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#74 of 1,532 American in Chicago
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Downtown / The Loop
0.1 miles from The Art Institute of Chicago
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For more than a decade, this expansive, eclectic gastropub has catered to the Millennium Park crowds. Handsome banquettes and columns wrapped in celado...
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The MICHELIN Plate: Good cooking
Comfortable restaurant
About
Loved by locals and visitors alike, The Gage is the iconic restaurant on Michigan Avenue featuring refined, rustic cuisine in the historic Gage Group Buildings. The Gage is acclaimed for exceptional dining experiences and commitment to outstanding hospitality. The Gage is a Gage Hospitality Group restaurant. Sister restaurants include: Acanto, Coda di Volpe, The Dawson and The Gage
PRICE RANGE
$18 - $35
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
CUISINES
American, Bar
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I dined here with a friend. They have a patio right on Michigan Ave., which was appreciated during COVID-19. Not the best outdoor dining experience; Michigan is very loud (multiple loud sports cars passed by, a mentally ill person gave a sermon, etc.), despite the...restaurant’s efforts to create some patio ambience. The menu here has a nice set of options; it’s elevated gastropub fare. On some previous visits, the menu has struck me as heavy; I was happy to see some lighter options on this menu, and I really enjoyed a large salad with chicken. It tasted fresh, had great texture with the variety of veggies, and had a flavorful dressing. My friend enjoyed his meal, too. Where The Gage was thoroughly average was service. Our meal started with attentive service but the attentiveness declined as the meal continued, to the point where we were basically begging for service at the meal’s end. For example, we both decided to have a second cocktail. It took nearly 25 minutes for those cocktails to be delivered, despite the restaurant being near empty; we had to ask another server for an update on where they were, because our server had disappeared. Once they (finally) arrived, they were very tasty, as was the original round, but the wait and disappearing-server act was annoying. It was a similar situation with getting the check. Certainly one of the better options for dining in this part of the city, especially during the pandemic—it would have been a solid, if not terrific, experience had the service been better.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed September 7, 2020 via mobile

This was our first meal during our stay in Chicago and it was fantastic. The Gage was a short walk from our hotel on Monroe Street, so was very convenient. I had the Alaskan Halibut and my husband had the New York cut steak. Both...were extremely flavorful.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed July 21, 2020 via mobile

Stopped in for a quick bit. Felt safe with all their precautions. The scallops with chorizo in a pepper sauce was fantastic as was the lobster blt. I will be back this Summer

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed July 13, 2020

I ate here - twice - during a one week visit to Chicago before the pandemic, so I can't speak to their current service/cleanliness levels. Beforehand, though - it was definitely worth my time - on both visits! The service was great - polite, friendly...and prompt (without being pushy). The food was delicious. I love that they had hay straws to avoid plastic (hopefully they still do!) The place is great for a romantic date, a night out with friends or just going solo.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed March 1, 2020 via mobile

Always great food, a strong beer selection and cool vibe. The venison burger is my go to ... it’s messy but absolutely delicious. On weekend mornings and afternoons, they have a combo of their standard menu plus breakfast. My husband loved his corned beef hash!...The service this time was pretty slow and I attentive, which isn’t typical but the rest was great.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 1, 2020 via mobile

From the moment we stepped in the door we had great service. Brunch was excellent. Food was delicious and had great presentation.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 21, 2020

Staff from reception, to bar, to table were all friendly, polite and informative when asked for assistance. The service was of a decent pace so that I didn't feel like I was waiting or rushed. Bar tender and wait staff gave me honest opinions about...food and wine choices. Menu was part traditional and some modern twists. Food was very yummy. We sat at a booth and the noise level was decent. (I hear that the back part of the restaurant, where there are more dining tables, can be quite loud.)More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 18, 2020

Outstanding service, great food and drinks. The food was excellent but our waitress was outstanding. Attentive and super friendly

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 2, 2020 via mobile

Outstanding food and service. From appetizers to desserts this was amazing. Great mixed drinks. Fabulous wine list. Ribeye steak was fabulous. Get the oysters for an appetizer. Simply outstanding.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 26, 2020

Great menu for everyone. Lots of choices and reasonable prices for dining on Michigan Ave. I happened to choose the beet salad with scallops added. Everyone at the table said their food choices were excellent: fish bowl really like a fish stew, hamburger, chicken X3...and mine. We had the apple cobbler type desert served with caramel and vanilla ice cream--it is large enough to share. The Manhattans were hit as well. I will return to this restaurant. Make sure to call for reservations.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Response from SavyTraveling | Reviewed this property |
I don't recall them as having valet parking, however, you could call or email them; there are at least three parking lots/garages within about a block of their location. Google-it.
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Response from KSIG1971 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, they do accept walkins, but it is a popular place especially at lunch and it is near the museum and theatres, so it will likely be busy for dinner as well. I would suggest calling ahead
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