The Lucky Monk

4.5
2101 reviews
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When you name your restaurant after Trappist monks who've spent centuries perfecting their craft, you're serious about your beer. That's why we hired a master to craft our house brews and why our beer list spans the globe. With everything from refreshing pilsners that match the lightness of our thin-crust pizza to dark, rich ales that stand up to our decadent burgers, you're certain to find a new favorite at The Lucky Monk. We're sure that our Prime beef burgers — served with hand-cut fries — will be the juiciest you've ever had. Our other house specialty is pizza. It is crisp and generously topped with fresh ingredients. And we round out our menu with vibrant, flavorful salads; a handful of classic, satisfying American entrées; and some sweet surprises.

Whether you're settling in at our bar or relaxing with your friends and family in our comfortable dining room, our delicious food,drink and warm welcome are sure to elevate your soul.
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M
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food and drinks tasted great, but our order was wrong twice! After the second error, a manager came over to kind of apologize/kind of make excuses. We really expected that we would, at that point, received some kind of comp... a cup of coffee? free dessert? (Tab for two of us was over $100).

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TB
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

St. Patrick’s Day, but not so crowded. But service was terrible. First time to ever experience such poor service here. And we have been here many times before. Took over and hour to be served 2 hamburgers. We love the Lucky Monk burgers and beers, and will be back. But if service is as poor for the next time, we will go elsewhere.

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J
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were thrilled with our service after wedecided to stay and eat at the bar instead of moving to a table. Jon was personable, friendly and helped us decide on tasty menu suggestions since this was our 1st time at The Lucky Monk. He helped us with both beer and food options to make sure we got a good sample of your menu items, and was fun to watch as he made suggestions and recommendations to other guests. He is the epitome of an engaged worker, and he should help engage other staff members. His enthusiasm for is job was almost contagious in spite of how busy he was.

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F
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I have been to luck monk before and enjoyed it but this time found it to be not as good and we won’t be back for a while. I was most frustrated that it took three tries to get a portobello sandwich minus the cheese (food allergy). Pretty bad because the second time the person assured us it was “no cheese” and we had to point out that there was obviously cheese oozing down the side of the sandwich. The Brussels sprouts were way too greasy. Pretty much ruins it like that which is sad since we all regularly eat Brussels sprouts. The service was slow so glad we were not in a hurry. Need to do better.

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

Always a terrific crowd, delicious food. Just wish there were a few more gluten free options. Especially some appetizers, or a flour-less chocolate cake for desert. You already do the food so well, I think you guys could really do an expanded gluten free menu just as well.

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L
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was good, had a 50/50 burger... really good, and a beer. Husband had a burger and a few beers. He his was good cooked rare as he requested. Just a little pricy but not too bad.

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D
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s was awesome! Everything was great! So much fun and great food! Always a great experience!

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PD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Clean pub type food- The atomsphere is okay and service is okay.

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D
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Lent and St Patrick's Day specials were great.
Having a gluten free menu is nice but the kitchen staff does not always check the order before having the food served. This could be a medical emergency for me.
Finally, the food for value is good except when ordering pop...$3.25 for coke when the huge burger and fries was $14.?

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TB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic fish. Actually cooked my salmon medium rare! Top notch.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the hostess to the server. Service was top notch. I’ve recently stopped drinking and eating gluten for dietary reasons. I get a little nervous eating out especially at breweries. I use to love beer and absolutely will always love your food. My server was so polite (think his name was Mark!)and kept my ice tea full. Food came out and was perfect. We even had managers table touch and they where delightful. My son and I very much enjoyed our dinner l

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R
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there.Great place to meet friends, half way between Rockford and Chicago. Our waiter was the best, attentive but no rushing us. It was pretty cool inside but they turned down the air conditioning for us. Will definitely return.

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HB
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We were in from out of town and came back here for a second visit after a disappointing experience the first time here.
They redeemed themselves all the way around...food, service, house brews.
4 of us split the Bavarian pretzel and poutine as starters and the had 4 different burgers/sandwiches and all were great!!
The only negative is our waitress asked if she could close our tab as she was trying to leave early. We were seated in the bar so I asked if we could transfer it to the bartender how did more actual serving than our waitress.
We will be back but with Coopers Hawk right there, we will have to make a tougher decision.
And being it is getting better with each visit, it would be worthwhile to check out.

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K
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kids absolutely love carrots with dinner and cookies + milk!!!

