The Gage

4.6
7601 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
American
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 offers upscale, yet casual dining in a vintage atmosphere inspired by the gastropubs of Ireland and England. The Gage's menu "covers every craving" (TimeOut Chicago) and includes Scotch eggs, fresh seafood, locally made sausages, burgers, steaks and salads. The Gage offers the perfect setting for a casual drink, a business meeting or a formal event -- refined rusticity, steps from Millennium Park.
What 7601 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t even express how great this place is. The food, service, atmosphere, drinks...top notice.

Report
Helpful
OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate here last night on a whim and I am so glad we did! The food was delicious (I had the special) and the drinks were tasty as well. Our server was very helpful and gave us recommendations- you could tell she was familiar with the menu and knew what she was talking about.

Report
Helpful
GC
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Could've been so much better. Mussels had grit. Very tasty broth but bowl not appropriate to get it in mussels. Leeks not cooked well. Toasted bread great. Salad upgrade for scallops is $12--for 2 average sized scallops. Service average. Wanted to like it but no reason to return.

Report
Helpful
SD
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Perfect spot for pre-show meal. The food was wonderful and timely. Service attentive. Would definitely recommend.

Report
Helpful
JH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it there. Food was great, service was exceptional. Had a great time.

Report
Helpful
BT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Was crowded and noisy when we arrived for a late lunch. But still able to hear each other and crowd quieted around 2PM. Excellent waiter and additional service. Nice downstairs event room. We'll definitely be back!

Report
Helpful
SQ
Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service were good, but it was LOUD, and so dark I had to use my flashlight on my phone to read the menu.

Report
Helpful
AT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for a pre-theatre birthday dinner. Everything was spot on. Seated immediately, service great, food fantastic. We shared everything, crab/avocado toast starter, pear salad, pork shank. Out in plenty of time for curtain with a complementary dessert wine since we skipped dessert. A little pricey but about par for a special occasion place. My only dis- is our table was right next to the kitchen and service area. All the fun is in the front rooms but our spot was quieter even w/ kitchen noise. We did not ask to move.

Report
Helpful
TM
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice atmosphere and great cocktail selection. Went early evening on a Sunday and it was perfect for a conversational dinner.

Report
Helpful
G
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The gage was great! We went with a group on a work trip and the service was great, fun atmosphere and awesome food! The menu had something for everyone. Would recommend!

Report
Helpful
NK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We have eaten lunch here in the past and enjoyed the food, and although the quality of our meals this time was fine, the menu was very slim. The fish and chips are always good, but we didn’t feel we had enough options from which to choose. We had invited two couples to join us, and we were disappointed that the menu was so limited.

Report
Helpful
LW
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at The Gage was awesome. The food was incredible and service was top notch. I had indicated when I made the reservation we were celebrating my daughters birthday. After dinner the waiter presented my daughter with a dessert we could all share and a birthday candle. 5 Stars all the way!

Report
Helpful
MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Very accommodating after a few screw up with a very simple order. High quality food and service!

Report
Helpful
JJ
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service. A favorite place for business lunches.

Report
Helpful
JG
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I had the sea bass special was very tasty but at a high price of $38.00 with a couple Brussels sprouts instead of potatoes . The waiter allowed us to take our time and visit and catch up with friends. Nice spot if you are not on a budget.

Report
Helpful
TO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for an early dinner and only ate on the very light side. The food was good, service was excellent. We like the ambience, but both agreed it was on the loud side, difficult to carry on a quiet conversation. The server was very good and knowledgeable.

Report
Helpful
SB
Milwaukee
28 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love The Gage, food is great and varied. Something for everyone, you can share, go fancy or have a burger. Vibe is energetic and fun, service is terrific.

Report
Helpful
SL
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Experience and the Best Guinness pour in Town

Report
Helpful
G
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place to hang out with friends. The fish and chips are delicious! The servers were on point and attentive. Great before and after the game!

Report
Helpful
AM
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Gage is always a delightful experience. Food is good and service is outstanding.

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food superior service. I dined alone and was not made to feel the lesser for it. I ordered both specials, and they were indeed special. Terrific tortilla soup—a thick, flavorful postage-style soup— and a luscious seabass with perfectly cooked farrow and a velvety cauliflower butter. The waiter was friendly & gave good advice on beer, and most important, he gave me the perfect amount of time & space. The Gage hits the spot once again!

