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MK The Restaurant

#23 of 7,763 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
American, Contemporary
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868 N. Franklin Street, Chicago, IL 60610 (Chestnut)
Chicago (Brown Line)
(312) 482-9179
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5:30 pm - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 266
    Excellent
  • 83
    Very good
  • 37
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
One of the Best Meals of my Life...and Dollar-for-Dollar, THE Best!

Our dinner at MK last night was one of the best meals I’ve had in my entire life, and dollar-for-dollar, it was definitely THE best. We were lucky enough to chat with Michael (the Owner/Chef) before we ordered, and he customized a “Tasting Menu Plus” for us. That was perfect because we wanted to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
Merrill O
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Entertaining clients
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397 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Our dinner at MK last night was one of the best meals I’ve had in my entire life, and dollar-for-dollar, it was definitely THE best. We were lucky enough to chat with Michael (the Owner/Chef) before we ordered, and he customized a “Tasting Menu Plus” for us. That was perfect because we wanted to try everything on the standard tasting... More 

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Pine Grove Mills, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We arrived early for our reservation, so we had drinks at the bar. Great service and drinks. The restaurant was very busy and loud (music and crowd); not so much that I wanted to leave, just noticeable. So if you are looking for a quiet, relaxing dinner this might not be the place for that. The food and service were... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

I went to MK, partly because of the name (mine!) and also because of the TA reviews. I came away smitten. I was in Chicago to celebrate my Birthday, but on this evening dined alone and have never been treated so royally at a restaurant in my life...and I've dined in quite a few! I was greeted warmly by the... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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278 reviews 278 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This is an interesting place to dine, that probably lends itself to "Celebrity types" due to the types of customers it seems to attract. It was loud inside, and if it's two of you, try to sit "Side by side", you will be able to communicate much better that way. The dining consisted for us of some excellent oysters on... More 

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We went to the mK for a business dinner to entertain clients while here at a conference. This place is top notch for service and food. Our head waiter, Tito, was superb. He helped with the drink suggestions and small plates and was spot on with his suggestions. The food was delicious and the whole experience was a great. Please... More 

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Rijswijk, The Netherlands
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4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

The food (we ordered the Tuna) was quite okay, in comparison to the prices the portion was quite small. The restaurant itself: loud music, loud conversations by the other guests. Besides that the service is terrible! Avoid the (rather old) waiter Sergio. We ordered 3 cocktails without alcohol, but the waiter Sergio insisted on making it an alcoholic beverage. Drinking... More 

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Evanston, Il
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264 reviews 264 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Our son took the family here to celebrate my birthday . We had a lovely meal, the service was good. My husband and I are wine people and were dismayed by the mark up of the wine we suggested to our son. We were all shocked when the music, which was awful and not at all appropriate for a fine... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This restaurant is beautiful! We had to wait a little bit at the bar but in about 30 min we got an amazing table. That evening we tried salmon and salumi tastes and salmon was absolutely perfect! And these tender thinnest bagel crisps were very good. Then we had tuna and bison ribeye. Everything was soon delicious! That dinner was... More 

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Maryland
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65 reviews 65 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

This is a really great restaurant with a pairing menu if you choose. Having made the commitment to a Chicago style pizza for lunch our appetites suggested that we go for appetizers all around and skip a big meal. The oysters with salumi picante and mignonette were excellent. The baby octopus grilled over hardwood was fantastic. Service was impeccable and... More 

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Oakland, Tennessee
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Was greeted by a very nice young man. There were four of us,two over six foot men and luckily two small ladies,as this is a small place. Very close tables. I really felt old here, it's just one to trendy to much for me. Had to laugh, at the artsy style . It reminded us of our son's art college... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 868 N. Franklin Street, Chicago, IL 60610
    (Chestnut)
  • Public Transportation: Chicago (Brown Line)
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
  • Phone Number: (312) 482-9179

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Doing business, Families with children, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 2:00 am
Monday
5:30 pm - 2:00 am
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 2:00 am
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 2:00 am
Thursday
5:30 pm - 2:00 am
Friday
5:30 pm - 2:00 am
Saturday
5:30 pm - 2:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?