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The Gage
The Gage

The Gage Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thegagechicago.com
  • Email: info@thegagechicago.com
  • Phone: (312) 372-4243
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Everyday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Weekend Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Gastro Pub
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Madison
  • Public Transit: The Brown, Purple, Green, Orange and Pink Lines drop you off at Madison St. and Wabash St. (just a few blocks from the restaurant). The Red Line drops you off at Monroe St. and State St. (just a few blocks from the restaurant. The 3, 4, X4, 14, 26, 127, 145, 147, 148, and 151 bus routes all stop within a block of the restaurant.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is offered by The University Club at 76 E. Monroe. In addition, there are several parking lots located just steps from the restaurant. The closest lot is the Grant Park Garage which can be accessed from Michigan Avenue. The elevator/escalator at the South end of the garage is located directly in front of the restaurant's entrance.
A word from The Gage
The Gage is a 3-star rated restaurant located across from Millennium Park in a historically landmarked building built in the late 1800s. The Gage offers upscale, yet casual dining in a vintage atmosphere inspired by the gastropubs of Ireland and England. Time Out has said The Gage's menu "covers every craving" and includes Scotch eggs, fresh seafood, locally made sausages, burgers, steaks, salads and Guinness-battered fish and chips. The Libations list features craft beers, interesting wines and a selection of Irish whiskeys and single malts. Open for dinner at 4 everyday, The Gage is also open for lunch at 11 and brunch Saturday and Sunday at 10. The Gage offers the perfect setting for a casual drink, a business meeting or a formal event--refined rusticity--steps from MillenniumContinued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The Gage is a WINNER! Their food is SOO delicious! Love eating here betw 5-5:30 pm to get to CSO for 7pm preconcert lecture. I always request the way-back by the fireplace where conversation in 'indoor voice' is possible. (Noisy vibrant bar scene in the front). Wait staff GREAT! Attend to my time constraints, tho at end dessert sometimes takes longer to arrive than I expected. When I ordered empty glass to share a little beer w/husb, I rec'd glass with just enuf beer(husb had ordered on tap). No expectations on ordering. Split any/all dishes. My fave: Venison burger (I split when ordering other things.) HUGE and comes with fries, tho menu didn't say that."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I'm always proud to take out-of-towners to this fun and super-tasty South Loop gem. Great basics (burger) and always wonderful specials for my foodie friends."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "We immediately ordered the "special pastry" of the day - a pecan cinnamon roll that took WAY too long to arrive at the table and was really nothing special. That ended up being true of the whole experience - none of the food was outstanding. The eggs benedict was served with shaved deli ham. The lobster roll was overwhelmed by onion sticks. The crab cake was a skimpy serving. Overall a disappointing brunch experience, at a restaurant that started with such promise when it first opened."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "amazing food, excellent ambience, friendly service, in short one of the best dining experiences I've had"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The food here was wonderful - there was not an item that my group tried that we did not like. However, it was incredibly loud in the restaurant, making it hard to communicate with each other and with our waiter. It was a crowded Saturday night, and I'm sure that was part of the noise level. It wasn't so annoying that I wouldn't go back, but I would not bring anyone who has trouble hearing; it would be very overwhelming in there. Overall, I think it's worth checking out The Gage."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Every meal I have ever had at The Gage has been outstanding but what puts dining there over the top is the consistently excellent service. Every server I've had is an example of how it should be done and this experience was no exception, in fact it's possible that our server this time was the best ever."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Basic menu. Something for anyone. GREAT burger!!! Fries were a wast of calories. not sure i ever new boring fries existed before those. But def great and easy when looking for late night, good food"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I have only had lunch there which was great. A very nice environment with great service. The staff understood that we needed to get back to work, and provided well paced service. I hade the scallop salad, which was perfect. My friend had the fish and chips and liked it a lot. A wonderful place for a very nice lunch accross from Millennium park."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We had a last minute brunch here after our plane arrived early into Chicago and we were waiting for our room to be ready. We were just looking for a decent place to have brunch. The Gage was comfortable and unassuming, so we were unprepared for the incredible food. My husband had the "what diet" burger. He never finishes anything, but he ate every morsel of that burger - which he proclaimed in the top two if not the best burger of his life (high praise indeed). I had the corned beef hash - a dish I would never usually order. Eggs perfect, hash supple, and the bernaise was out of this world. I have never quite "got" bernaise. It turns out I have just never had it prepared properly. That bernaise is going to stick with me for a while..."