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Marisol at the MCA, Chicago, IL

Marisol at the MCA

4.6
4.6
907 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, International

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Fri 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 799-3599

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jason Hammel

  • Neighborhood

    Gold Coast / Streeterville

  • Cross street

    N Mies Van Der Rohe Way

  • Parking details

    Discounted rates are available for Marisol guests in the MCA's garage.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Experiences

  • Restaurant Week BRUNCH 01/20/22 - 02/05/22

    Jan 20 - Feb 5, 2023
    Specialty Curated Brunch Menu available Saturdays and Sundays. 2 course Brunch Menu $25 per guest. First Course (select one) EARL GREY TEA CAKE satsuma, cream cheese, violet ROSEMARY FOCACCIA labneh, medjool date, shabazi powder LAVENDER GRANOLA seasonal fruit, chamomile, house yogurt Entree (select one) MEYER LEMON FRENCH TOAST strawberry, sumac, ricotta, pearl sugar, brioche CROQUE MADAME gruyere, jamon serrano, sunny side egg, date honey, PQB sourdough MAITAKE FRITTATA leek, porcini, feta, sauce verte, frisee salad BREAKFAST BURRITO avocado, green chile, tomato, crispy potato, soft scramble, cheddar, salsa verde
  • Restaurant Week LUNCH 01/20/22- 02/05/22

    Jan 20 - Feb 5, 2023
    Specialty Curated 3 Course Lunch Menu available Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. Three Course Lunch $25 per guest. Choose one dish from each course: First Course CELERY ROOT BISQUE leek soubise, golden raisin, apple, white balsamic or ASIAN PEAR FRISEE SALAD golden beet, fennel, walnut, prairie breeze cheddar Second Course TURKEY AND RACELETTE red cabbage slaw, horseradish, PQB rye or SUNCHOKE POLENTA slow cooked tomato relish, kale, sheep’s milk cheese Third Course MALTED MOCHA BROWNIE or SESAME NAMELAKA chamomile, black sesame, Klug Farms balaton cherries
  • Special Valentines Day Menu

    $99.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    TUESDAY FEBRUARY 14th FOUR COURSE DINNER MENU $100 per person Menu available under menus.

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What 907 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Chicago

    Contemporary American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were thrilled with the high caliber of the food and the lovely choices. The price was extremely fair for the most wonderful sandwich I ever had along with the chick pea side dish and delightful pear and beet lettuce salad. Oh my gosh, and the brownie was nothing like I’ve ever tasted!! Thank you to the fine chef and staff. You made my day at the MCA and lunch at Marisol one I’ll not forget.
  2. U

    Unsatisfied

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    The staff was super friendly, but they were clearly overworked. Our food came out at a snails pace only after we asked for each course 3 different times. Out friend got her entree 15 minutes before we other 3 got our items and before we even got the donuts which were supposed to be a precursor to the entree. They gave us 4 glasses of champagne even after I said I would not be drinking prior so not a bonus for me. And presumptuous to assume every drinks before even asking and just setting it down in front of someone. The value was just not there in this experience and I would never consider returning.
  3. S

    Superlative

    Chicago

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    absolutely delightful and creative restaurant week luncheon. The poutine was outstanding else was the soup and the desert was creative and appealing.
  4. j

    johnjk

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dishes combined unusual ingredients and were delicious !
  5. RG

    RichaG

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    We tried the restaurant week menu and it was a little underwhelming given the reputation and hype Marisol has. The Tea cake, focaccia and frittata were strictly okay. The croque madame however, was phenomenal. I would probably go again to try the ala carte, but with lower expectations.
  6. JH

    JonH

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We ordered brunch from the restaurant week menu: lavender granola, lemon french toast and fritatas and beignets were all fabulous. So good to return to Mirasol - look forward to returning soon.
  7. BP

    BeenaP

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Ian honestly made our visit amazing. The food was beautiful and great, too, but without Ian it wouldn't have been memorable.
  8. AJ

    AndyJ

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    We really enjoyed our Restaurant Week brunch at Marisol. The tea cake was good for a sweet start to the meal, but the savory ciabatta was even better. The frittata was perfect - rich and delicious (full of porcini flavor). The breakfast burrito was fine, it just didn't "wow" us like the frittata. Looking forward to having the ciabatta and frittata again and trying other enticing items on the brunch menu.
  9. KP

    KarenP

    Chicago

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    a wonderful place for brunch with great food in a beautiful setting.
  10. M

    Malin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    slow service, overpriced for portion size. restaurant week brunch in particular was disappointing.
  11. CS

    CSBcsb

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Awesome food and service!
  12. t

    tcmman

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall3food5service3ambience2
    Such great food: creative, tasty, interesting! The cocktails were clever and delicious. It’s just that the ambience is one of a slightly upscale cafeteria, complete with MCA janitors listening to loud sports events on their phone, a few meters away and busboys telling loud jokes to one another as they walked by. I would definitely come back again for the food but would hope to have a more pleasant dining experience as this restaurant hopefully finds its footing.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    The food was unexpectedly delicious. Portions could be a little bigger for the egg dishes. The matcha French toast was very good. The ambiance is just ok. For a museum I expected a lot more cool design features. Felt like a cafeteria and the main restaurant entrance is dark and boring and makes you think it’s closed. Felt like it was half finished and lacks imagination.
  14. M

