The Gage
The Gage

The Gage

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thegagechicago.com/
  • Phone: 3123724243
  • 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 Millennium
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The Gage reviews from OpenTable diners
475 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (244)great for lunch (200)vibrant bar scene (198)hot spot (143)neighborhood gem (136)great for outdoor dining (128)good for groups (107)great for brunch (91)special occasion (85)notable wine list (57)late-night find (54)scenic view (53)romantic (37)kid-friendly (25)Show More
  • Great Atmosphere/Disappointing Food
    clchicago
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The atmosphere and service at the Gage were great but the food was kind of disappointing -- especially for the price. My beet salad was delicious but my entree (chicken & dumplings) was bland and cold when it arrived. I have friends who really love the place, so I will probably give it another try for a beer and a burger.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    10 minute wait at table before a server came to ask if we wanted coffee or tea and the bad service just continued. Though pleasant, the server did not bring out the entire order and had to be asked where some of it was. We sat with dirty plates once done for a long time and had to ask for them to be removed. Each time there was an excuse (oh, I though t someone else would bring that to you) rather than an apology. Food however, was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lively Atmosphere, Good Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My dining experience at The Gage was pleasant and memorable. Had an initial bad experience with the person that seated us. We had reservations, once we arrived we requested a booth. He took us directly to the back by the kitchen. It was too hot back there and I said I did not mind waiting longer until another booth, or table, became available near the front. He immediately got an attitude and his response was unpleasant. Once we got past that and given another seating, everything took off. Our waitress was EXCELLENT. Food was delicious. The manager came to check on us to see if we were enjoying ourselves. He was extremely kind and attentive. The rest of the evening made up for the bad beginning. I recommend The Gage and will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All the rage
    aficionado
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great food and good ambiance. When I go to the Art Institute, this is my pick for lunch. Did not have any disappointing experience with this place yet. On the contrary - it is always great to dine here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • engprofVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Despite the overheated bar scene, there's a good restaurant beyond it. Great burgers, but also serious food. Delicate appetizers as well as rack of elk. Interesting wines from Italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good option for a night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was very good and the service was very kind and friendly. Nice option for a night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happening spot but very noisy
    ParkRudgeFoodie
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Decent food but noisy and busy. Not sure I'd go back especially on a weekday.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Upscale Bar Food
    EWess92VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Gage has great bar food and drinks with a vibrant scene late into the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • almost 5 stars
    Misssara
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food here was great! We ordered the poutine and the deep fried pickles for an appetizer and they were fabulous. The only thing I was not pleased about was the servers knowledge about the craft beers. I am new to the craft beer thing, and he wasnt able to answer any of my questions. I ended up googling the beer I was interested in trying. Other than that, I would recommend this place to all my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch!
    Wildviolette
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Overall pretty good food, decent wine list, excellent atmosphere! We went for lunch and i bet dinner here is amazing because few restaurants come close to the ambience in this place. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • gridirongirlVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Good food, great service too noisy, they need their own valet
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't Eat Here
    NomnomnomVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The Gage is amazing. Great food, great service, amazing beer list, and an ambiance that makes you feel like it's the place to be. The owner is also very active on the floor and does a great job touching tables. The reason you shouldnt eat here is because I would prefer not to have anymore competition for tables and/or bar space!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always LOVE The Gage...
    Clarence
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My girlfriends from college were in town for a mini-reunion and I booked The Gage for our first night together! It was an amazing experience with a round booth so we could all talk comfortably with each other. The service was outstanding. Our waiter even put the last 2 sea bass orders on hold for us. The sea bass special was amazing!! Our entire group ordered a fish entre. Everything was top-notch from the drinks to the salads, to the bread/butter (to die for) to the fish entrees. The desserts are out of this world. I always love bringing my visitors to The Gage...great atmosphere, wonderful food, superior service. We had a great time! Will certainly be back with my next guests! Cheers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice but noisy
    Neighbor
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Daughter and boyfriend in town and wanted to take them to place with good beer menu as well as interesting food close to where we live. Walk by all the time and commented how outdoor patio looks nice. Unfortunately was cold and rainy the night we attended so had to sit inside. First thing we noticed was how loud it is. Actually so loud had to shout at each other across the small table and waitress had to lean in to make herself heard. But our daughter and boyfriend liked the beer menu and found new beers they both loved. My husband and I each found nice glasses of wine from wine list. Food was all very good and service was great. If not looking for quiet, relaxing experience I would recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A continual favorite
    KDBalVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Had lunch there this time. The smoked salmon BLT was outstanding. I recommend it! My friend and I split two lunches. The staff happily split the food for us---which was great. the other entree was Gage's famous fish and chips. All was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great food, great location, but really crowded and noisy. If the weather had been nicer we would have sat outside and had no complaints.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE IT!
