MLG

4.0
1085 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
“This hidden gem, nestled along the tracks with a pretty flower-laden courtyard for dining, is one to put on regular rotation. Modern and chic, the dining room, with its rotating art selections, dark wood seating and black leather half-banquettes that sit below an inset circular ceiling, is a great place for power lunches and weekend dates. The lounge, which is separated from the dining room by a state of the art glass wine room, is perfect for grabbing quick bites and craft cocktails. As for the food, it's hard to lose. Among starters, the fried or grilled Calamari is the best you will find anywhere. Follow that with a whole, grilled branzino, pan-seared salmon or a house-made pasta dish. The filet mignon, fried chicken or heritage pork chop are no slouches either, especially when paired with a glass of wine from the extensive but approachable wine list. Of course, there is always the 1/2 pound fresh-ground burger, an MLG favorite.”
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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This current menu is sad and the service is getting worse each visit. The place is always 1/2 empty now and even though portions are smaller than ever, prices are up. They always over charge on wine glasses and then tell you it was a large pour (like I've never had a glass of wine before?) to avoid that I ordered a split but it was opened before getting to the table and so I did not get the whole amount.
We have stopped visiting regularly; only go to sit outside on nights there is live music. Only order the burger ;)

LF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Steak came rare, not medium.
Ravioli have no taste, was it crab? Was it cheese?
Shrimp was fried with shell and head on, very difficult to open up. Mediocre meal today.

T
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I dine at MLG about six times annually. Always enjoyable. Very enticing menu. Fine service

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Saltiest food I’ve ever experienced

B
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went on a Saturday night. 3 of us had the mahi mahi and my husband had the pork chop. We ordered grilled calamari and hummus and vegetables for an appetizer. The food was delicious but the reason I didn’t give 5 stars is because everything was a la carte. The menu said my fish came with vegetables(squash, peas and carrots) but it was literally like a few shavings of vegetables. The fish while grilled perfectly and tasted delicious was small and for the price...would have expected either a bigger piece or a side of potato or vegetables. The outdoor area was very pretty at night and the live music was a nice added touch.

s
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

We go to MLG regularly, and usually it’s comfortable reliable and great atmosphere. During this reservation however our meals were a little overcooked and I was told that the bottle of wine special was not running even though it was currently posted online.
I miss some of my favorite items that are not currently on the menu, I guess because it’s summer. We don’t go back as frequently because of these issues but we are local and will definitely go back because sitting outside there with quality service is worth it! Even if you can only rely on a good burger

l
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We sat on the patio so noise was not an issue. Good was excellent as always.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Ok. Patio is great but train went by 3 times. Felt pricing was high for drinks and food

C
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice spot to be able to eat outside. Pleasant environment, decent food, friendly attentive service.
Decent selection of food.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Horrible service, took customers there for a lunch and had to get the waiter twice for orders as well as the check. Disappointing service and food was just okay.

O
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family brunch on Sunday with those who were available 😉which is why I choose MLG. Service is spot on, every one is so accommodating from hello to thank you have a great day! The ambiance is also a part of the whole experience, it was nice to have a meal that no one had to attend to and sit enjoy the time together. We all a great meal, thanks to all! Kudos to our server Alice, she was terrific!

SD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice ambiance with comfortable, padded barrel chairs. The avocado toast was excellent, and the service was attentive but not overbearing. We were offered a choice of 3 good wines that were half price that day. Nice treat for my birthday.

JG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Instead of using a tray to bring our drinks, she carried one drink in each hand and carried a coke under her arm which she promptly spilled on my slacks. Food preparation was good and delivered in a timely manner. Our party of six had finished our meals and after some time, we asked our server to clear our dishes so we could have a bit of room. She responded that she would have someone else come to bus our table. Note that at 2pm on a Sunday, there were only two inside tables with customers so I was surprised that we had to sit for so long with these dirty dishes on our table. Second issue was related to my request to acknowledge my wife's birthday at this brunch which was included on my reservation. My son-in-law also notified the hostess upon his arrival. No mention of this request and we were so disappointed with the poor service that we just paid our bill and left. Unlikely that we will return to MLG.

