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Marisol at the MCA, Chicago, IL

Marisol at the MCA

4.6
4.6
827 reviews
$31 to $50
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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2 people

19:00


Booked 19 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, International

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 799-3599

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Jason Hammel

  • Area

    Gold Coast / Streeterville

  • Cross Street

    N Mies Van Der Rohe Way

  • Parking Details

    Discounted rates are available for Marisol guests in the MCA's garage.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 827 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Chicago

    Lunch

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the loveliest dining rooms you'll ever visit....and totally delicious food to match. Get the sunflower seed hummus. It's a great start to any meal!
  2. LC

    LindaC

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience!! Especially appreciate the staff who helped us squeeze in our order at 1:45 pm!! Thx so much
  3. w

    winston

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We arrived 15 minutes early and they wouldn't seat us even though the restaurant was half empty. I get it -- probably the labor shortage, but once we were at our table, it took a couple attempts to get a tiny cup of ketchup as requested. The food was pretty, but a little wanting. The pomme frites seemed like leftover potatoes -- tiny stubby fries. The salmon tartine was beautifully presented, but I don't think it was served on the house-made focaccia. Not a great value for the cost.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely! The food was delicious. We especially enjoyed the sunflower seed hummus and salmon tartine. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu. An enjoyable lunch followed by a memorable museum visit!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    168 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    168 reviews

    Dined on 9 August 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Casual dining at the ground level of the Museum of Contemporary Art. Very good American bistro cuisine
  6. N

    Northsider

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food, great comfortable service, nice surroundings. Would definitely go back many times.
  7. D

    Dollbaby

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere and innovative food. Excellent service.
  8. T

    Travelaholic

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very tasty and inventive options. We shared the sunflower hummus with flax seed crackers and burrata with peach and pesto. Lovely lunch location!
  9. RF

    RichardF

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food is delicious and presented in a lovely way. The decor is very pleasant.
  10. J

    Jantheman

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place for brunch! Menu had a variety of interesting choices. The staff works as a well oiled machine to bring outstanding service.
  11. BS

    BetS

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    I used to eat at Marisol pre-pandemic and always enjoyed it..so it was really a disappointment when I had lunch there recently/ My sandwich was dry, the break was stale ( or I'm not sure, half toasted?) I took my friend for her birthday and she looked like she would be hungry from the size of her portion. ( Neither of us are big eaters) When I asked to see the dessert menu to order something for her birthday, I was told that they didn't have any desserts except for ice cream. About ten minutes later, out came a half melted dish of ice cream with a candle on top. My friend said that it tasted funny and when I tasted it I agreed. Our server was very hassled since she seemed to be in charge of the whole section. I had to ask twice for a refill on my ice tea. I know that there is a shortage of help in the restaurant business, I know that there is a supply chain problem and I know that there is an economic issues. However that doesn't excuse charging higher prices for smaller portions and lower quality. When you are treating someone to a meal, it is embarrassing to have to apologize for your restaurant choice. I hope that things will improve and Marisol will be back to the restaurant it was and struggles to be.
  12. C

    Cleo

    Chicago

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful lunch. We will be back.
  13. C

    foodyfromChicago

    Naples

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food is exciting. However, the service was a little slow. But, it seems lack of help is common in most businesses these days. And, once our server was able to wait on us, he did a fine job and was attentive and responsive to our needs. At any rate, the food was worth the wait and I am happy to see MCA thriving from the increased business.
  14. PE

    ProfE

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another delicious lunch at Marisol! A great way to celebrate a friend's birthday.
  15. b

    bookie

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on 13 July 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    wonderful idea for lunch before visiting the MCA. Slow service but good food and good choices. We've been regulars as member of the Museum.
  16. LS

    LesterS

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 12 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Our waiter was terrific. Service excellent. I had turkey sandwich and side bean salad. Excellent. My husband had salmon/cucumber sandwich which he gave a thumbs up. Another friend had ham & cheese sandwich which she gave a thumbs down (difficult to eat, too gooey). Our booth was comfortable. Overall restaurant a bit sterile looking - not much atmosphere. But super convenient while at the MCA.
  17. EP

    EdmondP

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    When listing ingredients of a dish, and one or another ingredient is notable for being sourced from a particular farm, or is a particular type of vegetable or fruit, it would be helpful to see that the ingredient is from xxxx farm or is a xxxx variety of fruit or vegetable. This avoids the customer having to ask the server, What is a Smith? when Smith is the the name of the farm producing the chicken ingredient. Besides the food being unusual, delicious, and appealingly plated, It is very common that a customer will order something with ingredients he/she never heard of and never encountered before.
  18. HB

    HollyB

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was absolutely delicious but the service could be better. Overall, I would suggest trying it out!
  19. TR

