Marisol at the MCA

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$31 to $50
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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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Happy Hour, Tuesday-Friday, 4-6pm

Starting Jan 16, 2020·Tue-Fri 16:00-18:00

$7 wines, cocktails, and draft beer, deals on bar snacks.
The museum is free for all Illinois residents on Tuesdays.

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vipScottM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and atmosphere.

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vipMeaghan
Chicago
185 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 6 March 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.

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Rose33
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on 6 March 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.

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vipdinealot
Chicago
158 reviews
Dined on 6 March 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.

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DanC
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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Didi
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on 6 March 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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vipReviewer34567
Chicago
118 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed Marisol's creative cocktails. Server let us taste wines by the glass to ensure we were happy with our choice. All of the dishes we ordered exceeded expectations--the hummus is not to be missed. We also especially liked the duck pasta, burrata , and pasta with lobster dish. Marisol is located very near the Broadway Playhouse and is a great choice prior to going to the theater.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great space. Very artsy and a great experience. Fun servers who were knowledgeable and helpful. Food was amazing. I would definitely go back!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience3

Terrible, awkward service from everyone we encountered. The brunch lasted over 2.5 hours, and we had four different people helping us throughout the experience which was confusing and slow. I really love Marisol and recommend it to a lot of people, but the service was just Super, super strange this time, I really don’t know if I’ll ever return.

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bob616
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was delicious. Wonderful combination of spices in Shakshuka. Ham and cheese sandwich was one of the best we ever tasted.

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SansCesse
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This is our second time at Marisol and the quality was consistent: memorable entrees, great wait staff. Our waitress recommend a sparkling wine to go with my oysters, Baga/Tourriga Nacional. It was a delight, a culinary adventure. The cured salmon club was beyond belief. I can't recommend it more highly.

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vip005abi
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Fantastic meal. Tartare and the salad were excellent. Service was a little slow

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Came for Valentine’s Day. Great server. Portions are a little too small for the price. I eat out a lot.

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vipChiz
London
19 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love everything about Marisol. The setting, the kind servers, the unique and delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

This is probably just the pre-fixed meal for valentines but for 75 a person i wasnt satisfied with the meal.

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StevenP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience5

Food was great. Service lack in being ready for first seating and not being attentive for reservations. FOH seem like they knew little of what they were bringing out each coarse.

Marisol at the MCA
Responded on 15 February 2020

Hi Steven, Thank you for sharing your experience & my apologies that the service & food knowledge was not up to standard—all of us at Marisol, from the service staff to the chefs in the kitchen, strive to provide the best experience for all of our guests, particularly on special days—I will share your feedback with the team. Thank you again & I hope you & your guests will join us at Marisol soon. —Simon K, general manager

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MikeZ
Thailand
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Get the burrata. Skip the farro. Shakshuka.. meh.. it's unique. Just get more burrata.

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vipFoodie
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food. The service was outstanding and the decor was excellent. Definitely I’ll be back.

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vipbadgering
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Ambience: comfortable and quiet
Service: friendly, knowledgeable and very attentive
Food: very good; chicken about as tender and tasty as possible
Drinks: only quibble of experience was when ordering a glass of red wine it should be minimum of 150ml and really better to be 185ml- serving 125ml in white wine glass not cool!

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vipPatschi
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good Happy Hout. Loved the chicken liver pate. Also had the yummy steak tartare ( not part of HH.

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vipjoesmetro
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

consistent from start to finish, jason h and his team have a winner and the mca needed this addition.

ps...the vermouth cocktail is exceptional!!

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Alicia
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Made a reservation on a Saturday during Chicago Restaurants week. Excited to taste the special lunch menu, we arrived and were informed that the Chicago Restaurants week - lunch menu was not available on that day. While upset by that information, my group decided to stay and try some of their offerings. We were very satisfied with service, the food, and coffee!

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vipJLGW
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a fantastic meal! The Restaurant Week menu with wine pairings was incredible. This has become a treasured neighborhood restaurant.

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vipglenviewdiner
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

The parsnip soup and risotto were excellent. The dessert choices on the prix fixe menu were uninteresting to me. I also feel the $48 price tag was high for the food options. I've gone to restaurant week before, this is the first time I felt it was not worth the money. Also, being in the MCA I thought there would at least be art in the hallways.

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LIZZARDS
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The hostess should say good afternoon and thank you when we leave......nothing is not right

Plus i didn’t get my points with open table

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vipLily
London
128 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Started with a fun cocktail at the bar. The artichoke sunflower hummus with house made flax crackers were addictive.
Then on to the delicious salad.
And for our main, branzino, which we paired with the Sicilian orange wine. Perfect.
It was a leisurely meal, our server was knowledgeable and attentive.
An enjoyable evening!

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vipJLGW
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a special dinner! The Restaurant Week menu was inventive and tasty. And the wine pairings were spectacular.