About The Gage
The Gage is a 4-star rated restaurant located across from Millennium Park in a historically landmarked building built in the late 1800s. The Gage offers upscale, yet casual dining in a vintage atmosphere inspired by the gastropubs of Ireland and England. Time Out has said The Gage's menu "covers every craving" and includes Scotch eggs, fresh seafood, locally made sausages, burgers, steaks and salads. The Libations list features craft beers, interesting wines and a selection of Irish whiskeys and single malts. The Gage offers the perfect setting for a casual drink, a business meeting or a formal event--refined rusticity--steps from Millennium Park.
American, Gastro Pub
Hours of Operation:
(bar open until 12am)
(bar open until 12 am)
TUESDAY - THURSDAY
(bar open until 2am)
(bar open until 2am)
(bar open until 3am)
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking is offered by The University Club at 76 E. Monroe. In addition, there are several parking lots located just steps from the restaurant. The closest lot is the Grant Park Garage which can be accessed from Michigan Avenue. The elevator/escalator at the South end of the garage is located directly in front of the restaurant's entrance.
The Brown, Purple, Green, Orange and Pink Lines drop you off at Madison St. and Wabash St. (just a few blocks from the restaurant). The Red Line drops you off at Monroe St. and State St. (just a few blocks from the restaurant. The 3, 4, X4, 14, 26, 127, 145, 147, 148, and 151 bus routes all stop within a block of the restaurant.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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The Gage's menu "covers every craving". Ideal for private parties, rehearsal dinners and corporate meetings, The Gage's event space options include semi-private and private dining rooms offering the vibe of a busy establishment or complete privacy.
The Gage Ratings and Reviews
We eat here pretty regularly and the foo ...
We eat here pretty regularly and the food is always excellent. It is a bar and it has food, but they definitely don't serve "bar food." We the usual excellent meal but the service was a bit off. Only the next morning when we realized the bill was too high did we figure out they had charged us for an extra bottle of wine. They were quick to correct it, but we could have just as easily missed it and just been out the cash. Will definitely continue to recommend it, but will make sure to check the bill before we leave!
Great place for a dinner before Hamilton ...
Great place for a dinner before Hamilton. Our waiter was very good about keeping us on schedule and the food was very good. I was a bit sad to see that they changed from a nice crunchy roll to bread on the lobster roll, as it was really perfect in its prior incarnation.
Overall, great choice for Michigan Avenue and nearby theaters.
Decent but not great food. Service is me ...
Decent but not great food. Service is mediocre, at best. Used to be a better place last year I was in Chicago but I was disappointed this time. They are busy and they seem to forget that this could change quickly if they have more customers who feel like I did today. I don't think I will bother with The Gage next time I am in Chicago.
I was disappointed when I arrived at the ...
I was disappointed when I arrived at the Gage. My table was not ready, which was fine, but the host was rude, bordering on dismissive. He waved me into the bar to wait without making any eye contact, advising as to the wait time or advising as to how the Gage would contact me to let me know the table was ready. After 15 minutes I checked back at the host table and was admonished because they had texted my phone and I had not answered. The Gage is one of my favourite neighbourhood restaurants but I am not sure I will return if that is how they treat their clients.
The Gage offers great food, a warm and c ...
The Gage offers great food, a warm and cozy ambiance (especially by the fire in the back), a great liquor selection, and is situated near some of Chicago finest sites. We have visited twice, and we have been extremely happy each time. The burgers are excellent, along with their changing specials. Highly recommended!
We celebrated the recent marriage of clo ...
We celebrated the recent marriage of close friends. Both of us really like The Gage . The restaurant gave us a special both in a private area of the restaurant and gave us all the time we wanted to celebrate the happy occasion. The food that evening was awesome. Creatively prepared on some dishes and with the appropriate classic simplicity for others. My dessert was phenomenal and the portions were just the right size to share or be eaten by one.
We went to the Gage based upon TripAdvis ...
We went to the Gage based upon TripAdvisor ratings and left feeling underwhelmed. The appetizer, fried pickles were good but not great. They were excellent serving size and more then enough to feed a full table of 4. The meals shared at the table were a classic burger with fries, pear & walnut salad and a 1/2 mushroom soup and 1/2 buffalo chicken sandwich. Everything was good but not memorable nor somewhere I would return anytime soon. We had very friendly service unfortunately he forgot one of our drinks and we went with a recommendation if his and were disappointed with the turnout.
My first time at Gage -- overall very im ...
