The Gage

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Loved by locals and visitors alike, The Gage is the iconic restaurant on Michigan Avenue featuring refined, rustic cuisine in the historic Gage Group Buildings. The Gage offers upscale, yet casual dining in a vintage atmosphere inspired by the gastropubs of Ireland and England. The Gage's menu "covers every craving" (TimeOut Chicago) and includes Scotch eggs, fresh seafood, locally made sausages, burgers, steaks and salads. The Gage offers the perfect setting for a casual drink, a business meeting or a formal event -- refined rusticity, steps from Millennium Park.
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SO
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fantastic. Great experience

ET
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was okay, a bit over seasoned and over dressed. I expected better based on others’ reviews. Overall it was just average. Nothing to write home about.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Very slow service and obvious that busboy do not talk to servers. I have been there many time but this time it was not enjoyful due to slow service

Server has to learn how to multitask and take orders of more than one table or two tables. Maybe I am just lucky after working in the industry for 12 years but efficiency in service makes a big difference

C
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Msde reservations and wss seated in thr rear of the testaurant by the noisy restaurant kitchen. Had to wait a long time for food. Had to walk through congested barcarea to get to table. Bathroom was downstairs... no elevator around.

SH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The scene is lively. We went on Sunday afternoon at 5:30 and it was packed. It is a noisy restaurant, so be prepared to shout.
The food is delicious! We splurged on poutine, wild boar, scallops. No room for dessert but I wish there had been!
The service was cordial though a little hurried. Efficient for sure.
This is a wonderful place for a celebration, dinner after or before the theater, late-night snacks, and of course, great drinks. Enjoy!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

They were out of 3 entrees and 2 appetizers for an already limited menu that’s just not a good thing...

R
Charleston
83 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service with unique and tasty menu. Had gone to a Bears game and needed a warm up to get started. Homemade hit chocolate with Baileys did the trick and the hot chocolate was amazing! Really enjoyed the meal and atmosphere. Will be back.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love everything about the Gage but none of us really thought the donuts were amazing. They were more like cake and the sauce was delicious. They just are not actual donuts. Stick to the other brunch options which are all excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All Staff were very accommodating And attentive the entire time.
Food was amazing as well. Will be back.

WF
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The food disappointed. The poutine was delicious as was the chocolate tart. Our entrees were a let down. Two of had the spicy chicken sandwich and one had the fish and chips. The spicy chicken sandwich was a buffalo chicken sandwich and not a good one. The fish was overcooked and looked like left over pieces.

I've been here numerous times and this time was a disappointment. Is there a new chef or kitchen staff?

FM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for Saturday brunch. My eggs benedict was so delicious. The waitress was very friendly and attentive.

MB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were here on a Friday, early evening. Service was prompt. We both had the scallops and I had the apple and endive salad. Both were excellent. Wine selection was good. All of the staff were pleasant. Only complaint was it was noisy (not the worst I have experienced), however. Very pleased with our experience.

JS
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, very attentive and knowledgeable.

e
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I like the place for the food and great service. What I don't like is the noise. It is so loud that a somewhat normal conversation can't be had. One needs to shout at each other and lean in to understand. I've been there several times and keep coming back hoping it would be better. This is it - wont be back.

EA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

I dine at The Gage a lot but I have never experienced such a noisy dining atmosphere last time I was there.

V
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My husband an I had dinner here twice while visiting Chicago. The ambiance is nice and the food is good. We shared a scallop dinner the first night. It was plated beautifully and was delicious. On the second visit, I ordered the smaller portion of scallops, my husband ordered the pork loin. My scallop dish looked very different, not a beautiful as the first time, but still delicious. My husbands pork loin was very fatty and hard for him to eat. I love the Wairau Sauvignon Blanc they serve, one of my favorites. The hostess seated us in a lovely booth which I had requested. The waitstaff was very good. I would definitely dine here again.

E
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have a wonderful dinner with friends at the Gage! Our server was very attentive to my dietary needs (gluten and dairy allergy) Our appetizers were served promptly, I would say the appetizer was a big too large but we ended up sharing with friends. I ordered the filet while my husband had the ribeye and both steaks were absolutely amazing and cooked perfectly! Melt in your mouth! Our friends had the oysters and scallops and enjoyed the seafood as well. We went on a Sunday night so it wasn't over crowded or loud.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Excellent staff and service. Sunday brunch was solid, but twelve dollar mimosa was extremely disappointing; lukewarm and not fresh orange juice. Their twist on eggs benedict provided for sausage that overpowered the perfectly poached eggs. Yogurt with spiced pear was delightful. Would still dine here in the future.

KR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch and very accommodating of our large group!

j
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Post race breakfast ! Awesome experience

DS
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to theater Saturday. Not wanting to be drosy, when I go to theater, I prefer to dine after theater. My 10:30 reservation was promptly handeled. My waite person was knowledgable about the special French wine list. The diver scollips were cooked so as to leave them juicy.

DR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little expensive, 1 glass of wine, 1 NY strip +tip $94.

MM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Found this place through a TripAdvisor recommendation. The food was incredible, although the octopus appetizer was a little overdone and on the edge of tough. Everything else about the food and wine were excellent.

I marked the noise level "energetic," which I guess is OpenTable speak for "incredibly loud." On a Saturday night I guess you have to expect some loud and somewhat obnoxious people at nearby tables, but the tin ceilings and lack of anything sound-deadening on the walls don't help. Maybe put the large tables in one place, not scattered among the two- and four-tops? Just a suggestion.

V
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great food and service at the Gage. We were meeting new friends to introduce them to The Gage and their Old Fashions. Everyone had a great time.

I
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a fabulous meal. Our server was super nice but did forget a few items, not a big deal, he kindly corrected it. Butternut squash soup was excellent and venison burger never disappoints. Spicy chicken sandwich and salad were also very good.
Cocktails are always delicious! We will be back for sure!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I have the eggs Benedict and got very sick afterward

RS
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food had great flavor not a large selection of sides, the waiter was not friendly nor gave any recommendations on the menu...

C
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. As was the service. Even with the packed bar our bartender was very attentive. Overall great experience.

M
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great atmosphere! Perfect location to Orchestra. The staff was amazing - getting us in and out in time for our concert. The food was fresh and delicious. It will be our go-to spot when we are in the area.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Went to the Gage for an office celebration lunch. Reservation was at 12:45 but we weren’t seated until after 1, and then offered a table right in the middle of a passageway. When I asked if there was a better table we were made to wait another 15 minutes or so, and in the interim walk-ins were being told the wait was 15 minutes. I’m not sure what the benefit of making a reservation was, or why when I made a reservation indicating that we were having a celebration we were given such a crappy table to begin with. Food is pretty solid, a bit pricey. Service was OK but a bit spotty, the food came out before our drinks which was a bit odd. I’ve been there before and the service was much better so it may just be the luck of the draw.

GV
Cincinnati
69 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent quality and service, but tight space and high priced for lunch

BM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Too loud to have a good conversation.

AM
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Gage was a wonderful experience. We enjoyed upscale, delicious food with exceptional service. Steven was our server. He was attentive, made excellent recommendations and took care of every detail! Everyone from the bar staff to the management made the evening very enjoyable.

E
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gage...it is always vibrant, welcoming, warm, engaging....
for years I have been a customer

GB
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We had an early dinner after the theater. Everything was good, but nothing exceptional. The Caesar salad was ok. I had the special catch of the day Mahi Mahi, again good, not great. The side vegetable of red cabbage and onion was very good. My husband had the scallops and good, not great. His assortments of vegetables was the Miquelon & tasty. Service was good and we appreciated that our server did not rush us through the meal, as requested.

HZ
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the Venison burger and get the Truffle fries!!!

F
New England
19 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Gage is a great blend of a nice restaurant and good bar atmosphere. Food is very good. Great option for a business lunch.

NK
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was unique and good. The bar menu was extensive.

f
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, excellent service, very high energy though a bit too loud for me.

AM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tomato soup was amazing!

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