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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

The Kitchen will be running a special menu to celebrate Thanksgiving with our guests. We'll have a little of everything, traditional meals and some of your tasty favorites from our menu. Contact the restaurant with any additional questions.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Let The Kitchen feed the family for Christmas Eve so you can finish wrapping your presents, or enjoy a night out before all the festivities of Christmas. Call the restaurant with any questions or to book your reservation!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join The Kitchen for dinner on New Year's Eve, with the romantic view of the river and some fun feature menu items, you can enjoy dinner before the big night out! Call the restaurant with any questions or to book your reservation!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1655 People Are Saying
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MF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the location and the ambience. My friends and I really enjoyed the food.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience5

We all agreed that the food good but menu could improve. We love the setting and ambiance and decor.

CM
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Nice location and decor but disappointing experience due to poor food quality and bad service. I ordered pasta bolognese but there was hardly any pasta, just an excessive amount of sauce which by the way was more like a paste. My kids got brown rice as a side but it came out cold and hard. We asked for another side but since they have allergies the options were limited. They had “smashed potatoes” which they said was not like mashed potatoes at all so the kids asked if they could just whip it to make mashed potatoes. The server said that was not possible. I objected and said that I really struggle to understand how a large restaurant would not have a mixer or a whip to make mashed potatoes. The server insisted it was not possible so I had to ask to see the chef. He reluctantly agreed to make it. Overall very poor attitude. I should also say that the restaurant was less than half full so they were not particularly busy

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Great fresh food. And the team is friendly.

A
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was very good. Great view of the river. Our server was a little distant. He didn’t check in with us about our food during the meal.

DS
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with amazing view. Waitstaff are really friendly! Food is great!

H
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience. A good place for all occasions. Went for brunch on Sat. We all enjoyed the food. One disappointment was that there was not a lot of gluten free options.

YS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Love the style of this restaurant and the waitress that we had was very accomodating. We were celebrating a birthday and the guest of honor felt very special. The bottomless Mimosas really topped off her celebration!! We will be back!

SC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love this place. Atmosphere, food, view, service, convenience. It’s got it all.

BK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Service was very poor, server didn't come back at all for drink refills didn't check on us after meals delivered and getting check to pay was very slow.

SO
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Visiting Chicago again, we wanted to return to The Kitchen, as we had a terrific time back in March. The Server, she was very officious, just not into being friendly. We found the music very loud, to the point it was annoying. Food was very good as it was last time. Would I go back a 3rd time ? No, probably not. Because I just didn’t find it welcoming, like our first time.

L
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great! We arrived slightly early for our reservation at opening time and they let us right in. The homemade maple doughnut was incredible and mushroom toast- very good. We were not rushed and were able to plan the rest of our day after enjoying our meal. It was neat to see the bridges open for sailboats while were were sitting there too.

KB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Had heard about this restaurant for quite some time and was excited about my first visit. Huge disappointment. Food was average at best and way over priced. The restaurant itself was nice, great casual place to sit with friends and have a bite. Unfortunately a $300(pre-tip) food bill for 4 was not in line with what we ate. Off my list

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & location

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday celebration- good food and service

JD
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at The Kitchen. A very good go to spot that never disappoints. Great food, great service, and good atmosphere. Not too loud, good for conversation.

GD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great experience! Food was really good, service was outstanding, and for a city like Chicago, prices are pretty reasonable. Would definitely dine there again.

B
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

While visiting Chicago we had dinner at The Kitchen. The ambiance was nice, and the service was very good. With the exception of the brussels sprouts (they were pretty raw), the food was delicious, flavorful and well prepared. We would definitely dine there again.

