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Marisol at the MCA, Chicago, IL

Marisol at the MCA

4.6
4.6
808 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Marisol, the restaurant and bar at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, features seasonal contemporary cuisine for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Experience innovative flavors from chef Jason Hammel (Lula Cafe, Superkhana International) in an immersive interior designed by internationally renowned artist Chris Ofili.

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2 people

7:30 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, International

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 799-3599

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jason Hammel

  • Neighborhood

    Gold Coast / Streeterville

  • Cross street

    N Mies Van Der Rohe Way

  • Parking details

    Discounted rates are available for Marisol guests in the MCA's garage.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Chicago

    Great for Lunch

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Difficult to hear…nothing to blunt sound with music and conversation. Food expensive for what you get. Pancakes too thick, burritos mostly wrap not inside ingredients, nothing with breakfast sandwich ( fruit? ). Food arrived cold and took a long time once order was place. Not a value!
  2. PE

    ProfE

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. A perfect place for lunch!
  3. GK

    GraceK

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food, service a bit off.
  4. E

    Emma

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere, but small brunch portions for the price.
  5. OC

    ObjectivelyCorrect

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Seating in the chamber of screaming child and without adequate air conditioning as compared to the normal seating areas was dreadful. Server offering hot sauce to help improve the flavorless breakfast burrito was nice, until i waited 5 minutes before deciding to just eat it without as the server hadn’t come back with it. When I had a few bites left the hot sauce finally showed up. Very disappointed as past experiences have always been positive.
  6. JJ

    JanetJ

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. An oasis in the city.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    So happy they are open again. Little gem salad outstanding. Vegan burger, most so good. Hope it can become more firm. Sort of like refried beans on a bun!
  8. JM

    JMSB

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous food and attentive service!
  9. L

    Lily

    Seattle

    136 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    136 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food is sooooo delicious. I wish I could have the recipe for the sunflower hummus :-). I love that they serve orange wine, so tasty paired with our meal.
  10. d

    dinealot

    Chicago

    169 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    169 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My companion enjoyed her turkey sandwich on bread so delicious she wondered allowed who supplied it. My burger was done just as I requested. The service was so attentive that as I finished my last sip of iced tea, another arrived with lime as I had originally ordered without my asking. My server knew of my food allergies/sensitivities from my reservation without my reminding her. We will return.
  11. MW

    MaryW

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good lunch place (dinner may be good as well - I just haven't been). Bright colorful painted walls. Great healthy food. We shared several plates. Very attentive wait staff and we were able to have a great lunch that was not rushed in an hour.
  12. M

    Mombest

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Marisol is a creative and delicious neighborhood home. The presentation of the food and combinations of flavor is delightful.
  13. IT

    IanT

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! Highly recommended the cilbir, it was delicious. As well as the beignets, and crispy potatoes. The bacon was fantastic as well.
  14. M

    Martini

    Palm Springs

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed everything about the experience. Location in the museum building, limited menu but an excellent variety, excellent service, and lovely contemporary ambiance. Plus we saw a fantastic exhibition in the museum. Great day.
  15. J

    Jill

    Seattle

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food and attentive wait staff. A couple of errors in our orders that were quickly rectified
  16. N

    Nika

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is amazing! So beautiful and such a cool vibe. The service was great too. I definitely will be back.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Drinks are costly, burrito had more potatoes than eggs or tomatoes or any meat! And very dry. French toast was good. Think it is a bit pricey..
  18. CF

    ChicagoFlaneuse

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    Shockingly bad food in a very nice location. The two of us ordered three different dishes and each was truly awful. Foccacia with sumac, rosemary and labneh was essentially ricotta cheese on slices of cold buttered bread. No visible sumac or rosemary in the labneh. The hazelnut spread on chocolate milk bread was rock hard it was so stale and I almost chipped the china trying to break off a piece with my knife. Again, a flat flavor profile. And my friend's breakfast sandwich was similarly bland and served on a soggy sliced roll. We stirred cream into our coffee with our knife handles as we didn't get spoons. It has taken my digestive system over twelve hours to settle down. Related? Not sure...
  19. C