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We have been here multiple times and have never been disappointed. The Gage is the perfect choice when you are in the Millennium Park area. The food is outstanding and the energy of the restaurant can't be beat. Be sure to make reservations as the restaurant is understandably always busy!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Great place for a business lunch or dinner. Early dinner was great as 7 pm rolled around the place was quite loud."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Had a reservation for 1pm and showed up 10 minutes early and we were still seated immediately and the place was packed. Very lively during lunchtime but it was a bit too loud. Hard to hear my guest sitting directly in front of me. The server was very courteous and knowledgeable about the menu, however, he was a little slow and we had to ask for the check twice. Not a major complaint! That wouldn't keep me from going again! The food was fabulous! I believe the owner was walking around greeting guests...very nice personal touch by him. Has a great Irish accent that's bewitching. This was my first visit but hopefully not my last."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This was my sixth visit to Gage. We've come for lunch, brunch, dinner. As a couple and in groups. On each visit the servce was really good (preofessional, freindly, attentive). The food has been consistently good and high quality in preparation, taste and presentation. The atmosphere is lively and engaing without being too loud. Definitely recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Always a reliable option for pre-theater or a visit to Millenium Park or the Art Institute. Good for brunch, lunch or dinner!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "this is my third time better and better each time DP"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "This was my fist time at the restaurant, it was a favorite of someone I was lunching with - it was bit loud but the food was really really good"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The Gage is in a wonderful location, and the menu is eclectic and interesting. Everything my party ordered came out very well. I especially enjoyed the peanut butter french silk pie for dessert. We were there during the NCAA Final Four, and the volume in the restaurant was extremely loud. We could not carry on a conversation. It's unfortunate that the bar area does not have more separation from the dining area. Nevertheless, I recommend the restaurant and would go back. One warning is that the menu, though eclectic, is not extensive. I suggest checking the online menu before going to ensure it suits your group's tastes."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Our first trip to the Gage was a Saturday lunch and overall we found the food and service just fine. However be careful where you sit. We were crammed into a small table for two toward the back of the restaurant in a very noisy smaller room. The premises felt narrow and deep and a bit uncomfortable. Next time we will request a table near the front of the restaurant in one of the booths or tables across from the long bar. Like nearly every dining establishment, your experience is heavily defined by where you sit, so whatever happens do not let the hostess take you on a long walk to the rear of the restaurant. Sit at the bar if a poor table is the only option."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Unique decor, cozy feel. Ordered the turkey sandwich but got the buffalo chicken sandwich, didn't matter, was still delicious. Soup of the day was delicious, spicy and creamy. Peanut butter french silk pie is to die for. Best to share"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "When I made the reservation it was based on it's proximity to the BOA theatre. The menu is limited and eclectic. The food was very good and the wine list was varied. Although it's more bar than restaurant we would go again."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Straightforward American food done well. Not a foodie place and they don't pretend to be. Fun place, lively crowd, excellency bar/beer on tap etc. Love this place and come here regularly. Good times."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Something changed. Same name but the food quality and the service have slowly weakened."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Have the Venison burger! Melted in my mouth. Staff was very friendly and service was great! I dig the vibe!."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "My wife and youngest son both ordered the "What Diet?" burger and I had the Marscapone Ravioli. The ravioli was very flavorful. Didn't want to stop eating it. I knew my wife would not be able to finish the burger so I was able to get half of hers (she took a few bites of my ravioli too). I've been eating at a new burger place nearly every week with my son for nearly about 6 months and we both agreed that the "What Diet?" burger was in the top 2 or 3 that we've had so far. Perfectly seasoned, seared, cooked and condimented. (is that a word?) The bun was soft and flavorful and the fries were above average. Definitely a contender! This is definitely a 'got to' place to show off some good Chicago food."