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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

In celebration of Valentine's Day, Marisol is offering a prix-fixe menu for $75 (plus tax & gratuity) per person, as well as a vegetarian menu, in place of our a la carte menu. Wine pairings are available for an additional $35.

Friday, February 14, 2020

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RB
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
59 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
112 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
6 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
78 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
45 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
17 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
14 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
41 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Fun atmosphere for people watching!

SK
Minneapolis
4 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
25 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!

LA
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved the fun brunch and really enjoyed the unique open concept seating

JS
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Everything was lovely.
The drag brunch story time was fabulous and would do it again and again! Keep going!🌈🌈🌈

KS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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CH
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Food, service, and location, as we then enjoyed some art at the MCA

E
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with informed service and a great beverage list in a beautiful space. What more could you ask for!

CF
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took a girlfriend there for her birthday celebration. We both enjoyed all the dishes we ordered. Favorites were the octopus and the scallops which looked like Art and tasted amazing, and of course the sunflower hummus which I must order every time I am there! We also had the fried quail and the squash (which they made by mistake but gave it to us for free). I was surprised the place wasn’t packed. Will have to return with my husband next time. Service was incredible by the way. Overall a fantastic experience. Highly recommended.

R
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I love this place. The food is delicious and the space delightful. We’ve been many times and the only negative is that the food seems to come out randomly. You don’t usually get things in the order you requested them and there’s a lack of rhythm in how the food comes out. Oftentimes you’re waiting longer than expected between courses. That could use some attention.

SA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the place- have been there half a dozen times and never disappointed.

S
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Had brunch. 2 of us got served and then the other 2 had to wait 25 minutes for their food. We kept having to flag down the waitress to ask about it. My granola was a dollop of yogurt with a giant bowl of granola. Strange.

Marisol at the MCA
Responded on November 20, 2019

Hi Susan, Thank you for sharing your experience with us—my sincere apologies that the timing, service, & presentation of your meal was below standards. I will speak with our chefs & our service staff to work on improving our brunch food & service. I hope you will join us again soon—thank you. —Simon K., general manager at Marsiol

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SS
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner at a beautiful space.

J
Chicago
72 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Tasty creative & layered flavors true to form for Cafe Lula team. Good luck!

GB
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Warm and lively atmosphere. Great service. Love,love the sunflower seed humus! My cocktail was excellent.

RT
Chicago
115 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Delightful way to spend time at the museum, with lunch at Marisol capping or starting the visit.
The menu is relatively limited but the dishes are stylishly presented and heads and shoulders above
expectations. Atmosphere is comfortable and conversation-friendly. Service during our lunch was
dreadfully slow, but perhaps that was an aberation.

L
Chicago
67 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our third meal at Marisol in a many weeks. Each time, I've ordered the Marisol salad which is a gastronomic wonder! (It's big enough to be an entire meal, but not if you're really hungry and need a blast of protein.) Their choice of vermouths bears exploring - we're both addicted to the one with rhubarb, cardamom and ginger. Amazing! Their pasta dishes are juicy revelations and the hummous is not to be missed. LOVE Marisol!