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About Gemini

GEMINI is now re-open following our complete renovation!
We look forward to showing you our brand new space and fresh menu.

Open since 9/9/09, Gemini has become a neighborhood staple and dining destination for all occasions. Chef Miguel Ortiz (Rustic House, Maple & Ash, Coda di Volpe) offers a diverse and delicious menu of updated yet classic American fare. Partners Ryan O'Donnell & Pauly Graves are ready to welcome you into Gemini's bright new space, now with a central u-shaped bar and large raised booths. Dine al fresco on our gorgeous sidewalk patio on quiet Dickens Ave and don't miss our incredible brunch service every Saturday & Sunday starting at 10am!

We look forward to serving you.

2075 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday - Thursday 4:30pm-10pm
Friday 4:30pm-11pm
Saturday 10am-11pm
Sunday 10am-10pm
Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am-2:00pm. We have an abbreviated menu available between 2:30pm-4:30pm. Dinner menu begins at 4:30.

Cross Street:
Dickens/Cleveland

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(773) 525-2522

Website:
http://www.geminichicago.com/

Entertainment:
Piano Stu every Thursday starting at 8:30pm

Parking Details:
Valet Parking available beginning at 4:30 daily $12 ($15 over 3 hours)
Street Parking on Lincoln Ave.
Most side streets are Permit 143 only after 6pm.

Public Transit:
#11 Lincoln/Sedgwick Bus stops right in front of the restaurant at Lincoln and Cleveland. 15 min walk from the Red line Fullerton stop. 10 minute walk from the Brown line Sedgwick stop.

Executive Chef:
Miguel Ortiz

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Gemini Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (64)
Good for a Date (40)
Great for Outdoor Dining (38)
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Bar Seating (34)
Fit for Foodies (32)
Casual (29)
Special Occasion (27)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Fun (20)
Cozy (19)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Comfort Food (15)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Seasonal (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Romantic (10)
Business Meals (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Authentic (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Healthy (5)
People Watching (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Live Sports (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Tapas (3)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Scenic View (2)
Spicy (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

I've been here three times and every time the food, service and atmosphere was perfect.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Outstanding, creative dishes, great service, a neighborhood gem.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Delicious, well presented dishes, excellent service, predictably very good every time we’ve been there. It’s become our go-to restaurant. Highly recommend.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Gemini was an unexpected gem. The food was outstanding and plated beautifully. The restaurant has large picture windows set in a cozy impeccably clean space in the heart of Lincoln Park. Truly unique.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Everything we had was delicious. From the yummy, and adorable sized bread to the beet salad to the amazing short ribs! Oh and the most delicious scoop of cookies and cream ice cream I've ever had. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

As always, our dinner was outstanding! We love the new menu. The scallops, beet salad and truffle fries were all mind blowing!! We also enjoyed a decadent desert. Thank you! We’ll be back...

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Was happy to see Gemini Bistro re-open after renovation. The food is delicious, service excellent and atmosphere vibrant. Wonderful neighborhood restaurant.

Tags: Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 5, 2017

IMPECCABLE SERVICE, GREAT PRESENTATION, UNUSUAL SLANTS TO USUAL FOOD. BEEN THERE 3 TIMES, AND HAVE NOT BEEN DISAPPOINTED. WE HAD 3 GENERATIONS THERE, GRANDPA, SON, AND GRANDCHILDREN. ALL LIKE IT EQUALLY.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Exclente lugar para brunch. Servicio muy cálido y buena comida. Esta ubicado en un lugar muy padre pareña caminar y salir del downtown. Les recomiendo el prosciuto and burrata y los chilaquiles

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Overall, dining experience was really nice. The food was expensive and menu items were innovative, but out of 6 of us, there were only 2 of us that really loved what we got. Ambiance is really fun though. Dessert- ice cream sundae and an apple tart were definitely the highlights.

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

A burger and fries on a Saturday afternoon--pretty basic, huh? The burger was great, but the fries were cold and old, totally unappetizing, and ultimately left on the plate. Someone needs to pay attention here! This place could be so great--the ambience, the location, the staff are all spot-on. But serving up fries just sitting around, not cooked to order, is pretty bad.
My wife and I will try Gemini again, I guess---it should be so great--but we won't invite friends until we see that the kitchen can pull itself together.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had a delicious dinner and wonderful experience! I was always a fan of the old version of Gemini, but this re-done version is even better!
From appetizers and cocktails to dessert, every item served was as promised and just delicious! The service was perfect, and was very attentive.
Everyone was friendly and seemed very happy to present such great food and drinks!
I can’t wait to go back!!

