The Gage

4.6
7694 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
American
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.
avatar copy

Private Dining

Book your next event with us

View details
What 7694 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
JB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Gage is a GO TO favorite. The menu had a vast selection that leaves your tastebuds more than satisfied. During this specific visit I enjoyed the pan roasted 1/2 chicken which was cooked perfectly. My colleague had the Thai Coconut Curry which was also cooked to perfection. I highly suggest the scotch egg as an app! LOVE THIS PLACE! Billy the owner, works as hrs as his staff and makes personal introductions to each table to ensure that their experience is enjoyable. Another great perk!

Report
Helpful
B
Detroit
41 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific culinary experience as always. Never disappoints. My business partners enjoyed their dishes as well.

Report
Helpful
SR
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Tables are tightly packed...difficult to move around when others are sitting next to you.

Report
Helpful
A
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I always enjoy the Gage. I look forward to going there I love the food, ambiance and location. I’ve brought a number of people and we’ve always been pleased. I heartily recommend it.

Report
Helpful
RD
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We were a party of five out for a birthday dinner. Our meal was very enjoyable. We had venison burgers, a regular burger, and two people ordered scallops. Everyone enjoyed their meal however as far as the service goes the waiter would disappear for long periods of time. The busboy made up for the lack of the waiter by always keeping the water glasses full and taking good care of us. At the end of the meal, we had desserts. There was a sShared chocolate tart and huckleberry crumble. The desserts were delicious! The burgers and scallops were top notch and everyone enjoyed their meal. I highly recommend this place for a birthday dinner but hope next time our waiter will be more attentive.

Report
Helpful
DG
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server and the food were great! But the noise level prevents me from coming
more often than I do.

Report
Helpful
DR
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great experience at The Gage. The restaurant was crowded but my OpenTable reservation was honored and I was seated on-time. The staff was friendly and all menu items were explained as needed. The food was very good! I especially enjoyed the seasonal beet items and the reasonable prices that were offered. I would definitely return here and recommend

Report
Helpful
OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Cool atmosphere. Service super slow, but they were busy. Drinks were really good. Food was nothing special.

Report
Helpful
S
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrifice Brunch for three of us before the ballet. Both Acanto and Gage are really dependable restaurants.

Report
Helpful
PO
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Monica was delightful and our food was excellent.

Report
Helpful
Y
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped by after the ballet with my better half for dessert.
We enjoyed a Coffee with Baileys, a Cappuccino, and a Dark Chocolate Caramel Tart.
They were the perfect end to a wonderful evening. The atmosphere was lively, the waitstaff was friendly and attentive, and the tart was amazing. I am looking forward to returning to try their dinner menu.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The service was a little slow but we weren’t really in a hurry. The food was amazing!!! We had probably the best lamb chops I’ve ever had with awesome scallops on top... The food was definitely top notch! I feel the price of the food was on par for the quality, we’ll definitely be back!

Report
Helpful
LB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic dinner and experience at The Gage. Great location and ambiance. We were seated in a booth which we loved and from start to finish the service and food were outstanding. The bottle of wine we ordered had just sold out, so the somalier came over and recommended a different bottle that just came in/wasn’t on the menu yet. He didn’t try to upsell us and was so comfortable to talk to. Our waiter was knowledgeable and kind. Giving just the right amount of attention. We will highly recommend the Gage to others and definitely be returning.

Report
Helpful
DA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful lunch and our waiter Zak made it outstanding.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice time at The Gage. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and went to have brunch. The food was outstanding and the entre staff was attentive, friendly. The waitress we had was knowledgeable about the food and answered any questions we had.

Report
Helpful
OT
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice to have the fireplace in the Winter. Nice server. Always good food.

Report
Helpful
R
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Gage. The food is wonderful and creative. The staff is always friendly.

Report
Helpful
JP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 4

The Gage is very overrated. I had a "spicy" fried chicken sandwich and when i received it, there was cheese on it. The menu said nothing about cheese. The chicken was still pink in the middle, bun fell apart because of the excessive amount of sauce. The waiter who was attending us, never spoke to me besides to take my order. Highly highly disappointed.

Report
Helpful
OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day

Report
Helpful
P
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service were excellent. Our server was very knowledgeable and obviously took his job very seriously. My only issue- and it was as much bad luck as anything else - our table was right behind the hostess table and wobbled all night.

Report
Helpful
H
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as was the service! Ran out of the. Butterscotch dessert at 6:00! But it’s amazing.

Report
Helpful
CP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Gaga has long been a favorite restaurant of mine. Company wasn’t great (not the restaurant’s fault) but the recommended venison burger was excellent.

Report
Helpful
AN
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

This was our choice after visiting the Art Institute. It's close and it was freezing outside. I had been to The Gage twice before - each time at dinner. The lunch set up was not what I expected. Tables are crammed in adjacent to the booths toward the front of the restaurant. We were led to a table and thankfully a booth opened up. Our server was good... patient and upbeat. A few comments about the food: if you change the menu in the restaurant, change it online!!! I'm sure I'm not the only diner who selects ahead of the visit. The lunch selections were not great. The wedge salad was far from the best I've had. The fish and chips was BLAND. The mussels are served in a deep bowl with no access to the broth... we poured ours out so the 3 sharing could dip our bread as we ate the mussels. I found it odd that the server said, "people usually eat the mussels THEN dip their bread in the broth." No they don't! I have eaten mussels EVERYWHERE for decades. Anyhow, I'll wrap this up by saying the meal was not bad but we were disappointed by most of the food and not at all impressed with the visit to The Gage.

Report
Helpful
n
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The food is just o.k. It is a good place for getting together before CSO or Harris Theater. Fairly expensive.

Report
Helpful
M
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a go to in Chicago...energy level and ambience awesome. When in doubt we go here for a great casual meal

Report
Helpful
d
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice brunch for our group of six. Everyone loved all of their choices, especially the Blackberry and Cherry Tomato Tart and the Pecan Crusted French Toast.

Report
Helpful
DH
Milwaukee
24 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My only comment on the ambiance is that the restaurant is quite noisy. This was known beforehand.

In all other respects a really good experience. The staff was great.

Report
Helpful
WM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and menu. Love the ambiance.

Report
Helpful
Z
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First time diner there. Fantastic place, great location and ambiance, especially for the price. However, the recommended barley soup was terrible, basically oil. The venison burger and poutine is to die for!

Report
Helpful
b
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved our food and service! We were seated immediately upon arrival for our reservation, but somewhat disappointed in our booth; we asked to be reseated, but could not be accommodated. There was no overhead light and a small candle on the table. It was impossible to read our menus without the aid of our phone flashlights. I would have liked to have seen my food in detail as I was eating. We came back the next day for some bar food and drinks. We will definitely return, but will take care to ask for a well lit table in future reservations.

Report
Helpful
OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was excellent. Great gastropub environment. The lobster bisque soup and Salmon special were great. Definitely would recommend going there again.

Report
Helpful
SD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The mussels appetizer is the best I've ever had, and the Brussels sprouts are also excellent.

Report
Helpful
M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a solid experience at The Gage. The blackened bass sandwich was so good. My favorite Loop restaurant by far. Nobody comes close to The Gage.

Report
Helpful
TM
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The atmosphere is nice and comfortable but the food was just ok. My dinner companion had king salmon, same as me and we both thought it was just average. And, for the cost, it's not worth it. Also, very fishy smell throughout the entire restaurant. Not very pleasing.

Report
Helpful
OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After Hamilton dinner

Report
Helpful
OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We said it was my birthday dinner but it was never mentioned by staff. I was disappointed as this was a special occasion for me and my husband didn’t say anything to waiter! It was in our reservation though! But our dinner and waiter were amazing!

Report
Helpful
OT
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was pleasantly surprised that the restaurant week menu was offered. I had the mussel soup, sea bass and heavenly chocolate mousse cake for dessert. All delicious.

Report
Helpful
RL
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Deliciously presented. Great ambience. Great service. Highly recommend it!

Report
Helpful
B
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for brunch during restaurant week. Food and service were great. For a full review see my review on Tripadvisor by Chicago-BB.

Report
Helpful
a
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went for Restaurant Week and had a great time for a reasonable price!

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
193

Tweets by The Gage