Marisol at the MCA

4.5
775 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Marisol, the restaurant and bar at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, features seasonal contemporary cuisine for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Experience innovative flavors from chef Jason Hammel (Lula Cafe, Superkhana International) in an immersive interior designed by internationally renowned artist Chris Ofili.

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vipScottM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and atmosphere.

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vipMeaghan
Chicago
188 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The veggie burger is one of the best in the city! Wish fries were an option as the side, though!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific fennel and citrus salad and maybe the best plate of seared sea scallops I’ve eaten anywhere. Felt very comfortable dining alone. Attentive but never intrusive service. Great experience.

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Rose33
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

After a long day of business meetings, our group of 4 was hoping for a good but fairly quick dinner. The menu is somewhat limited, so we had trouble finding options for a couple of individuals who needed gluten and dairy-free food. However, the real issue was the wait. We had to ask for a waiter after sitting patiently with no service. Then, the wait to receive the food seemed interminable. And again, we had to ask for someone to bring the bill. The dinner took about 2.5 hours (and that was with no dessert or after dinner drinks). That might be good for people "at leisure" but, for our group, it was a bit frustrating. I will say that when we did get the attention of the waitstaff, they were extremely nice and friendly. They just seemed understaffed.

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vipdinealot
Chicago
158 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We shared appetizers and dessert and had very different entrees. The squash was way beyond our expectations in its delicacy and flavor. Our service too, with Emma, was exceptional. Yes, definitely, we will return.

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DanC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were stuck in traffic and arrived late, but the staff was considerate and kind.

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Didi
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything was fantastic as usual. The food is exceptional, the ambiance is lovely and the noise level is perfectly quiet and allows for lunch conversation.

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vipReviewer34567
Chicago
118 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed Marisol's creative cocktails. Server let us taste wines by the glass to ensure we were happy with our choice. All of the dishes we ordered exceeded expectations--the hummus is not to be missed. We also especially liked the duck pasta, burrata , and pasta with lobster dish. Marisol is located very near the Broadway Playhouse and is a great choice prior to going to the theater.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great space. Very artsy and a great experience. Fun servers who were knowledgeable and helpful. Food was amazing. I would definitely go back!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Terrible, awkward service from everyone we encountered. The brunch lasted over 2.5 hours, and we had four different people helping us throughout the experience which was confusing and slow. I really love Marisol and recommend it to a lot of people, but the service was just Super, super strange this time, I really don’t know if I’ll ever return.

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bob616
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. Wonderful combination of spices in Shakshuka. Ham and cheese sandwich was one of the best we ever tasted.

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SansCesse
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is our second time at Marisol and the quality was consistent: memorable entrees, great wait staff. Our waitress recommend a sparkling wine to go with my oysters, Baga/Tourriga Nacional. It was a delight, a culinary adventure. The cured salmon club was beyond belief. I can't recommend it more highly.

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vip005abi
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic meal. Tartare and the salad were excellent. Service was a little slow

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Came for Valentine’s Day. Great server. Portions are a little too small for the price. I eat out a lot.

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vipChiz
London
22 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love everything about Marisol. The setting, the kind servers, the unique and delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This is probably just the pre-fixed meal for valentines but for 75 a person i wasnt satisfied with the meal.

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StevenP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Food was great. Service lack in being ready for first seating and not being attentive for reservations. FOH seem like they knew little of what they were bringing out each coarse.

Marisol at the MCA
Responded on February 15, 2020

Hi Steven, Thank you for sharing your experience & my apologies that the service & food knowledge was not up to standard—all of us at Marisol, from the service staff to the chefs in the kitchen, strive to provide the best experience for all of our guests, particularly on special days—I will share your feedback with the team. Thank you again & I hope you & your guests will join us at Marisol soon. —Simon K, general manager

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MikeZ
Thailand
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Get the burrata. Skip the farro. Shakshuka.. meh.. it's unique. Just get more burrata.

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vipFoodie
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. The service was outstanding and the decor was excellent. Definitely I’ll be back.

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vipbadgering
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Ambience: comfortable and quiet
Service: friendly, knowledgeable and very attentive
Food: very good; chicken about as tender and tasty as possible
Drinks: only quibble of experience was when ordering a glass of red wine it should be minimum of 150ml and really better to be 185ml- serving 125ml in white wine glass not cool!

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vipPatschi
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good Happy Hout. Loved the chicken liver pate. Also had the yummy steak tartare ( not part of HH.

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vipjoesmetro
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

consistent from start to finish, jason h and his team have a winner and the mca needed this addition.

ps...the vermouth cocktail is exceptional!!

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Alicia
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Made a reservation on a Saturday during Chicago Restaurants week. Excited to taste the special lunch menu, we arrived and were informed that the Chicago Restaurants week - lunch menu was not available on that day. While upset by that information, my group decided to stay and try some of their offerings. We were very satisfied with service, the food, and coffee!

