Marisol at the MCA

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$30 and under
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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 Chicago chef Jason Hammel (of Lula Cafe) in an immersive interior designed by internationally renowned artist Chris Ofili.

Specials

Happy Hour, Tuesday-Friday, 4-6pm

$7 wines, cocktails, and draft beer, deals on bar snacks.
The museum is free for all Illinois residents on Tuesdays.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 16, 2020

Ends: January 17, 2119

Availability: Tue-Fri 4:00PM-6:00PM

What 761 People Are Saying
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C
London
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

SP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 a day ago

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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MZ
Thailand
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

F
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

b
Chicago
12 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!

P
Chicago
39 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.

j
Chicago
11 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!!

A
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!

JL
Chicago
46 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.

g
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.

LI
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

L
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!

JL
Chicago
47 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.

RB
Chicago
71 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.)

AS
Chicago
11 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.

JB
Chicago
3 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.

BS
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.

CH
Chicago
113 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Thought the food was just fair.

NG
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!

B
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.

RT
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

k
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.

CJ
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!

TO
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.

OT
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.

A
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent, waitress was kind and knowledgeable. Will return!

ST
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Marisol is a real treat. The food is unusual and tasty. Wonderful flavor combinations. Highly recommend. Nice wait staff. Quiet atmosphere. Fun to be in the modern art museum.

N
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food and location. It is noisy when busy.

LK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb and delish in cool setting. Great innovative menu. Loved it.

K
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have visited Marisol several times for brunch with friends from out of town. Service and food are always good and it always adds that you can visit the museum afterwards.

s
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Great food.

Poor service. Our order was lost.

B
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - some of the best in the city - and truly exceptional service. Thanks!

f
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Took too long to order and check out. But food was good and not as noise level was just about right.

DD
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Fun atmosphere for people watching!

SK
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very knowledgeable waiter. Great atmosphere

C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my new favorite restaurants in Chicago! The food, service, and ambience are all incredible! My husband brought me here for my birthday dinner and it made for a wonderful date night. They went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and to make the evening feel special. This place has a great range of foods for all palates, including a bunch of creative vegetarian-friendly options. The Octopus was wonderful as well and it looked like a work of art. We will definitely be back!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive service and outstanding food- really outstanding experience!

g
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Server forgot to bring our olives. But the host made up for it and did bring them to us and not charge us.

Wait staff person Als felt like she was rushing us out the door and it wasn’t crowded. She seem to grow more and more disinterested and almost discourteous.

The food was very good but these other two parts of our experience were negative.

RM
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a great pre-theater spot, great location, so pretty & tons of parking options. The menu seems to change with the seasons so you always get to try something new!