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The location is excellent if you are going to a CSO concert. We had a reservation but the first table we were shown was in the bar area which was extremely noisy. We asked to be changed and they gave us the very last booth in the restaurant outside the kitchen area. We felt we annoyed them. The food, however, was excellent. At first a difficult menu to find solid dinner food. Great pub fare and highly unusual. In the end, our party of 3 was quite happy. The food was delicious and the waiter tried hard to please us. Short of forgetting to bring one of us a glass of wine, they made it up by discounting the check. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The Gage is a good choice any time for lunch, dinner, or drinks, but it's an especially good choice when you are heading to or from the Art Institute or Symphony Center, both of which are just steps away. The menu is interesting, and the food is well prepared and nicely presented. Tables are tight and the noise level is high, but the overall experience is always great. Avoid the back room if you don't like to see or hear the kitchen activity."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Leek ravioli was great and the Gage Sundae was fantastic. One of my favorite Chicago restaurants"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Best brunch around....scotch eggs and fried pickles start the feast....all brunch items are amazing but the homemade corned beef hash is the best....we always have brunch after the Shamrock Shuffle but dont think I will wait til next year to go back!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We dined here before a Symphony Hall show and had a very good meal. Although they were delayed in seating us for our reservation which made the timing tight, they sped up service including buying us an appetizer (lamb ribs were delicious) and we got our food quickly and made the show in plenty of time"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "So happy finding the Gage! Walking distance from the Palmer House, upscale dining experience. The food is superb and excellent service! Highly recommended! Open table online reservation is awesome! Secured table immediately."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We had a great time and the food was excellent, but there was an inexplicable backup at the bar- 15 min for 2 draught beers? Would understand (maybe) if was a weekend night, but it was 3pm on a Saturday. Would've been nice to have had them when the food arrived, but when we asked our server again she was able to get them out. Overall a good experience, I'd go back."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The menu is limited and does not reflect the one which is on-line. It was my second time and the menu was almost the same as for Sunday brunch, desert does not look appealing. The noise level is so high that it is impossible to have a conversation, it has a great location, but that's about it. Will not come back."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Great bar with interesting drinks, huge selection of call brands. Excellent food. Interesting dishes. Very loud in front (bar area) and first area of tables. Progressively quieter moving towards the rear. Back areas of seating have excellent ambience. We dinned with my older (much) parents who were initially intimidated by the noise in front but loved the evening, the table, the food and could hear just fine! Great place to go before a concert or show"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I usually get great sandwiches at the Gage but don't order the Brick Pressed Turkey Sandwich, It was crumbled turkey and when I mean crumbled I mean crumbled. Very surprising since we have always had GREAT sandwiches at the Gage. Not sure if it was the Chef's week or what. They have changed their menu a little but need to bring back the good hearty sandwiches. Beef Tenderloin and Pulled Pork."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Food was good, more interesting and creative that we anticipated. Nice decor and service was very good and accommodating. We had a reservation and initially were seated in the front of restaurant, near the bar. It was VERY loud, so we ask to be moved, which they were happy to do. Our second table was not in an ideal location, but considerably better. The host was very nice and suggested requesting a table in the back room when making a reservation. We'll be back."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "The Gage was perfect for my business lunch for two. Roomy booth was comfortable and perfect for conversation. More interesting menu than most restaurants in and near the Loop. I ordered fish and chips but salad instead of chips--light and delicious lunch. He ordered the smoked salmon sandwich and said it was great; it looked fabulous and I will order it the next time. Service was attentive and timely, and we did not feel rushed. I will come back."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Until Wednesday, I have not been impressed by food at The Gage. The venison burger that I ordered and ate changed all of that feeling in one fell swoop. That thing was delicious!!! 'Nough said, the service was great, too."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Great restaurant! The food was fantastic! It was a little noisy but still wonderful. Definitely would go again and recommend!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I love The Gage ever since my friend introduced it to me! Great for a special occasion."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "The Gage was really jumping on Sat., March 15. They were well prepared with delicious food and friendly service and lots of live music….a lively Irish band…..Irish step dancers…bagpipers strolling the tables. We had advance reservations and were warmly greeted, our coats checked, and graciously seated. My 16 year old grandson and I had a most enjoyable lunch!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014