    TRAILGRL

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 7 July 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The prices are outrageous compared to the quality. I don’t mind paying but when you can COUNT 10 BURNT French fries that is ridiculous!! I will not return.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Difficult to hear…nothing to blunt sound with music and conversation. Food expensive for what you get. Pancakes too thick, burritos mostly wrap not inside ingredients, nothing with breakfast sandwich ( fruit? ). Food arrived cold and took a long time once order was place. Not a value!
  21. PE

    ProfE

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. A perfect place for lunch!
  22. GK

    GraceK

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food, service a bit off.
  23. E

    Emma

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere, but small brunch portions for the price.
  24. OC

    ObjectivelyCorrect

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Seating in the chamber of screaming child and without adequate air conditioning as compared to the normal seating areas was dreadful. Server offering hot sauce to help improve the flavorless breakfast burrito was nice, until i waited 5 minutes before deciding to just eat it without as the server hadn’t come back with it. When I had a few bites left the hot sauce finally showed up. Very disappointed as past experiences have always been positive.
  25. JJ

    JanetJ

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. An oasis in the city.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    So happy they are open again. Little gem salad outstanding. Vegan burger, most so good. Hope it can become more firm. Sort of like refried beans on a bun!
  27. JM

    JMSB

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous food and attentive service!
  28. L

    Lily

    Seattle

    136 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    136 reviews

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food is sooooo delicious. I wish I could have the recipe for the sunflower hummus :-). I love that they serve orange wine, so tasty paired with our meal.
  29. d

    dinealot

    Chicago

    171 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    171 reviews

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My companion enjoyed her turkey sandwich on bread so delicious she wondered allowed who supplied it. My burger was done just as I requested. The service was so attentive that as I finished my last sip of iced tea, another arrived with lime as I had originally ordered without my asking. My server knew of my food allergies/sensitivities from my reservation without my reminding her. We will return.
  30. MW

    MaryW

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good lunch place (dinner may be good as well - I just haven't been). Bright colorful painted walls. Great healthy food. We shared several plates. Very attentive wait staff and we were able to have a great lunch that was not rushed in an hour.
  31. M

    Mombest

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Marisol is a creative and delicious neighborhood home. The presentation of the food and combinations of flavor is delightful.
  32. IT

    IanT

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! Highly recommended the cilbir, it was delicious. As well as the beignets, and crispy potatoes. The bacon was fantastic as well.
  33. M

    Martini

    Palm Springs

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed everything about the experience. Location in the museum building, limited menu but an excellent variety, excellent service, and lovely contemporary ambiance. Plus we saw a fantastic exhibition in the museum. Great day.
  34. J

    Jill

    Seattle

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food and attentive wait staff. A couple of errors in our orders that were quickly rectified
  35. N

    Nika

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is amazing! So beautiful and such a cool vibe. The service was great too. I definitely will be back.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Drinks are costly, burrito had more potatoes than eggs or tomatoes or any meat! And very dry. French toast was good. Think it is a bit pricey..
  37. CF

    ChicagoFlaneuse

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    Shockingly bad food in a very nice location. The two of us ordered three different dishes and each was truly awful. Foccacia with sumac, rosemary and labneh was essentially ricotta cheese on slices of cold buttered bread. No visible sumac or rosemary in the labneh. The hazelnut spread on chocolate milk bread was rock hard it was so stale and I almost chipped the china trying to break off a piece with my knife. Again, a flat flavor profile. And my friend's breakfast sandwich was similarly bland and served on a soggy sliced roll. We stirred cream into our coffee with our knife handles as we didn't get spoons. It has taken my digestive system over twelve hours to settle down. Related? Not sure...
  38. C

    Ceilidh260

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The beignets were fabulous, the pancakes were ok, the bacon quite savory, but the scrambled eggs were hard and cold and a strange shade of yellow. Instead of a bowl of mixed berries as the server described the side of fruit before we ordered, we got just strawberries . But they were good. People across the street were lining up for Wildberry like they were giving stuff away (but they weren't). Plenty of tables open at Marisol.
  39. s

    slchicago

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Service was very attentive and professional, including attention to food allergies. No fault of Marisol, but I didn't realize the restaurant at MCA had moved to lower level. I really prefer the upstairs location overlooking the garden.
  40. c

    ckchicago

    Chicago

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent brunch menu, good mimosas. Able to accommodate celiac disease as well as dairy free. Casual and relaxed atmosphere for families with children too. Our server, Kiara, was a delight. Highly recommend!

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Marisol at the MCA is rated 4.6 stars by 827 OpenTable diners.

Marisol at the MCA does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 19 times today
Google Map for Marisol at the MCA

205 E. Pearson St., Chicago, IL 60611

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    N Mies Van Der Rohe Way

  • Area

    Gold Coast / Streeterville

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Discounted rates are available for Marisol guests in the MCA's garage.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Jason Hammel

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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