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#746 of 1,528 American in Chicago
#1,180 of 5,560 Restaurants in Chicago


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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
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Far North Side
5.6 km from Wrigley Field
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Reviewed 12 November 2019 via mobile

My mom and I are visiting Chicago, and had unfortunately not encountered any truly great food so far this trip. Fortunately this was corrected when one of the employees at our hotel recommended Uncommon Ground. The atmosphere is very nice, and though I’m not generally...not a huge fan of live music, it was truly a nice touch and added to the ambiance as we didn’t sit in the music room, but still got to hear it in the background. Don the manager and Josh our server were both very knowledgeable about the menu and incredibly nice and helpful. The food was amazing. We had the pot pie and the meatloaf and shared them. If I had to order one it would be the meatloaf (we devoured it) but the pot pie was absolutely fantastic and came out piping hot (which sadly isn’t always common for pot pie in a lot of restaurants). I absolutely love comfort food, yet sadly it can sometimes be tricky to find high quality comfort food. We were so fortunate to find that Uncommon Ground and if you want high quality comfort food at reasonable prices (not insanely cheap, but reasonably priced and not much more at all than some places with horrendous bar food). Do yourself a favor and check it out if you’re in the area.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 12 October 2019 via mobile

Intimate dinner-dining ambiance. The wait staff was kind, efficient, and helpful. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone for dinner!

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 22 September 2019 via mobile

We really enjoyed this place when we first came here, and we really enjoy the theory of farm to table but the food was just not very good. They need to do something about the chef, maybe give him some better recipes or something. Honestly...a great place and when we ordered the huevos rancheros and complained, they did not have us pay for it. The service was amazing our only complaint was the food. I would give it three if I didn’t support the business model, but it doesn’t deserve five due to the food.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 15 September 2019

We ate at Uncommon Ground on a Friday night. Despite being a bit busy, the service was great (shout out to Tyler) and the food was excellent. We had the Vegetable Brisket soup which was hearty and delicious. We ordered the salmon and the barbecued...beef and both were tender and tasty. Tried a local beer, which was good, and we ended the meal with creamy gelato. I appreciated the tour of the rooftop garden which helps explain how fresh everything tastes. We'll definitely go there again!More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 21 July 2019 via mobile

We had a great experience! Had a the sweet potato fries and hummus for appetizers. I had the salmon, others had fish tacos and Caeser salad. Everything was very good! Tried several different beers, all of which were great! Service was good plus they have...a small parking lot in the rear which made it very convienent! After dinner we walked down to the lake and on the way back decided to stop in again and sat out back in their great patio for another drink! Service out there was very good! Highly recommend!! Only complaint was it was very warm in the dining room, not sure if they were having an issue with a/c or if that's the typical temp.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed 17 June 2019 via mobile

Food was good. Unfortunately service was terrible. Everything took forever and every time we needed something the server was scarce. Disappointed.

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed 14 April 2019

We really wanted to like this place so much more than a 3-star rating. The staff are very friendly and the decor/rooms are really beautiful. However, the food was lacking in flavor and consistency (warm when it should be served hot) and the music we...came to listen to in the "Listening Room" was anything but; a young man in the back of the room made an announcement to shut all electronic devices off and keep the talking/noise to a minimum as this is a listening room environment. No one listened to him and we couldn't hear the first act and when the second act came on, the young man repeated his statement. Again, no one listened to him, we couldn't hear them either and so we were very unhappy with our expectation of this restaurant and venue.More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed 18 February 2019 via mobile

They have a small parking lot behind but you can also find free parking on the side streets nearby. They also have an outdoor seating area open in the season. But the best part is their food. I was impressed and delighted. Did I mention...that they have indoor fireplace and bands are performing here in the evening.More

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed 9 November 2018

Eclectic menu to accommodate anyone; Gluten free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Burgers. 5 of us and everyone enjoyed their meals. The bacon wrapped meat loaf that I has was fantastic. Excellent service and ambiance as well.

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

Uncommon Ground is a true gem. Their fresh food is simply delicious, the staff members are so kind and attentive, and the atmosphere of the restaurant feels like a home. They also brew their own beer, which is quite tasty. So many options for vegetarians...and vegans, and the restaurant is super committed to environmental sustainability. There’s also a decent amount of live music, often by local performers. I recommend the mushroom ravioli, the cauliflower risotto, and the mango margarita. A must-visit if you love farm-to-table type meals!More

Date of visit: May 2018
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24 May 2018|
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Response from R Bruce D | Reviewed this property |
Yes Polly, they have a full bar. We were only in the restaurant portion, but the bar was lively and looked to be fun. I had an excellent gin martini myself. You will have a great time.
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  • Uncommon Ground is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
    • Food: 4
    • Service: 3.5
    • Value: 3
    • Atmosphere: 3.5