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American Restaurant$$$$
Today 5:00 – 9:30 pm
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1723 N Halsted St Chicago, IL 60614
1723 North Halsted StreetUSIllinoisChicago60614
$$$$American Restaurant, New American RestaurantToday 5:00 – 9:30 pm
Monday ClosedTuesday ClosedWednesday 5:00 – 9:30 pmThursday 5:00 – 9:30 pmFriday 5:00 – 9:30 pmSaturday 5:00 – 9:30 pmSunday 5:00 – 9:30 pm
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Chef Grant Achatz draws foodies with New American tasting menus featuring highly creative plates.- Google
"My favorite was "Skate" and "hot potato."
"Amazing, mindblowing food experience, impeccable service, great wine pairings."
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Janet Lee
3 months ago
This place is fun and entertaining. They engage you in the meal and challenge your senses. The food itself is good, but not great. It's really for the experience. A food adventure. You really need to be open to trying new things and concepts in order to enjoy this experience. So, think before going, and don't fault the restaurant for what it is. Consider yourself informed.
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Barbara Prescott
3 months ago
Dining at Alinea is an extraordinary dining journey. The courses served, including Pebble, Chocolate, Graffiti, and Balloon, are unexpected, intriguing, and most innovative. This restaurant is a stand-out in its class. Dining at Alinea is, most definitely, to experience culinary art.
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Step Planet
3 months ago
It was a great experience, but some of there food (especially the dessert of tropical fruit) had flat notes in flavor and were mediocre. But the plating and design was great! The service was the best I have experienced. I'd like to compliment the great manners and positive attitude that the servers had. It was a great experience!
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Mike Brennan
6 months ago
The food is unbelievable. Everyone said it all already, but I will say one thing different than others... I've been here 4 times, and each time I saw people taking pictures of their food -- it was really weird when someone asked if they could take a picture of MY food. Get ready for a really different experience here. I don't remember art being on the walls (but maybe there is?) -- what I remember is thinking WOW - the art is on my plate! My perception of the place was different based upon who I brought -- 4 different people. Go with someone who appreciates fine dining and someone who doesn't mind eating unusual food.
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Nilda Freeman
3 months ago
Alinea is one of the coolest and most creative restaurants I've ever been in my life! I was in Chicago for vacation and everyone told me to try this place. It's a Michelin star restaurant so everything's fancy and everyone had to dress up. One person pays around $200 each and there were around 15-20 small dishes in the menu set. My favorite was "Skate" and "hot potato". The helium apple balloon was really cool.
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Kevin Lee
3 months ago
Had my proposal here, the staff was excellent to deal with. Creativity of anna and jane was great! Excellent atmosphere, she loved it. Many thanks is not enough, absolutely the greatest.
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Ronald Lewis
3 months ago
I don't need a piece of meat strung to a miniaturized highwire circus contraption. I just don't. I'd rather the meal focus on flavors over presentation. Alinea was the experience that taught me to be wary of high expectations as that appears to invite disappointment. And everybody at my table was certainly disappointed. The service was fantastic and the staff made the experience really positive (more so than the food). The food was very good. It just didn't wow me. Although the food was executed very well, I don't remember ever thinking with respect to any dish "That was an awesome, creative use of flavors" or "I would pay $$$$ to eat that again." That's a problem when the customer is paying several hundred dollars for a meal. Counterbalancing the good-but-not-exceptional food was the stellar presentation. But I don't go restaurants for a theatrical performance, I go for the flavors -- and on that metric, Alinea did not excel. There are better places at half the price.
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Lin Clas
7 months ago
It was an usual experience - made even more awesome because of the great friends I experienced it with. All the servers were surprisingly personable, and not haughty (I don't know why I expected standoffish manners - possibly because of the high price tag?) They made us feel at ease right away and we had a great time. That being said, not sure it's worth the price however. I am looking forward to trying Next and Aviary to compare the values.