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About The Gage
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.
Chicago, IL 60603
American, Gastro Pub, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
(bar open until 11pm)
(bar open until 11pm)
TUESDAY - THURSDAY
(bar open until 12am)
(bar open until 2am)
(bar open until 3am)
Between Madison St. and Monroe St. across from Millenium Park.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We are on the west side of Michigan Avenue between Madison Street and Monroe Street and next to The Gage, our sister restaurant. Valet parking is available at the University Club, 76 East Monroe Street.
To self-park, we recommend the Grant Park NORTH garage, accessible from Michigan Avenue. The Monroe Street / south end of this garage is the section nearest to our entrance.
The CTA "EL" stop at Madison Street and Wabash Street for Brown, Purple, Green, Orange and Pink Lines is less than two blocks from The Gage.
CTA bus lines 3, 4, X4, 14, 26, 127, 145, 147, 148, and 151 all stop within a block of The Gage.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
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The Gage's menu "covers every craving". Ideal for private parties, rehearsal dinners and corporate meetings, The Gage's event space options include semi-private and private dining rooms offering the vibe of a busy establishment or complete privacy.
The Gage Ratings and Reviews
I've been to The Gage several times and I think its best feature is the location. There are few good dining options in this stretch of Michigan Avenue and I mostly frequent The Gage before or after I attend a concert at Symphony Center. The decor is nice and there's always a lot of energy in the place - good luck finding a spot to sit at the bar or even stand by the bar during peak times. The cocktails are excellent and the beer and wine offerings are good. The food is fine but nothing special and overpriced. The servers seem to be on top of it and navigate a very busy dining room and bar exceptionally well. I really want the menu to be better but it's just O.K. in my opinion. They're lucky because they seem to have the monopoly in this area. I think the brunch menu is better than dinner. I'm never excited to go to The Gage, I go out of convenience.
I went to Gage as I was staying close by and it had good reviews. Well I have to say I was impressed upon my arrival. Staff was professional and very attentive. I ordered a black Manhatten and the first one was excellent. The second one made by another bartender was a bit bitter. I believe they added too much of the sweet vermouth....for dinner I ordered off of the small plates and had poutine and sausage. The poutine came in a large bowl with heaping amounts of melt on your mouth braised pork shoulder the gravy complimented the fries perfectly. My only drawback on this dish was the amount of cheese curds, I struggled to find them, but all in all the pork shoulder made this dish very worth while. The sausage plate was excellent ! I have had every type of sausage from all over europe, North America and Russia and put this sausage as one of the best ever! Grilled perfectly to a beautiful dark brown that gave the casing a perfect snap. The meat was juicy delicious and paired perfectly with the mustards provided. The room is great with a high energy of business professionals and locals. Well done, I will be back.
Poutine was lukewarm on top, hotter on the bottom and unremarkable. Venison burger good, butter lettuce salad good but nothing to travel for. Made reservation with note that it's my kid's birthday/special occasion and that I'd like to hear suggestions, didn't hear back. Called that morning and confirmed special dessert. No mention by greeters or wait staff and had to ask her to check that all was in order. Would not return.
I've been to The Gage a few times and have always enjoyed it. Everything was delicious this time around, but have to admit, the service was far less than acceptable this time around. I will certainly go back as this seems to be an anomaly, but thought it poor enough during this visit for a mention....
We showed up for reservation. Had to wait about ten minutes for table. Once we were seated, the service was excellent. So was the food. Portions are generous so ordering" half- size " was perfect and greatly appreciated. All recommendations by the server were wonderful. Great place!
The restaurant was fantastic, starting with our waitress. She made the evening one to remember with her knowledge of the food and adult beverages. She asked if we had a schedule to keep (nearby Orchestra Hall) and made sure we had plenty of time. She was prompt with a fresh drink and check on our table frequently without being overbearing. The poutine was a delightful find and could have been a meal in itself. Just the right amount of kick. Go hungry when you visit!
I’ve been there for other meals and enjoyed my food, but everything we ate off their brunch menu was terrible. Dry, sense sticky buns that weren’t sticky at all. An egg blt with the egg prepared over hard. A Benedict with no flavor. Potatoes covered in grease. Bland Bloody Mary (even though we ordered the spicy version). Overall, very disappointing food experience at a restaurant that is normally pretty good. Our server was pretty good, and, as always, great ambiance and location.
Food ok, not great! Service good but almost too much attention to water glasses. Sat us in booth across from kitchen door even though I had the reservation for some time. I know it's the go-to place in Chicago, but we have so many great brunch spots in DC. They obviously need a few more good spots along Lakeshore.
Probably not go back.
We ordered drinks and an appetizer , the appetizer took 40 min and we had to ask the waiter multiple times if it was coming. Then our dinner took another 30 min. They gave us a free drink but it was frustrating because other people were getting their food without issues. Food was good but not amazing , plenty of comparable burger places in Chicago and the service was horrible. The “special dessert “ was apple crisp and it tasted like pure salt . We won’t be returning.
Food was absolutely fabulous - truly magnificent flavors expertly created - and service was also excellent. Quite loud though even at 7pm on a week night. Difficult to have a conversation even at a table for 2. Can't imagine trying to enjoy dinner with a larger party. Would love to go back at a quieter time.
The Gage continues to impress with an ever changing menu, knowledge and friendly staff, and a lively environment. Although the main part of the restaurant (surrounding the bar) can be loud, the back rooms are suitable for more relaxed and intimate settings.
Now at the helm is the charming and sincere Kevin Grace who always goes out of his way to make my guests feel at home.
I can't say enough good things about the Gage. Staff is friendly, thoughtful and great at their jobs. They always remember me and always take good care of my guests - and I don't even live in Chicago!!
Rebecca and Olivia are outstanding, Brendan behind the bar makes great drinks and innovative suggestions and Brendan the manager is always there to support the team.
My favorite restaurant in Chicago and, maybe, the US.
We chose this restaurant for lunch due to its close proximity to the CIBC theater but we were thrilled with the food, ambiance and service. Everything was delicious and the service was terrific. I would love to return to the Gage for dinner. I would absolutely recommend the Gage!
The restaurant and food were delicious! Our waitress was lovely and we would definitely return. The noise level was high, but we knew it was going to be busy (day before Thanksgiving!) Our seats were right by the front door, so every time the door opened the cold would come straight for us- next time, I would request that we be moved back a bit more. Beyond that, I would definitely go back!
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