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Holy Mackerel

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507 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood

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.

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4.0
4.0 based on all time ratings
  • 4.0Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.7Value

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  1. MW

    MarkW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Food was good, service was great, staff was willing to customize the cocktail menu for us

  2. CB

    ChrisB

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall2food2service5ambience2

    Server was wonderful. Aside from that very overpriced. The sea bass was very bland. Tiny piece on top of a huge portion of rice. Huge rip off. Clam chowder was barely 1/4 cup with a bit of celery and potatoes. Again, rip off. The steak came out, had no asparagus on it and was undercooked. I don’t usually give a restaurant a negative review but this one was a huge rip off.

  3. SH

    SteveH

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Good food, good drink, great service, great environment for conversation.

  4. KV

    KathleenV

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We met for breakfast and were so impressed with the food and service we will definitely consider going back! Breakfast choice were wide and met everyone’s needs! I had the egg white omelet and it was delicious! Great choice.

  5. MC

    MaryClare

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding food and service!

  6. SB

    StephanieB

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a lovely New Years Eve dinner before a movie. Everything was just great from the wine to the oysters to the beautifully prepared fresh fish. Our server was just perfect - he knew we had to leave by a certain time and he kept everything moving. We never felt like we were rushed or afraid we would run out of time. Highly recommend this restaurant! BTW - you can also order from the Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse menu so you really have a lot of choices!

  7. HL

    HienL

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was great and service was excellent. We will definitely come back.

  8. GG

    GiGi

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were the only patrons that night and Jorge was our waiter. He was very fun and friendly with lots of good food suggestions. We were hoping to eat somewhere where it was quiet so we could talk to our friends without yelling over loud music and louder patrons. It was a perfect evening.

  9. D

    Dave

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and service were both wonderful. We had a nice family dinner and all received exactly what we wanted. While most of us didn't have leftovers we all left full and happy with our meals. Thanks again we will definitely be back. I have already made the suggestion to a few friends as well!!! -Dave

  10. KG

    KristiG

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely delicious! The service was impeccable and the food as outstanding! Will be returning often!

  11. AD

    AmyD

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thank you for the excellent food and service. Everything was wonderful.

  12. S

    Steve

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    We got our drinks right away then ordered bruschetta as an appetizer. It took 20 minutes to get. Of course they wanted us to get more 12 dollar drinks while waiting. I ordered STEAMED lobster. Our entrees came while we were still eating the appetizers. My lobster was obviously not steamed but rather broiled to the point of the shell being burnt. Completely dried out. The claws were not cracked and only a small cracking tool was given. I won’t go on

  13. M

    Melroseman

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Great thing about Holy Mackerel is that it's 2 restaurants in one...with access to the full Harry Caray menu as well. Between the 2 there is something for everyone. It does a decent job of being more than just a hotel restaurant, so much so that we do think of it as a "real" restaurant.

  14. T

    Tom2

    Chicago

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    The vacant bar upon entering is a real turn off. The menu felt more limited than usual. Food was good but wish there had been more choices. Service was excellent. Love that it is so quiet but it feels like a dying restaurant.

  15. C

    Chuckandlinus

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was outstanding!! The food, service, ambiance were all exemplary! We are looking forward to going back with our families!

  16. L

    Laxman

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    The food was excellent. The service requires improvement. My server was allergic to seafood and was working in a seafood restaurant! Thankfully we sat in a back dining room as the music in the bar was VERY loud.

  17. TB

    TomB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Only offered breakfast for Mother’s Day. Had New Orleans omelette. Veggies and andouille sausage were not very warm. But sauce was great to spice it up.

  18. r

    robustnc1

    Chicago

    60 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2019

    overall3food2service3ambience2

    This is one of two restaurants within the Westin hotel. While this more quiet restaurant features fish the other restaurant is a loud an Italian meat mostly sports bar restaurant. While it is quite novel that you can order from either menu the experience was not that pleasant. The food was just average and the atmosphere was that of a busy hotel. Just not what my wife and I were looking for.

  19. n

    nelsonj5

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2019

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    Service was awesome! Food decent. Price not surprising...fair. Disappointed that I had to constantly swat away a gnat while attempting to eat my dinner. Nice small venue with attentive service.

  20. f

    finediner

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Crab and Brie dip was outstanding. Wonderful flavor! Fishermans stew was delicious as well as the seafood risotto. Would definitely return.

  21. DB

    DaveB

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Very nice menu and restaurant. Food and presentation was excellent.

