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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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 1676 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NS
Seattle
37 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for either business lunch or friends get together

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great to come here. Service is excellent alongside great food

KK
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Food and ambience was fantastic. Will definitely recommend.

NS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holiday fun!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food. Server got some items wrong but no problems really.

j
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Thanksgiving menu had a vegetarian main dish option, which was delicious, as well as traditional turkey and cranberries. Desserts were also very good but we got ours to go as we were so full from dinner. Enjoyable holiday evening. Would recommend.

NP
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Thanksgiving Meal and wonderful ambience. Will come back.

LH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy Thanksgiving meal 😊

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great thanksgiving dinner

J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience for Thanksgiving. It was pretty expensive for what we got with the Thanksgiving meal, but the food was excellent and service even better.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great thanksgiving dinner with the family.

Food was great, one tip for the chef - warm the plates else the dinner is cold.

SC
New England
35 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Thanksgiving dinner for family - grandparents, parents and three little girls 18 mos., 4 yrs. and 6 yrs. Everyone enjoyed the food, the service and the setting. Traditional turkey, stuffing, roast sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes, preceded by a plate of prosciutto, burrata, gherkins, hummus, lavash., followed by pumpkin cheesecake and apple pie with ice cream.

L
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely multi course Thanksgiving dinner. It wasn’t crowded at all and we were seated at a table with plenty of room. Food was really delicious. Three of us are veggies and we had plenty to eat.

m
Springfield
13 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving Lunch.
Dropped in on a whim, great time. Lovely waiter and staff. Great prix fixe menu and a la carte options. Enjoyed it.

PW
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We fortunately were at The Kitchen on a bad weather night, so we pretty much had the place to ourselves. It's a beautiful restaurant and the service and food were impeccable. Will return in nicer weather so as to appreciate what looked like an amazing river view.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Christmas decorations and beautiful view of the city and river. The food was good. Everyone at the party was happy!

C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A little loud for a lunch meeting. Brick walls don't help.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Walked here from the Art Institute for date night dinner. Delighted to arrive early evening and be seated at a table overlooking the river. The interior is also very pleasant. My husband enjoyed a juicy pork chop and the Brussels sprouts were perfect. I talked to the server about best options for my dietary restrictions and appreciated the recommendations of the lamb meatballs and smashed potatoes for my mains. Service was attentive, polite, helpful, essentially delightful. We will be back and we’ll bring our friends.

DH
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal. Beautiful location, attentive staff, and amazing food. Inventive preparations which really highlight the fresh ingredients.

TN
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

So glad to hear ingredients are locally sourced and organic!

MF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
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 on November 9, 2019
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 on November 7, 2019
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
11 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

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