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Alinea

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#3 of 14708 restaurants in Chicago
#3 of 20896 places to eat in Chicago
Open now 17:00 - 21:30
$$$$ Average price: $75-150
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1723 N Halsted St, 60614-5501
Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Most guests recommend trying good caviar, sandwiches and clams. Come to this restaurant to try tasty brioches, fudge and ice cream. The wine list is diverse, it can satisfy the needs of all clients. After a long working day, you can taste great espresso, matcha or juice.

On the top of all that, the staff is nice. Alinea is notable for its enjoyable service. From the visitors' point of view, prices are attractive. You will definitely like the cozy atmosphere and modern decor. It's a three-star Michelin restaurant that is worth a special journey.

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Came here on my birthday. One of the courses was served in the main kitchen and we got to see chef Grant Achatz which was a nice touch to the overall dining experience. Food was amazing!!
It almost seems silly to discuss an experience as holistically fulfilling and comprehensive as dining at Alinea. Upon arrival, you are transported into a different world - and the party has yet to begin. Three hosts meet you in a remarkable, yet narrow, waiting area, where you are whisked to your seat in the Gallery. Aptly named, the unique art pieces and structural build-outs are befitting of a museum, or a distinctly upscale home. The atmosphere feels ethereal, as if there is a fog or distant haze enveloping the room. Then you stop and realize - I'm at a dinner party? Twelve guests are seated around a communal table, replete with centerpieces and attentive servers, and a formal tablecloth, and, well - didn't I pay a month's mortgage for the opportunity to dine with my beau in relative privacy? Right as the suppressed anger seems ready to manifest, your first dish is brought - and yes, it's amazing and delicious, but I'm still at this damn communal table. More wine, please? Not yet - you are whisked into the kitchen, single file, where you'll find what appears to be a Totino's pizza roll in placed in front of each guest while the bustle of the kitchen buzzes in its choreographed chaos around you. A presentation by one of the chefs, in which a cocktail is created 1830's style ("one of only three machines left in use in the United States") provides great theatre, and as the cocktail is poured and the final accoutrements are added to your 'pizza roll,' you enjoy the show and relax a little bit more, knowing you are in for more than an insanely memorable meal - this will be true performance. You return from the kitchen to find the communal table removed. You are directed to your new, private table. It's a beautiful, custom glass/acrylic piece that looks like it may or may not have actually been part of the larger table, as everybody in the gallery shares a uniquely sized piece of the same material. Before you have time to intellectualize the geometry of the seating arrangement, you notice this bountiful bowl of citrus - navel oranges, tangerines, mandarins, now constitute your personal table centerpiece, and the citrus smell wafting from the bowl is refreshing, tempting, and perfectly mood-setting. You notice the alinea-embroidered napkins as your next pour of wine from the pairing arrives with your next course, which is actually two courses. Then, the next act of this tour de force occurs - the server pours what is essentially a canister of fog over the oranges, at which point the steam escapes and settles over the entirety of the table and your dishes. As the lights have dimmed, the server brings over a bottom-lit bowl of what may be ice, with two translucent orange spheres provided as the third element of this fantastic course. The famous Alinea sugar balloon is then served to each patron, and though you've likely seen this 'dish,' it's still a wonder how they create a green apple flavored candy that actually floats on a string and is still delectable. You should be wondering, "what is in the salt," however - as the servers come and remove a potato that has been cooked for 12 hours in butter and salt, and now will form the base of a clam chowder, prepared tableside with Alinea hot sauce and a cracker that harkens back to your earlier pizza roll. You notice the custom, leather Alinea coaster, and the wine that is heightening all of your senses, and you are given a reprieve to mentally digest everything you've experienced thus far. The next dish to come out is perhaps the most typical - if anything served at a restaurant of this caliber can be described with that term - a seasonally appropriate dish of pureed ramps, fried morel mushrooms, reconstituted parmesan cheese. This was personally my favorite dish, flavorwise, the entire night - beautiful, clean, fresh, vibrant. And, of course, gorgeous. There is chaos - the soundtrack in the Gallery changes to the spine-tingling post-apocalyptic sound of the El-P produced Cannibal Ox track, "Scream Phoenix," which portends the 'destruction' of the Gallery ceiling. The staff comes in with step ladders and begins removing what you now realize are large, 'painted' serving platters from the ceiling, placing these large, oblong discs on the respective tables. The choreography ensues as the flavors are painted onto your plate, one server at a time - leaving you to marvel in the Pollockian scene on your plate, wondering if you should eat it or, well, hang it in the Gallery. Luckily you choose the later as the chaotic explosion of sugared elements settles onto your tongue, thanking yourself for making those reservations months ago. Think you're done? You're not. A "Chrystal" is brought out to your table on gorgeous mint stems, a perfect cube of mint, eucalyptus, and black lime upon which to end your meal. But this was no meal - this is an experience you will be ruminating about for the rest of your culinary life. Thank you, Alinea.
Great theatre. Food is a little hit and miss with some great dishes but also average ones. Overall doesnt make the top 10 fine dining experiences which i would have expected for the reputation and price. Waiters also looked like deer in the headlights when i requested a hot chocolate after dinner. Was told there was only tea and coffee. Image that for a 3 star restaurant.
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Address
1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 60614-5501
Features
Delivery Vegetarian options Сredit cards accepted No outdoor seating Booking No Wi-Fi No takeaway Parking No TV
Opening hours
SundaySun 17:00-21:30
MondayMon Closed
TuesdayTue Closed
WednesdayWed 17:00-21:30
ThursdayThu 17:00-21:30
FridayFri 17:00-21:30
SaturdaySat 17:00-21:30

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