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North Pond, Chicago, IL

North Pond

4.8
4.8
3918 Reviews
$50 and over
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 Cesar Murillo 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.

Our hours are Dinner Thursday through Sunday beginning at 5:30pm and Sunday Brunch beginning at 10:30am.

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Booked 21 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, French

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 5:30 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (773) 477-5845

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Cesar Murillo

  • Private party facilities

    North Pond provides one of the most distinctive settings in the city for private social and business events. Our Lincoln Park location offers stunning views of Chicago’s dramatic skyline. We offer an inclusive evening for your special occasion, complete with a seasonal four-course dinner

  • Private party contact

    John Arents: (773) 477-5845

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Park

  • Cross street

    Lakeview & Deming

  • Parking details

    Taxi drop off location: Drop-off is at the intersection of Lakeview and Deming, on the West side of the park. From there, the restaurant is a short walk into the park.

  • Public transit

    CTA 151, 156 (Wrightwood), 22 (Clark & Deming)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Per Person $110. Wine Pairing $63

First Courses

  • Smoked Fish, Citrus

    Mousse, Squid Ink Tart, Pickled Garden Peppers, Rhubarb, Smoked Trout Roe, Bonito Meringue. Wine Pairing: Domaine La Blaque, Rosé, 2020, Pierrevert, Provence

    • Beets, Raspberries

      Poppyseed Custard, Macerated Ellis Farm Raspberries, Poppyseed Cracker, Candied Pepitas, Raspberry Beet Reduction. Wine Pairing: Paul Coulon et Fils, Domaine de Beaurenard, Grenache/Syrah, 2020, Côtes du Rhône

      • Duck, Cherries

        Smoked, Cured Duck Breast, Spring Mix, Guinness Mustard, Ellis Farm Preserved Cherries, Quail Egg*, Candied Pecans. Wine Pairing: Jean Masson & Fils, Jacquere, Vieilles Vigne Traditionnelle, 2020, Apremont

        Second Courses

        • Scallops**, Artichoke

          Seared Hokkaido, Pine Nut Brittle, Dill Emulsion, Confit Artichokes, Crispy Artichokes, Salsa Bravas. Wine Pairing: Robert Sinskey, Abraxas, Vin de Terroir, 2017, Sonoma, CA

          • Rabbit*, Asparagus

            Loin, House-Made Bacon, Charred Asparagus, Hazelnuts, Burrata, Mushroom Tuille. Wine Pairing: Guy Amiot et Fils, Bouzeron, Les Bouillottes, Aligoté, 2019, Côte d'Or

            • Tortellini, Crab

              Busan Crab, Smoked Ramp Ricotta, Grana Padano, Country Ham Brodo, Frico. Wine Pairing: Guy Amiot et Fils, Bouzeron, Les Bouillottes, Aligoté, 2019, Côte D'Or

              Main Courses

              • Turbot**, Fennel

                Mussels, "Last Summer's" Tomato Butter, Braised Fennel, Sauce Bouillabaisse, Red Thumb Potatoes. Wine Pairing: Domaine de Montorge, Montagny, 1er Cru, Cuvee Des Quatre Clochers, Chardonnay, 2018, Bourgogne

                • Duck**, Tatsoi

                  Seared Long Island Breast, Pressed Leg, Kimchi Caramel, Gochujang Glaze, Miso Cashew, Steam Buns. Wine Pairing: DeLille Cellars D2, Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017, Columbia Valley, WA

                  • Wagyu**, Sunchokes

                    Grilled Striploin, Braised Beef Cheeks, Foie Gras Bordelaise, Sunchoke Cheddar Puree, Winter Radishes, Puffed Tendon. Wine Pairing: Chateau Clarke, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016, Listrac-Medoc, Bordeaux

                    Desserts

                    • Chocolate, Lavender

                      Black Cocoa Cake, Lavender Ganache, Manjari Mousse, Passion Fruit Sorbet, Puffed Wild Rice, Lavender Salt

                      • Coconut, Blueberry

                        Toasted Coconut Génois, Compressed Blueberries, Blueberry Ice Cream, Thai Basil Meringue, White Chocolate Crisp. Wine Pairing: Mudigliza, Vin Doux Naturel, 2017, Maury Grenat, Languedoc-Roussillon

                        • Yuzu, Coffee

                          Yuzu Citrus Curd, Madagascar Vanilla Pound Cake, Coffee & Yuzu Gastrique, Coffee Ice Cream, Malt Wafer. Wine Pairing: Royal Tokaji, Late Harvest, Furmint, 2018, Tokaj, Hungary

                          • Cheese Plate

                            Roelli Red Rock Aged Cheddar, Blakesville Creamery St. Germaine Tomme, Truffle-Grana Padano Brulée, Pear Butter. Wine Pairing: Kracher, Spätlese Cuvée, Chardonnay-Welschriesling, Burgenland, 2019, Austria

                            Last updated: May 22, 2022

                            What 3,918 people are saying

                            Overall ratings and reviews

                            Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                            4.8
                            4.8 based on recent ratings
                            • 4.8Food
                            • 4.9Service
                            • 4.9Ambience
                            • 4.6Value

                            NoiseModerate

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                              American

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                              Lambertvilleres

                              New York Area

                              11 reviews

                              5.0

                              11 reviews

                              Dined 1 day ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Most wonderful brunch for a birthday. Wonderful food and staff.

