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About South Water Kitchen
South Water Kitchen, adjacent to Chicago's hip Hotel Monaco, is a neighborhood restaurant offering American Midwestern cooking. Our local roots run deep, so on our menus you’ll find market-inspired Midwestern fare like pork loin with butternut hotcakes, wild mushroom pot pie, and deviled eggs with applewood smoked bacon—all made with fine ingredients from regional family farms.
Chicago, IL 60601
American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30 - 10:30am; Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 7:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Everyday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm. Tavern: 3:00pm-Close.
W Wacker Dr
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Full Service menu created to order.
South Water Kitchen discounted parking available after 5pm and out by 1am, with restaurant validation.
3-6 hrs $28
6-12 hrs $32
Red Line at the Lake St
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Please visit our website for upcoming special events.
South Water Kitchen can accomodate groups of 10-50 in our spacious, newly remodeled River Room. Our large bay windows provide a breathtaking view of the Chicago River making this gorgeous space the perfect setting for any occasion, large or small.
South Water Kitchen Ratings and Reviews
We were there for pre-Theatre dinner. They got us in and out on time without seeming to rush. Drink menu, while not extensive, covered all the bases. Appetizers were OK; main courses were quite good. Wait staff was overworked and looked harried; but they did deliver. Valet parking at the Hotel Monaco was wonderful on a cold night.
I would recommend this place to others.
The food itself was great - however my fiancée and I were very disappointed in the speed of service as well as the cost for the small portions. He ordered a burger, which was great - but for $20 it doesn't come with a side? Very disappointing. My soup/salad combination was good, but again, not much food for the money. I wouldn't recommend someone going here and expecting a large meal unless they want to pay more than what they normally would!
I stay at the Monaco every year at the RSNA conference and one of my favorite things to do is eat at the Southwater kitchen . The food is always amazing! I had mackerel and wild rice risotto and wanted to lick my plate it was so good. It is never noisy or crowded and the service is excellent. Go!
Four of us enjoyed our meals and the overall ambiance. Prices do not make this a "value" dining experience, however. Having dined here before, I can attest to the consistently high quality of the food. This restaurant is scheduled to close soon, to be replaced by a different concept.
There were 9 of us, and while some reported that the food was great (brisket and flat-iron steak), most of us were underwhelmed. Even our hamburger-loving teens said that the hamburger was "ok." The romaine salad was heavy with dressing. The one vegetarian option, listed solely as "zuchhini" was way too salty. The non-alcoholic beverage selections weren't listed on the beverage menu, so they had to run get a lunch menu to show us the offerings. One appetizer was forgotten and one dessert was forgotten, so the flow of being able to eat together was completely off. In both cases, it took 5-10 minutes to have the forgotten item served.
this was a very nice place to eat. We were a mix of adults and children, but we were treated with
courtesy and friendliness.
Our choices ranged from breakfast egg dishes to the usual chicken tenders for the kids, but all came correctly prepared and delicious .
A good spot for a get together, and situated just steps from the Chicago River.
We came here for breakfast/brunch on a Sunday. The menu had a nice variety which included healthy options. We had bloody mary's and mimosa's which were delicious. Our server was very kind and did a good job of taking care of our needs and requests. Great location. I would highly recommend!
The menu attracted me to the restaurant and our choices did not disappoint. All three dishes (Mackerel, Lamb Chops and brisket) were perfectly cooked and seasoned, I wanted to lick the plate lol! The only let down is the non delivery of the charcuterie plate we ordered. I will return when in the area again.
I read recently that this restaurant is going to close and will be replaced by another restaurant. We have always had a great experience here - good food, good service, very reasonable price. We had brunch before a Goodman theater show and were very satisfied. I hope the new restaurant is as good, and it does not take too long for it to open after this one closes.
Terrific as always. Exceptional staff service and food well prepared. All starters (deviled eggs & arugula salad), entrees (lamb chops & salmon) and desert (german choc cake)were unique and outstanding. Attention to details make SWK a favorite experience for any special occasion theatre or concerts downtown. Truly looking forward to the next opportunity to visit.
Slightly limited and somewhat pricey lunch menu. I had a hamburger - cooked as ordered and cheese was put on burger just long enough to melt and still discernibly taste. Good local ingredients. Mac n cheese with white cheddar was a bit too "white-cheddary" for my taste. Everybody's trying to doctor up Mac n cheese, but baked with comfort (not artsy) cheese and big macaroni noodles always hits the spot. No matter what else you put in it.
I was looking for a good meal on my own near Millennium Park on a Sunday, and liked what I saw of the menu and reviews. I chose the prix fix menu, which gave you a choice of several items in each column (appetizer, entree, dessert). The food was good, although not great. What was really unpleasant was how long each course took to reach me. The restaurant was nearly empty, and the servers seemed to spend their time chatting with each other. They were friendly enough, but I don't understand why everything took so long. If you're in company and enjoying speaking to each other in a leisurely meal, then this might be just the place.
I don't usually write reviews but our dining experience was so exceptional that I need to give feedback. Our table was ready when we arrived and were given a friendly welcome. It was our anniversary and we were treated like royalty. The chef offered a special appetizer. Our waiter, Emir, was knowledgeable, helpful and always responsive but also gave us our space. Other staff were attentive AND THE FOOD WAS INCREDIBLE! Everything was served hot and delicious! We look forward to returning soon.
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