DE
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

Great musicians. Food was overpriced and tiny portions. I left still feeling still hungry, which is inexcusable, esp given the price.

NB
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Great outdoor patio with live music was fun on a nice warm evening.

J
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Able to sit comfortably outside.

PH
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great outdoor dining spot however disappointed that they constantly remove favorite items from menu, ei Skirt Steak dinner, Grilled Romaine salad, etc
Beyond Meat burger was OK but side salad was more like a garnish than actual salad.....At 18 bucks they could do better than what was on the plate

OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Never go back

KB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We’ve gone to MLG plenty of times and they have always been consistent. This time, they must have changed their menu and / or owners, because there were limited items in all areas: apps, entrees, salads. I ordered a filet medium - came out well done, no flavor, and i didn’t even it all bc the end was charred. For the price, it’s just not worth it. And we sat outside and they didn’t spray the bushes, so I got lots of mosquitoes bites.

SB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Just wanted to grab a quick lunch with my sister. We were both disappointed to see how limited the menu was. She missed the sweet potato fries that she loved and we were both surprised to learn that free chips were no longer provided. The service and ambiance were fine. In view of the above, we may think twice about going back in the future.

PA
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I have stayed away from MLG for a LONG time in spite of the fact I live close by...I decided to give it another try, and found it to be quite good. The staff is much improved as is the food....today we ate lunch outside and really enjoyed it.

w
Palm Springs
28 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great outdoor patio

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 4

They changed the menu and no longer offer Prisoner by the glass.
Homemade chips were soggy.
Service was at best below average.
And food was also at best average. My chicken was dry, and I noticed after my son was more than halfway finished his hamburger it was not cooked.
I use to love MLG, but it needs help, going downhill fast

H
London
8 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

Very overpriced. 2 people. 2 cocktails and a very
Standard dinner with no desert, $132.00

S
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

This used to be one of my favorite restaurants, but they changed the menu and it was awful! There wasn't anything on this new menu that I wanted to order. Before I had a hard time choosing which one to get because I liked so many things. I won't be going back unless they go back to their old menu. Very disappointed.

W
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Nice outdoor dining area with classical guitarist & singer. Outdoor heaters a nice as well. No gluten free options or menu, in fact some of the items looked like they had no gluten but then they should up with breading or croutons.

Unfortunately, the menu was limited & lacked descriptions. Our server was kind but unable to answer any questions about the menu. I wanted a salad entree but he said salads were small & discourages it. It would have been nice if he suggested a salad entree option.

There were a lot of staff but no management. Outdoor tables & furniture were not clean which was odd given there where a number of team members present.

a
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

we had been there before. Maybe last year. The menu is different and the food was just okay. We did like the Caesar salad. Don't plan on going back.

KB
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food tasted fresh and delicious, staff and service were pleasant and attentive, atmosphere was just right.

s
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fine fathers day outing for whole family. Will be back again.

OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fathers Day

PV
San Francisco
101 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed MLG. The brunch was wonderful. It was quiet, which was great for my father. The service was excellent!

T
Chicago
69 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dine at MLG about six or so times per year. It is a well run operated with a very fine menu.

Service is attentive and by-and-large professional.

Menu choices offer a rather wide range. I am always pleased with my choice.

Try it and you'll surely like it.

l
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The menu has changed and the options are limited. I only found one or two items that I would order. Old favorites like the bbq ribs are gone. Service was great as always.

C
Detroit
20 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Very disappointed in new menu. Our favorite neighborhood place but not the same. Few entree choices. Miss whitefish. We’ll come for lunch outside but not dinner.

C
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had an after work happy hour in the bar area and everything was great! Delicious drinks! I’d like to go back to try the full dinner or lunch menu.

B
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall it was fine.

RR
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always dependable, always great food, and always great wine.

LB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Nothing good, newer go again. food look and taste not good at all.

OT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The experience was great at this restaurant my only issue was the meal portion for the lobster roll was very small. The taste was good. Food came fast, however service after that slowed down so it took us longer to close out than we would have liked

C
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good consistent food and service. I will say, the grouper fish sandwich is quite small. Probably trying to keep price where it is. Need to tell people tho as they are likely expecting a larger sandwich.

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