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RA
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is the second time we have eaten here. Great food, good value, kid friendly. The waitress was very attentive. Food takes awhile to come out, do not come when you are on a tight schedule.

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d
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, waitress was so nice and brought me a soup bowl with warm water to warm my baby's bottle I really appreciated that.

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OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really tasty burger and wonderful service!

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TM
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lucky Monk is quickly becoming one of our favorite restaurants in the area. It's really firmed up it's menu recently and the food is near perfect every time. Do yourself a favor and check them out.

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KR
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wishing we didn't live 1 & 1/2 hours away from this gem! Great food and awesome drinks as well. Be sure to make a reservation, as there was quite the line on Saturday night. We will certainly be back again!!

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b
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Excellent food and a good variety of choices. I have been there many times and never have been disappointed. I LOVE the sweet potato fries! Another favorite of mine is their excellent waldorf salad. Great service too. Donato is my favorite waiter. I always try to sit in his section. He's the best!

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CC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this pub. Nikki was great!

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D
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

It was “beer club” night for Lucky Monk “members”. The place was packed. No space in the parking lot. The (excellent) wait staff was stretched thin. They apologized several times for the slow service. 45 minutes from ordering until the food arrived.
I love this place. Food is good. Craft beer is good. We love to come to Lucky Monk before the movies next door at AMC.
I hope I don’t get caught up in “member beer night” again

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RO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good! Love the chicken wings. Nice atmosphere and good service! Been here many times.

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CC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love the Monk! The brewskis, the wings and whatever else we order. We’re Society Members.

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OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Typically, the food at The Lucky Monk is outstanding. Everyone is entitled to an off night, and I suppose after dining so many times that there's bound to be one night that pales in comparison to the rest of them, but of course this time I dined I brought a large group of friends after raving about how great this restaurant was for so long. All of the food we ordered, from the appetizers to the meals, were both wrong and cold, which was incredibly disappointing. Our server was incredibly patient and understanding, and genuine. He sent a manager over to speak with our table about our orders, apologized, and then came to check on our food once it was brought back out. I get that they may have been short staffed or had a bunch of new cooks in the kitchen, but for every single item we ordered to be wrong is a little excessive, and for all the manager to say is "sorry about that" is a little discouraging. None of us expected that our meal would be free by any means, but for the manager to not even throw in a free dessert or comp our appetizer was a little disappointing, considering how much we had to send back.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Will return again and again.

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PJ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service and great food. Would like to come back when I have a little more time.

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DD
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time here and the food and service all very good. If we are in the area again we will definitely make this our first choice. Great restaurant, highly recommend going!

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g
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I'm just not a Lucky Monk kinda person, I guess. Too noisy and the service , at least at our area, was not good. Waited seven minutes before we were acknowledged. That's long. Then, took seven more to get our cocktails. It's just too busy...and loud. The food was so good. But, our table was wobbly and the chair was crooked. I had to switch it out. Redo you dining room! Just saying....

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Solid and consistent.

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JZ
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We ordered Monk 50/50 hamburgers. It came very greasy, almost impossible to eat. French fries, that used to be larger and yellow in color were thin and dark brown. It tasted burned. I'm not sure we will come again.

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JM
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had a burger last time so I wanted to try something different. Went with the Buffalo Mac Waffle, really good. Great service, fun place.

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

Always quality food, drinks, and service! Love every burger i’ve had. The cheese curds, fried pickles and pretzel are to die for. Keep up with the fun menu but I wish the salmon caesar would still be in the menu.

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SG
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive and knowledgeable server. Great food!

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M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our food was great I husband got the the burger with everything on it and I got the barbecued salmon and it was fantastic

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KA
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered the Bavarian pretzel appetizer! Yum! The dipping sauces and presentation were fantastic! My husband ordered the mushroom Swiss burger! This is his go to everywhere we go and he loved this one! I had the smoke daddy ipa bbq burger. Holy smokes these burgers are huge! I had about half and couldn’t do anymore! The French fries were to die for! I love a good hand cut French fry. Last but not least our little guy had the kids pizza. He took one bite and said, “We HAVE to come back here”. I loved that the kids meal comes with a fresh baked cookie and chocolate milk too! It was so cute!

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DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was very good, except having to send the chili back to be heated up, Server was excellent!

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EK
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great service! They have a fantastic and unique menu without it being too fancy or intimidating. Our waitress was attentive and nice - will definitely be back

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DS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

An order mistake was made. We were offered half priced meals and free dessert, which was more than generous. The food was wonderful! Portion size could be reduced.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great venue!

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