Holy Mackerel

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496 reviews
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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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TB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

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r
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

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.

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n
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

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f
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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A
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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LP
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

New Year’s Eve family dinner

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FL
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

Great great food!

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l
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

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.

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MA
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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.

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JS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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.

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QW
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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j
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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T
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

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AH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was awesome.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

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.

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WR
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

I had the seafood risotto and was very disappointed.

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JG
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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.

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o
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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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j
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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G
Chicago
393 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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

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CP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

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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P
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JT
Indiana
23 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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a
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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JJ
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

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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BT
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

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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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food and ambiance were great!

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PS
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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s
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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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MK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

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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B
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

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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