Our party of seven recently
Our party of seven recently went to Holy Mackerel as a lenten tradition. Hits around the table were the calamari, brie and crab dip, crab stuffed flounder, whitefish, and risotto. The risotto was a little dense for my taste, but overall the food was very good. The service was good, I had to catch our server's eye a couple of times but overall I could not complain.
3/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is getting to be a regular
This is getting to be a regular stop for our dining companions. Choose from either the seafood-focused Holy Mackerel menu or the "meat and potatoes" menu from adjacent Harry Carey's. Food and service are outstanding. Only downside was that, for the first time, we sat in the smaller enclosed area behind the bar and it was a little too noisy for our liking. But that's OK. Next time, and there definitely will be a number of "next times", we'll just ask to be seated in the main dining room.
4/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Consistent in quality and good service. Helpful staff. Not a late-night place (kitchen closes around 9:30).
The individual banana cream pie is worth the visit!! Made in house!
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Shares the kitchen with Harry
Shares the kitchen with Harry Caray's so their a lots of great menu choices.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Seafood in the Western Suburbs
You no longer need to drive to Chicago to find great seafood in an elegant setting. Comfortably appointed Holy Mackerel fits the bill. Good service. No hassle parking. City dining without the commute. I can recommend the fresh oysters, the crab & gorgonzola stuffed flounder, and the seafood risotto. Be aware, desserts are large! We drank wine with our meal, but took note of the beer list. It would be nice to see local microbrews added to the menu to go with those delicious fresh oysters.
6/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Who would've thought in land-locked Oakbrook you'd find such a great fish restaurant? I had amazing salmon with mustard/maple glaze. Not overdone, moist and flavorful, I could've used a squeegee for the glaze. My husband had stuffed flounder that he said was like eating crab legs, not all of the bready stuffing you sometimes get. Kudos to Harry Caray group for creating a wonderful restaurant. The ONLY negative was the key lime pie. It was good, but not great. The waiter recommended the tiramisu, should've gone with that.
7/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
One of my favorite restaurants.
One of my favorite restaurants. No matter what you order it's always good. And you can order from Holy Mackerel's menu and from Harry Carray's menu so you're getting two great restaurants in one.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Some standout dishes!
To start we split the warm crab & brie dip w/garlic crostini. Rich & decadent, a terrific starter.
Per the exec chef's suggestion, I had the scallops. Dry pack scallops w/a potato bacon hash over sweet corn puree and chive oil. I inhaled the dish, I was very pleased with the perfect doneness of the scallops, the mixture of sweet potato & white potato hash with big rough cut chunks of bacon, followed by the sweet corn puree/chive oil. Delicious.
New at Holy Mackerel, when one sits down, you are given the menu to Holy Mackerel but also Harry Caray's
7/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
The Best Sea Bass ANYWHERE
The oyster sampler is outstanding (you get six fresh oysters each of which are from a different area.)
My husband and I go to Holy Mackerel every other Friday for Sea Bass. It's a bit pricey ($36 /ea) but is worth every cent!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been patronizing the Holy Mackerel for over a year now, and it never lets us down. The food is delicious--the fish tacos and rack of lamb are absolute musts! Our favorite server always remembers us and greets us with a hearty , warm hello each time we're there. If you are in the galena/Elizabeth area, this is a must try!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The seafood was very good, drink choices were many, good ambiance for 4 people to talk and catch up.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Dependable Crowd Pleaser
This was my first time at Holy Mackerel and I was quite impressed. The service was friendly, prompt and attentive. The lunch menu was limited (compared to their dinner menu), but had a good variety and something for everyone in our party. All of the food was very good. Wines were a bit on the pricey side, which I've come to expect at many restaurants. I would definitely go back. More details... we went for lunch on Sunday, during a Bears game. The restaurant was empty - literally. There were a few patrons in the adjacent bar area. Our server was excellent. Calamari appetizer was nicely done, but not special. The tomato bisque soup was really good. Kids shared a flank steak and devoured it. The pappardelle was excellent.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM