MK The Restaurant
MK The Restaurant

MK The Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.mkchicago.com/
  • Phone: (312) 482-9179
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Served Nightly Beginning at 5:30pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian, French
  • Executive Chef: Erick Williams
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: mk is considered one of the "50 Hottest Restaurants in the World,” according to Condé Nast Traveler and can suit your needs to any private dining event large or small. The private dining room is perfect for an intimate dinner or a large cocktail party for 60 people. mk’s chefs and staff can also prepare a special dinner for you at your home. Our staff can also help pair the perfect wines for your event. We can also coordinate all the details from menus to flowers.



    Contact Kate Gaddi, private dining coordinator:(312)255-9179 kgaddi@mkchicago.com
  • Special Events: mk is perfect for special dining events of any occasion or size whether it’s a private dinner for a dozen people, a large dinner for 50 or a cocktail party for 60. The sophisticated dining room is located on the second floor overlooking the city’s spectacular views.



    If your plans include more than 50 people, mk’s main dining room is perfect for a lunch or evening event. Evening events are subject to a food and beverage minimum. mk’s staff can help pair the perfect wine with each course. Event planner Kate will coordinate any flower arrangements, AV and sound equipment as well as special food and wine menus for your event.



    mk can also come to you! Call us about the possibility of our chef and staff preparing an intimate dinner to suit your needs and tastes.



    Contact Kate Gaddi, private dining coordinator:(312)255-9179 kgaddi@mkchicago.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Chestnut
  • Public Transit: Chicago (Brown Line)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking is also available.
A word from MK The Restaurant
mk The Restaurant celebrated 15 years of casual fine dining with unrivaled hospitality this past November. We have renovated our bar, lounge, and dining room and Chef Erick and his team have a beautiful new spring menu along with a small bite menu available only in the bar and lounge. Our new bar features window seating and more than 60 new craft spirits to choose from. Our private dining room with its skyline views is suitable for all of your catering and special event needs.

