Mason

4.4
73 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Romance
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Nestled in the busy streets of Chicago’s River North, lies a classic American restaurant with a modern upswing—Mason. Serving high-class steaks, fine seafood and freshly made salads, Mason provides a sophisticated dining experience in a warm-hearted environment.

Come enjoy an elegant meal in a rustic atmosphere filled with vintage black and white photographs. From every small food detail to each sip you take, our servers and bartenders focus on giving undeniably good service. Come to Mason for an after-work drink, a dinner with friends or a business meeting, and we promise you’ll leave looking forward to the next meal you share with us.
What 73 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.6
Ambience
3.9
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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service! Beautiful place, feels cozy. Food was delicious!

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U
Los Angeles
101 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Food is tasty and the space is warm and inviting, but the service was very slow and we were ignored despite the relative lack of diners.
We won’t be racing back anytime soon.

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C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it, food excellent

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cozy and elegant date spot! Loved going here for my husband’s birthday.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place with fantastic service, and great cocktail menu... can get pricey with drinks.. but great overall.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 5

Valentines dinner was overpriced and food was mediocre. Ambiance and staff was excellent.

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NH
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. Several extremely well priced bottles of wine. We started with the pigs in a blanket which was great. My wife had the Ribeye and I had the Beef Wellington. Both were outstanding. Great dessert selections. Portions were great. Overall great meal and great service. Will be back.

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t
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely superb, great romantic date spot.

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MB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Loved the setting and ambiance - felt like I was thrown back into the 1950's. However, the food was just average and overpriced.

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JR
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waiter and the Somm were fantastic - he made an excellent recommendation of the Tristaeum Pinot Noir and it was awesome with our Beef Wellington! We will definelty be back.

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BO
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great find. Had a great pinot noir and the food was delicious. Save room for dessert!
Need to go back for more!!

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DC
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place, excellent service and good food choices

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MC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the food (absolutely go for the shrimp appetizer, the sole and their signature beef wellington for the mains). Loved our server, Nathan as well - he was "slammin". :-) . Only (slight) disappointment was no recognition of the engagement we were celebrating with the couple we were with; even though I had put that as the reason we were dining out on the booking. Would have loved to enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbles or dessert.

No worries though - we will be back.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 5Ambience 3

An otherwise great steak was not only undercooked, but also drowning in an unrequested and VERY unnecessary And undesirable red wine sauce. If you are gong to force a sauce, at least offer a choice.

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CH
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I went with my girlfriend and we split the wedge salad and the burger. The burger was phenomenal!!!!

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a
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

The pre-reviews had high hopes, the reviews I had read said it was good - I walked in to Mason excited to try it. I walked out sorry I had. The food was ambitious, but rather mediocre, much like anyone's Aunt Edith who thinks she can cook, but actually can't - at least, not very well. The creamed spinach resembled nothing so much as a few bits of spinach dumped into some warm milk and poured into a serving dish. The monkey bread would have been better had they just opened up some Pillsbury rolls and stuck them together. I feel badly that my poor fish ended its life prepared so blandly. No fish deserves that fate.

In short, the kitchen didn't care a bit what they pushed out their unsuspecting diners. Neither, it turns out, did the wait staff. Our server didn't care if we ordered, drank, ate or stood on our heads and yelled "b
Babaloooo." We were just there to make him work.

There are far too many good restaurants in Chicago for a local to ever eat at Mason. It's not terrible, but it's so "meh" that it ends up a total waste of money all around: ours and whoever invested in it. Not a keeper.

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OT
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We arrived almost at closing- the staff kept the kitchen open were very gracious and our quick bite turned into a two hour affair. The staff and service outstanding. The specialty drinks exceptional and the food was cooked to perfection. Highly recommend

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DN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything from the food to the decor to the outstanding friendly service from Cory were outstanding.
My wife and I look forward to visiting Mason again very soon.

Thank you,
Dimitri Nassis

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MH
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Waitress told us about a special that was “a little more” than what we were planning (we wanted to split a ribeye for 2) and it turned out to be over twice the cost for 6oz more of meat.... other than that good place. Would not go back after the service was more concerned with jacking up our bill instead of earning a tip...

