The Northman

4.6
51 reviews
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We are Chicago’s first cider pub and bistro. We draw influence from the great cider producing regions of the world, not only in beverage offerings, but cuisine, décor and music, in an intimate and welcoming setting. In addition to serving cider, apple-based spirits, and cocktails, we have a world class selection of beer, wine, and spirits to satisfy all.
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J
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really a great surprise to have excellent food, wonderful service and overall pleasant. I’m somewhat sensitive to noisy surroundings so it did get loud as the evening went on but all the rest made it a great evening.

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and cider selection. The food selection is limited but very authentic British food. Would definitely return

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L
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service, huge menu of ciders, server helped in explaining them. Good bistro food.

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BJ
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Northman is one of my new favorite date spots. It’s a little expensive but every drink and meal has been satisfying and delicious. The staff is super friendly and attentive as well.

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V
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to try some cider!! Would recommend the crepe, vegetable pasty and mild doner kebob. Honestlythe kebob was still pretty spicy. Ciders were all amazing and the staff was so friendly and helpful. The ambiance is top notch -- not too loud and with all the decor you could want for a Bretagne inspired restaurant.

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L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Northman has an extensive selection of cider, both on draft and in bottles, domestic and imports. Servers are knowledgeable and will help with making a choice.

The food menu seems a bit limited but the items we had were excellent: Welsh rarebit and “the melt” burger.

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LG
Northern MI
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great gluten-free options for those who have an allergy or Celiac's. Doner kabob, fish & chips, and multiple salads and appetizers could all be made gluten-free. And of course, they had dozens (possibly hundreds?) of cider options that were gluten-free as well.

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B
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With a full bar, skilled bartenders, helpful staff, and the rich variety inherent in cider, I can't imagine anyone leaving the Northman disappointed. The best part of experience is that every cider on tap is available in a 4oz pour, allowing you to really sample the variety. And the food? Irresistible. I recommend the mussels and vegetable pasty (aka hand pie). The decor is rich and almost steampunk, but falls well short of gimmicky. My only hang up is that the space can get a little noisy, though the tables are small and do allow for a huddled conversation. Trust the staff, ask questions, explore the orchard, and request still water (you'll get enough bubbles elsewhere)!

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RN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dined al fresco with 3 friends and a pup. Burger and plowman's plate were great. My friend who got the steak said it was fine, but wouldn't likely not get it again. Tried several 4oz pours of Ciders and were happy with all of them. Only disappointment was my own fault, as I wanted to try to the Basque long pour but didn't want to go inside for it was such a lovely night outside.

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A
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great place for drinks. Food is a little pricey. Service is phenonmenal!

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G
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a bit of a miss at Northman this time, although I must say that’s the first time that happened. They ended up being out of three separate things I ordered, which was rather bizarre. One of the three was a cider, and after saying I’d take another look at the menu to order something else, they didn’t come round to take that order until I was already done with my entree, at which point I didn’t really need a drink anymore.

But the food was good, especially the desserts, the cider selection is phenomenal and the service is friendly. I’m chalking it up to bad luck.

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M
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most accommodating restaurants I’ve seen. Kudos to your staff for being amazingly accommodating

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CG
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love The Northman- we visit from Appleton WI 3 or 4 times a year.

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M
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The kabab was dissappointing. It tasted fake. The cider tasting was fun. So many!!!

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t
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cider menu, knowledgeable and sweet staff, fabulous gluten-free naan!

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N
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, excellent service. Would definitely go again!

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G
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The quintessential neighborhood restaurant! Great service, terrific food and a family friendly vibe at a great price point. I loved the fish & chips. My wife thoroughly enjoyed the cauliflower soup and beet salad. Will certainly be coming back.

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DM
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Prices are great! Service was great! Atmosphere was great! Keep doing what you’re doing!

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JL
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome atmosphere and best Fish and Chips in the city!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and creative! I loved the beet salad with citrus. The ploughman platter was delicious!

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T
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We enjoyed tasting ciders and the food was good as well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, personable staff. Great selection of ciders. Always enjoy coming here.

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K
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Meh, food was not very good. Pumpkin soup was basically a huge bowl made out of canned pumpkin. We had fish and chips and the mussels. Nothing memorable and didn't finish either. Skipped dessert due to the couple next to us leaving most of their's, so figured no good. Cider selection was good though. Too many other places to choose in chicago to put up with bad food.

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RC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to have dinner and try different ciders! I enjoy their Monday cider schools.

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LF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I will recommend this place for the incredible list of ciders. It must be around 50 possibilities of enjoying this drink. But it will be better to eat somewhere else, the menu is very basic and the the food is just ok. Too bad...

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ED
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We love the Northman. Atmosphere is perfect. Food could be a little better.

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JS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely off the beaten path brunch place. The buckwheat crepe and salmon croissant were both delicious; not overly generous portions but the food is genuinely delicious!

The cider and calvados menu is unparalleled in the city. Staff are pleasant, well informed and did not hover - which increasingly in this city is very welcome!

Food menu while not extensive- did have me genuinely flummoxed on what to order as there were at five options which appealed: deciding on the above noted options. Next time the broccoli salad and squash soup are definitely
front runners.

Staff were very helpful in navigating a complex drink menu that I frankly knew nothing of.....in addition, a special tasting flight of world class ciders were personalized based upon our unique tastes.

A wonderful way to spend an grey early spring afternoon. Highly recommended.

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RB
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

I expected a traditional British pub. I experienced something like a truck stop. Ugly, noisy, uncomfortable. The ciders are fun but unexceptional. The food is limited and not tasty.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upon first looking at the menu, my boyfriend were unsure we were going to be able to find anything we liked. We decided on The Melt and Spicy Doner Kebob and both loved our meal. The drinks here offered a wide variety and were also good. Would definitely come back

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DA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Food menu explained well!!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites in Chicago. The cider menu is diverse and voluminous. Lots of great options. They also have a good selection of beer and liquor. The döner kebab is amazing.

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EM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love cider and thus loved Northman; such an extensive menu of ciders and cider infused cocktails. Several 4oz cider samples, the Ploughman's platter, chips and apple cider donuts put us into happy food/drink comas. It was crowded and pretty loud so I wouldn't recommend it for quiet conversation kind of date, but great for a Saturday night out in winter.

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KT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The cider list is expansive, the service terrific. The kitchen was slow though we were there by 6PM. Recommend the mussels, the kale-arugula salad, fish & chips, and the kabob sandwich. Not recommend the coq au vin (undercooked) or the risotto (flavorless). Still, the place was warm, charming, and congenial. We enjoyed and will be back.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Who knew there were so many ciders! Enjoyed the sample they gave when we were seated. Waitstaff was knowledgeable,...I like small plate dining but the ploughmans plate was too expensive for the amount of tastes.

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

My husband and I have been coming regularly since this place opened. It has a fantastic (and huge) cider and Calvados selection. The food is excellent as well! The ambiance is cozy where you can really get into a good conversation with whomever you're there with. The wait staff and bartenders are extremely knowledgeable and friendly and they love to give you any assistance you might need in picking from their menu.

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

Be prepared to read before you order a cider. So many choices.

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FO
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was good but the space was so loud!

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e
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Wonderful service! Good cheeses but very small portions. Unfortunately had a very loud person at the table next to us, which cast a pall over the experience.

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N
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW! What a find. Incredible cider menu ... very good beer & wine as well. Fish & chips were tops! Excellent cheese on the menu... pretty good risotto. Our waiter was excellent ... patient & knowledgable! I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

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JF
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible cider selection, truly something for every palate. And the food! Always really tasty and the staff has always been great.

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