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Central Chicago, Near North Side
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Cuisine: Spanish, Mediterranean, American, Eclectic, Italian, European, Tapas, Continental, International

Price Range : Average


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Ale 819


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Great food and drink with a view!

My husband and friends wanted to take me out for dinner and drinks before meeting up with a bunch of people for my 30th birthday celebration. After finding out that the initial restaurant I wanted to dine at had a 3 hour wait, we stumbled down to Flatwater per the suggestion of a member of our party. Let me just say, what a blessing in disguise that the other place had such a long wait! Everything that we ate and drank here was wonderful! We started with the Gaspacho (sorry if that is spelled wrong), that was definately a loose interpretation, which, in our foody book, is always a pro! There was a hint of cinnamon which made it to die for! My husband and I decided to split our meals. I chose the seared Ahi Tuna, while he picked the Short ribs! YUM! Both melted in our mouths. The other 2 diners in our party had Short ribs as well, and the Pork Chop. My husband and I are usually not Pork Chop fans, but, this dish made us change our mind! Delicious prep, tender, and the fennel mashed potato garnish was amazing!

Oh, and we can't forget drinks! Blueberry Mojitos! AWESOME!!!!

The waitstaff was nothing but accomodating, and at the end of our meal, we made sure to tell our waitress how awesome the meal was. She said she would pass that onto the chef. She wasn't kidding! He came out to speak with us! Told us that their pork chop is custom cut from a vendor up north, that he frequents the local farmers markets for his produce, etc. He was just a joy for us to speak with!

oh, and don't forget the view! Being a chicagoan my entire life, I never get sick of sitting outdoors and looking at my city!

Def give this hidden gem a shot, I think you'll like it!



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Go for drinks and view ONLY

Spectacular location on the water but as expected with these type of tourist restaurants, the food couldn't match the vibe. My wife had the chicken which was tasteless except for the pound of salt it was drenched in. They couldn't even get the grilled broccoli right. My sea bass was rubbery and cold. And again salty. I generally don't complain about restaurant food but in this case I couldn't help it. Truly awful. Too bad because it's really a cool place. Plus the service was slow, although friendly. Skip the food and come for drinks only. Good looking crowd. Awesome view of the Chicago River.



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Great Evening!

My husband and I decided to check out Flatwater. We called earlier in the evening for a reservation...and even though we arrived late, we were quickly escorted to our table. Our server, Cara, came over, introduced herself and asked for our drink order. She then shared a special, took our order and within 15 or less, was back with our entree. The food was great, the service was excellent and the ambiance was beautiful. All in all, we cannot wait to go back and we will definately ask to sit in Cara's section.



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Great mojitos!!!!

I went there many many times in the past... I love this place for its location by the river and live performance on weekends. As far as food, it's okay and hostesses are not the most welcoming out there. However, this past Fri I was nicely surprised with our waiter and service. Plus, we had the best mojitos you can have. Highly recommend the place for a weekend brunch...



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Great ""Hidden Gem"" Dining Destination

This is one of the coolest little dining spots in the neighborhood. Most people go the in the summer to sit on the patio, but i really like coming here in the winter where there are far less crowds and I can still enjoy the same view. The city is absolutely gorgeous by the river. We started coming here a few months ago when we heard there was a new chef at the helm. I have to say that we have consistently had great creative meals here. The staff really seems to know the food and really make a for a enjoyable dining experience. If you come here, you have to get the Ribeye steak. This thing is unbelievable. I like coming here whenever I have freinds in from out of town and it is also the perfect spot for a quiet business dinner.



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Great Restaurant, Great Experience on the River

I visited Flatwater after a not so wonderful dinner over at Fulton's on the River. My friend and I figured we'd do cocktails and dessert since we had just eaten. The energy at Flatwater was popping from the moment we entered the door. We were seated promptly outside on the patio with the water right beneath us. Their was a DJ spinning that night and the music was all good! The crowd was diverse, mature and out for a good time. Although I didn't have any of their entrees, I gave the menu a once over and the selections seems very appetizing. We closed the restaurant, danced and mouthed the lyrics to many classics that night. The next time in Chicago, I will definitely pop in again.



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Wonderful 'Bossa Nova' Brunch

We recently dined at Flatwater for their 'Bossa Nova Brunch' and we had an amazing experience. The location on the river coupled with the live Brazilian band made it quite an unforgettable experience. The menu was pretty diverse with both breakfast/brunch food and some lunch type items. The favorite at the table was definitely the spicy eggs benedict. We really felt like we were on vacation while we were dining at Flatwater. They have done a really good job in creating a unique Chicago experience.



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horrible service, tasteless food, trashy server

first of all, I go in to speak with the host and she was terrible and rude. She said my table was't ready ad that i had to wait at the bar. Instead of asking us to wait!!! Then I have a seat at the bar and the bartender was a show off, someone who obviously has spent too much time bartending and think he owns the place... He kept throwing glasses in the air and bottles, and flipping things, while constatly spraying me with liquor. He didn't eve apologize. VERY RUDE!!! Then When the Host seats me, she seats me upstairs and the table were everywhere! The servers were bringing tables over my head while I was trying to read the flimsy menu. When the server came, I explained that I wasnted to sit downstairs on the lake where I made my reservation. She brought the nasty host up annd she told us, we could only sit downstairs at the bar..outside.... NO THANK YOU!!!!

We tried to make the best of it and our server came over...Looked like trailer trash!! Her name was Lindsay. She had the nerve to start flirting with my boyfriend right in front of me!!!! (Laughing and grabbing his arm, filling his drink, not mie, asking him how his food was not mine) So we left..I do't know who was bothered more, me or my date!!!!

Avoid Lindsay, dont eat, just stand outside and grab a drink, or better yet, aviod flatwater all together.



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Not Recommended

My husband and I have tolerated the less than perfect service because the location and atmosphere are so great. We stopped in for a glass of wine recently, and the new young bartender was very rude and the food was horrible! We're really disappointed as this has been a favorite hang-out for us! We WILL NOT be going back.

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