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vipJLGW
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic meal! The Restaurant Week menu with wine pairings was incredible. This has become a treasured neighborhood restaurant.

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vipglenviewdiner
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The parsnip soup and risotto were excellent. The dessert choices on the prix fixe menu were uninteresting to me. I also feel the $48 price tag was high for the food options. I've gone to restaurant week before, this is the first time I felt it was not worth the money. Also, being in the MCA I thought there would at least be art in the hallways.

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LIZZARDS
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The hostess should say good afternoon and thank you when we leave......nothing is not right

Plus i didn’t get my points with open table

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vipLily
London
128 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Started with a fun cocktail at the bar. The artichoke sunflower hummus with house made flax crackers were addictive.
Then on to the delicious salad.
And for our main, branzino, which we paired with the Sicilian orange wine. Perfect.
It was a leisurely meal, our server was knowledgeable and attentive.
An enjoyable evening!

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vipJLGW
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a special dinner! The Restaurant Week menu was inventive and tasty. And the wine pairings were spectacular. Service was attentive and professional. We love this place and can’t wait to go back.

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vipRaleighBred
Chicago
74 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Marisol's food is among the best in Chicago, with every dish done to perfection. We are particular fans of the sunflower hummus, Marisol salad, and octopus starter. Entrees change more frequently, and are uniformly good. The wine service is professional, very helpful, and unpretentious.

I wish I liked the room more. It seems like it could be anywhere, in any museum, and is sterile in that way that one may not notice at a buzzy lunch, but which is very off-putting on a snowy night. The bar warms it up, but I just prefer a little more texture, color, warmth, or interesting design in a restaurant.

That said, we'll be back. The food is just too good to pass up. (It is also so convenient to Lookingglass Theatre.)

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vipAyannaS
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Like this place. Only issue was dining at the bar; the bartender continuously interrupted our conversation to offer us more. Great servers know to not interrupt guests’ mid-conversation. Especially more than once. Bar was not busy; she could have waited.

Otherwise food was superb. Wine selection was underwhelming. Roll the dice.

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JayB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time visiting. Ambiance and set up was nice. The light music in the background helped to give it a good chill vibe. Service was beyond amazing. Emma was outstanding!!!!! The food and drinks were good. We will be returning.

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vipBillS
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and very friendly service in a unique atmosphere. We were able to go right into the Museum after brunch. A great way to start the day.

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vipChrisH
Chicago
114 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Thought the food was just fair.

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NicoleG
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever we visit Chicago we make a point to go to MCA and try to include a meal at Marisol. The food is delicious, creative and more than you would expect from a museum restaurant. This visit was no different. Our server was lovely. He went out of his way to describe the specialness of the dishes we ordered. It was the perfect way to start a rainy day at the museum!

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Birdman
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening at Marisol. Everything was wonderful, from starters to dessert. Nice, quiet ambience, super-friendly staff.

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vipRichTaster
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I have been dining at Marisol for several years, so I have some experience. The food is starting to wear on me. I long ago burned out on the sunflower hummus. And I had a pasta dish this time, malfede with duck and prunes that was just positively unctuous. And I do mean greasy. I think the menu needs a serious look, and get away from what I call the Chicago slick, just add a layer of unnecessary fat to make it ostensibly yummy. Let’s get back to basics, but I will say the salads were good. But too much Parmesan in the Marisol salad. The Chicago slick in action. Anyway that’s my two cents I’m going to give this place a rest. Although I do love the donuts at brunch

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kate
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Honestly, the food is some of the very best we've had all year. The chef has a very deft hand with blending and layering flavors, and each item is different and interesting. The staff could not be nicer --- particularly the hostess, who helped us switch a tangled reservation and dealt with everyone in such a genuinely pleasant way...she gives a great first impression to the restaurant. The staff who bring water and clear tables were also super helpful and friendly. It was just a terrific experience.

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vipCatalinaJ
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous, inventive menu with lovely choices. This is my second time in a few weeks, and it is now my Loop/Magnificent mile go-to for dinner. Delightful ambiance, perfectly situated for going to other Loop activities (we went to Looking Glass Theatre after dinner) and delicious cocktails, too! Win,win,win, win!

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ThomasO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

MARISOL IS the perfect place to impress a new somebody special. Go to the MCA and eat at Marisol or go to Looking Glass theater for a play and eat before.
Great drink options if you choose happy hour. Committed staff. Food is always top notch especially the fried quail and sun flower hummus. Yummy
My wife have been 4 times and have never been disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
79 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent lunch. The Marisol salad (with chicken) was beautifully presented and delicious - almost a work of art itself. The roasted red pepper soup was also tasty and a very generous serving. Very professional and friendly waitress.

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Marisol at the MCA is rated 4.5 stars by 775 OpenTable diners.

Marisol at the MCA does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/marisol/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.