Next of Kin Restaurant

4.6
322 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Gather & Enjoy at Next of Kin Restaurant - (Formerly Kinship)

Thank you for booking at Next of Kin Restaurant - our full service spot serving Artful American Cuisine - from the hearth, made with our hands!

Next of Kin Restaurant & Cafe were designed to delight our Evanston community, and meet your dining desires. Our recent name update hopes to further that endeavor, and clarify what we have to offer! Next of Kin Restaurant serves our Chef-designed, full service menu for lunch, dinner, brunch & bar, while our more casual Next of Kin Cafe offers an equally delicious breakfast or lunch on the go.

We're thrilled that you have selected Next of Kin Restaurant for your upcoming dining experience, & look forward to serving you soon!

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

We love MOMS! Treat yours to a holiday brunch buffet featuring an omelette bar, Hewn french toast, Lake Breeze Organics specialty salads, fresh-baked pastries & Chef Marco's favorites. Every mom receives a complimentary glass of sparkling rosé, because we know she deserves it! Adults $42/Kids $15

Sunday, May 12, 2019

What 322 People Are Saying
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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a truly wonderful meal. Great service, amazing food

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Easter brunch

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Easter Brunch

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WF
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and friendly service in an attractive and comfortable atmosphere

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Great food and decor. Service was slow, (most likely) due to non-peak hours.

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C
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Love it for dinner, didn’t love the lunch menu.

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J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The television was on at the bar during lunch, even though no one was watching it and no one was sitting at the bar. I found it very annoying that it was on, and especially playing the awful show of Maury Povich. It was so distracting that as much as I loved the restaurant, food and service, I will not return or recommend due to the television.

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Responded on April 7, 2019

Janice, Thanks for taking time to review your experience. I arrived around noon myself and changed the channel as we typically have ESPN on. Sorry we didn't catch that sooner! We've discussed this with the team to ensure we are consistent with airing the sports channel. Hope you can forgive this oversight and try us again in the future. Please feel free to reach out to me at the restaurant if I can be of service. Thanks again for your time. Regards, Ted Rink Service Manager

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n
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our food was great. Eclairs disappointing. Service could have been better.

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SC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed dinner at Next of Kin and will eagerly recommend it to our friends.

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L
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant in Evanston. The service is fantastic and the food is outstanding.

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Responded on April 5, 2019

Lynn, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We love being your favorite restaurant in Evanston! Thanks for being a loyal customer - see you back soon! Thank you, Melissa

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e
Chicago
69 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We keep coming back because there are so many good things on the menu, and they are prepared beautifully. Appetizers: potato latkes, Brussels sprouts, humus - but all prepared with a wonderful twist.
Dinner: fried chicken, white fish. Terrific.
Service is always personable and friendly.

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Responded on April 1, 2019

Easar57, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We are so happy you love our diverse menu! Thank you for your continued business - we look forward to seeing you back soon. Thanks! Melissa

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NC
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were a late arrival but greeted and seated graciously. Despite its proximity to Northwestern University, the place is spacious and quiet. We all had fish, 2 salmon and 1 whitefish. Delicious with thoughtful accompaniments. The crispy brussel sprouts were also excellent. Thanks for a very nice evening.

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Responded on April 1, 2019

NancyC, Thank you for leaving a review! Our salmon and whitefish are both very popular dishes - we're glad you loved them! Thank you for coming and we hope to see you back soon! Thank you, Melissa

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g
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time to Next of Kin. The food was delicious. Each dish had multiple layers of flavors that were well developed. Excellent pastry chef with a great touch of whimsy! I would definitely return.

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Responded on April 1, 2019

girlbaker, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We're so pleased you enjoyed the food & desserts! We are already looking forward to when you return :) Thank you! Melissa

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N
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Natasha was a wonderful server.

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JS
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really appreciated that they honored our request for a very quiet table since a member of our group had a severe hearing loss.

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Responded on April 1, 2019

JudithS, Thank you for leaving a review. We pride ourselves on customer service & are always happy to accommodate our guests! We hope you enjoyed the food & hope to see you back soon! Thank you, Melissa

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really great experience thank you we ll be back!
Would be nice if the hostess checked in a little more.

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q
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything we ate!

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A
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and our server was able to help answer our questions about the menu and provide suggestions. We will definitely be visiting again!

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Responded on April 1, 2019

Andy, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We're so happy you enjoyed the food & your server. We hope your server helped you find something you love! Looking forward to seeing you back soon. Thank you, Melissa

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HG
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took a friend to Next of Kin for his birthday. I felt the food was excellent. The server was attentive and the ambience was pleasant with a low noise level. Could not have been more pleased with my selection.

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D
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

This was the first time at this restaurant. We were there for lunch. Service very friendly, ambiance very nice. Food leaves something to be desired. The mahi mahi tacos looked very “tired” and were tasteless. The tacos were not good. Rather have two tacos in a portion than three real tiny ones. It looked as if they had run out of the ingredients that’s why they looked bad. Brussel Sprouts were great. Tahini chicken salad lacked flavor. Dessert awesome! Lavender latte fabulous! Have a future reservation for Sunday brunch. Hope that will be a better food experience. If not, than that day probably will be the last time at Next of Kin, sorry.

