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Alinea

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#2 of 21323 places to eat in Chicago
ClosedOpens at 17:00
$$$$ Average price: $75-150
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1723 N Halsted St
Chicago, Illinois, USA
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You can order mouthwatering broth, sandwiches and ravioli. Many guests come to enjoy good banana split, apple pie and meringues. A lot of visitors order delicious chardonnay, champagne or beer. It's time to degustate great thai tea, juice or espresso.

At this restaurant, clients can celebrate any event: a wedding, anniversary or birthday party. The terrific crew welcomes visitors all year round. If you want to experience fabulous service, you should go to Alinea. Most reviewers mark that the dishes have attractive prices. The nice decor and exotic atmosphere let clients feel relaxed here. It's a three-star Michelin restaurant that is worth a special trip.

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Finally made my pilgrimage to a restaurant that I have always looked up to (in my own cooking at home) and has firmly held the #1 spot I wanted to visit in the world after el bulli closed many years back. With so much anticipation I wondered if they could live up to my dream of what it might be. In the end while it may not of been the absolute best menu I've eaten (something that does carry a significant degree of subjectivity) it was an experience like none other. 4.5 stars but without half star ratings on yelp I'll give it the full 5, maybe it's the mystique, maybe it's the degree to which I admire Achatz approach but almost certainly it's the perfect cuisson with obsessive attention to technique. The service is impeccable, attentive and they find a balance in necessarily formal but still laid back. I was particularly impressed by the sommelier in both his knowledge and ability to convey it to dinners. The pairings were generally very thoughtful and did add to the experience (as two dinners we split a wine pairing which was absolutely the right call, with enough for each to try the wine 3 times).  The food is supremely delicious, although some courses to my palate were subtly off balance (perhaps a touch salty and umami heavy at times).  The show, and don't kid yourself you are coming to see a show with dinner, is thrilling, inventive, at times interactive and a full sensory experience. I think this is what attracts people to Alinea and it fully lived up to the bill. Was I thrilled? Absolutely!! Was it delicious? No question. Was it the best meal ever (as it was my first 3 star dinner)? Probably not. Will I be back? Try and stop me!!!!
Word cannot describe how amazing the dining experience was. Grant and his team have turned it into a magic show. The whole 3-hour experience was filled with unexpectation and creativity:scallops that look like mangosteen,baked potato pulled out from fire that supposed to heat other foods,pineapple in a straw,and of course the signature green apple helium baloon which makes your voice into a Cartoon like voice. We sit at the salon cuz the gallery sitting were completely sold out,I had the wine pairing while my boyfriend just ordered a glass of wine,and that made it around 420$ per person with tax&tips .
We got lucky and snagged a 2 person reservation for the Gallery. Having been through the Salon just a couple months ago, I wasn't sure if the dining experience would be any different since I was back so soon. I was definitely wrong! If you've only done the Salon experience, try and get tickets for the Gallery. It seems that with the winter months approaching, it's been easier to get seating for 2 in the Gallery. Not only are there extra courses but prepare yourself for a whole new set of surprises!  The menu had some similarities but also very very different. If the Gallery was able to provide a completely different experience, I can only imagine what their Kitchen Table must be like!
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1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Features
Delivery Сredit cards accepted No outdoor seating Booking No Wi-Fi Parking No TV Wheelchair accessible
Opening hours
SundaySun 17:00-22:00
MondayMon 17:00-22:00
TuesdayTue 17:00-22:00
WednesdayWed 17:00-22:00
ThursdayThu 17:00-22:00
FridayFri 17:00-22:00
SaturdaySat 17:00-22:00

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