Tags: Organic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Seasonal
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great food, great service, great ambiance. Limited menu selections but I think that is part of the charm.
Order the scallops... they are so good :)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Hadn't been there since the facility update. So beautifully done and it was a pleasure to spend an evening with a good friend. Really nice wine and menu. We will be back again soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2017

One of favorite neighborhood spots with a great vibe

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Spicy, Cozy, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Loved it. Delicious food, had no expectations as had not been there before. How ugly recommend

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We met visiting family friends here last Saturday night - parents and adult children for both our families - what a terrific time! We were a group of 7 seated in a large horseshoe booth that kept the conversation audible and everyone involved. All the food was great - chicken tinga nachos and lamb meatballs for starters, steak frites, the lamb special, short rib, snapper for the mains, and a variety of desserts for the table. Our waiter was exceptional - warm and helpful without being intrusive. Best, although we had an early booking (6:30 on a busy evening) there was no pressure to turn the table. The re-do of the restaurant is lovely and the place has a happy busy vibe without being "too much". Frankly, I can't think of a type of occasion when you wouldn't want to eat here. Well done, Gemini!

Tags: Authentic, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Expensive. $100 per person with drinks. Quality of food was uneven. Our appetizer was delicious but the toast it was served on was burnt.
Server made us feel a bit rushed

Tags: Quick Bite
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

A warm and friendly place, driven by an neighborhood that love them. We were greeted warmly and sat expeditiously. The mezcal drinks flowed and mussels, steak, and frites filled our bellies... then off to a show at Lincoln Hall just down the street. Great Time! Thanks Cindy...!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We went to celebrate a birthday, and to see the restaurant for the first time since the renovation. We had a fantastic dinner, and loved the new interior. By the end of the meal, we were talking about who we’d like to bring with us next time we return. Well done!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Food was delicious and our service was terrific too. Felt like the main courses were lacking a bit in vegetables, but overall we enjoyed ourselves!

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was wonderful. Service was nice - they quickly and easily corrected a mistake they made with our order. The bloody mary was spicy and delicious. would recommend!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food was amazing, but the service was even better. Great spot!!!

Tags: Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great place with great service and food. Nice atmosphere. Outdoor dining.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Love Gemini! Great corner spot on Lincoln. I came here on a Monday night with my dad. I think it's a great spot to take your folks when they're in town. We started off with the Mini Barbacoa Empanadas--tiny, but delicious! My dad had the Lamb Shank that was on special. I had the G Burger with Brussels Sprouts. Both cooked to perfection!

I can't believe it's taken me 5 years to try it out! I'm definitely going back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Amazing. Loved the food and he service.
Everything was exactly as expected and can't wait to go back

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2017

I love this place for an upscale-casual meal. The food is more sophisticated (and pricier) than your average Lakeview/Lincoln Park cafe, but the ambiance is inviting and the clientele ranges. We saw a group of 60+ couples to our left, and a table with young children to our right. The lamb meatballs were hands down the best part of our meal. My husband got the filet steak frites, which he said was great but not out of this world. I got the halibut special which was prepared perfectly. We both ended up getting dessert, which is rare for us. The apple tart and "magic shell" sundae hit the spot.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 10, 2017

With the exception of our waiter being visibly annoyed by us, my friend and I had an awesome time at Gemini. The mushroom side was so delicious as was the salmon. They are very flexible on the menu to accommodate vegetarians, etc.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Revitalized/Expanded menu is delightful. New space is wonderful! The special heirloom
Tomato salad was excellent! Steak - frites never disappoint. Salmon was nicely done and Icelandic cod was also good. Live music Thursday evening was ... o. k.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Loved all of the fresh food at Gemini! I have celiac and they were so accommodating- even had a gluten free menu. We will be back!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 3, 2017

All items that we ordered were delicious: the mussels were fresh and tasty, the burger is always one of the best around, and the bone-in swordfish was moist and flavorful.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Awesome as always!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Exceptional service! Amazing burger. Great cocktails. They easily can easily accommodate gluten free diet needs.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great food and drinks. Little slow on the service and the noise in the restaurant made it hard to hear the specials. Plus, I'm pretty sure our waitress didn't hear one of our orders because it was not even close to what he ordered. Again, maybe the noise was an issue. But will go back - the food was great!

Tags: Fun, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great food, service and wine selections. Consistently good!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Food was wonderful, our booth was generous in size and comfortable, our waitress was solicitous (but not overbearing) and knowledgeable. It is a perfect place to go when you want an upscale experience, but in a totally casual setting.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Fun, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 19, 2017

A group of us dined here before a show at the Park West. Excellent food, beautiful patio space, and very fine, friendly service. We all agreed we would like to dine here again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great Near-North neighborhood American Bistro - very professional and friendly wait staff and hostess. Great bar scene and nice alfresco dining. Great cocktails and customer friendly wine list. Menu is not expansive, but what they do they do very well. There was a cool hipster vibe in the bar and the nightly specials were interesting and locally sourced. We will go back - be sure to reserve on the weekends!

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Very disappointing. This restaurant used to be much better. With the renovation and new name ...well, now the prices are higher for the same food and the food is t nearly as good. The hamburger can't be cooked to the way you like it and it was awful. You can skip this restaurant.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food is delicious, but it is a little pricey for everyday dining.

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