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Henri

18 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 578-0763
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Ranked #83 of 8,266 restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Madison
Description: From the creators of The Gage comes Henri — energetically American, French influenced.   Heralded as an "instant classic", Henri offers fine dining without pretention. Under the direction of Executive Chef Chris Gawronski, Henri’s menu is influenced by the refining principles of classical cuisine. Innovative dishes like kampachi crudo join traditional favorites such as foie gras, steak tartare, Dover sole and ribeye au poivre. The tasting menu highlights the bounty of the season, accompanied by perfectly paired wines by sommelier Jason Wagner. The carefully curated wine list is almost exclusively biodynamic, while cocktails are both creative and classic. Reminiscent of a European salon, Henri provides an elegant respite from bustling Michigan Avenue. 
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Montreal
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed a very tasty, although expensive meal at this classic clubby restaurant on June 21st. Apart from the challenge of reading the menu in darkness ( which improved once the street lights went on), the service, ambience and food made for a pleasant evening. Apparently, this was Henri's last weekend. It was to close & apparently will be reborn... More

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Lawrenceville, New Jersey
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

A girlfriend and I went to Chicago to celebrate my birthday. We chose Henri for our "special" dinner and was very pleased. The central location is excellent. The dining room is an intimate size, but the tables aren't overly close together. The decor is lovely, with soft colors of sage green, beige and chocolate. We were offered a choice of... More

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Milford, Connecticut
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

French food done well is a rare treat. Treat yourself to Henri's. I had a restaurant experience here that I never had anywhere else. I asked the waiter for recommendations between the rabbit and salmon dishes. I told him I wasn't a huge salmon fan but he raved about it, so I ordered it. Well, it came out and was... More

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Los Angeles, California, USA
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116 reviews 116 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We had dinner at Henri's after the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance. The restaurant is walking distance from the CSO which was very convenient for a late dinner reservation. The restaurant decor was beautiful, classy and elegant, the staff were very professional and attentive, the menu was fabulous with a great wine list. Even thought it was late, we were not... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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97 reviews 97 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I went to Henri for restaurant week with two girlfriends on a Thursday night. It was good night great. The service was high-end but impersonal. I thought the wine list was nice, but we said we wanted a dry red and asked for a suggestion and they told us what really would like was blah blah blah...It hit the table... More

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Springfield, MO, US
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62 reviews 62 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Ate here in May as treat. The space is amazingly inviting and pleasant. Just like in the photos. The food was not crazy, but creative, and the wine list was equally varied. When we has questions, the sommelier was very helpful and not condescending. We had a lovely Austrian varietal that was not hugely expensive but one of the best... More

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Georgetown, Texas
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19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great Host, food and service, who new? Here for the NRA show and booked Henri for a dinner for my wife and I. The absolute best restaurant experience for us in Chicago in twenty years. PS We took 6 people to Gage (same owners) , next door on 5/17/14, and were blown away by the expert service again!

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Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We've had both lunch and dinner at Henri's, and have thoroughly enjoyed both experiences. The food is fresh, well prepared, and delicious - and the decor is absolutely stunning. Also enjoyable is to sit outside in warm weather, because even though the cafe is on Michigan Ave., the artful landscaping provides privacy. Service is impeccable also. Highly recommended!!

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Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Very nice dinner. We had a very nice dinner at Henri last night. The food was quite good, despite some reviews which said otherwise. Both of us choose the scallops which were great. I had the Sturgeon which was very nice. My partner had the Wagyu beef which was nice as well. Wine list was nice with good variety, mostly... More

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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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117 reviews 117 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014 via mobile

This has always been our favorite restaurant in Chicago. We went for my wife's birthday. We arrived a little early and decided to have a martini at the crowded bar while we waited. Shortly, our table was ready and we sat down and ordered a bottle of wine. Now, the wine. List categories is not like anything you have ever... More

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