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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.
888-306-3507
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Today
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Fri 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Dining
Families with children
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 80
    Excellent
  • 113
    Very good
  • 58
    Average
  • 16
    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
Most recent review
Good Sunday Brunch Option

The food was good and the service was average. We were disappointed that all 3 salmon options on the brunch menu were not available at 11:00 on Sunday; it seems a little early to run out of salmon when you offered on so many options on the menu with this item. The seasonal mimosa carafe was a... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
Catherine P
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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274 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Chicago, Illinois
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

The food was good and the service was average. We were disappointed that all 3 salmon options on the brunch menu were not available at 11:00 on Sunday; it seems a little early to run out of salmon when you offered on so many options on the menu with this item. The seasonal mimosa carafe was a nice add-on.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We stayed at the Hotel Monaco and this is the connected restaurant. It was a cold windy night and we had just arrived, so a drink and dinner without going back out seemed like a good plan. Like other reviewers said, the bar is fantastic. Dan and Brent were working and have concocted some fun original cocktails. We each tried... More 

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

BruceG01, We love to hear our guests say that they enjoy our relaxed vibe. We’re glad you got that feeling. Dan & Brent are definitely our go-to masters at the bar! Dan is working on a few new items for spring - hopefully he'll be ready to show them off the next time you visit. Cheers! Charlotte O'Donahue - GM More 

Bethesda, Maryland
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Tried the duck, based on recommendation of server. Meat was not seasoned and skin had no crisp. Risottos flavor was good but some was cold and the rest warm - stir the pot! Bread pudding was similarly lukewarm. Was not a busy night - kitchen should do better for these prices.

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

Acowles, Thanks for taking the time to give us feedback. We take honest comments from people like yourself very seriously. It pains us to hear the not-so-good stuff, but it helps us learn and improve! We really want to win our guests over, so I have reviewed your feedback with our Executive Chef to make sure this isn’t repeated. We... More 

Kitchener, Ontario
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

We were staying at The Trump and wanted a change from their breakfast menu and researched restaurants a close walk away that might fit the bill. Would highly recommend the delicious and varied breakfasts that South Water Kitchen serves, the cleanliness and the prompt service.

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

celticmoon, 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 

Wausau, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We stayed at Hotel Monaco for business & missed the free wine hour there so we decided to grab a drink at the bar. We sat a table in the window which provided good people watching. Our bartender Dan was very knowledgable and was able to recommend drinks based on what we ordered for dinner. I had the pork with... More 

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

Alwaysonthego..., 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 

Seattle
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 via mobile

I didn't have a chance to try any of the food, but Eric at the bar made some fantastic drinks during my stay. When I was in the restaurant, I did see really good looking food come out of the kitchen.

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

Pete C, 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 

Ingleside, Illinois
Top Contributor
132 reviews 132 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We had a two for one coupon for breakfast. The service was great and the food really good. Even the jam was made from scratch. Great to place to eat if staying at the Wyndham Grand.

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

dickandjackie, So glad you loved your breakfast. 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 

Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We go to this restaurant every year between Christmas and New Year's for a nice lunch out with my teenaged kids and mom. Located as part of Hotel Monaco in the Loop, South Water Kitchen has a solid lunch menu of favorites (for the less adventurous eater) as well as more thoughtful or innovative fare. I appreciate the breadth of... More 

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

Talzof, We’re thrilled you chose South Water Kitchen and had a great time. We are so delighted to be a part of your holiday traditions. We know the trek to the restrooms can be a long one, we do have an elevator that shortens the distance & would be happy to show you the next time you dine with us.... More 

Valparaiso, Indiana
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

My husband and I went down to SouthWaterKitchen for lunch and went to the Oriental Theatre for a show afterwards - great proximity to everything, we walked everywhere from this restaurant, plus lots of garages to park in near by. Our waiter was not the greatest, I'm pretty sure he came once to the table. Our busboy was so sweet... More 

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

Eryn L., We love to hear our guests say that our food was excellent! We’re glad you got that feeling. Thanks much for your honest feedback! We took your comments about your server and are using them as a training tool with our service team team. The next time you’re back in town, let me know! I would love the... More 

Saint Charles, Missouri
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We had breakfast here the 3 days we stayed at hotel Monaco. The first morning I had the pumpkin waffles which were great. Nothing else ever quite lived up to that. The apple muffin and bacon were good and quick. My husband liked their bagels. Our waiter all 3 mornings was fast and friendly. I wouldn't do dinner here with... More 

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

Lenoxknits, So glad you loved your breakfast. South Water Kitchen is lucky to have Chef Waysok grilling, frying, mixing, chopping and all of the other brilliant things he does. Next time you visit, be sure to try our cold pressed juices - Chef created an amazing - apple, carrot, ginger juice that is very refreshing! Cheers! Charlotte O'Donahue - GM 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
  • Phone Number: 888-306-3507

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm

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