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Holy Mackerel

4.1
473 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Holy Mackerel! combines fresh seafood, fresh cocktails and fresh design. Menus are printed daily to offer only the best and freshest seafood available--none of the fish has ever been frozen. Along with fresh fish, Holy Mackerel! features a selection of fresh cocktails made from fresh ingredients. The interior is a fresh take on vintage design. Upon entering Holy Mackerel!, guests are greeted by a dramatic wall of water and an inviting bar. The sophisticated yet casual dining room features large-scale murals depicting vintage Chicago lakefront scenes, wood wainscoting and fully upholstered leather chairs.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday-Saturday 6am-11am, Sunday 6am-Noon
Lunch: Monday-Sunday 11am-4pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday 4pm-9pm
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Phone number
(630) 953-3444
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
David Rolon
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Catering
The Chart Room is an elegant, comfortable private room for up to 50 guests with large leather booths and vintage nautical maps and charts. Larger parties of up to 550 guests can be accommodated in Harry Caray’s adjacent banquet rooms and choose from menus that include many items from Holy Mackerel!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Inside the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center
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Parking details
Valet parking on Saturdays and ample lot and garage parking available.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 473 People Are Saying
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4.1  based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.4
service
4.2
ambience
3.6
value
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Eyes (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

A very good selection of varied dishes. Excellent idea to be able to select from two diverse menus. We were very surprised at the lack of background noise. Thanks fur a delightful experience.

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JeffE (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Made a reservation for Valentine’s Day. Arrived at restaurant and there was nobody at hostess station so had to wait to be greeted. Was seated in a room where tables were on top of each other even though place was dead. Waitress took 15 min to greet us and offer a drink. Ordered 8 oz filet and was the worst most tasteless steak ever. Sent it back was not offered any replacement. Then waited for waitress to come back for another drink, which took forever. Finally asked for bill and filet was on bill. Asked waitress about it and she stated “oh mgr should have removed it”. Manager never came over to apologize for all the hassle. Worst run restaurant we have ever been to! No wonder place was dead! Called next day to speak to a manager, and was told a manager would call me. Still no call!! Obviously lack of customer service is taught from top down! Save you money and time, and visit Gibson’s, Perry’s, or Capital Grill where food and service are important!!

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vipjhitch (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was delicious and the service by Susan was great! I had the scallops with quinoa, butternut squash, and cranberries that was delightful. My husband had tuna and he loved it. And the homemade cappuccino chocolate chip ice-cream was amazing! Loved the whole meal. Will definitely be back!

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vipGary (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

The food and service were excellent.
Cannot ask for better than that.

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CatherineP (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Food was good, but not great. Very expensive. Wine list was just OK and very expensive, as well. Nice decor and very conversation friendly.

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vipPizz (Las Vegas)
2.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Mussels did not seem fresh, fish was dry and the service was distracted. Good location and pleasant hostess.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

We were looking for a place for an early dinner Friday after shopping at Yorktown. Holy Mackeral was a great find. The food was excellent, the service was exceptional and it was nicely quiet so we could have a conversation.

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JTate (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

Everything was great! The maitre’ d seated us and handled our drinks as our server was detained at another table. Our sever arrived and was pleasant thereon. The food was absolutely wonderful and we liked that we were able to order from Holy Mackeral and the adjoining Harry Caray’s menus. We will definitely return!

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vipapple (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

loved Tuna appetizer and scallops as my meal. very nice quite place with classic design. alcohol is a little overpraised. for example glass of wine is about $13,

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JohnJ (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on September 1, 2017

We reserved a table at Holy Mackeral. The restaurant was empty; we were directed to Harry Careys next door, no problem. We ordered from the Holy Mackeral menu, no problem. The appetizer was Ok. the entrees were both so-so. The side of potato hash contained rare potatoes, not uncommon, just under cooked and the kale was OVERcooked. The service was very good, but the whole dinner was a flop. Just bad timing I guess, but with only a few diners ( should have been no angst in the kitchen), coupled with the prices, I expected more than so-so or less food. As nice as the place seems, I will be dining elsewhere for the foreseeable future.

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vipBandT (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on August 26, 2017

I booked this restaurant for a Saturday dinner with friends. I booked the reservation only 2 days before. However, when We arrived at the restaurant, the doors were locked and the restaurant was closed. We went to the adjoining Harry Carry's restaurant and inquired about the restaurant, and were told it was closed. Closed because of lack of customers 'for the evening'. Not a good sign on a Saturday night. Our dinner at Harry Carry was OK, and were were able to order off the Holy Mackerel menu. But they made the wrong fish dish...Food was OK. I would hesitate to return, since there was not any warning that it was going to be closed.....

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on July 21, 2017

First time visiting Holy Mackerel and it was fantastic. I sampled 3 different oysters, wish they were labeled when they arrived because there was one that I fell in love with. I am ordered the seafood risotto and it was good balance of rice and seafood. My mother had the swordfish and she was more than pleased. We made the mistake of ordering the fish tacos as an appetizer and though it was delicious we quickly realized Holy Makerel offered generous portions so we ended up taking home some risotto and swordfish. All in all, great atmosphere, great food and our waiter was attentive but not smothering. Perfect dinner night.

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vipCCSS (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on July 19, 2017

Food and ambiance were great!

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vipPS01 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on July 15, 2017

Food was good., service was good. Not crowded for a Saturday night. Lots of people cut through the restaurant from the adjoining Harry Carey's which would be annoying if you are seated right by the walk way.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 19, 2017

Music was very low key. Quiet night in the restaurant but bar was active. Easy to talk and enjoy the atmosphere. Food was great but a bit over priced. Amazing find as the restaurant was not busy. Everything around the area was booked. We will definitely go back again.

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steph (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

Went there with a party of 10 for Mother's Day. Service was great. Attentive, answered all our questions, and our waitress was very patient since my family can be a lot to take in at times. Food was average at best for the prices. All the protein was probably frozen, did not taste very fresh. I expected more for that atmosphere.

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MichaelK (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on May 6, 2017

We had a server that did not want to be a server. Wrong drink order, can't find the server and nobody in our area. Food was not what we were use too. We will not be going back to this location. Manager check on us once but they (manager and server) seem to walk away from table as they talk -

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Bigman (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on March 4, 2017

Don't go to Holy Mackerel if you want a nice, quiet relaxing dinner.

Holy Mackerel was one of my favorite restaurants. The food is excellent and the ambiance is great. However, management has decided to crank up really horrible music. It is not relaxing dinner music, it is really bad music. And it is SO LOUD. People eat out to talk and enjoy great food. They don’t want to yell over bad music. Soft dinner music could be acceptable.

I was there a couple of months ago and we left without dessert or coffee because were tired of trying talk over the music. I was there again recently and the music was still cranked up.

What a shame that some manager, who has a distorted view of what people want when they eat, has ruined one of the best dining experiences .

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on February 21, 2017

Nice ambiance, friendly and knowledgeable staff, seated immediately, delicious food, ample menu selections and very reasonably priced. Will definitely be returning!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2017

I loved the food It's absolutely amazing

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