Marisol at the MCA

4.6
653 reviews
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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 Chicago chef Jason Hammel (of Lula Cafe) in an immersive interior designed by internationally renowned artist Chris Ofili.
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Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

THIS WAS REALLY A RESTAURANT AND NOT JUST A PLACE TO EAT INSIDE A MUSEUM. THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD. EVEN THE MAC AND CHEESE FOR MY GRANDAUGHTER. SERVICE WAS ATTENTIVE, WE WERE NOT RUSHED AND IT WAS VERY QUIET

M
Chicago
177 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Outstanding option in Streeterville/north end of Mag Mile! And who’d have thought it would be in a museum? The veggie burger actually tastes like a regular beef burger (although it’s not Impossible or Beyond brand) and is one of the best I’ve had in a long time. You can also have a more casual bite at the coffee/lunch counter outside the restaurant (but inside museum) while you work or read.

P
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Service was terribly slow. And the restaurant was not packed. Won’t come back when there are time constraints (as is usually the case at lunch). Food was good, nothing special-except my salmon was cooked to perfection.

NM
Indiana
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

good Brunch option. Well presented.
Tasty. Nice wine choices.

G
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We have been wanting to try Marisol for quite some time and as it turns out, it was and excellent choice. The food was prepared wonderfully and the service was top notch.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful!

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EH
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

When we arrived the music was a bit loud, later in the evening it seemed to have been turned down. The food was very good, fresh and tasty.

SS
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

This was our third visit. I was more "wowed" by the food the other two times. The menu felt a little stale to me this time. There wasn't much I wanted to order on the menu.

NH
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Have eaten at Marisol a few times now and the whole experience had always been good until now. Unfortunately, this time it was my recommendation for a work lunch and though the food was good as always the service was not as good as I’ve come to expect. Our server was okay until we were attempting to pay at which point he appeared to have forgotten about our table. Even after we had received the check it took forever to get the card back. The dining room was busy but it really seemed like our server was more interested in the other people he was responsible for.

NY
London
23 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Waited over an hour for our brunch order. We were told by two staff members 20 minutes apart that our food was being “plated”. The eggs were runny and inedible and not as ordered.

D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Sandwich doused in oil- dripping in oil. Salad basic & rubber chicken

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was great, as was the wine. Our server was very knowledgeable and patient in explaining each dish we asked about. She also gave us a few recommendations, making it easier to decide on a dish. The restaurant itself is very much a reflection of the MCA, it’s very eclectic and minimal. The noise level is very low, making it the perfect place for drinks and a conversation!

LC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Food was delicious but we waited 40 minutes before they brought out our appetizer. It took another hour and 20 minutes to get two entrees and s desert. The gaps in delivering the food made me lose my appetite

Y
Chicago
219 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved our lunchtime experience at Marisol. We felt very spoiled because the experience (food, ambiance and our server Claire W) were all over the top amazing! I highly recommend!

JL
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic brunch! Loved the food, ambiance and service. Several of the friends I brought had never been to Marisol. They, like me, will be back.

B
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I love eating at Marisol for the use of creative or non-traditional ingredients and visually striking plating. They have a great cocktail and wine list and the friendliest staff.

PS
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, excellent food, really nice atmosphere.

F
Chicago
310 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Marisol is excellent in every way....and it is one block from my apartment !! Don’t miss it.

R
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pretty open restaurant but not so open that it’s noisy. Nice room between tables. Attentive service. Fantastic Sunflower Hummus with delicious and interesting house-made crackers. Good fish with wonderful crisp fresh peas in split pods. Both pastas were exactly as described. Portions big enough to fill us but not so much as to have left-overs. Fresh and interesting wines by the glass. Good coffee drinks.

L
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such an unexpected find in a museum restaurant. Gracious staff serving fresh, interesting, unique, tasty yet healthy food in an artful space. It has become a cherished spot in the neighborhood.

L
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We come here at least every couple of weeks.

CF
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious and creative food with excellent service. The space is light and open.

I wouldn't have thought to pair caraway seed and anise with chicken, but the results were delicious. The pastas were particularly robust with filling and flavorful sauces and a finely finished house-made pasta cooked perfectly al dente.

The only minor criticism is the lighting which is apparently controlled by the museum and not the restaurant. It was a bit bright for a nice late evening meal.