    Mary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we had a very wonderful time. it is a terrific pace.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience5
    Food came, none of the condiments came until 15 minutes later. By the time everything arrived, the food was cold, and not very enjoyable.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great place, delicious healthy food
  17. KK

    KathleenK

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful dining experience. The staff are knowledgeable and attentive without being intrusive. The setting and atmosphere is spectacular and the food is always a treat. Always enjoy a stop at the MCA store after dining.
  18. SR

    SuzR

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderfully delicious brunch experience for me and my 11 year old granddaughter. We were both taken with the Saigon herbal tea and honey. This was a first time for her and she loved the modern design of the restaurant and sitting right by a window. We had such a good time and will repeat our experience at some point in the future.
  19. JE

    JenniferE

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful experience!
  20. WF

    WilliamF

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Food ok. Waitress wonderful.
  21. NC

    NaomiC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Marisol is not only a gorgeous place, but their food is amazing. I cant wait to go back again soon
  22. C

    Cleo

    Chicago

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the perfect place for an apres-theatre lunch. We had the sunflower hummus, which is reason enough to come here again and again. The grilled ham and cheese, sandwich as well as the salmon tartine are scrumptious!
  23. KK

    KathleenK

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a special place to go. So glad they’re doing dinner again.
  24. JL

    JLGW

    Chicago

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Pre theatre brunch was very nice.
  25. TB

    TamarB

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire experience is excellent. The space is lovely and quiet. The service is attentive and the food is always delicious. That Marisol Salad with the ‘natural food salad dressing’ and pecorino is outstanding! Add a couple of eggs on top and it’s a perfect breakfast.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had not been back to Marisol since the reopening; better than ever!!! The grain bowl was fantastic!!!
  27. c

    ckchicago

    Chicago

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great gluten free salads!, excellent sunflower seed hummus.
  28. JS

    JaniceS

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A beautifully executed meal! Our waiter Ian was attentive and had a delightful personality. My husband and I definitely recommend.
  29. SL

    SueL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visited MCA exhibits on a Tuesday evening & had made a reservation for 5:30 pm dinner at Marisol before walking to Fourth Presbyterian Church for the Andrew Bird concert. The sauces were SO GOOD and we loved that there were such great, tasty, well-presented vegetarian entrees. The wait staff cared that we had what we needed, were truly helpful yet non-intrusive, and the blended berry sorbet gave a perfect finish to our meal.
  30. XX

    XXXX

    Cincinnati

    38 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food was over salted. Staff was pleasant but understaffed and had to play multiple roles, thus reducing availability.
  31. SD

    SDELISH

    New England

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A beautiful space with even more compelling food. Add warm and friendly service, and a world class museum just up the stairs, and you’ve got one of the best brunch spots in Chicago - bar none. Do not forget the french toast with Asian pears and matcha cream. Or the crispy potatos, a darn exceptional improvement on the ho hum homefries other spots serve up. Actually: just go there a lot and try everything.
  32. p

    pmitzen

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Wait staff was pleasant and attentive, but asked for salad to be chopped and for light dressing - and she wrote it down. Salad was not chopped and was both unremarkable and was drenched in dressing
  33. AS

    AS2017

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    For Sunday brunch, the granola and beignets were very good. But the plate of eggs, bacon (one piece) and potatoes (2 burnt pieces) was pathetic at that price. The service was excellent.
  34. JE

    JenniferE

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Marisol!
  35. C

    Celeste

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Emily, our server was great. Helpful and friendly. The food was delicious and came quickly. I look forward to visiting again.
  36. MD

    MaryD

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    delicious meal - been there before and each time love the food
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The dinner menu is sparse. We had the sunflower hummus which was highly suggested…just okay. My partner had the Bavette Steak…his review was that it was not very good. I had the Butternut Squash entree and it was as if some leftovers were put together and served. Our server was lovely but our food experience will not bring us back.
  38. M

    Malgar

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The decoration is contemporary, made me feel that the cafe was a perfect extension of the museum. The coffee was outstanding, light roast, flavorful. The food was okay, nothing to brag about. I had the tofu scramble. I like they kept the tofu cubed instead of crumbling it. The smashed potatoes it came with were a little over fried. Overall, this was a positive experience and I will be back. Our server was great also, kind, attentive.
  39. S

    Shireen

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Our reservation that was confirmed THREE times. But restaurant was closed on that day. I contacted them. They did not have the decency to respond. Reflects very poor management and lack of attention to details Wonder what goes on in their kitchen!

    Marisol at the MCAResponded on November 11, 2022My apologies for the inconvenience. There was a glitch with OpenTable which whom I contacted and had the system corrected. Yes, both the Museum and the restaurant is closed to the public on Mondays. I am sorry that you had wasted your time in your attempt to dine with us. I would like to personally invite you in for lunch during our normal hours of operation and completely take care of the bill to compensate for your frustration. My apologies again, Kyle Grodzki

  40. F

    Fredmom

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    I was somewhat hoping the space would be nicer...especially being inside the MCA. It would be good casual spot for tourists, but not for a birthday brunch or any other special occasion.

FAQs

Marisol at the MCA is rated 4.6 stars by 907 OpenTable diners.

Marisol at the MCA does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Marisol at the MCA

205 E. Pearson St., Chicago, IL 60611

Additional information

  • Cross street

    N Mies Van Der Rohe Way

  • Neighborhood

    Gold Coast / Streeterville

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Fri 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Discounted rates are available for Marisol guests in the MCA's garage.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jason Hammel

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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