Gemini

4.8
2125 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Lincoln Park's favorite neighborhood restaurant since 2009. A place where everyone knows your name and your drink order. Serving an updated American menu with a creative cocktail list, Gemini has what you are looking for!

Partners Ryan O'Donnell (Coda di Volpe) & Pauly Graves will welcome you into Gemini's brand new space (2017) now with a central u-shaped bar and large raised booths.

Don't miss our incredible brunch service every Saturday & Sunday starting at 10am as well as our Fried Chicken available only on Sunday nights.

We look forward to serving you!

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.9

Gemini Bistro is the kind of place where everyone feels like a regular, whether you actually are or not.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 2125 People Are Saying
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Menu was sort of limited and price point was not what was listed online. Food was okay, nothing crazy. Wouldn't go again, not worth it to me.

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KH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious but Overpriced

Took our parents when visiting. Ordered a bottle of red - waiter came out with 4 stemless glasses. He noticed we weren’t thrilled to have stemless so he offered to bring real glasses out. My advice - lose the stemless. You can’t tell me anyone actually prefers that.

Started with the Chicken Tinga Nachos as a group. Delicious but crazy overpriced. $14 for 8 bites of food.

Two of us shared the Baby Wedge and the other two shared the Caesar. Both were absolutely delicious and we would come just for those again.

Entrees were all good - Mushroom Taggitalle, Rainbow Trout, Pancetta Wrapped Chicken and the Salmon. All had unique takes on each dish, awesome flavors, but pretty small portions.

Waiter was very kind and the vibe was nice. Bar definitely got super crowded, sometimes 3-4 people deep making it hard to maneuver around the restaurant.

Overall, we will definitely be back to try the happy hour specials at the bar and hopefully enjoy the patio on a nice summer night!

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CP
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great outdoor cafe. Upbeat professional servers. 2 hosts up front. Very good food options and quality.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place! Love sitting outside. Drinks and food are spot on.

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A
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Gemini never disappoints, great food, great service, great people.

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JK
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gemini is a great place. The staff is very friendly, the food is great, the prices are fair and the noise level is fine. I highly recommend the Thai Curry Mussels. I find the do be absolutely delicious, but be sure to ask for additional bread to dip in the sauce. ;) The steak frites is great. The swordfish is massive. All in all this a very solid choice for lunch or dinner. I will be back!

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GC
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Gemini! Great food and atmosphere. Best dirty martini in the city!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our fave neighborhood place

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c
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were both fantastic. Love the vibe and ambiance.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Gemini is a reliable place, but it is much more enjoyable during the week. Weekends are so loud that it borders on raucous. For these prices, you don’t want raucous.

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MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gemini is consistently excellent! Service, food and wine list is great and we run into friends every time we go!

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MK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome place w great ambiance. A little pricey, but will definitely be back. Had the eggs Benedict w country sausage and it was delicious. The burrata w prosciutto starter was outstanding.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic date night spot.

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V
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, and very friendly service! This is a great neighborhood place in Lincoln Park!

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m
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The apps—salmon tartare, mussels,and octopus all were great. Sirloin strip and lamb chops were surprisingly good.

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MF
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A neighborhood gem.

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GI
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food wasn’t all that great. $47 steak. Please, I have had better at Outback. Highly seasoned and was tuff and not very good quality. Pancetta wrapped chicken was dry and over seasoned. Seems to hide the natural flavors. Server was nice but quite frankly thought based on what I read about the place I expected a little more attention. The best of the dining was desert. Maybe a bad day for them.

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TW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We moved away from the neighborhood, but have always loved Gemini so return when we can. On Easter, all was well and great except the eggs benedict!! There was no traditional Canadian bacon option so we tried the sausage, but it was very hard and was like a separate slab on the English muffin.

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JO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome!! One of our favorite spots!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Continues to be one of my Chicago favorites.

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t
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was very impressed with the food. Everything we ate was delicious and the service was great. I will definitely be back and highly recommend it.

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VH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food and service was great but this is the second time I made a reservation and had to wait for 15min +. Last time I had to wait for over 30minutes. Good service to me is being seated in a timely manner when I make a reservation.

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SF
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner and experience once again. Matt was a great server; recommended great wine options to compliment our meals. And once again, Sylvia was amazing in offering an extra touch of service to the dining experience. What started out as a girls' catch-up dinner with reservation at 5:30, we were shocked the 10pm evening news was coming on at the bar and we were still there. It did not feel like so much time had past. We could have stayed there another hour. Just a perfect evening!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and vibes. A tad pricey but fine for a date night

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AS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food! Super hot Restaurant and hard to enjoy dinner.

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AP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was extremely salty! Took forever between our salads and main course. Waiter said it was because a few to go orders were in front of us but that just seems ridiculous. I think he forgot to put order in after salads.
Space is cool but extremely noisy.

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CM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our anniversary this weekend and had a wonderful experience at Gemini. The place was hopping and since we arrived early for our reservation we grabbed a seat at the bar. The cocktails were delicious. Then we were seated and our server was attentive, providing helpful menu suggestions. We devoured the truffle fries and the trout, which was cooked to perfection. Finished off with a fab desert. The staff is so helpful and genuinely friendly. We love Gemini and will certainly continue to return.

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e
New England
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best food , best server and best atmosphere I've enjoyed in quite a while ! Definitely will be returning my next trip to Chicago !!!

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WC
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I come here for dinner I am reminded how great it is. It is lively but not to distraction and the service is impeccable. This time I had the trout and it was outstanding!

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D
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

excellent service, delicious specials for seafood eaters, great wine

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

Very comfortable neighborhood place with excellent food and drinks.

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t
Chicago
77 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Bring back the original parm truffle fries. These were very bland

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C
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything. From a timing standpoint, if you are not bringing your kids, do not go at 6:30 on Saturday night because everyone else is bringing theirs at that time. Wait till 7 or so till after they melt down, which they did, all of them, at the same time. By 7:15 it was lovely and not like a really fancy Chuck E Cheese. Waitstaff charming and knowledgeable. Food delicious. Choices outstanding.

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A
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Overall good experience but definitely felt very rushed. Call me crazy but I really dislike when dinner is served while we are still eating our salads. I have dined here quite a few times and this was a first for that.

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L
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food!
Lovely ambiance
Does get noisy
A little pricey
Good for special occasions
Can’t wait to sit outside in summer

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious!! Would go back for Happy Hour

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MM
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mussels are some of the best I’ve ever had 🔥 chorizo empanadas are also incredibly good. This is my favorite Chicago gem

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NB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Normally I love Gemini’s food. First time for brunch. Food was lukewarm and not very tasty. Service was slow.

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RB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We just moved to the neighborhood and were thrilled to find such a delicious place within walking distance. We will absolutely be back!

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BG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was fabulous - service was excellent. We will be back!

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