The Kerryman

4.7
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107 reviews
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$30 and under
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Irish

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Great Beer
Casual

Situated at the site of what was once an infamous organized-crime watering hole, The Kerryman offers a taste of Ireland in an upscale but casual atmosphere. This historic River North favorite features a sprawling multi-level layout with several different dining sections and bar areas, a mezzanine balcony and a V.I.P stage. The Kerryman offers brunch, lunch and dinner menus that feature authentic Irish fare with a modern twist created by head chef Damo Moloney. Homemade desserts and a variety of hot spiked drinks help round out the selection.

The Kerryman also offers an extended happy hour on select weekdays with rotating appetizer and drink specials. Party packages with customizable food and beverage menus make this fun spot ideal for birthday celebrations, work functions and charity events. The outdoor patio is one of Chicago's most scenic and offers private seating with views of The Kerryman's vibrant flower gardens.

Complimentary special offers

1/2 price wine

Enjoy all bottles of wine for half price or glasses for $6.

Brunch Specials

Enjoy $5 Mimosas & Bloody Marys

Friday Happy Hour

Toast the weekend with $4 Guinness, $5 Jameson Shot or $6 Titos drinks. Also try our traditional Fish and Chips fo only $10. Available 5pm to 7pm

What 107 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.5
Value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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IuliaS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friends and I arranged a surprise dinner party for a friend on her birthday! The staff was very helpful, accommodating, set us up with a nice table, was very attentive and friendly. Highly recommended!

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katiek
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

good small place for an Irish bite, great atmosphere and ambiance. Loud but fun!

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AlysaU
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience! Gabriel, Kevin and Maria were all wonderful and the food was delicious!

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Londonlife
Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great spot to eat and have a pint! Food and service are excellent!

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LUPL
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

The restaurant located in very touristic place but when I visited the restaurant (Saturday, 1 pm) is was very a few people there. I saw a few families with small kids. There is kids menu, variety of food, good drinks. The restaurant has two levels, different types of tables to situate different number of people. The first level is a little dark - the pub section, the second level has much more light . It fits better for dining.
It is good place to dine out. On both levels there are a few screens to watch sport shows.

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PaulG
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were visiting Chicago and basically found this place using google maps restaurant lookup for something in walking distance to us. This was a great Irish establishment! The decor was on point, the drinks were good, service was great and food was amazing! We had everything from the pretzel appetizer to the smoked Gouda Mac and cheese to the corned beef sandwich to the fish and chips to the Shepard’s pie. It was all very good. I will definitely go back next time I’m in Chicago!

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BonnieB
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Not overly impressed. So-so food. So-so service. Super loud. 2 obnoxious drunk guys behind us ... and they, and us, were the only ones on the 2nd floor. Was expecting something with a bit more historical ambiance ... perhaps some Irish music, given its name. Just an average bar. Didn’t meet our expectations.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing Irish Comfort food. So impressed with level of service and quality of food. Was worried this may be a tourist style place but it is far from that. Kudos to the owner for a fantastic selection of food and amazing quality. Will definitely be back!!

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vipLauram
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a large group reservation for brunch and were super accommodating when we added to the reservation. Service was also top notch. We live in the area and will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience4

Good food, very accommodating. A bit too dark but a nice atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We were seated right away and waited on quickly. Server was kind and attentive to our needs. Food was very good.

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CaseyE
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Fish and chips were great. Steak was decent. Ambiance was very good. Cool little spot. The outside of the restaurant is beautiful. Solid whiskey selection.

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EdwardM
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The fish and chips are out of this world!

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BBNeu
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the atmosphere and the food was great. Also had outstanding service. Would go back for sure.

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EmilyW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chopped salad and pretzel were amazing!

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GeneF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Everything was very good. I even got the Irish bartender laughing over several of my Irish jokes. I am Irish. The shepherds pie was excellent.

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GeoffH
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Everything was great, however we chose tea time on labour day so it was a little noisey

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great. Sat outside and had our dog with us.

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Jmpags
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Shepherds pie was fantastic. Turkey club and bread pudding was just ok. Server brought the check and put it on the table without saying a word, without asking if we were finished. We planned to get dessert. Great beer list. Ate outside, which was nice.

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RichK
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place. Good view from corner 2nd floor table

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Jewelsonthemove
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We had an excellent outdoor dining experience. Their outdoor area was filled with flowers and was quiet! I had the appetizer quesadillas with bacon and gouda cheese as my meal: delicious and PLENTY!

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vipNeighbor
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the nicest sidewalk dining experiences in the city.

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vipDaveC
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great friendly service and a comfortable atmosphere. This is our go-to Irish Restaurant!

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vipErinS
Cleveland
50 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Ate here as a party of 10. Pretzel starter was small but the bacon jam was fantastic. Shepherd's pie was good. Soda bread was so-so. Daughter had steak and fries - really liked them. Hubby had good fish and chips. Service was good.

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TheresaV
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great customer service! Provided with a private space for company dinner......perfect!

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vipMarilynW
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience2

Noisy and smoky - this is a difficult place to have dinner. The food was very mediocre. Too greasy on multiple dishes. I expected more from an Irish pub.

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MSH7
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had the shepherds pie and the southwest salad with blackened shrimp. Both were delicious and portions were generous. Service was great! Will definitely be back!!

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pattiw
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I love the ambiance of The Kerryman -- has a cozy tavern feel, with good food and good service. Only hiccup in our visit, this time, was that we were seated upstairs right away, however the wait staff wasn't aware that we were there so it took a while to get drinks. No biggie -- it worked out.

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Londonlife
Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently good food and bountiful portions. Service is attentive and delicious Bloody Marys!

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Jbean
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing! I had the pot roast and it melted in my mouth. The Gouda mac was out of this world. Will definitely be back.

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CarlaR
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We loved our dinner at the Kerryman. Sat up on the top floor so my dad who is on oxygen and uses a walker had to take a few stairs (no option) but he managed okay. The food was delicious. $10 for a glass of wine seemed high but maybe that's normal for Chicago. All in all we had a good time. Noise level was excellent - easy to visit. Servers were outstanding.

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vipjonross
Seattle
35 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Not a lot of corned beef in the corned beef hash but the Irish breakfast was great. $5 bloody marys on Sundays, no complaint with me. And the Irish coffee's are made just right

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vipGaryK
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Always dependably delicious salads (our go to choice) and a good selection of fairly priced drink specials.

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AmberD
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Easter brunch! Food delish, almost private upstairs dining with friends and family, really excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Maria is awesome!
Live the table in the back!

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vipGeejio
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place for brunch!! Loved everything about it! Food, service and such a cool placed

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vipChristineG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was superb and the service was excellent. We’ll definitely go back!

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Dulce
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The had our reservations held as a Reserved table on St. Patrick's Day morning. Food was good. Enjoyed the Irish Breakfast: Irish sausage, Irish bacon, black (not a fan of blood sausage 😩) and white pudding. As well as corned beef and hash.

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Kath
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place on every level!
Best place to have St. Patricks Day Celebration!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

The experience was fine. I feel like it’s more of a bar to grab a drink and maybe have an appetizer than a restaurant to eat dinner at. The service was good, everyone was friendly but they didn’t do anything special for my boyfriend’s birthday and I ordered a steak medium well and it was definitely medium. I’d go back but just for a beer because I liked the environment.

FAQs

The Kerryman does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. The Kerryman also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 335-8121.

The Kerryman is rated 4.7 stars by 107 OpenTable diners.

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