Uncommon Ground-Edgewater

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
The second uncommon ground location opened in the historic Edgewater neighborhood in 2007. Both uncommon ground locations are open daily and feature contemporary comfort cuisine with an emphasis on seasonal, regional, organic ingredients. The bars feature famous house-infused organic cocktails, a selection of local craft beers and an eclectic, sustainable American wine list. Enjoy tree-lined outdoor cafes in the summer & 2 warm, cozy fireplace in the winter. uncommon ground operates the "1st Certified Organic Roof Top Farm in the US" as well as our own brewery, GREENSTAR BREWING, "The 1st Certified Organic Brewery in Illinois" - M.O.S.A.
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c
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Average food, mediocre service and above average prices. Great space and great patio.

KK
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was great. My wife and I got a private tour of the rooftop, organic garden. We then saw those fruits and veggies used in your meal. The food and drinks were amazing. The atmosphere was rustic with great artwork on display that can be purchased. Most nights there is live music. A great patio is out back too for those nice evenings. I would definitely recommend this place. I'll be a regular here!

OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening eating al fresco. Generous portions, fun musician. And the roof top farm is not to be missed.

s
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael is the best. As usual!!

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I have come here many times and the food never disappoints. It is high quality food that always tastes fresh. I love knowing that ingredients come from their rooftop garden!
The service however has been mediocre at best the past few times I have been there. The servers do the bare minimum and weren’t as friendly as I was previously used to.

DL
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome live music. Great food! Hope to be back soon!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely a wonderful evening with a special tour of the rooftop gardens!! Very very impressive on sustainability. Food was spectacular

s
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was great except the music they were playing outside was truly awful. Usually it’s pretty good but someone else must’ve gotten control that night.

DJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All in all a great experience. The ambience and the outdoor patio is really really nice. Appropriate for a romantic evening, or for a family. it is easy to have conversation.
The servings are large and delicious. Great appetizers and drinks. The Mediterranean food is surprisingly good. Compliments to the chef.

k
Chicago
166 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite go to places, farm to table and delicious.

MR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good meal and service at outdoor seating but music (performer) was a bit too loud for easy conversation. Still a great evening with friends and always recommend.

CR
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cute restaurant. We are outside. Very relaxed and casual. Great beer, fun food. We were disappointed with the pretzel appetizer because they were hard. Otherwise everything was very good!

K
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

After wanting to try this restaurant it was very disappointing. The food was bland the service was fair air conditioning was out and they would not turn the fans on because they were shaky. Very warm inside.

CG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always Great Experience At Uncommon Ground In Edgewater!

MS
Omaha
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING! Food and service both fantastic! And the roof top farm? Wow! Staff was so nice and gave us a great tour. I highly recommend!!!

DJ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

COOL AND DELISH! This is one of my favorite restaurants. They put an emphasis on healthy delicious fresh food. They grow some of it themselves and it’s organic too. The Mediterranean chicken dish is delicious. The helpings are large and the desserts are sublime. The ambience is casual but done with very nice taste and a full neighborhood feel. The outside dining experience is absolutely fantastic. This is a place where you can really enjoy socializing and eating with your friends in a relaxed casual atmosphere. Love love love this place.

s
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good

HH
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great little find of a restaurant near Loyola with great ambiance in super cute décor. Fabulous food and good service.

YP
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious local food prepared creatively and served in a rustic atmosphere with excellent service.

DJ
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall good but to take it to another level more seasonings are needed - pretty overall bland but good.

s
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael is always fabulous - as is the food.

FP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambiance and music was excellent. The Flank Steak was flavorful and we'll proportioned. However; my friend had the Chicken and it was bland with minimal flavor. The Drinks were great too.

A
Chicago
183 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great local place with tasty food and beverages, plus a super cool organic farm on the roof.

C
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

("Food" rating of "Very Good" is based on prior experience; did not stay and dine).

When booking in OpenTable, the description made it explicit that bookings made through the site were for general dining, not live performance space.

When my partner and I showed up and identified ourselves for purpose of filling our reservation, the greeter -- despite there being more than adequate seating -- said something to the effect of "We're doing communal seating, okay?" -- and, without waiting for a response, led us past the area with plenty of open seating into a crowded back room with an ongoing performance, squeezing us between another couple and a wall.

My partner -- being uncomfortable in crowded and noisy spaces in the best of circumstances -- began experiencing a panic attack. We stepped back to the greeting area and were re-seated on request, but ended up leaving without placing an order.

More care and attention pre-seating would hopefully have resulted in an entirely different experience.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Sunday brunch - they were just pretty disorganized. Think it was just an off day

TW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Menu change is underwhelming. Service cant keep up during summer rush.

MA
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Loved the online menu. In person menu was about 1/3 of online. Very disappointing. Ambience-great. Service-great. Food-okay. Menu- disappointing.

c
Cincinnati
100 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good, reasonably healthful food. Prices as expected. Had a group of 7 on Father's Day, so food was slow to come out. But tasty when it arrived.

WB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

It would have been better to be outside, but the service was terribly slow and the acoustics inside were terrible for a group of 7. We waited forever for our food. Everything on the menu looked good, but nobody left raving. The cranberry juice was disgusting.

M
Chicago
77 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to enjoy food with friends! Healthful and delicious!

KL
Chicago
66 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The service was so slow! We were the only ones there when we ordered dessert and it still took 15 mins and we had to ask it to be taken to go.

The food is always good but I don’t come very often because of the service

J
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

No music made it awkwardly quiet.

k
Chicago
166 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Uncommon Ground is one of my go to places- always a great place to talk and food is delicious :)
Recommend

S
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I had the pan seared salmon with safran risotto and asparagus. Very delicious.

JW
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

small portions, overpriced. I realize it’s organic so I suppose that’s what you’re paying for. not much booze in my drink

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Family get together

DW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Brunch was horrible on Memorial day. We waited an hour for our food and all the while listened to the chef having a meltdown and screaming at the kitchen and wait staff from the kitchen. There was no apology from anyone not any attempt to make anything right. I would have asked to speak to management, but fearing being screamed at by the management that clearly had no respect for anyone around them I just paid and left. I won't return.

S
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

I loved the menu they had around 3 years ago, but not anymore. Must of their food is fried and average. We ordered the sweet potatoes fries, and they tasted out of a frozen bag. We ordered the fish tacos and the server didn't tell us that we could get it grill. The busboy was kind enough to take it back and have it redone but when it came back it taste it dry. It seems like everything has to be covered in a sauce instead of tasting the natural flavor of the food. I ordered the house salad and that was the only thing that tasted fresh out of a garden. The dessert we ordered was the raspberry creme brulee and that was pretty good too. The energy of the place feels more like a neighborhood bar than a restaurant. We definitely will not be going back!

CG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always Great. One of our favorite restaurants with Vegan options. the staff is always friendly and welcoming. The food is always amazing! I have never had a bad experience. Highly recommended.

LB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service - the breakfast hash was not as good as before - not sure what happened.

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