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Grace

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Opens at 17:30
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652 W. Randolph St., 60661-2114
Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Batcolumn is one of the most unusual places often visited by tourists. Flavorful lamb sausages might be what you need. One of the menu items is the excellent wine. The high ratings of this restaurant wouldn't be possible without the friendly staff. In accordance with the reviewers' opinions, the service is amazing. Prices are fantastic for the quality you get. The beautiful decor is to make your food even more attractive. It's a three-star Michelin restaurant that is worth a special visit. Grace was given 4 red knife-and-fork symbols and added to the list of the Michelin best addresses due to top-class comfort it offers.

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Grace has been one of my most memorable dining experiences in my 10 years of living in Chicago.  We celebrated my husband's birthday here a while ago, but the warmth, elegance, and magic of the evening has remained beyond my recollection of the meal itself.  First off, entering the dining room is like entering a romantic, intimate setting fit for any world-class city like NYC or Tokyo, let alone Chicago.  There's a large window looking into the kitchen where we got a glimpse of the artistry behind the scenes although I preferred to be surprised as the courses came out. Hubby opted for the Fauna while I chose the Flora so that we could sample both menu offerings.  Every dish of the nine course meal was beautifully presented, crafted with the finest ingredients, and had exquisite flavor profiles.  I also loved the breads and compound butters in between.  We both got the wine pairings which were different for each menu and enjoyed the banter with our servers and the sommelier as well as the variously shaped decanters used to pour the wines.  Service was excellent, well orchestrated, and attentive without being stuffy. Yes, someone may walk you to the bathroom, but don't be afraid!  My husband and I felt like we were the only two people in the restaurant. Another highlight was the brief tour of the kitchen at the end of the meal.  We had a nice conversation with Michael, the General Manager and partner.  It was a wonderful conclusion to our evening.  We also received a printed menu of our dinner with "Happy Birthday" on it as well as the list of wine pairings. We hope to make it back to Grace again to celebrate another special occasion and thankful that we live in a great city that has world-class, 3-Michelin star restaurants like Grace.  Also check out "For Grace" the documentary about Chef Curtis Duffy and his journey to building Grace if you have a chance to before dining here, or even after.
I will never be able to say enough amazing things about Grace. From start to finish, the whole experience was impeccably thought-out, astoundingly delicious, and entirely enjoyable. The attention to detail in the food and service were bar none. Above all, for such a high-end experience, there is zero pretentiousness, condescension, or ego - rather, you are treated with so much appreciation and gratitude for your patronage. Because of some scheduling confusion, we actually missed our reservation (like complete dummies). Grace called to ask where we were, and were incredibly accommodating, telling us kindly that they would wait for us. When we arrived in a panic, they met us with no rush whatsoever, and the way they greeted us personally showed that they had done their research on us. We were taken on a tour of the gorgeous kitchen right before our meal. Chef Curtis Duffy took the time to chat with us, explain how the kitchen worked, and show us around. We had an amazing table right in front of the kitchen, and it was incredible to see the operation of this restaurant. From the row of suiteurs waiting in the kitchen for the next dish to be delivered, to the way your service is put on hold if someone at your table gets up. There are certainly enough mentions here raving about the food, so I won't go into that except that to say the meal was perfect. Whimsical, elegant, and satisfying as well. However, it was all the little touches at Grace that truly made this one of the best restaurant experiences I've ever had. From the beautiful season-themed bathrooms that you are escorted to, to the way they let every customer take a photo with Chef, to how they sent us home with a care package that was customized for us, based on the things they knew about us. You absolutely get more than what you pay for.
Grace was a great dining experience. As a vegetarian I really appreciated a Michelin star (3 stars to be exact!) that catered to vegetarians. Each course was nicely crafted and included some sort of herb mixed in, and although each plate is small, I was VERY full by the end. They gave unique bread rolls (potato & dill, pretzel bread with Hawaiian lava salt, etc)  in between meals with a herb infused butter. They also gave interesting quick bites served on a bed of dried beeswax as the starter, which was a nice touch. Dan our waiter was extremely nice and accommodating, and made sure to swap out the "trout roe" in the dish with tapioca since we had mentioned we were vegetarian. My favorite dish was the Australian black truffle pasta. Melted in your mouth and was extremely tasty. They also let us try a few wines before we picked the glass we wanted which was nice. The meal was pricey but was worth it for a celebratory occasion.
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652 W. Randolph St., Chicago, Illinois, USA, 60661-2114 Get directions
Opening hours
Monday Closed
Tuesday 17:30-22:30
Wednesday 17:30-22:30
Thursday 17:30-22:30
Friday 17:30-22:30
Saturday 17:30-22:30
Sunday Closed