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.

225 N. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60601
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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.

Cross Street:
W Wacker Dr

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 236-9300

Website:
http://www.southwaterkitchen.com/

Catering:
Full Service menu created to order.

Parking Details:
South Water Kitchen discounted parking available after 5pm and out by 1am, with restaurant validation.

Regular Rates:
0-3hrs $22
3-6 hrs $28
6-12 hrs $32

Public Transit:
Red Line at the Lake St

Executive Chef:
Roger Waysok

Additional:
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.

www.southwaterkitchen.com

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Details
Sun 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Mon - Tue 1:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Wed 1:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 8:00PM

Thu 1:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:00PM

Fri 1:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:00PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM

Sat 8:00PM - 10:00PM

Private Dining

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

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

3.9

value

3.8

Noise

Quiet

83% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (14)
Business Meals (13)
Good for a Date (13)
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Pre/post Theatre (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Casual (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Great for Brunch (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Cozy (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Fun (5)
Great Beer (5)
People Watching (5)
Authentic (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Scenic View (4)
Seasonal (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Healthy (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Romantic (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Waterfront (1)
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was great, but vegetarian choices are very limited.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Restaurant is closing soon for renovations but they should have closed sooner. Limited menu, no specials, food very mediocre. Our waiter (Amir)was the only good thing about the whole experience.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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!

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I have enjoyed South Water Kitchen on several occasions, and am sorry that they will be closing next week.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 30, 2017

This is the second time we came and we plan to be back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 28, 2017

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!

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Fun, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had breakfast here. I ordered the protein omelet and added cheese. It came with a generous portion of avocado on top and was delicious. It was not overly crowded when we went which was nice.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Our waiter was really working his tail off. Was the morning after Thanksgiving.

Will go back, brunch was great.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Amazingly Awesome from our specialty cocktails to our decadent desserts. The $40 dinner deal was what we did and got to share our items to get more to taste of the menu. I would go back just for linch, an argula salad n the tomato goat cheese soup!!! Yum

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Lunch was awesome! PB&J grilled cheese with chips.
I've also been there in the past, and during winter they had amazing hot apple cider cocktails. Not sure if they still do. Good service.
Love this place and I'd go more if I were closer.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Disappointed they had no fish dishes left (2 on menu).

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

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!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great service and food is as good as I remembered. Ryan, our server, made sure that we finished our meal to make it on time to see a show.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2017

This restaurant was a pleasant surprise. I went on a whim and had breakfast which was fantastic. The food is well presented using very fresh ingredients. I actually went back for dinner and enjoyed my food just as much.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Casual, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The resturant is good, we ordered Burger and black rice, it was good, but nothing came with the burger, no french fries, nothing

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Bell offered perfect service. Our entire party was blown away!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The poached salmon salad was delicious! One of the best I've had, husband enjoyed his meal too.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

good food. good service. In and out quickly for theater.

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food was great. Generous portions. Only complaint, we got our meals before our cocktails.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Good food, great service, and very close to tons of awesome locations in the heart of Chicago!

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2017

The food was tasty. However, the vegetarian dish was not enough food. We had ordered a dessert but ended up cancelling it because it took to long to arrive. The drink service was also slow.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2017

We always enjoy a visit to SWK. We are Goodman patrons and the K is perfectly situated and offers a nice lunch menu. The servers are always exceptional.

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Always a delightful experience. Staff always remember us and make us feel welcome.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Terrible service and limited menu. Very disappointing, to say the least.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

My two boy's age 9 and 7 approved of the dinner and breakfast. Easy access from Hotel Monaco, good drinks and a solid menu.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Beautiful space with a modern aesthetic. Diverse but manageable sizes menu (just enough options without overwhelming). Excellent attentive and knowledgeable service. Don’t pass up the cocktails or the homemade juice spritzers

Tags: Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 19, 2017

I've never been disappointed at South Water Kitchen -- whether it's been for dinner, lunch, drinks, brunch, whatever -- food and service have been terrific, and it's all been very reasonably priced. Definitely recommend it.

Tags: Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The food and the service were excellent!! Ambiance was a little quiet, but we were there quite early.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Cocktails were amazing. Just had apps - mac and cheese was great. Sweet potato fries were good!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Have to try tbe deviled eggs and PBJ.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2017

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.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 18, 2017

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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