The Kitchen | Chicago

4.6
1222 reviews
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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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PE
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nick was our server. So great! Very professional and personable at the same time. I’ll absolutely go again!

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SO
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner with my kids. Liz was terrific and the support staff were equally great. Food was delicious. Def our best meal in Chicago for our weekend.
We’ll be back

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m
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

the food was inventive and tasty. Liz our server was fabulous.The ONLY complaint is; although the music and atmosphere was hip and enjoyable I think the music could have been a little quieter.

I will definitely go back in the summer and try to sit outside for the wonder view of the river

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MR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good pre-theater option. The food and service were unexpectedly nice. I figured that a trendy location like this would not be up to par with our usual dinner spots downtown but this was very solid. I would go back.

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K
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance and attentive service for a special birthday celebration!

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NM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a lovely breakfast at the restaurant but the service was a little light even though it didn't seem that crowded. The coffee was not refilled as often as I'd expect for breakfast/brunch service, and for several things that were lacking I found it difficult to find my server. I had the Farmers' Breakfast with toast, and the toast wasn't very toasted at all. The server indicated I'd receive jam with it, which I didn't, and I don't remember her asking if I needed anything else when the meals were delivered. I found I needed catsup for the potatoes and had to wait quite a while to find someone (one of the bus guys, I think)to bring me that and the "jam", which, although it was VERY DELICIOUS, was difficult to use and spread on the toast. The server was very pleasant and sweet, I just found that there was not as much follow up with or attention to our table as I would have expected after receiving our meals. Otherwise, I'd come back because otherwise the food, other aspects of the service, and atmosphere was wonderful.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The brunch was amazing. The Belgian waffle was the best waffle I’ve ever had.

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RZ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent atmosphere and wonderful food/service. Poached eggs were fantastic!

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RS
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed a delicious meal. We had several small plates. The meatballs were great, beat salad was wonderful. The ribs were the most tender I have ever had. It is considered a large plate but the portion was really small. We wanted more but no way we were buying another one.

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EP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant! Our waitress Taylor was outstanding. We will definitely recommend The Kitchen to our friends and family!

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P
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was very good. My favorite was the ceviche.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Valentine’s Day spot!

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AD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Average food with a nice view, service above, average noise level , will try again someday.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and wonderful Valentine’ menu!

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Steak skewer was cold inside. Must have been cooked no longer than 30 seconds. Manager was helpful and brought out new one.

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TM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! The happy hour was a great deal, too.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Simple dishes with impeccable execution. Everything made in house.

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HM
Detroit
34 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a neighborhood gem! Great ambience, fantastic service and the food was amazing!

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DD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great dining, very fresh ingredients, knowledgeable and friendly servers. Somewhat pricey....but chalk that up to being downtown.

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AD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was so-so for the price.

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SS
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Quality of items cooked for the farmer’s breakfast brunch platter was phenomenal. Over medium eggs were cooked as ordered and beared a hint of seasoning that was subtle but delicious. Restaurant week price for the 3 course meal was a bit overpriced. Could maybe use a 4th course in addition to justify price. Though the atmosphere, location, Scenic view of the river, and quality of food offset the cost. Great! Will return for regular brunch dinning :)

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JJ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unusual twists on great stuff! Absolutely delicious.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience - didn’t know it was restaurant week but we had a great time.

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ME
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for the restaurant week deal for lunch. It was outstanding! Great value for the money. The food was phenomenal and the atmosphere was very open and clean.

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G
Portland
27 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sharing menu. It was also restaurant week so had individual sizes or items in a four course meal. Desserts were the only disappointment the food was solid. My favorite was definitely the short ribs.

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B
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We had what started out to be an excellent experience at the kitchen. The host, Marcos, could not have been better! He kept his promise of seating us quickly and was quite charming! We really enjoyed the ambience of the restaurant right next to the river. We were pleased with our choice of appetizers and found them delicious. Where the ball was dropped was our entrées came out and were cold. Three of her for dishes were cold or Luke warm at best. When asked how our entrées were by our delightful waitress, we explained our dissatisfaction. Right away the manager came over and apologized and said he would speak to the kitchen. They offered to take her plates but we were too hungry and half of it was already polished off. Actually, the Bolognese was not only stone cold it was really not that good. We were splitting the dish and didn’t even finish it. The chicken though just barely warm was quite good the brussels sprouts although cold were good. The scallops on the table were awesome and again, our appetizers of hush puppies, meatballs, and pork skewers were delicious! The restaurant righted their wrong by crediting our bill and we were very pleased. Again the service was outstanding and I will give this restaurant another chance.

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LE
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very good food, music was a little too loud for Saturday afternoon lunch

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F
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped by with a friend and was treated quite well despite the fact we ordered only small portions of food with our wine. Everything was tasty and served in a timely fashion.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This was my second time visiting and it was just as great as the first time. The food was very tasty and the staff was excellent.

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J
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visit, really enjoyed the entire experience.

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Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food ... our waitress was the BEST! Overall great experience:)!!!

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Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch spot!

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S
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The food to my husband and I during brunch was just average. There wasn’t one particular item to write home about. We went to brunch for restaurant week. My husband had the ricotta toast, farmers breakfast, and coffee cake. I had the little gem salad, farmers breakfast, and warm cookie. I would eat here again if someone wanted to go but I probably won’t make it a priority to come back. Even the cookie was too dense and cake-like to enjoy. The view and ambience were great! The music in here made my morning. The drinks drove up our bill even though we only had two each.

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e
London
10 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I only went because they had the availability we needed for restaurant week and a good vegetarian options. Everything we ordered except the chocolate chip cookie exceeded our expectations. It was really good, and the view of the river was beautiful in the snow. We had a fabulous time and wonderful service. Would go back again for sure.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

4 stars instead of 5 because my food was not as hot as it should have been - it was only warm. Otherwise, we enjoyed the meal. The rest of the food was good as was the service.

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CM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, excellent service, beautiful river views and relaxing vibe. Will definitely be back!

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HT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service including a responsive kitchen to our needs. Ambiance was perfect and we got in and out of there with three courses in time for the opera.

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H
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the Kitchen for brunch. The food was fresh and delicious. We ordered the mushroom toast and farmers breakfast. Everything was great! Will go back.

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S
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing brunch spot right on the river. Open space with high ceilings and simple decor. Everything we had to eat was AMAZING (the maple donuts are a must-have) and our server was friendly, helpful and efficient. No complaints here!

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New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful round table with plenty of space for our party of 7. Fresh food. Nice size portions. Good prices. Decent wine list. Terrific service.

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