The Kerryman

4.7
58 reviews
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$30 and under
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Irish

Situated at the site of what was once an infamous organized-crime watering hole, The Kerryman offers a taste of Ireland in an upscale but casual atmosphere. This historic River North favorite features a sprawling multi-level layout with several different dining sections and bar areas, a mezzanine balcony and a V.I.P stage. The Kerryman offers brunch, lunch and dinner menus that feature authentic Irish fare with a modern twist created by head chef Damo Moloney. Homemade desserts and a variety of hot spiked drinks help round out the selection.

The Kerryman also offers an extended happy hour on select weekdays with rotating appetizer and drink specials. Party packages with customizable food and beverage menus make this fun spot ideal for birthday celebrations, work functions and charity events. The outdoor patio is one of Chicago's most scenic and offers private seating with views of The Kerryman's vibrant flower gardens.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Irish, American
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am-4:00pm; Lunch & Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday - Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(312) 335-8121
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Damo Moloney
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Private party facilities
Our upstairs back bar is available for private events on certain nights of the week, depending on guest count and availability.
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Cross street
Erie
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Parking details
Street parking available as well as a parking lot located right next door on Clark Street
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Entertainment
Live music every Thursday from 8-11pm
DJ Friday 10pm-close
DJ Saturday 10:30pm - close
Pub Trivia every Tuesday 7pm-9pm
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 58 People Are Saying
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Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, affordable prices and great service. Just wish bathrooms weren’t located on the bottom floor haha

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, great atmosphere, very good service. My wife and I went for dinner and the staff was extremely helpful.

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GS
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Thought it would be better. Limited menu , slow service and food not that hot. Ok for bar atmosphere I guess.

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Grand Rapids
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, drinks and service. Wonderful evening.

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1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Had a business dinner here. Booked on open table and they put us upstairs in a more private area so we could hear better one another, very considerate. Food was pretty good. Service gaps here and there but they were all super nice. I’d come back.

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MM
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food both fish & chips and Shepherds pie. Great friendly service!

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While visiting Chicago for the first time over a long weekend, we passed the Kerryman on a bus tour. We had already tried Chicago pizza, hot dogs and steak and were looking for something different for our final dinner in town. The Kerryman was perfect! The service, outside seating/view, authentic atmosphere and the food and drinks were wonderful! We shared a soft pretzel with beer cheese and BACON and then enjoyed the best fish and chips I've ever had and a cheddar burger. Thank you for ending our trip on a delicious note!

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CK
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good food and service! They dealt with our food allergies excellently!

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RG
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu and service were apparent when we dined. Our server was attentive and the food was delicious. We had a blast!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! The Moscow mules are the best here! This pub is my all time favorite place in Chicago !

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KO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

One of our favorite places to stop for a pint of Guinness or dinner with the family. We are Irish and recognize a good pint! The Irish breakfast, fish and chips and steak and Guinness pie are delicious, as are the sausage rolls. My daughter gets the macaroni cheese with Gouda and loves it. Staff are great.
Definitely recommended.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wedding/reunion of HS friends, we had a great time, great food and great service. I would definitely recommend The Kerryman as a destination to visit!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun atmosphere to watch March Madness. Good food and attentive service.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drinks, food and service!

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TD
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got into The Kerryman the day before St. Patrick's Day to sample some of the Irish menu and drinks. The mood was festive and the food excellent. We had the Guinness Beef Stew, and the Shepherd's Pie. Both were delicious. Service was friendly and efficient.

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K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Accommodating. We enjoyed one of the best St. Patrick's day ever!

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KV
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant to deal with. We had a large group from out of town meet up. Nick the manager was very pleasant and willing to put tables together to accommodate our large group.

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Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Met a friend for lunch. Service was adequate, served by the bartender. Food is somewhat overpriced, I feel like you're just paying for the location. The staff also said they did not have access to the iPad with the OpenTable system to acknowledge the reservation, so I had to contact OT to get credit for eating there.

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

first time there; was surprised it wasn’t more crowded on a Sat night. great chow; half pound burgers were done to perfection; friendly non pretentious service (which is unusual for River North). good value; great everyday Beer selection.

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DR
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Fine restaurant for fish and chips during Lent.

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DV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was awsome, and food wasn't to bad either. Date night with the girl was fun, thanks for an all around good meal. The beer selection was very good also

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Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was great and accommodating - we had an excellent time.

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New England
25 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Authentic Lounge ! Great local vibe

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and staff were amazing. Best brunch ever!!!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Considering the Kerryman is a ND bar, we went here for a big football game against USC. The TV's were tuned into the game and we had a great view while seated next to fellow ND fans. Food and service were great too!

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BP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The Shepard’s Pie was great, the Pork Loin Special was inspired and so filling. (Super creative- parsnip/carrot purée, fingerling potatoes, pork belly & brussells sprouts, MMMM! Jameson Smash is a nice refreshing whiskey cocktail they do, and the staff was very helpful, friendly, and more than 2 other folks came round to see how we were doing/check drinks/take empties. <3 Will definitely return!

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

It's definitely more of a bad than restaurant. Steam sandwich was not appetizing at all but their Mac and cheese was delicious. Their fountain drinks are all off, either too much or too little syrup.

My server was great but she was the only one there and had to deal with a large party, so I waited A VERY LONG TIME.

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Chicago
192 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We had a diverse group, including a couple of picky-eater kids, but the menu has enough options that everyone can find something they like. The food is good, nothing exciting, but tasty enough for the price. The outdoor area is great on a nice day, lots of flowers and greenery and seating on the side street is reasonably quiet. Service was friendly and competent.

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Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had stopped at the Kerryman for a drink at the bar with a group and went back for dinner on our own. We had outdoor seating, and we enjoyed both experiences. We would definitely go back.

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MA
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

so disappointed...reviews do not reflect the tackiness....
our server was very efficient and amiable

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Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food!

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Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We had a great meal at the Kerryman - all our food was absolutely delicious. We were sat at a table that was kind of out of the way, tucked in a corner, which was nice for a quiet dinner. Our only complaint was that we had ordered an appetizer and our waitress forgot to put it in. We ended up getting our food before the appetizer so we just cancelled the appetizer order and then sprung for dessert instead :)

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our Irish waitress, Maria, was the highlight! We enjoyed all of her recommendations: beer, appetizer, entrees and dessert. She made it a great experience. We will go again.

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Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service: rude waitstaff. Waitress was inattentive, was condescending when we asked about menu items. The kitchen will not substitute menu items.

Food: tasted fine, but nothing special.

Drinks: subpar.

Ambience: not as Irish as we anticipated

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was good old Irish food . Simple and good, would have liked a larger helping of black pudding!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the brunch was outstanding! Bloody Mary's were great

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Our food was great but our server was not on her A game. It took us 30 minutes to even be greeted by her. We found ourselves looking for her several times to ask for plates, drinks, or even napkins. It was a Sunday early afternoon and it wasn't very busy so I'm not sure what was going on there. Other than that, it was a nice place.

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Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, cozy atmosphere, and friendly staff - great neighborhood locale

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Denver
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Kerryman is an authentic Irish pub. Great beer, fish and chips, Irish breakfast, shephard's pie...it is all there. A must go!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Irish bar with great food and drink

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