R
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I have dined here several times and enjoy the atmosphere and the location along the river! I enjoy their brunch and dinner selections. The service is always good. No complaints.

l
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

limit choice for brunch

DR
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This restaurant is a good option in the area—pretty location on the river. People were taking photos on the bridge outside. The food is not especially original but it builds on current trends and should have something for everyone. We focused on small plates and tried hummus, beet and pistachio salad, fish tacos (in lettuce), lamb meatballs In tomato sauce and hush puppies with (minimal) shrimp inside. All were good, although I missed reading that the fish in the tacos was breaded, not
my preference. Cost added up with two drinks each,a shared dessert and coffee. Overall a pleasant stop, and I would go back. It’s a good place to book for a group of 6-10, based on the layout.

NW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food was outstanding. Fresh ingredients and lots of variety of food options to try! We had a wonderful server Q. They were a great conversationalist and checked in continually to ensure our experience was a positive one and it was! A beautiful space and sitting right beside the river just topped off the night! For anyone in Chicago or visiting, this restaurant should be added to your repertoire! Thanks Kitchen American Bistro for a tasty and memorable evening!

J
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

We were there on Sunday evening after the marathon for a birthday dinner. The server was clearly overwhelmed with other tables. It took 15 minutes for her to take a cocktail order. The slow service continued throughout the evening. We tried to order three items that they had already sold out (chicken, Brussel sprouts and Pino Gris). This is truly disappointing for basic and popular items like these. We ordered the lamb meatballs and shrimp hush puppies as appetizers for the table. The meatballs were small and overcooked, but the sauce saved the dish. The hush puppies had very little flavor as well. I would not recommend either dish. For sides we ordered grits and bok choy. Both were very good! The striped bass and salmon were also just ok. The ambiance was very nice and the view is fantastic. Based on our experience here, there are far better restaurants in Chicago and therefore will not return to The Kitchen.

JH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were visiting Chicago and actually ate here 2 nights in a row, it was very good. The food was very good and many gluten free options which we look for. Highly recommend the kitchen!

SF
Chicago
116 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our food was delicious. My husband had the mushroom toast and loved the blend of flavors. I had the poached eggs which come in a shakshuka sauce that adds a nice pop to the eggs. Our sever was Ryan and he did a nice job, there when we needed him, but not overbearing.

PA
Mexico City
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Se come rico, el servicio no es muy bueno. El lugar esta padre

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NW
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

If you don't like your Bloody Mary spicy, tell them no spice! Medium-spicy was too spicy!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came in with a child and the staff accommodated is very nicely.

L
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice, if overpriced, restaurant, but I find it inexcusable that they won’t offer bread as an accompaniment!

F
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I love the ambience chewy & lacked flavor. Lamb meatballs were mediocre. Burger was good, not great, & the fries were flavorless & greasy. I left disappointed. Cocktails were good.

B
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food is consistently good but have encountered the same hostess twice now who seems utterly exasperated with incoming diners. Also were seated at high-top when specifically reserved normal table. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

H
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice place to eat on the riverwalk , wonderful food , but The service was so quick !! We didn t have time to finish our appetizers that the entrees arrived !!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The restaurant kindly gave us a quieter table. The food was good, but the service lacking. One entree didn't come until much later and we were served cold coffee.

S
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overall a great experience as always. The server this time was new to me but was a little aggressive in ordering which almost felt a little awkward hence the decrease in overall one star this time.

Other than than food, ambiance and drinks were great as always.

GG
New England
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very comfortable place- had a window by the river, waiter was super attentive and knowledgeable - everything was fresh and local - menu was imaginative without being too crazy! Just a perfect evening

A
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding! My bridal party and I went to lunch the day before the wedding. The service was excellent and everything we ordered was absolutely delicious. We were amazed by the variety of flavors and food combinations that were unique to the restaurant. Can’t wait to bring back my husband!

GC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service but very loud inside. I had the roasted chicken and it was amazing, My associate had the shrimp hush puppies and they were to die for! The lamb meatballs are very good as well but the hush puppies were the BEST.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Friend send off.

MD
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food was excellent, a fun place! Drinks are delicious with a modern yet old world flair!

NT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The mushroom sandwich is absolutely delicious! Fish tacos were also a hit!

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