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South Water Kitchen

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225 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60601-2404 (Wacker)
+1 312-236-9300
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7:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 6:30 am - 11:30 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 12:00 am
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Skaneateles, New York
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63 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Although a hotel restaurant, it is very good. The service and food were great, large portions. Convenient location.

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Thank cindizzle
Durham
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129 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had lunch here one Sunday afternoon, the place was not too busy and had a nice chilled atmosphere. Very good friendly service though the large woman on the front desk seemed more interested in checking her phone than actually doing any work. Menu has so many inviting and tasty options it was difficult to choose had a fantastic burger though... More 

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

Thanks for your review! I'm happy to see you all enjoyed lunch with us. We know, like us, people love variety so we are happy to provide it. Can't wait to have you guys back with us! Cheers, Marshall Johnson- Assistant General Manager More 

Chesterland, Ohio
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707 reviews
321 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 459 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

South Water Kitchen is next to the Kimpton Monaco hotel near Wacker Street on Wabash. It's centrally located and easy to get to, particularly if you are staying at one of the many nearby hotels. The name has something to do with a produce market that once stood nearby and they pride themselves on using locally sourced ingredients. Many of... More 

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

Thank you both so much for your review! I'm glad we got you guys in for restaurant week and could enjoy our prixe fixe menu. We serve something similar on our regular menu with a few more options. We hope to have you guys in again soon so we can get that 4 stars to 5! ;) Cheers, Marshall Johnson-... More 

Detroit metro
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40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is in close proximity to the office I frequent when in town and while their selection isn't extensive, it's a little less crowded than other local options.

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Thank biz_travlr007
SouthWaterKitchen, Manager at South Water Kitchen, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback. Glad to see you've made us your local lunch or after work spot. We appreciate that. Hope to see you soon! Cheers, Marshall Johnson- Assistant General Manager More 

Saint Matthews, Kentucky
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were here months ago and will be staying in the hotel that is connected next week but not sure if we want to give it a try again. Really looked forward to dining here. Beautiful and clean decor. Told them it was my daughters birthday and they said "Happy Birthday" Thanks. I had very very dry chicken dinner that... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback. I'm so sorry that you didn't enjoy your time with us. There should've been more done for your daughters bday and we'd love a chance to make up for that. Since you will be staying with us, I'd like to invite you to have another meal with us. I like to personally make sure your... More 

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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

We had 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner here. The first breakfast was light and basic (but good) and the second one was a full breakfast which was excellent. Highly recommend the quinoa breakfast bowl (amazing!). Our dinner was also very good and nicely presented. We lucked out on the MOnday night 1/2 price bottles of wine. Our server was also... More 

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

Thanks for your feedback. I'm glad to see you all had a great time with us during breakfast and dinner. I LOVE the quinoa bowl. I add a little bit to mine (don't tell anyone). We also do 1/2 off bottled wine on sundays if you're out and about on the weekend. Hope to see you guys again soon! Cheers,... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

My first choice for a business dinner was not available so I took my client to SWK. It turned out to be an excellent choice. Comfort food with a modern twist in a warm, inviting setting. The service was informative but not intrusive and the prix fixe menu had good choices. The restaurant was relatively quiet [a Wednesday night] and... More 

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Thank javajane724
SouthWaterKitchen, Manager at South Water Kitchen, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Jane. I'm happy to see you got to experience our prix fixe menu. It's such a great deal and I personally love utilizing it. Also, I'm sorry about the valet. They're suppose to park all cars for us so my apologies for you running into that issue. Come by and see us again soon for dinner.... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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45 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2016

We had a delightful lunch during our visit to the Loop area. We were hungry and needed to find a restaurant before our matinee. They had a creative, delicious menu and we were all satisfied. I had a turkey burger with cranberry compote that was delicious. It was exactly what I wanted on a cold afternoon. The service was very... More 

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Thank Elise67_13
SouthWaterKitchen, Manager at South Water Kitchen, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback Elise. I'm so happy to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We really do strive to make sure every customers visit is a memorable one and i see that we shined through. Hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Marshall Johnson- Assistant General Manager More 

Pontiac, Illinois
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97 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016

Stopped in a place I had not been before for a quick steak. Service was attentive and price reasonable. One adult beverage and neglected to photo the New Your Strip. I did not care for the relish that was served with it, seemed odd. Overall it was good, but food I have had better.

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

Thank you for your review Dan. I'm sorry that your experience with us was "just ok" and we'd like to make it up to you. The next time you're in downtown Chicago, come by. We'd like to make sure your next visit is a stellar one. Hope to see you soon. Best, Marshall Johnson- Assistant General Manager More 

Springfield, Virginia
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157 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016

Stopped in for dinner. Asked for and received a seat at the bar. Nicely appointed restaurant. Wait staff very friendly. Menu is limited in my opinion and priced a bit on the high side. I ordered the burger which when it came was quite large. The burger was a handmade burger cooked to order and delicious. A nice selection of... More 

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

Tom, Thank you for dining with us, we are thrilled that you chose South Water Kitchen and had a wonderful time! Our lead Bartender Dan Rook hand selects all of our beers, aiming to keep the selection as local as possible, they change frequently, so check back often to see what's new Warmly, Charlotte O'Donahue General Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $35
Cuisine
American, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, 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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 225 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60601-2404
    (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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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