The Kitchen | Chicago

4.5
1182 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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New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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J
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While visiting Chicago, I came across the Kitchen. I stopped in for lunch and had a bowl of tomato soup and salmon salad. Both were delicious and fresh- I highly recommend making a reservation as they were quite busy but that’s a great sign of a good location! The views were amazing and I will definitely return when back in Chicago.

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

The Kitchen is one of my go-to options for business lunches. It accommodates most all eating preferences and is in such a swell location. I love their commitment to small-grower sourcing, and local resources. And, I've never had anything but rave reviews from clients. Also, very fairly priced.

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j
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and amazing food! Interesting combination of food without being pretentious.

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

Staff was great at helping me get a good table with a view as I had people visiting from out of town

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SH
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and creative. Only room for improvement was that the butcher’cut steak which was supposed to be dry aged was not as tender as I would expect. It was still delicious though. All else including cocktails were 5 Star quality.

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MD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

We had reservations well in advance, but we were seated at a hightop table in the bar area instead of a table in the main dining room. There were many empty tables there during our dining time.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good place overall. But the servant logged my food wrong so the kitchen made me the wrong food. They did apologize after and gave me a free dish and took off one dish from my bill, but I still think this is a mistake that shouldn’t have happened.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Literally the best tasting beef burger I’ve had in this city. All local ingredients makes the difference.

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c
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here a couple of times and as usual, everything was just wonderful, the food, the service and the atmosphere.

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D
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was good but wouldn’t say best meal of your life. View is amazing and ambiance is perfect for special get-together. Lively scene

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dinner and great service.

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C
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. My second
Visit to this restaurant. A bit pricey
But only if you are ordering alcohol.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Christmas Eve

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MM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was very average but ambiance was very nice along with a very cheery server who was very attentive

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C
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The perfect Chicago river view, great ambiance and good food makes this restaurant a great place to visit. The food wasn’t outstanding, but it was a nice experience over all. The tomato soup was amazing, the hummus was very good, the tuna ceviche was super salty (almost unpleasant), the New York was good and the short ribs were fine. Desserts were delicious... overall a good experience, but this place has it all to be a great place

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RB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente atención y la comida espectacular!
En todo momento nos atendieron con cordialidad en todo lo q solicitamos
Full recomendado

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BI
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun nice place, parking is at a premium. But I like the location. Try the shrimp and grits it was wonderful. Good place playing good music and nice atmosphere.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at The Kitchen. The service and ambiance was great! Food and drinks came out in a timely manner. Our waiter Kevin was a gem!

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J
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, great food. A little pricey, for how much you get ($32 for 4 scallops, on a very small bed of rice).

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B
Chicago
78 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot and great staff

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BB
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Disappointed the restaurant took the turkey burger off the menu. It was the best in the city. No reason to come back.

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T
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food, service and view. Enjoyed it for a nice birthday dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My roommate from college was in from out of town and I was showing her around Chicago! Had to stop by the Kitchen for the unique menu and great cocktails. We had a fantastic time!

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s
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and fantastic service.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, attentive service

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W
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good as always, service was great, purchasing of gift cards needs fixed so they can be purchased in restaurant easily.

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MO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

pre Christmas dinner and pre 30th anniversary dinner.

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NT
Omaha
87 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are excellent. We are repeat diners and plan on going back whenever in Chicago. We enjoyed wine, beets and the best chicken we have ever eaten! We appreciate the attentiveness of the staff too.

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t
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I little too loud for business conversation

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MK
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

I made a reservation for myself and two friends to meet after work for dinner after not having seen each other in almost a year. We planned to catch up on our lives and families and enjoy a relaxing visit. Instead, from the moment we sat down until we left we felt very rushed by our waiter. We had just sat down when he started asking if we were ready to order. He was definitely rushing us so that he could turn the table for another tip. He made a point of telling us he had a large table to serve so he interrupted our conversation to see if we wanted to order anything else before he brought us our check. I would come back to the restaurant but I would ask for another server if he was assigned to my table. He really spoiled our evening by his rude behavior.

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W
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Server never brought us a drink we ordered, never checked back with us to see how everything was. This was our first time eating lunch there and was not impressed at all with the service or the lunch food selection.

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WT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing! Salad with kohl rabi and pecans was perfect! Gourmet burger and home made ketchup was amazing. Was our first time there, we will be back! View of the river and skyline is beautiful too!

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OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, well prepared. Excellent service & atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I took my girlfriend here for a birthday dinner and the atmosphere was perfect. The restaurant was a surprise. A nice romantic setting with excellent choices on the menu and a nice little dessert to top off our celebration.

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KK
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner , service, vibe in the big city on Saturday night. Can’t wait to come back for brunch.

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l
Minneapolis
80 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our first time at Kitchen and it won’t be our last! The space is great - we sat by the window overlooking the river - that was good even in the winter! The food was terrific - we started with the beets,meatballs and oysters. Of the three, the meatballs and sauce were my favorite! For our main dishes, we had the pork chop, pasta bolognese, and the mole short rib. All excellent! We also had carrots and Brussels sprouts as sides - not as terrific as they were still quite raw. We like our veggies cooked at least al dente. We will definitely be back because there are so many more good choices to try.

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b
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent and everything came out hot. Two small plates and a large was perfect for me and my wife.
They have an active bar at the front of the restaurant. The only negative was that we were originally gong to be sat at a high top right next to the bar with people standing only a foot away from the table. When I asked the hostess if we could sit in the back of the restaurant which was practically empty she looked at me as though I had insulted her and abruptly grabbed the menus walked us to the back put the menus at a table and walked away without a word. Outside of that we had a very good meal. So if you don’t want to yell to be heard with your date maybe request a table in the back ahead of time.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for pre-theatre dinners. Great view, great service, food was very good. Easy walk to theater district.

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JD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, fun atmosphere -ate there before seeing a play

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