Report
Helpful
OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service with excellent recommendations - would come back again.

Report
Helpful
F
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The service was a bit slow but the good food and drinks made up for it!

Report
Helpful
MS
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was phenomenal, never had an empty drink and my date was brought an entire pot of tea which was outstanding. The decor is a mix of rustic and modern with a few different rooms for different occasions which I really enjoyed. There was a noisier bar type room as well as a nice private dining area which was good for a conversation. Overall I really enjoyed the food and the service!

Report
Helpful
LA
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for lunch with a group of colleagues while in town for a conference. Everything was absolutely delicious. We started with the mussels, for which the restaurant is famous, and they did not disappoint. Everyone at the table got something different for their main course and everyone came away happy. I had the blackened bass sandwich, which I loved. The server was attentive, but not overly so. I recommended it to all of my friends at the conference.

Report
Helpful
NS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was attentive but not intrusive. The restaurant is loud and tables are very close together (narrow aisles, too), but the food is VERY good. The fries were hot and crispy, the fried pickles were a treat (not greasy), and water was refilled regularly (a huge plus in my eval of any restaurant). I would return.

Report
Helpful
M
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perpetually excellent!

Report
Helpful
OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was really not great. It was a disappointment as I have eaten there many times for lunch during the week. My husband had the chicken orzo soup which was filled with chunks of chicken but no orzo at all and completely flavorless. My sons had a pear and endive salad with chicken. The dressing had way to much red wine vinegar, the chicken was all fat very little meat, and there were perhaps three thin slices of pear.

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Food was bland.

Report
Helpful
MR
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Love everything about it.

Report
Helpful
OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

The heat appeared to be broken for our visit and was blowing frigid air on our booth and the one next to us. We mentioned it to the staff at least 4 times. Each time someone said they were turning it up or having it fixed but nothing changed. We ate with our winter coats on at the table. Disappointing way to spend a special occasion. The food was delicious nonetheless! Service left something to be desired for an expensive dining experience like this.

Report
Helpful
AS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second year spending New Years at The Gage! We love the atmosphere, food, drinks, and location!

Report
Helpful
LB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. Attentive. Very nice staff. Good choices on menu. Drinks were original. I would definitely come back. It was me and my hubs first time there.

Report
Helpful
ES
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Very nice atmosphere and excellent service, unfortunately the salads were lacking flavor and interest, and the menu was quite limited.

Report
Helpful
JC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our NYE dinner at The Gage was outstanding. The service was great, the food was perfect, and the drinks were lovely. I can't wait to be back.

Fish and Chips, the Scallops, the Pork Shank, the Burger, the Wedge Salad were all winners at our table.

Report
Helpful
DB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We went to the Gage for NYE - overall, we had a good meal and it was a good experience. The filet and chicken were both great and we shared the mashed potatoes (these were great). We also had some ice cream, which was also really good.

A couple of things that caused us to give a 4 star rating instead of a 5: they were out of quite a few things, including beers, appetizers and desserts, which were some of our initial choices That’s one night you would think you’d be stocked up. Secondly, you sit (at least we did, in the area we were sat) really close to other folks also having dinner. Just an observation - could be good or bad depending on perspective.

Report
Helpful
OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful meal to ring in the New Year! Loved the Bison tartare and the beet salad ! We shred these and each had an entree. Lots of food but delicious. We had a show to get to so they were prompt in getting us served and put in time . I would highly recommend it, even tho a bit pricey!

Report
Helpful
LO
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Turkey club was exceptional (other diner with me) and he is not easily impressed. Chef was accomodating to diet restrictions for one of our party which was most appreciated. Loved the atmosphere, reminded me of a bistro you might see in Paris. Lots of booths (love) with the back of the restaurant being quieter than the front near the bar. I had the half chicken which I enjoyed but didnt feel it was outstanding. The dessert I ordered, however, was outstanding....butterscotch pot de creme! I would definitely come back here again.

Report
Helpful
OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

It was simply too loud to enjoy a meal. Shouting to hear others was required because of the ambient noise. The menu was limited but well rounded. The prices, however, well exceeded the value. I will likely not be voluntarily returning.

Report
Helpful
P
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came In over Christmas break, Wes was our waiter and he was fabulous. The table has a variety of food including a cheese tray, it was well prepared. The pork shake was large and moist.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
191

Tweets by The Gage