A treasure in ChicagoOverall the best restaurant in Chicago....Wonderful food, great mixture of people and the BEST front desk in the city5/22/2013 12:00:00 AMAfter Theatre Smash HitGage gets better each time we go, but the latest, after a hilarious night at Book Of Mormon, was the best. Open late, the wait staff was relaxed, the food exquisite and the choices wonderful even at 11PM. Thank you Gage!5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMlunch on the way to airportCouldn't have picked a better lunch as we headed out of Chicago. The server was fabulous, as he guided us to make the right choices. The food was creative and plentiful. We had the venison burger which was a mouth full of flavors and cooked to perfection. The mushroom sandwich was a happy surprise. One of the best vegetable sandwiches I've ever had. Next time we are back in Chicago we will definitely be returning to Gage!5/20/2013 12:00:00 AMFive Star LunchWhether its a lunch with an important client, or a break with friends there is not a better place south of the river than the Gage. The staff is outstanding, attentive and friendly. The offerings are far better than just the typical "house burger", fish of the day, or uninteresting salades. Try the curried fries and the fried pickles to start. The venison is outstanding, as are teh mussels vindaloo.5/20/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat, attentive quality serviceGreat, attentive quality service and a real go-to for brunch especially, where the offering is a little more stylish than other places. The corned beef hash is fabulous and the Irish breakfast is really well done. Good coffee too!5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a great place! Fun atmosphere.What a great place! Fun atmosphere. Food was excellent. Our food server, Stephen, was engaging.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMGREAT as always but VERY loudI love the Gage, always have a great time there with wonderful food. This time was extra loud though and we couldn't hear one another at the table.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMWelcome to Chicago!What a fabulous meal. Our waiter was amazing and attentive. Great recommendations and great wines by the bottle. Not so much at the bar. Food had a classic comfy appeal with a new modern twist. An a-list. This is a spot to come to on the next trip.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazingI am from Portland or, a reall "foodie" city and the gage was absolutely phenomenal.
Brussel sprout side
Fish and chips
Warm butter cake
Honey lavender gelato
As you can see we got a good feel for the menu and again everything was great!5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMIn a word, wow!I was looking for a place near the south loop for a late dinner with a friend who was visiting. I had read about The Gage and their wonderful desserts, and a friend of mine hangs here at the bar on the weekends. When we arrived, we were greeted with a very hectic bar area, and the hostess asked if we'd rather sit somewhere quiet, which we did. Not only was I blown away by the variety of the eclectic menu, but the cocktail menu was very hip and cool as well. We did a 'grazing' thing, and had lamb meatballs, bison tartare, lobster risotto, beet salad, and split the pork appetizer. Did I mention wow? Every morsel was terrific, as was the service. And to top it all off: toasted angel food cake bites. I can't wait to go back!5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMPaleo PerfectVery much enjoyed the restaurant and the high energy! Our waiter was charming and helpful and the ambiance was en-Gage-ing! Hope to bring a group again soon!5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food for the locationThis restaurant is a few steps from the main art museum of Chicago. I had a dinner with colleagues here
twice, one time after 10pm. The food was excellent.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent in service & food!Excellent in service & food! Convenient location right across the street from Millenium Park. Its a good idea to make a reservation. It is very noisy so if you want in an intimate quiet evening this is not the place. My only disappointment: I made a reservation and was disappointed to get the table right behind the hostess stand and next to the noisy bar. Glad to get a table, but would have liked to be in a better location. The less desirable tables should be given to those without a reservation.5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMLunch in the heart of ChicagoMet some friends who were in from out of town and staying downtown. The Gage is a perfect location across from Millennium Park and near the Art Institute. I made a reservation the day before but since it was such a nice day, asked upon arriving to sit outside. We were accommodated within 5 minutes. Our server, Les, was attentive and helpful. I had the seared scallop salad, a perfect light lunch. My friends has the special soup,delicious, and brussel sprouts, and the other had the steak ceasar salad. This was a perfect experience, showing off what the best of Chicago has to offer.5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Gage was fantastic, exceptThe Gage was fantastic, except for the noise level and very close tables. My husband had the duck and said it was one of the best duck dishes he has ever had. I had the market fish which was char, it was also excellent. We also had the scotch egg which was again very tasty. Both mains were cooked perfectly. Service was good.5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat pre-theatre spotWe had reservations prior to seeing Book of Morman and had a terrific meal. My wife had the scallops and I had the sausage plate. Both were quite tasty. Our waiter was very attentive without being obnoxious. It's much better than the just OK review in Chicago Magazine. An outstanding place for a early dinner!5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious food, excellent service.Our food was perfect. Our booth not good for conversation. Pretty noisy. However, this was all worth it because of our waiter, Jason. He was funny, entertaining, knowledgable and made us feel well cared for. Thank you, Jason.5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMA+ ExperieneHaving been a fan of their lunch time service, was able to finally experience dinner and it was worth the wait. Good options, good food and good service. We were early for our reservations but they went out of their way to welcome us anyway and sat us right away. Food choices were strong and recommendations hit the spot.5/13/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful ExperienceThe Gage is our go to spot for excellent food and service. We have never had a bad experience and plan to visit many more times in the near future. Thanks to all the wonderful staff for making each visit extra special.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMAn enjoyable experience. ItAn enjoyable experience. It seems you can dictate the pace of your meal. My wife and I had a relaxed dinner. We got the Mussels Vindaloo which were a sizeable portion for two. The mussels were plump and the sauce was spicy and garlicky. My wife had the fish and chips which were light and crispy. I had the venison burger. It was nicely cooked (I ordered it medium). The burger was very tender and not gamey; the toppings were spicy. It was a very nice meal and a great evening.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMSeatingI had made a mom's day reservation weeks in advance and the table was terrible. We were dining with an elderly woman and she kept getting bumped. The made the occassion just uncomfortable. The food was great.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWhen you need something different.My wife and I stopped in for lunch before heading to a play. Our waiter was fun and had some great recommendations on food and beer. The atmoshpere is very nice. Great decor. If you want something different for lunch or dinner please don't hesistate to go.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Restaurant for Business LunchThe Gage is my favorite restaurant in the loop for business lunch meetings.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food; very noisyThe food is worth going for, and the small plates provide a chance to sample widely. The mussels in a mild curry sauce were outstanding. The service was attentive and knowledgeable. The main drawback is the noise level; so loud that it is difficult to carry on a conversation.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMSit towards the back if youSit towards the back if you can't tolerate noise and ask for Steve the waiter for superior service and menu recommendations. Food is excellent - Scottish eggs are particularly terrific - and the chef takes great care with his daily specials. Expect to pay for the pleasure.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Gage is great for a specialThe Gage is great for a special occasion. The food is very good but expensive. For me the noise level was too high.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMThe GageFantastic Chicago Treasure! Beautiful interior, great ambience - I always take clients that I want to impress to The Gage. Family owned and operated - only the best in cuisine, beer, spirits and wine. AMAZING culinary experience. A true Chicago gem - not to be missed. The view across the street could not be better - Millenium Park and the "Bean"5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect Spot for a special occasionWe were in Chicago celebrating our 30th wedding anniversay and found The Gage listed on Open Table. It was close to our hotel and the weather was perfect so we walked over to have dinner.
The food was excellent. The Lamb Meatballs as an appetizer were a favorite. My wife selected the homemade sausage plate which was outstanding. I picked the coffee encrusted pork which was also superb.
A nice selection of beers complimented our dinner.
Service was excellent and we couldnt have been more pleased5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMGauge the GageFirst time dining in the restaurant. Service was spectacular, friendly, knowledgeabe, there when we need; in the background when wanted some privacy.
Menu very eclectic--choices for everyone and enjoyed the food!
Also, very convenient for shows at the Bank of America Theater.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat service and very good foodWe loved our lunch at The Gage and will most certainly return. Our waiter was fantastic and such a gentleman! Great recommendations given and wonderful presentation. We will be back again and again.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMCome AgainWe found this place very compatible. The service was very good and the food was just fine. It is also convenient to the University Club on Monroe, where we stay. On the downside it was a bit noisy for our taste.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and serviceWent here for our anniversary. We put a note in the reservation and this is the first restaurant that actually looked at the note. Gave us a nicer table and then complimentary dessert. Food was great and great beer list. We will go back!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat after-matinee diningFour of us dined at The Gage after the matinee performance of "The Book of Mormon". Ambience is warm, inviting with a happy vibe, hostess was friendly and the waitress was knowledgeable, attentive and fun. We had the scotch egg, mussels vindaloo and brie cheese spinach fondue for appetizers, all tasty and good size portions. Menu has some uinique choices and it was hard to decide. Dining early, so we chose less complicated dishes: venison burger, chicken with tomatoes and kale, asparagus and leek ravioli and fish and chips with curry gravy. All excellent, great fish and chips. Extensive beer list, good wine selection. We were also celebrating our engagement and were treated with a glass of Prosecco. Overall, enjoyable visit.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing service. Waiter wasAmazing service. Waiter was very knowledgeable and efficient. Food was amazing. A little noisy, did not bother me personally but I know some older people who not be impressed with the noise level. Busy bar area, make sure you have a reservation or you are unlikely to get in timely.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding as alwaysThe Gage never disappoints. Others should take a page from their book regarding service and quality of food. I5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding!The food and service were incredible! The only drawback is that it is very loud and not conducive to conversations. Our waiter was one of the best servers we have had in any restaurant in the US.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMI've been to the Gage manyI've been to the Gage many times and really enjoy it.....this last visit was OK and I got the sense that they try too hard to be culinary hip. Words like "infused" and "confit" seem out of place at The Gage (maybe ok at Alinea--never been there). I think of the Carl Sandburg poem "Chicago"...hog butcher to the world and all that. That is the Gage! Anyway, it's a great restaurant with great people and I will keep going back.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMHave been here for brunch,Have been here for brunch, lunch and dinner - outstanding restaurant. Try the Mussels!5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat food in a great location!Came with my husband and 5 year old son. We all loved the food, waitstaff, and ambience so much that we came back two days in a row! Kids menu available - got excellent chicken tenders, fries, and pickles for $6. I loved my son's dish as much as he did. Their pickles are amazing! Over two days, we tried the venison burger, sausages, halibut, pork tenderloin, beet salad, and butter cake. All were excellent, though we liked the burger and sausages the best. I would've preferred a leads crusty tenderloin (though the sides were great!). I would suggest pairing the sausages with greens or something pickled, like sauerkraut, rather than the potatoes. Well-selected wines by the glass and the good handcrafted beers.4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food and service wereThe food and service were great. There were so many appetizing menu options I had trouble picking what I wanted for dinner. We sat in the dining room and the only drawback was that the tables for 2 were situated very close to each other. I could hear all the conversations going around me.4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMA wonderful surpriseA wonderful surprise across from Millenium Park. Very attentive and knowledgeable server. Inventive cocktails and delicious and creative twists on food. For example: pulled pork sandwich had myriad flavors with jalapeños, crispy kale in aoili and hot/sweet mustard and chili sauce with fried onion. Party in my mouth. In addition, the location and view of Cloudgate (the Bean) is wonderful.4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellentLoved the food, loved the waiter, loved the restaurant. This was excellent all the way around.4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMWe really enjoyed dinner.We really enjoyed dinner. There was a good amount of people in there,m but the noise was manageable.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMOnce again we were not disappointedOnce again we were not disappointed. It was a fabulous dinner and our waitress was extremely accommodating. The food is always exquisitely prepared and an extravaganza for your taste buds.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMI've been to The Gage numerousI've been to The Gage numerous times for lunch. It's a nice, but slightly pricey, option.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is our second visit toThis is our second visit to The Gage. The atmosphere is fun and upbeat and the service was attentive and friendly. Bartender made us feel like regulars. Appetizers were unique and we especially loved the fondue with the brie.....sooo yummy. Fabulous asparagus and leek ravioli...never saw this on other menus.....light and delicious lunch item. Disappointing was the buffalo chicken thigh. It looked unappetizing and just tasted like sauce slopped onto a piece of chicken. Seasoning didn't get into the meat. We will come again, but be judicious about ordering the entrée. We want to try it for after a symphony concert since it's open late.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything was really niceEverything was really nice except for it is too noisy at the busy lunch hour. Really difficult to have a good coversation.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and excellent service.Great food and excellent service. The waiter took the time to explain everything to us.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMWhile the food and serviceWhile the food and service were excellent, the noise level was too high for conversation, except for the room off to the left in the back of the restaurant. The Gage strikes me as one step above a sports bar. Let me repeat that both the service (especially the service) was excellent, and the food was excellent, as well!4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food and great environmenExcellent food and great environment. Nice energy with lots of professionals after work and pre-show.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AM