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Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Stellar place. Went in with a few friends for NYE dinner. Started with drinks at the bar- which in itself was a lovey experience. Knowledgeable and affable bartenders with a talent for serving delightful drinks. After being seated, we were absolutely wowed with the service. We expected great service to accompany the high prices, but what we experienced was truly incredible. Kat and her team of waiters were attentive to all needs, allergies, idiosyncrasies, questions and banter. The food delivery was choreographed perfectly and taken away neatly. Nothing was rushed, but nothing was allowed to linger on for too long either. Food itself was delicious. I had an off the menu risotto which was to die for. Tried scallops from another plate which were cooked to perfection. Had a bite of the filet which melted in the mouth. Wine pairing suggestions were spot on, and the dessert left a golden halo over the evening. Worth every penny and then some!

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A
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Of the newer establishments that have sprung up in the River North area, Mason is definitely worth the hype. While rooted in traditional French cuisine, the menu isn't dusty or ancient. Instead the head chef brings a wonderfully, spicy twist to traditional French fare. The Spicy Prawns and homemade Cavatelli (with Lobster) were exquisite. The sauces are rich with multiple layers of flavour and richness. For our main we ordered the Wellington, which was exquisite. The inner Filet was cooked perfectly medium-rare. Also their cocktail program both in-house creations and off-menu were done very well. Also the wait staff was prompt, informative and thorough. We will definitely return to try the reminder of the menu. Though be warned you will get some rather loud or pre-party revelers dining before their foray into the caverns of the Chicago night scene.

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I
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place is fabulous! The food is some of the best we’ve ever had! We started with the escargot (blew our minds) and had the rack of lamb and gnocchi with truffle sauce. It was truly spectacular. The staff was professional, courteous and attentive without being overbearing. Highly recommend Mason and can’t wait to come back.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

It was very very loud because of group of people at the bar, I could barely hear my husband. We don’t go out a lot and were hoping to have nice romantic dinner which did not turn to be the case. I also think the food is overpriced

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

Food was lousy and bad service.

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OT
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

The decor of the restaurant is great.......late 60’s lodge meets English manor. Cozy and intimate. The food was very good....I had the wedge salad and the lamb chops.....cherry crumble for dessert.....again, very good. Unfortunately, the service wasn’t great. The host was arrogant. The bartender was very slow and unsure. Our server was knowledgeable, but surly. The restaurant definitely needs to work on service.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Loved the food here. We ordered Dover Sole prepared table side. Delicious. Waiter brought us complimentary blue cheese wedge salad with bacon lardons - yum!

Our table was up against a wall so my view of dining room was limited which was a bit off-putting

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GE
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have eaten hear three times this month alone! I love everything about it!

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BJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Had a wonderful time at Mason. The service was exceptional and the food was also very good. Everything was perfect and the atmosphere is very comfortable and laid back. The decor and white tablecloths suggest that it's more fine-dining, however I found that it's really laid back and pretty open as far as dress code and I liked that.

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RC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Possibly the best Dover Sole I have ever eaten - beautifully prepared and with the perfect beurre blanc sauce. The restaurant also has an excellent Sommelier who is very knowledgeable and had no hesitation in affirming that the wine by the glass which I had ordered had turned; a complimentary glass was served in its place. Also, our waiter, Cory, was attentive, professional and friendly without being overbearing. Highly recommended!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exception service and food. However you pay a premium for it. Once a year type restaurant unless you are rock’n a Corp Credit Card.

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MM
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best cover sole I have ever had. The service was spot on. Very special evening.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, perfectly cooked, impeccable service and we loved the attention to detail. Sommelier was very informative and selected some beautiful wines to complement out dinner. Intimate, romantic ambiance. Highly recommend for steaks, wine, date night, and special occasions.

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AF
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Overall amazing dining experience! Our server and his recommendations were wonderful!

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n
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful space with great service. Food was good but didn’t blow me away.

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T
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing. But pricey

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BF
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Overpriced for what it is, and bad service. 2 out of 5 would not recommend

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Little pricey but 10000% worth the price. Best food, great wine, excellent service

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j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great new place in Chicago. Service and food were divine. They went out of their way to make my wife's birthday great. Recommend this place. Good balanced menu. Interior is unique and chill. Staff is fresh and friendly.

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d
Chicago
216 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Hard to describe the ambiance of the restaurant as it was old school mixed with hip . We are ambiance folks so we thought it was very nice and interesting. The bar area is odd shaped but interesting and warm.. We sat in a booth along the wall which was intimate and nice as you could feel the vibe in the restaurant. The food was excellent as we shared the shrimp as an appetizer which is one of there staple, wedge salad and the beef wellington. All were prepared well and excellent. All in all a very good evening. My only comment on the negative would be that the wine list to me seemed limited.

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LC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was attentive without being overbearing. Upscale atmosphere without being pretentious. Food was imaginative, impeccably plated and delicious.

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