mfk.

4.6
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464 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Spanish, Catalan
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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
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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
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.8
service
4.3
ambience
4.1
value
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67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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m
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on October 5, 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.

LN
Chicago
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.

ML
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cool, place to eat and have a good time, loud due to small size

OT
Chicago
1 review
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.

B
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Great ambiance and food.

c
Chicago
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!

EH
Chicago
17 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.

R
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 11, 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.

OH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

i
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

e
Minneapolis
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.

C
Naples
14 reviews
Dined on August 17, 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.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always

k
Birmingham
20 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

m
Chicago
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.

MG
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 30, 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.

m
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

OT
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service with stellar dishes!

SB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 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

MB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 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.

d
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 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!

JO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the best restaurant in Chicago. suzuki crudo suzuki crudo.

BJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

TW
Chicago
3 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.

T
Chicago
401 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

JK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 28, 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

WA
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

always fabulous- just a gem

MO
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

BL
Chicago
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!

MK
1 review
Dined on June 22, 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.

OT
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

3
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

RI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

M
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 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.

TA
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 13, 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.

JV
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent! Tasty! We will definately visit again

B
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PJ
Chicago
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.

D
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a jewel box of delicious smells and tastes. Honestly, we stepped inside and it had a glow, from the genuine design and the people working there. The ingredients were put together in ways we’ve never had before, like the mussels- a must have!