    Ceilidh260

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The beignets were fabulous, the pancakes were ok, the bacon quite savory, but the scrambled eggs were hard and cold and a strange shade of yellow. Instead of a bowl of mixed berries as the server described the side of fruit before we ordered, we got just strawberries . But they were good. People across the street were lining up for Wildberry like they were giving stuff away (but they weren't). Plenty of tables open at Marisol.
  20. s

    slchicago

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Service was very attentive and professional, including attention to food allergies. No fault of Marisol, but I didn't realize the restaurant at MCA had moved to lower level. I really prefer the upstairs location overlooking the garden.
  21. c

    ckchicago

    Chicago

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent brunch menu, good mimosas. Able to accommodate celiac disease as well as dairy free. Casual and relaxed atmosphere for families with children too. Our server, Kiara, was a delight. Highly recommend!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great fun Id, great ambiance for pre-theatre meal
  23. YG

    YoungGrub

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    The service has really gone down hill. They know little about the menu or offerings. Food is good, always tastey but it has lost its excitement and adventure. Basic dishes that can be redone at home or other restaurants.
  24. J

    Jerrio

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It was a wonderful place to have brunch. We sat for a long time talking. No push to get us to leave. Waitress very good and understanding.
  25. M

    Mombest

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and food....very imaginative dishes....a delight!
  26. PE

    ProfE

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great menu. Terrific service. So happy Marisol has returned!
  27. SR

    SuhailR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Breakfast. Sandwich. Cholula. Yes. Sweet savory and spicy.
  28. m

    maryn

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Was very glad to see that Marisol reopened. Excellent service and innovative brunch items. Looking forward to the return of dinner service.
  29. AJ

    AJCARL

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We're thrilled to see this neighborhood gem reopen after more than two years. Brunch was terrific! Sunflower hummus is an absolute must. All the food was fresh, creative and delicious (except for our beignets, most of which were over-fried). Excellent service in beautiful surroundings. Great spot!!
  30. JT

    JohnT

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything, the service, the cocktails, and the food, were outstanding. Will definitely be back.
  31. PE

    ProfE

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m so happy, as are all my friends, that Marisol has reopened for lunch and brunch! The hummus and salads are a treat! Service is attentive. All in all a wonderful experience.
  32. AW

    AmandaW

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    My husband and I tried a number of things from the menu, including the fries (which could have been crisper), hummus, burrata, Marisol salad and the cheeseburger. All were outstanding. We will definitely return!
  33. DA

    DorrahA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible first experience at Marisol! Will definitely be coming again!
  34. SM

    ScottM

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and atmosphere.
  35. M

    Meaghan

    Chicago

    203 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    203 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The veggie burger is one of the best in the city! Wish fries were an option as the side, though!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Terrific fennel and citrus salad and maybe the best plate of seared sea scallops I’ve eaten anywhere. Felt very comfortable dining alone. Attentive but never intrusive service. Great experience.
  37. R

    Rose33

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    After a long day of business meetings, our group of 4 was hoping for a good but fairly quick dinner. The menu is somewhat limited, so we had trouble finding options for a couple of individuals who needed gluten and dairy-free food. However, the real issue was the wait. We had to ask for a waiter after sitting patiently with no service. Then, the wait to receive the food seemed interminable. And again, we had to ask for someone to bring the bill. The dinner took about 2.5 hours (and that was with no dessert or after dinner drinks). That might be good for people "at leisure" but, for our group, it was a bit frustrating. I will say that when we did get the attention of the waitstaff, they were extremely nice and friendly. They just seemed understaffed.
  38. d

    dinealot

    Chicago

    170 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    170 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We shared appetizers and dessert and had very different entrees. The squash was way beyond our expectations in its delicacy and flavor. Our service too, with Emma, was exceptional. Yes, definitely, we will return.
  39. DC

    DanC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were stuck in traffic and arrived late, but the staff was considerate and kind.
  40. D

    Didi

    Milwaukee

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Everything was fantastic as usual. The food is exceptional, the ambiance is lovely and the noise level is perfectly quiet and allows for lunch conversation.

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Marisol at the MCA is rated 4.6 stars by 808 OpenTable diners.

Marisol at the MCA does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Google Map for Marisol at the MCA

205 E. Pearson St. Chicago, IL 60611

Additional information

  • Cross street

    N Mies Van Der Rohe Way

  • Neighborhood

    Gold Coast / Streeterville

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Discounted rates are available for Marisol guests in the MCA's garage.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jason Hammel

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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