Uncommon Ground-Lakeview

4.6
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458 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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Casual
Good Vegetarian Options
Uncommon Ground is a local, sustainable, farm to table restaurant specializing in seasonal, regional comfort food. Established in 1991, this Lakeview restaurant has been leading the way in fresh, local, healthy cuisine. Uncommon Ground also features Greenstar Brewing, the first certified organic brewery in Illinois. Two cozy fireplaces in the winter and an expansive sidewalk cafe in warmer months for dining al fresco. Monthly art shows line the walls with talented local artists and the acoustic listening room features live music 7 nights per week.

Offers

$7 Martini Thursdays

Starting Aug 3, 2019·Mon-Thu 16:00-18:00

Join us every Thursday for $7 martinis! Every Thursday we feature a new martini. Cheers!

$4 Organic Beer

Starting Dec 30, 2018·Mon 11:00-21:45

Join us every Monday for $4 housebrewed organic Greenstar Brewing drafts!

1/2 Off Wine Bottles

Starting Apr 30, 2019·Tue 11:00-23:00

Enjoy half off on our entire wine list. Wines ranging from $20-35. **Not available during Cubs game nights.

Whiskey Wednesday

Starting Dec 30, 2018·Wed 11:00-21:45

Join us for Whiskey Wednesday! Every Wednesday we offer classic whiskey cocktails for only $6.

What 458 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.4
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipCheri
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are outside at a socially distant table. Our waiter, Mitch, was very nice. Everything was very clean. Menus are on the website. Our ice tea was refreshed mid meal. The soup, salad and sandwiches were all tasty. Of course, Mitch and the other staff were masked. We made a reservation for lunch on Open Table and within 15 minutes sat down at the table.

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vipKerry
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great brunch food, casual atmosphere, good service.

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vipCourt
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came for Father’s day brunch. While their menu seems to have limited options, the food never disappoints. Wish they would expand the breakfast options a little more, but would still come back. The potatoes are to die for!

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BrianaR
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful urban garden boxes surrounding the outdoor eating area.

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vipKatie
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We ordered pulled pork tacos and the greens salad. Both were very good. The salad probably had too much kale, but I did not note the kale ingredient on the menu.
We had iced tea and diet soda.

Uncommon Ground has adapted to the patio format quite well. We did have reservations, which is required with such limited seating. The service was fine.
I really feel for the restaurants when so few people can be served at a given time. So more patience is required of all of us.

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vipJimB
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

The Uncommon Ground staff had good social distancing practices, spaced the tables out well and staggered reservation times so people were not waiting together. If you want a tasty, wholesome, safe meal go here!

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vipVinnie
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Liked the outdoor dining. Service and food are great

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brunch at Uncommon Ground is always delicious. Today I had their ham and cheese French toast and it was very good.

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Kelo
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It was nice. The bacon wrapped meatloaf was amazing. The drinks were pretty strong. I would probably go back

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AllieW
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious and fresh meal! First meal out since the stay at home order and this was such a treat. Safe and friendly staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great menu and beer selection. Service was tremendous with a smile(despite wearing a mask)

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MadisonI
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

First dining experience post-quarentine and everything was perfect. Really nice staff, felt very safe, lovely outdoor space.

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vipKarimM
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Post covid but still the same fantastic quality and service, thank you for making it such a great experience despite all that is going on!

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englishbreakfast
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Perfect experience on a patio! Helped us move the umbrella. Food was just okay.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

The restaurant was closing at 8, and the server informed us of this when we arrived and that was fine because it was 7:10. However, the server didn’t even take our order until like 7:35 which was frustrating because we had to eat very fast. Normally I wouldn’t mind something like this but he only had two tables so we weren’t sure why he wasn’t around.

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vipNorthcenterdiner
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great last brunch before the temporary closure. Fantastic Bloody Maria’s (with spicy housemade tequila) and huevos rancheros!

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Amazing farm fresh food. Good service and very nice people.

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vipHHFit
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Good food! It was wonderful to be able to order any beer, as all are gluten removed. The stout was a real treat.

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WadeS
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

I loved the brunch, came here for dinner and was very disappointed in the dinner menu and beer.

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JackieC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, cozy ambiance and wonderful service!