  22. A

    Annette

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We celebrated Valentine's Day at Holy Mackerel and were very happy with our experience. It was our first visit to this restaurant, so we weren't sure what to expect. We were surprised to see that the Harry Caray's menu was available as well as the Holy Mackerel menu. We decided to stick with seafood, and my husband ordered fish 'n chips. He pronounced Holy Mackerel's version to be a cut above the usual fish 'n chips at other restaurants. I ordered the shrimp ravioli and requested pesto sauce in place of alfredo sauce. After checking with the chef, the server agreed to the substitution, and the result was delicious. My husband had key lime pie for dessert, which he thought was delicious, and I had decaf cappuccino. Surprisingly, the restaurant was not very busy, and we had a quiet table by a window that was perfect for conversation. We will definitely return!

  23. LP

    LarryP

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    New Year’s Eve family dinner

  24. FL

    FrancescaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really enjoyed it! Not your typical choices, which I appreciate. Great great food!

  25. l

    lombard2

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2018

    overall2food1service5ambience5

    Poor food selection, overpriced, $38 lobster was tough and wasn’t even served with anything! Very disappointing. Our waiter was very nice and very attentive, but we won’t go here again.

  26. MA

    MARTINC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was excellent, seating arrangements were perfect, and John, our waiter, was outstanding!

  27. JM

    JMMS

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2018

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Server was great, food was mediocre at best. My fish was dry and over cooked and my mashed potatoes were cold. My partners baked potato was brought out ahead of his entree, we asked them to bring it with his steak and it appears they just let it sit in the kitchen as it was also cold when they brought it back. They were not crowded either. Very disappointing and would not recommend.

  28. JS

    JamesS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2018

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    Food definitely not worth it for the price. Not saying it was bad, but not worth 90 bucks for two people at all - more like 30. The service was also pretty bad as we saw a waiter spill a beer on his tray, have some of it land on a customer's back and just walked away without saying anything. Much better places of similar price nearby no reason to go here.

  29. QW

    QWilliams

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Despite the last minute no-shows, the setting was AMAZING! The staff was kind and very accommodating. The food was SUPERB and worth the drive. I was a guest at the hotel the weekend I attended. I plan to visit more often.

  30. D

    Deanna

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Seafood risotto was excellent; creamy and with nice depth of flavor. Shrimp was super fresh. Tiramisu very good, but lose the inelegant chocolate syrup. Perfect service tonight.

  31. j

    jhitch

    Chicago

    70 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    This visit to Holy Mackerel was good, maybe not as good as past experiences. The tuna dish my husband got was amazing! He loved it! My mom and I got 2 different citrus salmon dishes. Both a little disappointed that it was lacking in citrus flavor. Our waiter told mom that she needed to squeeze the lemon on her fish for the citrus flavor...(Really?) Someone else stopped by(manager??), very nice and checked in and brought us additional citrus sauces for both salmon dishes. Mine was good, not amazing. Both desserts were amazing! The overall experience was good, not great as in the past. Received an email from open table saying they were sorry to hear we were a no show. I had to follow up with details proving that we were there. I believe because the restaurant wasn't busy, the man who checked us in and seated us didn't actually check us in. All is well, all got straightened out! We will go back but not sure if we will take guest there again.

  32. T

    Teal

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2018

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    This was my first visit to Holy Mackerel. The food was very good, and the waitstaff and management were very accommodating for our group of 12 (including 5 children). I particularly like that, not only could we order off of the Holy Mackerel menu, which in itself offered many attractive options, but could also order off the menu of Harry Caray's restaurant, which adjoins Holy Mackerel. This provided a very wide variety of food choices for everyone, especially since you could order off both menus. We will definitely add Holy Mackerel to our list of preferred restaurants.

  33. AH

    AngelaH

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was awesome.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed our dinner and the customer service provided my our waitress.

  35. JM

    JeffM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2018

    overall1food1service4ambience4

    Expensive and disappointing. I don't typically post reviews of any kind, but I felt compelled to offer feedback for lovers of seafood. Try Seasons 52 instead.

  36. WR

    WilliamR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2018

    overall1food2service1ambience4

    I had the seafood risotto and was very disappointed.

  37. JG

    JoeG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2018

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Food was good. Service was meh. Server was friendly but would disappear. Didn’t check how any of food was, brought check and didn’t return for 15 mins. I had to go to him to give him check. Everyone has a bad day, so we would try again.

  38. o

    oscar

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    All 4 meals were very good.Our server was good and had a good sense of humor. They also had corkage for $20. Ready to go back.

  39. IZ

    IrvingZ

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  40. JE

    JeffE

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    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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