                            2. L

                              Lovetoeat

                              San Francisco

                              34 reviews

                              5.0

                              34 reviews

                              Dined 1 day ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Lovely environment. Great menu and value.

                            3. DF

                              DebraF

                              Chicago

                              3 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined 3 days ago

                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                              Hostess Loretta and server Char were outstanding. Made the experience special and well worth the cost.

                            4. D

                              Daniel

                              Chicago

                              48 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              48 reviews

                              Dined 3 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              North Pond is always a great meal with great service; a gem ! The staff is friendly and attentive; the food and win selections are above average. It is a pleasure to eat there.

                            5. TS

                              TerryS

                              Miami

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 4 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We just move downtown and feel we have discovered a GEM! Eating at North Pond Cafe was one of the best and most delicious restaurant experiences we have ever had! We decided to come back each season to experience the seasonal menus!

                            6. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              San Francisco

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 4 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Service started before we even arrived to the restaurant! John called me to make sure we knew how to get there, because it's somewhat of a hidden location. Our server, Michelle was very knowledgeable and most of all, extremely accommodating towards our food preferences. Above all, the food was equally delicious as artistically stunning! This is most definitely our favorite Michelin star restaurant thus far. Most impressive amuse bouche I have ever experienced. Although I thoroughly enjoyed every course, my favorite dish was the Cavatelli, Ramps. Pasta was cooked to a perfect al dente. What a wonderful experience overall!

                            7. X

                              Xoxo

                              Atlanta

                              67 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              67 reviews

                              Dined on May 16, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Fabulous food, view, decor, wine pairings. It was our anniversary and this place did not disappoint. Our second visit, and hopefully will not be our last.

                            8. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              1 review

                              4.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 15, 2022

                              overall4food5service3ambience4

                              The food was fresh and delicious, and the staffs were very accommodating. However, service was painfully slow - our three course brunch lasted more than 2 hours.

                            9. PM

                              PeterM

                              Chicago

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 15, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              A perfect spot, and valued treasure in Lincoln Park. Give yourself lots of time to find parking, but it was a very nice experience overall! What a great way to spend an anniversary!

                            10. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              San Francisco

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 15, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Just got engaged, and they did a great job making custom menus and giving us champagne

                            11. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Chicago

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on May 15, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Took out of town relatives, still raving re meal

                            12. JS

                              JohnS

                              Chicago

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 15, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              From foodies to romantics, you can have it all at the North Pond.

                            13. c

                              colettem

                              Chicago

                              16 reviews

                              5.0

                              16 reviews

                              Dined on May 15, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Pros Fresh/ original menu choices Understanding of our late arrival. John was very pleasant Waiter was good. Servers were professional Special occasion l. Made my daughter feel special. Cons. It rained, could not enjoy the view. Obviously not your fault lol

                            14. MJ

                              MrJS

                              San Francisco

                              5 reviews

                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on May 15, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Just amazing from staff to food!

                            15. BA

                              BANDL

                              Chicago

                              24 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              24 reviews

                              Dined on May 15, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              North Pond is an excellent restaurant. The tasting menu has enough variety to satisfy everyone's taste buds. The presentation is very creative and beautiful. The flavors are delicious. The servers are friendly and helpful in describing the menu. The view of the pond is romantic and peaceful. This is truly a first class restaurant.

                            16. MC

                              MatthewC

                              Seattle

                              1 review

                              vip
                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 15, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Best meal we have ever had.

                            17. OS

                              OceanSundaeFan

                              Chicago

                              10 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              10 reviews

                              Dined on May 14, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Amazing! Unbelievably beautiful setting in the heart of Lincoln Park with a magnificent view of the city. A beautifully crafted tasting menu that was paired with perfect wines. All prepared and served by a talented team who provided a memorable meal. North Pond is worth a visit.

                            18. M

                              Mark

                              Chicago

                              3 reviews

                              3.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on May 14, 2022

                              overall3food3service3ambience5

                              It is definitely a beautiful location and the all of the food looked great, but no one dish was all that special and they pretty much forgot we were their after the third course. At that price point you don't expect to be ignored for 45 minutes waiting for the dessert course as its wine pairing sits their in front of you.

