The Gage

4.6
7673 reviews
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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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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day

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H
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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.

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CP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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AN
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

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n
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

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M
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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

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d
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

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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.

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

Great service and menu. Love the ambiance.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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TM
Chicago
32 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.

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

After Hamilton dinner

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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CW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This might be my new fave restaurant stop when I visit the Art Institute. We went for brunch on Super Bowl Sunday, so maybe it was extra quiet for that reason. The servers were attentive and friendly. The food was amazing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Our waiter really made the meal. Good food, great drinks, and quality experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places in the city

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g
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

We were seated at a table next to the hostess stand. They signaled to it instead of accompanying to it. The person with me walks with a cane and the area was rather crowded with people who did not move. It took a long time to get our drinks. The table and area where we sat was so dark we had to use a flash light to read the menu. New noticed that all other tables were lit up well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t say enough good things about The Gage. It’s been a few years since we were here but it was just as amazing as the last time we went. Will be back again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice and tasty- portions are large enough to share...

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The new take on the mussels is delicious. Also had excellent crab cake Benedict. The cod in the fiish and chips was dry and beer batter not crisp

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We picked The Gage as one of our family brunches during Chicago’s Restaurant Week. It was an opportunity to experience the restaurant and food under the relaxed conditions of a nicely priced prix fixe menu. The atmosphere was great. The service was excellent, very friendly. The food was wonderful and plentiful, we even brought some home. Alastair, our server, was great, very attentive and helpful.
The question to ask with Chicago’s Restaurant Week is whether you’re willing to back without the prix fixe menu and my family says yes, most definitely.

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C
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was very attentive and extremely Knowledgeable.

The poutine was delicious!! The mussels portion size was large, tasty broth just not enough Cristini bread to start, but more came out when we asked. Oysters were average, nothing unique. Venison burger was outstanding!!

My only true gripe was valet parking. $32 is steep and really brings down the whole experience for those use to seeing $13-$15 valet elsewhere downtown. Please fix that.

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RW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 5

The burgers were amazing but the Elk was tough. Service was ok.

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MP
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time at the Gage and we had the Restaurant Week menu - all items were fantastic and the wine pairing was spot on. Service was phenomenal - will definitely return

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JA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good. Appetizers were a little different. Food was priced on the higher side.

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KL
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant. Good food. Great restaurant week lunch.
Not sure why they serve the mushroom pot not just hot, not just piping hot, but bubbling. Can’t eat for 15 min to cool. Tasty though!

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JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The veal burger was excellent. Perfectly cooked and flavors were wonderful. Great atmosphere for business luncheon.

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AB
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. It was restaurant week, so we sampled a little bit of everything.

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TW
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding breakfast with very nice portions. Very good coffee and a great coffee cake. French toast that is rolled in pecans was a hit. Fresh tasting crab cakes.

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L
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Sunday brunch on a very cold day! Great service and reliably good good. Thank you!

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N
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Go for the fish and chips. That’s the only good thing on the menu. Other than that everything else is bland. I had a simple Caesar salad. How can u go wrong with a Caesar salad, but it was just that, WRONG! Poor flavor. They don’t even chop the romaine lettuce and I asked for grilled chicken. And instead a got very bland oven baked chicken! My hubby said we won’t go back again!! 🙈

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