Fadó Irish Pub - Chicago

4.5
103 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
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  • Casual
  • Authentic
  • Comfort Food
The menu and quality atmosphere at Fadó will reset your expectation around what it means to eat at an Irish Pub. The menu starts with a broad range of snacks for sharing; top sellers here include Salmon Bites (we think it's the best Snack ever), Harp Battered Fish Tacos and the Big Soft Pretzel. There are a number of burgers and sandwiches. Favorites include the Fadó Pub Burger (add the egg), the Black Bean Burger, our Signature Reuben and a Slow Cooked Lamb Dip. The star of our entrée section is our Fish and Chips which uses sustainably caught cod from the deep waters off of Iceland. We contract with just three vessels to bring us this tasty fish. You’ll also see Irish staples like Shepherd’s Pie and Corned Beef and Cabbage. There is also an ever rotating selection of Seasonal specials using in-season ingredients and flavors. Enjoy a wonderful meal (and a few drinks) in an environment where everything was built in Ireland and sent to the U.S. where you see it today.
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SM
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Staff courtesy was the worst part of the visit. Food and atmosphere were good but not as great as advertised. Was hoping to have a great "Irish in Chicago" experience but was disappointed.

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GR
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed a lovely meal (corned beef and shepherds pie....our comfort food) and pre and after dinner drinks. Relaxed friendly atmosphere and excellent service by a bubbly enthusiastic waitress....sorry can't remember her name but whe was awesome. Will definately return when visiting Chicago again in the near future.

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Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Some good Irish food... And that's not easy. Service was very good

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N
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The service was excellent and the food was great. Best burger I've had in forever. Being very sensitive to gluten the lack of options were quite noticeable but the server was knowledgable and quite helpful in finding me options. We came for my husband to have the fish and chips and he absolutely loved it. We will be back. We just wish their gluten free options were slightly more extensive.

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TC
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Had a good dinner at Fadó. Service was excellent. Summer pub menu was limited in traditional Irish pub menu items. Everything was excellent. Having just been in Dublin made for a tough comparison.

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i
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Fado made sure our table for six was waiting at the reservation time. Mary-Kate and Laura were great servers. Very attentive and amusing. All our group had a great craic.

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LK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Quick visit to Chicago for the U2 show.
Always stop at fado! One of our favorites, as we stay within walking distance. Had a great time, as always!
Riley was our server... he's a blast!
Attentive, funny, easy going. He got a great tip! We called him Randy O'Reilly! Ha!
Tell him the Milwaukee u2 crew says hi!

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TF
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My reservation asked for the quietest possible seating for two. We were greeted with a delightful table on the landing near the (apparently unused) elevator. Was it perfectly quiet? No. But this is an Irish pub, so you can hardly expect that. It was definitely the quietest corner around.

I was thrilled to find a Red Breast 12 year old pure pot still Irish whiskey on the menu. But saddened to learn they were out. :( Everyone has shortages from time to time. What makes or breaks an experience is how you recover.

Mary-Kate (our server) brought the sad news along with a taster of Green Spot -- about the closest comparable thing you can find in the market to the whiskey I ordered. Unfortunately, it's not really to my taste.

Her next visit also brought Shane (the manager) bearing multiple other offerings for me to sample and select from. We chatted and he delivered yet one more selection after a few moments.

They found an option to satisfy my ridiculously picky palate and did it with a smile.

Then our food began to arrive. Fried goat cheese with jalapeno honey as an appetizer. Light and tasty and just the way you would like it. The shepherd's pie was above average -- while the accompanying kale and barley side salad was phenomenal! My wife's salmon risotto made with barley was similarly raved about. We finished off with a Guinness ice cream sundae.

A great date evening and will definitely go again!

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F
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Accueil chaleureux. Service impeccable. Happy Hour parfait!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love how personalized the service is here!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was and awesome experience! Good food, great service, great atmosphere. I would definitely go there again.

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JT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere, delicious food and nice crowd. Good place for many occasions.

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AR
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Television volume way too loud. Could not have a conversation with our business associates.
The Guinness was a little flat.
We only ordered appetizers which were nice but nothing to write home about.

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t
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a birthday celebration with 8 family members from Wisconsin and Maryland. Food, service and ambience were fantastic. Looking forward to our next visit to Fado's when we return to Chicago.

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g
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fado is known as one of the top Irish pubs in Chicago but also boasts a fantastic menu.

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great food and exceptional service!!!

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It's all about the amazing food! Oh and the harp beer! A++++++++++++++++ 😊

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing……food was incredible!!!!! Warm and friendly atmosphere! Needs 30 stars!!!!!!!!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

The food and drink specials were great, but my friends and I were seated in a corner of the restaurant next to a large table of people who were very loud, and the table was awkwardly placed. When walking around the restaurant the rest of it was noticeably quieter.

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St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2017
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Lover of Fado for a long time. Noticed the menu has changed but it worked. I just love the vibe here. Lots of fun after-hours. We will always stop here when we visit Chicago.