                            19. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              St. Louis

                              1 review

                              vip
                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 13, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We had an amazing experience here!! The food and service were incredible-we were blown away.

                            20. T

                              Tucker

                              Philadelphia

                              275 reviews

                              vip
                              3.0

                              275 reviews

                              Dined on May 13, 2022

                              overall3food3service4ambience3

                              The food was very uneven with some of our choices meeting expectations and others falling well short. We chose to eat outside and were given a table on the west side where the weeds were abundant — the spring landscaping has not taken place. Will it? Michelin star? Not even close!

                            21. L

                              Luke

                              Chicago

                              28 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              28 reviews

                              Dined on May 12, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Birthday cake and coffee cake.

                            22. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great Everything!

                            23. S

                              Shelli

                              Chicago

                              8 reviews

                              5.0

                              8 reviews

                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              by far our favorite restaurant! food, service, staff, and ambiance all so wonderful! we did feel a little rushed last night, something that hasn't happened before. Perhaps short staff as everyone is experiencing. all in, we'll be back :)

                            24. MM

                              MarieM

                              Berlin

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 2, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Absolute best meal in a long time, magic atmosphere.

                            25. K

                              Keith

                              Indiana

                              5 reviews

                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on May 2, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              I took my wife to North Pond for our anniversary. The food was amazing as was the service. Thank you again for a memorable dining experience!

                            26. PM

                              PaulM

                              Milwaukee

                              6 reviews

                              4.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined on May 1, 2022

                              overall4food4service5ambience5

                              Service was fantastic as were the desserts and feel of the place. We were there for brunch, the options for the first two courses were too similar. The food was solid but the dishes were overcomplicated with too many elements that didn’t add much.

                            27. 2

                              2plusme

                              Chicago

                              21 reviews

                              vip
                              3.0

                              21 reviews

                              Dined on May 1, 2022

                              overall3food3service4ambience5

                              Early Mother’s Day brunch

                            28. JA

                              JAMES

                              Chicago

                              1 review

                              4.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 1, 2022

                              overall4food4service3ambience3

                              Very affordable Service is good too I like the area with natural beaty.

                            29. C

                              Christine

                              New England

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Possibly the best meal I've ever had in my life. We especially loved the braised beef cheeks. The food was incredible, each dish more flavorful than the last and not a single detail out of place. The service was spot on, just the right amount of care without interrupting our enjoyment of the meal. The location is beautiful and serene and the open kitchen was so quiet as to not miss the very gentle jazz playing in the background. We're so glad to have spent the evening here and would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone, anytime.

                            30. A

                              Angus

                              New York Area

                              46 reviews

                              5.0

                              46 reviews

                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              North Pond was one of four restaurants at which I chose to dine when visiting Chicago from New York. It was a rewarding experience and one that should not be missed when visiting Chicago. The restaurant is set in Lincoln Park next to a lovely pond. It was built in 1912 and is an elegant example of Mission architecture. The interior is intimate and faithful to the exterior. Our host and proprietor John and Loretta, the hostess graciously greeted us and set the tone for an enjoyable evening. Jeff, our server was amiable, helpful and professional. The Chef's creative combinations were wonderful culinary treats. I enjoyed every course starting with a unique, delicious amusee. I had a smoked fish appetizer, scallops, duck and a cheese. All made with delicious accompanying preparations. It is a totally wonderful dining experience.

                            31. K

                              Keoke

                              Denver

                              3 reviews

                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              Phenomenal food with amazing service and value. The only slight qualm we had was we sat be the windows and there was a cold draft in our spot

                            32. S

                              Sean

                              Minneapolis

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 29, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Went here for my wife's birthday and couldn't have been happier with our choice! We both said this one of the best meals we've ever had. The timing and flow of the tasting menu/service was perfect. We never felt like we were being rushed or that we were waiting too long for the next course or drink. If you are looking for a place that will create a special night this is the place!

                            33. CG

                              CarlosG

                              Washington DC

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 29, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              A small, high-scale restaurant nested in a charming corner of Lincoln Park with an incredible view of the skyline and delicious innovative cuisine.

                            34. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 28, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              There are not enough superlatives to describe how wonderful our meal was at North Pond. The service was fantastic and the food was exquisite. Each course was a new adventure in taste, texture, and presentation. From the color of the plates to the wine offerings, to the delightful surprises between courses, I felt pampered and appreciated. I’ve eaten at several fine restaurants, but this was hands-down the best meal I’ve ever had. I was visiting from out of town, but it’s worth another trip to Chicago just to experience North Pond again.

