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The Kerryman

4.7
46 reviews
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$30 and under
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Irish
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Happy Hour
  • Late-night Find

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 46 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great drinks, food and service!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

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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3.0Dined on March 8, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

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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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Authentic Lounge ! Great local vibe

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

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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5.0Dined on October 13, 2017

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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3.0Dined on October 9, 2017

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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4.0Dined on August 5, 2017

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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5.0Dined on July 9, 2017

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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2.0Dined on June 30, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2017

Excellent food!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2017

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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5.0Dined on April 7, 2017

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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2.0Dined on April 4, 2017

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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4.0Dined on March 15, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on January 21, 2017

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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4.0Dined on January 6, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2017

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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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Authentic Irish bar with great food and drink

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2.0Dined on December 30, 2016

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.

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4.0Dined on December 3, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on October 29, 2016

Food was amazing and surprisingly not super expensive!

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2016

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

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2016

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).

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2016

One of the best outdoor patios in the city. The service is always friendly and the food is delicious.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2016

Great meal. Excellent Tom Collins , best one we had all weekend

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2016

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.

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1.0Dined on May 21, 2016

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.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2016

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.

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