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Alinea

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#3 of 21189 places to eat in Chicago
ClosedOpens at 17:00
$$$$ Average price: $75-150
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1723 N Halsted St, USA
Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Perfectly cooked ravioli, mussels and caviar have a nice taste. Check out tasty brioches, ice cream and meringues this restaurant offers. This place is known for delicious wine, champagne or beer. It's a must when visiting Alinea to try good thai tea, juice or espresso.

Food delivery is an important advantage of this place. Most users point out that the staff is nice. The terrific service shows a high level of quality at this spot. Attractive prices are what you are to pay for your meal. There is a cool atmosphere and beautiful decor at this restaurant. It's a three-star Michelin restaurant that is worth a special visit.

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The first time we went here it was pre-renovation and it was downstairs. It was a great and interesting experience. Recently we ate upstairs at the Salon--far less impressed although the renovation is spectacular!  The service is an A plus; the personable servers and Sommelier were wonderful!  And while the presentation was clever, the food wasn't great; the experience is very fun and the trip to the kitchen was appreciated, but nothing was a real stand out for that amount of money. For a better multi-course type experience I'd recommend Oriole (2 Michelin Stars) in the West Loop.
I've been anticipating going to this Resturant for years before finally booking a table. A friend and I booked an entire trip to Chicago revolving our visit. I have a sever allergy to dairy and peanuts and we notified them in advance. We had a several email coorispondence regarding my allergy. They were very clear that it shouldn't be an issue and that accommodations would be made for me to dine safely. In the second course I began to go into anyphylactic shock and almost died that night. I didn't expect this from a three Michelin star restaurant.
The place: Part of what you pay for (obviously), is the service, the ambiance, and the overall feel of your special meal. Everything is extremely well choreographed, and while I expected it to feel a little pretentious/stuffy, it actually didn't really feel that way. I occasionally laughed really loudly (sorry, not sorry), and was glad that I didn't get any nasty looks directed at me. It almost felt like a communal experience. You could see what other tables were experiencing - from the fire, smoke, lights, tubes and balloons, so you knew what was coming. We also got to take a field trip to the kitchen, which was special. Seeing the team work together to prep and plate the food was a treat in it of itself. The taste: Let me count the number of words on the menu that I don't know: osetra, calendula, binchotan. Three, okay, so not bad, but the menu doesn't do the meal justice. I could go through the dishes, but I'm sure every meal is different/everyone has their own opinions and memories associated with different flavors. What I will say is that it wasn't the MOST AMAZING stuff I've ever tasted ever, BUT it was interesting. Interactive. Definitely much of it was delicious. I will say though, by the end of the 5th course, I was getting full. There were at least three dishes that I couldn't come close to finishing, and I felt bad leaving $100 of food just sitting there, but one server said that he appreciated me knowing my limits. Also, while the green apple balloon tasted good, and was executed well, it mostly ended up popping on my hands, so it ended up being more of a lollipop experience (my hands were the lollipop), than eating taffy. The rope, was awesome. My face: Huge smile after a three hour dinner with a show. Really glad that we paid in advance. Our tickets for 8:45pm on a Friday night were $285, or $342 after tax and tip. I am glad we didn't order additional drinks because I didn't have any more room in my stomach. It was a truly remarkable 33rd birthday celebration.
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1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, Illinois, USA, USA
Features
Delivery Vegetarian options Сredit cards accepted No outdoor seating Booking No Wi-Fi No takeaway Parking No TV Wheelchair accessible
Opening hours
SundaySun 17:00-22:00
MondayMon 17:00-21:30
TuesdayTue 17:00-21:30
WednesdayWed 17:00-22:00
ThursdayThu 17:00-22:00
FridayFri 17:00-22:00
SaturdaySat 17:00-22:00

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