    Suep
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We had a great day playing tourist in our own backyard. I had heard great things about The Gage and we decided to give it a try. The food and atmosphere were amazing. The duck and the venison burger were outstanding. I'm a sucker for desserts that are made in house and these did not disappoint! I definitely want to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best in the Loop
    MdainVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    You can not find a better place south of the river for a business lunch. The service is friendly and efficient. The food is outstanding. I always feel welcome at the Gage. The place is hopping at night; a real must do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good spot for lunch
    beanosbeantown
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I went to Gage on the last day of a weekend trip to Chicago. I am very glad I did. The breakfast poutine and venison burger were both delicious. Service was great too. The burger came out cut in half on two separate plates without us even asking for it to be served that way. The outdoor seating is also very nice, especially with the garden-wall sectioning it off from the busy street. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chidi20VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My husband & I always enjoy going to the Gage before a Bears game for brunch. This past Sunday we waited for our food for 35 minutes. People seated after us were served first. When we asked our waitress she said there was a backup in the kitchen due to too many resv @the same time. Inexcuseable. You know people are coming for brunch. My husbands eggs were cold.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gage is so good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Amanda is a fantastic server! Loved the unique wine and the food is always delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still going strong
    Calkat
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Both food and service were fantastic. We had a reservation for 4, but when we arrived we saw a friend at the bar and the maître d accommodated all of us. We had a number of apps, but wanted to start with oysters and our server suggested the perfect sparkling wine. She also helped us select our desserts, wich were some of the best I've had in months!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Party in the front
    TCAtlanta
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Walked in, very cool vibe, and then we were seated literally in the back next to the kitchen. Even though I made reservations a month and a half in advance. Very disappointed but the food was good and service was great. Heirloom tomato salad could use a few less tomatoes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Location, location, location
    Sisu
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Large portions of food, some unique dishes, but the place packs people and tables in like sardines and bad acoustics so even when it's empty it feels crowded. More of an after work bar scene atmosphere than a place for a couple on a date. Great location, good service and food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, real good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great unique food, little pricey, really loud party next too us having a birthday and screaming. I would definitely go back, hopefully no crazy bday next time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice surprise on Chicago visit!
    eddie
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Fun was fun, waiter was good, Scotch Egg was to die for!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome find.
    ebow
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    My husband and I discovered this place a few months ago on a day trip to Chicago. We had a wonderful dinner, and decided to return there recently when we took another trip into the city. It did not disappoint - the food is wonderful, excellent wine list, meticulously attentive staff, and very controllable noise level despite a vibrant bar scene, much activity around, and very pleasing choice of music played in the background. We will continue to return to this wonderful restaurant when we make our next trip to Chicago!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite in the loop
    classydinerVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    As a resident of Streeterville, I know the local restaurants well. The Gage is at the top of my list for the quality of food and service and delightful ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at The Gage
    Sydneydiner
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    From Australia, we were looking for a mod American pub experience. The Gage was great. Our waiter was fabulous with great local beer and wine suggestions and explanations of the menu. The food was excellent - fresh heirloom salads and wonderful mains. Desserts were unusual, and not at all what we were expecting. The room was wonderful, we were not pushed through in a rush and the whole evening was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sadly Disappointed
    Cincytop
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The Concierge at our hotel suggested this spot for a quick bite before heading to a concert with our two teenage girls. We made a reservation for 5pm on a Friday and were seated right away. The bar and restaurant was almost filled and lively. The service was quick and curteous. Unfortunatly, the menu was limited and the food was not up to par for Chicago fare. I had the snapper and pasta which was tasteless and dry. My friend had the chicken which was overcooked, as were the vegetables. Our daughters had chicken fingers and a hamburger, which they didn't finish, even though they were famished. We had a great girls getaway in the city, however, I wish we had picked a better spot for dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxing lunch
    Andy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    It is a reliable place to go after visiting the Art Institute for a relaxing & reasonably priced lunch. The food is extremely reliable and everyone we take there enjoys it
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great
    lunchwithdon
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food features original twists on familiar dishes. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. The Mussels Vindaloo is one of my favorite dishe in the city.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Disappointing fish and chips --heavy oil and lobster roll--lacked any real flavor. Overpriced for sure.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Avoid the Mahi Special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    So I made reservations for a business lunch with a colleague. We both had the Mahi-Mahi special. It was dry, flavorless and bland. Saw others with Scallops and Fish + Chips. Should have opted for one of those.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great neighborhood find! The food and service are excellent. The staff is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EdView
    EdReviewVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Great spot. I am a repeat customer and go to The Gage for lunch/dinner/brunch/drinks on a regular basis. I go with clients, friends and family and have never been disappointed under any scenario. People I take here end up going back because they like it so much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservations
    Time2dime
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I made my reservations the day before we needed the table, not sure why we were seated in the bar area. It was very noisy. The Hostess was very friendly when I asked to be put in the dining room area. We were then seated in the back room with the kitchen, again noisy and hot! Could not understand why we were seated there when there were empty tables in the dining room, which remained empty the entire time we were there. I said in my request for the table that we were celebrating a birthday, it was never acknowledged! Not a raving review for a restaurant across from the Bean! Would not recommend it and will not go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Food, Great Time
    Eagle1984
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Was given Gage as a "must do" while on weekend getaway to Chicago...excellent recommendation. Great dishes, great flavors--and the chocolate peanut butter pie was to die for! A repeat visit next time in town for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magical
    JohnnyHo
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Everything about this restaurant was excellent. From the elegant "pretty" looking food to the amazing service. the energy was all positive, not one soul was in a bad mood. Most importantly, she had a good night. I would recommend this for people looking for a late night dinner, on a date, going to get drinks with friends, or even a large upscale party. A Perfect restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding in everyway!
    MrTheTay
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The Gage came highly recommended from a friend and lived up to the lofty expectations in every way. Food and service were excellent. The restaruent has a really nice bar with a great vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.