My first time at Gage -- overall very impressed, but what impressed me most was the amazing quality of their service. I asked my server for suggestions, and followed his lead on an appetizer of stuffed Shisito peppers, even though I am not normally a fan of high levels of heat, I was told that the peppers are not normally very hot. As it turned out the Shisito's were packing a lot of heat, more than I could tolerate. But as I was eating my appetizer and trying not to let on how much I was struggling, the restaurant manager noticed my distress, came up and subtly suggested an alternative appetizer, swept away the shisito's which also deftly disappeared from my bill. A few minutes later I was enjoying an extremely lovely pear and walnut salad which turned out to be a perfect match for the excellent and flavorful leg of lamb which followed. The meal was excellent, but the level of service, noticing a patron in distress and correcting the problem without my ever having to say a word, represents a level of service I rarely find anymore. I highly recommend the Gage to anyone interested in good food and great service in a great location.
The servers were incredibly professional ...
The servers were incredibly professional and polite and knowledgeable. But the kitchen must have been in the weeds bc the service was soooo slow. We waited for ages. Dinner was tasty when it arrived. Also very noisy.
I had a wonderful dining experience Frid ...
I had a wonderful dining experience Friday evening with a buddy, who had never dined there, before the CSO Dr. John with Nicholas Payton and a Satchmo tribute. My waiter was outstanding and our dinner was timely and cooked to perfection. I had a venison burger and a couple of beers and a glass the house Chianti. It was wonderful and the host Billie came by for a few laughs.
Overall, it was a decent meal. We had a ...
Overall, it was a decent meal. We had a large group and the seating arrangement placed people on the vorners of the table. Fortunately one guest cancelled and another joined late otherwise it would have been uncomfortable.
Loaded shishito peppers and beer battered pickles were enjoyed as starters. Spicey buffalo ribs average.The pork chop special was enjoyed by all who ordered albeit a bit pricey for pork. The venison burger received high marks. Braised lamb was tender, but peculiarly all the dishes seemed to taste of the same sauce...buffalo, lamb, pork. It tasted good, but my mouth got bored.
Location and ambiance were very good in my opinion. Service was above average.
We went for date night and to watch the ...
We went for date night and to watch the Chicago tree lighting in Millennium Park. We sat outside and had a wonderful service experience and food! The Gage was also serving free homemade hot cocoa to patrons and interested parties passing by. Great vibe, food and energy.
This great Michigan Ave spot across from ...
This great Michigan Ave spot across from Millennium Park. the Bean, the skating rink and Pritzker Pavilion just keeps getting better and better. Enjoyed a spicy tomato tortilla soup with lobster, a roasted duck breast and a Persian spiced lamb shank. Service was great, wine by the glass as well as extensive draft beer selections. Perfect for after theater or symphony hall. Never disappoints.
We elected to give the Gage another try ...
We elected to give the Gage another try for a quick bite before an event at the Shedd and a late night dinner. It had been years since we last visited and we elected to go again because we remembered a great deal of creativity and diversity on the menu, especially with regards to appetizers and small plates. Our memory was either a bit off or the menu philosophy has changed significantly over the years. We simply got a few appetizers and (more than) a few cocktails to tide us over. We did enjoy our food and drink but the selection was a bit limited and a bit less exotic and creative than we remembered. The service was attentive but a bit strange. Being "welcome(d) aboard" to a non-nautically themed, upscale, metropolitan "bistro" was a bit weird but our service was overall fairly attentive, especially given the high volume of the restaurant at the time. We would go again but it no longer holds the "special status" that we had attributed to it based upon our previous visits. The scene is vibrant so if you enjoy people watching, the Gage is a great place to go.
Good food, great atmosphere. TERRIBLE s ...
Good food, great atmosphere. TERRIBLE service. I informed my server about a nut allergy and low and behold, the nuts arrived on my salad. Additionally, a scorching red hot pepper was also in my salad. I informed the server and the manager graciously removed it from our bill and offered us a dessert of our choice, but our server closed us out before serving the dessert.
The Gage is wonderful. Friends were vis ...
The Gage is wonderful. Friends were visiting from out of town, and we picked Gage because (among other reasons) the menu has something for everybody's taste. The vindloo mussels are a great starter, and I love the venison burger. Service is always super-friendly and helpful.
We went because it looked like a nice pl ...
We went because it looked like a nice place and was close to the theater. It was a nice place, a little noisy for us, but nice. The staff were friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. The appetizers and salads were great, entrees not so much. That, along with upscale prices, make a return visit very unlikely.
I love the Gage and dine there frequentl ...
I love the Gage and dine there frequently BUT the noise level is really out of control. I was in a booth and thought that would be quieter but I had to yell at my friend across the table to be heard. I had a headache when I left. The food and service could not be better but PLEASE do something about that noise. Thanks.
Went to meet friends for dinner and drin ...
Went to meet friends for dinner and drinks at The Gage. Our server Wes was fantastic! Gave great suggestions and was very attentive. Ordered the special which was the Sturgeon, the Amish chicken and the ribs. All great suggestions! For dessert we all split the pumpkin cake and a chocolate dessert. Would definitely go back. Just be prepared that it is very noisy! Other than the noise i would highly recommend and will be returning.
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