Fork
Fork

Fork

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.forkchicago.net/
  • Phone: 7737511500x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
    Friday-Saturday: 5:00 -12:00am
    Sunday:5:00-9:00
    Friday - Saturday (bar open until 2am)
    Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:30pm
    Saturday & Sunday Lunch: 2:30-4:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Tim Cottini
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Our Full menu is available
  • Private Party Facilities: Dining room available for up to 160
  • Private Party Contact: David Byers 7737511500x
  • Special Events: Wine Tastings, Beer Dinners, Wine Classes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wilson
  • Public Transit: CTA bus (11 Lincoln, 49B Western, 49 Western, 145 Wilson), Brown Line train (Western), Cabs plentiful
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: 2 Lots 1 block south on Lincoln and 1 block north corner of Lincoln & Western, street parking
A word from Fork
FORK in Lincoln Square offers contemporary American cuisine. We have 30 wines by the glass & flight & 150 Craft Beers. Wine flights, Beer Flights, Cheese Flights, comfortable booths and a modern but cozy atmosphere make this new restaurant a great place for a quiet dinner, or just a few drinks after the show.
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Fork reviews from OpenTable diners
91 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (68)fit for foodies (65)good for groups (38)great for brunch (32)notable wine list (32)special occasion (30)great for outdoor dining (29)romantic (17)hot spot (17)great for lunch (16)vibrant bar scene (14)kid-friendly (12)late-night find (6)scenic view (6)Show More
  • Never disappointed
    Granny
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Love tapas style dining: highlights were roasted root vegetable hash, crab cake sliders, beef medaillons, and lamb sausage flatbread
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • favorite spot
    susanlee07
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Fork has become one of my favorite spots in Chicago. Terrific beer list, food has always been outstanding, love the ambiance, friendly service, always very happy after I leave here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrific food, ambience
    gerlev
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Since I regularly attend shows at the Old Town School of Folk Music, I am often in Lincoln Square for dinner. Fork is consistently excellent--superior pub food-excellent quality, great presentation, superb service, great atmosphere. Terrific beer and wine lists. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly neighborhood restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We live in the neighborhood and keep returning. The service is great and we enjoy the selection of beer and wine. The regular menu offerings are always good, including a variety of mussel dishes and flatbreads.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh...
    DJFFVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I want to like this place. We've tried a few times but after this visit, we will not be back. Host staff is consistently rude. Server had NO grasp of the wine menu. Her wine knowledge extended to "Argentina wines are usually spicy!!!" We requested spicy, full body and ended up with a fruity malbec. I guess she was wrong about Argentina. Tables are crammed together but they always refuse to open the back room. It's all the same restaurant - I never understand this. For $100 we got dry brisket, an average chicken burger, a fruity Malbec and below average service. Won't be back again.
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  • Loved it!
    Lovesit
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    This place is great! Yummy drinks of all sorts. Great wine and beer flights!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious, as usual
    DaveinChicagoVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We brought a friend visiting from New York. We enjoyed the salmon special while he opted for the beef burger. Everything was great but the garlic cilantro fries were a very big hit. The salmon and the burger were cooked perfectly. Our server, Nico, was a delight as always -- attentive, friendly, fun, but not intrusive. We had a great meal (again!).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time for dinner
    Lemecquiaimelevin
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I had been here for brunch before, but hadn't for dinner. Service was great, food was pretty good, though the bf had heartburn from something he ate the rest of the night. Overall, enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LeeLee
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Service by Adam S was outstanding. Food was very tasty. Would definitely go back again. Great menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner spot
    PadC
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    As always, friendly service and unbeatable wine choices. The zucchini "spaghetti" was a great surprise. Perfect for pre-show at the Old Town School of Folk Music or a casual night of wine flights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All-around amazing
    GoinOutIsCityLife
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Everything was far above average. The staff was amazing in guiding our dining experience, including the executive chef. would recommend this place for anyone looking for refined food and wine pairings
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CJWT
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Always tasty and a variety of beverages to choose from. One of my favorite spots!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love this place!
