A friend told me about this pub that was built in Ireland and reconstructed in Chicago. I love pubs and Fado's was terrific. Has great ambiance, I took lots of pictures. The exterior doesn't really announce that there's a neat pub inside.
Glad I reserved for dinner, it was Derby Day -the place was pretty full, but it didn't affect the quality of the food or service.
They perfectly poured the Black & Tan and the Blacksmith. Our server was very friendly & attentive. Food was great, served hot & quick; reasonable portions. Fish & chips were crispy & hot, not greasy. Shepard's Pie was terrific (fortunately she shared!) Another got the Reuben and was content. Couldn't pass up Guinness Ice Cream on brownie, or the delicious bread pudding.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
I took a group there after a graduation, and we couldn't have asked for better service, better food, and better ambiance. And extremely reasonable to boot!! Thank you fado for making our special occasion even more special.
FYI - have the Shephard's Pie and the Bread Pudding. To DIE for!!!
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Irish Food!
I really enjoy Irish food, so I'd been waiting to eat here for a while. Had the Sheppard Pie and it was awesome! One of the best I've had. Was pleasantly surprised by the 3-for-$10 app deal and reasonably priced drinks (would make a great place for happy hours). Bartenders were really friendly and helpful in picking a drink, but the poor table service from our waitress left us at odds on whether to come back or not. Maybe we'll just get carry-out next time
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is the nicest interior design of any Irish pub in Chicago and maybe America & Ireland too! Be sure to see the upper floors.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Irish food yet
Came to Chicago for a bachlorette party and was surprised by the food quality here. Seating alittle uncomfortable with 5 people around 2 2' circle tables. Would return for casual dinner or appetizers.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service and food!
I really love this place. Great Irish fare, and really wonderful service every time. The servers are so friendly and happy to answer questions on the drink or food menu. I always look forward to going back!
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
As welcome as family
We were there for a birthday. It was like they were part of our celebration. Attentiveness, courteous and just a pleasure to be there. The food was great but the atmosphere is what I would return for. Just a wonderful place.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
fado - almost like being in Ireland
We chose fado because our sons and a friend had spent a semester in Wales and Ireland a couple of years ago and we thought we would re-live some of their memories together. According to one of my sons: "that's the best Guinness I've had since the brewery!"
The ambiance was charming, our waitress was outstanding and helpful without being bothersome. We fell in love with her brogue.
Our table had the pulled lamb french dip, the all-day Irish breakfast, the shepherd's pie, and the fish and chips. Everything was delicious and authentic... down to the vinegar on the table for the fish and chips. We ended the meal by sharing the chocolate brownie with Guinness ice cream. The friend, who is living in Chicago, plans on returning.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Appetizer special! 3 for 10
Outfrickingstanding appetizers. We had the fish tacos, cheese puffs, and lamb covered chips. Big portions and all were delicious. Service was very attentive but not hovering.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun place with good food
Overall a very enjoyable evening. Great fish and chips
10/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
We were five older women having a reunion. Loved the building and the manager who was willing to show us the architectural detail and talk about the history. We had drinks and dinner and were pleased to sit upstairs so that we could talk and laugh in relative quiet (downstairs is wonderfully loud, of course) and not be in the way or feel the need to free up our table. We were there for three hours. The food was very good - had to try the fish and chips and found them to be perfect. Our wait-person was charming, fun, and efficient.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was a great place for a
It was a great place for a large group celebrating a birthday, and the beer was fantastic!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
WHAT AN AMAZING FIND!!!
Eight of us girls went downtown to see a show and then out to dinner. We decided on fado because it was close to our theater. What a great choice. They had our table waiting for us when we arrived and sat us right away. Our server was friendly and took our drink order as soon as we sat down. They had loads of beers on tap which allowed for many 50/50 combinations. Most of our group ordered the Shepard's Pie which is toped with Colcannon and served with a yummy salad. It was so delicious that everyone cleaned their plates. The rest of the group ordered the Lamb dip. Another spectacular choice. The lamb was so tender and the dipping gravy was perfect. Would definitely go here again and again.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good food, good times
Went to Fado for a birthday party, they accommodated our large group (10) very comfortably! Every single appetizer and entree ordered was head & shoulders above standard pub fare. Food was flavorful and paired with a delightful pint was absolutely perfect for a chilly fall night in Chicago. My lone complaint about Fado is the lack of hostess...parties are kind of left to find their table themselves or attempt to flag down a manager.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoyable Saturday night
There were 8 of us that dined at Fado. We were cousins that hadn't seen each other in 30 years! We were thankful that we were on the second floor, as the first floor was loud, and definitely the bar scene. We were also appreciative that they took reservations.with our larger party. Service was great! Food choices and prices were reasonable. Overall a very good experience.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM