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South Water Kitchen

225 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60601
888-306-3507
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Ranked #666 of 8,268 restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Wacker
Transit: Lake St. stop on the Red Line.
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Saugatuck, Michigan
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We went to South Water Kitchen twice. Once for lunch and the food and service was excellent. The second time we wanted to have another drink at 9pm before we were planning to go upstairs to our hotel room. We were completely ignored by the waitress, although I was looking at her and it wasn't busy at all that time... More

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Denver, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Met girlfriends for lunch here, the location was convenient and the food/service was great! Very convenient to have such good food right at the hotel I was staying at.

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SouthWaterKitchen, General Manager at South Water Kitchen, responded to this review

tjw1974, Thanks so much for your kind remarks – they’ll be shared with our staff. We look forward to welcoming you back the next time you visit Chicago! Cheers! Charlotte O'Donahue - GM More

Phoenix, Arizona
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We just arrived at the Hotel Monaco and were to tired to find someplace to eat so we just ate at the at the hotel restaurant. We were pleasantly surprised how good our meals were. This is definitely not standard hotel food. I can see why South Water has an entrance from the street as well as thru the hotel.... More

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SouthWaterKitchen, General Manager at South Water Kitchen, responded to this review

BobV_52, We’re thrilled you chose South Water Kitchen and had a great time. Sending happy, shiny thoughts right back at you! We look forward to welcoming you back the next time you visit Chicago and I will be sure to share your review with our team. Cheers! Charlotte O'Donahue - GM More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Stopped here on our way to millennium park. We had a very nice brunch. Food came quickly and was very good. My daughter had the crab cake sandwich, she seemed to think it had too much sauce on the bun and had a difficult time eating it. I had a simple 2 egg breakfast. The staff was attentive, our water... More

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SouthWaterKitchen, General Manager at South Water Kitchen, responded to this review

Brennylog, Thanks so much for your kind remarks – they’ll be shared with our staff. The next ext time you visit be sure to try the crab cake benedict, its mouthwatering! Cheers! Charlotte O'Donahue - GM More

New York City, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I stumbled into South River after some early morning conference calls from my hotel room. It was still the breakfast hour and I didn't know what I wanted but I knew it had to be good. I walked in and asked the hostess if they did takeout. She politely said 'yes' and handed me a menu. I immediately saw pancakes... More

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SouthWaterKitchen, General Manager at South Water Kitchen, responded to this review

Jacqueline924, Aw shucks... you are making us blush! We are thrilled to hear that we exceeded you expectations & delighted to hear you came back to join us for dinner! We hope to see you again the next time your travels bring you to Chicago... ask our bartenders for a barrel aged mezcal old fashioned... a little twist on the... More

Taunton, England, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I would the whole thing pretty ordinary. I asked for a burger without the tomatoes and kale but with extra cheese.when it came the cheese had not even melted. The burger was burnt but still rare on the inside.... The garlic fries were excellent but didn't taste of garlic!!! Good none the less! For $50 for one glass of wine... More

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SouthWaterKitchen, General Manager at South Water Kitchen, responded to this review

Andrew J, Uh-oh – it sounds like you didn’t see the value in your meal at South Water Kitchen. Our chef is a fanatic about buying local, super-fresh ingredients from trusted farmers, which can make dishes on the menu feel a bit on the pricey side. My favorite part of our burger is the smoked tomatoes, they add a perfect... More

Windsor, Canada
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

My wife and I stopped in for our first dinner on a recent holiday to Chicago. We were first impressed by the look of this restaurant's décor. It was not very busy but that was most likely attributed to an impending severe electrical storm. As a result we were very promptly greeted by the hostess who seated us immediately. Our... More

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SouthWaterKitchen, General Manager at South Water Kitchen, responded to this review

Ted H., So glad you loved your dinner. South Water Kitchen is lucky to have Chef Waysok in the kitchen grilling, frying, mixing, chopping and all of the other brilliant things he does. We look forward to welcoming you back the next time you visit Chicago and I will be sure to share your review with our team. Cheers! Charlotte... More

Yardley, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

South Water Kitchen in on the ground floor of the Kimpton Hotel Monaco (also recommended). I especially enjoyed their inventive cocktails. I found their touch with beef dishes was excellent. They also offer outside seating for an enjoyable Sunday brunch.

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SouthWaterKitchen, General Manager at South Water Kitchen, responded to this review

wgg19067, We’re thrilled you chose South Water Kitchen and had a great time. Sending happy, shiny thoughts right back at you! Cheers! Charlotte O'Donahue - GM More

Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This is a great addition to the loop, which has long been a wasteland of tired choices (steak, Italian, etc). South Water Kitchen was our choice for a recent gathering of out of towners, a short walk from our vairous loop locations even in a light mist. The bar area was comfortable and efficient as a place to wait as... More

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SouthWaterKitchen, General Manager at South Water Kitchen, responded to this review

dixonconsultinginc, So glad you loved your meal. South Water Kitchen is lucky to have Chef Waysok in the kitchen grilling, frying, mixing, chopping and all of the other brilliant things he does. We look forward to welcoming you back soon and I will be sure to share your review with our team Cheers! Charlotte O'Donahue - GM More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Are breakfast after staying in adjacent hotel. Food was wonderful! I had the PB&J (pear, brie & blueberry jam). It did not disappoint. Try the vanilla latte and the lavender fizz also!

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tammy0406, We’re thrilled you chose South Water Kitchen and had a great time. Sending happy, shiny thoughts right back at you! Cheers! Charlotte O'Donahue - GM More

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