Come in and experience for yourself why Food & Wine magazine said,“Windy City diners are blown away by mk."
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MK The Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
266 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (203)special occasion (179)notable wine list (128)romantic (124)neighborhood gem (81)good for groups (67)hot spot (61)late-night find (10)vibrant bar scene (10)great for lunch (5)scenic view (4)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Excellent meal with great service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    Went to MK for my girlfriend and I's second anniversary. Loved the space right away and was immediately greeted warmly by the host who checked our coats. Service was great with very helpful and knowledge able server who's name unfortunately I can not remember. Dinner was good from start to finish and drinks were on point. Desert menu was playful and did not disappoint in execution. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection on Franklin Street
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We had an absolutely fabulous experience Saturday Night at MK. The remodel looks great from the outside in and the food was off the charts delicious and beautifully presented. We were lucky enough to be seated in the loft looking out upon the restaurant with its earthy vibrant decor and interesting curves. The scene below was active but not busy. When the food came we were impressed from the start. While the fresh bread could have been served a bit sooner it was worth the wait and the meal was good to last bite, lick the plate enjoyable. Highly recommended for a couples night out or a fantastic date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food. Awesome service.
    JayInBoston
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Found MK on Yelp and Open Table. Decided to go there for my brother's birthday - my treat. Got there early, enjoyed a drink made by Nico. I asked the m'aitre d to sit at a table serviced by Julio and he accommodated. Julio was awesome - great sense of humor and service. Meal was fantastic, service was fantastic, atmosphere was great. Thank you, Open Table and MK staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Dishes and Service
    AustinTexasFoodies
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We made reservations at MK during our trip to Chicago based on the reviews we read online and the unpretentious feeing we got from the website. We were so right. Despite the chic setting, our server, Tino, made us feel like we were in our own dining room. He gave us fantastic recommendations -- we ended up ordering the octopus appetizer, the seasonal tasting menu for 1, and the tuna entrée. We shared everything and were both pleasantly surprised that NONE of the dishes were misses! Each protein - octopus, quail, venison, tuna - was prepared and cooked with care and was more tender than the next. After our meal the chef, Erick, was making the rounds and asked us about our experience. He was so friendly and nice, and certainly did not give us attention because we were the highest rollers in the restaurant. Service above and beyond! If MK were in Austin, it would be a frequent spot for us. We will definitely come the next time we are in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic, great food, local
    niki81
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Loved this place. We are tourist, but loved that this felt so local. MK is a classic, not trying to be hip or pretentious. The food was outstanding- we had oysters, brussel sprout salad, tuna, salmon, pommels frites, and the famous s'mores dessert. We loved our dishes and found. Great flavors, and large (but not obscene) portions. Our waitress was very helpful and attentive. We enjoyed their extensive wine and bourbon list as well. We would visit again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Experience
    KCMC
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    I had the special Alice Waters tasting menu and it was out of this world. The food and wine pairings were amazing. I would definitely eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Usual wonderful food and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Imaginative cuisine well served.friendly nonpretentious service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and Ambiance
    rlbanks102VIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Staff are professional and friendly. We got stuck in rush hour traffic and were late. Had they told us they could no longer accommodate us it would have been acceptable, but they found a way to make it work. Food is very good and portion size is perfect. You can enjoy each course and not leave feeling bloated or hungry. Wine list is ample. I really enjoy MK!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • years of consistent excellence
    goodfoodfirstVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    My wife and I have been dining at mk for over 15 years now, and it never disappoints. We recently did the tasting menu with some friends and had a wonderful experience. The quail and the lamb were particularly awesome. Scott, our waiter, was attentive without being overbearing and was fun. Kudos!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Chicago
    HappyGoLuckyVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    From seating to leaving, you'll be dazzled with amazing drinks, friendly service and exceptional food!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    FacarpVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Every aspect of our evening at MK was fabulous. Our server was outstanding. Great food, beautifully presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • IslandChicGolferGirlVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Excellent food and service! We arrived for a 5:30 reservation and was a bit early so we had cocktails in the lounge. It took awhile before we were seated. We had to actually remind the receptionist that we reserved for 5:30. But the food and service were top notch!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MK Lives up to its Reputation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    I took my wife to MK for her birthday. I got the tasting menu and my wife ate the Bison Filet. Everything on the tasting menu, especially the lamb and quail was excellent. Steve our server was attentive and very prompt. The Pinot Noir we ordered was also delicious. It is expensive but the product was worth the cost.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum yum yum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The only way this evening could have been better was if I had been able to eat more! Our server Sandra was incredible, great service, great recommendations! We started with the crab bites which two of us split...and then had another order. If you are a crab fan at all, grab them. (Next time I would make a double order an appetizer just for me!). The foie was marvelous, with a pumpernickel gore loath as an incredible tasty detail. I hope the dishwasher knew that the plate should be washed even though it went back very clean! The steak was good, but I couldn't finish it. I did find room for the some mores dessert, and I did indeed want "some more" it was that good. only flaw? They never offered more bread. Tho it left more tummy room!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Way too noisy. Bad table right under the speakers. Food pretentious but very good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great get-away meal
    chiguest
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This restaurant was a success from start to finish. We were informed when our table was slow to clear, and encouraged to enjoy drinks on the house, to make the wait more enjoyable. Each item --both those ordered and those from chef -- was an intriguing and delightful plate. Various food restrictions were easily accommodated, and no one left hungry!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    FrenchBabyVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Wife and I went here the night after our disappointing North Pond experience. MK saved the culinary portion of our trip. From the minute we entered the restaurant we had a perfect dining experience. We had the oysters, figs and fresh made pasta for starters followed by the whitefish and lobster (wife) and New York sirloin for myself. Everything was perfectly prepared. I highly recommend the pasta dish and the oysters. Desert selections were also fantastic! Wait staff was tremendous as our glasses were always full and we never had to ask for anything. I highly recommend MK for a special occasion dinner while in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always
    luvgreatfoodVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Fantastic dinner and great wine pairing options. Service first rate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is my favorite restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    It is phenonenal from the beginning to the end. The food, drink and atmosphere are superb. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cosy ambiance with excellent food
    MuncherVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    It was a cozy restaurant with good food & excellent service. We noticed that it was very popular with couples as the ambiance is very relaxing. Service was very good, attentive & overall well done.We will return again when we visit our college daughter in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd time, quality stands. service impeccable.
    TabetoVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    my only comment could be on the wine list. the offering is limited. Other than that, GO AND ENJOY
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oysters and Ahi fabulous!
    laquintaladies
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We loved this restaurant. We were seated near the maître d's station, so had a clear view of everything going on. Our waiter was flawless and even brought a "tasting" of figs and goat cheese and we were planning to order that anyway! How did he know?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • metalsman
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Excellent service, wonderful food, but the noise level was uncomfortable. In addition, the activity surrounding our table was not what one would expect from a restaurant of this caliber and price level - it was very distracting. Every few seconds, someone was rushing by with plates and/or trays; people would occasionally bump into my wife; this was not a place for a quiet romantic dinner, but if you have a large group and don't mind the noise - this would be an excellent choice for a higher end venue...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food & service
    slr7VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    MK deserves its reputation for a place for wonderful food and service. And, my party of 2 friends trying to "catch up" did finally ask for a table in the bar so that we could talk and not be disturbed by constant traffic. We were given 2 table options, right on on the high traffic aisle and right behind 2 large parties. Both tables were also oval shape so we even felt too far away from each other to talk over the noise of the table behind us. But, we found our own solution and very much enjoyed our dinner. Next time will go with a group of 4+.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy place with great ambiance
    VisitorfromAtlanta
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Wonderful atmosphere with great professional service that can not be outdone. Excellent menu with choices for everyone prepared to perfection.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Tremendous experience to celebrate our engagement. Food was absolutely delicious, staff was so genuine and congratulatory - absolutely awesome ambiance. We will no doubt be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Long history of dining innovation
    ZeusGuyVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    My first time to MK though my friend had been there many times and its been around for >15 years. Bit of an offbeat location and unassuming exterior. Very nice interior. We sat upstairs. Menu is chef Michael Kornick channeling Alice Waters. Too many good things on menu! Started with amuse bouche then Crab Toast. She had the cinnamon squash soup (nice but not my thing). The octopus was wonderful. Wish I had had enough room to order the dill silk hankies. I had the salmon - delicious - because she wanted the tuna - even better! We both enjoyed the brussel sprouts. For desert she enjoyed the 'how ’bout them apples' but I was happy I had enough room to savor the you’re killing me s’mores. Graham cracker ice cream -- absolute joy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An evening to remember
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Went with a group of 8. Fantastic service. Fantastic food. Extra food given at no charge. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The food and service are outstanding the drinks and bread sticks are the best I have had in a long time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenomenal, the Best in Chicago!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    MK is a beautiful restaurant. It is cozy and warm. The staff is amazing. They are super friendly, eager to help, and very knowledgable in the wine and food that they serve. All that aside, the good here is nothing short of amazing. The wine list is a true prize! MK has an amazing menu with quite a mix of different foods. We had 5, yes 5 different appetizers, all beautiful and delicious. The entrees were also stellar. Do not, I repeat, Do Not skip dessert here! Mmmm you would be missing out. This is my new favorite restaurant in Chicago, maybe anywhere! Go here and eat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some details nailed
    hamandeggs
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Celebrated son's 21st (let MK know ahead of time) and they had custom drink/tasting menu printed that said happy 21st. Nice touch. It wasn't communicated to the waiter, although he covered well and extended his hand to wish my son a happy birthday. Creative drink menu, fantastic wine menu (if not a bit over the top with prices), and well executed food. Great job mixing ingredients / enhancing natural flavors without overwhelming the main ingredient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded our expectations
    kristiev
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    MK turned out to be one of the very best dining experiences we have enjoyed anywhere in the world! The ambiance is a combination of elegance with a fun vibe. Since one of us ordered the 6-course tasting menu, but the rest wanted a la carte, our server Nicole assured us that she would time everything perfectly for the entire table. She truly exceeded our expectations by enhancing the meal with offerings from the tasting menu so that we were all served every course simultaneously. Each dish was exquisite in flavor and presentation! The octopus, Brussels sprout salad, foie gras and bison were standouts. And to make the experience even more memorable, Chef Michael Kornick happened to be on site and chatted with us several times during the meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cool Restaurant - Alright Food
    iEatfoodVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The inside of the restaurant has awesome architecture and service was great. Food was sub-par, especially for its high ratings and prices. Lobster was very chewy. Butternut squash soup was pretty good. Not recommended.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not what I remembered
    businesstravelrfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    It's been several years since I was here, my memories of the food and service previously were more positive than the actual experience was this time. We did the Alice Waters inspired tasting menu - a couple of standouts in the cauliflower soup and the quail which were both very good. I was disappointed in the wine pairings, table side descriptions got increasingly perfunctory as the night got busier and the choices were somewhat less than inspiring.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kerry
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We reserved a table for a business dinner and our clients really enjoyed their time here.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best!
    Special4045
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Always consistently excellent. Go- to spot for an amazing meal, year in and year out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good, but not exceptional
    JimP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    MK will provide you with a solid dining experience. The staff were all very friendly, though our waiter was a bit aggressive in pushing for the full appetizer, entree, dessert, wine experience. The menu was a bit slanted toward fish/seafood, so those not prone to seafood might find fewer selections to their taste. The food was all very well prepared. The prices were a bit high given the small portions, even for a good, city restaurant. It is very likely that everyone in your party will be satisfied with the meal, but noone is likely to be wowed by MK.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved MK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Food was outstanding and prices were reasonable. We will return whenever we visit Chicago.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    One of the best meals I have had in a long time, every course, no matter how small the bite was delectable. The server was extremely knowledgeable and helpful, but not intrusive, even the design was appealing with good music. Without question, I would highly recommend and try as many different dishes as it was simply a delicious dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • one of the best restaurant
    yoyoVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    it is one of the best restaurants in Chicago. You should try the tasting menu which change every month. its really good experience of MK the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic