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The Lucky Monk
The Lucky Monk

The Lucky Monk Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theluckymonk.com
  • Email: kevin@theluckymonk.com
  • Phone: (847) 898-0500
  • Hours of Operation: Sun - Thurs: 11 am - 11 pm
    (kitchen closes at 10 pm)
    Friday & Saturday: 11 am - 1 am
    (kitchen closes at 12 am)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Brewery
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Abbey Room, our private room, seats up to 50 people. We also have The LaTrappe Room, our semi-private, which seats 36 people. Our Priory room which overlooks the fire pit offers seating up to 30 people in a private setting. Our patio can seat up to 70 people and is open weather-permitting.
  • Private Party Contact: Jori Geanconteri jori@theluckymonk.com (847) 898-0500

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Barrington Road and Route 90
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: There is complimentary valet Thursday thru Saturday nights during the months of December and January. All other months complimentary valet is offered Friday and Saturday nights.
A word from The Lucky Monk
When you name your restaurant after Trappist monks who've spent centuries perfecting their craft, you're serious about your beer. That's why we hired a master to craft our house brews and why our beer list spans the globe. With everything from refreshing pilsners that match the lightness of our thin-crust pizza to dark, rich ales that stand up to our decadent burgers, you're certain to find a new favorite at The Lucky Monk. We're sure that our Prime beef burgers — served with hand-cut fries — will be the juiciest you've ever had. Our other house specialty is pizza. It is crisp and generously topped with fresh ingredients. And we round out our menu with vibrant, flavorful salads; a handful of classic, satisfying American entrées; and some sweet surprises.

Whether you're settling in at our bar or relaxing with your friends and family in our comfortable dining room, our delicious food,drink and warm welcome are sure to elevate your soul.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was good except the newly added empanadas were a bit over cooked. I recommend the braised short rib pasta. Just be prepared to wait on the weekend. It gets busy and our food took a while. But we'd go back. Service was great."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My wife and I love going to The Lucky Monk. The beer is good. The food is fresh. The vibe is brewmantic. I recommend it for any day of the week."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Went there with a group of 8 adults . We were seated promptly in a back room. Missing two sets of silverware/napkins. Asked out waitress 2 times for them and she never did. Finally got one of the busboys to get them. Asked for 8 glasses of water, she returned with 5. We finally got the missing waters after our meals were served. Our burgers took almost an hour after we ordered and because we were in a separate room we hardly saw our waitress."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We had reservations at 4:15 (it was either that or 8pm). We arrived early so we could enjoy a beer at the bar. Hubby ordered the beer sampler, it was good. We were seated on time. Our table was comfortable, the ambience relaxing. Our server was very friendly, and we never felt 'rushed' (as other posters did comment). Hubby had the King burger, which he said was awesome. I had the Monk burger. Both were cooked to our specifications. The beer selection was very good, they had brews hubby had not tried before, which is impressive, as he seeks out interesting microbrews. The bill was surprisingly cheap, considering we had an appetizer (goat cheese fondue, hubby liked, I was unimpressed), two entrees, and a total of 4 microbrew beers."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food was delicious, burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, apps. The restaurant was very nicely decorated. The outdoor patio seating was just beautiful with a large gas fir pit."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I have been here many times. Great selection of beers to go with a variety of appetizers. The pretzel trio is our favorite. This time I had a spinach and goat cheese burger, it was amazing, but everything we tried has been good."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I love to have micro-brews available close to home. Burgers are fantastic and the pretzel trio and margarita pizza are great starters. It's a great restaurant to meet with friends and reminisce."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We have been to Lucky Monk several times and the food has been excellent. This time we were a little disappointed. Had burgers and chicken sandwiches and the buns were very dry and their yummy fries seemed dry and old We will try again since we've had good past experiences but not sure what was going on this last time. Our server and wait staff were still excellent! And we were seated right away."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "A small group of us wanted to meet somewhere to watch the Blackhawks game and Lucky Monk was the perfect choice! It was crowded on a Friday night, but large enough to accommodate a great crowd. The handmade pretzels are a yummy starter and every burger we had was better than the next! I highly recommend the Stout Burger and share the Grilled Cheeseburger with someone as it is huge and delish! Definately going back again and again!!!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "It was hard to hear the wait staff or the people at our table."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I always avoided this place thinking it was just another TGIF clone next to a movie theater. Boy was I wrong. Couldn't have been happier with the food and beer. This will be my stop before a movie at the AMC 30 from now on."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The Lucky Monk is quickly becoming one of our favorites. The milk and cookies for the kids is an outstanding touch. Very family friendly and the food is excellent."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We have been to Lucky Monk several times and we LOVE IT!!!!! It is one of our favorite places to go. The beers are full of flavor and not watered down, like some breweries tend to do. The burgers are amazing and a good cut of meat. Michele is one of our favorite servers. She is very knowledgeable about the menu and beers and made great recommendations to us. We will request on our future visits!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Each time we come here, we find something new that we enjoy. Our server was fine, we've had better."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Always busy, make a reservation no matter what night. We went Sunday night after a movie and there was a wait. Food was good. Had the king burger. It was interesting but flavor was over powered by the peanut butter. Had the short rib pizza and it was good but thought the egg on top was disappointing. Would have rather had the egg scrambled and spread around the pizza."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "My husband ordered the fish and chips and said it was the best he had ever eaten. I ordered the salmon, and substituted vegetables for my mashed potatoes; I was disappointed that they charged $2.00 for the substitution."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Fantastic time. The food beers were great! Our server 'Stacy' was knowledgeable and attentive serving us with smile. My friends and had a great time."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Stooped in for a great burger (mushroom & Swiss) and the donut hole dessert :0)"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "the lucky monk is a wonderful dinner place . the food is absolutely wonderful. fantastic atmosphere . wait staff is very knowledgeable. love going there. they handle a large group very well. very pricey, but worth the occasional group outing"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Always enjoy meeting friends there because the food is good and we never feel rushed."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My girlfriends and I wanted a night out, and we did well in choosing The Lucky Monk. We had great drinks and food - from mixed drinks to beer, and appetizers all the way through to dessert. Our waitress was nice, funny, and attentive. Glad to have this joint in our area - not the first time we've been, and not the last."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "This is our 5th time at Monk. Food is amazing and the staff ks pleasant. The restaurant is always clean. This is always a great start tonour evening whennwe dine at the lucky monk."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Our family enjoyed a delicious dinner on my birthday at Monk's. The appetizers, food and drinks were excellent. We plan to spend all our birthdays at Monk's. You should, too!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Had reservations, seated on time, in a very loud banquet room, service was ridiculously slow, took 15 minutes to get water to the table, wouldn't make a martini that was off the limited martini menu for my wife, parking is completely impossible."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dining experience. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and did a great job reviewing the menu and any questions we had. The desserts in the mason jars were a nice touch and greatly enjoyed as well. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We enjoyed ourselves while dining at The Lucky Monk. From the first moment we arrived everything was fantastic. The was free valet parking at the front. The hostess greeted us right away, we had a reservation and they were ready for us. Our server was friendly and very knowledgeable. She showed us the specials and gave us the time we needed to decide. The food was fresh and hot. Fresh cut fries are one of my favorites and I was very pleased with the way the prepared theirs. My burger was cooked to perfection and the taste was out of this world. I would recommend The Lucky Monk to everyone out there. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I have been to the Lucky Monk on a handful of occasions. The reason why I keep going back is their food is great, however their service is always awful. Not sure I would go back again after the last experience."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "We visited after a movie. Our reservations were for 9:15 p.m. The place was full. The food was great. We enjoyed it very much."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "They brew their own beer at the Lucky Monk and it's fantastic. I had their seasonal brew, anticipation ale and it was extremely tasty. Top that off with one of the best burgers I've had in a long time and the monk had itself a new loyal customer. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Excellent service! Amazing burgers-try the peanut butter,banana and bacon...also the grilled cheese burger. You will be HOOKED!!! Thank you for a great night out!!!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Giant Pretzels and Yummy Beer really hit the spot. Great ambiance in the restaurant, didn't make it over to the bar."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "High-energy restraunt, good environment, great apps!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Got in fast on a busy night. Booked our res 45 min prior to getting there. Walked through a crowded waiting area with zero wait. Food was great as always. Great Burgers!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We had a 4:30 reservation and were not seated right away. Walk-in's were being seated before us. I then asked about our reservation for the 2nd time, and we were taken to a seat in the bar area. I asked for a regular table, seeing that we had a reservation. We were then taken to a table for two, in an area that had plenty of vacant seats. Why did we have to wait when seating was readily available? And why put a reserved party in the bar area? The food was decent but nothing too great. Wait staff was pleasant enough. My wife's chair was very wobbly and we had to ask for a new one. There was no pepper on the table, only a salt shaker. Other tables had pepper. We wouldn't go back."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Energetic from the crowd to the wait staff , fast and happy service. Food was much better then I thought it would e for a casual place. Enjoyable for a foodie like myself. Would go back soon! I told a friend about Lucky Monk, she went the next day and loved it!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great menu and service. Always have a great meal there. Will keep coming back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "When you make reservations for 6 two weeks in advance one would think in a restaurant that is only half full you would not get squeezed into a table for 4. When it was address with the hostess she wanted to put us in a both only suited for a bunch of giddy 12 year olds. Unknown to me the manager was listing to my request and only chose to address it after I gave up and decided to accept the table we were given, at that point why bother. Waitress was great and food was subpar at best. When customers were seated in the 2 tables next to us it was like we were all sitting at the same table. Overall just BAD BAD BAD"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "As always, very good. Felt rushed by waitress. Maybe due to being valentines day?"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Had cheese curds along with hot head burger it was all amazing waitress was very helpful and always around had a great valentine dinner"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food is fresh and expertly prepared. Burgers are superb. Wings were tasty. Went for V-day, and had a great date. Calamari was the best I've had- sprinkled with fresh (not oily) giardeniera with a perfect aoli. Filet oscar with bearnaise- pretty much melted in my mouth. Great beer that they brew in house! It's becoming one of my favorite restaurants. For the flavor and cooking technique expertise I would expect higher prices, but they are very reasonable, which is why it is such a popular place. Great staff and environment too!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014