Next of Kin Restaurant

4.5
414 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!
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

That was our first time at this rastaurant.It is very modern and fancy inside, patio is also nice.The only thing is that service is a bit slow.Overall good experiance

K
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I thought the food was average for the price. The famed honey butter fries were bland and the salmon was overwhelmed by the kale that was served with it. Our cocktails weren't anything special either - too sweet. However, the ambiance and our server were both good, so giving three stars for that.

MD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy our dining experience at Next of Kin.

RB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit. I took my mother this time because I inherited the foodie status from her. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals. She was so grateful that I ordered the Honey Butter Waffle Fries for us to share! My entree during the first visit was the avocado toast with smoked salmon. This visit I ate the Egg White Omelette. My tastebuds are ever thankful! I’m planning a third visit!

RK
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Took advantage of the lovely day and enjoyed a table outside for brunch with a friend. The Brussels are always delish and the entrees did not disappoint. My friend had the avocado toast which was anything but “boring” and I devoured the healthy veggies hash-so yummy!

PD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Awesome unique entrees and desserts. Friendly service

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g
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great location, great seating arrangement (were sitting outside), convenient street parking just outside. Service was prompt and cordial. Food presentation and taste are wonderful. Prices are reasonable. Recommended!

F
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Everything was good but the fried baramundi was too heavily coated. However, it was tasty.

F
Chicago
328 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Lovely outdoor eating area and terrific on a nice day. Food is good. Wish there were more prepared salads for those who dont feel like using the salad bar.

OT
Chicago
128 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Terrific meal with attentive service. Bar good, cocktails a touch sweet for our tastes.

c
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was spectacular. They were very accommodating to my food allergies. I'd definitely go there again!

F
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

This is our 5th visit to the restaurant. We have really enjoyed this place and looked forward to our reservation. We were not disappointed by the food but the service was particularly bad, very surprising.

j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience! We went to NoK the first time for my wife's birthday. Lots of hype came with us making our reservations, and I'll tell you that it really was worth it.

We opened with cocktails, the crab & avocado, and tuna tataki, perfect for a summer day on their very comfortable patio. From there, we enjoyed several salads, steaks, pasta and, oh yes, the much-vaunted fried chicken.

Is it the best fried chicken I've ever had? Debatable. I've been to Charles’ Country Pan Fried Chicken in NYC and Willie Mae's Scotch House in NOLA. Mmmmm... That said, the chicken was perfectly seasoned, fried, and accompanied with the cheddar chive biscuit and a side of the mashed potatoes. One thing I'd like: gravy. But, even with that, AWESOME. I'm going to call this a top five in the country, and the two aforementioned and my mom's are the top three.

The service is tremendous. They are attentive and friendly without being overpowering or intrusive.

This is a great addition to Evanston's food scene. We'll be coming back again and again.

WL
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This is an excellent, casual restaurant with terrific food. We were there late on a Saturday night this time and the service, while friendly, was not up to the restaurant’s normal high standards.

CL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our waiter Mike was excellent

KL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

waited over an hour for an outdoor table when we were told it would be 30-35 min. Waitress was not particularly friendly. We ordered the burrata and had 4 at our table. It came with 3 pieces of bread. We would have gladly paid for an extra piece if the waitress would have told us. Been there many times before and the service was just off on Saturday from the hostesses to the wait staff.

r
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, drinks, service. So glad they’re in my neighborhood.

H
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for a birthday celebration on a Monday. The restaurant was almost empty, which was a shame. Our dinners were great and reasonably priced. The service was very attentive, but you might have expected that with so few diners.
We will go back for sure.

CC
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has become a favorite Evanston restaurant; if not my absolute favorite! The design and ambiance of the restaurant is calm, spacious and lovely. The food is always top notch and the cocktails and beverages are unique and tasty. And each person who tends to service makes me feel like Next of Kin. Highly recommend this restaurant!

OT
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Evanston. Sophisticated yet approachable. I would recommend this restaurant to any of my friends in the Suburbs or the City

C
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Such a beautiful restaurant and nice staff!

i
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went here for our 1 year anniversary and were blown away by the kindness of our server, the atmosphere, and the food. It was a phenomenal experience overall. We will definitely be back!!

SS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am presently on a very annoying, very complicated modified diet per my physician. It is insanely difficult to eat out but I looked at their menu beforehand to identify a few things that I knew were safe. I have to ask a ton of questions if I eat out (which is why I don’t very often right now!). Our waitress was beyond amazing, not just answering and double checking with the kitchen when necessary but also being INCREDIBLY patient when I usually feel like I’m going to go down in the history of annoying diners.

Food was great as usual but what really stood out was the service that night!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and great company.

HP
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience and choice of quiet familiar music. Friendly attentive staff. All our food choices were perfectly seasoned, creative without being weird. Outstanding selection of cocktails.

c
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I met two friends I had not seen in a long time here for lunch. We spent a long time catching up before we ordered lunch. The staff did not rush us at all. We got great service. One of my friends didn't like the way her eggs were cooked. The waiter took it back and quickly fixed the problem. He was very apologetic. I would recommend this place for a quiet relaxing place for lunch.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was fine but not great. Based on word of mouth we thought it would be better. There are other places in Evanston I like better. We would probably go back but not as a priority.

KN
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had two great fish dishes and salads and burgers. Everything was fresh and delicious. Not too heavy. Will definitely go there again soon.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, drinks and service were amazing! Thanks Suzana for taking great care of us!

J
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for brunch.

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

My husband and I absolutely adore this restaurant. We are here almost every weekend!
The staff is amazing and the chef is a 10/10. All of the dishes are organic, local, real foods and prepared so beautifully. And the drinks are incredible too! The chef often serves guests personally and is so friendly.
The space is so well done also. It used to be a bank! I once saw the restaurant featured in a design/architecture magazine! It is located right in the heart of downtown Evanston and the energy is great! Young, old and everything in between...I recommend Next of Kin to everyone I know 🙌🏼

w
Miami
38 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Had to send back 2 dishes to be done the way they were ordered.

KP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really a great restaurant!

D
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Undrinkable cocktails. Literally.
Food ... meh. Waffles fries outstanding though.

D
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit I was impressed to see that they effortlessly delivered great food, great service, and great ambiance

WL
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really outstanding food and service in a lively and friendly atmosphere.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whether for a special occasion or casual, spontaneous dining, Next of Kin always delivers a great experience. The space is beautiful and super comfortable. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable about the menu, and helpful honoring dietary restrictions. I love how the menu features lots of fresh and seasonal options, as well as some more indulgent selections. Plus, the cocktails are sublime. Will continue to return and recommend!!

p
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten lunch at the Next of Kin many times and always enjoyed it. This time we went with a group of five. The dishes chosen included burger, kale and beet salad and avocado toast. All were deemed excellent.. The restaurant is attractive, light and airy, looking out on downtown Evanston. Our server was knowledgeable and helpful about the menu and suitably attentive during the meal. Another good experience. We will be back.

SG
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

We went to next of kin to celebrate Father’s Day. I have had great times here before. As had the dad we were celebrating. He ordered fork tender ribs or whatever they were called and TGIF FRIDAYS does them better was the verdict. So they were just meh. My $25 salmon was over cooked and just not good. The kale salad was delicious. And the eclairs were super duper. But for $100, we won’t be coming back except for drinks at the bar maybe.

Next of Kin Restaurant
Responded on June 20, 2019

Hi, Thank you for the candid review. We appreciate your business and will let Chef know your feedback. We hope to earn your business back! Best, Next of Kin Evanston

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MK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience - fantastic wait staff. Interesting cocktail menu and the food was great -highly recomend

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