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TJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

AWESOME EXPERIENCE : Read why. Reserved table via open table. Reserved table was on stairway to the upstairs. Not ideal or workable for our intended special night out. I walked both upstairs and downstairs for options. Staff immediately allowed my choice to facilitate table location switch - that turned out to helped create the most amazing 3 hours I've had in 30 years. Vibe, customers, music, atmosphere, helpfulness of EVERY member of the staff we encountered was 10 - on a 1-10 scale. Candidly, everything was perfect, when I needed it to be perfect. Location, Staff, Atmosphere, Simple menu was wide ranging but not overwhelming. Food was great, and our server was a discreet, fast moving, professional, attentive excellent representative for this business operation. Oh, also, pricing was more than reasonable.
This is a MUST visit and try for any Chicago area outing. Thanks Tim/Jane TeamUS !
FYI: for management; our table was upstairs, corner table/booth by front window and faux fire.
7pm-945pm Sat 1/28/17 Please tell our awesome waitress we said hello & THX !

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

In Chicago for a wedding and were staying not to far from there. They accomidated my mother in wheelchair and set us up a table, calling it the VIP table. The Irish breakfast was to die for and the hospitality was absolutely wonderful!! Steve, his brother John, as well as all the gals made it all worth while. SO glad we went, and the Guiness, well, that spoke for itself!! Go if you have a chance...worth every bit!! Thanks again to you all who were so helpful with our mom, and for showing us the history upstairs in the womans bathroom...very cool!! :)

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2016
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Reserved table was ready upon arrival. Waitress was friendly and helpful. Fish n Chips was great!

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LC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great pub! The staff was friendly and helpful. They got my friend's order wrong but they were apologetic and quick to make it right. Great comfort food and cocktails! Big TVs to catch a game.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great time celebrating two birthdays in one evening at Fado. Our server was totally awesome! The food is superbly tasty for "pub-grub" using excellent ingredients and taking fresh approaches to usually blah UK fare. Love the decor and attentive staff. Great place to have a hearty laugh over a hearty stout!

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K
Detroit
66 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The bacon pepper jack cheese puff appetizer is outstanding!!!!

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L
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2016
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Interesting, when we arrived at our Open Table time, we were told the establishment no longer honored Open Table reservations, said they had dropped Open Table month ago. I showed them my reservations, owner ...Tom came out and we chatted. He graciously got us a reserved table and the evening turned out very good. It was World Cup night and the place was packed, but he found us a table.

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CZ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful selection of beers on tap!

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WR
Little Rock
8 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went here for brunch Easter Sunday and had the full Irish breakfast while my wife tried the shepard's pie. Both were incredible and well prepared. This pub also pours a proper pint of Guinness alongside notable Irish brews: Magners, Harp, & Smithwick's. I tried their Irish coffee for dessert and was pleased they used real cream with cinnamon sprinkled on top. If you are looking for a traditional pub with great drinks, food, and atmosphere you don't have to search elsewhere.

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M
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2016
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

I love Irish Pubs and have been to Fado's a couple times and had the opportunity to bring a few co-workers with me while working in town. Guinness was on site doing "pouring" lessons so our group got to pour our own beer which they gave to us at no charge plus gave us cool hats. I was a bit disappointed in the shepherds pie but the appetizers were good as were the burgers.

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MV
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service for such a crowded place.
Manager also checked on us as well. Good food, good beer.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server April was so friendly and helpful. The food was amazing! And my husband loved the extensive whiskey menu! Great atmosphere!

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TV
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a blast with my out of town guests. Fado is authentic as it gets. Hope to be back soon with my husband just to hang out!

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TM
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2016
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

This is one of my favorite Irish pubs and my go-to whenever I am in Chicago. The layout is spread across three stories, providing several different types of seating areas (e.g. bar, high tops, restaurant-style tables, booths, etc). Most of the staff are direct imports from Ireland, giving the place a very authentic feel. The beer list is excellent as are the traditional Irish menu items. It's a great place to catch an international football game or some live music. Or, just to entire a few pints with friends.

Highly recommended.

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SJ
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2015
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff was fantastic & the food was enjoyable. Will come back. We would recommend this spot to family & friends

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r
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2015
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I'd heard of this bar for years and wrote it off as just another River North scene-y bar. But I finally went for after work drinks on a Friday, and I was wrong. The ambiance is a cozy Irish pub, lots of hardwood, Irish music, and Guinness and Jameson drinks. The happy hour specials are incredible: $5 old fashioneds and manhattans, $6 Irish coffees, and $5 appetizers that are more than just bite-sized. Great place for a drink and appetizer!

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CM
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2015
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was great and served in large portions. The service was great too.

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PE
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2015
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A winner all around. Food was spot on in an authentic pub atmosphere.

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CS
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2015
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

I think I had the very best fish n chips I have ever had. And that's saying something, because I am an aficionado of that particular dish and sample it whenever possible. I have had some terrific versions and some awful ones and everything in between. This place made the best one in all my years of living. Wonderful lager too, just can't remember the name. But the server was very knowledgeable and I simply asked for a lager that would pair well with my entree. I only didn't give it 5 stars because it was incredibly crowded and noisy. No fault of the pub - goes to show how popular it is. But you can't go wrong if you want a top notch Irish Pub!

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j
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2015
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is always stupendous and just the perfect amount so I'm not stuffed. And it always manages to come out actually looking like the advertised pictures!

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