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Date
Thu, 6/21
Time
9:00 PM
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mfk.

4.8
305 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
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, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation

Sundays Noon-10:00pm
Mon-Tues 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
Jeremy Leven
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Cross street
between Sheridan & Pine Grove Ave
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Parking details
Street parking, no valet. There is also a paid parking lot behind the Market Place supermarket, just a half block west of the restaurant.
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Public transit
Diversey (76) and Belmont (77) stops near by.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 305 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Absolutely outstanding Spanish style cuisine. Everything was delicious, but most notable was a braised octopus dish. This place is tiny and cozy, best for a date or small group. My husband, who has Celiac disease, was able to enjoy dinner, but the inability to lap up the great sauces was kind of a drag, and something like a corn tortilla to do that with would really be appreciated. Also, it was hard to find gluten-free small plates.
Our bartender Jason was gracious and talented. Perfect delicious cocktails and great wine choices paired a masterful meal . Would eat here over and over if we lived in Chicago.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Love this place. The room the people the service the music and of course the food. Umami everything. Great gin Martini, Anchovies, toast, trout salad, mussels, chicken farce. All delicious. Thank you for a great evening.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

This was our second visit to MFK and it was as good as the first. Service, food and ambiance exceptionable. So happy to have found this place, I just moved to the neighborhood.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

The food was amazing!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Was very impressed with mfk and would highly recommend!

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Not our style. Overpriced and underwhelming. At this price point I'm expecting to be wowed and wasn't. Just didn't hit the mark....

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

We had a wonderful experience at mfk. Our server Berlin recognized us from a previous visit and also from Bar Biscay, where she is sometimes assigned. She was knowledgeable about the menu and made sure we were well taken care of. She made excellent recommendations for dishes and the number of items overall. We ended with a chicken dish that was truly memorable, though all the dishes were excellent. It is fun to share dishes at mfk and Berlin guided us so we did not over-order. She also suggested good wine pairings. The noise level allows us to carry on conversation easily - we appreciate that. We will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

mfk is definitely a neighborhood gem, an exceptional taste and experience of seaside Spain here in Chicago. My wife and I had a lovely evening here recently and thoroughly enjoyed the relaxed European ambiance at the bar and the outdoor seating. Each of the five tasting plates we tried were creative, unique, and absolutely delicious. The cocktails equally creative and well balanced, and the selection of wines well complimented the dishes. Be sure to try the basque cake and French press coffee. Fantastic!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

With every dish, we didn’t think it could be more amazing , but it was! The service was fun and spot on in regards of when to connect and what to suggest. This is a repeat over and over again!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great little boutique place. Whatever we tried food wise was good, just not up to my palate. Mostly deep fried.

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2.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Utterly mediocre food presented as if it were something special. We tried this place when it first opened and were disappointed. We thought we'd give it another chance and found it to be just as poor.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

This is a brilliant little restaurant in a neighborhood that desperately needs it. We had the whole fish option on a Saturday afternoon, a black bass, that was perfectly prepared and presented. All small dishes were uniformly excellent as well. Will be back for more.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Lovely experience, staff was engaging and informative in the most enjoyable way. We’ll certainly be making a second trip here.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

I love this place, it's small and doesn't have a ton of seats or a huge menu but most of it is good. I love the fried shrimp head personally. I also like the fact it's small plates so you can try a few things.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Absolutely delicious! The Tour of MFK is a must

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1.0Dined on March 26, 2018

This was unfortunately, one of the worst dining experiences we have had. MFK was hosting their sister restaurant employees for dinner, and the group was drunk, noisy, and very inappropriate. Two of the people from this group were falling over, to the point where one actually fell onto my husband while he was eating. While our server was polite and attentive, this group took over the small space and ruined our experience. We had traveled from DC so we were very disappointed. The manager or server did not comp anything nor did either apologize for what was one of the most awful (and honestly physically invasive) evenings. I plan to reach out to their team to let them know our feelings and strongly discourage others from attending.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The food was good but had very small portions plates.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

This is such a great restaurant in lincoln park! The drinks and food were amazing and service was great. I highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Food was good, and good service. It was not crowded but because it is small I can see it being loud at times. Definitely recommend!

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

I'm a restaurant junkie! This is one of my top three.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Always wonderful. Each dish has really great flavor.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

We loved the friendly, welcoming, casual atmosphere at mfk, and look forward to returning soon. Our server was warm, knowledgeable about the dishes and portions, and professional. All 5 dishes we ordered were beautifully prepared, and there were many other options on the menu we want to try. We appreciated that the noise level allowed us to carry on conversation at our table. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

We have been recommended here by friends and are kicking ourselves for not making it in sooner. We tried seven dishes and loved all of them. Great flavor! Two of the dishes I can’t wait to go back and have again. I’ve already been spreading the word to friends to pay MFK a visit. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Had a wonderful birthday dinner at cozy mfk.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

I think the third times the charm! Our first time at MFK was great. The food was amazing and we left looking forward to our return. The second time, was kind of disappointing. The service was great per usual but the food didn't quite meet our expectations. Maybe we ordered wrong. I'm looking forward to seeing what our third visit will bring....

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Love the food & service. Wines & cocktails are a good variety. Just wish they didn’t play music so loudly. It’s a small space that is barely conversation froendly.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Loved it. We’ve been several times and enjoy immensely.

Thank you!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

This is my 3rd time at mfk and it is always worth every penny. The food is always phenomenal and the staff is beyond friendly. Definitely one of my fave spots on Chicago. Keep it up!

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2018

mfk is my favorite restaurant. I go there frequently, and it never disappoints

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Found this place surfing the Internet. We loved the food and great wine selection. We will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Perfection. MFK is always a spectacular experience.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Superb Basque influenced menu, especially the seafood options. Cocktails are seasonal and excellent and the Basque cake delicious.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

I was just searching for a good spot for lunch that had some Spain inspired dishes. mfk hits on all cylinders. The young chef creates delicious food with great balance and bright flavors, they offer a good selection of value priced wines, and the cocktails... wow! We ended up spending a couple of hours chatting with the owner and thoroughly enjoying our experience. This place has earned a spot on our list of regular stops when we are in Chi town.

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5.0Dined on January 8, 2018

Amazing food, dish after dish. Highlights were the crunchy prawn heads and the roasted cauliflower. Great service at table and bar.

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5.0Dined on January 4, 2018

Food is amazing! Very flavorful and delicious. It’s a small restaurant and tables are pretty close together.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent as always. Very special place.

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3.0Dined on December 23, 2017

While the food continues to be creative and outstanding, this is NOT a place to dine in the frigid weather in Chicago. Located below street level, with most tables poorly protected from drafts howling through the front door, it is difficult to keep this place at anywhere close to a comfortable room temperature. On top of that, the music system was blaring at a ridiculous level, making conversation next to impossible.

Perhaps the intention here is to discourage older diners in favor of a younger, hip crowd that is willing to put up with these inconveniences. In any case, we will wait at least until the spring to return here.

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2017

Love bringing out-of-town / out-of-country friends here - they're always surprised and delighted by the ambience and the menu. Owners & staff are swell, welcoming people.

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2017

Amazing food, service, and atmosphere! Let them choose menu items for you and enjoy yourself. The ceviche is unbelievable!

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5.0Dined on November 29, 2017

Quite possibly my favorite spot in Chicago. Great service, unique dishes, and cozy/clean ambiance. Love everything about mfk and recommend to everyone who loves seafood and trying new things.

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