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
509 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (258)vibrant bar scene (217)great for lunch (211)neighborhood gem (145)hot spot (145)great for outdoor dining (130)good for groups (118)great for brunch (99)special occasion (91)notable wine list (63)late-night find (60)scenic view (51)romantic (43)kid-friendly (25)Show More
  • Dinner at The Gage
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sadly Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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
    • Food
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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.
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Third time was better than before
    Foodandwinesnob
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Another great meal at the Gage. The food was presented as beautifully as always and tasted as good as it looked. Although the Halibut en Croute seemed to be missing the en Croute, it was perfectly sautéed and the sauce complimented the fish perfectly. My wife had the chicken which was in a hardy sauce and a great comfort dish done gourmet. Deserts were not too sweet. I had the Cherry Tart which could have used a few more cherries vs. the almond filling, but it was still very good. All in all a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lemond
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great location. Timeless interior design that will wear well and be appreciated by many. For out of town visitors a great destination spot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great experience
    wendy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I love coming to The Gage, excellent food and attentive service in a lively atmosphere. Great location across from Millennium Park, we often bring out of town guests here. First time eating at The Gage for lunch and I really enjoyed it. A good selection of breakfast and lunch items, and a small but creative brunch cocktail selection.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, great ambiance
    fromLouisville
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food here was very good. We came for a relatively early (6:30) dinner, and the server seemed to be rushing us a bit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had a reservation and our flight was delayed. When we called they were very accommodating and we did not arrive until 30 minutes prior to the kitchen closing. The waiter was great and did not make us feel rushed!! He suggested the mussels which were awesome!! My date had the duck (Im not a duck fan so I am not a good judge) I had the venison burger..Fantastic!!!! We also split the beet salad which we both loved! Drinks were perfect and overall I would recommend! The bar area was hopping but there were quiet areas as well so you can choose:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday success
    ChefWifeChefLife
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Took my husband here for his birthday. We certainly over ate, but every bite was worth it! Our server Wes was fantastic. He really made the experience. Guided us through the menu, but catered to us dining in a small plates sharing type of way. He is a true ambassador of hospitality. I had never had a fried pickled before(call me crazy, I know) and they were awesome. However, the beet salad and the smoked duck were our favs. And don't get me started on dessert! Peanut butter Pie... So smooth and delicious. I'm not typically a review writer but credit was due where it had been earned. Thank you for a great night.... We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You need to go here
    Thomas
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This place is over the top. It is a must stop for anyone visiting Chicago. Once you get over the noise level, it's a great place. Menu is refreshing and over the top as well. Try the sausage sampler. All I can say is WOW! Do not take kids to the Gage. It's not that it's not kid friendly, the restaurant is more of an adult bar that family restaurant. Service is awesome with some of the most friendly waiters I have encountered in Chicago. Great experience. MAKE RESERVATIONS.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but nothing really notable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Liked this okay but did not love it. Nothing to really pull me back or recommend to others
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hope to go back soon!
