The Lucky Monk

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$30 and under
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American
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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SP
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked a table last minute after a movie! We were seated as soon as we checked in. We had a nice sized booth for two of us. Our server Mike was excellent!!!! He recommended an item off the menu that was just want I wanted similar to something on the menu but so much more to my liking!! He was personable, attentive, & polite! We love great service and admire hard workers! Keep it up, Mike! We hope to be back and see you again!

RG
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was very slow and waitress was never to be found. Haven’t tried restaurant in sometime and probably want be back for sometime.

d
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food is good, once they actually get it right. They are very inflexible and can't even make a substitution in their vegetable medley because everything is "pre-weighed." It was EXTREMELY loud. Our service was not great, from incorrect orders to needing to ask for drink refills several times and then having them basically thrown at us, to waiting over 15 minutes once the check was delivered to have anyone come back to the table, and then another 10 minutes to figure out how to take an Open Table reward certificate. (This last feedback is for Open Table- you need a better method, it is EXTREMELY difficult to redeem points and then the restaurants don't seem to know what to do.).

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was good., service was ok. Not sure if they were short staffed or the server just didn’t care.

JR
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was a bit slow ( we had 3 different servers introduced to us)and it took them a while to bring the food on and the restaurant was not crowded.
Food was good!

GS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. Service was great. A bit noisy.

J
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Glad we had a reservation as this place was packed. The noise level was higher than we expected for the dining room, but we had an enjoyable dinner. Enjoyed the beer selection. Food and service was great. We will be back!

SC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Usually we order fries as a side but this time we ordere mac and cheese and it was spicy and horrible
We had tickets for AMC 1 hour and 15 minutes after we ordered and did not receive our food until 15 minutes before the show and had to rush and eat in 10 minutes. The burger was burnt way beyound medium well but could not send it back without missing the movies

MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I would recommend The Lucky Monk but only to get a burger. Their burgers looked awesome and that is what most of the tables around us were having delivered. Our food took 45 minutes to get which was way to long and it wasn't very good. I had the mac n cheese with a parmesan crusted piece of chicken. The mac n cheese had a metallic taste to it the crust on the chicken was overcooked. The boyfriend ordered the spaetzle and we think pork. They served it with capers so the flavor was off.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed food, service and specially their beers. Recommend it.

r
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lucky Monk is always very good! We were here for lunch before a movie at the next door AMC theater. The close proximity makes it handy when going out for lunch/dinner and a movie.
They have a great selection on their menu...this time I tried the Rueben which was piled high.....very high! Yum!

H
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We enjoy Lucky Monk - our service was a bit slow for an order of tacos and a salad. We got seated next to a bunch of large parties early on which made the noise level go up when our reservation was at 4:45 and fairly early.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always and friendly service.

MW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love going to the Lucky Monk....they are quick when you want to get to the movie theatre next door or don't rush you when you wish to sit and enjoy!

C
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Long awaited birthday celebration, the food was just wrong, the waitress failed, but the manager was sincere and truly cared. We’ll check this one off as an off night and visit again, as the manager promised they could and would do better!

S
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere, service and food. Did not like most of the beers but we both loved Tritica!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

It took a long time to get our food for dinner.

KA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Note - the service rating is low NOT due to the server, but due to the load on the servers. Busy SAT night and I was about ready to get up and help our server handle the tables. Apparently, servers and cooks decided not to come in that night... Management should staff accordingly, knowing no-shows will happen.
The inside seating is very loud, hard to carry on a conversation. We sat outside and it was great. Food is great - selections are good and they are executed well. Have been here several times, but would be a ton more if the inside was a bit less loud and if they had a few more servers.

W
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Good food. Slow service. Very loud.

LD
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 5

Not what it used to be, unfortunately, as far as the quality of the food.

K
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to have dinner!

JP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Our server was so over whelmed and rarely came to check on us. While waiting for our food, every runner that had food stopped at our table trying to give us the wrong order. Our food took more than 45 minutes to come out. When it did, my sister's "medium well" burger was rare. Sent it back and within minutes she had a new/different burger. We didn't even bother asking for the right burger because the servers seemed so confused. At least this one was cooked the way she ordered it. When the check came, the "new" replacement burger was added to the bill along with the rare burger sent back. That's a lot wrong for one visit. Probably won't go back.

H
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great work outing for Goebbert's at The Lucky Monk! We were a large group and our server was very attentive. Everyone's food came out at the same time and it was perfect! We will definitely be back.

MA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hadn't been to The Lucky Monk in a while. I always go to a restaurant thinking I'll have a salad...but here you just have to order a burger. YUM! I eat my burger without a bun, so I really am aware of texture and taste. Lucky Monk makes a delicious burger. I also ordered sweet potato fries. They were almost like churros...dusted with cinnamon sugar. They were light and crispy, not soggy like sweet potato fries can be. Plan to "just eat one more" until they're gone!!

AB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is always excellent!! Nikki and Rachel are great. All of the food is delicious so it makes it super hard to choose. Keep being awesome!!

AM
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Great food, but horrible service. The server was obviously new had no idea what a dirty martini was and was not very attentive.
Food was very good. Our dirty martini's were made wrong-twice. Pretty disappointed.

t
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Family dinner with grand parents.

CL
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for get- togethers. Great selection of beers. Good food.

MH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to hang out with friends or for a date. Great food and great drinks.

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

This is one of the restaurants my family enjoys to dine at for majority our celebrations. This past Friday wasn't our best visit. Service was ok. Our dinner took close to an hour but as usual it still was delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had pizza and steak tacos, delicious! Great service too! Definitely come back

T
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great lunch at Lucky Monk. Everyone loved their meal.

JL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my family there to celebrate my son's 21st birthday. the service is great the food was great and we had a great time there.

S
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here before. It was a great experience. The other couple enjoyed as well. I will return and hopefully use the outdoor patio area!!

TL
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Patio was great . Service was slow at best to many tables for one server. Asked for my drink up came on the rocks. Food ok

LR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place for a date not noisy drinks are good so is the food and the outside patio is really nice

r
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All 4 of us had a great meal which we enjoyed.

PR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner on the patio and it was delightful! Great experince!

t
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love the Lucky Monk when we can sit outside.

PD
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Although our food was good the service we received will prevent our group from returning to the restaurant in the future. One entree didn't make it to the table until the rest of the group was finishing their meals. There was no apology just continued assurance when we did see our server that 'the food is coming'.

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