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mfk.

4.7
4.7
466 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 11 pm on the weekend.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Spanish, Catalan

  • Hours of operation

    Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (773) 857-2540

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Alisha Elenz

  • Catering

    Please call the restaurant or send an email to ben@mfkrestaurant.com

  • Private party facilities

    Please call the restaurant or send an email to ben@mfkrestaurant.com

  • Neighborhood

    Lakeview / East Lakeview

  • Cross street

    between Sheridan & Pine Grove Ave

  • Parking details

    Street parking, no valet.

  • 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 Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

What 466 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. m

    marks

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Bib gourmand restaurant not to be missed. Great neighborhood spot. Great menu selection including vegetarian options, although not vegan. Definitely on the radar for a revisit soon.
  2. LN

    LarryN

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2019

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Not conversation friendly. Plate portions were small. Over all I thought the it was an over priced experience.
  3. ML

    MichaelL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Cool, place to eat and have a good time, loud due to small size
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been to mfk several times for various occasions and it never disappoints. It’s one of my favorite restaurants in the city. The servers have always been friendly, food is excellent and the ambiance feels like your in Europe.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delightful. A little disappointed in the cured tuna but absolutely adored everything else! Berlin provides outstanding and thoughtful service.
  6. B

    Bugsy

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! Great ambiance and food.
  7. c

    christinal

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2019

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Need a change? This is the place for you. I promise you've never tried this type of Spanish-style food. It's delicious and such a change of pace. The staff is friendly and attentive. I sat outside and had a great time. It was great for people watching!
  8. EH

    ErinH

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love going here on Saturday or Sunday for lunch it's a hidden gem for those times. We have relatives that come in from out of town a few times a year they always have to go to MFK. The food is always great, good wine list and excellent service.
  9. R

    Robert

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I am so disappointed in this restaurant because it used to be so good and I love the Spanish flavors that are a focus. However, the value and generosity of spirit have left the premises, and the food is just OK. Some examples of the lack of generosity: $10 for three, small 1/8 inch slices of a toasted baguette with a bit of tomato rubbed on it seems chintzy. Similarly $12 for 4 anchovies laid out on a plate with some olive oil (I didn't taste or see the fresno pepper) and $36 for a small hangar steak seem too pricey for the premise, service and environment. The wine selection is tiny and they were out of one of my favorites. The service is overwhelmed when busy. All in all an OK (three star) experience. Still some great food available (tortilla with brandade) and the potential is there. I hope they get it back.
  10. OH

    OliviaH

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food in a beautiful, intimate space! The cocktails were also amazing and every dish was unique
  11. i

    iliana

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I really like their seafood options, even if the pricing seems a bit high. Great cocktails!
  12. e

    efg724361

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing staff and excellent food! We had no clue what half the items were and the servers suggested and excellent selection of plates to dive into. Highly recommended.
  13. C

    Curly

    Naples

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great little place with awesome attentive service...especially Casey! We loved the food, would definitely return. We sat outside on the little patio.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous as always
  15. k

    ktemp

    Birmingham

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ll be dreaming of our meal at mfk. for a long time. Everything was perfect!
  16. CM

    ConsueloM

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for family get together. Thats what I want to say
  17. m

    mfknope

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    I was very happy with the service. Drinks were fine. Bread service was pedestrian for something that I paid extra for. The boquerones were 4 anchovies in 1/4 cup of olive oil for $10. Romanesco was a bowl of salty veg on a bed of oil and hummus for $18! Croquetas were the highlight but almost tepid leaning toward cold. And the Hanger steak tasted like something I could make at home if I wasn't trying too hard. $160 for 2 with tip and if I'm being honest I felt a little ripped off.
  18. MG

    MattG

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always a good experience, but the crisp and clean flavors seem to be dulled by an overuse of milkfat in the form of cheeses, cream and butter, layered with olive oil. Cocktails are perfect.
  19. m

    micste

    Chicago

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Outstanding Fish Board and whole fish Sea Beam entree. As always from frequent diners.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service with stellar dishes!
  21. SB

    SanfordB

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Lovely food, but they made us wait 30 mins for our reservation, but another group was sitting and talking at our table. Eventually I asked them to politely
  22. MB

    MamaBear

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been to MFK several times and the food and service are always excellent. Takes me back to my favorite dining experiences in Spain. I highly recommend.
  23. d

    drtodd

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Awesome meal at our neighborhood restaurant. The food goes well beyond “neighborhood spot”, though. We were impressed with everything...the peas, summer vegetables, goat cheese fritter, croquettes, shrimp escabeche and seafood fideos were all at least a 9/10. We’ll definitely be back soon!
  24. JO

    JohnO

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the best restaurant in Chicago. suzuki crudo suzuki crudo.
  25. BJ

    BJGT

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love mfk - personal and exquisite. Ben behind the bar is witty and skilled. A gem.
  26. BE

    BigEasyT

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    During our meal we were already planning our return visit. My wife and I shared five entrees, and they were all wonderful, but don't miss the crunchy prawn heads. The seafood fideos was also incredible. Save a little room for their Basque cake.
  27. T

    Tarheelborn1

    Chicago

    416 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    416 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We loved the food at mfk and service was good as well.
  28. JK

    JustinK

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our meal was excellent. The small, seemingly simple first course dishes had bright, fresh, and desirable flavors. Our middle course dishes were both delicious and filling. Our main courses were generous portions of well-executed dishes. Our server, despite telling us that he was new, was incredibly well informed and served as a great guide in our meal. Thank you a great meal mfk
  29. WA

    WesAndersonville

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    always fabulous- just a gem
  30. MO

    MichaelO

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The smoked trout toast was a standout for us. Great service, good wine list, intimate space.
  31. BL

    BarbaraL

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You will find truly authentic Basque tapas here! And wonderful bar service as well. A lovely treasure!
  32. MK

    MadeleineK

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    LOVE mfk. Cozy, lively, friendly, extremely original flavors, great ingredients. Plate-licking goood. Just one request: Pls keep a couple of teabags on hand for the rare/occasional guest who wants a cuppa tea (that would be my guest)...though he was delighted by the refreshing mocktail concocted by your bartender. A very happy return visit for me and first time for my guest.
  33. NB

    NatalliaB

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always
  34. 3

    3sisters

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Each dish was unique but fit together to make a satisfying delishous meal.
  35. RI

    RyeI

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Intimate and cozy. Feels like you are in a Spanish restaurant. Delicious food and great service!
  36. M

    Megan

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is so delicious. The food, the lighting, the cocktails, everything was perfect. My partner and I came for our anniversary and they treated us like queens! Super romantic and intimate restaurant.
  37. TA

    TypeA

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was very good. They change their menu up which is nice, it seems this time they tried to add a couple more “hearty” dishes. I felt they were good but not as amazing as their seafood dishes.
  38. JV

    JoeV

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent! Tasty! We will definately visit again
  39. B

    Barb

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have a wonderful experience here. Such a nice, cozy atmosphere with great service and absolutely delicious food.
  40. PJ

    PaulJ

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    It's not a economically conservative dinner option, but offers a rewarding dining experience with a unique menu and attentive service.

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mfk. is rated 4.7 stars by 466 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    between Sheridan & Pine Grove Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Lakeview / East Lakeview

  • Hours of operation

    Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Spanish, Catalan

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking, no valet.

  • Public transit

    Diversey (76) and Belmont (77) stops nearby.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alisha Elenz

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

  • Phone number

    (773) 857-2540

  • Catering

    Please call the restaurant or send an email to ben@mfkrestaurant.com

  • Private party facilities

    Please call the restaurant or send an email to ben@mfkrestaurant.com

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