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
87 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (59)fit for foodies (54)great for outdoor dining (33)great for brunch (32)good for groups (29)special occasion (23)notable wine list (23)great for lunch (18)kid-friendly (17)hot spot (13)vibrant bar scene (10)romantic (9)late-night find (4)scenic view (3)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
  • 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
    • Food
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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.
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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  • 2nd time
    JNJ4DIN
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Just as good as the first time I visited. Service was great. Not over bering, but there when we needed him.Food was great and the overall price for two people including dinner and drinks was right in the wheel house .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Lincoln Square Winner
    EatOutNowVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Impressive beer and wine list paired with wonderfully creative and delicious menu options topped off with friendly and attentive service made for a very enjoyable dinner for 6. We tried half of the menu and there were no regrets. Even though we were stuffed, we tried two of their dessert selections and scraped the plates clean. Easy street parking and outdoor seating make this a real neighborhood gem. Obviously the feeling is shared by many because it was very lively for a rainy Tuesday evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We keep coming back
    GreekpeterVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Fork is our go-to restaurant in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. The food is always top-notch and the ingredients are fresh, thanks to the great work by Chef Tim. Service is excellent, and the extensive selection of beers and wines allows for many creative pairings. We had the pike special and it was exceptional. We started with an appetizer of mussels and finished with desserts (mine was the apple pie/cobbler and my wife had the pudding with butterscotch. On other occasions, we start with the mushroom and grits, which is the best outside of the south and better than most in the south. Another favorite is the poutine. The Quebecois may object, but it much tastier than anything that we ate in Quebec. As for kids, the staff makes it easy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best brunch in town!
    TravelGirlVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    With a great energetic and innovative chef, Fork continues to improve, innovate and amaze. We started brunch by sitting on the patio & enjoying house Bloody Mary's - strong and flavorful - with nice accompaniments. First came the house donuts - this week's flavored with Stout and covered with powdered sugar. Excellent! French toast, chicken/waffles & eggs benedict were prepared as ordered and came with sides of bacon, cooked absolutely to perfection. The bagel and lox were fresh & came with correct amounts of capers, tomato and egg. Service was excellent with the entire staff helpful, efficient & friendly. Finishing brunch w/sorbet & crème brulee was just the right touch, both light & flavorful. A fun, enjoyable brunch experience. A+!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 57 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 731 reviews are from the Fork reviews archive.
  • Great waiter
    JMarc
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    the waiter was hot! and friendly + had extensive knowledge of wines which we greatly appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    csr2006
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We regularly go back to Fork. It has a fantastic menu and great location. The owner is almost always there--definitely takes pride in his business and strives to provide high quality food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food
    Brad
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    I have now been to Fork with groups on two occasions and each time have been surprised by just how creative and tasty the food is. Even though Fork is a little inconvenient for me, I will continue to look for opportunities to go there. We must have tried at least 10 different small and large plates and each one was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mother's day munch
    chick4VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Fork is a very pretty restaurant in a great location. I was weary of the mother's day brunch prior to going and I wish I would have waited to go there when I could order off the menu; the food might have been better. There were a lot of items on the brunch set up and you could order one of three omelets but I did not enjoy the food very much. the line to get food was very long and service was a bit slow. I realize it was mother's day a very busy day, but still I was not thrilled at all with this brunch.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful Dinner Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Can't be beat in the Lincoln Square neighborhood, especially when the weather is nice. Ample outdoor seating, plus with the bay windows open, the inside tables feel like you're outside. Great beer list. Very strong beer list. Interesting food choices--deliciously prepared. Service with a smile. We like everything about the place--we've made three recent visits.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No sacrifice timing for food
    RedPanda
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Drinks and dinner before an Old Town show. Fantastic wine and beer collection, less so on cocktails. Bartender had never heard of White Port cocktail but she did pretty good job with my instruction. Mussels meh. Rest of small plates excellent!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch
    alex
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    It was delicious! The burgers and bacon chorizo dates... might have to come back for those....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Timer
    MrsCats3
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Seated right away, very good service and pleasant. Other 2 people enjoyed their selection, but I was not really impressed with mine. the Cobb Salad was large but did not have much taste and dressing was sparse. The chicken in it was delicious and the bacon, but lots of lettuce. All portions are plentiful and coffee is given very often. Feel it was my selection and will try something else next time. Prices are reasonable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Falls very short
    LincolnSquareGem
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The menu at Fork is ambitious, interesting and very appealing. The problem is the execution. Very very poor and sloppy execution. Just not good food. The menu promises wonderful things, but what arrives at your table is, more time than not, disappointing. I really want to like Fork but until they can get the kitchen and chef talent up-to-par I won't be back.
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  • Great food, confusing service
    rtothej
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    My wife and I love Fork. We had a party of eight with a reservation and all, and the food was plentiful and yummy as were the drinks and things as they always are. I liked the little touches of a candle for our celebration, etc. but having a large group proved complicated. Our server was attentive but at the same time, was confusing about whether gratuity was or was not added by default and he indicated they couldn't split our bill so we had to do a lot of math gymnastics to make sure the bill and gratuity was handled appropriately. This little annoyance marred an otherwise awesome evening. If you go, get the poutine, the farmhouse burger, and the brussel sprouts. They're always amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.