The Gage

4.6
8254 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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GH
Toledo
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful brunch - unique drinks - spectacular service

LH
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! It’s a must if your ever in Chicago for dinner!

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the drink menu was dynamic and extensive. We had a fantastic time!

LM
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Was promptly sat for my reservation. Enjoyed good wine in a nice atmosphere with friends. We had the fried pickles, tomatoe and watermelon salad, mussels, scallops and cheeseburger. The cheeseburger was the highlight though all dishes we good. I felt the food was a little overpriced but not surprising as of the location.

D
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The service was outstanding & Terrance did an excellent job. Everyone enjoyed their food & drinks. The only negative was the loud noise level. The restaurant was full & it was difficult to hear the conversations at our table. I couldn't always hear the person next to me due to the lively background noise. The food was definitely worth returning for.

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

We were a group of 7 with reservations; we were seated almost immediately upon our arrival. Our waiter knew the menu and the wine list very well and made recommendations that were a hit. Our group has varying tastes, and we got a good sample of the menu items. Everyone was very satisfied with their individual choices. The manager even stopped by just to say hello and ensure everything was meeting our expectations.

DD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister-in-law wanted to try a place in Chicago that wasn't a chain. The Gage is one of my go to places. The food is always good! She loved it! We both had the kale and quinoa salad with scallops. Then we shared the blueberry nectarine bombe. Just wonderful.

MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wes. Our waiter was awesome!

M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fined outside which was very pleasant with minimal noise.
Good experience.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It was good

KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff was very accommodating when we asked to change from a table to a booth. A couple of us are short and get lost in booths. Also, I was looking forward to the mussels vindeloo. (I moved to Florida) and didn’t know it was off the menu. They made it for me anyway! I am grateful steak tartare was back! Everything was delicious.

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

Been going to the Gage since it first opened. Even though we have moved away to coastal Oregon, whenever we visit Chicago, we visit the Gage. Best venison burger in the world.

r
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Gage is consistently good - both food and service - but we will try not to come around 12-1 pm next time. The noise level was crushing! And there was a screaming baby which didn’t help.

CC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Melissa was great! She knew everything about the menu and helped us make tasty choices!

CE
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service, beautiful restaurant overall. However their brunch menu was slightly underwhelming, not really a bang for your buck but definitely delicious none the less. Unlike their dinner menu, which is worth every penny.

AB
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The Gage is must anytime I visit Chicago. I have always enjoyed any meals I have had there (the venison rack I had on this trip was perfect!). It's rare these days to find a restaurant where the manager will personally check on your table to ensure that you are satisfied with your meal. We also had a pleasant surprise when a birthday treat arrived for my partner. I had indicated on my OpenTable reservation that it was a special occasion but I did not expect that the restaurant would follow up. It was lovely : ) Also, the Bean is practically across the street if you want to take a pre-dinner stroll.

OT
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

After a delish dinner with friends the server overheard that one in our party had a birthday (we didn’t mention) and brought a nice sorbet with a candle (so observant ....) then I asked the asst manager , Megan, if she would take a picture of our group. She happily said, “of course”.
She walked over to the bar and returned w glasses of champagne for us to toast along with the picture.
This kind of extra touch in a city with loads of great dining choices really sets a place apart (as well as their associated place, Beacon Tavern).
Great vibe, wide range on menu, well made cocktails and special service ...this is the kind of place where I like to be a repeat customer!!!

B
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Gage is a favorite restaurant for us to bring guests! The food is always excellent! The service is superb.

G
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous. Service and cook was fast! We had a show to get to and it was perfect. I loved the ambiance and the decor. Even the lower level for private parties and the bathrooms were on point. Awesome!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, we try and dine here every time we come downtown ... my only complaint is the noise level can be excessive and can be difficult to have a dinner conversation. Other than that, the drinks are superb, the food even better. Don’t miss the cauliflower!

n
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great burger. Fries hot and crispy. The space is just too loud.

JA
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Went here for lunch. The burgers are phenomenal. Steer clear of the spicy chicken. The chicken is good, but doesn't hold a candle to the burgers.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 3

Paid an additional $14 to add 2 pieces of shrimp to my salad.. not worth it

OT
Orange County
62 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mike D was great!

TW
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love this place! Great food, great service. And friendly staff!

F
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It's a beautiful restaurant, but the food is a bit overpriced and it is way too loud.

LO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love everything about the restaurant except the noise level.

JH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Gage gets it right every. single. time. Had a lovely birthday lunch with a friend, finished with the blueberry bombe dessert (amazing!).

LR
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The whole experience was a huge disappointment. Terrible service and the tension of the waitstaff was palpable making it very uncomfortable. I’m embarrassed we took people from out of town there.

I
Chicago
141 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Super loud but that burger was one of the best I've had in a long time.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best burger I’ve ever had. (Venison burger).

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food.

SC
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is good, a bit pricey for lunch/brunch. Ambiance is very nice and service was good.

JD
Memphis
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

The restaurant was very loud and cramped. We made reservations for a party of four at 12:30 on a Sunday. We were jammed behind the hostess stand at the entrance. We heard every conversation when each new customer arrived. Plus, the couple at the table next to us were having and incredibly loud conversation. I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant on a weekend for anyone wanting to be able to enjoy a relaxed dining experience.

JZ
Chicago
81 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and service always great. Allison is always making sure our table is ready. She knows we are usually on a tight schedule.

OK
Oklahoma City
137 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The 🦞 roll was good but scant. The fish and chips were fried and waited over 15 minutes before serving while we watched from our table looking at kitchen. They were cold and greasy by then. There was no excuse since they were not that busy. This was a terrible disappointment from Their usual service level. The margarita was great but my bloody ceasar was thin eatery and devoid of flavor....again no valid excuses. I used to always have this place on my visit list when I came from out of town. Never again will I waste one of a few cherished Chicago meals on this former star.

D
Cleveland
21 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant. Excellent food. Happy atmosphere. Service is professional and attentive. Close to Art Museum . We always come here when we are in Chicago.

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

Nice brunch menu. Delicious burger.

M
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My husband, our mutual friend, and I went to the Gage on Saturday night. We made a reservation for 9 p.m. but ended up seating at the first come first served patio! My husband ordered scotch egg and ceaser salad with chicken. Our friend ordered today’s fish and chips. Finally I ordered oyster and stake tartare. Everything tasted fantastic. I would definitely come back again.

h
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alex is amazing server

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