JS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Innovative and amazing food served by professional wait staff. There is always a new menu with creative items to explore. I had a pork collar with rhubarb and horseradish that was delightful. Pork collar? Never heard of it before, but I found it to be highly moist and flavorful. The best pork dish that I’ve ever tasted outside of bacon!

c
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Marisol never fails to impress my wife and me. I had the halibut and it was perfectly prepared. My wife had one of the pasta dishes and she enjoyed it immensely. Our waiter, Aaron, was excellent as usual. Marisol is our go to place in the neighborhood. I just wish it were a little quieter.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Our meal was a disappointment. The main course took forever to arrive and then it was not hot. The pasta with crabmeat, had no crabmeat. One guest sent her main course back. The Marisol salad was tasty but had no Macedonia nuts as advertised.

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Impeccable service (not fussy but attentive to the mood of the table), wonderful food, and the perfect casual unpretentious atmosphere. A rare combination especially downtown. Can’t wait to return. My new favorite place!

r
Chicago
112 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We had lunch--a grain bowl and sandwich. The grain bowl was good overall--a tiny bit heavy on the vinegar, but nice flavors in the veggies and herbs. Refreshing on a hot day. The sandwich had a bit more pickle than ideal, and the bread is a bit challenging to bite with such a substantial crust, but it was also good.
Marisol is a nice space--cool and quiet. It's a good choice for lunch in a busy area, plus you can head to the MCA before or after.

R
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, lovely location, solid service, excellent food. Museum food isn’t supposed to be this good. The duck pasta is at LEAST a 9/10–good portion, absolutely delicious. Get the pasta.

RL
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very good food! Wish they would open a little sooner, but I realize this is probably due to it being attached to the MCA and following museum hours. It isn't the sexiest sounding item on the menu next to other more colorful options, but the pancakes are LOVELY! Definite recommend. The bloody mary was simple and yet hit the spot perfectly. And get the crispy potatoes!

A
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food and an attentive staff. This is a great place for a quiet dinner. Well presented and a step above many other restaurants at this level, Marisol offers typical fare for a Mediterranean eatery but quality and subtle differences in preparation made each dish memorable and worth the trip.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Welcomed like family, fed like a food critic. Not sure if this place is a well-kept secret, but it’s been a secret to me since 9m ago, and ever since we return as often as we can. Love the rotating and seasonal menu, which echoes MCA exhibit themes.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Celebrating my birthday. The service was exceptional. Our waitress, Emma, was especially charming and delightful. Very good recommendations and surprised me with my birthday desert, which my wife had arranged previously. We were seeing a play, and Emma made sure we were finished dining with ample time to get to theater. Highly recommend Marisol.

g
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Marisol never disappoints! The appetizers and salads are unique and delicious and the entrees! Oh my! The arctic Char was beautifully presented on a bed of sweet peas and cooked to perfection. Thanks for such a delightful experience to the chef and our server Kayla.

W
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Waited 10 minutes for a glass of wine at the bar, supposedly during happy hour, 1 bar tender and 3-4 servers with no one to serve looking on. Dinner service was so slow, server was very knowledgeable of menu, just waiting over 40 minutes for 2 entree's seems excessive. We had heard the service was slow, but didn't expect to wait this long.

d
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Gracious dining and outstanding food.

NE
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love Jason Hammel's original restaurant, Lula, and were excited to try out Marisol for a change of scenery. It exceeded every already high expectation. The space is gorgeous, the staff is so gracious, and the food was outstanding! We had some of the very best oysters I've ever tasted. A seasonal red beet and strawberry salad was as delicious as it was beautiful. Our main dishes of waygu beef and artic char were outstanding. And the chocolate panna cotta for dessert was the perfect end note. Did I also mention the cocktails and beer selection? No? They were outstanding as well. I look forward to returning!

LV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, and amazing service. Emma was our server and she made my birthday dinner the best one yet. This was our first time to Chicago, and we ended up going home almost right after dinner because we were so full, and weren't upset at all about cutting the night short! Thank you!

S
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The dinner menu is more satisfying than the lunch menu. We had burrata and delicious thick bread but decided we wanted more than a salad, veggie burger or corn chowder (on a 90 degree day). The place is lovely, the food combinations are very creative and tasty, the servers are great (very helpful, very patient, they don’t rush you) but I wish they would add a beef burger or a meaty fish to the lunch menu.

R
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food at Marisol is fresh, creative, and delicious. The dining room is welcoming and energetic. I’m so glad that the sunflower seed hummus is back on the lunch menu. It’s a favorite dish of many judging by how many of them came out of the kitchen.
They were busy and the service was slow but so worth waiting for.
Be warned, this is quite a noisy restaurant - but nothing could keep me away from enjoying their wonderful food.

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