North Pond

4.7
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3469 reviews
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American
Located within Lincoln Park, at the edge of a pond overlooking Chicago's dramatic skyline, North Pond can easily claim the city's loveliest setting. Inspired by the market, Chef Bruce Sherman utilizes exceptional ingredients at the height of their season. His cuisine reflects the Arts & Crafts decor of the dining room - complex layers of subtle craft beneath a simple decorative style.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.8
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4.3
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K
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our visit was long planned and the virus quarantine made it our last meal in a restaurant for quite awhile. It was excellent and we hope to return when restrictions are lifted.

SB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife’s birthday wa made even more special by the delightful staff, delicious food and lovely ambiance. Thank you!

AG
Indiana
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great! Cute scenary, great service, awesome atmosphere- all around amazing! Great food- would highly recommend.

JD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hidden treasure! Fantastic food and service. Great view being right in the park on the pod and not a busy street.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service2Ambience4

Waiter did not ask us if we had dined at North Pond before and just came up to our table asking for our order. At a restaurant with such a unique menu, it is so helpful to have someone walk through the menu. When I asked if he could walk us through the menu he pointed and said 1st course, 2nd course, 3rd course. I said I meant explain the dishes and some of the favorites. And he didn’t know what I meant. We felt like we were annoying him by asking about the complex menu. Food was amazing but waiter was not helpful or friendly.

RB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The cocktails were imaginative, the waitress was very personable and informative, and the food was delicious. We will be back.

LH
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful restaurant for special occasions -excellent food and service, beautiful setting right in the middle of Lincoln Park. The staff treats you royally and the guest of honor gets a personalized menu with their name and the celebration (BD, graduation, anniversary, etc.)

W
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding special evening for a birthday celebration with family. Wonderful service and terrific food.

DW
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The prefix menu and wine pairing was worth every cent! Amazing!!

B
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The perfect spot for a fantastic meal. Entire staff were well trained and presented each course of the tasting menu to encourage just the right amount of anticipation. Wish my waistband and my wallet did not preclude me from visiting more often.

MR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waitress Kelly was amazing. Food was fantastic and the wine pairing was perfect.

CK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to celebrate our anniversary and the restaurant rolled out the red carpet from the moment we walked in until we left. We ordered the prefix sampling menu with the wine pairing. The chef sent out 3 additional plates and an extra dessert for our celebration. When the night was over they packed up the custom menus, wine list, and history of the space. Chris, our waiter, was phenomenal, as was the entire staff. We will be back. They made our evening feel so special.

FO
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

North Pond is my favourite restaurant in Chicago and in my top 3 in the US. The food is always creative, delicious and surprising. The beetroot and gin cocktail I had on Sunday is one of the best cocktails I have ever tasted. Every part of the meal is always a delight. The wine list is thoughtful and not egregious. The ambiance of the dining rooms is fantastic, beautiful view across the pond to the city. Wonderful cherry wood paneling on brick work. Always worth a visit here.

EM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the tasting menu and the food was so delicious!! The cauliflower panna cota with caviar is a must try. The staff was so friendly and the atmosphere is beautiful. Would 100% recommend.

RG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

North Pond is one of the most beautiful restaurants in the city. The food was excellent, innovative and beautifully presented by an attentive server and staff.

C
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about this place is exceptional, from the history to the service and food.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1Food4Service2Ambience3

Overpriced. For a predetermined menu, the wait times for food was way too long. Not anywhere worth the price I paid for me and my wife. Have had dozens and dozens of better meals for $400 in Chicago.

JG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Valentine’s day

JB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Didn’t know VD was fixed menu and heavily to seafood eithout options. First time Sitting near the kitchen, and it was loud

OV
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Michelin star restaurant!
We tried the tasting menu and it was excellent.
Everything was great service, food, ambiance! Great job guys!

MV
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Creative and complex flavors, gorgeous presentations, impeccable and warm service. Plus the views on a snowy day were so peaceful. Truly a memorable experience.

A
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant! Enjoyed the tasting menu. Got to see a coyote and a rabbit from our table and the fireworks of the city was wonderful.

NR
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

We have been thinking about North Pond for many years are were quite excited to finally go there. Nice table and server to get started. Then the food came--I am sure many people like the combination of flavors but for us it was simply too much. The dessert dreadful. Sorry about this review as I choose to send good ones instead of complaining.

GA
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and drinks are always wonderful . We love the ambiance . The fireplace and view of the City make for a lovely evening

CE
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for my girlfriends birthday and we had such a great time while we were there. Everyone was very nice and informative. They even made a special menu design for my girlfriend to accommodate her birthday.

JF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent Restaurant.
Wel thought out from the music, decorations and ingredients to the food.

CB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chris, our Server, was extremely professional and customer friendly. He has exceptional knowledge of the menu, the ingredients, and the wine offerings.

g
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service and food were perfect. Even a bit more impressive than in the past!

RK
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If you're looking for a fancy dinner, this is a great place.

RS
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Romantic ambiance, great food well presented, and absolutely fabulous service from everyone!

LE
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We took some friends out for a celebratory occasion. Every aspect of the meal was delicious and beautifully presented. The service was outstanding. And the restaurant is gorgeous and in such a lovely setting as we looked over the Chicago skyline. It was a very special evening.

PW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing with excellent service and a beautiful ambiance.

NH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food with an incredible staff. More casual than we were expecting. Highly recommended!

F
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic brunch prix fix menu! Many options for each of the three courses. Food was delicious. Service was good. The bartender Grady is the best! Ask him for drink recommendations and he will surprise you!

BM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Me and my husband had our one year anniversary brunch at north pond yesterday. My husband had the pheasant soup which really hit the spot on a cold day like yesterday. Delicious wholesome flavors for the soup. Then he had beef with carrot which was good. For me I had gulf shrimp which was very tasty. However, the highlight was the black bass, the bass fell apart in your mouth and everything that came with it was delicious, I wish I remember the name of the purée and the grains. Then I ended with the chocolate mousse which was delicious, especially with the caramelized banana and banana ganache. This was our first time here and we can’t wait to come back for another brunch or maybe dinner!

B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our dinner experience was AMAZING. Seriously, the food and beverages were expectedly excellent. The extra touches the North Pond team provided were sweet and wonderful. The service was Out.Standing. All of this while sitting in what felt like a semi-private snow globe made the evening more memorable than I can put into words. Overall it ranks with one of the best meals I've ever had. A solid 10/10.

JA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Chicago. Idillic setting, delicious food, great ambiance, friendly, efficient service., low noise level conducive to conversation.

JP
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful setting. Spectacular food. (Though it was a special tasting menu of 8 courses - so perhaps not the norm.) Worth the $$$ for sure.

M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

We really enjoyed the food we ordered and liked the overall ambiance of the restaurant. However, our waiter wasn’t great which is the only reason I am giving this place 4 stars. I think we would come back again!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tasting menu was outstanding, wine pairings were perfect, service was thoughtful and engaging and the room was as lovey as ever. Best to the chef’s next adventure! Thank you!

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