Chicago >Food & Dining > K. Kevin
9 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061041.889975 -87.628637
Neighborhoods: Central, Near North Side
Take your time and money elsewhere... – We have been loyal Kevin guests since it opened. We used to recommed it to many family members and business associates. Unfortunatly after one terrible visit earlier this year ( food was medicore and the service was the worst experience I have ever had) we shyed away. We recently decided to try again as we thought it was an off night but unfortunatly it again was terrible. Our waiter was a rude and crude comedian with no respect for our conversation or dining needs. I have a nut allergy. I told him this yet my salad arrived covered in nuts.. He laughed and said "your passing out on our floor would be bad for business:.. i did not eat my meal and was never asked why. Our guests food was mediocre. Kevin has lost his touch ......I am afraid. There are too many other options in the city that are consistant with their standards of food and service.
Never will return – This review will not be about the food at Kevin, which I found to be excellent at the few times we dined there. I will instead write about the incredible arrogance and indifference of the staff, from top to bottom.
We were part of a party of 6 when I ordered something I've never had, veal tenderloin. When asked how I'd like it prepared, I replied, "However the chef thinks it should be prepared." The entree placed before me was beef tenderloin. When I informed the waiter of the error, he told me that that's what I had ordered. I told him I didn't order that because if I would have I would have ordered this familiar dish rare. The person seated next to me, a newspaper columnist who is paid to hear things correctly, verfied that I had ordered veal tenderloin. Rather than having to wait while the other five enjoyed their entrees and because I honestly hated to see a prefectly good entree wasted, I agreed to take the beef.
When the check arrived, I saw we were offered no consideration or given an aplolgy by the offending waiter. When I brought this to the attention of the matre d', (most notably the nerve of his staff), he nodded in agreeement . . . and did nothing. Since he was Kevin's brother, I wrote Kevin a letter outlining my experience. I received no reply whatsoever.
If that isn't enough, shortly thereafter my mother and three other senior citiizens walked out of Kevin (one didn't, since he's in a wheelchair) after receiving only dirinks and appetizers during 45 minutes.
We have a saying in our family for establishments like this: Take a Good Look. And we have.
Great French restaurant! – I do a lot of business traveling, and always am "up" for new restaurants, preferably French, in the cities I go to. Kevin was highly recommended by a business colleague and I have to say it totally exceeded my high expectations. Exceptional food with unexpected flavor combinations. A total treat from start to finish, and I can't recommend this restaurant highly enough.
wonderful twist on traditional french cuisine – Having read great reviews of this restaurant, we made reservations for dinner for 2 on a Monday night with high expectations. Indeed, every one was exceeded. The atmosphere is pleasant and tastefully decorated, though the restaurant is rather small. The service was exceptional: friendly, very knowledgable and detail oriented. But above all, the food was excellent. I had the lamb, it was done to a perfect medium-rare. The asparagus soup was delicate and delicious: it was drizzled with a fragrant white truffel oil. Our server told us that Kevin had made both of our entrees himself, and we did in fact see him leave the kitchen to talk to some diners. The wine list is interesting, and offers good choices by the glass and 1/2 bottle. From the perspective of two people in the industry, this place is deffinately worth a try.
Greatest restuarant experience I've ever had. – This restaurant was fabulous. I loved every minute. They have a coat check from the minute you walk in free of charge which was nice to walk in to. Then you get your table which is white tablecloth and a single candle in the middle. Very romantic and very personable. I went with my girlfriend and had the best time.
The food was to die for. Every course just got better and better. I had the rak (this site won't let you spell it right) of lamb and it was unbelievable. My girlfriend had the snapper and it was fantastic. The presentation was gorgeous on every dish and was nothing but high class. You do get what you pay for. It was rather expensive, but worth every penny. The serving sizes are quite reasonable as well. We split and appetizer and dessert, and each had our own entre, and it was enough to fill us up. We also shared a bottle of wine, and our glasses were never empty! The service was fabulous, and our waiter (I wish I could remember his name) was the best server I've ever had.
From start to finish, this restaurant was incredible. If you can afford a night out (around $75 a person before gratuity), it is well worth it. I recommend it highly and I will be returning as soon as I possibly can.
great place!! – Went here for my birthday. The food was spectacular. I had the pork. it was tender and in the most amazing sauce. presentation was beautiful. the atmosphere is warm and friendly with lots of wood accents. I would recommend this place to anyone who has a special occasion to celebrate or just wants to have a very nice meal. My only complaint might be that the service was a bit slow, but i was in no rush so i didn't mind.
I hesitate to even tell you . . . – I hesitate to even tell you about Kevin because there's a limit to the number of people they can accomodate in any one evening. This is probably our favorite restaurant in all of Chicago. The food is amazing; it's consistent, imaginative, and always, always fulfilling in every respect to a gourmand's hopes and desires. The tuna tartare is my favorite. The fish dishes are, without a doubt, exceptional though the pork and beef dishes are tasty and inspiring as well. They have an awesome wine list and the perfect setting to enjoy it. The waitstaff is quite attentive also, some more friendly than others, but all professional and courteous. I feel like I've come to know them -- there seems to be no turnover here -- a curious entity in and of itself. If you're looking for an enjoyable and relaxed evening, you could do a lot worse than spending your time here.
Nice Private Room – The chef does a great job with the menu here. They have a really nice private room for a group of up to about 30. Food is very good, reasonable prices
Nice place – I love this place! When I visit, I usually order two to three appetizers and skip the entrees. The appetizer portions are just perfect and the menu is so exciting. The entrees are good as well, but more common and large portioned. Try the foi gras and the tuna tartare! Both are excellent! and with a glass of wine, i'm in heaven!
Consistent! – For all the times my husband and I have visited Kevin, we have not been disappointed. Chef Kevin Shikami and the staff have remained consistent in serving creative food with the freshest ingredients and in delivering exceptional service. After taking time to visit so many other restaurants in our area, it's nice to come back to Kevin for consistency in all that matters! The wonderful service staff has pretty much stayed the same, and that says a lot. The wine list is exceptional with carefully chosen wines by Alan Shakimi. Restaurants and chefs come and go - it's nice to go to a restaurant that has been around for a while and still delivers on all fronts.
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