mfk.

4.8
379 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
mfk. is an intimate, seaside focused eatery on the border of Lincoln Park and Lakeview East at 432 W. Diversey Parkway. We like little fishes, grilled crustaceans, crusty bread and cold rosé. We like rhum and agave spirits. We like seersucker suits, Iggy & The Stooges and dancing the night away. Come on by if you do, too. The kitchen is open throughout the day until 10 pm and until midnight on the weekend.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Spanish, Catalan
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Hours of operation
Sundays Noon-10:00pm
Monday- CLOSED
Tuesday 5:00-10:00pm
Wed-Thurs 12:00-10:00pm
Fri-Sat 12:00-12:00
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Phone number
(773) 857-2540
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alisha Elenz
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Catering
Please call the restaurant or send an email to ben@mfkrestaurant.com
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Cross street
between Sheridan & Pine Grove Ave
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Parking details
Street parking, no valet.
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Public transit
Diversey (76) and Belmont (77) stops nearby.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
What 379 People Are Saying
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KZ
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is amazing - interesting dishes that were flavorful and unique. We sat at the bar which can be a bit tight, so make reservations well in advance to snag a table. This is a hidden gem in Chicago.

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M
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, healthy and beautifully prepared food with very friendly and accommodating service. real neighborhood gem.

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Austin
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for wonderful dining. Enjoyed food and Service. Ben was awesome

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MB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our all-time favorite Chicago restaurants. The food and the service are excellent and we love the intimate setting. I highly recommend!

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HD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

8 course birthday dinner served with amazing cocktails, attentive and courteous service and downright killer flavors!! Very cool, hip place for a Friday night dinner with friends or a date.

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

mfk was recommended to us by our daughter, who used to live in the Lakeview neighborhood where it's located. Small, intimate and just really great food. We thoroughly enjoyed everything about the experience.

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KG
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular as always! Looking forward to many return visits.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a dissapointment. Food is incredible, as well as the whole.experience. Thank you for keeping up the great level of quality since day number one

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CS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It had been a year since we last visited and we will never wait that long again. The food was outstanding as was the service. I can't wait to go back - maybe next week!

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AM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! My boyfriend and I come to mfk often and they always make you feel VIP!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food. Will go back soon!

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JG
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I found the bar chairs to be uncomfortable. My feet did not reach any of the chair or bar rails, and I am 6’ tall. Also, the seat itself was not comfortable. The food, service, and ambiance was all very enjoyable, and we will be back. Thank you!

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ME
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

MFK never fails to deliver an exceptional dining experience. The tiny dining room and casual vibe is paired with stunningly delicious food and attentive service. The bar offers delicious cocktails- but don't bet on finding your normal brand labels here- all selections are small batch and carefully curated. Wines are all interesting and likely will be ones you have never had before. It's best to have them paired to your dishes by your server and you will not be disappointed.

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AD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Although the food was delicious, the portions were very small. I understand this is a tapas place, but some plates were tiny compared to the price

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BN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived for an early supper at 4:15pm and the kitchen was doing its thing. We were the only customers at that unusual time, but the service was impeccable. And, the food (we chose 4 different dishes) was interesting and tasty. Pacing was perfect with each new dish arriving as the previous one was finished. It is a find.

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M
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience all the way around. Concise and strong wine selection. Attentive server. The trout toast is ridiculously out-of-this world. Also it's flat-out adorable; so there's that.

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JM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful staff, wonderful drinks, and wonderful ambiance. Among the dishes we tried, the smoked trout on toast, anchovies and cauliflower were all excellent. The Galician shrimp, a special of the week, was good, but not great. Very possible it is being judged only in the context of the other amazing dishes. Overall, mfk is an excellent spot for a date or small group and we will be back.

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JG
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our guests, who are very knowledgeable about foods, loved EVERYTHING on your menu. Our dining experience was exceptional. Thank you, Jim Gilliam

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S
Chicago
206 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

our favorite dish was the smoked trout -- yummy. Also the cauliflower and the croquettes. The guys loved the fried smelt too. Everything was very good. Service was a little uneven, but our waitress was lovely and she had a lot of tables to attend to, so it was understandable. . .and she apologized for the long wait before clearing our table and getting the check. We were surprised there was only one dessert offering and no coffee available. . .but even so, we'll definitely go back because the food is outstanding!

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PD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Over-priced. Some items were very good and reasonably sized but others were ridiculously small and not very good, especially the mussel appetizer. The charge of $1 per slice of bread was particularly gauling.

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DD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! This wasn't even going to a restaurant, this was a dining experience. The staff is very kind and the food is next level delicious. I couldn't recommend this place strongly enough.

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g
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every bite of food was beautiful, interesting, perfectly prepared, and delicious. The staff is warm and friendly. A restaurant with soul.

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HM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic craft cocktails in this cosy space make for a wonderful evening. The seafood is superb and the flavors amazing. Highly recommend!

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CL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot. Always excellent. The quality of the food never wavers.

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WP
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Jason is pretty. Like super pretty. He gives good hugs.

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S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal! Adventurous menu that is surprisingly easy to fall in love with. Amiable staff that are knowledgeable on the dishes. Fun atmosphere that you are instantly comfortable being a part of. Can't wait to go back!

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EM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall, mfk is one of my favorite restaurants. It's a small spot, so it's better for a group of 4 or less and recommend reservations to be made in advance since there is no place to wait. The food continues to be amazing and I love the always changing options.

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R
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing flavor that took me back to Spain ! We will be back again.

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RB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! We loved everything! Thank you.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it here

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g
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time there. Food is interesting and delicious. service is outstanding. everyone wants to have a good time, but excellent food comes first. if you're a foodie don't miss this Spanish based gem

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was lovely. The wait staff was wonderful. The food was good but, except for the seafood saffron dish, not exception. The seafood dish was exceptional and I wish they had provided bread to mop up every drop of the delicious sauce.

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KM
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

MFK offers great gourmet choices, with layered flavors, appealing presentation and fabulous cocktails. The chefs/owners are innovative and the fare is fun. We can’t wait to go back!

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambience, service

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TD
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a terrific restaurant with innovative and imaginative preparations

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant in Chicago!

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i
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second visit, great food and delicious cocktails! Awesome staff! I wished they had the lights less dimmed that night, but otherwise all was great!

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are excellent. If you are in Chicago don’t miss this place.

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Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Missed out on the Fried Prawn Heads as they ran out from the previous night's service (same night they were featured on Food Network's DDD). But the Server was gracious and gave us a serving of the XATO sauce w/toasted bread. Must order: Ceviche de Cameron, Seafood Fideos & Corn & Squash Succotash too!

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MM
Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was very good this time around, our second time. We ordered better last time, though. The shrimp heads dish and the fideos are both great, and we passed them up to try new dishes, which were also very good but not quite at the same level. The mussels on bread, the squid, the gazpacho, and the special smoked fish tray were all good - I would recommend the gazpacho to anyone and maybe pass on the mussels, which were a little straightforward. We liked the wine we ordered, but were a little disappointed at it as a pairing for the food. We asked for a light-bodied red wine to go with seafood, and the waitress pointed us to what she said was their lightest-bodied red. I have no reason to disbelieve her that it was the lightest-bodied red they had (she was a good waitress), but it was still too full-bodied for seafood, by quite a bit.

Do not be turned off by the fact that this place strangely has reservations available just a couple hours beforehand on Friday and Saturday night. The food and value far outstrip mfk's reputation. You will like the ambiance, the wait staff, which seems to be people who are really into food, and the dishes themselves.

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