About Holy Mackerel

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.

70 Yorktown Shopping Center
Lombard, IL 60148
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday-Saturday 6am-11am, Sunday 6am-Noon
Lunch: Monday-Sunday 11am-4pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday 4pm-9pm

Cross Street:
Inside the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(630) 953-3444

Website:
http://www.holymackerelseafood.com/

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!

Parking Details:
Valet parking on Saturdays and ample lot and garage parking available.

Executive Chef:
David Rolon

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Ho-ho-holy cow, Harry Caray’s is decked out for the holidays. Join us Christmas Eve and indulge in our Holiday menus. Harry’s has you covered with holiday décor including lighted garlands, wreaths and trees, and deals on holiday gifts. Let our family take care of yours!

Holy Mackerel Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.1

service

4.8

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4.6

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3.8

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Quiet

67% would recommend it to a friend

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Worth the Drive (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Good for a Date (1)
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Local Ingredients (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 27, 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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 (Chicago)·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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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Food and ambiance were great!

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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·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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 (Chicago)·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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 (Chicago)·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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 (Chicago)·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!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2017

I loved the food It's absolutely amazing

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Excellent food; well prepared. Portions are very large, including the appetizers. The only minor negatives were that most selections had some variation on cream sauce and the piped-in music was a bit loud. Not that cream sauce was bad but it would have been good to have a few more lighter choices. Prices are on the high side but the value is also. Definitely recommended.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 23, 2017

Holy Mackerel had zero clients, and we were taken to the Harry Caray place next door... service was "ok", the menu was the Harry Caray menu.. I am not sure I would go there again on a week day..

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 21, 2017

They do have some great food here, but the service is not great. When your server is around, their service is excellent, proficient and friendly. The problem is that they're gone for long periods of time. Where do they go? Do they have to work the Harry Caray's side? If so, on a Saturday night, that seems inexcusable.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Great selection of sea food. The rock shrimp potatoes were a great appetizer. Our waitress, Jamie, was great.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2017

The fish and sauces were great and the staff wpnderful

Tags: Good for Groups, Great Beer
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2017

Overpriced and although a cold night we had to wear our coats because the tempature in restarauraunt was also cold.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2016

I ordered the salmon and it was raw. My husband ordered the chicken Alfredo. It looked like chicken Alfredo soup. Just horrible. I would never ever go back to this restaurant.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Enjoyed being able to order from menus from Holy Mackerel and Steakhouse. Great for people who are not in to seafood but still want the quieter atmosphere that Holy Mackerel has to offer.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2016

wonderful service and good food! went here for Christmas and it was a fabulous time!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2016

We had breakfast. I tried the mushroom skillet and my wife created an omelet. Food was good. Service was on point. Will return.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Food and service were great. Room was loud. Could hear conversationoif large table next to ours. A bit too loud.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 13, 2016

The food is great. You can order from the Holy Mackerel menu or the Harry Carey menu.

The ambiance is very comfortable.

The problem is the noise. They play horrible music at a very high level. Everyone is leaning across the table trying to be heard over the blaring music. I asked the waitress if she could turn down the music. She talked to the manager and it was turned down for a while. It was then cranked back up again. It ruined the get together and dining experience.

I won't go back again. I might go to the Harry Carry side. The last time that I was there, the was no noise (music??) blaring.

People go to dinner to eat and TALK. They don't want to hear bad music blaring. Even if it were good music. it is too loud.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 26, 2016

The staff was wonderful, they were very pleasant and kind. It was our 45th anniversary and the flowers were beautifully done. We had a wonderful time. Go Cubs we are life long cubbies fans also⚾️Marjorie and Michael Clegg. Thank you again for a wonderful time.

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2016

Visited on a Saturday night. Although this is a seafood restaurant in name, they also offer the option of the specials from the adjoining Harry Cary steakhouse. Excellent service and great food

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Great variety with an extra menu offering from Harry Carey's

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2016

This is in Westin Hotel not a stand alone and food and service is bad over priced stay away

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Marked the Special Occasion box with Spouse Birthday. Nothing was ever said. Busman only filled the water once. My glass was nearly empty half way through the meal. Busman brought bread, but no butter. When I requested the butter he returned with butter and said nothing. My wife had to ask the hostess/ manager for more attention from the server. The server returned and advised that the hotel had booked some 400 rooms for a convention. That didn't have anything to do with the service. Yes, it was probably busier than normal, but that is the service industry. Proper staffing, including the restaurants, when a hotel is busy is a must. We actually requested our check and left without ordering dessert or coffee.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Waitress was not accommodating. Mother is on a special diet needing to to fish. They didn't have many fish on the lunch menu. We asked if waitress could ask the chef if he could do a whitefish. She said no multiple times until we said we would leave she finally asked the chef who said yes..... ugh why do we have to beg why can't they just politely say let me ask....

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 1, 2016

Great place to watch chicago cubs win game 6. Centrally located. Food was just ok, service a bit slow but to be expected for this game. Some good drink specials.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Fun, Live Sports
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2016

Pricey but very good if you can afford it

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 9, 2016

We always enjoy Holy Mackerel. Breakfast is wonderful and so many options. Dinner is always enjoyable and we have spent Christmas Eve at Holy Mackerel.... very nice.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Quick Bite
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2016

Drinks and food were not worth the price. Steak was bland, the required mostaccioli cannot be swapped out with your steak dinner, and clearly had no effort in preparation besides a jar of sauce added to the noodles. Crab and Brie dip was soupy. Best part of meal was king crab leg. Server was very helpful, dining room was pretty. Would not recommend.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2016

Appetizers were good, however overpriced for the portion. My king crab was delicious, wifes prime rib came cold, no joke not even luke warm. They refired and fixed.it immediately which was appreciated. The lobster mac n cheese was very average. All in all, the quality isnt worth the price. Its average food at high end prices, expected alot more.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 3, 2016

This is a not great. Located in a hotel. Outdoor is really part of the Harrry Carey's. Server was not knowlesgeable. Disappointing!

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 (Miami)·Dined on August 23, 2016

The food was very good, well presented and tasted great. Service was OK. Not top rate but OK. Place was not very crowed so I expected better service than we received. But the food made up for the service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on August 17, 2016

Food was amazing. Our waitress, Susan, anticipated our every need. Will definitely return again and again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 19, 2016

The food was excellent especially if you like good fish. Or if you don't you can order a steak from Harry Carey's next door. All in all a great find.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2016

Service was the best. Pat went out of his way to make us feel welcome. The food was outstanding couldn't have asked for a better lunch thank you so much can't wait to come back

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 9, 2016

Very disappointing this time. We always like to dine here, but this time the quality of the food was sub-par and not worth the price. Service was excellent as always, as was the atmosphere, however the restaurant was completely empty at 7:30 on a Saturday night. A few people came in during our dinner, but that was it. We will not try this spot again for awhile.

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