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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
Good for:
Casual Dining
Families with children
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business

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Visitor rating
  • 83
    Excellent
  • 114
    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
Small bites and drinks

I sat at the bar and had drinks and shared plates with a colleague. The food and drink choices were creative and did not disappoint. I was very happy with this as a choice for a quick, casual lunch.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
lauren h
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New York City, New York
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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278 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

I sat at the bar and had drinks and shared plates with a colleague. The food and drink choices were creative and did not disappoint. I was very happy with this as a choice for a quick, casual lunch.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
Top Contributor
314 reviews 314 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

We made our Inner Circle reservation after we booked our room and we were not disappointed. We had some of the best service along was some really great food. The chef sent us out a special order of scallops which were just perfect. It was a great start to our meal. It was followed up with my Cornish Hen and... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Ate here twice and had a remarkable experience both times. Atmosphere is great and it's attached to the Monaco Hotel (Kimpton). Burger was one of the best I've ever had. Staff was incredibly attentive, but did not feel like they were smothering. Best part-- very safe for people with food allergies.

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Cleveland, Ohio
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Imaginative menu well done, good wine selection and all fairly priced. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Chicago, Illinois
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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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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
96 reviews 96 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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
32 reviews 32 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 

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