our server, Ndidi. Not only does she have a unique name, (we had to ask her to spell it), but a very cordial and unique way of making sure we were well taken care of from the time we entered and through every course.

EC
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went on a Monday night for restaurant week. Great selections for restaurant week. The meatballs are a must get. I'm not sure if the price point is there but it's a great vibe and is very fun for brunch as well. Right by the river so it's very pretty any time of day!

b
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch and everything was delicious. Greta service and ambiance

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great happy hour menu.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Went here for a business dinner, server had no personality, food was very average and over priced. It’s a cute place but too many other good restaurants in chicago

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great view overlooking water. Average food. I ordered kale salad, which lacked overall flavor as did the sandwich my fiancé ordered. Bread wasn’t toasted, and the sandwich was overpowered by so much untoasted bread. Hushpuppies and blueberry coffee cake were delicious.

CK
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Sunday brunch. The food was outstanding. They have a good variety of choices for food and drinks. Truly one of the best brunches I've had in Chicago.

EC
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go-to place and it never disappoints. We had a delicious brunch and will go back again

OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, location and ambiance.

CW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Overpriced for the amount of food.

k
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decorating so cute for the holidays. The bartender was attentive and same with our server.
Food was good and drinks were good.
Didn’t feel rushed. Plus the soaps in the bathroom were great! Several of us commented on that 😀

MD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great great great. Amazing food and location and such nice staff to families with kids.

k
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We know we can rely on this restaurant. It just doesn’t matter when we go – we can get great beverages, fresh and delicious food combinations, outstanding desserts – it just never misses. Totally reliable and comfortable - with a great view of the river!

AG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My out of town family and I went there after visiting Millennium Park and seeing other sights this holiday season. We went at an off time so the service was excellent. Our server Esther was friendly and answered all of our questions. My nieces loved the decor and being able to look out at the river. Our cocktails were tasty and the one (Basil’s Last Word) was so pretty. The food was delicious and we will be back.

VB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We liked this place overall. Food was good, rib eye was to die for. We decide to go family style and share everything and that worked well. Portions could be bigger especially since everything is a la carte. We were hungry because it was late and asked for bread, but 2 different servers say they didn't have any even though we could see stacks of it in the kitchen. Finally the second server brought us some flat bread type crackers which were fine, might be a good idea to bring out in the first place to keep peeps happy. Overall very nice!

T
Chicago
78 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit. Outstanding meal as well as very fine service

We will be back

AQ
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Good for first dates etc. Not to have a nice hearty meal. Drinks are very basic and costly. Staff is very pleasant and sweet.

MP
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, some fun dishes to share. Crisp cold salads. Yummy shrimp hushpuppies. Amazing porkchop, perfect scallops and roasted brussel sprouts. A little bubbly to drink. Great attentive service. Oh and sticky toffee pudding. Wow!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was good,beside the steak
First it came raw and then it was burned and no taste at all

s
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, and the service was even better. We were seated at a high top with a water view.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very good experience - first time here. We were celebrating my friends birthday.

CD
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very helpful when I had extra people show up to my party and the service was awesome. Thanks guys!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holiday luncheon for our team of 8. Loved the round table. Perfect for our group. Food was delicious. Service was prompt and professional.

JM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. The blackened bok choy was delicious and had a strong chili kick to it. Nice to see multiple gluten free options for dessert, and the chocolate hazelnut tort was fantastic, as was the Bourbon pecan ice cream. Beautiful river view. Only complaint is banquet seating is a little low for comfort.

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