ChefCJ
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  • Review Count
    2
  • Helpfulness Votes
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  • First Review
    December 28, 2014
  • Last Review
    February 2, 2015
  • Featured Reviews
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  • Average Rating
    3
 
 
ChefCJ's Reviews
 
South Water Kitchen, adjacent to Chicago's hip Hotel Monaco, is a neighborhood restaurant offering American Home cooking. As a tribute to the kitchen table, South Water Kitchen remembers the time when the kitchen was the center of the home and the family meal was the most important time of the day.
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Promising, but ultimately disappointing
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/02/2015
 2011
Dined on 2/02/2015
 2011
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We didn't come for the Restaurant Week menu, but selected two meals from it. The server said the cornish hens were sold out but offered an airline chicken breast as a substitute (though he had a hard time describing an airline chicken breast--I had to do it for him). When the runner brought the dish, though, it contained a game hen that was cooked through but cold inside, suggesting it had been cooked in advance and reheated. My husband sent it back and asked for the pot pie, as I had. The flavor of the gravy and the puff pastry were excellent, but the texture of root vegetables was inconsistent--most were hard, some were tender. Very unpleasant to chew.
Throughout the meal, I watched the cooks in the open kitchen. Mostly they stood around and talked; very little cooking went on. Granted, it was a quiet night (the night after the blizzard of 2015) but really. At one point, one cook yawned widely, facing the dining room with his open mouth, while three others joked and danced.
Dessert: bread pudding was petty good, but the German chocolate cake was actually a dry cupcake with a spoonful of the classic filling on top and a tiny scoop of ice cream. Very trendy, but dry. But the nail in the coffin was the coffee. To me, it smelled bitter and burnt, which my husband confirmed upon tasting it. You know there's a problem when you add cream...twice...and it still looks like dark chocolate. My husband chose not to send it back as he had already sent back the cornish hen, but he later asked for a fresh cup, which was better.
First and last visit. Chicago is full of terrific restaurants--we should never settle for average."
Dined on 2/02/2015
 2011
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Located on beautiful Hilton Head Island, Chart House overlooks picturesque Skull Creek. Combine the extraordinary setting with outstanding cuisine & it’s not hard to see why this restaurant is a local favorite. Since 1961, Chart House has been dedicated to providing the ideal dining experience. With 28 historic, waterfront & showcase locations across the U.S., Chart House offers spectacular views & exceptional service that you’re sure to enjoy. From seafood specialties to succulent steaks, our renowned chefs have tailored a menu to complement local cuisine while introducing a hint of the exotic. Choose from our famous entrées such as Pan Seared Scallops, Macadamia Crusted Mahi & our Slow-roasted Prime Rib. We also offer a daily selection of fresh fish, Lowcountry options, an extensive wine list & decadent desserts like our famous Hot Chocolate Lava Cake.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Especially enjoyed the ambiance
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/26/2014
 2011
Dined on 12/26/2014
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Our visit to the Chart House-Hilton Head Island was very nice, with one exception: my entree, grilled catfish on a bed of grits, arrived surrounded by a pool of extremely hot (spicy) tomato jam, which was not mentioned in the menu description. I could not eat the sauce, or the grits that touched it, period. I asked the server for a second plate to move the fish and grits, which were both delicious, out of the sauce. After the meal, I explained to the server and manager (no one inquired earlier), and both apologized and said they would ask the chef to adjust the recipe.
Everything else was very good. Especially delightful was the music provided by a young singer/guitar player. Excellent voice, great song choices from a variety of genres and eras. The sunset view was also a bonus. In all, a very nice evening."
Dined on 12/26/2014
 2011
Special Features: scenic view, special occasion
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