The Kerryman

4.6
86 reviews
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$30 and under
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Irish
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  • Great Beer
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food

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.

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the nicest sidewalk dining experiences in the city.

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DC
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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ES
Cleveland
45 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

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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TV
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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MW
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

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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MS
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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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p
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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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L
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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J
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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CR
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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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j
Seattle
33 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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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GK
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

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AD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Maria is awesome!
Live the table in the back!

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G
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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CG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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D
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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a
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner... the menu is great, the service is the best, and we loved the mix of Irish traditional and pop. It is loud and difficult to converse.

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h
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

If you dine upstairs, it's a little quieter. Turkey club is delish but turkey is served cold. Had it with seasonal vegetables and they were great. Service is basic.

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s
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful BRUNCH for New Years Day! I will definitely be coming back, the service, food and atmosphere were great!

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CF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Came here for a date with my wife. Place was lovely and so was the service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Service was fantastic, ND game...not so much.

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GK
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Salads are wonderful and service always very personable. It can get a bit loud but always a "fun loud". Remains a "go to" for us.

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TE
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always have a blast at The Kerryman! The staff takes such good care of us and the drinks/food is wonderful!

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h
Indiana
70 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

A mixed bag at The Kerryman. My better half ordered their signature Fish and Chips; a generous portion with a flaky, panko-like breading and just a hint of sweetness. I choose the Steak and Chips; a New York Strip which was both tender AND cooked to order; an unexpected surprise. This, topped with an herb salad and pickled red onions was a great pairing. Star of the show on this dish, was the peppercorn red wine demi-glace. No birthday would be complete without dessert; we chose a Maple Bourbon Apple Bread Pudding that was wonderfully light. Paired with chantilly custard, brown sugar caramel, and a vanilla bean gelato, it was decadent, without being leaden. We were disappointed by the poor selection of Irish beers and ales available - no self-styled Irish bar DOESN'T serve Kilkenny. All in all, average food in a nice setting, with a friendly wait staff, and management that checks, but doesn't hover.
A heads-up - the amount of salt added to both dishes was excessive; fries were briny, food, almost the same. This needs to be addressed.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome atmosphere. Great food. Great alcohol!

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d
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, affordable prices and great service. Just wish bathrooms weren’t located on the bottom floor haha

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good food, great atmosphere, very good service. My wife and I went for dinner and the staff was extremely helpful.

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GS
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Thought it would be better. Limited menu , slow service and food not that hot. Ok for bar atmosphere I guess.

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T
Grand Rapids
17 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, drinks and service. Wonderful evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Had a business dinner here. Booked on open table and they put us upstairs in a more private area so we could hear better one another, very considerate. Food was pretty good. Service gaps here and there but they were all super nice. I’d come back.

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MM
Kent
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food both fish & chips and Shepherds pie. Great friendly service!

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Q
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

While visiting Chicago for the first time over a long weekend, we passed the Kerryman on a bus tour. We had already tried Chicago pizza, hot dogs and steak and were looking for something different for our final dinner in town. The Kerryman was perfect! The service, outside seating/view, authentic atmosphere and the food and drinks were wonderful! We shared a soft pretzel with beer cheese and BACON and then enjoyed the best fish and chips I've ever had and a cheddar burger. Thank you for ending our trip on a delicious note!

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CK
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Very good food and service! They dealt with our food allergies excellently!

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RG
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great menu and service were apparent when we dined. Our server was attentive and the food was delicious. We had a blast!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place! The Moscow mules are the best here! This pub is my all time favorite place in Chicago !

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KO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

One of our favorite places to stop for a pint of Guinness or dinner with the family. We are Irish and recognize a good pint! The Irish breakfast, fish and chips and steak and Guinness pie are delicious, as are the sausage rolls. My daughter gets the macaroni cheese with Gouda and loves it. Staff are great.
Definitely recommended.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wedding/reunion of HS friends, we had a great time, great food and great service. I would definitely recommend The Kerryman as a destination to visit!

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