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.
Fun atmosphere to watch March Madness. Good food and attentive service.
Great drinks, food and service!
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.
Very Accommodating. We enjoyed one of the best St. Patrick's day ever!
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.
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.
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.
Great service. Fine restaurant for fish and chips during Lent.
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
Staff was great and accommodating - we had an excellent time.
Authentic Lounge ! Great local vibe
Food, service and staff were amazing. Best brunch ever!!!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
so disappointed...reviews do not reflect the tackiness....
our server was very efficient and amiable
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 :)
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.
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.
Ambience: not as Irish as we anticipated
It was good old Irish food . Simple and good, would have liked a larger helping of black pudding!
Great service and the brunch was outstanding! Bloody Mary's were great
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.
Good food, cozy atmosphere, and friendly staff - great neighborhood locale
The Kerryman is an authentic Irish pub. Great beer, fish and chips, Irish breakfast, shephard's pie...it is all there. A must go!
Authentic Irish bar with great food and drink
We (my family of six) decided to sway away from Butch McGuires for our annual Christmas/New Year lunch downtown. The Kerryman received some very good reviews and the photos and location seemed stellar so we decided to go there instead.
We set up a reservation on line and when we arrived the hostess sent us up into an attic area (4th floor) to be seated with absolutely no view of anything and barely any light. Get this, I walk with a cane but having seen this the staff could careless. The place was empty but all the tables on the main floor were for groups of four or less? Anyway at the time I thought maybe the top floor might be nice. It's not.
We ordered drinks from a very pleasant female with an Irish brogue but it turned out she was the bartender acting also as a waitress so they had her trying to be in two places at once and it didn't work out well for both of us. We had two daughters come in a few minutes late but after the four of us received our drinks the two daughters had to wait about 30 minutes before the server/bartender would return to take their order.
We went on to order our food and when it came out mine was not a part of the group. I figured it would just be another minute but no after 10 minutes we finally flagged down a bus boy and they forgot to make the burger. So I had to wait another 15 minutes and when it came out it had no bacon on it. The restaurant took it off the bill but that wasn't the main problem all the food was very average to poor after taking a concensus. Disappointing at best.
To top things off - after a couple Guinness I needed to visit a restroom (remember this place has four floors) well you guessed it the only bathrooms in the place are in the basement. I had to maneuver down and then back up with a cane, oh and then back down again to leave. While leaving I noticed the main floor was still empty but more festive than the dark attic upstairs.
We all voted and agreed we should have gone back to Butch's.
A solid choice for those looking for an Irish Pub worth frequenting in a great part of the city. The food was quite tasty and the service more than attentive.
Food was amazing and surprisingly not super expensive!
The Kerryman was recommended to me by a local and turned out to be a fantastic place to eat. The wait staff was very friendly and the food was amazing
I brought my elderly mother for a small family reunion. The staff could not have been more accommodating and patient. The food was very good! Salmon was excellent, a little bit of a small portion but not too bad. I would definitely go back. Beautiful outdoor area too. Very convenient.
Went for lunch with a friend. Blackened chicken sandwich was delicious. Server was Irish and very friendly. Lot of drink specials and it was a lovely day to sit out out on their patio.
This place is great for meeting a few friends of drinks. Its large enough that you can usually get a table for late night drinks (especially when compared to other neighborhood places).
One of the best outdoor patios in the city. The service is always friendly and the food is delicious.
Great meal. Excellent Tom Collins , best one we had all weekend
Group had 4 salad, salmond Grecian, and 2 chx sandwich. Food good. Service very lacking - she couldn't even get drinks correct on 3 tries.
This was the worst service I have received in the city. We came with a group of 5 for my brother's birthday. We waited almost 10 minutes for a host to help us. The host was very accommodating, and was able to get us the table we wanted outside. The service at the table, on the other hand, was horrendous. We had to ask 3 times for enough water glasses for the table, so people went thirsty. Then, 10 minutes after we ordered, my brother was told they didn't have the cheese he wanted on his corned beef sandwich. Four of us got our food and finished before the birthday boy's sandwich arrived. When the sandwich finally came, there was barley any meat on it. We asked the waitress if this is what we should expect, and she said absolutely not. He ordered a quesadilla instead, which we had to wait another 15-20 minutes for. Needless to say, we will not be returning to this restaurant, even though I live a block away.
Went for Mother's day. We ate thing across their menu and everyone really enjoyed the food. Salalds, vegan, burgers, all excellent. Odd layout but interesting. Very thin crowd when we were ther so can't speak to noise when crowded. The Espresso was cold, only complaint.