    ChicagoDave
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great food and location to enjoy Chicago during lunch. Quick and professional service that got us in and out in an hour.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sat Outside
    Ferg967
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The outside area is very nice and the service is just as good out there as it is inside. The Gage is great for a business lunch on a nice Chicago day.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, laid-back dinner
    Namisugar
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My husband and I made last minute reservations at The Gage and were pleasantly surprised. The atmosphere was nice - upscale pub - and the service was fantastic. My husband had the poutine and mussels. They were both amazing. I had a beet salad and the halibut. Both were very good. We couldn't pass up dessert - pot de creme and corn & blueberries - and didn't regret the extra calories one bit. Overall, a lovely, laid-back evening with very good food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dinner
    gracegarvey
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My husband and I traveled to Chicago this weekend and had a great time. We made reservations for the Gage for the Sunday night and it was a wonderful experience. The staff were welcoming and friendly and we were served promptly. We loved the starter ribs and enjoyed the orginal burger and fish and chips. The food was flavorful and fresh and would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • noneVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We were outside, which made the noise level fine. Inside, it can be very loud.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jdavis
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner the food was delicious. The only issue is parking. It says valet on the website and when we went in the hostess told us to park on the next street over, but when looking for parking, the place they use to validate parking was not clearly marked. We ended up paying a lot more for parking than expected which was not a positive ending to a nice evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Night out
    WineNDine
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My husband and I were in Chicago for a work conference. The Gage was recommended by our hotel. We enjoyed a night out together with awesome food and comfortable setting. The fried pickles and scotch eggs were delicious starters. I loved the venison burger--the pickled vegetables and peppers along with the smoky Gouda blended amazingly. Ordering without the bun and a side salad was a satisfying, low-carb option. For venison, the protein was still rich--blended with beef. Wine and beer list offered excellent pairings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Energy
    SaintelkVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    There was an energetic and fun vibe to he restaurant that was very welcoming, yet still felt cozy, the service was attentive and helpful without being overwhelming. We went for dinner but were so interested by the starters and the "Pub Food" sections of the menu that we just had appetizers and thoroughly enjoyed all of them. We had the house made selection of sausages and spreads to start which were fantastic and impossible to pick a favourite. We followed that up with the PBR battered died pickles. These were delicious with the chipotle aioli but were a little greasy near the bottom of the bowl. We followed that up with the seared scallops and pork belly. Amazing! We will go back next time we are in Chicago for sure
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Easy lunch near Art Institute
    MomSaysVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is my go-to during art museum/park visits to sit outside in summer. Limited but adequate menu. Scallop salad is nice. Not as pricey as museum. Great bar. Street noise drowns conversation at times.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    Leverett
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    3.5 stars. Been here many times. Went during a very busy lunch. We had a new waitress so she was a bit off yet not bad. The support staff were excellent. My food was great. I had a fresh heirloom tomato salad and the buffalo chicken sandwich. My wife's Caesar salad was good yet her fish and chips weren't great. The fish was a bit over cooked and chewy and it left a fish taste in our mouths for a few hours. The batter on the fish was great and the batter's texture was great. The fish and chips are the reason this lunch didn't get 4+ stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A luxe pub favorite
    ABecker
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This is one of our must spots. Every course is always mouth watering and well presented. The lobster roll for lunch is superb. Good wine selection. Homemade sorbets are some of the best in the city. The Gage mint tea is addicting. The service is exceptional. LOVE IT!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get the gumbo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Excellent gumbo, perfect shrimp and rice, not mushy. Right amount of heat
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • High Class lunch w/o stress
    Modred189
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The Gage is a periodic favorite of mine for taking out of town clients or friends to lunch. It has a small menu, but I have yet to get something I didn't enjoy, and it rotates frequently. The service is usually very good when it comes to timing of orders and delivery of food, including pacing of appetizers/salads vs the main meal. However, they have a tendency to take a hair too long to bring the bill. It's a busy place, so it's forgivable, but that is my main nit to pick. For fans of scotch, they have a very respectable selection, including some varieties that aren't found many other places in Chicago (some Jura drams, for example).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid Locale for Business Lunch
    XXXX
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Solid Locale for Business Lunch - acroos from the park, near red and brown CTA lines, highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent brunch
    mdmd
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Ate brunch here on way to OHare. First time for a Scotch egg - very tasty! The corned beef is made on site, so had Corned beef hash and eggs. My wife had the lobster roll and it was great too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pdoko
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great food, great service, first time visit but the management made us feel like regulars
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots of fun
    spider
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The Gage was very crowded - a sign of good restaurant. The bar scene was vibrant. We arrived on time and were seated in the dining area right away. The food was excellent and the wine reasonable for Chicago. We had a great time and would go again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool Place
    JGrayAEKDBVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great service reasonable varied price menu only issue is the appetizer came with an odd number of items. Will return all friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AnnaVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Excellent as always. Our out of town guests loved it also.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Food, Location & Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We enjoyed the dinner very much, and the added attention we received when we disclosed it was our 55th wedding anniversary!!! Wow..what treatment with a special desert and after-dinner drink. Next time, I will request seating in the back. We found the noise level too high seated in the bar area; it was a little disturbing. I have a hearing problem and wear hearing aids which amplify the background noise. Friends recommended Gage. We wanted to be near the Palmer House hotel and the park as we had reserved seats for the Grant Park Symphony.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic