The Gage

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7878 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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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Celebrate Mom with seasonal specials crafted by Executive Chef Chris Gawronski alongside our regular menus.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Celebrate Dad with seasonal specials crafted by Executive Chef Chris Gawronski alongside our regular menus.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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AP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter brunch was fantastic. Great eclectic menu. Highly recommended

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c
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was good. Ordered an Easter pound cake (never arrived). In general, server was noticeably slow. But everything else was great.

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M
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a standard by which we compare other dining establishments.

Great food and great service.

A little noisy so not the best for an intimate conversation. That being said, my wife and I did have our first date here!

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PG
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love The Gage! Fav place to bring out of town visitors. It’s essentially a very upscale Irish Pub. The food is outstanding and they have Smithwick’s and Guinness on tap along with many other local and porter beers and a nice wine list too. We were there for lunch and it’s busy but they’re super efficient. Had burgers, the house made turkey pastrami, and a shrimp PoBoy special all with fresh cut fries. So very good! Everyone loved their meals. It’s pricey but worth it, in my opinion. The owner stopped by our table to see how we were doing. Love that. Will be back!

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D
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great lunch meeting at the Gage this week. They gave me a booth and it was a perfect environment for my meeting. Also the owner came by to say hello. I’ll be back!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was only so-so

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j
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location across from Millennium Park. Our reservation for two was 4:30 PM on a Tuesday, before the rush, so it was quiet when we arrived with only a few customers there. Friendly welcome from host staff, instantly comfortable environment. Loved the decor, black & white tile flooring lent a vintage feel. Lighting was quite low in the back section where we were seated, but not too much - it felt cozy and we could could still read the menu just fine. Our server and other wait staff were very attentive and helpful, but not intrusive - just right. The food was outstanding, beautifully presented but not overly fussy - again, just right. We split everything. Pretzel appetizer with beer cheese dip was very good. Loved the super greens salad. A hint of lemon brightened the green goddess dressing. We each had one glass of white wine. I'm the farthest thing from a connoisseur, but the the Shady Lane Cellars pinot gris I chose was crisp and delicious - just what I love. We had the halibut special, pan-seared with morel mushrooms and asparagus and battered squash blossoms. The fish was perfection with a deliciously light sauce that was the perfect enhancement for both fish and veggies. Loved the morels and especially the delicate squash blossom topping it all off, an extra special treat. All together it was an outstanding dish. Caramel mousse for dessert with some kind of chocolate pecan crunchy stuff. Very good, but not a wow. Timing of service was perfect, as if they timed each course with our pace, not theirs - not too fast, not too slow, but just right. Notice the themes? Delicious. Perfection. Just right. A wonderful spot for dinner before seeing Hamilton right around the corner. Would highly recommend the Gage. My only complaint, if you can call it that, is that the entree and dessert portions were a bit on the small side. Granted, we shared. but overall, I left feeling that I had eaten, but was definitely not full. Maybe that's a good thing. :-)

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PA
Kansas City
30 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent waiter dealt smoothly with 2 of our 7 party table coming an hour later. Excellent food - actually visited twice because enjoyed it so much the first time. Bar was very noisy on a Friday night, but the dining room was much quieter as you got further from the bar. On Sunday night, it was very quiet (the weather was also icky, so not sure if that is normal). Overall, very happy with the choice.

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JH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The PEI Mussels are amazing! They can make it without the wine and it still tastes amazing! Order extra bread when you put in your order...you won’t regret ordering it

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JS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful with description of food and drinks. Very nice experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great! Perfect location to stroll through millennium park after your meal.

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Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great lunch. We were promptly seated upon arriving. Very busy, energetic vibe. This was a Sunday 12:30 lunch. We had the venison burger, fries pickles-excellent!, beet salad, monte cristo and choc hazelnut coffee cake oh and a chicken soup. Everything was delicious. Server was friendly and managed to check on us despite how busy she had to have been. Repeat for sure.

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Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was great and the portions were very fair. We enjoyed a lunch here before going to a show. However, if we’d been in a hurry, it might have been an issue, because the service was a bit slow and the food did take longer than you’d think for a salad, a sandwich and a burger. Overall, a good experience and I’m likely to go back.

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MB
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A good experience - the food was very good and we received excellent service from Cody.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

First time visiting The Gage. Food, cocktails, and service were outstanding. Would definitely go back again.

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MM
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent as always though the service was a bit spotty this time around. I still love this place. Good wine list, decent cocktails, and the best rack of venison in the city.

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KK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was ridiculously loud. It spoiled an otherwise nice dinner.

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l
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Excellent service. Food was good, not great. VERY LOUD on a Friday night.

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SC
Chicago
103 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We both ordered fish & chips and were able to substitute a vegetable for the chips. The fish was piping hot, crisp on the outside, and tender and flaky on the inside. This is the place to go for this dish. We were too full and had to take a pass on dessert. The Gage offers a good selection of beers and wine. Luckily, we were able to get a table away from the very lively, noisy bar.

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Highlights: beet salad and Gage G&T!!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Even taking into account the Michigan Avenue location, the food should be a lot better for the prices charged.

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P
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch was terrific and our server, Rosie, was so friendly and so helpful. We especially like the wedge salads and the soups of the day delicious.

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DO
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my go to place for out-of-town guests. While too much of Chicago is giving into the food court concept, here is where you are spoiled by a service orgiented staff, with delicious food served proudly and when you are done, the dishes wisked away and there is an actual opportunity to visit!! And the hostess will take beautiful pictures to capture the event. What a delight!!!

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Near space, great food-waiter was very helpful with the menu.

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MR
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very popular. Romantic. Great kitchen and staff.

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NC
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, great food!
Would definitely recommend to friends.

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Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Gage Old Fashioned is excellent!

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JC
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had lunch at the Gage prior to hearing a lecture at the Art Institute. It is an easy walk to the Institute. I had the wild caught Alaskan halibut which was outstanding. He had s burger which he said was very good. We split a nut tart which was delicious. The service was very good as well. We definitely recommend this restaurant.

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SS
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Gage is a great dining experience and one that we always go to when in Chicago.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food...and our boss from Italy was impressed.
Screeching child at next table slightly marred the ability to converse, but we’ve all been there! (Maybe staff could have a few toys on hand just in case?)

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IF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We were seated back by the kitchen, which was really warm, but other parts of the restaurant are much nicer ambience. Service was excellent. Food was good but not exceptional. Lunch was better than dinner.

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JZ
Chicago
78 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Allison had our table ready as always. Even when crowded, she checks around to see what is available just in case our table isn't ready. Cody was our server. He had just started when we had him two weeks ago while training. We requested him for today and he was excellent. Very polite and attentive. He answered all our questions and checked on us frequently. We were on a little time crunch and Cody made sure our food and dessert was out in plenty of time. We will request him next time we are in town.

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New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was great. We had the halibut. Our food allergies were considered and modifications made. Our server was fabulous wish I could remember his name.

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JM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This was my third visit and our first at dinner. The food and service were both excellent; the reason I only give the restaurant four stars is that the noise level is so high that it's difficult to carry on conversation. That said, we would definitely return. Thanks for a delicious meal!

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A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was great, but it took an hour to arrive to our table. We made a reservation, got there early, and then waited an hour for food with what seemed like excuse after excuse from our server. Nothing was offered to compensate for our wait. Our server did not come by to offer drink refills until after our meal was finished, when we were trying to ask for the check to leave. Nice atmosphere and food, but terrible service.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente burrata

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d
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic salads and delicious pub food. Loved the mussles

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SC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We came for lunch a girlfriend and myself from Michigan. My nephew joined us to make the third person he was attending a conference.
Our lunch was excellent. Presentation super. Our server Terrence was excellent and answered all our questions and knew about all the dishes. I would ask for him again when I eat here again.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Making a reservation and then having to wait nearly 30 min is bad. But what was inexcusable was the fact we were sat and then asked to leave our table to wait more because the host “promised” another group she would seat them. It was embarrassing. A round of champagne (2 of the people didn’t even drink) and an app did not cut it.
This was my second visit in two weeks and I’m disappointed that the time I brought my colleagues was the time this occurred.
Love that sausage app and great wine list.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good looking store. Nice big-time vibe. Busy when we arrived about 30-minutes before our res. Barkeep was on point. Fine service. A beet salad was not delivered during dinner. When it was brought to their attention they made-up for it with after-dinner drinks. Solid! “The Gage” is now in my rotation for my Chicago trips.

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