Next of Kin Restaurant

4.5
287 reviews
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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!
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CV
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff friendly, food prepared beautifully

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c
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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SS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Next of Kin for the first time and LOVED it! The service, food, server and experience were top notch. Highly recommend the crispy brussels sprouts, honey butter fries, filet & lobster/scallop pasta! SO SO good

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OT
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cute brunch place

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t
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was very good. The cocktails are creative. The waitstaff was good for the most part. I had to ask for the dessert menu though. Would definitely go back. I drove from Oakbrook for dinner on Valentine's Day. My husband enjoyed our meal. Reasonable prices for quality food.

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c
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Evanston, as far as we can tell. Wonderful experience from seating to dessert. Delicious food. Wonderful service. Incredible everything. Go there.

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OT
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

food was good, loved reading the menu, great selection but service was way too slow to make this a habit of going there for brunch, please fix your logistical issues in the back of the house!

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a
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitstaff were so incredible!!! They gave us a bag of goodies to take home and a birthday card for one of our guests. Best service I have ever had

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EM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

My cup of coffee had somebody’s lipstick on it.
My husband had ordered a cup of tea which came dirty with some leftovers in it.
I called the hostess she said the manager will come over, he/she had never stopped by.
That was the first impression which had ruined my entire brunch .

The food was fine, but it didn’t matter at that point.
I hope they washed the plates and utensils .

I would not recommend and would never come back.

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Naples
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this restaurant it was my second time coming here for brunch.

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SA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Evanston. Everyone who goes to Kinship loves it. It’s been our first choice for quite a white.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Geat taste we had brunch and the meal was delicious! Also very good service for all of us, we were a party of 4 including my two kids and our server was amaizing with them! Thanks Beth 😁

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k
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waitress couldn't have been nicer. Excellent service. The menu is a little different, but this is in a good way. Creative preparations that come out great. The kale caesar salad was delicious as was the hanger steak with onion rings. Also had the brussel sprouts appetizer which was delicious. Very busy place, reservations are needed. Highly recommend!

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LK
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazingly delicious food! Fabulous and friendly service! I highly recommend this place, tho not if you are on a diet!

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WC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Nice menu selection

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m
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Six of us met at Next of Kin for lunch and it was a great experience. Our waitress was so nice and helpful and even brought some honey for a friend who had a cough. Two of us ordered the avocado toast, two had the cheddar biscuit breakfast, one had the potato pancakes and one had the fish. We all loved our choices. We each had hot tea, and it was great to get our own big silver pot. We lingered and talked and were well cared for.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most delicious dinner and drinks with friends!!

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MH
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great environment, great food, great service!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & attentive service. Beautiful atmosphere.

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T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! Everything was amazing

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DB
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date with friends
Mike was STELLAR server
Food-delicious.
Manager on top of things (even cleared)

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r
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

So glad we have this Evanston spot. Great looking, great service, great food. Street parking.

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CO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really loved our experience! Everything was perfect! It’s a very charming place!

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A
Chicago
94 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great addition to the Evanston dining scene. Great food and our waiter was exceptional ! We’ll be back.

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D
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good meal for brunch. Food was great, wonderful atmosphere and a spectacular server. Will definitely visit again!

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GE
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was very good, the deserts, however, were disappointing. We ordered a selection of eclairs and they were bland , uninspired and uninspiring.

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j
Chicago
85 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

seems like a lovely spot. early holiday night reservation. inexperienced and unfriendly waitress, lots of little noisy kids running around in a romantic and expensive restaurant disturbing us. No intervention from staff to ensure it was a pleasant or satisfactory meal or experience for us. 1x visit.

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c
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A find in Evanston, thumbs up in every respect, from the cool space and view onto the city's main intersection, to the friendly unpretentious server who talked us out of ordering too much, to the tasty, unique cocktails and great food..

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SA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! Started with the sweet and savory waffle fries hits the spot. The steak was good but I don’t think the onion rings matches with the steak. It’s too greasy for me. My boyfriend had the salmon and side veggies, he said it was amazing but the side veggies was a little bit weird for his taste. For me, it was good. Perfect combo with salmon.

Overall we enjoyed our 1st year anniversary. Shout out to the team of Next of Kin, specially to Mike, thank you for giving us a greeting card. It was very meaningful to us. And also the pot brownie was amazing! We can’t wait to go back.

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v
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always we had a great waitress (Katherine) who took good care of us. The honey butter fries are great. The food was excellent. Try the brussel sprout slaw.

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W
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We had the loveliest server

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SK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were very good. I would go back but the menu is limited.

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Y
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was outstanding! The cocktails were creative and delicious. The food was fantastic- yummy chicken, salmon, brussel sprouts, scallop shooter, and salads. Our wait staff was very friendly and attentive! We loved it!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

My salmon was overcooked to the point of being bone dry. The noise level is high due to all glass walls, so unless you sit in the interior of the restaurant it's difficult to have a conversation when there is a crowd. Service was OK but overall it was a low quality, but overpriced meal.

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m
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Nearly perfect! Just would have liked the lights to be a little lower/more ambient lighting.

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Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has been our umpteenth time dining at Next of Kin Restaurant and I have to say that we are never disappointed. This time we tried the new Potato latke. It was so good we ordered a second and they ran out. The Best Latke I have ever tasted. We also tried the new Carrot humus and it was outstanding. The place was hoping on a Saturday night. It had a great Atmosphere. Highly recommend!!!!!

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JL
Chicago
81 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been to Next of Kin several times now and each visit has been wonderful. We will keep returning.

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