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South Water Kitchen

225 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60601-2404
+1 312-236-9300
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good42%
  • Average20%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (36 reviews)
“deviled eggs” (28 reviews)
Open Now
06:30 - 23:30All hours
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
225 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60601-2404
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had a wonderful experience having lunch on the patio here! They are pet friendly and brought out water and treats for our puppy! The asparagus appetizer, Caesar salad, and bourbon pecan bread pudding were especially delicious! Location is right by the river and gets...More

Thank Jacqueline P
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Wonderful service and terrific food. Convenient spot to many attractions. In and out seating. One table outside had their dog too. Egg White Frittata was delicious and my daughter enjoyed the Bagel with smoked salmon.

Thank Lauri B
Reviewed 6 days ago

Found this sort of by accident while visiting Chicago and staying at the Renaissance. The server was excellent and very helpful with the menu. One comment I would have is the menu online is not entirely accurate. Since the menu is seasonal, it does change...More

Thank SMAJ7
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

South Water used to be one of our favorite restaurants that no one knew about but the last 2 times, the dishes had technical and flavor flaws. The deviled eggs with mustard seeds and the bourbon bread pudding are still amazing (thank goodness). This time,...More

Thank Shelliu
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sat outside to enjoy the beautiful weather. Menu was limited but good flavor in both dishes ordered.

Thank Diane A
Tina M, General Manager at South Water Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I am happy to hear you enjoyed our patio, and our food. We are working on a summer menu, please join us again to try some new dishes.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had lunch and brunch while staying at the Hotel Monaco. The spring pea soup and beet salad made for a delicious and filling lunch. For brunch, the fritata was quite good but the herbed potatoes stole the show. My great aunt enjoyed her pancakes...More

Thank kathythevet
Tina M, General Manager at South Water Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

I am so glad to hear you enjoyed your brunch, I will pass on your kinds words to our Chef. We strive to offer the highest quality dishes, to our guests.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My wife and I enjoyed a very good breakfast here on a Saturday morning with no wait. Some places around here had wait times of 90 minutes - ours was 5 minutes. The food was very good, too, We especially liked the quinoa bowl.

Thank kevinsmithd56
Tina M, General Manager at South Water Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

I m so glad you decided to join us for breakfast, we try to ensure good service in a timely matter. The quinoa bowl is one of my favorites as well.

Reviewed 15 June 2017

I have eaten here for the past few years, and it has always been a pleasant experience. On the verge of fine dining without too much pomp and pricing. Good service.

Thank Ray T
Tina M, General Manager at South Water Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your kinds words. It makes feel really proud of our staff for offering such good service. Hope to see you soon.

Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

I've eaten at this restaurant many times in the last three months as I'm here for business every week. The food is food but the chef could get rid of his ego and be more flexible with food changes. I ordered a vegetable dish with...More

Thank Sylvia M
Tina M, General Manager at South Water Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Silva I apologize that your experience with us was not ideal. We strive to accommodate any and all dietary restrictions, and special requests. We did not do our best to communicate with the kitchen. I would like to extend and invitation for you to...More

Reviewed 7 June 2017

Met with several friends for a relaxed brunch. Food was good - mimosa was great. Only challenge was coffee was cold and espresso was not good at all. Overall enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere.

Thank Shouvik D
Tina M, General Manager at South Water Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello, I am glad you felt comfortable and relaxed. Sorry about the coffee not being up to standards, we are continuously trying to improve so I appreciate the feedback. See you soon.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 35
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
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
06:30 - 23:30
06:30 - 23:30
06:30 - 23:30
06:30 - 23:30
06:30 - 23:30
07:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 225 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60601-2404
  • Public Transportation: Lake St. stop on the Red Line.
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
  • Phone Number: +1 312-236-9300
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