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South Water Kitchen

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225 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60601 (Wacker)
Lake St. stop on the Red Line.
+1 312-236-9300
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6:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 6:30 am - 11:30 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff

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  • 102
    Excellent
  • 132
    Very good
  • 69
    Average
  • 20
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Try the pork shoulder!

The staff went above and beyond for our group of 19. The food was really good and the service was excellent. If you like craft beers, this is a good spot.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Monica H
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Goshen, Indiana
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Goshen, Indiana
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff went above and beyond for our group of 19. The food was really good and the service was excellent. If you like craft beers, this is a good spot.

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Thank Monica H
Greenville
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51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

crowed so I though it would be good, did not care limited options. Service was ok, for any busy place, bartender was nice, friendly.

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Thank pagrif
SouthWaterKitchen, Manager at South Water Kitchen, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback Pagrif. I'm so sorry that you didn't enjoy your time with us. We really do strive to provide quality customer service and a great dining experience. Next time you're, let me know. We'd love the chance to make it up to you. Hope to see you soon. Cheers, Marshall Johnson- Assistant General Manager More 

Portland
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gluten free menu, great service, great food. We ordered the three course meal, had the deviled eggs, chicken, and ice cream. Dessert was just ok. Everything else was top notch!!

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Thank brooken65
SouthWaterKitchen, Manager at South Water Kitchen, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback Brooken! I'm so glad that you enjoyed your dining experience with us. Next time you're in, you have to try our brunch. Our Jalapeno Benedict is a fan favorite. Hope to see you soon. Cheers, Marshall Johnson- Assistant General Manager More 

Level Contributor
43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

The brews, cuisine, and staff make this a place to go back again and again. We had some truly wonderful dishes - a duck comfit, butternut squash soup, and a flight of dark lagers and porters - all over the top. The staff was wonderful in giving us service. We got to people watch as others passed and it was... More 

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Thank Lauren M
SouthWaterKitchen, Manager at South Water Kitchen, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback Lauren! We really do strive to provide excellent service and outstanding food and i'm glad you got the chance to experience it. We hope to have you back in soon! Cheers, Marshall Johnson- Assistant General Manager More 

London, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 307 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

As a resident of the adjoining Kimpton Monaco for a week I came here just twice for breakfast. The lower seating area has a bit of a breakfast 'canteen' feel to it which is fine, but I wouldn't and didn't want to come here for dinner for that very reason. The bar seating areas are very relaxed and take on... More 

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3 Thank ParadiseRd
SouthWaterKitchen, Manager at South Water Kitchen, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! Next time you're are around our way, come join us for dinner. Our Maple Glazed Salmon and Half Chicken are a couple of fan favorites. We'd love an opportunity to impress you a bit more on the next go around. Cheers, Marshall Johnson- Assistant General Manager More 

London
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48 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

Chosen for its convenience close to our hotel,when other places nearby were busy and noisy,we ate quite well but the ambience was dull. In fact the restaurant seems to be a hotel breakfast room.In one corner is what looks like a pizza oven and we ordered a mushroom flatbread as a starter which was cooked to order.Not bad at all.... More 

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1 Thank LondonChrisP
SouthWaterKitchen, Manager at South Water Kitchen, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback Chris! Next time you're in town, please join us for dinner. We'd love a chance to impress you a bit more on the next go around. Cheers, Marshall Johnson- Assistant General Manager More 

San Francisco
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25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Only eat here if you really don't have time to walk outside and find something else. There are so many more exciting choices within a five minute walk.

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Thank Christine B
SouthWaterKitchen, Manager at South Water Kitchen, responded to this review

I'm so sorry that you didn't enjoy your time with us. We really do strive to exceed your expectations and provide fantastic food to our customers. Next time you're in, let me know. I'd like the chance to personally make sure your next visit is an all out success. Sincerely, Marshall Johnson- Assistant General Manager More 

Huntington Beach, CA
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253 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

This restaurant was next to our hotel, and we checked out the menu. We were prepared to move on, but we stayed and boy were we glad we did. We sat outside (wish there was a table cloth on the tables). For breakfast we ordered an omelet and the eggs benedict with avocado and jalapenos. It was amazing! Highly recommend!!

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Thank JacqB
SouthWaterKitchen, Manager at South Water Kitchen, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review Jacq! I'm glad you gave us the opportunity to proves ourselves with great food and quality service. Hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Marshall Johnson- Assistant General Manager More 

Wellfleet, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Maybe this was just a bad night. Our server was congenial and attentive, and the ambiance great. My companions' sirloin steak was fine, although not over-the-top great. I ordered their hamburger entrée medium rare, and it came to me extremely well done. They apologized profusely, and delivered a second hamburger that was so purple and undercooked I did not dare... More 

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Thank BLShep
SouthWaterKitchen, Manager at South Water Kitchen, responded to this review

I'm so sorry that you didn't enjoy your time with us. Our every intention is to provide fantastic food and customer service. We would love to have another chance to redeem ourselves with you. The next time you’re back in, let me know. I would love the chance to personally make sure your next visit is an all-out success. Also,... More 

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102 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015 via mobile

Tucked away in a hotel at the corner of Wabash and South Water, the restaurant seems to have been here forever. The delicious and well selected menu, with a variety of options for both the meat eater and the vegetarian, is very welcome in the Loop's lunching landscape, and whilst the wine list is not plentiful, it's certainly varied enough... More 

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Thank Andreas W
SouthWaterKitchen, Manager at South Water Kitchen, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Andreas! I'm so glad you enjoyed your time with us. We've been standing for 13 years and we're actually preparing for a renovation. Completely new food and beverage menu so hopefully we get the chance to impress you with the upcoming wine program. Hope to see you soon! Cheers, Marshall Johnson- Assistant General Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 225 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60601
    (Wacker)
  • Public Transportation: Lake St. stop on the Red Line.
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
  • Neighborhood: Downtown / The Loop
  • Phone Number: +1 312-236-9300

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 11:30 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 12:00 am

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Downtown / The Loop

Neighborhood Profile
Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
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