                            35. AF

                              AlbertoF

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 25, 2022

                              overall5food3service5ambience5

                              The staff was wonderful. The location, one of the coziest and scenic in the city. Perhpas it was the menu on the day we went, but my wife and I found the food to be about average. One of two of the plates were something to speak of, but the rest were mediocre. I hate to have to say that, because the staff and the location made the visit worth it to us. I would recommend it to a friend because I'm confident we may have just passed through a less than stellar night for the kitchen.

                            36. KT

                              KT88

                              New Orleans

                              12 reviews

                              vip
                              2.0

                              12 reviews

                              Dined on April 24, 2022

                              overall2food2service3ambience5

                              There is no denying that this is a beautiful restaurant. However, beyond the fine ambiance, I simply cannot recommend North Pond. My wife and I visit Chicago with some regularity. I had read all the restaurant reviews, as well as the Open Table reviews, and anticipated a fine meal. It was not to be. First the food. The summary is that the flavor combinations were just weird and did not complement each other. For the first course, my wife had the smoked fish and I had the duck. Both looked beautiful on the plate, but neither was very good. My wife reported that the smoked fish was just an odd combination of ingredients without any real character. My duck was really a salad. Most of the dish was greens with a couple of stringy slices of duck mixed in. For the second course, we both had the Cavatelli. It was tasteless with an unpleasant mushy quality to the pasta. For the main course we both had the beef. The striploin was fine, but nothing special. The beef cheeks more closely resembled pot roast, and the winter radishes were sour and did not complement anything else on the plate. But the oddest flavor pairing was my dessert -- Mango Sorbet rolled in puffed wild rice. This was a bizarre flavor combination that just does not work. As they say, "just because you can, doesn't mean you should." As for the wine pairings, they were unexceptional. Probably the biggest disappointment was the Bordeaux served with the beef course. It might be a good wine in another 5 years, but it was far too tannic. That might have been addressed by decanting a couple of hours ahead, but that had not been done. Decanting would have also avoided having my glass full of sediment! Service was polite, but not outstanding. Silverware was not replaced between two of the courses and wine glasses were not changed between first and second course even though different wines were served. North Pond is simply not worth the price charged. Be forewarned!

                            37. PG

                              PaolaG

                              Chicago

                              20 reviews

                              5.0

                              20 reviews

                              Dined on April 24, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Second time in this restaurant, the food was great and the place super nice, also service was fast and the staff very nice. Love the food, I had brunch, options were given and were diverse and high quality.

                            38. DD

                              DavidD

                              Chicago

                              7 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              7 reviews

                              Dined on April 24, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Brunch was delightful. I definitely want to try dinner here...

                            39. KO

                              KathyO

                              Chicago

                              43 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              43 reviews

                              Dined on April 24, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Hadn't been to North Pond in years, and it's just as perfect as ever. Service is attentive (but not overbearing), the space is beautiful, and the food is beyond wonderful and imaginative. I noted an "energtic" noise level, but that was because of the nearby table of six baseball-hatted, sweatshirt-wearing twentysomethings who were dressed for lunch at Chili's. Is there a dress code? If so, not enforced. Anyway, it was a lovely dining experience; will be back soon.

                            40. C

                              Carlos

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 24, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Excellent service and atmosphere. Knowledgeable staff and a great dining experience. Food presentation and flavors were excellent.

                            Safety precautions

                            • Cleaning & sanitizing

                              • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                            • Screening

                              • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                              • Staff is vaccinated

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                            North Pond is rated 4.8 stars by 3918 OpenTable diners.

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                            Booked 21 times today
                            Google Map for North Pond

                            2610 North Cannon Drive Chicago, IL 60657

                            Additional information

                            • Cross street

                              Lakeview & Deming

                            • Neighborhood

                              Lincoln Park

                            • Hours of operation

                              Fri, Sat 5:30 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–8:00 pm

                            • Cuisines

                              American, French

                            • Dining style

                              Fine Dining

                            • Dress code

                              Business Casual

                            • Parking details

                              Taxi drop off location: Drop-off is at the intersection of Lakeview and Deming, on the West side of the park. From there, the restaurant is a short walk into the park.

                            • Public transit

                              CTA 151, 156 (Wrightwood), 22 (Clark & Deming)

                            • Payment options

                              AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                            • Executive chef

                              Cesar Murillo

                            • Additional

                              Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                            • Phone number

                              (773) 477-5845

                            • Private party facilities

                              North Pond provides one of the most distinctive settings in the city for private social and business events. Our Lincoln Park location offers stunning views of Chicago’s dramatic skyline. We offer an inclusive evening for your special occasion, complete with a seasonal four-course dinner

                            • Private party contact

                              John Arents: (773) 477-5845

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