    sarahb
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I have been here many times now and am always impressed: with the quality of food, the preference for local or sustainable, with the flexibility of creating your own beer or wine tasting flights. This is a great places to learn beers and wines. The beet and goat cheese salad is fantastic, as are the bacon dates with chorizo and the French charcuterie flight. Also, even when it is very crowded, it is still quiet enough to have conversation without struggling to yell/hear each other.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food is FANTASTIC! The outdoor seating is nice and the big open windows make indoor seating pleasant as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great wine choices
    ChikindVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Many reasonable and interesting wine choices. Menu somewhat limited. Food good but not exceptional. Service could be more attentive.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good before a movie at Davis
    kktaylorVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Fun atmosphere. Out door patio seating and tables at open windows. I also noticed that they have big U-shaped banquettes that are good for 6 people. Service was excellent. The menu is unusual with many locally sourced items. Some dishes we loved and some we didn't. The shrimp is farm raised and has a mushy texture. I wouldn't order it again. They have an unusual plate of pickles that we loved. Also, wine flights and cheese flights. The homemade sausages are excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great fit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I searched fir a good restaurant near a comedy show nearby and I found "Fork". Nice menu, very good service. A little too warm inside. I need to get back to try some other menu choices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Love their seasonal menu and local source meat and vegetables. The service is always great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unassuming but very impressive
    SDenzer
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Casual atmosphere w/ high end food. Really well done flavor combinations, all presented beautifully. Totally unpretentious ambiance with food that totally impresses. I would have paid much more for pretty much every dish we tried.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice
    Eddie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our three-party group truly enjoyed our recent dining experience at Fork. The food was great and our waitress was wonderful, and the reason our overall rating is "outstanding."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    MCS1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We loved this restaurant. Already made reservations for tomorrow night. The wine flights are a great way to taste several wines. The food was amazing in particular the dates and the Mac and cheese. We loved they kept bringing warm clean plates between dishes. We
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We'll be back
    Jane24
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had a charcuterie plate, the duck poutine, and the chorizo-stuffed-bacon-wrapped dates. All were beautifully presented and delicious. It was tough to choose from the menu as so many of the items sounded so good. It was fun sitting inside at an open window so we could people-watch as we ate on this beautiful Sunday afternoon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hit and a miss
    HPas
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The wine is yummy and the flights are fun. The desserts were disappointing though.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Just warm enough to have the A/C on, but it wasn't. And my table wasn't by the window, so it got hot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my go to places
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I eat here often. i love the menu and the service is great. My one complaint is that when this restaurant gets really busy the food is inconsistent and its disappointing when you order a favorite item and it isn't up to par
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service the only real misstep
    Rscar1VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The host was great. Not that she was awful, but our server was a bit remote, not very warm/welcoming and distant(non-attentive). Our server needs to take a page in guest-facing style from the host.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great value!
    JRobs
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Fork is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. There are plenty of the trendy items that foodies love as well as classic favorites without the downtown Chicago prices. The staff is always friendly and accommodating, and give great recommendations for both food and drinks. Many of the menu items change seasonally and I have never been disappointed by anything I've tried. They have great oversized booths for small groups and a side room for larger groups. The ambiance is always nice, upbeat but not too loud. If you're looking for something on the lighter side, Fork has an extensive cheese and charcuterie menu with options for parings or creating your own combinations. One of the great gems of Lincoln Square!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't buy the hype
    OmegaSD
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This was my second visit ever, and I was rather disappointed. My girlfriend had been recently and said the service was not good along with pricey though decent food, but I thought I'd give it another shot. We dined with my parents and things started okay. The server was friendly and helped with recommending drinks and food choices. However, the waiter forgot to put in my order with the others, so I only received it when literally everyone else was ready for desert. I ordered the salmon special but found it quite bland (the sides were good though). I expected more from a place that is so hyped and priced as such. It's probably good for drinks, as their selection of wines and beers is good, but I honestly don't think I'll go back for dining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food was really good, we were a bit rushed on occasion by an over-zealous wait staff but all in all a good place. Great for sharing small plates, etc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Timeer and Happy!
    FaceVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We came in for a late bite after having found the place on OT. We were both very happy to discover this great spot. Great wine list with cool flight options, same for the charcuterie and cheese. Great menu, and friendly service. The bartender was taking care of us and he was super nice and helpful. Thanks! We'll be back.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brunch
    SSSA
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Didn't know anything about Fork. Found it by chance looking for a midway point for a family brunch with my adulT kids who live in the city. Reviews looked good and they took reservations. It was a beautiful day and Lincoln Square was bustling - great neighborhood. Got seated promptly. Service was excellent. Between the 6 of us we were able to have the Hangover cure, chicken and waffles, chiliquias (sp?) and a few others. Food was excellent. Ambiance was very nice. Windows were open to the sidewalk and our table was very comfortable. I'll be back and will allow extra time to enjoy the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
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  • Great room for summer dining
    DiscriminateDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Went here for a casual Thursday nite dinner on a beautiful summer night in Chicago. Loved that the walls/doors slide open giving you an outdoor feel in the dining room. We chose the dining room over the sidewalk, because the tables are very close on the sidewalk and there is no privacy between tables. The eggplant caviar smear is exceptional, the buratta smear with the tomato jam is not to be missed, the mussels were tender and flavorful and the broth was great! The fresh ham on the Fork flight, was more fat than meat and when we mentioned it to the waiter, it was replaced with excellent ham within minutes. We also had wine flights which were good as well.
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  • I'd go back
    nledVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Mussels were suberb. Butterscotch pot du creme worth the calories. Everything we ordered was tasty, cooked well and presented well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 58 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 742 reviews are from the Fork reviews archive.
  • nice neighborhood spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Wanted to get away from the River North/West Loop scene and somewhere more "neighborhood" - we found it! VERY good food (small plates) and good casual atmosphere. Good out door seating too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant gone bad
    Ih2kpmVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This used to be one of our favorites. The food and service are still terrific, but the noise level was unbelievably high. There were more kids in the place than we've ever seen there before. We asked to be re-seated because we couldn't carry on a conversation. We will probably not return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AMAZING!!
    Jill
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    This restaurant is an absolute gem in the Chicago area. We ordered a couple wine flights and assortment of small plates and flatbreads. Everything was beautifully presented and, even better, tasted wonderful. Service was excellent and the ambiance was cozy. We closed the place down and no one pushed us out. The check was extremely reasonable for all that we ordered. Will return often when in Chicago!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Fathers' Day brunch
    blueskies
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Our large intergenerational party had a wonderful brunch at Fork on Fathers' Day. The brunch offerings appealed to our variety of tastes. Everything was delicious. Special kudos for the eggs benedict florentine, the chicken and waffles, and the bacon-wrapped dates. The fact that there were so many families in the restaurant is a tribute to the welcoming style of a spot that is also very appealing to adults, with its extensive and thoughtful wine, beer and cocktail lists.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem!
    ChitowngirlVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Great service, great food! For brunch, I usually get one of the scrambles or chilaquiles. However, the eggs benedict is great, as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • Fun girls night before a show!
    Emmykins132000
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We went here before seeing a concert down at Old Town School of Folk Music and had a few drinks and dinner. We just ordered a bunch of things and shared, everything was great especially the poutine! The sidecar drink was to die for and the bartender even made a mommytini for my pregnant friend. We sat outsider and it was a beautiful night. Will definitely visit again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too salty
    Diner
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Everything was over salted, and mediocre at best. I had the duck club, and it was mostly bread. The flat bread pizzza was unexceptional. The beer list is extensive, but the glasses were small.
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