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MH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Perhaps I’ve been there many times for lunch/brunch ... how often do you change/innovate the menu? I’d like to see more options for Sunday brunch.

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RK
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Brussel sprouts are always amazing here! Good cocktails as well.

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Responded on March 15, 2019

ReeseK, Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant! The brussels are always a hit - definitely a staple. I will also let our bar team know you love our cocktails! Thanks! Melissa

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MR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a delicious meal and time to talk with our friends in a very fun setting. We look forward to returning and having a meal in a "dome"

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Responded on March 15, 2019

MelissaR, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We're so glad you enjoyed dining with your friends! We'd love for you to come in and experience a dome - please reach out directly to the restaurant to book yours :) Thanks! Melissa

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CC
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place for family reunion... round booths lovely! sweater cocktail fun!

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Responded on March 15, 2019

CreativeCarol, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We are so happy to accommodate your family. Glad you love the round booths - round tables are few and far between at most restaurants these days. I will let the bar team know you love the sweater weather cocktail :) Thanks! Melissa

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R
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s not a good sign when the tables by the large windows have blankets on the chairs. We were seated originally by the entrance where it was cold but moved closer to the bathrooms so we didn’t need the blankets. The waiter was attentive, making suggestions when asked. The Brussels Sprouts and the Honey Butter Fries are to die for. The herbal tea, served n a warmed cup, was comforting as was the wine . The salmon preparation was tasty and plentiful, the hamburger was fine. Coffee with warmed milk was a treat, too.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my husbands all time favorite restaurant. The food, the staff, the atmosphere...everything is perfect.

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C
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, thoughtfully and artistically prepared. Special requests have not been a problem either (dairy-free, for instance). Staff is very attentive and friendly. The drink menu is especially interesting with lots of attention given to botanicals - and at least 4 drinks that are non-alcoholic that looked enticing.

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s
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are frequent diners at Kinship. The welcoming & helpful staff are wonderful & the overall ambience is beautiful. More vegetables on the menu would be a good addition.

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D
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, will definitely return!

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e
Chicago
69 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I just made my third dinner reservation at Next of Kin in 4 weeks. I love this place.
The room is light and open. The seating is comfortable, except there is a booth near the entrance to the bathrooms that I would not want.

Our server was very personable and easily available for questions or requests.

The prices are reasonable.

Recommended: The appetizers such as the hummus, the potato latke with salmon, and the Brussels sprouts were all very good. I've had salmon, which was good, and fried chicken which was excellent! The drink pours are acceptable and reasonable.

I can't wait to go back later this week and introduce it to new friends. It's the best thing happening in Evanston for food.

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EZ
Mobile
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are always looking for something different and we definitely founded at your restaurant. I was also impressed of your experience portfolio

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EF
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Unfortunately we were seated at the table that is closest to the bathrooms and literally heard flushing toilets the entire time! I had requested a different table when we arrived but was told that nothing was available. My husband had the fried chicken which was too greasy. I enjoyed the carrot hummus several weeks ago but this time it was more pickled cabbage, than hummus. Please fix that 'cause the hummus is really good! Our friends enjoyed the salmon and the tuna tataki. The "Pot Brownie" for dessert was killer as was the Sweater Weather cocktail in the beginning!

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BK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. Our server was awesome, the food was delicious, and the atmosphere was a lot of fun. We will definitely be back!

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l
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed it. Lovely setting, terrific menu, attentive service!

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Responded on February 25, 2019

lycurgus29, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We are so happy you enjoyed your experience. Looking forward to having you back! Best, Melissa

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CV
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The crispy thin latkes, with a layer of smoked salmon, fresh greens and red cabbage garnished with capers and swirled with creme fresh is addictive, indulgent but light. Available as an entree for brunch and an appetizer for dinner.

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Responded on February 18, 2019

ChristyViewpoint, Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant! The smoked salmon latke is one of our Chef specialties - so glad you loved it! Can't wait to see you back soon! Thank you, Melissa

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food. The music was a bit loud for 10am but that’s just me. It was lovely and we will be back.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’d heard great things about this place, definitely all true! It was great!

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KF
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff friendly, food prepared beautifully

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c
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brunch was delicious. And we had a super-lovely server who was knowledgeable and on her game. All in all a really nice experience.

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Responded on February 25, 2019

Cecelia, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We are so please you enjoyed your brunch and service. I will make sure to let the team know. Looking forward to having you back! Best, Melissa

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SS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food. Only minor quibble was that the heat was pretty high which made me sitting at the window side feel a little too warm. A minor quibble though!

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Responded on February 18, 2019

SSC302, Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant! We are so happy you enjoyed the food and service. I will make sure to notify the team about the temperature - appreciate the feedback. Thank you! Melissa

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