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TimothyS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

I dined at the bar before seeing a play. My cocktail was delicious, as was the veggie chili and the vegan stir fry. I am allergic to sesame, and the bartender assured me the stir fry was sesame free. I would gladly return here in the future!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience4

To be honest I’m pretty upset I chose this place for a special Valentine’s Day dinner. When we got there it took us 25 minutes to get a drink, and by the time the drinks got to us the ice was melted as though they had been sitting. I had to send back my dinner twice due to my steak being too raw. Luckily, with a past in the industry I knew none of this was on the server and she was nice enough to accommodate me with another meal. Overall not the best experience, but I think the server did great for what was thrown at her. Not her fault the kitchen can’t cook a steak

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were running so behind, actually got to Uncommon 45 minutes past our reservation time, due to traffic and our Lyft driver. Once we arrived, the host was super sweet and awesome, got us seated next to the fire which was perfect for my husband and I. I will recommend this place over and over again! We will make a point to make it to the Lakeview location!

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SeanD
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The manager.. Jim and the waitress sarah were both great.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and service

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LindaK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, good vibe, great food! I brought friends from out of town and they loved it.

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urban
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

I was meeting a dear friend in the city, who I hadn't seen in a long time, not far from where she lived. Hard to park near the restaurant. It was kind of cute and kind of trendy/informal. When my food arrived it wasn't hot anymore, as if it had been sitting around. The chilaquiles tasted okay but were greasy and gave me heartburn later (and I love and am seldom bothered by any kind of spicy food). I wished the corn chips were over to the side, and maybe fewer of them for the proportion of meat. I was glad I ordered the avocado; that was fresh and perfect. The coffee was very good but the service a bit lax. Surprised by all the pot dispensaries nearby with their security guards out front.

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vipluvlogan
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Everything was good. They didn’t update their online menu and my dish of choice is seasonal so I could not order it. I went there specifically for that dish so left a bit disappointed.

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vipAdam
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best server in Chicago Mikeal!!! Go in and see him!!

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vipCheryl
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful brunch! The food and service was great!

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Kathy
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favorite luncheon spots in the neighborhood.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience5

Service was great, atmosphere was great....food was eh. We ordered artichoke dip, mac n cheese, pork belly, and soup. It was all pretty flavorless and not cheap. The pork belly had decent flavor, but was somehow tough to chew. I’ve eaten a lot of pork belly and I’ve never had pork belly that tough. The broccoli bed dad soup was ok but artichoke dip and Mac n cheese were flavorless.

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great plant-based options, excellent service!

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Michael
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

The actual dining experience was great, but the person I spoke to to make the reservation was kind of mean.

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vipHappyFoodieof3
Cincinnati
165 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

We came for dinner after a long day of moving and building furniture. The server was attentive.
I got a glass of red wine, which was a nice pour and a good tasting Cab. For dinner, I got the vegan tacos - they were very filling and I only finished 2 of them. They had a nice kick to them. My daughter got the Beyond Burger. She asked for it without the cheese, but it came with the cheese. She said the burger was really good. It is served with a vegan special sauce - you might want it on the side. My son got a salad and his friend got the Korean Fried Calamari. It had a sweetness to it. The sweet and spicy sauce was more sweet than anything else. He would have preferred the Spicey.
We found the waiter and were able to pay.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We loved our visit! Great service and great food. Highly recommend.

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NealR
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Being gluten intolerant I'm always looking for a GF beer that has some body and flavor. At Uncommon Ground I've found a regular gluten free beer Mecca. I can't remember the last time I was able to get a flight of beers to sample that were all GF. After sampling quite a few I wanted to get a growler of a new favorite but couldn't remember if it was the stout or the porter, my lovely waitress brought over another sample of each so I could be sure.
Oh, by the way, the food was excellent too!!

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vipSarah
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

The breakfast sandwich was amazing! Service was a bit slow but not too bad. Great atmosphere and food!

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StephanieB
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The short ribs were fabulous! Cocktails were right on and always good beer.

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vipAvis
Chicago
189 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great neighborhood place for really tasty, interesting food and drinks. Plenty of vegetarian/vegan options is a huge plus. The service is always friendly and helpful. I highly recommend Uncommon Ground (both locations).

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