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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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

87% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (11)
Business Meals (10)
Good for a Date (10)
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Comfort Food (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Great for Brunch (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Casual (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Cozy (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
People Watching (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Great Beer (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Scenic View (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Authentic (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Fun (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Vegan (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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 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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 (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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 (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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2017

The deviled eggs, garlic fries with aioli and bourbon bread pudding were all exquisite. The chicken Caesar salad as well as the poached salmon salad were both very good but not exceptional.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Easy to get a table at 8:00 on a Saturday evening after pre-theatre crowd. Food is small-plates and very unique...so were drinks! Even thought the restaurant wasn't busy they tried to seat us right by front door and hostess stand. We table-hopped 3x.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Few choices. Salads are not really salads but come w a mountain of starch and (mostly tasteless) protein.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Perfect spot for a group meeting with shareable bites.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Food was good but service from hostess and waiter was lacking: they forgot to seat us even though we had a reservation and then the waiter was very slow bringing food (it was lukewarm at best) and the silverware we needed to eat!

Tags: People Watching, Casual, Gluten Free Options
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 (Indiana)·Dined on July 27, 2017

We ordered some small plates to share and everything was just average, but the pretzel bites were TERRIBLE! Hard as a rock, I was very disappointed.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Salmon potion huge, mou st, flavorful. Walleye portion delicious, but small. Bourbon pecan bread pudding awesome

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Went for lunch prior to a theater show. They were attentive and made sure we were out in plenty of time to get to the show.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Nice location, quiet spot. Food is overpriced (i.e., rest of Loop), but tasty. Needs to have a separate gluten free menu in order for our group to frequent more often.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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·Dined on July 20, 2017

Solid Loop dining option. Has been in business 15 years. Good burgers. Nothing my party ordered was special or spectacular, but it was tasty. Portions not too big or too small. Service was good until the waitstaff kept asking me if I was done, repeatedly, apparently because others in my party has finished eating their meals. There were plenty of open tables and was not the when there would be a staff shift, so I found that just annoying. Especially once I was done, and clearly signaled I was by moving my empty dishes to side of the table for clearing & waited & then had my credit card out, then waitress took off before I could hand credit card to her.

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Prompt service, food was great

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·Dined on July 18, 2017

The cocktails were interesting and some of the menu items were unique, such as a vegan pea soup that was light, creamy, and absolutely delicious. Perhaps the best salmon I have ever had in a restaurant. The service had just the right blend of attentiveness without disruption. It was an enjoyable experience.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Indiana)·Dined on July 16, 2017

The service was horrible way understaffed.

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