Monnie Burke's

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Modern American restaurant with creative craft cocktails, an expansive private outdoor patio and brunch every Saturday and Sunday. Now open in the heart of Pilsen.
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service & food!!!

J
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service and the food were great!

MK
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service. Absolutely great flavors with everything we ordered. Menu has too many fabulous options. One of my favorite restaurants. Only wish I lived closer.
The cauliflower with dates and Brussels sprouts are a must to order

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place with great food and staff

OT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden gem in Pilsen. Really enjoyed the ambiance and service, drinks were amazing!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. We have been coming here for a year now. Always great food, drinks and service.

MA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The kitchen staff decided to have a meeting instead of preparing our food. It took about an hour for our food to be served; despite being only 1 of 3 tables with patrons.

EE
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Started out fine. Service people were very nice. We ordered two entrees and a side dish of cooked veggies to share. The veggies were served first only a few minutes after we ordered. We were seated outside and the veggies were quickly losing heat while we waited for the main dishes. I couldn’t locate our server so I asked another server to just keep the veggies warm. And then when our server finally appeared I told him I had sent them back to stay warm. After another few minutes the entrees arrived so I asked the server to bring out the veggies. He told me the chef decided to “start over” with them and they would be another few minutes. We waited and waited and I asked a couple more times to just bring them out, trying not to eat the entrees until the veggies came out. After the third request and the waiter passing by with no veggies again I cancelled the order. The entrees were already gone. The waiter got upset and had the manager try to deliver the veggies after a few minutes and I declined, pointing to our empty plates. The waiter then became very unfriendly and short. What should have been a nice special occasion with my son became a bad restaurant experience. I don’t plan on returning.

BE
Wilmington
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place consistently delivers. That deserves a 5 star rating. Food is uniquely prepared. For brunch, had the chicken and waffles, not because I'm a fan, but i knew they would be creative. And i was right. They did not disappoint. I have also tried nearly every item on the dinner menu - and clearly I have been back a few times!

The bar may be the best part. The bartenders take care to ensure the best quality every time. I normally get the classic gin gimlet and these folks nail the balance perfectly. That caring attitude goes a long way. This a safe place to take guests - you will not have to worry if the food or service will be top.

d
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The mussels were good, but the fries way too salty. A diner can always add salt, but this cannot be removed unless a new order is requested (which I did). My guest has a food allergy and was offered most options prepared to order. Which was very good, but the chef failed to provide an alternative to the mushrooms that were to accompany the chicken that she couldn't eat. We should not have to ask for a substitution, the chef should consider this. We dined at 5 pm--so the restaurant was not very busy yet.

The server was pleasant and tried to accommodate--but I think she may have been a new server. I will come again!

KL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Based on the main courses we selected, the joint was nothing special. The cauliflower appetizer was great and when I complained my wine was "off" they immediately brought me another fresh glass. Service was great. Loved the patio space.

Cheeseburger / fries were basic and my wife's pasta wasn't worth bringing the leftovers home.

Not a bad place, but didn't justify the prices in our opinion.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Several dishes were very over salted, making for a mediocre meal

S
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful place for a relaxing meal or get together with a group. They have a large patio and indoor space. The food is delicious. There were a number of creative recipes, including a cauliflower dish that was the best I've ever had. I recommend this place highly.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service! 10/10 would recommend. Thanks, John and team!

PG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good selection of excellent dishes and ambiance is great

Would recommend highly.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best birthday dinner for my son’s 27th!!!
Our waitress had blonde hair and what a great personality was the most fun.

AS
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food and Great service. I came with the group of 5 and they all loved it as well. Cant remember the name of the waiter but he was nice and friendly.

r
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambiance and the food was delicious! We had the burrata, the halibut and the pretzel bread and they were all full of amazing flavors.

CM
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Just for drinks or apps - food lacked depth of flavor and honestly the cocktails felt a little watery.

SH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A group of friends and I met up for a small reunion at Monnie Burke's on a Friday night. We had a great time...nice ambiance, good food and drinks. We'll be back!

J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible ever changing menu full of creative twists on familiar cuisine, definitely try the cauliflower appetizer. Staff are great, perfect for a date night, special occasion. Drink specials on Thursday nights!

m
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Comfortable patio!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cauliflower, Brussels sprouts & hamachi crudo was delicious.

L
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was so educated about the food and speciality drinks !! We had a great time!! He paced the meal perfectly and we all left saying that we can’t wait to come back and try more from the menu! Beautiful outdoor space that is just perfect for a nice clear night!

f
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it, amazing service great food... patio rocks. Easy valet. Can’t wait to go back.

SF
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Dishes were delectable but sparse. Every plate we shared was a symphony for the palate with layered nuances artistically presented. Definitely a splurge. The very hot patio would have benefited from some fans to keep the air circulating.

DD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a most enjoyable experience—first at the bar with excellent and innovative cocktails and then dinner on the patio.

JB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We were all quite impressed with the food and it's a beautiful space. But we were fairly certain all of the staff was high. Very lethargic, slow to bring stuff, seemed confused when we asked questions on the menu, etc. The food was good enough to compensate, hence the 4-star.

g
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat inside which was a cool open air area. Next time would love to sit in the beautiful outdoor garden. The food was really good. The grilled Brussels sprouts outstanding. Radicchio salad was not bitter at all. Come to find they purposely remove the bitter ends of the leaf (great trick to use at home). Saffron butter pasta with a crunchy grain added...delicious. Good wine list that was not over priced. Good selection of cocktails and the frozen sangria was “so good” as my wife described it. Not sugary or over sweet, with some nice hints of spice. Finally the key lime dessert! We will definitely be back.
Forgot to mention the great service. Ask for Paloma as we will next time we visit.

DT
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Patio seating was great, we were glad to sit outside. Inside seemed ok, but was to air conditioned. Great location in Pilsen, fun to walk the neighborhood. We had the whole fried fish, heirloom carrots, some appetizers. All was hot and great garnishes and seasoning. Very good food. And I thought reasonably priced for the place and food.
Our waiter was OK. However, he should have been more informative and helped us on our choices which were many. He explained things if we questions him, and knew about them, but it is my experience the waiter should ask if there are questions and help with decisions.
Could have just been our guy because balance of staff and service was excellent. We'd go back for sure.

m
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great combination, including fresh ingredients, a few unusual menu items, smiling but not overbearing staff and available street parking LOL

FC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks. Knowledgeable staff. Good spot for brunch

GE
Chicago
205 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Monnie Burke’s is outstanding. The service is top notch. Cocktails are creative and delicious. And the food is consistently excellent (the pappardelle on this outing was a huge hit!) Oh, and it has one of the greatest outdoor patios in the entire city.

OT
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Had an early reservation and despite only a few tables filled outside, it took 15 minutes to get seated. Then took over 20 minutes to get someone to take the drink order- which we had to flag down someone for. When the waitress brought drinks, they were not correct and she seemed annoyed when we asked for the drinks that were ordered.
Presentation of food was very nice, cheeseburgers were tasty, and asparagus with fried egg was good. Halibut also beautifully presented, but not very satisfying. My daughter had the gnocchi which was sweeter than anticipated, and when my son tried it, he remarked it was very different from two days previous when he had it.
No one ever asked if we wanted another round of drinks and my husband had to go to the bar to get more for three of us. It was not that busy, however the waitress was definitely overwhelmed, and while she apologized that it took so long to take orders, were noticed many staff standing around doing nothing. I expected a better experience given earlier reviews, but I wouldn't return.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Horrible service

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Service overwhelmed.....
Food took way too long to get as well as drinks.
Ordered 2 sides of sausage for our brunch entrees..
sausages came it 25 minutes before our entrees and sat and got cold..

A
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was amazing - something for everyone and we were all impressed by the whole fried fish tacos! Great cocktails too.

WE
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great outdoor space and perfect service.
Was first time and wanted something new.
Everything was first rate--the various vegetable dishes were so good and the mussels were outstanding. Our server Paloma was spot on and we all loved everything about it. Definitely recommend and we will be back.
Only question is why why why there has to be a television outside? Everywhere? Would be great to just DINE
The two people facing it were distracted by it and next time we would sit farther from the bar area, to avoid it. Since I wasn't one of them :) wasn't as bothered, although they kept glancing over my shoulder...

SM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service ! Red Snapper was superb

FA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was nice, prices too high!! Not many choices on the menu. Drinks pricey not much in glass. Need to improve on these things.

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