Uncommon Ground-Lakeview

4.6
548 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Uncommon Ground is a local, sustainable, farm to table restaurant specializing in seasonal, regional comfort food. Established in 1991, this Lakeview restaurant has been leading the way in fresh, local, healthy cuisine. Uncommon Ground also features Greenstar Brewing, the first certified organic brewery in Illinois. Two cozy fireplaces in the winter and an expansive sidewalk cafe in warmer months for dining al fresco. Monthly art shows line the walls with talented local artists and the acoustic listening room features live music 7 nights per week.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 548 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KellyH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband & I have had dinner at Uncommon Ground and have loved it. This was our first time brunching with them and we really loved it. We will be back for the crispy breakfast potatoes!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Angela was great, she made our already great dining experience even better. The food was spectacular, and the old fashioneds were great.

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KatherineG
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience1

I thought my reservation was for indoor dining, but they only provided outdoor. We had to eat in a snowstorm. Staff and food were wonderful, but they should be more clear regarding reservations.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

It was so cold sitting in the tent with a ton of snow by our feet! More heaters or being a little bit more enclosed with sticking to aCOVID guidelines would be better

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Need better heaters

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vipJaimeB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service and they did a nice job with the heaters to try to keep us warm outside.

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earlr
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really happy to be able to catch dinner with a friend..........yes it's cold out in the tent, but you are in Chicago in January. I feel so bad for all those in the restaurant industry who are trying to survive in the circumstances we are living in right now........ great establishment.........keep pushing

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EdwardR
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

It was too cold to eat there the patio was freezing cold

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JeremyL
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very COVID safe and friendly. Great, hot food and excellent service. The black bean burger and cheese curds are some favs, and make sure to order a beer as well!

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vipJessB
Miami
24 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow great food and amazing service! Fresh and fast. Sat outside for brunch and the heater was sufficient. Recommend highly!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They had outdoor dining set up with heaters and a tent to make it more comfortable. The servers were friendly and made sure we had what we needed at all times. Great experience overall.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a great time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent outdoor and safe experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and so easy to order with the GF and vegan markings on the menu. Love love loved the miso cauliflower!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value and food. Wonderful service. Highly recommend for casual lunch. Nice heaters and tents.

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davidk
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Two sides of the tent were open, resulting in terrible cold and winds. All 4 tent sides should be closed!

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DustinG
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Outside dining in November, due to Covid-19. I was hesitant to go out to eat, but I felt very safe overall; plenty of space between tables, the tent was just a roof, so no air was trapped by walls and kept the airflow strong the whole time, and the overhead heater worked quite well.
Food and service was excellent as well. The staff strongly and politely encouraged everyone to keep their mask on when no one at a table was eating/drinking. Beer selection/recommendations were on point too.

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vipmariaV
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Waitress was a bit cranky, but the food was good. The outdoor area is pretty comfortable, but wear a long coat or bring a blanket to sit on. The chairs a cold!

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MathisK
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere, cocktails and service was good, but the food was, sadly, not great. Shiitake mushroom risotto was very rich, but didn't taste of much and the pumpkin ravioli, while having potential for being good, were so oily that I cannot bring myself to give even four stars. Artichoke, goat cheese & pesto dip and apple cinnamon cobbler were alright, but not great.

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HannahR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite neighborhood spots! We were in a rush and we had the fastest service we could've asked for, with delicious food.

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ThomasB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Outside on the patio on a warm fall day. Staff very attentive to COVID-19 protocol.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

So safe lovely out door heated tent! Amazing cocktails and big fan of the salmon! Definitely go support this local restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ok cool thanks 👍👍👍👍👍

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NotthatPicky
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding food! I don't even like brussel sprouts but loved theirs!

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Delaney
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pumpkin ravioli will haunt me for the rest of my life. So so good.

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vipTanyam
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been coming here for over 15 years. A gem! We had the cheese curds, goat cheese fondue and shared pork tacos. Our server was great too! Patio is great for dining outside!

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Nora
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are doing a great job with the food and COBID precautions!

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KristenI
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place to enjoy lunch with a friend. We had delicious food and an attentive, friendly server. Great experience.

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RachelH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious service.

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jaybee
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The pumpkin ravioli was so flavorful. I couldn't put my fork down. Bundle up - outdoor seating only and the heating lamp was not very helpful.

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LexiC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and very good service! We will be back again.

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vipKPMI
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and outstanding food. We will be back!!

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VKenyon
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All things considered - we had a great meal and excellent service, which is normal for Uncommon Ground. What isn't "normal" was sitting outside in a tent in 40° weather. Bundle up a little and try to get a table with an overhead heating unit. Small business needs us! Happy to support these folks and they provided a great experience!

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Wrangler
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Great food & good social distancing. The only complaint is the over priced growlers & howler we purchased.

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GeneR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Good food and fair prices.

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vipTheNutritarian
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We were rushed.

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vipIh2kpm
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch place! Seasonal menu always has something for everyone. Great outdoor space, social distancing is not a problem. The waiter won't approach the table unless everyone is masked. Terrific beer selection also.

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ChrisM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

In the time of Covid, there are people who have different requirements. For me, I’m very immune compromised and could only sit outside away from any people. My partner and I were celebrating my birthday. It went very well

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vipKilted1
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Surprised that they haven't opened up indoors yet...city allows 40% indoors. Sat with a heater and that was nice....the menu selections are still road and all the food was excellent.

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Scooter
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food and service are always great at Uncommon Grounds. I love their organic beers. Due to COVID, all dining is outdoors, which I totally get. But they could use some more of those portable heaters ( I only saw two) or some wind screens; I was shivering by the end of dinner. I might have to wait for spring to return to this neighborhood favorite.

FAQs

Uncommon Ground-Lakeview does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats.

Uncommon Ground-Lakeview is rated 4.6 stars by 548 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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